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2701  The Rest / General Discussions / Question. on: July 01, 2006, 07:05:45 PM
wow theres a name i havent seen in a long ass time.
2702  Media / Single-Player RPGs / do you have trouble .... on: June 30, 2006, 06:13:59 PM
maybee its just me then. i recently completed wild arms 4 and he only character in that game i really connected with was Raquel.
2703  Media / Single-Player RPGs / do you have trouble .... on: June 30, 2006, 08:21:18 AM
do you have trouble connecting with characters of the opposite sex in rpg's?
2704  The Rest / General Discussions / Democracy in chains. on: June 26, 2006, 01:44:08 PM
i came across this on another forum i frequent and thought i'd share it with you guys here at rpgfan and see your thoughts on it.


US Republicans are planning to change the law to stop black, Hispanic and Native American voters going to the polls in 2008.

By Greg Palast06/23/06
"The Guardian"

Don't kid yourself: the Republican party's decision yesterday to "delay" the renewal of the Voting Rights Act has not a darn thing to do with objections of the Republican's white sheets caucus.
Complaints by a couple of good ol' boys to legislation have never stopped the GOP leadership from rolling over dissenters.

This is a strategic stall that is meant to decriminalise the Republican party's new game of challenging voters of colour by the hundreds of thousands.

In the 2004 presidential race, the GOP ran a massive, multi-state, multimillion-dollar operation to challenge the legitimacy of black, Hispanic and Native American voters. The methods used breached the Voting Rights Act, and while the Bush administration's civil rights division grinned and looked the other way, civil rights lawyers began circling, preparing to sue to stop the violations of the act before the 2008 race.

So Republicans have promised to no longer break the law - not by going legit but by eliminating the law.

The act was passed in 1965 after the Ku Klux Klan and other upright citizens found they could use procedural tricks - "literacy tests", poll taxes and more - to block citizens of colour from casting ballots.

Here is what happened in 2004, and what's in store for 2008.

In the 2004 election, more than 3 million voters were challenged at the polls. No one had seen anything like it since the era of Jim Crow and burning crosses. In 2004, voters were told their registrations had been purged or that their addresses were "suspect".

Denied the right to the regular voting booths, these challenged voters were given "provisional" ballots. More than 1m of these provisional ballots (1,090,729 of them) were tossed in the electoral dumpster uncounted.

A funny thing about those ballots: about 88% were cast by minority voters.

This isn't a number dropped on me from a black helicopter: they come from the raw data of the US election assistance commission in Washington DC.

At the heart of the GOP's mass challenge of voters was what the party's top brass called "caging lists" - secret files of hundreds of thousands of voters, almost every one from a black-majority voting precinct.

When our investigations team, working for BBC TV, got our hands on these confidential files in October 2004, the Republicans told us the voters listed were their potential "donors". Really? The sheets included pages of men from homeless shelters in Florida.

Donor lists, my ass. Every expert told us, these were "challenge lists" meant to stop these black voters from casting ballots.

When these "caged" voters arrived at the polls in November 2004, they found their registrations missing, their right to vote blocked or their absentee ballots rejected because their addresses were supposedly "fraudulent".

Why didn't the GOP honchos fess up to challenging these allegedly illegal voters? Because targeting voters of colour is against the law. The law in question is the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The act says you can't go after groups of voters if you choose your targets based on race. Given that almost all the voters on the GOP hit list are black, the illegal racial profiling is beyond even Karl Rove's ability to come up with an alibi.

The Republicans target black folk not because they don't like the colour of their skin; they don't like the colour of their vote: Democrat. For that reason, the GOP included on its hit list Jewish retirement homes in Florida. Apparently, the GOP was also gunning for the Elderly of Zion.

These so-called "fraudulent" voters, in fact, were not fraudulent at all. Page after page, as we have previously reported, are black soldiers sent overseas. The Bush campaign used their absence from their US homes to accuse them of voting from false addresses.

Now that the GOP has been caught breaking the voting rights law, it has found a way to keep using its expensively obtained "caging" lists: let the law expire next year. If the Voting Rights Act dies in 2007, the 2008 race will be open season on dark-skinned voters. Only the renewal of the Voting Rights Act can prevent the planned racial wrecking of democracy.

Before the 2000 presidential ballot, then Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black citizens' registrations on the grounds that they were "felons" not entitled to vote. Our review of the files determined that the crime of most people on the list was nothing more than VWB -- Voting While Black.

That "felon scrub", as the state called it, had to be "pre-cleared" under the Voting Rights Act. That is, the US justice department must approve "scrubs" and other changes in procedures.

The Florida felon scrub slipped through this "pre-clearance" provision because Katherine Harris's assistant assured the government the scrub was just a clerical matter. Civil rights lawyers are now on the alert for such mendacity.

The burning cross caucus of the Republican Party is *****ing that "pre-clearance" of voting changes applies only to southern states. I have to agree that singling out the old confederacy is a bit unfair. But the solution is not to smother the voting rights law but to spread its safeguards to all 50 of these United States.

Republicans argue that the racial voting games and the threats of the white-hooded Klansmen that kept African-Americans from the ballot box before the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act no longer threaten black voters.

That's true. When I look over the "caging lists" and the "scrub sheets", it's clear to me that the GOP has traded in white sheets for spreadsheets.
2705  The Rest / General Discussions / Sony can't spell on: June 26, 2006, 12:53:04 PM
it looks more like engrish to me than a typo.
2706  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Did Final Fantasy really save Square? on: June 26, 2006, 03:56:54 AM
Quote from: "James8BitStar"
Yea, sorry I snapped Dade.  I was having a very bad day when I posted that, and unfortunately your post also triggered one of my pet peeves--I can't stand it when people make claims that openly defy logic.

So, once again, sorry.

that avatar makes it almost impossible for me to take anything you say seriously.
2707  The Rest / General Discussions / Digital Game Distribution. on: June 25, 2006, 02:07:51 PM
the only problem id see here is the amount of time it would take to download modern games vs going to the store and picking it up. to give you an idea i recently downloaded disc 2 of valkyrie profile because i lost mine when i moved and iirc it was 21 winrar files taking aproximately 30 mins for each file on cable.
2708  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Tales of surprise-rumour on: June 24, 2006, 12:21:25 AM
no offence but how the hell do you go from ToS to ToL graphically? and on that note TotA looks sexy.
2709  Media / Single-Player RPGs / new VP2:silmeria trailer. on: June 24, 2006, 12:17:29 AM
heres a video of soul crush's(VP:S' version of PWS.


my copy should be here monday i cant wait...
2710  The Rest / General Discussions / The World Cup - do the Americans care? on: June 23, 2006, 06:01:05 PM
Quote from: "Esper_Crusader"
I'm not much for 'soccer' or any other major sport besides hockey although I might watch the odd Baseball game if i'm bored. I just don't understand it I guess but I find it incredibly slow-paced and boring.

I always think of the Simpsons episode where the announcer is freaking out even though nothing is really happening. "holds it.....Holds it.......HOLDS IT!!" and Homer lamenting that he'll kill himself if Portugal doesn't win.

Might have been a slap in the face for football fans but you gotta admit is was pretty damned funny.

what the fuck? hockey is just soccer on ice. i played soccer as a kid but never really caught on to it.
2711  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms Chronology? on: June 21, 2006, 12:48:09 PM
aww man i saw one of those dragons from WA3(like the one you ride) as a boss in WA4. anyways i beat WA4 last night and that was one of the coolest last boss fights ever. however iw as disapointed that

raquel marrys arnaud and they have a kid WTF? you'd think if anyone would of done that it would of been jude and yulie
2712  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms Chronology? on: June 20, 2006, 03:50:27 PM
Quote from: "Lovely"
Each of the games seem to take place in different versions of Filgaia.

(Though I suspected at one point that perhaps 1 and 2 connected.)

There's a reference or two to WA2 in 4, but for the most part, it seems that they just might be little *wink, wink* sort of things.

WA4 also references WA3 because before you get the the sandship you pass through the ruins of baskar.
2713  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / FFXI: Chocobo Raising on: June 19, 2006, 12:02:14 PM
lol parn beat me too it XD
2714  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Smash Bros. Brawl on: June 18, 2006, 11:26:09 PM
Disregard my e-mail about this post; I didn't know I had received a comment invitation.

Anyway, this has been "disproven", so to speak. Apparently, someone at GAF made it up, and 1Up saw it and believed it.


This IS false, and has been proven false for several days now. This is so goddamn frustrating how this spreads like this. Journalistic integrity, people!

The person who fabricated this rumor at the GAF Boards has already admitted to making it up. Rawmeat, please, for the sake of truth, acknowledge this with an update to the news story, before yet another rumor-that-has-already-been-proven-false spirals out of control.

That being said, I fully expect to see Ridley in Brawl, and wouldn't be surprised by either Bowser Jr. or Wind Waker Link. But again, this rumor is FALSE, and has been proven false at the GAF boards.

(The comment is at the bottom of the page)

I'll have a look on GAF to see if I can find the supposed thread.

by Unheard_Of on 06/07/06 06:53 PM
2715  Media / Single-Player RPGs / new VP2:silmeria trailer. on: June 18, 2006, 05:13:44 PM


i get some infos on test vp2

9/8/8/9 (34/40)

VP2 review tidbits: Graphics rock, combat is deep. Game is tough, not enough tutorials (haha), steep learning curve. Feels like a very well crafted product. Basically each of the four reviewers all felt the game was really hard and the learning curve was steep so it took them some time to get used to the game.

Dengeki PS2:


- There are tons of secrets and finding them is awesome
- In true VP tradition the areas are horizontal scrolling so even though the backgrounds are really detailed and pretty, you can't interact with them
- The game's action, puzzles and combo-heavy battles feels very much like VP
- The combat has a high learning curve and can be confusing at first
- The game is pretty damn hard and sometimes unforgiving
- If you spend time figuring out the game, you can find tricks and weaknesses that make even hard boss battles much easier
- Tons of characters, so managing equipment can be a pain
- The camera view that changes between movement and battles can be pretty confusing
- You can skip special attack animations in battle

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