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#1 Edited by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

@turambar said:

@chrissedoff said:

@turambar said:

@mikeinsc said:

Hate to be mean --- but a lot of people here WANT bigger government.

Ferguson? That IS bigger government.

It's a collection of equally loathesome groups (journalists, the police, and the protestors). There is no good side here.

So, bigger government gets us Michael Brown, and smaller government gets us Trayvon Martin. Are we basically fucked? Yeah we're basically fucked.

No one should ever use the words "bigger government" or "smaller government" because they don't mean anything. People who want to have an actual debate or discussion understand that policy doesn't exist on some continuum between "big" and "small"; it requires a willingness to deal in nuance.

Sarcasm and levity on the internet: still a hit or miss thing.

I was just piling on with your dismissive attitude towards the nonsense rhetoric of big/small, minus the humor.

#2 Edited by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

I've never played Xenogears or Xenosaga, but from what I understand both rely heavily on philosophy and metaphysics and religious imagery and such. Might still be worth checking out, those games have their fans.

Shadowrun Returns might be what you're looking for.

Video games seem to be lacking in excellent science fiction RPG's, especially hard science fiction.

Shadowrun Returns is a really cool game - especially the expansion. The only bummer about it is that it's very easy.

Xenogears is an absolute mess in terms of plot, design and gameplay. It might have blown your mind if you were 14 and the year was 1999, but now it's just a particularly nutty JRPG with a really convoluted story, random encounters, bad graphics and a poorly conceived combat system. I would steer clear unless you're already really curious.

#3 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

@turambar said:

@mikeinsc said:

Hate to be mean --- but a lot of people here WANT bigger government.

Ferguson? That IS bigger government.

It's a collection of equally loathesome groups (journalists, the police, and the protestors). There is no good side here.

So, bigger government gets us Michael Brown, and smaller government gets us Trayvon Martin. Are we basically fucked? Yeah we're basically fucked.

No one should ever use the words "bigger government" or "smaller government" because they don't mean anything. People who want to have an actual debate or discussion understand that policy doesn't exist on some continuum between "big" and "small"; it requires a willingness to deal in nuance.

#4 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

I bet Dan has at least a couple of Grand Funk Railroad albums and has probably never even heard one Pavement song, so don't worry about what he has to say about your favorite music.

#5 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

@corruptedevil: All art and entertainment is worthy of analysis that situates it in a sociopolitical context. Nothing exists in a vacuum. Agree or disagree with conclusions drawn in such an analysis, but insisting that everyone shuts off their brains is the kind of thing a person does when they worry about what critical thought might reveal about themselves, the entertainment they enjoy and the society in which they live.

#7 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

I think Jeff knows that he has the eating habits of a young child and is playing that up for comedic effect, but sometimes I'm not sure.

#8 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

It had motion controls, a really long intro/tutorial section and way, way too much dialog and story stuff. They need to keep it simple, emphasize exploration and discovery and stop long-windedly explaining every little thing as if the people who play Zelda games are dumb. @def mentioned that people want Zelda to be Skyrim or Dark Souls as if that's a preposterous thing to want. But The Elder Scrolls and Dark Souls have taken up the mantle that Zelda games cast aside because they embody the qualities that many people associate with the Zelda games of the 80s and 90s. The Legend of Zelda games of today are just some sorta OK games that are attached to a great brand. People will play them forever because it's Zelda, but they've wandered far afield of where they started off. They've forgotten that this series used to be about discovery and wonder. It was once about YOU--yes you, the player, going on an adventure in a video game fantasy land. Now, you join Link™ on his adventure in this carefully constructed story that is being told.

#9 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

Sharon Stone's asshole.

#10 Posted by chrissedoff (2082 posts) -

I'm just speculating here, but I bet there's a strong correlation between the people who haven't liked some of the last few Zelda games and people who don't like anime. I feel like the Zelda series has gotten increasingly anime-ized in the 3D era.