Generic Birthday thread (they ALL go in here)

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Ugly John, May 21, 2004.

  1. Brother None

    Brother None This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 3, 2003
    And once again, happy birthday to the both of ya! :clap: :clap:
  2. Sub-Human

    Sub-Human -

    May 31, 2011
    Great. Yet another year passed.
  3. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    * had to dig a little as this thread has not been use in a while *

    Hi everyone,

    Yes it is that time again of the year, the birthday of the most beloved yet humblest member on No Mutants Allowed; The Dutch Ghost.

    So come shower me with your happy birthday wishes, or even better yet gifts such as games. :P
    You know you want too.

    It is a rather odd coincidence that my birthday happens to be on the same day that in the Fallout universe a global nuclear war ravaged most of the planet, wiping away the old world, and resetting human civilization.
    On the other hand, perhaps it is a vision or an omen of my eventually plans for this world, once I get the means to do so. muahahaha!

    All silliness aside, it's my birthday today and I just wanted to let the world, or at least a small segment of it to know. :)
  4. mobucks

    mobucks jetski Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    Happy Birthday fucker!
  5. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    I seem to measure the passing of a year by Ghost's birthday, rather than my own.
    Happy birthday you magnificent bastard.
  6. AskWazzup

    AskWazzup Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2008
    Zappy Birthday Dutch Ghost, i would even buy those games for you if it weren't for those meddling dollar bills.

    And for everyone else:

  7. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Hi guys,

    Thanks for responding.

    I haven't done much yet today/yesterday yet to celebrate my birthday but I will one of these days.


    Thanks for considering anyway.
  8. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Hello all,

    We have reached that infamous day again on which in the year 2077 a nuclear war was started, and on which day the man who is probably planning it and will be carrying it out in our universe was born; me.

    This year I am becoming 35 years.

    Time sure moves fast, I didn't believe that expression when I was younger when a year seriously seemed to take years to pass but when you grow older you come to realize that it is the truth.
    One moment you are in your twenties and feel the world is out there for you, and then you are in your thirties and come to realize that you are not even a target group anymore for game publishers who rather publish shlock that sells as much as possible to what you consider to be the 'brainless' and 'tasteless' masses instead of more of the games you feel pushed both gameplay and story telling forward to new heights.

    As I talked with my friend Nani on Skype she said to me "Now we are the parents". Really a weird idea.

    A lot of things you take as constants such as family members or even pets you think will be always around you, and familiar places where you can always go back too such as your parents' house are suddenly no more there except in your memories and even those you don't always get right, instead having some idealized versions.

    This year one of my aunts' passed on, for me the one I was the most closest too as I spend a lot of time with her in my youth and she was always the one who got me the best birthday and Sinterklaas, and occasional random presents.
    I remember years ago watching tapes of shows like Star Trek or Stargate in the guest's bedroom where she had a TV cable set up so I could watch TV there, or playing video games on my SNES deep into the night. (games like Terranigma and Secret of Evermore in case people are curious)

    It has sadly reminded me that I don't have much links to my past anymore, my father passed away in 1992 after several heart attacks, my mother in 2006 after many unhappy years dealing with many court cases, and my aunt this year who in the last months seem to have wasted away both physically and some ways also mentally (she remembered me and my brother but her memory was fleeing, often dragging up facts and details of events decades ago)

    The closest family members I have left are my brother, his family, an aunt, and a sister I barely hear from. I do have another two aunts and an uncle, and several cousins and nieces that are related to me but which I only very sporadically see.
    So in many respects I am quite alone :(

    I have been trying to fill that void with friends but that has not always worked out so well, partly because of my own communication problems and my autism.

    Some might say now "TDG, why don't you start a family of your own then?" It is not so easy, for one I do still not feel that I am ready for it as a relationship is more than just liking a girl and dating her (or a guy if you prefer that), there needs to be a degree of maturity and commitment and I still feel I don't have that, and I do not want to saddle up a girl/woman with a guy who is only half mature.

    There is still so much I want to accomplish such as becoming better at drawing (yes Alec, I know that means that I should practice more) but it seems to progress at such a slow speed.
    And I still have the dream of becoming a game designer one day even though people have suggested that perhaps I should lower my expectation to more realistic goals.
    I just so god damn much want to work on or make a Fallout game of my own one day; be it my Fallout Texas thing or another Fallout game.
    I seriously need to learn that damn GECK sdk and start putting together maps.

    It is not all sadness, I do feel I have grown up in some subjects such as handling important matters myself, or letting go of things. (An example; I used to be such an obsessive fan sometimes regarding certain subjects that I never wanted to change, now I realize better that sometimes you should go on and not stick any longer with something you feel you don't have much in common with anymore)

    I do hope there is still some time to grow more and carry out some of those dreams and plans at least.

    As for today, I am probably not going to celebrate it in such a big way as it is in the middle of week but I could make up some plans for the weekend to do some fun activities.
    Just a shame that there isn't any decent movie in the theatres right now, I would honestly love a good sci fi or action-adventure flick.

    Heh, for all of you who would like to make this day any more special, I do have a Steam account :D
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  9. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    You want me to come and visit? I could show you my hellboy collection! As long as you provide the booze and the hookers. :V
  10. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Sure feel free come come along this week, I can show you some of the comics I have been reading and Alien Isolation if you have not played that yet.
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  11. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    who are you again :wtf:

    no, seriously. Who are you? :shock:

    Naw, I mean, happy Birthday :grin:
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  12. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    Who is any of us? Who AM I?


    Are my hands real?
  13. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 21, 2007
    I send you the laments of my people! Happy Birthday!

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  14. Korin

    Korin So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Aug 6, 2010
    Happy birthday dude.

    True story... feeling that myself. Dust in the wind man.

    Keep tryin' dude, I believe in ya. If you have some intense interests you might find new friends and acquaintances in those fields.

    Some people like to say you can't or shouldn't do something or that a goal isn't realistic. This is them projecting their own personal perspective and limitations onto you. Most people that like to tell you that you can't do something haven't ever done anything themselves, so it is near impossible for them to imagine someone else succeeding at something that to them seems impossible, unrealistic or impractical. Few of these individuals will ever achieve anything or work towards a dream (or even have one). You can do anything you want to do, if you want it enough to work for it. Keep going, never stop. Not until you're the one who doesn't want it.
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  15. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    *shrugs* whate are realistic goals? The only problem that I see really, is that game designer is still difficult to get in to - well the games industry in general, like compared to becoming a carpenter or plumber maybe. But I never understood why people see it as "unrealistic" to work with movies, games or music for example, if this is where your skills might be usefull and what you want to actually learn, then this is what you should at least try, because nothing is worse then to learn something that you really hate - been there, done that, it is soul crushing. Of course, what is more important is to be realistic with your abilities. You can't win the olympic games if you never run, if you don't exercise, in short, if you have never done any sport in your life before. Then a few months of training will not get you in the same place like people which are doing sport for the last 20 years or so. Realistic expectations are important, which steps can you take, and what can you achieve in a few months or years from now. There are ways how to achieve "most" of your goals, just dont get to obsessed on the super-stars of your industry/profession, they are super-stars for a reason, and despite of the attention they receive, a lot of the stuff you will do and people will ask from you in your job will be more, down-to-earth to say it that way. I mean I love graphic design for example, and many of us have this fancy idea of creating "designs" and doing something artsy. But that is simply very often not the reality. It is most of the time about advertisment, 90% of the work is creating flyers, sorting trough images and some retouching you would be surprised how often you get awesome pictures but they dont have the same colour, different lighting etc, or creating texts/logos/brands for new products (if you're lucky), and making layouts. The people creating super fancy design that sells for 10 000$ are the minority out there.

    I would say, working with games is not more unrealistic then most other job industries. What should you do? Learn a job you hate so much that you get sick, just because its "save" - which most of the time it isnt, you can ALWAYS lose your job because of some unforseen or strange circumstances, hell there really are not many super-save industries or jobs out there, what is considered awesome today might be outdated in 20 or 30 years. You have to imagine that eventually you will spend half of your life working in that industry, not doing all the time the same thing, but still. So even creative jobs have a lot more to do with the "normal" jobs out there where you do very often the same tasks, because at the end of the day you are doing usually a job for the money as money is it what fills your fridge. The trick is to find the job where those tasks are bearable, where you have actually "fun" doing it - most of the time. Not everyone is made to work with tools, beeing a carpenter, but some love it, while other people love to work with cars, reparing engines, and other people love teaching, what ever if you decide to move on from here is a different question then. I have a lot of fun to sit on a computer and finding solutions for layouts, working with programs like Illustrator and Photoshop. I for example could not learn cooking as a job even if my life would depend on it, because I absolutely hate it. And here it doesnt help me if people would try to explain how that is "more realistic then graphic design", thank you! But no thank you. And I have the deepest respect for cooking, because I adore good food. But I simply hate doing it.

    Don't get me wrong, but the best thing is to stay away from such opinions, I know where people are coming from when they say that you should do something more realistic, but that happens usually because they just dont know what they are talking about, and I dont mean that in a bad way, what do I know how "secure" or "realistic" jobs are right now for bricklayers? Or if it makes sense to learn or not, and who am I to tell you now that your "dreams" of becoming the master-bricklayer are totally unrealistic.

    The only advice that I can give is to make sure that you really want to do that job, some things sounds fancy. Like beeing a musician. Beeing "creative" in your job, creating designs or logos and such, or games if you want to use that as example. But the reality is that many of those creative jobs are less about art and more about making products, even with music, only very few of us have the freedom to actually do all the time what they love.

    So, just try it. THe worst that can happen is that you fail, and then you can still go back to a shit job, but at least you have tried it.
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  16. mobucks

    mobucks jetski Orderite

    May 22, 2010
    Happy Birthday!
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  17. Emperor

    Emperor Simplesmente Rajuma

    Aug 4, 2013
    Happy birthday man! Many :nuclear: for you! 35 circles around the sun is not easy!

    Now that you mentioned, my birthday is getting near, November 9 I was already forgetting it.
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  18. Yamu

    Yamu Le Fromage Vieux oTO Moderator Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Jul 26, 2003
    Happy Birthday, TDG! I wanted to get you a Replicant, but trust me, we're gonna wanna wait until about 2020 when they're out of beta.

    As far as your game design aspirations, I firmly believe a mastery of a build kit is all that's standing between you and world domination.
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  19. No matter how many Dutch people I kill, they still seem to stick around.

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  20. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    That is because we are build to last, and we will eventually convert you all :P
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