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News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Bobbias on January 08, 2019, 12:30:30 PM »
Well considering what this site actually is, I'd say it's not a big deal. If someone from years ago shows up, either they have an existing account or they make a new one. If they make a new one, and actually care about posting I'm sure they will find a way to get it activated.
News / Re: Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere on January 08, 2019, 04:27:51 AM »
Turns out these spammers also will occasionally register accounts and then keep them on the DL for a few weeks before posting with them. I dealt with that in a heavy-handed way by doing a comprehensive member list purge (i.e. anyone with zero posts whom I don't recognize). For the first time in quite a while the member count here is actually accurate!

Also, it's kind of surprising to me how many accounts were waiting in the e-mail approval filter (4200 over the span of two years!). I went ahead and purged that.
News / Admin approval is now required for all account registrations
« Last post by Spectere on January 07, 2019, 10:05:08 AM »
I honestly never thought the spam situation would get bad enough for things to come to this, but I've had it with this bullshit.

It doesn't help that SMF's development is pretty much glacial at this point, to say nothing for the plugin ecosystem, so trying to combat this by tweaking the settings or installing an addon has been pretty much futile. The methods that I used to use no longer install cleanly into 2.0.15 and I was pretty much over manually installing mods all the way back in the days, so this is about the best "compromise" I could come up with.

All in all, I suspect it's going to be way easier to mass-delete inactive accounts every few days than deal with "hot fortnite xxx cock pussy creampie viagra" threads popping up daily, so that's the route I've decided to take. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Gaming / Re: 10 games for 2018
« Last post by vladgd on January 01, 2019, 05:01:28 PM »
I guess since year's over, I could do a small year end review of the work I put into this thing 2018

1- earthbound
2- monster hunter world
3- smt nocturne
4- smt 4
5- south park fractured but whole
6- xcom terror from the deep
7- persona 5
8- deus ex mankind divided
9- metroid: samus returns
10- dragon quest xi
11- smt 4 apocalypse
12- advance wars 2
13- disgaea 5

October/November 2017 I was thinking about how I haven't been beating many games and I made some list of 10 games I wanted to complete in 2018. apparently I made a list of 5 in October...

...yeah...didn't even touch any of those...but my goal of 5, arbitrarily turned to 10, and I wanted to only beat unbeaten games...I OBLITERATED IT.

Less pc time, more games being beaten, my back feels fantastic, and I have been tackling some of those naggling games. Let's try and categorize some of this away for a wrap up of my 2018 vidya experience.

Favorite Game/2018 GOTY
Monster Hunter World.
Not much to say, I had a thread about it. Monster hunter was a fantastic series hampered by the platforms capcom released it on...this game fixes that...nuff said. I haven't had this much fun playing a honestly can't remember the last time I fiended for a game as much as when I was in the middle of my hunter addiction. Not to mention the first time in a long time I played online with irl friends of mine for long periods of time. Good friend of mine whom I havent played games with online since...modern warfare 2...ended up putting at least 100+ hours of my 200 hours played in this thing.

Runner up favorite
smt nocturne
My introduction to Shin Megami Tensei, and having had experienced's knocking its way on the door to my favorite jrpg. Might need some more time to simmer on it, but I really REALLY like this game. Light on story, heavy on atmosphere, great battle system, great challenge, great music. I still listen to the OST at work damn near every week, I only wish...the sequel was better...

Least Favorite Game
Shin Megami Tensei 4
This game refines a lot of things of nocturne, which is great...except the game's not bad..just...not good? Take the first "tutorial" dungeon of the game, make it the hardest jrpg dungeon I've ever played no exageration, and then make the rest of the game very easy, with a horrible starting atmosphere and an even worse story until near 80% through the game, it's just disappointing. I am confused as to why the smt community recommends people start with this game, at least smt4 apocalypse has a balanced difficulty curve, but the story in that game is just straight anime weeb stuff, which is fine...just not in the context of shin megami tensei. Play nocturne, then play this, you'll know the difference in tone real quick. Cutesey anime "LETS GO ON A PICKNICK!" just out of place in a game like this.

Most rewarding game to complete
xcom terror from the deep
Played this game a few years ago, it utterly defeated me. I savescummed like a bitch...and it still beat me. This game is HARD. Hardest game on my list this year, one of the hardest games I have completed. But it's xcom, underwater, and that's AWESOME. Like the original, but want shittier weapons and stronger aliens(well yknow till you get molecular control, and soldiers skilled to use it...then you can kinda just kinda obliterate everything...but yknow, good luck surviving that far with enemies who can take rockets to the face without even flinching)? I guess this is up your alley, had a blast playing it from start to finish, and I am extremely happy to knock this fucker off the backlog.

Biggest surprise
dragon quest xi
I thought this game was going to be some open world skyrim like game, and it wasn't. This is a dragon quest ass dragon quest game with a shiny coat of paint, and after a slow start, it plays great. All these great jrpgs ive been exposed to this year alone, and to end it, square enixes own NON final fantasy game just killed it this year. I don't even have any intent to play final fantasy 15 anymore, I think im done with that whole franchise at this point, but dragon quest...I got what, 9-10 others to try out since this was my first one? Getting excited of which one I'll knock out in 2019! Highly recommend this title to jrpg fans who like that OG style with a fresh coat of paint.

Seems like jrpgs and turn based strategy games on my plate for the most part, we'll see what 2019 comes to bring. Not sure if I'm committed to going crazy on vidya in 2019, but we'll see what the year brings. Change is usually slow for me so I'll probably pile on a few games before I focus attention on more important uses of my free time, so we'll see.

Good games 2018.
Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by vladgd on December 30, 2018, 08:55:10 AM »
You may have misunderstood my last post, but let me clarify.

Im on my PC less than 2 hours a month now a days, the last time I was on my computer was last Wednesday, which ended in back pain I haven't had since February.

Im literally afraid of being on my PC for longer than 30 minutes due to the back problems.
Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by NewF on December 29, 2018, 10:55:51 PM »
Well, I tried adding you. It says "Friend request sent" but then nothing happens and you dont show up in any friend request. Did you BLOCK me??  AHHHH!!! :(
Just ad me.
Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by vladgd on December 29, 2018, 12:02:07 AM »
I think it's still vladgd, but I've barely on my PC due to back issues. Literally back pain mostly gone, because the time I've been on my PC in the entirety of 2018, is the time I was on my PC in a week in 2017. Recliner in the living room has been heavenly.

Contemplating getting a living room setup for my PC or laptop, but that's a topic for another thread. Would love to get back into fightans again, but in the current climate, favoring tekken 7, even though im horrible.
Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by vladgd on December 28, 2018, 11:07:57 PM »
Yeahhh...I snowballed quick...

Drink sodas to power level a maid, use said leveled maid to tower level max level at cheat shop in 2-1. Use said levels to do 4-2 cheat shop level 16 to make level 99 enemies, tower level there. Advance story till you unlock martial training 1, hot...level 400 something there with one character.

Steamroll game, last game of 2018 beat!

I see the appeal, but having just came off advance wars 2 (a vastly better game, with actual tactics and no leveling) im kinda disappointed. Iunno, I got the first one sitting in shrink wrap, we'll see if I tear into that soon. Probably want to do that before I do post game in 5, but iunno.

6/10, not bad
Computing / Re: How the FUCK can I start livestreaming on Youtube or twitch.
« Last post by NewF on December 28, 2018, 04:56:02 PM »
Vlad what's your Steam ID, I wanna play some SF with you.
Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« Last post by Bobbias on December 26, 2018, 08:56:00 AM »
I passed the cheat shop as well, but I never figured out how to really abuse everything to make the most of stuff. Sure, I can level up the enemies in that ch2 map with the easy xp tiles, but I couldn't get them high enough to actually make good exp out of it.

I love metallia though.
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