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Description no co-op = no purchase
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Signed On Mar 7, 2006, 02:54
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News Comments > Metal Gear Online Online
2. Re: Metal Gear Online Online Jan 20, 2016, 03:57 bigspender
 
Slick wrote on Jan 19, 2016, 19:28:
it's alright, haven't seen a lot of successful sneaking, mostly just run and gun

It's just people running and diving like in that Specialist mod for Half-life.

MGO plays nothing like the multiplayer gameplay trailers would suggest.

It's nothing like the single player experience.

They really should have just put in some kind of co-op mode, because when everyone is as powerful as snake the game just disintegrates into messy tactic-less orgy of weirdly dressed characters doing the Benny Hill chase. It's awful.

At least with co-op the gameplay experience would have remained a lot like the singleplayer but with that extra element of strategy since you'd be able to eleminate guards at the same time, or from different sides of a village, or have one person sneak in while another spots and talks them thru it etc etc etc.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
19. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 17, 2016, 20:25 bigspender
 
harlock wrote on Jan 17, 2016, 18:11:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 17, 2016, 17:54:
Not that it matters, since I have not much of a clue about US politics really, but I think Trump has a big mouth, zero substance. Politics are a show, you never show how you really are when you wanna get elected.
if you want to see him talk off the cuff, as he would "normally".. terrifyingly retarded, like some drooling inbred

So an improvement over George W. Bush then?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
12. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 16, 2016, 23:17 bigspender
 
NamecaF wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 23:07:
Squirmer wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 18:00:
The depiction of Aboriginal people is still racist though. You have to consider the political and social climate in Australia, where Aboriginal people are so disadvantaged, with lower life expectancies and poor life opportunities etc. Australian governments have a shameful history. A game like this will always come in for criticism in that climate.

This isn't like fictional "savages" in Rust or similar games. This game purports to show "real Aboriginals" and depicts them as primitive spear wielders etc. In truth, Aboriginal people are teachers, lawyers, business owners, and everything else. Depicting them like the game does is harmful to any attempts to overcome the extreme racism in Australia today. Yeah it's just one stupid game, but if you excuse one stupid game, you can excuse every other instance too.

This is kind of like in Vice City when the game instructs you to "kill all the Haitians", which made Haitian community groups complain. In response, Rockstar altered that text in future versions of the game.

LOL. Everyone seems to gloss over the fact that the aboriginal communities are worse on themselves and each other than the government ever was. It's not stereotyping or racist when it's actually factual - Aborigines were primitive spear wielders. Experience living in an Aboriginal community yourself for a week and you'll definitely change your tune.

Worse still, the government completely fuels the perpetual self destruction of aboriginal communities. They'll never provide a way out of the downwards spiral because intervening properly will mean some white office worker will shout "racist".

Doing something as hamfisted as the stolen generation is wrong (of course) but also building a bunch of houses in butt-fuck nowhere, and saying "do whatever you like" and then simply forgetting about them is also wrong. But it suits the government well, when the voters have an out of sight, out of mind approach. The people in some of the communities have so little education that they don't even know how to blow their nose when they are sick (which eventually builds to a full on infection and so on). People need education and security to flourish, but they also need to have a reason to be invested and to be working toward something. Now we don't have a stolen generation, we have a lost generation.

This comment was edited on Jan 17, 2016, 01:12.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
10. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 16, 2016, 22:38 bigspender
 
A typical "middle class white person being overly insulted on someone's behalf" story.

"I've [spoken] to a lot of Indigenous friends that I have through uni and everyone is not only disgusted, but also just completely gobsmacked that this game actually exists."

I think that it's quite racist to assume that someone of a particular race will be offended.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video
11. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video Jan 15, 2016, 00:50 bigspender
 
PunkiBastardo wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 05:28:
bigspender wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 20:12:
I'm just annoyed because they haven't shown a proper gameplay video.

Gameplay here!

Thank you good sir!
 
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video
7. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video Jan 14, 2016, 01:34 bigspender
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 01:02:
"Multiplayer features pretty prominently"

Three Moves Ahead discussed a while back the results of some survey that showed the vast majority of RTS players never use the online component of the game. Hope they're putting a lot of effort into single player.

I hope there's a speed governor. I like to play with the speed set 70-80% of full speed.

Hah oh wow I totally forgot RTS games used to have that feature.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video
1. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Video Jan 13, 2016, 20:12 bigspender
 
Does their hiring policy state that employees must wear stupid hats while indoors? I wouldn't have realised that any of these people were "special" if they didn't look like this otherwise.

I'm just annoyed because they haven't shown a proper gameplay video.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 12, 2016, 23:59 bigspender
 
Apple cars will only drive down Apple Store approved roads. Streets sold separately.

I just hope that all of these electric cars can agree on a standardized charging plug. It's bad enough it's gotten this far with phones.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
35. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 21:39 bigspender
 
NKD wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 21:22:
killer_roach wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 19:59:

Even beyond that, a lot of countries' record keeping of cancer statistics were astonishingly poor until quite recently unless it was something that caused obvious symptoms (thyroid cancer, brain tumors, melanoma, etc.). If it was something that went undiagnosed and killed you slowly at an old age, they just said you died of natural causes and left it at that. (Additionally, expected lifespans in Japan in the 1950s were somewhere in the low 60s of years - most of your cancer fatalities occur either under the age of ten or over the age of 75.)

Yeah. Historical cancer data simply isn't reliable so there's no basis for comparison. Anyone trying to say anything definitive based on it is full of shit. The only reliable cancer data we have is for a bunch of very similar Western cultures, and only for the past few decades. There's no other reliable data to compare it to.

bigspender wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 21:14:

I'm not really sure what else I can say or do to convince you I'm for real. *shrugs*

Don't get me wrong, I'm not accusing you of being a paid shill or anything, (though linking store pages is a little tacky) At least compared to linking to research and cancer charities who will tell you eating healthy is good, without telling you to buy a book, or buy anything at all.


Yeah good points about linking to the stores. I guess I'm just really passionate about this topic lol. Even more than telling ubisoft that I hate their games
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
33. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 21:14 bigspender
 
NKD wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 19:34:
bigspender wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 18:29:

Fun Fact: In Japan, in 1952 only 15 people died of prostate cancer. With most of the oldest people (in Okinawa) dying from more traditional "died of old age" diseases such as heart failure.

Cancer is absolutely becoming more common these days. The key contributing factor is diet. Diet is also the cause the so called obesity epidemic (despite mainstream sources saying nobody knows why).

There are other factors of course, such as pollution. But even these pollutants can be offset by diet, and opposite too, exacerbated by diet.

People in westernized countries are causing many of these cancers themselves, as organizations such as the USDA (driven largely by meat/dairy/poultry industries) give out terrible advice, which contradicts most non industry funded studies. (i.e. studies not designed to make a product look good).

There have been many studies into it. One easy to understand example is this: In poor countries, where people have no choice but to live off what we call poor people foods, such as rice, potatoes, beans, where meat is scarce, and where dairy isn't culturally consumed, the rates of cancers are very low. Further, if either of two things happen: 1. the offspring (same genes) move to a western country, the cancer rates go up, or 2. the region becomes richer and westernized, the cancer rates also go up.
So even while the environment and genes remain the same, but the diet becomes more animal product based, the rates of cancer go up and up. Not just any cancers btw, the same types of cancers that westerners get, as well as the same types of chronic disease westerners get.
The opposite to this is also true, people that stop eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) regain their health, and drop out of the cancer and chronic disease categories.

But don't take my word for it, here are easily digestible and well summarized and referenced sources:
How Not To Die
The Starch Solution
Power Foods for the Brain

The last two are completely idiot proof and even have recipes, foods you already eat, sweet foods, hearty foods etc with some adjustments. It's not weird hippy shit or just boring salads or anything.


So to sum up: EAT LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. Because it really does

Oh lord. Amazon store pages are not scientific studies.

Diet and it's effect with regards to cancer is still not well-understood by science. In general, a healthy diet reduces your risk of cancer, but studies have been wholly inconclusive with regards to specific dietary choices. Anyone telling you that you have to eat non-GMO foods, or be a vegetarian, or whatever else has crossed from good advice into "woo" territory. The science simply isn't there. Anyone trying to make definitive claims such as selling books GIVING YOU SPECIFIC RECIPES is a scam artist.

Really tired of seeing shit-heels exploiting peoples fear of cancer to sell shit. Don't they have some hyper-diluted macguffin to be drinking to purge "toxins" or something instead of scamming people?

I totally understand your skepticism. People make all sorts of claims and always have to make a buck. However nobody is selling you anything. for Example 100% of the profits from the book How Not To Die go to charity. You can buy these books of their relevant websites if you'd like to skip the middle-men. Or hell just go to nutritionfacts.org and watch the short videos for FREE.


These specific books are written by doctors that have read and summarized tens of thousands of scientific studies. Each book has references to the studies they talk about in each paragraph, so you can double check them for yourself. I hope you read just one of these books, because you will see that the science is there to back it up, it is well understood, and the results show that eating properly does prevent and even reverse many of our western chronic diseases.

There is no magic macguffin, I'll even spoil the books by saying that all they will do is tell to eat unprocessed whole foods such as beans, grains, fruit and veg everyday. It can be GMO if you want, it doesn't matter. The books will explain the mechanisms behind the research for you, because understanding why and how something works helps to stay on track. You don't even have to follow the recipes.



EDIT: btw look at my comment history, I'm an immature 34 year old gamer. I typically just post complaints I've been commenting here for probably over 10 years. I'm not selling anything. And the 3 books just happen to be the last 3 I've read on the topic. They aren't related to each other, they have different publishers and authors etc.

I'm not really sure what else I can say or do to convince you I'm for real. *shrugs*


P.S. another good book is the China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, but I find his style of writing a little dry.

And of course Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Cadwell Esselstyn.

BTW all of these books are written by board certified physicians / cardiologists.

This comment was edited on Jan 12, 2016, 21:34.
 
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
29. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 19:06 bigspender
 
*wrong thread* sorry can't delete *shrugs*  
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer
27. Re: Steamship Ahoy - That Dragon, Cancer Jan 12, 2016, 18:29 bigspender
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 13:02:
harlock wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 10:53:
id be willing to bet that most people of near middle age have at least one relative who died from it... maybe im delusional, but i thought it was becoming more common these days

I wonder about that too. Like autism, is it becoming more common, or just more often correctly diagnosed? My Dr. once told me people die all the time with undiagnosed cancer, it's just that something else killed them before the cancer got too bad.

As for this game, I play games to escape reality so I'll probably give this one a pass.


Fun Fact: In Japan, in 1952 only 15 people died of prostate cancer. With most of the oldest people (in Okinawa) dying from more traditional "died of old age" diseases such as heart failure.

Cancer is absolutely becoming more common these days. The key contributing factor is diet. Diet is also the cause the so called obesity epidemic (despite mainstream sources saying nobody knows why).

There are other factors of course, such as pollution. But even these pollutants can be offset by diet, and opposite too, exacerbated by diet.

People in westernized countries are causing many of these cancers themselves, as organizations such as the USDA (driven largely by meat/dairy/poultry industries) give out terrible advice, which contradicts most non industry funded studies. (i.e. studies not designed to make a product look good).

There have been many studies into it. One easy to understand example is this: In poor countries, where people have no choice but to live off what we call poor people foods, such as rice, potatoes, beans, where meat is scarce, and where dairy isn't culturally consumed, the rates of cancers are very low. Further, if either of two things happen: 1. the offspring (same genes) move to a western country, the cancer rates go up, or 2. the region becomes richer and westernized, the cancer rates also go up.
So even while the environment and genes remain the same, but the diet becomes more animal product based, the rates of cancer go up and up. Not just any cancers btw, the same types of cancers that westerners get, as well as the same types of chronic disease westerners get.
The opposite to this is also true, people that stop eating the SAD (Standard American Diet) regain their health, and drop out of the cancer and chronic disease categories.

But don't take my word for it, here are easily digestible and well summarized and referenced sources:
How Not To Die
The Starch Solution
Power Foods for the Brain

The last two are completely idiot proof and even have recipes, foods you already eat, sweet foods, hearty foods etc with some adjustments. It's not weird hippy shit or just boring salads or anything.


So to sum up: EAT LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. Because it really does
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
1. Re: Sunday Consolidation Jan 10, 2016, 23:00 bigspender
 
lets see someone use augmented reality to change a tyre in a rainstorm.....
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Primal Gameplay Video
4. Re: Far Cry Primal Gameplay Video Jan 8, 2016, 22:39 bigspender
 
not much primal about the radar map thingy lol.

This looks as shit as people demoing it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 7, 2016, 02:53 bigspender
 
Flying by pushing air is so 20th century.  
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News Comments > Oculus Rift $599
74. Re: Star Wars Battlefront 40 Player Battle Shown Jan 6, 2016, 18:58 bigspender
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 16:09:
Tumbler wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 16:02:
Dmitri_M wrote on Jan 6, 2016, 13:10:
I was completely ok with purchasing 3 x 24 inch LCDs + track IR and a 300 dollar steering wheel to play sim racing games - in that context the Rift seems to be priced ok.

That is all I can think of playing on it for now. I want a triple monitor track IR setup but I don't want to dedicate the space in my house to having it setup. In that respect this price is ok. It offers that freedom of head movement without all the hassle of extra monitors and hardware to mount them.

But for games that aren't Sim's? That's the real question, I haven't seen much that I want to try that isn't a Sim. I could see this bringing Sim's back in a big way. Who wouldn't want a kick ass star trek bridge commander game with that thing?

Or maybe a submarine captain, that would be fucking awesome! Shit, I think I just sold myself...

For flight sims, and especially the sim racing genre (which is huge, so many good titles) the Rift is probably worth getting.

For flight sims, VR is going to be game changing. But sims are already a niche market, and given that most people play even hardcore flightsims with a $30 logitech joystick, I don't see a majority of simmers buying up VR. And now you have a niche inside a niche. VR will die pretty quickly.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Rift Preorders Wednesday
22. Re: Oculus Rift Preorders Wednesday Jan 4, 2016, 17:58 bigspender
 
I have a feeling that Eve Valkyrie is going to make people feel very sick with all of that spinning and looping, with no clear indication of up and down.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
35. Re: Op Ed Jan 3, 2016, 03:55 bigspender
 
CliffyB what a dick. Has he not heard of the Wishlist feature on Steam? How convenient that it emails you when a game you like is on sale.....  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 30, 2015, 23:32 bigspender
 
Kxmode wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 21:18:
nin wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 12:44:
My third screening is today at the imax - woot!

Don't let the Haters derail your fun! Dance

I bet all of you star wars people would see the Star Wars Xmas special 3 times too if they were to release it in the cinemas.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 30, 2015, 18:48 bigspender
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 30, 2015, 13:28:
Why Wine Snobs Are Faking It.

I read this study years ago to discover that wine "experts" are faking it.

Here's how the research went down. First, Brochet gave 27 male and 27 female oenology students a glass of red and a glass of white wine and asked them to describe the flavor of each. The students described the white with terms like "floral," "honey," "peach," and "lemon." The red elicited descriptions of "raspberry," "cherry," "cedar," and "chicory."

A week later, the students were invited back for another tasting session. Brochet again offered them a glass of red wine and a glass of white. But he deceived them. The two wines were actually the same white wine as before, but one was dyed with tasteless red food coloring. The white wine (W) was described similarly to how it was described in the first tasting. The white wine dyed red (RW), however, was described with the same terms commonly ascribed to a red wine.

LOL.

Well I've gone full hipster about my wines, I eat the grapes before they are wine
 
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