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Console games that need to be ported to PC immediately:

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Xenogears
Shadow of the Colossus
Red Dead Redemption

Any favorites you'd love to play again without having to dig the old console out of the closet?
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It's interesting because a lot of my favorites are covered by emulation... Even PS1 games I hear have solid emulation at this point... Hmm.

Well despite that:

Dragon Force
Shining the Holy Ark
Albert Oddessy
DARK SAVIOR!

I'll have to come back to this. Cause there are PS2 games I'm missing...
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An Open Letter to Rudy Giuliani

Hello Mr. Giuliani,

By now most of us have heard your recent comments regarding the record of terrorist attacks in this country contrasted between two presidential administrations; that of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. You claimed, somewhat clumsily, that there were no terrorist attacks on US soil while George W. Bush was in office. Some have argued that you forgot, conveniently or otherwise to mention 9/11 itself, but That attack doesn't concern me.

What concerns me is the attack on the El Al ticket counter at LA International Airport in 2002. What concerns me is the D.C. Sniper whose killings were certainly being treated like terrorism at the time by both the media and law enforcement. What concerns me is the series of anthrax letters sent to journalists and government officials just weeks after the 9/11 attacks. And what concerns me most of all is the drastic shift in how these attacks have been acknowledged (or not) and percieved by you and your party, the media and much of the public.

While these things were happening the govenment and their proxies in the press had no problem whatsoever labeling all of these things and more as terrorism. It wasn't difficult to see why. When the public was so distracted, so paralyzed with fear by these incidents, they didn't complain when their civil rights were being eroded. They didn't complain when their nation dove headlong into war on false pretenses. They didn't complain when Lockheed-Martin and Halliburton were busily pillaging the national treasury.

But today the idea that there were many terror attacks, post 9/11, on George W. Bush's watch doesn't suit the party narrative, so like Winston Smith sliding news clippings into the incinerator, history is erased so that it can be re-written in whatever fashion is necessary to serve the political goals of the moment.

I understand how you can make such a claim as you did, considering your target audience. But there are those of us with longer and clearer memories. For us, you cannot simply claim that an event is terrorism one day and then claim that they were not terrorism another day, even if those two days are fifteen years apart.

Well, you can claim it, but you can't claim it without being called on your bullshit.
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This Week In Gaming:

Spore - This one kinda got old fast. It's less like a game and more like a loosely strung together series of mini games. Oh well.

Shadowrun Returns - Very good. Not quite as good as Dragonfall, but still enjoyable. I played a female Dwarf monk and was pleasantly surprised at the number of majority female or all-female running parties I was able to put together to great effect. Don't know if the devs did this on purpose, but in Shadowrun girls really do kick ass.

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - I kept waiting for there to be some difference between the original and updated version aside from some improved graphics and a more varied color palate. It never happened. That said I still liked it, as much as I liked the original. Just wish I could have bought the director's cut originally and saved the money.

Final Fantasy X - Or as I call it, the last good one. Nostalgia-tastic. Still early-ish in the main quest. The one complaint about this game was always that it wasn't until late in the main story that you get access to the airship and by extension any significant side-questing. That being said I'm still managing to enjoy the hell out of the game and put together a pretty decent blitzball team.
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Next time something bad happens, like a natural disaster or mass shooting, I don't want to hear about your "Thoughts and Prayers". Instead, post a picture of the band-aid on your arm where you just gave blood, or the stub for the check you just made out to the Red Cross. It does more good and sets a better example.
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This Week In Gaming:

Interplanetary - Take Civilization and strip down the tech tree and building options to bare bones, then limit your interactions with other civilizations to hurling projectiles at them with no reason whatsoever given as to why and you have Interplanetary. It got old fast.

South Park: The Stick of Truth - Loved it. It has the look, sound and feel of South Park and nailed all the classic RPG tropes. Why do people just leave audio logs lying around like that? Seriously, who does that?

Rebel Galaxy: Fantastic space trucking / combat sim. This is what I was looking for when I was playing Endless Sky, Galaxy on Fire 2, Starpoint Gemini 2 and Elite Dangerous. My only complaint is that the main story line was rather short. Spent hours and hours earning money to buy the biggest ship and kit it out with the best weapons, engines, shields and mods, then blazed through the main story practically before I could blink.

Spore - Not sure I have played enough to accurately judge. Still trying to get a feel for what it's all about. Enjoying it so far.

Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut - I liked the original, so I like this, but I was under the impression that there were more changes than just prettied up graphics. So far I haven't seen any of the substantial changes I had expected.

The Room Two - Finally they released this for PC. The first installment was absolutely brilliant and so was this. Please let them port #3 to PC.
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It seems to me that America's gun violence problem is actually two related but distinct problems:

The run of the mill daily killings, which I heard described succinctly once as a slow-burn genocide, seems to me to be driven less by the guns themselves as they are by other societal factors, like poverty, institutional racism in the educational and justice systems and the hopeless failure that is the war on drugs.

The main factors behind the mass killings appears to me to be due to our woefully inadequate mental health system combined with our gun control laws which are, at present, a joke.

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This Week in Gaming:

Renowned Explorers - Played the heck out of this one. It could really benefit from some DLC. Aside from the intro mission there are five expeditions undertaken in the course of a game. There are only 15 expeditions to choose from. I've played them all and while it's still fun the replayability has waned. Take note Devs... More content!

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Beaten. Good overall, but toward the end I felt like gameplay was being sacrificed to artificially create dramatic tension. You're supposed to take down the final boss after a long dogfight. Well, by the time I had hit him with my tenth missile and he was still airborne I got the distinct sense the game was kind of playing itself and it didn't matter what I did. The game was trying to tell a story and I wasn't taking down that boss until the game said I could. If you're going to play it that way just use a cutscene.

Assassin's Creed 2 - Dusted off this golden oldie and it's just as good as I remember. Trying to track a target while your path is being blocked by overly enthusiastic minstrels is simultaneously infuriating and hilarious.

Endless Sky - Free open-source space sandbox I picked up. Deceptively simple but rather addicting. Started off with a teeny, clunky little freighter. Now I have a fleet of six top of the line freighters and am rolling in cash. Though now I have explored the limit of friendly space and have a choice. I can stick to friendly space and focus on making money, or start buying warships so I can go into hostile systems without being destroyed. It's a bit of a conundrum. I want to explore the rest of the galaxy and advance the story, bare bones though it may be, but to do so I have to stop doing what I've spent the entire game up to now getting really good at.

Starpoint Gemini 2 - Just dipped my toe into this one. First impressions: a lot like Elite: Dangerous but with slightly simpler controls and a bit of a nudge at the beginning to help you choose a path. Both of these are a good thing in my book.

Sunrider: Liberation Day - Like the first installment, Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius, it's a fun mixture of over-the-top anime-style ribald sexuality and simple but varied turn based space combat. Beneath that, however lies a surprisingly good story and fascinating interactions between multi-dimensional characters.

Steam Summer Sale: Picked up quite a few titles from my wish list including, Strike Suit Zero Director's Cut, Rebel Galaxy, South Park: The Stick of Truth, Styx, Soma, Banner Saga 2, Undertale, Subnautica and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.
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A few months ago this evil bitch wrote about how she feared Obama was going to take her guns. Today she shot and killed both of her daughters. Obama was never going to take her guns, but if he had maybe these two young ladies would be alive.

Guns don't make us safer. Guns don't make our families safer.
Her daughters would still be around for another Daughter's Day.
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+Ben Uticone I have never understood for the life of me, how people with mental problems are allowed to buy guns in the first place. Where are the background checks? Are there none in place? In Canada, if you want to buy a handgun, you need to undergo rigorous background checks, including visits to your neighbors, employers, and all down the line, and to get a carry permit, and a FAC, you must be involved in work like police, security, or wilderness environmental protection, that's the only way to get a carry permit. In the States, you can probably pick up a gun where you buy your socks.
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Whether you like gangsta rap or not, do yourself a favor and see Straight Outta Compton.
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Guilt by association is not a valid argument.

Someone explain to me what's wrong with GMO crops without using the word Monsanto.
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That would depend on the crop. Saying "All GMOs are designed x way" is not accurate.

Lets look at the most contentious / profitable use of GMOs which are "roundup ready" corn & soybeans which allow for the chemical "roundup" to kill all plants that are not "roundup ready".
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So a large, muscular stranger just walked into my back door, introduced himself as Logan and said that Professor X sent him across time to find me. Trying not to provoke who I thought might have been a mentally disturbed person I asked him to drop the act and then finally threatened to call the cops.

He then told me his actual name. He was my roommate's friend and they were pranking me.

I haven't been that thoroughly had in years.
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Sometimes they actually get things right. A great day for women and women's health care.
#scotus   #Texas   #abortion   #plannedparenthood  
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Since I live in Texas, I'll add that since HB2 was overturned the state has turned over statistics showing that HB2 disproportionately affected women of color. Who, especially in Texas, are disproportionately poor.

Big celebrations here, brother. It was a good day to be a Dem in TX. So few of them!
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