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Comment Re:WotC spindown? (Score 1) 247

I'd imagine it's the materials more than the set symbol on top. Like, from Dragons of Tarkir, i have like 4 spindowns all of different plastic composition. I don't think the set symbol on top is going to make a difference but one's translucent, another's opaque, another's murky...

Comment WotC spindown? (Score 1) 247

Wizards of the Coast has been distributing 20 sided counters that are shaped just like D20s. Only with out any sort of randomness. The next number up or down is adjacent to whatever number you're looking at. Hence, "Spin down".

Any chance of anyone running a statistical analysis on these?

Comment Re:George Lucas did not create Star Wars (Score 1) 424

From a certain point of view.

The greatest liability of Star Wars from Lucas' point of view is the hypercritical fanbase.

The problem here is that the fans feel like they are entitled to having things their way and having it be what they want. If someone were to tell Lucas "no", would it automatically have been better or worse?

It's easy to come to the lazy come to "Lucas did it wrong and Lucas is a crappy hack." Maybe. But the sense of entitlement i get from the fans just stinks. It's as if they can't let go of their anger and their feelings are driving them to be destructive. :) They don't seem to understand that projecting their opinion as fact is just incorrect. It's factual that a lot of star wars fans hate 1-3 and the special editions of 4-6, but it's not factual that these are bad. That's an opinion.

Right now there's a generation of kids with fond memories of the original trilogy. Are they wrong factually? How do you prove that?

In the end it all comes down to taste and vision, and even though George Lucas might have questionable taste, he had a vision. It was ambitious. It might be rubbish, but there's a ton of cinema out there that has neither taste nor vision. Stuff that is so bland it makes plain tofu seem exciting.

Comment Re:About 5.5 million people in Finland (Score 2) 674

So? The GDP of Finland is .3 trillion dollars. The GDP of the USA is 16.77 trillion.

It is redistribution of wealth. When people hear that they freak the fuck out. It's an uneven distribution of wealth. Your six or seven or however large income isn't going to be split evenly.

In America wages have stagnated and productivity has skyrocketed.

Quite frankly as long as being poor doesn't suck and isn't humiliating, I don't care how bad the gap between the wealthy and poor gets. If the economy grows, everyone wins in that model. Granted, if the economy shrinks, everyone loses but people hit the ground in less critical ways.

Comment Re:For what? (Score 1) 309

You mention building engines. Ok, we've got unreal, frostbite and maybe a few others. No one builds engines, they LICENSE them.

Konami built the Fox Engine, Treyarch built the Frostbite engine, CryEngine... etc.

Why are these reduced costs not being passed to the customer?

3 bucks sounds about right when you take manufacturing out of the picture. It doesn't cost more than a few dollars to put a disk into a box and send the box to the store.

Like complaining about paying full price for broken games IS an issue I'm on board with. Because fuck that. That's a huge problem in the industry.

But when PC gamers complain that their games are crippled for consoles, then balk at paying full price, then I have zero sympathy for PC gamers. I don't care about someone's system specs, they are aware that it takes more time and money to make a texture that looks nice at 4k versus one that looks nice at 1080p right?

Maybe I'm just playing the right games, the last few games I've bought have been Metal Gear Solid 5(aside from that whackass save bug with Quiet), Splatoon, and Smash Bros. So, maybe I'm just not that hardcore of a gamer anymore? I don't know.

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