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Nickname Scottish Martial Arts
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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > etc.
21. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2014, 00:30 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:13:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:35:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:22:
There is no professional requirement for a credentialed journalist to have a degree in journalism. This should be pretty common knowledge to anyone past the age of 14.

Sure there's no professional requirement, good luck getting hired on at any publication without one though.

SMA has delusions of grandeur that he's right about everything and everyone else is wrong. Nevermind he doesn't understand the difference between and a games reviewer and an actual, real journalist, he'll never let the facts get in the way of his idiotic rants. He'd be laughable if he wasn't so pathetic.

Dude, ever since I graduated high school over a decade ago, I've posted here on average about twice a month, generally making very short posts which fade into the background. You on the other hand have spent a good chunk of your adult life staking out a claim for yourself as the BluesNews resident crank. The fact that you are accusing me of delusions of grandeur and always claiming to be right, when in fact I barely even post here, merely reinforces my thesis that something has gone seriously wrong when it comes to Halsy's mental state.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2014, 00:26 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:35:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:22:
There is no professional requirement for a credentialed journalist to have a degree in journalism. This should be pretty common knowledge to anyone past the age of 14.

Sure there's no professional requirement, good luck getting hired on at any publication without one though.

Without a bachelor's degree? Yes, good luck. With a bachelor's degree, in any major, with some school newspaper experience, a blog with some readership, and a few journalism related internships? Then, you stand a good chance of getting hired. Very few working journalists, be it at the New York Times, The Economist, Fox News, or the gaming "press", hold journalism degrees. The practicing field just hasn't found exceptional value in journalism school as career preparation, and unlike law or medicine it simply isn't a professional requirement.
 
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7. Re: etc. Oct 1, 2014, 15:22 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:06:
How odd. Dan's LI profile for education says....

University of Michigan
Statistics
1989 1994

That's so weird. I thought you had to go to J school to be an actual real journalist. Huh, so we can just make shit up and call ourselves what we like eh? Ok, in that case you may all address me as Dr. Cutter because I'm now a physician - even though I never went to school for it.

There is no professional requirement for a credentialed journalist to have a degree in journalism. This should be pretty common knowledge to anyone past the age of 14. Journalism school has its pros and cons -- most career journalists will tell you you're better off studying the area you want to specialize your coverage in, or foreign languages if you play to cover stories internationally, or even just English to improve your ability to write.

Seriously, Halsy, your comments over the past year or so make me wonder if we're seeing some sort of early onset dementia unfolding. Your posts delve into knee-jerk retardation with increasingly frightening regularity.
 
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13. Re: etc. Sep 27, 2014, 22:32 Scottish Martial Arts
 
I've had the Warthog HOTAS since 2012. Easily the best stick I've ever purchased and have had zero reliability problems. Prior to getting the Warthog, I could never pull off an air-to-air refueling in DCS A-10C; after I got one I could, without difficulty. It's strange that the article didn't discuss how tightly integrated the HOTAS into the DCS module: you flip a switch on your HOTAS, you see it flip on screen; you control the A-10C EXACTLY how it is controlled in real life. It's really a great setup. And as others have pointed out, if lack of stick twist throttle is a deal breaker, you aren't in the target market, i.e. the market that already has dedicated rudder pedals. The biggest thing about the HOTAS however is how REAL it feels. It's made of steel. In the winter, when you sit down with it on a saturday morning, the stick is cold, as are the throttle handles. There is no holding the thing steady with one hand while flying with the other. It's just rock solid.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 20, 2014, 12:25 Scottish Martial Arts
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 21:27:
I think this is the most entertaining video of why the moon landings couldn't have been faked. Ties in nicely with the VXGI vid above.

That's an old favorite of mine, and really presents the most convincing argument possible: we probably had the technology to go to the moon in 1969, but we most definitely did NOT have the technology to fake it in a film studio -- video technology just wasn't mature enough yet. I was really a bit disappointed with the Maxwell video though, since much of what it was debunking can be shown to be fallacious with a basic knowledge of photography and lighting, no advanced computer lighting engine required.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
17. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 12, 2014, 13:14 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 01:23:
And you mean the market cap that places America's corporations as Exxon, Apple, and Google in that order? You mean that it only took them less than 10 years to crush what easily should have been Microsoft's #2 spot? Who doesn't know about market cap? Uh huh, keep derpim' away.

And what's the number 4 US publicly-held corporation by market cap? Microsoft. What was number 3 in the first quarter of this year? Microsoft. Also, Exxon is the number 2 US publicly held company by market cap; Apple has the number 1 spot. It's almost like these corporations move up and down in their relative rankings but all are in the same tier of competition!

I frankly don't give a shit who is the biggest corporation, but if you're going to make an asinine comment (Apple and Google don't do stupid stuff like Microsoft) and then support it with a metric that cannot be directly compared (stock price) then you need to be called on it. And if you're suddenly so concerned about market cap, then why two days ago were you quoting stock prices as if that had any meaning? It's almost like you had the stunning revelation that not all publicly held corporations have the same number of outstanding shares, subsequently googled "market cap", and are now backpedaling and shifting goal posts in a desperate attempt not to look like a jack ass.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 12, 2014, 00:57 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 11, 2014, 20:05:
It's a shame Cutter never reads any responses to how wrong he is, as we never got him to clarify this boneheaded comment:
Cutter wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 20:00:
The Pyro wrote on Sep 10, 2014, 19:23:
For reference, Microsoft is currently the 3rd largest company in the world with a market capitalization of $340 billion. They have 100,000 employees. This offer puts the value of Mojang at almost 1% of that... an indie game being valued at almost 1% of the dominant business software company on the planet!

It's ridiculous.

But of course this isn't real money, here... it's inflated shares of stock. If you try to cash out all at once then you destroy the value of your stock in the process. You still end up filthy rich, of course...

MS Stock? 50 bucks a share.

Apple? $100. Google? $600. Why? Because they don't do dumb stuff like this.

Silly Beamer! Don't you know that all publicly traded corporations have exactly the same number of shares on the market? It's totally an apples-to-apples comparison! No one even knows what market capitalization is anyway!

 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
13. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 7, 2014, 20:18 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 17:08:
Most sports aren't even sports. They're glorified hobbies. Baseball, golf, et al. are all hobbies IMO.

Eh, baseball requires some pretty phenomenal athletic ability, both in terms of sheer physical prowess and in terms of mechanical skill. No, it does not involve a lot of running back and forth, but I find it really hard to watch a short stop make a successful diving catch, spin onto a knee, and then make an accurate, fast throw in a split second to make the double play, and then, having watched such a feat, turn around and liken the game in which it occurred to darts, pool, or golf.
 
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
22. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Sep 1, 2014, 19:03 Scottish Martial Arts
 
djinn wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 16:47:
JohnBirshire wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 00:10:
Trying to remember if I played through ICW1 or 2. Which one had a museum towards the end with a frozen whale in it?

That was near the end? I must have been so close to completing, but got stuck on some boss in a dungeon beyond that point.

The glacier and ice museum is between upper and lower Dorn's Deep as I recall. Lower Dorn's Deep is the last major dungeon, although it's a freaking huge one and there's still an end game area afterwards.
 
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
17. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Sep 1, 2014, 10:29 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Domgrief wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 02:45:
I think the larger problem with these remakes is that, no matter how much you polish the engine, AD&D 2.5 still feels 20 years old. Most people who know what THAC0 means are probably grandparents by now.

Although the AD&D 1e and 2e THAC0/AC/Saving Throw system was pretty obtuse -- lower is better except when it's not! -- once you got your head around the mechanics I thought it made for pretty decent gameplay. The weaknesses of early D&D, and how they continue to influence latter editions, have been beaten to death, but compared to modern cRPGs the system was challenging, yet fair, and forced you to respect the limitations of your character and the dangers of resorting to combat. Of course the computer implementations of D&D didn't really give you many alternatives to combat, if any, but that sense of danger and need for precise tactics which persists from the early through the mid levels of DnD is something modern games really don't capture,
 
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
16. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Sep 1, 2014, 10:22 Scottish Martial Arts
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 00:10:
Trying to remember if I played through ICW1 or 2. Which one had a museum towards the end with a frozen whale in it?

If I recall correctly, Icewind Dales were more linear and combat focused than the Baldurs Gates.

That was Icewind Dale 1.

They were linear, although the emphasis on combat was about the same. Furthermore, most people misremember how "open" Baldur's Gate 2 was: although it's predecessor was pretty non-linear, BG2's main plot was completely linear, and once you got on the boat to go to the asylum island, which was at the end of chapter 3, you were committed to proceeding linearly through the plot content, without deviation and no way but forward, until the very last quest. In effect, you get out of the opening dungeon and discover a huge open world, and then get locked out of that world as soon as you get past the first major plot quest. Likewise, Throne of Bhaal was just as linear as either of the Icewind Dales. In contrast, BG1 was mostly non-linear, but much of it's game world was very content light.
 
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
4. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Aug 31, 2014, 16:05 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Icewind Dale 1 was superb. Easily the best dungeon design of the IE series, and among the best of CRPGs in general. Each one oozed with atmosphere, had its own backstory, and had some great encounters and puzzles too. The first expansion was kind of weak, but the fact that they made a second, excellent expansion and gave it away for free in response to the disappointment more than made up for it.

I miss Black Isle.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Aug 14, 2014, 22:51 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Creston wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 13:00:
The fact the girls are dressed like they're getting ready for a Brazzers shoot doesn't bother me.


Completely off-topic but that reminds me of something a friend recently said: "It's getting increasingly difficult to tell female Fox News anchors apart from Brazzers porn stars." I'm kinda inclined to agree.
 
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News Comments > DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Open Beta
6. Re: DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Open Beta Aug 8, 2014, 19:08 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Tom wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 18:25:
DCS terrain includes Georgia and southern Russia. It does not include Crimea.

No, but it was in Lock-On, and adding it back into the DCS map is due with EDGE, which is only a month or two out.
 
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3. Re: DCS: Fw 190 D-9 Dora Open Beta Aug 8, 2014, 18:11 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Wildone wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 17:43:
In the Crimea.. FFS they need NEW MAPS....

Which was a major Eastern Front battlefield...

Yes, they definitely need new maps, but the Crimea, the Kuban, and the Caucasus were the primary AO for Army Group South. The classic Peckinpah WWII film, Cross of Iron, was all about the German retreat from Crimea. So in this case, for the first time since they started branching out beyond the modern day air/land environment, it actually fits. Plus, the Western Front WWII-era terrain map is due in the Fall.
 
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News Comments > Dota 2 (Source 2?) Workshop Tools
2. Re: Dota 2 (Source 2?) Workshop Tools Aug 7, 2014, 14:40 Scottish Martial Arts
 
If the speculation is accurate, then that means the technology that would conceivably run a Half-Life 3 is live. I'd call that significant.  
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3. Re: etc. Aug 6, 2014, 19:05 Scottish Martial Arts
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 15:40:
Never understood pre-orders. Games are not in limited quantity and the game never ages (or does so extremely slowly). I've been playing Dark Souls II a few months behind everyone and it's still amazing.

I remember preordering N64 games in middle school, because copies were always so scarce on and for a few months after launch. It literally took me the better part of a year to track down a copy of Shadows of the Empire. These days though, particularly with digital distribution, there is no reason to pre-order a game. The last time I did so, it was for Doom 3, a decade ago.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Jul 31, 2014, 22:44 Scottish Martial Arts
 
NewMaxx wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 16:03:
I'm not going to read the article, but I've had the argument with many people about whether video games are inherently "good" or "bad."

Unsurprisingly, the article isn't that good of an argument for why game's are vacuous, although that really isn't the main concern of the article, being a film review. The author's justification is that as an adult he no longer finds games interesting, as he did as child and teen, and that therefore they must be shallow. Also unsurprisingly, most of the gaming sites which have attempted to rebut this article offer up "I like games, therefore they must be good." as their counterargument.

I won't attempt to answer objectively whether games are good or bad, but I can say subjectively, looking at the role they have played in my own life, that as my life has changed for the better, and as I've grown into a happier person who makes more meaningful and fulfilling use of my time, games have increasingly fallen into the background. I still play them, and enjoy them, and probably always will, but when it comes to media consumption, it's not difficult to find richer fare, and when it comes to experiences in general, for me at least there are other things to do which contribute a lot more to my happiness.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 28, 2014, 23:01 Scottish Martial Arts
 
saluk wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 17:10:
I had my close-up digital view of liberty island back in 2000! Still remember how cool it was to play in liberty island in the first Deus Ex - back when using real settings as game backdrops was a rare novelty.

Definitely. I took a trip to visit NYC in 2002, and when I went to Battery Park and Liberty Island, I was matching up my mental map of the game levels with what I was seeing for the first time in real life. Real life Liberty Island was quite a bit smaller.
 
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News Comments > DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases
7. Re: DCS: F-86F Sabre Pre-purchases Jul 27, 2014, 22:26 Scottish Martial Arts
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 21:08:
Going by the current pace of development that must be scheduled for the year 2525 or something like that, right?

The new terrain engine, EDGE, will release with the next patch, which is due in 2-3 months. Nellis AFB will launch with it, the WWII Western Europe Theatre is due by year's end, and several unannounced terrain maps are confirmed as being in develop with unnamed 3rd party partners, for what that's worth. All of this is subject to change of course, and it's been a LONG wait, but it does look like 2014 is the year the terrain floodgates finally open.
 
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