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30438 No. 30438 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What relaxing things do you like to do, Anon?
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>> No. 36487 [Edit]
That's only going to make the problem worse as time goes on.
>> No. 36792 [Edit]
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You could be on to something; drive at night to late-night diners could be worth the effort.
>> No. 36795 [Edit]
You could always move to a small city where people bike/walk instead.

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36728 No. 36728 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Do you think it's possible to feel nostalgic for things you've never personally experienced?
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>> No. 36736 [Edit]
The closest term I know of to that feeling is saudade, though nostalgia doesn't require personal experience to be felt.
>> No. 36741 [Edit]
One of my main methods of escapism was being nostalgic for particular periods I wasn't alive in.
>> No. 36743 [Edit]
But of course. Case and point:
>> No. 36744 [Edit]
Saudade is one of my favorite words/emotions. It complements nicely with the "mono no aware."

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33327 No. 33327 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What has been your personal experience with Pokemon? I started with gen 4, and I have good memories of it for that reason, but it's not my favorite. I think generation 2 was the peak of everything good about Pokemon. The atmosphere, the music, the adventure. It was intended as the last entry into the series and it shows. Everything after the second generation has been an artificial extension increasingly made out of an interest in profit rather than passion.

A lot of people feel that the franchise has gone down hill, but I disagree with their reasons. It's true that the creatures have become more over-designed and the overall art style has become less inspired and the legendary monster concept has been cheapened, but that's not the biggest issue in my opinion. The problem is that it became international. You don't really think of Pokemon as a jrpg, right?

The franchise's success practically forced gamefreak to tone certain things down for a larger, global audience and especially western sensibilities. Then they started accomodating more and more to the point where the game's aren't even set in places based on Japan. The cultural roots of the game have been uprooted and when playing the games you feel it. You feel that it was intended to please everybody across the world. No more forest shrines and kimono wearing girls. No more buddhist temples. No more anything that could upset a parent. No where is this shift more clear than in the anime. The themes of the games aren't particularly tied to Japan either now. Gen 1's technological focus and gen 2's nature focus came from a place relevant to the creators, so it felt like it had some weight to it.

tl;dr: The franchise isn't bathed in Japanese aesthetics and/or sensibilities anymore, so it feels soulless.
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>> No. 36714 [Edit]
They need to stop adding Pokemon; instead, refine what's already there.
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I feel like after the DS games, pokemon is just so bland. It was always a cashgrab, but it's even more blatantly moreso now. It's souless, and even more expensive than before. But I'm glad I don't really play any more, because getting tied to franchises and companies are a bad thing.

Why do I believe it's souless? Well, it seems that the games are shorter and easier now so than before. I remember it took me a while to beat a game, but now, I could probably finish the main story line of one of the newer ones within a day. The stories aren't as intruiging as they were before, and what really irritated me the most was the new pokemon games on the switch being lazily made. They are made with the same engine as the 3ds games and look like low-effot higher-resolution versions of those. Then they have the nerve to charge tons of money for it- along with DLC.

All in all, I don't respect anyone who says they bought a new Pokemon game for other than the reason of it being 'Pokemon'. I feel like that's the only reason why these people buy these games.
>> No. 36718 [Edit]
Not to mention the mobile game (via Niantic) that's thinly-veiled datamining.
>> No. 36720 [Edit]
Disregarding that fact even, gacha is evil, and is made to prey on the mentally ill.

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36360 No. 36360 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Have you ever had anything you like be ruined in some way for you? What was it? How or why was it ruined?
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>> No. 36466 [Edit]
The Norse. I was quite interested in them when I was younger but over the last probably 5 years or more they have gone through such a butchering in every portrayal of them in every media(well actually maybe not anime so much) that they have become a joke. Nowadays every Viking in every game or movie is covered in tattoos, has a weird half shaved hair cut and wears something that I don't even know that I can describe what it is meant to be. It's just dumb, people pic these small details and then blow them out of proportion to being something that it never was, the Norse didn't even have a word for Tattoo and no contemporary European source ever mentions them having them, the only source to mention the is an Arab travelor talking about one group of Rus during a funeral ceremony, and the word he uses may not even actually refer to Tattos, it could be paint. Yet now every Viking looks like they come from some heavy metal band.
>> No. 36670 [Edit]
Coffee. Ruined by gate-keeping hipsters.
>> No. 36671 [Edit]
I've been playing the god of war reboot recently and yeah I noticed that. They really do look like a bunch of skin heads.
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36456 No. 36456 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What is your favorite dere?
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>> No. 36611 [Edit]
Yandere. What could be more romantic than someone willing to lovingly eviscerate you?
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Yanderes. A girl so devoted to the extent of violent obsession is not only romantic, but it helps me believe that the yandere herself isn't some whore who switches between guys at the same speed as her heartrate. The violent obsession is an exciting kind of romantic. I don't know of any character like this, but a yandere school shooter girl would be my favorite. A guilty pleasure of mine is the works of Aosore's JC-chan. That's how I feel yanderes should be at minimum, punishing infractions with violence. The appeal of a cute girl spilling someone else's blood is very strong, especially if it's deserved. One of my favorite things about yanderes is when their eyes glow in the dark. Few things, for me, communicate so effectively the danger and insanity they hold. Blood and dead bodies spilled everywhere like a pressurized ketchup bottle someone accidentally stepped on obviously communicates it well and probably more clearly than anything else a yandere could do but glowing eyes communicates it so cleanly, so effectively. If you see a girl's eyes glow in the dark, you know something is off about her. At that point she doesn't need the knife, the blood, the victims, or anything else, all you need is the eyes. Not to mention, the intimidation is very enticing.
I would like dere-deres but I don't think I would trust them very much and I can't think of many examples I've seen in anime.
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My problem with yanderes is that they generally aren't interested in genuine reciprocation. It's common for them to project things onto their subject of obsession and never listen to what they have to say. Being understood by and having a real conversation with someone cognitevely imparied like that doesn't seem like it would be easy. They're also likely to pointlessly put themselves in danger, which would logically lead to them getting hurt or killed. I guess manic behavior also doesn't appeal to me because it reminds me a lot of unreasonable, hysterical women.

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>> No. 36625 [Edit]
I think partners ignoring each other and projecting what they want to hear is a common problem with all relationships, yandere or not. I think depending on the type of yandere, some might obsess over every word you say and go above and beyond to grant your every wish. Unfortunately, that type of yandere seems to be uncommon and generally over shadowed by the more delusional violent and psychotic types.

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33825 No. 33825 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
What would you do if the world got fucked? A calamity which doesn't kill everyone, but severely disrupts the going ons of the world. I'm asking just in general and for a more specific scenario. If the yellow stone super volcano erupts, the entirety of North America would become completely uninhabitable and the released smoke would affect the entire planet in varying degrees of severity.

There would be very little warning, but probably enough to go somewhere if you're lucky. Your two main options would either be South America, where it would be warm but you'd have to deal with many locals and other refugees, or East Asia, where you could manage to stay alive, but it would be extremely cold. Or you could just die.

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>> No. 36598 [Edit]
>2020 in a nutshell.
That would be: much ado about nothing, annoying neurotics screeching 24/7.
>> No. 36600 [Edit]
I'm close enough to yellow stone that it going off might kill me or at the very least turn this area into a hellscape.
Because of covid panic buying which I'm not exactly proud of, I've still got months of food and water in an RV, a lot of miscellaneous tools & supplies, along with a good quality AR and crossbow. I've got solar panels and plenty of batteries but haven't wired them into place yet.
>> No. 36612 [Edit]
You know it's not going to happen right?
>> No. 36613 [Edit]
Probably not in our life time, no. I just like to think it's best to be prepaid for whatever might happen.

"It's better to have things you don't need, than to need things you don't have" - Some graboid hunter.

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33525 No. 33525 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
Let's talk about every terrible thing Netflix has done. Purely as a service, it's a mediocre, roundabout way of getting access to shows. There's some committee of people deciding what gets hosted and what doesn't, which is almost entirely decided by market demand rather than quality. Good movies get booted to make room for cape shit. You also have to wait a year longer to watch new seasons of shows that already aired, even if the season is being hosted in another country. The monthly rate for streaming has gone up over the years. Streaming as a paid service is also ridiculous because if you're paying money for data, you should have unlimited access to that data.

With that out-of-the-way, the more important issue is with Netflix's goal of controlling the anime industry, at least in the west(for the time being). Buying up streaming rights is one thing, but from a cultural standpoint, they want control too. They make live action adaptations and new dubs with changed translations to control the image of these shows. They get exclusive streaming rights to new shows while they're in production, which means they will definitely get some level of creative control, which inevitably means censorship and ideological injection. This kind of things actually is a slippery slope. People who cheer and get excited when they announce the next show they'll butcher are so naive I can't believe it. I'm dreading their Ghost in Shell reboot.

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Money makes the work go round
>> No. 35583 [Edit]
Carole & Tuesday anime stuck in Netflix jail.
>> No. 35584 [Edit]
A fate that befits such a westernized series.
>> No. 36608 [Edit]
Ep9 agrees

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34658 No. 34658 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
I find that I'm far more interested in the prototypes for stories, games, and characters than I am in the final product. There's just always something, some element of a prototype that stands out to me as being more raw and interesting than its final, polished form. Characters that are toned down and made softer, designs that are widened and modernized to eliminate the influence of older popular fashion, music that has the original hard edges replaced with some sort of smoothing beat. Every final product just feels so watered down, as if products have to be more bland to be palatable to the average person. Does anyone else feel this way?
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Then it might interest you that the prototypes for the 1st and 2nd gen Pokemon games were recently leaked:
>> No. 34737 [Edit]
That does interest me, I like especially the older pokemon games.
>> No. 34744 [Edit]
If you're into worldbuilding definitely read Ursula K Le Guin's Always Coming Home.
>> No. 36496 [Edit]
When it comes to Anime, one of the critiques I always see is that the stories often start off with an interesting premise but, for some reason, the writers fail in execution. Perhaps the reason why you're often more drawn to the prototype is because the prototype is legitimately more interesting than the final product.

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36417 No. 36417 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How many of you have read through some of TC's archives to any degree? What were your favorite board's archives to read through? What were your favorite posts? Did you ever feel tempted to make a thread that one of them covered from years ago because you wanted to see what modern TC's users thought compared to back then, because you wanted more discussion, or any other reason? And for the question I want to ask most: what did you think about the Tohno-chan of that time? Please share anything and everything you think about it, I would love to read it all.
I've read many archived posts from /mai/ and /ot/. Sometimes I go back and read them again when I'm bored and more than enough time has passed for me to forget what I read. One thing I find myself not forgetting is the impression I get from earlier posts. While I prefer not to normally state my opinions in the OP as they relate to the topic, I sometimes feel like older Tohno-chan was more fun and friendly. People could funpost and nobody had a problem with it and questions had more variety. Somehow I can feel less restraint from the topics and content of those old posts. It's like anons back then were always happy to be away from the shit that was taking over the internet at the time but they weren't on-edge about it following them here. I suppose that just comes with the general environment the internet had. It's a little sad to imagine that nobody back then knew how bad things would get but it's reassuring to know they could enjoy themselves back in those dreamlike days.
As I progress from the very early posts to one that came much later I feel like depression really started to set in for many anons. Be it because their lives got progressively worse, they couldn't ignore the pain anymore, or because the more upbeat members left and negative ones took their places, I don't know. Regardless of the reason, it's sad to watch the general mood change over time to something I always considered unsavory and was never fond of in Tohno-chan even in the best of times. Maybe it was always like this and it would be clearly spelled out for me if I decided to read the /so/ archives, which I won't do because /so/ is already poison for the soul, I don't need more of that, but I can't help but remember the general loss of humor and what h
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>> No. 36434 [Edit]
I think there's a bit more to it than that.
Negative attitudes can be infectious, depressed people might drag others down with them to have some company. Likewise, sometimes acting happy and keeping a positive attitude can have a lasting effect on an unhappy person.
>> No. 36435 [Edit]
I don't come here to fill the role of someones therapist.
>> No. 36437 [Edit]
>spelled out for me if I decided to read the /so/ archives
/so/ has never really struck me as a particularly "depressing" board. Yes it's certainly not all smiles and optimism, but that doesn't mean it's an endless gloom pit either. What's discussed there feels raw and human, and above all most of the posts are of a constructive nature – rather than falling into the pit of wallowing in self-despair as other such places have fallen prey to. Even if you don't usually take to the "ronery" atmosphere, given the presence of topics such as the "random memories" one (kudos to the OP to who created that; I've enjoyed the momentary glimpses into others' lives), maybe you could instead view it as encompassing something like "saudade."
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>How many of you have read through some of TC's archives to any degree?
I've read just a little.
>What were your favorite board's archives to read through? What were your favorite posts?
I haven't read that much, so nothing really stands out that much, most of what I've read was /ot/ and /ma/.
>Did you ever feel tempted to make a thread that one of them covered from years ago because you wanted to see what modern TC's users thought compared to back then, because you wanted more discussion, or any other reason?
I'm the one who made the Prison School thread on /ma/. I just made to talk about it, nothing more. The manga wasn't concluded at the time, so the threads are different.
Personally, I don't see much point in reading the archives like that, I am pleased with the website as it is, and I believe even now there's a dreamlike quality to it, no matter how nightmarish things may seem at the moment, some years from now I think most users will look back to this era and also remember it fondly. Most users from the dreamlike past, didn't felt dreamlike at the time, it will be time that will show to us the happiness we could not perceive.
Oh, and tell Maki to stop smoking and get some rest.

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36129 No. 36129 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
How long have you been on the internet? What are your best memories? How have your internet habit changed? Do you enjoy it nowadays? I would like this thread to be an open discussion to this beautiful yet flawed place that we all inhabit.
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You didn't miss a whole lot, there were some fun times and a different attitude to the net but the vast majority was porn/game trading, excessive flaming and spam.
Media wasn't as easy to come by either so secondaries ran rampant in 2D circles.
>> No. 36283 [Edit]
>How long have you been on the internet?
Well I first started using it sometime around 2000, when I was 8. But during that time I was rarely allowed online (mom would always say "no, I'm waiting for a friend to call", but I imagine she just didn't want me running up the bill). The few times I could get online, all I really did was look up cheat codes and play flash games.

It wasn't until 2004 that I could get online consistently and I started trying to take part in communities. Mainly gaming forums for what few games I had. Of course, being 12 among a group of 15+-year-olds, it was only natural that I made a massive ass of myself. So after a few tries to fit in somewhere, I just kept to myself until stumbling upon 4chan via YTMND (which in turn I found through the Wikipedia article on Sonic the Hedgehog) in 2006.

>What are your best memories?
Having spent most of my time on imageboards, that's where all of the best memories are. Even then I don't know if they're all that good. I remember my first day on 4chan pretty clearly, there was a motivational poster thread on /b/ that immediately got hijacked into a porn dump. I won't say what kind it was, but I'll just say it was like nothing I'd seen before and I came buckets several times. Also hung out on small chans' /i/nvasion boards, was a good place to vent my teenage frustration in the form of raiding other people.

I guess other good memories would be getting into new games and the occasional new anime. But with my computer being the 1998 toaster it was, "games" only meant SNES JRPGs and Doom WADs, and "anime" just meant whatever I could find on streaming sites. I lurked a few forums for the stuff I enjoyed, but I never posted on them since I was too shy. Looking back, I feel like I should have tried to be a part of those communities, I probably would have been driven to pursue the artistic passions I had back in my teens. Without the support of having friends, all I could really do was just dabble occasionally in code and music, never really getting anywhere.

>How have your internet habit changed?
Well I stopped using 4chan. I still use imageboards frequ
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Been around since the late 90s.
My best experience was a small non-English BBS with quite a nice community. I still miss friends from there, but it died quite suddenly when the admin went to Iraq and didn't come back so most people didn't connect up again.

As far as I'm concerned, the clearnet is as good as dead. It's been overrun by the social media hordes that spread like a plague and who complain about anyone that's different, which gets sites taken down (see: 8chan), net infrastructure companies (DNS-providers, hosts, anti-DDOS...) are banning sites at random and it's accepted by their other customers, and giant quasi-monopolies eat websites. Forums have been killed by Reddit, IRC/Mumble by Discord, webrings by Google, personal websites by FB...
I'm moving more and more to darknet stuff, I2P, TOR, hopefully gnunet at some point. There's still more interesting things there and less of that centralization stuff that's killing the clearnet.
>> No. 36313 [Edit]
> My best experience was a small non-English BBS with quite a nice community. I still miss friends from there, but it died quite suddenly when the admin went to Iraq and didn't come back so most people didn't connect up again.

I'm sorry to hear that, online communities just going down with no backup means of communication is always a tragedy.

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31113 No. 31113 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Edit]
You are on death row and you get one last meal. What will it be?
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Indonesian nasi
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Soft fluffy jiggly cheesecake
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Seafood paella

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