Do_The_Manta_Ray's forum posts

#1 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

Well, mate. You've got half the site exploding in heartfelt congratulations and piss-poor puns (why do the two always go hand-in-hand?) There's little left that I can do except to add my own voice. Way to go.

I liked your write-up, it's memorable in a gentle and humble way, which to me, reinforces the image of how right this must've felt for you. I personally haven't followed you on the site, simply because I've never taken the time to notice, so it won't mean much when I say that your sexuality doesn't change the way I view you in any fashion, but nor do I imagine that's the case for the others here.

There's a fair chance that you're going to run into people with a different opinion on the matter, especially considering where you live. (Between the avatar and the waving flag in your profile, I've made the logical leap to that you're American. Deductive reasoning like whoa, son.) That might range from uncomfortable to distressing, and while I'm sure I don't need to tell you this, you ought never to hide who you are, even if it's impractical. You seem to have folks who like you for your opinions and personality from what I gather, so try to be proud of what you are, as it's essential to the make-up of who you are.

Under no circumstances should you be bifacial. And there's your damn title.

#2 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

@truthtellah: I edited in two more paragraphs just as you were posting your reply which I believe clarifies my arguement some.

I completely agree with you as to what this thread ought to be. And while I wouldn't wholly agree that the confessions so far have been unbiashed, nothing of the like which I suggested has yet happened. And that's the point, I wanted to include a warning to balance things out, simply as a precautionary measure, to ensure that this thread won't derail into what I suggested it could become.

Like I said in the beginning of my last post, I think that the idea itself is terrific, as long as people don't make it into something which it isn't.

That said, personally, I think I'll remain a mystery. It suits me, and I dislike talking about myself.

#3 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Ofcourse I was gonna' pull this quote out of my ass.

My immediete reaction to this thread is a highly positive one. I think it's brave and original, and that giving people a chance to speak of their own issues here might empower them to do so in a more important setting. I've spent a lot of time around people who have been unstable or troubled. I worked as a sort of junior counsellor at an institution that specialized in treating teens who'd attempted to commit suicide. On top of that, I've inherited certain tendencies from my mother, and they're issues I struggle with just about every day. Oh, and I have an unhealthy attraction to beautiful, problematic women.

Honesty is paramount, facing yourself crucial (PERSONA!) So yeah, damn good effort with this thread would be my first reaction.

My second impression is a bit more cynical. I can't help but wonder how much of a competition people consider this. When it comes to something as hyperbolically important as ourselves, we like to think that we're at the tip of the iceberg. At what point does big secret become the biggest secret? Frankly, I don't trust this, masks and all. The internet simply isn't the place for opening up as it allows you to be, potentially, whomever you might wish. Depending on the site you frequent, you can be a young, handsome millionaire, a fairy-tale princess, an 18 year old lolita or a video game king. (Cough.) Being yourself is by far the hardest thing.

Now, I'm not saying that people aren't being genuine, for I think most are. I just don't believe there's any "objectivism" to how they approach this scenario. People are gonna' blow things over the top, maybe go through an evening of introspection, and then forget all about it. And that's what worries me.

While I'd usually say that folks are welcome to do as they wish, I think this band-aid approach is dangerous, as simply patching up what seem to be genuinely important issues with a half-measure, like being honest on a video-game website and then feeling content with their edited truths, is like covering a cracked wall with a fresh coat of paint. These aren't issues that should be forgotten and buried until they start to really hurt. It's the same thing as drowning your sorrows with drugs or "love".

Hopefully there'll be folks who genuinely use this thread as a platform to examine themselves and their own problems, but as for the majority, this camp-fire approach to spitting truths and spitting feathers is unfortunately pointless. By saying this, I don't mean to suggest that you folks who have something on your chests, shouldn't share. I'd strongly argue for the opposite, but please do so in a setting where it matters. It's supposed to be uncomfortable. It's supposed to be hard to admit to these things. If it isn't, you're missing the point.

I also don't want people to misconstrue this topic, looking at the plethora of folks pouring their hearts out, and assume that it's okay or normal to be genuinely troubled (I'm adressing folks with sincere issues here, everyone is troubled in minor ways that are important to them but that is a different matter), because hey, obviously other duders who play videogames seem to be alright. This is a truly shallow look into others lifes, and it is vital that people look at this and believe that it is okay for them to share, but not for them to suffer without doing anything about it.

Finally, let's not undervalue the courage it took for some people to face their own fears (PERSONA!), I wish 'em all the best.

To clarify, I'm only referring to folks with genuine issues that could be potentially harmful to them in a physical or psychological sense. As for all others, a lot of what I said doesn't apply, so go to town. (PERSONA!)

#4 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

Purchased the game almost on a whim, and have found myself genuinely enjoying it. Add me when you get a chance, mate, and thanks for all the work!

User ID: @BlackmooreX

#5 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

MMOs, plain and simple. Used to enjoy the genre, doubt I ever will again. And that is just a shame, as I think that the social aspects of those games are terrific, as well as the potential for larger-scale PvP(vPvPvPvP, etc.) conflicts; it's all the surrounding elements, the crippled gameplay, the artificial grind, the very limited variety that bother me. I'll definitely pick up the next Guild Wars 2 expansion, mind, and play it like the pseudo-singleplayer game that it is until I find myself having to grind/farm again, at which point I'll drop it like a hot brick until the next one comes out.

I also really used to enjoy shooters, but haven't really found it in myself to do so for a long time, with the exception of the Battlefield franchise, and even that series is wearing on me. (Who can blame me after 4?)

Oh, and terrific platformers. Even games as, supposedly, superlative as Mario Galaxy and Rayman Legends just leave me cold. Acknowledging that makes me feel like I've killed the child inside of me.

@narujoe93: Lacking a bit there in the imagination department, mate. Well, there are plenty of reasons; you might want to appreciate a kind of game that your friends enjoy so that you would be able to play together. You could appreciate all the aspects of a game and yet find the sum of it's parts lacking/not clicking with you, making you aware that you're missing out on what could've been a great experience. You could see real promise in a franchise, yet be unable to get over your pet peeves with it. You could've enjoyed a type of game previously, and have fond memories of doing so, and suddenly you don't. You could want to be part of a persistent world where your accomplishments aren't as ephemeral as in other games, yet not have the patience for the learning curve/slow pace. ( Hint, hint. I'm talking about EVE Online)

We ought to be able to appreciate facets of games that we, as a whole, don't enjoy. Simply drawing a thick line and damning everything on the other side is about as narrowminded as it gets. Not that I'm implying you are by stating that, I'm just trying to convey the importance of analyzing our own way of thinking. Finally, it's important to change your mind on things from time to time, it's a healthy way to grow. So, there you go. Reasons. There are plenty more.

#6 Posted by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -
@kojdog said:
  • Upward adjustment of the bullet speed "lump of Seoul to be tracked" magic "crystal mass of Seoul to be tracked", and a lower adjustment of stamina take the amount of darkness surgery "those who follow" (Unsure of the horrible Google Translate)

I think this means Projectile Speed increased for Crystal Soulmass and Homing Crystal Soulmass, and Stamina cost decreased for the dark homing version (?)

I believe this is referring to one of two Hexes, "Dark Hail", or "Affinity". They both drain stamina from the enemy when hitting them, and I believe this is what the patch is reducing.


Out of the things you were unsure about, I believe that the helm you were referring to was "Large Gyrm Helm", and "rupture of the dead" is most likely the Hex "Dead Again", which simply causes corpses to explode. Also, what I (and that other guy) wrote above.

#7 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

@nightriff: No, though they both have very large worlds in which you can roam about and do quests at your liberty. The third game will be open world proper, and is said to be 3 times larger than Skyrim and filled to the brim with content. I quite frankly doubt there'll even be fast-travel in that game outside of paying for passage on boats and/or acting as a guard on caravans, etc. You really ought to give it a look, it is drop-dead gorgeous, and the writing in the Witcher series is the best out there since the days of "Planescape: Torment", "Baldur's Gate 2", etc.

@blomakrans: Gladly, mate. First of all, however, let me clarify. Oblivion and Skyrim do everything right on paper, I just think they feel very artificial, though Skyrim far less so than Oblivion.

Games I personally think are better would be; "Morrowind" (and it's expansion Bloodmoon), as already stated, doesn't get any better than this. "The Shivering Isles" expansion for Oblivion is superb. "S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl" is an undeniably weird game as far as RPGs go, but it has incredible atmosphere and great gameplay. It's "sequals" are also very good games. "Fallout: New Vegas" is really solid across the board, though perhaps not greatly imaginative. "Gothic 2" is a classic, go play it. "Zeno Clash 2" is the weirdest game on this list, and just might be the weirdest game you'll ever play, I can't praise it enough.

Finally, I'd recommend you some mods, including this total conversion for Skyrim. It's unfortunately not out yet but will be quite soon, I got to try it out thanks to a friend and thought it did everything right. The same team also released a total conversion for Oblivion which is terrific. Aaand these Neverwinter Nights 2 mods, Path of Evil, Legacy of White Plume, Wulverheim. They're all very worthwhile and silly large. Wulverheim has a good 100 hours of content if you try to see all there is.

I'm sure there's other great games that I just can't remember, but these are pretty solid examples. Anyhow, I've gone on long enough.

#8 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -
The Motorcycle Diaries


I think it says a lot that I've already read the book. In other words, I'm clearly biased on the subject matter. I think it's a beautiful story that emphasizes empathy above all. I also believe the movie stands really well on it's own, featuring terrific camera work, some beautiful vistas, great music and impressive acting. Hell, even if it'd been a work of fiction, it'd still stand out to me. Considering that it isn't makes the movie, along with the book, into something that stands on an entirely different level.
If you genuinely dislike the man, you'll probably dislike the movie as well, so consider that before leaping in.

@zeeco said:

Moonrise Kingdom

8/10. I haven't seen that many Wes Anderson movies, but I really enjoyed it.

You really ought to. His movies take some getting used to, but they're all unique and heart-breaking (some more than others). Among my favourite directors. I'd really recommend "The Darjeeling Limited".

#9 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

If the world is immersive enough, then I think a non-fast travel playthrough, as you put it, only enhances the experience. Unfortunately, those kind of games are few and far inbetween. I certainly don't consider Skyrim or Oblivion to make the cut, though the expansion for Oblivion, the Shivering Isles, is absolutely brilliant. Also, I feel the need to emphasize this as often as humanly possible, Morrowind has the single best world ever created in games (maybe even altogether). Running through that game was never anything less than mesmerizing. Those long treks from one point to another, unable to rest for the beasts roaming about, became a battle of attrition, and by the time you reached your objective, the relief was palpable. It's the same kind of victory as The Fellowship reaching the far end of Moria, or Sam and Frodo finding the Black Gate in LOTR.

Assuming that the next ES, or other great open world, makes the cut, then yeah, I'll absolutely do one of these playthroughs at some point. I'm personally placing my hopes on The Witcher 3, mind.

#10 Edited by Do_The_Manta_Ray (508 posts) -

An excellent episode. This series has had a habit of making their season premieres feel rushed, what with trying to cram in so many different storylines, and then having them unfold over the course of the season.

While this tendency certainly could be found here, I thought they'd done a much better job this time around. They took their sweet time introducing Prince Oberyn, which I was very pleased with. He's a character of note, not since Ned Stark have the Lannisters had to contend with an open threat in their midst, and then they only prevailed because of Ned's sense of honour, a trait Oberyen Martell doesn't share. If anything, he's more venemous than the Lannisters combined.

Another thing that took me by surprise was that I actually found myself liking Jon Snow. He's seen some shit, he's grown a spine, and doesn't act like the goody-two-shoes that the show has been portraying him up until now. He was genuinely flawed in the books, arrogant and self-righteous, though still likeable, and the Night's Watch changed him for the better. It's good to see that growth starting to creep into the show.

Oh, and the Hound's sticking about. Yep, great episode.

On the other hand, I think it's REALLY weird to see Jaime and Brienne in King's Landing already at this point. I suppose that this will allow them a bit more time together, and I've genuinely enjoyed their interactions, so I shouldn't complain. But it does seem pretty apparent that the writers just didn't want to drag out their trek to King's Landing, and weren't comfortable leaving such prominent characters out of the show for a longer time.

While I'm good with that in theory, the last time they tried something similar, we got the Theon (Reek) torture sessions which were just a waste of screen time. (One or two would've been fine and gotten the point across, but a scene nearly every episode? Get on with it!)