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Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In Medal of Honor

mathx314 Re:Counter Strike (671 comments)

Huh, this makes me want to see a game not designed by the military that plays with this idea. Say, three traditionally "evil" factions (possibly Russians, Arabs, and PMCs?) and a fictional conflict. Give each side a good reason for fighting, and make sure that it stays as ambiguous as possible who's really doing the right thing.

more than 4 years ago

Can Twitter and Facebook Deal With Their Dead?

mathx314 Re:Account Inactivity? (284 comments)

A lot of people put a lot of emotional stock into Facebook. That sounds crazy, but let me explain.

I'm going into my junior year of college. About a month and a half ago, a well-liked girl from my high school class and her entire family died in a car crash in California. My news feed was suddenly flooded with posts to her wall of people trying to find some sort of closure. Personally, I didn't know her too well, but we had a lot of mutual friends. Many of my friends still post on her wall, because it's their way of dealing with the tragedy.

If Facebook just closed the account, many of my friends would just be bottling up their emotions. I'm sure it's a weird thing to think about if you're not used to thinking about Facebook, but it does provide some sort of healing in a situation like that. If nothing else, I want Facebook to keep the pages of the dead open to help in a case like this.

more than 4 years ago

Aquaria Goes Open Source

mathx314 Re:Aquaria was pretty cool (58 comments)

You were expecting too much out of the games. Penumbra was a very small team who built their own 3D graphics engine and physics engine and built an incredibly terrifying adventure. Lugaru is a great, if simplistic, brawler written by a single guy (also with its own custom 3D engine). Aquaria's play controls are very good, although mouse controls in general can be a bit frustrating. Gish is... alright I don't like Gish. Still, that's 4/5 games from the pack. Just keep in mind how small these teams were and what they accomplished.

more than 4 years ago

Why I Steal Movies (Even Ones I'm In)

mathx314 Re:Why?? (753 comments)

Fast food certainly supports the lazy and impatient, but have you really never been in a situation where you have all of 10 minutes to go and find food somewhere when you spot the golden arches?

more than 4 years ago

Games Workshop Sues Warhammer Online Fansite

mathx314 Re:Cost them one paying customer (182 comments)

Except if I make a website devoted to Apple for fanboys and the like I'm not going to get a C&D from them.

more than 4 years ago

House Proposes Legalizing, Taxing Online Gambling

mathx314 Re:Can someone explain to me .. (473 comments)

The reason is simple: the people who today call themselves Republicans aren't.

more than 4 years ago

Extremists Warn South Park Creators Over Muhammad In a Bear Suit

mathx314 Re:Gotta love... (1131 comments)

The key phrase in the above post was "very unlikely". Violence perpetrated by Christians in this day and age does happen, but is significantly rarer than violence by Muslims.

more than 4 years ago

Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

mathx314 Re:I don't understand the fanboy mindset (660 comments)

I'm not a member of the forum, but I do occasionally lurk there after watching some of the video content they have. People are constantly getting banned for what appear to me to be non-offenses (just read a large thread, you'll see at least three people who have been banned recently). Why anyone would want to post in an environment like that is beyond me.

(For what it's worth, I never found their banner ads to be terribly intrusive, so I never AdBlocked them. That's changing today.)

more than 4 years ago

No Linking To Japanese Newspaper Without Permission

mathx314 Re:The difference is quality (134 comments)

Britney Spears.

A quick glimpse at Wikipedia shows that Britney's first album was released in 1999. She was born in 1981. This means that at most one album was released when she was in the legal pedophilia age limit. Overly sexualized and creepy I'll agree with, but Britney Spears does not embody pedophilia.

more than 4 years ago

The Apple Two

mathx314 Re:Not ANOTHER iPad related article! (643 comments)

Why? A major tech company released a major product which is interesting for all sorts of reasons. Even if you're not the biggest fan of the iPad (I know I'm not) it's still something newsworthy on a site largely about technology.

more than 4 years ago

Tsunami Warning From Space?

mathx314 Re:Please... stop... (351 comments)

You clearly have never been to 4chan.

more than 4 years ago

# of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:

mathx314 Re:Depends on the moment (394 comments)

I'll construct a GUI interface in Visual Basic so we can track his IP.

more than 4 years ago

"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

mathx314 Re:Sony's unique business model (739 comments)

I dunno, they had this neat technology called "rumble" that they introduced partway through the life cycle, and it seemed to catch on pretty well ;D

more than 4 years ago

Will Your Answers To the Census Stay Private?

mathx314 Re:Not this again... (902 comments)

I definitely agree with you that Guantanamo is wrong. The difference, however, is that Guantanamo is filled with people captured overseas who are believed to somehow be connected with terrorism for reasons other than "they're Arabs." The Japanese internment camps were filled with Americans whose only connection to the enemy at the time was "they're Japanese". That doesn't make Guantanamo more ok than the internment camps, but it does make them different. Stop claiming they're the same.

more than 4 years ago

Later School Start For Teenagers Brings Drop In Absenteeism

mathx314 Re:Hawthorne Effect? (436 comments)

I really doubt it. High school started at 7:25 in the morning. I take long showers (longer when I'm trying to wake up) and made it a habit to eat breakfast so I didn't starve before lunch at noon. The bus arrived at around 6:40 every day. This all meant that I had to get up at 5:45 for school. My grades definitely suffered for it, and I'm certain that if I had to get up any earlier I would have just stopped going altogether.

more than 4 years ago

EA To Charge For Game Demos

mathx314 Re:It's the Polyphony Digital model! (313 comments)

Same with Torchlight. The only way it's a demo is that they're using the same engine and some of the same assets to build an MMO. The game itself is a complete (and incredibly fun) Diablo clone.

more than 4 years ago

Opera Sees "Dramatic" Rise From Microsoft's Ballot

mathx314 Re:Woah (378 comments)

Well at least Hyrule's safe.

more than 4 years ago


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