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361  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan's Games of the Year 2011 Thread on: January 11, 2012, 05:02:01 PM
I don't play as many rpgs as I used to due to time constraints, but I managed to play a couple mentioned.
Bastion and To The Moon were both wonderful. Great music and stories matter a lot to me, and both of these rocked.
I still don't understand all the love for incredibly difficult(so I have read over and over again) games like Demons Souls. Are that many of you just that awesome at games? Do all the people who laud the greatness of Dark and Demons Souls actually play through the whole thing? To be honest, I just get a feeling of bandwagon jumping with these games. Were "supposed" to like them because their hardcore, and only the elite can beat them. From a non-difficulty standpoint they sound pretty awesome to me. I just wish they had a "you suck at games" setting for guys like me. Or would that defeat the point?

You're not alone on Dark Souls. I struggle horribly with it due to my terrible skill level. Yet, despite that, it is hard not to really appreciate what they accomplished with the game and so I still had it as one of my top RPGs.
362  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Ocean Marketing / Penny Arcade on: December 30, 2011, 01:11:15 PM
A different take on it: http://kotaku.com/5872042/a-beatdown-where-no-one-threw-the-first-punch
363  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 on: December 20, 2011, 01:13:59 PM
This is a separate argument and I didn't want to threadjack (but I'm probably doing it anyway) - but I do think there is at least some merit worth investigating to the POV that peaceful resistance by itself can't always work. You mentioned Desmond Tutu for example - a good example of a peaceful protestor but he becomes even more appealing in the face of the violence that he was contrasting at the same time as his own rise to authority/prominence (the Soweto riots for example). Was it just Tutu's peaceful protests that helped end apartheid, or did the violence play a role? Was it only Martin Luther King that provided a catalyst for change, or was it his own peaceful philosophy combined with more forceful leaders like the early Malcolm X?

I don't actually know the answer. I'm not sure anybody does. But I at least suspect that these things are complicated enough that all kinds can play a role in change to the same end. You may not like Hitchens' style and hey, honestly I didn't really either, but I do think it is a mistake to throw everything a man has to say out with the man himself. That's not rational thinking, and in the end what Hitchens demanded from himself and others was rational thinking. I think you could argue that he often failed to deliver that due to his abrasive style, and he was sometimes too willing to let his message get lost in the shouting. But I also think it is a mistake to qualify it as a categorical "wrong".
364  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 on: December 20, 2011, 11:03:04 AM
Ah, my bad. I do suppose that came off with a bit more vitriol than was necessary -- and certainly embarrassing on my end, considering. I do stand by what I said, even if I exhibit the same flaws -- I certainly don't like them in myself. It's a bad, old habit of mine, being a grump and frequently finding myself the devil's advocate. I usually try not to be too aggressive, but I can see here that I've been quite insensitive. My apologies to anyone who did find it a bit of a shove in the ribs.

Bah, no worries. Hitchens always was a fellow who could get the blood boiling. In fact, if I step back, maybe this is one of the truest reflections of his legacy. :-)
365  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 on: December 20, 2011, 10:38:49 AM
I was referring to the potential irony in calling a guy who just died "an arrogant waste of a mind" and a "voice of hatred and malice" whose any possible good he did in life was "far outweighed by his own ineptitude". The tone being applied is precisely what you are decrying.

I also just question bringing it up in this particular thread. The person who posted clearly stated they were "bummed" about Hitchens' death. I personally would not choose this thread to bring up my personal opinions about why I thought the guy was an asshole in a thread clearly intended to serve as a place to celebrate whatever perceived good he was able to accomplish. You absolutely have the right to do so, I just question the taste involved.

Basically the "Wow" came solely from my surprise at the post's tone and content and had absolutely zero to do with Hitchens at all.
366  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 on: December 20, 2011, 10:11:41 AM
I'm still trying to process it. I can't figure out if choosing to make this post was somehow intentional verbal irony, plain old point scoring, or a genuine attempt to instigate some discussion about the possible flaws of Hitchens' worldview/debate style.

I just know I wouldn't want you speaking at the funeral of anybody I know. :-)
367  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Christopher Hitchens dead at 62 on: December 20, 2011, 09:48:27 AM
I prefer Dawkins much of the time. I found Hitchins to be an arrogant waste of a mind, most of what I read or heard from him. That may be an unpopular position, but I stand by it. Far, far more intelligent and even-minded men have contributed more deeply and effectively to the body of human philosophy, and in much the same field he did.

My problem with Hitchins is not that he's an atheist, nor an anti-theological zealot, but that he was altogether a hypocrite and a religious bible-beater of a particular brand. I have no patience, nor liking for those kinds of people. At least his bond companion could admit not only when he was wrong, but that he could be wrong. For me, Hitchins was little more than the model person he most hatred: Seductive, irrational, and selfish.

No voice of reason there, merely a voice of hatred and malice. Whatever good he may have said or written was far outweighed by his own ineptitude. Rest in peace, Chris, and if there is life again, I hope you come back with a bit of humanity in you.

Wow.
368  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Is it possible to subscribe using RSS feed to ONLY reviews? on: December 19, 2011, 03:24:25 PM
FYI - for anybody who is interested in this type of reviews only feed, you can now get it here: http://rpgfan.com/news/feeds/reviewrss.xml

Thanks for the suggestion!
369  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: December 07, 2011, 06:00:17 PM
This helped. :-)
370  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast Thread on: December 07, 2011, 04:48:08 PM
That worked fine for me. Very much enjoyed it!
371  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tattoo Artist Gets Revenge on Cheating Girlfriend on: December 07, 2011, 11:15:33 AM
Snopes sure does fantastic work.
372  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: Is it possible to subscribe using RSS feed to ONLY reviews? on: December 01, 2011, 08:26:33 AM
Just an fyi - we are currently in a "testing" mode for this suggestion. Just wanted to let you know that we do actually look at these things, it just sometimes takes awhile!
373  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tattoo Artist Gets Revenge on Cheating Girlfriend on: November 29, 2011, 09:56:01 AM
Wasn't the judge who said that in the UK? I have a hard time believing she would lose this lawsuit in the US, that is unbelievably messed up.
374  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Tattoo Artist Gets Revenge on Cheating Girlfriend on: November 29, 2011, 09:42:27 AM
Wow. That is messed up.
375  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: November 07, 2011, 03:39:32 PM
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