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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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And you're welcome to keep posting here as long as you like. But I'd appreciate it if you stuck to the topic relevant to the original post. If you have an axe to grind about race politics there are better places to discuss it than here. This post isn't about race politics, but about women's reproductive rights.
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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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Never underestimate the human capacity for voting against their own best interests.
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I know the recent event in Orlando has gotten people in a frenzy, but we need to take a moment to calm down before deciding in a sober manner what to do. I mean, it's just the worst mass shooting in American history. It's not as though the matter is dire and urgent, like you're about to pee with a transgendered person in the next stall.

#NRA   #LGBT  
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I really enjoyed that series. O never saw the last two (three?) seasons, though.
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Something from the '80s that needs to come back: Martial arts movies starring actual martial artists who can't act.
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They released Final Fantasy X on steam today. I now officially own all the good ones.
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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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This Week In Gaming:

Dead Effect 2 - Harder than the last one, but not in a good way. I'm on the 4th or 5th mission and I'm already at a point I just can't get past. Not cool.

Shank - Stylishly animated side scrolling beat 'em up. Good so far. It's an old fashioned button masher.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Decent flight combat sim. A couple of the mission have been real pulse raisers.

Galaxy On Fire 2 - Beaten. Decent game but a little shallow. Probably good that it was so short. A longer game would have gotten tedious. I'll have to give Elite: Dangerous another shot some time and see if I'm better prepared.

Final Fantasy VI - Beaten. I did some of the additional content but not all of it. I'm not sure which FF I'll do next. I was going to install 10, but holy crap 30 gigs! It doesn't help that it came inseparably bundled with X-2 which I couldn't give a crap about.

Renowned Explorers - Very fun. Has the feel of any number of great cooperative tabletop games I've played courtesy of +Rob Kirker. 
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Have you ever read a g+ post and wanted to comment, but then you read the other comments already posted there and said to yourself, "Nope. There's no way I am dipping my toe into that pool of crazy."?
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This Week In Gaming

Darksiders - A decent hack & slash with mythical themes, but it was a tad long and any game like this can't help but be compared to God of War. Overall worth the time to play and expense of purchase.

Fallout: New Vegas - First time playing on the PC and also first time playing with any of the expansion packs. Still buggy, though and it seems kind of arbitrary at times. Like I'll just be walking along and all of a sudden I'll fail a quest I never knew I had or my standing with a faction will take a random nose-dive. It's an improvement over Fallout 3 in many ways but it's like the devs threw a bunch of stuff against a wall and for every two things that stuck, one didn't, but they left it in the game anyway.

Apotheon - Side scrolling metroidvania in the aesthetic style of ancient Greek pottery. Controls are a bit wonky, but aside from that issue it's pretty darn good.

Galaxy on Fire 2 Full HD - Basically Elite: Dangerous dumbed down, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Elite: Dangerous has a pretty steep learning curve. Graphics are a tad dated and the writing isn't going to win any awards, but I welcome the chance to play a less punishing space flight / sandbox.

Final Fantasy VI - Working my way through this one. Maybe working isn't the right word. FFVI will always hit my nostalgia button. For my money the single best title for the SNES. Not sure which one to go after next, though. I have 8, 9, and 10 to choose from. (already played 7)
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