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> hey anon, wanna give your opinion?
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User avatar #7 - thinegame
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Yeah except this would never work.
#43 to #7 - creepycreeper
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I wouldn't go as far as to say that it would never work, but I think there would be a lot of compatibility issues (intentional or not) from the different manufacturers. Also I think you'd have to 'upgrade' your 'base block' quite often. It's a great idea and I feel excited for it, but they're climbing a steep hill with this. Anyway, I still wish this the best of luck and hopefully I'll see it in stores in the future.
User avatar #55 to #43 - snowshark
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I don't think they'd need to upgrade the base block often enough for it to be a problem and even then I can't see it being terribly expensive, as it is just the one block, even if it is a big one.

As for compatibility, it is no different from a PC really.
#63 to #55 - creepycreeper
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Hopefully it will be backwards compatible for a long time. Usually new breakthroughs make such things hard to do or even impossible. For example, how outdated can my battery be before I have to replace it? (I know that was a really bad example but that's where my train of thought is going, so please just go with the gist of it.)
User avatar #121 to #63 - snowshark
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Well the system is a pretty simple system when compared with that of a modern-day high-end PC. When you think about it it isn't often that a phone needs to have it's OS updated so it's not often that you really need to update the features.

I've had the same Sony Erricson Walkman phone for years now. It came out around the same time as the i-pod (the original) and its battery lasts longer than a smartphone, it's more reliable than a smart-phone and it plays snake and MP3 files that I load up onto it's moderately sizeable memory. The camera's ***** but I never have to use it.

That's a perfect example of just how long-lasting a good phone can be if cared for well. I imagine that if these blocks are made to be long-lasting to boost consumer sales you will probably find that even if people's body block is out of date the components may still be working well for years to come.

The idea of being backwards compatible is only an issue for people who want to stay on the cutting edge, unlike people like me who want something simple and reliable.
#124 to #121 - creepycreeper
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Oh. I have an issue with my current phones and how I can't update my OS past what it's at right now because of hardware ****. I don't really get it, but I think my experience from that spilled over on my views on this technology. Also how after some time they just stop supporting the old models. I guess your last statement is the line between us. Although I do not really try to be 'cutting edge' most of the apps I want to play are, and I'm just overflowing with butthurt over how I can't play them because my OS isn't 'up-to-date' and I can't update because Apple has freaking stopped supporting it. :C
User avatar #173 to #124 - snowshark
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True, but I can't use them on my OS either.
#184 to #7 - jukuku
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#196 to #7 - stijnverheye
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so how does a desktop work ?
so how does a desktop work ?
#223 to #196 - anon id: ea297416
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In a way that's very different to the phone.

Motherboards have spesific areas for each component, whereas the idea behind this phone is that you can put whatever wherever you want on this 'base'.
User avatar #307 to #223 - thatguyjonah
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It would work best if the component is in a place optimized specifically for it, and I personally think that's what they were implying when they put one piece back exactly where it was taken from.
#243 to #223 - jinkazama
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It's quite possible to do what this video proposes, as the actual software would allow hardware of this sort to work, it just needs to be made and perfected first.
User avatar #232 to #7 - thetom
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were not gonna do **** with that attitude
#309 to #7 - anon id: a92f5833
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Voice of reason thumbed down by to hell by idiots. Funnyjunk in a nutshell.
User avatar #155 to #7 - jambobinman
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The best part is that you're right, but funnyjunk's hivemind shuns you for your realism
User avatar #17 to #7 - thatguyjonah
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Actually if they dont have retards like you building it, it would work perfectly fine.
User avatar #205 to #17 - cgajkula
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Why are you calling him a retard. As an engineer i find this to be a monstrosity to build. I showed it to some of my colleagues and they laughed. The Circuitry would not be able to be made and also its not like you can just take a piece off and put new one on. Your phone works in a way that is so complex that it is almost unimaginable for a person like you to understand. If you just put a new piece on it would either be incompatible or would need an insane amount of work for it too work. There are also dozens of more reasons why this would not work. And eventually you would still be throwing a phones worth of technology at some point.

All of this aside, do you really think companies would collaborate together and loose money? No, obviously not.

PS: This guy has no experience in engineering he has an art major from what i remember.
User avatar #304 to #205 - thatguyjonah
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I'm a programmer and I love playing with circuitry, As long as it works under the same principle as Windows in terms of drivers, you could in fact make it. How do you thing a computer part works? It is put in with both power and data, the computer recognizes it and attempts too use it. As long as you have the right software to link new parts to the "Main components" with Driver software included on the piece you're integrating and its in the right place ( A place that would be optimized for a specific component ) it is in fact possible. The hard part would be coding it to work with the phones "OS" right away.
User avatar #305 to #304 - thatguyjonah
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Attempts to*
#242 to #205 - anon id: 8abf04a5
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Well I'm no engineer but I have some prior experience with electronics and computers... so I realize that it wouldnt work in the capacity being shown in this video (I assume that was a mere conceptual representation) but in terms of simply replacing ram and processors and har drives wouldn't that be more than possible? I mean ram and processors can be more powerful than another while occupying the same space just like in regular computers. Obviously the camera and the battery would be limited but couldn't the pins just always habe a specific orientation regardless of the size and space it takes up so then the only issue would be your realestate on the phone itself. Also couldn't the company sell different bases that would be made for specific configurations like the camera connects to inr quadrant and the processor and hard drive to another etc. Etc. And maybe even custom ones ordered online. How much more effort would it really require for something like that?
User avatar #301 to #242 - cgajkula
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I was thinking of that too, but in a complex more restricted way it could work, but barely, and still for a short period of time like regular phones. Technology is always changing and so are the connections to other devices. I cant use a motherboard from 2005 for modern Ram, CPU, video card, etc. So that motherboard will always need to be changed. Now in this new motherboard i need all new parts, since i cant put a VGA connector into a PCI-e port. I like the incite though, i like the idea, but practically its impossible. The world was built by dreamers.
#169 to #17 - thorsballs
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I take it your an engineer thatguyjonah? Would you tell me how would the central processing find the RAM for example?
User avatar #306 to #169 - thatguyjonah
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You code it in, On a Computer RAM card it has data telling the computer exactly what it is from exactly what company with all needed information regarding that component, if you're on Windows -> Open up your device manager and right click on any piece of hardware you see in the list and go to properties, in the drop down menu select "Hardware IDS" and it will give you a code, paste that into your preferred browser and you will see the search results come up with the exact make and model of the piece you selected.
#310 to #306 - thorsballs
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The question wasn't about programming so you could make your own click path, it's about how the electrical circuits would go and workd in a rubix cube system
User avatar #311 to #310 - thatguyjonah
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Simple. You have the correct paths leading from the RAM optimized place on the breadboard and have leads go to the central processing "cube" If its a direct relay and you do like I mentioned a fore, code what it is and what it does into it, the CPU will read it as usable RAM and will in turn associate the RAM leads to the RAM card/Cube and it will be read.
User avatar #271 to #17 - annogram
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ahahhahahah best reply ever
#170 to #17 - anon id: 63b4c456
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This was on reddit yesterday, and a lot of engineers that had some understanding were explaining reasons why it wouldnt be feasable. i assume thinegame just read some of those comments.
#20 to #17 - anon id: 33628dc1
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I don't think it is necessarily the concept he's commenting, perhaps it is just the fact that almost all phone companies give about two ***** when it comes to efficiency and material preservation (thus making the environment cleaner and all that, less waste, etc)
Yes, amazing product if the final product matched the concept of this video.
No. Apple gives a **** about it's buyers (just using apple as an example) Didn't you hear about the iPhone 6? It's out in October. You know this, and so do I. Samsung, Nokia, other companies: meh, they're at least trying to make them out of less material. I don't know about their current projects or models, just looking at first impressions.
What commercials do you see most? Automotive and phone ads. Today's bell deals will be nothing compared to tomorrow's.
I want this phone. I will never have go look for deals ( I don't, I've had two cellphones in my life) and I wouldn't need a new one ever.
Today's companies are psychotic. The market is a toilet.
User avatar #34 to #20 - drldrl
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This can make just as much money, if not, more.
Just keep developing better pieces. It's like a computer, which is basically what phones are now, just smaller.
User avatar #192 to #34 - rockamekishiko
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eventually they would make a lot of new "blocks" and all those old ones would go to waste, back to square one...
#202 to #192 - cplkoeksuster
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Sell them.
User avatar #226 to #202 - rockamekishiko
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just like with phones? there is a point where they become obsolete no matter what
#247 to #226 - cplkoeksuster
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The difference is that you can upgrade and replace the individual components and not have to replace the phone. When a better processor is released I'm not forced to buy a new screen, battery, radio, etc. This cuts down on unnecessary waste - there will always be waste since we are constantly advancing the technology.
User avatar #252 to #247 - rockamekishiko
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yeah but then you just throw your phone one piece at a time. eventually when EVERY part has a replacement it will catch up to a whole phone's worth of waste on average. You'll just throw your phone one piece at a time
#255 to #252 - cplkoeksuster
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And avoid buying the rest of the phone that goes with all those components should you buy a normal phone.

For instance I want a new screen. I don't throw my entire old phone and buy an entire new one. I just keep the rest of my old phone and buy a new screen. I keep the rest of my perfectly functioning hardware and thus avoid throwing it away and creating pointless waste.
User avatar #263 to #255 - rockamekishiko
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i know, i saw the video. I think it would be extremely difficult to make a phone work like that where pieces just assemble anywhere on the motherboard of the phone. Plus aren't the major contaminants of a phone the screen and the battery?
#269 to #263 - cplkoeksuster
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This is the point. Instead of buying a new screen and battery every time you upgrade you can just go pick and choose components. Less waste.
User avatar #274 to #269 - rockamekishiko
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people replace phones because of broken screens all the time and if your battery eventually turns bad you'll replace it too, then your phone is too slow for today's standards and you replace the processor. So those main contaminant components would be the most disposed parts
#277 to #274 - cplkoeksuster
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You're ignoring the fact that you don't replace the other parts. It's the point of the phone. It's not looking to eliminate waste, just reduce it.
#270 to #252 - likeabox
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You could replace 5 parts of your phone or you could buy five different phones to suit you needs.
User avatar #258 to #252 - turboderp
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Well, it's better to have thrown away 1 piece at a time, untill you have thrown away an entire phone, than throwing away several phones becasue the upgrades came out in different models.. no?
User avatar #253 to #192 - augnos
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It's a lot better then throwing away the entire phone.
User avatar #190 to #20 - bipolarprobe
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I think that there are magnificent examples of the effectiveness of micropurchase projects like this. I mean if F2P games aren't a good enough example for you then I don't know what is. People are always more willing to spend a small amount at a time and thus the purchases build up and build up. Granted with phones there will always be people who are throwing their money at apple for the newest iphone every time it comes out, but the system works. Something like this can survive and flourish in the market.
#19 to #17 - anon id: 3734fdb1
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dude id thumb you fo making me giggle, but im too lazy to log in
User avatar #5 - warmbuns
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ill get a phone with 5 cameras on it
#166 to #5 - dardands
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so that you can fit all of your fat ugly face?
User avatar #303 to #166 - fireviking
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omg you cant say that on tv
#246 to #5 - jinkazama
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I'm getting one with the smallest possible battery and about 10 charger sockets
User avatar #35 to #5 - infinitereaper
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I'll get a phone with 2 giant batteries on it.
User avatar #23 to #5 - camdonwin
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Hahah, and no battery... or hard drive.
#8 - omnipotentsoap
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Nice idea, but if phone companies would rather sell you a new phone every 2 years for hundreds of dollars than a new processor or battery for considerably less money.
User avatar #33 to #8 - hellomynameisbill
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orrr, sell bundles of matching phoneblocks for the original price of them all
#59 to #33 - omnipotentsoap
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Then people would be complaining that they have all these extra parts they don't want or need and they would just buy parts that people didn't want on ebay
User avatar #80 to #8 - volleys
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Yeah, but you don't have to buy the new phone.
User avatar #144 to #8 - rieskimo
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Because no company ever got rich off of micro-transactions over large transactions ever.
User avatar #150 to #8 - abachonk
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Unless people start liking it, and they setart selling more expensive blocks with stuff people like more than the old cellphones.
User avatar #272 to #8 - annogram
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but the world is more important than profits!
User avatar #284 to #8 - wankershimm **User deleted account**
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but if just one company started making those, a lot of people would buy these, and the other companies might start making parts for them
User avatar #289 to #8 - gayboard
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My only problem with your logic is you think a company wouldn't attempt to try this at the risk of becoming a billion dollar company.
User avatar #119 to #8 - xgreenmaidenx
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But then people will buy alot of new blocks instead.
#138 to #119 - pwnmissilereborn **User deleted account**
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Sure, but a new block with only one component would cost way less money than a full cellphone.
User avatar #139 to #8 - tonkkax
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if what?
#142 to #8 - johnpoppy
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That's why we need to fund this.
User avatar #14 to #8 - kyrill
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which is why capitalism is the best idea
#25 to #14 - zomaru
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User avatar #21 to #14 - coldoxygen
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oink oink you capitalist pig
User avatar #16 - citruslord
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So, the exact opposite of Apple?
User avatar #42 to #16 - luquaz
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such original comment.dogememelefunnyjunk
why hasn't this horse been killed yet?

What's more pathetic: Apple sheep, or people who take it to their personality to hate on a multi-billion dollar company?

inb4 found the apple fag. I have an iphone but I got it for my birthday, and I'm poor. **** you
#48 to #42 - creepycreeper
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People who have no humor have little to no place here.
User avatar #85 to #42 - isenseven
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Ok promise me you'll never get this defensive ever again.
User avatar #51 to #42 - minnten
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iphone's great... once it's been jailbroken so it can actually operate like something useful. I rather like mine now that I did that.

of course right when I finally get used to the damn thing the boss is switching me back to android. Oh well, it was a good experience(nightmare)
User avatar #136 to #51 - sirfiiddlesticks
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He's right. My dad gave me his iPhone 4 after getting an S3, and I ******* hated it at first. After jailbreaking it, I started liking it a lot more.
User avatar #4 - killerprophit
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question, can i get a huge board to have the ultimate phone, with ALL the blocks
User avatar #239 to #4 - Rockonfreakybro
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I think you're thinking of a laptop
User avatar #24 to #4 - camdonwin
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Just have 9 of everything.
User avatar #60 to #4 - andimac
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It says on the site, "The platform can be adapted into other sizes to create new devices like tablets, cameras etc." so, I assume, yes.
User avatar #94 to #4 - alleksi
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I think that's called a computer
#18 to #4 - sonofagun
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Tablet block
#49 - ilikespotatoes
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#149 to #49 - holmesc
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but we are!
User avatar #152 to #149 - ilikespotatoes
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I haven't seen one of this awesome phones on the market yet.
User avatar #178 to #152 - jabzilla
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dats because it hasnt started yet silly. didnt you watch the video? wait till october 29th when they tell the world about it then you might get one
User avatar #179 to #178 - ilikespotatoes
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Oh i see, i didn't watched the whole video....
User avatar #216 to #179 - jabzilla
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well there ya go lol
#176 to #152 - holmesc
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That's because it's still being funded right this moment.
#137 to #49 - atzekatze
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#69 - priince
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PHONY 2013
#293 to #69 - funkehfrog
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Someone who ******* gets it. Stupid hivemind loving it on the top comment.
#98 - orangepikmin
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User avatar #112 to #98 - noisia
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Is that gif getting faster?
User avatar #46 - enemyoftrn
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That is good idea. Its like, well, every gamers dream. For a fully customizable device.
But, damn company like Apple would try to ruin it I guess. Trademark this and that.
User avatar #96 to #46 - commontroll
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Ah, but it's not rounded at all, so they're good.
#30 - MonkeyManz
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it starts
#111 to #30 - zapperxxx
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idk why i read "Nazi Customizer"   
 and that it was a gas chamber
idk why i read "Nazi Customizer"
and that it was a gas chamber
User avatar #287 to #30 - niggastolemyname
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wait what im uncultured why is this relevant
User avatar #147 to #30 - dotzero
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****, the Megaman Battle Network games were the best
But it's irritating me that theirs still room in the Navi Cust yet you choose not to put anything there
User avatar #299 to #147 - MonkeyManz
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just some random photo i pulled off google
User avatar #39 to #30 - thathorse
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******* Megaman! I loved that series