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#1 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -
@Lab392 said:
"  Humility. "

@Everyones_A_Critic said:
" Humility is most important to me. Gotta keep that ego in check or it'll be the end of you. "
100% agreed.

@example1013 said:
" I fail to see how humility is the most important virtue. I'm by no means humble, but it hasn't caused me any problems. My arrogance isn't my fatal flaw, by a long shot. "
I mean this in the nicest way possible, but how old are you?  I sincerely mean no disrespect here, but when you get older you start to appreciate humility more and more.  Particularly when you have to deal with young people who have greatly over-inflated egos and no real accomplishments to justify them.

(Side note: I was an arrogant bastard in my younger days, and to a certain extent probably still am.  I think humility is the greatest virtue in no small part because it's the virtue I have to work on the most). 
#2 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -
@Ben_H: That was a cool article, Ben.  Thanks for the link.

It's a shame that we leave these enormously important infrastructure decisions to private corporations, like Comcast and the like.  It makes me wonder what our highway system would look like today if Eisenhower had turned it over to the private sector.  My guess? Full of (even more) potholes, and a toll booth every other mile.


#3 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -

Anyone know how they deal with this problem in South Korea or Japan?  The broadband saturation rates in those countries are much higher than the U.S., even though they're much smaller geographically, but I have to imagine that they've got a better solution than just a simple data cap.

#4 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -
@beej: True.  I have a similar masochistic love for Demon's Souls; my affection for that game reminds of people who stay in abusive relationships.  

That being said, the ability to be a completely over-powered tank in a game is one of life's great pleasures.  Don't mess with a good thing.
#5 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -

VIII is like the forgotten middle child of the Final Fantasy family.  It did everything right, but it's doomed to live forever in the shadow of its older, flashier sibling.  Sad face.



@mzuckerm said:
" I remember Triple Triad.  I thought it was a really great mini-game, but they dumbed it down in FFIX and (as far as I know) haven't brought it back since.  "
Too true.  Triple Triad was a great mini-game. 
#6 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -
I don't think you've really thought this idea through, Jay.

Since most video games are empowerment fantasies anyway, why would you want to take out the "empowerment" part?  However, if you're still itching to know walk a mile in those under-powered characters' shoes, you could try this:

  1. Find someone who's insanely good at Street Fighter, or Star Craft, or CoD, etc.
  2. Play against them.
  3. Get your ass handed to you.
  4. Savor that feeling of overwhelming defeat.
  5. Rinse, repeat, as necessary.

#7 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -

I just started playing Max Payne today for the first time after picking it up on the Steam sale yesterday.


I've also set my sights on finishing Dragon Age II and Assassin's Creed II this week, but I'm on vacation so I've got some time to kill.
#8 Edited by Ubik (122 posts) -
@Laketown said:
" @Ubik said:
" After reading through the responses on this thread, I actually just skipped over to Amazon and picked up Resonance of Fate for $17.55 (I don't know if that's a special sale or just a regular low price, but it's still damn cheap).

Thanks to everyone who recommended this.  I'm really looking forward to checking out the combat system.
"
also, the game is both super silly and sometimes melodramatic.it's also a little grindy, but I've put 110 hours into 2 playthroughs so far so WHATEVER "


I appreciate the heads-up, but I really enjoyed Shadow Hearts: Covenant, and if I can overlook vampire wrestlers getting ass-raped by their former mentors after winning a competition called "The Man Festival", I figure Resonance can't be too bad.  Besides, half the fun of JRPG's is the balls-out wackiness of their stories.  Logical narratives are for pussies.
#9 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -

I fire up the original Dark Forces every now and then, along with its Jedi Knight sequels (do those count as FPS's if the best parts of those games are in 3rd person?)

#10 Posted by Ubik (122 posts) -

After reading through the responses on this thread, I actually just skipped over to Amazon and picked up Resonance of Fate for $17.55 (I don't know if that's a special sale or just a regular low price, but it's still damn cheap).


Thanks to everyone who recommended this.  I'm really looking forward to checking out the combat system.