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Charles last won the day on November 5 2016

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  1. I was thinking...cancer treatments and funeral costs are expensive even with insurance. If Desbreko's Mom (or even Laura on her behalf) want to set up a gofundme page I'm sure that we could all pull together and help a bit. I know that there aren't a lot of us left around here and the total raised won't be a huge amount, but if we can help the family of a young man that meant so much to this community, then I say that we show why we are a special place and pull together!
  2. Rob (Vampire Ed) texted me and I learned about this during my day teaching so I couldn't respond sooner. The news breaks my heart. I was not particularly close to Desbreko on a personal level, but I used to spend a lot of time on this site and in the silly AIM chats that were a daily offshoot of the boards themselves. Therefore, I was able to see many of you as real people. I remember telling Desbreko how he loved The Legend of Zelda so much that he actually looked like Link. I believe I actually posted a photoshopped image of him as Link a long time ago and he loved it. I'm only just now
  3. Some great replies in here. The point about more games being made to fit a broader audience rings true. Some developers really hit the nail on the head with DLC. As Allamorph thoughtfully pointed out, Borderlands 2 offers excellent add on content without making the primary offering seem incomplete. I love polished, complete experiences which developers choose to expand upon. Driveclub is another fine example; there's a perfect blend of free and paid content on offer. Storm Island in Forza Horizon 2 was also well worth the money. Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros Wii U are excellent DLC models
  4. Goodness, I was a high school senior when I first joined and now I'm 34. A huge benefit from posting and chatting online is that I was able to improve my writing, reading, and communication skills. Laura made some great points about the social aspects and learning things from others-and that rings true. I learned a lot about diversity, tolerance, and even how to carry out a debate respectfully. I've also learned that I should treat people better and have more patience based on some of the immature arguments I found myself in.
  5. I have just marathoned One Punch Man and Food Wars. I highly recommend both. OPM is essentially a parody of DBZ and the like, featuring an overpowered protagonist mixed with copious action and humor. Food Wars is about a talented kid from a diner whose father sends him to culinary school. Students "battle" one another in highly detailed and entertaining cook offs; there are also parodies of how sexuality is featured in anime.
  6. Thanks for making this thread! It's already been great coming back. Hopefully Final Quest for Glory 3 will get some love!
  7. Great work, Shy! Final Quest for Glory 2 was special because it really skewed the direction of the super serious RPG format of the time and allowed an RPG that enveloped the entire forum. The downside is that it bothered some people, lol. Perhaps we could collaborate carefully, We could all discuss ways in which we can capture the lighthearted tone of the original, the non-linearity, but at the same time, contribute to the board instead of spamming it. Josh gives me too much credit because his creativity easily lead to a majority of positive points in the game so I'd like everyone to take part
  8. I teach 12th grade Language Arts so learning styles are of constant interest to me. I enjoy implementing "game-based" learning because one is able to easily touch upon multiple learning styles at once. I also like to set up different stations that require students to do different things--because it's important to leave your comfort zone and sample other styles. I learn best by watching and trying. I hate reading instructions and working independently. I'm very visual--so I often need to remind myself not to tailor my lessons to tilt too heavily on that side of things.
  9. Currently I'm hooked on Star Wars: Battlefront; opinions of the game is polarizing to say the least, but I love it because it reminds me of classic shooters like Goldeneye. It's simple, elegant, looks fantastic, and doesn't allow your own teammates to kill you for your stuff. I also adore the map design and character balancing. My favorite mode is "Heroes vs. Villains." The best way to play is selflessly--being willing to heal your teammates as Leia and The Sith Lord--and throwing yourself at overpowered heroes when it's your turn to play as the grunt. I'm not into the whole Call of Duty cr
  10. Or is it a byproduct of the current state of gaming? To clarify: When I look at the microtransactions literally drenching gaming, I think of the "freemium" aspect that props up the mobile gaming industry. Although some games, like The Wither 3, offer valuable DLC and other games offer superfluous stuff that isn't really necessary, I feel that "Season Passes" and pay-to-play for full-priced content is becoming increasingly annoying. Mobile phone gaming has sort of hurt traditional handheld gaming as well--although I don't really know that can be helped. However, I sort of wonder if in the futu
  11. Charles

    David Bowie

    Ironically, Tony also got me interested in David Bowie as well with his fervent admiration of him. At least I'm not the only one Shinje! Wonderful artist who will truly be missed. He had just released an album too. I was so surprised when I read the news. I didn't even know he was sick. I hate cancer.
  12. It's beautiful! I love the logo. I'll sign up. I hope that everyone is able to participate in OB Day and has a good time!
  13. I'll update the list shortly. The big day is coming up pretty quickly now!
  14. Seeing all of these faces from the past returning is fantastic. I'll be sure to update the original post.
  15. Great original post! There's really nothing like Nintendo's penchant for infusing charm into their interfaces. I remember how special Mario Paint was. There weren't a ton of features, but the little details...the sounds, the animations, everything just oozed polish. Mario Maker is like that. There is still room for a ton of content to be added, but the way the player interacts with what's there is incredible. I figure we can share some of our favorite levels here too. Light and Shadowby Robin64Tue 15th Sep 2015 C82E-0000-0038-7E5F
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