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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

KoopaTV's November 2021 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I don't like this coming month, you know.

The next of these newsletters I publish, it'll be 2022. That's WEIRD. I don't like it.

Anyway, this newsletter is all about making sure you're caught up with what happened with KoopaTV (your favourite website, surely?) during the month that just passed—November 2021! We'll cover the top articles, the top reader commentary, a leaderboard notice to the current KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program round, and our Corrections Corner that (unfortunately) isn't empty this time.

Top Five Recommended Experiences of November 2021

In chronological order...
  1. The Evolution of the Fire Emblem Soldier — This is a rather in-depth article examining the humble (and disrespected) beginnings of the Soldier class in Fire Emblem... and how they've achieved parity and even equality with other classes in the latest games.
  2. Ring Fit Adventure Fitness Log Week 52: Fighting Super Pet Contest Rejects — This is my compromise for excluding the actual Super Pet Contest article from this top five, but this really is the best Fitness Log of Fitness Master mode so far because it's brimming with actually interesting game info, fitness info, and... some aspects of my personal life.
  3. Yeah, Activision is Dumb for Having In-Office Alcoholic Drinks — While this isn't the... typical take people and companies are having from what's going on with Activision Blizzard, it's a topic I feel rather strongly about and I've yet to hear any justification for it.
  4. Riot Expands League of Legends Lore with Indie-Developed Spin-offs — I may not be a fan of League of Legends (and that's an understatement), but I very much respect the Riot Forge initiative and think it's a model for other publishers to follow.
  5. Habit-Forming Game Comparison: Ring Fit Adventure vs. Pokémon Smile — I've been vocal in my support for Ring Fit Adventure on KoopaTV for the past couple of years, and I've also done things with Pokémon Smile. Using a framework from an author specialising in how industry hooks customers on developing habits, I evaluated and compared the designs for those two games.

There are several articles I ended up snubbing in this top five (including those with interesting gimmicks to them that I would really like everyone to see), so what you should REALLY do is consider every KoopaTV article worth reading... and then go check them out.

Best Three Comments and One Worst Comment of November 2021

How were your comments during the month? Here are the top three comments and worst one comment of November 2021. The best comments (given by someone with a name) got bonus points in the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program (see next section).
  1. “I have been considering getting Ring Fit Adventure because finally I am keeping THE BABY 2 weight and have trouble losing weight from carrying THE BABY 2. Everyone says I look good now (and not anorexic looking) but I do not want the people who wanted me to become fat out of resentment to have something to gloat about.” — ShinyGirafarig
  2. “I agree with you that the 2005 energy legislation that George Bush signed, was "dumb."
    Personally, I have no problems with the time shifting. I don't buy into the argument about having to reset our clocks. In today's society, it's automatically done on your devices for you.. So, unless you are setting your clocks at home manually. I know the issue is more complicated than that. But, the retail industry has had plenty to do with these DST extensions. First one started in 1987. Second extension started in 2007. The second one pushed me over the edge.Why? Well, you can see the consequences of that today. Morning sunrises are delayed too late into the morning, such as in March and early November. The candy lobby won by extending DST past Halloween. In southern climates, the golf industry won by starting DST in early to mid March...way earlier than our European counterparts.
    There are four Federal bills being pushed onto the American people. There are also 19 States that will go to year round DST, if the Federal bill is rammed through. The option to stop clock changes, at the State level, and remain on Standard Time year a hard sell. People want their long summer days. But, it is not needed nor welcome in the October-March period.
    We tried this in 1974 and a portion of 1975. It was a failure and we reverted back to the six month observance of Standard Time. Now, we sit at only four months of Standard Time. Perhaps our society will have to learn the "hard way." Experience a full autumn and winter on DST. Wake up and commute in the dark. All for that extra hour in the evening, in the cold and inclement weather...especially in the northern States.
    My suggestion? As a compromise, change the dates closer to the equinoxes. Standard Time kicks in first weekend of October. Daylight time returns last weekend of April, past Easter. I believe that would allow for a gentler adjustment. Standard Time is a healthier choice, but the forces that are in retail...golfing, barbecue,shopping, hospitality..all of it, will have to allow for a reduced DST season. Either that, or have time zone boundaries redrawn, so that the western edges of time zones don't end up with sunrises approaching 9 or 9:30am during December and January. That's my take on this.” — Unknown
  3. “I appreciate how in-depth you go into things like this whilst also having a bit of fun with it. It’s (kinda) a niche I’ve come to appreciate.

    Fire emblem is too much for me at this point but I’ll check it out in the future. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get over those perma deaths. How do you do it, or are you do good nobody ever dies? ” — Captain Stitch
I think you look fine, ShinyGirafarig! And I'm glad you did get Ring Fit Adventure (or at least that's what your other comments from November implied). That said, I've still only gained weight since I started Ring Fit Adventure, so... be careful about that. (I dunno WHY that's the case.)

As for the Unknown guy's comment, I find it funny they wrote that whole thing at all. (Though I disagree that today's devices necessarily do this for you, since devices like the 3DS certainly do not, and even devices that would might not have applications that are happy about a time change.)

I've been playing some Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance since Captain Stitch commented that. I've had to reset a few times because of unit deaths because for the particular kind of playthrough I'm doing, I specifically want to use certain units (bow users) and I can't have them go and die on me.

As for the worst comment of the month, this was really the only one in the running, so I'm almost glad it exists because otherwise I'd have to choose something that isn't really a bad comment:
  1. “Just wanted to remind you that ike Is gay lol” — Anonymous
This anonymous guy has been making those kinds of comments for over a year now, and it's just so happened that this time no one else made a comment worse than this, so he finally gets to be featured in the worst comments section of a monthly review newsletter!

Maybe this is something that warrants its own in-depth article (and let me know if you're interested in this), but there is no real evidence that Ike of the Fire Emblem games is gay. This is simply the immature imaginations of a movement that wants as much homosexuality as they can get where it doesn't belong.

KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 41 Mid-Round Leaderboard

If there is a round during a year to pay the most attention to KoopaTV, it's the November and December round. We have the most prizes going on for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program, after all. Here are the top three standings as of publishing:
  1. ShinyGirafarig — 49 points
  2. Lheticus Videre — 22 points
  3. Captain Stitch — 12 points
In Round 41, everyone who is on the board at all (including those with single digit point values not listed above) have a chance of winning a raffle-based prize, so you should definitely put in some activity with our site! And while ShinyGirafarig has a commanding lead, it doesn't have to stay that way.

Corrections Corner; November 2021

Unfortunately, there was one on-site KoopaTV correction made in 2021. I regretfully wrote “Well they become monsters, too?” as opposed to “Will they become monsters, too?” This was pointed out by ShinyGirafarig, who scares me whenever she starts out a comment with a quote from an article because I'm afraid she'll find something wrong with it. But for the past many comments, she just wanted to remark on a specific passage. ...Except this time.

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Here is last month's October 2021 newsletter.
Plus, next month's December 2021 newsletter!
The November 2020 newsletter did its best to avoid discussing a big event that happened in November 2020!
The November 2022 newsletter also skirted around a big event that happened right at the end of that month.
Ludwig finally wrote about Ike's sexuality here.


  1. "(Though I disagree that today's devices necessarily do this for you, since devices like the 3DS certainly do not...)"

    Games like Animal Crossing even can punish you for changing the clock for daylight savings since it can interpret you as time traveling.

    There I go again quoting your article.

    1. Ahhhh you scared me again. >.>;

      DST is a form of time travel, so they're not wrong.

      Obviously these games are developed in Japan, where their government doesn't mandate they time travel, so they probably aren't taking into account places where time travel is forced when they develop it.

  2. Regarding that 'Ike is gay' guy, the existance of Priam, Ike's descendent in Awakening, firmly suggesting that Ike did procreate with a woman at some point, should shut down that view point.

    Though it was kinda funny when Priam was first revealed and lots of people lost their minds trying to find some way to explain his existance in a way that let them continue to believe Ike and Soren were a gay couple. To this day I still see people referring to Priam as Ike's "descendent" with the quotation marks.

    1. Regarding Priam, I've heard that, one, Priam is an unreliable source and simply making things up. Two, he doesn't know Aether but merely Sol and Luna separately so he's a faker. And three, that he's actually a descendant of Mist and Boyd.

      I don't find those to be very convincing arguments. My conclusion is that Ike is a professional and doesn't have romantic feelings in the way of the battlefield. Or perhaps he's asexual.


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