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1  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 08:59:49 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 08:04:30 PM

For example we have a very good back and forth discussion about Ferguson going on at OO, while here there has been an anti-religion thread and an anti-Palin one. Not much to discuss there.


Wow, OO sounds totally awesome.  It's amazing you're able to tear yourself away to inform other forums that they're so disappointing.

-Autistic Angel
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 07:13:59 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 18, 2014, 06:34:53 PM

I'm justifying this by telling myself that I didn't buy the Reaper of Souls expansion, which is still $30. So I'm really only double-dipping for half of the cost, which is justifiable in terms of this being a definitive edition.


Sounds reasonable to me, particularly if you wind up playing multiplayer with people in the new version.  I played a huge amount of the PC version after the expansion came out, and if you include the performance gains the new-gen consoles have over the old, the new content will easily justify the double-dip!

-Autistic Angel
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 11:24:29 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 05:11:19 PM

Quote
You do realize you're a consumer, right? You don't benefit in the slightest from taking the side of the corporations. Microsoft doesn't need your protection. They would laugh at the attempt.

I'm also a capitalist.


Microsoft had the option to spend their money in any number of ways.  Just off the top of my head, they could have made the XB1 version of the game more appealing by picking any one of these:

- creating a cool Collector's Edition just for the XB1 version,

- directly financed the creation of additional DLC content just for their customers,

- paid for all XB1 pre-orders to get the first DLC for free, and discounted the Season Pass accordingly,

- given away $10 in Marketplace money with all Day One purchases, or

- straight-up discounted all pre-orders.  I bought the PC version of the first Tomb Raider on release day for $45; there's no reason consoles have to be locked to $60 price points.


All of these options *add* value for Microsoft's consumers.  You *could* buy the game anywhere...but look at this extra incentive if you do business with us.

Instead, Microsoft leveraged their wealth to take competing versions off the market.  They didn't add any value.  They didn't create any new art or produce any extra game play.  Their version of the game isn't any better -- the XB1 gets the same game it was always going to get, except with less direct competition to incentivize price drops, and everyone else has to wait for the contract to expire.

Monied interests paying to reduce competition and take options away from everyday consumers in the hopes that artificial scarcity will net greater profits.  That's "capitalism."


Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 05:29:21 PM

You have plenty of choices. The first and foremost being, go purchase and play a competitor's game. Nobody has the right to play Tomb Raider.

[Edit] - I'm not going to get into the entitlement argument anymore - gamers are spoiled brats, you know it and I know it.


And anyone who is negatively affected by those decisions and voices discontent is "entitled" and a "spoiled brat."

You're correct, Yellowking: I don't have a right to play Tomb Raider.  But when someone else decides that my opportunity should be arbitrarily delayed by several months because they think limiting my choices is in their financial interest, I do have a right to say, "Hey man, you're being a real shithead."

-Autistic Angel
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 12, 2014, 01:20:49 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 01:03:56 PM

Some reporting it's not timed now.  I guess to some degree it makes sense for SE to not compete with Uncharted directly, but like I said the PS4 version of TR DE sold around double the XB1 version.  Also no PC version...


That really just...sucks.  frown  I absolutely adored Tomb Raider and a sequel would absolutely be one of the extremely few upcoming games that would be a day one purchase for me.  Guess not, since I have exactly zero interest in ever owning an XB1. 


Same.  I had intended to buy the PC version of Tomb Raider 2 on release day.  Eliminating that option doesn't inspire me to buy an XB1...it just ensures I won't play it until something else sells me on the system.

Hopefully Microsoft paid Square and Crystal Dynamics enough to offset the lost sales.  It's clear to me that the people making it care a lot about their reborn franchise, and I'd hate to see it killed off again just because some higher-ups decided to brush off the majority of their audience.

-Autistic Angel
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 11, 2014, 03:50:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 09, 2014, 05:54:09 AM

A bunch more FF XIV.  Wondering if Autistic Angel will bite the bullet and join in, since there is a 14-day trial available now.  smile


Final Fantasy XIV looks like a good game and I do enjoy MMOs now and again.  The trouble is that they tend to overtake everything else.  It's hard to spend time with any other game when there's a paid subscription quietly ticking away and your friends are waiting on you to help out with the next group objective.

It's the same reason I didn't bite on any of the holiday sales for Wildstar.  MMOs are great when you can look ahead and decide you've got a month or two to really devote to one game, but right now I'm in a backlog-diving sort of mood.

Speaking of which, I finished Zelda: Skyward Sword this weekend.  I had a great time with the exploration and all the puzzle-solving -- the world and backstory they created really stood out -- but I can't say that I ever felt completely comfortable with the combat.  I don't know if playing this Wii game on my Wii U introduced some input lag or something, but I felt like the designers consistently expected me to react a half-second faster than I actually could.  It might also be that I was simply Playing Wrong.  It took me forever to figure out why the bomb-rolling seemed so inconsistent, and once I knew, I had passed all the major bomb-bowling sections of the game.

Between this and Wind Waker HD, I also think I need to make time to replay Twilight Princess at some point.  I've long said it's my favorite game in the entire Zelda series, but as much as I remember loving the game's style, the new gadgets, and some of the specific puzzles...I don't think I could recount a single thing about the actual story.  Maybe it's just because it's the one people talk about the least; I probably wouldn't remember the end of Majora's Mask so well if people weren't bringing it up whenever there's talk of a remake.

Anyway, with that under my belt, I've loaded up Divinity: Original Sin to check out next.  So far I've made a Ranger and a Wizard, and my first impressions are -very- positive!

-Autistic Angel
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 03, 2014, 03:19:05 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM

I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear

Funny you should mention that.  I found out this morning that our Labyrinth of the Ancients and Syrcus Tower runs were being streamed last night by one of our FC members.  It's here, our run starts about the 2 hour mark.  I'm Bayard Elderwood...you'll see me running around not knowing what the hell I'm doing.  smile


Yeah, 02:07:30 if anyone else wants to see it too.

This is my first exposure to Final Fantasy XIV, but the fact that one of the streamer's quest objectives reads "Reattune to the aetheryte at Natalan" tells me it's very faithful to its source material.

Does that harp icon next to your name indicate that Bayard is your bard?

-Autistic Angel
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 09:37:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 02, 2014, 11:41:22 AM

Season 1, yes.  Season 2, no.  Season 3, yes.  Season 4, so far yes.

The problem with season 2 was that they should have wrapped up the story in season 1 and went onto a new mystery (like they did season 3 and are doing with season 4), but instead they artificially extended the story from season 1 through ridiculous and stupid plot devices that made viewers and critics alike write the show off.  But they learned their lesson and returned with a much better story for season 3. 

But the real draw of the show are the leads.  They're fantastic.  Especially Holder.  He's made even more impressive when you realize English is the actor's second language. 


Although I agree with hepcat's assessment of the problems with Season 2, I have to say the conclusion really stuck with me.  You may also find you are much less bothered by some of its excesses because you won't have to wait several months between the Season 1 finale and the Season two premiere.

I fully agree on the strength of the lead performers, though.  They're both stupendous!

-Autistic Angel
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM
I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 05:36:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 30, 2014, 03:20:17 PM

Really?  I would normally dis regard it because a. geared towards younger players and b. I hate having to buy a lot of extras to play the game.


The first rule of Skylanders is that you should never, ever buy a figure at MSRP.  There's a sale at either Best Buy, Target, or Toys R Us almost every week, and although TRU is notorious for marking up all of their Skylanders, their frequent Buy 2, Get 1 Free deals still offer the best bang for your buck.

Secondly, you won't need more than a handful of characters to gain access to everything Swap Force had to offer.  Brandon Cackowski-Schnell wrote up a buyer's guide over at No High Scores last fall, and I think you only need something like 6 specific figures to cover every possible skill / elemental combination in the game.  I can easily look it up if you like.

It's also worth noting that all Skylanders are forwards-compatible with all future games, at least so far.  The guys you level up and customize in Swap Force will carry all their upgrades into Trap Team when that comes out this fall.  As insidious as the "Characters Sold Separately" aspect of the game may seem at first blush, you can get a tremendous amount of game play out of every figure.

Finally, and most importantly, I feel like it's under-appreciated that Skylanders games are legitimately great on their own merits.  They're kid-friendly action-RPGs with cool combat moves, difficulty options that range from "Snooze" to "Dig Some Mass Graves", they're equally great single-player or co-op, and there are tons of bonus challenges to complete once you've finished the main story.

It's true that Skylanders will run you more than a typical game, but especially if you have kids to play with, I'd compare the cost of entry to something like Rock Band where the amount of fun makes it all worthwhile.

-Autistic Angel
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 21, 2014, 11:23:28 PM
Yes, although Gratch is not *still* not streaming his game sessions, I did locate this rough approximation of what his time with Wildstar was probably like.

(NSFW)

-Autistic Angel
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 15, 2014, 09:03:52 PM
I think I understand.  Eco-Logic has adjusted his phone so that instead of saying "Posted using my mobile device" when he uses Tapatalk, it spams the forum with his opinion on global warming.

If only he could channel that sort of ingenuity towards a good cause, like making change for a dollar.

-Autistic Angel
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 15, 2014, 12:30:08 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 15, 2014, 12:10:05 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 14, 2014, 10:26:52 PM

I'm usually good at this, but what?!? icon_surprised


AA is (hilariously) jibing you for your second sentence, which comes out of nowhere in all its rantastic glory.

I think it's meant to be a signature like Eco's ramble about the Fool and bordered immigrant children who are rooting for Belgium or something, but it's not in the right place.


Eco-Logic posted the weird global warming non-sequitur -- not Harpua3.  It might have been an accident, but if so, he's already made it twice.

-Autistic Angel
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 14, 2014, 10:17:42 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on July 14, 2014, 07:19:19 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on July 14, 2014, 03:14:19 PM

Preorder for TLOU.


This!

Never going to say told you so, as we all suffer from the incompetence.  Also, climate change, as articulated by the global warming fools, is total shite.


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14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The weekend playlist - 7/11 on: July 13, 2014, 06:19:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 12, 2014, 10:57:47 PM

A huge patch for FFXIV hit this week, adding a whole bunch of new stuff.  Will be running the new dungeons and starting on my wild hunting log.


Did you ever find the other six Atma Crystals you needed to build a new weapon?

-Autistic Angel
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 08, 2014, 10:06:27 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 06, 2014, 12:26:15 AM

Knight and Battlemage and they appear to disagree on EVERYTHING.  Also I have a Wayfarer and Cleric under another profile too


When I play, I want to try a class combination that nobody else has used.  Like a Shepherd and a Dancer, or a Barkeep and a Nun.

Original Sin just got a stellar review from Game Informer, by the way.  Daniel Tack is one of their newest reviewers, but based on the livestreams and Test Chambers he's done so far, his taste in games seem very close to my own.  I'm looking forward to trying out Original Sin once my schedule opens up a bit.

-Autistic Angel
16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 08, 2014, 10:39:28 AM

Quote from: Zekester on July 08, 2014, 02:23:17 AM

Fine. LOL

I'll stay out of R&P for good from now on. It's just the same like-minded people getting eachother off mentally anyway.


Oh, okay.  Goodbye forever, again.

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 19, 2014, 05:02:48 PM

I don't think anyone here expects to change Zekester's mind.  We've all seen him circle this drain before.  He'll continue making LULZsome zingers until it finally dawns on him that everyone is laughing AT him, at which point he'll melt down, claim he's leaving forever, and then pop back up in a day or two like nothing ever happened.


-Autistic Angel
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomorrow is July 1, will we have ATB's GOTY? on: July 07, 2014, 10:29:52 PM
I doubt it'll place on my GOTY list in six months, but I really am having a good time with Watch Dogs.  It's one of those games I play sporadically for 30-45 minutes at a time throughout the week, and while it isn't quite engaging enough to hook me in longer, the sheer breadth of side content keeps me coming back again and again.  Also, the subject matter has piqued my interest.

-Autistic Angel


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18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 05, 2014, 08:46:55 PM
What classes are your two main heroes?  Or are you playing co-op with someone?

-Autistic Angel
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 05, 2014, 03:26:39 AM

Quote from: ATB on July 04, 2014, 09:20:50 PM

But a 'white latino' (first time I'd ever heard of that ethnicity)


And yet, that ethnicity has been an official classification of the U.S. Census Bureau since 1980.  Turns out things still exist whether you've heard of them or not.


Quote from: ATB on July 04, 2014, 09:20:50 PM

Edit: Nice Red herring by the way. So racism is excusable if you're oppressed?
 

I've only made two previous posts in this single page thread: one where I cited naednek's courage for simply walking away from a pointless confrontation, and a second where I pointed out the proportional difference between racist individuals and racist institutions which are occasionally covered by the media.  There's a total of three sentences.

In other words, actually pushing over a strawman would have required more effort than this.  You should get some rest.

-Autistic Angel
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 04, 2014, 03:43:49 PM

Quote from: ATB on July 04, 2014, 12:36:35 PM

Black people can be racist?  Does the media know about this?


Yes.  It's just that you don't see it as much because "White Man Confronted While Waiting In Line" naturally warrants less coverage than "All Black People Statistically Earn >20% Less Than White People" or "87% of All NYC Stop-and-Frisk Targets Are Black, Latino; 88% of All Searches Prove Fruitless."

-Autistic Angel
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I had a pretty sad encounter today at Rite Aid on: July 04, 2014, 01:54:43 AM

Quote from: Zekester on July 03, 2014, 11:25:16 PM

2) why did you move to another line??? Fuck that.


Sometimes courage means knowing it's okay to walk away and de-escalate a pointless conflict. 

-Autistic Angel
22  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 09:03:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 03, 2014, 08:22:57 PM

Quote from: Zekester on July 03, 2014, 08:00:19 PM

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Have you investigated about how this will severely limit the poor's ability to vote?

the poor have no problem attaining a drivers license, in most instances. and even if it's a big problem, i'd be all for offering them assistance to get it. just as long as they got it. lets remove any possibility of fraud out of the voting process. why is that a bad thing?

Yep, no problems at all.  (Fireball had an excellent breakdown of this a while back as well, but my search skills are failing me.  Maybe it was over at OO.)


I'd also like to point out that every attempt Republicans have made to demonstrate the existence of voter fraud has instead proven the exact opposite.  South Carolina spent eighteen months investigating allegations of 900 "zombie voters" casting ballots from beyond the grave, and found nothing suspicious in all but five cases.

In another instance, Republicans once claimed there were upwards of 180,000 illegal voters just in the state of Florida.  The results of the state's 9-month long investigation?  Two suspicious cases, only one of which was actionable.

Even if every person in the country had the time, money, and personal documentation to acquire a voter ID card, there would still be no reason to force the issue because voter fraud is statistically non-existent.  If anyone has a commendable reason why Republicans continue to press for draconian new laws anyway, I would still like to hear it.

-Autistic Angel
23  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: WAZ 7/3/14 on: July 03, 2014, 08:30:43 PM

Quote from: Zekester on July 03, 2014, 08:00:19 PM

welfare recipients are accepting gov't money, so they should have to adhere to govt rules. lets start there with 'good food mandates' and see how it works out.
 

Zekester is outraged that government-funded school lunch programs are being required to offer healthier food, one meal a day, during the school year.  He wants the government to mind its own business.

Instead, he wants the government to establish an entirely new program to monitor the eating habits of welfare recipients, 24-hours a day, all year round.  

If anyone asks why hepcat looks forward to Zekester's posts so much, I'll know where to send them.

-Autistic Angel
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 08:33:03 PM
The developers of Divinity: Original Sin say they've wanted to make a traditional turn-based RPG for many years, but they couldn't find a publisher willing to finance development.  No matter how the final product turned out -- and early impressions seem universally positive so far -- I'm glad Kickstarter gave them the opportunity to at least try.

-Autistic Angel
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 01:57:22 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 30, 2014, 01:00:21 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 30, 2014, 04:07:36 AM

Sniper Elite 3 maybe for the XB1

Aren't those games terrible?


I haven't played it myself, but the last Sniper Elite game seemed reasonably well received.  Looked like a neat mix of assassinations, trap-laying, and run-for-your-life escapes through some fairly open level designs.  Also, x-ray kill cams.

Personally, having never even heard of Divinity: Original Sin before this morning, reading all the excitement here enticed me to get educated and make a purchase before the Steam sale ended.  Looks pretty neat!

-Autistic Angel
26  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 09:27:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 01:50:00 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 27, 2014, 11:51:24 AM

You can keep going around like this, Isgrimnur, but I'm telling you now: criticizing Barack Obama for disarming the Syrian chemical weapons program because it was too peaceful is on par with complaining that the Special Ops forces didn't obtain visitor visas on their way in to kill Osama bin Laden.  Find a different avenue of attack.

-Autistic Angel

I am not criticizing the president for anything, merely exploring the actual events that occurred.  And I will ask you again to stop putting words in my mouth. 


I had no role in assisting these words to flow from your mouth to your keyboard:

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 26, 2014, 09:05:43 PM

We have interests in the Middle East.  If we lose credibility there like we did when we backed down from bombing Syria because they surrendered their chemical weapons, we lose the willingness of those governments in the region to take actions on our behalf or to our benefit that expose them politically against opposition in their own countries.  Especially if they feel that our word carries little weight.


Emphasis added.

See that part where you casually remark that the Syrian disarmament agreement represented some sort of net loss in credibility for the United States?  With no citation, so it's presented entirely as your personal opinion?  That criticism is the centerpoint of this conversation.  And it's nonsense.

You can call it a value judgement, an analysis, an assessment, an opinion, or a free-wheeling exploration of actual events that occurred, but it is your injection into this topic and it is nonsense.

Negotiating the peaceful disarmament of WMDs from an otherwise hostile foreign power, at no cost and with no strings attached, is a success of historic proportions.  There were no downsides.  It was literally the best conceivable outcome, where all the players got what they wanted, and no matter how many individual Saudi princes or Republican cranks you can find to complain that the United States "lost credibility" in the balance, you will simply be compiling a list of people who have been proven unmistakeably wrong.

If you want to make the point that the Obama administration has lost credibility in the Middle East, pick something else.  Like, anything else.  Claim that his profligate spending has rendered the national coffers too empty to wage another war.  Say that his amnesty program for illegal immigrants has weakened the national spirit beyond the ability to morally prevail overseas.  Toss out the idea that his pitiable bowling skills have made him the laughing stock of Tehran. 

Choosing one of the most widely acclaimed foreign policy successes of his presidency to throw back in his face is simply a non-starter.

-Autistic Angel
27  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 11:51:24 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

Do the Syrians still have weapons of war?  Then they didn't "unilaterally" disarm.


"Unilateral disarmament" in the context of foreign policy refers to a policy whereupon one military power agrees to renounce some weaponry without the promise of similar concessions from other military powers.  In this case, Syria renounced their chemical weapon stockpiles without condition that the United States, Russia, the Syrian rebel groups, or any other international power give up any military capability in exchange.

You may be confusing it with the policy of "General and Complete Disarmament" which at least sounds like it means what you think it means.  You would still be wrong, however -- even that is defined primarily as the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, along with a general drawing down of military power in ways which do not sacrifice national security.


Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

Regardless of what he said, the expectation of just about everyone was that crossing that "red line" would result in some punitive action.


Yes, and in accordance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which Syria is a signatory, punitive action would have been legally sanctioned by international treaty.

If you would like to make the argument that Bashar al-Assad was secretly planning to turn all of his chemical weapons over to OPCW for destruction all along, and that the timing of his announcement in the face of looming military action by the United States was just an astonishing coincidence, I would like to see you try.


Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

And it's not my assertion that it resulted in a credibility loss.  It's a lot of the media and the Saudis themselves.


I generally support the idea of the United States working to help its allies and foster good international relations.  That support ends when it would require us to take actions that would be plainly counter to our own national interest, such as jumping into a *third* combat theater to intervene in a civil war.

The United States' goal here was to end the use of chemical weapons, as agreed by international treaty.  We achieved an unprecedented success, and if a Saudi prince is disappointed that we didn't pitch away billions of dollars and hundreds of American lives to overthrow one of his regional rivals in the process, I find his position uncompelling.


Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 03:09:24 AM

When you posted:

Quote
The United States threatened to bomb Syria unless they gave up their chemical weapon stockpiles.

you were demonstrably wrong.


On September 9th, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked what, if anything, might avert U.S. air strikes on Syria.  That's when he "flippantly" remarked that they could choose to divest themselves of their entire chemical arsenal.  Hours later, Syria announced their intent to take him up on that deal.

Threat, condition, capitulation.

By comparison:

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 12:21:55 AM

We didn't threaten to bomb them if they didn't give up their chemical weapons.  We threatened to bomb them if they used them, which they did.


That emphasis-added bit I highlighted actually is demonstrably wrong, as demonstrated in the article you link to yourself.


You can keep going around like this, Isgrimnur, but I'm telling you now: criticizing Barack Obama for disarming the Syrian chemical weapons program because it was too peaceful is on par with complaining that the Special Ops forces didn't obtain visitor visas on their way in to kill Osama bin Laden.  Find a different avenue of attack.

-Autistic Angel
28  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 27, 2014, 01:55:16 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 27, 2014, 12:21:55 AM

We didn't threaten to bomb them if they didn't give up their chemical weapons.  We threatened to bomb them if they used them, which they did.  Then Kerry got all flippant when someone asked him what would prevent us bombing them, and he shot his mouth off of them giving up the weapons.  They agreed to do it when the Russians came calling, and the Saudis got pissed.


Going to war with a country offering to unilaterally disarm because overthrowing the current power structure would please the Saudis was a big feature of the Iraq War.  That turned out poorly.

You're arguing we should have followed exactly that same track in Syria, launching a completely voluntary war solely because...why, exactly?  According that first article you linked, it's because President Obama repeatedly said that Syrian use of chemical weapons would "change his calculus" on whether or not to engage military force.  

Quote from: President Barack Obama
“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation.  But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical.  That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel.  It concerns us.  We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people.

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.  That would change my calculus.  That would change my equation.”


It did change his equation.  He consulted with congress about launching air strikes, at which point the Assad regime offered to surrender their stockpiles.  It's literally everything the United States was demanding, without billions of dollars in military operations or sacrificed lives, and you're disappointed we didn't insist on going to war anyway.

More baffling is your assertion that this resulted in a credibility loss.  As if other signatories to the Chemical Weapons Convention watched the Obama administration strongarm the Assad regime into peaceful disarmament and sneered, "Oh, I heard from someone that he promised to start a war no matter what, so now Obama is just a big LIAR!"  Generally speaking, if the only reason you can think of to pitch the country into a *third* active warzone is to satisfy theoretical dignitaries with reasoning abilities on par with an average five-year old, it's probably a bad idea.

-Autistic Angel
29  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Obama seeking 1/2 Billion for Syrian Opposition on: June 26, 2014, 11:04:41 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 26, 2014, 09:05:43 PM

If we lose credibility there like we did when we backed down from bombing Syria because they surrendered their chemical weapons....


The United States threatened to bomb Syria unless they gave up their chemical weapon stockpiles.  The Syrian government immediately capitulated.  At last report, they have surrendered all of their chemical weapons, and we have not bombed them.

In what way did that result in the United States losing credibility?

-Autistic Angel
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 25, 2014, 02:13:20 AM
The thing is, his posts have basically amounted to, "I'm not only generally okay with racist expression -- I find it personally entertaining."

That isn't stirring the pot.  It's more like jamming your bare arm into the pot and then laughing all the way to the burn ward about the crazy looks people gave you.

-Autistic Angel
31  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 23, 2014, 08:21:42 PM

Quote from: Rip on June 23, 2014, 05:26:24 PM

If I owned the team I would just rename them.

Ladies and gentleman please welcome your Washington Coons.


"I can't believe liberals are trying to paint 'Redskins' as a racist term!"

"I know, race has nothing to do with it!  Looney Leftists gets so riled up about everything.  Getting offended by simple words is so ridiculous, we should come up with a bunch of fake names to show that name-calling never hurt anyone!"

"Like 'The Washington ConservaTurds?'  Or 'RepubliCan'ts.'"

"No, I really hate those for some reason.  Let's pitch a bunch of thinly disguised racial slurs instead.  It's hilarious the way they get riled up when we insult minorities!"

"Hah!  Oh, on a totally unrelated note, are those "End the War on Christmas!" bumper stickers going to be ready in time for Black Friday?"

"Absolutely!  Gah, is there any form of hate speech more offensive than 'Happy Holidays?!'"

-Autistic Angel
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: June 22, 2014, 10:52:30 AM

Quote from: naednek on June 22, 2014, 04:08:33 AM

well, I did it.  I bought it.  Birthday came around, and I sold my xbox 360 a month back, and figured, I have nothing else I want to buy, and money has a hard time sitting in my wallet.  Updating now.  Picked up Wolfenstein for $39.  Want to get MLB the Show, but it's not on sale.  So I'll wait on that.  And I'll wait for the games that are supposed to hit next year. 


For what it's worth, Target has The Show for PS4 on sale this week for $47.99.  Kmart also has Killzone: Shadowfall for $19.99, but you may want to check reviews and impressions to see if it would suit your tastes.

Did you get the bundle with the Vita?  If so, remember that logging into PlayStation Plus on the PS4 does not show you the free Vita games you can download, and vice versa.  You'll want to connect online and jump into Plus on each system.

By the way, I finally set up my Vita for remote play on the PS4.  Took all of three minutes and it works *perfectly!*

-Autistic Angel
33  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 20, 2014, 11:05:58 AM

Quote from: Lee on June 20, 2014, 04:48:55 AM

According to my Facebook friends, the new argument is that Oklahoma means "red people," so we better change the state's name now too.


Are they trolling, or are they misinterpreting other people's trolling as a sincere initiative?

I have a friend who misunderstands trolling all the time.  For example, something like this:

Quote from: FireAndreaMitchell.com
While we are on the subject of how ‘offensive’ the name of the football team is, do we have to change the name of Oklahoma too to not ‘offend’ people? The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw phrase okla humma, which literally means red people. Obviously, this must be offensive.


This is really obvious trolling, but somehow it gets entered in his head as, "Wow, some people are trying to force Oklahoma to change its name!  These liberals are out of control!"  It's practically a weekly thing where he'll come around with some new outrage, and I'll have to methodically show him that it's completely fictional.

I recommend asking your friends to Google variations on "Oklahoma means red people" or "change name of Oklahoma" and see if they can find any examples of people who aren't knocking down strawmen.  If so, they're having more luck on the internet than I am.

-Autistic Angel
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 20, 2014, 02:05:22 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on June 19, 2014, 09:18:37 PM

Does anyone know what the setting in Graphics "GPU Max Buffered Frames" does or should be set at? I have a GTX 780 and I've tried it at "1" and up at "5" and I can't tell a difference. Is it only for lesser video cards or something like that?


I can't speak to how Buffered Frames affects Watch Dogs specifically, but broadly speaking, it's intended to smooth out frame rate stutters.  A higher number of pre-rendered frames will diminish frame rate drops, but also introduce more input lag and a "floatier feel" to the game.

If you cannot perceive any difference in the settings, you should keep it at "1" or even "0."

-Autistic Angel
35  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Redskins Lose Trademark on: June 19, 2014, 05:02:48 PM
I don't think anyone here expects to change Zekester's mind.  We've all seen him circle this drain before.  He'll continue making LULZsome zingers until it finally dawns on him that everyone is laughing AT him, at which point he'll melt down, claim he's leaving forever, and then pop back up in a day or two like nothing ever happened.

No one can educate Zekester...but engaging him this way might just educate anyone else who reads the thread.  ATB, for example.  He was full of piss and vinegar when he started this thread, but after three pages of watching someone flail around to defend the casual use of an unmistakable racial slur for no material reason, it's possible he's changed his mind.  Who knows how many undecideds read through, as well.

"Redskin" had been employed as an ethnic slur for something like 200 years, and the only explanation supporters of the current Washington NFL brand can give to seems its continued use is that they chreish tradition.  The best possible way to counter that is to make them say it over and over again until the sheer idiocy of their position finally sinks in.


By the way, I'm posting from my phone so it's too cumbersome to quote here, but maneuvering Zekester into claiming that federal enforcement of trademark laws is an example of -less- regulation by a -smaller- government deserves a special forum badge. thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 14, 2014, 10:10:58 PM
Oh, where did you find it for $45?  It seems to be $60 most places.

-Autistic Angel
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 14, 2014, 08:08:30 PM
Yeah, Gratch is really making me want to give Wildstar a go.

What server / faction / class / path did you guys pick?  I think I'd be most interested in playing a healer or support character, if those roles aren't already taken!

-Autistic Angel
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 13, 2014, 11:09:28 PM
OMG IT'S STARTING

-Autistic Angel
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: June 13, 2014, 08:53:40 PM
Did you get the new update that allows you to launch directly into the last game you played?

-Autistic Angel
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: June 13, 2014, 06:32:14 PM
It looks like Brandon Cackowski-Schnell will also be doing a live stream of the Destiny alpha tonight.  From his Twitter:

Quote from: MisterBinky
Sorry Watch_Dogs but Chicago has to wait for a little bit as I dip around the Destiny Alpha.

And yes, I will be streaming the fuck out of it tonight.


His streams usually begin about 7:00pm Eastern / 4:00pm Pacific and last for one hour.  His Twitch channel is here.

-Autistic Angel
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