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Comment Reminds me of people wanting to fix old computers (Score 1) 646

To put the IT spin on this... it somehow reminds me of when people show up with the 10 year old computer and want to see if it can be upgraded to last a bit longer. The IT professional will be fast to tell them to just bite the bullet and get a new computer already! They know when it is time to give up.

Comment Older versions of D&D are far more rules-lite (Score 1) 83

I still play (A)D&D with friends from time to time, but we play the way old versions of the game. We played Basic D&D (the "Moldvay" version that came out in 1981 with the magenta box) for a couple years, since it is extremely simple and easy to run for the DM. (There was also an Expert book for when characters went above 3rd level) Recently, we jumped to the first edition of AD&D, which many of us in the group have experience with, so it isn't a tricky change for us. AD&D is definitely more involved (more rules for everything you can think of), but it doesn't have to be. The older versions of the game were almost modular... you could choose to use rules you liked and ditch the ones you didn't. (It is almost like a make-your-own-RPG kit.) You can obviously do this with newer versions, but the older versions are a bit more "rules-lite" and are easier to do this with. In fact, our DM just recently decided that he wanted to start using some of the rules (basically for combat) from the Basic/Expert game in the AD&D game to make things easier on him. Nobody complained at all. I always felt that the game is the DM's to run and he/she can do what they want.

In fact, I recommend running the game and if you don't know a rule for something, if you don't know where it is in the books and can't look it up inside of a minute, just wing-it and make something up that makes sense to keep the game flowing. Being a DM is definitely an art. I think a by-the-book rules-happy DM that is always pausing the game to leaf through books drags the game's momentum down.

All in all, I recommend the older versions to people that are daunted by the heaviness of the rules for most versions of D&D. You can get the older books from used book stores or off of eBay for quite cheap. I originally learned from the Molvay (1981) magenta boxed set, and I heavily recommend that book to newbies, since it is easy enough for a child to learn and play. :-) Once you know it well, you can always move up to more advanced rules systems, if you choose to.

btw... I recently bought a couple extra (reading) copies of the Moldvay basic rulebooks from eBay for like $3 each, so it definitely doesn't have to be a big investment, unless you want to get minty copies still in the box... with the original dice included, etc...

Comment Makes me think of the FEAR song "Let's Have A War" (Score 1) 473

There's so many opposites,
So many opposites
So many, there's so many, there's so many (x2)

(sung)

Let's have a war
So you can go and die!
Let's have a war!
We could all use the money!
Let's have a war!
We need the space!
Let's have a war!
Clean out this place!

It already started in the city!
Suburbia will be just as easy!

CHORUS

Let's have a war!
Jack up the Dow Jones!
Let's have a war!
It can start in New Jersey!
Let's have a war!
Blame it on the middle-class!
Let's have a war!
We're like rats in a cage!

It already started in the city!
Suburbia will be just as easy!

Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 637

Well... not every game is an FPS game, for one. I tend to enjoy the stories in games (if they are done right). For instance, to include an FPS... I loved playing all of the Half-Life games solo. I can see what you mean, but what you mean doesn't apply to all games... or all types of games.

Comment Completely agree (Score 1) 306

I agree completely. I think it is more likely that these kids were messed up to begin with and video games are just an easy thing to do solo in your room to occupy your time or distract yourself, rather than have proper social interaction with friends. I still miss when the focus of video games was to have your friends over and you would all play together and compete; it just isn't the same now that everything in that zone has shifted to online. Heck, even racing games nowadays don't seem to offer split-screen action! Is my only recourse to get a Wii?! Argh!

Comment Stop-motion that looks real - Dragonslayer (Score 1) 532

If you want stop-motion animation that looks realistic, check out Dragonslayer. They used a technique called "go motion" that really made stop-motion look fantastic. The technique was used in other movies... like Empire Strikes Back (for the Imperial Walkers, for instance), but Dragonslayer did it better, if you ask me. Dragonslayer was even up for a visual effects Oscar because of it. Raiders of the Lost Ark beat them out that year. ;-)

Crime

Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder 184

University of Florida student Zachary Garcia was more than a little surprised to find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name. It turns out the police were looking for a different man but had mistakenly used Garcia's photo. From the article: "Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia — spelled with an 'A' — but it was Zachery Garcia — spelled with an 'E'— who was charged in connection with the crime."
NASA

Curious NASA Pre-Announcement 286

CrtxReavr was one of a small avalanche of readers to let us know about a press conference NASA scheduled for Thursday at 2pm to discuss an "astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." I've heard rumors ranging from "proof of life on Titan" to "first contact," depending on how optimistic/crazy you are.

Comment Thank Goodness for games like Demon's Souls (Score 1) 854

I'm mostly a PC gamer, but I was given a PS3 as a gift recently, so I have been playing some of those games now too. The last console I had before this was a Dreamcast. lol Anyway, I recently discovered Demon's Souls and... damn! That game is hard! I love it! lol It is nice to see that some games are nice and tough still... it definitely gives a feeling of accomplishment when you finish a section. :-) More games need to do this! Do you hear me, Sony?! Make me happy! ;-)

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