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Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 84

Philosophically speaking, everything can be considered a "timesink" in its reducted form. "Waste" and "value" are notoriously challenging words to define because they mean something different for everyone. While I happen to agree with you that these games are a "waste" of time, I think it's overreaching to conclude that participation in such activities is tantamount to suicide.

Comment Re:Evil commenting on evil (Score 1) 378

Note that Microsoft hasn't had a mass-banning for over a calendar year, now. The last one was aligned (coincidentally or not) with the release of Modern Warfare 2. There was no such mass banning this year. As I understand it, the team that modifies the DVD firmware to enable piracy on the 360 made improvements that render it far more difficult to detect such modifications.

Comment Re:sigh (Score 1) 121

The question I'd have for such parents is just: Ok, no violence, no sex/nudity/whatever else you wouldn't want your kids to see, no reality whatsoever. Just a company firing episode after episode of their cutesy cartoon characters at your kids, interrupted by commercials telling them that they can have those cutesy cartoon characters at home and that they have to buy every piece of plastic crap Disney poops out?

There's a time and a place for everything. I expect my son to know about sex, nudity, violence, and war...aka "reality" someday, but that doesn't mean he has to be educated about those topics at an age where such knowledge might negatively impact his psychological development.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux