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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:22:10 PM »
"Emotional blackmail" - Motoi Sakuraba

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Mario Chat / Re: Mariology (serious posts wanted)
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:16:38 PM »
A scientific study of whether the planetoids in SMG could actually exist. Short answer: they would be destroyed by their own gravity, and also Mario's head would blow up.

(Also, after three and a half years, that album still says Luigi is older than Mario, even though the bio page says Mario's older. I think it's pretty safe to say it's an anomaly, but it's still weird that they never fixed it.)

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:54:21 PM »
"So Emotional" - Whitney Houston

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Mario Chat / Re: Toad gender
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:48:56 PM »
Someone on Miiverse brought up the question of if Toads are all genderfluid and don't reproduce sexually, why do they all still end up in relationships and gender expressions that look like heterosexual marriages? Real world explanations are pretty obvious, but can there be an in-universe explanation? The theory offered was that when Peach's human ancestors conquered the Toads generations ago, they imposed their own gender roles on the Toads. Of course, one of the problems with this theory is that, canonically, Mushroom World humans don't reproduce sexually either - Peach, like Mario and Luigi, was delivered by stork.

I also found out that the Miiverse profanity filter will let you say "sexless", but not "sex". So why can't I have a Pokémon named after my cat Spicy or an Animal Crossing pattern named after Jeff Andonuts?

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:37:32 PM »
"E.G.G.M.A.N"- Paul Shortino

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 21, 2014, 02:43:20 PM »
"Good Morning Planetarium" - Falling Up

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Video Game Chat / Re: Super Smash Bros. 4 Wii U and 3DS
« on: November 21, 2014, 02:40:20 PM »
On the default Wii U controls, L and R are shield and ZL and ZR are grab. On the Classic Controller, that's the same as the Gamecube controller (triggers shield, bumpers grab), but on the GamePad and the Pro Controller, it's the reverse (triggers grab, bumpers shield). You can change that per profile in the control customization (which means you have to remember to select your name every time you play any mode), but as far as I can tell, the GamePad, Classic Controller, and Pro Controller can't be changed separately -- all three are grouped under "Standard Controller". I'm not sure whether it would be easier to remember to select my profile every time I play anything, or get used to flipped controls (and then mentally unflip them back if I'm using a Classic Controller). Or just get a Gamecube adapter, which I was going to do today and forgot.

Other than that, it's great.

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:37:24 PM »
"Feeling Good" - My Brightest Diamond

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 19, 2014, 08:13:39 PM »
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)" - The Byrds

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Mario Chat / Toad gender
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:45:14 PM »
Toads are an asexual (in the biological sense) species who choose their own gender identities, according to the producer of Captain Toad.
(that link suddenly stopped working for me in the few minutes since I started writing this post, so here's a cached version in case)

This makes sense, considering the Yoshi's Island series implies that sexual reproduction doesn't exist in the Mushroom World anyway, even for humans (or a species that at least appears human). But if this is a common and accepted thing in the Mushroom World, why is Birdo/Birdetta treated like a joke?

(Also: Captain Toad and Toadette are not siblings, but also not dating -- "it would be more accurate to say they are adventure pals"; whether there's any cannibalistic relation between Toads and power-up mushrooms is "one of the great mysteries of the Mario universe.")

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 18, 2014, 10:34:47 PM »
"So Thereby...and furthermore...thus henceforth...Mono" - Upsilon Acrux

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:54:01 PM »
"Cross Examination ~ Moderate 2007" - Toshihiko Horiyama

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Forum Games / Re: The Music Game
« on: November 16, 2014, 04:05:49 PM »
"U Smile" - Justin Bieber

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Not at the Dinner Table / Re: Sexual Orientation
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:41:56 PM »
There's really not much (if any) difference between bi and pan. I identify as either, though I'm personally more comfortable with bi. For many people who identify as pan, the idea is that the  bi- in bisexual excludes people who don't fit the gender binary, but most if not all major bisexual organizations have defined "bisexual" as "attraction to two or more genders" or "attraction to same gender and different gender(s)" for decades. Appeals to etymology are rather silly -- if we're going to insist that bisexuals can only be attracted to cis men and cis women because bi means two, then "homophobe" means someone who's afraid of similarity. Etymology can be interesting, but only looking at usage can tell you what a word actually means (For what it's worth, the definition of bisexual that I use for myself is "attraction to people of genders similar to my own and genders different than my own." Also, I identify as non-binary.)

An alternate definition of pansexuality is "attraction regardless of gender", which could differentiate it from bisexuality. The idea is that for someone who identifies with this definition of pansexual, a person's gender is not a factor at all in determining whether they're attracted to them. Personally, I can't fully identify with this definition, as there do seem to be things that I find more attractive in one gender or another (for example, all other things being equal, I generally like girls with short hair better than I like guys with short hair). This is also a good time to mention that many bisexuals do tend to "lean" more toward one gender. It's a common misconception that to be a bisexual you have to be a perfect 3 on the Kinsey scale (One survey I read a while back showed that about 3% of people openly identify as bisexual, but about another 10% of people identified as straight while admitting to the survey taker that they have been "at least occasionally attracted to people of their own gender"), right up there with the notion that a bisexual has to date an equal amount of men and women, or that once they end up with someone, that means they've now finally "picked" whether they're straight or gay.

Another definition that some pansexuals use is to say "Bisexuals are attracted to men and women; pansexuals are attracted to men, women, and trans people." This is generally considered a rather transphobic definition -- although "trans" is an umbrella term that also includes people who identify as multiple genders, alternate genders, or no gender, most trans people identify as male or female, and separating them off as though "transgender" is itself a third gender is invalidating their identities. "Transgender" is not an alternative to "male" and "female"; it's an alternative to "cisgender" (people who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth).

As for panromantic -- Sexual orientation and romantic orientation do not always align. Just like people can be heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual/pansexual, or asexual, people can also be heteroromantic, homoromantic, biromantic/panromantic, or aromantic -- and they can be any combination. For example, a homoromantic asexual is someone who would like to meet and fall in love with and possibly kiss and get married to someone of their own gender, but they don't feel any sexual attraction to anyone. Someone might be sexually attracted to multiple/all genders, but only interested in settling down with one gender. There's lots of possible combinations. So someone who's panromantic is romantically attracted to people of all genders, separate from the question of whether or not they're sexually attracted to them.

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Video Game Chat / Re: N64 Controller Order
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:21:27 PM »


Only confirmed for Europe so far. But there's a Nintendo Direct tomorrow that'll probably have a segment about ORAS, so maybe?

My original N64 controller's analog stick is too loose to do pretty much anything now. I think we got some better ones a couple years ago when a friend of my brother's gave us Mario Kart, but I'm not sure; I haven't played in a while.

We didn't have many N64 games (no Zelda, no Mario Party, no Mario Kart, no Goldeneye), and I never had friends over to play anything (also, I never had friends), but the N64 does have some of the strongest nostalgic memories for me, mostly from the smell of the plastic of the third-party controller I usually used (I think it was called a SharkPad?), the crinkling sound of the futon-chair thing I usually sat in to play it, and the manuals -- the vibrant colors in the Banjo-Kazooie manual, the feel of the non-glossy paper manual for Yoshi's Story, and the descriptions of the planets in Star Wars Episode I Racer. And the time I made a team in NBA Jam 99 of all the kids who bullied me and made them all really short with 0 for all their stats and made them play a team comprising me (all stats at 100) and the handful of basketball players whose names I sort of recognized.

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