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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
    I too was visited by the Artist from Redbubble. Thank you, Mysterious Artist! I love it!
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 8 points
    K

    N4A Secret Santa 2017 (Sign-Ups Closed)

    Got a gift from my Secret Santa! Absolutely love it, thank you!
  9. 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.
  10. 8 points
    Mocha

    What happened to NSider?

    Heya kids. One of my first posts on this website told you to enjoy the time you have left here as a community. I meant it. Nsider 2 might have, at one time or another, had a chance of becoming a a larger forum than it eventually became. That chance, however, was long, long past being a possibility before Koduck and YR thought about splitting from CrowdGather. Hell, let’s be honest. Even way back in 2007, the writing was on the wall for forums. Only the largest forums were going to survive as anything more than serving increasingly tiny communities. That’s just fine. Discourse on the internet has always been ephemeral in nature, and in this era of social media and services like Discord, why bother with forums? This was compounded by the increasingly niche nature of this community. Allow this to serve as your reminder that Nsider was shut down a decade ago, children. The primary audience of Nsider 2 and Ninfora has always been stragglers from that community, with a smaller number of people added on along the way. Naturally, that audience shrunk and shrunk over the years, and you’re still bleeding users without replacing them. Those users, over time, grew up from being stupid children, got actual responsibilities, and slowly drifted away from the stupid Nintendo forums they used to post on. That is to say, this was all an inevitability anyway, so you really shouldn’t be surprised that your forum is becoming a ghost town. If you still want to talk to anybody here in the future, make sure you can do it elsewhere. As a sidenote, I really shouldn’t comment on clubs, but I’ll just say that keeping them this long was a stupid idea. Neat concept, but overall destructive to what’s left of this community considering you can barely keep the chat thread running. But hey, let’s address some points from the thread. This couldn’t possibly be a bad idea. VIDEO GAMES BIGGEST ROAD BLOCK TO BECOMING A “RESPECTED ART FORM” ARE THE PEOPLE WHO PLAY THEM: Let’s just acknowledge the baggage first. Yes, I was one of those super abrasive assholes that talked about politics on this forum. Did I help push people off this forum? Yeah, sure. I don’t regret it. They either expressed opinions that I could not abide being openly shared in a community I was a part of, or they lost an argument, felt they got bullied by the Belgian Internet Terrorists, and ran. Either way, not sorry. By the way, it certainly was not “half the forum”. The prevailing wisdom on the internet was (and still is) to quarantine political discussion away, so that it can be ignored by those that don’t want to engage. Last year’s election simply popped even the most durable bubble and made politics something that could no longer be ignored. Shit got polarized, to put it mildly. Needless to say, that wisdom is misguided. Politics are something that govern your everyday life. Even beyond your pathetic existence, the GOP deciding to pursue stripping healthcare from millions, well, affects millions of other people. These discussions are extremely important, massively more important than mere video games, and ignoring them leads to apathy or, yes, horrid ways of thinking. Just take a gander at how a sizable group of gamers sympathize with actual (literal) neo-nazis. Go read up and understand what Nazism entails. I’ll wait. Speaking of, nazis. I’ll totally agree with the point that, if you are more concerned with being called a nazi instead of why you’re being called a nazi, you need to do some deep reflection. Protip: You’re either espousing similar talking points to those that neo-nazis typically do, you’re associating with neo-nazis, or you just said some seriously dangerous shit. Try to avoid doing that in the future, and you won’t be called a nazi. Promise. Anywho. This is a video game forum, however, so shouldn’t we just talk about video games? Time to give you the spiel again. Video games are an artform. Art is, inherently, political, even in as medium as unworthy as video games. It is a reflection of the person creating it. You can kick and scream about how you can divorce the art from the artist all you want, but that is an impossibility. Art is not made in a vacuum, and Gears for Breakfast knowingly deciding to keep a neo-nazi of a voice actor in their game colours the experience of playing it, especially those that neo-nazis want to see wiped from the gene pool. You cannot avoid politics. Hell, that new nazi killing game also came out and was using the current political climate to its full marketing advantage. It’s not a matter of ‘keeping politics out of video games’ so much as recognizing that they were always there. Say it with me now: The Mario and Zelda series both make use of problematic tropes, and there is nothing wrong with enjoying them as long as we acknowledge their problems. That this is even a contentious point to make reveals just how fucked up the gaming community is, to be frank. Finally, I’ll admit that we didn’t always use the politics thread. The horror. Once again, I am not sorry that you had to see a troll that was always arguing in bad faith, by the way, tell a black woman that she had nothing to fear from his southern heritage. Such discussions, are, once more, ephemeral. Picking them up and moving to another thread is pointless for any other reason than the peanut gallery not wanting to see it. Then again, you didn’t need to see it. If you’re not interested in a discussion, you are not obligated to take part. Go read a book for a while and it’ll probably burn out by the time you get back. Or just post your Penis shitpost anyway, it’s not like anyone reads them. Don’t be childish and try to drown out discussion like certain members did. A STORY ABOUT NEOGAF: I was already on my way out of NeoGAF before the implosion, but let’s make this clear. The self-destruction of NeoGAF was largely due to Evilore (The owner of NeoGAF, if you’re unaware) handling himself extremely poorly. His past was never clean, as he had posted and even admitted to being a sexual predator before. He had, just the week before, posted a rant against believing victims of sexual assault, that it was an untenable position. I wonder why. How he handled the situation with amir0x was also horrible, by the way. This accusation came from an ex of his doing a #metoo post, later deleted because it became something much larger than she wanted. I won’t repeat the accusation, but let’s just say that an adult really should know better than to do what he did. The post circulated in the less than reputable parts of the internet and eventually hit NeoGAF proper. Evilore’s past is why he didn’t get a single shred of the benefit of the doubt from most of the community. Then he fucked up even harder. What does Evilore do with a forum that’s calling for his head? What does he tell his moderators? He tells the mods basically what he said in the later statement. That everything was false and harping on about how she was deranged and couldn’t be trusted. The mods and admins all resign, and NeoGAF is left in a lawless state. Evilore uses Modbot to make an extremely weak promise of a statement coming soon. Meanwhile, the internet takes notice, the servers started to buckle, and Evilore takes the site down. Three or so days later, Evilore finally comes out of hiding and brings NeoGAF back online with a frankly insulting statement. He blamed the downfall of the forum on the negative atmosphere created by political discussion, and vows to bring NeoGAF back to a gaming focus by banning political discussion. Thus killing the heart and soul of NeoGAF, even without the mass exodus. On an interesting note, if you were there to brave the account suicides that were posting goatse immediately after it came back online, you would have noticed how quickly the progressive masks of those left fell off. Funny, that. Anyway, that is an extremely lengthy way to say that the downfall of NeoGAF is in no way similar to what’s happening here. Unless YR or Koduck happen to be sexual predators, but I rather doubt that. What you're facing is simply the by-product of time. This is already way longer than I intended, so I’ll stop there. Catch you cool cats on the flip side.
  11. 7 points
    Finally got my Switch going yesterday and start playing Warriors, good mindless fun with FE characters. Thanks again @Isotope!!
  12. 7 points
    made especially difficult by the fact that u already own everything tiki ever, but merry christmas u fuckin weeb buddy-o!! sry i couldn't wrap them myself but im glad u love them anyway!!!
  13. 7 points
    Thanks to Doc Brown for my Secret Santa gifts! 🤗 P.S Love the Kirby drawing in the card!!!
  14. 7 points
    im gonna get to go home for Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. 7 points
    Thanks to my Secret Santa! I've never seen it before, but have heard nothing but good things about it!
  16. 7 points
    No problem man, glad they got there safely. Enjoy the gifts and Happy Holidays to you too! 🤗
  17. 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!
  18. 7 points
    Chrom

    Fire Emblem Heroes

  19. 7 points
    Fellow members of Ninfora, it has finally happened. I now have a job as Network technician. Dreams do come true.
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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...)
  23. 6 points
    Isotope

    Political Containment Thread

    poetry
  24. 6 points
    Nsider: "Alright, kids, we're closing the forums. But we'll be back soon! ... Maybe. Maybe not." Nsider2: "CG is no longer working with us. Quick--let's jump to a new forum!" Ninfora: "Welcome to Ninfora. Please, take a seat as a we witness a political shitshow unfold." If our chat thread is any indication, activity here as dropped considerably. Ninfora started small, and was only torn apart after some political fighting backed by hostility. I stopped coming here as well this past month. It's depressing to see Ninfora in this state. I only came back because NeoGaf was down and I was bored. I can't imagine I'll be here any longer after this year. Not even most recent Nintendo/videogame news provides a pulse in these parts. Most of us are growing up, too, our interested and time for videogames is waning.
  25. 6 points
    wildflower

    What happened to NSider?

    grim its illegal for me to pick on you until you're at least 15 okay
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