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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:55:02 am »
The Blood Dragon thing never looked interesting to me. Especially when the core game is supposed to be so good, a very, out there, just for fun expansion seems like a cool idea, but it really doesn't look like something I'd be interested in.

Still need to pick up FarCry3 at some point though. Not really my preference for gaming, but the first one blew me away when it came out.

I beat Tales of Xillia. It's a weird game, particularly as it relates to the Tales series, in that I think it inverts the problem of many JRPGs. The story and characters are really solid, some of the characters are excellent for what they are, and unlike many Tales games, the story's also pretty solid. The issue is that there's not as much content as Graces f, or Vesperia. Perhaps even more shocking to me, is that the battle system is average at best.

There's some lag when magic effects start getting tossed around too heavily, which really is a shame, and the rest of the battle system is built upon Vesperia's system, except it doesn't have that same long string of combo and powerful finisher feel to it. The game's built around quick, single hitting attacks when it comes to the boss fights. Some of the sidequest are amazing, but that's only because they're essentially story sequences, unfortunately the rest of them are hunting down a mob, or retrieving an item.

Assuming that the comment is made public, as in a forum, social media, chat room etc. Then it falls under defamation, as libel to the best of my knowledge.

Slander falls under defamation, but it's always spoken.

Now if it's not a public statement, then you start getting into subcategories of harassment. That is, assuming the message was sent specifically to you (the person being spoken about) and not a third party. Which third party also matters, because if it's between two people talking about someone else, then that's such a gray area that I wouldn't even know where to start with such a thing. If it's sent with the intent to be made published, either officially in a newspaper, forum, social media site etc. Then I believe it still falls under libel.

This is of course going by my interpretation of U.S. law. Purely as an academic discussion. Forums and Facebook may have specifics clauses in their terms of service and whatnot.

Defamation is the general overarching term for slander and libel. Slander's usually when someone is doing a public speaking event, or an interview and says something about someone else. In order for it to be proven of course, the charges must be false, and do damage to your character.

General Discussion / Re: Japan's future at risk?
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:45:31 am »
If you want an argument against nuclear energy then there's 4 things in history to look at. Japan, Chernobyl, and ultimately Bikini Atoll. Using 4 simple dates in history it's very easy to convince many people that nuclear energy is evil incarnate.

I'm somewhere in the middle. On one hand it's a viable energy source, that, given proper study, time and funding far outstrips any other source of power. On the other hand, look that the 4 above, and even disregarding Chernobyl as human error, there's still 3 instances of bomb there.

Now you'll say that the processes aren't the same. And I'll say that I know that, but it's much easier to disguise the building of weapons when you already have access to nuclear power plants, particularly when they're the primary energy source of a nation. Which is a hypothetical statement, but one I think is valid.

In the end, if I had to choose then I'd say nuclear energy is useful, and could probably do more good than harm. Still having every developed nation running almost solely on it would scare the shit outta me.

This topic was essentially my thesis last semester. and if I never have to talk about it again then I'd be more than happy.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Some advice on GTA 5...
« on: December 30, 2013, 03:50:31 pm »
I've never played it, but it seems like some people are having issues with the trophy/achievement on the IGN guide. The responses seem to be either take it can take a long time for the event to happen and I don't know if more than one shows up. And someone else apparently had to start a new game file.

I'd wait it out and see if you get another call, sorry I can't help more.

The place is tiny, two rooms, one 25 feet by about 15 feet, and the other probably about 15 by 15. If you play the pool table now there's a very good chance you'll whack the pinball machine or one of the walls by accident. Particularly because about 5 by 5 of those feet are taken up by the counter.

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:40:40 pm »
By the standards of the United States, I'm generally fiscally conservative, although not overly so. In terms of social politics I'm apathetic; the closest thing we have as a political party that sums up my ideals are libertarian, but even that's not quite it.

I think that a government should tax its people in order to maintain the infrastructure, and all the things that, that brings with it. At the same time I value individual rights above almost all else, and believe that what an individual, or two or more consenting adults do, or believe in should in no way be regulated by a government of any kind.

Essentially as long as you don't take advantage of someone, hurt someone, or do something to deny another person their rights, then what you do is no business of mine, the governments, or anyone else s.

I also have a rather major dislike of political parties. They'll spend more time trying to prove the other party is wrong than actually make an attempt at co-operation, regardless of how bad the circumstances are. It's a bit sickening to be honest with you.

My tiny little town actually still has an arcade, although it's not much of one. There used to be a Shinobi machine in the Ames' store a long time ago, and that was my favorite. I'd also play things like XMen: Children of the Atom, and eventually they got the sequel to that. There was also the game with the fighting dinosaurs, which I can't remember off the top of my head, a kind of Mortal Kombat clone. Those, along with the light-gun stuff, and driving stuff were always single player or with friends.

From 1997 onward though, there was almost always a Tekken machine. Usually as far away from the pool (billiards) table as possible. As that's where the crowds of two or more people would gather  :P

I grew up in the arcade, but it was primarily single player games. That said, during my teens I played things like Tekken obsessively, and competitively. On one hand sometimes it was a great experience, but on the other hand I saw a lot of the same attitudes that I see playing multiplayer online today; disdain for people trying to learn, general rudeness and snobbishness, and people just generally being assholes. I tend not to like environments like that, because it frustrates me, but it frustrates me even more when I'm not as good as the person acting that way.

I did meet a couple very cool people, and I did pick a lot of gaming psychology. 

General Discussion / Re: So are you guys conservatives or liberals?
« on: December 29, 2013, 02:21:43 am »
I'm indifferent.

General Discussion / Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:04:50 pm »

 I will also check out the live-action movie The Last Airbender, but I expect it will not be able to do the series justice.

I'm not a fan of the series, but I am begging you, please don't watch this. Not only will you be wasting your time, but it's time that you'll never, ever be able to get back.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Games and Society
« on: December 27, 2013, 01:20:54 pm »

Gaming is important to us and that is awesome. It is irrelevant to the rest of the world and that is fine.

You know, I really like this quote. I think it sums up my attitude at this point in life pretty much perfectly.

Gaming Discussion / Re: A 600-page book just about Warioland 4 came out
« on: December 23, 2013, 02:34:03 pm »
that balrog was a bitch to kill, by the way.

Alas we were too greedy.

Gaming Discussion / Re: A 600-page book just about Warioland 4 came out
« on: December 22, 2013, 04:56:55 pm »
I think it goes both ways though, because sometimes I think that people in this very community, have a tendency to sometimes over-analyze, and dig too deep. Talbain is someone that comes to mind offhand, which isn't an insult to him, because the issue could very well be that I don't dig deep enough; I do believe that some people have a tendency to dig so deep into a game that they begin to draw inferences from ideas, or information that the developer(s) never placed in their game.

Again my intention is to explain why I very rarely discuss games with Talbain on a level more than "I enjoyed it, or I didn't. I liked the story and thought it was original, or I thought it was cliche etc." even though Talbain's obviously very intelligent, and we have similar interest in a handful of games. I bring him up specifically because we've had a similar discussion in the past. The possibility is very real, that I simply don't dig deep enough, but to me he digs too deep. I can't speak for other people, but my assumption is that many of us (in this community which digs deeper than most, and holds games, and elements of games in a different regard than many places) look at games in different ways. Some of us enjoy games as an artform, some of us purely for their entertainment value, or how fun they are, and some people haven't found enjoyment from the gaming industry in recent years.

When you're working with such subjective material, it's difficult to quantify what makes a game good, what makes a game an artistic masterpiece. When thousands and thousands of reviewers have been trying for years, and there's still no consensus on a standard definition of good it makes it very difficult to talk about casually, and critically.

I've never really found experience-type systems to be useful on any forum. All systems like that succeed in doing, in my mind at least, is getting a bunch of people to post a large number of short, or irrelevant post that don't add to a conversation at all.

As for the rest of the things mentioned, well sometimes a new layout can be nice, but a lot of those new features seem either disruptive, or just as bad, downright useless.

Personal Projects / Re: Emulicious Hacking Tools for SEGA Mastersystem
« on: December 21, 2013, 03:09:43 am »
This is looking awesome, good luck.

General Discussion / Re: The Yob Thread, Mang
« on: December 18, 2013, 09:26:55 am »
I am fearing of losing a job because of the government's "rationalization plan". Their plan is to remove the low level positions & have those outsourced instead; janitors to office clerks

We've been doing this for years, and as is evident, it doesn't work out in the long run... at all.

General Discussion / Re: The Yob Thread, Mang
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:07:38 pm »
That's not that uncommon, but it falls under common sense. Not taking a moment to think about what you're writing before you hit enter is nobodies fault but your own, especially on something that's public, and if you're in a situation where it could get back to someone.

Just as you wouldn't say something at the office within earshot of said manager.

(There's a rather funny one about someone talking crap about their boss, who they'd added as friends on Facebook)

Again it's a valid choice that I don't blame anyone for making, but me personally, it's not something I'm too worried about.

General Discussion / Re: The Yob Thread, Mang
« on: December 17, 2013, 01:15:03 pm »
  I'd go into details, but really, this is an Internet forum.

You're a gigolo aren't you? Well it makes sense, and whatever pays the bills, but as your friend I implore you good sir, get out while you can.

I understand the basic concept of not wanting to share personal information with strangers. And I respect that. At the same time, for me, I mean I've got a facebook account (posted here at one point I believe), and it wouldn't take much effort to look me up anyway, and it really doesn't bother me.

Of course, as I said not wanting to share information is just as valid of choice, and I'll say that I'm more happy than I was 2 minutes ago to know that you're doing well.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy VIII Steam Release
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:11:01 pm »
Apparently the engines of FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX (and Parasite Eve 1 and 2) are very similar to each other, so it sounds feasible.

Although they may all be similar (I couldn't say), FFVIII is built straight from PE's engine.

General Discussion / Re: The Yob Thread, Mang
« on: December 14, 2013, 02:02:13 am »
Awesome to hear it Gid! Did you move to find better employment?

I switch jobs frequently for a multitude of reasons. Mostly what fits around my College schedule, but I've been at the same one for some time now. I work with persons who have developmental challenges to facilitate learning, and independent living.

Recently I've been contemplating taking the Emergency Medical Technician test, primarily because I'm good at it, and partly because I've gone through a great deal of the training already. Whether I actually go through with it or not, I really couldn't say. I procrastinate far too much, and my self-motivation has always been lacking.

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