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Bakanon 06/04/2021 (Fri) 18:14:04 No. 1269
What are things you've been really emotionally invested in? Like, really good movies, games, TV, so on. Or anything else.
>>1269 I kept playing The Binding of Isaac (and then Rebirth and its DLCs up to Afterbirth+) every day for 7 years until one day my save file got corrupted and all of my progress disappeared forever (I kept playing pirated versions even after buying the game in Steam because the achievements wouldn't transfer). That was when I stopped playing it altogether. I also have a semi-autistic tendency for trying every Smash game, fan game and mod I can find, even if I suck at them.
>>1272 You can just play it again, see how much you have progressed rather than your save file.
>>1274 I know, but it feels bad to start over after being near to the 1000000% mark, specially when I haven't played it in a while and my already little abilities have decreased a lot.
>>1277 >Get 1000000% achievement >Two expansions come out >Make new save file after burning $35 >Kill mom's heart a few times >Drop it, especially when thinking of grinding Greed mode or The Lost again >15 characters now >With an alternate for each after you go through the whole slog of content with each one I can't do it
>>1364 >Kill mom's heart a few times The absolute worst part of isaac is starting a new save file, with hugely reduced content and being locked out of endgame/alternate paths until you do like 20 runs to the womb->isaac/satan. I recommend speedrunning through those first several runs with azazel just to get it out of the way, then kill hush 3 times to unlock the new altpath. >grinding Greed mode greed mode just sucks in general, holding R helps a bit but I've just been grinding with tainted cain, who automatically breaks greed mode with infinite steam sales. Only works for donating to the machine though. >15 characters now >With an alternate for each (most of) The new tainted alts for each character are actually breathing new life into my enjoyment of the game with each having their own incredibly unique gimmick like tainted eden getting D4'd every time you get hit, or tainted cain needing to craft items from pickups. Just don't touch tainted lost if you already dislike regular lost :P
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>>1269 King Crimson. I got into them after watching JJBA Golden Wind and now I can't get enough of them. They just have this unique sound.
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>>1269 Capeshit comic universes, particularly DC. It's all connected, and there is more than can ever realistically be read in a lifetime. So you find one good story that hooks you and it leads you to want to know more about a character or a plot detail, so that leads you to another story, and it just keeps going like that. And the more you read, the more you find that the immense amount of material actually leads to an absurd amount of depth for many of the characters and their histories and relationships, which naturally leads to a lot of emotional investment for the audience. Then SJWs take over the companies and wonder why fans get mad when Wally West (the third Flash) is rebooted and turned into a black kid after fifty years of seeing him slowly grow from being a kid sidekick for 25 years to being one of the most important and well respected characters in-universe for the next 25 years. So they bring him back and say he was actually around the whole time and never rebooted, and retcon the black kid as just being his black cousin who coincidentally has the same name and coincidentally also got the same powers. Then they try to retcon it so original Wally was evil the whole time so you should never have liked him in the first place, but fans freak out again so they immediately retcon it back. Modern comics suck. But I still have 80 years of good stuff, most of which I haven't read, and will never have time to read. And that makes me feel like that guy from the Twilight Zone who breaks his glasses. Pic related. The issue of The Flash that I just finished reading, from 1984. In it, The (second) Flash's (Barry Allen's) enemies all team up to break a giant retard out of the mental hospital and give him super armor they got from a mysterious gangster called "The Monitor," then they tell him The Flash accidentally stepped on a mouse, so the retard goes on a rampage to avenge the mouse and kill The Flash. Sounds stupid, but after 26 years of Flash stories before this, it all makes sense in context. See, previous issues have set up that The Flash is about to be put on trial for manslaughter after he killed his nemesis, The Reverse Flash, who had killed Flash's wife, Iris West, years earlier, and was about to kill his new wife, Fiona Webb, on their wedding day. After this, another villain called The Pied Piper figured he'd start trying to use behind the scenes tricks to make Flash's life even more stressful, like mind-controlling the mayor into talking shit about Flash in public, in the hopes it would make him depressed and he would just kill himself or whatever. But actually, this was all inspired because Pied Piper was himself going through a major depressive episode and wanted to make Flash feel the same way. Because of course a guy who dresses up as The Pied Piper and uses weaponized woodwind instruments to commit crimes obviously isn't the most mentally stable, and getting your ass handed to you by some faggot in red pajamas every time you try to do anything cool might make you a bit depressed. Anyway, when Flash found out Piper was behind everything, they get into a more traditional fight, but Piper reveals that he made a special pipe that he can play at just the right frequency to open a portal to "the speed dimension" (It is well established in Flash and wider DC lore that universes are separated by vibrating at different frequencies, and vibrating at the right frequency can open portals between universes) and summon demons out of that dimension that are also super fast. In retrospect, fans will recognize this as perhaps the first appearance of The Speed Force, the speed dimension which would become very important to Flash stories a few years later. Some stories treat that as an element that didn't exist until all the universes merged together and history got (partially) rewritten in 1986, two years after this story, but clearly, it is in this story. Anyway, Piper loses and his loss makes him have a breakdown, since he was already depressed. But everyone thinks The Flash roughed him up more than necessary, since he already killed Reverse Flash a while ago, and they figure Flash is the one going nuts now. So that's why the rest of his enemies resort to buying weapons from The Monitor, and also they find the retard when they visit the mental hospital to see their friend, Piper. Flash's enemies are well known for being good friends with each other, except for a few really fucked up ones, like Reverse Flash, Gorilla Grodd, and Abra Kadabra, as they're just too evil. But Pied Piper pretty much just wants to rob banks and shit, so he and the other bank robbing guys are good buddies and not so bad when they aren't robbing banks. So see with all this context behind it, this issue of The Flash fighting a literal retard who wants to kill him because he thinks he stepped on a mouse is actually quite emotionally stirring. Even the villains are motivated by their care for their friend, and their worry that their sort-of-respected nemesis is going off the deep end and needs to be put down. They'd be wrong either way, but it adds a layer of emotion that you wouldn't expect out of characters called Captain Boomerang or Mirror Master. And to put the cap on everything, I haven't read past this yet, but when The Flash inevitably beats this retard, will his beating up a literal retard make him look even worse in the eyes of the public, and reflect badly upon him in his upcoming manslaughter trial? Though I know a lot about later issues, this is not a detail that ever gets brought up. Still, now that I'm in the middle of the Trial of the Flash storyline (which lasted for like three years), I'm quite intrigued to see how these details play out. Also, in retrospect, this issue is actually pivotal to The Flash's death less than two years later, as that "gangster" The Monitor turns out to actually be a multiversal god who is only supplying bad guys with weapons to test which beings are powerful enough to help him save all of existence, and The Flash ends up being the most important part of that plan, as he gets called back into action for one last mission immediately after his retirement at the end of this Trial storyline, and ends up having to sacrifice himself to save the multiverse in the process. So this big retard villain is actually quite important, as it's Flash's first connection with The Monitor. Reading it now, when I know about The Monitor, and Flash's eventual fate, creates a significant sense of dramatic irony. But I never knew about this big retard until tonight, when I read this. This fictional history is more damn complex than real life history. And at a certain point, you realize that even if you already know the future, reading the past is still interesting, or perhaps even more interesting. Yeah, I already know how Flash's trial will end, and what will happen after that, and after that, and basically all the broad strokes that will happen for the next 35 years. But that info only makes it more interesting to see the details here, and how they inform the bits that I already knew, and add deeper knowledge and emotional resonance.
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My music taste has definitely broadened a lot since I was a teenager, but these were some albums that got me through a lot. Really, the entire emo and math rock scene helped me develop some character in artistic expression and reminded me why I loved rock music so much. If anyone has any interest in rock music - wondering what happened after 90s alternative rock, they can pick an album from here and take a listen to what's been created. I've heard plenty of good arguments as to why "rock is dead," and I'm not denying that that is not the case, but I believe that there is definitely still a very strong subculture with lesser, undefinable groups of people making rock music now. When the Midwest Emo Revival was in its peak in the late 2000s to the mid 2010's, bands were composed of skinny, White nerdy teenagers dressed like they just got back from school, other bands were dads in their 40s singing songs reminiscent of a 90s alt-rock nostalgia, and the 20 and 30-somethings were experimenting all over the place with the emo sound, incorporating jazz, post-rock, sometimes electronic elements in the the emo sound. I believe anyone that liked Coheed and Cambria, Seven Mary Three, or Hootie & The Blowfish will like these new direction in rock. Right now, I've been digging into other genres I missed such as slow rock (Red House Painters) and "chamber rock" (Carissa's Wierd). It's all very interesting stuff and feels like unexplored territory to me. But I can always go back to emo and math rock and find something to listen to.


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