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99% of PC games now require you to basically ask the company permission to play their over priced piece of s***. No other form of media had this kind of faffing about.

We all know the real reason, not piracy, to prevent you selling on their poorly developed committee designed bottom biscuit.

Piracy is in fact the only real way you can actually enjoy PC games, especially if you have an unstable or no internet connection at all.

Now discuss!

Discuss (shakes fist)

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Everything Else / Charging for healthcare
« on: August 02, 2008, 07:53:27 am »
In some countries the nations healthcare is the responsibility of the government and while people are taxed more, they do not have to pay for any treatments they receive (except for things like prescriptions). While in others this burden is taken up by the private sector, although this means that the citizens of that country are not taxed as much they either have to get medical insurance or do without healthcare, in many of these countries there are certain benefits which allow the poorer people access to free health-care still.
Anyway The poll question is this, should medicine be run like a business or a government institution?

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Everything Else / Does anyone here get the UK edition of PC gamer?
« on: June 21, 2008, 02:21:11 pm »
I'm just wondering because there's a movie mentioned in the extra life section, it's basically done using snes type graphics and it features the four horsemen and lots of ludicrous violence. I've lost my issue but really want to see the move so I'm asking if anyone knows the title.

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Everything Else / I can agree with that!
« on: June 05, 2008, 12:40:58 pm »
Due to overwhelmingly argumentative atmosphere of this forum I've decided to create this topic as an interesting counter point. Basically a topic where you should only post if you agree, and we can all discuss the topic in a friendly agreeable way.

I've done it as a poll so I can change the topic and people don't have to go to the front page to find out.

First order of business.

Kittens and puppies - are they cute and fuzzy?

My sources say yes:




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Everything Else / For everyone I gave a personality test to
« on: June 04, 2008, 02:04:09 pm »
Does this look familiar?

Sorry for deceiving you all, I just wanted to see first hand if it worked.

Anyway nearly all of you agreed to the accuracy of most, if not all, of what was written, but generally found one or two things which were inaccurate. It's known as the Forer effect and it's generally used as an example of why we should be skeptical of psychics who claim they can determine our minds just by looking at you or something similar.

Of course our resident smart arse, Krakow Sam, worked out what it was straight away.

Oh for those wanting to know, my course does offer a module based on offender profiler, however I didn't take it up.

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STOP INSISTING ON USING EVERY GOD-DAMNED FUNCTION OF THE DS!!

I've just been playing zelda: phantom hourglass and the game plays like a catalog of bolted on gimmicks.

You have to shout, or blow, into the microphone in order to defeat certain enemies, or get key items.
The touch screen is used almost exclusively at the sacrifice of ease of play - After holding the stylus for an hour your hand feels more like a claw.
Some of the puzzles involving the DS functions are frustratingly vague - for example one requires you to close the DS then reopen it, however it says touch this symbol to the map, I tried for 5 minutes to drag it into the map screen!

There are other games that do this, for example vietiful joe - platform game that seems to want you to grow an extra hand, so you can play the game using the controls whilst using some of the touch screen gimmicks in order to progress through a level.

Anyway can anyone else think of any annoying examples of this sort of behavior?

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Everything Else / Internet Trolls
« on: May 02, 2008, 06:38:56 pm »
I just saw this on one my favorite animes, Cromartie High, and I though a number of you members might enjoy this;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrI7QUJfkvI

Anyway the topic is how do you deal with those cretins known as trolls?

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Console Games / Rockband to cost nearly £100 extra in the UK
« on: April 09, 2008, 08:38:01 am »
For no god damned reason!

Am I alone in being throughly sick and tired of American and Japanese games companies releasing their crap several months, or in some cases even years (I believe Rocket Slime still hasn't graced these shores, although I may be wrong) after they're released in American with a massive hike in the price for no reason. We got a s***ier version of the PS3 for far more and several months later than the Americans and Japanese who got the good one, the one with proper backwards compatibility and not some second-rate chip-set.

I know for a fact that it isn't a translation issue, PC games have far more dialogue and are mostly released internationally, some even have voice  actors recorded for each of the different languages as well.

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Everything Else / What do you believe in?
« on: April 06, 2008, 11:56:58 am »
This isn't the same as the religion topic I just want to see what everyone believes in seeing as how there seems to be two basic groups in the forums, the religious and the agnostic. Feel free to post your views as long as you follow these rules:

Do not respond to other peoples views, even if you believe them to be wrong. (If you ant to have a debate about religion then do it in the religion topic)

Do not post something you know to be inflammatory about another religion or about a personal philosophy or way of life, if you're not sure just ask yourself this: "If I belonged to that group and read this, would I be annoyed by that?"

Try and have at least a semblance of correct spelling and grammar within your replies, if you can't do this then PM me your post and I'll correct the spelling.

Above all be courteous and civil.

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That's the only explanation I can think of as to how he came up with this travesty: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/ap/20080319/img/pwl-aptopix-zimbabwe-voters-fe57900db1b60.html
more information here:
http://crybelovedzimbabwe.blogspot.com/2007/05/dead-are-no-loonger-respected-in.html
and here:
http://www.thezimbabweindependent.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19942:mugabe-raises-the-dead&catid=45:opinion-&Itemid=64

The simpsons episode I'm refering to is the one were side-show Bob becomes the mayor of Springfield.

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Jack Thompson is threatening to sue NIU, that is, unless they disclose information relating to the shooters video game history.

Here's a copy of the letter he faxed to them:
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Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request production of copies of all documents that reveal Steven Kazmierczak’s play of violent video games, including but not limited to the use of his computer to play Counter-Strike, which he apparently, according to the New York Post, used to rehearse for his Valentine’s Day Massacre at NIU.

The killers in the two worst school massacres in history—in Erfurt, Germanay, and at Virginia Tech University—similarly trained on Counter-Strike to rehearse for their killing sprees.

If I am not provided with this information, I shall bring a civil action  to secure these documents.

I don't know what this sick, deranged man hopes to achieve from this, other than showing the world what a reckless abandon he has for the emotions of others, threatening to sue a university which has just experienced this kind of ordeal is the mark of a truly twisted and warped mind. I'm sure the university authorities have better things to do during this time of crisis.

This is not too mention the fact that there were many other red flags about the individual who carried out the shootings, including the fact that he had been off his medication for an undisclosed psychiatric illness and had begun acting erratically.

Personally I've never felt this much contempt for an individual as I did when reading the above article.
The finally cherry on the cake is when the author of the article, himself shocked that someone could be so inconceivably insensitive emailed Thompson back to ask if he had actually done this, his reply:
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Of course I sent it to them, you idiot.

The NIU investigators have already responded, professionally, and told me they will get me this information in due time.  This is how you do this, which you wouldn’t know.
Jack Thompson - What a stellar human being....

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PC Games / Guitar hero 3 for the PC (Yes you read it right)
« on: January 19, 2008, 06:04:59 am »
Yes I know what you're thinking; guitar hero's out for the PC!?
I know! I was as shocked as you are, and going from the reactions of the various vapid game shop clerks. Judging from the looks they gave me it was as if I'd walked into my local supper market and asked for a pint of semi-skimmed unicorns milk and a  pillow filled with phoenix-down. For the life of me I cannot fathom why there's this much secrecy about this game being on the PC until my mind made the connection; guitar hero on the PC + some sort of song importer = colossal copy right infringements (by the way you can import songs)

Anyway just wondering if anyone else has bought this yet, and if not I'll let you know how it compares to the 360 version when it arrives (I've actually had to order it, although it was at a very reasonable £45.00 with the fisher-price guitar controller)

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Forum Games / Happy Prime!
« on: November 19, 2007, 07:03:41 am »
Okay as any maths geek, or doctor who fan, knows a happy prime is both a prime number and a happy number. A prime number is any number that can only be divided by itself or 1 to give an integer (whole number). A happy number is an integer number where each of the numbers that make it up is squared then added together, then each number that makes the new total is squared and added together. This repeats until you either get 1 or it continues on an indeffinate loop. A number which give 1 is said to be a happy number. For example 7;

    7^2 = 4^9
    4^2 + 9^2 = 97
    9^2 + 7^2 = 130
    1^2 + 3^2 + 0^2 = 10
    1^2 + 0^2 = 1

So seven is both happy and a prime.

My challenge is thus, who can come up with the highest happy prime that has the lowest number of 'steps'

for example 2309 has 5 steps
2309 = 94
94 = 97
97 = 130
130 = 10
10 = 1

You should show the steps.

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Everything Else / Super Mice! (cape optional)
« on: November 02, 2007, 11:57:31 am »
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/skynews/20071102/twl-mighty-mouse-key-to-a-human-breakthr-3fd0ae9.html

-basically they managed to make these mice live twice as long and be able to performs tasks way beyond their normal physical capacity both in terms of endurance and muscle power.

The only real side effect was a marked increase in aggression and seem to need to eat twice as much while only being half the weight of regular mice.

Anyone else thing that this is the first step towards super soldiers?

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