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There is not one single lock in Morrowind that can't be picked. I use this an example of the different game-play styles of the series. In Morrowind, you are allowed to figure out how to solve problems using the skills you have. In Oblivion and Skyrim, sometimes the developers forced you to go here, talk to this guy, go there, get this item, take it back to the first guy, then he gives you the key to this door ... and suddenly I feel like I'm playing Final Fantasy. Every character in Morrowind was mortal, including the "gods." If killing someone broke the main quest, you get an error message, but you can keep right on playing in a "doomed world," if you choose. Morrowind never holds your hand, or forces you down any path. Want to get off the boat and head straight for Red Mountain? You can. You probably won't survive very far, but you can try. The GAME doesn't stop you. The WORLD might, but the game won't, and that makes all the difference.
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I can't get enough of Andy James. He just blows me away every time I hear him play.
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The price of electric guitars has become outrageous!
Or has it? A couple grand might feel like a lot to pay for a new Les Paul or Strat, but what happens when you adjust the 1959 cost of a Strat for inflation?

Here's the bill of sale for a 1959 Stratocaster. It was $324. Adjusted for inflation, that's $2,650 in 2014 dollars. What will an American Vintage '59 Stratocaster set you back today? $2,300. That's comparatively less than the cost of an off-the-shelf Strat in 1959.

A new Les Paul Standard would have set you back $290 in 1959. That's $2,370 today. And how much is a Les Paul Standard (with a "light flame" top) today? $2,750. Only slightly more than in 1959.

That doesn't take into account the 400 other variations of the Les Paul and Stratocaster available today, or the much more expensive "custom shop" models. But the cost of a regular old anyone-can-walk-in-off-the-street-and-buy-one electric guitar hasn't really changed much over the years.

And you could argue (I certainly would) that the low-to-mid line, American made Gibsons and Fenders ($600 - $1000) are better values than they've ever been. I paid $800 for a Les Paul Deluxe in 1980 ($2,300 today), and I think a Les Paul Special that I bought for $550 a couple years ago is a much better guitar than the '80 Deluxe. But then 1980 wasn't exactly a banner year for quality from Gibson.

The moral of the story is that playing music on real instruments is still a god damn expensive thing to do. And probably always will be. Which is also probably why so many young people use computers to make music. But, you know, it's just not the same thing.

Calculations courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index calculator, which is a fun tool: http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

#gibsonguitars   #fenderguitar   #lespaul   #stratocaster   #costofliving   #inflation  
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"Tonight, after wine, I'ma knock you in the head and then: Grande Taco." This may be the best song lyric ever written.
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I wish somewhere there was a school for making YouTube videos. Your videos should be required viewing for anyone who wants to do any kind of "shootout" video. 
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It was Jar-Jar all along!
 
Return of the Jedi: Alternate Ending

The alternate ending that +Star Wars never wanted you to see. And trillions of voices throughout the known universe all cried simultaneously... "Noooooooo!!!"

How's that for starting your #StarWarsTuesday ? lol

Found via Reddit user Velorium_Camper here: http://dustn.ws/QDfaKz

#gif   #geek   #justforfunny  
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    Communications, 1997 - 1999
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