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Comment: Re:I think Madden is schitzo...... (Score 1) 124

by ExtremePhobia (#35125952) Attached to: EA Simulation Correctly Picked Super Bowl Champs in September

I only scanned TFA but I can't seem to find where it says who they played against. Was it Green Bay vs. Steelers? Or was it a different team? This is a weighted 1 in 32 chance whereas predicting that the Steelers would also make it but would eventually lose is far more impressive. I get the impression this wasn't the case.

Comment: Re: (Score 1) 328

by ExtremePhobia (#34764338) Attached to: Why BioWare's <em>Star Wars</em> MMO May Already Be Too Late

I'm going to break this apart first.

Things WoW has:
Huge amoung of back story and Lore
A constant grind and a reward system
PvP from the ground up
A beautifully stylized world
Few Bugs
PLAYERS

things SW:TOR has:
Huge amount of back story and Lore
lots of story driven quests (presumably)
PvP from the ground up (presumably)
A stylized world
Who knows how many bugs
Players?

The way I see it, SW:TOR has a CHANCE to match up with WoW. It has the story aspects it needs to compare to WoW and it's BioWare so I'm not to worried about that aspect coming through. The PvP is implied, it's Star Wars after all, however if you played Star Wars Galaxies, you can see what poor implementation can do to what should be a premier PvP experience. The world of the Old Republic is very much stylized in the WoW fashion except in a Sci-Fi setting. And it doesn't seem out of place either. I think the style and the music can go a long way to making or breaking the game by giving you a sense of tone and so far I think where a lot of games have failed is in trying to be too serious which it seems SW:TOR is trying not too do by softening the art style.

BioWare has certainly been playing up the amount of dialog and story driven questing in the game which I don't doubt. I find it a poor assessment to judge an entire game by it's newbie experience because a rudimentary experience is just what a lot of players need. Newbies will learn what they need slowly and gradually without having to keep track of story elements and focusing on getting around and killing things, which are important to survival while Experienced MMO players can play through quickly and just learn the finer points of the game. Of course if they drag the newbie experience too long then it will kill the game but hopefully that's not the case. But here it's all about execution. Do you strike the proper balance for both Experienced players to breeze through and newbies to get all the training they need so they don't feel overwhelmed.

BioWare has as good a chance as anyone, if not better for the delays they are allowing to make sure implementation is handled correctly. I'm just going to hope that BioWare pulls through again.

Comment: Re:I hope it's moderated (Score 1) 372

by ExtremePhobia (#34374160) Attached to: George W. Bush Live From Facebook

Sleep deprivation and loud music both strike me as forms of torture. Are they not legally considered that? I was under the impression that torture was causing pain and discomfort and possible permanent damage in a controlled setting (otherwise it's just assault or something).

Sleep deprivation can cause massive headaches, hallucination, and if prolonged it can cause death.

Loud music can cause headaches, ear aches, disorientation, dizziness, and permanent deafness if exposed too much. And I'm assuming we're talking about something more than what people subject themselves to or it wouldn't be particularly effective.

That isn't torture?

Comment: Re:No problem (Score 1) 473

by ExtremePhobia (#34330088) Attached to: Xbox Live Enforcement &mdash; No Swastika Logo

You have points here but I think that in this case, it would be considered the best "reasonable response." It's not even like they sought this person out, he came to them and asked about it. They said no.

They can't protect everybody, but when you are going to choose possibly the biggest symbol with the worst common connotation, they made the right move. I mean when you see it, are you going to see a Hindu symbol? No. Of course not. To put it in perspective, I think in some instances even the devil is less scorned than this symbol. He is, after all, used by a lot more than just the religious crowd. But you're right, I mean really, they should be equal across the board...

Comment: Maybe I'm dumb but... (Score 1) 473

by ExtremePhobia (#34329938) Attached to: Xbox Live Enforcement &mdash; No Swastika Logo

So let me get this strait. Someone playing CoD wants to use the Swastika as logo in a WAR GAME. And he wants to be all preachy about it's different meanings when they say no?

The Swastika had all sorts of positive connotations UNTIL some idiot decided to fly it over their artillery. And you are different how, Mr. "I want to use a positive religious symbol in a war game?" Get with it buddy. Maybe you aren't committing genocide but you're still perverting the symbol.

Comment: Re:Tiny Flaw In the Plan (Score 1) 351

by ExtremePhobia (#33961466) Attached to: NASA Reveals Hundred Year Starship Program

Sure they weren't coming back. But when they left, they left because their home was no longer home for religious/political reasons or because they expected something better when they got to where they were going. Big trade or some such.

People who will be going to settle Mars will be leaving without their families, abandoning their homes never to return, and they gain nothing of material value, especially if they aren't coming back.

That said, I think a lot of people would still volunteer to go. I just wouldn't be one of them.

Comment: I liked XIII... (Score 1) 401

by ExtremePhobia (#33871414) Attached to: Final Fantasy XIV Launches To Scathing Reviews

I understand why a lot of people didn't like XIII but just about the point where I was getting fed up with the party limits, the game finally came around and I was quite pleased with it. Yes it was very, very linear. It was very tube like. But it was also a beautiful game. The graphics were great and if you didn't want to go backwards and could get beyond the occasional cliche one liners, you'd find a very fast combat system, a decent story, and a lot of things to look at. No it's not like the previous entries in the series, but it's Final Fantasy and that's how they roll. It's still a quality game if it came from any other developer.

Course, I had XIV pegged as a failure since day one.

Comment: You people are sad. (Score 1) 495

I mean, how evil of EA to do this. Here they are being so offensive to YOU, violating your rights to a game not tarnished by this group or that group. I mean, really, the nerve! You know, the removal of this word from the game is so offensive, maybe YOU should exercise your right not to buy the game. Right?

See, what happened is EA decided that to do something that could potentially hurt their profits to appease their sense of morality. They didn't violate your rights or actually offend you. No, they tried to take the high road.

This group... Did they ask that the game not be released? No, they asked for one word not to be used ONLY in multiplayer. The Campaign is left alone. The story is the same. The game is the same.

You? You just decided that you were going to be a righteous bastard. You decided that you would be "offended" because these people who were ACTUALLY offended were appeased. This game is made for people like you who want to PRETEND that you are the kind of person that these people are related to.

MAYBE it's arguable whether this word hurt anyone and whether removing it mattered. One thing is certain though, there is never anything wrong with respecting the wishes of these people. There will come a day when somebody uses a word you don't particularly like around/at your wife/daughter. Somehow I doubt you'll swallow your words at that point.

Comment: Re:Cool, it's like Intel Upgrade Service for a bra (Score 1) 259

by ExtremePhobia (#33627400) Attached to: Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter

I agree it's used for good. I also think that the fact that it's supposed to remain stable is kind of crap. Simply put, somebody who is under stress isn't going to score as high as they normally would. period. It's a nice indicator and guideline but it's hardly a science. It's just a very sad stepping stone on the path to quantifying the brain.

As for these mice, I think these are great findings. But like you said, it's a double edged sword. I believe it's been proven that older adults can come to accurate conclusions as quickly as younger adults because of their experience and the ability to automatically and effectively remove unimportant stimuli. If we learn to absorb everything, we might lose the ability to find the important aspects of information effectively.

I do have hope that we'll learn how to make our brains FASTER rather than just smarter. I think that's really the goal we need to accomplish.

Comment: Re:Cool, it's like Intel Upgrade Service for a bra (Score 1) 259

by ExtremePhobia (#33626312) Attached to: Deleting Certain Gene Makes Mice Smarter

Keep in mind that it relates to the people that take the test. If you opt to take an IQ test (not everyone that takes the test opted to, obviously, but many do), there's a higher chance that you've been exposed to the kind of environment/education that incentives critical thinking, and as teaching methods improve and learning resources increase, these people will continue to do better on these tests. We're not talking about the average intelligence of the human species.

Right, but whether or not you seek to take the test shouldn't have any impact on your score. IQ is supposed to be a number that doesn't change for your entire life. If you got a 120 when you were 5, you should still get a 120 when you are 55 and that Environment and education changed a lot in 50 years. Really, you can only argue that people who have a genetic disposition to intelligence also have one to seeking to take an IQ test (I.E. dispostion to show it off). We know that's probably not the case though since a lot of intelligent people are actually withdrawn.

Also, most people DON'T seek to take the test. Their parents or school do. Most IQ tests are taken when people are young as a way of checking for disability or for advanced placement in the education system. Very Rarely does someone go to a Psychologist and say "I want to take an IQ test." Trust me, your insurance doesn't cover a four hour IQ test administered by a Psychologist just cause you want to take one.

Unless you mean those flimsy online IQ tests? You know, the ones that take 10 minutes?

Comment: Re:It IS the government! (Score 1) 1695

by ExtremePhobia (#33522138) Attached to: Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites

The President is more than just the Executive Branch. He is also the leader and he is supposed to speak for us. His hands are tied as to what he can DO about it but that doesn't mean he can't say it's wrong. This is basically just a public version of him showing up at the guy's house and saying "I can't MAKE you stop but you really should," except with less armed guards on the doorstep.

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