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7426  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 18, 2008, 01:39:29 PM
Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Oh jesus.

I'm dissapointed though. I was kind of expecting something like JFK Reloaded, only with knives and a turkey.

As a vegetarian I am not a fan of PETA because they give people like me a bad name. Then again I don't eat meat because I love animals or something. I just find the idea of sticking dead animal tissue into my mouth very, very unappetizing. Also after like eight years I'm not sure I can even safely consume meat anymore anyway.
7427  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Square Enix announces Q1 lineup - DRAGON QUEST V GUYS on: November 11, 2008, 02:37:29 PM
I didn't like what I played of VI much, though I admit I never got far.

Let's hope they don't fuck the translation up and remove party chat this time, or I will cut them and feel no remorse.
7428  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Let's play "Find the sexual innuendo!" on: November 08, 2008, 01:14:48 PM
The only sexual innuendo at CNN is Anderson Cooper giving the world bedroom eyes, because he KNOWS we love it.
7429  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 08, 2008, 01:14:13 PM
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And wouldn't you know it, after Abe Lincoln's shot Andrew Johnson, possibly the most racist president in US history, ascends to power and pretty much ruins everything.  That just might have been the impetus that delayed civil rights for the next 100 or so years.  Lincoln was a Republican.  Andrew Johnson was a Democrat.

Se också: Nixon, Southern Strategy.

So this Rahm guy's pretty interesting. Hope my assumption is correct: That he's not there to bully republicans, but to duct-tape Pelosi's mouth shut every couple hours.
7430  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mana Khemia on: November 08, 2008, 01:11:32 PM
If a game's title sounds like a cancer, should you REALLY have high expectations?
7431  Media / The Soundroom / Re: Song of the Moment: 15th Anniversary Edition on: November 08, 2008, 12:20:42 AM
a-Ha - Cozy Prisons (again). Irrational love for a-Ha and synth pop aside, this song really sums up the general and unidentifiable and vague and intangible sense of malaise that I constantly feel about nothing at all. I have no idea. I can't believe it's been three years since I started now. It feels like it's been three years since 2007, but only one since 2006.
7432  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 07, 2008, 10:15:40 PM
I don't care what you say about Palin. Biden's totally a VPILF.
7433  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 06, 2008, 02:32:08 AM
Apparently his chief of staff is a knife-wielding maniac that's missing a finger and served in the Isreali Army. Is this horrifying or awesome?

http://yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index382.html Also let's send the poor man some pants.
7434  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 05, 2008, 07:56:34 PM
My russian culture teacher met/had lunch with Biden back in 1984 while in Moscow, apparently.

Also, this is one of the reasons why I think Obama will be a good president: http://xkcd.com/125/
7435  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.
7436  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.
7437  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.
7438  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
7439  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).
7440  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.
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