Post by Shrikeswind on Nov 26, 2016 10:29:22 GMT -5
Hey folks. So yeah, I've been absent. Not likely to change in the very near-future, but I saw this thread and thought I'd explain: August of last year I moved out of my dad's and am now living with my mother because of reasons I'd rather not get into. This resulted in me no longer having a job, which means that I don't have a consistent source of income, which means I have to prioritize what I do with my money, which means it doesn't go to video games - especially since I don't have a TV to play video games on. Kinda kills your ability to hype over, say, Breath of the Wild when you know you are likely not going to be playing. Which is pretty much exactly why I've been gone: It's hard to really care enough to talk about games when they stop being a hobby. I will try to be a bit more active in future, though no promises.
And yes, I did come back for the annual Christmas thread, how did you guess? =P
I used to be active here back in the day. Just checked out and noticed this place was still around. Had a bit of a nostalgia trip. Read my early posts again. They made me laugh quite a lot. I was only 13 back in 2005. Time flies... I guess I won't make a comeback here. I'm sad I've lost my gaming interest nowadays. I still play retro games once in a while but I hardly have time anymore. Yet, I'm happy this place is still around. A bit sad it seems to be dying though. Not even Fryguy seems to be around anymore? Yet, some of the people I remember from back in the day seem to be here still so the legacy is not lost.
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Post by Nester the Lark on Feb 20, 2017 17:41:47 GMT -5
Yeah, Fry doesn't really come here anymore. I think part of it is because he can't access it from work, but it's also probably because he's busy with other life priorities. He has a career, he's married, and he's got a kid on the way.
The rest of us are just the diehards.
But thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Good to see you again!
Post by Shrikeswind on Dec 24, 2017 1:27:49 GMT -5
Hey guys, it's Shrikes again. I should probably explain what happened to me.
So 2017 has been a very hectic year (and of course this doesn't explain why this sort of thing keeps happening to me, but keep going), and I haven't really had as much time to just kinda get back into my groove again. It's been an excellent year as well in a number of important ways for me, but it's all added up to me just not really having time for much of anything. From January to May I was in college, from June to basically the end of September I was moving and getting settled into the new house, I (finally) got my driver's license in September, and spent the autumn looking for a job. November was really the month where things finally broke - on one hand, my grandfather died, I got a speeding ticket, and I saw my dad for Thanksgiving (much more monumental than it sounds but I'd rather not discuss that)...but on the other, I found a job agency which has found me work twice now. The first job did not work out - factory, 'nuff said.
In general, though, it's been very difficult for me to find reason to hype literally anything in gaming anymore. The problem is just that, without money, I can't keep up with it all, so being part of a community which is built on video games is a little...I dunno, I guess silly. Like, is there much value to hearing me say "Yeah, this looks great, but is it really as great as you think it'll be?" for every game that comes over the horizon? There certainly isn't much to actually saying it.
With the new job I might be able to get back into video games, but honestly, I'm not sure I will. I'm just not playing them as much anymore, even games I enjoy. I never hooked up any of my consoles and even the games I know I have access to on my computer are languishing. I'm just not as interested in it anymore, it seems, which is a damn shame - but more than that, I'm just not as interested in being in fandoms anymore. I do enjoy talking about things I like, but I mean, there's something deeply off-putting about a lot of fandoms. I certainly don't feel as intellectually stimulated by it any more. But more importantly, it keeps looking weirder and weirder to me to see all the things that go hand-in-hand with fandom culture, and I'm starting to wonder if I belong there.
NinDB was and always will be a great place and I love talking to you guys, and I hope to still be here in 2027, talking about whatever new Nintendo stuff is going on in 10 years. I just also recognize that my interest in video games is fading right now. This too will pass, but for now, I'm just not as excited about it all anymore.
Post by nocturnal YL on Dec 24, 2017 11:29:36 GMT -5
It's alright to lose interest in things, I guess. And it's also perfectly understandable if you're still interested in games but not buying them. There're a lot of people out there who just watch videos and read discussions without actually buying and playing.
Also, forget about other fans. Go find whatever you like, and like them your way.
Post by Nester the Lark on Dec 24, 2017 13:22:52 GMT -5
Glad you dropped in, Shrikes!
I can understand growing apart from something you used to love. I suppose it's natural, but still a little unfortunate. I've been thinking lately about things I used to be really into, and I feel sad that I don't "connect" with them anymore.
After all these years, I still love Nintendo, but I worry that one day I'll find myself put off from it, too. (Then again, I already went through a period when I was younger where I thought I had moved past Nintendo, but then I grew back into it.)
And I know how you feel about fandoms, altho I rarely let a fandom ruin something for me (with maybe one unfortunate exception). I think you can still be a fan of something without being part of a "fandom."
Post by Johans Nidorino on Dec 24, 2017 22:38:52 GMT -5
I'm still around, buddies! And I'm still into Nintendo. As soon as I finish Pokémon Ultra Moon, I'm going back to Super Mario Odyssey, Miitopia (for which I am, or was, capturing a lot of video and screenshots) and Samus Returns, and after that I'm still daring to say I'll beat Breath of the Wild.
Logged in to say merry Christmas to you all! I guess, same as Fry, I'm more of a social network guy these days and life has been busier. I might activate notifications so I don't miss important threads. I miss the atmosphere of the NinDB Forums of the 2000s. Super Smash Bros. Brawl is almost 10 years old, by the way!
Expect me to come back to post interesting finds in Nintendo games or if Fry ever needs help resuming the site. I also still maintain communication with the likes of Arcadenik, Parrothead and Shadrio.
Good job keeping the forum alive, Nester, YL, Leon, The Qu and Da Robot!
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nocturnal YL: My current plan is to play Atelier Firis DX now, which online guides suggest is long. Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX will likewise be long (longer than the original too, due to DLC, DX additions and I'll make the best items). I'll maybe play Ys Origin after.
Jun 14, 2021 10:28:43 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Not sure about what I'll play after. Another Atelier game will probably be out by then, either completing the Secret series or giving us Arland 5. Either way, I'll probably play those before going elsewhere. Dusk will have to wait for quite a bit…
Jun 14, 2021 10:31:02 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Wondering if I should get Mario Golf at launch or wait a couple of months. I have so many other things to play that my gaming (and wallet) might need a little breathing room.
Jun 17, 2021 9:23:48 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: The problem with playing Hyrule Warriors and a modern Ys game at the same time is that even though the combat feels somewhat similar, the controls are completely different, and I get confused.
Jun 23, 2021 8:57:58 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Yeah I'm here, but kinda vaguely. Sorry, I haven't had too much to say lately.
Jul 8, 2021 11:28:57 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: By the way, I don't know if you guys have been keeping up with OCR on YouTube, but apparently they're dropping an album for a game I grew up on, Jet Force Gemini. Really pumped; I'll post a review when they finish.
Jul 8, 2021 11:30:44 GMT -5
Shrikeswind: Or at least when my Top 3 from that game are on the Toobz. Just one more song to go.
Jul 8, 2021 11:31:13 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I feel like I've been neglecting the forum more than usual lately. Been distracted by other things. I'll try to post something when I get the chance.
Jul 16, 2021 10:38:22 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't have time to make posts. Atelier Firis DX takes forever to play. When I'm not playing, I'm in a read-only mode, reading guides and watching (unrelated) videos.
Jul 17, 2021 13:25:38 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: On that note, I'll probably make a review on the whole trilogy, so it will be a while until I talk about these games in details here. I can say Atelier Firis DX has far exceeded my expectation and has taken over Totori as my 3rd fav.
Jul 17, 2021 13:31:06 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Uh, I take that back. Atelier Firis has a lot of merits, but also a lot of drawbacks. It's extremely tedious for 100% completion, and there are all kinds of other flaws. Still good for the exploration aspect and certain plots like Liane's character events.
Aug 9, 2021 13:38:12 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I don't know where I'd place it. A bit above Atelier Totori? A bit below it? I still think it's pretty good, at any rate. If only they could keep this game's engine but dial back its scale and make a traditional Atelier. Totally not foreshadowing anything.
Aug 9, 2021 13:45:07 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I've finished Ys IX, so I'll be working on a detailed write-up and comparison with Ys VIII.
Aug 17, 2021 8:09:12 GMT -5
Spud: I try to keep up with here, but the proboard RSS feed suuuucks. And Thunderbird is barely passable as a feed aggregator. I feel like the internet was just better in 2007.
Sept 3, 2021 10:43:42 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I may have a little time to catch my breath...
Sept 6, 2021 19:09:08 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Game progress update: Atelier Lydie & Suelle DX — defeated Falgior, so it's about 1/3 done (about 1/4 if I count post-game item grinding); WarioWare: Get It Together! — played up to the staff credits (about 5%, I guess).
Sept 15, 2021 12:30:19 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This pic is how I'd rate my games on Nintendo Switch so far (subject to change). Numbers are meant to show relative positions; like temperatures in °C and °F, absolute values don't mean much.
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