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Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: February 01, 2016, 02:39:56 pm »
But it's a broken system and thus has to be fixed!

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: February 01, 2016, 02:06:40 pm »

Art / Re: Looking for people to help me create art for my game
« on: January 31, 2016, 05:04:23 pm »
I'm really out of practice with animation. I don't think I even have a copy of flash installed any more.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 31, 2016, 01:39:26 am »
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Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 30, 2016, 08:48:12 pm »
Only wants to?

Trump gets what trump wants.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 30, 2016, 05:39:31 pm »
Maybe. But whether it's a threat or not, it 1. won't happen, logistically and 2. is still a call to action. I'd like to think he's bluffing, but in actuality, the impact is the same whether it's a bluff or not. It's still a call to action and a demand for a better solution.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 30, 2016, 05:16:41 pm »
You seem to be convinced that every Trump supporter is an 8 year old watching Nickelodeon and then running into walls shouting that his name is Patchy the pirate.

Personally, I tend to think he's not as extreme with racism as a lot of people think. Even attackers trust Trump's brashness and so assume everything he says is genuine and heartfelt rather than calculated. I watched an interview where he was being pressured about ISIS plans and Trump essentially told them off because ISIS is watching the goddamn news and he can't threaten them with any action if they know it's a threat; it defeats the purpose. There's no bluff to call.

I feel like a few of his other stances, like the mexican wall and muslim ban, are proposals he does not genuinely expect to come to fruition. But they're threats. They draw attention to issues and spark discussion and inspire the people who are able to come up with better plans to do so. It's a call to action. But of course, if Trump comes out and says it's just talk, the desired effect is ruined.

In the same interview, he mentioned his book, The Art of the Deal, and that no one in politics seems to know what it is and that's what he's bringing to the table. Haggling. Start at a high point and let someone else make a better offer.

Look back to when Trump was talking about the muslim ban and saying it would fall in place until 'we figure things out' and that he wishes he didn't have to enact such a policy in the first place, but again, 'there's a problem that needs to be solved'. The goal is to find a better answer before enacting the ban in the first place. But again, if he said the muslim ban was just a threat and he didn't plan on actually doing it, then nothing would get done.

I do not believe that Trump is quite as racist as most would claim. I believe he is more calculated than many give him credit for. I also do not believe that his followers are impressionable children being handed kool-aid and told to drink.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 30, 2016, 04:54:49 am »
I mean, think about what the protesters are doing. An event held for supporters is held for the audience as much as for the candidacy. If a protester feels like a movie or play or some other type of performance is an affront to their morals, they stand around outside with signs and get ignored as they should be. If the opening scrawl starts up in the premiere for episode VII and some dude jumps in front of the projector waving his arms and shouting, "Jar-Jar", you're damn straight he'd get thrown out in the cold, if he's not trampled to death along the way.

Interrupting a candidate in the middle of a supporter event is not just an obnoxious waste of the candidate's time, but of the audience's as well. It's for supporters, not people on the fence. A couple of fools shouting another candidate's name, no matter who they support or who they're antagonizing, will not change a single person's mind. All it does is waste time for tens of thousands of people, hundreds of thousands. Free speech in this country has always been limited to protect the rights of others. An interruption of this nature does nothing beneficial and only wastes other people's time, and in many cases time is money. There are many who would say it's about damn time someone wasn't allowed to get away clean with such a display of selfishness.

Console Games / Re: Kingdom Hearts
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:44:27 pm »
The plot being so convoluted and ridiculous from II on helped its popularity in a way, because it's a great spark for conversation. It's a good series for getting people WAY too into it.

The original came out when I was entering early teens and I loved the series for a long time. I didn't really tire with any game in the series until I hit DDD because in Dream Drop it forces you to swap spontaneously between Sora and Riku every fifteen minutes or however long it is so it basically puts a timer on boss fights and I had both Sora and Riku in the final boss at once, at relatively low levels because I don't grind at all ever in KH games, and the damage they did is so miniscule that I ended up swapping back and forth three times each character before finally beating the boss, not from death because I'd almost never get hit but just from the arbitrary time limit. I then tried to go back half a year ago or so to emulate Birth By Sleep and I only went halfway through it before just getting bored and wanting to play other things. But BBS is the grindiest in the entire series, so that might have something to do with it.

KH1 was relatively limited in terms of magic variety and whatmayhaveyou so mashymash was pretty much the only way to go. KH2 has a faster tool for magic access and each elemental type also has different ranges and qualities, etc, making them far more interesting. The portable games (BBS, 358, coded, ddd) replace the menu with a pre-slotted deck like from CoM and mp with a cooldown system, where some abilities reload faster than others as well, and there are special elemental and non keyblade attacks in addition to spells/items/etc. The longer you go in the series, the less mashy you can get away with and the more you have to really use abilities well to cap out your damage.

Portable Games / Re: A Comprehensive Pokémon Thread
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:26:36 pm »
Now I really want Pikachu to replace Cole Phelps.

I have TTS and Netrunner has always been something I've meant to try my hand at. I'm pretty sure I already have a version of the LCG from the workshop but I've never actually used it.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 28, 2016, 09:01:13 pm »
I agree.

Quote from: Reuters
Trump was by far the most-searched-for candidate on Google during the first half of the debate, at one point outpacing the second-most-searched-for candidate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, by nearly four-to-one, according to Google Trends data.

PC Games / Re: Fallout 4 (Wild mass guessing ahoy!)
« on: January 25, 2016, 10:06:47 am »
Sorry, I try to channel my inner plebeian as an instinct so that Billy doesn't cram me into a locker.

PC Games / Re: Fallout 4 (Wild mass guessing ahoy!)
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:47:53 am »
One thing I want to point out here is that developing a new game isn't always the beautiful creative process that you imagine, Pat. There are some developers who look at their creation as art, true. But there are many others, as there have been since the beginning of the industry, who look at it as a paycheck and not much more. For them, it's not the creative process mixing with business. It's business mixing with business. Game elements and plot points aren't chosen to weave together a beautiful and cohesive narrative but simply because they're the package which best sells the product.

A good example of this is a recent interview with the Street Fighter series producer. Note that throughout the entire piece, he does not make a single illusion to the game's art style or ascetic or touch on the content of the new story mode or even what goes on for the DLC trailer he was teasing. Instead, it's all about business, and building an audience and broader sales and new financial strategies. Because Street Fighter V is not art. Street Fighter V is a profitable (probably) product. Just because video games are art does not mean that video games HAVE to be art.

Don't think about the video game industry as a single entity. Instead, there are two. The big budget scene mostly looks at gaming as a business, analyzing market trends and creating products which they believe will sell well in that environment. And as long as they guess right, there will be plenty of people who eat it up time and time again, whether an elaborate creative process was involved or not.

Then there's the 'indie' scene, which I say in quotes because I will include crowdfunding in this as well and not every crowdfunded game is indie. Hell, not every 'indie' game is really indie. The point is that what 'indie' really means is not independence from publishers or whatnot, not anymore. What it means is creative freedom. There are some more traditional publishers out there who still allow more creative freedom, and those games can just as easily slide into this category. These games usually have smaller budgets and are not made for huge profit margins or because of market patterns, but because the developer feels inspired to make something. A game like Undertale is not in the same category as a game like Fallout 4. One was created because someone really wanted to make a game and had some cool ideas. The other was made because people like making money and will more readily shovel cash to an established brand and Bethesda already has out a few Elder Scrolls projects in the works so it might as well be another in the Fallout line.

There is room in this world for both industries. But they are two separate business categories with two completely different modes of operation.

Everything Else / Re: 2016 Elections
« on: January 25, 2016, 09:15:47 am »
That 'I have a Bernie boner sign' leads me to question the holder's political legitimacy.

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