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  1. Aaron Blain

    Good Playstation Games?

    Death Battle of He Man Creatures is an awesome description. I don't understand why this genre isn't bigger. The only one I haven't tried yet is Wrath Unleashed on PS2. My recommendations: -Play Mayhem Mode and try to figure out what the hard counters are. There aren't many, but you should be able to kill a Prana Devil using Wasp every time. Anybody slow is likely helpless against the Phoenix. -Figure out at least one way to reliably beat each unit. The best way I've found to kill Angel is using Tesla, maxing out the lightning towers, and playing defense. Most units have a chance against Brontu if they can keep the high ground. -Get familiar with all the arenas. It's really frustrating having your campaign screwed up because a trampoline isn't working the way you expect.
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    What Video Game Are You Currently Playing?

    Finally tried playing a few hours of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. I'm definitely into it but I think I'm still partial to Blood Omen. Underappreciated series though. Also played the first few maps of the ps1 Powerslave. It's so smooth and polished.
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    Good Playstation Games?

    I also recommend Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time. The solid-color cartoon textures look really good, and the gameplay is fairly polished. Pandemonium! is very fluid, accessible, simple, relaxing. Has a sort of Donkey Kong Country feel.
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    Thank you everybody!!

    No one should be embarrassed about the fact that they feel safe somewhere like Doomworld. The destruction of all social fabric is an ever-deepening pandemic. It's not just an enormous coincidence that almost everyone you meet feels anxious and isolated.
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    A Response To Arturo's Statements

    Social Darwinism has been scientifically refuted since the 1960's. Unlike other life forms, humans adapt through behavior and culture -- we don't teach kids to read and write by killing all the kids who aren't born randomly able to read and write. We are not rosebushes or milk cows. Depends on where you live and what your material situation is, but if you're able to talk to a counselor or therapist (as everyone in the modern world should do if they can), I'm guessing they're going to posit the view that human beings are intrinsically valuable. I'm not even making a moral or spiritual argument here -- there simply is no empirical basis on which to assert that someone is "worthless". The "Great Man" is a myth used to apologize for exploitation. Thomas Edison and Bill Gates took credit for work carried out for generations or centuries just because it happened to bear fruit in their presence. Also, JFK was an imperialist and Churchill was a mass murderer.
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    Good Playstation Games?

    The Unholy War is a followup to Archon and Star Control. You move your units around on a turn-based strat map that works like a simpler Wesnoth, and the battles are a top-down brawler. Simple, accessible controls and mechanics but incredible depth and balance. One of my favorite games of all time.
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    fellow doomers, any mobile games you like?

    Cosmic Wars is a criminally-underappreciated 'Wars game set in the Gradius universe. Instead of a campaign, it has a strategic map where you use a menu to buy ships and deploy fleets at the start of your turn, then move them around to different star systems. It's a little bit of work to track down an English translation hack and documentation, but it's well worth it. I've never been able to rope anyone into playing it in Versus Mode, which I think could get ridiculously epic on the larger scenarios. When I want to play a strategy game on mobile, I use emulators to play this, Romance of the Three Kingdoms III, Advance Wars 2 and Master of Monsters.
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    Things about Doom you still don't understand

    Distinctive silhouettes. One of the many things that puts me off modern fps games is that the weapons are a bunch of differently-chunky long rifles. By the same token, I don't prefer Doom mods that replace either the pistol or the chaingun with a rifle or some kind of smg. I know it's for variety's sake but I like the contrast of the vanilla weapons better.
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    The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King.

    @KitynThat's a much better map, thank you. Still the 2nd most destructive empire in history. My point is that people outside the eurocentric "International Community" are less likely to have a fond view of the British crown. Thanks for injecting some nuance! But again, I wouldn't even put Victoria near the top of my list of blame for the tens of millions who were killed or starved to death on her watch. That would be perhaps Gladstone &co, or Bentham and Malthus. The Rumsfelds and Blairs and Dugins of their day.
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    The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King.

    A symbol, yes, but materially speaking not among the worst bad actors. I don't disagree with you though. I'm currently working my way through the core of the anarchist canon. I didn't find Proudhon's What is Property? or Bakunin's Statism and Anarchy very compelling or persuasive, but I'm trying to steel-man my picture of anarchism as best I can. Moving on to Kropotkin and Malatesta next, but that's a subject for a different thread.
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    The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King.

    Yeah, it's specifically taking the techniques of anticommunist propaganda and applying them to England. The only thing missing is unconfirmed reports of thousands of people being executed by firing squad for having the same haircut as the Supreme Leader Elizabeth, and thousands of people being executed by firing squad for not having the same haircut as the Supreme Leader Elizabeth. But, again, she wasn't one of the main decision-makers or even one of the main beneficiaries of imperialism.
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    The Queen is Dead. Long Live the King.

    Dang, beat me to it! I don't watch much of her but this one is brilliant. DW has a pretty international community, so I wouldn't expect too many tears shed for British royalty, but they got in most of their really heavy-duty mass-murdering before Elizabeth's time. She was more of a pop culture icon than anything else. Kissinger and Cheney are much more deserving of animosity.
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    fellow doomers, any mobile games you like?

    I do most of my gaming on my phone, because that's just my life. I have a compact bluetooth keyboard with trackpad that works flawlessly with Delta Touch. I also have one of those telescoping gamepads that fits around a phone. It works great. Most of my gaming time is turn-based games that aren't spoiled by touchscreen controls. I use RetroArch a lot. I'd also like to plug an app called Magic DosBox, a Dos emulator that lets you design your own custom widgets for each game. It's ridiculously powerful. I play a lot of Dos RPG's this way. Mobile games, as in games made specifically for mobile devices, are unbelievably horrible. Every once in a while I'll sift through the Play Store hoping to find a gem, but it's just depressing. I'd love to get some good recommendations from this thread.
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    Most recent movie you saw

    Finally watched Sorry to Bother You. Very weird and funny and smart. Highly relevant and cathartic for anyone who has ever had a job or paid rent.
  15. Dude, what are you guys talking about? Flash Gordon is awesome. Also check out the documentary about the star, and why he never blew up but still has a cult following: