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47.
 
Re: Coallition?
Dec 22, 2006, 06:29
47.
Re: Coallition? Dec 22, 2006, 06:29
Dec 22, 2006, 06:29
 
d) Quite frankly since the fall of the Eastern Block, the thought processes of the American administration has become a liability to the rest of the world. They lost one enemy and, in a supreme effort to justify a massive defence budget, have found a new enemy to do battle with.

This is false. Not only has our military shrunk considerably (about 50%) since the fall of the Soviet Union, we really don't spend a huge amount on defense, at least in relation to our GDP. We rank #25 in the world in military spending as a percentage of our GDP.

You did a bang up job of making the world a safer place. The Islamic nations were pretty quiet before you had to stick your finger in the bloody bee hive. I'm not sure we really need you either

Were they now? I seem to remember the World Trade Center being bombed in 1993, the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia being hit in 1996, two of our embassies in Africa being bombed in 1998, and the USS Cole being attacked in 2000. Don't forget how Israel is constantly besieged by terror.

I guess when you meant "quiet" you were really only referring to yourself. I'm sorry it happened, but it wasn't our doing; it would be as if we held Europe responsible for the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor; after all, they were Germany's ally! Why didn't Europe handle it better?

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Re: No subject
Dec 21, 2006, 20:46
36.
Re: No subject Dec 21, 2006, 20:46
Dec 21, 2006, 20:46
 
Most Europeans didn't contribute to the rape of Iraq, they didn't have to 'hide' from anything

LOL, as if the US is "raping" Iraq huh? Say what you will about how efficiently the war itself was conducted (as in any war, of course mistakes were made); we're hardly raping the nation. Unless you consider attempting to give the commoon people a voice while liberating themselves of a murderous, tyrannical regime and asking for zero compensation on their part to be considered "rape".

Independent? You just invaded Iraq to get some oil. And FREE? How's the Homeland Security bill going on over there? Haha, good-bye civil rights.

Hah! Again, you make me laugh. We're not taking a drop of their oil, so this indicates to me you're just regurgitating some of Sheehan or Ward Churchill's talking points.

As far as the Homeland Security Department, I would agree that it's another (mostly) useless government bureaucracy, but I'd hardly call that or the PATRIOT Act a dissolution of our civil rights. It seems to me that most foreigners believe Americans to be living in some sort of police state nowadays, which is just...silly.

So, just because it's legal in AMERICA, it's actually a legal action. So your neighbours can decide to invade your house if they all agree on it.

Saddam was breaking sanctions placed against him left and right, swindling the UN (read: Oil For Food), shooting at USAF planes unlawfully, sending money to families of suicide bombers, hosting terrorist training camps in his nation, and most importantly, refused to comply with weapons inspectors regarding WMDs. Any of those are acts of war, and in fact some of those violated sanctions called for military action in the event of non-compliance!

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Re: Coalition?
Dec 21, 2006, 19:07
21.
Re: Coalition? Dec 21, 2006, 19:07
Dec 21, 2006, 19:07
 
Why does anybody have any objections to this game? It's a US Army recruiting tool; if it works, then great. If it doesn't, then it's just another example of wasteful government spending. Personally I think it's the latter.

Lets not forget that Bush has done the exact same thing and then proceeded with an illegal invasion of Iraq killing thousands more innocent civilians.

Actually, it was perfectly legal. It was voted for overwhelmingly by Congress (including most of the Democrats), about 75% of Americans supported the war in the months leading to it, and roughly 30 countries have contributed to the overall effort.

Also, civilian casualties as a direct result of US military operations, while regrettable, are not nearly the same as the intentional massacre of thousands of innocents.

The US isnt the only country that has given billions in aid, so get off your high ignorant horse and stop blindly electing and following a lunatic named Bush.

No, but we give far more aid than any other nation on the planet. Also, please keep in mind that we do more for the world's defense than anyone else; it's why Western Europe didn't fall like Eastern Europe, and it's why other nations don't even have fully self reliant militaries. How did the Canadian Army get to Afghanistan? USAF C-17s, that's how.

You can damn well be sure that when a truly full-scale war breaks out again (as opposed to these low intensity backwater conflicts), it will be the US that carries the war effort and saves the free world from the barbarian hordes; assuming, of course, we don't become crippled by the diseases of liberalism, socialism, and pacifism like most of Europe has.

12.
 
Old News!
Dec 14, 2006, 18:01
12.
Old News! Dec 14, 2006, 18:01
Dec 14, 2006, 18:01
 
Wasn't this sort of...already known? At least, I remember reading something about a high tech laboratory that the player would see or spend time in every once in a while. I think I read it in a magazine preview, and it was at least four months ago now.

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Hmm
Dec 5, 2006, 21:05
4.
Hmm Dec 5, 2006, 21:05
Dec 5, 2006, 21:05
 
Officers, eh? Does this mean you sit behind a desk and do paperwork all day while the enlisted folk do all the work?

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Death and Taxes
Dec 4, 2006, 18:54
22.
Death and Taxes Dec 4, 2006, 18:54
Dec 4, 2006, 18:54
 
Yes, the income tax is constitutional because of the sixteenth amendment. However, that's an amendment which never should have been ratified; the fact is that there should not be an income tax, period. Taxes are necessary, sure, but do any of you realize how many times your income is actually taxed? Not only do you have income tax and sales tax, but there are extra taxes on different goods (gas companies, for example are taxed far too much) which should be illegal; sure, Joe Average on the street and the Democrats in Congress want to stick it to oil companies for charging $3.00/gallon by raising taxes on their profits, but who do these economical geniuses think will be paying those taxes? Obviously, the consumer will.

I'd hate to see the United States end up as heavily taxed as Europe. Hell, in some places over there it seems to be far more preferable to collect state welfare and enjoy a leisurely life paid for by the taxpayer of the particular nation.

This comment was edited on Dec 4, 18:55.
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What's the deal, guys?
Nov 30, 2006, 09:58
10.
What's the deal, guys? Nov 30, 2006, 09:58
Nov 30, 2006, 09:58
 
I really cannot understand those of you who criticize groups like these. They're not trying to hamper your enjoyment of games; they're merely trying to inform parents what games contain content that may not be appropriate for their children. They serve to complement the somewhat flawed rating system, and if it will help some parents to stay clear of unknowingly buying Grand Theft Auto, Manhunt, or Postal 2 for their 9 year old this Christmas, I'd say they're doing a very good job.

2.
 
Re: Antitrust
Nov 23, 2006, 15:53
2.
Re: Antitrust Nov 23, 2006, 15:53
Nov 23, 2006, 15:53
 
I don't see why everyone thinks Microsoft has a monopoly on anything, really...

18.
 
Re: Are you really this stupid?
Nov 16, 2006, 12:31
18.
Re: Are you really this stupid? Nov 16, 2006, 12:31
Nov 16, 2006, 12:31
 
I don't want to be a PITA - but maybe different flavors of the military do it differently. My future brother in law just spent roughly 4 years as a drill Sgt. (Army - waiting for deployment) and said the majority of guys he trained were a disgrace. He was able to put together his own unit and has great guys working with him (I have met the majority of them) who are currently all in Iraq. BUT - there were those that he had to train that couldn't even speak english.

First of all, what's a PITA? Never heard the acronym before. For reference, I'm in the Air Force, but I was trained on a Naval base, shared a barracks with Marines, been deployed with the Army, so I've been able to see how the other services generally act. By and large most of the troops in ANY of the services are not "a disgrace" as your brother in law said. There are pros and cons to each service, of course, but everything I said stil stands. On average, the military population is more educated, motivated, held to a higher standard, etc. than the civilian world. I am not pulling any wool over my eyes.

Now, your brother being a DI probably has a lot to do with his outlook on new recruits. All new recruits are stupid. They're stressed out 'cause they've got someone yelling at them almost every minute of the day, and for a lot of them it's their first time away from home. Now, I'm not trying to badmouth the Army but their initial entrance standards are the most lax of any service, and I'm sure that means a larger number of unfit individuals make it to basic. Keep in mind also that basic training is not intended to wash anyone out but rather prepare them for more advanced specialty training and to show them how to think and act in the operational military as well. I saw far more people kicked out of the military during tech school and the first two years of service than I ever did in basic.

Of course the military has its share of screw-offs, but I can guarantee you that the percentage is no higher than (and in fact I'd bet my house that it's A LOT lower than) the civilian world. I know this because I've seen the good side and the bad side of both worlds.

13.
 
Are you really this stupid?
Nov 16, 2006, 07:53
13.
Are you really this stupid? Nov 16, 2006, 07:53
Nov 16, 2006, 07:53
 
More likely:

The world needs you! In Iraq! Fighting Terrorism!

Join up, see the world!


Yeah, I'd kindly request that you refrain from such anti-military comments. The undeniable truth is that the US military is more educated, more disciplined, more motivated, and far more driven on average than the civilian population. We're held to a far higher standard as far as personal conduct goes, tend to do MUCH more volunteer work in the local communities. Most of us enlisted folk hold at least the equivalent of an Associate's degree, with supervision constantly pushing higher education on us. Of course officers all hold at least a Bachelor's degree, and anyone over the rank of Captain (O-3) holds at least a Master's degree.

As for the ignorant comment about 'seeing the world', yes, we do get to see the world. I've only been in for 2 1/2 years now, and I've since seen Texas, Florida, Georgia, Germany, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan. Hopefully in 2007 I can see Iraq too (if I'm lucky!). It's an honor and a privilege to serve when we're not getting lambasted by pathetic, ignorant facks such as yourself (and John Kerry) who crap on the service of others in order to make up for some deficiency they see in their own life.

This comment was edited on Nov 16, 07:56.
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Re: No subject
Sep 1, 2006, 15:30
46.
Re: No subject Sep 1, 2006, 15:30
Sep 1, 2006, 15:30
 
You can't reason with dogmatic belief. If you truly believe in your religion you will ignore any evidence I present that shows that your believe is unreasonable. How are you supposed to negotiate with people that have such a significant chunk of their brain turned off?

I haven't turned off any part of my brain. I read papers by atheists and skeptics all the time! It's just that often times I find their arguments unconvincing. Other times, I believe they're right. For example, I see inherent problems with the mere idea of God not existing, yet I also believe that anyone who believes the Flood story or that evolution is not a sound scientific theory based on our current level of knowledge is incorrect. Also, the claim by many non-Christians that Christ is based not on a real historical figure but rather from pagan myths is laughable.

And what are the consequences for the rest of the world when a religion dictates that unbelievers should be put to the sword (which both Judaism and Christianity advocate, as well as Islam)?

Judaism at one time was violent, however now it is not. Killing unbelievers is not the focus of Judaism.

Christianity specifically advocates NOT killing unbelievers but converting them; if they refuse to convert, they are to be left alone.

Islam clearly and unequivocally calls for the killing or conversion of all unbelievers.

45.
 
Re: No subject
Sep 1, 2006, 15:00
45.
Re: No subject Sep 1, 2006, 15:00
Sep 1, 2006, 15:00
 
Aetheists didn't put people in concentration camps, Trainwreck; that was the Nazis. And they were Roman Catholics. Your grasp of history seems to be a bit of a... well, trainwreck.

I wasn't referring to the Nazis so much as the communists in Russia, China, Vietnam etc. Now, as we all know communists and communist regimes and communism are/were atheistic in nature. I was merely pointing out how absurd it is to blame the millions of deaths through communism on atheism. It is similarly absurd to blame modern-day Christianity (or the Bible itself) for the Holocaust or even the Crusades.

As for Nazi conduct with Catholics (and keep in mind not all Christians are Catholics) during WW2, ahh, I do remember something about Hitler ordering the kidnapping of the Pope. And keep in mind that Nazi ideology made use of some strange belief system which can best be described as neo-paganism, not Christianity. Also bear in mind while reading early endorsements by different churches that many people around the world were at first deceived by Hitler. Many were too naive to see him for what he was, or what he was to become.

And muslims haven't killed nearly as many as the Christians have; today or in all years past.

Tell that to the two million killed in Sudan alone over the past few decades. Oh wait - you can't! "Radical Islam" (I hate the term but I use it for lack of a better one) has been since its inception the largest, bloodiest religion on the planet. But that's not to say that any individual Muslim is a bad or unreasonable person of course.

But I still don't think that people object to Christianity in particular so much as the blind fanaticism required for grown adults to believe such fairy tales, no matter what the religion.

And which fairy tales do you choose? Science? Do you honestly believe that everything that you currently believe is true? Give it a couple hundred years' time and it's likely that much of what science now proclaims as fact will be proven to be a fantasy. (No, I'm not referring to evolution. I have no problem with the theory and I believe it is a sound working model, even if it does have flaws.)

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No subject
Aug 31, 2006, 22:44
29.
No subject Aug 31, 2006, 22:44
Aug 31, 2006, 22:44
 
Great escapist entertainment from the real world to help forget whats really happening.

Oh take your self-righteous indignation elsewhere, hypocrite. I don't see you complaining that Battlefield 2 is too close to reality.

Look, the sad fact is that most of you have a very shallow understanding of history. I find your hatred and condescension toward Christians bizarre and unwarranted. You're all so quick to turn the clock back 800 years to find atrocities committed during the Crusades, but you all seem to conveniently forget the carnage caused by Islamofascism today (and the last 1,400 years for that matter). But to blame the religions themselves for these horrors is idiotic; I can just as easily and as accurately point to the tens of millions slaughtered in the 20th century as a direct result of atheistic communism and then extrapolate that to mean all atheists are bad or that atheism was created to stick people in concentration camps or oppress the gays, the women, the whomever.

That being said, the Left Behind series is crap fiction at best and this game probably sucks as well. And that's coming from a regular church goer.

14.
 
What are your Memorial weekend plans?
May 26, 2006, 11:36
14.
What are your Memorial weekend plans? May 26, 2006, 11:36
May 26, 2006, 11:36
 
I know what mine are! On Memorial Day, they're shipping me off to Afghanistan! Woot! Isn't that a bit...ironic? Oh well, I find it funny.

6.
 
I grew up in Sun City!
May 22, 2006, 13:17
6.
I grew up in Sun City! May 22, 2006, 13:17
May 22, 2006, 13:17
 
I grew up in Sun City, CA. This game takes place there. However, considering the one in which I spent the first couple decades of my life is a retirement community located an hour away from any beach, I highly doubt that we're talking about the same town here. However, I can always hope...perhaps I can relive my sixteenth year through this game! I won't have to wait until 17 to lose my virginity this time around! Sweet!

14.
 
Re: ...
May 19, 2006, 19:21
14.
Re: ... May 19, 2006, 19:21
May 19, 2006, 19:21
 
Great, a next-gen demo of a game I've wanted for 8 years and I'll be in Afghanistan! At least I'll be able to upgrade my video card for it with all my allowances and tax-free pay

HL2, on the otherhand, did seem too short because it was so enjoyable (though not very radical).

Really? I thought HL2 ran out of steam (no pun intended, dammit!) at about the "Follow Freeman!" (whatever) episode. It was a good game though, don't get me wrong...

I think Oblivion, on the other hand, is way too short.

This comment was edited on May 19, 19:23.
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Re: Ridiculous
May 5, 2006, 12:42
76.
Re: Ridiculous May 5, 2006, 12:42
May 5, 2006, 12:42
 
However, you are correct in saying that the first "official" attack committed by al Qaeda on U.S. soil were the attacks on 9/11.

No, he's absolutely wrong. Al Qaeda attacked our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in 1998, killing 220+ and wounding over 4,000. In addition, Osama bin Laden has been tied to the 1996 bombings of the Khobar Towers, killing 19 US Airmen.

1.
 
Hmm.
May 4, 2006, 23:04
1.
Hmm. May 4, 2006, 23:04
May 4, 2006, 23:04
 
This simulation will use real Air Force training methods and allow the player to learn to fly the T-6 Texan II, the T-1A Jayhawk, the T-38 Talon, and the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Hmm. I actually work on T-38s, and to a lesser extent T-6s. But mostly I work on C-130s and HH-60 helicopters.

With regards to this title however, it sounds like a real bore. With the more exciting jobs to be found in the USAF, like pararescue, combat control, tactical air control, hell even the chance to be an OPERATIONAL fighter or bomber pilot would be A LOT more entertaining than just freakin' TRAINING to fly.

45.
 
Re: Current political client
May 4, 2006, 20:14
45.
Re: Current political client May 4, 2006, 20:14
May 4, 2006, 20:14
 
"This and other similar events are a wild overreaction driven by fear that the current puritan-infested administration will begin legislating decency standards."

Except that it's not Bush or the current administration who is pushing hardest to regulate games. As you pointed out later in your post, it's Clinton and Lieberman who are screaming the most about this. Hell, for the record, I don't even think Lieberman is that bad of a guy except for his stance on maybe video games and abortion.

"These games can't teach you how to shoot, but they can teach tactics, patience, and the need for practice."

No more than watching a movie, really...

At any rate, let them lock up all the games at the store, let them put it in a separate back room, I don't care. I'm 23 so they really couldn't legally restrict my access. It's all the kiddies who have to worry.

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Re: Gee... another
May 4, 2006, 11:30
17.
Re: Gee... another May 4, 2006, 11:30
May 4, 2006, 11:30
 
"In the online games I play, I know exactly who is best in an aircraft or a tank or a jeep. I know who can't shoot worth a damn. That means I know who will have an aptitude for the air force and who will be more useful in the army. And who it is I will use for ground troop cannon fodder when I invade. "

Yeah, because shooting an M16 in a video game is EXACTLY like shooting the real thing? Please! You don't know who can "shoot worth a damn"; you know who can move a freakin' mouse over a set of pixels better than the rest. I doubt the wheelchair-bound 13 year old owning you in Battlefield 2 is really more capable of functioning in the military than you are. Unless you're paralyzed on the left side of your body. In which case, I'm sorry.

I guess America's Army is to blame for this, really...but even that is far more benign than you'd think. It's no different from a commercial, really...

"You notice how EVERY game that comes out seems to be WWII, a squad shooter, or some other military game? That is what the government wants to teach the kids to prepare for the future. Killing people without a qualm. Teamwork thru squad based shooters. Separating out the talents of the kids by putting them in airplanes, tanks, cars or whatever in various games."

I guess that explains The Sims, huh? No no no. The reason those games are popular is because they provide a good backdrop for conflict. Most games are based - rightly or wrongly - around wars because action and violence are what excites people. We want to feel like we're the hero, and all that. We want to do things that in our everyday lives we can't, like revisit the Normandy invasion or fly a spacecraft in some remote corner of the galaxy.

"Video Games influence the minds of people. Anything that influences the minds of people WILL be government controlled."

Relax. Ultimately, they can't outright prevent much of anything from being expressed. The gaming industry rightfully self-regulates its content vis-a-vis the ESRB; it is a GOOD THING to attempt to rate games mainly so that parents will know what NOT to buy their 8 year old, who, contrary to popular internet belief, does not have a constitutional right to play Vice City.

And the ESRB is not stopping anyone from making or publishing anything. If you really want to simulate the baby-killing and hooker-raping action of the inner city, you're absolutely free to publish it. Most publisher will probably reject you, and most stores will probably not carry it, but that's their right to refuse to carry it. That's what the internet's for, right?

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