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Real Name Michael Rigs   
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Description ATI lackey - Hardcore PC gamer (simRacing, flight-sims, space-sims, strategy/wargames) - PC builder/troubleshooter (25+ years) - Weather fanatic (especially winter storms, blizzards and Nor'Easters)
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Signed On Sep 10, 2002, 02:12
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News Comments > Hatred Announced
35. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 17, 2014, 05:32 Rigs
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 03:12:
You hit on some valid points there but then you go off on a tangent that has nothing to do with reality. So you have changed, grown up, etc good for you. But the WORLD HAS DEFINITELY NOT CHANGED. You listed some examples there of Roman depravity, school shootings and whatnot. Things are bad. They have always been bad. They will probably get much worse. We are still the same semi intelligent homo sapiens that crawled out of a filthy cave 50,000 years ago. We can change laws, pretend to be progressive and liberal but the same urges that drove us back then, drive us now. Ignoring them is more dangerous than facing them and acknowledging they exist. This game might very well turn out to be garbage like you said, and you are welcome to ignore it but I dont think its the second coming of the Antichrist, just like none of those games we played way back when never turned out to be either.

You compare the way we used to act centuries ago to our society now and say nothing has changed? Seriously? Last I looked, we weren't holding gladiatorial contests to the death for sport (not to mention charging for admission). And I certainly didn't get a wife by knocking her over the head with a club and dragging her by her hair back into my lair for the sole purpose of breeding. (Though, that could have been one of her complaints in the divorce papers but I don't recall doing it) I refuse to assume that you're too stupid to see the difference between the way society was even 30 years ago compared to now, in regards to 'entertainment values'. Rather, I think a more likely answer is that you simply don't want to (at least publicly) admit that the bar can, indeed, be pushed too far, because that would show an apparent weakness in your 'tough, manly' self-image (just like 95% of the other males in this country, and, apparently, on this board).

I'm not saying this game is the end of the world or that it will cause mass shootings and violence. But I don't see how anyone can deny children and young adults, those without any kind of context to base their feelings on, don't have some kind of adverse effect at seeing images such as these routinely and indulging in this kind of fantasy. This game promotes some of the very worst behavior that mankind can do on a personal level, with a very serious and dark tone surrounding it. Other games like GTA, Saints Row, Postal and Doom/Quake had a different tone to them when playing.

I'm trying to make a coherent point but it's been a long 36 hours and I'm pretty damn tired. Hopefully something I said made some sense.


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News Comments > Hatred Announced
32. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 17, 2014, 03:03 Rigs
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 02:18:
I cant view the trailer at work, but what the hell? Some of the reactions here are surprising to say the least, not to mention disturbing. When did Bluesnews turn into a bastion of political correctness? Listen up you hypocrites, we played through Wolf3d, Doom1, 2 & 3 (where we went to hell), Heretic, Hexen, Blood3d, Shadow Warrior, Duke3d, Postal, Carmageddon, GTA1-5, etc. etc. etc.

We plowed through millions of tons of virtual blood, brains, bones and gore, we killed demons, people, innocent civilians, german soldiers, children in Fallout2, streethookers, junkies, yuppies, and endangered animals. Most of this in our youth, and somehow this game is a stinking pile of shit and taboo?

Judgemental much?

Judgemental? No. Became a mature adult and tired of seeing this garbage as yet one more thing to try to shock and awe us while simultaneously pushing the bar lower and lower? Yes. You notice half of those games you just listed are over a decade old. I played Doom in high school. I played Blood and Shadow Warrior on nights I wasn't out trying to get laid. Now? My priorities have changed. I'm a father now. My sensibilities have changed. THE WORLD HAS CHANGED! You can sit there and deny it all you want, it doesn't change the facts. Society isn't what it was back when DOOM ruled. Since then we've had numerous school shootings, terrorist attacks, anthrax, now Ebola. As much as we want to think that society is the same as it was when Friday the 13th and Nightmare and Texas Chainsaw were in theaters (for the first time), it's not. We constantly push the limits in what kind of horror and gore 'entertainment' we produce - why? Because we're NUMB. Like a junkie, we want that thrill, that 'high' we got from playing DOOM and Quake and that rush from watching the original horror films of the 70's and 80's. But it's not going to happen by pushing the limits past their breaking points. Where does it end? According to John Grisham just viewing child porn shouldn't be illegal. His argument is that viewing it is like viewing any other crime on the computer. You wouldn't lock someone up for watching a robbery or a shooting online, right? So why would you lock someone up for watching child porn? it doesn't hurt anyone. You would know that viewing things like that are not legal in real life. Do you agree with that? Do we have to get to Roman levels of depravity before someone wakes up and realizes we've been down this path before and it doesn't turn out well?

Yakata wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 01:06:
Awesome!

"It's really the first time ever that I'm wondering if it's a game that should be made."
"Fuckin' disgusting...if their intent was to get me to gag and consider it filth, then they've succeeded with flying colors."

You know what makes the game even better ? That it butt-hurts hypocritical responders like this.

Congratulations for being the very first person in 14 years to hit my IGNORE filter! Even fredrickson didn't warrant it but you, I guess you just picked the wrong night to rub me the wrong way...

Yakata wrote on Oct 17, 2014, 01:06:
*Legal Disclaimer : I can tell fantasy from reality. I have empathy for the suffering of others. I am not a mass murdered

Good for you, trying to cover your ass at the last minute... Rolleyes


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News Comments > Hatred Announced
11. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 16, 2014, 22:03 Rigs
 
Fuckin' disgusting...if their intent was to get me to gag and consider it filth, then they've succeeded with flying colors. I'm sorry but no one is ever going to change my mind when I say that those that think this shit up and produce it definitely have to have a screw or two loose. Flame me for getting my panties in a bunch all you want, this is nearly as bad as 'A Serbian Film' only in interactive form. I can bet you good Monopoly money that this will be played by those kids in middle/high school that think it's funny to torture animals and run over kittens heads with a lawn mower. We all knew/know those types in school I'm talking about. This is their ultimate fap fantasy given form and it's despicable...


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News Comments > RYSE: Son of Rome Released for PC
25. Re: RYSE: Son of Rome Released for PC Oct 12, 2014, 02:17 Rigs
 
I wasn't watching the trailer the first time through, just listening and I heard, "Maximum Armor" and I popped my head up from under the table (dropped my pen) and was like, 'who said that?!'

Had to watch the trailer again to see they threw in the ol' suit for a little laugh. Maybe part of a DLC? That would be kinda cool. Mix things up, would be nice to get back in the suit again... *thinks about re-installing Crysis3 for another go, maybe actually finish it this time?*

On a side note: my HD7850 does NOT want to render the 4k stream no matter what I do. I get a slideshow and the top half of the picture, nothing more. Of course, it doesn't really matter as I'm running this on a 19" standard (as in not widescreen) Samsung Syncmaster 931b, so I'm probably not gonna get the full 'effect' anyway...
 
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News Comments > Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup
13. Re: Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 12, 2014, 01:56 Rigs
 
Now, see, with something like that, Limit Theory, I could do a Minecraft/Space Engineers/KerbalSP kinda deal where it slowly gets better and better, with not everything there at first but letting the mod makers get in there and start branching out, maybe even giving the dev some ideas. That's something I would wholeheartedly support. That, to me, is what game development is. But I can't support something like what was done with Planetary Annihilation, where the game was cut at some arbitrary point, called FINAL, have a small team left over for any bugs and then work on the next BIG THING. That I would NOT and will NOT support...


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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Delayed
2. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Delayed Oct 9, 2014, 19:45 Rigs
 
Because 'hurry up and finish the things that should have been final months ago' doesn't quite sound like PR poetry...


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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced
21. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced Oct 6, 2014, 20:55 Rigs
 
Creston wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:37:
Rigs wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:17:
I was, like everyone else, I suppose, shocked at Chewie's death. But they handled it pretty well and gave a lot of thought and weight to it.

Thought and weight? They dropped a fucking MOON on him

You gotta admit that was pretty inventive, though. Not hit by debris, not shot by blaster bolt or Vong wiggly-spear, not blown up, not wasting away...no, he stood there and shook his fist at a motherf'n moon before going splat/boom...that's what I call 'going out like a BOSS'. He was a Wookie, not much else could bring him down, out of all the shit they'd been through (EU, canon and non), I'd say it was rather fitting...

...but the Falcon can fly away, even though they were close enough to it happening that Han was trying to REACH OUT to Chewie.

Well, it had to be high stakes and dramatic otherwise everyone would complain that he got taken out like a little bitch, Tasha Yar-style...

(IIRC, only read that terrible, terrible fucking book once, and it was a long time ago. That entire Yuuzhan Vong series was awful.) RA Salvatore is a fucking hack.

I'll admit it was definitely alien to anything else that seemed to fit in that universe, but I think that was kind of the point. They were from another galaxy, so they had to be a bit different. The language, names and description of the Yuuzhan Vong were really out there, especially when compared to the relatively straight-forward looks of the Star Wars universe before the 'Vong' series. But, there really was only so many times some Imperial warlord would hatch an evil scheme and try to take over the galaxy, only to be rebuffed and outsmarted by the Rebels or the New Republic (henceforth known as 'The Somewhat Morally Better Guys'). It works for Skeletor, Cobra and Dr. Claw but it wasn't going to work for very long in the Star Wars world.


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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced
16. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced Oct 6, 2014, 16:17 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 14:54:
Creston wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 14:49:
Task wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 14:30:
And of course badasses like Mara Jade, which is an infinitely better female character than anything Episode 7 will produce.

I wanted to set fire to the entire EU staff when they (MASSIVE SPOILER!) killed her at the hands of snivelly bitch Jacen. Best character in Star Wars. I luv Mara.

If they bring Chewbacca and kill him again, I'm gonna lose my shit...

You know, about that...when I first read Vector Prime, I was, like everyone else, I suppose, shocked at Chewie's death. But they handled it pretty well and gave a lot of thought and weight to it. They didn't rush it (even though things were moving pretty quickly at that point in the book's story) and they spent a pretty long time on the fallout from it, how Han reels from it, how his son deals with the guilt...I think if you're going to kill off a major character, this was probably one of the best ways to do it. It wasn't cliched, he didn't jump in front of the blaster shot because Han didn't shoot first (ugh) or get Wookie cancer/aids/hepatitis (there-by turning it into a message about abstinence or some politically correct bullshit). I always wondered what kind of input Lucas gave on the subject and if he was one that liked the idea or just put up with it because he was busy with the prequels?

That said, I think there are severe deficiencies in the book itself. The whole thing with the kids is just obnoxious and...drips of fan fiction. Some of the other regular characters that we know don't act like we are used to seeing, Leia being overly emotional and Luke exceedingly distant. The race through the asteroid field is just dumb in the extreme. Lando doesn't quite seem himself, either. I dunno. Something was just off. Maybe it was me, maybe I was reading into it wrong. Other parts of the book were very good, like the destruction of Sernpidal and the battle toward the end when the SD Rejuvenator is taken out.

This being the first in the 'Vong' series, they obviously had to up the stakes to show what a threat they were to the characters and galaxy we knew but...damn...whatever happened to just focusing on smaller stories? Everything has to one-up the threat they faced before and before you know it, they're having to pull from other galaxies just to compensate...That should have been an indication that something needs a re-think...


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News Comments > Crusader Kings II Charlemagne Expansion This Month
9. Re: rusader Kings II Charlemagne Expansion This Month Oct 4, 2014, 19:06 Rigs
 
'The Oming Of The Rusader' was a popular slang in the mid-12th century that described a holy knite and his band of Mary Men as they barkem'd up a campaign that saw many carnage and much deaths[2]...so much so that none of it was cleaned up because...well, there wasn't anyone to clean it up[2]...'

-Wikipedia.org, 'The Oming of the Rusader' and resulting carnage, circa 1163, along the Doom River, not far from the mighty (and eternally messy) Blu Tower


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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 Launches
19. Re: Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 Launches Oct 4, 2014, 12:11 Rigs
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 10:21:
Just curious but I haven't been in the joystick market since...like, Falcon 4.0 days and am wondering if anyone has a recommendation for 'entry level' models and brands which has more functionality than an Atari controller. Like, lets start with a 50$ price point without including the shipping.

I used to have a Saitek X-45 and that thing was pretty nice. I sold mine as I didn't do much with it to justify keeping it, it went toward my Logi G-25 fund at the time since I'm much more of a simRacer than a simFlyer. The only problem I had with mine was that I felt it was pretty stiff. I've heard that the X-52 is better in that regard. You also have the Logi G-940 setup and the crème de la crème - the Warthog, which I think is kinda of overkill for your purposes.


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News Comments > NASCAR '14 Demo
2. Re: NASCAR '14 Demo Oct 4, 2014, 06:58 Rigs
 
NKD wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 18:04:
Left Turn Simulator 2014. Get hype!

It's just a little more complicated than that....


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News Comments > Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record
40. Re: Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record Oct 1, 2014, 21:35 Rigs
 
Tweaked wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 21:19:
Star Citizen already has Multiplayer and single player content.

Here's a video of me playing some:
http://youtu.be/JoD-Rhs6Qp8

Playing against AI bots in a muliplayer map is not what I consider 'single player content'...try again...


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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 21:32 Rigs
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

Could have been worse...they could've called it WindowsX...


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News Comments > The Sims 4 Content Update Adds Ghosts; Pools Coming
3. Re: The Sims 4 Content Update Adds Ghosts; Pools Coming Oct 1, 2014, 21:27 Rigs
 
Slick wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:03:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:39:
Well this S*(T actually managed to get worse ... its hard to believe the size of the brain hemorrhage it must have taken to come up with this CRAP.

OH I GOT IT! I GOT IT!! LETS ADD GHOSTS YAH. THATS A GOOD IDEA. AND WELL WE WILL MAKE IT WHERE THEY CAN AFFECT THE REAL WORLD. LET ME TAKE ANOTHER HIT ON THE BONG MAN!!!

someone's off their meds

Oh, no, he's always like that...it's when he takes his 'meds' is when we need to go into lockdown...


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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 17:01 Rigs
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:01:
Fion wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 13:19:
It's click-bait, I didn't even read it.

wait...

Damn you Cutter and your bedeviling influence!

It's not rocket surgery. This FB deal will go down as one of the worst of all time, right behind MS' acquisition of Mojang.

You already used that joke, Cutter. In addition, I'm going to hold you to that prediction...

*gets awkwardly close*

I mean, I'm really going to hold you to it. *sniffs*

*walks out without further explanation*


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News Comments > Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record
35. Re: Star Citizen's $55M Sets Crowdfunding Record Oct 1, 2014, 16:49 Rigs
 
I'd be extremely surprised if they came up with any single-player content whatsoever before the end of the year. Obviously, most people are comparing SC's status to that of Elite: Dangerous, with good reason. Both were started at the same time and both have similar target features. The only real difference is scope and focus. E:D is single-player focused on fighting and trading. SC is multi-player (with caveats) focused on fighting, racing ( Huh ), some trading and exploration with a single-player campaign back story. If one takes a look at E:D's progress, they can see that while it's released alphas and betas during development, it's mainly stayed on a traditional game dev path. Two years of work, one full product with possible expansions later. When one looks at SC's development, however, things get...muddy. There's no clear path. After two years, there seems to be only one part of the game functional with no other parts shown except through pre-rendered trailers or concept art, not to mention lots and lots of talk. If you want details on how they want the game to be, when all is said and done, then you won't have a problem finding that. The production values of their, uh, production is off the charts, when compared to similar games in the past. But when you want to sit down and compare what SC has to show as to E:D, things quickly fall apart. Where as E:D has the workings of nearly a complete game while still deep in beta, SC has a hangar, a limited deathmatch map and a racing map. So two maps and an FPS hangar? After TWO YEARS and $50+ million?

Things just don't add up when you apply simple logic to things. If this were any other product, the outrage would be palpable. See the recent meltdown of the Bitcoin makers Butterfly Labs and Hashfast over at Arstechnica for a glimpse into that. But, because this is a game, it seems the normal rules don't apply? This industry gets away with a lot of crap that other industries would implode from but this either has to be one of the biggest cons the gaming industry has ever seen or a revolution in the way games are going to be made from now on. Given Robert's track record with Freelancer, another 'revolutionary' sim, I have my doubts and I don't think I'm alone. One thing is for sure. He better start showing more progress and soon...


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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Drivers
11. Re: New AMD Catalyst Drivers Sep 30, 2014, 21:23 Rigs
 
Artifacting is almost definitely a symptom of heat! I would open the case and get a fan on that thing and then see if it does it. If it's not heat, it could be from memory errors, either main RAM or the card's VRAM (DDR5). Flash has been a hunk of absolute garbage for months, along with Java. I've had so many problems with Firefox stuttering and grinding things to a halt it's ridiculous. This happens on ALL my systems and even on everyone else's I know. I don't know what they did, but after version 30 of FF and the latest Flash updates, it's gone downhill in a hurry...

When you're on Facebook, scrolling down the newsfeed or on Youtube, does it stutter or stop all of a sudden, then maybe the window's title bar will pop up and say 'Not Responding' for a second, or Firefox's icon on the taskbar will disappear and then reappear real quick, then it'll start scrolling again? This is what happens every. single. time. I look at my newsfeed in Firefox. It's maddening!

As for the BSOD's, I wish I knew the answer. I don't think it's just because it's an AMD because my HD5770 works without fault. It's about as solid as humanly possible...I just haven't had the patience to sit and test different theories. I just want to game, dammit! Not diagnose problems!


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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 30, 2014, 20:38 Rigs
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 19:38:
edaciousx wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 19:03:
I for one know for a fact 8 >>> 7 in terms of performance. and 10 > 8. I will be upgrading from 7 to 10 at launch.

Consumer reasoning at its finest.

I don't know anything about Windows 10s performance and I won't judge it until its actually been released and tested in real world scenarios.

Uh, you can download a technical preview right now and find out for yourself...


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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Drivers
3. Re: New AMD Catalyst Drivers Sep 30, 2014, 04:38 Rigs
 
Icewind wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:39:
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After waiting 5 months since the 14.4 drivers I was hoping for fixes for things like constant BSODs even just from Youtube, and for someone else on a new card for the past 2.5 months daily system freezes, new Firefox crashes, oh and heaven help them if they enable the screensaver.

Wonder how much longer (months, years?) I'll have to stick with 13.12 to avoid one or another serious problem, excluding playing a bunch of older games since I've pretty much given up there.

But hey, they've improved performance by 4% in a benchmark, that makes it all worthwhile.

Next time I upgrade I don't see myself buying another ATi/AMD.

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Downloading and "Server can not guarantee its resuming capabilities. Response is invalid."

Not even supporting resume, yet another cherry on this cake.


Those aren't the drivers, that's your card.

Indeed, I have an XFX HD7850 that had the fan die after about eight months...it would kick in only if the temp got above 80°C, cool it down to 65°C and then shut off again. I had to keep my office fan on it constantly and forget playing anything. Finally, I had it RMA'd, anxious to get it back so I could play my backlog. And it was my original card that I got back and not a different one, as I had put an ever-so-small mark with a highlighter on the inside flap of the shroud. So I knew they had actually fixed the fan and not just given me another one off the backroom shelf.

Well...things weren't much better after I got it back. The fan worked, no problem. But the BSOD's were horrendous. Just constant. And totally random it seemed. First it was just with certain games - especially Far Cry 3/Blood Dragon. Those two would either crash followed by a BSOD or just BSOD altogether. I couldn't figure it out. I unplugged all my hard drive save for my OS drive, figuring maybe my PSU just wasn't strong enough anymore (it's an ASUS 650-watt and never had trouble before, but I did have 5 hard drives attached along with the mb and video card, and it's four years old, so I figured it was getting tired). Nope. It got to the point that Win7 would start, I'd get to the login' screen and BSOD.

Never figured out what the problem was. I got so digusted with it, I unplugged it and it sits here next to my foot while I use my backup system. $2000 system I'm now using as an office footrest until I have the patience to sit down and fight with it to find out what's wrong...unbelievable. I'm an ATI fanboy and AMD by extension, I won't deny that, I have an AMD A6 system with an HD5770 that has run flawless since being built over a year ago...but this has certainly shaken my faith in them. I don't know how I'll proceed but I hate to think about going over to being GREEN... Puke


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News Comments > Interstellar Marines Free Co-op Mission
5. Re: Interstellar Marines Free Co-op Mission Sep 29, 2014, 14:49 Rigs
 
DangerDog wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 14:42:
Is this a one man band game? The progress on this thing seems to have taken forever.

Holy hell, you ain't kiddin'...I remember this thing from waaaay back, it's been what, five years at least?


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'We talked about peace! You didn't want peace. We talked about cooperation! You didn't WANT cooperation. You WANT war! Is that it? You want a war? Well, you've GOT a war!'
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