Alright...just because I feel like being a nice guy, my real name is Brian, and I'm 21 years old, currently in college as a mechanical engineering major, but I'm planning to transfer to a college with ASTRONAUTICAL ENGINEERING. I'm so excited!!!!
My favorite hobbies (read: "ways to waste time") are reading (actual books as well as fanfiction), origami, video games,
In any event:
Welcome to reality! Everyone's just a LITTLE bit weird here... (made it up on my own)
Those who dance are considered insane...by those who cannot hear the music. (saw it on a t-shirt)
EDIT: As of 3/20/2013, I HATE FF.N's NEW LOOK. I want the previous one back. I liked the white summary box and the darker background from the contrast button. I don't like the black text on grey background in the summary box now, and the same goes for the links in the summary box. I also prefer how the old 'chapter select' and 'next/previous chapter' drop-down menus and buttons looked.
(Well whaddaya know. My first rant on this site that doesn't have to do with how someone's written something. LMAO)
EDIT: 3/25/2013 - About time they fixed that... well, partially, IMHO. They finally got around to changing the color of the text in the summary box to fit the contrast mode.
EDIT: 7/25/2013 - WHY??? WHY DID THEY DO THIS TO US??? Am I the ONLY one who hated the fact that he had to go back and RE-BOOKMARK all the categories I follow because they HAD to add in a new URL styling? Good grief... I understand wanting to add functions to the filters to NOT include X category or Y character(s) or Z world... but I seriously wish you'd found a better way to do it... Hell, why not just use something like "/1-2-4/etc." in the URL for "include option one for _ filter and do not include options 2 and 4"? Sure, you might think the abbreviations in the URL are helpful, but I thought the way the order of the filter boxes USED to match up with the order of "/1/3/5/9/0/0/0/5/etc." was nicer...
For those who are curious, my name is a reference to one of my favorite series of Star Wars books, specifically a certain character.
>Gundam SEED Destiny (That's only on my list of favorites because its the sequel to SEED. I honestly didn't like much of Destiny other than the Strike Freedom, the Infinite Justice, and the Akatsuki.)
>00 Gundam (However, I did NOT really like the movie, "A Wakening of the Trailblazer"...)
>Naruto (This one, not so much lately. Been on a bit of a downhill slide lately.)
(and a bunch of others I can't remember off the top of my head...)
Something funny I noticed about Gundam SEED: the Strike's beam rifle HIGHLY resembles an M4 or M16 assault rifle with a grenade launcher (mostly just b/c of the parts sticking up on the top of the rifle and the shape of the handguard/front grip (the section right below the barrel) (or what would be without the tube underneath it).
Favorite fan-fiction...(uhh..."types"? "universes"? "categories"? ..."bases"? (you'll know what I mean...))
>Mass Effect (I prefer a (mostly Paragon) male Shepard with a Tali romance...)
>(most crossovers of the above 3)
>Gundam (SEED, mostly) x Mass Effect (So far, I've only actually found one of these that I like... I also found a decent(-ish) MExTransformers fic too.)
>Gundam SEED x Star Wars (Well, when an author does it right, they might have a REALLY good fic for this. I don't write, and I can easily tell that it would be VERY hard trying to deal with starfighters, mobile suits (espcially those with a DRAGOON system), Jedi, and berserkers/SEED-users (eg: Kira, Athrun, Shinn, etc.)/newtypes.)
>Legend of Zelda
>Halo x Metroid (tbh, haven't read any of these in a LOOOONG while) (Also, lets be honest. The suits are so different that it's obvious Samus' power suit is much stronger than the Chief's. I mean, seriously. Which one has multiple built in (ENERGY) weapons with unlimited ammo (beams (power, ice, plasma, etc.) and morph ball bombs)? Which one can take more damage? Also, I'm pretty sure the speed booster goes faster than a SPARTAN can run... Finally, which one can actually TRANSFORM?) [EDIT (7/11/2013): Also, sure the Chief's shield regenerates, but consider the sheer amount of damage Samus's can take. The Power Suit has its own energy shield, which is powered by the energy tanks. The Chief's shield is designed to take regular bullets and (to a slightly lesser extent) small plasma/energy blasts. Samus's shield can withstand... let's see... immersion in lava (temporary immersion, until you get the Varia and Gravity Suits) and being STOMPED on by RIDLEY (which I'm pretty sure would constitute an insta-gib by Halo physics).]
(Other than that, I'm rather flexible on the pairings, I consider those three to pretty much be OTPs.)
After War Gundam X:
> GarrodxTiffa (sure, they probably won't go anywhere beyond friendship anytime soon, but I think they're a really cute pair.)
(I'll be honest, I've only watched Gundam X a couple of times, and those are the only ones I can actually recall. I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting one or two...)
> SetsunaxFeldt (Yes, I know there is no real canon pairing for Setsuna. I don't particularly care much. I really didn't care much for Awakening of the Trailblazer...)
> LichtyxChristina (Only barely introduced before... yeah... But I still like the pairing.)
> BillyxSumeragi (or BillyxKujo, depending on what you prefer to call her...)
> PatrickxKati (You just have to love Patrick... he's so over-the-top and overconfident it's kind of adorable...)
> SajixLouise (Admit it, they have such a funny relationship. It's pretty adorable.)
> NarutoxHinata (I just think they're really cute. And Hinata was pretty much the only one who actually LIKED Naruto at all up until... oh, after the Land of Waves arc? Whatever.)
> ShikamaruxTemari ("Troublesome..." XD)
...and not much beyond that. I will admit to being violently opposed to anything that breaks MinatoxKushina...
Gundam AGE: (I finally managed to get around to watching it... lol.)
Also, WTF is with the manga version? I never even bothered finishing the second chapter of the manga. ...WTF???
> FlitxYurin (I'm not sure if I would prefer Emily or Yurin... Episodes 14 and 15 really made me cry, dammit... On a somewhat related note, since the cockpit in UE mobile suits is in the head, why didn't Flit use his X-Rounder abilities to realize this and cut the head off and bring it to safety? "FUCK LOGIC." Yurin was one of those people you just can't NOT like...)
> AsemuxRomary (I have to admit, I like Flit better than Asemu so far...)
> WoolfxMillais (It's only a minor relationship, it might not even go beyond friendship, but I can imagine, right?)
> ObrightxRemi (Dammit... Episode 27 actually had me crying... The only other parts of a Gundam series that had me actually CRY were Tolle's and Flay's deaths (and Mu's 'death') in SEED, the Junius 7 drop towards the beginning of GS:D (I still cry sometimes when I listen to Felds of Hope), Stella's death in GS:D, and Yurin's death during the first 'generation' of Gundam AGE. And why couldn't Dique or one of the other techs do the repairs? Shouldn't they have all been checked out on the repair flyers?)
> ZeheartxFram (I really wish Fram hadn't waited until her death to tell Zeheart... Episode 48 was OBSCENELY cruel. I don't think I've EVER been that upset over the death of an antagonist-type character.)
> SericxNatora (Damn necessary sacrifices...)
BTW, I liked the Flit from the first 'generation' of the show more than the other 'generations. After what happened to Yurin, he just became an 'absolutist jerk.' (Ex: "If you're not with me, you're against me." In this case, "You're all Vagans, so you are all monsters that need to be eradicated.")
Legend of Zelda:
...pretty much sums up all the pairings I can think of. This includes LinkxTetra, of course, since Tetra IS Zelda... Oh, and Sheik is female. Seriously, I'm pretty sure the only magic Zelda used when she 'transformed' from Sheik to Zelda in OoT was to instantly switch outfits and eye color.
> Shepard(male)xTali (Admit it, Tali's adorable.)
...And that's all I can think of off the top of my head right now.
Favorite video games: (and usernames where applicable)
For most games on Steam: Wraith 5 and Rogue 9 (current variation: Rogue 9 IGYB)
> Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare - Wraith 5
> Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 - Rogue 9 IGYB (Also, if anyone plays this and is looking for someone to do spec ops co-op with, I'd LOVE to. I'm in the top 10,000 scores worldwide on all of the maps I've played, and in the top 5000 on at least half of them.)
I used to play MW3 on the Wraith 5 account, but I got banned for using the wrong version of an FPS unlocker my friend made. (My computer has a hard time running MW3 at anything RESEMBLING a stable framerate, and the FPS unlocker uncaps the framerate, simplifies a few textures, and (used to) disables gun camos to make it a bit easier to run. I used one of the unapproved versions (rather than the one approved version) for about a year and a half before VAC decided to just up and ban me. *shrug*
Let's be honest folks, multiplayer in Modern Warfare 3 is BEYOND broken. Spawns in Kill Confirmed (well... in general) are WAY beyond FUBAR. Poor hit detection, a lot of BS lag, and the "lag OVER-compensation" just screws you over more (did some messing around in my config file, managed to (somewhat) fix this). Add to that the fact that there are no RANKED dedicated servers...CoD4 is soooo much better. EDIT: with the use of an up-to-date FPS unlocker and some edits to the config file, MW3 MP is *relatively* good. Lag comp. and hit detection are still shit. I'll find some way to show some of my experiences with this sometime. Can you say "point blank shotgun headshot HITMARKER at two feet"? I've had that happen with the USAS-12. I've ALSO gotten a hitmarker at five feet with the KSG. The guy was PERFECTLY centered in my crosshairs. Somewhat related is the fact that I find it EASY to get one-hit kills with the UNDER-BARREL SHOTGUN in the 20-25 foot range (and the only shotgun in MW3 with worse range AND damage per shot is the AA-12)
> Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - Wraith 5 (I usually use an in-game clan tag, typically Whut or HvK)
Also, at this point, I have to say that MW3 multiplayer is currently more 'playable' than BO2 multiplayer. I mean, the local host matchmaking system used in MW3 seems MUCH better at handling the fairly low player count than BO2's dedicated server matchmaking system. These days, I rarely see more than 2,500 people playing regular TDM in BO2 and 3,000 playing regular TDM in MW3. And the lag I get in BO2 nowadays is MUCH worse than the lag I've been getting in MW3 (even with the P.o.S. lag comp used in MW3...). "Lesser of two evils," and all that, right?
> Magicka - (same as Steam username)
(Single player games:)
> Star Wars: Republic Commando
> Half Life 2 (I haven't played HL1, but the Black Mesa mod for HL2 is AMAZING.)
> Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D
> Star Wars: Jedi Knights 2: Jedi Outcast (I love using console commands... I've crashed the game by stacking too many det packs XD) (Note: I don't play the multiplayer for this game. No particular reason to play or not to play. I just don't.)
> Star Wars: X-Wing (...Holy hell. This used to be one of my favorite games of all times. Now, its getting close to 15-ish years since I last TOUCHED it... Truth be told, its my dad's anyways. Not really mine...)
> Antichamber - I haven't actually played this yet. Once I manage to find something with enough memory, I'm planning to record and upload a blind Let's Play to YouTube. (As things are now, I've got about 40 GB of empty memory on an external hard drive. Not exactly a good amount for recording relatively good quality video, right?)
> Metroid Prime Hunters (haven't played this in a LOOONG time)
> Super Smash Bros. Brawl (haven't played this in a LOOONG time)
NOTE: if you want to add me as a friend or want my FC for any of these games, just PM me!
If you find a fan-fic that you think i might be interested in, send me a message recommending it! (and NO, i don't want people to send me links to THEIR OWN STORIES!!! (unless they REALLY think I'd be interested in it))
ESPECIALLY don't send me links to AU fics that put characters in a HIGH SCHOOL or similar setting...I'm not a big fan of fics that are THAT AU...if its a Gundam fic, then make sure that its GOT GUNDAMS IN IT!! (and a plot)
And finally... please only send me ones written by competent authors. OCCASIONAL spelling/grammar/etc. errors are okay, but if they don't use commas, capital letters, or appropriate paragraphing (you know, like breaking up dialogue between multiple characters?), I find it LITERALLY painful to read. No, I am not exaggerating. Also, if the author doesn't bother to use proper grammar, use proper spelling, or even CAPITALIZE the first letter of names/sentences in the SUMMARY of a story, I probably won't bother reading it.
Things I like in a fan-fic:
> A good plot (yes, that DOES mean a plot is actually required)
> Character development
> Logical plot advancement (I enjoy crazy plot twists as much as the next guy, but there are limits...)
> Moments of fluff.
> Good action scenes/sequences.
> Appropriate moments of sad.
> Good grammar.
> Good spelling.
=I do realize that the two items above do not apply quite evenly given regional 'dialects,' speaking habits, or whatever you want to call them.
> Use of past tense when third person perspective is used, use of present tense when first person perspective is used.
My favorite fic I've recently read that fits this:
Team 8 by S'TarKan
Things I do not like in a fan-fic:
> Character bashing (Well, most of the time. I will accept bashing of a truly douchebag-ish character and mild bashing of assholes, but like above, there are limits...)
> People acting OOC. Example: Hyuuga Hinata being overly gung-ho (especially Naruto-level gung-ho) and Naruto being absurdly shy. If the author can work the character development to actually make the behavior fit, then I'll accept it (probably, lol).
> HIGH SCHOOL. If I'm reading a Gundam fic, I WANT THERE TO BE GODDAMN GUNDAMS IN IT!!!!
> Yaoi. I have nothing against homosexual people, I just have problems with reading it. Especially when it involves character(s) who are obviously heterosexual.
> Time travel (beyond the limits of the original work). I just do not like the whole idea in the first place.
> Self inserts/'real world crossovers' (those fics in the Legend of Zelda category where the author (or someone else from the real world) ends up taking Link's place in the plot). On the other hand, if the author makes an OC who has aspects BASED on the author, that will probably be acceptable, IF DONE CORRECTLY. An example of this done correctly: Makoto in Maileesaeya's Gundam SEED: Divinity trilogy. I found it was most noticeable during the Winter Solstice segment of Serenity (the second part of the trilogy).
>Also, I don't really like/understand the idea behind a crossover of a series and its sequel. (Example: a crossover between Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED: Destiny.)
> Incorrect... uhh... 'labeling' of speech (best word I can think of). Example: Here.
> Bad spelling.
> Bad grammar.
=I am being quite serious. The 4 items above can cause a fic to be almost literally painful to read.
(No, I will not list examples. I don't want to go through that pain again...)
> Present tense in third person perspective. (This is only irritating. I can still read this, but I don't like to.)
Only REAL men wear pink! If you play as pink Captain Falcon in Super Smash Bros. Melee OR Brawl, copy and paste this on your profile.
If you spend multiple hours each day reading or writing or a combination of both... copy and paste this on your profile.
If you have ever forgotten what you were going to say right before you were going to say it, copy this on your profile.
If you have ever slapped yourself and/or banged your head against a desk for no reason, copy this on your profile.
If you know someone who should be run over by a bus, copy this to your profile.
Admitting you are weird means you are normal. Saying that you are normal is odd. If you admit that you are weird and like it, copy this onto your profile. (Well, I think trying to convince people you're normal is really stupid. If everyone were completely normal, there wouldn't be ANY interesting people. ANYWHERE.)
If you are weird, insane, crazy, odd, not-normal, a freak of nature, psychotic, random, or anything similar, post this in your profile.
If you've ever copied and pasted something onto your profile, copy and paste this onto your profile. The irony... (Oddly enough...I don't really find this ironic...)
There's nothing wrong with arguing with yourself. It's when you argue with yourself and LOSE when it's weird. If you agree, copy this and put it in your profile.
98 percent of the teenage population does or has tried smoking pot. If you're one of the 2 percent who hasn't, copy and paste this in your profile.
92 percent of the teen population would be dead if Abercrombie and Fitch or Hollister said it wasn't cool to breathe anymore. Repost if your one if the 8 percent who would be laughing your ass off.
If you've been on the computer for hours on end, reading numerous fanfictions, copy this onto your profile, and add your name to this list: Danyan, Avatarwolf, Shifter-youkai ChOpstIcKsXOXO, RadicalEd57, Fierygirl0, tsukiko3000,Neonzangetsu, gadzooks97, Kireteiru, Wraith Five (One thing to note, though. Since I got an Amazon Kindle (technically, its a Kindle 4), I've been reading *almost* exclusively on the Kindle. Both with the included 'experimental' web browser and through files created by the FanFiction Downloader. Very useful for road trips.)
95 percent of the kids out there are concerned with being popular and fitting in. If you're part of the 5 percent who aren't, copy this, put it in your profile, and add your name to the list: AnimeKittyCafe, Hyperactivley Bored, Gem W, Bara-Minamino, Yavie Aelinel, Crazy Billie Joe Loving Freak, Shadow929, SweetNCrazieSugarmuffin, The Komodo Dragon Phoenix, Bust_A_Groover, Tecna, Triggonseed, The Only Innocent Writer Here-Yumi, Kikyouhater118, Midnight-angel-of-darkness, adngo714,cyber-porygon, the aku dragon of light, PirateCaptainBo, Ski Bo, bleachrules1314, KivaEmber, SilverFlameoftheWindScar, Kireteiru, Wraith Five
95% Of Teens Would Break Down If Justin Beiber Was About To Jump Off A Building To Kill himself. Copy And Paste If Your The 5% That Would Grab Your Camera yelling JUMP ALREADY!! (Although, I wouldn't be to surprised if the majority of people started chanting "Jump! Jump! Jump!" lol.)
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was ipmorantt! tahts so cool!
If you could read that, copy and paste it into your profile. (I just think it would be HILARIOUS if someone wrote a paper for school like that...XDDDD)