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chyron8472

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#1093095
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Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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Is there any evidence to show gender reassignment surgery is frequently paid for by the government through the use of military medical coverage? That sounds like a “few and far between” issue.

For myself, I don’t really approve of the idea, and I do kind of agree with the sentiment that one should “make that decision beforehand.” But again, I’m not sure why it’s such a big problem one way or the other that it merits national debate. I mean, of the extremely small percentage of people who are trans, how many of them have the desire to experience military boot camp; and how many of those would make the choice to reassign after enlisting? That feels to me like it would be in the double digits at best. So why is the country all up in arms about it like it’s a huge deal?

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#1092337
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Video Game Thread
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chyron8472 said:

Okay, I’ve played plenty of Breath of the Wild by now and…wait for it… I can’t say it’s my favorite Zelda game.

It’s sooo different from the other games. I know people who complain about previous 3D Zeldas being too formulaic, but because this Zelda game so different in style, scope, and difficulty, et al., that comparing Breath of the Wild to Twilight Princess or Wind Waker is almost completely unfair. It’s almost a completely different genre of game.

I’ve been playing this game for several dozen hours now. I don’t recall how many. So much so that I’m addicted to it.

I love this game. It’s fantastic. But the catch is I’ve played several other open world games before, and so certain aspects feel derivative. Yes, the towers in BOTW are better than those in Assassin’s Creed. Yes, the open world action swordplay is better than in Shadow of Mordor. Yes, this game takes solid gamplay mechanics, improves them, adds fantastic story and dialogue, and rolls them into one amazing experience. But sometimes I’m playing the game and I feel like I’ve done these things in other games, even though this does it better.

This is in contrast to other Zelda games, where no one else does it quite like Zelda. If any other game copies Zelda gameplay, it’s them copying it–not it copying them. It’s as though Zelda basically wrote the book on action adventure games. But Breath of the Wild is largely consolidating and improving on existing mechanics from other properties. There are movies that I love that do this–like Star Wars. I love Star Wars. But I haven’t seen the films and serials from which it was derived, and so I don’t compare it to them.

So that’s why I’m perplexed about where Breath of the Wild sits on my personal list of favorite Zelda games. It’s wonderful, but it’s derivative; while the other 3D games are original but formulaic. And I don’t mind the formula because it just works.

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#1092330
Topic
All Things Star Trek
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Tuvok mentioned that the Prime Directive stunned to apply, and Janeway said that they were already involved whether they wanted to be or not.

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#1092148
Topic
What are you reading?
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I also had problems getting through Xenocide back in the day. Xenocide and Children of the Mind are much more… “cerebral” is how Card puts it, than the first two books. Plus, I couldn’t stand Han Qing-jao at all. I think audiobooks help in some respects with books that can be a bit of a slog, in that the narrator continues on at pace and doesn’t stop to make sense of technical or philosophical whatsit.

I did also listen to Jurassic Park on audiobook, and I liked it. However, I think the movie was better in that it seemed to have the right number of action sequences. I think Crichton could have cut both the T-Rex at the waterfall and the Raptors in the lab from the book, and the story would have flowed better for it. I did like Nedry’s death in the book better, though. It was so much more of an aptly gruesome end for his character.

But seriously, I highly recommend the Expeditionary Force series–at least the first book, Columbus Day. Humor hooks me in to a serious storyline, and I cracked up laughing at the main character’s description of that stupid ice cream truck.

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#1092074
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What are you reading?
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Can we please cut down on the Bible-bashing? I understand many of you don’t believe, but seriously.

I’ve been listening to plenty of unabridged audiobooks lately. I’m currently re-listening to the books in the Ender’s Game universe)–and am currently on book 2 of the Shadow series, Shadow of the Hegemon.

Before that, I was listening to Expeditionary Force, books 1 and 2.

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#1091547
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All Things Star Trek
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TV’s Frink said:

TV’s Frink said:

How is it that people who don’t like certain aspects of Star Trek (or Trek at all, for that matter) are jerks and trolls?

Why didn’t we get an answer to this question?

Is it because there is no rational answer?

It’s because I’m not interested in discussing it further. I already made my point as clear as I can make it. I’d rather change the subject at this point.

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#1091118
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All Things Star Trek
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I don’t know why the showrunner would say “the Klingons are not consistent.” It’s TOS (the show) that differs from the rest. From Star Trek III onward, the Klingons are fairly consistent in appearance; and inconsistencies are addressed in the Affliction/Divergence arc of Enterprise.

About the biggest unexplained inconsistency with them is the change in Worf’s cranial ridges.

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#1091101
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All Things Star Trek
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TV’s Frink said:

I can’t quite figure it out either. I thought he doesn’t like that people complain about Star Trek because it somehow prevents him from talking about the things he likes about Star Trek, but…

¯\(ツ)

Let me put it simply for you: I’m not fond of jerks and trolls.

Now if you would kindly shut up, that would be appreciated.

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#1091082
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All Things Star Trek
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TV’s Frink said:

chyron8472 said:

I’m saying I like liking things; it’s harder to openly like them around people who dump on them; and I wish people talked more about what they like about Trek rather than what they hate about it.

Seems like that’s your problem, but whatever ™.

One doesn’t have to acknowledge it to be their problem for them to still have a problem. If someone has a sour attitude, it’s not necessarily just everyone else’s problem if said person doesn’t notice it in themselves nor care.

So no, it’s not my problem.

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#1091071
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All Things Star Trek
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TV’s Frink said:

this is someone making no arguments at all other than “why doesn’t everyone like what I like?”

That’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying it’s a bummer that people seem to like to complain a lot–especially on the internet. (“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” -Oscar Wilde)

I’m not saying people have to like what I like. I’m saying I like liking things; it’s harder to openly like them around people who dump on them; and I wish people talked more about what they like about Trek rather than what they hate about it.

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#1091047
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All Things Star Trek
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TV’s Frink said:

Why do people care so much about what other people think about a TV show?

Why do people care about anything anyone ever says about anything?

Because that’s what relationship is. That’s what community is. People find friends more easily in things with which they have a common interest. It’s why this forum (or any forum) exists in the first place.

Honestly, I don’t see why you even asked that question.

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#1090996
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All Things Star Trek
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Tried catching up on this thread from where I last visited, and all I’m hearing is: “DS9 sucks because…”; “Kelvin Timeline sucks because…”

et al. ad nauseum.

This is why I think Trek needed to be rebooted. Because trying to please the current fanbase was increasingly exceedingly difficult to accomplish.

It makes it hard to talk about why I like things if people keep blathering on about why they suck.

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#1089201
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Video Game Thread
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chyron8472 said:

Okay, I’ve played plenty of Breath of the Wild by now and…wait for it… I can’t say it’s my favorite Zelda game.

It’s sooo different from the other games. I know people who complain about previous 3D Zeldas being too formulaic, but because this Zelda game so different in style, scope, and difficulty, et al., that comparing Breath of the Wild to Twilight Princess or Wind Waker is almost completely unfair. It’s almost a completely different genre of game.

I think I know what my issue is: I haven’t been doing much of the story. I’ve been doing as much of the main quests as I needed to, and then wandered off on a personal quest to activate all of the towers, or get enough supplies to purchase ancient armor, or [insert another random activity].

When I get into the story missions, the story and the dialogue are fantastic.

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#1088836
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Video Game Thread
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Okay, I’ve played plenty of Breath of the Wild by now and…wait for it… I can’t say it’s my favorite Zelda game.

It’s sooo different from the other games. I know people who complain about previous 3D Zeldas being too formulaic, but because this Zelda game so different in style, scope, and difficulty, et al., that comparing Breath of the Wild to Twilight Princess or Wind Waker is almost completely unfair. It’s almost a completely different genre of game.

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#1088700
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Video Game Thread
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Possessed said:

Speaking of Zelda I’ve been playing Majoras Mask (n64 version but in high resolution and with enhanced texture packs via project64) and man that game is a work of art. Really puts you in a mood. The song of healing has such a magical feeling I almost feel like my own sorrows and (mental) problems melt away when I hear it.

I love the Zelda franchise a lot, but I never liked Majora’s Mask very much compared to the other 3D Zeldas. It’s a great game in its own right, but I find it to be disturbingly dark. Being that collecting all of the masks is the only way to tell all of the story, I also feel like the game forces me to use a guide in order to play it as intended. Essentially, you have to be in the right places at the right times and in the right order, and in doing so there’s a lot of hurry-up-and-wait.

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#1088682
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Video Game Thread
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So I ordered a Switch from GameStop, and just received it and a copy of Zelda: Breath of the Wild two days ago.
…and BOY HOWDY is it amazing.

I ordered a bundle that came with Zelda, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and ARMS; and I took the unopened physical copies to the store and exchanged them for digital codes. It’s my thing: I really like not swapping physical media if I don’t need to and I’ve been that way for at least 15 years.

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#1085076
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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TV’s Frink said:

I like how I’m the jerk even though you’re the one trivializing people who have actual real problems, as opposed to being annoyed by an acronym.

As though /everyone/ does not have actual real problems, and that if someone is annoyed by something fairly trivial it gives you grounds to be rude. Plus, wishing that a community had a way to identify themselves that was easier to say and not ever-changing does not trivialize or marginalize them.

Hahaha, I didn’t realize showing compassion for people who have difficulties is considered an elitist attitude. I’ll try harder to be more mean going forward.

You’re not showing compassion for people who have difficulties. You’re being an ass. Your comments here have zero effect on improving any issues they may have.

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#1085046
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
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TV’s Frink said:

I’ll bet the people who those acronyms apply to sure wish having to “deal” with an acronym was the biggest problem they had to deal with. Seriously, get over it.

Or you could try not being a jerk just because I voiced an opinion, whether it’s a trivial issue or not.

Also, lol at the idea that you don’t agree with gender fluidity as a concept. I don’t agree with you as a concept but presumably you’re a real person anyway.

You know… I’m a moderate Democrat, but I’m beginning to understand how some people on the right might say they feel that people on the left have an elitist attitude when they encounter opposing views. Go pull the stick out, please.

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#1084892
Topic
Random Thoughts
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