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  1. I haven't read the thread too diligently and as such I'm sorry if this has already been mentioned. I'd be carefull with the kind of vilifying I've seen of Imams in this thread. I can only speak of what I've learned of how danish integration work but here in Denmark the Imams have been utilized to actually prevent extremism by our national security intelligence service to prevent extremist behaviour. I wouldn't ever say that Imams can't be the proverbial bad apple but the media and people with xenophobic agendas often scapegoat the Imams to a laughable degree. Do you have any sources for that? That is beyond what you stated in your post. Everything I've always learned about muslim extremism in general says that extremists will try to segregate themselves from the mainstreem religion in the belief that they follow a more "pure" strain of Islam. Idealism won't change the needs of a society. The only thing that can prevent our need for "brown coloured slaves" would be to remove peoples welfare goodies or get quite a bit better at mechanizing the work that people are "too important" to do. One of the suggestions isn't palatable and the other is relatively unrealistic. It also strikes me somewhat like arguing against the enclosure. It isn't exactly utopian but does anyone really want to live without it?
  2. Most of your reservations can be answered with Obsidian making a different game than the one you want. AP is actiony and as such Obsidian doesn't want you to spend time hiding bodies in toilets. Equally they don't want you to "waste" your time peddling junk. They probably didn't include morality bars because they want you to focus on your actions and their consequences, rather than trying to min/max the good/evil morality bar. I have moral reservations about killing people and yet I play games which are predominantly about killing people. Distinguishing fantasy from reality is important in this case.
  3. Why do you people worry so much? Swine Flu is probably gonna kill less people than the annual flu season.
  4. It was certainly realistic that you would have an endless police chase because of a simple speeding crime. Here's a quote: Rock Paper Shotgun Preview:
  5. I read and liked Scorchy's LP of KOTOR II but most LPs are pretty boring. LPs are cool when they either bring something to the playthrough that you couldn't do yourself (scorchy) re play something that you wouldn't play yourself. A XCOM LP would suck as I can play that game myself, but a Wasteland LP would be cool as I'd probably never play that myself and could as such still experience it. I wouldn't listen to Jaesun since the Codex gives you cancer.
  6. 1)How does a person need police protection more than universal healthcare? State run police only helps those that couldn't afford a private service. 2)We care about the U.S. because politics are interesting and the domestic policies of countries are important for everyone. I regularly read about the domestic policies of various states through newspapers.
  7. If you see capitalism as being a binary value of some/total state-control vs. no state-control then yes the entire world is run by confused socialists. Captialism and socialism doesn't make any sense unless you see it as a ideological standpoint of for or against private enterprise and that makes the entire western world capitalist. Our system is more effecient than yours so yes it can. It is possible that you guys could make an even more effecient system by tweaking the current one or creating a new one based entirely on private ownership. I can't say since I'm haven't ever studied that. I agree which is why I said basic universal healthcare. Taking care of the least of us doesn't suddenly mean that the free market won't still be the greatest creator of wealth, happiness and equality known to man. Doesn't mean that it will sut our needs perfectly either. I don't see how it matters whether is is your state or the federal government that takes your money. The basic gist of the system is that your state (whether state or federal) takes your money and spends it on someone that isn't you for the betterment of society as a whole. This goes for fire departments as well as univsersal healthcare, or do your firemen present a bill to you when they put out fires? Shouldn't this discussion of capitalism vs. socialism and rights vs. ...something be in another thread? I doubt that universal healthcare would get much attention if we started on those other bigger discussions. @Rosbjerg You're probably not a socialist. Also the reason you would ever call Taks "evil", even jokingly, is because you haven't thought it through. We all have the same basis in Classical Liberalism.
  8. 1) Would people please stop referring to this as socialism/socialist? It is both wrong and unhelpful. America already has state funded services. 2) I support a nation having a basic universal healthcare, but has Obama (and the rest of the government) shown a level of statesmanship that can institute something like this without it being as problematic as the current system? 3) I'm pretty sure that 60% taxes are only us danes and the swedes. Possibly Belgium as well. 4) Universal healthcare haven't broken down yet but does face a sustainability problem that can make it problematic in the future. @Taks & Gfted1 You're both already paying for other services used by other people. Fire department, police do I need to go on? The question is whether universal healthcare can be said to be a basic need/essential service like the other two.
  9. Zeno Clash. Very decent if you can get it 50% off. Edit: And Saints Row 2, but people have already said plenty about that I think.
  10. Anyone else having naughty thoughts about Mark Morgan doing some music for this game in the same vein as the F1/2 music?
  11. I suspect that some of you guys have chronic depression. Reading this piece of news lightened up a day otherwise ruined by bad sleep for me. I hope Obsidian will do well.
  12. I never said that. The only way to make game reviews directly relevant to everyone is to make a review for every deranged person out there. You can't expect a generalized score to be relevant to you if you're an angry irate internet nerd. As such people like us will have to actually read the review and try to understand it to see if we want to buy the game.
  13. Aren't those emails send from friends by key-loggers usually very easy to spot? I wouldn't ever open a .exe file from someone that I can't sue for megabucks. It also helps not to have friends. Maximum security. I guess you can't argue against stuff like attacks through USB drives but that seems kinda like being afraid of terrorist attacks.
  14. Showstopper bugs and crashes? That's not so minor to me, but what's the review score? *snipped* It's a fun game but really now, does a game version riddled with game breaking bugs deserve a high score? I already explained how they blacklist fansites for posting unfavorable reviews. I love the reading comprehension of the modern internet dude. They even recognized that scores can't tell the whole story and told you when you definately could have serious problems on the PS3. Reviewers are such horrible people for enjoying their games. Reviewers should cater solely to angry irate nerds because they're such a huge and important demographic.
  15. Isn't the primary metod of avoiding key-loggers/trojans to not read spam mails and not visit dodgy porn sites or am I simplifying it too much?
  16. Only problem is that ASoIaF isn't dark heroic fantasy. They need to utter a few words that you know well in order to properly hype a game but that doesn't mean that the game will concentrate solely around those few well known words. ASoIaF does contain dark heroic fantasy elements just as I'm sure DA will. That doesn't make DA "A game of Ice and Gaider: The Bioware Song" or anything like that.
  17. I think we should be carefull in reading too much into such comments similarly to how we shouldn't read too much into the stuff about the game being a spiritual successor to BG. DA will be as much ASoIaF as it'll be 2d and set in the sword coast. It would be very hard to match the tone of ASoIaF in the kind of CRPGs that Bioware makes. It obviously also depends on what you think the tone of ASoIaF is.
  18. I've played Braid and liked it. The puzzles are hard but quite inventive since they rely on a game mechanic that we aren't familiar with. You'll be able to solve the problems if you're willing to understand the mechanics and actually look at the problems. The story is neither well written or particularly interesting but it gets points for actually trying to be something different than mutant invasion XVII. You won't like it if you're an ignoramus. @Portal is EZ LoLz I think this is missing the point by miles. Part of why Portal was really good is that it managed to teach you the mechanics of its puzzles in such a way so you wouldn't have to work to solve the problems. I don't think Portal tried to be hard. I also don't see why you must hate GLaDOS if you liked Shodan.
  19. I seem to remember some of you guys arguing that most pirates are such because they wouldn't buy stuff even if they couldn't steal it. I read a small article on Sweden's IPRED law and bring numbers: CDON.com reports a 20 percent increase in music sales in the first week of april. Storytel, a company selling audiobooks, report more than a doubling of users and a 50 percent increase in traffic. Ameibo, a movie sharing site that rents and sell movies over the intertubes, report a 30 percent increase in sales. iTunes doesn't want to comment on sales numbers in individual countries. Other numbers where it is harder to make precise conclusions: The Pirate bay apparently has 20 million users. 100.000 of these users have used a anonyminization function in order to keep using the site. The PB dudes thinks that around 80 percent of these are swedes. It seems a significant number of pirates will stop stealing if it becomes too much trouble. Alternatively they are incredibly clueless about laws and have only now figured out that it is illegal. I'm leaning to the former. Another significant group seem to care less about ease of use and more about getting stuff for free. This is my conclusion obviously though I doubt that those 80.000 are all about linux distros that can only be gotten on TPB. I wonder if the death of DRM will not be acomplished because of "righteous" consumer anger and instead because of hamfisted bureaucrats finally doing something.
  20. I'll believe it when I see it. It's kind of funny that I love Diablo II which is pretty much a grindfest, but dislike MMOs. Maybe something to do with the people thing... Diablo co-op was super fun. Have you tried playing MMOs with friends? It does help for you misanthropes that are incapable of dealing with regular human beings.
  21. I've already stated that I'll play it if they manage to not make that mistakes they've previously made with MMOs.
  22. They probably made sure to have plenty of servers to avoid day 1 congestion. Expectations is a thing invented by people who comment on the situation and is probably at best a simplification of what actually goes on in their head: "Guys, I've been playing this MMO and I think their PvP is pretty sucky" "I've always wanted to make an MMO" "We should make an MMO!" "Hell yeah" *Fistbump* I obviously don't know their thoughts and ideas but I'd wager that what I wrote up there is more likely to be true than any of your outsider speculation. The amount of money you need to stay afloat depends on how expensive the MMO is to maintain.
  23. Now show me why that will necessarily constitute 'bombing' by showing me that they can't keep the MMO up. For your information the WO people have often said that they don't hope to be the new WoW and merging servers isn't particularly odd.
  24. The problem is that the stock holders/investors are expecting them to be the new WoW. You've put a bug in their offices?
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