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  1. 11 points
    holy fuck thanks so much to my secret santa - not mentioning their name here in case they wish to remain anonymous (i know who you are! - btw i'm not actually dutch, only moved to the netherlands a few months ago ) I opened the package today which came in a few days ago and it contained a: -ixalan magic the gathering starter box -fire emblem warriors, and a -nintendo switch i even had to open all of it immediately because i didn't quite believe it at first >.> edit: now with pics!
  2. 9 points
    Fire

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    The presents from my Secret Santa arrived today!
  3. 9 points
    Isotope

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    surprise! I was going back and forth on what to get you Magic related until I had @fuzz help me out on deciding what was a good purchase (I play Yu-Gi-Oh, and I know nearly nothing about Magic) and all the while keeping it a secret from him too. And when I had Chrom relay you my questions (especially the one about potentially receiving a game out of your country), I was hoping that I didn't give away what I was planning to gift. Happy Holidays! Hope you have a happy and healthy 2018 bro! :^)
  4. 9 points
    fuzz

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    I am so stoked!! I have been wanting to play The Witcher 3 ever since building my PC, and now I have it and two expansions to play through as soon as I'm through with the semester!! I've heard so many amazing things about this game and it has been at the top of my list for a year now, so I'm so glad to finally be able to! Thank you again so much, @Kodiack!!
  5. 8 points
    ace

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    So I’ve been pretty down recently. Work has been awful. School has been beyond stressful. I just had to finish a group paper by myself today, and I’m frazzled beyond belief. I came home tonight and found that my secret Santa gift came in, so I wasted no time tearing into it. This made my day, my week, hell, the last couple months for sure. This is the best secret Santa I’ve ever taken part in and I’m actually happy for once. Thanks @Eliwood8, you’re the fucking man
  6. 8 points
    K

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Since I didn't order this I'm going to guess this is another gift from my Secret Santa. Thank you so much!
  7. 8 points
    K

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Got a gift from my Secret Santa! Absolutely love it, thank you!
  8. 8 points
    Heyo, so I just received my Secret Santa gift from @fuzz - Nidhogg 2 on Steam, which is a perfect get for me. I played through the Arcade mode today and it's pretty stellar, all you hear about is the grotesque art style, but it's actually extremely beautiful and the gameplay is still extremely solid, love it. I think I've got my gift to send soon, I'll be on it in the next few days.
  9. 7 points
    Thanks to Doc Brown for my Secret Santa gifts! 🤗 P.S Love the Kirby drawing in the card!!!
  10. 7 points
    im gonna get to go home for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. 7 points
    Thanks to my Secret Santa! I've never seen it before, but have heard nothing but good things about it!
  12. 7 points
    No problem man, glad they got there safely. Enjoy the gifts and Happy Holidays to you too! 🤗
  13. 7 points
    It's only been a week and I'm already receiving gifts! I only just got home from Thanksgiving last night and this was waiting on my doorstep: The Legend of Zelda: Arts & Artifacts! This is awesome, the artwork is beautiful and so nostalgic. Leafing through this reminds me of being a kid and drawing the artwork from Nintendo Power and game manuals. And this book is a perfect complement to the Hyrule Historia I already have! I also received a game which I assume must also be from my Secret Santa because I don't remember ordering it from GameFly myself: Final Fantasy XV! This is great, I've been meaning to get this all year, now I'll have to put some time into it over the holidays. Thanks so much Matt, and happy holidays!
  14. 6 points
    fuzz

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Kodiack is so amazing and also got me another game, one I've been wanting to get into for a long time as well; Stardew Valley!! I couldn't help but download it and try booting it up but omg it already seems so charming. I'm so excited to dive in once I'm done with finals in a few days!
  15. 6 points
    Reilly

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    So, this CD came in the mail yesterday and I can only assume it was from my Secret Santa. If it was from my SS, thank you! I've never heard of these guys, but I'm always open to listening to new music. I'll probably have time to listen to this tomorrow and I'll let you know what I think. If it wasn't, then consider this an off-topic post about a random CD by some guys I've never heard of shipped to my house from Amazon.
  16. 6 points
    Net neutrality being removed ultimately shouldn't have any major impact on Ninfora. Ninfora itself doesn't use much bandwidth and can run quite well on slower connections. If fast/slow lanes did become a thing, they shouldn't impact perceptible site performance much at all. However, video sharing could become a headache if a user's ISP decided to deprioritise that traffic. The real concern is whether ISPs would decide to roll out "packages", where you're essentially limited to what sort of sites you can access. I can't imagine that ISPs in the United States will begin rolling out packages of sites that you can access while blacklisting others, but providers may decide to impose data caps and then offer packages with unlimited data to various large sites. One mobile carrier (Vodafone) has started doing this recently in New Zealand with data passes and it's left an awful taste in my mouth. Those sorts of packages make it difficult for smaller sites to survive and thrive ("Why would I use Xyz social network when I get unlimited data to Facebook?") and can also present a conflict of interest for providers that offer both television and internet services. Why would a company want to give you unlimited access to everything on the internet when they could put you under a low data cap that's costly to exceed and then gouge you for an expensive TV package? I do not believe that ISPs will begin to restrict internet access further amidst fear of even greater public outrage, but I can see them seizing the opportunity to nickel and dime consumers even more-so with net neutrality removed. Comcast, for example, will likely continue to have a 1 TB data cap, but they'll roll out some options to remove that cap on sites like YouTube and Facebook. I also imagine that Comcast and other providers could be less friendly to services that they see as "competition", such as Netflix and Hulu. They really want to get people back onto television, which generates them a boatload of profit. Ajit Pai is the worst thing to happen to the FCC, and I was consistently disgusted with his stances long before he became chairman. Him being at the helm of the commission is a nightmare scenario and I fear that things will only continue to get worse before they get better. As it stands, the decision to remove net neutrality will likely go forward with only three of the five FCC commissioners deciding the vote. That's right, the vote for net neutrality falls into the hands of only three people: Ajit Pai, Mike O'Rielly, and Brendan Carr. Each of these three chairmen is a Republican, while the two Democrats will vote to retain net neutrality. We as the public can and should continue to express our disagreement with the Republican FCC seats. Only one needs to flip their vote for net neutrality to remain in place. While this seems unlikely, it's important to keep that pressure on them and let them know that what they're doing is absolutely not in the interests of the American public. Ajit Pai will almost certainly not change his vote (he's practically a puppet for Verizon et al), but there may be some luck with one of the others. Mike O'Rielly seems to have taken the least strong position against net neutrality from what I've seen; Brendan Carr seems to act a bit like a disgruntled troll. Again, Ninfora itself will not likely be directly impacted by any such change, but without public action, you could find that it becomes much more expensive to continue to have unfettered access to the world wide web. The monopolistic ISPs must ultimately be broken up, but until the eventual day that miracle occurs, regulations and protections such as net neutrality must be in place to benefit the consumer. (Oh how glad I am to be in New Zealand as this insanity boils over in the US...)
  17. 5 points
    Do parents NOT believe in him though? They seem to be neither here nor there about his existence Funny story: My parents used to keep bows and ribbons, etc along with leftover unused wrapping paper in our "Christmas supplies" box in the basement. Anyways, occasionally a tag or two would be stuck to a bow and make its way in there. So, one year I went out and bought myself a few presents I know I never asked for, wrapped them up and put them under the tree with previous years' "To Steve From Santa" tags done in my parents' handwriting (they always used "from Santa" even to today). Christmas morning comes and my parents get us to do the whole one-at-a-time, take turns and watch unwrapping. You say who it's from, unwrap it, then show it off and thank whomever gave it to you. My turn rolls up, Dad hands me a gift from Santa, I open it up knowing what it was since I bought it for myself, then do the over the top "WOOOOOW, THANKS SANTA!" and watch my parents exchange awkward glances. A few more rounds and another pops up. This time with mouthed words of "did you buy him that?!" between the two and they asked me to show them the tag. My siblings go again, and finally my last "Santa" gift shows up. Open it up, and this one is expensive. My siblings are pissed at the "favouritism" going on. My Dad asks who gave it to me, I say Santa, then my parents start with "well I didn't get him it" back and forth, and I'm deadpan insisting it was from Santa and that one of them must've gotten me it and asking how they even knew I wanted these things. No one ever clued in. I let them stew on it until on New Years dinner when, without lifting my gaze from plate, I just muttered out "I bought them for myself" barely audible. Dad drops his fork, "what did you say?" - "I bought them for myself and used old tags I found in the basement", and he slams his hand on the table and yells "I FUCKING KNEW IT!!!" and keep in mind this is probably the 4th time in my entire life I've heard him drop an F-bomb, and here is yelling it after slamming the table with a bunch of my aunts, uncles, and cousins all around. It was hilarious.
  18. 5 points
    I went ahead and jumped on this new edition of the same old New Nintendo 3DS XL. It is super fucking sexy don't ya think?
  19. 4 points
    Let’s just take a moment to appreciate that an unelected official appointed by a president that lost the popular vote enacted policy that 89% of Americans were strongly against. God bless this country
  20. 4 points
    chickadee

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    that bootleg cover made me laugh much harder than it should have
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    My latest Disasterpiece backed by fucking awesome music. Link is a mother fucking hell raising, ass kicking son of a bitch. Oh yeah...AF makes a cameo. How is that Xenoblade 2 coming? I am a good 40 hours in on that one.
  23. 4 points
    Ridley Prime

    Metroid: Samus Returns

    Well, I guess it happened...
  24. 4 points
    alienboyva

    Detective Pikachu has a voice!

    😏
  25. 4 points
    Got my first gold gym badge today, hooray!
  26. 4 points
    Puss got a new toy
  27. 4 points
    ace

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Oh jeez i forgot to mention. Whoever got me, for the love of god do not send me funko pop figures. I hate funko pops. I will literally burn them in a fire
  28. 4 points
    i complained a while back that amazon finally noticed i hadn't paid for prime in years but it turns out i still have prime despite the emails reminding me to renew #blessed
  29. 3 points
    Chrom

    Fire Emblem Heroes

    I want all of them.
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    ace

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    SHE IS MY WIFE AND I LOVE HER
  32. 3 points
    Eliwood8

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    You're welcome ace, I'm so glad I could help brighten your holiday! And it seems she arrived just in time for the return of Overwatch's winter events tomorrow!
  33. 3 points
    ace

    Elysium - N4A Chat Thread, December 2017

    I don’t think I shared this here last night. We got a fucking sushi boat and it was awesome.
  34. 3 points
    Destiny Hero

    Skyward Sword, BOTW, and Positivity

    I just went back to play Skyward Sword after 350 hours of BOTW. Now I know why I didn't go back before, and I've got a broader perspective on game design. I was at Scaldera, the second boss. The controls kept crapping out on me. Fi wouldn't shut up about my batteries and that icon never went away. The boss fight was completely repetitive but would've been tolerable if the controls were working. After I took a break the game made me stop to recalibrate my controller three times. Got back to Skyloft and tried to play the game like I played BOTW--slowly walking around and taking in the experience. Yeah, Skyward Sword was not meant to be played as slowly as it runs. The world only looks nice if you stay in motion--it's flat up close and blurry otherwise. Walking around just made me antsy and frustrated. Then I got to Beedle, and when I didn't buy anything he stopped to show me this nice cutscene of him being a douchebag to Link for no reason, which is a great way to make the player enjoy the world, huh. The real kicker here was when I tried to sell bugs to one of Groose's cronies. They make you check your stock of each bug individually, and there's box after box of slowly scrolling text each time--and you can bet your ass that they fill every box all the way even if it means just restating the same phrase four times. Everything about the UI here is so clunky and infuriating--even the way you scroll. Holding down the A button the whole time, watching the text appear, waiting for the moment you can quickly let go and press down again. It's demeaning, and physically it feels awful. After that I'd fuckin had it. But no, I wasn't allowed to stop there. I was forced to keep playing long after the game had overstayed its welcome, until I could find a save point. This game was the grand finale of Nintendo's hottest system, and it used save points, one of the worst features any video game could ever implement. There is no reason for any modern video game to ever use save points. EVER. There is no excuse for this. Then I snapped the disc in half in my mind as I booted up Breath of the Wild to a functional UI, controls that usually work, a world I can watch and listen to, and a game that respects me. I have a new understanding of everything that makes BOTW playable and enjoyable. I'm acutely aware of what makes BOTW's overworld so satisfying to slowly walk through. There are things to look at. There's wind, there's dust, there are blades of grass and pebbles and inclines. And everything you do is up to you. If I'm taking a long path in Skyward Sword, it's because the game is forcing me to. I'm angry because I'm not in control. If I'm walking to nowhere in Breath, it's because I've chosen to do that, and I'm in control, because I know that if I ever get tired of this I can always travel a different way, so there's no dread or worry. SS's finicky controls for stopping in front of a bomb flower and harvesting it made me physically angry, especially when my controller wasn't cooperating. But in Breath, I was perfectly content mining ore slowly, because that was my choice. I was never trapped. I have never had to view any situation in BOTW with a negative attitude. And I think that's it right there--that's the reason why BOTW has been so well-received. Other games have more exciting set pieces and gripping scenarios. But those games will sometimes make you do things you're not in the mood for, which makes you feel trapped and frustrated. BOTW never forces you to do anything you don't want to, which means you never have to feel the negative emotions of uncertainty and loss of control. You are always doing something you like. Even the few parts of the game which are poorly and unfairly designed (looking at you, Trial of Wood) don't get too infuriating because you can always think of a different way to play through it, and if it does get to the point where you feel very negatively, you can just walk away and play the rest of the entire game. Breath of the Wild is the most positive game Nintendo has ever made, and Skyward Sword the most negative.
  35. 3 points
    Ahhhhhh my boxes are out for delivery now, excitement too much~
  36. 3 points
    Bitcoin has been really crazy this year. I'm paying off the rest of my mum's mortgage for Christmas.
  37. 3 points
    To everyone else studying for finals (and everyone else in general cause we all need a lil encouragement from time to time) WE GOT THIS!
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    Pichi

    Skyward Sword, BOTW, and Positivity

    The only thing I don't understand is the whole argument where people try to tell me that Zelda games have good stories when it's like the same thing nonstop, and that thing has little depth. The game does its best to make its quest feel important and mysterious, but that doesn't work when it's your sixth time going through the same formula. I think the world itself is exactly what has always made Zelda interesting, not the pretense of doing it all to fulfill Link's Very Important Destiny™ or any attempts to make that a focus along the way. Of course you want to get the powerful sword and banish evil and blah blah blah, but that's not what makes it special. It's the world and the way you interact with and explore it. That was the entire design philosophy of the very first game according to Miyamoto. That's what made Ocarina so exciting when it was new (although I think it was ultimately really constricted). It's the spin on that which makes Majora's Mask so unique and wonderful. And it's what makes the first couple hours of the Wii games so agonizingly painful, because you just wanna get the fuck out of the stupid, unbearable starting areas. When the game drags you along for annoying nonsense just cause it's Very Important, and you never get the time to just play for yourself and enjoy what's around you, it gets immensely frustrating. It's not a problem when the actions you take and the events unfolding are surprising and interesting, but that doesn't happen in Zelda. It just doesn't. Cause you do the same god damn thing every game. I feel like Breath of the Wild was Nintendo finally waking up and remembering what it was all about. But I've also been praying for a Zelda game with the openness of Zelda 1 combined with modern design for most of the last decade, so I'm quite biased. I'm still astonished sometimes that it actually happened. I just really hope they don't just fall back into the same habits. A mix of the two with more traditional elements like central dungeons returning to a BotW-like world would be fine, but the Ocarina formula feels like poison at this point.
  40. 3 points
    Sir_Fluff

    Ninfora Creation Gallery

    Howdy folks! What happened to this thread? Also, most of the links in my previous posts died. ;-; Anyhow, to revive this thread, I was out with my telescope and snapped some photos of the super frost moon tonight:
  41. 3 points
    Anselma

    Skyward Sword, BOTW, and Positivity

    Skyward Sword is the logical extreme of making a Zelda game as linear as possible and I can understand why people don't enjoy the game for that. It suffers from a lot of issues that modern single player games have in that it's mostly about setpieces and always moving forward instead of giving the player any time or incentive to explore, and it hurts the game on consecutive playthroughs because nothing about the game really changes. It's rigid and isn't open to letting the player do what they want, and coming before one of the most critically acclaimed games in the series and the most open-ended we've seen is going to make it age like milk. On the other hand, while I adore BotW and it's solidified itself as one of my favorite games ever, it had to sacrifice or ease up on things I liked about the series in order to accommodate that. A reason that people dislike open-world games (including myself) is that there's a lack of focus or drive that's always prevalent in these games. When you avoid linearity, there's a certain depth to the presentation and story that's going to be lost or de-emphasized. A story is meant as a means of guiding the player through the game. And while it has its fair share of memorable characters, BotW's overall plot and story quests are very shallow compared to a lot of the games in the series, Skyward Sword included. While I grew attached to the game as an organic open-world experience where I'm allowed to do what I want, I never felt a compulsion to complete the game until about 90 hours in. And while you say it's because the game enthralled me enough that I wanted to just explore (and that's a good thing), you can say it's also in equal part due to the fact that the game's story threads, its general plot did not compel me enough to want to do it. And I know people who like story driven games, who like following a compelling narrative to guide them through a game. Who can get bored when the world is opened up to them but they feel no desire to explore it because they want a story or memorable characters. While I think BotW does avoid a handful of the pitfalls open world games suffer from, it doesn't avoid all of them and people with few inclinations towards them might not be entirely swayed by the game. On a pure gameplay front, BotW succeeded in nearly every regard and I think will go down as one of the greatest games ever made, I earnestly believe that. But for a story-driven experience in a videogame, I felt it faltered a lot. The characters were memorable but underutilized in at best a few hours of story content, which to me says I found them memorable because they avoided overstaying their welcome without calling into question the longevity or depth of the plot. There was a startling lack of urgency in the game as a result, which makes for fun lounging exploring time well enough I guess. fwiw I actually do enjoy Skyward Sword a lot, but it's on the polar opposite spectrum that BotW and I find them hard to compare because they had opposite mission goals.
  42. 3 points
    Super Mari O's #won_thread
  43. 3 points
    Chrom

    Fire Emblem Heroes

    I finally got the new Sakura, she's cute.
  44. 3 points
    this is gonna be fun
  45. 3 points
    Man, I'm just saying, if your game isn't Super Mario Odyssey or Breath of the Wild then you might as well...
  46. 2 points
  47. 2 points
    We can also thank Obama that he got to the FCC too... " On 2011, Pai was then nominated for a Republican Party position on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama at the recommendation of Minority leader Mitch McConnell. He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012, and was sworn in on May 14, 2012, for a term that concluded on June 30, 2016.[1] Then Pai was designated chairman of the FCC by President Donald Trump in January 2017 for a five-year term.[16] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the additional five-year term on October 2, 2017.[6] " Not hating on Obama but that's kind of weak to mention that now...
  48. 2 points
    Tyranogre

    Fire Emblem Heroes

    @Reilly Would you mind pointing that Sigurd figure I got you for Secret Santa last year toward California?
  49. 2 points
    Pichi

    I have become a timelord!

  50. 2 points
    Makes you wonder what the Wii U could've done if they didn't call it the Wii U and announce its successor three years early.
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