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An object in motion tends to stay in motion. 

Unless that object meets Steven Jackson.
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I just picked up the long awaited SimCity 5 and can't wait to get started playing.  Since this game is all online, I was thinking it might be kind of cool to play with some people in the G+ Community (since I don't know anyone in RL that plays these types of games). 

If you're interested, hit me up on Origin, nickname Tsynr.
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I am another who is tired of the DLC model. For $50, I think I should get all content you ever made during development.  They deliberately sandbag content to sell it later, bringing the cost up.  I have paid about $70 for Civ 5 and it left a very bad taste in my mouth.
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Fun to watch if you have an hour to kill.  Right in line with my reading of Stephen Hawking, not quite so in depth, but still very interesting.
 
Awesome video about black holes! Even people who know a lot about black holes might learn a lot! Probably the best black hole video ever!
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Let's go Dawgs!
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To any college football fans: I'm curious what your thoughts are on the rule that if a player's helmet comes off during a play they must sit out the next play.

What problem is this rule trying to solve? I'm not sure what i think about it, but my gut feeling is that it is a silly rule.
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Pretty good description of the mess the gop currently embodies.
 
Likely my last political comment for the season... After a steady diet and exposure to Republican ideology over the past few months, I've taken the liberty to offer a revised definition.

re·pub·li·can ( /riˈpəblikən/)
NOUN: An ethnocentric conservative segment of American society with a pathological sense of nationalistic entitlement adept at morphing reality through obfuscation and self-serving contrivance veiled in narcissistic patriotism and religious righteousness, always at the ready to vilify, disparage and discredit (at any cost) a fact, idea or person who does not agree with their manufactured illusion. 

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Oh yeah!!
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So I just finished my first game of Civ 5 and I must say that I won handily.  I selected Japan as my civilization because I like the Bushido perk which means that injured units fight at full strength.  I thought I would take a militaristic approach since I wanted to try out the new "one unit per hex" strategic element, but I had no trouble keeping peace all the way through the game and ended up going for a Scientific Victory instead.  Once victory was clear, I started waging war with everyone to get a feel for late game combat with stealth bombers and missile artillery.  Very, very cool.

Some thoughts:
"one unit per hex" is the best feature ever.  I HATED the gigantic stacks of units from the previous games.

you can tell how effective a unit will be before entering combat, big improvement.  Unlike Civ III, a spearman has absolutely no chance against more modern units.  Damage and effectiveness is more static and less random:  a big plus.

On difficulty level 2 (default) anyone can win.  Other civs will talk trash and make demands, but no one does anything about it so you are basically free to expand and improve to your heart's content.

Units no longer need transport ships to go across water which means settlers can simply sail over shallow water in the early game to claim islands.  This is a small adjustment that makes a huge impact.  Genius I tell you!  The tradeoff is that non-naval units that are in the water are very vulnerable so some naval power is required if you plan on invading or serious expansion.  

City states are a little annoying at times, maybe it's just that there are too many of them in the game I played, but my notification bar was constantly filled up with requests and status updates on my relationship with cities on the other side of the world. 

Advisers give decent information for a change...and quite a bit of it if you want it.  Much better than "China fears our swordsman!"

Spies are cool, pilfer technology and keep up with the goings-on of other civs.

Anyway, overall I think this is a really great game.  I can't wait to start a new one here in a bit, kick the difficulty level up a notch, and try to take over the world again.  I didn't focus on city specialization at all in the previous game, but I suspect as the difficulty increases, it will become more and more necessary.
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I like the idea, i just had to turn down the quantity
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So I picked up Witcher GOTY edition for $3 from GOG.com during the holiday sales.  It's a pretty fun game, the story is interesting, if a bit overdone at times.  My biggest gripe is the non-stop running back and forth to accomplish tasks.  

I'm still trying to piece together the point of the game though...is it to kill the salamanders or to bang as many women as you can?
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Picked it up too. Depends on what you prefer, I think. If you can't get into the main plot, might as well enjoy the side quests. Which, when you're tired, going after the ladies is a pretty relaxing venture.
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Hi folks, doing an introduction here...

I'm a parent of twin toddlers and a college student, so my gaming time has been reduced quite dramatically, but I still play on my laptop when I can get an hour or two to myself.  I'm a PC gamer, though I love football games and they don't make football games for PC anymore for some reason...

I enjoy strategy games, RPG's, and the occasional shooter.  Lately I've been replaying Planescape:  Torment, and trying to take over the world in Empire Total War.  I still sneak in some Skyrim and Fallout New Vegas when I'm feeling squirrelly.  

I've got a Steam account and GOG.com account and between them have forked over WAY too much money.  I doubt I'm the only one.
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Hahaha yes. He's awesome. And when you upgrade his combat abilities you give him new teeth! That's hilarious to me.
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may as well go ahead and post since I'm up anyway...happy 12's everyone.

At the sound of the gong, the time will be 12:12 12/12/12
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So I've just finished reading A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking and I must say that most of it was entirely over my head.  I'll give him credit for trying to write in plain language what is usually written in scientific jargon, but ultimately it was still too complex for my mind.

A couple of comments:

I understand how to use imaginary numbers in algebra, but I've never gotten a good explanation on why they exist in the first place.  Well apparently it is to help do 4D math in a singularity event!  Duh!  I have no idea how imaginary numbers are helpful or how to conceive infinite density anyway, so I'll let this one sail over my head for a few years....maybe it'll make sense in a decade or so.

Quantum theory is a bit baffling as well.  It seems to be a bit like Schrodinger's Cat in that rather than trying to know exactly where an electron or particle is at any moment, you assume it could be taking any of its available paths.  So the electron or quark or whatever is here, here, here, and possible there and there, too.  I find it difficult to understand how this approach helps solve anything.  It seems to make things much more complicated...again, maybe this will make more sense later in life.

Finally, something I was finally able to understand that my 8th grade science teacher was never able to explain:  red and blue waves.  We can measure the spectrum of the light from a distant star and if it continues to get more red then the wavelengths are longer, hence, the light is getting further and further away...just the opposite for blue waves.  Stephen Hawking suggests that every galaxy or star is moving away from every other galaxy or star like dots on a balloon as you blow it up.  Pretty interesting stuff...elementary compared to the other stuff he discusses, but at least I was able to grasp something.

And now I'm going to read a nice easy fantasy novel to give my brain a rest.  Enough non-fiction for one week.
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+Travis Cobb , I have yet to read Hawking's book, but I have a feeling that when you judo chop physics I and II you will much more easily grasp the concepts in that book and many other 'science-non-fiction' books. It's like trying to learn the lingo of an industry, once you learn the 'language' they speak it becomes a lot easier to understand. 
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Very interesting.
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Don't have anything else to do exept to go to classes...lol. I'm really surprised that Florida is not at the bottom. They have had this problem for a really long time.
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Newly minted family man currently living in the Mid-West.  A Southerner at heart that loves all things football, beer, and video games.  

Oh and I like to read though it's hard with twin baby boys.  I typically read fantasy novels, but lately I'm on classics that I should've read in high school.
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