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Introductions / Re: Hiya!
« Last post by Deebles on October 12, 2016, 08:14:10 pm »
An extremely belated welcome! :D
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Introductions / Re: Hiya!
« Last post by InannaEloah on September 29, 2016, 10:24:19 pm »
You are most welcome, Alli.  ^.=.^
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Introductions / Re: Hiya!
« Last post by Alli on September 29, 2016, 06:11:43 pm »
Hi Inanna! Thank you! I think I will. It's quiet, like me. x)
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Introductions / Re: Hiya!
« Last post by InannaEloah on September 26, 2016, 09:58:58 pm »
Hihi Alli.  Welcome to the site.  ^.=.^  I hope you like it here.
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Introductions / Hiya!
« Last post by Alli on September 26, 2016, 01:23:49 pm »
I'm long overdue for an introduction, mostly cause... I'm shy and have no idea what to say! X3

My name is Alli! It's not a special online alias or anything, just my name. I could never stick with or find an alias that fits me well enough, at least not more than my own name. I'm 23 years old and living in California. I'm a white and very fluffy (feral) dragon with a love for the night sky and cold weather! I'm a recently discovered dragonkin as of December 2015, and.. well, I guess that's not TOO recent anymore. How time flies! But it's nothing compared to the people who have known for 10+ years!

So, um, there's that! ^^ Nice to meet you all! And now I go back to mostly lurking!
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Otherkin and Beliefs / Re: Dragons and Serpent Deities in Ancient Cultures
« Last post by InannaEloah on September 19, 2016, 10:39:59 am »
I've always felt that the idea of the serpentine gods of old being aliens from another planet made the most sense.  They had immense power, they did things that terrestrial animals don't do, and quite often the human locals had trouble properly describing them.  A lot of the time, the descriptions focused on the dragons' individual body parts and what they most closely resembled in Earthly animals.  One of my favorite examples of this is a description I read of the Babylonian dragon goddess Tiamat, which said she had "the horns of a bull, the legs of a lizard, the wings of a bat, the head of a camel, the udders of a cow," and so on.  To me, this would indicate more than anything that these beings were not originally of this Earth, and that they probably traveled here from another world. 

Also, there is a bit of wisdom that I see every now and again, attributed to science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, which goes:  "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." 

So my humble opinion is that most of the serpentine gods were simply advanced beings from another planet, or maybe from another dimension.
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Gaming Discussion / The BioShock Collection (PC)
« Last post by InannaEloah on September 18, 2016, 12:48:03 am »
Since I have the original games on Steam, I got the remasters automatically for free.  This includes remasters of the first two games, while Infinite remains the same as it was when it was first released, because of how it is still considered current.

My opinion is mixed at  the moment.  I've given BioShock 1's remaster a negative review on Steam, simply because it plays like a crappy port from a console and has bugs in it that have been in the game since it was first introduced in 2007.  You'd think with a high-profile game like this the developers would actually have taken the time to get the more ridiculous bugs out.  As it is, the game regularly CTD's on me, and my difficulty settings are reverted back to the default Medium settings whenever that happens.  In a couple of instances I've even lost several saves from earlier sessions.  And the "remaster" looks identical to the original graphically speaking, which defeats the purpose of a "remaster" in the first place.

The only thing good about BioShock 1's remaster that I can really give the game props for at the moment is that it now runs with relative ease on modern operating systems.  Before I had the remaster, I had to dual-boot with Windows XP just to get the game to run.  In fact, if I try to run the original version on my Windows 8.1 rig, I get the notorious "BioShock Has Stopped Working" error just after the "BioShock" splash before the game is supposed to load.  So there is a positive thing about the game, but I've found more negatives than positives, and thus I can't really recommend this remaster, at least not unless 2K fixes its myriad of problems.

BioShock 2 runs somewhat better.  I still get CTD's but as yet I haven't had any settings automatically reverted like they were doing in the first game.  Also, BS 2, being a newer game, tended to play in its original form on modern OS's with fewer workarounds, so most of the reliability issues aren't as glaring as they are with BS 1. 

BS 2 does seem to look better than it did in its original form though, so at least there's that.  I'll probably write a Steam review for it in a couple more days, after I've played it for a longer amount of time, if only because the problems I had with BS 1 started occurring further on into the game, and so I'm cautious about heaping praise onto the second game just yet.

At present, BioShock: the Collection is somewhat of an improvement when playing with a more modern OS, though from what I can tell the focus on consoles by the developer has done more of a disservice to PC users.  I cannot recommend it the way it's presently implemented, even though it's easier to play on newer operating systems, because of the many bugs that haven't been fixed, and the glaring lack of any real graphical improvements in the first game.  When you do a "remaster," it shouldn't look exactly the same as it did a decade ago, and yet that is exactly what BioShock 1's remaster looks like.  The remaster for PC is essentially a gimmick.
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by InannaEloah on September 17, 2016, 07:32:40 pm »
Welcome, Horn. 
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Lithianblackdragon420 on September 17, 2016, 07:09:05 pm »
hello, hello there horn, and i wish i could go, im stuck in the united states, in texas, it would be nice to be able to go just to see the country, but i would be all over the opportunity if it came to go to a fellow dragon meeting out there, i think, horn, honestly, maybe you should go, at least once, just to see what its like, what its all about :D :P
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Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by Lithianblackdragon420 on September 17, 2016, 07:03:39 pm »
your very welcome :D
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