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I don't think I could disagree more.

The idea that there are just two camps, both of which say that video games fail at storytelling, is ... terrible. It's like saying, "Are fantasy books awful because they try too hard or because they haven't found their ground?" It's a question wrongly phrased, with all kinds of embedded prejudice.

Video games do have opportunities to tell stories that don't borrow from the techniques of film, comics, television, and novels—but why shouldn't they borrow those techniques when they work? Storytelling borrows from storytelling in other mediums, and the question should be whether or not it works. Saying that any borrowing is inherently bad is just ... unfounded.

Yes, there are lots of rubbish video game stories. There are also lots of brilliant video game stories. You mentioned the Final Fantasy series, but then we have the Baldur's Gate series, the Half-Life series, Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Origins, Chrono Trigger, The Curse of Monkey Island, To the Moon, The Witcher, Planescape: Torment, Knights of the Old Republic, etc., etc.. If you think that video games aren't telling stories well ... you're just not playing the right video games. And most of these games would have suffered if they tried to use the storytelling techniques you described en lieu of the more traditional narrative devices.

The narrative techniques you describe are opportunities unique to the video game environment, but the assumption that this opportunity means that video games shouldn't use any other narrative technique is like saying that comic books should stop using dialogue because it's borrowed from novels while the visuals are unique to comics.
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I couldn't agree more.  I was trying to say something similar, but I believe you have put it into better words than I could.  Especially with the false statement of there being only two camps.  It's phrases like that which lead me to question if this guy is only reading off of cliffs notes.
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My favorite moment, by far, was Gohan's SSJ2 transformation and the ensuing fight.

I honestly wish the series had ended there. Cell was the last villain that felt worth a dime, Gohan had his personality and spine ripped out before the Buu saga, the fusion dance felt even more gimmicky than the rest of the show, and the already painfully formulaic nature of the series became painfully bad until GT.
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Studies have found that organic foods contain far more phytonutrients and antioxidants than non-organic foods. Some studies have also found statistically significant differences in vitamin levels, which leads me to wonder how you went about gathering your data. (The possibility for anchoring and confirmation bias seems high in this case.)

And while statistical significance is crucial for making any broad claims, most people here won't understand what it means. Statistically significant differences require an alpha of 5%, typically—meaning that a difference that's substantial but could have occurred by chance 5% of the time will not be supported. So making a claim that organic and non-organize are identical isn't accurate, either. Saying "We haven't found any statistically significant difference" is something different and subtle. The distinction is important.

Beyond that, the nutritional benefits of organic food are just one of the conversations worth having. The environmental, economic, and broader ecological implications should be weighed as well.

(And this may be important to note: I don't tend to buy organic foods. When I had a higher income I opted for organic, but my current budget doesn't allow it. And I don't feel like I'm putting myself at risk by going the non-organic route, even if I lose out on some benefits and fail to support the sort of farming that I feel better about.)
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+Rob Blair Here's the problem: All results to this are either a press release, reposting of the press release, or citations of the press release by organic proponent websites. As far as any actual papers, proper scientific quotations or even a mention of where it was actually published goes: zip. That is not to say I doubt the fact that the vitamin content of organic produce is higher... per volume, of course
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Really good to hear your response to Anita's videos. There's such a strong thread in these gaming channels to either bash Anita's work or just try to dodge the controversy. It's good to hear you stand against the (ludicrous, sickening, immature, idiotic) bullying that's happened as a response to FemFreq. Seriously.
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+Rob Blair No, I'm using the exact same argument as people who say that what a woman wears effects her chances of being raped. You don't leave your car unlocked in a bad neighborhood, because it might get stolen. You don't go out wearing clothes that draw attention to yourself, because you will draw the attention of rapists too.

And you keep acting like I'm using Euphoric wrong while you display your state of utter euphoria. But then I guess you're just more enlightened than all the other human cattle. tips fedora
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In celebration of National Grammar Day, here are some of the funniest grammar-related videos and comics in existence:

http://robbieblair.com/8-funny-videos-national-grammar-day/
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My latest: A look at why you should consider both the indie and traditional publishing routes.
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How can you write love stories---or any stories, for that matter---without relegating women to the role of objective, objective, or incentive?

The question may be more complicated than you think. And also a hell of a lot simpler.
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Big fan of Season 1 and Season 2. (Go check it out on Netflix if you don't already know the show.) A worthy project.
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Is it April 1st? Wait, no? So you mean the new background and transitions are for real?

... aw, dammit.
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I hope this sounds how I mean for it to sound.

When I first saw you, I absolutely saw your syndrome. It took me a bit to adjust while watching your videos. Then I just kept watching and watching. There is something about you that makes me feel so brave. So proud.

And now, I don't see your syndrome. I don't mean to say anything shallow. I'm not trying to give you platitudes or empty words or make-believe. It's just, when I saw you at first, you looked like somebody who was different. And now ... now you just look like Lizzie.
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A poet, author, and creative writing enthusiast.
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Rob currently attends UVU. He plans to complete an MFA and proceed to teach university-level creative writing.
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