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7036  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 01, 2008, 12:18:02 PM
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every vote helps in eliminating our two party syster

No it doesn't. More than two major parties existing viably in our government isn't likely just given how the government is set up, UNLESS you somehow end up with a very left, very right, and strictly moderate party.

Simplified explanation why: The US electoral system is a zero-sum game. One person wins it all, one person wins nothing. In in a parliamentary system, on the other hand, any party that gets a minimum vote percentage wins seats.

Additionally, in the United States, the country is roughly half liberal, half conservative, with most people leaning moderate. Political parties all tend to be left leaning or right leaning. So, consider this scenario. You have three parties -- one right, and two left. If you divide the votes up roughly by how people align themselves, the right-leaning party will get fifty percent of the votes, and the left leaning parties will get fifty percent of the votes. And the right leaning party will win every time, as the left-leaning side will always be divided between the two parties, so you'll get a 50-30-20 breakdown by default, every time. And then the two left leaning parties merge and you have a two party system again.

Now, saying this, it LOOKS like Obama's going to win, so if he does, I'll say his methods are effective (and even if he loses, they've still been really effective. Just not as effective). If you consider the methods he used, they're the sort of methods that an independant candidate could probably use to get elected -- be competitive in every state, have a strong fundraising organization to STAY competitive, keep up a large ground-game, and most importantly *form an emotional connection with the people you're trying to organize to vote for you.*

Ron Paul couldn't really do the last one because of his pedosmile.
7037  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF on: November 01, 2008, 11:59:34 AM
It's like Chris Matthews got fired from MSNBC and went into botany to become an orchid breeder and went insane after studying orchid phylogeny too much and figured out ways to crossbreed other things and thus mated a dildo with a femure and produce that.
7038  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gamer personality test thing on: October 29, 2008, 03:46:30 AM
Accidental gamer. Let's pick this appart. I have not stumbled into PC and online gaming recently. I just don't really *like* online gaming. Also, just because I can recognize that there *should* be better things I should be doing with my time doesn't mean that small-town Ohio is readily providing those things.

There's a difference between being fanboyish online and actually deeply giving a damn, though, which I guess is the difference here. Or at least maybe I'm just telling myself that to make myself feel better. Whatevs.
7039  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gettin' my nostalgia on! on: October 28, 2008, 09:26:50 PM
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I wasted a ton of time on this game and the sequel never quite lived up to the simplicity and fun of the first.

I have to pipe up here just because I think MoO2 is overrated, but MoO1 was, essentially, a sci-fi war game that was excellent at worst, and represented a lot of really cool improvements to the genre, in addition to a really excellent research model that I've never seen anywhere again. MoO2, on the other hand, just struck me as an awkward Civ 2 clone. I'm not saying it's bad or anything, it just doesn't go the whole way for me.

Just recalled Megaman X, although I played the PC version first. The first Megaman X is my favorite, for two reasons, I guess: One would be the music, and the second would be a kind of Metroidvanianess that the series has kind of lacked since the original. The nature of the powerup capsules, the way some of the levels changed depending on the order you beat them in, little details like that. Also, the levels were, from what I remember, all straight up sidescrollers levels, with no akward speeder bike sections or stuff (Did Octopus have a speeder bit? it wasn't that bad if it was there).

Also weird thing I get kind of nostalgic about PSO even though I don't like it all that much, I guess.

Also want to mention that, as a post-Sims game, I like SC4 a lot, but I played it way too recently to have the same sort of nostalgic ties to it. Also need to mention that nostalgia for SimEarth is purely reserved for the SNES version
7040  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Gettin' my nostalgia on! on: October 28, 2008, 11:50:17 AM
A lot of the games I get nostalgic about I'm not sure I even like anymore (Phantasy Star 2, for instance), ones that I like a lot still but don't feel gushing about anymore (Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Legend of Mana) and then other weird ones that I only played like, last year that I get nostalgic about because I associate them with things I actually AM nostalgic about (Globulation 2, Kubuntu Linux).

Also being A) younger than most of you ancient bastards and B) from Ohio, I don't really have many strong memories of things like arcades because the arcades either sucked, were a pain to get to, or places where people would murder you with knives. And I play a lot of old games but I didn't play them back then (and truthfully, most of my NES games are actually my cousin's. I just got them after he got shipped off to JDC. If you want additional context, I posted his profile in that Sex Offender Database thread. SO TRUCKING RAWXOME).

That being said, and I might update this later...

Portable/Consle - FFL2 and Earthbound are probably the two most notable ones for me, here.

PC:

I think I've had the longest background with PC gaming.

Microsoft Puzzle Pack - I had two main exposures to this. The first time I played it was at a Gateway store in columbus, sort of heading towards evening one warm summer night. Second time was over Christmas when we got a new PC.

Megazeux - This bears mention but not repeating.

Creatures 2

Anything by Maxis prior to the Sims (I might explain this later, or maybe not).
7041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys I&II to DS on: October 23, 2008, 10:31:18 PM
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I assume you played Ys VI on PSP, 'cause the other versions are pretty darned good.

PS2. A few things I remember:

* Soundtrack had this 80's Muzak vibe to it.
* Really boring dungeon designs.
* Grindfest.
* Nothing resembling depth or variety.
* Adol felt incredibly weightless, and I thought the controls were really floaty.
* Basically, it's Q3 to Terranigma's UT.
7042  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Woman kills her spouse...her Maple Story spouse, that is. on: October 23, 2008, 09:03:34 PM
wait did anyone actually die?
7043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Ys I&II to DS on: October 23, 2008, 11:09:34 AM
I played Ys VI and thought it was pretty terrible.
7044  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Swiss pass laws on plant dignity. on: October 22, 2008, 03:26:30 AM
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On a serious note, the primary reason for passing this into law seems to be to block genetic engineering from removing the capability to reproduce or placing terminator genes into plants. Given the destructive potential of those getting out into the wild, uhh, this is a very good thing.

Wait.

Terminator genes that make plants unable to reproduce, uh... couldn't pose a threat if they get out into nature as they couldn't pose a threat as they can't pass their genetic material on. Likewise, there's not really any way they could get into nature anyway.
7045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: If you were stranded on an island and you could have one rpg what would it be? on: October 21, 2008, 10:21:39 PM
ADOM is one of the few roguelikes I wish had permanent saves. Not permanent saves at any given time but like... something like Ragnarok. One save every couple hundred turns, and NEVER in a dungeon. And this would be fairly balanced because of how chaos mutations work, so you couldn't just chillax in town till you could save again.

Um... if I was on a desert island, probably an MMO so that if I could find some wifi access I could contact someone for help.
7046  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Swiss pass laws on plant dignity. on: October 21, 2008, 06:44:49 PM
Several countries have laws that state you can't just kill plants for no reason, actually. Like, in a TV show. No flushing african violets down toilets (not that I'm, personally, that concerned about african violets, as I'm not a 70-year old woman).
7047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Shining Force Gear? on: October 21, 2008, 11:28:52 AM
Yeah this sounds like a port or remake of the gamegear game or something honestly :P
7048  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Let's have fun with a sex offender database! on: October 20, 2008, 10:36:38 PM
http://www.familywatchdog.us/PrintOffenderDetails.asp?oid=OHlKSu4quMg70

Hey, it's my cousin!

Seriously, I AM fucking related to that guy.
7049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Just Beat Shining Force 1 on the Virtual Console on: October 20, 2008, 10:33:01 PM
These games don't piss me off like Fire Emblem does. Also, delicious, delicious Sega flavored chiptunes and palettes.
7050  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Swiss pass laws on plant dignity. on: October 20, 2008, 10:31:28 PM
My take on this:

If you put a http://homebuilding.thefuntimesguide.com/images/blogs/angry-tree-face.jpg on my Dawn Redwood I'm going to fucking beat your ass with a hammer.

Are we clear?

None of you will be nailing a clay face to my redwood?

Good. Didn't think so.

(It dropped its leave in like, September, so it looks sad enough as is. Hopefully they leaf out fairly quickly come spring. Them crazy deciduous conifers.)
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