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XRay

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  • Birthday 07/24/1993

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    Anime, Cartoons, Comics, and Manga [Dark, Ecchi, Harem, Hentai, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Yuri] (アカメが斬る!, あきそら, アルスラーン戦記, Autumn Lands, 秒速5センチメートル, ちょびっツ, Citrus, デスノート, がっこうぐらし!, 学園黙示録 HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD, 喰霊, GATE, ハイスクールD×D, 灰と幻想のグリムガル, ほしのこえ, 百花繚乱, 賭ケグルイ, 神無月の巫女, 艦隊これくしょん, 競女!!!!!!!!, 聲の形, コードギアス, クイーンズブレイド, くっつきぼし, 狂乱家族日記, マヨヒガのお姉さん, モンスター娘のいる日常, Monstress, Mouse Guard, ナイトウィザード, おまもりひまり, オーバーロード, 俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない, 終わりのセラフ, プラスティック・メモリーズ, プリズム・アーク, Raise the Dead, ロザリオとバンパイア, 戦場のヴァルキュリア, 閃乱かぐら, 屍姫, sin 七つの大罪, 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, そらのおとしもの, スクラップド・プリンセス, 天元突破グレンラガン, The Harlem Hellfighters, The Walking Dead, 徒然チルドレン)

    Board Games [Strategy] (Axis & Allies, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Betrayal at Baldur's Gate, Chess, Heroscape, Sakura Arms, Shogi, Unicornus Knights)

    Food [Italian, Mexican, Spicy] (Bacon, Beef Stew, Cherries, Corn, Filet Mignon (Rare), Mangoes, Pasta, Potatoes, Shepherd's Pie, Tamales)

    LEGO

    Movies [Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction] (300, Arrival, Austin Powers, Harry Potter, Limitless, Lord of War, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pokemon, Rambo, Resident Evil, Star Wars, The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Pink Panther, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Terminator, Toy Story)

    Music [Pop, J-Pop, Rock, Metal] (Taylor Swift)

    Reading [Business, Current Events, Economics, History, Science, Self-Improvement] (Brick by Brick, "Guns, Germs, and Steel", Harry Potter, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Science Goes to War)

    News (BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), NPR (National Public Radio), PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today)

    Videogames [Open-World Sandbox, Simulation, Strategy, RPG] (Advance Wars, Ace Combat, Age of Empires, Army Men RTS, Avalon Code, Battlefield, Cities Skyline, Fantasy Life, Fire Emblem, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Tourismo, Izuna, Kerbal Space Program, LEGO, Lord of the Rings, Lost Magic, Planetary Annihilation, Pokemon, Roblox, Senran Kagura, Shadow of the Colossus, Space Engineers, Star Wars Battlefront, The Elder Scrolls, Total War, Warriors)

    Videogames want to play or try (7 Days to Die, 8 Bit Armies, Arma, Company of Heroes, Cities: Skylines, Criminal Girls, Fall Out, Genkai Tokki Moero Crystal, Grey Goo, HunieCam Studios, Hyperdimension Neptunia, Kankore Kai, Moe Chronicle, Planetary Annihilation, Star Ruler, Star Wars Empire at War, StarCraft, Supreme Commander, The Lord of the Rings Battle for Middle Earth, Total War, Valkyria Chronicles, WarCraft, Wargame, Xenoblade Chronicles, Yo-Kai Watch)

    Toys (Dolfie, Gundam, Microman ARTS Kantai Collection, Smart Doll, Tim Mee Army Men)

    Travel [Flying, Rail, Road]
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    Awakening

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  1. I am kind of worried about court packing, since if we do that, Republicans can also court pack in the future. I think I like impeachment better as a method to delay things. Trump is only surviving impeachment due to most Republicans covering his ass. Biden is nowhere as impeachable as Trump, and even if Democrats lost the House and Senate, Biden is not so corrupt that he needs his ass covered (or at least I hope so).
  2. And exactly what specific practices or combination of practices make it nefarious? Uncertainty itself is not nefarious. I have not played digital versions of Magic, Pokémon, nor Yu-Gi-Oh, so I cannot say for certain, but as far as I can tell, there is no major difference between the physical TCG and the digital TCG. For Pokémon, I think you can buy boosters digitally, but a friend of mine who plays tells me that he earns most of his cards for free, and if he does plan to pay, he would buy the physical booster packs instead since those also come a code to redeem the booster pack digitally. So at least for Pokémon, it is no different from its physical TCG counterpart and it is not very different from gachas either. If you can claim that the fundamental purpose of TCGs is not to milk customers for money, then I can claim gacha's fundamental purpose is not to milk customers for money either. Fire Emblem Heroes is a gacha game, and depending on the type of units and team composition you use, its PvE content can still be very challenging. Most PvP content is also relatively easy, but its premier PvP is far from easy and it is easily the most frustrating mode for most players. Even though you can spend money in Heroes, 99% of PvE content can be completed without spending a single dime. Outside of summoning your favorite characters, the only reason to spend money in Heroes is to do better in PvP content. That is pretty much it. The only other gachas I remember dabbling in was Valkyrie Crusade and Armor Blitz. I do not have much attachment to any of their waifus and I do not care about their PvP modes, so I never felt the need to spend any money. Valkyrie Crusade's gameplay was pretty boring from what I remembered, as I am not that into card games, although its city building aspect is nice. Armor Blitz's gameplay was more engaging as it is similar to an RTS game, but you are not allowed to manually control your units, but you can help them out with support abilities. Most people do not want hear others bashing their hobby or passions. Just because I do not like Apple's products and business practices means that what they are doing is any more greedy and nefarious than other companies. And just because gachas have elements of gambling does not mean it is gambling. Physical TCGs are far closer to gambling since you can actually make money off of reselling singles from packs. You cannot make money from gachas since stuff you get in them is tied your account, trading accounts is not exactly easy, and a secondary market for gachas is nearly non existent. Almost no one goes into gacha games expect any kind of financial return. People who do gamble expect financial return in some amount; even if they do not expect to win money to net them a profit, they expect to win some money to make the losses less severe.
  3. What about tying tax returns to voting? People have to give a shit then, since if they do not vote, they are not getting their tax return.
  4. Fairy Sharena sounds intriguing. I want her to be a flying Dancer/Singer for Astra that inflicts Isolation on opposing Dancers/Singers when she is under player control.
  5. Yeah, just take your time. When Aether Raids started, it took me about half a year or so to make it to Tier 21, and it took me about a bit more than year to get my first and only Gold Throne. If you are trying to get into Tier 21, I recommend trying it during Light season, since that is the easier to season score high. If you are trying to get a Gold Throne though, I did it during Astra season since the ranking is much less competitive. However, I have not really paid much attention to ranking lately, so I am not sure if Astra is still as easy to obtain a Gold Throne in as before.
  6. Yeah, unfortunately it seems like bonus buffs get applied after the stat checks have happened at the start of a turn. It would be pretty cool if bonus buffs can help a unit apply Sabotages and Ploys.
  7. Yeah, that is true. I think Lethality needs to be 3 cooldown though in order to be useful, so I think reducing it to Glimmer's effect might be more appropriate. Personally, I prefer Moonbow's effect since it is better for Counter-Vantage units to bust through bulky units. Even if it is 4 cooldown, I do not think it is usable unless we get Special Spiral 4 or something to reduce cooldown by 3 after combat. Nobody uses Astra for example right now.
  8. Pretty sure I answered it here in this thread before several a few pages back. In case you missed it, I will quote myself.
  9. Galimulator, Polytopia, and Rusted Warfare are pretty good strategy mobile games. They all seem pretty successful enough that they ported their games to the PC. They are not too demanding either, as even my old Galaxy S5 could play them.
  10. Increasing cooldown to 5 makes any Special pretty much unusable for the vast majority of units. Aether is pretty crap due to its high cooldown, and it is not all that viable in high difficulty modes; BH!Ike can use it competitively, but he is an exception to the rule. Aether is fine for auto battling Tempest Trials, but that is cause it is so easy that even the AI can do it. Similarly, you cannot just slap Galeforce onto any unit, and running Galeforce pretty much locks one of a unit's skill slot to be some type of Heavy Blade, and often locks the Weapon or C slot to be a Slaying Weapon or Time's Pulse respectively as well. Area-of-effect Specials were also pretty much unusable until they reduced the cooldown to 4, and even then, it still did not see frequent use until Special Spiral came along and made it possible to spam it. This needs to be a 3 cooldown Special to be anywhere useful, as it needs a Slaying Weapon, Distant Counter, and Special Spiral for it to work, and that still would not make a unit a good Counter-Vantage unit due to low Atk and how poorly Glimmer's skill line as a whole scales with enemies' Def/Res. I think this can be left at 5 cooldown, but it would still feel iffy to me. At 5 cooldown, the only units I imagine would be using it would be dual phase units. Edelgard, Dimitri, all Ephraims, armor units in general, fast infantry units with Flashing Blade and maybe Time's Pulse, etc. For dual phase units of the Counter-Vantage variety, only Blade mages with exclusive Weapons will use it since only they have the Atk numbers to run Heavy Blade on Sacred Seal slot and they are not reliant on Specials to work.
  11. You might not think cars can be addicting, but people do spend exorbitant sums of money on cars. $1,000 a year on a gacha game is nothing compared to aftermarket upgrades on cars that can go into multiples of thousands of dollars. There is also a boom in auto sales right now due to low interest rates and better financing deals, and people have been going for more expensive cars over cheaper cars. Just because the nature of the product is certain does not mean it cannot be addictive, and I do not think product certainty has any correlation to addictiveness. When you buy drugs from a drug dealer, you are pretty certain of what you will get, and drugs can be addictive. I agree that gacha machines do not encourage addictive behavior on the same scale as gacha games, but the fact that gacha machines are also uncertain means that uncertainty is less correlated to addiction than people think. Physical loot boxes, Kinder Joy, LEGO's collectible minifigures, etc. all have uncertainty in their products, and that uncertainty is what makes those products appealing since you get a surprise each time. I would not call any these addictive either. Again, TCGs might not be addictive to you, but it is still has a massive following. Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon has had immense success in translating their physical card game into a digital one. Besides ban lists and card release schedules, the only primary difference between the physical and digital formats is that you cannot obtain cards from a secondary market. In my opinion, the success of gacha games has less to do with "nefariousness" and more to do with ease of access and lower barrier of entry. And I definitely do not agree with regulating physical TCGs at all. Yes. Games designed by teachers and learning experts are not exactly fun nor engaging. Games made by actual game developers can grab children's attention in ways teachers and educators never can. I learned more about history on my own than school ever taught me, and that is due in part to video games driving that interest and curiosity. The entire point of all businesses is to goad customers into spending money. Gacha game developers are no different than regular companies in this regard. Apple has a cult following, and I do not see anyone complaining about that. Apple products are not definitely not better than their competitors, and I would argue that it is generally worse for the average user due to restrictions from having a really closed system. I have personally spent probably close to $10,000 over the last several years on Fire Emblem Heroes, although the bulk of my spending was in the first year. That may seem excessive to you, but I am fine with it. I can just as easily say any hobby is addictive by pointing to hard core fans spending thousands of dollars on something. A two thousand point army in Warhammer 40,000 can easily cost around $1,000, and for hard core collectors who have been building their armies over the years, that could easily go up tens of thousands. And going back to the car example, I can just as easily say that people spending $70,000 or $80,000 are being duped by car companies when a $20,000 or $30,000 model will easily do for regular every day driving. Hell, I can even argue car companies convincing people to buy new cars are completely immoral and killing the planet, and people should go buy used cars instead for an even cheaper price.
  12. If you are willing to throw any amount of Orbs at him, then I highly recommend saving Orbs for Def/Res Unity whenever that comes out. Panic Smoke can be obtained from Thrasir, who can pity break you on Legendary and Mythic Foci. It can also be obtained from Larcei if you grab her via sniping or guaranteed summon, but her Revival debut Focus just ended a few days ago. DB!Julia also has Panic Smoke, but she has not been in any reruns yet.
  13. Any Pulsed red archer to take down BH!Ike. SK!Alm could work too I think. Depends on how much Orbs you want to spend. If you plan to go for Crafty Fighter, then you will need to switch out his A skill as well. If you cannot dedicate enough budget to overhaul his kit, then I would not bother with replacing his B skill for no practical performance gain. Slow Def/Res Tank: +Res Expiration (Any Assist) — Swap Moonbow (if foe cannot reliably double unit; e.g.: map full of slow armors) — Bonfire (if foe can reliably double unit) Def/Res Unity Crafty Fighter Panic Smoke — Atk Smoke — Pulse Smoke Mirror Stance — Bracing Stance — Quick Riposte (only if foe has Impact skills) Def/Res Unity is not out yet, and neither is Bracing Stance Sacred Seal. For important defensive effects, Def/Res Unity provides partial debuff nullification to his two most important stats, Crafty Fighter provides Guard to shutdown Specials, and Panic Smoke provides some level of buff nullification. I think those are the top three defensive effect every tank wants. For damage output, Expiration provides Distant Counter and Crafty Fighter provides Quick Riposte, the two most important offensive effects for general purpose slow tanks.
  14. That is going to take a while, probably at least 2 or 3 years later.
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