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3841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/14) on: May 14, 2012, 07:01:08 AM
Isn't it just "Game of Thrones" for the computer game since it's based on the series?

I got my Diablo 3 box on Saturday, so I guess that counts as a purchase this week. Tongue Those silly Game of Thrones developers made a serious blunder by releasing their game this week. They're going to launch in total obscurity. By the time people are done with Diablo 3 and ready for something different, they'll have forgotten all about GoT.
3842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alerts to Threats in Europe by John Cleese on: May 14, 2012, 06:14:13 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 13, 2012, 03:08:25 PM

Don't think that's written by Cleese. http://tartfromhell.com/2007/03

Original attribution seems difficult to determine.

This seems to happen once in a while. Someone writes a piece of satire and it is for some reason credited to John Cleese simply because it's A) comedy and B) British. It's sort of like navigating a file sharing service and noticing that every single piece of movie music ever was written by John Williams.
3843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 12, 2012, 09:07:45 PM
Received the game box in the mail today. Can't install it yet, but I was able to activate my copy on Battle.net so that I can download the game client in addition to my game discs. The disc version was considerably cheaper than the download version. This is what happens when only one party controls the online sales for a popular game franchise with no chance of competition.
3844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: May 12, 2012, 09:33:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 11, 2012, 11:07:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 10, 2012, 08:05:40 PM

Quote from: Morgul on May 10, 2012, 06:29:14 PM

Quest for glory 1 - 5...  So you want to be a hero?

Bring on the antwerp!

Best GOG release ever, after Lands of Lore.

speaking of which, where's Lands of Lore 3?

Hopefully buried at the bottom of the sea, never again to see the light of day.
3845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 6 on: May 12, 2012, 09:32:21 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 11, 2012, 10:20:55 PM

But literally saw the screenshot of a zombie in full, clean, combat gear in a pose that wouldn't look out of place in Call of Duty or Counter-Strike, except for the zombie face.

You must be forgetting that we had the exact same thing in RE4. smile
3846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Resident Evil 6 on: May 11, 2012, 02:59:51 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 11, 2012, 02:35:44 PM

They've gone full retard...

Zombies in combat gear with assault rifles...

Really sorry if that's a spoiler, but... I mean... not sure what to think about that.

I don't think we're going to see the standard zombies in this game. I get the impression that the virus here is a combination between the ones we've seen before. This means that there's likely to be elements of Las Plagas in it, keeping the infected at least partway intelligent.
3847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mystery GOG countdown (now general GOG discussion) on: May 10, 2012, 08:05:40 PM

Quote from: Morgul on May 10, 2012, 06:29:14 PM

Quest for glory 1 - 5...  So you want to be a hero?

Bring on the antwerp!

Best GOG release ever, after Lands of Lore.
3848  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Mortal Kombat - the touchscreen fatalities begin! on: May 10, 2012, 04:54:48 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 10, 2012, 03:40:18 AM

Knew i shouldn't have bought this game.  After 5 days of practice, I still cant even beat thr first fight in story mode.

saywhat

I don't even understand how that is humanly possible. Are you sure you're playing on the very lowest difficulty setting? That fight could be won with simple button mashing.
3849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Match and Magic Kickstarter (calling all PQ fans) on: May 08, 2012, 03:29:41 PM

Quote from: Misguided on May 08, 2012, 03:10:27 PM

I've got a list of thoughts going to send to Jeff. The game has potential to be a lot of fun, but I don't think it is quite there yet.

Yeah, it lacks the polish but is otherwise good. In game developer terms, he's done with 90% of the work. Now he's only got 90% left. slywink
3850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: May 08, 2012, 01:12:04 PM
Just preordered this game today, though not from the Battle.net store. The prizes there are insane. It's much cheaper to buy from a regular store over here, so despite my misgivings about using physical media for games any more, that's what I'm going to do.

My biggest problem with Diablo 3 is that none of the classes appeal to me. Or rather, I can see the charm in playing some of them, but none of them sticks out as an obvious first choice for when I start the game next week. In both the previous games there was one class that appealed much more to me than the others.

Oh well, I guess I'll just play a Monk. That class seems the closest to what I'm looking for.
3851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Moon - PSN Strategy RPG on: May 08, 2012, 10:35:20 AM
This really should have been a Vita game...
3852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Match and Magic Kickstarter (calling all PQ fans) on: May 08, 2012, 09:08:39 AM
A crazy thing just happened. This game looked like it wouldn't meet its funding goal. It was at about $5200 and needed $15,000. Then about 2 hours ago someone went and grabbed the $5000 reward level. Not only that, but they seem to have added another $5000 (or nearly so) on top of that, singlehandedly bringing the game a mere $6 above its funding level 68 hours before deadline. Let's hope the benevolent backer doesn't get cold feet and pull out. smile
3853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: May 06, 2012, 08:19:15 AM
My problem is with the reasoning behind the change, in fact. They've made the X-Com soldiers into superheroes with all these cool skills and abilities. That's not X-Com to me. The soldiers should be capable, but not absurdly so. Their job is to run into the battlefield in groups and hope that they'll come out alive on the other end. They're not supposed to use grappling hooks to fly onto roofs. The developers wanted to give the characters plenty to do, but found that having plenty to do bogged down the game. The result is that they cut the amount of soldiers instead of the amount of available skills and actions, and I feel that's the wrong decision.
3854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help me find this image: Work Smarter Not Harder on: May 03, 2012, 08:17:39 PM
Ah, the good old "work smarter, not harder" line. It's one of the best ways to make people curse your name when you're out of hearing distance. slywink
3855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fileplanet No More on: May 03, 2012, 07:08:41 PM
Thank god! Fileplanet's existence always annoyed me.
3856  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: May 03, 2012, 06:44:05 PM
This is Bethesda's biggest mistake with the Elder Scrolls property ever. This is going to bite them in the ass. Hard! Who the fuck cares about Tamriel? It's one of the most generic RPG settings we have these days (quick, name 5 of your favorite Elder Scrolls characters! Full names only! Ready to give up yet?), and is only successful because of the quality of the game mechanics and the sheer scale of the things. By going MMO they're going to have to change the game mechanics and they'll no longer be competitive when it comes to scale. All we're left with is the dull setting.
3857  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kickstarter burnout? on: May 01, 2012, 09:17:15 AM
I see nothing in that article about any legal action taken against the person behind the Kickstarter. Shouldn't this be a police matter at this point?
3858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why in hell do people still refer this gen as next gen?!? Aren't we past that? on: April 30, 2012, 07:50:44 AM
It's just because people use words without thinking about their meaning. To most people "next-gen" is just a word like any other. I don't hear people use it about the current generation very often any more, but I make sure to point it out when they do.
3859  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3ds firmware plus mk7 patch incoming.. on: April 29, 2012, 08:11:03 AM
It would have been nice if you actually told us what the patch/firmware is, or at least linked us to some kind of description. slywink
3860  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 28, 2012, 09:12:42 PM
FYI, the physical adept is in. The goal has been reached.
3861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 28, 2012, 11:18:17 AM

Quote from: Razgon on April 28, 2012, 10:18:52 AM

I really don't understand why Physical Adepts wouldn't be in the game already? I do seem to remember that in the first and second edition they were in a suppemental rulesbook, but as of 3rd edition Shadowrun, I think they were a standard part of the character creation options?

Well, that's an easy question to answer: Because every class costs time and money to implement. From what I've heard, Physical Adepts are a pretty complex class in the first place, which means they require particular care and attention from the developers. This isn't a AAA-game after all. They need to prioritize where to spend their money.
3862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadowrun Kickstarter on: April 28, 2012, 09:15:13 AM
I pledged for the $125 reward a while ago, adding $15 for international shipping. It's a good thing I find games to be good investments. smile
3863  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for aggravated assault... or? on: April 27, 2012, 05:07:05 PM
I get the impression I must be really bad at getting my points across, because I keep having to repeat statements with different words, and the things I write are either skipped or misunderstood.

Quote from: GargoyleBoy on April 27, 2012, 04:38:43 PM

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She (John's mother) got out and walked alongside, trying to explain to people why they just needed to go a little further.

but, somehow:
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John, however, said Thursday during an interview with 12 News from Navajo County Jail in Holbrook, that he had no idea he was on a one-way street.

So, his mother knew enough to get out of the car, walk alongside, and try to explain, but he himself had no idea it was a one-way street?  Doubtful.

His mother got out because they were being surrounded by an angry mob. What she was trying to explain to them is unknown. John himself stayed inside the car with the windows rolled up and with music on the stereo. I don't think he talked with his mother again until later, ie. the point where he started backing up. I don't know if the two sides agree on that part of her explanation, but that's the extent of the situation. John apparently wasn't aware that he had been driving down a one-way street until after he was taken in by the police, and I don't think the prosecution attempted to dispute that. There are much better parts of the explanation to raise your eyebrows at, but you're getting to those...

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This, I think, is the crux of the problem: 
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John put the car into reverse, intending to return to the one-way street and continue in the same direction. But as he backed up, he saw a car coming toward him. He "pressed the gas a little too hard," he said, and the Toyota jumped the opposite curb and popped a tire.

Defense attorney Candelaria said the rear of the car approached a food stand on the sidewalk, and "people went nuts." John pulled away, unaware, he said, that anything was amiss.

Witnesses, however, would later tell police and prosecutors that John was making threats, and when he backed across the curb, his bumper nudged a pole of the food tent, dangerously close to the woman and children operating the stand.

The other article you posted confirms this: 
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Before making good his escape, Larsgard reversed into a store occupied by a woman and a child. Although he did not hit them, witnesses described the incident as threatening and potentially lethal.

Yeah, when you back into an area occupied by children, we take that seriously.

It's a little more than the "won't somebody please think of the children" argument when there's an actual car backing into where actual kids are.  That's literal danger to literal kids.

That's not the "won't somebody please think of the children"-argument I was talking about. Nobody is disputing the fact that he backed up his car towards those children (and the mother). What they disagree about is the distance when he stopped, the speed the car was traveling at, and whether he aimed for them on purpose (why would anyone ever do that? It makes absolutely no sense). What is clear however is that John's testimony is untrustworthy regarding this point because he doesn't want to go to jail, while the witnesses' testimonies are untrustworthy because strong emotions and a mob mentality are involved on their side. This means evidence should be produced, which supposedly did not happen.

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this bit:
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In the interview with Channel 12, John said he never made threats and was not aware he'd almost backed into a food tent until days later when informed of the charges.

Seems to indicate he wasn't using his rear-view mirrors when he "pressed the gas a little too hard" while backing up.

Yup, he's clearly in the wrong here, even if he never was in danger of hurting the family behind the car. I can sympathize though. Being surrounded by angry people in a small town while trying to drive a car could get anyone's heart racing. He still has the burden of responsibility though, and should have stopped instead of driving unsafely. What I don't believe are the witness statements that say he deliberately aimed for the family behind him, yet that is what the court believed.

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Then, after the guy hits him in the face, he panics...

Who wouldn't have? I can't imagine what I would have done at that point. You've got a broken nose and blood all over the dashboard, your mom is sitting by your side and is in a panicked state, and an angry mob is shouting at you outside the car and through the open window, where the guy who landed the punch conveniently stand? It's unlikely you'd be able to pull the window back up, and he had no weapon to attempt to drive them off with. The only viable option was to either get the heck out of dodge or to use the car to attack the crowd with. Which one did he do? Opinions differ. No evidence has been produced for either side, though if he did aim for the people around the car he must be a really horrible driver, for he hit none of them (except the toe of someone who quite likely stood at the car's side when he started driving. That seems most likely to me at least. Yet he was sentenced based on the assumption that he was trying to kill these people. How would they know? If he did shout threats it would be quite obvious, but we have no evidence of that either, nor has anything been presented to make it seem likely. [/quote]

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From my point of view, this guy made a series of serious mistakes, and may or may not have been threatening people verbally at the time.  At a minimum, he's a really shitty driver (and he's been in the U.S. for at least 10 years, so... it's not as if he doesn't know how we drive here).  He's really lucky no one got seriously injured.

I agree with all of that.

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In my opinion, he seems like a guy who has a temper control problem (based on his previous behaviors)

What behaviors would that be?

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I think if Norway needs to point to someone unjustly imprisoned by crazy Americans, this may not be your guy.  I don't think he's blameless here.

Neither do I, but he seems to have been given a way, way, WAY too harsh sentence based on the known facts.

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Also, this:

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"I've been a prosecutor 23 years and a county attorney for two terms in Apache County, and never have I seen such indifference in the truth-finding process," Candelaria said.

...is Larsgard's lawyer.  This is him trying to say the State prosecutor and police have messed up.  He's trying to help Larsgard.  Not sure why TiLT finds that disturbing.

Then let me quote myself from the passage you left out of your quote:
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This quote is the most disturbing part of the article. Should the attorney be considered trustworthy when he says this, or is he just using big words and numbers to build sympathy for the case?

I know he's Larsgard's lawyer, which is why I'm asking if it's reasonable to assume that he's exaggerating, or whether it's likely he's telling the truth. You seem to have answered that question while completely misinterpreting my motivation in asking it. It's disturbing only if he tells the truth, or even mostly the truth. Would this guy really be willing to put his credibility on the line for this particular client however?
3864  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for aggravated assault... or? on: April 27, 2012, 04:40:55 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on April 27, 2012, 04:23:44 PM

What bothers you the most in this case?

The fact that he was arrested charged and sentenced or the fact that they gave him 7 1/2 years for it?

The latter, if I were to choose between those options. But I'm also bothered by what seems to have been a very rushed trial where everything the accused said was dismissed and the crying witnesses were believed completely. According to the Norwegian consul present, there were no attempts to provide evidence or even a motive (why would a guy who's just passing through a town, with his 68-year old mother by his side, suddenly attempt to kill multiple people he has never met before? It makes no sense, and the court didn't make any serious attempts at shedding light on it from what I've heard). Judging by the stuff that has been written about the case, I believe John deserved some kind of punishment. He did after all drive in the wrong direction on a one-way street, and he did end up driving recklessly when he was punched (the witnesses claim he was reckless before being punched as well, but both sides at least agree that he was afterwards). Should he go to jail though? I can't imagine why anyone could find that appropriate if what we've heard are the facts. Either there's some extremely vital information missing, or this guy suffered injustice.
3865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for aggravated assault... or? on: April 27, 2012, 11:21:14 AM
Here's a much more in-depth and balanced article by an Arizonian news site. It seems to for the most part maintain the things we've already heard, but gives the witnesses a chance to explain themselves. A few choice quotes from the article and my thoughts on them:

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"He floors it toward me," Mendoza said. "I jumped out of the way just barely."

Theda Curley told investigators she was struck by the car as she ran toward a nearby group of children she thought were in danger.
So which one is it? The two witnesses seem to be contradicting each other. More importantly, what's up with the focus on the children? In my (admittedly limited) experience, any time people jump to the "won't someone think of the children" argument, it indicates that they've got a weak case to begin with and are simply trying to use emotions (accompanied by a few tears on the witness stand) to influence the court.

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Those incidents included threats, an alleged stalking of a young girl, an attempted suicide and a run-in with a Los Angeles bicyclist in which John was accused of running over the man's bicycle in a fit of anger. Not all the incidents resulted in charges, and none resulted in a conviction.
John sure manages to make himself unpopular. This is the first time I've heard of the bicycle incident, and it also sounds like the only case where anyone has accused him of anger issues before now. VG has an interview with him today (here's a Google Translate version of the article)where he is asked why he has had so many accusations against him over the years, but he kind of evades the question a bit. He implicates that his history of being bullied at school has made him introverted around strangers, causing them to much more easily react negatively towards him. I find that a bit strange, to be honest.

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"I've been a prosecutor 23 years and a county attorney for two terms in Apache County, and never have I seen such indifference in the truth-finding process," Candelaria said.
This quote is the most disturbing part of the article. Should the attorney be considered trustworthy when he says this, or is he just using big words and numbers to build sympathy for the case?

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Carlyon said that since the verdict, he has received e-mails threatening him and his family, most of them, he believes, from Norway.
I really hope that's not true. If anything, the Breivik case should have taught us to be kinder and more respectful, even with people we don't agree with or outright hate.
3866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 27, 2012, 10:05:34 AM

Quote from: Jag on April 26, 2012, 05:37:06 PM

I remember that scene. Very funny.

And now for something completely different:



LOL, "always going on about climate change" is the best part. smile
3867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 26, 2012, 08:03:15 AM
Still nothing new on this case on your side of the pond? There's a lot of anger over this case here in Norway right now, but even now the only newspaper to report anything about it is VG. I found another description of the events in English which probably reads a bit better, but it's still based on the original article.

There has been little in the way of new information. I've seen two people from Winslow talking about the case. One insists that the information we've got is wrong, but later revealed that he hasn't got any facts of his own that can in any way be verified, and he doesn't seem very trustworthy (he also says the broken nose John got was from smashing his face into the steering wheel when he bumped into the curb. This contradicts the information we have from the trial). The other person claims to have caught the guy who punched John in the face attempting to break into his apartment at one point. He claims to have beaten up the guy when that happened. Can't say I find this source trustworthy either.

I also heard that the judge in the trial is up for re-election soon, and that this could have influenced how he treated the situation. I don't know much about how this stuff works (the Norwegian justice system is a bit different), so I can't say what kind of impact this might have.
3868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: April 25, 2012, 08:37:24 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 25, 2012, 08:33:50 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 25, 2012, 06:34:40 PM

Apparently the Hobbit is using a new 48 fps tech like motionplus and it looks like a soap opera dammit.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57420795-10391698/the-hobbit-sneak-peek-gets-mixed-reaction-from-critics/

Goddamnit...a soap opera in fucking 3D.  How many more ways can they fuck this thing up?   icon_evil

That phrasing begs the question: What on earth else have they been fucking up since you use the word "more"? It must be a LOT to justify that sentence.
3869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: April 25, 2012, 07:39:59 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on April 25, 2012, 07:27:45 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 25, 2012, 06:34:40 PM

Apparently the Hobbit is using a new 48 fps tech like motionplus and it looks like a soap opera dammit.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57420795-10391698/the-hobbit-sneak-peek-gets-mixed-reaction-from-critics/

I'm not overly worried.  Some said Avatar's 3D wouldn't be impressive either.

That's something completely different. A smooth framerate for movies changes the experience dramatically, and in my experience, never in a good way. Every time I see this kind of thing (for the most part in Michael Mann films), I fail to see the characters and instead can't stop myself from seeing the actors. Peter Jackson got a lot of skepticism thrown his way when he aired his intention to film The Hobbit at 48 fps, and that's for a good reason.
3870  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: April 25, 2012, 01:36:40 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 25, 2012, 01:29:06 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 25, 2012, 06:39:49 AM

Quote from: Crawley on April 24, 2012, 08:01:33 PM

Seems pretty typical for the Gothic games and the first Risen. Clumsy controls but a good game in there.

The difference is that the reviews seem to indicate that the combat system is flawed this time around. Combat has always been one of the strong points of the Gothic series, and was also good in Risen 1.

Flawed in what way? And fundamentally flawed as in not fixable or something they could address in a patch or three?

The two complaints I heard (don't remember the source) said that melee combat could easily be won by just spamming the left mouse button, and that attacks from enemies were inconsistent, often leading to stun lock.
3871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: April 25, 2012, 06:39:49 AM

Quote from: Crawley on April 24, 2012, 08:01:33 PM

Seems pretty typical for the Gothic games and the first Risen. Clumsy controls but a good game in there.

The difference is that the reviews seem to indicate that the combat system is flawed this time around. Combat has always been one of the strong points of the Gothic series, and was also good in Risen 1.
3872  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:41:08 PM

Quote from: GargoyleBoy on April 24, 2012, 08:35:54 PM

Google searching this guy is very interesting...  http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2001/dec/21/highereducation.internationaleducationnews

Again, disclaimer:  Not intending to imply anything.  Just sharing.  This was from an event just after 9/11, so tensions were high.

This was actually brought up by the prosecutors tonight in an effort to damage his credibility. I didn't know the details, only that he had been accused of terrorism by the school. Sounds like the stupid experiments of youth to me. Very stupid experiments in this case though. I mean, cholera? Seriously?
3873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:19:21 PM

Quote from: GargoyleBoy on April 24, 2012, 08:14:50 PM


Yes, I believe it is. In that particular case he was attacked by two people because he was supposedly stalking their daughter. His criminal record is clean, by the way. Well, until now anyway.
3874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for attempted mass murder... or is it? on: April 24, 2012, 08:09:47 PM
Aaaand he just got his sentence: 7.5 years in prison.
3875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Norwegian about to be sentenced in the US for aggravated assault... or? on: April 24, 2012, 07:54:35 PM
This story probably isn't getting much if any attention in the US, so allow me to rectify: The case as presented by the Norwegian newspaper VG (one of our two biggest) and translated to English.

Long story short: (again, this is as presented by this one newspaper. I have no other sources at this moment) A 33-year old Norwegian man (John Kristoffer Larsgard) was driving through Winslow, Arizona with his 68-year old mother in the passenger seat when he took a wrong turn and started accidentally driving down a one-way street without noticing. This was during a music festival in the town, so there was a crowd of people coming up that very street. The crowd was angry at him for driving the wrong way and hurled abuse and made threatening gestures. Confused, he attempted to turn the car into an auto shop where their real car was being fixed (they were driving a rental so they could pick up their stuff before getting their own car back), but the crowd followed. The mother panicked and told him to get out of there. While backing up, he burst a tire against the curb (driving slowly, supposedly), stopping a few meters away from a hot dog stand where a woman and her kids were standing. People think John is trying to kill this family and start chasing the car as it drives away.

John stops the car down the street and rolls down the window to talk to the people following him. A guy comes up to the window and, without warning, punches him in the face, breaking his nose and spraying blood across the dashboard. John now panics himself and starts driving off. One of the women surrounding the car had her toe run over while another woman was scratched while jumping out of the way. Those are the only injuries.

John calls 911, and right afterwards is surrounded by cops with their guns drawn. He is arrested and jailed, while the rest of the people get no charges against them. He is later found guilty by the court for 4 counts of attempted first degree murder and 8 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (the car). As I am typing this, he's in court again to receive his sentence, which will be a minimum of 5 years, quite possibly 35.

I will not claim to know all the facts of this case, but these are the things I have heard:

  • John and his mother were passing through the town. They had been there for just a few hours at most, perhaps less, and had never been there before.
  • They knew none of the people from the crowd, and the crowd didn't know them.
  • Supposedly everyone in the crowd is related to each other.
  • The mother backs up John in every part of his story and has witnessed on his behalf (which doesn't count for much, admittedly. Family ties are strong and all).
  • The honorary consul of Norway to Phoenix sat in on parts of the trial and calls it a farce and shameful to the United States. This in itself is highly unusual. He says a ticket for reckless driving would have been enough.
  • John called 911 himself and told them where he was. Why would he do that if he was truly guilty?
  • Based on behavior in court, the crowd has been very angry (the guy who landed the punch also showed the finger as he left the court just now) while John has been very calm and collected, even apologetic.

For those of us in Norway, this tickles us the wrong way. Breivik, the mass murderer who's currently on trial here can be sentenced to a maximum of 21 years (of ordinary prison), has a respectable cell with a desk, TV, bed, a small bathroom and a computer without Internet access. He has access to books, movies and games (carefully censored however). He does not wear handcuffs except during transport, and never foot chains. He gets to leave his cell regularly, for example to walk outside in the courtyard. Most Norwegians think this is fine, because he has been deprived of the most important thing he otherwise would have had: His freedom.

John on the other hand, wears heavy chains on both hands and feet. He is considered the most dangerous criminal in the prison he's in. He's allowed to leave his cell 3 times a week, one hour at a time. This is time he needs to spend doing basic things like showering. His cell consists of a toilet, a sink, and a mat he can sleep on. Nothing else.

The whole thing simply feels wrong. Based on the facts as presented (which may be wrong of course) this doesn't sound anything like justice.

What are your thoughts on this? Have any of you heard about this?
3876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Article] How the Tech Parade Passed Sony By on: April 24, 2012, 05:19:43 PM
Sony can struggle as long as they keep existing. They're one of the few big companies in gaming that still haven't succumbed to the temptation to milk every bit of money from their customers, instead focusing on quality products in both software and hardware. I own every major console, both standard and portable, that has been released since the GBA. Nobody comes closer to solid quality among these than Sony does. Both the PS3 and the Vita feel almost luxurious when you pack them out of their boxes, whereas the 360, the Wii, and the various handhelds feel like cheap plastic in comparison (other qualities notwithstanding).
3877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 24, 2012, 04:26:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 24, 2012, 02:14:34 PM

Did you know: that woman is Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter! o_0

Yup, I knew. smile You can see the resemblance too, which is cool.

As for the character, here's the current speculation in its roughest form: (moderately big book spoilers)
Spoiler for Hiden:
She's actually the Jeyne we know from the books, only she's "undercover" for one reason or another which is likely to be revealed soon. Robb might end up in the hay with her, and only afterwards realize she's a noble. His honor will force him to marry her, which leads us to the events we know from the books.
3878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: April 24, 2012, 05:23:14 AM

Quote from: notrich on April 24, 2012, 02:31:41 AM

upon seeing the repeat tonight... looks like another non-book character?  the girl from volantis?  not ringing a bell for me anyway

She may or may not be a book character. Wait and see. slywink
3879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/23) on: April 23, 2012, 08:09:15 AM
Oh shit, Prototype 2 already? I'm going to have a hard time resisting that. Risen 2 is more or less a must-buy as well.
3880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kickstarter burnout? on: April 22, 2012, 01:56:52 PM

Quote from: Azhag on April 22, 2012, 01:40:15 PM

Oh yeah, I'm definitely only investing in things that either A) already are far long the process, or B) have a lot of experienced people on them, or C) preferably both...

Most projects I've seen that appear anywhere worth backing are either A or B anyway, so that's not saying much.

Also, nobody is investing in Kickstarter projects. You're backing them. The difference is vital.
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