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#1 Edited by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

Do your friends who are trying to study a favor and go out for your drinking.  Maybe go to a bar and find some people looking for fun like you are.

A little part of me wants to recommend you work on your own studies.

#2 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

Buy a second Blue Ray player?  One for Region 2?

#3 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -
@mzuckerm said:
" @DragonBloodthirsty: Businesses can't be segregated in the United States because of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was challenged as being outside the bounds of the Federal Government's power.  Supporters defended it based on the interstate commerce clause of the US Constitution (which basically gives the Federal Government the right to regulate commerce between the states, but not when it occurs entirely within the state), and we all know who won that argument.  So your reference to interstate commerce is accurate but I just wanted to flesh it out a bit.  The thing about age discrimination is that it is based on statute, and because I have very little knowledge of Canadian laws, I have no idea if they have antidiscrimination laws of this type.  But I should note that age discrimination laws don't always protect against ANY discrimination based on age.  I think it's very possible that a Canadian age discrimination law may only protect older individuals from discrimination.  Many societies don't grant minors full societal benefits (for instance, we restrict their ability to drive, vote and drink).  So I guess what I'm trying to say is, this may feel like an injustice, but that doesn't mean it violates the law. "

Thanks;  that sounds like exactly what I was thinking about.

I do recall that Poke'mon tournaments used to be open only to people under a particular age (I recall it was either 14 or 18), but in court that practice was ruled age discrimination and the tournaments were required to open up to people of all ages.  Of course, since the people being offended were both older, knew their rights, and had the money and power to back it up, they won.

#4 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -
@Suicidal_SNiper said:
" They have the right to deny sale to any person they want. Even though there's no money involved it's still considered a sale. "

That's not actually true, at least in the United States.  That's the reason that businesses can't be segregated or "White Only".  It had something to do with interstate commerce and laws governing that.

As for your situation, I think that the business is guilty of age discrimination, but I'm not familiar with Canadian law.

What I can say is that you shouldn't do anything illegal to the business or its employees in relation for the unfair treatment that you're being given.  Maybe you can file a complaint with the regional manager, and tell him your situation?

#5 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

I wasn't able to get hired to begin with;  I tried to apply at a game store years ago when there was a "Now Hiring" sign up, but the manager told me (in a hushed voice) that I can fill out the application but they were only hiring to fill their racial and gender quotas, as required by law.

#6 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -
@Bobdaman18 said:
" @thatguyabass said:
"Cool Story Bro! "
I'm really starting to hate this comment.  Anyway, any idea what the chances are that this thing will actually get through congress and the senate?  I guess it makes sense that they want to shut down sites that pirate content but i really don't like any kind of censorship.  I should probably go do some research on the thing. "

The chances are ridiculously huge because it basically lets them do whatever they want under the guise of "doing the right thing".

Does anybody realize that Giant Bomb actually fits the criteria they set for "immediately shut down without explanation"? 

If you were told that a law had been passed that allowed people to be monitored and detained indefinitely, without trial, and without evidence, and without any form of judicial review, you'd have the PATRIOT Act that passed through congress years ago.  The "rights of an American citizen" are conveniently circumvented because if you are declared not a citizen, then you never have the chance to prove otherwise.

The real thing undermining the entertainment industry is that their stuff sucks, and people put out more than enough good and fun stuff without charging for it.  Why am I going to go to a movie or buy a DVD when it's jam-packed with ads and sucks to begin with?  Ditto music -- I don't listen to it because I rarely hear it to begin with, and there's not a lot of motivation to track it down if you haven't heard it before and it's expensive.  People put too much decent music on the internet for free.

Basically, the entertainment industry is suffering because free entertainment is widely available, and they can't undercut it.  Luxury businesses fall apart when people realize how useless or common the objects in question really are.

#7 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

There's been a big problem recently with people mixing genres that don't mix.  Let's take the most common offender:  RPG and Strategy.

The rational seems to be "Similar people like these games, and often a single person likes both kinds of games, so putting the two together seems like a good idea."  The problem you run into is that the fundamental principles of each genre are competing with each other.  The fun of an RPG comes from accumulating more and more crap over time.  An RPG where you don't gain anything isn't really an RPG anymore.  Strategy titles want players to start as evenly as possible, so that some measure of player skill (multi-tasking, micromanagement, etc.) will let one player overcome the other.  If what makes the difference is "how long have you been playing", then you have a strategy RPG, but it's not very fun and tends to eat itself because whoever has been playing longer almost always wins (barring terrible, unwinnable matchups that are equally unsatisfying).

Sometimes it's some particular gameplay element driving me nuts.  I remembered a game named Savage that I played a demo for.  One of the problems was that you earned points for getting kills, which you then used to get better equipment when you respawn.  The problem with that was that you end up with somebody running around with bows and arrows shooting at each other, and one side tends to rack up a bunch of kills.  The game is effectively over at that point, because even if you (with nothing but bows) manage to kill your adversary, they come back with kick-assed flamethrowers or electric guns that tear you apart because you can't afford them when you respawn (to be able to afford those required multiple kills).  So you end up with the first skirmish deciding the match (at least at the time when I played it, which was early).

The "good" combinations of Strategy and RPG have been so-so.  Warcraft 3 is one of the better meshes of this water-and-oil combination.  For the single player experience, it leans on the RPG side more, with persistent characters that gain levels as you move further into the story.  For multiplayer, everyone starts with a level 1 hero and levels up from there.  The problem is that, especially on the competitive end, you run into the problems of RPGs, specifically that sometimes they can become a terrible grind.  In a normal RPG, you grind and grind but then it's done and you don't have to go back to level 1 unless you volunteer to.  Competitively, you have to grind repeatedly, every game, and that gets old.

Another "Strategy/RPG" title that put the two together successfully was Disgaea.  The trick here was to completely eliminate any real competition between the two.  It's more RPG than strategy.  The "strategy" part of this game is just lifting a basic combat interface from successful strategy titles and putting it into an RPG game -- because you never play against another person, you don't mind that you win or lose based on a combination of how long and how well you play it.  I'm not saying it's bad -- it's brilliant to take something from one genre and fit it into another.  But ultimately, Disgaea is more an RPG than a strategy title, and has very few elements of strategy in it, and I want it recognized for what it is.

I'm not saying that crossing the streams is always bad.  Hellgate: London had a lot of potential (which I don't think it reached), just using the FPS interface for an RPG.  There are other titles that worked well that I don't remember off the top of my head.  I just want a little more thought put into the decision making before blindly churning out another "Thing A + Thing B" game.  I'm tired of "strategy/RPG" and everything else crossed with RPG.  As a general rule, it seems like the RPG elements either dominate the game, or drag it down, with no happy medium.

I feel sure I'm missing some other mix-and-match that doesn't ever really work out for fundamental reasons.

#8 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" It'll get delayed again. "

Which is worse, many small delays or one big one?

I say many small delays are worse.

#9 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

I eventually got tired of how hard rumble rumbled.  It's kinda-sorta okay, but I frequently find it distracting now.  I remember back when I thought it was cool, lol, and it still sorta is.

But gameplay first!  Parlor tricks second.

#10 Posted by DragonBloodthirsty (470 posts) -

I wasn't expecting much, and a lot of it got pushed off until 2011 (so it can disappoint me there).  I think Civ 5 is my choice for most disappointing.  It's not that it's overtly bad, I just wasn't really all that happy with the way it played when I tried it out.  It went from "Top of my must-have list" based on the series and my personal tastes to "I'll pick it up when it's cheap, maybe".