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271  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Adam Sessler on Fox News discussing about video game violence on: February 01, 2013, 06:57:14 AM
I'm normally pretty anti-censorship generally speaking, but when I saw an eight year old (well, somewhere in that age range) kid in Wal-Mart going on to his mother about how bad-ass (his term) Manhunt 1 was and begging for her to buy him Manhunt 2 I was pretty worried. :(
272  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Adam Sessler on Fox News discussing about video game violence on: February 01, 2013, 01:53:15 AM
"If the **name of the game** has a felony in it, your child shouldn't be playing it."

Unfortunately, for many this translates to 'the government should ban than that game' rather than 'a parent should do their job.'
273  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers on: February 01, 2013, 01:47:11 AM
I'm not the least bit surprised about this - using real weapons adds realism the same way that adding real cars to a racing game does and licensing is a pretty common procedure.
274  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 01, 2013, 01:28:19 AM
I know I posted this before but...




I'm sure her IQ is lower than the average MTV viewer

Is that possible? :(
275  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 29, 2013, 07:21:01 PM
Escape From New York is on TV.

And yeah, the website where those Twilight reading blogs are located is shit, but the writing he does is pretty good.
276  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Puppy Bowl IX on: January 29, 2013, 06:16:09 PM

Best post in the thread.

I look forward to the puppy bowl actually kicking off.
277  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 27, 2013, 09:10:40 PM
A friend just directed me to this:  http://community.sparknotes.com/2009/07/16/blogging-twilight-index-page

Great stuff, the guy is funny as hell.
278  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Etrian Odyssey IV announced for 3DS on: January 23, 2013, 09:43:16 AM
According to Atlus they're putting up a free demo on the 3DS eShop Feb 7th and that the demo will function as a save point for the full game if you choose to buy it.
279  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 22, 2013, 04:50:00 PM
So, I shot a blogger that I've been in contact with off and on an e-mail about her sci-fi writing and influences on her writing as part of research for taking a crack at writing a novel myself later this year.  Among other things, she offered to review my manuscript when I finished it (a herculean task) under the condition that I make sure and farm it out to people to catch any story crippling scientific errors before I finish it.  (Said that she proofread one book for a friend and he had a major error of science in an early event that the entire story circled around which made a re-write of the entire book necessary to make anything make sense and that it put her off editing for a year.) 

Somehow or another I got lost in my thoughts while writing my reply to that e-mail and forgot to thank her for her offer.  I randomly woke up in the middle of the night happened to think of the e-mail and realized that and darted to the laptop hell-bent on writing a second e-mail rectifying that error before she read the first one simply because I would feel like an asshole if she didn't realize that I had just blanked out on thanking her.  The apology/thank you e-mail ended up being pretty damn funny, though, so it worked out well. :)
280  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 19, 2013, 10:37:16 AM
Don't depend on how you perceive yourself to the outside world for self confidence. Be cool and be calm and be yourself. If she cares that much about a few extra lbs she won't be worth having around when and if you put them back on.

This is a great philosophy in theory, though it can be difficult to practice in reality, in particular within certain age groups.  When one is in their teens-twenties (early-mid twenties, at least) virtually every girl they meet will care that much about a few extra pounds.  Fortunately, Agent D seems to be on the right track mindset-wise.

What the fuck is with weather.com? Have they stopped airing actual weather-related news in favor of... whatever the fuck their headlines are now? It has this National Enquirer vibe to it. Jesus.

I hate that shit and it's happening to a lot of stations I enjoyed as a kid.  Discovery Channel/Animal Planet/National Geographic/History Channel no longer have anything to do with their traditional, respective subjects.  They've all turned to white trash TV shows.

Well, fuck, the first comment I made brought back a lot of bad memories and made me really depressed.  Pointing out the ideal vs. reality conflict was a stupid thing to do.
281  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 18, 2013, 07:31:45 AM
Just found out that there is a Visual Novel recently translated into English where you play as a dude who's girlfriend gets turned into an Al Paca. Don't worry, its G-rated, but yeah, my mind broke a little upon learning this. Also not linking to the site because I'm pretty sure there's porn on it.

Is it alpaca porn?

Also alpaca is one word. Al Paca is probably a terrorist or an Italian or something.

Shit let's make a visual novel about an alpaca trying to be a porn star but facing adversity because of their religious beliefs and unfair socioeconomic structure in Neo Toyko.

Fuck, alpaca is one word? How did I graduate schooooooollllll

I imagine an alpaca trying to break into the adult entertainment industry in Neo Tokyo will have to deal less with religious beliefs and more with 80's street gangs with mohawks and switch blades and studded leather jackets and synthesizers

For some reason I'm reminded of an anthropology professor explaining evolution by saying that if a group of Chihuahuas were split off onto an island with predators by an earth-quake that they may grow in size to be lion-like and grow manes.

I still think that a plot based around humans discovering such an island would make for an awesome B horror movie.

282  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: January 17, 2013, 10:58:33 PM
Just saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time.  (I have the book on hand, too, to read later.)  I can now feel better knowing how many times Futurama (and to a lesser extent The Simpsons) parodies the film. :P

Seriously, though, I was very impressed with the visuals (it's Kubrick - no surprise) and frankly, I found the slow pacing to be quite brave and quite unexpected.  I could not imagine a modern sci-fi film getting away with that.  Quite impressive overall and I'll make sure to watch it another time or two before I return the blu-ray to the library.
283  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Missouri wants to tax violent video games. on: January 17, 2013, 06:35:35 PM
I was hoping this wouldn't turn into a gun control debate, but fuck it.  Such statements need to be contested.

Given that gun control has no real effect on whether people have access to guns illegally or not (check out the stats by country of illegal guns on page 2 and 3 in particular) we should not be focusing on robbing law abiding citizens of their property (and their right of self defense) without monetary compensation and worse, sending police who are trained to gun people down at the faintest sign of resistance (say, someone reaching for a weapon or flash light because they have no idea who the fuck the intruders are in their home are that are yelling and waving machine guns at them) to raid the homes of those who are suspected of not obeying the law.  It's bad enough that people are gunned down in their own homes by police because their neighbors have put in an anonymous tip about smelling marijuana smoke, we don't need people who have never harmed anyone with a gun and never will being killed for the terrible act of wanting to defend themselves or their family, or in some cases having a gun collecting hobby. 

For that matter, given that hammers kill more people per year than assault rifles in the US (all rifles combined, actually) if you want to argue from a perspective of reducing violence we're better off banning those.  And kitchen knives, too. (Come to think of it, there is a group in England trying to ban kitchen knives.) 

The gun control argument also seems particularly silly when you consider that Germany, with it's very strict gun control laws, has had more people killed in mass shootings than the US, even counting the latest one and this is without factoring in the inherent moral problems that come with gun control laws.

For that matter, while it takes more courage to kill someone with your bare hands than a gun (but apparently not more courage than required to kill someone with a melee weapon if we're making a comparison with assault rifles) it also takes a lot more courage to kill someone in a place where people might defend themselves than it does to gun down people in a place where you know that anyone who is capable of defending themselves (or others) is 15-30 minutes away.  There is a reason that virtually every single shooting happens in a 'gun free' zone and a reason that mass shootings almost never occurred prior to the laws creating gun free zones.  Even the Aurora Colorado theater shooter, armed to the teeth and with a full set of body armor on, insisted upon picking the only gun-free theater in town.  Banning gun free zones would do a hell of a lot more to see to it that mass shootings didn't happen than gun control ever would.  That strategy also has the added benefit of not involving robbing people of their property and civil rights or sending police out with orders to bring them in dead or alive even though they've never committed a violent act in their life and don't intend to.
284  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Missouri wants to tax violent video games. on: January 17, 2013, 05:24:04 PM
The discussions I've had with people who think video games should be banned/regulated indicate that they feel that the addition of interaction adds a level of realism that causes people to be violent or be desensitized or 'trained' for violence or something like that that is not present in movies.

I think that's bullshit, of course, but most people can't be bothered to see if facts match their (mostly dead) hypotheses or not.
285  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: January 17, 2013, 02:17:28 PM
I've only read Perdido Street Station by China Mieville and I thought it was pretty good. Imaginative.

Yes, Perdido Street Station is the first of three books in that series.
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