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News Comments > Skyjacker Kickstarter Ending
21. Re: Skyjacker Kickstarter Ending Jul 23, 2012, 00:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Dev wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 00:23:
As I said, there's no harm in backing it for a few bucks if it won't make it, since you won't get charged, AND you will get a free music album out of it.
Yeah, I went ahead and kicked in for $25 just to help out. Game looks so-so to me, but probably good enough to be worth that much. Doesn't look like they'll make it anyway though. I really thought my cash would put them over the top
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
44. Re: Differences Jul 23, 2012, 00:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 22:26:
I realize who passes a budget. The two Obama have submitted to congress got zero votes on either side of the aisle. What does that tell you?
That Congress is full of retarded monkeys? Seriously, most of those guys are idiots. I wouldn't trust them to mow my yard. Not saying the budgets were great, but Congresscritters not voting for them doesn't actually tell us a damn thing.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
11. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 22, 2012, 17:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Doombringer wrote on Jul 22, 2012, 16:38:
Notch may be in the right, but his smug approach makes me want him to fail. The "I'll throw piles of money at them!" is little more than a boast. It isn't "cool" and it doesn't put him in a "good guy" light.
Saying that you'd rather spend the money fighting them than see them get a dime of it definitely doesn't seem like boasting to me. Seems like exactly the way I'd feel if these assholes came around trying to extort me.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Patent Lawsuit
2. Re: Minecraft Patent Lawsuit Jul 22, 2012, 14:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Somebody's making money off it, so it continues. Even the big players seem to prefer to keep the system in place because they know they can afford it, but the upstart competition can't.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
39. Re: Differences Jul 21, 2012, 23:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 19:50:
Still focused on taxes. The issue isn't taxes. It's spending. I bring this point up every single time a topic like this comes up and the liberals ignore it every time because they're so focused on getting their "share" of the supposedly finite pie that the 1% is hoarding from them, that they can't take a step back and realize we're spending ourselves into oblivion.

The issue is revenues vs. expenditures, so it's quite obviously about both taxes and spending. Who's not getting that?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: Using Twitter To Identify Psychopaths Jul 21, 2012, 22:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Ozmodan wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 15:09:
Pumas wrote on Jul 21, 2012, 14:40:
The use of twitter in general signifies at least some kind of psychosis.

Hehe, I agree.

On another note, what is the next thing they are going to propose, arresting people before they do something like in the Tom Cruise movie. Sorry, just like this twitter thing it is unconstitutional, of course no one cares about that in the current administration.
Or the prior one... and many others before that too.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
28. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 18:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Spaced wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 17:38:
That $80 billion from the people who are in the top 0.1% would make a huge difference when it comes to keeping some other important programs in place.

If you truly believe that, then you may have a limited understanding of just how big the scope of the problem is. Cuts may help a little, hikes may help a little, but like I said, they mostly just delay the inevitable. Your last point is a key for an effective potential solution (one that could start to solve the problem entirely in as fast as one month). Tax code reformation and Dev's post on a flat tax are the solutions. The tax base -must- be broadened, the code simplified, and the loopholes/exceptions for lobbied options removed. A flat tax is likely the only effective solution at this stage in the collapse. It could even potentially work with few or no cuts at all, but cuts and streamlining spending will only help as well.
Did you just not read the part where I said that I understand that this is not going to solve our budget problems? Seriously, I get that. But $80 billion in additional revenue is $80 billion that doesn't have to be cut elsewhere. We still have a long way to go towards fixing things though. Taxes and budget cuts are just one piece of the puzzle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
26. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 17:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Spaced wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 15:57:
The 'blame the wealthy' is a misdirection tactic being used by a political idealogy (used by both R's and D's historically) in order to keep and gain more power. They want you to blame your rich neighbors and direct you to vote for them and their policies so they can achieve their ultimate objectives. The reality for hiking taxes on the rich is: there aren't enough 'rich' people to make any significant changes to the course of the country. And that's exactly what they don't want you to know while they attempt to distract you and play on your envy and jealousy so you'll enthusiastically support them and what they're doing. Even if they get what they want, it won't solve even a small fraction of the problem.

For example, say they get everything they want. Lets start with the pending tax hikes on the 'rich'. Yeah, problem solved, right? They got the hike they wanted and all will be well. No, the revenue generated (about $75-80 billion) will cover about 8 days of government spending. It's a complete farse. So lets really get those 'rich' people and take everything away from them. We'll just leave them with a few dollars to eek out an existance like the rest of the 99% of us. That'll solve it, right? Nope, even if they confiscate all of it, it'll only cover spending for a few months. The math is that the top 10% pay around 70% of the entire tax bill already, even though they earn around 43% of the total income. Sliding the scale further won't make a dent in the course of the current spending path, simply because there aren't enough of them to take enough money from.

So what are they (the ones promoting the hikes) doing? That's the real question and you'll need to read history to learn what the idealogy is based on, why they are taking the steps they are, and what it -will- eventually lead to. I'm starting to doubt it will be reversible at this point, no one (not even the 'rich' Republicans) are stepping up to make the necessary changes to turn away from the approaching cliff.

Throughout history, it often starts at the top, but always works its way down through the middle class, the poor, and everyone's property/wealth until collapse. Steps like increasing taxes, Roman empire style 'debasement' (quantitative easing in modern terms), confiscation, and reclamation are merely attempts to delay the inevitable. But at most, they may gain a few months or years of survival at best.

Give it some time (probably down to within a decade or so now) and you won't have to 'worry' about those few 'rich' people any more, you'll have a whole new array of things to worry about.

I don't think anyone is saying that raising certain taxes on the rich is going to solve our problems. That's just another straw-man argument used to cut off that line of thought. It certainly won't fix the debt problems we have, but it will help. The same people who point out that "8 days of government spending" point will turn around and say we should cut some other programs that they don't like that amount to a mere few million or so. They will then say something like "there's no silver bullet and every little bit helps". Funny how that doesn't apply when you're talking about $80 billion. That $80 billion from the people who are in the top 0.1% would make a huge difference when it comes to keeping some other important programs in place.

That said, I do think the tax code needs a serious rewrite from top to bottom. It's insane right now and just makes even discussing these issues difficult because there are so many bizarre rules, loopholes, exceptions, etc. in the code that nobody is really sure what the point of any of it is anymore.

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
15. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 14:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
maleitch wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 14:43:
Holy Jesus...you truly believe that this country's wealth is a static, fixed amount with the evil "rich" taking "your" share through nefarious Hollywood inspired deeds?
No, it's not a static, fixed amount. The amount keeps going up, but wages stay flat for the vast majority. Only those at the top are seeing the gains. Of course they're the ones that fund the political campaigns and have direct input into legislation too. Funny how that works out for them, huh?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: put this in your pipe and smoke it Jul 20, 2012, 13:35 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 12:35:
Hmm.. So the choice is:

Romney: Filters Porn

Obama: Bankrupts my children, Erodes the constitution, Welfare World.

Hmm ya I'll take the porn filtration please.

They have an Obama and Romney on your planet too? Weird.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III
85. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 20, 2012, 13:19 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Krovven wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 12:19:
As I said to someone last night, I'm no longer surprised that D3 threads are 75% ignored users, and most of those people never bought the game to begin with, yet they are still bitching about the game 2 months after release. So yes, I guess not wanting to be associated with whiney self entitled little shits makes me the irrational one that needs mental help.
Probably because this was supposed to be a big release and a lot of people were looking forward to it for years. The game is a massive disappointment, not just because they seriously screwed up the game, but also because of the how and why of the screw-up. When your game sucks because you got greedy and designed around features to make money rather than creating a game that is fun and enduring like the previous games, you're going to get a lot of shit for it. No idea how you can't seem to wrap your head around that. Everyone has a right to bitch about it, and denying the massive fuckup is just ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III
82. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 20, 2012, 11:59 Wowbagger_TIP
 
nin wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 10:06:
I treat people like they treat others. I've had him on ignore for a long time now, and even before that he came across as condescending, rude, and just a general asshole. Hell, I never joined the Blue's news steam group (even though I'd like to, and I've seen a lot of the regulars use it) since I wanted absolutely nothing to do with him.

You could always join the Blues group and then just block him. Then no problem
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 3 Co-op & Scariness
10. Re: Dead Space 3 Co-op & Scariness Jul 20, 2012, 11:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 11:30:
You don't have darkness in games because LCD's can't display black.
That's not a reason. They can get close enough that it doesn't matter. What matters more is how it's used in the game.

This is a pretty dumb move for the franchise, but we've come to expect that from EA.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
36. Re: On Sale Jul 20, 2012, 09:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 20, 2012, 05:51:
Red faction Arma is not that bad. I agree the previous game may have been a bit better but the gravity gun in Arma is a ton of fun. I'd get the game for the $5 if I didn't own it already.
Yeah, I was thinking it was $10, but for $5, it's probably worth it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
26. Re: On Sale Jul 20, 2012, 00:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 23:37:
Was thinking about Red Faction Arma - but my friends that have it only have 3 hours max! ouch!!!!!
Not worth it IMO, but depends on what you like. I think RF:G was a much better game overall, even with its faults. RF:A is very linear and the destruction that they let you do isn't nearly as free or fun as Guerrilla.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
18. Re: On Sale Jul 19, 2012, 23:07 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I just picked up GalCiv II from the flash sale, and I've been on the fence about Alan Wake all day, but I think I'm gonna pass on that one. Appreciate the review though Prez, I just don't think it's my cup of tea.

I've got more than enough to keep me busy til next summer. Luckily I seem to be running out of things to buy at this point. I either already have them, or I'm really just not interested. Thankfully my interests aren't as vast as Prez'.

Edit: Just picked up Nexuiz too... looks good enough for $2.50, and has a solo mode to practice in.

Oh, and voted for S.P.A.Z. too. Pretty good game, especially at that ridiculously low price.

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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Campaign 58 Hours
17. Re: Borderlands 2 Campaign 58 Hours Jul 19, 2012, 22:57 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 22:43:
I'm an unapologetic singleplayer gamer, which would explain why 90% of my time with Borderlands was spent completely alone even though everyone says its strength was in its coop. I don't mind coop really - in truth I like it very much - but I am not very compatible with most other gamers so I tend to play alone for the most stress-free experience. You know that guy in Left 4 Dead and Dead Island that was always lagging behind by 50 yards? Yeah, that's me.
Yeah, I'm pretty much the same. I like the idea of co-op, but I'm just not sure how compatible it is with me. That said, I still think I'll give it a try with this one. So I may take you up on that offer Creston
 
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News Comments > Steam Sale Day Seven
47. Re: Steam Sale Day Seven Jul 19, 2012, 21:58 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Dev wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 20:33:
Good ole valve. This whole sale they haven't been putting very appropriate graphics on the front page for some of the flash/daily/vote sales. Like right now, it says L4D, and most people seeing that would assume its L4D1. They should say L4D franchise.
Yeah, I've noticed a few of those too. No idea how they let that happen.

Just saw GalCiv II Ultimate on sale. I've been wanting to pick that up forever, but have never had the time/interest coincide with a sale before. Five bucks though? Sold.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Campaign 58 Hours
14. Re: Borderlands 2 Campaign 58 Hours Jul 19, 2012, 20:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I mostly stick to SP gaming because I can play my own way and at my own pace, pause whenever I want, etc. But this is one of those games where I actually would like to try co-op. Might have to bug some folks here to try that when it gets released.  
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III
61. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Jul 19, 2012, 19:58 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 19:07:
Dades wrote on Jul 19, 2012, 18:38:
It's a Blizzard game, they had almost two decades of good will and brand power to work with. It would have sold no matter what.

Exactly. So what are other developers going to learn? I'm not defending D3, I'm just saying from a business point of view any company wishes they made this game.

Other developers should recognize that they don't have a practically ancient and beloved brand anywhere near the scale of Diablo to work with. Then they should recognize that if they try to pull the same crap, they're likely to fall flat on their face rather than sell millions of copies. People gave it a chance because it was fucking Diablo. A whole lot of those people feel like they got screwed because the game has nowhere near the staying power of the previous game.

They were so concerned about the game's economy that they forgot to make it fun. It's like some kind of Korean pure grind game now. I don't give a shit about the game's economy, I want a game that is fun and where I can find lots of cool, interesting gear to play with. This is not that game.
 
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