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Everything Else / Re: 2008 US Presidential Election-Official Discussion
« on: August 24, 2008, 04:52:36 pm »
A bit late, but I wanted to comment on this:

That's just the thing. Obama is almost too progressive. Moving forward at the rate he proposes is too fast (in my opinion), but also not a very smart move. I like his energy and his want for 'change', but thats the thing. I don't think he truly realizes what the political system is truly like. Half the stuff he proposes won't make it past the drawing board.

Half the stuff any presidential candidate proposes never sees the light of day.  They are either lofty campaign promises with no chance of coming to fruition, or are shot down by the legislature.  If you think Obama (or McCain) will deliver on all of his proposals, you're fooling yourself.

Not true! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Polk
*sigh* He's so dreamy.

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Spore: General / Re: GamesRadar 6 New Exclusive Spore videos!
« on: August 12, 2008, 10:18:33 pm »
Does your creature's complexity translate into the tribal clothing editor? I know part of limiting complexity is so file sizes aren't excessive. It seems that adding tribal clothing would push that file size up, considering it has to animate even more actions than before (I'm assuming).

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PC Games / Re: Recommend a Game for an Old Lady to Play
« on: August 10, 2008, 11:02:41 pm »
If you're really missing your Zelda fix, there are N64 emulators out there as well as downloadable versions of both Zelda: OOC and Majora's Mask. It's also not illegal, as long as you own the game. Fortunately for me I have a huge collection of those awful N64 cartridges, just not system to play them on any more.  :P

I would just warn you away from using bit torrent to download them since it's just asking for malware.

But yes, as far as modern games are concerned, the Elderscroll series is probably your best bet. Oblivion has better combat and graphics, but Morrowind was far better imo, just because it was so much more immersive. And I'm sure a young lass like yourself would have no problem reading dialogue yourself rather than listening to the same 5 voices repeating the same lines, hour after hour.

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Movies / Re: A 300 follow-up? HELL YEAH!
« on: July 29, 2008, 06:36:19 pm »
Pretty hard to imagine it was about Islamic Extremism considering that Islam didn't appear until about a millennium later and the Persians in the time period were probably Zoroastrians.  :-X

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I agree completely. One of my major beef's with Bush was that he cut taxes like Reagan, but spent like FDR. There needs to be a major purging of frivolous spending and earmarks in the federal government.
Bush cut taxes like Reagan and spent like Reagan.

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In the long run I believe Iraq will be an investment as far as oil prices are concerned. Will it cover the costs of the war? Not nearly. Will it ease panic over gas prices in the next few years as things settle down? Perhaps.
There's much, much more to war than a column marked "COST OF WAR" and another marked "PRICE OF OIL."

Perhaps you should read it again.

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Will it cover the costs of the war? Not nearly.

I know that there's much more to a war than just immediate monetary costs. The costs of lives, having to have a military presence in there for so many years, the damage done to our reputation on a global stage, etc.

I'm simply saying that we should reap what benefits we can from a bad situation. Making lemonade out of lemons so to speak. We're in Iraq. They have oil. We're paying a lot for oil. Our current economic situation is a complex system of levers and pullies. One of the cogs in that ****ty mess is pain at the pump. I'm merely suggesting we use whatever influence we have in Iraq to 'oil' that cog.  :P

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I don't want to get off subject about the war itself, but I guess that's what I'll do.  :D

Sure I've watched the news. Yes, there's still violence. Because well, this is a war. As much as the value of human life has gone up in the last century, in human life this war is not that costly in compared to say the invasion of Normandy or any major WWI battle. I believe things will settle down because the surge may have bought time for Iraqi forces to get their heads out of their collective asses.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/06/23/iraq.security/

I've also read reports by people on the ground. http://www.heritage.org/Research/NationalSecurity/hl1068.cfm The surge has had a definite affect. It's done its job, but the lasting impact has to be done inside Iraq. As much as people in that region can be fundamentalist psychos, socio-economics has a lot to do with it as well. The sooner they get the oil trade going smoothly and begin prospering, the less violence they'll see in the future. Other oil-rich nations in the area are thriving on those profits as is.

While the public may be too far away to get a clear picture, and a soldier might be too close to get the full one, somewhere in between is the facts. We're in Iraq for better or worse at this point. Might as well reap what benefits we can out of the situation.

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It depends which people you ask, really. As an economist by training myself (for what that's worth, if anything), I'd suggest that on balance he's done quite poorly. I can point to other examples of countries who have smoothed their cycles out to the point that they affect the economy significantly less. If I had to put anything down as a reason for the current decline, I would point to cutting taxes and raising spending (mostly on the military) as being the reason why the deficit ballooned, along with some underlying issues in the financial sector, as causing the current problems.

I'd be quite interested in seeing McCain's actual economic policy when he gets around to releasing some hard numbers. I just don't see how he can save nearly enough money by cutting pork barrel spending to balance the budget especially as he wants to maintain Bush's tax cuts and stay in Iraq for as long as possible (and maybe even start something with Iran). The numbers don't add up.

I agree completely. One of my major beef's with Bush was that he cut taxes like Reagan, but spent like FDR. There needs to be a major purging of frivolous spending and earmarks in the federal government.

In the long run I believe Iraq will be an investment as far as oil prices are concerned. Will it cover the costs of the war? Not nearly. Will it ease panic over gas prices in the next few years as things settle down? Perhaps.

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Perhaps I should have elaborated my view on McCain a bit more (forgive me, it was 3AM when I wrote that  :) ). Most people would agree that Bush's response to the economy has been moderate. There are some who would like him to use more government power to bail out the economy, mostly on a government-to-person rather than government-to-corporation basis. Others want him to keep the government out of economic affairs altogether. They argue that this is a normal economic cycle that repeats itself every 20-30 years. Intervention also decreases the value of the dollar, further weakening the US currency.

I think McCain has more balls than people give him credit for. However he's from the last generation of politics, which is why I (perhaps mistakenly) called him the status quo is comparison to Obama. I don't simply mean that he's a continuation of George Bush, but on the larger level of politics in the United States for the last fifty years which consists of fairly conservative suits(even our liberals were pretty conservative because of the Cold War) who are looking out for the capitalist.

Obama isn't just running as a Democrat, atleast not the same kind that has been in office before, but as someone disengaged from the current methods of politicking completely. A fresh new look might be exactly what we need. FDR held the economy together with duct tape, although ironically it took WWII to end the Great Depression. On the other hand he might simply buckle under the weight and become just another president. Or his tactics could backfire completely. We'll see.  :P

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Basically this election is about the transition from the baby boomer generation having the majority political sway to their children and grandchildren.

Honestly I've found that people in my generation (teens to mid-twenties) often dismiss the realpolitik of yesteryear simply because their parents bought into it. However I think placing so much faith in idealistic, young, inexperienced leaders is, at best a gamble.

I don't know for certain if Obama truly desires the change he's his campaign on. Or even exactly what the change is focused on. Many (some great) politicians have run on such things such as Teddy's Square Deal, FDR's New Deal, JFK's New Frontier, Johnson's Great Society. But all of them had definite issues that they addressed, if not definite strategy. 

Unfortunately for Obama, he's a Catch 22. Of those that believe he truly wants change, some believe it shows his youth and inexperience. Cynics may think it's merely another slogan used in an attempt at power mongering. It's hard to decide whether he is innocent or insidious. Harder still to decide which one is preferable.

Other nations embrace him, but I wouldn't necessarily consider that a good sign for voters in America. Every politician serves their constituency, including those in other countries. What is good for them may not be in our best interest.

While it may appear I'm just bashing Obama (I am conservative) I'm trying to keep this in a non-partisan viewpoint. There's simply not much to say about McCain. He represents the status quo. We know the country won't break under his leadership. On the same token, he brings less opportunity for improvement.

Obama is a multifaceted gamble. On the first roll of the dice, we find out if he's truly practicing what he preaches. On the next, we find out whether or not that collapses this house of cards or solidifies it.

While I personally will vote along my Republican party lines, I also submit to the likelihood that Obama is our next president. Let's hope he doesn't screw this up. I'm fairly sure if there's a God, I asked not to be alive during a Great Depression.

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Spore: General / Re: Spore Developer Walkthrough video
« on: July 26, 2008, 09:10:01 pm »
Vu calls it an "Accessories Editor" meaning that it's possible all stages share the same clothing editor (meaning that people in space stage can wear tribal clothing) but that they're unlocked as you progress. Note that there were blank slots (0:57 in video 2) where other articles of clothing would go.

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PC Games / Re: I am planning on buying a Geforce 7800 GT!
« on: November 30, 2005, 09:15:32 am »
  Currently my brother is trying to build his "super computer" and he's looked around and also thought the 7800 was a good deal. You should look at many different stores before you buy though, there are many different prices out there.

  I've also seen where you can have dual graphics card of the same type. So you might check if you can get maybe 2 lesser cards with this at a better price and still pump out better graphics.

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PC Games / Re: Fable
« on: November 06, 2005, 03:38:59 pm »
On the Xbox version I just kept doing arena, get to the final boss, hero save, reload. Rinse and repeat and max out every skill. Makes for some very easy gameplay.

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PC Games / Re: let the flaming commence!
« on: September 23, 2005, 08:55:15 pm »
Exactly! The look is nothing new, it looks like warcraft.

Unique doesn't have to be new if it's by the same maker. The game board has the trademark exaggerated characters as the MMO which had the same unique look as Warcraft 3.

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Obviously you have never played EQ. It has just as much story as WoW, EQ2 is even better, not only does the world have a story, everyone quest is highly detailed dramatically, WITH VOICE ACTING!

Obviously I didn't play EQ before Kunark and don't know what I'm talking about. I'm sorry, but the "story" in EQ was entirely driven by putting out new content. They didn't introduce Planes of Power for the story, it was merely a high level content expansion with "oh yea, let's throw in some storyline!". EQ2 did do a much better job, I'll admit. If only it were fun :D.

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Hmm, EQ2 has desert, forest, dungeons, mountains, plains, arctic terrain... Im not a fanboy for SOE, im just trying to prove a point here.

Certainly "desert, forest, dungeons, mountains, plains, and arctic terrain" aren't unique in one single game. I'm just saying that each of these areas are much more distinct than previous MMOs.

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That makes it derivative not unique.

It's unique in that it derivates so well. ??? . I'll let you ponder that dodge for awhile. ;D

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PC Games / Re: WOW
« on: September 21, 2005, 07:00:06 pm »
[that would be great. hopefully there will be a sort of gnome equivalent on the hord side, maybe goblin? But yeh a playable Naga would be great, I wonder what classes they could be. druid and shaman come to mind

Sorry, goblin cities are already the neutral cities of WoW where either side can go. I would, however, like a neutral side in the game, maybe they could go to either horde or alliance territories and even translate language, that would be rather neat. I expect they will create a third side of the conflict eventually with the blood elves and naga as they were on the same side in W3:FT but not really aligned with either horde or alliance.

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PC Games / Re: let the flaming commence!
« on: September 21, 2005, 06:52:28 pm »
Notice - I can't defend Steve's saying that the board game will include all these unique features, but WoW does have some distinct items about it that other's simply don't have. I will make several references comparing it to Everquest as this was the standard of MMOs for a long time.


For one, WoW didn't go for an ultra-realistic looking unviverse such as EQ2 tried to do (which .01% of gamers can run with even decent looking graphics).  It stuck to signature Warcraft 3 cartoony type animation and pulls it off fantastic. It has a background! For the most part MMOs including everquest have pretty much no story readily available. They made the world into much more distinct areas. In other MMOs you could hardly tell the difference between two zones. In WoW, you can literally go from a swamp to a desert in seconds or a light-filled shire forest to dread woods infested with undead and actually feel the difference. But, for the most part what makes it unique is that it does everything that other MMOs have done, and in spades. It is the culmination of the features present in most and will continue to expand into better things. Blizzard is notorious for making old formulas into something amazing and WoW doesn't deviate.

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