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#1 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

@grtkbrandon: Duder let us have a minute of joy before the cold shower of reality washes over us. Plus even if we get someone corrupt but a little less corrupt it is a move in the right direction.

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#2 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

I got the same announcement from the BBC so I think it's safe to say it checks out. The king is dead!

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#3 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

@lackingsaint: Thanks for the info man, I will definitely give it another shot. I definitely like the idea of a more complex xcom, I just hope it isn't so complex that it becomes more tedious than tactical.

Have you ever played Xenonauts? It is an indy game made in the mold of the original xcom and while it lacks the production values of enemy unknown/within it has a tactical complexity that makes it more of a struggle. It's not as user friendly but if you like a more difficult xcom experience I suggest you check it out.

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#4 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

@lackingsaint: Last time I tried Long War I was having issues with the mod (mostly to do with incredibly long saving/loading times, and the occasional crash) that added to the added difficulty of Long War make it not a fun experience. Is it more stable now and is there a place where I can concisely learn what changes they made between the game and the mod?

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#5 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

@twigger89 said:

I also think people need to remember it wasn't that long ago that our system worked marvelously. Last century we won two wold wars, sent a man to the moon, built a highway system that crisscrossed our massive nation, funded a rebuild of a decimated Europe, won the Cold War, gave women and African Americans the right to vote, created some of the greatest minds for generations to come and provided a sanctuary for those that were born somewhere else. That is a hell of a resume considering the previous century was a shit one for us up till the Industrial Revolution (and even then eh). We can bitch and moan about how the system is screwing us over but it was the same system our grandparents and great grandparents used to make this country the most powerful since the English Empire in its heyday. If the political system isn't working in this country it is more of a reflection of the poor quality of citizenry we have now (aka us) than it is a reflection of the political system itself.

This shift has very little to do with the "quality of citizenry", whatever that means. People are more well-informed now than ever, it seems to me. It does, however, have everything to do with the mass-media landscape in which we live.

The cause for our broken system, particularly when it comes to presidential elections, is very simple as far as I'm concerned: a halfway-decent presidential election costs a billion dollars, which therefore gives the campaign donors more power to affect an election than the electorate.

And to take it a step further, the reason presidential elections cost a billion dollars is because election campaigns today are more about marketing and advertising than about politics. This is why I'm cynical about American democracy. It's not that I think both parties are the same, far from it. No, I'm cynical about politics because America chooses its leaders the exact same way it chooses its favorite soft drink.

Here's how I make my voice heard: Every year at tax time, I gladly give my voluntary $3.00 to the Presidential Election Commission Fund. And if neither presidential candidate uses public funding, I don't vote for president, pure and simple.

I think you are agreeing with me more than you are disagreeing with me. Yes more citizens have access to and are aware of more political knowledge than ever before, but they lack the context to make that knowledge truly useful. People are no longer politically engaged (watching fox news/MSNBC and shouting at people who represent the other side of the aisle is not engagement) and therefore choose politicians based on the most surface level attributes. Let's not forget that a lot of people voted for Bush Jr because they thought he'd be more fun to have a beer with.

Our media is shit because we want it to be shit. We as a nation prefer opinionated rants over concise and well researched news reports. We as a nation decided that facts is only worthy if they back our preconceived notions. We went from Walter Cronkite to Bill O'Reilly, that is a hell of a drop.

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#6 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

@skullpanda1: The two party system is working perfectly, I think that is the problem. The current winner take all system means that there can only be two prominent parties, those in power and those who directly oppose them. The best way to have a multiple party system would be proportional representation but that would require a major overhaul of the American political system (an overhaul I am fully in favor of).

I also think people need to remember it wasn't that long ago that our system worked marvelously. Last century we won two wold wars, sent a man to the moon, built a highway system that crisscrossed our massive nation, funded a rebuild of a decimated Europe, won the Cold War, gave women and African Americans the right to vote, created some of the greatest minds for generations to come and provided a sanctuary for those that were born somewhere else. That is a hell of a resume considering the previous century was a shit one for us up till the Industrial Revolution (and even then eh). We can bitch and moan about how the system is screwing us over but it was the same system our grandparents and great grandparents used to make this country the most powerful since the English Empire in its heyday. If the political system isn't working in this country it is more of a reflection of the poor quality of citizenry we have now (aka us) than it is a reflection of the political system itself.

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#7 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

I'd love one man. My friend hasn't stopped talking about the game and it's getting me hyped for the game.

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#8 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

I'd love one. I've been interested in the game for a while now, always been a fan of obsidian's previous work.

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#9 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

While Arena is generally the best use of gold long term if this guys can only play a game or two a night and isn't that good at the game I feel he won't really enjoy arena. There are enough tier lists that choosing cards won't be a big problem (I personally use heartharena.com) but I know a lot of people get turned off from arena after going 0-3 or 1-3 a few times.

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#10 Posted by twigger89 (307 posts) -

Is there a way I can watch the FA Cup from America? We have NBC for the premier league but I haven't yet found a way to watch cup games or the champions league. This is my first year really getting into football and it's frustrating that I am limited to regular premier league games.

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