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I retweeted Jeff's reveal of the fidget spinner and then my roommate bought 2 of them for us to share.

Your marketing is working.

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Team Emily, even if she wasn't really in this feature. She's still the best and always right.

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The second Crash game and first Spyro game were two of my first video games!

I have so many memories of watching my brother play since we only had one controller for a long time, and I can't help but wonder if him hogging the Playstation is why I'm terrible at platformers now. I never got my little kid muscle memory for floaty jumps and snap decision making, maybe? (To be fair, my brother doesn't have my patience for long ass JRPGs so I guess it balanced out.)

I'm super tempted to buy the trilogy to see how fast I can beat them as an adult.

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Oh hell yes.

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Dang, it's been a while since I really thought about ToS. That was my first big JRPG, and I never considered it against the entire series' approach to romance. Unsurprisingly, I didn't find Collette particularly interesting so her potential romance with Lloyd barely registered for me. On the other hand, I found Sheena compelling as hell. Even as a kid, I though the groups of characters from the two worlds were really well written companions to each other, and Sheena and Lloyd were the best example of that duality.

Collette was just kind of a clumsy cardboard cutout they needed to move the plot forward. You could say it's a consequence of being a 'chosen one' type character, but they did so much more with Zelos that I don't think it works as an excuse.

Basically, your description of how using character tropes can help or hinder a plot makes a lot of sense to me. It's weird how they took care to add dimension to other characters, but seem to just let others coast by on their tropes alone. I know they trrriiiied to make Collette subversive by teaching her not to be blindly self-sacrificing throughout the game, but putting another cliche on top of her original one didn't do much for me. The Tales series is weird, man.

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Big, meaty claws.

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The comments have sold me; I'm saving this podcast for a day when I need a good cry. Not listening yet, obviously, but congrats to Danny and big thanks to Greg! :)

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Not that the "never stop smoking" burn doesn't have its own merits, but come on! That was the perfect opportunity to use Vinny's clip-on tie zinger.

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Every time topics like this come up it gets more and more difficult to justify being a woman in this community bc some of y'all just really don't care, do you? If your defensiveness is actively making me wonder why I bother engaging in discussions in comment sections and on the forums when I'm seen as someone who just likes to whine about my life and how hard men make it, it bums me out.

I don't even particularly enjoy sex-driven comedy regardless of whether it's coming from a man or woman, but Nikki's sentiment was dead on and hardly unwarranted. People always find a way to attach a woman's interest or passing references to sexuality right back onto her and then get pissy when she doesn't want to engage with them in a sexual manner. It's fucked up, and it's happening all the time.

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I've been purposefully avoiding reading anything else about this game because my thesis is practically all I have time for and it's bumming me the hell out, but this will make a really nice graduation gift to myself!