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Comment: Re:Counter Strike (Score 1) 671

by mathx314 (#33270398) Attached to: Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In <em>Medal of Honor</em>
Huh, this makes me want to see a game not designed by the military that plays with this idea. Say, three traditionally "evil" factions (possibly Russians, Arabs, and PMCs?) and a fictional conflict. Give each side a good reason for fighting, and make sure that it stays as ambiguous as possible who's really doing the right thing.

Comment: Re:Account Inactivity? (Score 1) 284

by mathx314 (#33228862) Attached to: Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

A lot of people put a lot of emotional stock into Facebook. That sounds crazy, but let me explain.

I'm going into my junior year of college. About a month and a half ago, a well-liked girl from my high school class and her entire family died in a car crash in California. My news feed was suddenly flooded with posts to her wall of people trying to find some sort of closure. Personally, I didn't know her too well, but we had a lot of mutual friends. Many of my friends still post on her wall, because it's their way of dealing with the tragedy.

If Facebook just closed the account, many of my friends would just be bottling up their emotions. I'm sure it's a weird thing to think about if you're not used to thinking about Facebook, but it does provide some sort of healing in a situation like that. If nothing else, I want Facebook to keep the pages of the dead open to help in a case like this.

Comment: Re:Aquaria was pretty cool (Score 1) 58

by mathx314 (#32468680) Attached to: <em>Aquaria</em> Goes Open Source
You were expecting too much out of the games. Penumbra was a very small team who built their own 3D graphics engine and physics engine and built an incredibly terrifying adventure. Lugaru is a great, if simplistic, brawler written by a single guy (also with its own custom 3D engine). Aquaria's play controls are very good, although mouse controls in general can be a bit frustrating. Gish is... alright I don't like Gish. Still, that's 4/5 games from the pack. Just keep in mind how small these teams were and what they accomplished.

Comment: Re:I don't understand the fanboy mindset (Score 2, Interesting) 660

by mathx314 (#31920756) Attached to: Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock
I'm not a member of the forum, but I do occasionally lurk there after watching some of the video content they have. People are constantly getting banned for what appear to me to be non-offenses (just read a large thread, you'll see at least three people who have been banned recently). Why anyone would want to post in an environment like that is beyond me.

(For what it's worth, I never found their banner ads to be terribly intrusive, so I never AdBlocked them. That's changing today.)

Comment: Re:The difference is quality (Score 1) 134

by mathx314 (#31800762) Attached to: No Linking To Japanese Newspaper Without Permission

Britney Spears.

A quick glimpse at Wikipedia shows that Britney's first album was released in 1999. She was born in 1981. This means that at most one album was released when she was in the legal pedophilia age limit. Overly sexualized and creepy I'll agree with, but Britney Spears does not embody pedophilia.

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