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Hi, everyone; I'm tarah, otherwise known as lobst. I've drawn a few comics that people have seemed to enjoy, and programmed a game demo that won 10th-place in a 140+ entry game jam despite having no sound. My ability to finish any individual project has been stymied by mental health problems for over a year, but I've been seeking treatment and making progress. I've also been streaming videogames on weekends. Watch this space!

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"So you say you're enjoying it, but would you recommend it?" Well, if you're able to overlook the hypersexualized design elements and weird script decisions there's a real *remembers any interaction involving Taokaka* No

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I'm glad I'm doing this, also, because I completely glazed over whichever part of Continuum Shift recapped what Hakumen's whole deal is, which is an element I think goes a long way toward justifying the time-loop element of the overarcing story

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Playing (emulated) BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger's Story Mode for kicks, I can already say I definitely appreciate Continuum Shift's addition of scenes that say "hey, here's a hint on how to get the true route" when you hit an alternate end, because otherwise I'd have no clue

This sort of thing seems to be a common hazard in the world of B- and C-tier anime-style games, or maybe it's just my imagination

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Switching the audio to Japanese in a game despite the English acting seeming fine, because the studio that localized it seems like the type to insert the phrase "respect my authoritah" into a script without thinking twice and I take less psychic damage not having to hear it

If it ever continues (I'm fine with this being the end, and IMO the series seems to telegraph that it is too) I hope it includes more characters of color in non-service/sex-worker positions, I'd call that its biggest flaw to date

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Rewatch of The Return complete, also; I love how it tells its own self-contained story, establishes Twin Peaks as a playground for the audience's imagination, and plays with expectations about the series' own inherently finite nature right up to the final fade-out

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Apropos of absolutely nothing, Sheryl Lee just pours her guts out for the audience in Fire Walk With Me and it's a spectacle start-to-finish (especially amazing considering she was supposedly just hired to be The Body)

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Vaguely unrelated, but I was checked out a few years back (even paid out of pocket, yeesh) and I don't appear to have ADHD; some coping strategies work, but I suspect it's because my symptoms intersect far more with the trauma-survivor section of the viral venn diagram

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Timesinks I'll be trying to limit my exposure to in favor of other activities:

1) Websites that stream text content
2) Online storefronts of any kind
3) Personally-written lists (which aren't necessarily bad, but are a way to feel "productive" without doing actual legwork)

Using a dance pad in StepMania, I've decided my way of rooting through the mountain of available content is to launch the program with only one folder in the Songs directory, sort its songs by difficulty level, and play it in order from easiest to hardest until I'm tired out

The slow limo drive struck me as unnecessary at first, but I now think it lets the viewer know that despite this season's penchant for shocking imagery it's not about to lapse into full-blown nihilism. Without this assurance the scenes afterward would be unbearably tense

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Halfway through rewatching The Return, doing a much better job this time around interpreting the hardened criminal and the sleepwalking office worker as two different components of the same basic personality

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Life Is Strange replay (Episode 3, full game spoilers, suicide CW) 

A bit of episode 5 sneaks its way into Max's FB wall with a bunch of people insulting her for fucking up so bad, which was a nice touch; for all the story's callousness and writing flaws I do appreciate its attempts to get under the player's skin this way, I feel like I could spend some time in text unpacking this moment and how I feel in it

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Life Is Strange replay (Episode 3, full game spoilers, suicide CW) 

That said? The start of episode 3 makes no sense considering these events. A student just died and Warren's asking her to schedule a movie night? Chloe wants to go on detective adventures just a few hours later? An IRL Max who'd been in that situation would be in physical shock in the moment and emotionally scarred for life, but episodic games can't diverge too greatly and she's a player character, so she just shakes it off

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Life Is Strange replay (Episode 2, full game spoilers, suicide CW) 

Well, that was unexpected; Kate Marsh took her life in this playthrough (I was able to save her in my first one years ago). I was ready, I even took note of her family relationships and the bible passage she didn't cross out, but I accidentally had Max lecture her, causing her to jump before I could bring up anything personal. I'm not too broken up (the ending I'm targeting saves her life) but I was tempted to restart the chapter

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One of my housemates offered me his non-Pro PS4 for $0 last night, cheers for not having to wait for Lost Paradise and Judgment to get ported to PC

(The issue wasn't the time it took to actually read them, it was getting distracted mid-sentence or between sentences and progress crawling to a standstill as a result)

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WaniKani's still going well, though I think I've been working hard-not-smart on it; I now complete each lesson in ~1 minute instead of dozens more spent on reading example sentences aloud. Just in time for the levels that reduce examples from 3 sentences to 1 per word, hah

Looking up StepMania simfiles for the first time in years, I'm a pretty big fan of a rhythm game's updates and content being homegrown by dedicated members of its community

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