Kissing is just cuddling with your lips. -Krishna
Question #92972 posted on 03/23/2020 12:51 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Registration for Fall semester won't be until June this year. Do you know why it's so late this year?

-Obsessive Schedule Planner

A:

Dear planner,

I had been wondering the same thing myself. When I reached out to Enrollment Services, they said Fall registration was changed to June so there wouldn't be so much overlap between Spring/Summer and Fall registration. Having them at the same time was causing a huge rush all at once, and they wanted to spread the work more evenly through the year. 

I totally get what it's like to be a planner, but I actually really appreciate the change because it stresses me out to have to think about my Fall classes in the middle of Winter semester. Best of luck!

Sincerely,

Cerulean

A:

Dear Scheduler,

They probably foresaw that coronavirus was going to hit the US and freak everyone out, so decided they might as well add some more stress to people's lives.

Okay, but in all honesty I don't know, I'm sorry.

-Alta 

Question #92997 posted on 03/23/2020 12:12 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it the end of days?

- Daphne

A:

Dear Duck,

The sun and earth are still due to complete their regular rotations and orbits, so no.

~Anathema

A:

Dear Daphne,

No. 

Earthquakes happen all the time and the fact that we don't care about them being a sign of the second coming unless they're in Utah pisses me off. The virus sucks. Everything sucks. For sure. This whole year so far has been a clustercuss. BUT. This is temporary so even though it's all very screwed up, we are gonna make it through this. Eventually. 

Don't Panic. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

A:

Dear you,

Okay, so more seriously this time, it really isn't the end of days. Something I've been thinking a lot about is how there seems to be some kind of huge, apocalyptic seeming event in every generation or so. My grandpa fought in WWII. I'm sure that people who lived through that war wondered a lot at how life would even go on, and if the end of war would be the end of everything. Before that, there was WWI and the Spanish influenza (which turned out to be the more deadly than WWI). Seriously, between WWI and the Spanish flu, up to 90 million people were killed. 

But by far the most apocalyptic century seems to be the 1300s. First, you had drastic climate change. Weather became calamitously unpredictable, causing farmers to lose their crops and begin to starve. And then the plague came. The majority of the entire world's population was wiped out by the Black Death; most populations didn't recover for 200 years, and in some regions it took 500 years.

The common theme with all horrible pandemics, wars, and natural disasters is that life went on. And chances are that it will go on after this (I have no idea when the Second Coming might happen, so I can't say this isn't the Second Coming for the same reason that I can't say it is).

People have managed to survive through worse. The most likely outcome for all of this is that years down the road, the world will seem absolutely miraculous compared to what is going on now.

~Anathema

A:

Dear you,

Probably not, but also, it does sort of feel like that, doesn't it?

I definitely had that same reaction after the earthquake this morning.

Life is wild. Sending love and good vibes.

Best,

Josefina

posted on 03/23/2020 10:11 p.m.
Elder Holland answered this question shortly after 9/11 with the quip "I may not be the brightest person alive, but even I know the name of the Church."

Quip aside, I highly, highly, recommend listening to the full devotional Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast ( https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/jeffrey-r-holland/terror-triumph-wedding-feast/ ).

Some highlights:

"...we are in the last days, but there is really nothing new about that. The promised Second Coming of the Savior began with the First Vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1820. So we already have about 184 years of experience seeing the Second Coming and the last days unfold."
"...we cannot and must not be paralyzed just because that event and the events surrounding it are out there ahead of us somewhere. We cannot stop living life."
"...[God] expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future—to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities. God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can’t if you don’t pray, and He can’t if you don’t dream. In short, He can’t if you don’t believe."
"In times of anxiety we tend to focus pretty much ... on the “Latter-day” part of that title. But tonight I issue a call to each of you to concentrate on the “Saint” portion of that phrase."

-Corsica S.
posted on 03/29/2020 11:45 p.m.
I just came across this Youtube video that explains the 7th seal quite well. I'm pretty amazed that the majority of the information comes from the Church's website itself. It really makes me think that the Second Coming is happening very soon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klg4aj7C5vk&fbclid=IwAR1ZYoHv0hFbnjhWi1uzrKRo7KYQmzUSOK2fpbSm9m5RBnRS8dhMD4P8RzI

-Goldie Rose
Question #92977 posted on 03/23/2020 12:11 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Do you have any video game recommendations? Mostly I like ones with good story/characters or wholesome, relaxing ones like Stardew Valley.

-My Name Here

A:

Dear you,

Spectre mentions Journey below, and I wholeheartedly second that recommendation. I talked a little more about why I love the game in my response to Board Question #92802.

Best,

Josefina

A:

Dear 0,

I don't have as many as I thought I would, but I do have a few. I don't know if you intended for the categories you mentioned to be totally separate, but I'm dividing my list that way anyway.

Story/character-driven games

1. The Kingdom Hearts series is an action RPG series which features your usual upbeat protagonist trying to save the world(s) from evil. What makes the series unique is its setting: in addition to its original material, it makes heavy use of Disney characters and settings while simultaneously featuring famous cameos from Final Fantasy such as Cloud, Tifa, and Sephiroth. While different games explore different character perspectives, the series focus is always on the happy-go-lucky hero Sora, with Donald and Goofy as comic relief party members. The series does get some criticism for the overall complexity of the narrative and fairly hit-or-miss script quality, but the games are fun, the world presents a lot of unique and interesting concepts, at the end of the day, I can't help but love the relentlessly optimistic story about determination and the power of friendship. 

2. The Fire Emblem series marries a self-contained (usually) fantasy narrative with strategic turn- and grid-based combat. Each game also has a large cast of unique and fairly diverse characters. The latest entry, Three Houses, also has significant amounts of gameplay directed entirely towards character interaction and development, as you spend the first year of the game as a newly recruited professor preparing your students for military combat. I enjoy the series' gameplay in general, but I want to highlight Three Houses in particular for its exceptionally strong cast of characters and comparatively improved writing.

Relaxing and/or wholesome games

1. I second Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Like Spectre said, it's a life simulator fairly similar to Stardew Valley in concept. The gameplay is slow, relaxed, and enjoyable.

2. The Rune Factory series is perhaps even more similar (I might even say identical). You start the game with an unworked farm; you can train various skills such as crafting, farming, mining, and more; you can fight monsters and explore dungeons; there's even opportunity to socialize with the townspeople and potentially fall in love and get married; the list goes on. This shouldn't be surprising, as Rune Factory's parent series, Harvest Moon, served as the original inspiration for Stardew Valley. If "Stardew Valley had a baby with an anime" is a pitch that interests you at all, give it a shot; the similarities will immediately be apparent. (The fourth and latest game in the series was just recently remastered on the Nintendo Switch, and the fifth game is in development for the Switch currently.)

3. I almost can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm going to go ahead and recommend RuneScape despite the fact that it's 2020 and the game is nearly twenty years old. I do that because whether it's an involved story-driven game or a relaxing one is entirely up to you; it's a sandbox MMO with a huge degree of player freedom. The game has a vast number of storylines in the form of quests, many of which are quite extensive. If you want to, you can intervene to stop civil war in the elven lands, fight to liberate the blighted lands of Morytania from the draconian rule of the vampyres, and more. Or you can just take it easy and cut trees or go fishing while you watch Netflix. Comes in two flavors: RuneScape 3 is the modern game, with pretty visuals, excellent music, and decades of content. Old School RuneScape is a legacy experience designed to mimic the game as it was in its browser-based heyday circa 2007, complete with compressed MIDI music, blocky polygonal graphics, and much less in the way of quality-of-life updates. Both versions of this MMO are still receiving regular content updates and have an active playerbase. The game can be played for free, but you'll have to subscribe for access to the majority of the game's content.

Happy gaming!

Genuinely,

9S

A:

Dear this-is-the-best-time-to-play-video-games,

Yes, in fact I do!

First, my favorite flash games website (RIP Flash Player) is Kongregate. It has a bunch of great games, and some of the best are on the "Quests" page. One of my favorite things about Kongregate is the ability to comment on games and achievements in games that gives you a method to measure "progression" on a much larger scale. If you're into more Steam-style gaming, they also have a platform called Kartridge. My favorite game on their website (and one of my all-time favorites) is The Company of Myself (puzzle). Other favorites from the site are Exit/Corners (interactive fiction), Solarmax 2 (puzzle, cell), all of jmbt02's games (mostly adventure, the best are the elephant ones), all of Nerdook's games (awesome creator), all of bontegames's games (especially colors games and cat games), Realm of The Mad God (MMORPG, the only game on the list with no end), Jacksmith (time management/creator, but with a twist), Planet Juicer (classic house defense style), SAS: Zombie Assault 4 (shooter, action), FancyPants (adventure), TODO: Today (relaxing interactive fiction similar to those you like, on Kartridge though), Monstrüous (short, puzzle, also on Kartridge), Age of War (house defense style with units), That Pokyman Thing Your Grandkids are Into (short, adventure), Agony: The Portal (action/fantasy), Demons v Fairyland (tower defense), There is no game (short, puzzle), Royal Squad (adventure, fanstasy), Sort the Court (short, interactive fiction), The Woman Who Can't Jump (puzzle), and Ducklife (puzzle). As I was compiling this list, I did my best to put my favorite games and creators first, and then less and less as the list went on, but I still really enjoy all of them. If you would like other favorites, just email me at <inklings(at)theboard(dot)byu(dot)edu>. Besides flash games, I don't play much except Age of Mythology, which isn't as much of a favorite game as a game that we play as a family.

As long as we're on the topic of games, as far as X-box games go, our family likes Star Wars Battlefront II, all the Halo games, SSX Tricky, and 007: Nightfire (again, not a super great game by itself). I also have played all the Lego games up until The Hobbit, my favorite being the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit ones.

If you're looking for more suggestions of games, or just want a great channel to watch, check out Polygon (Youtube link here). They are awesome and create lots of quality content. For example, here is their Journey video that you should watch when you finish the game.

Best of luck!

Inklings

A:

Dearly Beloved,

I don't write here much anymore but I just wanted to hop in and give some recommendations because wholesome video games are a great creation. So here are my recommendations:

  • Journey - Silent protagonist. Great music. Great story. About 3 hours long if you play the whole thing and then you will probably want to play it again. You interact with other people playing at the same time as you but there's no voice chat, just movement and the feeling of achieving something together with someone else on a journey of their own. Available on PS3, PS4, PC, Apple App Store, Epic Games Store.
  • Kind Words - Imagine if people were honest with each other and just wanted to support each other online. That's this game. You can write letters of how you are feeling and ask questions. People will anonymously respond with helpful letters. You can do the same for others and read their letters and respond if you want. It's not toxic because there's no reward for it. You don't know if someone read your response, you only know that you tried to help. Available on Steam.
  • Alto's Adventure/Alto's Odyssey - You want to snowboard down a mountain with llamas to chill beats? Join here. It's an easy to play game with lots of goals and content if you want, but if you want to just glide down a mountain to the nice music there's a mode for that too where falling down doesn't mean game over, it just means you get up and start from where you are and keep going. Available on Apple App Store, Mac App Store, Google Play Store, Kindle.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest - This game is hard. It's a platformer but it's also beautiful with a great story about love, loss, hurt, friendship, and finding a way to live with those that are different than you. And the MUSIC! And you get to play as a cute little spirit-bunny-fox thing. Don't you want that? Sequel releasing soon. Available on Xbox, PC, Switch.
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons - If you like Stardew Valley then this is right up your alley. Live on an island with friends. Make a nice home for yourself. Share the island with animal friends and real life friends who also have a Nintendo Switch. Take it easy since you have objectives that sometimes make you wait real-world hours to start or finish. Available on Switch on March 20, 2020.
  • Monument Valley/Monument Valley 2 - Perspective puzzles. That's the game. Story and dialogue are light but the story motivates your character to move through the puzzles. Available on Apple and Android, free if you have the game subscription for Android.

I tried to give you some games on every platform to try out. Alto's Adventure/Odyssey are free but the rest have a price that is pretty reasonable in my opinion. Happy gaming!

-Spectre