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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 21, 2014, 12:43:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 21, 2014, 12:28:33 AM

I never played the first two Infamous games for various reasons, but from watching more of the videos of this it seems like in this one everybody once again uses ranged attacks a lot rather than melee.  Is that just how the majority of gameplay in Infamous goes?  

I much prefer melee-focused combat in a superhero game like Prototype and if I'm just going to be doing third person shooting it seems l'd be better off with something focused on that.

Either way, I already have the preorder on it's way from Amazon, I'm just kind of surprised I'm not seeing much melee gameplay based on earlier talk of more focus on that.


The original inFamous was plagued by enemies who could plug you in the head with a shotgun blast from a rooftop two blocks away.  This made melee particularly challenging as it was often better to fight from behind solid cover.

inFamous 2 improved things by greatly increasing the enemy variety and adding a melee weapon in the form of a big electrified tuning fork.  Longer reach, new combos.  Cole's powers still centered around projecting various forms of electricity, but I frequently used them to soften up or scatter enemy units as I closed in for the kill.

I've deliberately tried to stay in the dark about Second Son's powerset, but I've still seen enough to know that there are definitely some melee-centric abilities in the mix.  Think "lightsaber." ninja

-Autistic Angel
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 19, 2014, 10:38:06 AM
The first two games had a story-based explanation for the shards and why Cole would care about collecting them.  I'll be interested to see if Second Son maintains that tradition, of if they've already reached that level of GTA IV pigeon-collecting where those things just exist because gamers like me are addicted to completing checklists.

-Autistic Angel
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 19, 2014, 10:33:16 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 19, 2014, 03:35:01 AM

Killzone does this too though a bit different from Section 8, where in Section 8 they were sort of bonus objectives, while in Killzone they change between gametypes, so it would go from Domination to TDM to CTF in random order.   I like that a lot in both those games MP wish more would start doing that.


Yeah, every Killzone multiplayer match is structured differently from the next, making them great fun to play even against bots.  I'm surprised that system hasn't joined regenerating health and XP-based perks as a standard of the genre.

-Autistic Angel
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita]Final Fantasy X HD/FFX-2 HD on: March 19, 2014, 10:23:57 AM
Are you playing with the unlocked sphere grids so you can experiment more with your character builds, or do you fall into the camp of people who believe that just removes the safeguards preventing you from hobbling your party?

-Autistic Angel
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 18, 2014, 10:32:16 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 18, 2014, 10:17:49 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 18, 2014, 07:20:31 PM

Early reports are that the game should take 10-12 hours per playthrough (assuming you want to play through once as good and once as evil). Full platinum ~30 hours.

I wish it was a little longer but I think it will still be worth the money seeing as it's the only thing I have to play on the PS4. smile

Dead Nation is fun in short bursts but honestly I'm a full AAA game kind of guy. These little indies just don't do anything for me.
Ten hours to play through the game twice? That is short. I'm starting with the first two so I hope they're both as short so that I can get though them.

When YellowKing says the game is 10-12 hours per playthrough, I believe he means it takes that long to play through once on the Good path, followed by another 10-12 hours to complete the Evil path.  That sounds about on par with how long an average person would take to complete each of the two previous games.

I suspect it'll be more like 15-hours per playthrough for me.  I invariably spend a chunk of time exploring, seeking out collectables, and fighting random groups of enemies that won't advance any of the missions.

-Autistic Angel
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 18, 2014, 02:30:52 PM
I'll be interested to see what sort of reviews that Ground Zeroes game gets.  Everything I've read suggests it's effectively a great big proof-of-concept demo, with a 90-minute long critical path and a handful of side objectives, that Konami has elected to sell for $30.  (Or $20 digitally.)

I remember thinking the paid demo for Dead Rising 2 was sort of weird, but that was just $5 and unlocked things that carried into the full game.  This...just seems like a ploy to exploit fans who're looking for some stealth action on their shiny new consoles.

-Autistic Angel
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 17, 2014, 01:51:04 PM
I finished Diablo 3 Act I with my wizard and then loaded up my monk who was ripped apart the moment she set foot in Old Tristram.  Apparently the gear used for killing Diablo on a second playthrough at Monster Power 6 is insufficient to put down shambling zombies on a third playthrough set to Hard post-patch.  I turned things back to Normal long enough to gear up and now I'm about halfway through Act I with things back on Hard.

I also played through Acts II and III in Gears of War 3.  ATB was right: the story gets a lot more engaging the further I go, and the game's willingness to mix up the game play with new twists every level is really keeping the experience fresh.

Then I watched last night's episode of The Walking Dead and realized I don't ever want to play, smile, or eat anything ever again.  I'm just going to curl into a tight little ball and weep away my dreams in a room without doors.

-Autistic Angel
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 11:49:21 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 16, 2014, 12:18:00 AM

I'm going to try and play to at least the 8 hour mark (it's the same time commitment I give to RPG's), but I can't really see myself warming up to it a whole lot.  Hopefully I'm wrong.


Have you tried playing with Hetz yet?  I've always found multiplayer games are a lot more fun with friends on your side.

-Autistic Angel
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 16, 2014, 10:54:30 AM
I know at least YellowKing was waiting for this: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition is on sale for $44.99 at Best Buy this week.

-Autistic Angel
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 16, 2014, 02:11:31 AM
If you haven't played Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag yet, I would consider the PS4 version to be the definitive experience.  The vanishingly small graphical downgrade from the PC version is offset by not needing to jump through any weird hoops to fix Ubisoft's V-Sync issues, and I thought it was the best AC game since Brotherhood.

And don't forget: if you have a Vita or PS3, there's a bunch of free games you can nab off PSN for those platforms too!

-Autistic Angel
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 15, 2014, 11:40:06 PM
You played the console version which implemented many of the same ideas.  You already owned and had completed the PC version, indicating that you felt strongly enough about the adjustments to shell out more money to get them early, and the fact that you completed a full playthough means even more given the fact that you never waste time on games that aren't fully engaging.

That's a better recommendation than most. nod

-Autistic Angel
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 15, 2014, 05:33:51 PM
Assuming the price points in that article are in Canadian dollars, $449 CND works out to about $405.47 USD at the current exchange rate.  The price increase surely sucks and non-US gamers are routinely gouged by publishers charging insane markups, but I can at least see why Sony would move towards parity in its North American pricing.

I feel bad for anyone who was looking to pull a YellowKing and pick up a PS4 just in time for Second Son.  Does anyone remember if Purge already got his console?

-Autistic Angel
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 04:58:54 PM
YEAH!

Don't forget to update it and set your "Real Name" preferences before you go online.  Oh, and make sure you redeem your free month of PSN so you can get Dead Nation, Bioshock Infinite and Borderlands 2 on your PS3!

(Tomb Raider is also available, but you should either play your PC version or continue waiting for the Definitive Edition to drop in price.)

Does anyone know if Resogun and Contrast are still free for PS4 purchasers?  If so, make sure you get those, too!

-Autistic Angel
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 15, 2014, 02:29:48 PM
I finished Halo 4 early in the week, so I've moved on to Gears of War 3 based on ATB's recommendation.  So far it hasn't grabbed me in the same way that the second game did, but I only just finished the first act.  One way or another, my hope it to have it completed before inFamous: Second Son comes out this Friday.

Gratch also sold me on trying the new Diablo III patch and he was right: it makes the game *much* more fun.  A lot of attention has been paid to the new loot system, but there are also new power-ups, new challenges, and new monsters with new abilities that really spice up the combat encounters.  Many of the character abilities have also been rebalanced and shuffled around, so it's been a lot of fun experimenting with all my old Wizard runes.

Prior to this reinvention patch, I'd finished two complete playthroughs with a monk and one with the Wizard.  I'll probably play some more with both those characters on their new difficulty levels, then maybe start up a new class from the beginning.

-Autistic Angel
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 02:17:29 PM
Unfortunately, because the campaign is where nearly all new players go to learn the ropes and unlock their titans, it's already turned into a hunting pen where high level players go to farm newbies for stats and XP.  Your best option now is to lie back and think of England until your profile has accrued enough trickle-down points to mount a credible resistance. 

-Autistic Angel
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 01:13:58 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 15, 2014, 12:56:15 AM

I just hope the gameplay matches the visuals. Pretty particle effects are all well and good, but if the gameplay sucks, who cares.


One of the game's producers did a live play demonstration with some Game Informer editors for one of their Test Chamber videos.  I have not watched it since I'm already sold on the game, but it might give you a better idea of how it plays.

-Autistic Angel
137  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kids say the darndest things... on: March 14, 2014, 11:16:58 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 14, 2014, 07:06:12 PM

I realize now that he's a bigot at heart, but as an adult he's been able to act appropriately in public.  But kids don't have that level of maturity by dint of being kids.  I guess I just can't wrap my mind around someone being confronted with this and not realizing that they need to change their ways for the sake of their kids. 


Based on what you've described, I'm willing to bet your coworker views these confrontations with teachers and minorities as evidence that he's raising his kid in exactly the right way.  His son is going to grow up knowing that he'll never need to take any crap from them ivory tower intellectuals or semi-American welfare recipients.

This does not mean his son his a lost cause, however.  He might continue running down this path of prideful ignorance and racial hatreds, or the reactions from his school and his community might gradually inspire him to change his ways.  It could be a teacher or a football coach or the parent of a friend, but if the right people get through to him, he may well grow up to be a completely different man than his father.

-Autistic Angel
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 09:21:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 11, 2014, 12:02:56 PM

Did not hop out of bed and start the download before leaving for work as I'm still unconvinced that I want it.


If you don't play, everyone on the internet will think your username is short for Anti-Titanfall Baby.  Everyone.

Has all the campaigning I've done to convince them it's actually Awesome Titanfall Buyer really been for naught?

-Autistic Angel
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: March 11, 2014, 08:39:20 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on March 11, 2014, 08:08:36 PM

According to FRAPS I'm getting a solid 60 fps at most times, even in storms. Oddly, at times it drops to a solid 30 fps when I'm ashore in a tropical setting, maybe it's that PhysX stuff.


The precipitous drop from 60 fps all the way to 30 is the result of a well-documented but completely unacknowledged flaw in the game's renderer, causing it to ignore your video card's Triple Buffering setting.  This means any scene that would normally make your frame rate drop from 60 down to 57 will instead cause it to plummet all the way to 30.

Fortunately, there's a fairly simple workaround that worked quite well for me:

Quote from: Autistic Angel on December 05, 2013, 12:33:28 PM

1. Start Black Flag and enter the game.

2. Ctrl-Alt-Del and open Task Manager.  (Alt-Tab is not sufficient.)

3. Close Task Manager and use Alt-Tab to un-minimize Black Flag.

For the rest of that game session, I can have V-Sync enabled, with no screen tearing and no apparent frame rate drops.  Why does this work?  I have no idea, but pending an official fix from Ubisoft, I definitely recommend it!



Quote from: jztemple2 on March 11, 2014, 08:08:36 PM

So, is AC4BF better than AC3? I haven't played an AC game since AC2 and I'm thinking of getting some of the others in the series.


Assassin's Creed III is kind of like Black Flag except with less refined graphics, much worse combat mechanics, a tutorial section that lasts for several hours before you're let off the leash, missions designed so poorly that you will question the moral compass of the people who designed them, and a main character with the charisma of a wooden block so boring that all the other wooden blocks kicked him out of the wooden block box.

You do not want to play Assassin's Creed III.

-Autistic Angel
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 08:20:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 11, 2014, 11:36:21 AM

I'm muted at the moment, that's why no mic sounds.  I had to keep turning down the quality despite having plenty of bandwidth.  Does it look ok?


Looked fine to me -- all the text was readable, in-game sound was good, and I had no trouble following the action.

-Autistic Angel
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 11:14:49 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 11, 2014, 09:18:42 AM

Streaming Titanfall now, no camera yet slywink

www.twitch.tv/harkonis


I'm watching right now.  I just saw the part where you mounted an enemy Titan, shot its core a few times with your shotgun, and hit Level 11.

There's no microphone feed, though.  Is your headset not working properly, or is that something you need the camera for?

EDIT: Yeah!  You got the Stryder! thumbsup

EDIT 2: Oh my god...IHaTeDavis is already Level 20?  Assuming you've both been playing since the game unlocked, how could have have doubled your XP gain in this amount of time?

-Autistic Angel
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 10, 2014, 01:27:27 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on March 10, 2014, 01:01:45 AM

I would disagree with the opinion that users wouldn't see any change. Anything that makes it easier on developers means there is the potential that they can focus on other things like a backburned feature or bugs or just getting it out on time.


The gist of TiLT's post, as I understood it, is that DirectX 12 adds programming features to PCs that both consoles already have.  Nothing becomes easier for developers because they have the freedom to bypass the driver layer whether DX12 is present or not.

-Autistic Angel
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 10, 2014, 12:04:03 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 09, 2014, 10:12:31 PM

I imagine Titanfall will be occupying me for some time, but if Thief or Tomb Raider hit $40 I'll pick up either of those.


If you haven't played it yet, Tomb Raider was excellent.  Cool story, tight shooting mechanics, and some of the most intricately designed environments this side of The Witcher 2.

There's no harm in waiting for a discount if you're having fun with the stuff you're playing now, but I'd be surprised if you ever feel you paid too much for it.

-Autistic Angel
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/07/14 - Daylight Savings Weekend* on: March 09, 2014, 01:53:40 PM
Played more Halo 4.  I really should write something about how great the gunplay feels and how well designed all the combat scenarios are.  I just played a long segment that showed off the variety of long-range scoped weapons in the game, and I don't think I've ever felt more comfortable maneuvering a sniper rifle with an analog stick.  It's just perfect.

But then that fun game play sequence ended with a big story dump.  Maybe it's my cold medication talking, but the backstory in this game borders on incomprehensible.

Spoiler for Hiden:
According to the last batch of cinematics, the Prometheans are actually humans who arrived in the galaxy thousands of years ago while fleeing the Flood.  They were transformed into digital entities by a device called The Composer on the logic that the Flood only consume organic material, but the process drove them insane and it was discovered they had no way to be restored to organic bodies again.

This information is delivered by the Librarian, a Forerunner who was digitized herself -- not driven insane, apparently -- and who now wants to accelerate Master Chief's biological evolution so that he can stop the Didact.

The Didact is...well, a bad guy, for sure.  He beats up Master Chief.  Beyond that is anyone's guess.  The Librarian credits the Didact for rising up against the conquesting ancient humans, which you would think was a good thing, except then he was locked up in a big metal sphere.  I guess he was trying to use the Composer to digitize all of humanity?  This part gets super opaque, though, as I have no idea who imprisoned him, how they succeeded in the face of his godlike superpowers, or how the humans reverted into cavemen living on a single planet with no technology and no Flood zombies to eat them.


I was pretty confused during parts of Halo, Halo 2, and ODST too.  They all wound up making sense by the end.  The different here is that none of the characters seem to acknowledge that the multifaceted chaos erupting all around them is even slightly surprising, contributing to the feeling that all of these wild revelations make perfect sense to them so far.

Finally, when this game is over, I'm going to do some searching to see if there's a reason Jen Taylor tanked her Cortana performance so hard.  She has the most lines in the game by a factor of four, so it gets super distracting when half of them sound like she didn't even realize the microphone was on.

-Autistic Angel
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 09, 2014, 12:48:51 PM
I hope people will consider posting their live streaming events in advance.  Or better yet, maintain a set schedule for when they'll be broadcasting Titanfall.

So far, I have an unbroken streak of tuning in just in time to hear, "-antastic time everyone!  Thanks for watching and I'll see you all again next time!"

-Autistic Angel
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 08, 2014, 12:39:03 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 08, 2014, 04:36:45 AM

I wonder what games Republicans play vs Democrats.


I'd be very interested in this too.  It's easy to imagine how descriptive television viewing habits would be -- CBN vs. Logo TV, for example. 

I don't know how you'd discern political ideologies from mainstream gaming habits, though.  Beyond Good & Evil and the original Mass Effect were unapologetic allegories about September 11th, 2001 and the resulting military conflicts, but although they came from opposite ends of the political spectrum, I wouldn't be able to identify any ideological divides among the players who loved them.

-Autistic Angel
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 07, 2014, 11:58:55 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 07, 2014, 09:41:23 PM

It's not like not having Xbox Live is going to prevent you from being the target of political ads from every other media stream you consume.


I have never encountered a political ad arriving through PSN, Steam, Origin, uPlay, Stardock, or GoG.  Until that changes, deciding not to have XBox Live will at least prevent me from being the target of political ads while I'm gaming.

-Autistic Angel
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I bought a Wii U on: March 05, 2014, 05:49:38 PM
I don't remember if I ever did the complete write up I was intending, but the Wind Waker HD remake on Wii U is absolutely stellar.  I'd call it a system seller, but that would imply that New Super Mario Brothers U,  Super Mario 3D World, and Pikmin 3 aren't just as great.

Assuming the next Smash Bros. and original Zelda games maintain this same degree of quality, I think this is great time to pick up a Wii U!  Especially for that kind of deal!

-Autistic Angel
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: March 03, 2014, 03:43:45 PM
Teasing aside, I'm having a pretty good time with Halo 4.  You'd think the much-ballyhooed graphics might have lost their luster now that a new generation of consoles is on the market, but I'm seriously impressed.  If the developer did nothing but bump up the native resolution and put this out on the XB1, you'd swear it was designed as a launch showcase for the new system.

Maybe this is supposed to be an element of her character's "rampantcy," but some of Jen Taylor's voice acting is super weird.  Cortana tells you the enemy has put out a "general order" as though this is some incomprehensible alien concept translated from a foreign tongue.  A lot of it has a done-on-the-first-take vibe, like she was in a big rush to get back to her local theater production of Our Town.

Lots of new weapons to learn, with some legitimately awesome animations to highlight the first time you pick them up.  Some may as well be shooting rose petals based on the damage they dish out, though this may just be a matter of learning which weapon types are best against which enemies.

On the whole, it's more Halo which is what I'm in the mood for at the moment, so I fully expect to finish this in the coming week or so.

-Autistic Angel
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: March 02, 2014, 01:33:12 PM
Day 1

Wow, straight out the academy and into service!  My new assignment helping the Covenant search for sacred relics on this newly discovered Holy World starts today.  It's almost a shame the humans have absolutely no idea this place exists -- I'll have to practice my Exaggerated Sidestepping and Combat Roll techniques every day so I won't get rusty on this long and uneventful mission!


Day 2

Some of the grunts are whispering that opening the divine vaults on this Holy World will actually unleash some sort of ancient transgalactic evil that will snuff out all life in the universe.  They're such comedic worrywarts -- what are the odds that could possibly be true?


Day 3

Reports are coming in about a lone human in green armor being seen on the perimeter.  Whatever.  There's no way one dude accidentally stumbling upon this highly militarized operation is going to stop the Covenant!  The hierarchy has ordered that we make no changes to our encryption methods at all, but that we unlock a bunch of weapons lockers just in case anyone needs anything.

Security footage shows the green armor guy is also carrying around one of those blue holograms, but this one looks more like a naked lady than ever.  Even through I'm a weird alien religious zealot, I have to agree that this adds a lot to her character and definitely highlights the sophistication of her emotional jour...Oh, hold on.  I hear something down the hall.


Day 3.25

...my only regret...is not...paying more attention...in Emphatic Limb Flailing class....BLERTCH!

-Every Covenant Trooper Ever
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 01, 2014, 03:53:25 PM
There is an explicit warning when Lara crosses a point of no return that there are will be no Fast Travel more camps until the end of the game.  Prior to that, you're free to return to previous areas to collect all the goodies you couldn't reach earlier.

Once the game is done, it also allows you load back in to complete any unfinished business.  I picked up all the relics and journal entries, but tapped out before completing all of the "Find X Number of These Hidden Curiosities" challenges.

-Autistic Angel
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: March 01, 2014, 01:13:31 PM
Having recently finished Tomb Raider on Gratch's recommendation and the new Devil May Cry based on feedback from the No High Scores crew, I decided to spend some time with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.  I'd tried the PS3 version months ago and couldn't accept the hitchy frame rate, so this time I jumped into the PC version with my trusty 360 controller.

I do not like this game.  Partly, it's because I absolutely cannot get a grip on blocking and dodging.  Maybe it's just me -- my understanding is that most people really loved this game -- but the timing on all the combat moves feels unsteady compared to DmC, Bayonetta, or the Ninja Gaiden games.  The environments, lovely though they are, are all narrowed by invisible walls and rigid camera angles that obscure how one screen connects to the next.  I never feel like I'm exploring a world so much as wandering between non-interactive pictures.

But the worst element has got to be the story.  This dialogue is unreal.  They want to create some kind of emotional resonance for this stoic badass crusader on a quest to reunite with his dead wife so badly, but the script makes George Lucas look like Joss Whedon.  Were Patrick Stewart or Robert Carlisle given *any* context for their lines?  It sounds like they just handed a few pages of disconnected words and asked to read aloud to a group of young children at storytime.

In their Test Chamber for Lords of Shadow 2, the Game Informer editors were still gushing about this first game.  I recognize that it was a big hit for a lot of people, but much like the Fable, Metal Gear Solid and (original) Devil May Cry games, I have to say that this is just not for me.

-Autistic Angel
153  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 01, 2014, 03:39:19 AM

Quote from: hepcat on March 01, 2014, 12:19:44 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 25, 2014, 12:09:02 AM

Homophobic discrimination is just one square on the multi-paneled quilt of discredited economic theories, religious zealotry, Social Darwinism, xenophobia, profiteering, and batshit-crazy secret-Muslimism that makes up the Conservative movement.  It's a big enough tent that every subset deserves recognition for its own brand of asshattery.

Quote from: Autistic Angel
Conservatives across the country launching simultaneous, coordinated crusades against threats that they are manifestly making up?  If that's not a top-to-bottom organized campaign, I don't know what one would possibly look like.

I realize you get worked up and that your opinions are often filtered through hyperbole at that point, so I'll just say, "Ah, okay then" and sign off with a hearty "cheers".


Cool.  Now that we've dispensed with that "Every Single Conservative Wants...." fallacy and established your opinion of me for anyone who cares, let's see if any of that is relevant to the topic at hand.

Republican legislatures in twelve states have been pondering virtually identical pro-discrimination legislation, all in the name of "religious freedom," to combat a problem that doesn't exist, allegedly on behalf of business communities that want nothing to do with such laws.  I call that a pattern.  Specifically: hard-Right Conservatives attempting to inflame their base by stirring up fears about their looming oppression by the homosexual agenda:

Quote from: National Review Online
It is perhaps unfortunate that it has come to this, but organized homosexuality, a phenomenon that is more about progressive pieties than gay rights per se, remains on the permanent offensive in the culture wars. Live-and-let-live is a creed that the gay lobby specifically rejects: The owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was threatened with a year in jail for declining to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.


(For the record, the owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado was "threatened" with legally prescribed fines if he continues flouting state law by refusing service to people based on their sexual orientation.  "A year in jail" would be the penalty for refusing to pay the fines; that's how laws work.  The gay couple in question had already been married in Massachusetts and simply wanted a cake for their party back home.)

Now, hepcat, you have the power to prove to everyone that this has nothing to do with political ideology and that I'm hopelessly mired in my own unfounded preconceptions.  There's just two simple steps:

1) Document a similar list of states with Democratically-controlled legislatures that have been pushing for this sort of "religious freedom" law, and

2) Trick me into dismissing or ignoring your evidence, thus proving that I'm unwilling to consider fresh facts.

Let's start with Step 1: finding one single fact to bolster your position.  Name a state where a Democratic majority has pushed to legalize discrimination against gay people.  Something at the federal level would work too.  You know, something like this:

Quote from: The Washington Post
The Republican National Committee passed resolutions Friday reaffirming its commitment to defining marriage as between a man and a woman, and calling on the Supreme Court to "uphold the sanctity of marriage" as it weighs rulings on two landmark cases involving gay marriage.

At the RNC's spring meeting in Los Angeles, committee members adopted a slate of resolutions unanimously and without discussion, a committee spokeswoman said.

One of the resolutions affirms the committee's "support for marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and as the optimum environment in which to raise healthy children for the future of America."

Another involves the Supreme Court, which recently heard arguments in two cases involving gay marriage. One case involves California's same-sex marriage ban, while the other involves the federal Defense Of Marriage Act, which prevents same-sex married couples from receiving certain federal benefits.

"The Republican National Committee implores the U. S. Supreme Court to uphold the sanctity of marriage in its rulings on California’s Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act," reads the RNC's resolution.

The moves come four days after social conservatives sent a letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, threatening to decamp if the party did not reaffirm its commitment to their issues. It's important to note that resolutions have to be submitted ten days in advance, meaning they have been on tap at the committee even before the letter was sent.


Except with Democrats.

-Autistic Angel
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: February 28, 2014, 11:44:20 PM
The first inFamous was pretty rough, with enemies who were notorious for sniping you with their shotguns from two blocks away and a story that didn't get interesting until the final act.  I *really* liked the second one, though: the traversal and combat elements had all been polished up, and the story arc was much more interesting.

Second Son sounds like something of a fresh start thanks to the introduction of an all new protagonist, so I hope it's a good jumping-on point.  I'm really looking forward to it, too!

-Autistic Angel
155  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 10:19:26 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 28, 2014, 08:52:27 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 28, 2014, 07:28:49 PM

This suggests you either believe this is all the product of coincidence, or that you have an alternate explanation in mind that's unrelated to the fact that supporters of these "religious freedom" bills self-identify with the same political ideology.

And this suggests to me that you've forgotten my original assertion.

Again:  It's wrong to say that every single conservative in this country wants these bills to pass.  Just wrong.  


I agree.  Let's make a pact that if we ever encounter anyone who believes every single conservative in this country wants these bills to pass, we'll link them back to some of the things I posted in this thread demonstrating that isn't true.

In fact, let's put together a quick reference guide right now:

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 25, 2014, 12:09:02 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on February 24, 2014, 02:45:45 AM

Yes AA all conservatives are evil and want laws like this to pass, I guess that is why a similar bill in Kansas was defeated in large part because of two major conservative groups speaking out against it.


The Kansas version of the "Discrimination Against Gays Is The Cornerstone of My Religion!" bill was passed by the state House 72-42.  Of the 72 supporting votes, only 3 were from Democrats.  Then the Senate Republican Majority Leader claimed there weren't enough votes to pass the upper chamber, but rather than subjecting her caucus to the indignity of voting against legalized discrimination, the bill is expected to die in committee.


Killing a bill in committee proves the Republican Senate Leader did not want the bill to pass.


Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 27, 2014, 01:02:00 AM

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the bill.  thumbsup


Vetoing a bill passed by both legislative chambers is a definitive sign that the Conservative governor did not want the bill to pass.


Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 27, 2014, 10:01:13 PM

On a separate note, I just had a friend ask me if it was true that Arizona Democrats were on-board with this bill and that Both Sides Did It.  He said a bunch of his Facebook friends are advancing the notion that because the bill passed both the state House and Senate, that both political parties were equally at fault.

My answer:

Quote from: USA Today
Q: Who drafted/sponsored the bill?

A: SB 1062's prime sponsor is Republican state Sen. Steve Yarbrough. Republican Sens. Bob Worsley and Nancy Barto are co-sponsors.

It passed the Senate on a party-line vote, 17-13, with Republicans in support. Since then, three GOP senators, including Worsley, have said they regret their votes and have asked Brewer to veto the bill.

The bill passed the House, 33-27, with mostly GOP support. Three Republicans joined with all 24 Democrats to vote against it.


There's information three Republican State House members, plus three Republican Senators who fought to kill the bill.  Granted, we don't know that all of these people identify themselves as Conservatives, but the odds are better than not.

Is there anything else you'd like to say about your original assertion, or should we stop disproving claims that no one has made?

-Autistic Angel
156  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 08:19:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 28, 2014, 05:27:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 28, 2014, 05:16:09 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 28, 2014, 05:03:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 28, 2014, 04:00:21 PM


There are Christians who think the Arizona legislation was horrible and wrong,

Tilt articulated it very well above, but any derision I have towards Christians is directed only at those who supported this legislation under the guise of "religious freedom". 

I think we're on the same page, then.  The way you worded your response to Arclight made it sound like you were lumping all Christians together because of the acts of this asshole subset, but if that's not the case, then The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

Ah, apologies to Arclight then.  Mrs. Gratch is a devout Christian...dinnertime would be kind of awkward if I felt animosity towards Christians in general.  smile


This falls squarely in the category of anecdotal evidence, but my best friend is a devout Christian.  His father has been a church deacon and his mother has taught catechism classes for as many years as I have been alive.

None of us in our very blue state has ever heard anyone claim that all Christians are tainted by the shrill prejudices of a vocal and very-well-funded minority.  Not in person, not on television, and not in movies -- not even in politics where, no matter how often Conservatives might claim that persecution of homosexuals is authorized by the Bible, those beliefs have no hold over the majority of actual, practicing Christians.  My friend and his family would be among the first to point out that for all the time Jesus Christ spent preaching about the moral imperative to provide direct financial assistance to the poor, He never said one blessed word about hating gay people.

Arclight talks a lot about how devout Christians like him are being demonized simply for being people of faith, mostly because the fantasy of persevering in the face of such baseless hatred would make him a crusading hero.  In reality, however, he's just a run-of-the-milll dude who feels that adopting religion has improved his quality of life, and so long as that makes him a happy and well-adjusted member of society, nobody has any interest in taking that away from him.

-Autistic Angel
157  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 28, 2014, 07:28:49 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 27, 2014, 10:01:13 PM

Conservatives across the country launching simultaneous, coordinated crusades against threats that they are manifestly making up?  If that's not a top-to-bottom organized campaign, I don't know what one would possibly look like.


Quote from: hepcat on February 28, 2014, 02:27:11 PM

If conservatives were relegated to only a dozen states, I might agree with you.


This suggests you either believe this is all the product of coincidence, or that you have an alternate explanation in mind that's unrelated to the fact that supporters of these "religious freedom" bills self-identify with the same political ideology.

Either way, I'm really looking forward to reading more about your reasoning.


On a separate note, I just had a friend ask me if it was true that Arizona Democrats were on-board with this bill and that Both Sides Did It.  He said a bunch of his Facebook friends are advancing the notion that because the bill passed both the state House and Senate, that both political parties were equally at fault.

My answer:

Quote from: USA Today
Q: Who drafted/sponsored the bill?

A: SB 1062's prime sponsor is Republican state Sen. Steve Yarbrough. Republican Sens. Bob Worsley and Nancy Barto are co-sponsors.

It passed the Senate on a party-line vote, 17-13, with Republicans in support. Since then, three GOP senators, including Worsley, have said they regret their votes and have asked Brewer to veto the bill.

The bill passed the House, 33-27, with mostly GOP support. Three Republicans joined with all 24 Democrats to vote against it.


-Autistic Angel
158  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 27, 2014, 10:01:13 PM
If I had known there was some doubt about the fact that this Arizona bill was one instance of a coordinated strategy being implemented across multiple states, I would have brought that up a lot earlier.  This was simply the one closest to passing.

The close timing of these operations are why it's difficult to accept the idea that this is a small handful of rogue legislators trying to force their agenda on an unwilling citizenry.  It's the same with restrictive new voting measures suddenly springing up across the country, primarily in red states with changing demographics, all in the interest of fighting a "voter fraud" problem that demonstrably does not exist.  How many times do we have to see self-identified members of the same movement pursue identical agendas before we're allowed to say voter suppression is the goal, not a side effect?

EDIT: Sorry, I was rushed earlier and feel like that was poorly explained.  The comparison I'm making is:

a) a dozen separate red states suddenly pushing pro-discrimination "religious freedom" bills in the name of protecting small businesses from a problem they evidently do not have, and

b) at least that many red states suddenly pushing restrictive new voting laws, eliminating early voting days, and reducing the number of polling places to fight alleged "voter fraud" that even their own studies show doesn't exist.

Conservatives across the country launching simultaneous, coordinated crusades against threats that they are manifestly making up?  If that's not a top-to-bottom organized campaign, I don't know what one would possibly look like.

-Autistic Angel
159  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 27, 2014, 01:02:00 AM
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the bill.  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
160  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 26, 2014, 02:55:28 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 26, 2014, 02:35:38 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 26, 2014, 02:45:31 AM

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Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 26, 2014, 12:29:39 AM

So... what's the deal with the Nemeses? I've got the full complement of 7 sitting in the village, from level 70 to 99. Do I just leave them alone until the party levels up to something in that range? For grins, I tried to 'Fight' one of them and it was a one-shot party wipe. Youch.
My Norende is filled with them.  The only impact they have is that my villagers appear to be in a constant state of panic running and screaming everywhere.  That's what they get for moving into a village located next to a sink hole to hell.

 icon_lol  I tried fighting one early on and got my ass whooped, haven't bothered with them since.  I think they give a good chunk of XP, but that seems to be the only benefit.

I killed a level 10 one no issues, but tried a level 20 one and couldn't figure out how to damage the thing. 

Wow, you had a Level 10 Nemesis?  I've never seen one in my village below Level 50, and most are 99.

In other news, I'm weirdly enchanted by the Merchant class in this game.  I love the fact that any time you want to grind for money, you can basically transform your party into a company of hard-selling bullies that roam around forcing the indidgenous wildlife to buy your surplus stock at a ridiculous mark-up.  icon_cool

-Autistic Angel
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