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Samsara

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  1. Samsara

    PC Gaming Club

    I played New Game just before Christmas and quickly decided that it was one of the best games I had played in a very long time, if ever. The fights in the DLC was nothing short of spectacular. Going up with the Abysswalker for the first time and having what felt like a long, intense, duel... ending up with killing him on the first go... gave me more of a rush than I have ever felt. It was a game that was fair and just in every harsh way possible. I actually enjoyed Blighttown, because it made me be aware of everything. I hated Sen's more than that, but even that was easy with timing and patience. ...and thus I trod onwards through gorgeous levels and intense moments. Beautiful game in so many ways. Yeah there's something really special to this game. It nails the feeling of being a lone wanderer on a journey. It kind of feels like a grown-up version of RuneScape in the way that you get attached to your armor and weapons (who are really the only true companions you have) slashed with the original 2D Prince of Persia where you have to be a badass motherfudgeer to make any progress. Plus the characters, the lore, the way you learn through gameplay... ahh. It's a masterpiece of game design. I'm currently on Anor Londo. Super excited to round up the Lord Souls and then do the DLC area. And to fight Artorias. I've made a point not to watch any videos or do any walkthru-type reading for the DLC area so I'm going in as blind as possible. And I actually dreaded doing Blighttown again. That's how you know a game is effective. I'm dreading doing Tomb of the Giants again too. Those skele-dogs... :s
  2. Samsara

    PC Gaming Club

    I've been on a huge Dark Souls fix lately. I played it once way back when but now I'm doing another playthrough to do the DLC which I've never done. Planning on taking it at least through NG+ this time around so I can do all the quests and collect some of the rarer weapons. Anyone else here play? It's probably one of my favorite games of all time.
  3. Maybe if I post the status first, I can work backwards and THEN have a romantic night like Mohorak's...

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    2. Nitua

      Nitua

      Life is just a system that we can engineer our way through.

    3. Samsara

      Samsara

      Dimos.........................

      Why have you brought this curse upon me............

    4. Bwauder

      Bwauder

      A night in the field is not what hes looking for dimo

  4. Anyone else on here playing Dark Souls 2? I'm in love.

    1. Bwauder

      Bwauder

      Not till April, no appropriate consoles here.

    2. Nitua

      Nitua

      Yeah, Bwauder only has inappropriate consoles.

    3. Aabid

      Aabid

      ps3? my friend has been playing that game all week long

  5. Samsara

    The N-Word

    Where I live (suburban NJ), it's not uncommon to hear people using the n-word in conversation. It is uncommon, however, or at least slightly frowned upon, when non-black people use it, or people who haven't been accepted into the black "community" to use the word. It's an incredibly complicated issue--one that I haven't been able to choose a stance on yet. There are so many facets: black identity (and the history that entails), hip-hop culture, freedom of language, etc. What I'm asking should everyone be allowed to use the n-word conversationally (NOT as a word of hate)? If not, who should be allowed to use the word, and why? Or should no one be allowed to say it? Do you use the word? Obviously this is an issue in which the experiences that inform your answer may vary depending on where you were brought up or where you live, so please describe the culture/environment/context in which your answer comes from. :)
  6. Taking a month long break from unproductive internet use. Bye everyone!! See you in 30 days. Be well :)

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    2. Aabid

      Aabid

      That should be easy.

    3. Smilefishy

      Smilefishy

      How is sals not productive?

    4. Salmoneus

      Salmoneus

      Thanks for all the pants!

  7. Samsara

    Drug Questionnaire

    It's becoming more acceptable now but five years ago or so they probably would have thought you're a pothead or at least very liberal socially. Then it probably has to do with me living in the Netherlands. It definitely does. :P I live in the suburbs of New Jersey and go to a relatively progressive high school and even here to say that you smoke pot is to stratify yourself socially.
  8. Samsara

    Games of 2014

    I wonder how they will one-up DS with DS2. I'm really looking forward to increased difficulty. Increased difficulty for sure. The game shouldn't get easier on re-runs. I'm hoping that they revamp the covenant system to make it a little more accessible and worthwhile. The online netcode needs to be reworked too. It took way too long to connect to other players in DS1. Actually, if they find entirely new ways to work multiplayer into DS2 I'd be really happy. The online in DS1 was very barebones and I think it was a missed opportunity. So yeah, I hope they fix two of DS's biggest flaws: online and covenants. Beyond that, I have a lot of faith in From when it comes to story, worldbuilding, character and level design... I'm sure that DS2 will be fantastic.
  9. Samsara

    Games of 2014

    I'm looking forward to buying a PS3 for cheap this year and catching up on a bunch of games I missed: The Last of Us, Shadow of the Colossus/Ico HD, Sly 4, Ratchet and Clank, etc. In terms of new releases this year, I'm excited for Titanfall because it's potentially a game-changer in the same way that Modern Warfare 1 was, and I'm excited for Destiny because Bungie gave me the original three Halos and I want to see them do well. Honestly though, I don't see myself spending a lot of time playing either once they come out because the multiplayer videogame scene in my town has died down a lot since the MW1-BlackOps era. There's a rumor that there will be a Halo 2 Anniversary coming out this year. If the multiplayer is the exact same as the original Halo 2, I will buy everyone in my town an Xbox so we can play it. I WILL KILL PEOPLE FOR THAT GAME. But nothing so far eclipses the excitement I have for Dark Souls 2. DS1 was my favorite gaming experience of all time. I have so much faith in From. I'm not watching a single video or reading any gameplay details--I can't wait to go in totally blind and immerse myself in that world again. EDIT: Also, I am really really really bored of the FPS deluge that gaming has gotten since Halo 3 onwards, so this year I'm going to be going out of my way to try games in other genres and games that experiment with conventions, mostly because I'm bloody tired of the FPS experience and partly because I wanna support those trends with my purchasing habits.
  10. Samsara

    Regrets

    I regret not betting more on the Seahawks.
  11. In my journalism class, we've started our graphic design where we teach the newcomers to the program how to layout newspaper pages and all the skills that are required in the process. We use Adobe InDesign with a touch of Photoshop. I've always been proficient with the program and as editor-in-chief I spent most of my time in this unit helping the cubs with basic elements and tools. One day I was teaching the class about layers and how they work, when someone asked, "Where did you learn this?" I thought for a minute, and remembered that the first time I learned about transparency, layers, rendering, and such was back when I would make RuneScape signatures for this forum--for myself and (sometimes) for others. It's really odd to think that all that tinkering around with GIMP back as a 11 year old actually turned out to be a beginner's level proficiency in a valuable and marketable skill. Thanks Sals :P
  12. Samsara

    RuneScape Taught Me Basic Graphic Design

    I told the kid that I learned it from YouTube.
  13. Samsara

    Being Brown Among Whites

    So as you guys probably know by now, I'm Pakistani. I'm really comfortable with my identity as a Pakistani-born that grew up in America. Fortunately (or maybe unfortunately), I visit Pakistan often enough that my perspective is tempered by visions of life in both America and Pakistan. America--where I have lots of opportunities and life has a definite structure, and Pakistan--where everything is miserable and hope is scarce (exaggerating, but not by a lot). I identify myself as both an American and a Pakistani. I'm really fluid with it, so sometimes I'll present myself as one or as the other or as both. My goal in life has always been to give back to both of my countries and improve the statuses of living in both of them. I'm currently a senior in high school, and as seniors we have the option to take a class called "Humanities," the curriculum of which is fascinating. Throughout the year, we analyze history, the way it is changed and modified by nations with an agenda, the different ways a nation can control its citizens, why history is significant, etc. It's basically an advanced world studies class. The teachers are brilliant, they put their heart and soul into designing the class, and it shows. Even more impressive is that they manage to remain non-biased and encourage us to study with an open mind rather than to buy into certain beliefs. The class's purpose is to have its students ready to analyze the world in a more critical and informed manner. It's a dual English/History class too, so it's a double-wallop. fudgeing amazing class. I can't stress how much I appreciate that this class exists. And I can't stress how much it feels like no one else in my class does. Seriously. Half of my class doesn't pay attention, doesn't take notes, and when we discuss, they never inform their opinion with what we learn in the class. We had a month-long unit on war, while reading War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges. But when we discussed, most of the students talked about war as if it was any other current issues class; like we hadn't spent a month analyzing the cogs behind war, the rush of war, why people wage war, all that. We have an online discussion forum where we can post articles relevant to class and talk about them. Someone posted an article re: a possible "handsome tax" being put into Japanese law. One of my classmates responded: "Well, not to be racist, but all Japanese people look the same anyways so it's easier to tell who's handsome." I was fudgeing appalled. To my classmates' credit, someone immediately called her out on her racism (one student). No one else commented on the thread after that. It really bothered me. Why would someone think it's acceptable to post something like this? Curious, I checked the roster of the three different sections of Humanities and made a list. In all of Humanities, in which there are about sixty kids, there are less than five people who aren't white. This might not be a big deal to you guys, but my high school is extremely diverse. I've never had a class so homogeneous. Obviously, this is a big problem for the curriculum of the class. How can we effectively discuss world issues when practically the only perspective we have to offer is that of a white middle-class teenager? Maybe I'm being a little rash, a little jump-the-gun-y. I don't want to be all holier-than-thou, but I'm not wrong in thinking that there's something that can be wrong here, right? That girl would never have posted that Japanese comment had there been an Asian kid in our class. Having a group of 17-year olds who all share major identity traits is a problem. They become an echo chamber, and they think that it's okay to think a certain way. For example, we had a discussion regarding whether one should relinquish their rights at an airport. Every single person in my class was totally comfortable with it. I was not. I asked any of them if they had ever been detained at an airport. None. And here I am, the only non-white person in my class, who has been detained at an airport every time I've been to one past the age of 13. Or perhaps it has nothing to do with being white. Perhaps it's just that not everyone in the class has had the same experiences that I've had. A significant part of why I take that class so seriously is because I know what it's like to be in a country that you'd be unlucky to be born in. I know that the lessons I learn in that class are valuable to me as a world citizen. Maybe these kids will have experiences like this when they go off to college or grow older. I'm not blaming these kids for being white. But can I blame them for refusing to look outside of themselves?
  14. Samsara

    Being Brown Among Whites

    Yeah, that Japanese comment isn't reflective of anything, really. It just made me think about the racial composition of the class and whether it plays a factor in anything. And I think if you guys saw the in class discussions, you'd see what I mean when I say that the class's ability to learn and discuss is limited by the strong majority of the people being white.
  15. Samsara

    The N-Word

    You say here that the word's definition refers to a black person. How do you respond to people saying that the wide usage of the n-word is a reappropriation of the word, of which the goal is to take away the racist impact the word once had by using it as a stop-gap word in everyday conversations? To elaborate upon that statement of mine, I'd call the offensiveness a connotation of the word, as silly as that sounds -.-. I don't think reappropriating the word is a good idea. There are much easier and simpler alternatives. That would be like if you went to get some muffins, and the store had two, one being slightly moldy and the other being in perfect muffinizing condition. To revive the N-word with a different meaning would be like getting the moldy muffin and cutting off all the moldy bits to give it life. Screw that moldy muffin, get the new one. Better yet, go back home and get your existing muffins, son. For that matter, I think "swell person" would be an awesome alternative to the word. ? I don't understand your analogy. Let's say the n-word is a poisonous muffin. You can't throw it away, and you can't stop people from eating it, but you can pump it with enough water and superfluous fluids to slowly reduce the percentage of poison in the muffin. That's how advocates of reappropriation of the n-word see it, as far as I understand.
  16. Samsara

    The N-Word

    Haha, yeah, I totally forgot about the censors. I fixed the OP. Do you really think the Paula Deen situation is applicable? Here's a Chicago Tribune article which details the situation. I pulled out the full context of what Deen was being put under fire for here: Her usage of the word seems way more racist than conversational. You say here that the word's definition refers to a black person. How do you respond to people saying that the wide usage of the n-word is a reappropriation of the word, of which the goal is to take away the racist impact the word once had by using it as a stop-gap word in everyday conversations?
  17. Samsara

    Things that really get on your nerves

    I have restless leg syndrome, so sorry. But usually I only do this because I play out a beat to jog my memory (I typically study at a "beat" and then try to recreate said beat during a test). You know what really grinds my gears? People who speak in computer lingo or use "like" all the time. Seriously, go develop a vocabulary. What's wrong with like? I mean it's like, totally cool to like, say like, like totally. I secretly think it's awesome that people say "like" all the time. You can easily stop saying it and sound more confident amongst your peers. It's like a cheat code; I'd have to try a little harder if the people around me weren't always drenching their sentences in "likes." But then again, I go to high school, so the average number of "likes" produced per tongue movement is probably way higher than some other environments. She evidently wants sexual congress with you Great, cause what I really need right now is Jon Stewart making fun of me.
  18. Samsara

    Things that really get on your nerves

    This annoys the hell out of me: when I'm giving someone I know a ride and they mess with my music. I was giving a girl a ride home from school one day and she, without asking, unplugged my iPod and plugged in her own. Who does that? Why do people think this is acceptable behavior?!?!
  19. Hey everyone! Just got back from a two-week trip to Pakistan. How is everybody?

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    2. Lonelywolf

      Lonelywolf

      i really missed u

    3. Bwauder

      Bwauder

      How extensive was the training camp schedule?

    4. Samsara

      Samsara

      I missed u guys too

  20. Samsara

    Paul Walker Dead

    Tyrese Gibbons at the spot of Paul's passing. :( I agree. To die as he lived--a very poetic way to go. Still, I'd rather have him alive with us than as poetry.
  21. My first Internet password was "soulreaper4lifehellman"

  22. Samsara

    What motivates you?

    man i hope this was a typo Uhh, yes... a typo. Not a Freudian slip at all
  23. Samsara

    What motivates you?

    The idea of giving my mom a comfortable live motivates me. She's always worked the hardest in the family and it's taken a toll on her body and mind--she's always stressed, always tired, with constant aching bones and tendinitis and arthritis... she's only 43. So I want to make enough money to give her a nice house and have people do all the cleaning and cooking and worrying for her. I want her to be comfortable all the time and to be able to relax and enjoy herself. She never gets enough of that. And @Sobend, I totally feel where you're coming from regarding the "me against the world" mentality. I have that too. I'm Pakistani, which means I get mentally lumped in with all the other "brown kids" at my school--meaning I'm expected by my peers have amazing grades and be on top of all my schoolwork and extracurriculars. Well, my family has a history of major depressive disorder, and I was diagnosed with it at the beginning of my junior year of high school. I slowly lost control of my own life and headed down a spiral of depression and self-loathing, all that good stuff. My grades were lower than my self-esteem. And yet, probably because of the nature of the disease, everyone around me saw fit to blame me as a person rather than the disease I was dealing with. In fact, due to the depression I had an attendance issue at my school (I was late to school four times in one marking period--I had trouble getting up in the morning and even when I did get there on time it'd be within a minute of the cutoff) and I was given a temporary loss of privileges. This meant I couldn't participate in any extracurriculars. I'm the Student Council president, so this was a huge problem for me. I was explaining to the principal that it was a result of the depression, giving her my psychologist's number, and asking her to please have the punishment taken away because I didn't feel that it was fair. Her response? "Well then maybe you shouldn't be the president." Man, nothing in my life has incensed me more than that moment. And she wasn't the only example. People would tell me to get my shizzle together, get my grades up, and talk down to me like it's no big deal. As if I was destined for failure. My guidance counselor told me at one point, "You should settle for community college." Not dissing community college, but she was implying that I wouldn't get accepted anywhere else. On top of that, I had my own friends telling me to get my shizzle together as if it was an option for me. So now that I've put that terrible episode of my life behind me, and I can go to school and function in society and deal with my depression and be really productive, I've realized, wow, fudge those people. I'm going to work my ass off and prove every one of the fudgeers who kicked me when I was down dead wrong.
  24. "The time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted." Chances are that most of us on this forum have spent a significant chunk of our lives gaming. I mean, the very reason we're all on this site in the first place is that we all play, or used to play, RuneScape. And RuneScape is the type of game that doesn't lend itself to playing casually. I think the assumption is valid that we all used to, or still, spend a lot of our time on RuneScape or other video games. Video games, I believe, are unique from books, movies, and TV shows in the inherent time they take up. It's the fact that video games simply take longer to "consume" than a movie or TV show does, and then there's also the fact that the instant gratification received from video games can make one (especially someone whose brain is still developing) dependent on them (not to mention the more insidious mechanics built into some games meant to foster addiction). Recently, I read an article on a Svbtle blog called "150 Days without videogames." The author talks about how video games have ruined his life. He presents his point with some abrasion, but I think that his general message is worth discussion. Here are some choice quotes: Sometimes I feel this way too, when I'm playing Xbox or am playing on my PC. I know that I could be spending my time doing something more worthwhile. At least when I'm reading, I know that in turn I'm improving my vocabulary, my writing, my storytelling skills. When I'm playing video games, I'm not sure that's happening. And video games create a tendency to binge on them. But I also think that part of the problem also lies in the quality of the video games we choose to play. There aren't that many video games out there right now where the experience is comparable to that of a novel. I can only think of a few: Shadow of the Colossus, Dark Souls, Bioshock Infinite, off the top of my head. If 80% of all books were smut, reading those would be unproductive as well. So what I'm asking is--is Ben Yu (the author of that article) right? Should we abandon video games as unproductive activities? Or is there an alternative solution? Please share all thoughts :D
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