Oct 13th 2009 8:40PM Thanks for the link to The Last Successor WoW Metal!!!!
It is my cup of tea and it was great to hear something new- even though that Fear-Factory-ish style has been around for a while, they certainly have their own original tweaks. What I really love about it is the beautiful melodies and vocals in the chorus, it's something you only get from that classic Chinise epic love song style that you just don't have in Western music. The incorporation of the WoW intro theme and also the gameplay audio was awesome. Would love to have heard slightly grind-ier, darker, Parkwaydrive-esque vocals in the verses, but that's just me being picky. A perfect combination of traditional Chinese and modern progressive. WoW!! Please Sir..... Can I have some more? P-p-p-please Sir..!
Aug 17th 2009 7:38AM Kudos to you brother. You have found a skerrik of truth in a world filled with lies and opinion (the true art of journalism), whilst finding comfort in the passing of your mother, one of the most intense emotional experiences percievable. What more could you hope to achieve but Nirvana! I'm proud to call myself one of your peers as part of the human race (which doesn't happen much), your Mum sure did an amazing job.
Jun 22nd 2009 7:12PM @ Seraph
Yes, I know the UN is mostly just a tool of US/Western foreign policy and has a terrible track record when it comes to human rights violations on average (and has no real power when the US can veto a resolution with it's buddy Israel), however it seems if the UN were to be disbanded (which makes sense as it's original purpose has been served) I fear that the gap would not be filled or would be filled by an even more manipulated and powerful entity.
Jun 22nd 2009 3:17AM Thanks for your comments so far and for being open-minded and tolerant.
Clydtsdk-Rivendare: I would never deny that Saddam had access to WMD at some earlier time and he certainly did use biological agents and gases against the Kurds. Beware of your "Facts" however. If you investigate non-comercial sources concerning Iraq and Saddam you might be dissapointed to find that Saddam's ascent to political power and control of the country was brought about with western support and almost certainly, the mustard gas that he used on the Kurds and many other weapons at his disposal prior to the original Gulf war were supplied by US and UK weapons companies. It seems slightly more odd than his "treatment of UN weapons inspectors", that the powers that made Iraq the place it was were the first ones to invade it and call foul play.
Also- the majority of people involved with Iraq from the UN from 1990 and onwards and especially the weapons inspectors were convinced that prior to the Gulf War 2 invasion Iraq was completely defenseless. As a pointer, always be sure to check your sources and their credibility. I'm not here to say you are wrong or start a fight either, but until Saddam stopped playing ball with his US pals who put him there to begin with, the US Government as an entity didn't give a damn what he did to people, as long as the oil was flowing and cheap.
Jun 21st 2009 8:51PM All I am trying to say, is do not assume that anything you have been fed by the western media is fact. The same thing happened with Iraq and WMD so recently, and it all turned out to be a load of crap. The consequence was that the US invaded Iraq despite international law clearly stating it's illegality and a UN saying no, and now the country has been destroyed, and will never recover.
I am not here to claim that this or that is actually happening, and I feel for people who are having their rights limited and are living in terror or in fear of 'terrorism', however many civilian populations have been suffering from repression and violence directly or indirectly supported by western governments over the last 40 years (Cuba, Nicaragua, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Grenade and so on) and it is interesting that many people seem so suddenly concerned about Iran because people are writing about it on twitter or might use WoW.
Lets keep the big picture in focus, whilst not wishing to diminish the suffering or limiting of peoples rights in Iran- if you are unhappy with what is occurring there, you should be equally unhappy with what is happening and has happened in many places, and realise that in many circumstances, that it was "our" western governments who were happy let it happen, ignore it, or indirectly/directly support it if it met the correct economical ends.
Jun 21st 2009 8:13PM For those of you disturbed by the footage in the video, you have long had the reality of life hidden from you, despite enjoying playing violent video games for many years.
All I can say is beware of what is happening in this circumstance. Do allow the media to use you as a tool. Most of the western media reports propaganda from the Middle East, or anywhere that the US has vested interests when concerning military power and resources, truth and facts do not rate very highly because they cannot be controlled and adjusted.
What is happening in Iran is no doubt unpleasant for many people, however that is the citizens of Iran's problem, not the US's the UK's or any other western power. If human rights are being violated then the UN is the only body that should be involved.
Did you ever think for a second that the ruling party in Iran is trying to avoid becoming Iraq of 30 years ago by bending to the will of the US, and is being targeted internally and now externally for not doing so? and that there are elements within Iran causing death and turmoil in an attempt to support Iran's change of leadership to a more "acceptable" (corrupt) figure-head.
If you want to talk about journalistic freedom, have a think about why you haven't seen footage of Iraqi or Afghanistani civilian women and children being bombed to death while they eat their breakfast??
Before everyone jumps on the bandwagon, ask the question of why you know little about the harsh reality of death, when the western government's we support with our votes, despite our disapproval, reign death upon civilians (and have for 30 years) on a regular basis.
Yes, Iran should be able to report the facts and the truth to the world.
Is that going to happen through the western media? HELL NO.
Jun 6th 2009 9:54PM As previously mentioned so far, regardless of the reasoning and the justification, the actions of the individuals who take advantage of others to their own end is wrong.
Thank capitalism for it- an environment carefully sculpted to force individuals to compete for "limited" (usually artificially) resources and to survive, rather than work together to some positive mutual end. The connection may seem a bit of a stretch, but it isn't, because we're talking about money at the end of the day, and it all comes back to capitalism.
Wake up people- the world is a nasty place for a reason, because it makes money. I think this article points to an unpleasant trend in society to exploit each other, and it is now emerging in all things, even video games.
May 31st 2009 10:11AM Having raided as a Paladin (Holy/Prot), Shaman (Resto/Ele/Enh), and my main Warrior (Prot/Fury/Ams) I would have to say that Tanking as a prot warrior works out as the hardest, mainly AoE trash. Healing AoE DMG as a Holy Paladin comes in slightly easier. The fact of the matter is, each role can be filled with many different classes, and depending on your play style and natural ability, different classes can vary in their difficulty of filling all the roles. On average I believe tanking and healing to be harder as it is nigh impossible to play in a group if the tank and healer are not performing to a certain standard, only then does DPS matter. Rptations are not always easy to do to perform with DPS, but it is still possible to do DPS without knowing how your character works properly, this is not really the case with tanking and healing, especially in heroics and beyond.
Mar 26th 2009 10:53PM Again and again over the last 60 years radical (and not conservative) purist, neo-liberal, Friedmantite capitalism has proven to be unpopular for the general lower-class, working population (the majority), because it ultimately leads to a lowering of quality of life. Money is slowly but surely funneled into the pockets of the rich and used to create more money, in an unstable and dangerous manner, whilst making it harder for the average Joe to live a secure and productive life.
All the modern examples of liberal capitalisation offer a conclusion that can be seen as obvious if only people could use simple logic. The goals of economic policy for the coming century need to reflect the simple idea that money is useless in and of itself. A productive and succesful economy is one in which people live an increasingly better quality of life. This should be the goal, however the modern logic places the creation of money (wealth) first, to the detriment of the majority of the population. The improvement of the quality of life for the majority is paramount in the US right now, and worrying about how to make money must take second place. The neo-liberalisation of a capitalist economy is a failed idea of the most epic proportions and must be allowed to die to make way for philosphies like "Parecon" and neo-liberal socialism, or quite seriously, the instability of the modern world and its economics will more than likely lead to the extinction of interesting but fallible species. Wake up and use your brains people!
Dec 27th 2008 8:07AM First?
NIce article- going to google solo techique right now. Think I will farm raptor too- reminds me of playing on Arena TR :P