Venus of the Desert Bloom

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  • I see user avatars with masks slapped on them but I got all you beat! For half a decade! Talk doesn’t just wear a mask, she wears an entire suit and filtration system to ensure foreign viruses don’t compromise her systems! So I got all of you beat!
    I missed this but Sakurai’s Twitter makes mention that he will begin to work remotely. He also stated that Smash needs high security but, to finish the product, it needs to be done remotely. This could lead to potential leaks in the future.
    PM Abe is scheduled to make a press conference today at 7 pm Japan time to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, and five other prefectures (states). This will lead to possible stay-at-home orders, closure of offices, businesses, and schools, restrictions to and from infected areas, and ramped up efforts to do testing. It’s highly unlikely my prefecture and city will be affected by this emergency declaration aside from getting products from affected areas. Schools are opening today in my city and I will be having my first classes on Friday. My district as stood firm in resisting against government advice to limit exposure and, currently, we don’t have any measures put into place to limit the spread of the virus between student bodies. Due to a lack of virus cases in my city, the board of education has decided to continue as normal including assemblies and sports meets unless more than ten cases are reported in which reduced class time and shorter school weeks will be implemented.
    Madame Lesley
    Madame Lesley
    Yoi're lucky that's your issue...ours? OUR PRESIDENT DOESN'T EVEN GIVE A DAMN ABOUT WHAT HE IS REALLY SAYING.

    And everyone is divided over him.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Isn’t that usual for Duterte? The guy is one walking controversy machine and saying people who violates lockdowns will be shot doesn’t help at all.
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    StoicPhantom
    At least they're not Bolsonaro, who is adamant that this is overblown despite potentially having it himself and is encouraging people to drink that one chemical that has already killed people. With him, I can say Trump for once is not the lowest bar.
    Aside from F6, here’s my most wanted picks for FP2. This isn’t taking predictions into account. Just characters I want to see:

    F7: Doomslayer
    F8: 2B
    F9: Monster Hunter
    F10: Scorpion
    F11: Sora
    Ben Holt
    Ben Holt
    Two things that will never happen:
    1. Melee 2.0
    2. Sora in Smash
    Coolboy
    Coolboy
    Sora for smash! i want it to happen so bad
    Schools open up on Wednesday In my small town, Japan. Except for high schools. All High schools are closed but elementary to junior high are open. According to my bosses, they will close schools if more than ten cases are reported within city limits.

    I can’t even at this absurdity. I’d gladly take a three month pay suspension to ensure not spreading this virus if it means keeping our schools closed until September and protecting the community.
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    Its way too soon to do that. The rest of the world’s doing it for a reason and it’s to stop coronavirus from getting into a place, so only doing it while there already cases defeats the purpose
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Numerous cities and prefectures (states) including my own have cancelled classes until either May or June or even as late as July which I do find acceptable. Tokyo has considered cancelling summer vacation (July to August) if they have to cancel until June.

    However, my employer, who only manages elementary and junior high, has decided to continue with classes as planned which inclaudes large events to welcome in the new school year (imagine having a 500 student body plus parents and teachers all in one room). Their reasoning is because “durrr we don’t have any confirmed cases.” I guarantee this isn’t going to end well and they will regret doing this. Japan is in a period where cases are low but have the explosive potential to climb up. This is coupled with the fact that the Japanese government is literally doing nothing and use neutral language like “Please consider using hand sanitizer at least once a day” in their health policies to schools. That’s just silly. That’s why I saw a man coughing and sneezing right next to my daughter and I as she ate ice cream at the store. People just don’t care about it here because they think it won’t affect them.
    April Fools on Smashboards is the equivalent of Christmas. I enjoy seeing everyone flip their **** when it gets unveiled. Honestly though, I love CrashBoards and the fact it’s our de facto nickname but ShaqBoards was easily the best ever. With RidleyBoards coming after.
    On a more somber note, I mourn for the loss of Shimura Ken, a noted comedian and television personality in Japan for several decades. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and subsequently died from COVID-19 last night. He is a house-hold name here and is considered by many a national treasure. Everyone is completely shocked by this lost. I am a fan of his work, especially his weekly Saturday show, Shimura’s Zoo.
    To the character support threads: the staff would like to encourage everyone to try and move discussion from the potential ARMS rep and to their respective character discussion. We will begin enforcing this point more strictly going into next week so please use the weekend to wrap up any discussion points you may have had following Thursday’s Direct.

    You can discuss the upcoming ARMS Rep here https://smashboards.com/threads/new-ip-new-fighter-heck-yes-arms-character-s-for-smash-discussion.446429/unread

    Or here

    https://smashboards.com/threads/newcomer-dlc-speculation-discussion.453424/latest
    We stocked up today, got five bags of rice, and got our kids some extra toys like a sandbox, playground set, and tricycles. Who knows if they will lock our ritual area of Japan down so its best to be prepared. And I’m drinking a beer after six months of going sober because why the hell not.
    Early this week: every commercial was about the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Promotions everywhere, even in small mountain villages. Everyone excited for the Olympics.

    The past 24 hours: Zero commercials for the Olympics. I even saw advertisements and promotions in Tokyo for it being sadly taken down. Many Japanese actually just want to cancel it altogether.
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    At this point, they might as well just play Mario & Sonic Tokyo 2020 and pretend that the characters represent various countries.
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    I couldn’t even imagine people putting up adds for the Olympics THIS WEEK. It’s frankly ridiculous people think it’ll continue this year
    Here’s my prediction: after that previous Nindies direct, any Directs have been postponed for a much later date. Due to the virus, any development of Nintendo-related games (developed by Nintendo-owned studios) will be put on hold as to avoid infecting the developers with the virus. If that were to happen, the entire studio would be shutdown by the authorities. So Fighter’s Pass Vol 2, BotW2, Metroid Prime 4, SwSh Expansion DLC, etc development will be put on hold for the remainder of 2020 or until the virus becomes more manageable. We could see a year long drought you guys.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I wouldn’t call it scare momgering since this is a real and urgent medical global emergency. I feel all the precautions each country has taken is warranted albeit late and potentially not enough. It’s also our civic responsibility to help prevent the spread of viruses. Saying “hey old and/or vulnerable people” to avoid people and to not go outside while everyone else enjoys whatever is not fair for them and potentially discrimitory as well as lacking any knowledge about this virus. Yes, it does greatly affect old and vulnerable people but young people have died from this. Look at the British diplomat in Hungary who was only 37 when the virus killed him. Hey, I could die as early as next week if the right conditions are met. Who knows. It’s best to be safe than sorry. So I agree with all of these precautions to try and limit the virus and even believe further and more stricter methods including monitoring, residence checks, and restriction for international travel and major events for a full year. The sad thing is that this virus isn’t going anywhere and it’s going to majorly affect life for the next couple years.

    I’m sorry but wanting life to return back to normal in exchange for the death of many people is a horrible and self-centered thing to say at this point in time.
    Coolboy
    Coolboy
    lets just say we aren't going to agree on this subject, you got your POV and i got mine POV, my country is the Netherlands we here have a way different POV about this virus then maybe people in Japan, it's also a culture thing,
    of course each country have that group of anxious scared people, but there are also a big group of people in my country with the same mindset as me, does that mean we literally do nothing? no but we are alot more calm and have a type of attitude like ''meh if it happens then it happens lets just have it over with''
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I’m American living in Japan. Japan has been really relaxed about the whole situation as opposed to America who is freaking out about it. But, because of this laxed attitude, this is the reason why Japan is getting a large amount of cases suddenly with travel into Tokyo getting restricted. I would say the government in Netherlands has addressed the pandemic more strictly than the Japanese go net meant but, socially, they are very similar. People don’t really seem to care too much about it here.

    Not connected to our discussion, but I’m glad I was wrong about my prediction and we finally got a direct :)
    The world: We are closing up **** and shutting ourselves in.

    Japan: We have low numbers compared to the rest so we are fine or so the government implies. Just as I see a guy coughing up a lung inTokyo onto the touch screen to buy train tickets and then smeared his hand all over his nose due to snot. Then he opened the door to go out of the ticket booth with said snot-drenched hand.

    With things opening up and schools set to start, I’m predicting that we will be getting explosions of outbreaks within the week. With an even older and more vulnerable population, it could even be worse than Italy :/
    I think we are past worrying about pleasantries. As much it hurts me to say it; I think we need full and indefinite lockdowns of all majorly affected countries, indefinite quarantines of all states, provinces, and prefectures affected by this virus, closure of all non-essential stores, closure of all airports, train station, and public transportation, and extremely limited travel outside of ones homes. These measures should be across the global; not just one country.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    To add on, my only grandma is 99, my dad is 70, and my mom is 68. All aid them obviously fill in that window. I believe if they were to pass, I should still not be allowed to come from Japan and visit to say goodbye. It hurts a lot but we must stop all over sea travel and immigration
    I generally feel bad for the victims and their families who die due to the coronavirus and my heart hurts for those suffering in Italy, Spain, South Korea, Iran, and so many more. However, I saw something on the news that made my blood boil and I felt no sympathy for him. A man here in Japan in his 50’s contracted the virus and, in social media, declared he would work hard at spreading it further so he purposefully sneezed, coughed, and licked everywhere he went. Especially restaurants and stations. More over, he visited several “pubs” and infected the workers; mostly from Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines. The POS died yesterday and, in his wake, there people getting infected.
    JDCabrera
    JDCabrera
    What an asshole.
    King Sonnn DeDeDoo
    King Sonnn DeDeDoo
    How are things going with Corona in Japan from the perspective of someone living there? Due to the high population density and the aging population, I'd imagine it could be really be prone to the virus. Also it disconcerting that the Olympics still have the green light despite all this.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    They are expecting it to peak again in April and May. We had a peak in Nagoya, Hokkaido, and Tokyo in February. However, our number of cases is low in comparison to other countries but we do have a high death count due to that age factor. Now, there are those outside of Japan who believe the government is hiding death and case counts due to the upcoming Olympics but that’s just speculation. Most Japanese want to see the Olympics continue and would not want to see it postponed. For me, I’m still going into work but our health is monitored throughout the day. Social distancing and remote working is only being used in large urban centers. I live in backwoods north central Japan so we are kind of “well, let’s just wait”. Once we get a confirmed case in my town, I plan on staying home. That being said, I’m taking my family down to Tokyo next week to get citizenship and passports for my kids at the American embassy.
    My parents two weeks ago: this virus is a liberal hoax to impeach the president! There isn’t a virus and all it is is a bad flu!!! It always happens in an election year! This thing will fade away within two weeks just watch it!

    My parents today: We are stocking on food, toilet paper, and medicine and will be staying inside only for supply runs for the whole month. We also withdrew large sums of money incase the banks collapse and buried in an unmarked location of our yard. We also stocked up on ammunition incase people start getting crazy.

    ......
    Do you still think that Doom Slayer has a chance for smash bros?
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    I think he has a 50/50 chance. I don’t count what the developers said as an outright Deconfirmation and it sounded like PR speak. They obviously want people to talk about Doomslayer and Smash speculation is best for that.
    I hate to fear monger about this virus but seeing as how every school is closed for a full month concluding museums and places like that, I wonder how this will impact businesses. My American friend works in a Japanese company and said he will start working remotely from home from next week. I can’t imagine every developer working on Smash has the ability to work at home so perhaps this might slow down dlc development. And I hope Sakurai, with his previous health issues, can avoid getting sick as well.
    Sari
    Sari
    Damn it must be scary to be in Japan right now. I hope you are able to stay safe.
    Madame Lesley
    Madame Lesley
    Trust me, this is gonna make our dry spell longer.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Not to mention the financial repercussions. Japan is gonna get harder than they did post-bubble burst in the 90’s/2000’s Maybe that’s why my salary is getting prematurely slashed....
    Well, all schools in Japan will close starting from next Monday....
    Madame Lesley
    Madame Lesley
    Better safe than sorry. In fact, we Filipinos have been banned from travelling to South Korea due to the outbreak. And meanwhile here, our president can't even offer a good ounce of aide to us.

    At this rate, maybe you should take up online teaching if things get worse =(
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Yeah they will reopen in the next school year in April
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Hopefully I won’t be let go due to work...
    Welp, everyone at work is required to wear face masks, hand sanitizer is available in every room and hallway, and we are rearranging the desks to be further separated from each other. Schiol lunch will also be served in addition to performing extra sanitation efforts. Not sure how the rest of Japan is but, here in Kanto, this coronavirus is getting even more real.
    TheIrepan8
    TheIrepan8
    About 6,000 miles away from you in the UK, colleges and schools are sending emails about guidelines regarding what to do about the virus in case it spreads.
    It sinks in a bit. How far it's spreading.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    It seems all schools within Hokkaido prefecture, the northern most prefecture of Japan and the largest, will be canceled for a week due to outbreaks of the virus. Scary stuff. My little prefecture is alright without any cases but stands alone surrounded on both sides. Hopefully we can ride this out.
    I saw a Tanuki next to our house yesterday. I was able to get quite close before it ran away. I’ve seen a few during my time in Japan but never that close. I hope it comes back again.
    No matter how you look at it, more than 2,000 deaths is very large and concerning number. Some say that “well, it’s the elderly and those with weak immune systems who are dying.” That sounds incredibly lacking of humanity and blames the deaths on their own physical shortcomings rather than the virus and the inability for a government body to contain it.
    In Japan, Valentine’s Day is where women give men chocolate and, a month later, men return the feelings and give women chocolates. Valentine’s Day happens to Be our sixth year wedding anniversary as well. I generally don’t go for chocolates or sweets so my wife gave my Buffalo Trace last year. This year, my wife and daughter gave me a big bottle of buttermilk ranch dressing, a large tub of Jif peanut butter, and a bottle of buffalo wing sauce. Laugh all you want but this makes me extremely happy. It’s been years since I had either of these since they are hard to come by in Japan and they are expensive. I plan on making some buffalo chicken wings tonight with it.
    Japan has its first confirmed death due to the coronavirus. I’m a fairly healthy person as is my wife but I worry about our children as well as my own students. A lot of deaths to this is attributed to other underlying health issues so I think my family is in the clear. However, seeing as how my in-laws are in their 80’s and has several health issues, I really worry about their safety if this virus starts spreading here in Japan.
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    It’s concerning but still not something to panic about. I’ve been advocating to those I talk to here but to be wary of this. This poor woman who died failed to go get checked when started feeling ill in January and only went this past week when her conditioned worsened. Who knows how many people, including her family, she infected. The family will also probably go into quarantine.
    JDCabrera
    JDCabrera
    Hoping that you stay safe too Venus.
    Madame Lesley
    Madame Lesley
    Stay safe...
    Granblue Versus looks pretty good. Guilty Gear Strive is looking amazing. And Dragon Ball FighterZ has new dlc. BlazBlue Cross Tagteam is still getting content. While they don’t have the best relationship, what is ArcSys was to develop a fighting game in their usual visual style based on a Nintendo IP (minus Smash of course). What would you like it to be?
    GolisoPower
    GolisoPower
    I’d say Xenoblade Chronicles. Specifically 2.

    The Rare Blades all have a bunch of stuff going for them, they have individual abilities and overall they could have some very distinct play styles. I imagine it being like FighterZ in the sense that it’s 3v3 but the whenever one goes down, the active fighter can tap into Field Skills that can give them an advantage in the next battle.
    Night Gale
    Night Gale
    Baten Kaitos.
    psb123
    psb123
    The most common idea I see from people is ArcSys making a Fire Emblem fighting game. Something I would not object to.
    I had lots of fun planning out my Mortal Kombat DLC Pack 2. This time, I will be dedicating my profile posts to a dear and old friend of mine that has sadly been thrown away by both companies except for a random appearance at EVO 2020. That’s of course one of my favorite series: Marvel vs Capcom.

    It’s an unpopular opinion but I actually enjoyed Marvel vs Capcom Infinite despite a few glaring problems. The roster was one of these problems which is sad cause it included all of my most wanted favorites like X, Sigma, Monster Hunter, Jedah, Ultron, Captain Marvel, and Black Widow. That’s why I want to go back and restructure the roster by adding into it to make.....

    Marvel vs Capcom Infinity Game or... MvCIG. I will update in characters, potential content, moves and hyper combos, and more. So please check back!
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