Jan 1st 2012 3:00AM @Lenn
TL;DR: Given the choice between ruling a corrupt and failing empire, or challenging the system for a new chance, the majority of humanity will take the corrupt and failing empire, because they seek the comfort of what they know over what they don't. Removing an incumbent from office is a great thing to say, but trying to organize the groundswell for it is -really hard- (I've tried).
The problem, Lenn, lies in more than just "elect new officials into office".
It is the result of an electorate unwilling or unable to educate itself in the majority, relying instead on mass produced, rating (and thereby, profit) driven news media, who have their own interests at heart, not that of the public. For their part, the electorate puts little effort into looking beneath the surface of what is presented as "truth", instead taking the easy path of believing these people who speak to them every night have no agenda or bias, due to their own complacency, willful ignorance, or outright apathy. "If it bleeds, it leads" - Attributed to Joel Cheatwood, Executive VP, Mercury Radio Arts
It is the result of corporations who, through no fault of their own, seek massive profits over the well being of the electorate. Corporations exists to drive profits. They are not social moors, to be looked up to as angels of mercy or benevolent god figures. They have only one goal, to turn a profit, and any good deeds done are for the most part a happy accident at best, or a contrivance at worst. "Greed is Good." - Gordon Gekko
It is the result of human nature. People in power, or who have wealth, seek to gain more of either for its own sake. To do so, they will act not in the best interests of their electorate, but of themselves, if they feel it is conenient, and they can exploit the above two points. They surround themselves with PR specialists, who whitewash, bury, and misdirect those who would know the truth about the bad, while shining the good as brightly as possible, in hopes of blinding the electorate. Inevitably, these people become so insulated that this can no longer be done, they are driven from office, and the cycle begins anew. "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - Harvey Dent, "The Dark Knight"
SOPA and PROTECTIP are the death throes of industries with archaic business models who refuse to adapt in a rapidly changing world. They would rather watch Rome burrn, than try to stop the destruction, taking a few more bars of gold with them to the grave.
Anonymous is the calamitous voice of a rapidly growing generation who feels, with some justice, that they are largely ignored as people, but valued as a commodities. They are the faceless, nameless mass of humanity, flailing about and lashing out at the things which sting them, the proverbial million souls screaming out at once, but never going truly silent.
Inevitably, much like this comment, none of it will matter in the long run. Congress (regardless of House or Senate) passes laws that have but one goal: To ensure its continued existance. At its base, that's the idea of every law that gets passed: to ensure the system perpetuates itself. The American Electorate is the proverbial house divided: We cannot stand, because there are so many opinions, and thus we fall.
Oct 20th 2010 4:37PM Chase: Wouldn't two slow weapons and stacked Haste rating make that mastery more attractive?
IE: A stat priority akin to Hit/Expertise to cap, followed by Haste, then Crit, then Mastery?
Given that haste works on a percentage of attack speed, slower weapons gain higher benefit, correct?
Oct 16th 2010 3:32PM Christian: What are you thoughts on the Frostfire Glyph, to include FFB into Fire's Rotation?
Given the DoT emphasis Fire gets with Combustion, stacking the Frostfire DoT could be worthwhile.
That would make your objective something akin to: Get LB on, stack FFB DoT to 3, use FB to get HS, then use Pyro. You could substitute a FFB for a FB on occasion to keep the DoT up, and then consolidate 4 DoT's into Combustion as opposed to 3.
Sep 23rd 2010 5:51PM I have to agree with Tim the Enchanter, here. I remember when the common wisdom was "Threat Management is the job of DPS, not Tanks", and if you pulled aggro, it meant YOU were doing something wrong.
I think a bit of self-accountability will be good for the game overall.
Aug 17th 2010 4:38PM Praetorian revolutionary, and Hero/vigilante all the way. I have a thing for fighting the good fight, but I like to do it in Anti-hero style =p
Besides, how else do you explain a Dark/Dark scrapper hero?
Jul 23rd 2010 11:34AM WoW- The oversimplification of mechanics. Most apparent in Cata. I prefer my MMO's with challenge AND complexity. WoW is slowly losing both, in my opinion.
Jun 16th 2010 9:20AM I'd like to point out that, from a system standpoint, people with faster processors are probably more likely to see better performance.
The going theory between my friends and I (which I can't really confirm until launch or I get into beta) is that the game will be CPU intensive, and less GPU intensive. Since it is designed for play on the PS3 hardware architecture, and the PS3 relies heavily on CPU processing for its power, there's a fairly high chance they shaved some programming time by keeping the same relative build idea across both platforms.
They did the same thing with FFXI, if I recall rightly.
May 15th 2010 8:02PM This weekend will be split between work, Eschalon: Book II, and Fallen Earth.
As for my first MMO (assuming we aren't counting MUD's and text based multiplayer stuff) was a game called UnderLight by Lyra Studios. It was hardly massive, and had Daggerfall style quasi-3D, but it was the first truly multiplayer online game I got involved with.
Oct 23rd 2009 11:20AM Underlight, on MPlayer, back in the day. though it hardly qualified as massive.
God, I look back and realise what an idiot I was then.
Oct 19th 2009 11:16PM I wish I could actually go to Game X this year. Sadly, work will be preventing me from attending, despite my best intentions.
Also, shameless self plug: For any who might be interested, I suggest stopping by the booth of the Seventh Kingdom IGE at Game X this year, or going to www.seventhkingdomige.com/nj/ and taking a look. 7K isn't just a LARP; the staff go to extraordinary lengths to make it a truly immersive environment for players new and experienced. Its a truly unique experience.