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  1. It's overly focused on combat, boring in my opinion. Then again, I only played #1. Maybe II is better?
  2. My country's view on the United States is pretty ambivalent, as most other countries, I guess. There is the older, often very devoutly Christian conservative, people who still experienced the war and the help we received from the Americans, and feel we owe them to stand behind them in every decision. Then you have the younger and the radicals, who are the opposite. And everything in between. General consensus, if such a term can be used, in the country I'm from is that the US foreign policy of today is dangerous and destructive. Not only for the Middle East, but for peace and democracy in the US itself, as well as the rest of the world. Nothing good comes from the "war on terror", and nothing was gained from imperialistically attacking Iraq. The US is digging its own grave down there. At the same time, I am capable of drawing the distinction between the Government and the people, and between the people and politics. As well, I am eternally grateful for American music and film industry. What I don't like is the God's Own Country thing. Granted, we all believe that our own system is the best, but it seems that many Americans would regard you with a "poor guy, he doesn't know better" attitude if you were to suggest that there is something another country does better than the USA. Bottom line is, I do not consider the USA underdeveloped, how could anyone do that, it's about the biggest industry nation in the world, and a tremendous distributor or norms and culture. However, I think the US through time has shown that it is too young to wield the power it does in foreign affairs. Experience is needed to adequately deal with complicated and intricate international situations. It's not good enough to grab your revolver and your cowboy' hat and invade. Anyway, this is very off-topic, and is probably going to offend a lot of people. Darque... I wrote one sentence on the topic, and that is enough for you to judge me as "not very knowledgable" on the subject?
  3. This is what I call phonetic transcription! :D
  4. Oh, Maggie Thatcher was a disaster. I couldn't help but snickering when I saw her weeping in the back of the limo after her cronies had stabbed her in the back. Of course, England hasn't really improved too much. Privatization of the railroads happened during Blair, right? When it comes to the religious aspect of this nice little conversation, there's a funny little thing I've noticed. Many of the Americans (I assume they are Americans) seem to be under the impression that if you are a Baptist, you belong to a different religion than, say, a person who considers himself a Quaker or the like. It's funny because, they are all Christians. As if there was a division like the Jew-Christian or Jew-Muslim division between the groups. I mean, there are some people here that don't seem to consider Catholics Christian in the same way that Lutherans are Christians. It's odd, because if you are a Lutheran Christian, one would think that that person would respect the Pope for much of what he stands for, if not all. Instead, it seems like there's a bit of "**** that old wheezer!", when essentially his values are the same as your own. It just goes to show that we all have our individual mindsets, I guess, ad we always think our own ideas are the best. you could draw a link from that again, to the arguments of Nur Ab Sal, that he can't believe there's reason in Christianity because of the atrocities commited by its followers. They made their decisions as you make yours, God didn't whisper in their ears to make them turn the Middle East upside down. That goes for George W. Bush, for that matter. Anyway, it's all in the hermeneutics, (is that an English word?) I guess. Anyway, when it comes to the Divine Feminine, it's something that is all very "trendy" right now. Dan Brown and all that. EDIT: Wow, that's a lot of lines saying absolutely nothing. My excuse? It's four AM, I am bored, and I do not wish to spend another second with my term paper.
  5. It would have driven me nuts... I can't stand logical issues like that.
  6. FaramirK, even though I adore the game, I have to disagree with you. The influence system isn't very logical. What you do is say to the NPCs what you know they will like to hear, and then THEY for some reason model themselves after you, when it obviously was you who modelled yourself after them. That doesn't make sense. Influence means having your own opinions and standpoints (is that even a word??), gaining respect from others that way.
  7. This is despite the fact that they are not "full", they are only around 90 or so. The influence encounters simply do not work. Could this be due to the fact that I already made them Jedi? Will I get more conversations with them, with only 90% of the possible influence?
  8. Indeed. That seems to be an ever-returning sentiment.
  9. Hi... I'm currently playing the dock area of Nar Shaddaa for the first time, and encountered some problems. There are two doors right next to the flophouse that don't seem to open. There is literally no way of interacting with them, not even a "locked" response kinda thing. It's just like they are part of the background or a wall or something. Still, I can clearly see that there is an area behing the doors. Is this a bug, or do I need to accomplish some task to get the doors activated?
  10. The writing was the best aspect of the game, in my opinion...
  11. Let us hope there is a chance that they may take the time to consider a content patch after the Episode III game is out. I don't see it as impossible. Then again, I am a hopeless romantic.
  12. More effective than the westerners? That's a bold statement. I wouldn't call it effective to turn your entire country into a war factory. Of course, it helped the war effort, but without the help from the UK and US, the workers in that war factory wouldn't have eaten. What happens to people who don't eat? They usually die. Which happened to a lot of Soviets. The Soviets suffered massive losses, and we all know that the Russian officers shot down their own soldiers whenever they showed the slightest hesitation. People were run against the enemy without weapons in their hands. Stalin wasted his own people. We all know how Russia turned out after the war. And how it's now. It's a mafia-ridden cesspit, looking more like a third world country in some respects, like a police state in others. There's a ridiculously high suicide rate in the conscription-based military. They even use sharp ammunition when practicing, resulting in a 5-10% calculated loss. That's, you know, acceptable. Seems to me the Russians have no respect or regard for human life. Which probably helped them greatly during the war. As well, one shouldn't forget that Hitler was a useless general, and towards the end of the war, he pretty much overruled the generals' advice every chance he got. Remember the fiasco at Stalingrad.
  13. That's propaganda you're spewing out. The Red Army didn't fight in a sensible way. They threw away their manpower completely without regard for human life, and displayed extremely poor tactical skill. They went from loss to loss against the Germans, until changes were introduced. You are quick to dismiss the help given from the UK and the US. This shows how lacking in seriousity you are when dealing with history. Stalin turned Russia entirely into a war factory, that's true, but Russia would have collapsed completely if it hadn't been for the UK and US supplying food and raw materials. In fact, a workers only hope for food was to show up at the factories to make weapons, as Stalin had changed the entire industry into what he called "a single armed camp". Yes, the Red Army was mostly self-supplied when it comes to weapons, but that wouldn't have been possible if it hadn't been for the help received from the West. I don't know why you keep giving Stalin credit for the success of the Russian army. The Red Army would not have had anything near the amount of success it had in the latter stages of the war, if it hadn't been for Stalin deciding to relinquish much of his military power to General Georgi Zhukov. Of course, after this, the Red Army was reformed and took to using new fighting methods, using propaganda and misinformation against their enemies, using the Air force for the resource that it was and so on. The people of the Soviet Union are to have their share of the credit as well. Without their total-war mobilization (into which they were often terrorized) the victory against the Germans wouldn't have been possible at all.
  14. "This war was mainly between Russians and Germans" That's about the stupidest thing I've heard. The Russians have always been lucky when under attack, the winters killed more men than their bullets did. WWII was no exception. I'm not one to deny the important role of the Russians during that war, but you go to the other end of the spectrum and say that what the British and Americans did was insignificant. That's ridiculous. And what's with the glorifying of Stalin? That bastard killed millions upon millions of his own people.
  15. Yes, and someone mentioned that this civilized times must have been a long time ago in this region. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Well, you had better "civilize" them, then. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> In the middle ages they have still been an advanced and exemplary tolerant civilization (="civilized"). But today? I wouldn't say so... <{POST_SNAPBACK}> The US still had no right to invade. I can't believe the right-wingers who honestly believe that that was the right thing to do. But then again, the tv stations don't show the flag-wrapped coffins returning from Iraq.
  16. Yeah, I'm not interested in a user-made mod at all. Let's hope Obsidian get the permission to do this.
  17. Yes, and someone mentioned that this civilized times must have been a long time ago in this region. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> Well, you had better "civilize" them, then.
  18. The topic was referring to real military organizations, I presume? Klingons and Predators kinda tend to fall outside that definition... Anyway, I certainly wouldn't glorify what the American army is doing nowadays. Honor, valor, cameraderie is all well and good on the paper, but Abu Graihb [sic], Guantanomo and that town they razed recently isn't making them look very heroic. And someone mentioned that Africa, not Iraq was the cradle of civilization. Man came from Africa, that much is true, but the first human CIVILIZATIONS were in the Middle East, it would be very hard for anyone to dispute otherwise. The river cultures and all that.
  19. They won't, Chris told us it was a bug fix type of patch, and if your connection can't handle it... Well, whose problem is that?
  20. Ah, it's one of those. Bugger. Anyway, thanks for clearing things up!
  21. Excuse me? What was that last part? Anyway, I've maximized the defenses, did nothing...
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