Apr 7th 2010 12:47PM To clarify my earlier comment, your criticism misses the mark in analyzing only the physical elements of this video, and no they're psychological implications.
Psychological elements to consider:
The insanity of the mans idea
The insanity inherent in the people around him- bird people with blades for arms
The sudden and violent changes in scene- indicates tearing and visceral, yes, but also perhaps the tearing of the man psychologically, "split mind"
Look closer at the man's clothing- specifically the spaulders. Blinded, screaming faces.
The animation of the man's idea- nothing about it is fluid or realistic, so don't interpret it as such. The animation suggests demented and unrealistic.
And on and such. There are greater elements at work here than those you listed in your criticism, revealing that you failed to fully analyze the video.
Apr 7th 2010 12:26PM Criticism that misses every point. A++ for ignorance campaigning as intellectualism.
Mar 19th 2010 12:31PM I can definitely see why people view this as a selfish act, but I think leaving it at that is oversimplifying the issue and failing to grasp the situation of one contemplating suicide. Having attempted suicide in the past, I can say that suicide isn't a primarily selfish act, but a desperate one. When I attempted suicide, I was fully aware of how it would affect those around me, and that was definitely the hardest thing about it. However the far more powerful feeling was that I simply couldn't hold on any longer. The feelings of loneliness and hopelessness easily overwhelm any altruistic notions of selfish or unselfish. And to flip the situation on its head- could it not also be considered selfish for people to expect you to hold on and suffer through a life without hope or joy simply so they don't feel sorrow? I understand the notions of responsibility and family, but a human heart can only take so much before it shatters.
Now the obvious response to this is- go get help! And it is the right and realistic response. However, understand this isn't as easy as waltzing into a clinic and asking for help. To go for help means to admit that you are sick and need help, and to admit that can be terrible for someone who already has low self esteem or is already loaded down. No one likes to think of themselves as some demented, sickly creature needing society- o the irony- to fix them, especially when they view a misunderstanding and cold society as their problem in the first place. Eventually, with a great deal of love and care, a suicidal person can be eased into getting help, and healing can begin. First however, some extremely painful delusions need to be shattered, and don't underestimate how difficult that is.
As a final thought, suicidal people are selfish to an extent because they have to be. They are in a state where they simply cannot go on alone, and if left to their own devices they will die (and often they recognize this). Therefore I would question how helpful it is to tell suicidal people they're selfish, not matter how true it is- in their state judgment of that nature is nothing but harmful, and thinking that branding them selfish will cause them to snap back to reality is both shortsighted and potentially disastrous.
Nov 24th 2009 11:53AM 12 programmable buttons would be AWESOME
Oct 28th 2009 6:34PM Does the light remember its champions?
Oct 3rd 2009 1:35PM I use flamestrike in AoE situations combined with a presence of mind, and immediately follow the PoM flamestrike with either blizzard (if I'm at range) or arcane explosion (close proximity). I've always felt that waiting to cast a 2 second flamestrike in its current form (if you're not specced fire) is just a waste. However couple it with PoM and you've got a nice chunk of damage added to your AoE fight.
Obviously this is coming from the point of view of an arcane mage, and I am no mathematician so my figuring could be dead wrong. either way, PoM flamestrike is fun when you can spare it ; ).
Aug 22nd 2009 2:45PM @kabshiel. You make valid points, but I'm not convinced that adding 5 races (including 2 new) that can make mages will have absolutely no impact on the amount of mages. While i think the majority will yes roll the class they want, i also think that it's incorrect to assume people don't pick a character depending on race- there are lots of things that go into the character selection process, especially for the new player.
I do hope this doesn't have massive implications for mage populations. All I'm voicing is my worry that it might.
Aug 22nd 2009 2:21PM I have to agree with this, and with me it might just be an oxhorn variety of elf hate. To be honest I'm not very excited at all about every race but tauren being able to make mages. The more mages out there, the harder it is for me to find a raid spot. Maybe that's just me being a selfish ninny. And yet I don't pay to play this game so I can spent half my time trying to beat out the other mages that already make up as much as 12-13% of some server populations.
Maybe I'm overreacting to the implications of this, after all priests are available to every race but orcs now. We'll just have to wait and see I suppose. I just don't think it's a stretch to say that more mage races= more mages, and that playing an incredibly popular/ common class isn't always the most fun. Joining a VoA and seeing 4 other mages is enough to make nearly anyone drop the group, and I'm not sure increasing the frequency of such occurrences is exactly a recipe for fun days as a mage.