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Comment Re:Hubris? (Score 1) 895

"I really don't know the answer to how much of climate change is man-made. I tend to think that it's possible we have had some impact, but I can't say to what degree. "

That's it in a nutshell. Nobody can deny that global warming does occur and may be occurring now. The question really should be asked, "How much of current global warming is man-made and how much is natural." No scientist in the world today can answer that.

That being said, yes, we should take care of this planet. Unfortunately, all the care in the world is not going to save us unless we get population growth under control. So.... how many of you are be willing to take the very hard steps to limit population growth?

Comment My take (Score 1) 2044

Three points:

1. The healthcare bill will likely be the bill that brings the country to financial ruin. We can't afford to maintain what we have now, let alone pay for a huge, new program. Even if you think this is otherwise a good program, is it fair to destroy your children's future over it?

2. Historically, the government has a bad track record running public services. Since there is no competition, there is no incentive to excel. While some on the low income side who couldn't afford it will receive healthcare, the overall quality of healthcare will drop. There will also be little incentive for major medical and pharmaceutical companies to innovate.

3. On the other side of things, just saying "no" to this bill is not enough. America needs healthcare reform, just not as presented in this bill. It's shameful for those opposing the bill not to provide alternatives.

Comment Re:Activision (Score 1) 276

So you mean we're not talking about:

1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

2. a system of society or group living in which there is no private property or a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state.

3. a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

Thanks and a hat tip to Merriam-Webster :)

Comment Shadowbane (Score 1) 480

The game closest to the UO experience I've found was Shadowbane. The game was pvp only, so you knew what you were getting into when you joined. There were no "sheep." Unfortunately it had two problems. The game was horribly bugged and once a group/faction/alliance got the upper hand on a given server, there was little to balance it.

Comment Not surprising (Score 1) 514

It's not surprising considering three things:

1. They advertise it on TV (with misleading ads... why is Bing a "decision engine"?).
2. It's installed with some apps that used to install the Google toolbar.
3. Some websites that used to imbed direct links are now imbedding Bing searches instead.

Comment Re:Mature? (Score 1) 186

Exactly. More gore or a little T&A just doesn't do it for me as an adult gamer. On the other hand, give me a story I can sink my teeth into, realistic social situations, smart dialog, and something more than a little hack 'n' slash action and I'm there.

Oh, I forgot. They can't just hire chimps to create that kind of game. Nevermind.

Comment Re:Book based RPG (Score 1) 203

It would be like comparing DDO with D&D. It has a little of the original's flavor, but can't compare with the pencil and paper game played with a bunch of your friends. I know. I gm'd a big game of Champions through my college years and beyond. Nothing beats that experience.

Comment Re:$50 + Pay 2 Play = No thanks! (Score 1) 147

It reminds me of smoking. I was a 3 pack a day smoker until I quit cold turkey. While in the process of quitting, I would fidgit and wonder what to do with my hands. What did I do before I started smoking? I don't know or at least I couldn't remember.

It's the same way with mmo's. Most players play long past the point of being entertained. At some point it becomes merely a habit, and when you try to quit, it's hard to remember what you did with all that spare time before you started playing.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2, Insightful) 147

It does get really good when you get into the forced PvP part, none of that casual carebear blueshield / pveonly server bullshit in this game. I was impressed, kept my Aion preorder and cancelled my WOW subscription. Different strokes for different folks.

I always thought that's what fps games were for. MMORPG pvp tends to be of the "I-can't-beat-you-fairly-so-I'll-outgear-you-or-out-level-you-or-get-12-of-my-friends-to-kill-you" variety. It's seldom challenging.

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