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General Discussions / Re: Kim Jong-il dead
« on: December 20, 2011, 10:25:25 PM »
Regardless of what anyone says, being "happy" that Kim Jong-il is dead is silly as hell.

What's silly as hell is that you have access to the internet, video games to play, food to eat, and thus have a much more privileged life than most of the world, thus allowing you the elbow room for your self-righteousness.  I know cartoons and JRPGs have taught you that death is terrible and stuff, but when victims have had their entire extended family put into concentration camps and/or executed for the slightest infraction and a few have beaten the odds and escaped from that shithole of a country where stealing food isn't even an option because there's barely any food to steal as just another result of Kim Jong Il's failed leadership, to say that being happy he is dead is silly as hell is utterly ridiculous.

How bad the USA has been in the past or is currently in the present has no bearing on the matter.  His successor could be just as bad and nothing may change there, but the world has one less toolbag and there's plenty of reasons some may be happy about it.

Oh shit, that's right, I totally forgot that since Jong-il's death the borders have opened up, all the people are being reeducated that the US isn't quite the monster it's thought to be, and the whole peninsula is reunited. Oh Nothing's changed. At all, except that one man, part of an entire machine that kept the country in that state, has died. Yeah, and those other people they are totally just going to sit back and let Jong-eun do what he wants.

But that's okay, one is gone. I mean it's so obvious that we all care so much about what is happening in that country, and we clearly all know what we're talking about. Oh, thank you for mentioning the few fortunate people to have escaped and make it out and tell their story, I totally forgot about them, and knowing that obviously makes the whole thing much better. Let me now put a smile on my face for them now that Jong-il is dead, because they still don't have to live with the fear of being caught and sent back to North Korea and face charges of treason.

I also didn't realize my remark had anything to do with death being bad, and lord knows where that comment about cartoons and JRPGs came from, but again, whatever. I'm sure you, being the king of trolls that you are, will come back with some new witty remark to "put me in my place" about how I'm so privileged and blah blah blah, because you know, I'm totally unaware of my status in this world and totally need someone else over the internet to put me in my place. Thanks for that by the way. I also know however, that pretending to be happy for the death of some guy, terrible as he may have been, isn't doing shit for anyone in North Korea, nor myself.

Anyway, don't let me spoil the fun. I can see the door. I hate to sour the party.

General Discussions / Re: Kim Jong-il dead
« on: December 19, 2011, 08:26:23 AM »
Regardless of what anyone says, being "happy" that Kim Jong-il is dead is silly as hell. I'd also agree with Thoren. Bad as things are in NK, the US's history of foreign relations, and even things in this country are just as bad, and perhaps in many ways worse, than the NK regime. That isn't to make light of what is happening in NK, but I think so many people approach the NK/SK issue with the wrong mentality.

General Discussions / Re: Kim Jong-il dead
« on: December 18, 2011, 11:14:50 PM »
They were prepping one of his son's but I think there was some controversy over which one as many deemed the oldest unfit to rule.

General Discussions / Re: Kim Jong-il dead
« on: December 18, 2011, 11:07:21 PM »
Yeah...while this news is big, I don't know if any drastic change will come. There's been talk for some time now about who would succeed him after his death as his health has been failing him for some time. We'll have to just wait and see what happens. Considering the state of the country it could be some time before any real news.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: December 18, 2011, 02:19:15 PM »
Totally bombed my Buddhism exam. That thing was so freaking hard. Followed that by a happy hour at this Mexican bar. $1 tacos, $2 beers. The tacos sucked, the beer was good. Followed by some readings at the Asian American Writers' Workshop (which I'm hoping to get an internship with). Really really great pieces of writing. Really glad I went. Gotta finish up the one paper I've had all semester and submit it in a few hours. Then do some hardcore studying for two tests on Tuesday. Also got a book on African Hip-Hop to review for a literary journal and a book of poetry to translate. Lots of stuff to keep me busy while I look for a job.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: December 18, 2011, 02:08:44 PM »
I am truly a masochist. I decided to go straight to Saints Row 2. I have to say, it is 100x better. The respect system is still stupid in my opinion, but some of the activities have been refined, and it's a lot easier to build respect this time around. It's also nice that the main character actually talks, and that I could make a girl. Totally rocking one this time around and it's been fun. It also makes me a lot more interested in Saints Row 3 now, but that'll wait a while. If anything, I'm glad I played Saints Row 1 first just so that I could get all the references and things of that nature.

The Soundroom / Re: Music written by me (Patrick "Ramza" Gann)
« on: December 17, 2011, 07:28:21 PM »
I say fuck yea. Do it!

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best Star Ocean: TLH combination.
« on: December 17, 2011, 06:51:26 PM »
The two battle suits I'm guessing you're thinking of aren't worth the trouble. They require recruiting Ernest and seeing a Private Action that will put you back on the ship so you can go rob those two dudes with the battle suits. I did get them on one playthrough, but I ended up not finishing that playthrough. I forget why. I did something irreversibly game breaking I think. In any case, I had a better time just getting Opera without Ernest.

Also, who WOULDN'T get Bowman. Dude was all like "POISON PILL!" and shit. And it sure beat the hell out of Precis' annoying high pitched voice. Though she is pretty awesome as well. I think this is why Star Ocean 2 is so great. Outside of maybe Noel and Ernest, all the characters have good enough pros to warrant playing through the game a few times to try them all out.

And yes, it's got a hell of a lot of charm.

General Discussions / Re: xmas thread 20!!
« on: December 17, 2011, 12:10:47 PM »
The magic of Christmas is almost completely lost on me now. It wasn't until I saw this thread that I realized how close Christmas was. I think the slow deterioration of my family and my rapidly changing values are a large part of it. I never ask for anything on Christmas anymore. Not for the past 3-4 years or so. That said, my mom is a real big spendthrift, and likes to go all out on gifts. Not always expensive, but "nice". Well what she considers nice. In the past it's been jewelry and things of that sort, which I'm not partial to and don't wear for more than a month or so. I don't fault her for that at all though, and always appreciate the gesture. Myself, I tend to give more personal gifts I guess. Some appreciate it, some don't. I've written poems, and made photo albums, and stuff like that. This year though my mom really shocked me and bought me round trip tickets to San Francisco. It's a big combination Christmas/Birthday/Graduation gift, but who cares. I've wanted to go there for a few years now and it's always been just out of my grasp. I'm trying to figure out a good book to get her. It doesn't help that I'm almost completely broke though. I think the best Christmas gift I could get is a job offer.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: December 17, 2011, 11:59:14 AM »
Beat Saints Row. It was a mess start to finish, but I felt compelled to beat it anyway. I think I'm going to finally go ahead and finish Mass Effect 2, and at some point pop in Assassin's Creed 2.

The Bazaar / Re: Dice's Artbooks & Games Super Sale
« on: December 16, 2011, 09:33:16 AM »
Don't you live in Canucklandia? It's not expensive to ship to the States?

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: December 15, 2011, 11:06:55 PM »
Officially booked for San Francisco! Jan 8th - Jan 15th. Well flight anyway. Need to hunt down a cheap hostel. Damn I can't wait.

Also have a big test tomorrow on about 1000 years of Buddhist philosophy I need to study for. I'm fairly okay with the material but need to sit down and go over some stuff for sure. This guy's tests are fairly complex. Then I have a paper to write that's due Sunday. Got all my ideas on paper, and a decent outline, but only about a page and a half of written work, and most of it is just stream of conscious BS. Then my professor gave me a book of her poetry to translate. Read some of it, and what I can understand is pretty damn good I think. Also have to study for a final in that class. Been on something of a poetry kick as well I guess, and just bought a book of poetry for $4 by Frances Chung. Although it's not in this book, her poem (Untitled) really struck me and so I decided to just go ahead and buy her book.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: Best Star Ocean: TLH combination.
« on: December 15, 2011, 05:24:37 PM »
That's a truth for SO2 and SO3 as well.

Single-Player RPGs / Re: the next big Jrpgs on xbox and ps3?
« on: December 14, 2011, 02:20:55 PM »
Kingdoms of Amalur is not a JRPG.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: December 14, 2011, 01:32:58 PM »
2666 is great. Part 5 of that novel is probably my favorite piece of Bolano's writing.

And I've no doubt you're excited, it's just an observation I've had about vacations from talking with friends.

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