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1906  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 28, 2009, 08:21:20 PM
This is just me talking but I think the whole topic is irrelevant. I stopped believing in "God" a loooong time ago. I'm all for spirituality if that's your thing and it's a positive influence on your life but I simply can't believe in an all powerful creator. Also, don't bother talking down to me or telling me I'm wrong. It's my life, not yours.

"Don't bother talking down to me?"  I assume you realize how condescending that sounds.  Yay, irony.

Regardless, yeah, it is just you talking when you say the topic's irrelevant, for two reasons.  One, your personal belief in God has no bearing on the discussion of why people talk about God as a male.  Two, some people find the topic of others beliefs interesting, even when those beliefs do not match their own.


To Hidoshi: yeah, in that case, I bet you're right.  There are religions that believe that God was once a human, but has moved on to a more exalted plane of existence (my apologies to anyone who thinks I'm talking about their church and getting it wrong), but even that wouldn't mean God's human now.
1907  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: RIZ-ZOAWD coming to America as The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road on: September 28, 2009, 03:37:08 PM
Non-sequiter, perhaps, but that's one of the reasons I've loved the heck out of the Disgaea games (caveat: I never played the PS2 versions).  You can watch the animations, or you can turn them off, and you can do it independently for allies and enemies.  It's cool in Pokemon, too, but I always wish there was more to the animations in that series - you know, animals actually attacking each other.
1908  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: September 28, 2009, 11:05:16 AM
I would argue that no serious scholar of religion thinks of God as a "man", but that is the public concept of Abrahamic God. It's less prominent say, in Hinduism (where female Shakti is given quite a bit of importance), or Buddhism (where gender is often removed from deities altogether).

I wanted to argue, but then I realized that maybe I wasn't being as precise in my head as you meant in your post.  So questions:

- When you say "man," in quotes, are you deliberately separating that from being male?  (For example, I am a man.  My pet rabbit was a male, but not a man.)

- When you say "scholar of religion," are you talking about people who study a lot of religions, or are you talking about people who have amassed a very large amount of knowledge about one religion?

Because I'd tend to agree with you regardless of the second question if the answer to the first is yes.  If the answer to the first question is no, I'd definitely argue with you if the answer to the second question is... the second thing I said. :)
1909  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: September 26, 2009, 11:57:11 PM
Nice job, man!  27 pounds in four months.  You're like the Biggest Loser of RPGFan... er... well, you know what I mean. :)
1910  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 2 on: September 24, 2009, 12:22:02 PM
Oh - didn't realize it was so short.  Might have to find a way to rent it  for a week or two.
1911  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Uncharted 2 on: September 24, 2009, 10:07:03 AM
Any hints as to whether you'll need to play the first in order to "get" the second one?  Because I don't have time to play both.
1912  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: September 22, 2009, 04:00:09 PM
You know, I read the first Dune book, thought it was pretty decent, but couldn't get through even one more.  And yet from what I see, tons of other people think that whole series is fried gold.
1913  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 22, 2009, 09:25:03 AM
Interesting.  Somebody must have put it on the shelves early, because I saw Katamari Forever at Walmart last Saturday...

Oh, and still playing MUA 2 on DS and Scribblenauts.
1914  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Game Journal XX - Sharpened Pencil Midnight Bathouse on: September 18, 2009, 11:31:53 AM
Started playing MUA 2 on DS last night (believe me, it's only so I can review it), and goofing around with Scribblenauts.  Having lots of fun with Scribblenauts, not taking it too seriously.  My wife goofed around on the title screen for probably an hour last night.
1915  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Oh no, it had babies :( on: September 17, 2009, 03:32:26 PM
Because that's too much awesomeness for you to handle without going insane?
1916  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 17, 2009, 03:12:20 PM
NP, Deg - I was just about to be Captain Downer myself. :)

Watched "9" the other night, was very disappointed.  And I'm a Tim Burton fan with low standards in movies!  I just sat there at the end thinking "What was the point?"

I mean...

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at the beginning, there were 8 beings alive in the world, plus an evil cat machine.  At the end, due to 9's inability to think before acting, there are now 4 beings alive in the world plus any machines that didn't die when the factory exploded (although the implication is that they all died there except for big mama, who got killed later).  And yet he's somehow the hero?
1917  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 3D Dot Game Heroes on: September 16, 2009, 12:22:09 PM
I loved the feel of the animation.  Kind of like claymation.
1918  Media / Brush and Quill / How to play... on: September 16, 2009, 10:12:22 AM
A friend showed me this gallery today, and it was so perfect I had to pass it on.  It's "how to play" a whole bunch of games.  For example, BioShock:



http://jollyjack.deviantart.com/gallery/#How-To-Play
1919  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: September 16, 2009, 10:10:04 AM
Are you one of these guys? ;)

1920  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Scribblenauts on: September 16, 2009, 10:07:56 AM
Argh.  I want that game bad... but I don't have my DS with me this week, and I told my wife that she should buy Scribblenauts because I think she'd like it.  So I have to give her first crack at it regardless.  (Of course, maybe I'll be wrong, she won't like it, and she'll give me her copy.) ;)
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