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    StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in In what video game location would you most like to eat a picnic?   
    Due to security reasons on any Animal Crossing Game xD and really far way from any Dark Souls location.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    So you're a full on homophobe then. I don't understand people like you. I don't see how the fact two people who love, respect and trust each other hurts you just because they're the same gender. But whatever, you be the horrid, prejudiced, disgusting you that you want to be, but no opinion you have on the subject will be taken seriously by me.
    I'll give you one piece of advice though, if you hate gay people and that "SJW crap" that much, stay away from TLOU and especially it's Left Behind DLC and you'll almost certainly want to avoid THOU part 2 as well. All games that feature female leads and/or gay characters and/or female characters that are not just obedient dish washers or made purely for the spank bank. So also avoid the Mass Effect series, the Dragon Age series, the Life is Strange games, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Metal Gear Solid Games Control, Metrioid, Tomb Raider, pick the "right" COD's and Assassin Creed games, Skyrim, Cyberpunk 2077, The Witcher games, Final Fantasy, Tales of Berseria, Detriot: Become Human, Until Dawn, Beyond: Two Souls... actually just Play Duke Nukem Forever quite literally forever because nobody is making games for you any more.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to skyfire in A systematic approach to solving puzzles?   
    I think a lot of time the puzzle based games, you have to adjust accordingly. Like the angry birds puzzles have physics specific pattern that you have to learn and work upon. 
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in Elder Scrolls or Fallout: which do you like the most?   
    I love both but I'm definitely more an Elder Scrolls Guy.  I'm still playing so much of Skyrim (albeit with mods) to this very day.  I might get into more detail when I have more time (right now I'm posting from my phone) but overall I just escape and get immersed in the word of The Elder Scrolls a bit more. 
    Not to mention each Fallout game I've played has at least one aspect that pissed me of greatly.  With Fallout 3 it was the main quest that end's with obvious and massive plotholes nor has any proper closure unless you buy the DLC, I hated the crafting and busy work in Fallout 4 and New Vegas is the game that on both PC and Console has never worked properly for me.  On PS3 I had a ton of issues with VATS and on PC it crashes, every 10 minutes, guaranteed, even after installing a bunch of fixes.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in Elder Scrolls or Fallout: which do you like the most?   
    It's a close one, but I prefer The Elder Scolls. Better stories and the magic, dragons, sword slinging fantasy theme just appeals to me more than Fallout's post apocalyptic theme. I agree with your points in favour of Fallout, especially the humour part, but when it comes down to it The Elder Scrolls is just more my thing.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Elder Scrolls or Fallout: which do you like the most?   
    So, this could be seen as an apples to oranges question, but to me, Elder Scrolls and Fallout are similar franchises with games that play almost identically in many respects. For those who enjoy both, do you have a preference overall for one series or the other, and if so, which and why?
    For me, it is a pretty tough call, as I really like both. But I think that Fallout appeals to me most by a narrow margin, despite the fact that Elder Scrolls is arguably a prettier world (I mean, it has trees, come on).
    If I were to try and figure out why Fallout seems to have more of a pull on me, I can come up with a few factors:
    -Sense of humor. Skyrim and Oblivion seem to lack a sense of humor in many respects (I can’t speak for Morrowind, haven’t played it). Not entirely, but the black humour that is all over Fallout is appealing to me.
    -Better “dungeons.” One cave in Skyrim is much the same as another for the most part. But the Vaults in Fallout tell stories about their histories that you can follow as you explore, which really adds to the experience to me (despite them being built like mazes). I love how each feels like a mystery you are “solving” as you go.
    -Better companions (in NV at least). The companions in NV all have stories and quests and feel more individual to me.
    -Art design elements. This is totally subjective, but I love retro design, and Fallout is filled with it.
    -More varied quests. I think that the overall variety of quests in Fallout is a bit more broad-ranging than those in the ES games I have played.
    -Cool DLCs. Skyrim has awesome DLCs too, but I just like the way that Fallout’s function as experimental mini-games in some respects.
    -Fallout NV is my overall favorite of these Bethesda-published games. That does tend to sway my overall outlook on Fallout in a positive way.
    What about you? Do you prefer Fallout or Elder Scrolls, or do they rank the same for you?
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Best games to play to soothe anxiety?   
    I’ve been sticking to some of the games I’ve mastered for the most part. Zelda games and different indie games on the NES. But one that I find relaxing isn’t a typical game. It’s a mobile game. Word Cookies. It gives you a bunch of letters and you have to find the words to fill the level. The words are prechosen, and you figure them out. There’s no time limit or anything like that. I recommend it anyway.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in What puzzle were you most proud of solving?   
    It’s my method. I didn’t say I was good at it or that I didn’t have to regrow a brain afterwards.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in TLOU: Is there any chance Riley and Marlene could be related?   
    I can confirm that it's cannon, Riley and Marlene aren't related. I believe it is the American Dreams comic that confirms this, but I'd have to check it out again to point out exactly where and how.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in A systematic approach to solving puzzles?   
    If I think it’s something that will leave me a couple brain cells afterward, I go slowly at it. I make tiny adjustments in the most seemingly insignificant things and see what the results are. When I get a reaction in the game to what I did I make a mental note of it if it doesn’t lead to exactly what I’m after. I continue that way until I get what I’m after. Sometimes it can take hours or even days to figure it all out, but I’m tenacious and methodical with things of this nature.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in Games with gender-neutral characters?   
    I'm not sure if it's a portrayal of a "gender-neutral" character as such but It's still quite interesting.  In Resident Evil: Code Veronica X, two of the villans you meet are Alfred Ashford and his Twin sister Alexia, the grandchildren of the Umbrella co-founder Edward Ashford.  But it turns out later on in the game that Alexia was missing (presumed dead) and that in her absence Alfred because pretty much lost his mind and started imitating his sister, wearing dresses, changing his voice and it actually took me by surprise.  Until it was revealed I genuinely thought they were two different people.
    One character who has been the subject of much debate around the issue is Birdo from Mario 2, who might be the earliest example of a trans character in a game.  It all comes form the original English manual, but references to this have been removed in later releases like Super Smash Brothers:

    Well like it or not creatures that are "genderless" or "androgynous" is a thing that legitimitly exists in nature so take it up with Gaia.  I can think of a few example's in fantasy and science fiction as well.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Games with gender-neutral characters?   
    I was getting ready to mention Mario 2. The one that I was gonna mention was Toad. I know most perceived Toad as male, but there was never any actual confirmation in any way. And if you look at the rest of the Mushroom Kingdom, they all look and dress identically. So Toad is one that I would call either genderless or androgynous.
    It kinda reminds me of what Gimli said in Lord Of The Rings:
    It’s true you don’t see many Dwarf women. In fact, they’re so alike in voice and appearance, that they’re often mistaken for Dwarf men.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Crazycrab in VGR Member of the Month - March 2020 Nominations   
    Thank you, @Crazycrab, @The Blackangel, @Shagger, @kingpotato. 
    I nominate everyone previously nominated plus @kingpotato and @Juneberry.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Opinions on Marlene in TLOU?   
    I finished my second playthrough of The Last of Us last night (about to start Left Behind again). On my first playthrough, I leaned toward supporting Joel’s decision at the end of the game, but I was still very divided on it. On a second playthrough, not as much.
    Marlene’s voice recording and journal entry were very emotional and self-centered. She even mentioned that she was going to leave (the Fireflies, presumably, not just that location) because she couldn’t bear the way the others were looking at her after her repeated failures. She sounded quite desperate for something to grab onto to reboot her organization and her role in it, so her decision-making process to me seemed more emotional than logical.
    What do you all think of Marlene? Regardless of whether you felt Joel’s decision was right or wrong, do you think Marlene was being logical when she made her choice at the end of the game? Do you think she was motivated by the greater good or by selfish emotion (not so different from Joel, in a way)?
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Favorite LGBTQA+ portrayals in games?   
    I’ve never actually played a game that even came near the subject. The LGBTQA+ community hasn’t been part of any games that I was even aware of. But I think it’s a great idea to see more games like that. As long as they’re not the villains all the damn time.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Crazycrab in Favorite LGBTQA+ portrayals in games?   
    On a thread about the TLOU HBO show, @Crazycrab and I were talking about Ellie’s orientation (because another member brought it up). We both think that Ellie is a great LGBTQA+ portrayal because the matter is treated as entirely irrelevant in the game. There are so many actually important things for the characters to be hung up about (like infected and assholes everywhere) to bother getting hung up over something as irrelevant as Ellie’s orientation. Which is as it should be in an ideal world.
    Of course, we don’t live in an ideal world where people expend their anger and intolerance on things that are actually a threat to their lives, so I think stories that reflect that also are important.
    So, a contrasting LGBTQA+ portrayal which I also like is Dorian in Dragon Age: Inquisition.  DA always seems to feature a diverse set of characters, which I really appreciate. Dorian’s orientation caused him issues back in Tevinter, and those are front and central in his mind. Being as that is a familiar experience for a lot of LGBTQA+ people, exploring it seemed worthy to me. Beyond that, Dorian is just awesome all around. A lot of characters in DA are LGBTQA+. Some, like Dorian, have struggled because of it. Others don’t even bring it up. They’re just available or they’re not, depending on whether your character is male or female.
    What LGBTQA+ portrayals have you liked most in games, and why?  
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Juneberry in What for you is the appeal of violent video games?   
    For me, violence is a spectrum. My biggest issue with it is blood, really. The bloodier the game, the less I like it. I like cartoon violence that's more squash and stretch, or at the very least doesn't show blood. My Time at Portia is a good example: in the game, you can fight creatures, who disappear in a puff of smoke rather than a pool of blood. You can also fight the townsfolk in spars, which are very simple fights but still somehow help me. 🙂
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in What for you is the appeal of violent video games?   
    I'm curious. I just read your post in the thread about what tells you that you won't like a game and you mentioned violent games there as well. So I'm curious as to what you consider violent? Everyone here interprets violence in their own way, but how you interpret it really has me interested now.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to skyfire in What for you is the appeal of violent video games?   
    Flow sounds reasonable to me. Especially the game is horror. 
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in What for you is the appeal of violent video games?   
    It helps keep my violence in check. Also I love watching anything in which a human is suffering and in pain. Their screaming is beautiful music to me. I love listening to them beg, promising them release, and then breaking that promise just to see the despair in their eyes.
    Unfortunately that’s not something I can easily get away with IRL. I’m not the Zodiac, or Jack The Ripper. So the more unimaginable pain I can inflict on a character, both mentally and physically, the more I enjoy the game. The sad thing is that the best I have found so far is Hatred. It’s a lot more tame than what I want/need, but it’s better than nothing.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Juneberry in Ask the Berry   
    Ooooh that's a tough one.... I'd love the cash because of my dad's and my health, but on the other hand... I don't think I can easily give up on video games... They help my mental health a lot...
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in The US Government Giving Citizens Money   
    It was in my news feed on my phone. I get a bunch of stories from different sources. Things like The Huffington Post, CNN, The Washington Post, and other news outlets. I honestly don't remember which one it was that I read that on.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in The US Government Giving Citizens Money   
    They're not giving it. They're loaning it. And we will have to pay it back with a minimum of 100% interest. So basically if we get $1000, we will have to pay the government back $2000. It's a way to screw the citizens. It's not helping anyone, it's crippling those of us who can barely support ourselves even further.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to SaucyPastaTho in The US Government Giving Citizens Money   
    Actually it's 1,200 for single males/females and 3k for couples. Sounds good but in reality it might pay a bill or 2 and a few groceries considering shopping can get quite expensive.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in The Last of Us HBO Show   
    So the irrelevance makes it, well relevant.  That's actually a great point. Ellie being gay doesn't make any difference and that's the way it should be.
    I would say it would be great to have to these barriers break without the world ending but let's face it!   In just the first few months of this year, the US tried to start World War 3, half of Australia has been on fire and now there is a global pandemic where people are going bonkers over bog roll.
    I think it's time all people, regardless of nationality, political standpoint, religions beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or race stand together and declare in one voice!......(LINK)
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