Really? I had a lot of trouble taking the "mood" of SimCity 3 seriously, and the difficulty was ridiculously low. For those main reasons I enjoyed it the least of the series (haven't played 5...)
For anyone looking for nice dance pads instead of full machines... Since Cobalt Flux ones are hard to find now, Precision Dance Pads seems to be the current best-in-class. (Spent many hours researching, might as well share results.)
When you have to entertain large groups of people, and you don't want to worry about any of them having to sit down and learn a new time-consuming game, keep copies of The Resistance and Are You a Werewolf around. (Yes, Werewolf is fine with scraps of paper, but the cards are fun.) You can explain them in minutes, and they make people a heck of a lot more social than most board games. The Resistance is better if you don't want any players to be eliminated, but you should only use it in groups that already know each other...it's a lot of fun to see the evil scheming side of people, but it makes terrible first impressions.
Final Fantasy 4 doesn't get enough love. I really appreciate your unconventional choice of 9 though.
My problem with Pandemic is that if you don't work as a perfectly aligned team, you lose horribly. No personal scores equals no autonomy, with the end result that one player pretty much dictates everyone's actions. Okay, you probably make your decisions as something like a committee, but it feels like a joke to pretend that each player really has "their own" cards and pieces.
That's the first time I've seen anyone reference Dark Reign in a 'best games' list. Or ever, for that matter. Still haven't made up my mind on whether it's a true classic of an underdog, or yet another great concept that was woefully underexecuted (see Malkari).
That's "average" for you. If a majority of households use it mainly for email and Facebook...
We need cloning bays, and extremely hardened ships. Don't send a person, send a blueprint and some way to raise and teach a first generation. We don't have to get there ourselves as long as our "children" can.
I can second Anker batteries, mine worked fine. I can't say I'm as thrilled with their wall-wart router, but that's probably more on me. Two data points isn't too useful, but if I had to recommend someone, I'd say "Anker didn't suck for me". No bigger help than looking at their Amazon reviews though.
As you are apparently the only person in this comments page who actually knows the science here, please accept my invisible, non-existent mod points.
I would expect it's more likely that it picked the stuff up during launch. Water vapor in the air at low altitudes?
I don't know about "benefits"...even the abstract says that one of the main triggers to accepting leadership was that the populace had nowhere to go, or that it was too costly to leave.
I'm amazed at the noise that doesn't get buried. If you don't browse at 2+ or even 3+, there's an awful lot of juvenile trolling. Yes, yes, I know the normal Slashdot response, if you don't like trolling then you're too thin-skinned to live. But if I go to a nice restaurant, or hell even McDonalds, at the very least I don't want some nutjob banging on the windows flashing his junk at everyone. That's like...at least half the articles here, and it takes hours for those comments to get moderated down to -1.
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