Random thing you love right now that doesn't deserve its own thread

Received all 14 books of Yotsuba& I ordered from Amazon Japan today. And it turns out they are simple enough I can actually read them! Yay!

Also: Two (or is it three?) years after I bought an Alienware Alpha computer, I discovered that I can customize the color of the front lights. They look better in green!

http://www.beforeiplay.com !

I'm not sure if many people know about this website, but I never hear it talked about so I wanted to give a bit of a shout-out.

As someone who often spends far too long with decision paralysis, it's a godsend. One of my biggest pet peeves is games that ask players to make big decisions (e.g., class, stats, starting gear) without the player having the knowledge to know what those decisions mean in-game.

With this site, you just search for the game and you'll be presented with a big list of spoiler-free starting advice. Anything useful to know before starting, or hitting crucial points in-game is listed for your consideration.

I love, love, love it.

That's genius. I check howlongtobeat sometimes for what I have a chunk of time for, but that should help efficiency. I end up googling a starting tips article half the time too.

That's a great site. Thanks Uni!

I GOT AN HONOURS OFFER AT MY FIRST CHOICE OF UNIVERSITY!!!!

After initially being knocked back, I got a second-round offer at the university I first studied at. Unlike my current provisional offer, they don't demand that I maintain a 6+ GPA (which I have, but has been stressing me out trying to maintain). It's a huge weight off my shoulders. It's closer, it's 3 times less expensive, the interest rate on loans is 25% less, and I'll be getting 2 $1000 payments throughout to year to help with textbooks/other expenses.

The absolute best part is I'm finally working on a proper research project. There's an academic there who's looking for an honours student to help with a range of topics merging virtual reality with psychology, which has been my primary interest ever since I completed my undergrad years ago.

I'm over the moon right now, I can't believe I finally did it. I'm going to do actual research work. It's what I've wanted to do ever since I was a child.

Congrats A_U! Such happy news!

Very cool uni, congrats

Nice. Congrats, Uni. And thanks for beforeiplay. Cool!

Well done Uni

Many congratulations, A_Unicycle!

You've earned this -- have fun!

Congrats A_Unicycle!! That's fantastic news!

Congratulations! That's great news. Also, thanks for the website, I'll definitely be checking it out.

A_Unicycle wrote:

With this site, you just search for the game and you'll be presented with a big list of spoiler-free starting advice. Anything useful to know before starting, or hitting crucial points in-game is listed for your consideration.

This is a really cool idea, and I always had an idea of a site like this in my mind for the longest time. I feel like the worst are those games that give you access to the complete open world immediately but don't let on that you're better off playing the first 8 story missions or so first because they give you access to all your abilities.

This is one reason I miss physical game manuals. They often used to have a little intro to the game world, and tips or suggestions for what to try first. This was especially handy for adventure games and open world RPGs - I especially liked the ones that were a bit cryptic rather than just saying "try heading south"...

I really miss game manuals.

Congratulations A_U! I hope you enjoy the new challenges.

ComfortZone wrote:

This is one reason I miss physical game manuals. They often used to have a little intro to the game world, and tips or suggestions for what to try first. This was especially handy for adventure games and open world RPGs - I especially liked the ones that were a bit cryptic rather than just saying "try heading south"...

I really miss game manuals.

You couldn't finish Star Tropics on the NES without a letter included with the manual. At a point in the game you learn you can get a code from that letter by dipping it in water and you can't complete the game without that code.

Metal Gear Solid on PS One has you type in some information from the back of the CD case.

DRM before it was cool.

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AH yea, Mix n Mojo was much better

and Quest for GLory 4's elemental pizza recipes in the corners of the manual

ComfortZone wrote:

This is one reason I miss physical game manuals. They often used to have a little intro to the game world, and tips or suggestions for what to try first. This was especially handy for adventure games and open world RPGs - I especially liked the ones that were a bit cryptic rather than just saying "try heading south"...

I really miss game manuals.

I got a crash course in how different games were when they came with manuals a few nights ago when I started up Chrono Cross. I've never played it before, so I started it up like I would any game, jumped into combat, and had no freaking clue what was going on. I had somehow forgotten that RPGs in 1999 just didn't bother with tutorials. All that stuff is in the manual, right?

I miss manuals, too, for the hints and the colorful drawings and flipping through them on the way home from the store. I kinda don't miss having to actually learn anything from them, though.

A_Unicycle wrote:

http://www.beforeiplay.com !

I'm not sure if many people know about this website, but I never hear it talked about so I wanted to give a bit of a shout-out.

As someone who often spends far too long with decision paralysis, it's a godsend. One of my biggest pet peeves is games that ask players to make big decisions (e.g., class, stats, starting gear) without the player having the knowledge to know what those decisions mean in-game.

With this site, you just search for the game and you'll be presented with a big list of spoiler-free starting advice. Anything useful to know before starting, or hitting crucial points in-game is listed for your consideration.

I love, love, love it.

This is great.

One thing it's missing though that I wish it had is if you can adjust the difficulty of a game without having to restart. I search for this for pretty much every game I play nowadays.

The Last Dragon is on Netflix!!!

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I got a crash course in how different games were when they came with manuals a few nights ago when I started up Chrono Cross. I've never played it before, so I started it up like I would any game, jumped into combat, and had no freaking clue what was going on. I had somehow forgotten that RPGs in 1999 just didn't bother with tutorials. All that stuff is in the manual, right?

I miss manuals, too, for the hints and the colorful drawings and flipping through them on the way home from the store. I kinda don't miss having to actually learn anything from them, though.

Haha, you should try Vagrant Story! I must have read that manual cover to cover about 3 or 4 times, and still could barely understand the combat system

Maybe rose tinted glasses, but I really enjoyed learning about a game while not actually staring at the TV. I still search for PDFs of game manuals to this day (a surprising number of modern games have quite nice PDF or HTML manuals, they're just not printed for you any more).

Tanglebones wrote:

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The one we had looked more photocopied. And you didn’t get colour copies back then.

Ah yes. I remember this one:

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I read through and referenced my Baldur's Gate manual countless times. The spine began to wear out form overuse. Good times.

@thrawn82 - is that Dial a Pirate supposed to resemble Trump's cabinet?
I distinctly see Trump, Bannon, Miller, Kelly, Mattis, Spicer, etc.

If anyone has access to the BBC iPlayer, or some other way to see BBC shows, watch the documentary ‘Voyager’s interstellar journey.’ It’s interviews with the men and woman who ran that programme. Absolutely incredible and very moving at times.