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1981  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Bloggers can now be fined for Ad fraud on: October 07, 2009, 10:08:56 AM
I don't think we do - the idea is to cut down on viral marketing and people "endorsing" products when they really just work for the company on the downlow.  Sites like RPGFan are different in my mind.

I mean, raise your hand if you think those of us who write for the site buy all of the games we write about, rather than getting free copies of some of them?  (Yes, just some - I think we all buy/rent some of the games we cover.)
1982  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Project: Find something new in your town. on: October 06, 2009, 03:00:48 PM
I'm a big fan/patron of small local places (although I'm not a rabid hater of the chains), but the biggest thing I think I do in terms of seeing just what's out there in my community is geocaching.  I think I've talked about it here before, but it's fun and an easy way to get outside and do something free, as well as get some exercise without really having to force yourself.  Someone in my area set up a series of halloween-themed caches that my wife and I plan to track down this weekend.

Anyone who's interested can check out www.geocaching.com for details, but the basics are that you get a GPS-enabled device, download coordinates, then go to those coordinates and search around for the container someone else left there.  Some are small enough you can only fit a paper to sign, others are big enough to hold trinkets for trading.  It's fun to find them, though, and feel like you're kind of in on a secret.  Most of them, you'd walk right by them without ever knowing they were there unless you were on the hunt.
1983  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA PSP back catalog of titles to be available on PSN for $5-$12 (50% off sale) on: October 06, 2009, 01:02:14 PM
Bought Prinny: CIRBtH and played just the tutorial so far.  Fun, but I wish there hadn't been sales tax to bring it up from $9.99 to $10.64.  Since there's nothing else I'm considering buying on PSN, that means the game cost me $15.

But unlike Microsoft or Nintendo's services you can pay in exact amounts above $5. Did you just add funds before buying? Because if that's why you paid $15 then you should know it's not necessary, just head straight to buy and it'll ask if you want to add, say, $10.64 to your account.

Well that just blows.  I didn't find that option.  Wonder if it's because I bought it directly on my PSP or because I didn't guess to try the right option.  Probably the latter. :)
1984  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: NISA PSP back catalog of titles to be available on PSN for $5-$12 (50% off sale) on: October 05, 2009, 10:59:06 AM
Bought Prinny: CIRBtH and played just the tutorial so far.  Fun, but I wish there hadn't been sales tax to bring it up from $9.99 to $10.64.  Since there's nothing else I'm considering buying on PSN, that means the game cost me $15.
1985  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: something thats been bugging me for a while. on: October 04, 2009, 02:35:30 PM
That reminds me of both American Gods by Neil Gaiman and of the Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony... for whatever that's worth.
1986  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Gran Turismo PSP on: October 01, 2009, 11:31:38 PM
I keep thinking about buying it, but I know I don't like that kind of racing game.  I like Burnout, and I'm lousy at the more realistic games like GT.
1987  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Breaking addictions on: September 30, 2009, 10:00:15 AM
You can be addicted to just about anything, and it's always tough to break.  Smoking, drinking, eating, porn, if you're hooked, you find yourself doing stuff even if you don't want to.  You don't even enjoy whatever it is sometimes - you just have to do it, because you're addicted.
1988  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.
1989  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.
1990  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. :)
1991  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. :)
1992  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.
1993  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.
1994  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.
1995  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.
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