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Star Wars Galaxies was the greatest game I ever played.

 

:)

Pre-CU Vet. Played al the way up until the end through every change.

SWTOR is a blast. very different game but much fun. Give it a try.

Originally posted by Omali
Originally posted by hipiap

Somehow I missed this.

SW:G could have been Taken F2P.  The SW:G TCG proved that people were willing to spend money on luxury items that didn't really matter to actual Game Play. 

Sony wanted to take Galaxies free to play, and even tried to negotiate it into the license that expired in December, Lucas Arts said no.

That's what I heard. The game was making money at the time of close - that is why they added so much content. The TCG brought in a lot of revenue. SOE never wanted to shut down. I heard this from a couple of folks who would be in a position to know, and had no motive to lie.

/salute

May the Force be with you .

Well, we are all veterans now.

 

I want to thank everyone who had anything  to do with the wonderful experience that was SWG - the greatest game I everv played. Love you all. God bless and mat the Force be with you.

 

 

Again, thanks for the kind words and pics. Jeez.

Originally posted by Scubie67

Thanks for dropping by Fishermage,enjoyed your posts and don't be a stranger

Thanks for the kind words!

Originally posted by Zindaihas

Hey Fish, hope you are well.  I figured you might come out of retirement and post on this thread.  It seems you have become more of a lurker than a participater on this forum.  Can't really say I blame you.  I find myself posting less and less here myself.

Yeah, I'm doing well. I'm not even much of a lurker anymore. Came here mostly because Kobie sent me a message about it, which i appreciate.

I also posted a few things over at the SWG veterans Refuge because SWG is finally being shut down. I am decidedly NOT excited about any MMORPGs right now, although obviously I'll be checking out TOR.

I still have my blog, Fishermagical Thought, although I mostly only post pithy quotes I find and fun videos and pics. Most of my writing is being poured into a book. Well, two.

I still argue on the internet, but now more on facebook with MUCH better level of debater than we find here. I mean, I actually get into theological and political debates with authors of books I like - and dislike! That ain't likely to happen here.

I loved the time I spent here though until they created this unmoderated ghetto, which rapidly deteriorated into "Let the biggest douchebag win."

I'll admit defeat in that game and go play another, better game thank you :)

Always good to see you though, Zindaihas!

Originally posted by HYPERI0N
Originally posted by kobie173

I talk to Fish quite a bit on Facebook. I haven't broached the subject with him, but I have a feeling that he stopped posting here for the same reason I basically have as well -- because it's a fucking cesspool.

 

Sadly thats true this political forum has been flooded by some pretty extreme people, people who pretend to contribute by copy pasting political stories but are really trolling to feed there Tea Party Taliban Beliefs. Then again this was one reason off topic had Religion and polotics split off as the same people were messing up the other off topic posts so i guess its going well that way.

This is a pretty good example. This kind of garbage is useless, whether its from the left/right/libertarian.

Extremism is fine, posts like this are garbage. Nothing but hate, and boring as well.

Just plain evil if you ask me. It's banal and truly nasty all at the same time. With a buttload of ignorance. Pure bigotry. It's not about any BELIEFS Hyperion.

It's nasty hateful posting like the ones you always did and obviously still do.

Now I hope everyone understands why I don't post anymore. Thanks for the assist, Hyperion.

Thanks for the heads up, Kobie!

 

EDIT: Just to reiterate. I'm fine, my family's fine. My leaving had nothing to do with that.  The only  reason was the lack of maturity here -- not from everyone, obviously, but from enough  to ruin it for the rest. This goes for BOTH left and right.

I have continued to debate and discuss politics and religion elsewhere, advocating spiritual, intellectual, and political liberty wherever I am.

Namaste

Originally posted by kobie173

I talk to Fish quite a bit on Facebook. I haven't broached the subject with him, but I have a feeling that he stopped posting here for the same reason I basically have as well -- because it's a fucking cesspool.

Yup. Pretty much nails it. I got tired of the same arguments, the same people saying the same things. It stopped being fun.

 

Thanks for the concern guys! I'm fine.

 

If anyone wants to stay in touch, send me a PM.

I'm back to witness the end.

Yeah this is the clearest expression of Karma one could see. Nothing has happened that could not have been avoided, had some people made different choices.

Now all we can do is witness the end of an era, and remember what might have been.

Good to see you guys heckin' in at least here. Getting Nostalgic.

Originally posted by Tymoris

Sandboxes use the FFA PVP with full loot as a system of item decay, so that the in game economy will grow.

It doesn't have to be but it's an easy method to take items out of the game and force players to make new ones thus creating an economy.

yeesh. Still such a smartypants know-it-all.

How the heck are ya?

Check your PMs.

And, back on topic: what Tymoris said. That's about right.

Just a repost of what I posted on the O-Boards.

 

Thank You for being part of the journey, every developer, player, community servce rep, understanding spouse, EVERYONE who ever had anything to do with this amazing thing we had here.

Love you all and May the Force Be With You.

Jody Weitzman

aka Fishermagi

Originally posted by Sabiancym

Gotta love that on an actual moderated site, all the right wing lunatics from this one get banned/put on probation, while everyone else is fine.  The "liberal bias" excuses have already come out.

 

The only reason you guys post here is because it's not moderated and you can get away with your bullshit.  Notice how this board is heavily heavily conservative now?  Because it's not moderated anymore and all the intelligent people who don't want to hear conspiracy theories and nazi/socialist name calling every 2 posts have left.  It's why I rarely check these boards anymore.

 

You bullshit wasn't tolerated, so you came running back to the place where you can spout crap, not have to worry about mods, and have your fellow lunatics pat you on the back.

 

Proof is in the pudding.

Actually, what seems to happen there is what happened here when it was moderated. The mods are leftists, so the posts that survive, the posters that survive, are the lefties. Back when this place was moderated, leftist spammers thrived. Question them, agrue with them, and conservatives would get banned.

In that leftists see no difference between conservatives and libertarians (leftists define themselves on the freedome they want to TAKE AWAY, not the ones they want to keep), they lump us all together and we get banned just as easily. bait and ban, bait and ban -- obviously that's what goes on there just as it did here.

Sites reflect the bias of the mods. take away the mods, and most of the leftist spammers were exposed as the intellectual frauds they were, and folks like popinjay and declaredemer disappeared without mod protection.

Thus, when all the worthy foes were vanquished, I found the place a bore, being left the the ignorance of kids like sabian and gameloading, so I left :)

No offense to sif -- you are a good guy and I would love to argue with you in a less polluted environment! YOU READ, God bless you!

 

 

 

Originally posted by deviliscious
Originally posted by Fishermage

anyway it has been lovely discussing this I gots thangs to do :)

Catch you later maybe!

 I too am too busy to go into great discussion due to family crisis that never seems to pause at the moment and wish I had more time to discuss thie at greater lengths. This I do believe is an issue I will have to just agree to disagree, as my view on it is from looking in from the outside.

My views are that Western History is tainted  by the victors who had to justify their barbaric actions by writing their own distorted view of events making unfounded accusations demonizing  and dehumanizing those they crushed that often did not even defend themselves. They used force through laws, violence, peer pressure, and enslavement in order to accomplish their goals and feared that the free living ways of the natives would undermine their own power to control their own people when exposed to such civilizations, so they felt it necessary to destroy them.

And yes, due to my background, I have seen CHristianity forced on cultures, including my own through the educational system, and how it was introduced into the Native tribes here in the US. Instead of encouraging the natives to keep to their own religions and beliefs, they taught them their beliefs were pagan and  they would be condemend unless they " embraced Christ". Instead of bringing non religious schools to the tribes, in order to be educated, you had no choice but to be " Christianized".

Even many Modern Jews, Christians, and Muslims fear free living natural religions. They fear their children will be " tainted" by such ways and wish to eradicate them because they go againt their lifestyle, and what they were taught. They fear the influence on their society if there are people who feel no wrongdoing in sex, people who feel no shame for being naked, people who can share freely all their worldy possessions and hold no contempt for one another without having been " saved".  This goes against what they were taught about " pagans" and do not want their family exposed to such things, so they feel it necessary to supress it to protect what they hold dear, no matter the cost to the other cultures, or the rights of those they oppose.

Natural religions do not go against science, much of civilization yes, because from what I was taught was that Humans are the care takers of the earth. That it is our duty to take care of the earth and all that dwell upon it. That we are all a part of the whole, and that all is necessary to have balance. We were taught that we do not " own" the earth, but the earth is a living being, and allows us to live  here. If we do not take care of the mother earth, it will no longer allow us to dwell upon it. I was taught that great spirit is a part of all things, with us always. It is the energy that makes up all things, even the rocks, the grass, the insects, the stars in the sky and the air we breathe.  We cannot own parts of the earth, are not entitled to "land properties" because we serve the earth, and are not entitled to claim parts of it.

Quite a bit different than " sins for sex", no sex is a natural, spiritual, and a great part of life and should be enjoyed to the fullest.

 LOL In my beliefs I was taught it is a sin to contaminate the water, but have as much sex as you like and enjoy it. LMAO!

I'm not denying anything you are talking about -- but I don't think any of it shows that teh three abrahamic faiths are any more warlike than the others -- as I said, they just as equally make peace -- especially Christianity.

You are seeing what you are seeing -- a correlation -- but there is no real causal tie.

Where in Judaism is there the mandate to conquor the world by force? nowhere. In fact the primary command is tikkun olam -- heal the broken world.

Where in Christianity? Nowhere.

Islam is another story -- a bit more complicated.

However, everywhere on earth people have been butchering each other for all time.

The difference is that the three abrahamic faiths have been MOST SUCCESSFUL.

That has nothing to do with them being more "warlike."

It has to do with them being more able to successfully embrace and advace science and technology, reason and rule of law, and large scale organization of markets and politics -- they were able to integrate things from each culture they absorbed and become a stronger culture.

The warlike nature is in humanity; the children of abraham are just more successful because they made better stuff.

I think you are seeing a corellation but missing the casuality there.

Either way no time and I hope and pray your personal issues get all better!

anyway it has been lovely discussing this I gots thangs to do :)

Catch you later maybe!

Oh, and if anyone wants the research and staistics that back me up, they can find what I find compelling information in "IN Defense of Faith" by David Brog.

there's many more buit that's a fun one since it's a jew praising MOSTLY Christianity, and it's the most recent up to date info.

However the one that compiles the most stats on things like this is Vox Day's "Irrational Atheist." Mostly because he is going affter the silly. easily refutable stuff sam harris and the like put out.

 

Vox can be a dick, though. He's right on the money in his historical argument. I have more if anyone isn't convinced by thesetwo, as always.

Originally posted by deviliscious
Originally posted by Fishermage
Originally posted by deviliscious
Originally posted by Fishermage
Originally posted by deviliscious
Originally posted by Fishermage
Originally posted by deviliscious
Originally posted by Zindaihas
Originally posted by deviliscious

What I cannot understand, however, is why would anyone want to join a religion that says they would be put to death or go to a fiery hell for doing what they believe in their hearts to be right? That I do not understand. Wouldn't common sense tell them that  isn't for them, and to go look elsewhere for their spiritual guidance? I mean there are many religions in this world.. why would they even want to be a part of a religion that condemns them for doing what is natural to them? Many much older religions do not condemn them, so why choose to try and change their religion, and make it your own? LOL

Doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Personally, I think that anyone who changes what it originally says to make it suit their needs isn't a member of that religion at all- they just created their own instead, and they should not expect it to be acknowledged by those  that follow the original religion, because it clearly is not the same thing at all.

I do not understand how modern day Christians can some how overlook all of the bad stuff they disagree with and suddenly try to change it into a " living document" when it clearly states to change it at all is Blasphemy and condemns it.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are all like this, and I guess it explains why the world is so bat shit crazy these days. LOL!

It is funny though according to all of those religions, I am considered a " Pagaen" an outcast and condemned.. Why would I want to be a part of their madness? I am just an onlooker in awe of their barbarianism... They all appear to be quite mad.

 Come on, ^liscious, you're smarter than that.  You know that the world's problems are not due to the existence of these religions.  Warping religion is simply a symptom of the root problem.  The world is the way it is because of the fallen state of mankind.  This results in the perversion of everything from religion to music (cough* New Kids on the Block).

Look at what's happening on your southern border.  Drug lords have turned Mexico into a war zone.  Citizens are being killed, beheaded and strung from bridges.  And for what?  For money.  These people are willing to kill indiscriminately and risk losing their own lives just to be rich.  It has nothing to do with religion.

And what is their commodity?  Illicit drugs.  They sell to people who are willing to risk damaging their own lives and/or health so they can get high on a substance that allows a temporary escape from reality.  They are trying to fill a void that has resulted from fallen state in which we all exist.

And just as some people will kill for money or do drugs in order to escape, others will take religion and turn it into their own "drug".  You get enough of them together who twist it to their own end and you get fundamentalists.  It's the same story in every walk of life and it will go one as long as the human race endures on this earth.

 Of course it isn;t the " root of all evil" LOL

 But it is the cause of the people on both sides refusing to accept " to each his own". On one side we have the church saying ,"repent or burn in hell!" on the other we have them saying " change your rules and let us in your club" meanwhile we have everyone else ignored because it is all about " their rights' and to hell with everyone else's rights.

I think you're off base here old friend. I think, by nature, we will only form small groups that we believe are OUR people, and religion is one of those things that actually extends the notion of brotherhood, albeit imperfectly.

Within each of the earth's major religions, there is a core that "ALL MEN ARE ONE"

This is in Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hunduism, and Buddhism. I believe even plato's idealism and aristotle's deistic pantheism would say the same thing.

That is a Unifying Truth. We all fall short of it but all our great faiths command it. Then we fiddle with it, try and read into the message, read up on the particulars. Fight over em. And THEN that nasty tendency to separate acts up again.

That's humanity, not religion. That's biology whatever. TO be determined by science :)

 I am not saying all religions are bad, far from it. I am saying that those that stemmed from Judaism have very direct condemnation of other religions, and promote intolerance. We can;t just ignore the bad stuff and say ," but look over here at the good stuff they say" when there are other religions that do not contain the condemnation, strict rules for sex, and one path to " salvation." The religions that came from Judaism promote conflict, whereas the many of the ancient natural religions promote unity without that conflict. But Most Christians do not even realize that, because they have only the biblical view of those religions to base their conclusions from, and are taught to fear the unknown.

The bad in the old and new testament to me, must be taken with the good , and as the book says itself , to change the book is to commit blasphemy. The bible, just like the Qur'an tell you that you must follow the book or you are sinning. For me, that means I have to take it for what it is, or not take it at all, and I choose the latter. Don;t get me wrong, I think there is much to be learned about history from this book, but I do not see that as the path to Spiritual well being, at least not for me.

Those that stemmed from Judaism ALSO ended slavery, preserved the Greek notion of Democracy, combined it with the Roman notion of republic, brought us the NOTION of euality between the sexs and all men, carried the logic of aristotle forward so that, combined with the scientific method (nrought forth by muslims and later Christians).

Meanwhile Hindus were slaughtering each other for centuries. Same with shinto. EVeryone slaughers everyone, from all religions. Your ancestors and my wives were slaugherting each other foreever before  the white man showed up.

What made the abrahamic faiths look "bad" is that they are successful -- they essentially built the western world -- and it was a mixd bag indeed. What made them successful is their UNIVERSALITY -- they DO preach they are all about ALL, and thus. yeah that has brought power, and yeah, it has spilled blood,

However, one could just as easily argue it was TECNOLOGY and SCIENCE and RREASON that has actually caused the increase in blood and war. Look at that same western civ. Is it the religions? Or is it the technology we created and then well, as people will, used to conquor.

I am not saying religion isn't a component in war. but I think you have it backwards. I think you are seeing three very successful religions, and humans being evil because humans will be evil -- and they are very successful at turning religion into evil as well.

the fact is all three religions can be seen just as easily at the center of peace as war, and have been time and again. I must say that Christianity probably has the best record in history of waging peace. Better than all other faiths combined I would say.

Think about it. This is a world at war --  has been for all time -- Christianity is one of the ONLY messages of peace. Buddhism as well, but that one doesn't wage peace -- it's more internal, more  isolationistic in this area, and that has benefits and negatives. the benefit is yes, less violent but the negative is it tends to NOT advance human political liberty.

Again I just want you to think this more through, past the old...oooo religion is bad....the fact is slavery ended because of Moses.  It was practiced everywhere on earth UNTIL Christianity started ending it. The jewish story of human bondage. I could go on lol been devoting much historical study to this stuff as of late :)

 Many native peoples and religions never had slavery to begin with, and would have no reason to end something that would have never been started in the first place.  I am not saying ALL of the Native religions were peaceful, but most of those that were against violence were easily conquered  due to the fact they did not adequately defend themselves.  Hinduism as we know it now is a combination of native religions, most of which have greatly different customs and beliefs, just as with what happened to the Natives  when the Europeans invaded the Americas, their culture and religions could not withstand the brutality of their oppressors and they were forced to adapt or perish.

WHen Columbus came  to the new world, the people ran naked and free, treated them like family and gave all of what they had to their " new brothers" only to be met with  greed, enslavement and brutality. Even the Monk that wrote about the new world was appalled at how the people were treated. I respectfully disagree that Christianity is one of the only promoting peace, as that is the history reported from those who carried out the extinction of the much more peaceful religions of this world.

I do not see that they are bad because they are " successful" I see them successful because they are forced.

I would like to see the documentation of no slavery.

What you are describing to me is what I described to you -- a world at eternal war, and not until the movements started by the abrahamic faiths spread -- is there a real successful movement toward peace. Oh sure spots and breakouts of peace, but none successful until the judeo-christian worldview.

When columbus came to the new world he saw a world at war, He and later generations conquered that war -- in contrast to the teachings of their religion.

How many people do you know are Christians becaus ethey are forced?

I don't know any.

Christianity is a religion of ELECTION. One of the few.

How many jews were FORCED to be jews. None. They will even try and dissuade you from coverting. islam we'll set aside :)

I'm sorry your position is unteneable. The religions are not successful because they are forced, they are successful because they combine well with a scientif-technological outlook and that mastery has won the world.

Christianity combined with aristotle and the scientific method well. This led to men using it in the eternal quest for power to win the world, so to speak.

Again I think you are getting it backwards. many bad things can be laid at the feet of various religions. but everything YOU believe in -- came from the judeo-christain tradition.

the western notions of liberty and equality are a dierct outgrowthy if the judeo christian way. Sorry I feel your position is untenable.

 The entire world was not at war, when columbus came to the new world this is what he saw:

 

Columbus installed himself as Governor of the Caribbean islands, with headquarters on Hispaniola (the large island now shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic). He described the people, the Arawaks (called by some the Tainos) this way:

"The people of this island and of all the other islands which I have found and seen, or have not seen, all go naked, men and women, as their mothers bore them, except that some women cover one place only with the leaf of a plant or with a net of cotton which they make for that purpose. They have no iron or steel or weapons, nor are they capable of using them, although they are well-built people of handsome stature, because they are wondrous timid.... [T]hey are so artless and free with all they possess, that no one would believe it without having seen it. Of anything they have, if you ask them for it, they never say no; rather they invite the person to share it, and show as much love as if they were giving their hearts; and whether the thing be of value or of small price, at once they are content with whatever little thing of whatever kind may be given to them."[3,pg.63;1,pg.118]  

How could they have been at war if they as Columbus himself said, " they have no iron or steel weapons, nor are they capable of using them." ? They were not in need of being " saved" if anything it sounds as if it was Columbus and his men that needed to be saved.

I'm sorry I am talking about the western world , which, other than some small cultures (in this case a small island culture), was a world at war. Sorry i wasn't more clear.

that small island culture did not develop the notions of equality and liberty for all mankind. They were conquored and enslaved by the one that did. That one was violating the teachings of their teacher in enslaving others, and eventually ended it.

They also ended infanticide, and spread the rule of law everywhere it went. It made princes subject to a law above them.

I'm not denying any of the bad but I'm sorry I see everything we have that is good has been brought forward by this faith tradition.

The BEST would naturally be capable if a lot of bad. When superman goes bad he can wreck a city -- but that's because he is superman -- and usually when he is being what he is he is good.

I don't really see how anything you are saying is invalidating my case.

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