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  1. EllipsusD

    US federal authorities shut down 9 pirate sites

    Ah, I think I see what you're getting at. We may just be interpreting that statement differently. "Sense of entitlement" here seems to refer more to a characteristic than an object. I'm not entirely sure (if) why it is being interprested as representing an object in this discussion, but whatever.
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    US federal authorities shut down 9 pirate sites

    How is a "sense of entitlement" in any way limited to objects? A lot of the comments I have heard about piracy recently boil down to people saying that they want the game, but only on their terms. If they have to pay more than what they feel is necessary, if the oppose even an uninvasive DRM, or even if they just don't think they will like the game enough to give any money for it (but will somehow like it enough to play it...), piracy, or whatever term you would prefer to use for it, becomes a viable option for them. Disagreeing with intellectual property right goes right into that. So just because something is intangible that means someone is entitled to a copy of it regardless of how much it cost to create the orginal, or how much the creating entity wants for it?
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    US federal authorities shut down 9 pirate sites

    If you're going to get technical about it, counterfeiters is the wrong word as well. Counterfeiting is an act of claiming that a product (which is usually inferior) is made by a well known brand (when it isn't) in order to get people to buy it. Even if the people selling bootleg/warez copies of stuff claim that those copies are legitimate, the actual content of what is being sold was actually made by the company in question. It's just that they're copies.
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    Oklahoma to pass new anti-abortion law.

    Yeah, there's a fair bit of stupidity going on here in Texas too. Maybe it's a proximity thing... Anyway, it seems that people are already gearing up to fight these laws. Really it should only be a matter of time before they are overturned by the court system.
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    Don't go in the Basement

    I saw the movie a couple of days after it started in theatres, before I really heard much of the hype about it... though somehow I manage to be oblivious to hype about most things, so I guess that helped. Anyway, I really liked the movie at the time. Most people seem to hate it, though.
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    Hardest games ever?

    I personally never really had too much trouble with the original Mega Man, so it's kind of strange to here people say that it was difficult. Some of the Castlevania games were pretty hard, and Fester's Quest was something I couldn't beat until a few years ago, but I think the only NES game I own thatI have never been able to complete is the original Ninja Turtles game. There's just too much craziness going on once you get into the Technodrome.
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    A powerful new PC - is it worth it?

    I think this is really the key point here. If you don't play games as much these days then there seems to be less of a reason you should be looking at consoles, or possibly upgrading. If you're thinking about it from the 'games' perspective, consider what it is that you want to play and what system those games are on. If you aren't interrested in console games then why bother? If you prefer PC games, then how is your PC running them now? If they aren't running at their best, is it something a small upgrade like ram could fix in the short term? As I see it, there's no need to update a machine that is working well enough to fit your needs. When it gets to the point where it no longer does that, then yes, a new PC (IMO) is the way to go. If it helps, think of the money as an investment; spending the money to make it nice now will (hopefully) increase it's overall lifespan, so maybe you can wait another 5+ years before you have to upgrade again. Ultimately you should do what fits your needs and not end up like a lot of people and think "well, I have the money, might as well spend it all."
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    Doom 4 in Motion, id Is Hiring

    I just hope that they've taken the complaints about Doom 3 to heart and will design the new game in a way that eliminates them. But at the same time, I've also learned a lesson; I'm not going to be following this one as closely as I did Doom 3. Getting too hyped up about it and knowing too much beforehand helped to kill the experience.
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    The most chilling/disturbing/scariest game or moment?

    Don't get me wrong, The Suffering was a great game, but it seemed to suffer in the same way that Undying did: the beginning was atmospheric and scary, but towards the end of the game it really seemed to lose steam. I dunno, maybe it just seemed like that to me.
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    Very gory NES game

    Well the Splatterhouse that came out on the NES wasn't really that gory. More goofy than anything else. Then again, for gory NES games, Abadox was the goriest one I have personally played, though it's a different kind of gory than Chiller.
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    Games with the hardest puzzles?

    While most of the puzzles in Shivers and Shivers 2 weren't too bad, there were a few of them in there that were mind numbingly difficult.
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    Which Quake 1 Console Port Is Better?

    Seriously? I haven't seen all of the N64 levels, but on the point of E1M1, how is it so amazingly different? Both versions are missing one of the secrets, though the N64 version is missing some of the architecture under the bridge leading to the nailgun and the lighting is a little off, but otherwise it's spot on. I mean, it's a lot closer than the Saturn version of that level, at least. That said, though, if all of the levels in the Saturn version take the degree of liberty, or more, than they did with E1M1, it might be fun to play. It's interresting to see a slightly different take on the same old levels.
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    1-18-08 (Project Cloverfield)

    Think about it in the sense that there are two stories going on. One is the giant monster that is for some reason attacking New York, and the other is, in some way, the relationship between the main character and the girl that he likes (couldn't bother to remember the names), which actually does have some sort of resolution. Yeah, the indestructible camera was kind of unbelievable, as was any "oh something that wants to kill me is chasing me right now, maybe I'll run away while holding up the camera and filming instead of lowering it for a second and hauling ass" moment, but in the end there's only so much they can do to make a functional movie while still trying to film it from that perspective.
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    1-18-08 (Project Cloverfield)

    I'm going to have to go ahead and second that it was a good movie. It leaves a lot unanswered, though, but then again I suppose when you think of the focus of the movie in a different light, it says all it needs to say.
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    Finally, video game reviews that tell it like it is.

    Ok, I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinions... but seriously? I mean, I understand some of the complaints, but others seem completely arbitrary, or have to do with things that were standard for the time the games came out.