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Doors

Posted by Obsessionist , Apr 29 2016 · 47 views
Critical Role, doors, final boss



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Zelda

Posted by Obsessionist , Apr 27 2016 · 66 views
zelda, NX, Wii U, Really? Again?
As I see it, there are two possible timelines:
  • The year is 2036. Zelda NX/Wii U is consistently lauded as the best game of all time, praised for its visual design, sprawling and interesting overworld, and masterful combination of open world gameplay, satisfying combat, and engaging narrative. All children play it as a rite of passage, and most gaming sites have a week, if not a month, dedicated to discussing and celebrating the game. There is many a humble reflection on how frustrated we were when the game was originally delayed, and how grateful we are that Nintendo knew it could not rush art.
  • The year is 2036, and the game formerly known as Zelda Wii U has been announced for a tentative 2037 release on the New Super Nintendo GameIsocahedron U.



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Terry Pratchett

Posted by Obsessionist , Apr 19 2016 · 58 views

If someone could retroactively introduce me to Discworld ten years ago or so, that'd be great.

Loving these novels.


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Good News

Posted by Obsessionist , Apr 09 2016 · 78 views

I presented my paper "The LEGO System Makes Co-Creation Painless for the LEGO Group" at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research a couple days ago. It went excellently. People were really interested, and I attracted a fellow college AFOL to my presentation who I got to talk with.

It was about how the the LEGO Group harnesses the innovations and ideas of the AFOL community, and how the LEGO System itself eliminates or minimizes the obstacles that other firms face when co-creating.

The bad news is that A) I didn't submit my poster for a different symposium, I'm rushing that in now and B) I did almost no other homework during the conference.

Still, very worth it, though I still find it weird that I submitted a Business paper when I'm a STEM guy through and through. It was fun.


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Underappreciated Soundtrack

Posted by Obsessionist , Mar 23 2016 · 127 views




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Books

Posted by Obsessionist , Mar 07 2016 · 150 views

Recommend me some. Anything--modern, 'classic,' ancient, whatever genre.

I tend gravitate towards fantasy/sci-fi, but I'm eager to expand that as well. but I've added a threadbare books sidebar that mostly just reflects my plans to reread some of my favorite fantasy/sci-fi series this summer, but I also want some new things.

Real talk, though. I feel guilty about how little I read nowadays. Up until a couple years ago I read in every spare moment. How much I read was a problem sometimes. Books are a brilliant and astonishingly immersive and thought-provoking and I love them. And then:
  • It stopped being convenient to peruse a library every day
  • I started talking with people during times I would usually read during
  • I got a portable gaming device
  • I discovered Zelda and the the world of really good, impactful video games
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Academics got time-intensive
  • I got a smartphone and can now waste time very easily
Most of these are good things, except that not hanging out in the library is a pity, and much of the time I spend on my phone I really do think is wasted and would be better spent reading (or, you know, doing homework).

Yet, I don't think books are inherently more meritorious than other types of media. I don't regret any of the time I've spent playing or re-playing games, or planning/playing D&D. Videogames and tabletop RPGs have certain unique merits and unique ways of making me think and experience. The problem is, after discovering those things, I miss the reading experience and its unique merits. I am, in fact, nostalgic for the days when I read exclusively, without any real devotion to videogames or D&D.

Also games tend to not expand my vocabulary and impact my syntax as much books, which makes me feel like a less intelligent individual. Which is silly.

Also there's the balance of experiencing new books/games and participating in communities. I love being part of communities, but when every minute spent on a forum is a minute I'm not broadening my reading/playing experience, I feel conflicted.

Also there's this thing where entertainment stops becoming entertainment and starts being an obligation. Which is weird.

Also.

Also also.

Ultimately, the biggest factor is not my distribution of free time between different activities, but rather a decrease in available free time. Which is unavoidable.

tl;dr I don't read as much as I used to, I don't have the backlog of books I want to read that I usually do, recommend some books.


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character concept

Posted by Obsessionist , Mar 01 2016 · 120 views

novice wizard filling in for a mage on maternity leave


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character concept

Posted by Obsessionist , Feb 28 2016 · 112 views

bagelmancer


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Is it Thurday yet?

Posted by Obsessionist , Feb 18 2016 · 97 views

Yes? Good. Time for Critical Role.

D&D is fun!


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Smash Bros got Updated

Posted by Obsessionist , Feb 03 2016 · 117 views

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They've really improved the graphics! They've got an opening cinematic, Fox has his reflector, and his up-B is nicer-looking! And most importantly, ledge-grabbing!

Also Corrin and Bayonetta are out but I can't mess with them 'til the weekend.






Video Games (as of 03/07/2016)

Not Owned Yet*
Replay

Playing (in approximate order progress-making)
Twilight Princess HD
Portal 2
Undertale
Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask
Skyrim
LoZ: Oracle of Seasons
Box Boy
SSB4
Mother 3
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
Fire Emblem: Awakening

To Play
Majora's Mask 3D*
Xenoblade Chronicles 3D*
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Metroid Fusion
Metroid
Bastion
Kingdom Hearts*
Phoenix Wright Trilogy*
Final Fantasy VII
Super Mario RPG
Paper Mario
Golden Sun
Mega Man 2
Kirby's Adventure

Hype
Zelda Wii U*

Favorites
The entire Zelda series
Majora's Mask particularly
The Mother series
Undertale
Chrono Trigger
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Paper Mario
Super Monkey Ball 2
Super Metroid
Metroid Prime

Books (as of 03/17/2016)

Reread

Reading
Brick by Brick: How LEGO Rewrote the Rules of Innovation
by David Robertson
Going Postal
by Terry Pratchett

To Read
Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
LotR Trilogy
The Simarillion
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Ender Saga
by Orson Scott Card
Inheritance Cycle
by Christopher Paolini
Dune Series
by Frank Herbert, others
‚ÄčTom Sawyer and Huck Finn
by Mark Twain
The Martian
by Andy Weir
Some H.P. Lovecraft stuff
Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

Favorites
Everything by C.S. Lewis
The Dawn Treader in particular
Kim
by Rudyard Kipling
Most all of Ray Bradbury's short stories
(I'm terrible at remembering what books I like)

Official Game Soundtracks

Own
Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time Re-Arranged by MOKA
Majora's Mask
Wind Waker
Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony
Super Mario Galaxy
Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U
Pokemon X and Y
Mother 1 & 2
Shovel Knight

Want
Majora's Mask Orchestrated
A Link Between Worlds
Mario Kart 8
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Chrono Trigger

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