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Ketsa

A Couple o' Questions

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Of varying topics~

1) For anyone that has an Intuos 4 drawing tablet, the cord input (the part of the tablet where the mini-USB cord plugs in) on mine has started to become loose and wiggly. If the cord moves in a way it doesn't like, it causes the tablet to lose connection with the computer... Currently this isn't causing any more than a minor annoyance, but I worry it might get worse. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience in dismantling an Intuos 4, and whether or not it'd be a good/bad/possible idea to unscrew the back of my tablet with the hopes of setting the cord input firmly into place.

2) I haven't been on Steam in forever-and-a-half, and am curious if there's been any good Metroidvania titles released in the last two or so years. The closest to the genre that I've found on Steam was 1000 Amps (which I really enjoyed). I heard that Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet had been ported, but everything I've read on it makes it seem less Metroid-y than I like (I love getting that provide benefits apart from just accessing new areas, like how the Wave Beam does more damage /and/ lets you shoot through walls). If only they'd port Shadow Complex to... anything... I don't plan on buying an Xbox 360 just to play it.

3) I've been thinking of putting together a commission price sheet, but lack a digital example of a monochrome picture! I just need one test subject, and I'll use a random number generator to pick a "winner" on early Sunday morning (which will actually be sometime around 7pm Sunday evening for me). For anyone interested, just include your favorite kind of pie in the reply box, and I'll give you a number ^^ It'll just be a simple, single character pose done in lines and shading, somewhat like how Pepper looks in this picture, only... y'know... actually looking good. Recipient would be free to do with it as they wish, but I'd get to use it in my planned commission pricing picture... whenever I get to it.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully 1 and 2 will get just as much attention as 3~

Update Using random.org to generate a number from 1 to 9, it gave me 2! Congo-rats to Kadm~
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Added: 5 years, 1 month ago
 
Zeikcied
5 years, 1 month ago
Apple! :D
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
1!
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
Penis, I mean pumpkin.
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
Also, it sounds kinda like the socket may be loose, which can result in the contacts coming off the board intermittently. If you know someone that precision solders, they may be able to help.
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
My dad has the soldering equipment, but he's on the other side of the world : / I could probably easily obtain one of my own while I'm here in Japan, although I haven't worked with a soldering iron in about 15 years... Still, I'm not sure how bad of an idea it would be to unscrew the back panel of my tablet. It's still working at the moment, god forbid I do anything that changes that. ^^;

Also 2~
trashbunny
5 years, 1 month ago
I'd help you out with it, perhaps... but unfortunately, shipping would cost a true fortune. xP
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
http://theaydin.tumblr.com/post/31005560950/how-to-rep...  

considering I haven't really done soldering work before, how noob-proof do you think this might be? o:
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
This journal made me stream 1000 Amps twice today. Thanks a lot! Damned hypnotic suggestions~
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
A WINNAR IS YOU!

On a random.org run of 1 through 9, it came up with 2!

Lemme know what you had in mind, and I'll go about whipping something up :3
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
I was supposed to have an idea? >.> I don't get those~ Just draw Kadm bein cute. Or ask Deli for an idea. He's good at that sorta thing.
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
https://inkbunny.net/submissionview.php?id=492296  in case you haven't seen it yet. Also, I pose the same question to you that I did to Flufftails a few lines up~
AJDurai
5 years, 1 month ago
Pecan Pie

As for possible Steam games - Rogue Legacy, Cave Story, Deadlight, Hell Yeah, those are the ones that I have, that might be close to the Metroidvania style.

As for the tablet, sorry <Sgt. Schultz> I know nothin'
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
Ooo... I haven't heard of the first and last~ I've enjoyed Cave Story for many years, though - both the Japanese version and the English patch (although I've only beaten it on the PSP port, oddly enough ^^ ). Such a damn good game! I'll have to look into Rogue Legacy and Deadlight though, thank you!

And 3!
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
I can't recommend Deadlight enough. It's god damned amazing. Very excellent storytelling to go along with a fun little game.
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
And if you accept my Steam invite, I'll give it to you. Because it's amazing.
Kadm
5 years, 1 month ago
This might also be a trap.
MightBeFurry
5 years, 1 month ago
I've been watching interesting videos of arcade motherboard repair.. maybe if I watch a few more of those I'll know how to resolder your connection there--no, no I won't :( . And I do not have any compelling suggestions for your Metroidvania hunt. I abstain from #3; interested to see who gets it ^^ .
kenni08
5 years, 1 month ago
Befor taking it apart, have you tried a differebt usb first? Thats what i did to solve my intuos looseness problem. Deffinaely worth a shot being that the usb (any usb to mini will work if you have another hanging around) is cost a lot less than a new tablet :P
kenni08
5 years, 1 month ago
oh and apple :P
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
Yeah, getting a new USB cord was the first thing I did. It ended up wiggling just the same, which is how I found out that the input on the tablet was wiggling, not my (very old) USB cord. Good suggestion, though! It'd have been the first thing I'd tell someone else with the same problem~

And 4!
trashbunny
5 years, 1 month ago
Just like Zeikcied and kenni, I like apple pies a lot. But chicken and mushroom pie is probably also really tasty!
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
Ooo... everytime I mention pie, I'm almost always thinking of fruit ones, but I keep forgetting that savory pies are just as good! Goddammit now I want quiche >_<

And 5~
MattTheWolfDogPuppy
5 years, 1 month ago
hmm... do cobblers count, because i prefer apple cobbler to normal pie.  sorry i can't really help with the other two things, i could probably fix your tablet assuming its the port that,s lose, but that other side of the world thing is one hell of an issue.
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
I can accept cobbler, but only if it has a crumb topping~
And no worries - it's the thought that counts ^^

Also 6!
ThaPig
5 years, 1 month ago
Maggots.
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
Covered in Fly Honey o_o

7!
elix
5 years, 1 month ago
Kitty lemon pie! (Ask me later, it's silly.)

As far as Metroidvania types, hmm... Rogue Legacy is a roguelike take on the genre; all deaths are permadeaths, but all upgrades are cumulative. Every successive generation evolves genetic traits; these can be good (able to walk over spike traps without triggering them) or bad (astigmatism, expressed as an in-game blur effect on the screen) and traits can become dominant over successive generations if you maintain selection for them (I thiiiink?). Every generation also regenerates the map with a new map seed. You can lock the map to what it was with the previous generation (your last guy before he got offed in some horrible/hilarious manner) and keep the same explored minimap and teleports at a cost of only earning 60% gold.

The Swapper has some shoutouts to Metroid almost directly (including this being the first room you can enter after the one-way corridor of rooms that make up the intro are over, and what do you know, it's accessed by going to the left). However, the game itself is far from a metroidvania title, as it's more an indie "use control-slaved clones moving in tandem with you to win" puzzler, although you also gain the ability to hop between clones... something the game just gives to you as a game mechanic with no attention paid to the teleporter paradox (i.e. if you get in a Star Trek transporter, which only beams your quantum information and not your actual cells and atoms, and are reassembled on the other end with local organic matter into an exact copy of you, were you just murdered and cloned?). At least, not so far, maybe there's something spoilery about that and I just haven't found it yet, I dunno. I mention it because you might be interested in puzzle games as well, and it has a definite feel, although the game itself is very much not a m'vania.

You might also want to consider Receiver. Now, hear me out, because it's a very weird game, but in a very specific way, it actually contains a number of m'vania hallmarks, just in unfamiliar forms. In Receiver, the map is itself static (I think; this might've changed in an update), but the locations of enemies and objectives are randomized. Enemy combat is fairly decisive, and one shot kills you. Turrets are easy to handle, just need to pop out and knock them over with a well-aimed shot. Drones with tasers are less easy but still die when shot. Oh, and there is a very sophisticated system of gun mechanics that has you load every bullet into the clip, and pick up spares one by one off the ground. There is a story contained within the seven audio cassettes you need to find while exploring the map and staying alive. It's minimalistic, brutal, and enigmatic, and it's also randomized and an fps that gives you a realistic gun. Roguelike m'vania realism fps, why not? :D

You might also consider The Binding of Isaac, if you don't have it already. It's more a Zelda-like than a M'vania, though, and it's got randomized maps and everything else like a roguelike, although it has significantly more replayability than your average roguelike because beating the game unlocks new things and, with successive playthroughs, several new areas, making it longer and more difficult.

Terraria's 1.2 update added a ton of goodies, including an entire set of alternate biomes that will only generate some of the time on new maps and replace other biomes wholesale (i.e. instead of biome X, this map features biome Y and will generate Y where X would generate on a different seed). If you haven't checked it out in the last week, might be worth getting back into it. :3
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
Rogue Legacy is starting to sound a bit like Spelunky, which is totally a good thing~ Derek Yu certainly has a knack for the Metroidvania games - especially Eternal Daughter. I'll probably check out Binding of Issac at some point. I watched a Lets Play of it, and it seemed to be fitting the bill, at least in a top-down perspective~

8!
elix
5 years, 1 month ago
Rogue Legacy is happy to work with controllers, too, since it's basically a port of an XBLA game (but, unlike the usual, don't hold this against it).

With TBoI, it's neat what it does to extend replayability. First, actually beating the game (what is available) isn't the easiest to do at first, and the "final" boss you fight does things that nothing else that you've yet encountered does, so the first attempt is a bit hectic. However, once you beat the boss, the next tier of area opens up, so instead of two floors of area one, two floors of area two, two floors of area three, boss, there are now four areas (two floors each). Without the (cheap) DLC, there are five total zones -- oh, and just because you killed the boss at the end of zone 3, that doesn't mean it isn't there the next time, and now there's another boss at the end of zone 4 in order to "beat" the game now. :D The DLC adds more stuff and changes up a few gameplay mechanics.

Also, there's Dungeons of Dredmor. It's a roguelike, but an affectionate parody of one. Full of jokes and references. To regain MP, you drink alcohol -- which also impairs you in increasing degrees unless you're sitting on the Ballmer Peak (yes, this is actually in-game) where your magic powers are buffed above normal instead of penalized for alcohol consumption. Your skills are derived from the seven classes you choose at the beginning, and then off you go. It also has permadeath (unless you're a pussy and play with it turned off). Also, there's a free DLC for Dredmor, and the cost is that you have to name the DLC. I named it Tatty Bojangles and the Shiggles of somethingsomething, can't remember. After full DLC (which is cheap), there are 15 floors, otherwise there are 10. Also, try not to steal from or attack the shopkeeper. He's more powerful than the final boss.
Delirious
5 years, 1 month ago
Bunny Must Die was recently released on Steam and Terraria is, like, a whole different game now--at least in our current world with the creepier corruption replacement.
Mythterious
5 years, 1 month ago
I cant give you any advice for steam games. Or for your tablet woes. I would, however, like to enter the random thing, so...

CREAM PIE!
Ketsa
5 years, 1 month ago
S'all good~ You're #9!
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