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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!

Apparently both mine and @Lobst's Taiko drum controllers failed, simultaneously, some time shortly after we started ending every Taiko no Tatsujin session with “Division All Stars -Division Battle Anthem-”

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Politics, transness, yard signs 

On my walk through the neighborhood this morning I saw two different types of yard sign that started with "WE BELIEVE:" and listed a variety of nice inclusive statements from today's political zeitgeist! Neither of them mentioned trans people at all

I've been taking kanji lessons through WaniKani (taking notes along the way) and even though I'm still on the free levels, its method already seems like an effective supplement to the list of PDFs and free resources I've been using for Japanese grammar and vocabulary

Today I ran a dungeon (while catching up to my old alt's progress) and had partway through the dire realization of "oh no, I think I'm the most experienced player here"

Enthralled by this French speedrunner's methodical 22-minute explanation of the Xenogears kernel menu glitch

BlazBlue/Arc System Works fighter sprite GIFs, Kokonoe 

I can think of a few people on this site who embody this specific energy. It's a shame the GIFs I found didn't include her dash (where instead of running she rides a Razor scooter to her destination, you know, on the 2D fighting game arena)

"Just play Guilty Gear, if you start now you'll be ready when Strive comes out next year!" Sure, ~when I get to it~

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The best parts of CS's story for me were about human relationships; it wasn't a high bar, but Ragna/Jin/Jubei, Noel/Tsubaki/Makoto, Carl, and Lambda's gag reel were all standouts. Everything else (especially the overabundance of 'comedy' paths) felt unnecessary to me

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BlazBlue Continuum Shift is over, now I've moved on to Chronophantasma which seems (at least at first glance) like a major upgrade. Already digging how the story's partitioned out, though I'll be spending more time in the other modes before committing to its VN portion

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(It turns out social media was cutting pretty severely into the time I would've used for other things, which is why I've been able to talk more openly about the stuff I like)

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I realize my feed's been even more about videogames than usual recently, it's partly because I've been really trying to avoid scrolling through social media in the evenings. I'm only a few days into this effort, but so far it's a bad way to be

(I am enjoying BlazBlue but probably wouldn't recommend this game's story mode to anyone who'd be turned off by a localization with bits and pieces that seem intended to appeal to callous anime fans)

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Took a break from BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend's story mode to fully learn the rules of riichi mahjong (to the extent Yakuza Kiwami was willing to teach them, at least). I can't remember why I switched activities so suddenly but I'm glad I did regardless

absolutely losing my fucking mind at this video from the wikipedia page for the physics engine "phyz"

It's me, the one person who watched Ubisoft Forward anticipating announcements relating to both The Crew 2 and Just Dance 2021. Ah well, I'll just preemptively hold my breath in anticipation of the next streaming event they put out

Hah, this did nothing it turns out. In the absence of some other solution coming up I'll probably just get a replacement controller later this year, mod it out of the box for responsiveness/long-term durability, and keep the old one around for replacement parts

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Had an issue in Taiko no Tatsujin where my drum was registering phantom inputs, so I had to take it apart, swab the sensors with isopropyl alcohol, and pray that'd be enough. I was able to make it through two songs afterward, so I'd say the prayer worked if nothing else

Red Dead Redemption 1 endgame spoilers 

When I was in the middle of playing RDR1 for the first time I had to look something up in a wiki and ended up spoiling myself on the mission names and characters. Out of context, it made the last few missions seem like they'd take place in a surrealist nightmare world separate from the main map, and like the 'family' John had been talking up through Mexico was a fictional construct that would eventually betray him completely in a cruel endgame twist

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