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Real Name S Westberg   
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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > New Brothers in Arms in Development
2. Re: New Brothers in Arms in Development Jun 13, 2017, 23:36 Flatline
I really enjoyed the original and wouldn't mind seeing a really well done reboot.

I think more than that though I'd really like to see a Korean, Vietnam, or even a modern day Brothers in Arms game. Using more modern weapons and different environments than the f*cking French Countryside. Again.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 13, 2017, 16:20 Flatline
NKD wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 15:24:
There's no way Trump can be that stupid can he? If Trump fires Mueller he might as well just resign on the same piece of paper.

Considering the amount of water the GOP is carrying for him in the House especially, it's not necessarily "that stupid".

I mean holy hell Paul Ryan actually came out and said basically Trump committed obstruction of justice but come on he's new at this give him a pass.

The only remedy against a sitting president for anything is pretty much impeachment, because it's questionable if criminal charges can be brought against the executive while in office. And prosecuting any subordinates means that Trump can just pardon them. This is a purely political process. So until Paul Ryan stops carrying water for Trump, he's basically invulnerable.

That being said, if Trump has two neurons in his head and access to unfiltered, honest media coverage, he can see the writing on the wall. The GOP, especially in the Senate, are starting to realize that he's toxic to the party. As soon as they repeal the ACA and pass massive tax cuts for the wealthy, his main purpose is largely over with as far as the GOP is concerned. They can dispose of him, *and* blame him publicly for the toxicity of their policies.

This has been their game all along I believe. I also used to believe that it'd be a race between the GOP getting their pet legislation through vs Trump consolidating his power over government. But now I don't think Trump has the mindset to see that and organize a dictatorial power grab. He literally just reacts in the moment, with little care as to the past or the future.

So if I was a betting man, I'd bet that Trump would be facing impeachment in the next 12 months. It'll go something like this:

1. McConnel has stated he wants the ACA bill voted on before July 4th. If that passes, that's 1/2 of the pet projects they want done.
2. You'll see a tax code overhaul by the end of the year. Trump will sign it to great fanfare and will strut like a peacock.
3. Late end of the year/beginning of 2018 you have many investigations coming to fruition all of a sudden. Trump's cabinet at the very least will be implicated and the GOP all of a sudden will start openly questioning Trump's judgement.
4. Trump gets impeached. It may be pretty quick. He gets booted out in time for the GOP to run in the mid-terms as the adults in the room, so devoted to the country they'd impeach their own president.
5. Pence is sworn in and serves out the first term passing the more cultural GOP agenda, which goes through with less public upheaval because he'll seem absolutely normal compared to the dumpster fire that Trump is. He runs in 2020 as having righted the ship that Trump capsized.
6. If Pence gets impeached too, then we swear in President Paul Ryan. See step 5.


1. The ACA doesn't pass the Senate and dies.
2. Realizing that the tax cuts are existentially based on the ACA repeal, the GOP pushes through some tax cuts, either middling ones permanently or big ones on a 10 year time frame to take advantage of reconciliation, and then cut their losses and prepare to maintain the house and senate in 2018, and step 3 from above starts in the fall instead of the end of the year.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 13, 2017, 16:07 Flatline
BobBob wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 14:09:
Thank you for that well thought out response, Flatline. It's intelligent posts like yours that encourage me to visit this forum on a daily basis. Thumbsup

No sweat this is one of those really weird situations that there are both easy and really goddamn complicated answers.

It's so messed up that Washington Post actually made a flowchart of what could happen.
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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Trailer
4. Re: Call of Duty: WWII Trailer Jun 13, 2017, 16:03 Flatline
aka_STEVE wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 11:45:
SP might be great though

Both minutes of it?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 13, 2017, 13:36 Flatline
BobBob wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 12:25:
Can Trump fire Mueller or is the story all rumor and spin?

I must admit I'm beginning to dislike even watching the news, other than to keep up to date on what my California politicians are saying or doing.

Yes but it's complicated.

He can repeal the regulations covering Muller and fire him directly. This would basically be a nuclear option. Bipartisan congresspeople have stated they would probably be able to overcome a veto if Trump did this and make Muller an independent prosecutor which would be way, way worse for Trump.

He can also ask the deputy Attorney General Rosenstein to fire Muller. At that point, Rosenstein has the option of requesting a legal and pertinent justification from the President and making a decision based on that, or ignore regulations and fire him. Trump may also decline to give a justification and order the firing.

At that point, Rosenstein would either fire Muller or resign. And then it would fall to the next person in line to either fire him or resign.

That would be another Saturday Night Massacre and would look terrible.

And if memory serves, unless Trump nukes the regulations, even at that point Muller would have 30 days to wrap things up and make a report.

So yeah, sure, but there would be varying levels of consequences depending on how much Congress did it's job.

When Comey vindicated Trump on being right on what was said to him - not being under investigation (after the news repeatedly had stated the opposite) - I'm trusting the mainstream news far less than I have in the past - and that sense of mistrust has been escalating since the total debacle on the election polling results.

I don't know if that's vindication. At the time of Comey's firing, the investigation had not expanded to include Trump. Yet. But they were investigating all the people around him and if dirt was turned up the next logical step is to investigate Trump directly.

And Comey wouldn't state it publicly because he found it entirely possible/plausible that could change at some point and include Trump directly.

As for the polling errors... It depends on how you interpret the polls. There was a significant chance according to 538 of Trump winning the electoral college but losing the popular vote, and that's exactly what happened. They gave the odds to Clinton like everyone else sure, but I think they gave like a 25-35% chance for Trump to win. And if you've ever watched sports... sometimes upsets happen.

A healthy skepticism of the MSM isn't a bad thing because they can go all ZOMG THE SKY IS FALLING over stupid shit, but a lot of them are doing good reporting.
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News Comments > XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Announced
5. Re: XCOM 2: War of the Chosen Announced Jun 13, 2017, 12:31 Flatline
Quinn wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 11:42:
Mikus_Aurelius wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 10:00:
I never got into Long War 1, but I found Long War 2 to be a lot of fun and not too difficult.

Long War 1? Long War 2? XCOM 2 lover here. What have I missed? Does it... make the campaign longer by stretching out your progression or w/e?

You never heard of the original Long War mod?

It took xcom and made it... well... a lot longer. Added intermediary tech levels and new classes. Made the game a lot more complicated.

I haven't tried LW2 yet, but I assume it does that. Which isn't quite my cup of tea because I found xcom2 to be already a little bit too long and tedious. The amount of missions where you're running against a rather severe clock just got to be tiring.
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News Comments > Destiny 2 in October
4. Re: Destiny 2 in October Jun 13, 2017, 12:28 Flatline
Yeah. Money is the reason. You're more likely to get the game on a platform that your friends are on, and there's more money to be made, and a larger market, on consoles.  
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
29. Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed Jun 12, 2017, 22:44 Flatline
Icewind wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 18:04:
So the KKK is in the trailer working alongside the Nazis...

Guess the writers never got the memo that the Klan is a masonic organization and Hitler was vehemently anti Freemason.

Yeah but the SS had a whole made up mythology behind it and was willing to co-opt almost anything to enhance it's power.

I can easily see a "purged and rebuilt" KKK that acts as kind of an SS-lite organization. The flunkies who you don't want weilding real power but still have to give a job because their daddies have some measure of influence get shoved into the KKK as a backwater to feel proud over while the people with real potential get moved on to the secret societies that award power. Either that or it's what the shit dregs of humanity organize into to distract them from the real business of ruling.
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News Comments > Skull & Bones Announced
2. Re: Skull & Bones Announced Jun 12, 2017, 22:16 Flatline
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 21:39:
So the best parts of AC: Black Flag?

Considering I stopped caring about AC after that game and just played Black Flag...

I'm okay with this.

I would prefer something about 100-150 years later than what they're showing, more of a Napoleonic era, but I understand why they stick with the late 1600's.

Also, it looks like they're going more Pirates of the Caribbean than AC "historical".

Again, not a problem with this.
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
16. Re: On Overwatch Mei Skins Jun 12, 2017, 12:49 Flatline
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 12:10:
Looks pretty good, and I enjoyed the first reboot+Old Blood, so this is pretty much a guaranteed buy for me.

Nice to see Blazowicz has shrugged off another 7-8(?) month coma, while being partially paralyzed(?) and still kept all his muscle mass, and about 5% body fat.

These video clips are reminding me a little of the last Bioshock; a twisted dystopian version of stereotypical America, but NPCs still walking around, living their little lives.

tl,dr: I need to put some serious effort into working on the queue.

I know Bioshock Infinity got a lot of crap for Columbia (and it's weird ending, which I loved), but I enjoyed the hell out of it.
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
5. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 12, 2017, 12:13 Flatline
Agent-Zero wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 11:46:
its the most interesting setting they ever done IMO - but then im all about the ancient history stuff, especially bronze age.. bonus points for the ship combat and exploration - on a primitive longboat as well, thats gonna be crazy

i heard they have a whole new combat system.. man i hope so, AC combat is so lame at this point.. wait for counter - kill.. wait for counter - kill... shoot, shoot, wait for counter. etc. etc. etc.

They need a new combat system. Going back in time means that a lot of the mechanics we've gotten used to probably won't be available.

Looks good, but I've burned out on Ass Creed a while back. I was hoping for something *really* different. Wuxia tinged Chinese setting or something like that. They've hinted at that.

Either that or bite the bullet and give us a modern/modern-ish Ass Creed.
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
12. Re: On Overwatch Mei Skins Jun 12, 2017, 12:06 Flatline
Task wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 11:57:
Looks interesting. These rebooted ones remind me of the book Man in The High Castle with super cereal Hyper-Nazis.

Yeah I'm sure they're taking MITHC vibes for the game. Which I'm completely okay with.
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News Comments > Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed
10. Re: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Officially Revealed Jun 12, 2017, 11:42 Flatline
Beamer wrote on Jun 12, 2017, 11:24:
Never finished the first. Something about the combat felt so off to me, I think it was either the feel of the guns or the reaction of the enemies to getting shot. Made it maybe more than half way, and just lost interest (I think FC4 may have come out during my playthrough.)

I liked everything around the combat considerably, though. The only exception may have been the sex scene, which just felt so tonally jarring. Video game sex scenes always strike me as weirdly awkward, but some (like The Witcher 3) make sense in the context. Well, I guess it did in the context here, too, but didn't feel like it in the tone.

Otherwise, they built such great everything around the combat, but the combat just felt "off" to me.

They definitely didn't make the sex scene sexy. It felt more desperate. Broken people taking a break from being broken.

I liked it. But I have to ask how BJ survived the island getting nuked. Maybe he jumped inside a fridge?
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News Comments > DiRT 4 Trailer
3. Re: DiRT 4 Trailer Jun 6, 2017, 15:27 Flatline
IgWannA wrote on Jun 6, 2017, 14:56:
From what I hear they've dumbed down the physics from Dirt Rally and content is lacking, which is a shame.

Yeah, the main dirt series seems like it's more of an arcade racer.

Too bad too. I love me some Dirt Rally. I'd pay to have more of it.
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News Comments > Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rewards
7. Re: Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rewards Jun 5, 2017, 22:03 Flatline
Jivaro wrote on Jun 5, 2017, 21:50:
The gameplay of the Necro is good enough to pay for, provided you are still interested in the game of course. Not 20 bucks....maybe more like 10 or so? I am sure it will be more than that though.

I'd pay 5.

I'm betting it'll be 20 or 30 though. They've been hyping and working on this too long to not charge an absurd amount of money for it.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jun 5, 2017, 13:10 Flatline
I never got watching esports.

I'm not a huge sports fan anyway so maybe that's me, but watching someone play video games was always about as fun as watching paint dry.

But... yay?
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News Comments > Morning Previews
8. Re: Morning Previews Jun 3, 2017, 19:23 Flatline
Asmodai wrote on Jun 2, 2017, 19:28:
Flatline wrote on Jun 2, 2017, 16:17:
The real test will be the PvP and the emerging meta out of that.

I kinda despise that "meta" is the new term for "favourite of the month" or min/max. Nothing ruins a game faster than a guaranteed formula for success, eg. the constant changes of MWO which makes default mecha configurations completely useless because of the current "meta". Many mechs that just flat out suck in their default config in a twitch shooter were quite effective on the table top if used to the strengths.

Eh... for me the term got started in Magic The Gathering, and it's a valid term to discuss the thought processes that are going around the community and how additions change the tactics and strategies used. I use it for the X-Wing minis game too because each new wave changes things pretty significantly.

In this case there's reference to water being obscenely overpowered, and ballistics, especially the AC/5 and AC/10, being better than energy mainstays like the PPC. And part of the problem with that evaluation is that the AI isn't particularly good, and we need to play against other humans to see if energy weapons are still effective but just need an adjustment to their tactics.

Right now people are complaining that the classic firing cycles of TT mechs aren't effective or are overheating or whatnot. And part of that is porting the TT mindset over to the game. Already people are starting to adapt to the initiative system and using it to develop separate strategies for recon mechs. That will accelerate as people play each other I think.

In those cases, especially the initiative system, I have no problem referring to such discussions as the metagame.
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News Comments > Morning Previews
6. Re: Morning Previews Jun 2, 2017, 16:19 Flatline
Peter M. Smith wrote on Jun 2, 2017, 12:38:
VaranDragon wrote on Jun 2, 2017, 11:21:
Im very excited for this. An immersive mercenary single player campaign, and a well fleshed out multiplayer component based on the Battletech universe and rulebook?

What on Terra could be better?

As long as you understand that "based on" is not a 1:1 translation of the rules. Still a fun game, even though it's a little skirmish game right now.

Off the top of my head, weapons are being tweaked/modified a lot, the initiative system is *very* different (but people are starting to figure out how to game it properly), and the heat system is abbreviated right now.

Knockdown is weird, and there's a bracing action that you use periodically if you're getting unstable.
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News Comments > Morning Previews
5. Re: Morning Previews Jun 2, 2017, 16:17 Flatline
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 2, 2017, 15:01:
Currently there's some balance issues. LRMs are like cheating.. get a scout with sensor lock and two LRM15 boats and you can just salvage exploit knockdown all these mechs. PPCs are horribly useless and lasers are just there.

Hence why this beta is happening, to fix the problems.

AC's all things being equal are brutal from their damage scaling (All weapons had their damage increased x5 but the AC's got a boost on top of that. AC/10 right now is basically a sniper rifle). Standing in water is basically goddamn broken from a heat perspective, and the general consensus is that ballistics rule in maps with no water, and in water you can alpha strike basically every turn with energy based weapons.

The real test will be the PvP and the emerging meta out of that.

The beta is promising right now but it clearly needs work. And I'm okay with that. It's a real beta instead of these glorified demo betas that are the norm now.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 31, 2017, 13:22 Flatline
Cutter wrote on May 31, 2017, 10:55:
Why not just ban carry-ons and be done with it. Then you don't have to pretend the useless TSA is actually required for anything anymore.

Wannacry theory? How about maybe they were just dicks. Not everything is related to terrorism and geopolitics. There's still plenty of regular old fashioned crime and insanity around. Never forget what Alfred said.......some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn. Lord knows there are times I'd like to see it burn myself.

If it wasn't for money there wouldn't have been a ransom. It would have been trivial to drop a virus that just destroyed or encrypted everything and then dropped NelsonLaugh.jpg on your screen.
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