@Redfox I can't speak for the american educational system now, though comparing educational experiences with my lady is sort of interesting.
@Shin_Goenitz Hi and welcome back.
Some of the old guard are still around, Aaron, Bryan P, Assault freak etc though of course we've got a lot of new players too.
As regards games, well surprisingly enough, most of the old classics will either work on windows 10 or have been modified to do so. Indeed, the only games that %100 won't run on modern windows are most of the BSc titles, anything written under dos, and the VIP Gameszone games (and that not because they won't run, but because with VIP Gameszone having disappeared they are unregisterable).
As to new games, well yee gods there is a lot of stuff on both Windows and Ios, and it all depends upon what you fancy.
If you like full scale audio rpgs there is a hero's call and manamon, not to mention bokerano Daibuken 3, if you fancy a flight sim there is eurofly, while for huge massive arcade fun crazy party is the place to go, and that really is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For more recommendations etc, could always post a topic in the general game discussion area since there are a hell of a lot of games and obviously lots of opinions too.
I took over management of the site database in 2008, and there were 142 games in the database, there are now close to 700, and still many that need to be added, though I shan't be doing any writing on the db tonight .
I am afraid I'm completely shattered, since this morning we had to go and see the solicitor who is helping with Mrs. Dark's application to extend her spousal visa to stay in the UK.
Having to pay for someone to do this is expensive, like about 400 quid expensive, not to mention the thousand or so for the visa itself, however at least the solicitor was a really nice chap and very helpful, so hopefully the application will go okay.
I must admit,t his is one time when online application is a bloody stupid thing, since some bits need to be signed and scanned in, others need a visit for biometric data, yet we still need to submit the bloody form online. I think its so the government can do less work and get paid, particularly because this visa extention basically doesn't give Mrs. Dark any increased status or privilege in the country other than ability to stay here for another two and a half years.
Its actually bloody annoying! when we first applied for the spousal visa for her to stay in the Uk we expected to apply for a settlement visa at this point, which would let her do things like open a bank account here, use the NHS and apply for disability bennifits. Sadly however some numbskull decided that was too useful, so now you can't actually apply to settle until five years, and must apply for a spousal visa extention after 2.5 years, which does bugger all accept extend the status quo, take a lot of time and trouble and of course cost a stupid amount of money!
And there was me thinking Brexit might actually help relations with other friendly countries outside the EU! Indeed, it gives one quite a different perspective on the hole brexit considering that despite being from a friendly country with whom we share a common language we have all this rigmarole, where as someone from Europe under the current system could just come into the country with no expense or checks at all!
Then again, god knows where things will be in another two and a half years, the stupid government will still not have made up their mind about brexit .
Anyway, enough of the B word since everyone over here is bloody sick of things!
I've not been spending as much times on my trimps as I would like, since between finishing London, doing a crazy acting workshop on Wednesday, a rather successful if tiring singing lesson on Wednesday (where my Mozart went particularly well), and having to deal with the very nice and helpful but quite exacting solicitor today I'm feeling bloody shattered!
ironically, this means my trimps are probably further along than they would be, since instead of bowing out and portalling I'm just sort of carrrying on anyway, though I should be trying a new challenge tomorrow.
I've also still got reviews to write and my sf novella to work on, so busy things to do, at least when I'm sort of feeing in a slightly more energetic mood, and god knows where that is.
On the plus side, Alison Sinclair rocks! the darkboorn book was pretty awesome, even if she didn't quite explore a sightless society as much as she could've done. Still, honestly for those who like really nasty magical politics, this is like the game of thrones before game of thrones!
I'll also be banging out a review for this one when I have finished it, so tomorrow I should be very busy with review writing methinks.
With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)