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Fri 28th May, 2010

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k8sMum commented on The Virtual Boy is 19 Years Old, Probably Hasn...:


Why would anyone have it, except as a collectable? It was utter crap. It's the one nintendo system my kids didn't get. I thought it more important to preserve their vision than play the games.

Nostalgia glasses don't help this baby. It was bad and ninty blew it. My AC:NL one is enuff for me.



k8sMum commented on Legendary Actor and Comedian Robin Williams Ha...:


I don't think you are ignorant: if you have not known anyone with it or dealt with clinical depression yourself, it is hard to understand. If you have, it's not.

Sometimes all the good things in the world just don't outweigh the pain/sadness/utter hopelessness depression creates. It's not logical, but at that moment when the decision is made, it is the only escape route the illness lets the person see.

For some, our mantra has to be 'this will pass'.



k8sMum commented on Legendary Actor and Comedian Robin Williams Ha...:

I am fortunate that, being the resident little old lady of NL, I have known about Robin Williams since his appearances on Happy Days, where Mork was introduced.

While his movies were brilliant (Death to Smoochy is vastly underrated imo), his stand up was where his whip-like genius really shone. He was incredibly fast on his feet and could eviscerate a heckler. He could naturally interact with an audience and draw them into his world of intelligent insanity, skewering politicians, social mores and pretensions with glee.

Comic Relief clips are incredible. Robin, Billy and Whoopy all riffing off each other. Amazing stuff.

We'd have Robin Williams Movie Marathons in hospital when Caitie was getting chemo or was just sick as a dog from whatever. She'd be pretty stoned on pain meds and those dvds went to a whole new level of funny. We once had to watch The Birdcage for 15 hours straight. Robin helped us thru and I am grateful for all of it.

The only other celebrity death that made me cry was John Lennon. I feel the same shock I felt then, that it can't be true. But it is and it hurts.

For whatever reasons, he felt he'd had enuff. I cannot judge him and won't. It's a bad, dark place to be and we don't always find a way out of the abyss.

I apologise for the length of this post. I don't usually do TL:DRs, but I loved this man.



k8sMum commented on Art: This Young Artist Makes Awesome Hyrule Wa...:

The Mona Lisa is not a copy. Using a live reference doesn't make the artwork a copy. A copy is when an already completed piece is used as reference. Is is loads easier than drawing/painting from life: the work of making it 2 dimensional is done and it's much easier I copy from.

I am a selling artist, mostly of potraits. This girl's work is good. I do question the originality.


I work in coloured pencil. The graininess is a choice of the artist, the paper used etc. I sometimes work on slate and they go on like butter. She relies on stock colours a bit too much, imo. Coloured pencils are translucent. I have at times used 30 layers of colour to get just the right shade.



k8sMum commented on Feature: The Ten Best 3DS Games For Your Kids ...:


Yeah, it's regional. My 9 yr old grandson was with us here in central New York all June and July. He started school in Arizona yesterday. Our school doesn't begin til the first week in September.

We scarescaped a lot in LM:DM. He scarfed my copy of rune factory 3 and was going great guns in it (tho when I mentioned he could get married he asked 'Why would I wanna do that?'). I got him Yoshi's New Island and he loves it. We visited each other's towns in Animal Crossing. He played my Henry Hatsworth.

He and his dad (my son) played Little Big Planet, Ibb & Obb, and other games on the PS3. They also hiked, swam, caught was a terrific summer. :-)



k8sMum commented on Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS):

I know I am late to the party here, but had the chance to pick this up on ebay from someone wanting to sell their platinum code. Got it for $14.00 and I'm having a blast with it. It feels like the originals, haven't had any problems with frame rate yet, and it looks terrific.

Can't play in 3D tho: I tend to use a lot of body English with platformers and get double vision from losing the sweet spot. :-)



k8sMum commented on Review: Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder (3DS eShop):

I just got this for my grandson who will be 9 tomorrow,20 July. He loves it and is having a ball with it. I also got him yoshi's new island and epic Mickey power of illusion. He has also talked me out of my rune factory 3 game. :-)

It's been interesting seeing the gaming world thru a child's eyes again. They see games from a different perspective that we adults often lose along the way. Danny is just having fun with games that are far from perfect but he finds worth playing.

Plus, he's voted me the coolest grandma ever. :-)



k8sMum commented on Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Re-Tools Its Ite...:

As I've mentioned on Fogu, I am concerned as to the point of the game. If all inconveniences are eliminated, no planning is required. I like mining and having to find rarer ores/items. Everyone wants a bigger backpack but usually they are earned.

The more learn about this game the more worried I get.



k8sMum commented on Parent Trap: Rewriting The Family Gaming Scrip...:

I don't understand the idea that parents are clueless about video games. Have games developed in a void for the last 30 years? Are all gamers from past decades somehow brainwashed at a certain age so they don't remember holding a controller?



k8sMum commented on Interview: Yoshifumi Hashimoto Tells Us a Stor...:

I do hope they don't feel they need to dumb down the game for the west. Let the player choose the level of play at the beginning, if possible. One of the main complaints 're: AC:ANB was the slowness at the beginning of the game. Let the hand holding be available for those players new to the franchise who want it. Let those of us who have played before opt out.



k8sMum commented on First Impressions: Getting Our Hands Dirty in ...:


there is going to be confusion regarding both these games for those who don't know about the split between natsume and marvelous. fogu has pages trying to clarify the why's, what's, who's and so forth. most casual afficionados aren't going to know what's up.

i will most likely get both games, but am leaning more towards song of seasons because i like the art style better. am not a fan of bobble heads with soul-sucking eyes, lol.



k8sMum commented on New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet ...:

for those who have been living under a rock, there has been a lot of backlash against the pageants featuring kids being sexually inappropriate, particularly after the murder of jon benet ramsey.

as this law does not have anything to do with limiting what can be done/shown in anything other than real life, wtf is all the angst about?



k8sMum commented on New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet ...:


'whataboutery' is rarely a good argument.

i don't watch any reality tv (ok, 'ramsey's kitchen nightmare' is a dirty pleasure, lol). i enjoy adult humour but didn't let my kids watch it when they were little. i don't care for rape porn. i don't appreciate that people who find the sexualisation of kids (not consensual between kids but generally girls and older men) are called prudes. there is a lot of rationalisation from manga/anime fans going on. i am a fan, too, but i don't pretend that misogyny doesn't exist in many of the series.

japan felt they have a problem and passed a law regarding it. that is the only fact that exists in this one. the rest is all opinion.




k8sMum commented on New Japanese Law Bans Child Abuse Images, Yet ...:

@Romeo = have you seen how some 12 year olds dress already? it would be incredibly unrealistic to only have characters of the age 21+ sexualized

many of those 12 yr olds have been groomed already to behave in such a manner. i'd rather have a bit of unrealism than abuse.

you paint the US with a very broad, insulting brush.



k8sMum commented on Eiji Aonuma Vows to Reduce Hand-Holding in Fut...:

i wanted to love SS so much, but in the end i thot it was merely ok. it's all subjective, but i found the open worlds just existed without any reason for them. fi was incredibly annoying at times. it was a truly lovely game but lacked substance, imho.

otoh, i adore ALBW as it delivered on all points: fun to play, interesting puzzles, stuff to do all over the place.



k8sMum commented on Feature: A Cross-Platform Look At E3 2014:

so many assumptions here as to what all gamers want, how all sony games are violent, how much more righteous nintendo lovers are, and such.

i haven't been interested in the WiiU but now see it as a purchase next year as that is when the games are coming out. i love my 3ds xl despite it being shown little love during E3. enuff is coming out that wasn't part of E3 for me to remain optimistic. i will enjoy gaming on it, the Wii and our PS3.

the only company i truly don't care for is microsoft. it's a personal thing. but i don't think people who like it are offensive, for pete's sake. it's a big world and there is room for all the systems.



k8sMum commented on Talking Point: Nintendo's Innovative E3 Approa...:

i still miss the old days when E3 was open to the public. coverage was fun to watch then. now i hear so many talking but not saying much. it's better, but i loved the 'now' moments when it all felt more real.



k8sMum commented on Reaction: Mario Kart 8 Accused Of Poor Sales P...:


i don't believe i mentioned nintendo at all. i was replying to someone who didn't care for gays. i told him that was fine as long as he wasn't a corporation that used bigotry in setting up his policies.

actually, not including a group or demographic can be discriminatory, racist, and bigoted, depending on what they are not included in. like hiring practices. just so i am clear, i am not referring to nintendo in any manner, just using hiring practices for any corporation as an example of what can be considered unlawful due to discrimination.

psssst, reading comprehension: it's the pinnacle of understanding what someone is saying.



k8sMum commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:


there is a lot of common sense in what you write. however (you knew that was coming :-)), many today have no idea what feminism has accomplished for women over the decades and take it for granted.

one wit here has already used the lovely term 'feminazi', which is just arrogant, dismissive and defensive.

people who see a problem are being told to shut up and don't buy it. there needs to be some respect for the opinions of others even if we don't agree with them. they are being told they have problems because they don't like an aspect of the gaming community. there are posts telling people they are the problem, without even attempting to see things from the other side.

has anyone actually called for this game to be banned? i don't think so, but i see intolerance from those who think there cannot be a problem because they don't see one.

that is what i worry about: seeing the world in black and white with no grey areas that most slog thru.



k8sMum commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:


how far do you go with the not caring whatever is in a game/movie/book/whatever? are only those in favour of something allowed to have and voice an opinion?

i would never push for this game to be not available for those who want it. however, it is nonsense to pretend that the imbalance between how males are seen to be objectified by some here and the ways that women truly are doesn't exist.

if you truly don't care what others think, we may as well do away with any attempts at debate or conversation about anything. the gods forbid you might see another's point of view as valid even whilst disagreeing with it.



k8sMum commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

having read every comment made up to this point, what i am noticing as much as anything is the attitude of many of those who are very pro SKB come across as angry. at women who dare complain, at men who dare complain, at the thot that gratuitous sexualisation and/or objectification might actually be real, that anyone who disagrees with them is a prude, that men have it as bad or worse. the 'whataboutery' arguments are rampant: violence is worse so this cannot be a problem.

i don't like the thot of any game being censored, but don't drool over the boobs then tell us you read playboy for the articles. or that developers have no say in how viewers will interpret their work so the have no responsibility in any of this.



k8sMum commented on Video: Animal Crossing Fails To Provide A Deci...:

to all of those making snarky comments on how this isn't news, how it's been in other versions of the game etc: not everyone in the world has played animal crossing games before and it may, therefore, be news to them.

the gods forbid NL post anything that might pertain to a nintendo game that you might already know but younger/newer players might not. sheesh.



k8sMum commented on Soapbox: Why Region Locking Is A Total Non-Issue:


care to elucidate as to why you think this article is 'stupid'? personally, i disagree with the article: i believe region locking is unnecessary and anti-consumer. i don't praise nintendo for marching to its own drummer on this any more than i do on their tying accounts to hardware rather than a person.

what are you reasons?



k8sMum commented on Talking Point: What Games Are You Playing This...:

AC:NL. my grandson is trying to wheedle me out of even more bells to pay for a bridge in his town, nook is extorting me for 300,000+ bells for a 3rd room, the store is finally getting an upgrade, my character is becoming all pruny from swimming in the ocean trawling for items so much...ah! life is good!