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#1 Edited by medacris (648 posts) -

One of the reasons I've never played Dragon Age or Mass Effect is the romance system:

  • What if I like everyone in my team equally? I'd feel bad romancing one over the others.
  • If I just opt out of the romance entirely, will I be missing a lot?
  • What if the only one I'm interested in dating isn't an option?

I didn't know Persona had one, too. I feel like the only one who didn't even know the games existed until recently.

#2 Edited by medacris (648 posts) -

I don't have the dosh for Premium, could someone please fill me in on what this is?

#4 Edited by medacris (648 posts) -

I wouldn't say anything, if it were me, only because I've had a lot of people respond with hostility towards me when I did. They went into lengthy lectures about how they weren't talking about me or anyone I knew, so I should butt out, how I was being a whiny Tumblr social justice warrior getting mad over non-issues, and how the complainer is always wrong. I think it was because I brought it up with people I barely knew, my friends don't say anything like that already. I feel really guilty about things like this, almost to the point of wanting to just...abandon social issues I care about completely. Just so nobody gets annoyed at me over it again.

I feel like a hypocrite, though, because I wouldn't call anyone "----," unless it was directed at myself, and I was angry at myself for screwing up on something, or going ahead with a decision that I knew would probably turn out badly.

#5 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

@yummylee: When you're playing with friends, yes. That's probably the only place trash talking should take place. Otherwise, with total strangers, it can get complicated. You don't really know them, can't see their facial expressions, etc. It just gets too potentially messy.

#6 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

I think it's a mixture of player agency and another, totally opposite kind of gamer-- those who have no interest in the concept of a game having a story, either because they have no patience for it, or because they just don't give a shit, no matter how well-written the game is, or how heavily it relies on story. It helps them create the illusion that they're just shooting people for the sake of shooting people, and the character won't suddenly pipe up with "Urgh, I gotta go find Jessica before the terrorists do!" Being a very story-focused person myself, I never understood the appeal of this kind of approach. Even with games that genuinely possess no story, I tend to make up one as I go along, as a source of motivation.

#7 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

@ottoman673: I do a lot of similar things to the girl described in OP's post, but never when I'm actually flirting. People think I'm flirting when I'm not, and think I'm disinterested when I'm trying to flirt. I'm not very well-versed socially. Could you clarify a bit, please?

#8 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

@trueheresy: I can relate to a lot of your post, being both a Psych student and someone who has lived with depression for about ten years now. There are a lot of misconceptions about OCD, depression, anxiety, autism, and other issues experienced by either me or some of my friends, and at some point, I will make a post detailing the differences between what people have misunderstood the problem to be, and what the reality of the situation is. (I.E. OCD isn't just "I can tell when things have not been done consistently," and depression isn't just "Someone close to me passed away, so I'm kind of sad right now." Although grief as its own separate thing is apparently listed in the DSM-V, the current guidebook to diagnosing disorders, which is...really weird.)

Depression and anxiety are displayed in my gaming habits in two ways:

  1. Apologizing a lot to teammates when I mess up, or when I suspect I've messed up.
  2. Avoiding "hard" games for the most part. I worry that I'm bad even at simple things, or things most people find ridiculously easy, so I've never even considered playing Dark Souls, or games of that nature. I suspect I'm putting too much pressure on myself, and I don't notice that other people mess up on the same things I mess up on, just as much as I do.

Sometimes, identifying the problem is the first step to accepting that you have one. Good luck.

#9 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

I like Yogscast, even though I've really only followed Simon and Lewis, and periodically Hannah and Sips. I'm not surprised, though. Between this and Dashcon, I've realized no amount of money and good intentions will make up for inexperience in an area. I'm only giving my money to Kickstarters where the people responsible for the game, web series, cartoon, whatever, have both the license to use the characters for the project (see: most Indiegogo campaigns where they try to throw money at a cancelled show to revive it, and it does nothing) and the experience to prove that they can use that money wisely. Otherwise, it'll probably go badly.

#10 Posted by medacris (648 posts) -

@olemarthin: His argument was that "I spent good money buying that laptop, and it'd work as fine as it did the day I bought it, if you hadn't screwed it up." My family doesn't get along in general, and my immediate family sort of shares his sentiment of ganging up on me, so I usually spend my time alone, or with friends if I can. I'd like to spend time with them more, but they need to realize they have issues, and need to consciously work on them.

@voshinova: Once I have enough money, and he realizes he needs to back off and let me do my own thing, I do plan to explore the world and do other things. But as of right now, with him prying into everything I do, I don't feel comfortable doing so (and can't afford it).