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61  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: August 28, 2013, 04:11:38 PM
Nah, it's not complicated. It's just money.

Nobody ever lost money betting on the lowest common denominator.

Also, thinking about things in a nuanced fashion is hard. It is a lot easier to simply pick a side and stick with it. Our brains are wired that way for a reason - nuance did not help you avoid being eaten by a predator. Certainty about a course of action (what's that sound it probably wants to eat me RUN) was usually better than stopping to think about it, even if it turned out you were wrong.

http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/06/23/confirmation-bias/

Over time, media have evolved to capitalize on this by appealing to a certain type of sensibility as opposed to some kind of "just the facts" objectivity. One is a lot easier and pays better than the other. Guess which one.
62  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 27, 2013, 08:46:51 PM
They've got a really good game here. I just hope they can get folks in to play over the next couple weeks.

Heck, I hope I can get in with regularity. :-D
63  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 27, 2013, 08:39:21 PM

I gotta admit, I loled.
64  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 09:33:50 PM
I figure tomorrow is another day - too many good games to play to bang my head against this wall.

Edit: isn't one of the definitions of insanity doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? :-D
65  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 08:09:24 PM
MMOs are always neat in how the playerbase adapts to circumstances.  The latest example:



It's a line for access to an instance in order to control how many people get in and not overload the duty finder.  People are literally waiting their turn!

Sensational. Yay people!
66  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 08:09:00 PM
Sometimes there aren't sides to an argument worth taking so much as a general middle ground of "this is a bummer". But taking sides is often how we process things to make sense of them.

In this particular case, given how smoothly the Japan servers are running and how critical this is for Square Enix as a company, it's hard to rationally put a positive spin on this many problems.

But it is also reasonable to expect they will work through those issues for the same reasons.

Either way I think everybody is hoping to play again soon, meaning they've got a game here worth playing!
67  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 07:53:15 PM
We kid because we care!
68  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 07:43:55 PM
Call me naive if you want. No MMO I've ever played has had a smooth launch, save LOTRO. I'm sure complaining constantly is going to make it all better.

If they're trying to fix it, they're doing fine by my purchase. Complaining adds plenty to the already toxic environment that is video game discussion on the internet. It's not like they're sitting there going "dohoho, we are going to sit with our thumbs up our asses while those foolish paying customers can't log in!"

Of course by all means, feel free to complain if it makes you feel better. I'm not telling anyone not to. I'm just pointing out that this is why I'm rolling separately from everyone else, because when one thing goes wrong everyone is like 'LOL SQUARE FAIL FFXIV WORST MMO OVER TRASHMEHFEHPEHGARBAGE I'M PAYING CUSTOMER THIS IS AN OUTRAGE." I can't stand how negative everyone is. I have no time or energy in my life for the near constant bitching I hear about this game.

I'M OUT (much to your satisfaction)

I do think there is a legitimate discussion to be had though about the concept of paying money for something flawed (video games with online requirements) being the norm.

People frustrated that they are not getting something they paid for can have a point just the same as folks who point out that it is extremely unlikely they're just sitting idly by. It can be more than one thing.

I think by now the risks are pretty clear about buying ANY video games on day one, much less BEFORE day one. That doesn't mean that if you don't get what you are paying good money for you don't have a right to complain about it. If somebody falls for the Nigerian bank email scam, you could say that yes they are naive but it doesn't change the fact that somebody else scammed them - again it can be more than one thing.

That is probably a really terrible analogy because I don't think anybody is getting intentionally SCAMMED here. I'll show myself out.
69  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 07:18:09 PM
this is the best lets play i have ever seen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZF0cvJhQgA

Would lol again
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: So... Board Games? on: August 25, 2013, 04:29:54 PM
Ascension and the expansions are great - another one I've played to death online on iOS.

Last Will sounds really interesting, will check it out.
71  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 25, 2013, 04:12:33 PM
I do not plan to waste my Sunday hoping for good fortune, I'm playing something else for now. Will try again another time.
72  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman..... on: August 23, 2013, 10:56:55 PM
You're probably right. :-D
73  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman..... on: August 23, 2013, 07:08:53 PM
I thought Snyder did a great job on The Watchmen. 

The only Snyder movie I've ever liked was 300.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman..... on: August 23, 2013, 05:11:00 PM
http://feedly.com/k/154UamM
75  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 21, 2013, 12:37:38 AM
Have combed no sheep with lice comb in many days. http://www.eorzeapedia.com/wiki/Lice_Comb
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