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931  The Rest / General Discussions / Pope's Comments on Islam and the Reaction on: September 17, 2006, 10:19:35 PM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
One however should not forget that the late John Paul II. actually apologized (admittingly late, but still better late than never) for those wrongdoings a few years back.

Ah, I didn't know that. That's good to hear though.
932  The Rest / General Discussions / Pope's Comments on Islam and the Reaction on: September 16, 2006, 11:57:37 PM
I read the article, but haven't read the entire speech. One thing did strike me as interesting though:

"He said, I quote, 'Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.'"

While he is quoting this statement, the fact of the matter is the Catholic church was once responsible for the same kind of atrocities. No, they don't condone such actions now, but once upon a time they did. Being a Christian I'm ashamed to say it, but Christianity has been just as guilty of bloodshed in the name of God/Christ as Islam has in the name of Allah.

I do agree with the dialogue idea though. Instead of immediately resorting to violence the problem should be discussed with "dialogue" by the opposing parties. So true.
933  The Rest / General Discussions / GameStop: Will not accept Cash for Wii/PS3 preorders (in HI) on: September 16, 2006, 01:57:15 PM
I asked about preordering a Wii about a week and a half ago at the local GameStop and the employee told me they're currently not taking preorders for the Wii or the PS3, and also said it's likely they won't be taking preorders for the PS3 since they will probably only get three or four. He had no idea when and if they'd accept preorders for the Wii.

Regardless, if they are going to accept preorders, I think it is pretty annoying to only accept preorders in the form of used games. Looking at my library, I don't think there are any I would really want to get rid of.
934  The Rest / General Discussions / Wii Price And Date Revealed on: September 15, 2006, 04:56:56 PM
Oh man, I'm glad I never had any Mario Party games for my GC. I killed the joysticks of two N64 controllers with the original Mario Party. But aside from that the only trouble I've had with Nintendo controllers is when my sister spilled Sprite all over one of our NES controllers...and that wasn't Nintendo's fault. There's also the fact I'll probably never need more than one Wiimote and classic controller.
935  The Rest / General Discussions / Wii Price And Date Revealed on: September 14, 2006, 01:35:56 AM
$250.00 is still better than $600.00. I'm hoping to pick one up on release day myself, but my current financial situation may prevent that from happening.
936  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Megaman ZX on: September 13, 2006, 01:08:07 AM
Ah, I'm not going to be able to afford to pick it up until next week because I'm broke. Damn school.

Then I have to choose between it and Okami. -_-
937  The Rest / General Discussions / No wonder you have less than 500 members... on: September 11, 2006, 05:14:14 PM
Honestly dude, Dade pointed out the rules and not a whole lot more. I didn't see anything insulting whatsoever in his post. Regardless, the fact of the matter is you ignored the Board Info and Rules forum which has the subheading, "Read this forum before you post a single word on these boards." Not only did you ignore it, but when you felt insulted, instead of showing everyone here your worth to the community, you turn to insults of your own. You completely undermined any argument you may have had about the members of these forums by doing that. So not only did you ignore the rules, you just made yourself into a hypocrite by turning to your own insults.

I think most of the people here have experiences of being new here which are a whole lot worse than yours. Degolas and Masamune (who I believe is going by some other name these days) had it a lot worse when they were new than you have, but they stuck around and became regular, respected members. Even I had a few initial run-ins with Dade, Dios, and Leyvieur and I like to think of myself as having been a pretty "good" newbie.

But believe me, it is no skin off our back if you don't want to be a member of the community.
938  The Rest / General Discussions / 9/11 on: September 11, 2006, 04:21:27 PM
I guess I'll reply to this topic with a stereotypical "Where were you when you heard about the World Trade Center" thing.

I had gone to school at 6 a.m. that day because I had a weights class for football and that was when the coaches wanted us there everyday. That class went by almost normally, except for when one of our team captains went out and said the drill team wasn't practicing and then said, "Something crazy is going on out there." He didn't even know what he meant but what he said has remained pretty vivid in my mind over the last few years when I stop to think about it.

After weights I went to my American History class. On the way there I noticed the halls were unusually quiet but didn't really bother to find out why. Then the instant I walked into class I see "America Under Attack" on the television. I sat down and watched as they showed footage of the planes hitting the towers. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My school's principal wanted the teachers to continue class as they normally would, but my history teacher simply said this is history in the making and was therefore applicable to our class. So we sat and watched the news coverage and I very vividly remember watching the cameras zoom in on the buildings only to see people jumping out of the windows and falling to their deaths.

Then in my last class of the day we watched as the towers collapsed and reports of final telephone calls to family from people trapped in the WTC first started to show up and I found those phone calls, when some of them actually surfaced, deeply affecting.

On a personal note:

I don't know if anyone else felt the same way, but while I was watching all of this happen I had the strongest feeling that this event would shape my future and who I would become. I don't know if or how it will affect the person I am; maybe it's even already shaped who I am. But the feeling was there.

Yesterday while at work I was offended when my coworkers changed the radio station because it stopped playing music and began talking about 9/11. So instead of hearing programming centered on 9/11 I was forced to listen to Justin Timberlake sing something about bringing sexy back. I can understand why people might want to avoid the subject, but I think it is one that shouldn't be avoided.
939  The Rest / General Discussions / Today's WTF - botched grave rape on: September 07, 2006, 12:42:24 PM

They were going to rape a corpse and they went to buy condoms? Okay...I guess they didn't want any disease or something that's shown up in the corpse now that it's "rotten" or something like that.

Makes no sense but is somewhat sadistically funny.
940  The Rest / General Discussions / Whoa! Schools are becoming way too competitive! on: September 07, 2006, 12:37:48 PM
I agree with the article completely. I had tremendous pressure and homework loaded onto me from about third grade on up. By the time I was a senior in high school I was so sick of tests and homework I didn't do anything my senior year. My grades dropped, and I ended up in a community college. Before that happened I was one of thirty kids in the state of Utah given the Hope of America award when I was in sixth grade, consistently scored in the top ten percentile on the Stanford Achievement Tests, and maintained a 3.97 GPA.

The pressure of "being somebody" when I grew up was too much for me I guess, because I was so disenchanted with school and learning that I wished I was brain dead.
941  The Rest / General Discussions / Castlevania FAQ mistaken for murder plot?!?! on: September 07, 2006, 12:37:06 AM
ZOMG! That's hilarious! Oh, that would be hell to try and explain though. Haha!
942  The Rest / General Discussions / PS3 delayed to March 2007 in Europe on: September 06, 2006, 04:51:24 PM
Wow! Sony sucks at life...again!

Not really surprising considering this is Sony we're talking about. Weren't they promising 2 million available at launch in the U.S.? Now that number is down to 400,000 and 100,000 in the U.S. and Japan respectively. That's awful.
943  The Rest / General Discussions / Steve Irwin is dead. on: September 04, 2006, 01:42:25 AM
Wow, that actually does kind of come as a surprise though. He put himself in dangerous situations all the time definitely escaped death on numerous occasions. Well, at least he died doing what he loved to do.
944  The Rest / General Discussions / Nintendo Wii: $170 on: September 03, 2006, 04:47:13 PM
I'd be cool with that as long as they modify Duck Hunt so you can shoot that damn dog!
945  The Rest / General Discussions / Rockstar Games - Gluttons for punishment on: September 03, 2006, 12:37:31 PM
Quote from: "Cauton"
So am I really the only one who think that it's important that someone has the guts to go against censors and public opinion, regardless of what their motive is? I don't care what reason Rockstar had for developing Bully, but the fact of the matter is that they know the subject would raise a lot hell. If the game is a success (which it probably will be, thanks to Rockstar's name alone), then it will show other developers what you don't have to politically correct all the time, or that you have to cave under whenever some loudmouthed group of soccer moms questions your game's raison d'Ítre.

Plenty of games do that. You play RPGs, you should be able to pick up on common plot nuances about religion which many of them have. If I were a fundamentalist Christian commentator (thank god I'm not) and I were playing The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, I would be furious when Ganondorf says, "You're gods betrayed you!" And don't even get me started on Breath of Fire II, or Final Fantasy X for that matter. The developers of these games did it more discreetly than Rockstar and made better games to boot!

When I think of Rockstar's games I think of someone who walks down the street naked because they can, but when it all comes down to it no one really wants to see them naked.
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