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  1. Duskull
    Note that this is my opinion and it only includes the games I've actually played (No Crystal, Post Gen-5 games). Also this list only has mainline games so no spin-offs like Mystery Dungeon and etc.

  2. Duskull
    I've always found myself quite interested about the idea of thinking what will be, in our future. A few decades, a few centuries... Of course the former is much, much easier to do with a ready degree of certainty (even if with that you're bound to be wrong on at least half of any predictions that may be made), and the latter is pretty much impossible. I've always wanted to compile a list of things that would happen in our future and really think about how things might turn out. Now that I've said enough times that I find the topic fascinating in different words, before getting to the topic at hand, this prediction assumes we don't annihilate ourselves, and is also as optimistic as I think it can be:
    Global warming will have ravaged the planet in such a way where vast parts of the globe are uninhabitable, whether to do with heat or with going underwater. Some coastal areas will need to be evacuated, with an estimated roughly 3 foot rise in sea level by 2070. Globally, the average temperature will be roughly 3 degrees Celsius (or 5.5 degrees Fahreinheit) warmer than today. Most of the Middle East, northern Africa, and parts of Central America will be rendered unsuitable for human life. The global population will be roughly 11 billion, even after the near extinction of middle-easterners by xenophobic lawmakers (the likes of Trump of course). We will have chips implanted into us plausibly in the first days of our lives. These chips will track your movements and can also be modified to grant you a heads-up display of sorts. These chips will likely also allow you to have mental access to the equivalent of today's internet. The US, China, and India will all no longer be world powers. I personally predict, though this will likely be wrong, that we will have a single state spanning the globe whose biggest influences are the districts that are today's Norway and Japan. This will more than likely have been prompted by yet another close call with nuclear annihilation. Cars will pretty much have made a complete transition away from gasoline, to a different source of energy altogether. Perhaps smaller scale nuclear fusion engines (using the fusion of hydrogen atoms to create energy much like our Sun) will be available to the richer of the public, while everyone else will end up with electric cars. Yes, nuclear fusion energy will be a thing and will quite likely power most of what we do. It will be substantially cleaner than our current unrenewable sources of power. However, it will still require some sort of backbone from a more primitive source of power, plausibly solar after new innovations in the area (one is taking place right now). Poverty will be pretty much solved for the most part by the implementation of a global Universal Basic Income or Negative Income Tax. Healthcare will be payed by the state from money they get through taxes. Education will be free at all levels, as is already the case in some more developed nations (and yes, it DOES work, stop politicizing a one-sided issue). We will have colonies on the Moon and Mars, maybe also on Venus. These colonies will likely be very culturally different from us here on Earth and from all indications will end up outlasting our civilization on Earth, thanks to global warming and the more conservative/centrist and corrupt mainstream of our times failing to act. Quantum computers will be much more than a reality, they'll run most all of the supercomputers and private network servers of tomorrow. Human memories will be able to be downloaded onto computers, however they will still not have figured out quite how to emulate consciousness in machines, so the memories will sit.  
    I'll probably put more predictions here in the not so distant future. Also locked because I know if I don't somebody's going to be angry about how certain facts don't align with their feelings.
  3. Duskull
    Before you read: I will DELETE ANY and ALL PMs related to this, and this blog is also locked so you will not comment here. I don't want to cause a $#!+storm, because I'm QUITE positive at least 1 person is going to get offended by what I have to say. I don't care, that's your problem and not mine. Regardless if you think I'm a "marxist", "racist", or any other dumb@$$ thing, it is not your place to attack me for having opinions, likely far right or fake left reader. Though I know some of you will probably say "yes, this is what has needed to be said for a LONG time" and I more than certainly agree with that.
    It's been a while. I've gotten a year or two older, a few more metaphorical grey hairs have grown on my head, and I have a few more members on my block list (by a few I mean a dozen...).  But I've been itching to release this topic again. Read the disclaimer above, because I'm not repeating it before I begin:
    Pro-lifers are insufferable and wrong. Yes, an opinion can be wrong, and pro-lifers are indeed wrong. Not to say that lasseiz-faire abortions are moral, because they aren't. Black Lives Matter is tackling a phantom issue. Racism isn't the cause of the disparity in QoL between whites and blacks. Classism is. Anyone who wants to fly the Confederate Flag around in a public place is expressing that they are a racist traitor, and there's no way around it. Anyone who thinks that we shouldn't increase the minimum wage is a corporate puppet. $15 an hour right now is insane, but $7.25/hr. is much more insanely low than that is high. Billionaires should not exist. That isn't to say I believe we should execute the billionaires, that is to say we need an effective wealth tax. Cancel Culture is the dumbest thing ever. HOWEVER, the far right I hear complaining about it most are the worst about cancelling people. SJWs are bad, but Anti-SJWs are far worse. Antis not only exist just to complain about SJWs, but hypocritically commit the exact same actions they have issues with SJWs doing. Islam and Christianity BOTH are religions that preach hateful intolerance and violence. Any suggestion to the contrary is laughable and revisionist. In regards to No.8, Militant atheism is also a philosophy of hateful intolerance. I believe in freedom of religion likely more strongly than most I've met. Hateful speech is still free speech. Yes, bigotry and racism angers me too, but the thing is, expressing those views verbally is covered by free speech. Tax Havens should be regulated. Anybody using them should be thrown in jail, ASAP. The wealthy that use them are not even patriotic enough to pay their f***ing low taxes.                                    (By the way, it is indeed a FACT that the rich pay a LOWER percentage in taxes than everyone else. Not fake news, corporatists). EVERY politician who takes money from special interest groups is a CRIMINAL. They should be in PRISON not CONGRESS. I can only count on ONE HAND the people that excludes. Every single president since Nixon is a WAR CRIMINAL. They've ALL fought illegal and offensive wars during their terms. Bush Jr. and Trump, though, are worse than the rest. Anybody who thinks the military doesn't IMMEDIATELY need defunding is deplorable. Yes, I mean EVERYONE. I am 100% convinced that the JFK assassination was a targeted hit done by the CIA and the Mafia working in cahoots. I find there to be validity in the 9/11 truther narrative. That being that Bush Jr. and Dick Cheney are the REAL terrorists who committed 9/11. The War on Drugs is the dumbest war (it is indeed a war) ever. Not only is it a war on a non-existent problem, it's a war that CREATES the very problem it claims to be trying to solve. Trump should be impeached, although not for the reasons Democrats want to impeach him. He is a divisive, bigoted, corrupt war criminal. On the note of no.18 however, Not EVERYTHING Trump has done was bad. He did defund the corrupt, incompetent China-shilling WHO for one. However much I agree with the left, I don't really like Bernie Sanders anymore. He is the lamest revolutionary I've ever seen. The left NEEDS a firebrand populist. Aliens are almost certainly real... However, in the lack of evidence, I will not say they've come to earth yet. At least every other negative thing I hear about AoC and the Squad is an insidious, divisive lie. Though they've disappointed me before. There are more than 2 genders. This isn't even an opinion, this is something I know for a fact. However there aren't 50+ of them, that's ridiculous. When Hillary said this she was laughably wrong, but now I can say for certain at the LEAST every other person who supports Trump is amoral. I'd more than definitely back Jesse Ventura if he ran for president. We absolutely NEED somebody like him in office right now. Anarchism, although a potentially flawed ideology, doesn't deserve nearly the misplaced hate it gets when it mostly is just telling the truth. A continuation of number 18, Trump is the single worst president in the history of the United States, no questions asked. Reagan is second to the bottom for similar reasons. Noam Chomsky is one of the very few voices of reason left in the United States, politically speaking. Most others have at least a couple of political views I find egregious. Anybody who thinks capitalism and democracy are mutually inclusive are backwards and ignorant of the facts about the evils of privatized power.. Abraham Lincoln was a bad president, both a racist who didn't actually value democracy and a man who had a marked lack of respect for the US constitution. The US isn't all that distant from being a fascist state by Benito Mussolini's definition, and Trump's really brought that into quite obvious perspective. Late stage capitalism and corporatism are at the absolute least as disastrous if not significantly more so in an economic sense than Soviet style communism.  
    Stopping at 32 for now because I can't think of any more off the top of my head.~
  4. Duskull
    I think I've made a few comments on the topic saying that "I don't necessarily blame people for leaving here, as there's been a lot of political extremism and divisiveness lately".
    I'll clarify something that sort of contradicts what I've said there: I likely won't leave here. Even if Pony Life seems like hot trash. There's really some nice people in this community and a few friends I've made on here that I would prefer to keep. Also, generally speaking, my experiences with this site have been positive, even if lately it's becoming more of a mixed bag. This really has been quite a great place for me to vent about things I don't generally talk about anywhere else, personally or online. Whether that be my gender identity (though my BF knows and is very much accepting of it, even if he prefers to think of me as a he which is fine), certain issues of mine, or whatever. MOST of the people here are very accepting...
    BUT, I will NOT ignore the facts: there's definitely a problem. I personally have seen a lot of divisive and extremist comments, from the far right and PC liberals alike. And frankly I will also say, there are people who I WISH would leave this site. And some of them have, in most cases complaining about the very thing they've perpetrated themselves. These people are a very harmful influence to what is otherwise a generally friendly site. The homophobia needs to stop, the racism needs to stop, but so do baseless accusations of either. The racism I've seen on this site has been staggering in recent weeks, and I've seen homophobic nonsense from even moderators (even an admin has demonstrated homophobia) on this site. This kind of behavior should NOT be okay to, let alone promoted by somebody who's SUPPOSED to be a role model for other members to follow, as well as somebody in charge of ensuring people behave themselves. I can tell you, though, this list only covers roughly 15 or so members that have been problematic and divisive in such a way. These are also very two-faced members which makes it even more troubling. They will put on a tolerant, loving face one moment and then the next spew blatant hate and divisive vitriol. All the while usually pretending other people who aren't, are.
    I have addressed the politics of recent events a good few times, and I must say both extremes are very deeply wrong about these issues, even if the far right is more wrong about it than the PC crowd is. But both of these groups on this site are becoming very, very divisive. And I will say if anybody claims I'm being divisive with this, it can be assured that it's them and not me being divisive. In fact, I'm just trying to be reasonable and trying to say we can't accept these sociopolitical fringe groups' divisive agendas if we want to keep our community friendly. I may be done with non-allied straight pride, people worshipping blatantly racist traitors to the US, and people calling others terrorists for no justifiable reason, but I'm also done with people being called racist for not supporting an extreme movement. I'm done with the misinformation that every protestor is violent (when actually the cops are more violent than the protestors), but also the misinformation that anything remotely close to disbanding the police force is anything but a bad idea. I'm seriously f***ing tired of this $#!+. Not this site, but the political, clearly agenda-driven bull$#!+ some people say on it.
    If you are one of these divisive people, which you likely know who you are, you are a bad influence, and yes you SHOULD leave. You are actively making this site worse for everyone. Otherwise, we should band together and try to remain a community of people who like or liked the show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. We should try not to stress these issues and make this site more about them, while in the process ignoring the REAL meaning of "love and tolerate" and the lessons the show has taught us. Just stop the divisiveness and bickering already. Both sides of the mainstream are wrong, now deal with it and move on. I just want a place where I can be without this nonsense, and I think the rest of us should too.
  5. Duskull
    I'm a relatively new Pyro main (only at about 75 hours as of typing this out, and in fact at this point it's only my 3rd most played class after Sniper, who was initially my main and remains my top secondary, and Demoman, who's always been one of my secondaries), 300+ hour Pyro mains go easy on me. Also, I'll just leave you all with the list for now. I will say that pretty much every Pyro weapon above D is viable in my experience and f*** even D-tier weapons can be useful aside from stock melee which is worse than every other option than the dumpster fire that is the SVF and the Phlog is more than viable as well if it isn't properly countered by a Direct Hit/Liberty Launcher/Air Strike Soldier or really anybody else (except spies and Degreaser/Flare Pyros) with two brain cells. I will say that I think a couple of these placements are probably controversial, my Detonator placement is likely the best example. Also Dragon's Fury is underrated, even if it still isn't very good.

    EDIT: A couple of adjusted placements and Rainblower added because of the taunt (which makes it slightly better than stock even if other than that and the Pyroland it's identical). I will however note this list will have no duplicates otherwise because all others offer no improvements over stock.
  6. Duskull
    Stages: 1 (No evolution, Legendary)
    Type: Psychic/Water
    Abilities: Madness*
    Base Stats: (Total- 600)
    Max HP: 140
    Attack: 60
    Defense: 100
    Sp Atk: 120
    Sp Def: 140
    Speed: 40
    Lv. 01- Confuse Ray
    Lv. 01- Confusion
    Lv. 01- Whirlpool
    Lv. 09- Bubble Beam
    Lv. 16- Rain Dance
    Lv. 22- Water Pulse
    Lv. 28- Nasty Plot
    Lv. 34- Calm Mind
    Lv. 40- Stored Power
    Lv. 47- Psychic
    Lv. 55- Hydro Pump
    Lv. 62- Psyshock
    Lv. 70- Sanity’s End*
    Lv. 79- Future Sight
    Madness- Makes moves of the same type have a chance of applying confusion based on power (1% per 5 power), up to a cap of 30% added confuse chance. Moves that already have a chance have that percentage added to their current chance. "Whenever the Pokemon uses a move of its own type, it gains an added chance to confuse the opponent."
    Sanity’s End-
    PP: 5
    Power: 90
    Accuracy: 90%
    Attacks the opponent with a mental onslaught of dread, has a high chance to inflict confusion (30%).
  7. Duskull
    I had an odd idea after watching a video of somebody playing some ROM game called Card Sagas Wars where Etna was a playable character. What if she were in Smash Bros. as a sort of Disgaea rep? This is the rabbit hole my ideas led to (of course it isn't a complete look at how they would function, doesn't mention end lag, frames are just ideas, etc.):
    ETNA (Disgaea)
    WEIGHT- 97 (for reference, that's the same as Luigi's)
    SPEED- Average (Both Ground and air)
    Movement?- Double jump, no other movement options
    Neutral- Etna performs a quick, long range spear jab [frame 3]. (2% handle, 5% edge)
    F-Tilt- Slower version of her Neutral, more knockback [frame 5]. (3% handle, 7% edge)
    Up-Tilt- Etna thrusts her spear upwards, skewering her opponent [longer hit-stun, frame 7]. (7% handle, 5% edge).
    Dash- Etna thrusts her spear low to the ground, knocking enemies up a fixed distance. [frame 10]. (10%)
    F-Smash- Impaler- Etna skewers hit opponents and throws them forward with her spear [longer hit-stun, comes out frame 14, charges up to frame 18]. (Uncharged- 13% handle 9% edge, Charged- 19% handle 13% edge).
    Up-Smash- Etna throws a prinny slave upward, where they perform a whirl attack with their daggers before dropping down where Etna catches them (and say “DUDE!”) [can be thrown as early as frame 10, as late as frame 15] (Uncharged- 7 hits each dealing 1% on hits 1-6, 5% on hit 6, Charged- “” 1.5% “”, 7%“”).
    Down Smash- Asteroid Drop- Etna throws herself upward, impaling her spear into an asteroid that explodes upon impact with the stage. [Starts up as early as frame 10 (hits on frame 20), as late as frame 18 (hits on frame 28)]. (Uncharged- 10% sour spot (handle) 20% sweet spot (explosion), Charged- 14% sour spot (handle) 28% sweet spot (explosion)).
    Neutral Air- Etna spins her spear clockwise around herself (similar to Palutena’s Neutral Air, slower, comes out on frame 7). (1.5% on hits 1-3, 4.5% on hit 4, reduced knockback).
    Forward Air- Etna twists her spear like a screw and propels herself forward (similar to Meta Knight’s Side Special, except less distance and less hits, comes out frame 18, increased hit stun). (Deals 1.5% on hits 1-4 edge, 5% on hit 5 edge, 2% on hits 1-4 handle, and 7% on hit 5 handle).
    Back Air- Etna performs a counter-clockwise somersault with her spear, hitting enemies behind her. This attack spikes. (Comes out frame 16) (Deals 10% handle and 20% edge damage, has increased knockback).
    Down Air- Plunges spear downward (Almost identical to Link’s, except no bounces, comes out on frame 15 (hitbox lasts until frame 20), deals only 12% on handle and 20% on edge).
    Neutral Special- Prinny Toss- Etna throws a prinny forward on frame 18, that speeds up with distance (speed stagnates at 30 units), dealing massive damage [Prinny screams “DUDE!” upon throwing”]. (Deals 24% damage on collision, 18% damage to characters, self (9%), in blast radius).
    Side Special- Beauty Beam- Etna fires a heart-shaped beam forward on frame 13, dealing tics of light damage on hit to enemies in a line front of her. (Total of 26 hits each dealing .6% damage).
    Down Special- Beauty Bounce- Etna throws a prinny under her on frame 12 that she then detonates with the blunt end of her spear, dealing a light amount of self-damage and knocking her far upward. Uses jumps. (Self-Damage- 5%, enemies caught in it- 15% (significantly less KB)).
    Final Smash- Dead End Chaos- Etna targets an opponent close in front of her, rallying five prinnies beside her for one final, beautiful attack where she launches nine spears at her opponent and then several prinnies, dealing 6% per spear hit and 14% per prinny detonated.
    Grab- Etna grabs characters by their legs. Grab range is short, but characters that escape the grab slip (putting them in hitstun), and they get dealt 6% damage.
    Up Throw- Etna squats and then throws her target upwards, hitting them with her spear on the way up. (4% damage on the initial throw, 5% damage from the spear)
    Forward Throw- Similar to the way throwing works in Disgaea, Etna throws the target forward. (4% damage, huge distance for percents)
    Back Throw- Etna turns around and then throws the target in the direction she’s now facing. (6% damage, goes decently far)
    Down Throw- Etna slams her target into the ground beneath her. (7% damage, decent length hit stun after colliding with the ground).
    ... Needless to say, there's a few things here that I'm not entirely sure about that may need to be nerfed. Her neutral B is absolutely crazy, giving her what is essentially a K. Rool blunderbuss shot
    but better in every possible way, having a blast radius, hitting more reliably, and it's even probably a frame or two faster. Her Back Air also has similarities to K. Rool's back air, but if you decided to
    merge it with the properties of Marth's sword (in her case it's a spear). Her down smash is an absolutely insane kill move, dealing almost 30% in the sweet spot when fully charged. For reference,
    the percent it would deal is about the same as a Falcon Punch. Oh and let's not forget that the added distance on her forward throw makes it really good as a kill throw. She also has a lot of hit
    stun, which will help her chain a bit more. Which is good considering she's got some moves that hit like a truck (*cough cough* Asteroid Drop *cough cough*).
    But she also has some downsides. Her back throw is pretty much her forward throw if it were bad, she doesn't really have any moves she can put out that quickly except her nair.
    She also is going to have a big problem getting back to stage at lower percents considering her down B operates better as a vertical recovery at higher percents, and every time she recovers
    vertically she deals a little damage to herself... Her grab range would likely be about 65-70px, which is not really much (roughly the grab range of Little Mac or Meta Knight). Her jab also kind of
    sucks outside of jab locking, being that you'll likely only get 4% used twice after probably 5 or 6 frames (accounting for end lag, which isn't listed here yet. Just wanted to describe what kind of
    moves they'd be. Frame data is kind of conjecture at this point...).
    I will note her F Smash is COMPLETELY different from the ability that the name is referencing from the Disgaea games, and also this post is absurdly long. But there's a lot of moves on one
    character in Smash, so that's to be expected?
  8. Duskull
    This was a top 10 list with lengthy explanations for each choice, but then I realized that it would be way too much of a hassle to get through the rest of it, so have this tier list instead. I'd rather not deal with just having a perpetually unfinished list and not really being able to do what I had otherwise planned to without it weighing me down. Not to mention, I'd pretty much just be repeating myself with different statistics and a different dumb line at the end so it isn't a wall of facts, and I'd have to rearrange the list to keep up with certain things. Also your welcome Mr. Nitpick (that grammatical error is there on purpose). This list is primarily based on statistics, though there is a little bit of personal bias here and there.
    S+: None
    S-: Washington, New Hampshire, Vermont 
    A+: Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Virginia, Nebraska, Utah, Idaho
    A-: Minnesota, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin
    B+: Florida, South Dakota, Delaware, Oregon, North Dakota, Rhode Island
    B-: North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, New Jersey
    C+: Indiana, Illinois, New York, Maine, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
    C-: Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Arkansas, Tennessee, California, Kentucky
    D+: Arizona, West Virginia, Mississippi, New Mexico, Alaska 
    D-: Louisiana, Alabama
    Washington D.C.: D+ (It's not a state, I know, why it's not on the actual list) 
    Utah (-1): I didn't entirely take into account the bias this state has for Mormons.
    Hawaii (-2): Tulsi's beginning to make her state look a lot worse with how she keeps cozying up to the right for no real reason... Starting to think she should have ran as a moderate Republican, because at times she actually sounds like one... She's definitely not a progressive like she pretends to be sometimes. Also Washington has moved down a tier, because I'm really losing faith in the country as a whole.
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    Rick and Morty Episode Tier List (Apparently not remade?)
    S: Tales from the Citadel, Rixty Minutes, Total Rickall, Rick Potion #9, Mortynight Run 
    A: The Ricks Must Be Crazy, The Rickshank Redemption, Rest and Ricklaxation, Rattlestar Ricklactica, Meeseeks and Destroy, Look Who’s Purging Now, One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty 
    B: A Rickle in Time, Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind, Pilot, Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat, The Whirly-Dirly Conspiracy, Rickmancing the Stone, The Old Man and the Seat, Pickle Rick                       
    C: M. Night Shyam-Aliens! (not how it's spelled, but how it should be spelled...), Morty’s Mind Blowers, Something Ricked this Way Comes, The Wedding Squanchers,                                                       Big Trouble in Little Sanchez, The ABC’s of Beth 
    D: Auto-Erotic Assimilation, Interdimensional Cable 2, Raising Gazorpazorp, The Rickchurian Mortydate, Lawnmower Dog, Get Schwifty 
    F: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty, Anatomy Park, Vindicators 3: the Return of World-Ender, Ricksy Business 
  10. Duskull
    I know I've done this before (at some point), and I've posted most of these opinions multiple times, but at this point I'll just compile them and if they trigger you, that's not on me, and all you're doing by telling me "I'm offended" (more than likely in more and different words, and maybe even in the form of an accusation like some have done) is amusing me, and attacking me is even more amusing to me, addressed to a few people I won't name. They are just opinions, that happen to not align with the mainstream and the consensus, most of which have triggered at least one person in the past  in normally quite amusing ways when I had the audacity to bring them up... 
    90% of Marvel movies are bad (worse because of the cringy and snowflake fandom, f***) and aren't real cinema. They're pretty much 2+ hour long cutscenes that serve no purpose to any kind of story. I have to give the first Deadpool and the first two Iron Man films props though, they are genuinely good movies. Other than that, I see very little distinguishing them from even the likes of DC's Justice League. Frankly, when Scorsese brought that up, I gained respect for him even if I felt he wasn't hard ENOUGH on the films that might just end the livelihoods of people who don't make by-the-numbers high concept trash. Bethesda Softworks has only produced one good and two other not bad games in their entire span of time as a developer. Those being Fallout 4 (honestly better than Fallout 3 in every way), Skyrim (even if I don't entirely like it myself, I will concede that I see the appeal), and Fallout 3 (Even if it was contrived). They were always a bad company that never deserved the respect they had from the gaming community. And yes, I did not include Morrowind and Oblivion because both are absurdly overrated and Fable, particularly 2, is just better than either of them in every way. Grand Theft Auto games are actually very boring, at least GTA 3 and 4 are. To be fair, I haven't actually played any of the other games in the series, and I have to admit that 5 looks like it could actually be fun for more than 30 minutes and San Andreas' story mode seems really good. Super Mario Bros. 3 is a mediocre at best game with the wonkiest platforming I've ever had the displeasure of playing with. Pulp Fiction is Tarantino's worst film, and goes to show how much potential that Tarantino's style of story-telling has of going wrong. It's a convoluted mess that really wasted one of Samuel L. Jackson's best performances.  Ronald Reagan is the second worst president in American History, to Woodrow Wilson. Most of what he's praised for, any president who has any place being there would have done, and wasn't monumental in ANY way. His supposed way of making peace with the Soviets? Gorbachev was on board even before Reagan said a word. His speech about the wall? It's an average speech filled with platitudes. As for what he's done wrong, he robbed from veterans so he could be the worst war criminal in American history, his presidency is responsible for pretty much EVERY problem we face today at least indirectly, and he even FUNDED Apartheid. He also funded Al-Qaeda, and therefore indirectly supported ISIS. Why should he have anyone's respect? He did nothing to deserve anything but everyone's ire.  
    I will edit later more than likely. I'll get to my States list soon, I promise...
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    Note for this list I'm only putting in characters that are not characters that I absolutely do not want to be in the game, like Minecraft Steve, the TF2 Heavy, and Master Chief (sorry but neither of them belong in Smash, particularly the Chief and the Heavy) and also characters I don't really particularly know of or know of any interest of being in the game. This list also includes a couple of characters I would want in the game that have had zero discussion about them (Cecil Harvey and Rabbid Mario (though Rabbid Peach has been discussed, and frankly Rabbid Mario would be a better idea)). Also NO FREDDY. Please NO FREDDY.
    S [What I really want to and think should get in]: Geno, Cecil Harvey (Please Sakurai), Marx, Lloyd, Shantae
    A [What I would be also happy with getting in]: Rabbid Mario (One can only dream), Crash Bandicoot, Bandana Dee, Phoenix Wright, Eggman, Shovel Knight
    B [What I would be a bit meh for getting in]: Hat Kid, Paper Mario, Rayman, Doom Slayer, Tails, King Boo
    C [What I wouldn't care to or sort of don't want in]: Shadow, Dixie Kong, Funky Kong, Waluigi, Dante, Sora (Think of who else this would allow in for a second)
    Please don't come to my house with torches and pitchforks
  12. Duskull
    Borderlands 1 v Borderlands 2 v Borderlands 3
    Category [Max Possible]
    Borderlands 1 (RM)
    Borderlands 2
    Borderlands 3
    Aesthetic [20]
    X [19]
    NPCs [50]
    X [48]
    Playable Characters [30]
    X [26]
    Story [50]
    X [49]
    Gun “Feel” [30]
    X [30]
    Weapon Variety [70]
    X [66]
    Skill Tree Design [70]
    X [64]
    Weapon-Based [30]
    X [30]
    Farming [50]
    X [45]
    Skill Design [50]
    X [44]
    General Fun Factor [50]
    X [48]
    Total [500]
    430 [X]
    Aesthetic- Really the graphics don't matter all too much, but Borderlands 3 is the game that takes it here for sure. The guns particularly probably have the best design of all three games quite easily. Borderlands 2 ends up the worst of the three because it's visuals now are starting to seem dated in comparison to the new visuals with quite a few noticeable differences. But this is no biggie.
    NPCs- Anybody who's played these games should really be easily able to see how Borderlands 2 takes the cake here. Handsome Jack is quite easily one of the best, well-written, video game villains of all time who's hilarious in his own right even in a game series devoted to a violent sense of humor that leaves the audience maniacally laughing. This is unfortunately where Borderlands 3 falters most though. Ava is straight up terrible, and the lack of many favorites from Borderlands 2 leaves there more to be desired, even among more humorous NPCs and Bosses like Captain Traunt.
    Playable Characters- Anybody who knows a little about my preferences will know the answer to this one. Axton single-handedly allows Borderlands 2 a victory in this category, even if I also really liked Krieg (because I do like OG Mordecai and Zane). The other two just don't have anything like the handsome, gorgeous husbando that is Axton... Seriously, he's quite something. No wonder he appears semi-naked in adult magazines inside of Moze's mech...
    Story- Borderlands 2 hits this category out of the park. The story of the second game is not only a masterpiece, but a demonstration of the potential of a Borderlands story arc. Roland's death hits the player HARD and really impacts them in a way they won't soon forget. Also the motivations of Jack are VERY well put out there. As for the other two games, Borderlands 1 has a very barebones story... It works, but it's nothing spectacular. Just an adventure to the Vault. Borderlands 3 on the other hand is a bit disappointing here, but I actually won't spoil it, thus the lack of spoiler tags.
    Gun Feel- Borderlands 3 simply takes this category and RUNS with it. The guns feel powerful and impactful like you're really firing a gun. The other two simply don't have this, and 2's in fact just feels like you're just using a bullet hose instead of a real gun in comparison.
    Weapon Variety- Borderlands 3 also easily takes this category with it's ABSURDLY high number of legendaries. You've got stuff as simple in design as the Crossroads that's essentially an SMG version of the old Conference Call, and then you have really unique weapons like the Duc that's essentially what happens when a Jakobs revolver meets a Torgue gun. Borderlands 1 is a clear loser here because there's so many far too similar legendaries that don't differentiate themselves (Looking at you, Tediores).
    Skill Tree Design- This is a close one, but Borderlands 3 takes it for its level 2 Action Skills, even if I have some gripes when it comes particularly to Fl4k's skill trees, because he's just overtuned and there's also some bad design with his ability to make weapons that should never crit able to. Borderlands 2 is a VERY close second particularly with the design of Krieg's skill trees. I absolutely adore the care they took to design a character that just rampages into battle, damaging himself but absolutely destroying everyone in his wake. Borderlands 1 is a distant third, thanks to Roland's skill trees being $#!+.
    Weapon-Based- This category was made specifically to tell you the thing I miss most about Borderlands 1 that ISN'T in 2 or 3. GUN PROFICIENCIES. I totally loved this mechanic, and instead of refining it further what do they do other than introduce one of the worst design choices in Borderlands history, the Badass Ranks (not censoring because that's just what they're called). Small buffs you get for seemingly no reason that apply to EVERY character... Guardian Ranks in 3 are better designed, but just please give us back our gun proficiencies (and our broken BL1 Shotguns).
    Farming- Borderlands 3 easily takes this category as it allows you to choose how you want to farm your legendaries. Whether you like farming one boss or you like Borderlands 2's style (which is the inferior way by the way, just saying), you can farm them up how you like. Now for BL2's way of farming, I HATE IT. It's tedious, long, and just ridiculous for some legendaries, and that's not even MENTIONING pearls. That's easily my LEAST favorite part of BL2 and it's biggest problem.
    Skill Design- Nothing really to say here except they just got progressively better at what they already were doing since the start, and that is to create interesting and diverse playstyles for each character. Still missing the Truxican Wrestler class mod though, and also the greatness that was Pistol Mordecai.
    General Fun Factor- Really just a category for anything I left out, and Borderlands 3 does it all the best of the three.
    Overall Winner- Borderlands 2, but barely. The problems with 3's story and NPCs are just too difficult to ignore, even if the gameplay is an improvement in every possible way.
    Also, republishing so everyone can see this. Shame on me.
  13. Duskull
    Well, I feel  like I could have made this one long post in hindsight. But, I'm past that point now, so here's the second part of a three part series of blog posts. Autism as a diagnosis has only been around for 70 years, and Asperger's has only been around for 20, so it is kind of expected for society to not really understand what the autistic population as a whole are going through. Not to mention, that in part 1 I mentioned the characteristics of autism. Those characteristics are very abnormal and quite noticeable. Though most people would discount them for awkwardness and obsessiveness, the trained eye is able to see through that. But the thing here is that this part is much more concerned with most people than it is with autists. As a whole, however,  I think society is quite unaware, even in comparison to how unaware that I'd think they should be. Why do I think this is the case? Well, here's two reasons (even though there are probably more).
    Autism is Depicted Inaccurately in Media
    As I stated in part 1, I would define autism as an umbrella term for a developmental disorder that affects a variety of functions of the brain including the processing of sensory information, communication, motor skills, and also may effect the emotional stability of the affected. Most also affect cognitive skills. The disorder normally shows signs in the first three years, but some milder forms may not be diagnosed until adulthood, due to the fact that it's generally associated with cognitive deficiency, but they will nonetheless show difficulties in specific areas that may become concerning later in life. Going through that piece by piece, I can come to the conclusion that some TV shows, games, and movies try so hard to include autistic characters that they hardly ever get them right. Here's a few examples of them off-hand, and how they're inaccurate.
    Sheldon Cooper from "The Big Bang Theory"- He is actually LITTLE like an actual autist and more like extremely OCD person that literally feels for nobody. Which is so far off it's not even funny, just like the actual show he's in. Spencer Reid from "Criminal Minds"- His social skills are way too good, and his interests are far too diverse. That makes for the assumption that people that are a little bit awkward, are savant-like and nothing else have autism. Which is far from correct, honestly. Raymond Babbitt from "Rain Man" - A lot of the traits are overdone to the point where it makes it seem like you have to be seriously impaired to have any form of autism (which is WRONG). Sadly, THIS is the main influence for how society sees autistic people, so people like (potentially) me would be immediately shrugged off. Yes, there have been quite occasional accurate depictions, but for the most part most inclusions just seem like an attempt to say "oh we have an aspie for a character that's really smart! We're diverse!" When the way they portray them actually puts it into question. They usually must be savants and a little awkward and that's really it. No mention of things like struggling with motor skills, abnormal movement, and nothing involving cognitive delay (which happens even with autists with an above average IQ). That's not right, not right at all. Autism is much bigger than a little awkwardness! Also, there are only a SMALL percentage of autists are savants. I do mean a VERY small percentage.
    Autism Speaks is a BAD Organization to Represent the Autistic
    Autism Speaks always advertises itself as a group who is legitimately concerned about the autistic... While making it BLATANTLY OBVIOUS that they have ZERO concern for the well being of the autistic whatsoever. Autism Speaks is a hate group that oddly enough doesn't speak for the autistic as a whole. There's plenty of reasons why this is, and I've kept it short enough.
    NONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE AUTISTIC!!! How could they know what it's like WHEN QUITE LITERALLY NOBODY THERE IS ON THE SPECTRUM?!?!?!  They demonize autism. This is what I meant in my political views blog when I was talking about autistic rights. It's OUR right to be autistic. They don't believe that, and instead it's a disease and a plague. This rhetoric is a big part of what makes them a hate group, as it makes the autistic out to be sub-human. Which is f***ing sick. This is actually ESPECIALLY bad for the autistic because as a group, we are far more prone to depression and anxiety issues, and this is BOUND to cause them! They use Autism Awareness Month and their ads to make the public LESS aware of how it REALLY is to be autistic! Is that intentional? I think the jury's out on that at the moment. But, I must say it's looking like they're going to come back with a guilty verdict. But nonetheless, what does that do for US? They literally partnered with a group that commits VIOLENT ACTS against the autistic! Who am I talking about? The Judge Rotenburg Center. You know what they do to the autistic? They TORTURE THEM AS AN "ATTTEMPT TO TREAT" THEM! They use techniques such as social isolation, physical violence, forced ammonia inhalation, food deprivation, sleep deprivation,  and prolonged restraint in this pursuit, and as of the writing of the Autism Wiki article I'm using as a source, they've killed SIX people like this! And it wasn't that recent I don't think! They were going to change their direction, but no they have NOT. I have seen their ads on TV a few times since one of the chair people died in 2016, and they were replaced by somebody who wanted to change the message as stated by my source, but nothing happened. They still air ads demonizing autism and treating it like t may as well be f***ing AIDS, when IT'S NOT THE SAME! Autism is NOT a disease! It's not something you CURE! Autism is a lot more similar to something like Bipolar disorder (which I think I have a minor form of), where it's something that can be treated, but it's a part of the actual PERSON affected by it. Advocating to change a person's identity over not conforming is f***ing ORWELLIAN!   I really hope that someday that THIS won't be the largest "advocacy group" (my a**) for autism in the future, and I have to say that I actually have hope for this. If we speak up and tell the public how evil they are and give them an alternative, we just might be able to take them down. But the only thing is that they have so much funding that it may be a little difficult to take them on. But you know, the bigger they are, the harder they FALL. Though the first step is to STOP supporting Autism Unawareness Month (That is what it really is)! Stop buying their agenda! This is SO important because this is how they raise money to research into forcibly making the autistic normal, and we CAN'T have that!
    There will be a part 3 on this about how autism as an issue should really be addressed, in more detail than I posted in my political views blog post. To sum it up for anybody who didn't read that post or those who didn't get it from here, I believe the autistic have the right to be who they are.
    Another note on some of the semantics in my post, switching between calling the autistic community they and us, you know I think I strongly suspect I'm on the autism spectrum myself and that's a show of it. I say "strongly suspect" because I can't be entirely sure, but in my mind I'm as close as could possibly be to 100% positive that I have undiagnosed Asperger's. Just some clarification there.
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    I decided to do an opinion list off of every Pokemon of my favorite type (I don't think it's a big secret that Dark is my favorite type, considering how I've basically proclaimed that to be the case multiple times). I will count Alolan forms, but not mega-evolutions or Hoopa Unbound for this list (Grouping them with what they are megas of in the case the original form is still Dark type).
    Alolan Ratata- Don't really care for it. (Neutral) Alolan Raticate- I didn't like the original form, this thing looks really, really ugly in comparison to the original. I think somebody needs a refund on their root canal. (Dislike) Alolan Meowth- Better than the original, but not much. Don't really care for either that much. (Neutral) Alolan Persian- Why does this exist? Regular Persian looks MUCH better than this ugly thing. IT'S HEAD IS SHAPED LIKE A F***ING WATERMELON! (Hate) Umbreon- Best Eeveelution, not only because it's Dark Type, or because it's unique among that type as a pretty solid support Pokemon, but also because the design is amazing. (Love) Murkrow- I like this pokemon to some degree, because of the design and there's even some humor in gen 2 involving it. (Like) Sneasel- Shiny looks weird (if the feathered parts stayed red I'd really love it though), but otherwise, kind of like it. (Like) Houndour- I kind of like the design, though I never really use it that much in playthroughs. (Like) Houndoom- Fantastic design, although the stats leave something to be desired. The Mega is a fantastic special attacker though. (Like) Tyranitar- I may not really like Rock types much at all, but this godzilla of a pokemon is an exception to that, and a big one at that. (Love) Poochyena- I'll just say meh. (Neutral) Mightyena- I don't really like this pokemon. I don't necessarily hate it, but I definitely don't like it. Stats are bad, and the design is really meh. (Neutral) Nuzleaf- I'm just going to say it. It looks funny, and ugly at the same time... (Dislike) Shiftry- I kind of like the design, and it's quite original to say the least. But it just doesn't do it for me. (Neutral) Sableye- I absolutely love this pokemon. Not just because of the design, but also because it had no weaknesses until gen 6, and their PMD2 appearances. Mega's great too. (Love) Carvanha- I get it. It's a piranha... Design is original and so is the name, but I don't really like it to be honest. (Neutral) Sharpedo- Interesting design, that sort of works for me. Also the mega looks bad@$$. (Like) Cacturne-Another pretty meh one for me. (Neutral) Crawdaunt- This pokemon is absolutely amazing. I love the design, and it's a really good physical sweeper, even if it is on the slow side. (Favorite) Absol- I really don't like the original form, outside of a couple of the pokedex entries... But I like the mega, so I don't exactly hate this mon. (Neutral) Honchkrow- Absolute bad@$$. Also, this pimp crow hits like a TRUCK with a crit moveset and Super Luck. Also my favorite Flying Type. (Favorite) Stunky- Absolutely, very ugly. It just stinks pun intended. (Dislike) Skuntank- Absolute @$$hole in PMD2, design is better than the basic version but I still don't really like it. (Neutral) Spiritomb- Cool Pokemon, and probably one of the most original to date. Design is absolutely amazing as well. (Love) Drapion- The design irks me slightly, but looks cool. Not entirely against using it to be honest. (Like) Weavile- A huge improvement on Sneasel's already great design. And the stats are so great, it doesn't even need a mega to be great competitively. (Love) Darkrai- Not my favorite legendary, but I absolutely love the concept and design of it and its power is frankly utterly absurd. (Love) Purrloin- It may be absolutely adorable, but I'd be caught dead using one of these on my team. It's so awful stat wise unfortunately. (Like) Liepard- Now this is how you do a cat version of Mightyena. Stats still are a bit lackluster, but it's OK. (Like) Sandile- Cute Croc?  I also name every female mon I get from this line "Bea" or "Beatrice" in reference to the Night in the Woods character. (Love) Krokorok- Cool Croc.  Also, when I get a Totodile, I always name it Krokorok simply because this evolutionary line is superior in every way. (Love) Krookodile- My favorite Dark Type and one of my absolute favorite pokemon ever. I absolutely love sweeping with this thing.(Favorite) Scraggy- Design could use improvement, and I wish it evolved sooner. (Neutral) Scrafty- When Scrafty evolves (at level 39...) it's somewhat worth it just to see this design. If only this mon were better competitively. Still really like it. (Love) Zorua- Interesting design, and I think it looks kind of cute at this point. (Like) Zoroark- Yet again, interesting design, but I don't entirely like the appearance of the evolved form. (Neutral) Pawniard- I don't know how they could possibly make a basic with this concept not look just off to me in a way I can't really explain. (Neutral) Bisharp- Defiant is a very powerful ability against defog, and it has a really cool design. (Love) Vullaby- Kind of ugly and really annoying to be honest, to battle in the wild and to evolve both. (Dislike) Mandibuzz- Much better design than its pre-evolution. Pokedex entries are bland AF though. (Neutral) Deino- 10/10 Creative name, Nintendo.  Also take all of my meh on this one. (Neutral) Zweilous- Naming based off of German numbers? I don't know whether I should find that interesting or uninspired. (Neutral) Hydreigon- Much better than both of its meh pre-evolutons. It honestly is a little dope. (Like) Greninja- Most overrated starter pokemon known to man and thanks to how popular it is, I moderately dislike it actually. (Dislike) Pangoro- Inferior Fighting and Dark type detected. I honestly find it really uncreative. (Dislike) Inkay- Okay. It is a thing that exists I guess. (Neutral) Malamar- Is it just me or does it look like it probably rapes people with its tentacles? Also take my meh. (Neutral) Yveltal- Cool pokemon, weird name. (Like) Incineroar- I can't lie, I like this cat, especially since Smash Ultimate came out. (Like) Guzzlord- Probably my favorite pokemon from Gen 7. He looks absolutely awesome. (Love)     
    (Favorite)- 3/50
    (Love)- 11/50 
    (Like)- 12/50
    (Neutral)- 17/50
    (Dislike)- 6/50
    (Hate)- 1/50
    (Despise)- 0/50
    Aside from a few bad representations of this type, I generally at the least like most pokemon of this type, and the only mon I hate here is the absolute worst Alolan variant that was made to exist. There are quite a few I'm neutral on, but I feel like this would really be the case for any type, even my favorite of the 18 types. I might do more of these in the future and get an overall assessment of what my favorite types are, but I don't know. This was pretty time consuming as it is. I can't imagine how long it would take to do Water type anyways... A solid few hours I'd imagine...
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    (Great now I'm copying people again)
    NOTE: All mon-centric lists only have one Pokemon per evolutionary line. Eeveelutions work because each evolution of Eevee is in its own seperate line, branching from Eevee.
    (Top 15)
    Dusknoir (Ghost) [IV] Grovyle (Grass) [III] Pikachu (Electric) [1] Rayquaza (Dragon, Flying) [III] Krookodile (Dark, Ground) [V] Litwick (Fire, Ghost) [V] Articuno (Flying, Ice) [1] Ampharos (Electric) [II] Infernape (Fire, Fighting) [IV] Crawdaunt (Water, Dark) [III] Azumarill (Water, Fairy) [II] Honchkrow (Dark, Flying) [IV] Umbreon (Dark) [II] Scrafty (Fighting, Dark) [V] Roserade (Grass, Poison) [IV]  
    (Top 5 from each, except Gens 6 and 7 will only have top 3 as I've only played the games through Gen 5 at this point.)
    Gen 1- Pikachu, Articuno, Dugtrio, Clefable, Vileplume Gen 2- Ampharos, Azumarill, Furret, Umbreon, Espeon  Gen 3- Grovyle, Rayquaza, Crawdaunt, Breloom, Shedinja Gen 4- Dusknoir, Infernape, Honchkrow, Roserade, Starraptor Gen 5- Litwick, Krookodile, Scrafty, Bisharp, Snivy Gen 6- Sylveon, Doublade, Heliolisk Gen 7- Guzzlord, Palossand, Vikavolt Gen 8- Type
    (Top 3 from each)
    Fire- Litwick, Infernape, Typhlosion Water- Crawdaunt, Azumarill, Starmie Grass- Grovyle, Roserade, Vileplume Electric- Pikachu, Ampharos, Luxray Poison- Roserade, Vileplume, Scolipede Bug- Scizor, Vikavolt, Shedinja Steel- Bisharp, Lucario, Doublade Rock- Tyranitar, Lycanroc, Aggron Ground- Krookodile, Dugtrio, Palossand Fighting- Infernape, Scrafty, Lucario  Psychic- Espeon, Starmie, Gallade Dark- Krookodile, Crawdaunt, Honchkrow Ice- Articuno, Weavile, Froslass Ghost- Dusknoir, Litwick, Palossand Flying- Rayquaza, Articuno, Honchkrow Dragon- Rayquaza, DIalga, Guzzlord Normal- Starraptor, Furret, Munchlax Fairy- Azumarill, Sylveon, Clefable  
    Favorite and Least Favorite Types, Regions, and Overall Generations
    (All are Top 3)
    Favorite Types: Dark, Ghost, Electric
    Least Favorite Types: Rock, Bug, Poison
    Favorite Regions: Sinnoh, Hoenn, Unova
    Favorite Generations: Gen 4, Gen 5, Gen 3
  16. Duskull
    I did this in the form of a tier list a few months ago, and I've decided that format really doesn't befit rating episodes of this series (at least the first 3 seasons...  4 was alright, but quite a few post-S5 episodes will be in my nightmares). I am redoing it. First off, because I've watched more SpongeBob since and secondly, I was again inspired to do so, this time by a Cosmodore video counting down all the episodes from worst to best (that he posted all the way back in 2017). I will rate these (every episode in the first three season) all in sort of categories, but they are also ranked with short comments on them, or referencing a particular gag or joke in the episode I really enjoyed... Anyways, off to the countdown tier list hybrid... Thing... 
    117. I'm With Stupid: Not only is the episode unfunny, it's the origin of the idea of Patrick being a total jerk to SpongeBob.
    116. SpongeBob's House Party: Probably the most downright boring episode of SpongeBob there is.
    115. Fools in April: I've come to realize just how bad of an episode this is...
    114. I Wish I Was a Teenage Gary: Probably the most disturbing episode of SpongeBob's run before Season 4 or 5.
    113. Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy II: Another extremely boring episode where nothing really happens.
    112. Suds: Didn't really do a whole lot with the concept of SpongeBob being sick. Also, very ugly.
    111. Pickles: Let's be honest, all of us are at least a little like Bubble Bass.
    110. Pressure: Forgettable episode where everyone is mean to each other for no good reason.
    109. Squirrel Jokes: The only thing saving this episode from being bad was the ending.
    108. Doing Time: Why are they so mean to Mrs. Puff?
    107. The Sponge Who Could Fly?: Ehh, it was kind of boring.
    106. My Pretty Seahorse: Other than the one visual gag with Mr. Krabs, it's forgettable.
    105. Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy I: Probably the weakest introduction in the series. 
    104. Dumped: Gary is a total B!+c#. All that over A COOKIE?
    103. Pranks-A-Lot: Ghosts! GHOSTS! ...Toast...
    102. Plankton's Army: Yeah it's mean to rednecks, but it was a little funny... Sort of...
    101. Bossy Boots: I really hated Pearl in this episode.
    100. Jellyifshing: Overall, I don't know how better to describe this than mediocre.
    099. Krabby Land: Mr. Krabs in this episode is definitely like Todd Howard.
    098. Valentine's Day: Spongebob x Patrick is such a cringy bromance ship.
    097. The Bully: How some forum moderators handle trolls in a nutshell.
    096. Krusty Love: Mrs. Puff would come to realize that he's just a possessive greedy crustacean after all.
    095. No Free Rides: I don't think the makers of this episode ever watched a good documentary.
    094. Pre-Hibernation Week: I'd rate it lower if the gag with the guy on the bicycle didn't get me every time.
    093. Welcome to the Chum Bucket: Validating everyone's worst fears of technology since 2002.
    092. Born Again Krabs: *SpongeBob talking Dutchman's ear off* Me: *in Penn* SHUT THE F*** UP.
    091. Jellyfish Jam: Yeah thanks for trashing my house guys, now f*** off.
    090. MuscleBob Buffpants: SpongeBob really looks weird and sort of ugly with muscles.
    089. Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost: The visual gag with the watermelon really made this episode.
    088. SpongeBob Meets the Strangler: Would be a good 10-15 spots higher if it didn't have the part with the cleats.
    087. Bubble Buddy: They had every right to want to pop that bubble...  Still liked the humor somewhat.
    086. Grandma's Kisses: The more I watch this episode, the more I simultaneously want to like it but don't.
    085. Boating School: A rather weak introduction to Mrs. Puff, but props because it was the My Leg guy's debut.
    084. Home Sweet Pineapple: D@mn nematodes.
    083. Ripped Pants: The more I think about it, the more I think this episode is really overrated.
    082. The Paper: Not like they could have made this episode better with the boring premise it has.
    081. Scaredy Pants: Decent special, but it's nowhere near as good as the Christmas special.
    080. I Had An Accident: Yeah, Bob, how CAN a gorilla exist underwater? Writers have some 'splaining to do.
    079. Sandy's Rocket: I think the people raiding Area 51 would really like some of that Alien Repellent.
    078. Dying for Pie: It would be higher, if the premise weren't turned into an excuse for fan service.
    077. Nature Pants: I like how Squidward is just celebrating SpongeBob's disappearance.
    076. Jellyfish Hunter: Unfortunately, Mr. Krabs did not really learn his lesson.
    075. Karate Choppers: Pursuing a hobby is a horrible reason for firing somebody.
    074. Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm: IT WAS BIG, SCARY, AND PINK!
    073. Hooky: This episode has great humor, but the muddled moral prevents it from being the great episode it could be.
    072. The Smoking Peanut: Patrick would be the worst detective ever known to man.
    071. SpongeGuard on Duty: Larry is rarely ever NOT entirely one-dimensional is he? 
    070. Bubblestand: The Bubble Dance reminds me a lot of faked cheats for some reason.
    069. As Seen on TV: Old Man Jenkins apparently has a really bad case of Dementia.
    068. Texas: Aside from Sandy's singing, this is a sort of okay episode.
    067. Gary Takes A Bath: Most Creative Episode Title Ever.
    066. Walking Small: Yeah Plankton's NEVER going to get that second Chum Bucket finished.
    065. Squid's Day Off: Also known as Squidward goes insane for bad reasons.
    064. Employee of the Month: It has a lot of great references.
    063. Naughty Nautical Neighbors: That fork must have really hurt going in.
    062. Something Smells: Even SpongeBob should be smart enough to realize a dead plant should never be food.
    061. Imitation Krabs: I catch myself singing the Bikini Bottom Anthem from time to time.
    060. Wormy: This episode had an amazing musical number, but the episode was otherwise alright.
    059. Opposite Day: Patrick is REALLY bad at imitating people.
    058. Survival of the Idiots: Who you callin' Pinhead?
    057. Reef Blower: Proof that you don't need dialogue to make a great cartoon episode.
    056. Neptune's Spatula: BEHOLD! ...Okay, if you say so, Neptune.
    055. No Weenies Allowed: Patrick has powers beyond our comprehension.
    054. Krab Borg: Basically a slightly better Imitation Krabs.
    053. Squilliam Returns: That will teach you not to take people so literally... Me... 
    052. The Chaperone: If my class' prom were like that, I would have laughed in their faces.
    051. The Great Snail Race: That sounds like it would be a VERY boring event.
    050. Mid-Life Crustacean: Are you feeling it now, Mr. Krabs? Shulk: I'M REALLY FEELING IT!
    049. Missing Identity: This episode has some cool Film Noir vibes.
    048. New Student Starfish: What's the need for lockers in a boating school?
    047. Plankton!: Plankton fared really well when it came to character introductions.
    046. Can You Spare a Dime: I really liked how SpongeBob legitimately became upset with Squidward.
    045. Your Shoe's Untied: I can relate to that one, brother.
    044. Life of Crime: Patrick would make a TERRIBLE fugitive.
    043. Just One Bite: My fat already goes straight to my thighs...
    042. Club SpongeBob: Me: Oh, Magic Conch, will Bernie be elected President?
    041. Squid on Strike: I say "EHH SQUIDWARD?" all the time.
    040. Hall Monitor: This episode is absurdly quotable.
    039. I'm Your Biggest Fanatic: I was the target of "Hi Kevin." If you didn't know, my real life name is Kevin.
    038. Clams: Who knew giant clams had such sophisticated tastes in music?
    037. Patty Hype: My first thought now when I think of this episode is "Pride patties."
    036. Big Pink Loser: This episode is even more quotable than Hall Monitor.
    035. Rock-A-Bye Bivalve: Patrick is the emotionally neglectful husband in a nutshell.
    034. The Algae's Always Greener: Cool concept, but d@mn is Mr. Krabs being naked so wrong.
    033. Tea at the Treedome: I use "I NEED WATER" on an almost daily basis.
    032. FUN: It really is a great song that I won't tire of hearing any time soon.
    031. Squeaky Boots: I think this is one of the most underrated SpongeBob episodes ever.
    030. Sailor Mouth: I cuss about as bad as Mr. Krabs did when he stubbed his leg in real life.
    029. Snowball Effect: How long did it take Squidward to build that snow tower at the end?
    028. Rock Bottom: If this weren't SpongeBob, an episode like this would be top 10 easy.
    027. Procrastination: SpongeBob is me here 100%.
    026. Artist Unknown: This episode is a work of art.
    025. Ugh!: Probably among SpongeBob's greatest specials.
    024. Sleepy Time: Very cool concept with lots of potential for character development. It was also done right.
    023. Mermaidman and Barnacle Man IV: We need a petition to make Wumbo a real word.
    022. The Secret Box: SpongeBob sneaking to get the box is 100% what I feel like when I'm going to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
    021. One Krab's Trash: TF2 hat economy in a nutshell.
    020. Mermaidman and Barnacle Man III: I'm much further from socially acceptable than Man-Ray is to be honest.
    019. Help Wanted: The first best episode, that still remains one of the series' best to date, even with it's dated visuals.
    018. Culture Shock: The audience needs to diversify their tastes.
    017. Shanghaied!: Squidward, you're falling through spaghetti! I FAIL TO SEE WHAT IS WRONG HERE!  
    016. Christmas Who?: Don't get me wrong, it's amazing, but Squidward's a wee bit OoC here.
    015. SB-129: I absolutely love the concept of time travel and this episode does an amazing job at poking fun at it.
    014. The Camping Episode: I've still yet to sing the Campfire Song Song at the speed they sing it in the show.
    013. Squidville: Huh, weird. I know this episode as CANNED BREAD but I guess that's the name?
    012. Arrgh!: Patrick is TERRIBLE at reading a compass.
    011. Mermaid Man and Barnacle MAN V: Wait, he's Barnacle Boy you say? He deserves more respect than that!
    010. Graveyard Shift: This is why you don't read Creepypastas late at night with the lights off.
    009. The Fry Cook Games: The visual gags were absolutely on point here.
    008. Nasty Patty: YOU JUST GOT... PRANKED BRO!
    007. Idiot Box: The box puns are some of the best puns in the show to date.
    006. FrankenDoodle: This is probably the most quotable episode in the series.
    005. Pizza Delivery: I sing "Krusty Krab Pizza" all the time.
    004. Krusty Krab Training Video: This episode was as clever as it was funny.
    003. Chocolate with Nuts: I am literally the Chocolate Guy when it comes to chocolate.
    002. Wet Painters: The writing and the animation in this episode pair to make it on a whole other level.
    001. Band Geeks: Not saying this is the best episode is blasphemous on so many levels.
  17. Duskull
    If you want to see my CURRENT tier list, here's a link to the current Sun and Moon version.
    I will only update it through Guru, unless it won't work, then I will do it through here and post my updated list here.
  18. Duskull
    I am commenting to this video from one of the members of the Association of Champions, which is basically Hi-Rez's PR that instead of being part of the company are established, and mostly somewhat known members of the community.
    Torvald WILL Die. 100%. Field Study was literally the only thing that gave him something in this meta. Now it's nerfed into the ground. Stupid. Tyra Changes sound good, sort of. I have a feeling the Hunting Party change won't be enough and the other mark changes will just affect her other loadouts more, effectively killing her off, and making Hunting Party her only viable talent and at that only in niche situations. Their logic for not hitting up Luminary is total nonsense. What they did to Torvald might actually kill him, but they're worried about killing Jenos, the best support in the game? Yeah, I call BS. After all of these three changes, I have a feeling Jenos might actually become top tier, because Luminary and maybe Tyra's Hunting Party will be the only viable sources of damage amp. Dredge ult changes to me sound like they might end up being a nerf instead of a buff like intended, but we'll see. Still no CD on Broadside, so I give a thumbs down. Nerfing Khan's damage makes absolutely no sense. Seriously, he does LESS damage than every tank in the game right now with the sole exception of Torvald. No joke. Consider Khan dead. Also, they aren't nerfing Ruckus' so I guess that's a positive? But not really because his durabilty ends up making him deal mediocre damage anyways. Not fixing that, nope. How exactly will they nerf Barik's damage? One way might be a good idea, but the other possibilities I can think of would be terrible and just make it hard to play him. I have to admit, the ideas they have for flanks are pretty decent. But, they're keeping Buck and Talus dead apparently.   
    I have to say, I am so surprised this got POSITIVE feedback from the community. These changes for the most part are BAD for the characters they affect and might actually be bad for the GAME if they go too far with them. I do NOT like these ideas, not at all because some of the ideas are alright. Like the ideas they have for Moji are exactly what she needs. But other than that, I'm pretty negative about these changes. Hopefully they'll really think through them and their consequences before they make the changes.
  19. Duskull
    Well, I had a random thought, and I think it's time to make a tier list for BL2 Legendary Weapons. Well, here's my opinions on them. At least all the ones I can readily remember being in the game. 
    SS: Unkempt Harold, Slagga, Fastball, Conference Call

    S+: Lyuda, Quasar, Amigo Sincero, Badaboom, Ogre, Norfleet, Bitch

    S-: Maggie, Leech, Hornet, Bonus Package, Gunerang, M2828 Thumpson, Hector's Paradise

    A+: Fire Storm, Storm Front, KerBlaster, Bonny, Gub, Baby Maker, Sledge's Shotgun, Infinity

    A-: Longbow, Hellfire, Volcano, Nukem, Fire Bee, Chain Lightning, Skullmasher

    B+: Thunderball Fists, Invader, Hammer Buster, Flakker, Nasty Surprise, Emperor, Veruc 

    B-: Mongol, Striker, Pandemic, Logan's Gun, Madhous

    (C): Deliverance, Rolling Thunder, Bunny
  20. Duskull
    I have a feeling that a top X blog post has been overdue for me for a while. Well, I guess this must be the equivalent of me going to return that library book I couldn't find until I managed to locate it under the couch cushions.   All I can say is it got there somehow and really I have no idea how it would be possible for a book to be in that position.
    Anyways, I've been waiting to do this for a while. Cartoons have been a great source for inspiration for some people, me even included in my line of 'work' (if you somehow didn't know, I'm sort of in the works for creating a tabletop game that I hope will hit its mark and see ample success) if you want to call it that. Heck, they can even inspire people to adopt a whole different look on life. Some of these characters have done just that for me, though most of them on this list have really just been characters that I find appealing, well-written, relatable, or a mix thereof. This WILL also include characters from upcoming cartoons, so you know that you should expect them on this list.
    Honorable Mentions:
    Rawhide- I really like the sort of wide-eyed, but a little gritty concept of what Rawhide's character seems to be like, and how it contrasts with the setting of the show. 
    Panda Bear- I honestly think he's adorable, and very hard not to like in some way considering his mannerisms as well as just how sweet he can be.
    Sandy Cheeks- Well, yeah she did become a sort of 2-dimensional after season 3 or 4, in her glory days it felt like she had a real identity, and it was a likeable one.
    Samurai Jack- I feel like his character design was actually rather intuitive and a great contrast to Aku, who will be in the list if you don't already know.
    Craig (South Park)- I feel like he's really the only actual voice of reason in South Park, and it's made him my favorite character in the show.
    15. Gir- Honestly, Gir is the entire reason this is a top 15 and not a top 10 instead. I couldn't not mention him on the list. I feel like he needed to be mentioned here because of just how freaking adorable he is, with his little green dog costume and his mannerisms and everything else. He also serves as a pretty obvious contrast to the rest of the show's tone.
    14. Rarity- Rarity to me seems like one of those characters that's a lot more complicated than she seems. She does have this sort of detail-orientation that really helps her in her line of work, but she is also (usually) able to see the bigger picture. She also seems dainty, but as has been shown throughout the series she can be quite brutal as well. Those are just two examples of that.
    13. Morty C137- Or was it Marty McFly...? Oh whatever. Morty is written quite well as a sort of awkward teenage boy with a lot of, erm, puberty-related issues. I find him relatable in the sense that he's an anxious, nervous wreck with self-esteem issues like myself. Though unlike me he's still naïve enough to just go along with stuff.
    12. Fluttershy- Yes, another MLP character, and she's not the only one. I like Fluttershy because of a few things. She goes out of her way to be very kind to others even when it serves her no purpose, she has a relatable lack of social skills, and she retains this sort of personality without feeling two-dimensional with her occasional anger and assertion.
    11. Toffee- I think there really need to be more villains like Toffee in animation. He's a great and evil schemer, with a lack of empathy and more intelligence than any of the other villains that have been in the show thus far. I also like him because of how his name conflicts so blatantly with what kind of character he actually is being that in real life it is actually a dessert.
    10. Pearl- In the show's long and horrendous first season, I found Pearl to be bossy and overly obsessive-compulsive. Though, like most of the cast, her depth was tapped into later. It turns out she has a side of her that lacks confidence, a side of her that shows genuine concern for the people of Earth, and even a side of her that's even a little edgy. And that's only three of many.
    09. Discord- The MLP equivalent of Star Trek's Q. I think he's not been treated quite the way I would wish for him to be receiving from the writers, but nonetheless Discord is a shining example of a trickster. He does whatever he wants, however and whenever he wants. It makes him a bit of a wild card, even after being reformed. He still plays tricks on the mane six from time to time.
    08. Angel Dust- Is it wrong to say that I want to be a little (and I do mean a little) more like a gay prostitute spider demon that gets high on, well, ANGEL DUST? Well, it probably is, but I legitimately feel that way about Angel Dust. I wish I had his sass, and his freaking getup. Nonetheless, I do like him for other reasons as well. I like his generally nonchalant and sarcastic attitude towards bettering himself. He really just doesn't give a f*** about becoming a better and less morally questionable spider demon. Though he really has this attitude in general.
    07. Steven Universe- Steven in the first season was, admittedly, an immature and obnoxious specimen. But afterwards as time went on and on, he matured and gained a lot more compassion for everything and everyone. Aside from of course things that do hurt everything including flies, he really wouldn't hurt a fly. I also find him to have become a very mature character, maturing even beyond his father's years. Honestly, I'd think from what I've seen Steven would actually make a great therapist. I'm not kidding, he's talked people out of a lot of the show's conflicts.
    06. Squidward- Squidward, in my opinion, is what made SpongeBob the great cartoon it once was before he took the path of just becoming a grouch. Before that, Squidward seemed to be a rather well-written and designed character that a lot of us SpongeBob fans who are adults now can really relate to. I bet you've encountered plenty of kids that act like SpongeBob all the time. I know I have and more. He counter-acted the silliness of the show by being the more serious of the characters in the show, but nonetheless, engages in some of it himself.
    05. Aku- Aku is basically one step up from Discord. Another fun-loving master of chaos, Aku spends his time tormenting Samurai Jack in his playfully malevolent manner and ordering EXTRA THICC henchmen (to do what with, I'm honestly not sure). I mostly just like him for the same reasons I like Discord, being that he's a trickster that does what he wants, when he wants, and how he wants to do it. He's also a great villain in the sense that he took control of the world for thousands of years, until Ashi and Jack went back in time to finish him off.
    04. Ice Bear- Polar Bear... I mean, Ice Bear is sort of a bad@$$. He can engineer, cook, fight, sneak... Really, he's a jack of all trades. But his ability to converse with other people is so stunted that he only speaks in simple sentences and in the third person and even then he only does so when really necessary. He also has a relatable aversion to coffee, albeit for different reasons... Like he becomes a violent, hyperactive maniac when he drinks even a little bit of coffee (I just find it a wee bit too strong, and I could start bouncing off of walls, but nothing like that). 
    03. Moondancer AND Twilight Sparkle- I put them both in the same spot, because I like them for very similar reasons. They're both the nerdy/geeky types with plenty of anxiety to boot. I mean sure I don't read books like they do, but I can definitely relate to how they geek out about things. If it were just this, than Moondancer would be better to me than Twilight, but I like what Twilight has become. She's become less of a bookish geek and more of a teacher, as well as more of a . She even does this without losing a ton of what made her likable in the first place, with all of her twilighting that she does and all, she's still just as relatable as ever in her personality and feels not even remotely close to a Mary Sue. But, that only makes it a tie I can't decide between.
    02. Rick C137- Or was it Doc Brown...? ANYWAYS... Rick is a character I also find to be well-written with a lot of nuances that really lead to what kind of person he is. His nihilism can be attributed to his ability to travel to multiple different worlds in different parts of space and even different timelines altogether (but the latter is rarely utilized) and realize how insignificant even he is in the grand scheme of things, his occasional playfulness can be attributed to his own attempts to counteract a long-seeded depression, and his depression stems from well, his nihilism as well as his past traumatic experiences. I also like Rick because I find his attitude towards the universe at large rather relatable, and his seeming insincerity to me is actually charming in it's own way.
    01. Garnet- Garnet is my favorite cartoon character of all time. Why? Well, she's went from just being like an overprotective and overly strict parent to being a powerful, compelling character with more nuance than you could have ever imagined back in season one of the show. I think it probably wasn't a secret that she's actually a fusion, but she's one of the few fusions that occurred because the two gems were in love. She's also proven herself to be a total bad@$$ in combat with the mental capacity to do things, like, PREDICT THE FUTURE. She's also developed her own personality as a fusion, that really allows her to be the roundest character I've ever seen in animation. It also helps her that the love fusion was of a lesbian couple, considering my own sexuality.
    Well, I suppose that's it for that. Not good at endings.
  21. Duskull
    Of course note my sexuality here. I am gay so I cannot in all good conscience place female characters on this list. I will also only place human characters as well, so no Pip or the et cetera. Since Androxus will also not be on this list due to the curse that afflicted his body turning it into something that is debatably not human as well. Khan WILL be on this list because although you can't see his face or any part of his body through his armor in the base skin, you can with the Amerikhan skin, and he is human. 
    SS: Fernando, Koga
    S: Jenos, Khan, Sha'Lin
    A:  Strix, Viktor, Buck, Atlas, Lex,
    B: Zhin, Mal'Damba
    By the way, the aforementioned stipulations are why the tier list has been placed here instead of on Guru like my tier list by my opinions of how powerful each individual champion is in the current meta. (Here's a link to it if you want to check it out)
  22. Duskull
    I've been aching to start a series of blog posts highlighting mechanical designs of specific games, assessing their problems at an in-depth level and giving critiques. It helps in my own pursuit of creating my own tabletop game (that will have balancing and the meta as a heavily emphasized component), and it's also informative to anyone actually playing the game itself. I will start with a game that's basically become my bread-and-butter: Paladins. I know it's a weird game to start with considering it doesn't have the popularity of games like Overwatch or League of Legends, but bear with me on this.
    Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a Hero Shooter with MOBA elements designed and published by Hi-Rez Games (Now, specifically Evil Mojo Games). It features four classes that each specialize in specific roles, an intuitive items system, and the ability to customize the playstyle of that champion in specific. The game's main game mode focuses on capturing an objective, and then afterwards pushing a payload to gain points towards winning a match. Each grants 1 point (and so do successful defenses), and the first to 4 points wins. A comment I already have, and a flaw I've noticed. Okay, so the game has a system that works like earned currency that allows you to buy items. Well, that currency system is different for each role. The flaw in this is that it A. discourages flexibility, and B. gives specific advantages to specific classes, particularly the Damage class that quite literally gets more credits than the rest... by dealing damage. Make credits even across all roles. It may seem like it would be counter-intuitive from a design point of view because it makes characters less graspable for new players, but seriously I hardly knew this EXISTED back when I started out. Plus, you can tell by their kits, their health pools, and even to a degree their movement speed what roles said champions play. 
    Now let's get into the nitty-gritty issues.
    Anyone who has played this game for a decent amount of time knows that tanks, well, tanks are very powerful. The problem is that a lot of these frontline champions are good both offensively and defensively, regardless of their talent choice. That is a problem. I think the obvious solution would be to design kits where it's obvious that the tank is weaker defensively and is better at zoning instead of taking objectives, and make some that are incapable offensively. This can be done with decisively placed nerfs and buffs in some cases to solidify what kind of tank they are. Whether they're more of an anchor tank or a main tank. I know that there are obvious examples of such, but the issue is that even those tanks are offensively capable. Take Inara for example. She may seem like she isn't a problem offensively, but confusion in her kit lies with her ability to go straight into an enemy's face, CC them, and then even kill them. You see the problem? She shouldn't be able to do that if she's a main tank! I know that certain people will say "but this will make double tank worse, because these bruisers wouldn't be able to tank." And I say that's a load of BS. These bruisers would be plenty capable of it. They'd just have to be more assertive and less passive about it. Take Ruckus for example, a tank that's basically out of the meta because he has no sustain. I actually think his sustain should be BUFFED, but I think that it needs to make him more of an offensive bruiser that gets in your face like he should be designed to function. Right now, he's basically a damage champion that's been misclassified as a frontline. He needs more sustain, but sustain that allows him to be aggressive. Like for example, I think that his ultimate should have much greater fall-off but also a built-in overshield as well as CC immunity. This would allow him to get into the face of enemies and use Hexafire without worrying about getting easily instakilled by the enemy DPSes. That's what is necessary here. On the note of Inara, I agree she needs mobility, but I say make it mobility that's designed with DEFENSE in mind. Like get rid of her stupid Warder's Field and put in an ability that allows her to cast a jutting rock that slows enemies in front of her and launches her backward in the target direction. That may sound like a comical ability, but it would allow her to get away and heal up while the enemy is affected by the slow that would be incurred. Oh, the issue of Cauterize. This card gives up to 90% healing reduction on-hit for 1.5 seconds. This is INSANE, okay. It's affected the game in such a way where healers need TONS of consistently overpowered healing to keep up during the mid-later stages of a match when the enemy DPSes spec into it, which they will early because of how INSANE it is. This NEEDS to be reduced PRONTO. I don't care if it ushers in a high TTK double support meta temporarily, but please NERF it. I say a quick fix would be to nerf the ranks to 25/50/75. But a more INTUITIVE fix would be to nerf it to 15/30/45 and then nerf the necessary healing abilities to compensate. Nerf Seris' heals, Nerf 'Damba's heals, Nerf Jenos' heals, and DEFINITELY nerf Grover's. I would not touch the healing of Grohk or Pip though. It would help them out massively and Pip may become a top tier pick because of it. Then I say nerf his CC and health pool. He has a lot of CC, and he has the smallest hurtbox out of every champion in the game (aside for his big freaking head), so nerfing those would balance him out. As for Grohk, he'd be likely a little powerful, but considering all Lo-Rez has put him through, it's more than acceptable that he becomes a high tier healer. I think I should also make a list of the unnecessary items and the simple fixes to all of them. Deft Hands- just buff 'Damba's reload speed a little, and Buck's plenty and it should be little issue. As for Dredge, yeah him too. Replace it with a card that grants max-health based TRUE damage based on the damage you deal. This would aid in eliminating the double tank meta that's been predominant in the game for a while now. Illuminate- Just nerf stealth mechanics, to make them more of cloaking mechanics. Where you can see a rough outline of them, it rewards those who are aware and punishes those who don't pay attention to it. Replace that for in-combat damage reduction to compensate for the other new card. This helps the newly formed off-class of bruisers a lot in their pursuit of meta domination. (Muahaha! Terminus will KILL YOU ALL!).  Buff most non-tank health pools so that way they also have a degree of sustain so that way tanks have yet another counter-measure and the TTK as a whole goes up to compensate for the healing and tank nerfs I would vouch for and help ESPECIALLY FLANKS. HOWEVER, nerf the F*** out of a few damage champion's bursts (Cassie, Lian, Drogoz, et cetera)… PLEASE? Please, for the love of this game, REWORK Torvald. Just, please. Decide whether he's supposed to be a support or a tank. If he should still be a tank, may I suggest making him tanky and defensive like he used to be until people stupidly complained about his lack of damage (which to be fair he DID have)?   
    With these changes, tanks would not be meta, supports wouldn't be left to sit on the objective unless you have a more offensive bruiser type tank like Terminus, Ruckus, or likely Ash, Damage dealers wouldn't be almost instakilled half of the time with little counter play by their own ranks, and supports would be just as good late as they were early. At least I think. Any recommendations to amend this list would be greatly appreciated. For now, goodbye and thanks for reading this first-of-it's-kind blog post. I hope to do another in the future soon on Team Fortress 2, so stay tuned for that.
  23. Duskull
    My life has been really amazing over the past few months... It certainly has been, no doubt about it...
    No, it only has been compared to what it was before that. Before I met my boyfriend of about 3 months, I was extremely depressed. I think a lot of you may know the story here, but I was actually heavily considering committing suicide, in a way that would work unlike the last few attempts at my own life foiled by various things. But now I can comparatively say this life is pretty fantastic. At least my own self-esteem isn't that far down the toilet. It's gotten a lot better, but is it entirely better? No it isn't. 
    I made this post in the "How are You Feeling Thread" at one point fairly recently: "I feel very upset with myself... ". I made this post after my boyfriend was upset with me for not listening to his music (even though, yes I should have sooner than I did, that isn't the point). I think if I could post the entire conversation, which I can't find it, you'd see that the post in and of itself indicates that my newfound self-esteem is very fragile. It was set off by something as small as my boyfriend getting a little angry at me over a track of EDM music he finished making.
    I'm still living most of my life in the $#!+hole known as my dad's (technically grandma's, considering she pays for EVERYTHING) house. The place has several problems that really prevent me from doing anything with my life. First one, is my dad. He will not clean up after himself. It basically makes the house into an extremely depressing environment with junk stacked everywhere. He also is such a man-child that helping him even with what I absolutely need to, is an absolute nightmare. It also doesn't help my ability to really communicate with him, that's already subject to my extreme introversion, but made worse by his stubborn inability to actually listen to what I have to say, instead making sorts of infuriatingly stupid jokes. Second one, is the environment itself. No air conditioning, no heating, bugs everywhere, NINE obnoxious dogs that won't leave me alone for five seconds when I go outside. My dad doesn't help this either, by constantly spouting off about how depressed he is and how the world is against him, and blah blah blah. Seriously, Dad, do you want to see me strung off the pecan tree, dangling by the homemade noose attached to my neck? I certainly hope not. It also doesn't help that there's no internet  aside from the internet on my "dad's" (when it's my grandma paying the bill in all actuality) phone, which he gripes about me taking all of the time. Yeah, I do dad. You know why? THE INTERNET HAS BECOME A LESSER NECESSITY, LIKE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING. I NEED them. Maybe not to SURVIVE, but to FUNCTION. Without it, I have no chance of survival. Period. I don't think my grandma wants me to run away from home because I have no chance there, so yeah, let me have it. All you use it for is looking at stupid $#!+ you find on Facebook and showing me your alt-right political memes that 9 times out of 10 are actually infuriatingly stupid (after you say you hate politics and offended people, you flock to both...).
    Also, I'm still QUITE unconfident of my ability to do anything for myself. Mind you, I'm weak, physically unfit, and by some definitions it is very likely that I'm actually disabled and should find a way to get that disability properly diagnosed so I can get disability checks. I have a lot of symptoms that suggest the possibility that I am on the autism spectrum (higher functioning, obviously). I mean I can't effectively communicate to anyone (yeah, even my own boyfriend, actually) due to a lack of social skills that also results in a lot of social anxiety, I had a LOT of developmental issues growing up, and believe me when I say that I am twitching like CRAZY right now. Only 3 of many things that make me think that there's a very high chance I'm on the spectrum. I am likely incapable of both the social and physical aspects of most any minimum wage job that I can get without references (and even then, it's actually really hard and getting harder and harder to even get THOSE without references.) This also means I can't effectively communicate with people outside of things that require no speech or eye to eye contact, and it also means that I can actually hardly do anything in a physical sense. Though the latter doesn't disturb me. I can just get my BF to do those things for me, even if it takes a little... convincing (and it seems I'm fairly good at that).
    BUT, is my life better? Of course it is. My self-esteem is getting better, I spend at least half of my days away from the House of Despair, and I have much more in terms of enjoyable experiences. I've been able to play Paladins again, and even a little bit of Team Fortress 2 (even though most of the time I try to play it online, my ping happens to spike ). I also have a little more confidence my tabletop game will go somewhere, and I don't feel as bad about myself. I don't see a noose in my future, also. I see... A small rented house on the outskirts of Houston, a lot of romance, a lot of my wants coming to fruition, and I even see a potential for personal success. No more of those self-help books that I just want to throw in the burn barrel. And soon enough, maybe no more living with my dysfunctional father. I just wanted to end this on a not-so-depressing note. I definitely do feel better, but it is a mistake to say life has suddenly become absolutely everything I want out of it.
  24. Duskull
    I have absolutely had it with people who, when you make an ATTEMPT to have a meaningful discussion with them on an issue, pretty clearly have their own agenda and then lie and say that they don't have said agenda. I've seen it too many times on this forum to count alone (especially that one place that I wish I would stop posting in altogether because what I have to say, however much it's basically common sense at this point, deserves a bashing by somebody with a blatantly obvious and generally absurd agenda, political or otherwise). This type of garbage is intellectually insulting as well as completely and utterly uncivil.
    This is intellectually insulting on the basis of a very well-known and generally true idiom: Actions speak louder than words. Indeed they do. A great example of such a thing on this topic is. Say, you think that people of all varieties should be treated the same, and you type out that opinion in a forum post. Then, somebody comments on it saying "well, these people don't because there's a bad apple among them." Of course, you, a reasonable person, make a post how that's a blatantly obvious logical fallacy in the form of a strawman (as it has nothing really logically backing it). Then they decide to totally backstep on what they just said, and then you call them out on that because of course they are lying for the sake of making themselves not seem anti-X (and also saying they aren't anti-X). But that idiom suggests (and anyone of sound mind can agree) that their earlier comments on the subject and the fact they even had to post them in response to something as well-meaning as what you posted are indicative of their TRUE feelings on the issue. In this specific example, the person you would be trying to debate with is clearly a bigot of some variety trying to hide behind a logical fallacy and words that mean quite literally nothing in context (Yes, this has happened to me. Actually, it's happened to me just like this example at least a couple of times). 
    This is uncivil because it makes it IMPOSSIBLE to debate with them and have an actual, meaningful discussion on the specific issue at hand. I mean the very act of them contradicting themselves so blatantly for the sake of making themselves look better is uncivil for obvious reasons. But the whole discussion is tarnished even not considering that. But then they'll act like you're trying to suppress them, which of course you aren't. You allowed them their turn to speak and you DID give them a platform, right? Well look where that got US! Anyways, it is tarnished because it clearly has no value to this kind of person in the first place. If it did, they wouldn't contradict themselves like this to try to go after you and make YOU sound bad because their agenda is more important than civility. Funny thing here is, most people like this will try to drag YOU through the mud and try to upset you to the point where your frustration starts to boil over for understandable reasons (and this can happen even if you have a good amount of self-control). I mean as I've stated previously the act of doing this is intellectually insulting, and depending on the issue at hand and how personal it is to you, it may also seriously hurt you on an emotional and even a personal level to see the $#!+ getting flung around. I mean seriously, if they try to personally attack you based on who you are (which depending on the topic, they might bring it up), it's obviously NOT a civil discussion! Even if they don't it's still uncivil to try to upset the person they're "trying" (NOT) to reason with nonetheless.
    I'll also note why I put the political tag on this: 90+% of the time this happens, it's a political discussion, about a sensitive topic more likely than not. In that case, you can more often than not add "tribality" to the mix of reasons why this shouldn't happen. It's generally indicative of such a mindset, because generally tribal people will not betray the tenets of a very specific belief system, and this is how they attempt to accomplish that in this case by making a discussion, which they've normally tarnished even before this, completely and utterly uncivil to the point where the only actions to be made are either personal attacks or just walking away from the entire thing. Which of course they will say validates their belief system. Which it actually doesn't, and that should be pretty obvious! If they have to take a step such as this, it's clearly them that's in the wrong and obviously "losing" the argument. If they weren't, they wouldn't take this step in the first place to try to nuke the whole discussion. If they were "winning", it wouldn't be rational to do this in any way because this whole act is an act of desperation to try to make themselves look in the right here when they so obviously aren't, even in their own eyes. I note that they also must think they're wrong as well because if they didn't, well, they wouldn't try so lousily to correct themselves. Seriously, in doing this it makes it so obvious that they know they've totally screwed themselves before this to the point that anything else they claim to think here is utterly moot. So, now that I think about it, they must also be really stupid too!
    I'll conclude on this note: this brand of nonsense doesn't belong ANYWHERE in any kind of "civil" discussion. It derails the discussion pretty much immediately, and it's indicative of a very closed-minded person that has no intention of actually listening to what you have to say. They act like this more often than not due to their tribalism telling them to do so, so they can attempt to salvage the argument. Well, we're laughing because new flash: IT ISN'T WORKING! I mean I've put four laugh emotes in this post because of  how freaking funny it actually is that these, well, morons, do this. It's infuriating in such a way that it much less irks me than makes me feel like laughing, because of just how ridiculous it really is! However in all seriousness, this behavior is toxic and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near an actual debate. Unfortunately, this is the same internet where opinions are treated like facts and the other way around.
  25. Duskull
    Well, I had a random thought and it made me think that I wanted to rank every state from favorite to least, or maybe attempt to with my lack of knowledge on specific states. Most of my opinions that are closer to the top and bottom of the lists are stronger than the ones closer to the middle of the list. It's a pretty rough list considering I've only really lived in two of them, and I've probably only visited about 20.
    Washington Hawaii  Vermont  Colorado  Idaho Wyoming Oregon Iowa Kansas New Mexico  Wisconsin West Virginia South Dakota North Dakota  Indiana Ohio Illinois North Carolina Michigan Nevada South Carolina Nebraska Arizona Rhode Island  Delaware New Hampshire Maryland Massachusetts Pennsylvania Oklahoma Texas  Minnesota Montana Florida Virginia  Conneticut Maine New York New Jersey Missouri Lousiana Kentucky Tennessee Utah Arkansas Georgia Alaska Mississippi  California Alabama
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