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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 08, 2014, 11:30:56 PM
You and only you. Christ, talk about selfish.

I feel like you're being unreasonable here.  Everyone's trying to understand your point of view, be supportive of your desire for physical versions of your media, and recognize the advantages of that over digital, but you don't seem willing to do the same for their point of view.  It's time for this discussion to be over.
2  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 08, 2014, 07:48:40 PM
The no ownership thing is pretty bullshit. PC is an universal platform with eternal backwards compatibility. Just because something is digital, it doesn't mean you don't own it.

Except digital platforms are specifically designed so you don't own your content - Steam, Netflix, itunes, pick whichever one you want.can

You can think what you want, but don't call something bullshit when it isn't.

That is true - you explicitly do NOT own the content you pay for.  See the regrettable incident wherein Amazon removed books from people's Kindles.  They did say "yeah, we handled this badly," but it was still a pretty clear statement on the ultimate ownership of Kindle ebooks.

In the case of games, Steam could decide to no longer support a particular game and remove it from their library, which would remove it from yours as well, unless you have it installed somewhere.  In addition, it is possible to completely lose access to an account, which would mean that you no longer have access to the content you have paid for there.  Even if it could be argued that the account owns that content, it is still the account that owns it, not you.  It's a small distinction, but an extremely important one.

Does that mean that I'm totally against purchasing books and games digitally?  No.  I buy digital and physical versions of both books and games.  Which I choose for a particular book or game varies depending on the circumstances.  Under the right ones, I've even purchased a digital copy of something I already own physically, for convenience sake.  For example, when I wanted to read The Stand again, and the ebook was extremely cheap, I bought it rather than lug around my giant hardback.  Same goes with my copy of the Ramayana books, which are several thousand pages long altogether, but which went on sale for $1.99 for the entire series in ebook.  I still have and love my physical books, but it was worth $2 to have an electronic copy as well.
3  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 11:51:37 AM
That's fine by me. :)  I was just trying to say that everyone's got different taste in movies, so maybe people were talking about Star Wars because they were interested in it, but weren't talking about Bond because they weren't interested in it.
4  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 05, 2014, 11:15:59 AM
It's all about taste there, Aeolus.  I couldn't care less if there were ever a new Bond movie.
5  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: December 02, 2014, 01:18:30 PM
Stephen Colbert's take on the whole thing:
http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/umsrnb/lightsaber-controversy
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 01, 2014, 09:59:44 PM
I just want to quickly mention that the small entry Wikipedia has about PC Master Race is surprisingly accurate.

And concise!  I didn't know where it came from.  The unfortunate thing is when people take it seriously to say that PC gamers are actually better.

As far as Steam, I actually used to hate it.  Even mentioned it in my PC review of Torchlight.  But I didn't say why... and now I have no idea why I didn't like it.  I wonder if it was that I wanted physical copies of my games.  Or maybe it didn't work as well all the way back then (2010).
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: December 01, 2014, 01:33:00 PM
Fuck no. Heinlein and Bradbury were wrong. The future is terrible.

Have you read Philip K. Dick?  You might like him.  His stuff tends to have pretty grim futures, but man, it's good.
8  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 10:47:43 PM
Wow, I found that incredibly not funny. I made it about 2 minutes and stopped.

The Earthling Cinema thing?  Yeah, I can see that it wouldn't appeal to everyone.  Particularly you. :)  It's a pretty new show, and I think they're still trying to find their bearings.  You might like 8-Bit Philosophy, though.
9  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Home theater sound on: November 30, 2014, 03:31:15 PM
I've had a Bose Lifestyle 50 for something like 10 years now, and I love it.  I bought it from a Bose store, refurbished, and I still spent a bunch on it.  But it's great, and I'd happily recommend one of their systems.  The CD player stopped working really well at some point, but we didn't really use that much anyway.  (Besides, this particular system is discontinued now, and I think the newer models have a hard drive for MP3s instead.)

Last I knew, it was popular to hate on Bose, but I am a fan.
10  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 03:22:13 PM
Thug Notes is my favorite thing around.
11  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2014, 09:48:46 AM
Heathers is great. :)

Here's an analysis of Mean Girls from an interesting/odd new series on YouTube called "Earthling Cinema."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-6xvjCADoo
12  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 28, 2014, 01:02:49 AM
Watching Mirror Mirror (the adaptation of Snow White with Julia Roberts).  It's terrible and stupid.  And the gigantic, jet black eyebrows of the girl who plays Snow White are very distracting.
13  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Recommend me a farming / homestead sim on: November 27, 2014, 12:51:37 AM
I've played the entire Animal Crossing series, and I can definitely tell you that if you want to try it, feel free to jump right into the newest iteration, on 3DS.  It's a bunch better than the previous one. (I can give you details on how if you want, but you can just take my word for it.)

The thing with Animal Crossing is that it runs in real time, which is sometimes good and sometimes not good.  Every day, there's new stock at the shops, new fruit on the trees.  Different times of the day and different months of the year, there are different fish and bugs to be caught.  And in a way, that nature also means that there's a limit to how long you'll want to/be able to play each day, because you will run out of stuff to do other than random fishing for cash.  It's relaxing fun.

The down side is that it can sometimes feel like a chore or an obligation.  There's new stuff at the shop every day, so you may feel like you have to make money and get in there and buy that stuff every day.  You may feel like you need to get every item in the catalog, so you'll feel like you can never take the game out of your 3DS.  (In fact, I'd recommend this one for download rather than retail purchase.)

I tend to play the game the first way, my wife tends to play it the second way.  She must have every new AC that comes out, though, so she clearly enjoys playing it her way, and I enjoy it my way.
14  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 24, 2014, 11:41:09 AM
The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: saw this one thanks to some friends who are into old movies.  It's a sendup of old sci fi/horror B movies, and while it's not successful in every moment, it made me laugh a number of times.

Here's the trailer, which I wish had more of the dialogue.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe9Fs10IIk0
15  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: November 20, 2014, 06:42:22 PM
Thought y'all might enjoy this shirt:

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