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 on: July 23, 2016, 10:10:41 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Klyde Chroma

Its too bad that you're stopping here since as was mentioned before, the other two major quest arcs are definitely better in the writing/presentation department versus the Dragoon arc with its far more straight forward setup (both in accessibility and writing).

I guess I sort of don't see it as stopping so much as leaving myself something to look forward to.

I do this often with some of my favorite games. I put off getting to the Pre-Sequel in Borderlands, after I finished borderlands 2, for like a year til I REALLY needed a shooter. I have the DLC and Post Game in Disgaea 5 in my back pocket along with the DLC to Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2 as well. These are games that I know I'm not going to be able to avoid wanting to go back to in the worst way at some point and leaving myself content to go back to makes that enjoyable/enticing for me.

^^ These titles play a special role for me in my gaming agenda as they become titles I pick up purely for enjoyment, can easily put back down without some retarded overwhelming sense of obligation (that I totally spin in my own madness mind) and are front line defense against the conundrum of "I don't know what I want to play".

And on that note...

BORDERLANDS PRE-SEQUEL/ In chapter 5 and hunting down an military AI. Core to construct a robot army at the moment. I picked the lawmaker/cowgirl class and am SERIOUSLY happy I did at this point. My first experience with this game I picked the Doppleganger (of Jack because I love Jack's character) and this chickee's "Showdown" skill makes the game infinitely more enjoyable. I gotta hand it to the Dev's for including classes that don't rely on being so accurate or "neat" with your gunplay as its part of what makes borderlands feel somewhat unique to me and far more accessible (I'm referencing the Mecro-Mancer class from BL2 here as well).

The only thing I don't like thus far about the Pre-Sequel is the platforming elements. To put it simply, jumping around in moon gravity can get frustrating. They rely way too much on vertical level design that relies on it and I can't help but feel that the straightforward design in BL2 just worked much better for a fluid experience.

 on: July 23, 2016, 09:07:20 AM 
Started by Jimmy - Last post by Yoda
If you like weird humor stories check out Death Rat! By Mike Nelson of MST3K fame. Just a weird story but I remember laughing my way through it

 on: July 23, 2016, 09:05:55 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Hathen
There's the short factual version, here's my ranty editorial/conspiracy theory version you may feel free to skip (Except for you Dincrest, I'll feed your addiction).

Fighting the TPP is another one of the pieces of the anti-establishment rhetoric you've been seeing the past couple years. The TPP was discussed under massive secrecy as mentioned above. Even few members of Congress had copies, and most were only allowed to see it late into the negotiations in a soundproof room where they were not allowed to leave with any recording devices, including notes they took (not that it would help since nobody can sit down and read a trade agreement hundreds of pages long in a few hours or whatever and figure out what the hell all of it means, let alone analyze what effects it could have). They could not ask outside industry experts or lawyers to analyze the language, and they could not discuss it with the public.

The trade negotiators were assisted by a number of trade advisory committees. The talking point used by anti-establishment politicians like Sanders is that these committees are largely staffed by big corporate interests (85% is a figure Elizabeth Warren recently gave). On several of the committees there was a not a single person in the room representing workers or consumers. This is true, though it's worth noting these committees were formed in like, the 1970s, so claims that this is something happening only now is not true. "Getting money out of politics" is arguably a buzz term because at what point would you define as the government being suitably clean of corporate interests (you can talk about your distrust of big corporations but it makes no practical sense to negotiate trade agreements without at least some input from them)? Still, the figures Warren gave are troubling.

A concern about the TPP itself is that it will allow big corporations to forego using courts to challenge laws blocking them from certain practices, and instead use ISDS, where they will be faced with panels staffed by corporate lawyers. Under the threat of losing millions/billions of dollars from losing such a case, countries may simply change their regulations. See: Phillip-Morris suing countries for passing anti-smoking laws. This is connected to many of the concerned expressed about the TPP: Damage to protectionary laws for the environment and labor, copyright on this Internets, restricted possibility of public health care alongside even longer patents for drugs, etc.

"Establishment" Democrats like Obama and Clinton* claim that the TPP's importance comes in that it will allow the US to have greater power in setting the rules trade in the Asia-Pacific region and weaken/pressure China into liberalizing its economy. Similar views expressed at the recent North American Leaders Summit reflect this (it's also 75 minutes long so in the interest of laziness check 30:25-38:00 for some of Obama's stance). Obama more or less straight up admits it- this is about preempting other countries (by which he means China) being able to extend their influence economically and raising safety, environmental, and worker standards etc around the world. To be blunt, I think this is about maintaining the US's position as the world superpower.

*Clinton's recently also embraced the anti-TPP sentiment because it was one of Bernie's big talking points. I don't believe for one second Clinton actually means it though, she's the epitome of what an "establishment" candidate is. The fact that the Democratic Party refused to adapt rejection of the TPP into their platform should say something.

I think no matter how much people complain, the TPP will go through (unless Trump wins in which case the world gets to end flip a coin). The TPP will also make the current polarization even worse and people will probably get angrier (and stuff like this from Wikileaks probably doesn't help- to the surprise of nobody everyone SuperPACs were paying people to be anti-Sanders on the Internets).

Or you can tell me I'm retarded and go on with your day. (I bet I really annoyed Jawsh with some of the big corporate white knighting I just did)

 on: July 23, 2016, 08:38:17 AM 
Started by Rapturous - Last post by kofvscapcom
Got a suggestion for a livestream. Me and my friends have been playing through the board game/mystery/storytelling game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective recently. Finished the game and discovered that there are actually people who made fan cases online. Found and did a playthrough of the case The Ogilvie Curse found at http://mistery.io . I think it worked out pretty well and more people should try it. Warning though, there's a lotta reading so should probably have at least 4 players or more.

 on: July 23, 2016, 06:34:41 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Starmongoose
Anyone watched "Stranger Things" on Netflix yet?

I just binged the whole 8 episodes and I though it was fantastic!

I watched the first 10 minutes, then life got in the way.  I will say I'm loving that main theme though (and basically all the main boys look like all the old photos of my brother at that age, it's kinda funny and perfect).  I also love watching stuff with Winona Ryder, her voice has a fun "melody" to it.

I'll watch more tonight!

Winona is amazing in her role. But then again, I think everyone was cast perfectly. Some surprisingly top notch acting from child actors too.

 on: July 23, 2016, 06:20:32 AM 
Started by Eusis - Last post by Ranadiel
There are enough NPCs in the game that you can easily ditch those you don't like.
I usually kill Minsc on the spot when I meet him.

Yeah, I was tempted to do the same. Seems even the PC couldn't stand him anymore. Properly equipped + buffed Viconia is my off tank now and it's working fine so far, should have ditched Minsc sooner.
O.O How can you guys hate Minsc? He is one of the great Bioware characters of all time. It is a very rare playthrough where he is not rampaging across the battlefield for me through the entire game!

 on: July 23, 2016, 05:59:24 AM 
Started by Dice - Last post by Towns Car Marty
TPP is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between countries on the Pacific Rim and the United States. It's been criticized because it was largely negotiated in secret, and may have the knock on effect of moving jobs away from the US to developing nations. Some believe it also may mean the end of net neutrality: Remember the SOPA copyright legislation in 2011 that got squashed by congress? The same folks who tried to push that through have been heavily involved in TPP, and may have included many of SOPA's principals within TPP. However, this last point is largely hearsay at the moment.

 on: July 23, 2016, 04:31:17 AM 
Started by Agent D. - Last post by Towns Car Marty
You can save on pc if you run ot as an administrator. Annoying for sure, but not as bleak.

 on: July 23, 2016, 03:56:08 AM 
Started by Yggdrasil - Last post by MonCapitan2002
I find it interesting that while you have games like the Tales series that retain their anime style look, the Final Fantasy series has gone the opposite direction and sought out as realistic as possible character designs.  The woman in that image could be an actual human being.

 on: July 23, 2016, 01:36:35 AM 
Started by Klyde Chroma - Last post by Aeolus
I would suggest asking that question on GameFAQ's community.  Someone should probably have the answer there.

But don't we have a bunch of GameFAQ posters here?

Not that its important or anything, just idle curiosity on my part. I was just amused by the fact that Squeenix actually addressed this otherwise glaring issue from the original game, even if the solution doesn't seem all that elegant (because I do know that it drops from the Mantis Ant boss, who unfortunately is the last boss prior to Dime Tower, which is the final point of no return to the Overworld, which makes the addition kinda redundant by that point anyways; it also supplants the Dragon Buster Sword as the game's penultimate weapon and I was merely curious as to whether the stats/abilities reflected as such, and if so, by how much).

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