Sunday, December 30, 2012

Richard Eisenbeis is the Best Reviewer I've Ever Seen on Kotaku

In the world of entertainment reviews, Richard Eisenbeis is truly a special person.  You don't often encounter someone who has written about entertainment for years, yet is still able to approach each and every work as though it were his first.  The joy and thrill he feels while discovering new excellence in everything he watches and plays is so apparent in his writing that it takes on an almost lighter-than-air quality.  It is completely unencumbered by the critical sensibilities most reviewers gradually pile on over the years. 

This weightlessness allows him to view the world of entertainment from an elevated perspective, and to see a world filled with only the best.  And so while others might look at the idiots populating Tokitowa and see a bunch of anime cliches, Eisenbeis sees best characters in JRPGs this year.  Although many of us scratched our heads at the disappointingly trivial efforts of Sword Art Online, he has revealed it as the smartest anime he's seen in years.  This consistent pushing back against the restrictive system that withholds praise from all but the remarkable and noteworthy is a refreshing alternative to the typical review.

That being said, I sometimes worry that critical perspective is gradually weighing on Eisenbeis.  I would hate to see him brought down to our level, which is why I was concerned to see him call Ixion Saga DT merely one of the funniest anime he has ever seen, rather than the absolute funniest.  My fear is that whatever pressure he's under to censor his opinions like this will prove to be the first step towards forming a critical opinion.  Thankfully he is still a long way from that, judging by the way he points out how good Ixion is at upending expectations, and offers as supporting evidence a girl who looks to be 10 but is actually 8.  This sort of unexpected observation reassures me that he's still operating on his unique level.

And that's why Richard Eisenbeis is the best reviewer I've ever seen on Kotaku.  I nominate him for the Dave Halverson Non-Exclusive Superlative Award for Excellence in Making the Best of Everything.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Druid Solstice [chat]



Happy Druid Solstice, all.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Woodland [chat]ter [chat]mas



"God damnit, this is fucking ridiculous!" said the little boy in the red poofball hat.

"A very odd sort of Patriot"



Pretty much this.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Zero Punctuation: ZombiU



"The WiiU's gimmicks are a solution looking for a problem."

Just like the Wii.

Seems Nintendo has a theme going.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

An Ode to Not Breaking


Sandy Hook Interfaith Vigil

Yeah, we're going to talk about this.

MSNBC streamed Sunday's Interfaith Vigil for the Sandy Hook shooting, a community gathering in which Christians, Jews, Muslims, Atheists, People came together to grieve for the community's loss.

Throughout the event, there were numerous mentions of our shared commonality.  A recognition that each religion has something to offer, that each faith has words of comfort to share.  As human beings we can gather together without artificial borders of faith to grieve, to comfort, to heal one another in the wake of tragedy.  Our religious differences are insignificant when compared to our similarities as human beings.

So, here's the question:  Why involve religion at all?

If religious particularities can be diminished in the face of tragedy, if Dogma and difference are cast aside to clear the way to genuine community, then isn't it sensible to maintain that religion, itself, can be cast aside as well?  If we can abandon the differences between Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, and Abraham then why involve them at all?  These characters are only meaningful in their particularity, in their specificity.  When we abandon those particulars, we've abandoned the individuals, and so abandoned the meaningful aspects of the particular faiths.

Absent the particulars, we're left with an appeal to some notion of a higher Being, some hope for another life, a better realm of existence.  Throughout the vigil there were constant appeals to the children being in a better place, not truly lost, or waiting for the day when their parents could rejoin them.  Regardless of the particular religious beliefs about an afterlife, there were numerous appeals to an afterlife writ large.

Yet after we've abandoned religious particulars we've also abandoned the particularities of any specific afterlife.  We're left with a hollow, vague hope that our feelings of loss can be quashed if we simply convince ourselves that the children, while dead, are not truly gone.

But that's bullshit.  And we know it's bullshit.

It's bullshit because the actual commonality and community achieved in the vigil happened here, on this planet, between embodied human beings.  Community occurred between biological organisms seeking a way to deal with their emotions.  To manifest a better emotional state, they pretended as if their religious differences were insignificant, just as they pretended that their children are now in a better state of existence.

I won't deny that pretending does not have emotive utility.  It's probably comforting for a parent to imagine its dead child hopping about in the clouds.  Yet once we admit that we're pretending religious differences don't matter, and we're pretending that the children are not gone, then we've admitted to two levels of fiction being posited onto the reality of our situation.  It's an attempt to deal with a tragic situation by undermining both the tragedy and the situation, itself.  If we convince ourselves that the children aren't really gone, then it's less painful to think about their being dead.

That strategy is naught but believing a lie to mask the truth.  It's the fabrication of a happy story to keep the pain of loss at bay.  And it seems strange that our primary method of dealing with reality is to lie to ourselves about it.  We'll lie about religious difference.  We'll lie about our metaphysical stories.  We'll lie about the loss of death.  We'll strive to restructure our interpretation of reality to be what we want, in order to deal with what we actually have.

This despite the fact that Newtown, Connecticut has something that is pretty damn great:  A community.  A community of individuals who are willing to cast aside their differences to come together in an effort to overcome their grief.  Yet while all these human beings are in a room, together, mourning their loss they feel compelled to invoke the notion of some external reality, some higher Being, who can get them through this.

The individual particular humans, working together, get themselves through the pain...and then give credit to a collection of fictional characters.

That's fucked up.

I realize it's what some people do, and I realize it probably won't change.  It just seems that accepting reality, and being secular humanists, isn't the worst thing.  If only because it's in reality that we have to live.  And there ain't no invisible sky daddy in reality.

It's just you.  And me.  And the people of Newtown, Connecticut.

I suggest that we start, and stay, there.

Nation's Biggest Shitbags Show Up on Time.

It only took 3 days:

The Westboro Baptist Church, the controversial group known for protesting outside funerals of slain U.S. service members, announced that it will picket a vigil for the victims of Friday's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the second largest mass killing in American history.
What is wrong with these shitbags. phelpslol

Best Cowboy Bebop Wall Scroll?


While derping around on Amazon to try and find Christmas Present ideas I stumbled upon this wall scroll.

Is this not the most awesome Cowboy Bebop wall scroll?  It just seems "right".  No over-the-top boob shots, no goofy gun pointing.  It's just the characters hanging out.

Charlie Brooker Gun Violence Clip


Saturday, December 15, 2012

Django Un[chat]ed


Friday, December 14, 2012

The Onion: Fuck Everything, Nation Reports

God Fucking Damnit.

WASHINGTON—Following the fatal shooting this morning at a Connecticut elementary school that left at least 27 dead, including 20 small children, sources across the nation shook their heads, stifled a sob in their voices, and reported fuck everything. Just fuck it all to hell. All of it, sources added.

Best Econ Professor

It's not that Ryan Lanza

You cocksuckers at FOX may want to change your homepage image:




Because that's not the right Ryan Lanza.




Edit:  Gawker post explaining the situation.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Star Wars Holiday Special: My World in Flops

On the AVClub, while talking about the fucking Star Wars Holiday Special, Nathan Rabin writes:

Besides, are fuzzy-wuzzy sentient teddy bears or a silly-talking frog-man really that much more ridiculous than an effeminate robot and his bleep-bloop-dispensing sidekick doing a Laurel-and-Hardy-in-space routine, or a wrinkly, diminutive, backwards-talking green guru dispensing sage advice and ass-whippings in equal measure? Yet R2-D2, C-3PO, and Yoda are treasured fixtures of the Star Wars universe, while Jar Jar Binks and the Ewoks are considered juvenile embarrassments.
Which may be the best paragraph about Star Wars fandom ever.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas in December



Go me!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Teach Me to Understand [chat]mas


Annie's Christmas song by Alison Brie from Yury Telitsin on Vimeo.

In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, and the fact that Alison Brie is hot.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Insanely Good [chat]


I want to show this to every person on the planet.

"I mean, is this really this hard?"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Alison Brie dances the Charleston

You know...for science.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

What Makes You Die

Modern wheat is a "perfect, chronic poison," according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world's most popular grain.

Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: "It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he said on "CBS This Morning." "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year."
 
Turns out those stupid bitches in the cereal commercial weren't seeing nutrition after all.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Let it [chat]



If Wal-Mart can put out Christmas shit, then I can start doing Christmas [chat]s.

RIP Larry Hagman


Larry Hagman Dies At 81.

Is sad.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Follies

It does not matter how you feel about football. I could watch this .GIF for hours.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Traditional America

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chevy Chase leaving Community

Chevy Chase Leaving Community.

EXCLUSIVE: Pierce Hawthorne is dropping out of Greendale Community College. After a tumultuous three-and-a-half year relationship, Chevy Chase and the producers of NBC’s cult comedy Community are parting ways by mutual agreement. Chase’s departure from the show is effective immediately. The bulk of Community‘s 13-episode fourth-season order have been filmed. Chase won’t appear in the 1 or 2 episodes that have not been shot yet.
 
I vote that they have Bill Murray play Pierce, and only Abed noticed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Marco Rubio: Science, God, and the Economy

Marco Rubio opened his mouth again.

"I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that."
- Marco Rubio

Many articles about this quote replaced the GDP / economic section with an ellipsis, choosing to focus on the "Mark Rubio is a young earth creationist" theme.  This is unfortunate, since that edit masks some of Rubio's crazy.  To wit:  Mark Rubio doesn't understand how his beliefs in God serve as presuppositions to his economic policies.

Back in July, Paul Froese wrote an article entitled 'How Your View of God Shapes Your View of the Economy'.  Here's the relevant passage:

"...approximately 31 percent of Americans, many of whom are white evangelical men, believe that God is steering the United States economy, thus fusing their religious and economic interests."

Now, let's smash these two ideas together.

1)  Marco Rubio isn't prepared to dismiss the idea that Young Earth Creationists are batshit insane.

2)  Marco Rubio potentially maintains a belief in an invisible sky daddy.

3)  Persons who maintain a belief in an invisible sky daddy may believe that the Invisible Hand of The Market is actually The Invisible Hand of God.

So, Marco Rubio may believe that Jesus controls the U.S. Economy.

That seems important.  And it's the part of the quote many news sites glossed over.

There is a very strong connection between one's religious beliefs, and one's understanding of reality.  There is a strong connection between one's understanding of reality, and one's political ideology.  When we attempt to break these into individual component pieces we're being disingenuous.  One cannot "leave religion at the door", so to speak.  That shit doesn't come off so easily.

So, yes, Marco Rubio's belief in Invisible Sky Daddy does relate to the GDP, to the economic growth of the United States.  If a person maintains that there is no God, that this existence is all there is, that we human beings are biological organisms alone on a rock in space, then that ontological picture will foster a significantly different political mindset than some goatfucker who thinks there is an invisible man in the clouds who gives a shit about our well-being.  If Rubio believes that, ultimately, it's all in God's Hands then he'll probably enact different fiscal policies than someone who realizes that the economy is simply the product of the discrete, particular actions of particular human organisms.

It's the difference between living in reality, and reifying fabricated bullshit into a security blanket.  Rubio probably maintains the security blanket approach to the economy.  When things get bad, then God will step in and save us.

I can understand the utility of that world view:  It makes reality seem far less precarious.  It removes some of the danger, some of the uncertainty.  It makes a person feel like their decisions, while important, are all observed by some all-knowing omnipotent father figure who can rush in to save them at the last moment.  It's a comforting, understandable story for someone to tell himself.

But it's sure as fuck not helpful for lawmakers to think that.

Which is why, in a sane world, Marco Rubio would be a priest, rather than a politician.*




*Ignoring the fact that in a sane world there would be no priests.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Great Grains: Relativism and Cereal




Fuck this commercial.
 
I will grant that nutritional information can be confusing.  As limited, finite knowers no particular theory of health will be certainly true for all people, at all times.  Experts hazard a hypothesis, test it, and then modify it as need be.
 
But that process in no way justifies the subjectivist feeling-based horseshit articulated by this fuckheaded commercial.
 
"Various experts disagree on nutrition!"
 
"So I'm not listening to anyone but myself."
 
"Ha.  Ha."
 
No.
 
It is in no way helpful to the human species for cereal commercials to convey the notion that "You know healthy when you see it", that you're just as good a judge of health as a nutritionist, as a medical expert.  Seeing a fucking whole grain in a bowl does not grant your bitch ass with an advanced degree.
 
Moreover, there is a god damned fact to the matter.  Food-X will have a particular causal impact on your biological self.  You don't get to fucking pick and choose what that impact will be.  The basic chemical composition of the object you ingest will interact with your digestive system in a pre-determined way.  It's not based upon opinions, perspectives, or feewings.  If you want to discern the impact a particular food will have on your health then seek out empirical data on that shit.  Herping and Derping while you giggle in a wheat field won't fucking cut it.
 
Finally?
 
"You can't argue with nutrition you can see."
 
YOU CAN'T SEE NUTRITION, CUNT!
 
"Nutrition" is a process of obtaining food for health and growth.  You can't fuck SEE that process.  A process is not seen.  A process is inferred from particular sights.
 
God damn it.
 
It's one thing for politicians to articulate this subjectivist nonsense.  And hearing it from students is somewhat understandable, given that they are products of this fucked up culture.
 
But now we're getting this line from cereal commercials?!  Post Holdings is hopping aboard the Post-Modern bandwagon?
 
There's a pun to be made of that, but I'm too fucking pissed off to try.
 
FUCK!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

New Claritin



It's funny because it's true.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Election 2012 [chat]



If you vote for Mitt Romney, then you're either rich, racist, or stupid.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Epistemology

There are dozens (or hundreds) of articles have been written about the Fox reaction to the election. There are just as many articles written Nate Silver, his projects, and analysis. But there is really only one that you need to read: Why political journalists can’t stand Nate Silver: The limits of journalistic knowledge:

The other objection political journalists/pundits have to Silver’s process is evident here, too. They don’t just have a problem with how he knows what he knows, but with how he states it, too. Essentially, they are mistaking specificity for certainty. To them, the specificity of Silver’s projections smack of arrogance because, again, their ways of knowing are incapable of producing that kind of specificity. It has to be an overstatement.

Diablo 3 Expansion Confirmed

Diablo 3 Expansion?  Yes.

Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo III will receive an expansion. During an earnings call for the third quarter of Activision Blizzard’s current fiscal year, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said that an expansion is currently planned, but no timeline is in place just yet for when it might be released. Morhaime noted that the quality of the expansion and its gameplay is the top priority, and both will be a “big factor” in driving the actual schedule of the release.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Romney's Transition Site

Someone managed to find and screenshot Romney's Transition Website, before it was taken down.

Nice to glimpse into that possible world that shall never be actualized.

FOX News: Math



Win.

Mitt Romney is not John Kerry, Damnit

The internet is full of butthurt conservatives today.  They're bitching on twitter, they're whining on forums, and they're changing their Facebook profile pics to black squares, to indicate a state of mourning.

A few liberals I talk to online are trying to take the high road.  Rather than drink the tears of our enemies, they contend that we ought to offer sympathy.  Conservative reactions are akin to how we felt when Kerry lost to Bush.  We were sad when Kerry lost, and today's conservatives are no different.

Here's the thing, though.

John Kerry losing was a bad thing.
Mitt Romney losing is a good thing.

And we need to fucking say that.

I am sick and fucking tired of tolerating racists, of tolerating homophobes, of tolerating ignorant stupid shits who can't tell their ass from a hole in the ground, but feel as if they have something important to contribute to our national conversation about how to run a country.

There are not two sides to these issues.

If you think that the amount of melanin in someone's skin indicates their value as a person?  Then go fuck yourself.

If you think that homosexual love is somehow different from heterosexual love?  Then go fuck yourself.

If you think there is an invisible man in the sky, and your invisible man's dick is bigger than another invisible man's dick?  Then go fuck yourself.

If you think that fundamental human necessities for life need to be earned, rather than readily available to every human being?  Then go fuck yourself.

Stop pretending that these horsefucking dolts have legitimate points, or important opinions.  Stop pretending that we need to respect hateful, ignorant, intolerant shits.  We don't need to respect them, acknowledge them, care for them, or treat them as if they are in any way helping the human species progress towards a better tomorrow.

They are retarding human progress.

They are delusional.

They are wrong.

Your conservative friends on Facebook who mourn Romney's loss are making the world a worse place.

Tell them that.

And then defriend them.

Conservatives This Morning

Here's FOX News this morning:



Conservatism doesn't seem to be working.

BE MORE CONSERVATIVE!

Shitheads.

Romney Supporters: Kill Yourself

President Obama secured a second term tonight, much to the chagrin of at least 53,558,586 people.

This is a message to those Romney supporters.

If you're on Facebook forecasting the end of the world
If you're talking about moving to another country
If you think we, as a country, are doomed
If you think Obama is a secret muslim
If you think that a black man has no place being president
If you think Obamacare is a deleterious government over-reach
If you think Obama has made this nation worse off


Then put a loaded gun in your mouth

Cock it

And pull the trigger.


You are an ignorant, racist, hateful, illiterate, superstitious, uneducated fuckwad who is retarding the progress of the United States of America.

You think the world is ending.
So get out early.

Because the world is a worse place for your being in it.


Fuck you.
Fuck Mitt Romney.
And fuck the horse you rode in on.


We elected a black man for a second term.
We elected the first openly lesbian senator.
We elected the first bisexual senator.
We voted in favor of marriage equality.


Tolerance is the wave of the future.
So get out now, biggots.


We're moving forwards, not backwards.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

President Obama 2012



Fuck you, Mitt Romney.

Fuck.  You.







Also, FUCK YOU, Romney supporters.

Bill O'Reilly:White Establishment Is Now The Minority



Subtle.

Will McAvoy on Twitter

Will McAvoy is on the Twitters.

Election 2012: We are Fucked

Back in 2008 I posted fairly regularly about the election.  I wrote about primary coverage, tracked poll development, and genuinely felt compelled to lend my voice, such as it is, to the clamor of opinionated nonsense on the tubal interwebs.

This election?  Not so much.  You don't care why, but I'm going to write about it anyway.

In 2008 President Obama handily defeated McCain.  53% of the popular vote.  365 Electoral Votes.  And he fucking won Indiana.  This year, Nate Silver has projected President Obama to get around 315 electoral votes, and the popular vote promises to be closer.

This indicates that we as a Nation, as a people, are fucked.  Not so much because President Obama's novelty has worn off, but rather because people are fucking voting for Citizen Romney.  There are human beings, some 45%+ of the voting public, who look at Citizen Romney and think, "Yeah.  That guy.  That guy should be in charge."

"What," I ask, "THE FUCK!?"

Who the fuck, who fucking looks at that shit and thinks he's presidential material, that he has leadership qualities, that he is in any way qualified to make decisions that impact the lives of the general populace?  What self-hating dolt considers a leader of Bain Capital to be the sort of person to safeguard our general welfare?

Yeah.  Mitt Romney.  He'll take care of us.

BULLSHIT.

George W. Bush was an idiot.  A C-average cokeheaded moron.  But at the end of the day I can understand his folksy appeal.  To be honest, I wouldn't mind getting drunk with George W. Bush.  I don't want him to have the nuclear fucking launch codes, but I'd do a line with him at a strip club.

Romney, though.  He doesn't even have personable.  He doesn't have charm.  You wouldn't want to have a beer with him.  You wouldn't want to talk to him.  Moreover, he has no genuine positive attributes that could foster a rational compulsion to support him.

There is no good reason to vote for Mitt Romney.

Really.

Here's the three reasons why people vote for Romney.  You can ask anyone.  Go find a Romney supporter.  Ask them why they are voting for Romney.  Their reason will fit into one of these three categories:

1)  They're rich.
2)  They're racist.
3)  They're stupid.


That's it.  There is no other reason to vote for Romney.

You have millions of dollars?  You're voting out of fiscal self-interest.  You think President Obama is a worse president that William Henry Harrison?  Congratulations, you're a fucking racist.  Or you think that zygotes have rights, jobs > environment, or you believe that anything Romney has every said belies anything more than the fact that he thinks saying it will result in getting more votes?

You're just fucking stupid.

When McCain ran against President Obama, I could at least pretend that McCain supporters saw some of those old Daily Show interviews, and then ignored everything McCain had ever done while not talking to Jon Stewart.  Or, hell, they wanted Palin to be Vice President out of a desire to get more glimpses at her tits.

I could rationalize someone supporting McCain.  The thought was salvageable.

Romney, though.

You can't fucking...there's no fucking...no god damned process by which one can get support for Romney up and running.  To put one's mentality into such a state that Romney is appealing does severe damage to one's self-conception.  It fucking breaks your fucking imagination.

I'll imagine I'm Rupert Murdohgoditburns.

That Obama is a niggereallyican'tevenfinishthis.

Maybe zygotes have feeletmediepleasejustfuckingkillmenow.

You can't do it.  Romney supporters are so fucked in the head, at such a fundamental level, that it is impossible for a sane individual to grasp whatever malevolent shit infests their mind.

And they walk among us.  That's the other thing.  When you're at the super market (not Whole Foods, but any other market) someone near you has a thought in their mind that prompts their pulling the level next to Citizen Romney's name.

They're out there.  We know they're out there.  And we have to try to have a functional civilization the composition of which is 45% motherfuckers who think this malevolent, heartless, manipulative liar is worth voting for:



"Hey, a dying man in a wheelchair.  I better walk the fuck away, lest I piss off some heteronormative white male."

We are so incredibly, immensely, undeniably fucked.

Election Day Rule




No tempting the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing.

Dixville Notch: Tie

President Obama and Fuckmunch Romney tied in Dixville Notch Voting.

In Hart's Location:  Obama 23; Romney 9

538 puts it at 92% chance of President Obama beating Magicunderwear Romney in the Electoral College.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election 2012: Electoral Maps

If you want an idea of how Tuesday night shall play out, gander at a few Electoral Maps.

Huffington Post

538

Fox News

The Fox News Electoral Map is buried 3 links from the homepage, and has most of the swing states in grey.

That seems like a good sign.


Saturday, November 3, 2012

God will [chat] you up.




Old Testament God is best God.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Katy Perry as Jane Lane



Katy Perry as Jane Lane and Shannon Woodward as Daria.

Chris Christie: Bigger than Presidential Politics



I now respect Chris Christie.

John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton - There's Even Christmas in Jail

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jimmy Fallon + No Audience = Win



You should watch last night's Jimmy Fallon.  Without a room full of people laughing, it's just a guy talking into a camera.

This is a wonderful view into reality.

Diablo 3: Fun and Profit


This weekend I played Diablo 3 and actually enjoyed it. Given that most of you gave up on the game, I wanted to pass along the secret I discovered to making D3 an enjoyable gaming experience.

Here’s the trick: You have to spend about 50,000,000 gold on the Auction House.

Since May I had utilized the same general strategy: Buy cheap MF gear to get me to cap, then farm, turn a profit, and spend none of it. The Scrooge McDuck strategy worked for a while, but as Blizzard fucked with Inferno and MF and drop rates the game steadily declined in enjoyment. Dying every 3 minutes and then porting to the Chinese gold farmer to leech kills was anti-fun. Then Blizzard introduced the Monster Power system and so there were no more public games full of Chinese farmers to join. I had to try to solo content. That did not work.

So, this weekend I got really drunk and decided to actually spend some of the gold I had obtained.

Ho-Ly Shit did it make a difference.

Now the game has become, basically, the Cow Level from D2. Run through packs to trigger them, collect them all in one big mess, and AOE the fuck out of them. Then run over the corpses to auto-collect gold and rush off to the next pack.

Since I allowed myself to spend gold, I now have a reason to farm Paragon levels. Every level increases my MF, which means that I get to slowly dump MF gear in favor of stat gear. As I progress through content I can increase the Monster Power (Think /player 8 from D2) and so increase drops, XP, etc.

If you don’t have tons of gold stockpiled, you can buy gold for fairly low prices. The current rate is about $1 for 2M gold. So, you can drop $25 or so to get a nice farming set. With a bit of persistence you can get that $25 back through RMAH sales, and end up breaking even or making a bit of profit.

So, yeah, D3 has the potential for enjoyment if you invest a bit of gold / $ in your gear. It’s still not D2, but it’s a damn better game than it was this summer.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy



Tis a cool .gif.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

[chat] You



And I will try to [chat] you.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Daily Show: Republicans and Rape

The Daily Show with Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Republican Candidate Said What About Rape Now?
www.thedailyshow.com

Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogThe Daily Show on Facebook
 


"According to the Replubican Party Platform, and the man who wants to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency:  If a woman wants to have a baby...

In vitro fertizilation?  She cannot.

Rape?  She has to."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Cat Bounce


Cat Bounce.
Because Why Not

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Tokitowa - Weekend Impressions

We've been playing Tokitowa -- the HD Animation RPG -- for the past few days.  I took a risk in buying it based on the fact that it used big 2D sprites for all the characters and monsters, while still holding to a modern-style 3rd person perspective in 3D environments and battles.


What could possibly go wrong?

And the battle system is kind of nice.  You control one playable character against one monster in real time, switching back and forth at will to either gun or sword range.  Enemies tend to hit hard enough to make watching for their unique attack patterns an important part of the game, and change their patterns depending whether your are at ranged or melee distance.  At this level, Tokitowa has an appealing way of making a game out of fighting monsters, a trick many RPGs fail to even attempt.

Yet at almost every other level, Tokitowa is just fucking around.  The first hour or so made us question whether or not it should be classified as an RPG or as a visual novel.  This for the way it locks the player into a string of conversations with a harem of anime tropes with a few opportunities for input, just to make sure that you always feel like you're really earning your bad ending.

The 2D animation, i.e. the only reason anyone is paying attention to Tokitowa, is only partly a good idea.  The sprites are generally big, expressive, and nicely detailed.  Unfortunately, they are also on pretty short loops, even the main character, meaning that you'll see the same movements with tiresome frequency.  This is made worse by the developer's apparent need to run some sort of animation whenever one of the main cast is speaking.  A hair tossing animation might not seem so repetitive if it were not, in fact, repeated at every opportunity.

I think it's unfair to fault the game for not producing infinite animation rather than merely lots and lots of it, but there are definitely problems with the way it fails to hide the corners it cuts.  Another minor yet jarringly obvious example of this is the way the extended cast often perform one thing they weren't animated to do: turn around.  There are front-facing animations, back-facing animations, and nothing in between.  One second you're speaking to someone's face, then in the next frame his back is to you as he addresses someone behind him. I'd like to think that a better developer would have given some thought to how they could work around that limitation rather than highlight it.

Even as it stands, this sort of thing wouldn't be a problem if the rest of the game were able to support the rough edges.  So much of the game consists of trivial fetch quests, an irritating supporting cast, and a story that is (so far) pretty weak.  To the game's credit / as if in admission of these shortcomings, all town/worldmap traversal is done by pointing to a location and warping there, and all treasure chests, quest items, story triggers etc are marked on the map.

This all makes it mercifully easy to rocket through the parts of the game that involve going someplace and figuring out what you should be doing there.  In general, I'm strongly in favor of streamlining typical RPG mechanics in order to shift the focus of gameplay elsewhere, so long as the focus is then on something better than physically walking to a town, talking to NPCs, or shuffling through menus to execute an attack.  What Tokitowa winds up focusing on, though, is its 2D animation hook, the conversations that drive the story, and its battle system.  The hook quickly wears out, the story is either uninteresting or wearisome, depending on whether it is a main or side quest and who you're talking to, while the battle system, again, is pretty ok.  If they had just made a game in which you fight monsters, they could have saved everyone a lot of time, and maybe even used their resources to make some great-looking battle animations instead of just pretty good ones.

All in all, I give the first 10 hours or so of Tokitowa three horny dragons out of a possible 8 hours spent in a fucking room drinking tea with idiots.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

imagine [chat]



My guess is that most people who like this song are unaware of the actual lyrics.

So, fuck you.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rescue Duck [chat]


Friday, October 12, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Melissa Benoist [chat]



I do believe Melissa Benoist just replaced Lea Michele as my Glee crush.

It was damn close, but Melissa far exceeds Lea in the "sad girl singing" category.

Friday, October 5, 2012

WoW: Panda Cabbage

I was doing quite well.  5 months and 14 days without playing WoW.  Life's on track.  I'm doing my work.  I saw the WoW pokemon videos, and was all "ok, no.  I wants it, but I can fights it."

Then this appeared on Kotaku:



It's WoW farmville.  It's a farm.  In WoW.  Your own personal farm that you have to tend every day in order to harvest your WoW farmville crops.

If you farm enough, and increase your reputation, you can get awesome reputation rewards.

Like a riding goat.

And I think to myself, "Self?  How much better would life be if you had a goat in WoW, and you could ride your WoW goat while planting Panda Cabbage?"

And my self says, "Exponentially better.  You don't need to study Latin.  You need to acquire that WoW goat."

And I'm all, "You know what, self?  You're right.  Latin sucks.  Riding goats in WoW is awesome."

I know it doesn't behoove me to play WoW.  It's $15 a month to increase numbers in a database.  And there are probably better things (scotch) to do with my money and time.

And yet...the panda cabbage.  It tempts me.

So here I sit, with neither panda cabbage nor WoW goat.  Cold and alone.

Goatless.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2012 First Presidential Debate Live Stream

Here is a list of the websites that shall be streaming the first 2012 Presidential Debate.

  • ABC News will be streaming the debate live on its YouTube channel as well as its iPad app.
  • CBS News will stream the debate live on Ustream.
  • CNN will stream the debate on its website. The news network will also allow viewers to create clips of their favorite answers and share them with their friends.
  • Fox News will be streaming the debate on its site starting at 4:45pm PT, and also feature some insights into the most popular topics of the evening through an exclusive collaboration with Twitter.
  • The Wall Street Journal is providing a live feed of the debate on it site as well as through its WSJ Live apps on the iPad, on Android devices and various Smart TV platforms.
  • Politico’s website streams the debate as well as some pre- and post-debate coverage, starting at 5pm PT.
  • Univision’s live stream of the presidential debate will be translated into Spanish in real-time.
  • C-SPAN is going to stream the debate on it site as part of its C-SPAN2 live feed.
  • The Sunlight Foundation will provide a fact-checked live stream with contextual data as part of its Sunlight Live project.
  • Alphabet of Nations

    This is Rooney's jam.

    Monday, October 1, 2012

    Romney in 1995

    Saturday, September 29, 2012

    Wedding [chat]

    WEDDING

    Friday, September 28, 2012

    FOX News: Car Chase Suicide







    Go team.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    The Flip Is Another Honey Preview

    WoW Pet Battles: So Tempting



    I now know what a recovering heroin addict feels like.

    I've been clean five months and four days.  But...the pokeymons....they call to me.

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

    MA17's Wedding: Some Words That I Said

    Note:  Putting this here because the text far exceeded the delivery, and it might be nice to go back and read through it on occasion.


    Good evening, everyone.  My name is _J_, and I am, titularly, the best man.

    When I first sat down to write this speech I quickly realized that I had no idea what the hell I was doing.  The only instruction I received from April was to not talk about sex, and everything else was fair game.  The open-ended nature of my task proved unhelpful, and so I sought the aid of the internet to hone my options via the examples of others.  If you permit me, I would like to couch the narrative of my speech within that context.  A speech about the speech, if you will.  Because that's the sort of thing that I do.

    And, let's be honest.  When you two asked me to be the best man you really ought to have expected something like this.

    So, as I searched "best man speech" and perused the Googles, I found three main categories of results.

    First, I discovered that there are numerous speech templates available to ease the writing process.  One simply inserts proper names, verbs, and emotive phrases into the provided blanks, and then you're done.  Sort of like a Mad Lib.

    Second, I discovered  many lists of do’s and don’ts.  Be funny, tell a story, don't talk about politics.  Those sorts of things.

    Finally, I found that youtube is stocked with plenty of best man speech videos labeled as either “best” or “funniest”.  One can watch those speeches and simply steal useful lines.

    Yet as my search continued, I realized the absurdity of this whole process.  The template speeches express the idea that friendships can be reduced to adjectives and anecdotes, just as most marriage ceremonies are reduced to scripted oratory and staged observance.  The lists of Dos and Don'ts privilege etiquette over honesty.  And the youtube videos seem to foster a competition:  Whose best man speech can get the most hits?

    Not this one, I assure you.

    As I reflected upon these ideas I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of cultural baggage that is attached to marriage; this bizarre ceremony by which persons exchange property, entwine souls, and gain limited powers of attorney.

    I was particularly struck by the pomp of it all; this notion of grandeur enmeshed in convoluted symbolisms beholden to historical cultural norms all of which are held in check between the pillars of tradition and taboo.

    This is the point at which you ought to realize that I really won't be telling any funny stories.

    Because funny stories are not the point of all this.

    You are not here to listen to me talk about playing Diablo 2 with Adam, or to politely chuckle as I relate the story of when April realized that my visits provided her an excuse to get out of prior commitments, because she had a friend visiting from out of town.  Right now none of you care about me or my story.

    You care about Adam and April.

    Just as I care about Adam and April.

    That’s why we’re here.

    We’re here because these two individuals had an impact on our lives.  We're here because each of us has a story to tell about Adam and April, just as Adam and April have stories to tell about us.  Without Adam and April, we're mostly a room full of strangers wearing inexplicably fancy clothing.  Yet when Adam and April enter, we find our commonality.  They brought all of us together by their being together.

    That, to me, seems like the important aspect of today's ceremony.  We’re not here for flowers or tuxes or speeches.  We're not here for the cultural baggage or spectacle.  We're here for something that cannot fit into an online form.  Adam and April, two people about whom we each care a great deal, found one another.  We’re here to celebrate that.

    And everything else is profligate.

    Except for the bar.

    So, if you will, please raise your glass.  Adam, April, we love you, we thank you, and we wish you all the best.

    Cheers.

    Bacon is Dead

    Bacon is dead people. The National Pig Association of Great Britain says so. I say fuck bacon. Watergate Salad is America's next great food trend.

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

    Rick Santorum: [chat] Sayer

    "We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country. We will never have the elite, smart people on our side."

    - Rick Santorum, on Conservatives

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Bee's Colony Collapse Disorder: Neonicotinoids

    The Mystery of the Disappearing Bees has been solved.  Turns out it wasn't cell phones.

    It was a pesticide.

    So, once again, we've fucked ourselves over by being dipshits who spray chemicals on everything.

    Because heaven forfend that we just leave shit alone.

    Walk and Talk the Vote - West Wing Reunion

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Go On: Mr. Sunshine 2



    It's mostly a new version of Mr. Sunshine.

    I'm ok with that, since Matthew Perrry is great.

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Humanity: Twilight Lincoln

    Fiction often presents us with situations in which the existence of humanity is justified to an alien invasion via an appeal to our inherent nobility, our continued striving towards betterment, our ability to reach beyond ourselves to work together for grand ideals.

    Hulu's current trailer section may very well undermine that notion entirely.

    For your consideration:


    Lincoln:  A film about the 16th President of the United States who led our country through the Civil War, preserved the Union, and ended slavery.




    Breaking Dawn Part 2:  A film about how Bella Swanson, who, having changed into a vampire, defends her daughter against the Volturi council through a coalition of other vampire clans, and some werewolves.

    If an invading alien race were presented with both of these trailers, as a summary of what humanity can accomplish, then I'm pretty sure the aliens would be justified in ending our species.

    And that's before we go into this Gangnam Style horseshit.

    One step forward.  5,000 steps back.

    SNL: Puppet Class



    More, please.

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Transgender: Mind Vs. Body

    I'm supposed to begin by acknowledging that I speak about these issues from a privileged position.  As a white hetero-normative male my lifestyle jives with historical cultural norms.  I have a penis.  I like my penis.  I want to stick my penis in a lady's shame hole.

    Just as God intended.

    When I start talking about transgender issues, gay / bi issues, the kneejerk reaction is to claim that I can't *really* understand the issues, or appreciate the struggle of these persons, because I haven't lived it, man.  I'm just a normie approaching these issues from normyville, and for some reason that renders my assessments to be skewed or biased.

    What's entertaining to me about that critique is the degree to which it is an inversion of the actual situation.  I do not have a personal stake in transgender issues, in gay or bi issues.  I'm not arguing for or against any position in order to justify my own desires.  If I argue that men ought to be allowed to fuck other men in the ass, I do not argue out of a desire to fuck men's assholes.  If I argue against this I do not argue out of a desire to quash other men's desires to fuck other men's assholes.  I'm just asking questions, and speculating about the nature of humanity, because I like to do that sort of thing.

    I don't have a personal stake in the debate, which seems like the sort of thing that would foster objectivity rather than irrelevance.

    That's my introduction.

    Robert Kosilek was born with a penis.  Over time, Robert Kosilek began to experience discomfort with his penis.  He felt feminine, uncomfortable with his male body.  Eventually, Robert Kosilek began to identify as Michelle Kosilek.  (S)he began hormone therapy and sought a surgical procedure to cut off her cock and replace it with a vagina.  The acquisition of said surgery was complicated due to Robeter Kosilek's having murdered his wife, and so landing in prison without the possibility of release.

    As I posted the other day, a judge ruled that the state has to buy Michelle Kosilek a shiny new vagina, because a bunch of soft scientists decided that cutting off Michelle's wang was the best solution to Michelle's gender consternation.

    This situation once again raised the transgender issue, the question of how to deal with persons like Kosilek who feel uncomfortable in their bodies.  The judge's ruling reinforced the idea that the best solution is surgery, so acting in accord with the transgender person's desires.

    My question is why we do that.

    The situation is that Player A is uncomfortable with Player A's body.  Player A was born with a penis, but desires a vagina.  This situation manifests a great deal of consternation and suffering on the part of Player A.  To me, it seems reasonable to alleviate this suffering.  However, there seem to be two ways to do this:

    1:  We cut off Player A's penis, and replace it with a vagina.
    2:  We remove Player A's desire for a vagina, and manifest acceptance of Player A's bepenised birth body.

    Common sentiment seems to privilege 1.
    I'm wondering why we don't go with 2.

    I should probably admit that these sorts of questions have been used against homosexual persons.  Either we permit homosexuals to fuck persons of the same sex/gender, or we remove that desire.  The persons who want to permit fucking are praised as upstanding, understanding liberals while those who seek to quash the desire are labeled as Levitican asshats.

    But why is that?

    In each of these situations, we have an option.  We can either privilege the mental or the physical.  In the case of homosexuality it gets a bit complicated, given that our interpretations of the "purpose" of a particular physical organ is beholden to historical cultural norms.  So, sure, that gay issue gets messy.

    With transgender persons, though, we have no such difficulty.  The person was born with a particular bodily appendage.  The problem is the discomfort one feels with that appendage.  The person self-reports a discomfort, and so most people acquiesce to that person's desire and maintain a favorable view for lopping off the person's penis or giving the person a penis, because heaven forfend that we critique the desire, itself.

    I'd like to suggest that we critique the desire, itself.  Or, I'd like to ask why we don't.

    Here's a hypothesis:  Perhaps the problem with a transgender person is that their desires are fucked up.  Perhaps the actual problem is their mentality, rather than their body.  Perhaps their self-conception is skewed, their attitude is skewed, their preferences are skewed, their mind is skewed.  Perhaps their true self is their body, rather than their mentality.  Wangs evidence masculinity, pussies evidence femininity, and attitudinal desires need to fucking fall in line.

    Or, at least, that's what you should be arguing.

    As products of the history of Western Metaphysics, we tend to privilege mind over body.  Even though most of us have abandoned these metaphysical schemas and embraced non-Cartesian self-conceptions we still maintain the metaphysical baggage of distinguishing mind from body, privileging the incorporeal mental over the physical body.  If Robert Kosilek "feels like" a woman, then Robert Kosilek "is" a woman, since Michelle Kosilek's mind is her true self, and the penis is simply an accidental property of his/her physical body.

    Let me say that again.

    The judicial ruling, and the psychological reports upon which it was based, privilege Michelle Kosilek's mental self-conception over Robert Kosilek's physical body.

    Just like Descartes would do.
    Just like Augustine would do.
    Just like Plotinus would do.

    Just like every dead Western Philosopher you argued against in undergrad would do.

    Now, to be honest, I'm fine with this.  But that's because I'm mostly a Cartesian Dualist who privileges incorporeal mental souls over physical bodies.  I discern that one's true self is mentality, and the bodily machine within which the ghost resides is mostly an accidental result of estrangement from our True Nature.  Our actual, True selves are those immaterial self-conceptions while this moist fleshy shit within which we're stuck is a prison from which we eventually escape in order to enter the realm of Eternal Truths.

    But you don't fucking believe that.

    You're in a post-Darwinian mindset wherein you're actually an organism dwelling within an organic eco-system.  In your story, you were born an encultured physical entity that constructed the logical fiction of a mental "I".  You privilege the body, physicality, and secondarily to that is this mental emotive attitudinal malarkey that can be reduced to bio-physical processes of the brain.  In your world view, you, and every other human being, is just a very elaborate moist toaster.

    Except for when we start to talk about transgender issues.

    My suggestion is that persons adopt a coherent narrative, and embrace their primary assumptions of reality.  If you actually consider human beings to be bio-physical organisms that can be reductively explained in terms of chemical processes of the brain, then fucking argue for that, and maintain that Robert Kosilek doesn't need a penis so much as he needs more serotonin injections.

    If, however, you maintain that Robert Kosilek needs a vagina in order to manifest coherence between Kosilek's mental and physical selves, then that's fine, too.

    Provided that you articulate your position as, "Speaking as a Cartesian Dualist, I must privilege Player A's immaterial mental conception over Player A's physical self.  Player A's immaterial soul is female, while Player A's body is male.  So, we need to modify the physical body to compliment the immaterial soul."

    Because that's your fucking argument.

    Lorax SUV: Missing the Fucking Point



    This is why we don't remake Dr. Seuss stories.

    People miss the fucking point.

    Here is the actual Lorax Cartoon, that actually gets it:
    Part 1
    Part 2

    Sunday, September 9, 2012

    Kosilek: Sex Change for Inmates

    We now buy vaginas for inmates.

    Robert Kosilek was convicted of murdering his wife in 1990.  Kosilek changed his name to Michelle in 1993.  Kosilek started hormone therapy in 2003.  Throughout his time in prison Kosilek has tried to sue for the ability to have sex reassignment surgery using the following argument:

    "Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets," Kosilek said. "People in the prisons who have bad hearts, hips or knees have surgery to repair those things. My medical needs are no less important or more important than the person in the cell next to me."

    On September 4th, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled that Kosilek's constitutional rights were violated when Kosilek was denied gender reassignment surgery:

    “It is unusual to treat a prisoner suffering severely from a gender identity disorder differently than the numerous inmates suffering from more familiar forms of mental illness.  It is not permissible for prison officials to do so just because the fact that a gender identity disorder is a major mental illness not understood by much of the public and the required treatment for it is unpopular.”

    Massachusetts must now pay for Kosilek's gender reassignment surgery using taxpayer money.

    Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown agree that this is a strange use of taxpayer dollars.  I guess the parties can agree on some things.

    So, to summarize:

    If you're poor, unemployed, and don't have health insurance you can die in a gutter from pneumonia.

    If you murder your wife, the state will buy you a shiny new vagina.

    Or, said another way:  Murders > Poor People

    Go team.

    Saturday, September 8, 2012

    Pumpkin [chat]



    Tis the season!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012

    Alkaizer Paragon Farm Live Stream

    If you have a minute you should watch the live stream of the guy who is currently leading the Paragon Level race in Diablo 3.

    It's kind of mostly absurd.

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    Neil Armstrong [chat]

    Neil Armstrong dies at 82.

    He was the first human being to walk on the moon.


    But, Previn, We Work in Silence.

    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    Smell yo [chat]



    You live in a world in which this exists.

    I thought you ought to be aware of that fact.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    D3: Paragon Level 100 in 32 days /played

    Diablo Patch 1.0.4 added Paragon levels to the game.  These are levels players gain after they reach level 60.  There are 100 Plvls.

    Persons wondered how long it would take to reach Plvl 100.  Now that we have some hard data, we can calculate it.

    According to Diabloprogress, two characters are currently at Plvl 17.  The patch went live yesterday around this time, so we can approximate that in 24 hours /played a character can reach Plvl 17.

    Now we just do some math.

    • Two Players reached Plvl 17 in 24 hours /played.
    • XP required to reach Plvl 17:  318,240,000
    • 318,240,000 in 24 hours = 13,260,000 XP per Hour
    • XP required to reach Plvl 100: 10,454,400,000
    • 10,454,400,000 / 13,260,000 = 788 Hours
    • 788 Hours / 24 = 32 Days

    So, given the current progress rates, in ideal conditions a player ought to reach Plvl 100 in 32 days /played.

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Akin and Santorum: Legitimate Rape and Rape Babies

    I’m trying to figure out why so many people are pissed at Rep. Todd Akin.

    Granted, Akin said some reprehensible shit regarding women, and some goofy nonsense regarding basic biological facts of reproduction. He dug further by clarifying that he meant to say “forced rape” rather than “legitimate rape” because, in his mind, that is a meaningful distinction.

    Yes, he’s a misogynist asshole who hates women. But that doesn’t necessarily go against the Republican party platform. In fact, it fits in rather nicely with the beliefs of other prominent Republicans.

    Remember Rick Santrum? Remember how he said that Rape Babies Are A Gift From God?



    That fucker went on to amass 255 delegates in the Republican Primaries.

    Now, explain this to me.

    Todd Akin: Women rarely get pregnant in cases of legitimate / forceable rape.

    Rick Santorum: Rape Babies are a surprise gift from God.

    Santorum got 255 delegates. Todd Akin is being asked to drop out of the race.

    That seems to be fucked up.

    I am not arguing that since Santorum was not reprimanded Akin oughtn’t be reprimanded either. I’m simply pointing out an inconsistency. Santorum and Akin both think women are birthing tubes. Santorum and Akin both downplay the impact of rape. They both hate women.

    I don’t perceive any practical difference in what they said. With respect to this issue, Akin and Santorum seem like monozygotic twins in a rape victim.

    And I doubt that Conservatives will abort either.

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    D3 Dev Drama

    Kind of entertaining.



    From this site:  http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=487666&page=2

    Reddit thread:  http://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/yiftp/did_everyone_miss_the_drama/

    D3 1.0.4 MF Changes: Paragon System

    Introducing the Paragon System.

    "With the Paragon system in place, we’re capping Magic Find and Gold Find to 300% (before Nephalem Valor)."

    No.

    No.

    No!



    Once again, Blizzard takes a gigantic leap away from D2, and lowers the proverbial bar on D3's difficulty.

    You invested time and effort crafting a gearset in which you had high MF and DPS? Fuck you, buddy!

    You lazily wandered through the game giving no thought to item acquisition? Here, have 300% MF on us. Don't worry! You won't have to think. Just keep smashing monsters and you'll get it automatically.

    Christ on a cracker this game is fucked up.

    No metagaming.  No skill decisions.  No permanence to talent choices.  No MF gear.

    It's as if they hate people who understand the game, and want to punish people who actually put effort into their characters.  You spent millions amassing a MF set?  Fuck you!  Your having MF and DPS on the same set made someone else sad.  So we're going to nerf your ass to make other people feel special.

    When does Torchlight 2 come out?