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161  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

Quote from: Roguetad on February 26, 2014, 01:28:39 AM

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
162  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 26, 2014, 12:07:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 26, 2014, 03:12:40 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 26, 2014, 02:21:03 AM

Personally I think the most intriguing thing about this bill is how they intend it to be enforced.  Will people be required to have their sexuality listed on their ID cards, or maybe everyone has to have an RFID tag implanted?  Or more intriguing, has Arizona secretly perfected the first working GAYDAR?!?!  

Beep beep beep - GAY!  

I support this bill because I want that technology.  Just imagine the fun you could have with it.


I've been wondering the same thing.


Arizona's SB1062 is an amendment to an existing law (the State Religious Freedom Restoration Act) which immunizes people from discrimination lawsuits so long as their refusal to serve gays, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, women, or whatever is claimed as part of their "religious practices."  Enforcing this law would be very easy: any business owner or civil servant in danger of being sued by a disgruntled consumer would simply say, "RELIGION!" and the lawsuit would be dismissed.

There is no burden of proof on the bigots.  They do not have to prove the victim is gay -- only that they thought he or she might be gay.  Check the law right here, with particular attention to Section 1, Article 9 here:

Quote from: Arizona SB1062
9.  "Unreasonable burden" means that a person is prevented from using the person's property in a manner that the person finds satisfactory to fulfill the person's religious mission.


"Well, Your Honor, all I can say is that paying African Americans 70% of what their white colleagues make is an integral part of my 'religious mission.'"


The interesting part is: sexual orientation is not a protected classification in Arizona, meaning that residents already have the right to discriminate against the LGBT community.  This bill is about reinforcing and expanding that right to encompass other classes that do have legal protection.

-Autistic Angel
163  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 26, 2014, 12:45:54 AM
brettmcd is referring to Elaine Huguenin, the owner of Elane Photography, who was sued in 2008 for refusing to take pictures of a lesbian commitment ceremony.  She was ordered to pay a $7,000 fine for violating New Mexico's prohibition on discriminating against people based on their race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

I find this case particularly challenging to defend.  The principle is certainly correct: businesses shouldn't be allowed to deny service to people because they're black, or wearing yarmulkes, or holding hands with someone of the same gender.  And if this were a case of a pharmacist refusing to fill a medically prescribed birth control prescription, I'd be here to recommend rescinding the person's license.

The problem with this specific case is that photography is literally an art form, and the idea of legally requiring someone to produce art about a topic or event they hate is a tough sell.  You might be able to coerce someone into showing up and grudgingly snapping a few shots, but even if they're technically competent, it's hard to imagine anyone feeling happy with the results.

This raises the question: isn't cooking also an art form, and should chefs and restauranteurs be allowed to deny service to people based on their base prejudices.  I'd say the difference is that, while a great chef should love their food regardless of who eats it, I think a great photographer has to care about the subjects of their photos to produce good work.  You can't force someone not to be bigoted jerkoff, and when it comes to something as subjective as artistically commemorating a major life event, I think I'd rather know if my prospective photographer was planning to grit her teeth with rage through the whole thing.

Of course, once you carve out an exception for wedding photographers, you're bound to see Walmart QuikSnap operators, dance instructors, piano teachers, and dental hygienists start whining about how their creative muses can't possibly survive exposure to gay people, interracial families, Democrats, or whatever their personal little bugaboos are.  So ultimately, the best plan is still to force them to grow the hell up.

-Autistic Angel
164  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill 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.

So please: let's all give a big round of applause to the Kansas Republican Party for their decision to quietly suffocate the bigotry bill they wrote and voted up themselves, conveniently sparing Republican governor Sam Brownback from having to pick sides on a hot button issue in a tightly contested election year.  They're like real-life superheroes...in a world where "heroism" is defined as abandoning planned crimes halfway through because you're about to get caught.


Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2014, 04:27:03 PM

I think we need to determine whether we're talking about the GOP or conservatives.  They're not one and the same.


You'll find that I try to be very precise when I'm writing about Republicans, referring the political party, its voters, and the politicians they elect; and Conservatism, the sweeping ideology that unites many Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Partiers, plutocrats, and separatist militias. 

My mother is a registered Republican.  Her views are decidedly "small-c" conservative, as those ideals were defined by leaders like Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.  By current standards this makes her radical leftist, and she absolutely abhors what the GOP has become in the modern era.


Quote from: hepcat on February 24, 2014, 04:27:03 PM

I guess my point is let's not demonize an entire group based on the actions of a subset of bigoted asshats.


I agree.  Modern American Conservatism is not defined solely by bigotry.  There are a great many Conservatives who don't particularly care whether or not gay people are allowed to get married, but are glad to remain mute because the wedge issue is a great way to pursue their policies of denigrating poor people.  Or weakening environmental protections.  Or quashing voter rights, privatizing Social Security and Medicare, shaking the grip of Sharia Law, spreading democracy by leaping into protracted wars, slashing taxes for rich people, supplanting science classes with religious fairy tales, demanding the government end its secret chemtrails experiments....

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.

-Autistic Angel
165  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: February 24, 2014, 02:23:32 AM
The Conservative movement in America has fought against every civil rights advancement in the nation's history, and they've cited their religious piety as justification every single time.  Slavery is condoned in the Bible.  Race mixing is immoral; God put them on different continents for a reason.  Allowing women to vote or work outside the home goes against God's will because their gender spoiled the Garden of Eden and was cursed with menstruation as righteous punishment.  Now they're furious about gay marriage because the Bible says like three things about it...and two of them are hotly debated among biblical scholars studying earlier translations of the text.

But the best part comes when they finally lose those fights: they start pretending they'd been the *real* champions of equality all along.  They argue Liberals are the real bigots because Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, Ayn Rand was a woman, and a second unit camera guy who worked on Spike Lee's Jungle Fever once gave $100 to Ronald Reagan.  All the decades of oppressive and vindictive legislation are simply being taken out of context by the teacher's unions.

Nearly everyone on this forum will still be alive when Conservatives try the same thing with gay rights, citing the nominal existence of Log Cabin Republicans as evidence that they were secretly wearing their "Ally" rainbow buttons all along.  I wouldn't be surprised to see that start happening before the end of this decade.  I just hope at least a few people remember that laws like this really are being passed, exclusively by one side of the political spectrum, and there's no mistaking their intent.

-Autistic Angel
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC]Heroes Reborn on: February 23, 2014, 12:10:52 PM
Heroes might be the worst managed, worst curated show I've ever seen.  A serialized story with characters that would completely change major personality traits every three episodes, with absolutely no plot explanation for any of it.

I can't imagine what it was like for the actor who played Nathan Petrelli -- he had to ping-pong between playing a power-crazed megalomaniac, a repentant altruist, and a befuddled nihilist so many times, it's amazing the man didn't wind up on anti-psychotics.

And that's not even including the way their superpowers would completely change based on the immediate needs of the plot.  Remember that major plot point from two episodes ago about the shapeshifter who can't morph his clothes so he always has to keep differently sized outfits around?  Bad news: the writers don't, so now his clothes just magically change along with him.  Don't think about it too long though, or you'll miss out on the other nine eight wild inconsistencies from within the last three weeks.

-Autistic Angel
167  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 21, 2014, 11:50:29 PM
Somewhere in the world, there have got to be in-the-booth videos of the voice actors' faces as they deliver lines like, "The duchy of Eternia has put forth an agenda of anticrystalism."

Also, "Mrgrgrgr!"

-Autistic Angel
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita]Final Fantasy X HD/FFX-2 HD on: February 21, 2014, 11:42:20 AM
I really hope the Vita version is up to snuff.  Most of the PS2 HD ports have been solid, but the Jak & Daxter Collection is an example of one that reviewed really poorly compared to the PS3 version.

-Autistic Angel
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 20, 2014, 01:32:17 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on February 19, 2014, 10:38:02 PM

I still don't get all the Bioshock Infinite hate, most of which I've heard from press. It was my GOTY last year and I couldn't stop playing it once I started, and pondered the ending for days after I completed it.


Based on the tone of the internet feedback, a casual reader would absolutely be convinced that Bioshock Infinite was the worst game of 2013, easily surpassing anything like Aliens: Colonial Marines.  I can accept that there are legitimate criticisms that could be leveled at the game, but the sheer volume of concentrated venom people were spitting at BI would lead you to believe it was below The War Z in quality.

I think one element was that a lot of people had gorged themselves on all the pre-release coverage they could get.  When you start a game having seen most of the weapons, powers, locations, and even major plot twists in advance, is it any surprise the final product comes off as disappointing?

Personally, after going out of my way to avoid as much preview info as possible, I entered Bioshock Infinite knowing exactly this much:

Quote from: Me, before playing Bioshock Infinite
1) It's a first-person shooter made by Irrational Games and Ken Levine.  (This was enough to sell me on the game.)

2) It takes place in a sky city named Columbia near the turn of the 20th century.

3) Todd Brakke at No High Scores said there's a girl named Elizabeth who throws things at you, and there are bird monsters named "Skyhooks" that replace Big Daddies as the toughest enemies in the game.



That was literally all the information I had, so all the game play details that other people found "boring" or "predictable" were complete revelations to me.  And I *loved* it!

By the way, the same thing goes for any story-heavy game.  Tomb Raider, Persona 3 & 4, The Walking Dead, Dreamfall -- I can't imagine what these games would be like if I knew every twist and turn before playing them for myself.  I guess that works for some people, or they wouldn't go out hunting for spoilers for games they're already planning to play.

-Autistic Angel
170  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 18, 2014, 08:35:28 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 18, 2014, 03:20:54 AM

Well the fact is many Republicans have repeatedly pandered to there constituents and said we will fight tooth and nail to force budget cuts by blocking CR/debt ceiling increases and then they don't, by not forcing a 60 vote cloture. So basically they lie and then blame that lie on someone else.


Blocking the CR forces the government to shut down again, causing billions of dollars in damage to the U.S. economy.  Preventing an increase to the debt ceiling means defaulting on the national debt and, as far as anyone can predict, a collapse of the American monetary system.

Why should the Republican party need to be paid off every few months in exchange for not inflicting deliberate damage to the country?

-Autistic Angel
171  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 18, 2014, 01:20:34 AM

Quote from: Rip on February 18, 2014, 12:01:26 AM

http://therightscoop.com/ted-cruz-explains-on-mark-levin-show-why-he-filibustered-the-debt-ceiling-vote/

Are you suggesting they didn't say this when trying to get the CR rolling?


No matter what Ted Cruz claims he was promised in exchange for not opposing the CR, he emphatically opposed the CR at every turn.  Cruz publicly rallied House members to shutdown the government before it happened; he cheered the shutdown on while it was costing us a billion dollars a day; he voted against the CR when it came up in the Senate; and he immediately gave a press conference to lament the fact that the shutdown hadn't lasted longer.

If I promise to give you a puppy if you stop siphoning my gasoline and respond by punching a hole in my gas tank and draining the contents into a bucket until the police drag you away, I do not owe you a puppy.

-Autistic Angel
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 17, 2014, 11:17:58 PM

Quote from: Rip on February 17, 2014, 09:44:04 PM

On this particular issue I think it is important to note when Cruz was trying to fight the CR he was told by his cohorts to not fight it and they would join him in the fight come debt ceiling time.


When are you talking about?  In October 2013, Ted Cruz conspired with House Republicans to fight the CR to the point that it triggered a shutdown of the federal government.  It cost the economy $24 billion, and when it was finally done, he lamented it hadn't lasted longer and caused even more damage.  Look, it's right here:

Quote from: Politico.com
“In particular, we saw real division among Senate Republicans,” Cruz told reporters on Wednesday. “That was unfortunate. I would point out that had Senate Republicans united and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this I believe would’ve been very, very different.”

Indeed, the senator and potential 2016 presidential contender’s crusade has riven the GOP, helped instigate the first federal government shutdown in 17 years and overshadowed Obamacare’s bumpy rollout that began Oct. 1. The GOP took a hammering in public polls — Gallup said Oct. 9 the Republican Party’s favorability rating collapsed to an all-time low of 28 percent.


And that "debt ceiling fight" you mention above?  That's the part where Republicans were plotting to threaten a default on the nation's debt, annihilating the value of the American dollar in the process, and were going to roll out a list of demands they wanted as ransom.  Again.  Previously, making these threats wound up lowering United States' credit rating for the first time in history.

Tea Partiers claim they hate President Obama because he's a foreign-born anti-American blowhard planning to divide and weaken the country through destructive policies cloaked in the language of patriotism.  How fantastically ironic that they've chosen to rally behind Ted Cruz: a man who's political career has been entirely dedicated to finding ways to harm the economy and then blaming Democrats for failing to stop him.


Quote from: Rip on February 17, 2014, 09:44:04 PM

Perfect example of why our political process is broken with little hopes of real compromises ever getting traction. Everyone pretty much knows that compromise is synonymous with capitulation.


Please define "pretty much everyone."

Quote from: The Washington Post
As lawmakers head into the thick of high-stakes showdowns over the budget, Obamacare, and the nation's borrowing limit, this much is clear: (1) Compromise is not a dirty word in the eyes of the American people, and (2) Democrats have a bigger appetite for leaders to compromise than do Republicans.

That's all according to a new Gallup poll released Monday that shows that, by about a 2-1 margin, Americans say it is more important for political leaders in Washington to compromise to get things done than it is for them to stick to their beliefs, even if little gets accomplished.

A look at the breakdown by political party reveals that Democrats are more enthusiastic about the prospect of compromise compared with Republicans. More than six in 10 Democrats say it is more important to compromise, while just 38 percent of Republicans say the same thing. What's more, nearly as many GOPers (36 percent) say it is more important for leaders to stick to their beliefs.




-Autistic Angel
173  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 17, 2014, 01:06:07 PM
Just a couple years ago, I used the word "Polack" in conversation.  My friends were taken aback, and I learned for the first time how derogatory the word is.  I'd thought it was simply the Polish version of "American" or "Russian."  Explaining the honest mistake and apologizing seemed to clear things right up.

It's easy to hear a word but miss out on its specific connotations.  I think the key is to acknowledge a faux pas when it occurs and try to learn from the experience.  From everything I've seen, the alternative approach of complaining about Politically Correct censorship and making a big sarcastic show out of "apologizing" to "anyone who might have been offended" rarely works out well.

-Autistic Angel
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 16, 2014, 09:47:46 PM
I liked the demo because it did such an excellent job of tutorializing the basic game elements.  "This guy has super defenses, so find ways to max out your attack power!"  "That guy has flurry attacks; you'll have to figure out how to survive his onslaught to beat him!"  It's possible the real game implements the same ideas, but I thought it was an excellent way to preview the way jobs, skills, and equipment work together.

The fact that it unlocks a stack of early game gear is a neat bonus.  The Dead Rising 2 demo did the same thing -- I'm a big fan of earning starting perks as opposed to just getting them as a pre-order bonus. nod

-Autistic Angel
175  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Ted Cruz: The Alienator on: February 14, 2014, 10:20:24 PM
Ted Cruz was one of the highest profile supporters of forcing the 2013 government shutdown.  He called for it multiple times in writing, on television, and on the senate floor as far back as July.  Cruz famously lobbied the House of Representatives to pass an appropriations bill that stripped all funding for the ACA, then attempted to rally his colleagues in the Senate to filibuster that very bill.  His rationale was that the Affordable Care Act was too expensive and would hurt the economy by "creating uncertainty" in the free market.

Standard & Poors later estimated the government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion.  Now Ted Cruz claims the government shutdown was caused by the Democrats and he would never have supported such a thing.


Quote from: hepcat on February 14, 2014, 06:50:20 PM

I honestly don't think folks like Cruz are even backing this crap on the basis of a moral stance anymore.  I truly believe it's become purely a political point.  It's a way to display defiance against all things Obama and thus help you to stand out from the crowd for all those nut cases out there who almost believe Obama is the anti christ.


I think you're right.

You'd think these sorts of willfully destructive antics would hurt the Republican party but remember: it's actually pretty likely they're going to win control of the senate this November.

-Autistic Angel
176  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 14, 2014, 01:25:04 PM
I double-checked, and I believe I have everyone on that list registered as Friends.  The only requests that haven't been accepted yet are TheGrue and Lorini.

I also finished all the demo upgrades and beat the ???? at the end, so I'm ready to jump into the full game.  Hopefully I'll have a chance to start later today!

-Autistic Angel
177  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 12, 2014, 01:21:11 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 11, 2014, 04:17:04 PM

Alright, folks.  You guys need to update your characters to the servers.  Only person who has done it is Gratch and I abilinked to him for a nice surprise (you've apparently played this game quite a bit).  


Sorry: I've been finishing up the demo.  I think I'm near the end: I've finished building everything in the metatown, and my quest is to "Kill the ???? at the Oasis!"  Once that's done, I'll crack the seal on my Collector's Edition of the full game.

It's a very good demo!  I'm impressed at how well it's done at tutorializing all the basic game systems.  Build up your town for access to better gear; use the better gear to kill the armored monsters; practice using the Default system to survive heavy assaults -- it's all extremely well done.  Not to mention that is has some of the most emphatic and prettiest 3D effects I've seen yet.

I expect to be playing the full game by the weekend, and I'll add EddieA and Bob as 3DS Friends later today! icon_cool

-Autistic Angel
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on: February 12, 2014, 01:08:18 PM
I'm honestly kind of fascinated by this whole thing.  Final Fantasy XIII was a sharply divisive game, with a story that required extensive Codex research to understand and game play that famously took 40-hours to get going.  But for whatever reason, this is the Final Fantasy universe that Square Enix decided was worth half a decade revisiting.

This one seems bizarre to the point where even describing the core game concepts make you sound like a crazy person.  Game Informer's Joe Juba supplemented his review with a separate critique of the strategy guide (he practically declares it essential), plus a third article with his own personal tips for success.  One example:

Quote from: Joe Juba
Fail Immediately

Eventually, you want to win. However, when you first start a new game, you should strongly consider losing by running out the timer, then starting up a new game+ right away. It’s easy to do by sleeping your days away at an inn, and has some surprising benefits.


He does explain what those benefits are, but they might be considered spoilers so I'll leave them out.  Still, has there ever been another game where the best opening move was immediate suicide? wasted

-Autistic Angel
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Annual Installments discussion on: February 09, 2014, 03:21:54 PM
Of the games that I played last generation, the ones I enjoyed least include
- Dragon Age II,
- Fable 2,
- Spore
- Assassin's Creed III,
- Assassin's Creed: Liberation,
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
- Kameo: Elements of Power,
- The Temple of Elemental Evil,
and
- Lego Batman.  

Note that those aren't the worst games ever -- just ones that immediately spring to mind as bad experiences.

Games that I did not play but seemed pretty universally reviled were
- Duke Nukem Forever,
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City,
- Ride to Hell: Retribution,
- Aliens: Colonial Marines,
- Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor
- Ashes Cricket 2013,
- Fighter Within,
and
- Amy.

Some of those games may have had truncated developments, but the only one I believe was part of an annualized release cycle is Assassin's Creed III.  Was that game a victim of being shoved out the door too soon by a publisher determined to maintain yearly editions?  I might have thought so, except for the fact that twelve months later, AC IV: Black Flag turned out to be *awesome.*

If there's a case to be made that annual release schedules are producing worse games, all I can say is that it hasn't been affecting my gaming.


I've also heard the idea that annual installments degrade a franchise's ability to innovate and grow.  If that were true, I would have expected Black Flag to share many of the fundamental design flaws as AC3.  I'd argue that we got the exact opposite -- every aspect of Black Flag, from the narrative design to the combat systems to the mission objectives, seems like a direct response to things that fans disliked about the previous entry.  Say what you will about Edward leaving home to become a self-made man; he's a hell of a lot more personable than Connor.

Are annual releases overexposing their brands, to the point where nobody cares what the new features are?  If so, that doesn't seem to be reflected in the sales numbers.  Call of Duty is still the biggest videogame franchise in the world, probably followed by Assassin's Creed, and I suspect Madden is still big business for EA.  Two weeks a year of running, climbing, and stabbing my way through the Animus has been worked out to be a pretty good schedule for me, and when that finally grows stale, I'll be free not to buy it.


Ultimately, annual releases are giving fans fresh content in the worlds they enjoy, without any definable downsides.  Would Bioshock or The Witcher or Zelda be as impactful if studios churned them out every twelve months on the dot?  Well, if people enjoyed them, and they sold enough to be profitable, and studios continued investing those windfalls into cultivating other new IPs, the impact would mean everybody is winning.

-Autistic Angel
180  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 09, 2014, 03:00:14 AM
It turns out I'm 4596-9565-6482.

EDIT: I've also added The Grue, rittchard, Gratch, Victoria Raverna, and MonkeyFinger to my 3DS Friends List.

-Autistic Angel
181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 08, 2014, 01:10:54 AM
I think we need to compile a list of Friend Codes so we can send and accept requests.

I have no idea where to find my Friend Code, though. icon_frown

-Autistic Angel
182  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: February 01, 2014, 05:15:00 PM
This isn't the first time Arclight has complained about the Hollywood conspiracy to make Christians appear homophobic, sanctimonious, judgmental, and broadly ignorant.  He said the same thing upon entering the Duck Dynasty thread.  

It was just before he condemned homosexuality as sinful; perverted some biblical parables about compassion and acceptance into a defense of bigotry; and snidely dismissed science as a godless form of blind faith.

-Autistic Demon
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bitcoin explained on: January 31, 2014, 12:49:21 PM
I love Bitcoins!

More specifically, I love Bitcoins in the same way that I love EVE Online: two impenetrable hobbies that other people are investing hundreds of hours and *thousands* of dollars into pursuing.  And every once in a while, everything blows up.

When something happens in EVE Online, it's something like 4,000 players engaging in a single massive space battle that takes five hours to complete and costs over $300,000 -- that's real-world American dollars -- in lost assets.  I also enjoyed reading up on that time the SomethingAwful forum successfully infiltrated the executive board of EVE's biggest corporation and dissolved the whole thing, causing a mass scramble to fill the power vacuum.

Bitcoin blowups involve fewer lasers or particle effects, but they happen more dramatically and a lot more frequently.  Hardly a month goes by without a Bitcoin bank suddenly winking out of existence...and taking everybody's "savings" with it.  Here's the last one I read about:

Quote from: Business Insider
A Chinese Bitcoin exchange that held up to $4.1 million in users' accounts has gone offline and everyone involved with it has vanished, according to CoinDesk.

The GBL exchange claimed to be based in Hong Kong but turns out to have been headquartered in China.


Quote from: Business Insider
Bitcoin banks and exchanges have a habit of disappearing, the WCT says:

Quote
Research conducted by Southern Methodist University assistant professor Tyler Moore and Carnegie Mellon University assistant professor Nicolas Christin found that 18 of the 40 Bitcoin trading platforms set up in the past three years had closed, including TradeHill, which was once the second largest in terms of transaction volume.

Moreover, 13 of the discontinued services closed without any prior notice, while the remaining five were forced to shut down following hacker attacks. Only six of them were known to have offered refunds to users.

Business Insider noted just a few days ago that an Australian Bitcoin bank, "Tradefortress," closed with $1 million in Bitcoin funds missing. The bank turned out to be operated by an 18-year-old boy who lived in a block of apartments in Hornsby, a suburb of Sydney.


Stealing "millions of dollars" worth of Bitcoins might sound like a big deal, my favorite is still that one guy who swiped a whole lot more:

Quote from: Business Insider
A person who allegedly robbed the web site Sheep Marketplace of 96,000 Bitcoins — about $100 million at current prices — is attempting to hide the heist by breaking up the massive online currency cache and repeatedly trading it through various "tumblers," which mix up and (supposedly) launder old Bitcoins for new.


I can't imagine what would inspire the average consumer to look at a marketplace that is routinely making headlines for massive levels of theft, fraud, and abuse, and decide it's worth pouring a bunch of actual money into.  It's *fascinating* to watch people line up to get scammed, though! nod

-Autistic Angel
184  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Signing up for Obamacare on: January 29, 2014, 10:52:21 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 29, 2014, 03:57:21 AM

Quote from: Alefroth on January 29, 2014, 01:23:53 AM

Quote from: brettmcd on January 27, 2014, 09:54:43 PM

I hope you are wrong with that, single payer government run health care would be an absolute disaster for most americans.   The insurance I have now is excellent insurance and costs far less then the massive taxes that would be needed to pay for single payer coverage.   It would be the same for a majority of americans.   And if you try to tell me that we will get pay increases from not having employers paying for coverage that will make up for that I will have to laugh for about 3 days at the absurdity of such a statement.   Companies will cut the coverage and keep the savings for profit, that is what companies do.


I don't think you understand single payer. Single payer does not equal government run health care, nor does it mean free health care. To boil it down, it basically means government run health insurance. Think Medicare for everyone.


Brett has an unusually sweet employer-provided plan. He does not want to hear about anything that threatens it. Which is understandable, but doesn't leave much room for agreement.


brettmcd's unflagging defense of his own self-interests would be somewhat more understandable if his own situation were at all sustainable.  He's living on the fourth floor of an apartment building with every unit below engulfed in flames, complaining how his heating bill will go up if the liberal firemen tamp down the inferno.

-Autistic Angel
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 29, 2014, 09:21:05 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on January 28, 2014, 10:16:07 PM

More good news concerning Backwards Compatibility for PS1/PS2 games for the PS4

Eurogamer

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Backwards compatibility is coming to PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Now is only part of the story. A well-placed source working with Sony's streaming service reveals that only PlayStation 3 titles are currently scheduled to use the "gameplay over IP" cloud service. PS1 and PS2 titles are set to follow the more conventional route of running locally under emulation on Sony's latest console - but with the possibility of HD visual enhancements.


This is such huge news for me, it teeters on the verge of "Too Good To Be True."  

I've written about the importance I place on backwards compatibility on many previous occasions.  I also have friends who missed out on the chance to get PS3s while they were still able to play PS2 games, meaning that they've never had the chance to play games like Persona 3: FES, Dark Cloud 2, Rogue Galaxy, Final Fantasy XII, and many others that haven't received official HD upgrades.  Now they own PS4s, and the ability to play those older games would be a big deal.


Quote from: metallicorphan on January 28, 2014, 10:16:07 PM

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Our information suggests that the same internal emulator strategy is planned for PlayStation 4, and we understand that Sony is actively pursuing the ability for older titles to run without the blurry upscaling seen on PS3, suggesting that native HD resolutions are being targeted.

The "blurry upscaling" referenced by Eurogamer looked pretty damn good when I was playing through all those games I mentioned above.  Matching that quality would have made me perfectly happy...not that I'd turn down something even better! nod

-Autistic Angel
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/24/14 on: January 28, 2014, 11:58:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 27, 2014, 08:12:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 27, 2014, 06:01:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 27, 2014, 12:50:22 PM

Tried Anno 2070, that game does nothing but frustrate me.  I got stuck in the tutorial (for the second time) because it was telling me to build a road from X to Y, then wouldn't recognize the objective as complete once I actually did so.  


Can you take a screenshot of this situation?  I tried to replicate it the last time you played Anno 2070, thinking out might be a bug introduced by a later patch or something, but that part of the game worked fine for me.  

My best guess is that you're trying to use a City Center instead of a Warehouse to pick up goods, since the game doesn't go out of it's way to punctuate the differences between those structures, but a picture would help figure it out for sure.

-Autistic Angel

I actually got so annoyed with it that I just deleted the game.   icon_redface


Oh, that's a shame.  I can't predict for certain whether you'd enjoy Anno 2070, but having put over a hundred hours into it myself, I'd hate to see a small technicality prevent you from giving it a fai-


GODDAMMIT WILDERNESS GIRLS YOU GET OUT OF HERE I'M TRYING TO TALK TO GRATCH ARGLEBARLERAGEQUIT icon_evil

-Autistic Angel
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 28, 2014, 05:23:41 PM
I feel like the Gears of War franchise doesn't get enough credit for how far the game play and level design advanced between the first and second games.  Maybe it's because there's no one major change you can point to, but rather a thousand subtle tweaks that collectively made a big difference.

Still need to play Gears 3, though.  I really liked that second game -- maybe I'll put that next on the list after my in-progress stuff is finished.  ATB hasn't given me a bad game recommendation yet!

-Autistic Angel
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 27, 2014, 06:21:25 PM
It's interesting to me that so many people have commented on noisy PS3s and 360s over the years.  I've owned at least two different models of each console and honestly never been aware of any fan or disc noise while they're in use.

Maybe we're sitting further away or just keep the volume on the speakers up high enough to drown it out?

-Autistic Angel
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/24/14 on: January 27, 2014, 06:01:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 27, 2014, 12:50:22 PM

 Tried Anno 2070, that game does nothing but frustrate me.  I got stuck in the tutorial (for the second time) because it was telling me to build a road from X to Y, then wouldn't recognize the objective as complete once I actually did so. 


Can you take a screenshot of this situation?  I tried to replicate it the last time you played Anno 2070, thinking out might be a bug introduced by a later patch or something, but that part of the game worked fine for me. 

My best guess is that you're trying to use a City Center instead of a Warehouse to pick up goods, since the game doesn't go out of it's way to punctuate the differences between those structures, but a picture would help figure it out for sure.

-Autistic Angel
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 26, 2014, 03:04:10 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 24, 2014, 09:53:21 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 24, 2014, 09:30:15 PM

The sadder thing is that that's an insufficient reason to avoid the sequel.

Oh sorry, that's not what I meant. I'm not avoiding it, and probably will get it (meaning Infamous: Second Son) unless it reviews poorly. I'm just not excited about it. Titanfall I won't buy, even for PC, as I don't get much enjoyment out of MP at all.


Well, in all seriousness, inFamous 2 was superior to its predecessor in every possible regard.  That isn't to say it was perfect game, but I'm definitely looking forward to Second Son.

-Autistic Angel
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 09:30:15 PM
The sadder thing is that that's an insufficient reason to avoid the sequel.

If you disliked the first person you ever dated, would you also refuse to go out with their younger, better looking, and easier-to-control sibling, even if it meant earning a more interesting set of superpowers?

-Autistic Angel
192  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Final Fantasy 6 and possibly 7 on iOS/Android on: January 21, 2014, 11:33:56 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 17, 2014, 12:44:42 AM

FF VI hit Android today, expecting it on iOS very shortly.  

 The Weghted Companion Cube will never threaten to stab you.

You might want to indent that companion cube a few clicks further away from the smilie.  Turns out the Android version of Final Fantasy VI has a game-breaking bug that's waiting on a patch.

-Autistic Angel
193  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: And a baby Jesus was born. on: January 20, 2014, 11:27:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 20, 2014, 08:11:36 PM

As long as the word "theory" continues to be (willfully?) misused by those on the side of creationism, these discussions are going nowhere.


Just remember that when people like Arclight handwave decades of peer-reviewed scientific data because it amounts to "nothing but a theory," their alternative explanation has no data, no verification, and is just a bunch of stuff they've made up.

A long time ago, people believed that animals died off during the winter months, only to spring from the earth anew when God turned the sun back up.  They called it "Spontanous Generation," and used the examples of how God could instantly create a wilderness filled with birds, fish, frogs, insects, and bears as an example of His glory.

Then the scientific method was invented and people started actually examining biological phenomenon like migration, spawning cycles, metamorphosis, and hibernation.  Over time, people eventually understood that God wasn't really resurrecting every species every year, but that they were acting on millennia of evolutionary instinct to survive and procreate.

Today, people like Arclight no longer dismiss the idea that tadpoles turn into frogs, caterpillars become butterflies, or carrion fly eggs hatch into maggots.  They instead fabricate stories about things that happened millions of years hundreds of years ago when God first wished the Earth into existence.  They proclaim -- just as they did with Spontaneous Generation -- that it's the Only Logical Explanation!  Sometimes they even dress up in lab coats with a blue pen in the breast pocket and introduce themselves as

Quote from: Arclight on January 17, 2014, 03:35:14 PM

Creation Research Scientists...They will shake you to your core with facts.


But remember: it's just the same old ignorance.

-Autistic Angel
194  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: January 07, 2014, 12:12:16 PM
Streetpass Mode is when you leave your game running and the wireless antenna on, but close the lid on the 3DS.  The idea is that as you carry your 3DS around throughout the day, you will pass near enough to other people who also have a suspended 3DS in their pockets that the systems will ping each other and unlock special stuff.

In the context of Bravely Default, the additional takeaway is that building time passes while the system is in suspend mode, but not while it's off.

-Autistic Angel
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/3/14 on: January 06, 2014, 09:52:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 06, 2014, 03:16:27 PM

Put about 7 hours into Lost Odyssey over the weekend.  Some minor annoyances aside, I had forgotten how much fun this game is.  It still looks great 6 years later as well.  Hoping I can actually get all the way through this time, but with a new gaming PC arriving sometime this week, I'm sure I'll end up distracted again.  smile


I can't remember who it was, but I recall someone declaring Lost Odyssey to be the best Final Fantasy of its generation.

What are your thoughts on the "Thousand Years of Dreams" stories?

-Autistic Angel
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/3/14 on: January 04, 2014, 04:00:03 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 03, 2014, 06:46:12 PM

I ordered a new gaming PC last week, and was really hoping it would arrive today.  NewEgg said it was originally scheduled for delivery on 12/31 and it shows that was received at the Salt Lake facility last night, but as of this morning it doesn't show that it's out for delivery.  I have a bunch of games I picked up on the Steam sale that I haven't even fired up yet because I don't really want to start anything until the new rig arrives.  ::sad trombone::  


What's the first game you're planning on playing with your new PC?  Ys Chronicles I & II+?  The Stanley Parable?  XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

The PC version of Tomb Raider looks and runs substantially better than the console version.... icon_cool thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PC/Wii U/3DS/DS/Ps3/Ps4/Vita] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on: January 03, 2014, 01:37:31 PM
I got 100% Achievement completion in the 360 versions of Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4, and Lego Batman 2.  I also finished the storyline, but did not finish all the collectibles in Lego Star Wars Complete because it was *crazy* huge, and the original Lego Batman because it was bad.

I've really been enjoying what I've played of Lego Marvel so far, but I'm only a few chapters in so I don't know if it's as good as the others.

-Autistic Angel
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: January 03, 2014, 01:14:25 PM
Isn't the demo an optional side-story that doesn't appear in the main game, similar to how the Dead Rising 2 demo was handled?  We should probably have Gratch check it out to be sure!

-Autistic Angel
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: January 01, 2014, 07:23:18 PM
They decided the current streaming quality is exemplary and that you feel pleased with it.

Tell Kinect that you are pleased with the exemplary streaming quality.

-Autistic Angel
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: January 01, 2014, 02:27:46 PM
If anyone has been waiting on some price drops for next-gen games, Best Buy has a sale on Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, and Ryse for $40 each.

(Links *not* added by VigLink -- they go directly to the sale pages.)

-Autistic Angel
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