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Real Name Michael Pollard   
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Nickname Learned Hand
Email Concealed by request
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Signed On Jul 29, 2002, 18:49
Total Comments 55 (Suspect)
User ID 13723
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News Comments > DNF Gets Physical
113. Re: butts lmao! Sep 28, 2004, 00:52 Learned Hand
You know I think they are jealous of HL2 and its vaporware awareness.

I want to start a marketing firm specializing in vaporware mindshare.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Is or Are? Sep 18, 2004, 13:29 Learned Hand
Are. Hurricanes and Tornados are plural.

Exactly. Just like, "Which are better: The Redskins or the Giants?" (Answer: The Redskins)

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News Comments > TRIBES FP Beta
30. Re: So glad I waited Sep 3, 2004, 23:05 Learned Hand
The skiing doesn't feel like skiing it's more like sliding on a slippery surface activated with your spacebar (as in total lack of control, especially side to side) Did these guys even "try" to emulate the Tribes 1 feel, no! They went out and tried to do something "different", well guess what guys - you can't improve on perfection and Tribes 1 was it.

I played T1 a little and T2 a lot, and I really wish the hardcore T1 whingers would disappear in a black hole. They have a T1 obsession because it was their first Tribes experience, not because it was "perfection". They sound just like the monomaniacs who hated Quake 2 because it didn't play like QuakeWorld.

I've been looking forward to Tribes Vengeance more than I have to any other FPS in years, and I hope it plays nothing like T1 just to spite the T1 fascists.

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News Comments > TRIBES FP Beta
28. Re: I should have this by tomorrow... Sep 3, 2004, 22:57 Learned Hand
It seems like the days of "GG" and "nice shot" are gone.

I play a lot of Halo multiplayer, and I see "gg" and "nice shot" all the time. Admittedly, I see stuff like "your mom is a fag" a lot, too.

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News Comments > Video Games & Obesity
16. Re: Morons Jul 1, 2004, 13:27 Learned Hand
The study suggests that sedentary behaviors like TV watching and video-gaming may increase the liklihood that a kid gets fat. The people who find this shocking or offensive seem to lack common sense. Riker had the most appropriate reaction: "You mean to tell me that sitting on the couch all day as opposed to being active can result in obesity?!? SOMEBODY GET ME THE PRESIDENT ON THE PHONE!"

The researchers did not argue that video games send subliminal messages to make kids eat junk food, nor did they argue that "it's always someone else's fault." They simply said that "the use of electronic games should be limited to prevent childhood obesity." Presumably, they mean that parents should limit their kids' game time. Why is that crazy talk?

You seem not to have read or understood any part of the article, but you describe the researchers as "morons" and "idiots". Pots and kettles ...

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News Comments > More on C&C 3
19. Re: No subject Jun 22, 2004, 09:30 Learned Hand
Damn corporate suits and their stupidity.

Too bad the savants who comment here don't run all the game companies.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
66. Re: no RIP for Ronald Reagan? Jun 7, 2004, 14:42 Learned Hand
Halsy: "Ended the cold war? Regan PROLONGED the cold war. The Soviet Union would have ended much sooner were it not for the gipper and his stupid 'evil empire' cowboy politicking."

Tell it to the Russians, none of whom agree with a word of that.

"Regan [sic] prolonged the cold war" may be the most amusingly groundless assertion I've ever read about the late President.

"He was also the one who cut servicing the debt to 60%, ran up a massive deficit, high unemployment and greatly increased poverty."

Unemployment, the poverty rate, interest rates and inflation all dropped under Reagan. The economy experienced the then-longest peace-time expansion since the end of WWII.

"Don't forget Iran Contra. After Nicaragua took the U.S. to the world court and won their case when America was endicted for terrorism, what was Regan's response? They dismissed the ruling out of hand and escalated the war."

And when the war ended, the Nicaraguans overwhelmingly elected the party identifed with the Contras. But who cares what the Nicaraguan people themselves thought. According to the way leftists and Democrats think, that just makes the Nicaraguans wrong.

"Anyone that would celebrate that mass murderer may as well toast Hitler while they're at as well."

It's interesting that Reagan is/was popular among Eastern Europeans who suffered under both Nazi and Soviet oppression. Maybe they understand his place in history better than you.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Behavior May 24, 2004, 11:40 Learned Hand
Men's habits, not biology, cause early death

The writer and the people she quotes seem not to have considered that biology influences one's habits. E.g., there will probably never be as many women as men riding (and crashing) motorcycles. "Gender roles" are not purely social constructs.

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News Comments > Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow Patches Yoinked
2. Just to be pedantic May 17, 2004, 16:02 Learned Hand
Doesn't "yoink" imply some kind of theft? It's their patch, so Ubisoft didn't yoink it, they yanked it.

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News Comments > id's Next Game
69. Re: Why 4 years... this is why. May 15, 2004, 13:37 Learned Hand
ildon: Oh yeah and the fact that without CS they would have sold about 5% as many copies of HL.

I suspect the reverse true: CS owes a great deal of its popularity to the fact that it's a HL mod. In other words, if CS had instead been a Q3A mod, I don't think Q3A sales would have increased 20-fold.

I know lots of people who played Half-Life. I don't know any who bought it primarily to play CS.

ildon: Oh, and please never call TFC "TF1" again or I will stab you.

This QuakeWorld TF and Q3F player thanks you.

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News Comments > Morning Q&As
27. Re: ummm May 13, 2004, 13:59 Learned Hand
Furious: "What an asshole."

nin: "Pretty much. He's either that out of touch with the PC market, or he's lying out his ass (I vote the latter).

Enahs: "Todd is to busy eating ho hos and other fat/sugar/cholesterol laden foods to bother with coop. He is a jackhole for saying this, a jackhole I tell you."

Does anyone know if there's a big difference between console gamers' and pc gamers' expectations about the presence of co-op? Maybe Hollenshead is right. I have a hunch that id understands its market better than the average Blue's reader.

In any event, the quoted responses are ridiculously angry. Hollenshead might be wrong, but that wouldn't make him a lying, gluttonous asshole. If you get this bent out of shape about an absent game feature, how do you react when something seriously bad happens?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. NY Times registration May 9, 2004, 22:37 Learned Hand
The "NY Times link generator" allows you to access articles without registering:

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News Comments > TRIBES & TRIBES II Free
67. Re: No subject May 4, 2004, 23:31 Learned Hand
g[the forum rules say no racial insults and shit like that
you are banned from life

Religious epithets are awful, but does he really deserve to be killed?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
66. Re: Nothing Moving Apr 29, 2004, 17:52 Learned Hand
Don't think so. doesn't move at all. Looks like a static bunch of black yellow blue and white ovals arranged in a circular pattern. Doesn't have any optical illusions at all. Totally devoid of movement. He made up the one that moves. Maybe works for japanese people ...

Turn on your monitor.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
60. Optical Illusions Apr 29, 2004, 01:47 Learned Hand
I think Snafu yoinked "Nothing's Actually Moving" from this site:

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News Comments > Game Movies
2. Satire Apr 23, 2004, 17:19 Learned Hand
The developer's wry description of "You Are Empty" seems to suggest that the in-game history isn't very "alternate". The intro graphic reinforces the point.

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News Comments > Warlords Battlecry III Demo
9. Re: Meh????? Apr 17, 2004, 00:26 Learned Hand
Warlords Battlecry II was Warcraft 3 before anyone even heard of Warcraft 3

'zactly! WBII was a great game.

WBIII screenshots make it look like they may not have nailed the transition to 3D units, though.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Movies
64. Re: Semi-old news Apr 8, 2004, 06:04 Learned Hand
Irrelevant news actually ...

Not "irrelevant" for the days when they were the only copies available (from April 2 through yesterday).

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News Comments > Half-Life 2 Movies
31. Semi-old news Apr 7, 2004, 21:25 Learned Hand
Posted the movies (in wmv format) a couple of days ago here:

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News Comments > Game Movies
1. Half-Life 2 movies Apr 5, 2004, 14:54 Learned Hand
Are these HL2 movies new? I haven't seen them before.

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