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In France, Fired For Writing To MP Against 3 Strikes

GhaleonStrife Re:Better off not working for them... (379 comments)

While this may be sarcasm or an obvious troll, I'm going to respond anyway.

It's a hospital. There are plenty of non-abortion things to do. What, are you going to let your best doctor go because they don't like the idea of abortion? That sounds like a bad business move to me.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

GhaleonStrife Re:Call him Monkey Boy all you want (616 comments)

Yes, but the point is to trade up. Sell the old PS2, and move up to the PS3 at a "reduced" price. Requiring two or even three (If you want PSX games) consoles for what the original PS3s did in one just seems kind of... backwards.

more than 5 years ago

Making a Horror Game Scary

GhaleonStrife Re:Gameplay mechanics (129 comments)

Clock Tower for the PSX did this... You had no idea when Scissorman would show up. And if he did, you had two options: Run, or fight him. You had maybe a 1 in 4 chance of beating him in a straight-up fight. And even if you did "win", you'd just knock him over so you can run past him, and he'd be back on his feet in a few seconds. This led to an unexplainable fear of him in me. Yes, he was the silliest looking murderer ever, but what he could do to you was genuinely terrifying.

A short guy with a pair of huge garden shears doesn't sound scary; until you realize that he is, despite his appearance, very intelligent and skilled in combat. There is not a firearm or even melee weapon to be found in Clock Tower. All you can do is hope that you can trip him or kick him in the junk so you can get past him if you get stuck in a corner. And you can only do this three times before you get exhausted and get killed the fourth time you try.

If you took the "RUN!!!1" response, hiding from him wasn't exactly easy, either. You'd think that hiding in a bathroom stall would be enough; it isn't. In the time I spent with it, I'd usually get killed every time I hid, unless I put a significant amount of distance between the two of us before hiding. For example: I was being chased down a hallway, and stopped, because I couldn't decide if the stairs were a better idea than the bathroom. I went for the bathroom as he got closer and closer. Hiding in a stall, I waited. He came in, looked stumped, and walked around a bit. Then, he did something I hadn't thought of: He started forcing his scissors through each stall door. I died instantaneously with no chance of correcting my error. I never tried that again.

So, yes. Having enemies that are more than powerful enough to kill you, without you being able to fight back is terrifying. A non-horror game managed to pull this off, and I'm pretty sure that it wasn't their intent. Breakdown had non-human enemies that required a special power to kill, or even harm. Once you realize that every weapon in your arsenal is useless against them, and they can kill you in one or two hits, you experience pants-wetting fear of them. You're forced to crawl through fallen bookcases to get away from them, hoping they don't grab your leg and kill you quickly afterward. There's a segment where two of these guys are locked in separate rooms, divided by a glass door from each other, and a glass door between them and you. Your goal is the door behind them, a steel door opened by a wheel. Pressing the button next to the door, or inside of it, opens ALL of these doors. If you didn't think to trap them, you have to run for your life.

What makes something scary? The environment, the enemies, and your range of abilities. If any of these is out of balance, it ruins everything. Your death must be an easy thing for your enemies to achieve for a game to be truly scary, but you still have to be able to hold out long enough to stun the bigger guys or kill the smaller ones for it to still be playable. It's a fragile balance, sadly.

more than 5 years ago

Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

GhaleonStrife Re:Call him Monkey Boy all you want (616 comments)

Never mind that Sony has been cutting features from the PS3 ever since launch, and the only thing MS has cut is the hard drive. While I'm sure that the PS3 is a nice console, and it does have some games I'd like to try (Killzone 2), I'm not willing to shell out all of that money for a crippled console compared to the launch version. If the fully-featured (read: backwards-compatible) version were still available at a competitive price, I'd probably have dropped the money on it by now. But every time I hear of a price drop being accompanied by a reduction in features, and the discontinuation of the models that have the features I want, I'm less likely to buy as it gets cheaper.

more than 5 years ago

Interesting Uses For a USB LED Screen?

GhaleonStrife Re:Back car window.. (403 comments)

"If you're going to ride my ass, at least buy me dinner first!"

more than 5 years ago

The RIAA's Rocky Road Ahead

GhaleonStrife Re:Multiple interpretations (542 comments)

The question is, what do you do when they actually give you the money you ask for? Do you go to the post office the following morning? If I have a need for something ASAP, I'll pay the extra money, and I'm sure that other people under pressure to get something before a certain date will do the same, or take their business somewhere else that can get the item to them by the time they need it.

more than 5 years ago

Will People Really Boycott Apple Over DRM?

GhaleonStrife Re:I have (664 comments)

Some of us don't like having to buy a huge stack of CDs that we're just going to throw away afterward. Once you factor in the cost of CDs, you're paying more per track.

Let's see... 99 cents a track, 10.99 (approx.) for an album. For a stack of 100 CD-Rs of decent quality, it's an extra 14.99 (According to Newegg). That's an extra 15 cents per album. This doesn't sound like much, but what if you never use them all? Or if a couple of burns fail?

My point is that I should not have to buy anything extra to make my purchases work how I want them to. The inevitable car analogy: It's like buying a car for 10,000 and then being told you have to pay an extra thousand for the (now optional!) ignition system to be installed.

My music purchases shall continue to be secondhand CDs, or purchased directly from the artist.

more than 4 years ago

IT Job Without a Degree?

GhaleonStrife Re:Not in this economy. (1123 comments)

Blah. Reading "degree" so many times kinda put it in my head. I meant diploma.

more than 5 years ago

IT Job Without a Degree?

GhaleonStrife Re:Not in this economy. (1123 comments)

If you know their head of IT, it's even easier. That's how I landed my job. High School degree and 2 years of college with nothing to show for it. (Dropped out.) I met with their head of IT (unknowingly) at a couple of Megadeth concerts. He'd always bring a Linux mag or something to read in the car, so we'd talk about it. Before I knew it, I was offered a job.

more than 5 years ago

The Best Fictional Doomsday Devices

GhaleonStrife WH40K! (340 comments)

Why has no one mentioned the various Exterminatus methods from Warhammer 40k? Virus bombs that wipe out populations and burn atmospheres, orbital bombardments from ships the size of planets, etc. Oh, and any weapon from Paranoia has the potential to be a doomsday weapon. Plasma Generators, Probability Grenades, Soda cans (Bouncy Bubble Beverage, or as it's known in-game, B3), etc.

more than 5 years ago

How To Cut In Line and Not Get Caught

GhaleonStrife Re:Call in a bomb threat (256 comments)

And if the person at the front is the opposite sex? I think at that point, most of us would say "To hell with *Insert cause for line here*" and walk off in search of a full body mirror.

more than 5 years ago



GhaleonStrife GhaleonStrife writes  |  more than 7 years ago

GhaleonStrife writes "A man in Michigan has returned a book, entitled "Prince of Egypt", that was due on June 2, 1960. From the article: "Nuranen said his mother misplaced the copy of "Prince of Egypt" while cleaning the house. The family came across it every so often, only to set it aside again. He found it last week while looking through a box in the attic. "I figured I'd better get it in before we waited another 10 years," he said after turning it in Friday with the $171.32 check. "Fifty-seven years would be embarrassing."""


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