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  • Pirating is a weird thing to categorize. Generally speaking it is a bad thing because it does hurt the companies in question. Even if they’re huge companies that make tons of money they can’t just let instances of pirating slide every once in a while because a few people on the internet think the losses wouldn’t hurt them. That’s just not how running a business works.

    Yet at the same time, there are instances where pirating is kind of your only option. Like say that’s the only way you have access to a certain cartoon or anime that you want to watch. If a pirating site is the only option because it’s not available on any streaming services then there you go. Even with video games, if it’s for a system that’s been discontinued, and therefore is no longer being supported and sold by its company, then sure, emulate it. Heck, I’d even say go for it if said game on an older system is available on the digital store of a modern console.

    But without question, support the product officially without resorting to pirating whenever possible. Pirating does impact them in a negative way. Even if it’s a big company the people there still worked hard on that product. Show them your support.
    If we're speaking on moral terms, devoid of legal debate, I disagree.

    It'd be one thing if there were only 100 million or so copies of GTA V. But there's not, it's technically infinite because it's software. So if someone doesn't intend on buying the game in the first place, it's as much stealing as it would be to play it at a friend's house. Or Netflix password sharing. (oh, wait, they actually cracked down on that. Lame.)
    I get where you’re coming from. But I do believe it is still bad morally.

    It’s more than just money. Those are real people in those companies who are working hard to make those products. Remember how one of the reasons AI art sucks is because it’s stealing from fan artists who work so hard on what they’re drawing? This is really the same thing.

    Just as how it’s not cool to repost someone else’s fan art without their permission, or claim it as your own, or try to make profit off of it, it’s also not cool to do that with a companies IP.
    The way I see it is this; If a game's easily available on Steam, the eShop, or what have you, Buy it legally. Sure, some (if not most) of that cash goes to execs, but it also goes to the people behind the experience, and they should be supported. If it's something like a very old game that the parent company doesn't really have out in any form at the moment, then emulation is less harmful to them; Can't profit off a game you're not selling. Pirating a modern game is 100% harmful to the company, but if they're not selling a game, their profits won't get hurt if someone emulates it. This is kinda what psb was saying already.

    There's a saying by old Gabe N.; " The easiest way to stop piracy is not by putting antipiracy technology to work. It's by giving those people a service that's better than what they're receiving from the pirates." Piracy is morally gray, yes, but probably the best way to curb it is for companies to offer their back catalogs and have them more accessible.

    tl;dr: I don't condone piracy for modern consoles, and doing so is harmful, but for older games that aren't being sold anyway, I say go ahead.
    I see you have chosen wisdom
    I used to be pretty obsessed with the idea of spiritual successors to classic game franchises that either haven’t seen a new entry in years or hit a questionable state of quality. Like how Bloodstained is the spiritual successor to Castlevania.

    Nowadays I’ve lightened up on that obsession, but I do find it to be pretty neat that a lot of the classic franchises in question now have 2 really notable spiritual successors instead of just 1.

    Wario Land -> Pizza Tower and Antonball

    Sonic the Hedgehog -> Freedom Planet and Spark the Electric Jester

    Mega Man -> Azure Striker Gunvolt and 20XX

    Banjo-Kazooie -> Yooka-Laylee and Clive N Wrench

    And I wouldn’t be surprised if The Messenger and Cyber Shadow could be considered spiritual successors for Ninja Gaiden, but I don’t know for sure if they would actually count.
    I'm kind of afraid to ask this, but I remember one time I saw a comment praising James Rolfe by saying something along the lines of "In light of how many popular youtubers have had bad skeletons in their closets revealed, I am so happy that in all the years James has been active, the only real controversy he ever faced was people acting like idiotic jerkwads over him not wanting to see Ghostbusters 2016".

    As far as I am aware that debacle of not wanting to see Ghostbusters 2016 still remains the only real controversy James has ever found himself in. Is that actually the case?
    There's the Monster Madness plagarism from a few years ago, but that's really the only big controversy; Other than that, there's just been a decline in AVGN's quality for some time and people calling James out for being lazy.
    Even then - correct me if I'm wrong - but wasn't the Monster Madness plagiarism caused by a ghostwriter in Screenwave? Or something like that

    There is some smaller stuff here and there like FazDude points out - another point is that there's been a minor ongoing controversy over whether making the AVGN Movie was some kind of turning point for Rolfe himself or something within certain circles but I think that's more of a talking point than anything akin to like "the simpsons was never good after season 8"

    That aside, I think part of the reason he's not really ended up in a massive amount of controversy is probably because his brand of "crudeness" isn't actually all that controversial. Obviously people tend to talk about the creativeness of his insults but even then aside from just swearing a lot his content really isn't as bad as like, 2016-era Leafy stuff - hence why to memory I've never really heard anything about him dropping a slur or anything like that
    Going off of my last post about games that can’t be beaten, I do know of a 3D Collectathon Platformer on the N64 where you can beat the main game, but it’s impossible to complete it at 100%

    It’s called Space Station Silicon Valley and the reason it can’t be fully completed is because the programmers forgot to give one of the collectables any collision. So it’s literally impossible to pick it up.
    I recently saw AVGN’s video about beating Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde and the way he had the video play out by saying he couldn’t beat the game until he learned some new tricks about it that he didn’t know before had me thinking.

    Does there exist a game with an ending where it actually is completely impossible to reach that ending?
    A pretty good idea I’ve seen from a couple moveset makers is putting Eevee in Smash with the ability to evolve into a single Eeveelution for the rest of the match.

    But if we’re talking the idea of a character that is just straight up one single Eeveelution without Eevee or an evolution mechanic being involved, which Eeveelution would be your favorite choice?

    For me it’s a tie between Vaporeon and Espeon.
    A long time ago I talked about the idea of another Mario 64 remake with 4 playable characters, but this time those characters were Mario, Sonic, Crash, and Master Chief. And I mentioned how while it's a neat idea on paper, there are a few problems with actually making the idea a reality.

    One of those being that Sonic's high speed would make him nigh unplayable in over half of the levels in Mario 64. To help emphasize this, here are the levels Sonic could actually be playable in. Not counting small bonus courses like Peach's Secret Slide.

    Bob-omb Battlefield
    Jolly Roger Bay (Debatably. It would depend on how Sonic would deal with water in Mario 64. This same thing applies to all water heavy levels in the game.)
    Big Boo's Haunt
    Hazy Maze Cave
    Dire Dire Docks
    Snow Mans Land
    Wet Dry World

    And that's it. Only 7 out of the games 15 main levels. 4 if you believe he couldn't be used in the water levels. All other levels, including the 3 Bowser Levels, he'd be screwed.
    I mentioned in a previous post that I could think of 19 Sonic Games where the entire set of levels in said games would make great Smash stages…….

    Oh what the heck.

    1. Sonic 1

    2. Sonic 3 & Knuckles

    3. Sonic R

    4. Sonic Adventure

    5. Sonic Adventure 2

    6. Sonic Shuffle

    7. Sonic Heroes

    8. Sonic Advance 3

    9. Sonic Rush

    10. Sonic Riders

    11. Sonic 06

    12. Sonic Rivals

    13. Sonic and the Secret Rings

    14. Sonic Rush Adventure

    15. Sonic Rivals 2

    16. Sonic Unleashed

    17. Sonic Colors

    18. Sonic Free Riders

    19. Sonic Lost World

    And while I’m a bit hesitant to count this one, I can also picture a point of view where Team Sonic Racing makes a good 20th pick.
    I was trying to think of something to contribute to what Champion of Hyrule mentioned about deviantart ass titles and in the process, I think I came up with the opposite by thinking of something that might actually be a little clever.

    Say they release remakes of Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages and the linked versions of those two games are available, but as a new game plus once you beat the unlinked versions without having to enter a code you get after beating the other game.

    We could call them Oracle of Seasons: Ageless Adventure, and Oracle of Ages: Seasoned Quest.

    Nintendo has decided that saving Bowser's Castle and Rainbow Road for the last 2 courses in the Special Cup has lost it's luster now that the retro cups and dlc cups exist. That and just the general idea of repetition.

    So when the next Mario Kart game comes out, they do something different for the last two special cup tracks.
    There was this one time I was watching a twitch stream and participating in the rounds of Jackbox Games that were being played.

    At one point the conversation between the streamer and his co-comm went in the direction of the streamer talking about a creek with chemicals in the water that turned frogs into catgirls, and one of the answers I gave in a round of Quiplash after that mentioned the idea of throwing Kermit into that creek and turning him into a catgirl.

    I got permission from another streamer to share that clip on his stream since Kermit is a notable meme in that community and in response, someone actually shared an art piece they drew of Kermit as a catgirl.

    There’s an idea for your new profile pic Champion of Hyrule Champion of Hyrule
    Chapter 3 is one of my favorite chapters of Thousand Year Door. I love the setting it has of centering around a fighting arena. But one gripe I do have with the chapter is the name of the character Rawk Hawk.

    Not exactly because of the name itself. That part is fine. The problem comes from some time back when I noticed that a couple people streaming TTYD were saying the name kind of fast and that was making the name sound like “Raw ****”.

    Ever since then I haven’t been able to un-hear that whenever either me or someone else says his name.
    At the end of Sonic Generations, Sonic tells his past self, aka Classic Sonic “Enjoy your future! It’s gonna be great!”

    A number of fans responded to this when the game first came out with things along the lines of “Yeah about that.” and “Modern Sonic is a troll.”

    One of the reasons I was unimpressed with this at the time was because I thought “Why can’t this just mean that Sega will knock it out of the park with the upcoming Sonic games like they did with this one?”

    But considering the reception behind some of those games that came after generations? Yeah I’ll have a side of fries and a grape soda to go with those words please.
    Two highly skilled warriors who are also just as skilled as each other face each other in battle with the weapons they’re highly skilled with using. One wields a double bladed axe, the other wields a scythe.

    Who wins?
    I hosted a stage contest once where someone submitted a really good stage of the Sand Kingdom from Mario Odyssey.

    Another contestant who had submitted a stage for the Cap Kingdom before that responded to that submission with something along the lines of "Real Talk. Let's just have a stage for every kingdom."

    And while not exactly a great idea for an actual Smash Bros game to do, on Paper the idea does sound appealing. Not just for Mario Odyssey either. Super Mario. Bros 3, Super Mario 64, and Super Mario Sunshine are also Mario platformers that are good choices for this "make every level a stage" idea.

    Mario's not the only series like that either. Half of the Zelda games starting with Ocarina of Time have entire dungeon line-ups that would make for great Smash stages.

    Sonic is a very good example as well. I can think of a whopping 19 games that fit this bill.

    And don't even get me started on Mega Man.
    I thought way too much about my last post involving Sonic Generations and Grilled Chaos and now my brain has misbehaved.

    So when it comes to the idea of grilling up Chaos from the Sonic games, which of these two facts is worse?

    1. The fact that Chaos does technically have meat in him. His brain.


    2. Chaos is apparently a mutated Chao. So you know, Chao meat.
    Thanks to someone pointing it out, I just realized that Waluigi has been in more racing games than Captain Falcon.

    I won’t lie, this realization left me feeling a little stunned.
    So apparently channels that post full walkthroughs of games on the day said games come out are still around.

    sigh YouTube needs to have something in place to punish that.
    The idea of remakes of bad games turning them into good games has been an idea gamers have thought of for years. But realistically speaking, doesn’t such a thing practically never happen?
    I remember that there was a small chain of Halloweens after I stopped trick or treating where I was unimpressed with the candy selection my family was handing out to trick or treaters.

    My mindset was “It’s all chocolate. Come on, you gotta have fruit flavored candy in there too.”

    A bit of an ironic mindset to look back on in the modern day now that I know that chocolate comes from a fruit.
    The competition for the Swordquest games on the Atari 2600 is the alternate timeline for Avatar the Last Airbender where the Fire Nation wins.

    The treasure that was the prize for the Earthworld Competition was melted down by its winner to pay for college. He kept one piece of it, but that was later stolen from him.

    The treasure from the Fireworld competition is still safe and sound in a bank vault owned by its winner.

    The treasures from the Waterworld competition, Airworld competition, and final competition where the winners of the prior 4 would compete for the “Avatar treasure” let’s call it, since those contests never happened they were all returned to the manufacturer to be melted down.

    So the Fireworld treasure was the only one to survive.
    Well since NASB1 is a meme in Japan now according to Wario Wario Wario:

    SpongeBob’s Japanese Voice = Pure Art. I’m honestly shocked at how good it is.

    Patrick’s Japanese Voice = It at least fits the character, but unlike SpongeBob it sounds very different from the English voice and that might throw some people off too much.

    Squidward’s Japanese Voice = Like SpongeBob’s, really good. They casted a great actor for making it sound like Squidward

    Sandy’s Japanese Voice = Fits well and sounds like Sandy. Both in being a little similar to the English voice and sounding like a Texas girl.

    Mr. Krabs’ Japanese Voice = So like, is Clancy Brown just speaking Japanese here? The performance matches with so well that I can hardly tell the difference.

    Plankton’s Japanese Voice = Sorry to throw the work the VA did under the bus, but it sounds a little grating. And it’s so vastly different from the English voice that it’s jarring

    If you just search “Japanese SpongeBob” on YouTube you can find the playlist with the clips I found all this out from.
    Since I know that not everyone here has seen enough of Avatar the Last Airbender to be considered a fan, allow me to inform you of something about one of the shows best characters, Uncle Iroh.

    The guy loves tea. He's ecstatic when he gets to own his own tea shop, he will disregard his usually high wisdom to try and see if a poisonous plant is a delectable tea instead, and he will disregard his wisdom again to blow his cover as an unwelcome Firebender to heat up a cold cup of tea he got jipped on from a shady merchant.

    Which means if you're a fan of Bubble Tea, then you'll find it pretty cool that in one of the comics that continue the story after the show, he canonically becomes the man who invents Bubble Tea in the Avatar Universe.
    I just saw FazDude FazDude 's post about how he just acquired Gex today (I assume the first one) and it reminded me of this one time I saw someone say that Gex 2 is either a better game at making references then Conker's Bad Fur Day or Gex 2 is a game that makes references like Conker does but is a better game, or both.

    I've never played Gex 2 so I wouldn't know how accurate any of those statements are, but I'm sure a couple people here have opinions on that matter.
    While riding the bus today I told someone who was new to the area how to get where they were trying to go, and afterward that person kept trying to talk to me about the literal terabytes of things like anime, cartoons, and movies that they've downloaded and how he kept calling the idea of paying for streaming service things like "crap" and "stupid".

    As someone who has mixed feelings about pirating yet is still mostly against it, that was a bit awkward.
    Sometimes people will refer to game genres as being “So and So games”.

    Mario = Platformer Games

    Zelda = Adventure Games

    Halo = First Person Shooter Games

    And in the same vein, games like Final Fantasy are sometimes referred to as RPG Games.

    And when you stop to think about it, that actually sounds a little weird considering you’re saying “Role Playing Game Games”
    Have any of you had any moments as kids where you had a misunderstanding about a game that you feel embarrassed about looking back on it now?

    One of those for me was when as a kid, I thought the Pit of 100 trials in Thousand Year Door was something you had to complete all in one run without the ability to save and come back to where you left off.
    I don’t know who else here is a fan of Inuyasha, but I certainly am.

    It may remain true that I haven’t actually seen the series all the way through, but I have a lot of good memories of what I have watched.

    And I was left quite surprised when Inuyasha’s next generation sequel was announced. I texted that to my sibling who is also an Inuyasha fan and they were surprised too.

    I remember them texting me after looking up some information about it and they said “Sesshomaru has a daughter?! Who’s the mom?!”

    I replied saying “Maybe it’s Kagura?” and they replied back saying “Yeah I could see it being her.”

    When it was revealed who the mother of Sesshomaru’s kid actually was, we did not have a positive opinion of it.
    I find it mid because of the excessive filler that dragged out the show way longer than it should be. I did like the concept behind Inuyasha's powers being based around defense/counters and Backlash Wave is still one of my favorite powers in all of anime. It was also back when they still kinda tried to make quality dubs and the translated attack names actually sounded cool for once. Hearing Richard Ian Cox shout "Backlash Wave!" with that reverb is still one of my favorite dub moments.

    As far as Sesshomaru goes... I thought it was kinda obvious who he was going to end up with.

    IIRC, pretty much the only thing that he didn't try to kill on sight was Rin and so it was the logical conclusion that she was the only one he could end up with.

    But what I found bizarre about the controversy is how many people were ignoring the main pairing being a century old half-demon and a fifteen-year-old girl. And IIRC, Inuyasha himself was a product of a human woman and a several centuries old dog demon who, judging from his corpse, has a penis the size of a skyscraper.

    That whole family was all about boning human women a fraction of their age and Sesshomaru was merely carrying on the family tradition when everyone was concerned he was a foreveralone.
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