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3161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My issues with... on: October 27, 2006, 02:35:23 PM
Kobra, how do you account for people like Blackadar who quit cigarettes twenty years ago, but sometimes still get strong cravings for them?  Are you suggesting that his personality is too addictive to eliminate the cravings, but not addictive enough to make him give in to them?

Can't you allow for the possibility that potentially addictive drugs can affect different people in different ways, and that although you had an easy time kicking the habit, millions and millions of people don't?

-Autistic Angel
3162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might and Magic: Dark Messiah Impressions. on: October 26, 2006, 01:49:52 AM
The reports I'm reading say:

1) People who pre-loaded through Steam are suffering major sound problems, such as characters whose voices are complete replaced by white noise.  Once Steam is asked to reverify the files it will go through a very lengthy process, download the missing pieces, and fix the problems.

2) Some people are also reporting the same audio stuttering problems that plagued previous Source-based games like Half-Life 2 and Vampire: Bloodlines, including some users who say they never had any problems with those titles.  A few have reported that turning their audio acceleration in Windows all the way down can help.

3) Very early in the game, the player is supposed to climb a ladder to continue on.  A common problem is that the ladder cannot be interacted with in any way, so players have to resort to using a NoClip cheat to fly up through the ceiling and bypass the bug.

4) The people who have navigated past those hurdles seem to have few problems and agree that the game is absolutely fantastic.  It sounds like the first run-through lasts about 10-12 hours.

I don't have Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, but that seems to be the landscape so far.

-Autistic Angel
3163  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us Buy 2, Get 1 Free starts Oct. 22 on: October 25, 2006, 02:35:26 PM
-Lord Ebonstone-, I've checked both the Toys 'R' Us stores in my area, and neither of them had any copies of Guitar Hero or Splinter Cell in stock.  They've been fairly well swept clean of a lot of the more popular titles.  I need to go back later this week so I'll check again then, but the clerks I spoke with were pessimistic about getting any significant new shipments in by the end of the week.

-Autistic Angel
3164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone know how to pbem SE V? on: October 24, 2006, 05:04:50 PM
Play by e-mail.

-Autistic Angel
3165  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us Buy 2, Get 1 Free starts Oct. 22 on: October 23, 2006, 08:31:18 PM
I can check my local stores, -Lord Ebonstone-.  I expect you want to get Guitar Hero packaged with the guitar, though, and I don't think I've seen that in stock locally....

If I can find them, I'll send you a PM prior to making the purchase.  Don't pass up another offer if someone else can help.

-Autistic Angel
3166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us Buy 2, Get 1 Free starts Oct. 22 on: October 23, 2006, 01:47:40 PM
For what it's worth, I have my Toys 'R' Us receipts here right now.  It shows Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Brothers sold for regular price, and Metroid Prime: Hunters was free thanks to a $34.99 "video promotion."  The same thing is true of my Splinter Cell / NHL / Disgaea receipt -- SC and NHL at regular price, and Disgaea 2 at $0.00.

I don't know if that helps answer the question, but that's how they're ringing things up at two different stores in my area.

-Autistic Angel
3167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us Buy 2, Get 1 Free starts Oct. 22 on: October 22, 2006, 10:22:07 PM
I picked up Disgaea 2 for the PS2, and Splinter Cell: Double Agent and NHL 2k6 for the X-Box 360.  Then, in a seperate transaction, I got Metroid Prime: Hunters, New Super Mario Brothers, and Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo DS I purchased just a few weeks ago.

Thanks for the tip on the sale!  icon_smile

-Autistic Angel
3168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: my ridiculous self-indulgence...bought an HDTV... on: October 22, 2006, 10:18:59 PM
I've never been a big proponent of rear projection televisions, but if your photography does the screen any justice at all, it really looks great! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
3169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brad Wardell of Stardock vs Rush Limbaugh on: October 21, 2006, 02:54:08 AM
Quote from: Poleaxe
Honestly, I'm tired of hearing that there aren't enough resources. We've been throwing money at the problem for 40 years, with little change. Now you want to take money from successful districts to equalize financing-

This is as far into your message as I read.  I put a lot of time and consideration into writing my last response, and considering that you've just accused me of holding the exact position I've spent this entire thread opposing, I have no reason to believe you've read a single word of it.  Okay, maybe one: "resources."

I never suggested at any point that school funding should be equalized by taking money away from wealthy districts.  In fact, I think it's abundantly clear from every single thing I've posted so far that funneling money, people, or supplies away from one school district and into another is exactly what I'm arguing *against.*

If you would like to discuss this issue or my position on it, please take a few moments to read through at least one of the posts I've made in this thread and we can pretend like this most recent response did not occur.  If you would prefer instead to continue assigning attitudes and beliefs to me which are diametrically opposed to everything I've said to date, you should consider saving time and simply declare yourself the "winner" now -- you'll get no further argument from me on the topic.

-Autistic Angel
3170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brad Wardell of Stardock vs Rush Limbaugh on: October 20, 2006, 09:18:47 PM
Quote from: Poleaxe
I have to ask, what's the difference if we abandon certain students through allocation of resources for the greater good, or because of 40 years of inept education administration?

Students who are underserved through administrative neglect are the victims of unbalanced resources.  Take two children with equivalent learning disabilities, and the one who attends the wealthy school with ready access to special education teachers and resources is going to make far better progress than the one whose disability goes undiagnosed due to a lack of those same support systems.  This can can be corrected through a strong focus of funding and educational expertise to improve our poorly performing schools, and it should.

Instead, some people believe we should *choose* to abandon "certain students" by funneling money away "for the greater good."  Kids from poor districts who enjoy less support at home because their parents are too busy working, who suffer from undiagnosed learning disabilities, or are otherwise performing below their grade level are too hard and too expensive to teach, so let's just give up.  Let's tie federal education funding to standardized test scores, pressuring school systems to abandon well-rounded, comprehensive educational programs in favor of ones that drill students endlessly on how to excell at filling out bubble sheets and find ways to marginalize or even discard those who require too much effort.

In other words, you're asking me to explain the difference between having students who fall through the cracks, or establishing a system where they're *pushed* through.  It seems to me that "the greater good" is best served by sealing the cracks...not wedging them open to make the fall more efficient.

-Autistic Angel
3171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who do you love? on: October 20, 2006, 08:17:23 PM


Autistic Angel
3172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phone Spam From Gamestop As a Result of PS3 Preorder? on: October 20, 2006, 07:18:44 PM
How much more does a PS3 cost if you get the version without Talledega Nights?

-Autistic Angel
3173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brad Wardell of Stardock vs Rush Limbaugh on: October 20, 2006, 07:03:49 PM
Quote from: LoneStarSpur
Sorry...I wasn't trying to be rude or condescending and you're probably right; I shouldn't have posted at all.

I'm genuinely curious about what specific affirmative victories Republican voters feel they've gained in the last six years of total control, so I would prefer it if you did post about your political positions and why you feel Republicans have earned your continued support.  If you would prefer not to subject your personal beliefs to scrutiny and criticism by publicizing them on an open forum, that's a fair position to take -- no private citizen should feel compelled to defend their voting habits to anyone.

I was just surprised when I thought you were addressing me personally and saying, "I'm not going to bother writing anything to you because it would be fruitless."  Since that isn't what you meant, it's good that we got everything cleared up. icon_cool

-Autistic Angel
3174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brad Wardell of Stardock vs Rush Limbaugh on: October 20, 2006, 04:47:56 PM
Quote from: Bob
Just a small note on this: I live in a "school of choice" district and can send my kids to any public school in the our district and any participating districts.  However, each school has a defined bussing area, and if you are outside it, then no bus for you.

In a case like your district, it could be argued that it's only a "school of choice" area for families which have the means to transport their children to more distant schools.  This would tend to leave out the poorest families with parents that either cannot afford a car or cannot afford the time away from work to drive their kids across town, and they're the ones who would be the most likely to need access to better schools.

In my state, there was a lawsuit against the government which resulted in the state becoming responsible for bussing students to schools in other districts.  The basis of the suit wasn't directly because of test scores or school performance, but brought in the name of increased ethnic diversity.  That may be a positive goal, but the actual result has been a drain on the educational budget of our schools while we bus kids around to different areas of the state, leaving them exhausted and cranky while doing almost nothing to actually address the problem.

Quote from: Bob
So one school gets filled with good students, the other gets filled with cast-offs.  Things keep getting better for the school abusing the system, and worse for the school forced to take the other school's left-overs.

I agree.  When people expect schools to start behaving like private businesses, they're going to comply by throwing out the materials that detract from the bottom line.  In this case, that means dumping the poorly performing students and focussing all their efforts on the ones that demonstrate the best results for the lowest cost.

Quote from: whiteboyskim
See I'm of the philosophy right now that everyone on both sides of the aisle should be voted out. Let's just all vote out literally everyone we can in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike, and then start over.

I would agree with that plan 100%.

Quote from: LoneStarSpur
I'll try to answer, AA, although I believe that the left's hatred of President Bush runs so deep that rational discussion of politics on the internet is virtually impossible.

Actually, AA, on 2nd thought, I'm not going to bother. It would be fruitless.

I don't know you, LoneStarSpur, so I'm going to have to assume that you meant this "you aren't worth my time" post in the least rude and condescending way possible.  I am curious, though: if talking with me about your positions is so pointless, what was your goal in posting at all?

-Autistic Angel
3175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brad Wardell of Stardock vs Rush Limbaugh on: October 20, 2006, 02:38:41 PM
Quote from: Rhinohelix
On topic, Brad is indeed wrong about this.  I mean, hurrah if disagree with Rush but if you are on the same side, its stupid to not vote and give control over to your ideological enemies to teach your side a "lesson".  The Republicans in Congress have done a fair number of things I don't agree with, true, but not enough for me to defacto vote for the Democrats.  From my perspective, that's going from "meh" to "blech".

Back off topic, what are the things that the Republicans have accomplished in their six year control of the house, senate, and presidency that you're proud of?

I'm also interested to hear more about what you're concerned will happen if the Democrats regain a slim majority in congress.  It seems to me that issues of deficit spending, losing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, proliferation of WMDs, congressional corruption, national security, intelligence gathering, and defending marriage, the middle class, or the American flag are all off the table given how Republicans have handled these issues, so I'm interested to know how you think Democrats would make things worse.

-Autistic Angel
3176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brad Wardell of Stardock vs Rush Limbaugh on: October 20, 2006, 02:55:41 AM
I'm facinated by this passage in Brad Wardell's blog:

Quote from: Brad Wardell
#7 REAL "Progressive" EDUCATION.  Allow people to send their kids to other schools. Make schools compete for funding. In the near term, I can live with the fact that people have to send their kids to public schools (my kids do). But let parents send their kids to other public schools if the school they're child is at doesn't meet their needs. I pay high property taxes which help pay for my local school so I do understand there's some pain in someone paying a lot smaller amount, but I think you'd find most conservatives to be willing to let those who pay less in property taxes still send their children to better schools (as long as locals had first shot at filling available seats) in order to see some competition in our school system.

Some people might say that the solution would be to spend more money to train and hire more teachers and make sure that they have all the tools, resources, and education needed to properly do their job.  Brad feels the problem is a lack of marketplace competition.

Instead of trying to fix the problem, he proposes to dilute it by draining the resources of effective school districts by forcing them to cover a larger population.  That'll cost money, of course, so he'll redirect funding from poorly performing districts to the good ones.  Of course, slashing the funding is only going to make the poor districts even worse, driving away whatever good teachers or administrators they might have had, dooming the district to an ever-worsening spiral of bad performance.

The good schools, on the other hand, would receive an increase in funding so they'd just get better, right?  Sure...provided that funding is enough to completely offset the costs of

a) busing students in from an increasingly wide area

b) providing them with all the text books and supplies they'll need

c) hiring more classroom staff, special education staff, administrators, security personnel, cafeteria staff, librarians, and aides to handle the increased student population and the *massive* increase in paperwork

d) constructing additional school facilities to handle the rising population

e) adding additional remedial classes to try and bring students from other districts up to speed with their new school's curriculum

Students are not widgets to be assembled according to some generic design schematic.  Education is a specialized and cumulative process and any discontinuity in the system results in a world of complications.  Dragging students out of bed an hour earlier to pile into a bus for a forty minute ride to a completely different school is one hell of a disruption, leading to tired, uncooperative kids struggling to catch up with lessons that are based on previous lessons they never had.

Teachers are not programmers who can produce educated students by reciting lesson plans and text books as though they were lines of code.  A lesson that works brilliantly with one class one year can fail miserably the next.  Teaching is about education, cooperation, evaulation, and constant, constant, constant adaptation to different personality types, interest levels, parental issues, socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and previously effective strategies that just plain fall flat.  Every single student you add to a teacher's classroom represents a geometric increase in the difficulty of their job.

Shuffling students around from poorly performing schools to better ones is not a solution to educational problems -- it's a sure way to propogate it by flooding school systems with throngs of new students who are as unprepared to deal with their new curriculums as the school is bring them up to speed in time.

Schools need smaller classes with more resources, led by better teachers attracted to the profession by higher pay.  They need personnel sufficient to keep them safe, secure, and well-maintained.  They need supplies that are consistent with the world around them: modern computers and textbooks rather than Apple IIs and geography books that prominently feature the U.S.S.R., Czechoslovakia, and Constantinople.  They need healthy foods and exercises that promote proper brain chemistry rather than generating mind-warping sugar and caffeine highs that render kids incapable of paying attention.

They also need students born to better parents who provide stable, loving, supportive homes and who will work *with* the school to advance their children's education rather than litigating to promote evolution and creationism as co-equal theories.  Since there's not much the goverment can do to force parents to become "better," it seems more productive to focus on aggressively improving our public schools to them *and* their students up to par with their neighbors.

-Autistic Angel
3177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: SC:DA is good fun so far! on: October 18, 2006, 01:03:44 PM
Sid Caesar: Dopamine Addict?

-Autistic Angel
3178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: South Park - the WoW Episode on: October 15, 2006, 05:24:54 PM
Quote from: whiteboyskim
So I finally watched the World of WarCraft South Park episode and holy God was that funny. Makes me sooooo glad I'm not playing it either because of all the things they got right. I love how the ganker is basically wearing a helmet and wields a knife but can one-shot anyone. Crap like that is exactly why I have no intention of playing any MMORPG again.

That's exactly like how I watched Pride of the Yankees and swore off ever playing baseball.  I don't care how good a game its supposed to be -- it still isn't worth contracting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

-Autistic Angel
3179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / "Oh Tek, you've obviously had *hundreds* of girlfriends!" on: October 14, 2006, 03:59:53 PM
I don't care where you stand on Stephen Colbert's politics: Tek Jansen kicks ass! icon_biggrin

-Autistic Angel
3180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The most bizzare game you have ever player is... on: October 14, 2006, 01:09:47 AM
Sid Meier's Untouchable2k!

-Autistic Angel
3181  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us Buy 2, Get 1 Free starts Oct. 22 on: October 12, 2006, 03:15:26 AM
Historically, Toys 'R' Us has also had games available for purchase on the website that were part of the deal.

-Autistic Angel
3182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: North Korea has the bomb. on: October 09, 2006, 06:32:01 PM
Quote from: JLu
How does it go from 'crazy rogue nation tested a nuke' to Bush bashing???

I think the issue for some of us is that the Bush administration persists in saying that the expenditure of money and American and Iraqi lives has all been a small price to pay for removing Saddam Hussein from power because, someday, he might have started doing some of the things that North Korea, Iran, and Syria are all openly doing right now.

I am not claiming that our approach to Iraq should be duplicated in the way we try and handle countries who actually do pose a threat to our national security.  However, it seems disingenuous for the administration that champions its "1% risk doctrine" as justification for virtually any cost associated with Iraq to appear so disinterested in the bald-faced aggressions of these other countries.

-Autistic Angel
3183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Darkstar One on: October 08, 2006, 12:46:50 AM
I have not played Darkstar One beyond the demo, but the general consensus from reviewers and gamers seems to be "pretty good."  If you do decide to pick it up, be aware that Best Buy seems to consistently list it at $29.99 as opposed to $39.99 at GameStop.  This holds true in local brick-and-mortar Best Buy shops, at least in my area.

-Autistic Angel
3184  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop -- trade in 3, $10 bonus credit on: October 06, 2006, 01:31:37 PM
I traded in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds, FarCry: Instincts for the X-Box, and Castlevania: Lament of Innocence to get FarCry Instincts: Predator for the X-Box 360.  I know it's basically the same game as the original Instincts except with an additional expansion pack, but I've been looking forward to an excuse to replay that game and this time I get to earn Achievement Points along the way.  nod

Secondly, I traded in Kameo: Elements of Power, Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition and Metal Arms: Glitch in the System towards Need for Speed: Most Wanted for the X-Box 360 which has just dropped to $30.  After the trade-ins, the game only cost me about $3, and I've been having a great time with it so far!

-Autistic Angel
3185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ico on: October 06, 2006, 01:49:01 AM
I loved it.

-Autistic Angel
3186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 05, 2006, 03:22:56 PM
Quote from: Scott
If history holds true, Foley as a Republican will be punished and never hold any kind of seat again.  Now, if Fox was right, and Foley was a Democrat, he could use this to win multiple elections going forward, just like Stubbs did.

Fox news isn't trying to hurt the Democrats, but by showing Foley as a Democrat, they are just starting Foley off to another election win.

Quote from: Autistic Angel
So your position is that Gerry Stuggs was re-elected *because* he was a statutory rapist?  You're willing to go on record as saying that Democrats actively support and promote pedophilia?

Quote from: Scott
Ha.  I think you may be exaggerating a bit icon_biggrin

Mark Foley is a lifelong conservative Republican, yet your claim was that identifying him as a Democrat would start him on his way to reelection.  Foley has voted

  • in favor of every one of Bush's yearly budgets, resulting in our current deficit crisis,
  • in favor of a federal ban on gay marriage, because the greatest threat to stable heterosexual relationships is gay relationships,
  • in favor of a constitutional ban against flag burning, because *that's* the biggest problem in this country,
  • against the use of marijuana intended to treat glaucoma and prevent blindness,
  • in favor of the "No Child Left Behind" act which saddles public schools with tens of thousands of dollars worth of standardized tests and produces no additional funding to help pay for them,
  • and against closing the loophole which allows people to skip background checks by purchasing weapons at gun shows,

and yet you plainly state your belief that Democrats would be willing to overlook his voting record and reelect him as one of their party.  Your contention is obviously that Democrats don't care about issues or voting records, only about keeping pedophiles in office, and only because of a similar scandal that happened twenty-three years ago.

You owe the Democrats on this message board an apology.

-Autistic Angel
3187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 05, 2006, 03:33:18 AM
Quote from: Scott
If history holds true, Foley as a Republican will be punished and never hold any kind of seat again.  Now, if Fox was right, and Foley was a Democrat, he could use this to win multiple elections going forward, just like Stubbs did.

Fox news isn't trying to hurt the Democrats, but by showing Foley as a Democrat, they are just starting Foley off to another election win.

So your position is that Gerry Stuggs was re-elected *because* he was a statutory rapist?  You're willing to go on record as saying that Democrats actively support and promote pedophilia?

-Autistic Angel
3188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nice try Fox News. on: October 04, 2006, 10:11:31 PM
Quote from: Scott
As opposed to all those excellent Democrats practicing good "Family Values" over the years, such as Gerry Studds...

I have to agree with Scott on this.  Considering that it's only been...

[checking calendar...let's see...Studds was 1983....]

...a quarter of a century since Democrats had a similar issue with one of their congressmen, all this outrage really rings hollow.  Is it really fair for anybody to be upset about this now once we realize that it has also happened in the past??

-Autistic Angel
3189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ugh. Console Dilemma on: October 03, 2006, 07:22:53 PM,15292.0.html

-Autistic Angel
3190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Post a Pic of Yourself! on: October 02, 2006, 03:04:15 PM
Which is worse: that he has a Carebear on his desk, or that I can identify it on-sight as Bedtime Bear?  icon_redface

-Autistic Angel
3191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick, name a video-game franchise you dislike on: October 02, 2006, 10:16:26 AM
Devil May Cry.

-Autistic Angel
3192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld Impressions on: September 30, 2006, 02:56:51 AM
Quote from: Canuck
Hmm yeah how many games exactly allow you to "spawn" copies so you can play against each other in a LAN?  I remember the original Warcraft let you do this way way back in time.

I believe Company of Heroes would allow you to play over a LAN using only one copy of the game -- it does not require the DVD to be in the drive at all after installation, and it only seems to check your game's serial number when you want to log on to Relic's online servers.  If I'm correct, that would be a much more contemporary example than the original WarCraft.

I don't understand why a few people seem to be reacting as though Kobra has hijacked this thread with ceaseless caterwalling about the game's copy protection.  Information on whether or not a single copy of a game can be used to play LAN games is often important to people who own multiple computers.  Kobra posted about that issue *one* time as part of a series of impressions about the game, and it seems to me that the subject would have ended with his lone original comment if it hadn't drawn so much attention from other posters.

Perhaps the most constructive thing would be if we all focus on posting about Paraworld and save the discussion about things that do or do not constitute piracy for another time.  Cool

-Autistic Angel
3193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paraworld Impressions on: September 29, 2006, 07:22:21 PM
I'm also with Kobra on this one: I don't really see the problem with his desire to play in-house LAN matches of a game he's legally purchased.  It would be a different story if he were cracking the copy protection to distribute copies outside of his home -- his friends should be willing to pony up for their own copies if they want to play so badly -- but I can't hold his desire to play with his immediate family against him.

-Autistic Angel
3194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Defcon preorders have started on Steam $9.95 on: September 29, 2006, 05:28:24 PM
It seems like the Introversion server has overloaded and been taken offline.  I hope I'll be able to download my copy of the game sometime this weekend....  icon_frown

-Autistic Angel
3195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 29/Sep/06 on: September 29, 2006, 05:26:05 PM
I expect to be playing some more of Saint's Row for the 360.  I've finished the Vice Kings missions, and I've been working on completing the various side activities in between working on the Carnales storyline.

I've also been playing through the campaign for Company of Heroes for the PC and I'm hoping to have some more time to spend with it online this weekend.  I was supposed to play a co-op game with a friend of mine yesterday, but was completely unable to get connected to Relic Online even though everything worked fine the previous day.  :icon_sad:

I've been weighing whether or not to take advantage of GameStop / EB's "trade 3 games, get $10 extra" deal to rid myself of Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition, Kameo: Elements of Power and...something else.  The problem is that I can't identify a third game I definitely want to trade away, but if I can, it's likely that I'll pick up Disgaea 2 and spend some time with that.

Finally, I have a pre-order in for Defcon which I'll look forward to playing this weekend.

-Autistic Angel
3196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Half day today?" -- how do you respond on: September 29, 2006, 04:42:55 PM
"Half day today?"

"Oh yeah?  Well I just slept with your wife!"

-Autistic Angel
3197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Which GT Forum Do You Check First? on: September 25, 2006, 07:21:55 PM
I set the poll to accept up to two votes per user.

Personally, though there are times when I'm most interested in checking the latest hands-on impressions of [insert newly released game here], I almost always check the Off Topic forum first.  You never know what people will be posting about, so I'm always curious to see what has everyone's attention.

-Autistic Angel
3198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heading off on a cruise today... on: September 22, 2006, 01:52:15 PM
Have fun!  icon_surprised

-Autistic Angel
3199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are pyschics real? on: September 21, 2006, 04:41:36 PM
I remember reading a story about this guy who debunks claims of paranormal abilities.  He related a story about an aura reader who insisted she could see the glowing field of spiritual energy surrounding his body at all times.  The skeptic held up a large book in front of his face and asked if his aura was still visible around the book, and the reader confirmed that the aura was projected from the body whether the body itself was visible or not.

Then the skeptic offered to stand behind a wall that was exactly as tall as he was, challenging the aura reader to point out exactly where he was standing by looking at the aura above his head.  For some reason she declined the challenge, as has every other purported aura reader the skeptic has ever encountered.

I do not know if legitimate psychics exist, nor do I know if mankind was simply blinked into existence by God, but I do know that the preponderance of scientific knowledge weighs against it.

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon
I watched that episode.  Oh....My....God.  Just wow.

The video clip I linked is much, much better for anyone who saw the full two-part episode.  For those who missed it, the "dark-sided" family bent over backwards to try and make Marguerite "God Warrior" Perrin feel welcome and comfortable, while their mother completely won over the Christian family by embracing their life style (and tolerating some pretty sharp condemnations from some of Perrin's friends).

It does raise a question I've wondered about ever since: why would Christians be so terrified of a psychic that they'd refuse to even stay in the same room as one?  I may not believe in self-proclaimed precognitives or clairvoiants, but I can't imagine being frightened of them...?

-Autistic Angel
3200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Company of Heroes - Specific Mission Strategies (Spoilers!) on: September 21, 2006, 01:49:00 PM
Quote from: IkeVandergraaf
Normal, I'm pretty sure.  Now I am upset.  I must have played that mission over and over for 3 or 4 hours last night.  I tried setting up ambushes across the river.  I tried defending the supply points.  I tried the "Nazi funnel" strategy.  I tried everything.  Couldn't kill more than 200 jerries.

I was having a lot of trouble earning that medal, too.  Here is the strategy I used:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) Most of the Axis troops approach from the most northern corner of the map, so I laced the initial approach with mines and laid down a few tracts of barbed wire.  Neither of these will last long once the attack begins, but they're enough to cripple the first tank or two that appear and to restrict the movement of enemy troops in the meantime.

2) Along the road, I set up one long sandbag wall.  Behind that wall, I deployed an anti-tank gun, an MG team, another AT-gun, another MG team, and finally one sniper.  Also, I placed two snipers in the building closest to this defensive line.  They're important because while the AT guns tear up the enemy armor and the MGs pin down enemy troops, the snipers can pick off enemy flamethrowers who rush the line and try to kill the weaponry teams.

3) Perpendicular to this main line, in the field beside the road where the Nazis arrive, I placed another sandbag wall to provide cover for one AT-gun and MG team.  This AT gun should score rear-armor hits on most of the enemy tanks that roll into town, while the MG team provides some cover.

4) Three mortar teams are placed a short distance behind these front lines.  Once the attack starts, they'll bombard enemy infantry trying to take cover in craters and return fire.

5) Some Axis units will approach Carentan from the east and west.  Use alternating lines of barbed wire and mines on the eastern and western bridges to prevent any of them from entering the town.  Use mines to secure the central bridge, but do not seal it off with barbed wire as you'll want some way open to reinforce your units in the front.

6) If you have anyone available, place paratrooper teams with recoilless rifles near the strategic points to the northwest and northeast.  Enemy units will attempt to take these points and flank the defensive lines covering the main road.  These paratrooper teams can keep them occupied and protect these points for as long as possible.  Additionally, a ring of mines placed around the points themselves will help pare down the number of enemy troops who survive a capture attempt.

7) As the attack begins and you begin to recoup the resources used to build all these defenses, use engineering teams to build MG emplacements to cover the bridges against any enemy troops who try to cross.  As your front lines begin to collapse, you'll want to garrison new troops inside these structures to cover the approaches, and hopefully reinforce them with an AT gun whenever possible.

8 ) Finally, one of the special abilities earned in this mission is the artillery bombardment.  Use it early and often against the clusters of enemy troops you're trying to hold on the northern road.  It costs 200 munitions points per use so once your front lines collapse you'll probably want to lay off it in favor of requisitioning new troops, but in the meantime you can help greatly thin out the number of Nazis your troops have to worry about.

Using these tips, I was able to score 250-kills well before Able company arrived to reinforce the town.

-Autistic Angel
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