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331  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 18, 2012, 01:58:53 AM
Well, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas or its commercialization either. I celebrate it but it's typically really low-key. I'm probably abrnormal though - I haven't celebrated a thing in the last six, seven years, not even my birthday. :P

Fair enough. Your next birthday I am making an excuse to par-tay!
332  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 17, 2012, 02:01:13 PM
Nicely done PM! I also love Valentine's Day. I try to do stuff regularly to let my wife know I care, but Valentine's Day can be an awesome excuse to really go all out. What's not to like about a built in reason to tell somebody you dig them? Obviously you can and should do it other days, but it's just as fun on Valentine's Day.

I wonder why people dig Christmas, which is insanely commercialized by just about every industry on the planet, but there seems to be this more general hatred for Valentine's Day even though it is commercialized by businesses I wouldn't typically think of as being monsters - like flower shops and candy makers as opposed to toy manufacturers.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - this really got away from me in a hurry.
333  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 15, 2012, 11:40:50 AM
I had champagne poured, some ridiculous dance movie rented and buffered, and dinner cooking for when my wife got home. I honestly can not remember the last time I cooked anything. I absolutely despise cooking. But it was nice to see the wife so surprised and later relaxed.

She got me a bunch of peanut butter and chocolate candies from my absolute favorite local candy place that makes all its own stuff (http://www.govatoschocolates.com/). I am ashamed to say I ate the entire box.
334  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 14, 2012, 11:04:06 AM
Anybody doing anything fun?
335  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Loot and all about it on: February 13, 2012, 07:49:39 PM
That random generator in D2? Take that and make it twice as awesome, add in tons of unique items on top of it, and you have Torchlight.
336  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Loot and all about it on: February 13, 2012, 07:13:35 PM
Torchlight = Perfect
337  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: February 09, 2012, 06:33:46 PM
I think "dishonest" is the wrong word. Precisely because there are so many mitigating factors, regression analysis seems to me to be the only legit way to isolate the variables here.

Regardless I think it becomes more and more difficult to hold the viewpoint that "piracy doesn't affect sales". I doubt very strongly it is the ONLY reason sales are down, but I am finding it increasingly difficult to believe it plays NO factor.
338  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: February 09, 2012, 01:59:32 PM
Funny timing this - was sent a really excellent NY Times op ed piece that also contains a link to a University of Texas study on piracy effects. This isn't the be all, end all of such research but the evidence is certainly not pretty for the pro-piracy side.

The NYT piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/perpetual-war-digital-pirates-and-creators.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The research paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1932518&download=yes

The author of the paper is a professor of economics at the University of Texas and has done a number of research papers on this topic over the years. Again, not the be all end all, but the case is pretty compelling.
339  The Rest / General Discussions / Thanks Eric! on: February 08, 2012, 02:35:54 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2012/1127.html

As you guys may have seen, our illustrious Editor in Chief of many years has officially stepped aside today. I just wanted to personally thank Eric for all the years I enjoyed as a reader and the time I've enjoyed so far as an Editor. We've got a fantastic new EiC with John stepping in and there are definitely great times to come, but anyone who has enjoyed the site for these past several years should be appreciative of Eric's efforts.

Thanks for everything Eric!
340  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 02, 2012, 12:22:58 AM
If you have a moral objection to the way this game is being offered, then don't buy it. Talk with your dollars. I have no problem with that.

But I expect the same respect for anybody who chooses to buy it.
341  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: January 31, 2012, 08:33:23 PM
If you "just won't believe it" you've effectively killed any point in continuing to try to appeal to reason.
342  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: January 31, 2012, 02:55:49 PM
Money talks. If enough people don't buy it, it won't happen again.

I for one will be buying it.
343  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: January 30, 2012, 12:32:38 PM

That's a slippery slope argument, and it's the same as saying legalizing gay marriage will some day lead to the legalization of human-animal marriage.

That's an absolutely terrible analogy. One has nothing to do with the other.

.... which is the definition of a slippery slope argument, yes.
344  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 24, 2012, 04:59:46 PM
People have sent me some really interesting links on the whole debate, I thought I'd share a couple with you guys.

Here is one from a small time horror publisher whose work got pirated. He typically makes 35k a year as a small time publisher: http://www.briankeene.com/?p=10258

Here is also a very short article with lots of good links having to do with Jonathan Coulton's stance on the issue - you can firmly put him on the side of the Neil Gaiman camp: http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/reverb/2012/01/just_because_jonathan_coultons.php

What I've heard here really speaks to the fact that I think the biggest thing needed is independent research on the true effects of piracy on these industries. All we seem to be able to debate are various anecdotes, and that's no way to have a rational discussion.

I also wanted to say this whole thread really made me appreciate how rational the RPGFan community CAN be. This is a hot button issue that usually leads to a lot of name calling, but I think for the most part people handled it with a real interest in sharing ideas and opinions. So thanks. :-)
345  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 23, 2012, 04:10:22 PM
Not to be anal, but if you want to call it what it is, the term is pirating. The term has a rather different meaning than stealing.
Stealing implies robbing something leaving none to who had it, while pirating means creating a perfect duplicate.

If we're going to argue connotation, we're probably going to go in circles, but I see the distinction you're making.

If we're going with dictionary definition, software/music/tv/whatever piracy is stealing. But again I see your point and it is a fair one.

If nothing else, my biggest point in all this continues to be that if you're going to do this, you have to be honest about it and admit you are taking something that is being made available at a cost for nothing. It may be a cost you are not willing to pay or that you disagree with due to a number of philosophical or business issues, but you're still taking something available for a price without paying that price. That is what I mean by stealing.
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