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    Palas reacted to Clephas in Why are so many Vampire protagonists self-hating?   
    I can see your viewpoint on the violent urges.  In particular, seeing bloodlust as being similar to drug addiction is a comparison often made... though not wholly accurate.  From what I've seen, it is an issue of how fast a vampire falls into a starvation state (the state where the need to feed completely overwhelms the ability to think).  In Western literature, this tends to be a few days to a week (often varying either mildly or drastically from individual to individual), and in Japanese literature it tends to vary from 'every night' to 'once a month' (a much wider variation, depending on the setting, than you generally see in the West, but most tend to edge toward the 'every once in a while' end outside of horror or chuuni stuff).  The issue here is whether the individual in question is intelligent/clever enough and strong enough of will (a questionable idea, I know, considering current understanding) to feed quietly and with restraint or is a messy glutton.  A glutton who leaves drained corpses in sewer drains is going to get himself killed fast, whereas a man who sips from a dozen different people in the shadows or uses a ruse to become alone with a target is more likely to survive.  Most settings where vampires look less human the more they feed are ones where this happens with age, rather than as a 'youth'.  You generally won't see that in a Japanese-made VN (exception is a few individuals in ones like Vermilion, who don't bother to hide what they are since they only show themselves to their own kind), but in the West's literature and media, that is more likely.  Older vampires don't seem to age precisely in most settings... it is more that their body language alters drastically and they become less capable of hiding their true nature behind a facade. 
    No, it makes perfect sense that you would feel that way.  Even if you logically understand the downsides, the fact is that humans learn their lessons most effectively from experience, not from intellectual/rational understanding.  I understand that I would probably come to hate the limitations in a rational sense, but my gut thinks it looks like a great deal.  I am pretty sure why I feel that way (I don't like people in the first place, so...)
    @PalasI can also see where you are coming from... but the fact is, when it comes to these issues, people don't think rationally or philosophically.  There are plenty of people out there that would reject the idea purely on religious or moral grounds, outside of fiction (the greater majority, probably).   However, a lot of modern humans don't think that way anymore... at all.  I never really considered vampires to be an 'evolution'... more like a mutated predator whose existence is entirely reliant on a much larger population of herd beasts (lol).  I also don't necessarily see anything wrong with vampires exalting or even being envious of humankind...  aesthetically, if you don't look at us on a macro scale, humans can be beautiful in some ways.  However, that seems to me to be something that would come up after you'd been one a while.  I can see one like Toshirou, who saw his beloved become a victim then became one to be at her side, hating/despising vampires and exalting humans (though in his case, it is more a denial of vampiric transcendence).  It makes a lot of sense... but it makes little sense to bewail your own survival to the extent a lot of protagonists do (since most are of the type that would have been dead otherwise).  Or rather, I dislike the way they start bewailing it immediately in so many cases.  In the case of the protagonist of Vampyr (the video game), it makes sense because he has to kill any human he drinks from, and it also makes sense to resent it in the anime Shiki, because they are basically a vampiric swarm of locusts mass-producing their own kind.  However, these are extreme examples... and it makes less sense in the examples that are less extreme (such as Yaneura no Kanojo, where the protagonist would have been dead otherwise, blood-thirst is relatively infrequent and doesn't require killing, and vampiric reproduction requires an act of will). 
    My objections are more focused on those less extreme examples... in fact, entirely so.  In VNs, the ones that bothered me the most were Libra and the aforementioned Yaneura no Kanojo, where the protagonist in both refuses to recognize the inevitability of his own needs and obsesses over returning to a humanity that is most likely never coming back for reasons that make very little sense.  In Western literature, I've encountered dozens of examples of urban fantasy settings where the vampire protagonist is either young and self-hating or old and self-hating.  Some of those were well-justified (SM Stirling's Shadows series, considering the vampires were inherently and actively sadistic as well as predatory) and others were less so. 
    I suppose, looking over what i just wrote, what bothers me most is holes in even the gut-level emotional reactions of characters in these situations.   The chain of reasoning and emotion is often full of massive holes.  Also, I hate being behind the eyes of whiners.  I especially hate vicariously experiencing someone who spends most of the story whining on one level or another...
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    Palas reacted to solidbatman in Old times Fuwa: Private eye victoria   
    newp because the actual idea is better than the execution. its a rather cringe read looking back on it. Who knows it might return in a different form some day. 
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    Palas got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Old times Fuwa: Private eye victoria   
    This project needs to be revived
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    Palas got a reaction from Fiddle in Old times Fuwa: mascot attempts   
    Wait isn't that Fiddle
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    Palas reacted to Emi in Old times Fuwa: mascot attempts   
    but story telling isnt my strong point sadly. 
    i will try tell more things about old obselete things in the future. 
    but there is 2 threads about it. one is archieved and the other one is here: 
    but after 2 years of nothing said i assume the idea is as dead as the rest.
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    Palas got a reaction from Emi in Old times Fuwa: mascot attempts   
    (it actually looks pretty good and I'd like to know the story behind the whole project)
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    Palas got a reaction from Odenvard in VNs are not books   
    VNs are obviously games.
    However, I don't think the systems of a VN are a reduction of some other system like you're saying. It's true presentation in VNs is similar to that in older games RPGs especially so. But you can't replace walking, exploring and generally controlling a character with text. They're not equivalent, even if there's only one place you're supposed to go.
    The insertion of choices, for example, is a lot less fluid in a VN that stops everything you're doing to ask what you want to do and then proceeds to describe what's happening. If you're controlling a character, you just do things, choices being more of a subconscious process. This makes gameplay significantly different.
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    Palas reacted to Odenvard in You are a pirate!   
    Note: This post includes opinions of mine of a sort that I intend to show only in this post, for various (potentially obvious) reasons.
    Yeah, I'm a "pirate". I've done it a ton, to the point where I likely could serve as evidence that "as long as you don't upload anything, and don't make yourself super obvious, downloading is almost certainly NOT going to be an issue". Of course, I also see it in a way that is similiar how the person you mentioned sees/saw it; "pirating"* is ultimately a direct moral good, and aids any industries it takes place in. Due to how the process works, anyone who actually benefits from being the one pirating (for games, and other art forms, it's entertainment/enjoyment they're probably getting, while other programs grant whatever benefit they would normally grant from being used) ends up adding to overall welfare of those involved without actually depriving anyone of anything (generally speaking, the other option someone who would pirate something sees is not "buy it instead", but "not get it at all". There may be exceptions, but they simply don't form the rule. Therefore, not even the already ridiculous concept of "lost potential sales" even applies.)
    Of course, there are people who realize the nature of all software/digital data (games, non-entertainment software, and anything stored digitally alike), and among them are many who make up groups such as free & open source software developers. Those who choose to work on things like this benefit further themselves from things such as being able to recieve contributions, such as patches and bug reports, from people who may otherwise never have even considered using the software in the first place. Of course, the people using such software benefit in various ways as well, such as having saner methods of obtaining the software, not having to circumvent DRM (DRM universally making any digital data it tries to "protect" inherently worth less to anyone dealing with it, ESPECIALLY legitimate customers who are far less likely to have any method of completely getting around it provided to them), and benefiting from any improvements that patches and such things that would not have otherwise existed bring.
    Anyways, long rant, and I could go on for ten times as long as I already have, but basically, I have strong opinions regarding copying/"piracy", and thanks for causing me to rant about it now so I don't end up accidentally doing it later or something.
    *Actually literally just copying, pirating implies stealing, but the way digital data is transfered works similiar the way information in general does, with the product duplicating, and the person who's downloading getting that exact** copy, but not the original. Stealing instead deals only with the original object being transfered, resulting in the act depriving the original owner of the item.
    **Exact, because it's between computers which have essentially perfect memory and transfering capablity at the level of 1's and 0's trading information that exist as 1's and 0's. Information transfer and memory of humans lacks that level of perfection, so "normal" information lacks the "exact" part.
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    Palas reacted to Chronopolis in Things that Happen   
    I think that, writing for the reviews team, or any blog, is like a hobby project. It's something you spend effort on and share with the community because its what you love.   If life (even if life, being another VN) is messing with you and you couldn't handle doing what you originally had planned, we understand. We all have lives that can get out of control; we can even just get lost in all the things we want to do.   I haven't read many fuwa-reviews (partly due to their being too many titles to keep up with), but I do remember really liking your posts on vn writing from way back.  Hope your project goes well, and look forward to seeing you back (speaking as fuwa resident lurk-master).
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    Palas got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Things that Happen   
    Well, I won't, because I'm not sure of anything anymore. I'm re-structuring myself and the game after last year so there's no dates or much material I could give. I'm even a little bit mad at DDLC for doing exactly what I am going to do but earlier and probably more concisely. But more than that, I didn't leave Fuwa (and Twitter and Facebook and pretty much everything else that wasn't developing and hurting myself) because I didn't have the time -- I did that because I didn't have the mental health. I say I've been making it, but the truth is I'm worrying about it 99% of the time and not actually doing something. Soon I became viscerally disgusted with everything that had anything to do with VNs, wouldn't play any, wouldn't talk about any etc, later games in general, later just about anything.
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    Palas got a reaction from Plk_Lesiak in Things that Happen   
    Well, I won't, because I'm not sure of anything anymore. I'm re-structuring myself and the game after last year so there's no dates or much material I could give. I'm even a little bit mad at DDLC for doing exactly what I am going to do but earlier and probably more concisely. But more than that, I didn't leave Fuwa (and Twitter and Facebook and pretty much everything else that wasn't developing and hurting myself) because I didn't have the time -- I did that because I didn't have the mental health. I say I've been making it, but the truth is I'm worrying about it 99% of the time and not actually doing something. Soon I became viscerally disgusted with everything that had anything to do with VNs, wouldn't play any, wouldn't talk about any etc, later games in general, later just about anything.
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    Palas reacted to Narcosis in Things that Happen   
    Welcome back. A while ago, when I wrote asking for a position in the reviews team, you did disappear shortly after and it made me curious. Now I know why and it's both amusing and heart warming at the same time, to see you pursuing after your dream. We have to make tough choices at times, there's no helping it. Still, it's much better than feel sorry afterwards and regret things, which should be done regardless of consequences.
    You won't boast about your game, by the way?
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    Palas reacted to Tyrael in Things that Happen   
    Same lol
     
    Good to have you back tho
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    Palas got a reaction from DarkZedge in Offensive ableist expressions you are probably using on your daily life   
    Hey Big Name I Can't Ever Hope to Memorize, what do you think of Katawa Shoujo
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    Palas reacted to Barktooth in Offensive ableist expressions you are probably using on your daily life   
    It would be l*me if Sana used them. You must be b*ind if you didn't see that coming.
     
    Sure, some of them will feel limited, but some won't. It depends on the person. Rin in Katawa Shoujo is a good example, she doesn't think not having arms is a disadvantage to her at all.
    Even if one avoids these words around everyone else, they would still be acting this way for the sake of the disabled, so I think it may offend certain people regardless. Or maybe not, at this point I don't know anymore.
    In either case, while I can't speak for anyone else, to me the usage of the words you listed plays a big role in whether they are perceived as "ableist" or not. If I call someone crazy, I'm simply trying to convey that they are acting in an irrational and nonsensical fashion, not that they are mentally disabled, or that their behavior stems from having a mental illness. The expression might have originated from someone likening a person acting nonsensically to the behavior of mentally disabled individuals, but the way it is used now, I don't believe such a link exists anymore.
    In short, if you are mentally disabled but aren't going berserk on anyone, I won't call you crazy. However, if you're mentally healthy yet having a fit, I might just do so.
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    Palas got a reaction from Barktooth in Poll: my next blog post   
    I voted on the third option. I expect great things from you, like "you should stop using words like idi*t and r*tarded", asterisks included.
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    Palas got a reaction from Barktooth in Poll: my next blog post   
    I voted on the third option. I expect great things from you, like "you should stop using words like idi*t and r*tarded", asterisks included.
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    Palas reacted to Norleas in Poll: my next blog post   
    I voted on the third only too see all the passive-aggressive lines that i use when i indirectly insult someone.
     
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    Palas got a reaction from Darklord Rooke in Poll: my next blog post   
    THE LAMER THE BETTER
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    Palas got a reaction from Barktooth in Poll: my next blog post   
    I voted on the third option. I expect great things from you, like "you should stop using words like idi*t and r*tarded", asterisks included.
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    Palas got a reaction from solidbatman in LewdGamer in a nutshell   
    Just say they're all delusional and self-entitled nerds who can't look past their own bubble of forced political incorrectness
     
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    Palas got a reaction from solidbatman in LewdGamer in a nutshell   
    Just say they're all delusional and self-entitled nerds who can't look past their own bubble of forced political incorrectness
     
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    Palas got a reaction from Aizen-Sama in A rant about the translation scene and the community revolving it.   
    Let's do our best not letting this become like the anime subbing scene.
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    Palas got a reaction from john 'mr. customer' smith in I don't care about writing   
    When I clicked on the link with Winter's Tale, my eyes INSTANTLY welled up while looking at Yumemi. Fuck, planetarian is AMAZING.
    I agree with you in various ways. I mean, the most important thing for me in a VN is the lingering feel that gets imprinted on me and it has a lot more to do with its aesthetic than with the story proper. The story is the train, there's scenery for you to look at, comfortable seats for you to relax and listen to the engine's humming and the steam pumping the story forward, but none of these are the actual trip. What I cherish the most in planetarian isn't the story or the art or the music, but the very hard to describe and incredibly specific feeling it made me feel. It's the "planetarian" feeling, that's its name.
    The video you linked to talks a lot about Lain and Lain is another example of a work that made this kind of impression on me. It captures some sort of essence that can only be described as a "Lain" feel. I don't know what it is, I don't know how to put it into words, but the writing is a subset pf it, not what the other elements are working for.
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    Palas got a reaction from Darbury in Pragmatic VN gaming: Some common sense   
    BUT LOL I SHOULD BE FREE TO BE ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING WHEN FLAUNTING MY LEGALLY QUESTIONABLE SEXUAL PREFERENCES AND NOT FACE ABSOLUTELY NO CONSEQUENCES BECAUSE OF IT
    AIN'T FREE SPEECH ALL ABOUT DISREGARDING COMMON SENSE AS OPTIONAL????????? I MEAN I LIKE RAPE BUT ONLY IRONICALLY!!
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