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16  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 15, 2012, 09:00:32 PM
Cosmic energies have more than just those attributes though, some are harmless or have no effect on organic physiology but can fry electronics, while others just blow stuff up. I assume the type of energy wave caused is tuned by the Crucible itself which can cause the network to do one of multiple things.

Like I said, conceptually sound but the execution was shitty as hell. I'm more disappointed that BioWare tore attention away from the philosophical and artistic implications of the final reveal and choice by including a crappily-executed ending than I am with the ending itself. It's not the ending I would've written, but it IS very thought provoking if you get past the stupid color explosions bullshit.

Also on the FTL thing: this is true, but like I said, there's no telling that they can't rebuild stuff on both ends fast enough to get some people out of the Sol system. There are multiple ways for the fleets to not have to stay in the Sol system.

Its established however that no ship has the fuel capacity to go beyond two systems. As well, Helium-5 is rare enough that less than 30% of the galaxy could be traversed by all the races combined given the fuel supply. The estimate by ME standards is that it would take several thousand years to construct enough fuel yards and refine enough helium-5 (if at all possible) to cover the galaxy. It would reduce Salarian society to rubble just by the loss of infrastructure, and the Quarians would be wholly unable to sustain their diaspora, considering how many we're probably on pilgrimage during those events.

In short: ME violates it's own rules with its ending if we want it to make sense.
17  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 15, 2012, 02:35:05 AM
What you're saying doesn't agree with physics, however. We clearly see that the energy wave emitted by the Mass Relays being destroyed is, in fact, damaging. It's easy enough to infer from the fact that the Normandy gets damaged.

The entire execution is inconsistent, which presents us with several different problems. But we know that the energy wave is not harmless. Let's assume that, like in [i]actual[/i] physics, mass and energy are relatively proportional. If something can be seen on the galactic scale, it must have a tremendous amount of mass existing as energy. That kind of energy wave, clearly explosive (as opposed to implosive) in quality, would necessarily displace any other mass in its path. So one of three things is happening:

a) We are seeing a molecular movement, which would necessarily mean that all objects near a Mass Relay would be subject to concussive forces, which at that scale would sunder anything unable to sustain the impact. I somehow doubt even the Krogan, nay, the mother of all thresher maws would be up to the task.

b) We are seeing convection, which would cook pretty much everything in the path of the energy wave, provided it could even survive the temperature. Let's assume the average living creature does not have the physical density of the Normandy and it becomes immediately apparent at just how much barbecue is going on.

c) We are seeing a carrier signal effect, which would explain why in some cases it only shuts down synthetics, while it does other things in other cases. However, that doesn't explain the damage to the Normandy. It isn't as if the Normandy is magically closer or farther away from the event horizon.

We're dealing with something clearly destructive, being witnessed on a galactic scale, and even if they didn't cause a nearby supernova, their own impact would be incredibly destructive to all living things nearby.

As to the FTL thing:
Direct distance isn't the issue. It's avoiding all the shit in your path. Basic problem of FTL: Can't go in a straight line. You'll get slagged by tons of debris, could wind up going through a planet, etc. It's even explained in ME's own context as to why the relays are so useful (among other reasons), because of how difficult navigation is due to FTL-related problems.
18  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 15, 2012, 02:06:51 AM
Wait wait...

So you're telling me that an explosion VISIBLE ON A GALACTIC SCALE was [i]just[/i] a power surge? Come on dude. That's reaching. Far. In an even poorer show of logic, one of said explosions damages the Normandy in all three endings, so it's clear there's destructive force involved.

Even if they have FTL, there's still massive distances to traverse. The distance between Thessia and Earth alone is estimably 45-50 years at ME's idea of FTL. Turians are slightly closer at 25-30. But that's still a significant chunk of time. The Salarians particularly would have issues considering how SHORT their lifespans are.
19  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 15, 2012, 01:31:46 AM
The final reveal was fine, the execution was just a bit iffy.

I object to the final reveal, as well as everything else about the ending.

Mass relays cause stars to go supernova, as I recall. Even if they didn't, an explosion large enough to be seen on a galactic scale would certainly wipe out all life in the nearby systems. As far as I know, all systems inhabited by sentient races are, in fact, next to a mass relay. Whoops!

Secondly, the planet they land on: What guarantees are we given for Turians or Quarians to survive? Tali would have to live in her suit for the rest of her life cut off from most of the technology which even makes her suit viable, and Turians can't even eat much of the same food as humans. Garrus would be shit outta luck, as would most Turians marooned on or near Earth. What about the Volus, or the Krogan? The Volus also have a containment issue. And the Krogan breed so quickly they'd probably eat up resources incredibly fast.

So basically all the ending shows is that despite ALL you have accomplished, all the hard work you put in, the galaxy is either:

a. Starving/fighting over supplies/generally fucked

b. Facing a giant diaspora of people who may or may not be able to survive in their new environments

c. Dead. Dead dead dead dead DEAD. Mass relay explosions killed everyone.

So yeah, the ending basically mugs the player for everything they've done.

I would wholly accept a DLC ending from BioWare, if only to wash out the disgusting taste of this one from my mouth.
20  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Xenosaga 1, somehow not attracted..... on: March 13, 2012, 01:13:40 PM
Xenosaga's primary issue is that it's trying to appeal to the niche fetish-anime crowd, while also wanting to be taken seriously as a sci-fi epic. It accomplishes neither well. Xenogears was far, far better an attempt at this, despite its problems. By Xenosaga 3 a lot of the issues were fixed, but it was, in my books, too little, too late overall. It's still a good game to play, but I felt very cheated by having to wade through two awful games to get there.
21  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: March 13, 2012, 01:11:35 PM
Played about 25 hours so far, and while I'm not near done yet, my general feelings amount to this:

1. Far too many fetch quests. While both M1 and 2 had their share of these, it feels like the ratio of fetch-to-main quests is much, much higher, and also harder to complete (or simply harder to find). I realize Bioware was going for a less direct approach to make the quests seem more like overheard needs (to what effect, I'm unsure), but having characters you could actually target to socialize with was far more useful.

2. The modelling, both for many main characters and for most supporting roles, sucks. ME1 and 2 made pretty much everyone look unique if they weren't NPCs. But with ME3 you have characters like Traynor who seems so... generic, and then far too many NPCs like Brynn who look really close to FemShep combinations. Especially bad have been characters returning like Kelly and Jacob, who looks absolutely awful next to their ME2 counterparts. Jacob actually looks old and feeble, while Kelly looks like she got punched in the face.

3. Technical problems galore. I've had Shep's arms glitch out while she's using her headset to communicate in some scenes, and Mordin's "tower scene" had his head glitch out. Really ruined the effect in both cases. During Jacob's sidequest, Tali's model didn't load, etc etc etc.

4. Related to point 1, the non-targeted interactions really ruin some moments. I feel like Bioware was being especially lazy here, because a lot of small quests in 1 and 2 offered some emotional drama even from really minor characters. Now? It's all just dialogue and flapping mouths. So when you relay news that so-and-so's partner died on some planet somewhere, sure you hear a choked up voice, but you don't *see* anything. It really kills the mood. By far the worst offender is finding Liara's father and getting them to talk.

5. It IS still a good game. But it's the weakest in the trilogy. I'm enjoying the main plot, but there aren't any storytelling improvements over ME2. It feels like they downgraded from ME2 in many ways. ME1 had better storytelling and characterization, while ME2 had better modelling and gameplay. While ME3 has some great moments (meeting Jack again, the Krogan genophage sidestory conclusion, Thane's conclusion), it's also lacking in so many other ways.
22  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mass Effect 3 (expect ME1&2 spoilers) on: February 28, 2012, 09:50:56 PM
Marathoning ME1 and 2 just so I have fresh games to import into each other with the release of ME3. I actually want to replay all as MaleShep at some point, but I do love my FemShep so far. Finished ME1, and almost done ME2 (I think).
23  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 15, 2012, 11:17:18 AM
I told my wife to fuck off. Then she bought me cupcakes.


I can't escape Valentine's Day.
24  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks Eric! on: February 09, 2012, 12:07:45 PM

(Please don't leave us alone with John. ;_;)
25  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 25, 2012, 11:48:51 AM
Sorry, I can't support the U.S. government overreaching in any capacity, especially if the reasoning for this is shit fueled by corporate interests rather than common good. He should be tried in the UK, where he's from, and even then copyright infringement is really more of a civil problem than a criminal one. If he was a known terrorist or criminal responsible for crimes against the U.S.? Fine. But no, he's a kid who hosted a website. Being a dick is not against the law; we have rappers that sing "fuck the police" nowadays. It's dumb, but they're not criminals.

There's never a 'this side is right, this side is wrong' deal when it comes to stuff like this, but I normally fall into the party that disapproves of the way governments handle this because they're honestly being a bunch of dicks about it. The punishment should fit the crime, but what they are doing now is the equivalent of taking a thief to the public square and chopping off his hands, screaming "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THIEVES," as a warning to others.

It depends on which party has suffered damages due to O'Dwyer's actions. If it were a case of property relating to the servers, trying him in the UK wouldn't be an issue. But that's not the grievance here. The grievance is damage through infringement, and chances are most of the damages are against American properties. It's well within reason to request extradition.

Copyright infringement of this kind (re: Enabling Theft) is not, and never has been a civil procedure in any court of the Commonwealth or the United States. Were it merely that he was practicing plagiarism, he might be tried in civil proceedings because plagiarism does not always equate actual theft of goods, only of concepts. But what O'Dwyer was doing was enabling theft, compounded by copyright infringement. Therefore it's a criminal trial. Otherwise you'd have to equally grant all cases of assisted theft a civil procedure instead of a criminal one, and the law does not work that way.

They really aren't being dickish about this at all. There's also no talk of punishment yet. O'Dwyer can even appeal extradition right now. Keep in mind, the UK's hand was not force in this matter. There does exist an extradition pact between the US and UK, but an independent ruling still has to be made, and by a judge of the country from whom an individual is being extradited.

Why isn't O'Dwyer being tried in the UK? Because they don't have any laws regarding what he did. The UK is massively behind in terms of internet legislation and has no precedent to try O'Dwyer on. But the United States, Canada, or Australia do, and since damages were most severe to US properties, that's where he goes.

This isn't an abuse of authority dude, it's pretty much due process.
26  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 24, 2012, 10:31:50 PM
Months? Two YEARS dude.
27  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 23, 2012, 08:11:49 PM
The O'Dwyer case is an awful example. When you comply with a cease and desist and then post up a new website that says "fuck the police" on it, you're flouting the law, and should expect repercussions. O'Dwyer's been put up as some kind of poster child for the free speech cause by guys like Jimmy Wales, but it's stupid. O'Dwyer was in the wrong. Is the force being used excessive? A bit, sure, but he's still a bad example. Proponents need to use better examples if they intend to actually fight an abuse of the law.
I didn't realize making websites insulting people was basis for repercussion. "The law" isn't the playground bully, who can bash people's heads in for insulting them. When should I expect people on my doorstep for arguing for corporate separation from government? 5 years? 10? I may well be that the guy is a tremendous douche, but being a tremendous douche isn't a crime, it just makes you unpleasant.

Yeager, I don't defend Megaupload for that, the whole point of contention about this debate is the government being tremendous asshats.

Flouting the law in addition to disobedience is pretty compounding, dude. What I'm saying is that O'Dwyer doesn't have a leg to stand on, and shouldn't be given any sympathy, especially because he was not compliant with the law, and in addition was even insulting towards it.
28  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 23, 2012, 12:40:50 PM
The O'Dwyer case is an awful example. When you comply with a cease and desist and then post up a new website that says "fuck the police" on it, you're flouting the law, and should expect repercussions. O'Dwyer's been put up as some kind of poster child for the free speech cause by guys like Jimmy Wales, but it's stupid. O'Dwyer was in the wrong. Is the force being used excessive? A bit, sure, but he's still a bad example. Proponents need to use better examples if they intend to actually fight an abuse of the law.
29  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 22, 2012, 05:42:50 PM
They followed 3 takedowns, out of 14,500 claims (approx). That isn't compliance. It's just shitty lipservice.
That's not the point. The point is that the American government are being tremendous douchebags, strongarming anyone and everyone they deem to be criminals, both in and out of their country. I am fucking appalled at how this was handled, and frankly, you should be too.

I ordinarily would be, but it seems the FBI may have been well within their legal rights to go and do the arrests. One of the largest reasons being that MegaUpload had servers in the USA, which gives the FBI permission to apply for seizure in other countries. When that's done, then the country has the right to accept or deny the FBI's claim. Clearly, they didn't deny it.

This isn't an abuse of the law either. In some cases diplomatic crisis arises from such disputes of jurisdiction, be it due to extradition or other matters. Other times, it's a simple arrest and the foreign powers agree with each other that jurisdiction is temporarily granted. There's nothing abusive about it.

MegaUpload had US servers, therefore it was facilitating unlawful acts on US soil. The people responsible for the service had done nothing significant to counteract the unlawful acts going on within their service, therefore it was reasonable that they were to be held responsible. Since they weren't local to the US, foreign jurisdiction was sought, granted, and arrest made. This isn't uncommon, nor something you only hear about from the United States.

From the FBI:

On foreign soil, FBI special agents generally do not have authority to make arrests except in certain cases where, with the consent of the host country, Congress has granted the FBI extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Now, as to some people who've argued (and Kay isn't the first, I've made this argument for Google's position against Murdoch) that MegaUpload is just the landlord being blamed for the actions of the tenant, that would hold up if the landlord was in compliance with police searches for unlawful tenants. In this case, the landlord was uncooperative, even arrogant in the face of authority. So really, what leg does MegaUpload have to stand on? It's unreasonable to support them.

That`s too bad. I`ve downloaded terabytes of games and movies from them. I`m not too concerned though. There are still dozens of services like that out there, not to mention torrents.

And you sir, are part of the problem.
30  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your First Ebay Purchase... on: January 20, 2012, 09:43:53 AM
Mine was Shining Force 3, Scenario 2. I haven't bought from eBay in a long, long time, simply because I've found more affordable routes with less hassle (ie: used game shops, Amazon, etc), but I used to quite a bit.
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