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General Chat / Re: New/Returning Members Post Here!
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:31:53 AM »
Hi Ruben,

A warm welcome to the Fungi Forums! Enjoy your time here; it's a great community.

General Chat / Re: Koopaslaya Proposes a Toast.
« on: December 03, 2013, 02:15:06 PM »
I will beat it. Or I will have to give you your prize...

Forum Games / Re: The Texting Abbreviations Game
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:47:02 PM »
Stop Discriminating the Other Treats. Yesterday, You Pleased Dogs.


General Chat / Koopaslaya Proposes a Toast.
« on: November 28, 2013, 07:55:05 PM »
Hello Fellow TMKers!

"Look!" said Toad, "A Chain Chomp!" ... Just kidding!

Tomorrow is my 10th anniversary of activity here at the Fungi Forums. I know that I have not always been the most active of posters on these parts of the internet, but I do feel that this message board and web community has made a profound mark on my teenage and young adult life so far. I'd like to dedicate this topic to the great folks whom I've met during my time here -- and to ten more years!

The weekend trips to my grandmother's house in the early 90s lasted seemingly forever. A boy of four or five, I with my sister would be dropped off for a weekend of food, crafts, and NES with my grandmother. In her retirement she took the time to explore the worlds of many NES titles: Adventure Island II, Wacky Racers, Bubble Bobble 2: Rainbow Island, Tetris, and all the rest. Still, two games stuck out as the highlights of those weekends. Super Mario Brothers and SMB3 became the feature presentations of those trips. I would play and die, and grandma would play and die, and my sister would simply die, and the girl who lived next door would play and play until she inevitably beat the game. We were all in awe of her ability. On one occasion, my grandpa, pipe in his mouth, was watching her play, when she demonstrated the infinite life glitch off of the koopa in 3-1. "How the hell are you so good at that thing?" he asked. She just smiled. I wanted to be that good. Grandpa never said such things when I was playing. I made it to 8-1 once when I was six or so. But my father dragged my out of the house, my hands still clutching the controller which he ripped out of the system as Mario was in mid jump. He met his demise at the bottom of a pit.

As a young teenager, I was very much enthralled -- and still am, but to a different degree -- by Super Mario 64. While surfing the internet , I came across a website with a particularly delightful splash page (if you are in the know, you can still see it). The simple black background and seemingly endless information about my favorite video game character kept me coming back for more.

To this day, I'm not quite sure why I joined the Fungi Forums or why I became a presence in #tmk for several years, but I am always grateful that I did. When the !stats came out on #tmk, I was often excited to see how well I had performed in the chat that month. While my friends were checking MySpace or the Facebook, I would find myself returning home from high school to check the Fungi Forums. Better conversation (and grammar [and language, {right Sapphira?}]) here anyhow.

While my love for video games waned in favor of books and music, I never lowered the flag on this community. I think that's a testament to each of you in building a community that is about so much more than video games. While I've never been the most informed gamer, nor the most impressive tech expert, nor the funniest, nor the smartest, nor the most articulate, I've always been made to feel a homely welcome on this little slice of the internet. For that I am grateful. You all are the reason for that.

If I might borrow a line from Bilbo Baggins, “I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” To Deezer and MEGAB¥TE, Chupperson Weird, Sapphira, Luigison, David, Suffix, Lizard Dude, Watoad, TEM, Rao, BP, Markio, NintendoExpert89, WarpRattler (and even to jon and Vidgmchtr): thank you. Thanks for ten years of great laughs, great conversations, and great memories.
To Deezer and his staff: thanks for making such a great website that has attracted such a great community over the years. All the work you've put into this site over the years has made it something special. The Forum update was a great undertaking, and your constant willingness to help and listen to annoying teenage punks (like I was) amazes me. You've done fine work with this site, and for that you should be proud.
To Sapphira: Thanks for the help with the ADVANCED Poster Awards for those two years. Long live Sapphira Fan Club!
To LD, Luigison, Markio and my other interlocutors: thanks for always forcing me to examine my arguments from all sides and for helping me to sharpen my rhetorical skills and hone my argumentative abilities.
To TEM and Chupperson: Thanks for the great memories in #tmk and for the awesome conversations we shared.
To anybody whom I might have missed or forgotten: Thanks for the memories. Everyone here holds a special place in my heart.

To The Fungi Forums, to #tmk, to all of you: long live The Mushroom Kingdom!

Push Button...
Recieve Bacon.

General Chat / Re: Fastest milk drinker?
« on: November 27, 2013, 12:14:04 PM »
Chocolate milk is often handed out to runners after they complete a marathon. A delicious treat, the very thought of my post-marathon chocolate milk pushes me on in the most difficult and painful later miles. As much as I agree with Suffix, I'd be willing to bet that I slam an 8 oz. serving pretty quickly after a marathon.

Forum Games / Re: Let's count to a million FOR REAL
« on: November 06, 2013, 11:17:41 AM »
Great, I'll pay with my credit card, last four digits 2451.

Site Discussion / Re: Rules
« on: November 03, 2013, 09:04:09 PM »
I work for you.

/\ Sounded like a  particularly fiery campaign speech, BP. You have my vote.

BP for FF Senator!

Mario Chat / Re: Favorite Mario Kart
« on: November 03, 2013, 01:18:13 PM »
Diddy Kong Racing.
I always thought that DKR was the best racing game made for the N64.

Mario Chat / Re: Favorite Mario Kart
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:38:57 AM »
I gotta go with what I grew up with. MK64

Site Discussion / Re: Rules
« on: October 31, 2013, 03:36:52 PM »
I, for one, don't mind being insulted now and then. </sarcasm>

General Chat / Re: Is there a "right" way to ask someone out?
« on: October 24, 2013, 08:15:22 PM »
I would certainly say that in the digital age we have become especially jaded to the power that exists in the real human encounter. Facebook (or even the phone, for that matter) can really become a screen or a mask, whether our intentions are to be masked or not. It's appropriate to make plans over Facebook, but to make huge life decisions over the site, well that's a horse of a different color. The sincerity, the honor, the courage that it takes to ask someone out in person makes a huge difference in my opinion. There is just something that makes somebody feel special about being asked out in real life and not over the internet. Today we do so much over the internet that we tend to forget the real value and power in face-to-face encounters.

I've often heard it said not to ask anyone out over the phone, but always in person. It's okay to make plans to get together over the internet, but it  would be better to use those plans to ask the person out in person.

There is something to be said about the risk that comes into play when you ask someone out. You really have to go outside of yourself when you ask someone out: you have to risk being hurt. Both parties can hide from that fact behind the convenient screen of the internet. Both parties are faced with the emotion of human attraction during an "in person" encounter from which they could otherwise hide. Take for the example blushing, the spontaneity of a response, and the fear of rejection. These are all in play in the personal encounter, and they make the risk so much worth the price.

Remove the risk, remove the human element, mask it, push it into the arena of the artificial, and the question, "will you go out with me" itself looses its real precious value.

Game Blog / Re: What's your favorite Mario music?
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:55:52 PM »
Yoshi's Story Theme
Jolly Roger Bay / Dire, Dire Docks Theme
Rainbow Road, MK:DD

Forum Games / Re: TKBFSTLAYDG
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:45:33 AM »

Video Game Chat / Re: Speedrunning Marathons
« on: October 11, 2013, 11:46:09 AM »
The fastest (but not necessarily the easiest) OoT category is under 30 minutes. I've found that to be the best place to start. 16-Star runs in SM64 aren't bad either.

Video Game Chat / Speedrunning Marathons
« on: October 11, 2013, 07:56:53 AM »
Hey all!

It's been a while since I've been very involved in the gaming world. Unfortunately, in college and grad school, I have been more consumed with schoolwork than gaming. Recently, however, I've gotten back into gaming largely because of the Awesome Games Done Quick marathons. I've found this sort of meta-game stuff to be very enjoyable. My experience of the replay value of games has skyrocketed since watching speedruns.

I've been trying to learn how to run OoT and SM64 myself since I started watching others. Exploiting glitches and frame-perfect inputs require a new level of practice, strategy, and precision. Routing and rerouting runs also adds a new component of difficulty when completing a game with speed as the goal.

I was just wondering if anyone else here is excited by and interested in speedrunning as I have been over the past few months or so.

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