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#1 Edited by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

Glad this exists. After going through a thankfully short period of depression while at college, which I mostly solved by extricating myself and working in my hometown, it's a relief to see someone trying to convey what it's really like to live with such a psychological...disorder. And that's really what it felt like.

The reason I can appreciate such an effort is because I know plenty of the kind of people who will NEVER understand it. Extroverted people who party hard, work hard, always push the limits, who I made a big mistake in asking for help to adapt to a lifestyle more "healthy" like theirs. Not only did they completely fail to understand the situation I was in, but by trying to pull me out, they put me in extremely uncomfortable situations in which I floundered and made them look bad; eventually they dismissed it as some freak abnormality that I was failing to pull out of because I wasn't "being positive and just doing," and proceeded to berate me for being such a hopeless wreck.

Seek professional help when trying to solve depression, or this could be you. Thankfully, I didn't have many connections while up in college, so I was able to almost completely remove myself from that situation like a life that's passed me by, and at my two jobs at home I've made good friends and have improved my mood and outlook drastically.

#2 Edited by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

@hughesman: Definitely liked that article, but the fact that the headline and each segment is such "gotcha" seems a little misleading. What's great, though, is that each is posed as a question (e.g. "Is Bioshock Infinite anti-Tea Party?"), as if to pre-empt the harder-core conservative values machine with ridicule, and shut them down before it happens. As if to also say, "Are You an Idiot for Immediately Assuming It Is, Just at Face Value?"

Definitely a good piece, with lots of Ken Levine's thoughts and research anecdotes.

#3 Edited by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

Thank you for Winning Solitaire. Thank you. That just made me so happy it hurts.

Other than that, I have to hand it to The Blaze. As much as I listen to Beck's radio show and side up with him on more points than not, his organization and his associated organizations sure run a hell of a tabloid business. Not unexpected for them to write up an article examining whether or not Infinite is an attack on conservative ideals, though I must say that I'm glad such an article exists. Those questions need to be asked. In fact, all sides should be asking those questions. Ken Levine set out to explore that time in America rather than comment on and challenge today's issues, and we need to hold him accountable to that, so that his next game might blow us away just that much more.

It is quite funny to watch the mass-media coverage expand, though. First, a game explores issues. Then an article challenges it on a socio-political basis. Then, more articles attempt to poke holes in the argument and challenge it on their own socio-political basis. Then it's no longer about the game, it's a bunch of liberal and conservative journalists having a pissing contest. Every time.

#4 Edited by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

Holy shit, this sounds so awesome in concept. Creepy paranormal occult experiments by the Nazis in big-screen form? There won't have been anything quite like it, and I hope they handle it well. With two protagonists, they have a chance to do something really special, and I hope they don't cheese it up with referential jabs and pandering.

Do what Return to Castle Wolfenstein was trying to do: Actually make a really creepy action-horror movie about two agents pressed for their lives in a crazy world of paranormal experimentation.

#5 Posted by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

@Terramagi: Maybe you can dig up some dirt on Mr. Washington to back up that snide sarcasm.

#6 Edited by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

@Animasta said:

I am american, and as Americans it is our duty to recognize that Washington was an asshole. yes, he founded our country, that's all well and good, but come on.

I don't want to assume you're as bad of a person as this statement makes you out to be, but I'll just chalk it up to ignorance

His military strategies put an emphasis on morale. He immediately resigned from the military at the close of the war rather than exercise any sort of control. He advocated US neutrality over holding grudges or immediately adopting stances that could threaten safety and stability in such a nation in its infancy. His dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation led to his spearheading the creation of the Constitution. His vehement disapproval of lavish royal titles for the country's elected chief executive and subsequent avoidance of the issue led to the finalization of the Title of Nobility Clause and the almost exclusive use of the simple term "Mr. President." The rest of the Framers simply assumed he would be the first president, and he was elected in a walkover. He served his second term reluctantly and refused a third. His final will freed all of his slaves.

There's a reason he continues to inspire people even outside the borders of the United States, though I'm sure you're unaware. Almost no revolutionary leader in history has demonstrated as much restraint and good judgment as he did.

#7 Posted by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

Oh lordy, I saw that price and my heart jumped. Is that really the significantly discounted MSRP now?

Talk about misguided.

#8 Posted by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

Hey, Blizzard. Get back to me when your great big ocean is no longer shallow enough that I can simply wade from one side to the other.

#9 Posted by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

And once again, we hit up against the walls of Sony's absolutely awful design decisions in nearly everything they do, specifically the split RAM pool on the PS3. I'd imagine that Cell is less of a problem for Bethesda. But knowing how the game handles certain assets dynamically and concurrently with world streaming and ability/item caching, it's a wonder they every got this game to work at all for PS3.

And, of course, you begin to think about the tradeoffs that could be made to improve this situation, and it becomes apparent what Sony's design decisions and the extended console cycle have done to screw everything up this bad. They could have specifically architectured the game around fitting within the PS3's piddly RAM pools, and lost some of the performance enhancements gained in the other platforms when able to cache world data and player-related assets. Or they could across-the-board reduce the LOD distance on the PS3, conserving memory and possibly increasing performance while uniformly creating a worse-looking game than either counterpart overnight.

It's a pickle.

#10 Posted by nERVEcenter (156 posts) -

Wow. Mature and edgy shooter. Just what we needed. And here I was thinking that the first two games were colorful and charming, standing out unique in a crowded market.