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Blog: Miasmon Beta Testing
Jared4224
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In light of your most recent post (as of writing) , I feel the need to clarify some things.
When I say "constructive criticism" I mean I would say something along the lines of this

"It may be best to change *this* for *this* reason"

If you disagree, okay, I wouldn't argue with the guy who made the game.

That aside, I am all but certain I won't be chosen (seeing as you don't know me) which is fine. In all honesty, I wouldn't trust strangers with a game I had spent almost a year on either. Still, I wish you the best if luck with this project.

Cheers.

Blog: Miasmon Beta Testing
Jared4224
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It makes me glad to know you've made so much progress. I know you occasionally go through some less then happy times, so it's good to "see" you somewhat optimistic.

On the subject of Beta Testing, I would love to help. As one of the few nerds who have never picked up a Pokemon-like game, (I'm not saying Miasmon is a Pokemon copy, I'm just saying they have similar game play mechanics) it should be interesting to see what I take away from this kind of game. I have loads of time between my AP classes, so I can dedicate tons of time to testing and analyzing the characters, gameplay, plot etc.

As said above, I'm sorry if I am trying to "sell myself". I think I can help and I have plenty of time to do it. I'll make it clear however, I may offer constructive criticism. I hope you won't take it the wrong way.

And, also as said above, congrats on getting this far.
Forum: Which would you rather be?(#4)
Jared4224
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I would have to choose the healer.

Now, it is understandable that being a protector could be better (after all, why heal damage when you can simply take no damage) but I'm going to go a bit deeper into it. Remember when Clavis said "People need obstacles in order to improve technologically and spiritually, and a society that is at constant contentment is doomed to fade to oblivion"? Well I agree with that. I would rather have people go through trials, feel pain but also learn from it, then be healed and learn nothing . For example...

My sister was a drug addict. Before hand, she was just very cruel to me but after she started doing drugs my life became (in every sense of the word) a living hell. I cried every day, was hurt both physically and mentally, and considered suicide at the age of 12. Not a good time in my life to be sure. However, if I could "protect" myself from that hate, if I could make it so it would never have happened, I wouldn't. All that pain shaped me into who I am today and it scares me to think I may change who I am.

Instead, she is drug free now. She hasn't done drugs in 2 years and has recently apologized to me for all that pain. In that moment I was healed. That pain shaped me into an individual with incredible willpower. I had gone threw pain, grew up from it and was healed in the end.

Right. On the topic of Mardek, I have always preferred using regeneration. Oddly, I have never used M Shield (besides mastering it) simply because when you try to heal someone with M Shield, it has to go through the shield making healing a difficult job. Physical Shield is useful, but I'd much rather have my party be constantly healing and focusing on the offensive.

Regardless of all that I must agree with Random person. There is no one right answer.
Forum: Songs
Jared4224
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While I agree with scrambledsignal (context is key) I would say the lyrics are the most *meaningful* thing in a song. The weight of the words can really evoke true emotion in people. For example...

I was a very depressed individual 3 years ago. I listened to very sad music and generally hated the world. (This is what I would call my "emo" phase.) Towards the end of it I happened to come across a song. It was called "Rebirthing" by Skillet . After listening to the words and the emotion in them, I started to be a bit happier. 2 weeks later I felt "normal" again, I looked at the world in a positive way and still do. I don't know why, I just did. One thing I love about Music is that it can make you feel strong emotions you can't explain. A song sung by people you've never met can make you feel wonderful.

At another point in my life, I was listening to a song by Alex Day (I think it was his song "Teenage Rebel"). After the performance I vowed to learn Guitar. They words in that song made me feel motivated and whenever I thought "this just isn't worth it" I listened to that song, and that unexplainable emotion gave me motivation. Present day I can play several songs and have a happier view on life, all because of a few simple words...

TLDR: Lyrics make you feel good.
Forum: Lesbian, Bi, Or Straight
Jared4224
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If there's one thing that boggles my mind it is why some people think Gay's are "wrong". I myself have several friends who are gay and in all honesty there is nothing "weird" about them.

I had a friend of mine who said gay people were "evil". I asked him why and he replied "Well my pastor said it, so..." Which made me quite angry with him. I asked why did he think his church thought that and he promptly walked away. Ridiculous. I'm not saying all religious people are anit-gay (my former church was pro gay) but I am saying those who say gay people are wrong because of there religion are simply ignorant. There is not one passage in the bible (I've read the whole bloody thing) that says gay people are evil. However there is one sentence "treat your neighbor as you would want to be treated" which I fully agree with. Wasn't god supposed to be peaceful? Doesn't god love ALL people?

TLDR : Gay people deserve the rights given to straight people and not all religion is anti gay and full of horse droppings but it seems a lot of it is.
Forum: One Wish
Jared4224
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If I had one wish? Besides more wishes, I would want one thing. Immortality.

Selfish I know, but to never die (until I'm ready) would be amazing. To gather so much knowledge, to see many generations in my life would be amazing. Obviously, most people would think to use that time to enjoy themselves but I would want to use it to further mankind. To gather knowledge yes, but also to use it for good. I would hope that potential wouldn't corrupt me, but I suppose I could never be certain. There of course would come a time when I have lost too many friends and felt too much pain. I would also ask for the ability to kill myself, should the need arise. I would also entrust the power to kill myself to someone I trust, should I become corrupt.

Cheers.
Blog: MARDEK character faces!
Jared4224
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My thanks for sharing your artwork. The drawings were excellent, the detail in some of the characters was very interesting!

Keep in mind, start MARDEK whenever your ready. I can't say I know how tough it is to make a game, but I've gotten the feeling of it from your posts. Glad to see your positive about the artwork mate.
Forum: What are your top five favorite games?
Jared4224
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1: Baldur's Gate Series : *from my recent post* Baldur's Gate. The Best RPG of all time. Yes, better then that.

Easily the best "story" in a game I've ever played as well. Why? You are the story. In MARDEK it is fairly linear, your character is the way he is and you can't change him. In Baldur's Gate you have optional dialogue options for almost every encounter. You can be good, evil, netural or somewhere in between. The other plus is you can choose your class. Fighter, Thief, Mage, Bard, Cleric , Druid etc. Not only that, but your race is also up to you (Elf,Dwarf,Human,Gnome,Halfling and half elf).
After the first area (your home) it is open world. You can go right to the main plot, or explore the 30 something area filled with adventure, allies (party members), taverns, towns, beautiful forests, deadly dungeons and of course, glory.
The battle system is very interesting. You control your character much like you would in the original Starcraft, click to move and space to pause. Now if you prefer a turn based game that is indeed an option. If you go to "options" you will find the auto pause page. Here you can set it so every couple of moments the game will pause and allow you to think before your charge that group of goblins. No fights come to mind that are near impossible like Karnos... but you can set your difficulty higher for some nasty suprises. There is equipment all over the game, which only certain classes can equip. (if you find some plate mail don't be surprised if your mage can't wear it)
The plot itself is very good. A good bit of it is up to you, but the shocking moments as the antagonists plans become clear (or even when you find out who the antagonist is!) is pure creative genius. If you explore everything, I can guarantee... a good 50 + hours of gameplay. That's just Baldur's Gate 1! There is an expansion pack and a sequel which is 6 times as long 0_o
While I recommend your first play through be Vanilla, I would recommend the thriving modding community for this game. There are mods that add NPC's, more shops, more quests, a harder challenge or something you would never expect...

2: Hype The Time Quest : A cookie for you if you know this one. This was my childhood video game. It's set in a medieval swords and sorcery like setting, with a twist :it's playmobile. The Graphics are laughable, but the story is so gripping that it surprises me it's called a "kids game".

3: Icewind Dale 1 : This , like Baldur's Gate, is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign. In many ways they are very similar. The main difference is that the battle system was vastly improved on, while the story was neglected.

4: MARDEK series : I have never played flash game that has had this good of a story. Absolutely incredible. The fact that the game was made by one man is unreal : a team of gaming professionals couldn't have done a better job. A tip of my hat to Pseudolonewolf.

5: Minecraft : Yes, virtual legos. A fantastic video game, especially with multiplayer. With all the mods and texture packs available, it makes Minecraft one of a kind.
Forum: Username Origins
Jared4224
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I added the "42" to my name after reading Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, which describes it as the answer to everything. I used to have an account on the old site naming me "Jared4242" but for some reason ( I assume inactivity) my account was deleted. So I am now "Jared4224".
Forum: I was looking for a good computer RPG...
Jared4224
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Baldur's Gate. The Best RPG of all time. Yes, better then that.

Easily the best "story" in a game I've ever played as well. Why? You are the story. In MARDEK it is fairly linear, your character is the way he is and you can't change him. In Baldur's Gate you have optional dialogue options for almost every encounter. You can be good, evil, netural or somewhere in between. The other plus is you can choose your class. Fighter, Thief, Mage, Bard, Cleric , Druid etc. Not only that, but your race is also up to you (Elf,Dwarf,Human,Gnome,Halfling and half elf).

After the first area (your home) it is open world. You can go right to the main plot, or explore the 30 something area filled with adventure, allies (party members), taverns, towns, beautiful forests, deadly dungeons and of course, glory.

The battle system is very interesting. You control your character much like you would in the original Starcraft, click to move and space to pause. Now if you prefer a turn based game that is indeed an option. If you go to "options" you will find the auto pause page. Here you can set it so every couple of moments the game will pause and allow you to think before your charge that group of goblins. No fights come to mind that are near impossible like Karnos... but you can set your difficulty higher for some nasty suprises. There is equipment all over the game, which only certain classes can equip. (if you find some plate mail don't be surprised if your mage can't wear it)

The plot itself is very good. A good bit of it is up to you, but the shocking moments as the antagonists plans become clear (or even when you find out who the antagonist is!) is pure creative genius. If you explore everything, I can guarantee... a good 50 + hours of gameplay. That's just Baldur's Gate 1! There is an expansion pack and a sequel which is 6 times as long 0_o

While I recommend your first play through be Vanilla, I would recommend the thriving modding community for this game. There are mods that add NPC's, more shops, more quests, a harder challenge or something you would never expect...

So yes, you won't find Baldur's Gate in any store (it was made in 1999!) So I recommend Ebay. Just type in "Baldur's Gate 1" and you should find what you need.

Cheers.

I would also love to hear what game you end up buying.