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  1. This is an old thread, but I'll opine anyway:

    Regarding why PoE 2 wasn't a big success-

    A) Pillars of Eternity is a good game BUT.... The early version of the game was a buggy, unbalanced mess. That's all in the past now, but for many people, that's their only impression of the game.

     

    B) For as much as it was sold as an IE successor, especially Baldur's Gate, it really didn't live up to what was promised. Per-encounter abilities, no kill xp, "disengagement mechanic" that weakens the RTS elements, fairly linear game progression (Most areas were locked off until after you get your stronghold for example). Heck even enemy balance philosophy was really different (no immunities in enemies until later patches. Interesting note: Patches that improve the game make it more like the IE games). You burn people, you lose them.

     

    C) This is the biggest issue: Poor mod support. Good mod support is really important for a game like this, and should have been a stretch goal. Mods keep the community interested, engaged, and excited.

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  2. I really don't get the strong opposition to wearing a mask.

     

    I'm not a medical expert by any means, but... Why does anyone care so much about having to wear a mask? It's an extremely small annoyance at the very worst, unless you have some extreme medical condition I guess.

     

    I GET the opposition to the lockdown, makes good practical sense to not want to trash the economy, but, why exactly is wearing a mask a big deal?

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  3. On 7/31/2020 at 2:33 PM, ABSofficial said:

    .... that it took Baldur's Gate 3 hype in 2020 for me to find this game.

    This is literally one of the best CRPGs I've played since the old Infinity engine days.
     

    The irony is that Baldur's Gate 3 will probably not come close to it's namesake's legacy. Pillars of Eternity came pretty darn close to matching BG's renown, and was only held back by poor mod support.

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    I have my doubts as well simply because a certain group of people will mostly likely always back what is being done. The fascists or whoever else won't rise to power in a vacuum.

    No doubt it will be done to thunderous applause. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/10/05/the-campus-anti-free-speech-movement-black-lives-matter-protesters-shut-down-aclu-speaker-at-william-mary/?utm_term=.92681c96e2bc

    I know we went from Confederate flag is racist to US anthem is racist in like 2 minutes, but now liberalism is racist? What's next? Non racist are racists?

     

    Non-racists are racists has been a thing. You're behind the curve. I'll cut you some slack since you don't live in the US.

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  5. I'm not sure of the source of this, but I feel like it shows the difference?

     

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    Also pretty sure the amount peacetime Americans killed with firearms inside US borders is more than the amount of Americans killed in every war and armed conflict America has participated in put together?

     

    Don't take my word for it though. Typing on my crappy phone so I didn't check.

     

    Sure is nifty that it starts after 9/11 but before the Orlando shooting.

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    I didn't think you of all people would be opposed to privatization and purging of unions.

     

    They also think Usury is bad. I love usury. They're unacceptable.

     

     

     

    EDIT: If people want high interest loans, that's fine by me.

     

    EDIT2: Regarding unions. Private sector unions are good. Public sector unions are bad.

  7. It was a pretty big thing a few years ago, but I don't think Christians ever whined about the phrase Happy Holidays.

    I know for a fact that isn't true, and if you doubt me I'll create a compilation of Christians whining about happy holidays.

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    *Yeah, you can't just call people Nazi's at random (or rather, you shouldn't. People actually have been). And no, just because they're white nationalists doesn't mean they're Nazis. National Socialism is a very specific (and very European) branch of white nationalism that most white nationalists don't subscribe to (At least in the US, I don't know enough to say the same about Europe). Also, even if this guy's totally idiotic statement regarding calling people Nazis were true, it doesn't pertain to the issue at hand, since calling people Nazis is a declaration of their political affiliation, and the other is a value judgement.

     

    That is all well and good, but I think that if you parade around chanting Blut und Boden and toting a flag with a swastika, "Nazi" is a fairly adequate term to describe you. Yes, technically they aren't Nazis, because they don't have a card with their member # in the National Socialist German Workers' Party, so they are neo-Nazis at best, but that's not an exceedingly useful distinction to make outside of a historical discussion.

     

     

    The vast majority of them did not have nazi flags. They mostly had confederate flags.

     

    EDIT: Heck, there were people waving nazi flags at occupy wall street. Not exactly fair to say the people there were nazis. 

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    "it's not a political thing"

    *Yes it is. As surely as burning the flag would be. It is an inherently political statement.

     

     

     

    "When you refuse to use the word Nazi, but you can call someone who pays their taxes, carries themselves the right way -- in order to play a professional sport, you have to have some sort of discipline --- who is a disciplined individual, you call them 'sons of bitches.' But you can't call a spade a spade."

                        *Yeah, you can't just call people Nazi's at random (or rather, you shouldn't. People actually have been). And no, just because they're white nationalists doesn't mean they're Nazis. National Socialism is a very specific (and very European) branch of white nationalism that most white nationalists don't subscribe to (At least in the US, I don't know enough to say the same about Europe). Also, even if this guy's totally idiotic statement regarding calling people Nazis were true, it doesn't pertain to the issue at hand, since calling people Nazis is a declaration of their political affiliation, and the other is a value judgement.

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    I'm confused, I'm not criticizing anyone, my comments were not meant to offend or insult people. I read that Fox is mostly made of republicans which I know alot of members on this forum do not like. However, Fox is the only nuetral channel I've seen that doesn't bash Trump or defend him like other channels tend to do. I don't like the bigotry that's expressed through other channels.

    Fox doesn't defend Trump? Bit curious you'd be put off by bigotry and still watch Fox.

     

    Is Fox some sort of spewer of bigotry? 

     

    I've never been a fan of Fox News, but I've never seen them promoting bigotry either.

  11. ps keep in mind that summer o' last year, the prediction were the republicans were the party which were gonna be nadir.  after the forgone conclusion o' a democrat President being elected in 2016, along with likelihood o' democrat control o' the senate... not to mention the likely prospect o' a more sympathetic Court, the pundits were already calling for republicans to do some deep soul searching. 

     

     

     

    less than six months pass and everything changes.

     

    That was only because those people were clueless. Trump's win was plenty predictable. Predicting events isn't so hard when pay close attention to things. I think one handsome Obsidian poster named, Namutree (peace be upon him) saw Trump's win coming thanks to his brilliant insight; oh, and a crackpot named Val too, but he just got lucky.

  12. If I may, I don't think that will ever happen. Republicans will be around for as long as Democratics. Even if it was legally removed and banned by the council in courtus by legislative act, Republicans would still exists as a resistance of some sort. Republicans now seem to be stronger than they were 10 years ago.

     

    Even with all the Trump festerings and criticisms, Republicans seem to be in a good place but like anything else, if people only focus on the bad or hear the bad, then the bad is all they will see and share which is what I reckon these old eyes have been witnessing from the news.

     

    Either way though I'm not a republican. Just thought I'd say my piece. Sorry for interupting.

    It's likely that WoD is talking about the long term demographic shift and it's electoral consequences. Though I could be wrong.

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  13. More like communists. Which is worse. If they were merely nazis they'd be more tolerable.

     

     

    I've been reading up on the Patriot Prayer group and Joey Gibson. Talk about a crazy story, this guy seems to be doing everything he can to distance himself from white supremacists and denounce racists, and he is still getting attacked.

     

    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/23/whos-behind-this-weekends-right-wing-rally-at-crissy-field/

     

    Hopefully all this stuff dies down a bit soon so we can start having actual dialogue.

    It's not about fighting fascists. It's about trying to intimidate the rightwing into accepting their control over acceptable ideas, because no one except spoiled brats with zero real world experience would entertain their self destructive ideology so long as they had a choice.

     

     

     

    The antifa (the anarchists and the ones descended from anti-fascist groups from the 1930's and 1940's) are the ones who think the only solution to the alt-right is to fight back with violence instead of peacefully. The Black Bloc (is that the same as BLM?) and Black Lives Matter generally prefer peaceful rather than violence.

     

    "Fight back" is an interesting way to frame assaulting people guilty of nothing more than utilizing their civic rights. Also, you might be overrating how peaceful BLM is.

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  14. wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine.

     

    Unless 'support' is replaced with 'participate in' then there is a zero percent chance this is constitutional and so I'll assume the article meant participate in. As for the underlying idea: Totally indefensible. No one should be obligated to involve their private business with any party or party's against their will. Considering my previous argument regarding the civil rights act I'm nearly alone in this sentiment on this board though. I'm with you on this KP. Boycotts are freedom of association and in the case of business a matter property rights besides.

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    I've been wondered why in a capitalist country we are in, why don't we let that work for our health insurance and medical bills?

     

    Same reason why we have eminent domain and government bailouts, we aren't a capitalist country anymore. We are a dysfunctional hybrid of contradicting ideas whose remaining prosperity is due to the infrastructure and systems established by classical liberals that have YET to fully removed. Don't worry though; it's on it's last legs.

     

     

    We still lead the world in dramatic hyperbole, at least. :p

     

    There is a rather long list of US companies that are industry leaders in innovation that would seem to refute your claims.

     

    Which ones?

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