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    posted a message on The existentialism of gaming?
    Just struck by a passing thought. (It hurt, yes, as always.) I just happened to see WowEquip at Curse. I immediately thought a couple things. 1) when I was playing heavily I would have loved this; 2) A lot of work must have gone into this standalone tool. It's not an addon. It's an independent program.

    So I started thinking about all that effort for something as trivial as picking out the right equipment based on stats. Then I started thinking about all the work I do for equally trivial game elements. Then I started thinking about all the work all of us addon coders do to modify some small element of the game. Then I started thinking about all the work everyone does outside of playing the game. Guild management, talent calculators, web sites to host such things.

    This is a far cry from my days of playing on my Atari 2600. Back then, there was nothing other than the game. All effort expended on the game was in playing the game.

    When did management of our entertainment become entertainment?
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    posted a message on Kayde's Blog-ish type thing
    I've never questioned your manly-ness... Wait a minute. Are you saying that you are a man? Oh my.

    j/k man, but Buffy??? Manliness issues aside, that show produces more cheese than Wisconson. I think only Xena might have been worse.

    I'm rather odd in my Simpson watching habit. I have an entire 4 seasons on DVD but I still only watch it on broadcast TV. I think it's just a ritual thing. It forces me to sit down for an hour each day and relax doing absolutely nothing important or stressful. If it weren't a time period forced on me by the broadcasters, I wouldn't have the discipline to stick to it myself.

    Not to mention that I only have four seasons on DVD and there are about 14 total seasons.
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    My brain uses fuzzy logic, although sometimes the logic part is missing.
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    Well, you know, when I learn something new, old data needs to be cleared to make room. I just dread what I might have lost in retrieving Sandiego from the archives.
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    Sandiego!

    Sorry. It was bugging me and I finally remembered. :)
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    posted a message on Kayde's Blog-ish type thing
    "this why I opt to stay home and play in a ficticous world of fantasy and roleplay"

    And I have for quite some time found this to be an interesting irony. We take breaks from reality into our fantasy worlds, we don't make a fantasy of our realities like so many. The pursuit of delusion has far surpassed the pursuit of knowledge or true happiness.

    We live in the diet-pill era. In order to be happy I need not lift a finger except to pinch a pill that will make me beautiful, desirable, and healthy. All good things come in a bottle.

    I gave up TV long ago except for the Simpsons. That's the only show I watch. I need the daily comedy break. Even then, the commercials do get irritating. Although, at the time the Simpsons is on, I have to deal mostly with lawyer commercials. Talk about avoidance of responsibility. Call 1-800-CASH-IN and I will find somebody to sue somehow for whatever misery that you possess, however minor.
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    posted a message on Real Magic?
    It's interesting. It actually seems like you've outlined a lot of problems game designers must work through (whether they realize it or not) while designing their systems. I've often thought of what I might do if I designed my own game. Flexibility is always the first thought. Give people unrestricted ability to choose what spells and abilities they want. But this then always leads to dilemma that there will be certain spells that everyone will want and thus diversity is actually hampered. Travel spells, for example. There would be no character without them if one could just pick it from a list.

    But anyway, your system is intriguing. I like the ideas of buying or brokering spells.
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    I moved this thread to the new community forum too. Hope you don't mind. You had asked for a non-WoW forum, so maybe this will suffice for now?
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    posted a message on Kayde's Blog-ish type thing
    I don't like moderating. I've never had a thing for power of any kind. I think the desire for dominance over another creature is a base human insecurity that I hope I never develop. Thus, I don't want to delete or edit posts, but I do feel a responsibility to coordinate topics so that the forums don't become chaotic and confusing for those who are searching for specific materials. I opened a new forum, generically called "Community" for now. I hope you don't mind my moving your thread here.

    Regarding your "rant," I agree with much of your sentiment. Rampant abuse of medical drugs, especially mind-altering psychotropic drugs, is a big problem. However, I don't entirely agree with where you point the blame. Such a reaction is always the first reaction people have when they identify a problem. My child went out and gunned down a car. Damn video games! A man walked into McDonald's and blew 10 people away. Damn gun manufacturers! The neighbor molested my 10-year old boy. Damn Michael Jackson! (Well, okay, I might agree with that last one. :P)

    No matter what is developed in this world, no matter how abused, it is not the invention that is the evil. It's the use. The reason use of it seems to get worse and worse is because people can continue to unload their responsibility upon the inventors and manufacturers. Why stop a behavior if you enjoy it and that behavior isn't your fault? Not only you get to blame someone else, but everyone else will help you point the blame elsewhere.

    In specific, the makers of these drugs you mention. There are legitimate uses for such things. There are those who do need them. Unfortunately those who truly need them are in the small minority of those using them. Responsibility falls first and foremost on those who use them unnecessarily, those who want the easy solution, a "magic pill" to make all their problems go away. Responsibility falls second on those who make such drugs readily available and who aren't qualified to do so. General medical doctors are not the ones to manage psychotropes. Trained psychiatrists do not administer these drugs as freely as your family doctor will.

    Anyway, I guess I'll finish by saying perhaps we're actually "on the same page" (heehee) here but looking at it a little differently. Do I think companies that make things like Paxil should tout it as a solution for your mental problems? "Feeling blue? Pop a pill. Available in pharmacy section of your grocery store, right next ot the Flintstone's chewable morphine." No. But I guess I'm of a mind to blame the ignorant, apathetic masses who are actually affected by this. It's like the Jedi mind trick. It works on the weak-minded.
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    posted a message on Guidelines
    A few people have requested off-topic areas to talk, so I thought I'd better create a forum for such. Feel free to discuss most anything here. Keep it PG-13 or better, though, and please remember to be civil and respectful. When it comes to personal topics, people invariably disagree. It's what makes life fun, so let's have fun.

    Turan
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    I use pwn when I want to make fun of people who use the word pwn. :P
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    Nice try, but good for me I always use the abs() function!
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    I'm going to take the easy way out. Since I have access to the scripts, I'll just add some logic to find the max poster and add one to my count. That way you'll never catch me. mwuhahahahaha!
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    posted a message on Where in the World is Carm... er, Rowne?
    And here I though you were just giving the rest of us time to catch up to your posts. :)

    I wouldn't be opposed to a couple general rpg discussion forums, maybe a WOW-related and a non-WOW-related one?, if anyone else is interested.
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