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Originally posted by pyrofreak
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

Did you just blame the white man for black people killing each other?

Well.... I don't know about THE white man....

After all, I've always been under the impression that there are billions of us. But yes, a small handful of old, wealthy, backward looking white men used their media influence to promote the age old image of the criminalized black man. The result was a couple of generations of African-American kids growing up with that image as the only route to success as a black person. Worse, it gave those kids the idea that the "thug" was the only legitimate black identity. The spiral is coming to end, slowly, but it shouldn't have started in the first place.

Originally posted by baff

Why were there so many more gun crimes in the early 90's do you think?

That's an enormous blip.

It practically doubled.

Boyz In Da Hood Happened.

Aside from The runaway success of Spike Lee's film, there was also a major shift in the black music industry. Basically, all the small, independant studios that were owned and operated by black people and catered to a black audience were bought out by lage, white owned and controlled, multinational media corporations who were looking to sell Hip Hop to white kids. It came to a head in the early nineties when the only Hip Hop stuff that was being greenlighted came in "angry/scary black man" form. The destruction this caused to the African-American community is still being felt to this day.

Let's also not forget that crack cocaine had just been introduced and business was booming.

Here are a few videos that will put things into perspective.

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Ryhmes part 1

There are something like six parts to this video and I'm not posting them all. Just follow the links on the right.

CIA Linked to Crack Cocaine Epidemic

Why has no one touched on the facts about gun crime. Here:

1) Cime, and gun crime specifically, has been in decline since the mid-ninteies.

2) The average age of gun crime offenders is between 14 and 25.

3) Almost 75% of the victims of gun homocides had previous criminal records.

4) Criminals don't care about the law

So we have the vast majority of our gun crimes being commited by minors and convicts; two groups that can't own guns legally in the first place. Somehow, I doubt that all of the guns used in these crimes were stolen from law abiding gun owners. Even if there is a small number of "law abiding" gun owners using their status to traffick firearms to criminals, that would be an unusually high volume and easy to track.

Maybe instead of trying to regulate legal firearms, we should instead be asking where all of these illegal firearms are coming from.

You can not prove a negative baff. You can only prove that something might or does exist.

The burden of proof for the god question sits squarely on theists and the burden of proof for animals having free will falls on those who claim that they do.

Having said that, I think that Zch has set the criteria for free will so narrow that you will never be able to prove it to him. Any examples you give will be countered by some other variable that makes the decision into an unconscious calculation. Calculations being based in known data and decisions being reached in the prescence of unknowns.

Then again, you shouldn't be surprised by Zch at this point. This is what he does. He creates a circular arguement so that the conversation will slowly wear you down. It may be time consuming, but it's much easier than actually debating something.

 

I don't bitch about sub games, I just rarely play them. When I do it's usually not for more than three or four months. It's kind of a cost/benefit sort of thing. Let's do the math:

To begin, I have to explain that I see things differently from the OP. Most people see $15 a month whereas I see $180 year. And that's without paying for the box and all the expansions. AND that's only for ONE game. So stick with that number. $180 to play one game for one year.

Next we have to look at the time issue. How much time am I going to be able to invest in this game? At most, I'm going to get about twenty hours a week or eighty hours a month. Most of the time, I get about half that.

From there I have to ask if I'm going to want to play this game for 80+ hours. Free trials make this decision really easy. If I can't get into the game within two weeks, then it isn't worth a sub. Even if I do like the game, I have to ask if I'm going to want to play this game AND ONLY this game for 80+ hours. MMORPGS are notoriously designed to be played to the exclusion of everything else. If there are other non-MMORPG games coming up over the next month then we have a no go.

When you look at the price/time thing and compare, you see that MMORPGs aren't really that big of a value. If I buy my stuff used off of, say... half.com, I'll be spending about $20 per game. So here's a breakdown of time by genre.

Single-player RPG: 30 – 100 hours

Typical action game: 8-10 hours

Sports games: roughly 960 hours before you have to buy next season's edition

RTS games: 20-40 hours

Fighting games, Racing games and multiplayer modes for all genres: Infinitely replayable provided that someone is still playing the game.

So for the price of one sub I can buy one single-player RPG a month, or two sports games, fighting games, or racing games a month. About the only place where the sub wins out is against typical racing games. But only on the PC. On consoles I can rent one action game a week for about five bucks a pop and still play out all the free time I have.

I know you were looking for something that might fight nicely on a bumper sticker, but reality is never that simple.

POST INTENTION DISCLOSURE:

 

I read about the progression server on another site and didn't see it mentioned here on any of the forums. So I wanted to know if it was because no one knew about it yet, or because no one cared. If the poll is any indication, the reason is the former.

I myself never played EQ. I do remember buying The Ruins of Kunark off of the bargain bin and playing the tutorial, and playing my one free month of Everquest Online Adventures for the PS2, but I was never able to get into MMOs of that time period. Hell, I can't even get into most modern MMOs. Doesn't stop me from looking though....

So there's going to be a new progression server for Everquest opening up in March. This server will set the clock all the way back to the state of the original game. Grinding for hours, making corpse runs, losing all the stuff you were carrying because you didn't get back to your corpse in time, all of the things that you remember form the game "out of the box" in 1999.

So how many self proclaimed old schoolers are going to play it? How many modern "hardcore" players are going to try it?

Originally posted by SHOE788

"there are only two benefits that homosexuals get from marriage. They get to visit their loved ones in the hospital because they are family, and they get to file their taxes together. Insurance is a non-issue because I can take out insurance on anyone that I want regardless. Unmarried straight people have the same problems that homosexuals have in regards to hospital visitation rights and there are other means than marriage to sort that out. Joint filing of taxes has never made any sense to me. Why are we giving tax breaks to people just for buying a marriage license?"

 

I don't know if you noticed, but marriage means more than tax breaks and hospital rights to heterosexuals. Why are you assuming that it doesn't mean more than that to homosexuals?

And that meaningful commitment to another person exists with or without the legal institution of marriage. In fact, that kind of commitment is something that homosexuals are already free to express.

When we are talking about legalizing gay marriage, we're talking about marriage in legal terms. Legally, the only things that would change for homosexuals would be tax filing, hospital visitaion rights and being the exclusive sexual property of their spouse as enforced by law. That last one kind of takes the romance out of it, dontcha think?

BTW, if you run a business and find out that your partner has been embezzeling money from you and diverting the funds to your competitor, should they still have a right to half of your business. Replace business with marriage and money with sex and you have the legal institution of marriage in a nutshell.

Originally posted by Gameloading
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by Gameloading
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
 

 I wonder why you decided to write so much when you would have said the exact same thing by admitting that you have no reliable statistics that show that homosexual married couples are more likely to have open relationships aside from your own very limited interaction with homosexuals. How exactly is male sexuality an issue in this?

2. Saying it is a political gesture is far from a dog and pony show. Your views on what you consider negative aspects is merely your opinion, while some of those might be seen as a positive aspect by others. It is actually entirely about equality, because currently there is inequality. Face it, If there was currently a law that forbid black people from getting married, we'd have outrage everywhere. If that was the case, would black people be merely trying to get the approval of white people?

You claim that this has nothing to do with gay equality, but that is completely wrong. It has everything to do with equality because right now, the reason why gay marriage isn't legalized is because they are not considered to be equal to hetereosexual relations.

The main reason I don't include a study is because no such study has ever been done. It's also highly unlikely that such a survey would render any kind of conclusive results. In the few areas where gay marriage is legal, sex outside of marriage is legally prohibited. This means that admitting that you are sleeping with another person makes you liable in the event of a divorce. Would YOU admit that you were sleeping with other people in such a circumstance.

Male sexuality is part of the issue because it is different from female sexuality. Not that any of the lesbians that I've met have life long relationships either, but the two forms of sexuality are different regardless of an individuals sexual orientation. This difference is what causes a husband and wife to interact differently than, say... two gay men or two homosexual females. Quite a bit gets lost in translation between genders and therefore the boundaries of what is and is not allowed varies wildly between heterosexuals and homosexuals.

As for whether or not marriage is a barometer for equality, I stand firm that it is not. Marriage was already widely practiced in African cultures long before we began shipping slaves in. Polygamy was also widely in practice. Tell me, is forcing African-Americans to marry only one spouse oppression?

Now ignoring the strawmen and getting back on topic, there are only two benefits that homosexuals get from marriage. They get to visit their loved ones in the hospital because they are family, and they get to file their taxes together. Insurance is a non-issue because I can take out insurance on anyone that I want regardless. Unmarried straight people have the same problems that homosexuals have in regards to hospital visitation rights and there are other means than marriage to sort that out. Joint filing of taxes has never made any sense to me. Why are we giving tax breaks to people just for buying a marriage license?

But here's the real question Gameloading: Are you gay?

If you aren't then I have to call into question YOUR experience with the gay community and your motivations on this issue.

Originally posted by Gameloading
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
 

1) Your foundation for saying that gay relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships is downright terrible. Your very limited interaction with homosexuals is not at all a reliable source of information.

2)Also, why exactly is gay marriage a "dog and pony" show that brings down society?

1: Yes, I'm a horrible person for pointing out that the sexual and social interaction between two gay men or lesbians is different than the interaction between a heterosexual man and woman. After so many years around various gay people of all walks of life -- not to mention being bisexual myself -- I'm not quite sure what would qualify anyone as a "reliable source" of information on the gay community for you. Yes, the gay community is socially all over the map, but there are some common characterstics that have been widely criticized even from within the gay community. The first characteristic is the segregation between gay men and lesbians. Given, these two groups don't have much of a common interest, but both are a part of the gay community. The second characteristic, at least among gay men, is the idea of an open relationship. Male sexuality, being what it is, does not lend itself to absolute monogamy very well. I'm willing to bet that even those older gay couples that you (rarely) see will occasionally hook up with other old couples just for the sake of variety. That doesn't mean that these men don't love eachother, it just means that their relationship is significantly different than most heterosexual relationships.

2: Gay marriage is a dog and pony show because it is a purely political gesture with no real benefit for the gay community in either the long or the short run. Despite the fact that I am heterosexually married, I'll go so far as to say that the heterosexual community doesn't seem to benefit much from marriage either. With all of the other bullshit that goes along with living a homosexual lifestyle, gay marriage throws on shit like divorce litigation, domestic violence, economic blackmail, financial dependency, coercive monogamy, and giving the government a say over your personal relationship by way of the public (heterosexual controlled) courts.

Furthermore, gay marriage promotes the idea that homosexuals are not people without the blessing of heterosexuals as expressed by inclusion into oppressive, heterosexual, patriarchal institutions. Gay marriage is all about faux assimilation and nothing about gay equality.

Originally posted by baff

It cuts to the core of the issue in my opinion.

People attempting to use their sexuality to justify their anti-social behaviour.

 

And it doesn't cut it.

You can blame your sexuality. You can blame your parents, you can blame your genetics, you can blame your religion...

But you can't take responsability for your own actions. That is all.

 

Abstinence in religion has a social purpose. Either to stop child birth out of wedlock or to allow priests to be trusted in social circumstances they might otherwise not be. Such as alone in a room with your teenage daughter or your wife. (Or both!).

 

You do have to structure your entire life around the avoidance of sex and sexual situations. And if you fail to, we will impeach you.

It's your social responsability whether you like it or not.

<yawn>

 

What you're talking about Baff, are things that we are taught as children. These are rules of etiquette that most people adhere to without even thinking about it. This is why your last two posts were arguments from absurdity.

When I talk about structuring your life around avoiding sex, I mean that you either ignore or avoid situations where someone might come on to you sexually or where it would be socially acceptable for you to approach another person sexually. A person that is avoiding sex is deliberately not breaching the subject when it is completely appropriate to do so. This person would stay away from bars, office parties, or any gathering of single adults. They would completely tune out socially acceptable flirting with anyone and would even go so far as to withhold affection from their own spouse. You and I are talking about two completely different things.

Zch picked up what I was laying down and responded to it with a clarification of his (her?) own beliefs. I still disagree that an obsessive-compulsive devotion to a noble cause is “good,” motivation being a key factor in determining “goodness” or “wrongness,” but I decided to let that die because it was totally off topic.

You are barking up the wrong tree entirely.

Originally posted by baff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
To do this would actually require you to structure your entire life around the avoidance of sex and sexual situations. .

 No. It would require you to follow basic good manners.

Your life should already be structured around the avoidance of sex and sexual situations.

 

Hence a polite person does not discuss sex or use sexual references in their language. They do not touch other people innappropriately, or allow themselves to get into compromising positions with others or wear outfits designed to be sexually provocative.

When your mum walks in, you turn off the porn rather than discussing it in depth with her...  adherence to basic good manners see's you through. You don't have to make a big deal about it. If you are a respectful person, all this will come naturally and instinctively.

I don't go on holiday or share hotel rooms with women who are not Mrs Baff. I do not go out alone with other women and get drunk with them.

 

I absolutely structure my life around the avoidance of sexual situations. Likewise I expect her not to ride the Tokyo Subway all night dressed in mini skirt.

 

It is not a mental disorder to avoid sexual situations and sex, it is basic common sense and good manners. A social discipline that every member of society needs to learn. Abstinence.

Not for just a day, not for just 5 years, for as long as circumstance requires it. Indefinitely if needs be. You don't have free reign to assault someone or be offensive in a sexually explicit fashion becuase you haven't been laid in 5 years.

And if you find yourself, in a war zone where raping is fine, or a poor country where the raising of children is not an idle undertaking... don't be surprised when dad's have their daughters all dressed in Burquas. So that they won't get themselves into sexual charged circumstances.

Harem's, chaperones, marriage, commandments from god.... human civilisation is rich with social methods to encourage abstinence.

I'm not here to judge you if you are one of those people who cannot control your sexual urges. But you still have to recognise the need to do so in society.

Quite frankly it's not an issue for most people. Pedo's and rapists are the ones typically associated with mental disorders. Not those who abstain. 

Again, arguement from absurdity.

Baff you are commenting on a statement that was explicitly directed towards someone else and doing so out of context to boot. What's more, the person that I was addressing, has clarified his (her?) own beliefs on the matter, without addressing the absolute issue, and we let it drop. You've hung some very nice flame bait here, but I'm going to let someone else pick it up.

Originally posted by Xirik
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by baff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff

Arguement from absurdity.

Yes, it's important to have impulse control, but that is not what Zch was talking about. He was talking about COMPLETELY ignoring sexual pursuits. To do this would actually require you to structure your entire life around the avoidance of sex and sexual situations. That is not "good." That is a mental illness.

And simply picking the appropriate time, place, and person(s) to engage in sexual behavior with is not the same as abstinence. Abstinence is exactly what it says on the tin. The abscence of sex. Even if you and your partner are only having sex once every five years, you're still not abstaining.

how is that a mental illness? any study you would like to link?

Sexual Anorexia: The New Paradigm For Hyposexual Desire Disorder

Enjoy.

Originally posted by baff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff

If you want to be of the "absolute greatest good," then devote yourself to a noble cause, live selflessly, and ignore sexual pursuits.

This is straight up gnostism and you should know better.

Would you not agree that that is the purest, most "good" way for someone to live their life? Selflessly, charitably, and to help and please others?

And if you are referring to this, something which I'd not even heard of until you mentioned it, I think that it would be incorrect to label what I said as being "Gnostic," as gnosticism seems to be quite a complex belief system that really has little to do with what I'm saying.

I do not believe that sexaual abstinance is an absolute good. Chastity serves a symbolic function in the priesthood, but is not "good" in and of itself.

Gnosticism isn't that hard to figure out. Under gnosticism, only the spiritual is good whereas physical, tangible things are evil. The puritan adversion to sex is only one manifestation of this attitude. The idea that you are to ignore the body is a gnostic concept and one that is not explicitly expressed by the Abrahamic religions.

Sexual abstinence shows one who is completely above themself: they are not a slave to their desires and are completely selfless.

If I donate clothes to the poor, I am dealing with materials, so this argument is discredited.

You aren't ignoring the body...what you need, you take in moderation. What you don't need, you don't take. You focus rather on giving than taking, helping rather than requiring.

In all but one instance you mentioned, the "good" party is trying to have as little contact with the "bad" and "dirty" physical world as possible. Being above your physicality is an attampt to trancend the physical. This isn't all that different from Aesthetics in the in Hindu faith.

Gnosticism is a very old stain on the Christian faith.

 As far as I'm concerned, if you can master your own sexuality that's pretty good.

I don't want you rubbing your dick up against my wife, my daughter, my sister or my mother just because you feel the urge, any more than I want you to start licking your own balls in public like my dog.

What ever your sexuality, abstinence is a good social skill to have. I expect to be able to leave you alone in a room with my sister.

Dress it up as religion all you like. Talk about good and evil all you like.

 

To be a good member of society you are expected to engage in sexual abstinence in almost all of your social interactions. If you are not able to or not willing to there is a place in prison that awaits you.

Arguement from absurdity.

Yes, it's important to have impulse control, but that is not what Zch was talking about. He was talking about COMPLETELY ignoring sexual pursuits. To do this would actually require you to structure your entire life around the avoidance of sex and sexual situations. That is not "good." That is a mental illness.

And simply picking the appropriate time, place, and person(s) to engage in sexual behavior with is not the same as abstinence. Abstinence is exactly what it says on the tin. The abscence of sex. Even if you and your partner are only having sex once every five years, you're still not abstaining.

Text! Text! A thousand times TEXT!

I'ver heard way to much cringe inducing voice work over the course of my gaming career to support voice in all games. And don't get me started on poorly written dialog. Put these two things together and you'll find your self sporting headphones or diving for the volume control everytime another human being comes within earshot of your game.

Text can't  get us past poorly written dialog, but it at least gives us the option of skipping the truely painful parts. With Voice, you have to listen to the whole thing or cut it short.

So in conclusion: TEXT!

Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff

If you want to be of the "absolute greatest good," then devote yourself to a noble cause, live selflessly, and ignore sexual pursuits.

This is straight up gnostism and you should know better.

Would you not agree that that is the purest, most "good" way for someone to live their life? Selflessly, charitably, and to help and please others?

And if you are referring to this, something which I'd not even heard of until you mentioned it, I think that it would be incorrect to label what I said as being "Gnostic," as gnosticism seems to be quite a complex belief system that really has little to do with what I'm saying.

I do not believe that sexaual abstinance is an absolute good. Chastity serves a symbolic function in the priesthood, but is not "good" in and of itself.

Gnosticism isn't that hard to figure out. Under gnosticism, only the spiritual is good whereas physical, tangible things are evil. The puritan adversion to sex is only one manifestation of this attitude. The idea that you are to ignore the body is a gnostic concept and one that is not explicitly expressed by the Abrahamic religions.

Sexual abstinence shows one who is completely above themself: they are not a slave to their desires and are completely selfless.

If I donate clothes to the poor, I am dealing with materials, so this argument is discredited.

You aren't ignoring the body...what you need, you take in moderation. What you don't need, you don't take. You focus rather on giving than taking, helping rather than requiring.

In all but one instance you mentioned, the "good" party is trying to have as little contact with the "bad" and "dirty" physical world as possible. Being above your physicality is an attampt to trancend the physical. This isn't all that different from Aesthetics in the in Hindu faith.

Gnosticism is a very old stain on the Christian faith.

Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by zchmrkenhoff

If you want to be of the "absolute greatest good," then devote yourself to a noble cause, live selflessly, and ignore sexual pursuits.

This is straight up gnostism and you should know better.

Would you not agree that that is the purest, most "good" way for someone to live their life? Selflessly, charitably, and to help and please others?

And if you are referring to this, something which I'd not even heard of until you mentioned it, I think that it would be incorrect to label what I said as being "Gnostic," as gnosticism seems to be quite a complex belief system that really has little to do with what I'm saying.

I do not believe that sexaual abstinance is an absolute good. Chastity serves a symbolic function in the priesthood, but is not "good" in and of itself.

Gnosticism isn't that hard to figure out. Under gnosticism, only the spiritual is good whereas physical, tangible things are evil. The puritan adversion to sex is only one manifestation of this attitude. The idea that you are to ignore the body is a gnostic concept and one that is not explicitly expressed by the Abrahamic religions.

Guild Wars 2

The original game still has something like three million fans and if they second game improves on the IP then those fans will just eat it up.

Having said that, I don't think we'll ever see anything as big as WoW for a long time. In fact, I don't think that we'll se anthing as big as WoW ever again. WoW will begin bleeding subscribers, eventually, but I don't think that any other single MMO will acheive the same numbers that WoW has. World of Warcraft was a freak storm in the market and that kind of lightning just doesn't strike twice.

Originally posted by Dekron
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe
Originally posted by Dekron
Originally posted by Jimmy_Scythe

I don't think it goes far enough!

I think it should be retroactive! Say about four hundred years retroactive...?

Hey didn't Obama just suppor the UN declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples?.....

.... wait a minute......

OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH you sneeky liberal bastards ;-)

 

That didn't bother me too much. IT irked me a bit, but it is a non-binding resolution. There is no way a the U.S. would vote for that if it were binding.

HE only did it as a political show to say "See, I care about your group."

That "whooosh" sound you're hearing is the point of my post going over your head....

I got the sarcasm - just saying. There were some livid over it, but yeah, sarcasm noted.

It's cool. So long as we're clear then...

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