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News Comments > Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Demo
2. Re: Magic: The Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Demo Jun 24, 2012, 18:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
101. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 24, 2012, 18:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 17:53:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 19:15:
I can't think of much of anything that Romney would do that would be any better than Obama. I can think of plenty of things that he'd do that would be worse, given what we heard from him during the primaries. I'm no fan of either, but given the choice, I'd rather vote for Obama. He's just the lesser evil in this case.

THIS EXACTLY.

Obama is an intelligent, pragmatic moderate centrist. There are some liberal things he does like Lilly Ledbetter. There are some compassionate things he does like deprioritizing illegal immigrant children deportations (children who are Americans in all but name and not here due to any fault of their own). There some centrist things he does like supporting gay marriage (after more than 50% of the population came out in support). There are some conservative things he does like implementing a Republican healthcare law (all private, no public option, no single payer). And there are some very neocon things he does: order the execution (not capture) of OBL. Increasing the defense budget. Expanding the war in Afghanistan. Expanding illegal monitoring of his own citizens even more than Bush. Supporting an attack on Libya in an illegal war. Killing American citizens without due process. Ordering the creation of viruses to destroy Iran's infrastructure, something if done to use would be an act of war.

Romney's administration would be a disaster. His budget would drastically increase spending while slashing revenues adding trillions to the debt, which is typical during Republican administrations, despite their claim of being fiscally conservative. Romney has said he would bypass congress to start war with Iran, showing he gained no lessons from our debacle in Iraq.

Yes, it just shows that that is how deep the ridiculous "sports team" mindset goes. People will engage in all sorts of mental gymnastics to condemn the "other guy" for things that they would applaud if they were done by someone on their team. It's just so utterly stupid, but that seems to be how the majority of the country sees things.

I assume that's why people like RT here will make all sorts of claims, but not back them up with actual substance. They usually form the opinion first (often cribbed from pundits), and then their confirmation bias takes over to rationalize it. This is why he had no evidence to point to. Even he isn't sure why he believes what he does, as he just has anecdotes and hearsay to support it.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
96. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 24, 2012, 12:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 12:12:
Dades wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 10:47:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 02:09:
I'm simply asking what you're basing your beliefs on this subject on. I don't think that's too much to ask, do you?

He retreats from details at every opportunity and speaks in vague, second hand talking points. I'm starting to doubt he even has beliefs of his choosing. This is the danger of politics really, people so intensely fervent yet they can't even explain how they arrived at that basis. It's yours, own it!

Prez wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 08:19:
The reason I don't get bent out of shape about it is two-fold. First, given that these people are essentially the product of a failed "nanny state" initiative, it is not their fault - it's the fault of the government and society at large that created the dependency in the first place. Secondly, census data shows that at any given time, there are about 1 to 2 million welfare recipients in America. While that's probably too many, given that it's less than 1 percent of the country's population and a great many of that number are certainly not abusing the system, the number almost ends up being too small to worry about.

Precisely. If only people got that worked up over banking deregulation or our burgeoning military spending. I lean pretty far toward the right but we have many people with their political priorities all out of whack. Political tit for tat is the name of the game. People no longer seem to actually understand the things they rail against. It's not about oh I hate the idea of healthcare because insert reason here, its about hating healthcare because the other party likes it. People aren't even in the drivers seat anymore, they form their beliefs based on the oppositions actions, its disgusting.

How is pointing you to google's many cases vague? Listen, you folks can enjoy your nanny state initiatives, and let me know when Barry sends you a mortgage check. I'm over it at this point.
I already told you why. Because those cases don't tell us the extent of the issue or how it affects the budget and economy. I can point to cases of all sorts of crime, but without knowing the statistics behind it, we don't know how bad the problem is. You seem to be going off your gut rather than facts. I certainly don't like the idea of people getting a free ride on my tax dollars either, but I'm looking for the facts about the extent of the problem, not a bunch of ranting, assumptions, and Google anecdotes which seems to be all you're willing to provide.

Unless you'd like to provide us with some evidence that supports your belief that this is such a huge issue, I don't see any reason to continue this. At this point, I don't think you're being even remotely rational.
 
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News Comments > Dead State Kickstarter Funded
26. Re: Dead State Kickstarter Funded Jun 24, 2012, 11:19 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 10:17:
Bet wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 19:49:
nin wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 19:01:
zombiefan wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 15:17:
I guess it was only a matter of time before the DLC/nickel-and-diming mentality hit Kickstarter too.

Yeah, who the fuck uses stretch goals?

Er, wait...

The entire post from the poster name down doesn't make sense. zombiefan bashing potentially good/great zombie game stretch goals adding more goodness/greatness. WTF?

Noticed that myslef. I found it quite ironic too.

DLC has been around since the early 90's when it was routine for game developers to add content to their games via free downloadable updates. It just wasn't called DLC back then. I can see having an issue with paid DLC, as a lot of it is of dubious value to say the least, but that's not even remotely close to what's being done here.

Alpha Protocol had the best implementation of choice & consequence of any RPG.

Yep. It was definitely criminally underrated in that regard, though perhaps understandable considering how undercooked the game was overall.
It had a few annoying bugs, like mouse sensitivity issues in the mini-games, but overall it was a great game. I think it deserved a lot better than it got in reviews. I played through it three times in a row when I first got it. Very few games manage to hold my attention that well. The dialog was pretty well-written too.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
91. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 24, 2012, 02:09 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 24, 2012, 02:03:
I think it comes from doing IT in a school system and watching kids get constantly coddled left and right. The administration is more worried about bullying rather than actual teaching most of the time.

Not only that but they tend to put the cart before the horse often, most of the computers in this system are nearly 10 years old, years out of warranty, but instead of trying to get grants or using the money in the budget to replace them, they'd rather spend it on infocus projectors and shit like that, that said machines can barely function while using. Constantly using the mantra of "21st century technology!" um no sorry your Pentium 3 800 mhz machines are not 21st century technology.

Dude google is your friend, there's tons and tons and tons of documented welfare fraud out there.

Your guess is as good as mine as to what a solution would be, however between loopholes in the welfare system and loopholes in our current tax code the route we're currently going is not sustainable. We'll end up a Greece type of situation eventually, it's only a matter of time no matter what party is running the show.

I'm sure there are schools that have screwed up spending priorities. That's not what I'm trying to discuss right now.

I know I can find all kinds of stuff with Google. I'm asking where you, specifically, got the information that has you so riled up about this. You just refuse to provide it. From what you say, it's like you've read some stories about welfare fraud, and seen kids get "coddled", whatever that means. I'm sure there are lots of cases of welfare fraud, but you haven't given me any reason to believe that they make up anything like a significant percentage of welfare recipients or spending. Yet you seem to think there is some sort of epidemic that is a threat to our economy.

I'm simply asking what you're basing your beliefs on this subject on. I don't think that's too much to ask, do you?
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
89. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 24, 2012, 00:37 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 23:05:
Do a google search for welfare fraud, look at the 1000's of cases. To pretend it happens to little that it's insignificant is silly. I've said more than a couple times in this thread I have no problem with helping people via social programs that really need it and who do their best to contribute back into the system.
Looking at cases doesn't tell me where you're getting your statistics from. You seem to think it's a large problem. Why do you believe that? Where do you get the numbers? How many cases are there? What percentage are they of the whole?

Then, there's also the question about what to do about it. Are there sensible fixes that can be put into place to improve the system without turning it into a bureaucratic nightmare that is so top-heavy with red tape and layers of review that it becomes a textbook example of an inefficient government program? Can we fix it in ways that don't cost more than they're worth, and don't screw over the people that actually need the help? All your ranting about liberals so far has addressed none of this.


RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 23:05:
I just can't stand the entitlement/PC mentality we have now in the US however. Granted since liberals pretty much run most of the public school systems at this point, I can't say I should be too surprised.
Right, because liberals love welfare fraud. They don't care how many people are mooching off the system, they just want everyone to have whatever they want for free. You really need to get off this kick of generalizing about the beliefs of this vaguely defined group you call "liberals". I notice you weren't too keen on the generalizations about conservatives earlier either. Maybe you should think about it a bit before you slap labels on people. I wonder if you'd consider me a liberal? I mean, we obviously do disagree on some things...
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
86. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 22:20 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 21:10:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 19:12:
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:35:
descender wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:31:
Capitalism is the way to live prosperous? Greece went bankrupt because of capitalism. Spain went bankrupt because of capitalism. The entire Euro Zone is going to collapse because of capitalism.

Capitalism creates divide, nothing more. Haves and have nots. That's a better life?

Not everyone using the public systems available to them are "leeching. Yes, leechers should be dealt with. Most people use those systems to vault back into the mediocrity of the lower middle class.

Go capitalism.!

Greece wasn't/isn't capitalistic.

I didn't call everyone a leech, but to pretend there isn't many out there abusing the system is flat out laughable.

Are you ever going to provide any actual evidence for this massive number of leeches that you keep talking about? How many are there? How much are they consuming? You want to cut all these services, but you haven't actually shown any reason to cut them, nor any rationale for how much they could be cut without essentially throwing more people out into the street than we already have.

I see plenty of people living on the street around here. They don't seem to be getting much in the way of help either. Not more than they can fit in their shopping carts or trash bags anyway. Where are you getting your info from?

I never said I wanted to cut all of it, I said fix the loop holes so people that ARE CAPABLE OF WORKING. Who refuse to can't take advantage forever.

(edit) I didn't mean you want to cut all services, but that you want to cut a variety of services. I'm asking you to provide evidence for this massive fraud that you're talking about. You keep claiming that there's so many people just living high on the hog on the backs of taxpayers. Where's your evidence? Which specific loopholes are you referring to?

RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 21:10:
I'm sorry that that idea doesn't mesh with the bleeding heart liberal utopia of the rich paying for everyone else to live. Real life doesn't work that way.

Then you have someone say that hard work doesn't get you anything. Which is another line of flatout bullshit. Stop being entitled brats and earn a life.
And this is just a bunch of non sequitur crap that has nothing to do with my question.

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News Comments > Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change
51. Re: Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change Jun 23, 2012, 19:19 Wowbagger_TIP
 
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 19:05:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 14:21:
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 14:15:
Luke wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 13:19:
talk to kotaku but not the d3 forum ok ok

So many of your posts are like fun little riddles. I'm thinking "what is he trying to convey here" with your short little sentences with words that don't quite fit together.

Seems pretty obvious. He's annoyed that they will talk to Kotaku, but not answer these questions in the D3 forums where actual D3 players are asking them.

Ahh - except they have a giant sticky in the forums about this saying what looks like the same thing as Kotaku has. ok ok.

Never said he was right. Just that his post wasn't difficult to understand. I haven't been to the D3 forums, so I don't know specifically if there are things that Blizzard isn't answering there.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
83. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 19:15 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 06:21:
I think Obama has been a terrible President. I agree with almost nothing that he has done or stands for (although the libertarian in me appreciates some of what he is trying to do with gay marriage and easing up senselessly harsh drug laws). His predecessor was an unmitigated disaster, as much as I wanted to like him (and did in the beginning). I also think McCain would have been just as much of a disaster. With Romney as my alternative to Obama, I don't have much hope going forward, at least in the short term. I'll vote for Romney I guess but only because I object to not voting at all. I view voting like jury duty - a required civic duty that I'd really rather not do, but I always will do it because it's my civic duty.
I can't think of much of anything that Romney would do that would be any better than Obama. I can think of plenty of things that he'd do that would be worse, given what we heard from him during the primaries. I'm no fan of either, but given the choice, I'd rather vote for Obama. He's just the lesser evil in this case.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
82. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 23, 2012, 19:12 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:35:
descender wrote on Jun 23, 2012, 17:31:
Capitalism is the way to live prosperous? Greece went bankrupt because of capitalism. Spain went bankrupt because of capitalism. The entire Euro Zone is going to collapse because of capitalism.

Capitalism creates divide, nothing more. Haves and have nots. That's a better life?

Not everyone using the public systems available to them are "leeching. Yes, leechers should be dealt with. Most people use those systems to vault back into the mediocrity of the lower middle class.

Go capitalism.!

Greece wasn't/isn't capitalistic.

I didn't call everyone a leech, but to pretend there isn't many out there abusing the system is flat out laughable.

Are you ever going to provide any actual evidence for this massive number of leeches that you keep talking about? How many are there? How much are they consuming? You want to cut all these services, but you haven't actually shown any reason to cut them, nor any rationale for how much they could be cut without essentially throwing more people out into the street than we already have.

I see plenty of people living on the street around here. They don't seem to be getting much in the way of help either. Not more than they can fit in their shopping carts or trash bags anyway. Where are you getting your info from?
 
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News Comments > Dead State Kickstarter Funded
15. Re: Dead State Kickstarter Funded Jun 23, 2012, 19:02 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Liked the video for this one. Gonna have to read through some of the info on it to decide whether I want to buy in or not. So far I've only contributed to Shadowrun, Wasteland and Grim Dawn.  
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News Comments > 3DMark DirectX 11 Tech Demo
9. Re: 3DMark DirectX 11 Tech Demo Jun 22, 2012, 14:27 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Wow. I am the opposite of blown away. I am unblown here.  
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News Comments > Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change
12. Re: Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change Jun 22, 2012, 14:21 Wowbagger_TIP
 
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 14:15:
Luke wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 13:19:
talk to kotaku but not the d3 forum ok ok

So many of your posts are like fun little riddles. I'm thinking "what is he trying to convey here" with your short little sentences with words that don't quite fit together.

Seems pretty obvious. He's annoyed that they will talk to Kotaku, but not answer these questions in the D3 forums where actual D3 players are asking them.
 
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News Comments > Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise
6. Re: Curt Schilling on 38 Studios' Demise Jun 22, 2012, 13:08 Wowbagger_TIP
 
fujiJuice wrote on Jun 22, 2012, 12:22:
Not a hypocrite at all...

We were founded here, in Massachusetts, and itís where we would love to stay, and grow. But (and thereís always a but) our first responsibility and priority will always be the long term health of the company and the companies families. To not explore and pursue these conversations with other cities would be the height of negligence on our part, and thatís just not going to happen.

These people trust us to do right, and as leadership we will.

So no, we arenít out shopping ourselves, we are doing what any business would in its early stages which is planning for the health and well being of its employees, and the long term health of the company. Given that we currently employ almost 160 people and that number is conservatively projected to grow by 2-3 times in the next 24 months, in this economy, weíve become a desirable asset for any city trying to create jobs.

So contrary to written reports Iíve never said or will say ďgive us tax credits or we boltĒ. I donít work that way, and we wonít as a company work that way. The company is financially healthy, the publishing deal we recently inked with EAP means our first product (Mercury) will get to market when itís ready, on time and on budget, and Copernicus is growing daily in ways that seemed a pipe dream just 3 short years ago.

Not sure how any of that means he's not a hypocrite...
 
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News Comments > Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change
2. Re: Diablo III 72 Hour Restrictions to Change Jun 22, 2012, 12:30 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I don't know exactly how it all works, but I think there's a difference between authorizing a purchase and fully processing it. Basically they don't want anyone to be able to buy the game with their card, do whatever they want for a couple days, and then Blizzard finds out that they have disputed the charge on their card or something and they don't get paid.

 
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News Comments > EU Diablo III Patch Live; Repair Costs Draw Fire
65. Re: EU Diablo III Patch Live; Repair Costs Draw Fire Jun 22, 2012, 02:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 19:09:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 14:49:
Verno wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 11:30:
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 11:02:
He did say they were going to change that though, right? He seemed to be eating crow on that one in the reddit forums as I recall.

Sure, to his credit he owned up to it and took responsibility for overriding the team. Unfortunately it still remains unchanged. They seem to be able to hotfix nerfs almost at will but making positive changes to the game is glacial. Normally in the past these things arrived together in a patch so things would offset each other a bit but now they are just feeding the perception that they want the game to be punishing and work-like, only allowing the player to enjoy themselves in a narrow controlled manner.

The more I hear about this game, the more it seems like you need to have some serious masochistic tendencies to really want to play it...

Not really - you could play 5 characters through 60 up until inferno and it would present a fun challenge without being too bad. That's easily 100 hours worth of gameplay if you like the click click click kill and loot style of game.

At this point and time, ya inferno is rough and it does feel really unfair at times, but I don't know if I'd say that was a proper way to judge the game as a whole.

The loot system just seems very un-fun from everything I've heard so far, and it seems to be getting worse rather than better. Of course, to be fair, I just want to play single-player anyway, so all the inconveniences this game sets up to make that more difficult also detract from its appeal.
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Night Ops Trailer
24. Re: PlanetSide 2 Night Ops Trailer Jun 22, 2012, 02:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Wow. I just got to use the Ignore feature for the first time. Always considered myself pretty tolerant. Maybe it's just been a long day...  
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News Comments > Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners
32. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 21, 2012, 20:16 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 17:27:
Flatline wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 14:22:
If we decided that internet was a national resource and that every single person in the country needed to have state of the art internet, we *could* do it in a generation, easily. It'd just take a lot of effort and a lot of money.

Rock on. I'll count on you to pony up the money necessary, then. Oh, wait... you meant someone else's money!

Every dime to create infrastructure comes out of someone's pocket, either through taxes or charges. You can tax some people to pay for someone else's infrastructure (the reason that this country is so messed up: the don't and won't dos are subsidized by the already have dones) or you can raise the prices to pay for the individual services that people receive.
So, you're saying you're against infrastructure spending? So you wouldn't have been in favor of things like the interstate system or railroads, or electric and water service?

 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week
16. Re: Guild Wars 2 Stress Test Next Week Jun 21, 2012, 14:56 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Still not going to pre-purchase this. If this is their idea of a stress test, that's kind of disturbing. I'll just wait for release to see if this turns out ok, or if it ends up being a D3-esque clusterfuck.  
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News Comments > EU Diablo III Patch Live; Repair Costs Draw Fire
61. Re: EU Diablo III Patch Live; Repair Costs Draw Fire Jun 21, 2012, 14:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Verno wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 11:30:
AngelicPenguin wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 11:02:
He did say they were going to change that though, right? He seemed to be eating crow on that one in the reddit forums as I recall.

Sure, to his credit he owned up to it and took responsibility for overriding the team. Unfortunately it still remains unchanged. They seem to be able to hotfix nerfs almost at will but making positive changes to the game is glacial. Normally in the past these things arrived together in a patch so things would offset each other a bit but now they are just feeding the perception that they want the game to be punishing and work-like, only allowing the player to enjoy themselves in a narrow controlled manner.

The more I hear about this game, the more it seems like you need to have some serious masochistic tendencies to really want to play it...
 
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