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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago Ethical Questions Concerning Evacuation...72.154.XXX.XXX6 years ago
If it's up to me, I evacuate everyone if the situation is as grave as the Pompei volcano type example. I'd evacuate them forcefully if I had to. I wouldn't let you stupidly risk your life because you "thought" you'd be fine through either luck, a miracle, or hoping the situation wasn't going to be as bad as all the EXPERTS thought. 'Course, philosophy like that is why I wouldn't be in charge in the first place. People tend to like freedom to make their own choices (good or bad).

I respect peoples' desire to do what THEY think is best and not have decisions forced upon them, but I draw the line at life and death situations. If you want to blow all your money on lottery tickets or smoke three packs of cigarettes a day or eat nothing but fast food for every meal, I won't tell you you can't. Maybe you'll be the .0001% that lucks out and strikes it rich in the lottery instead of going broke. For whatever reason people enjoy smoking, I wouldn't deprive them of that even though it's an incredible health risk because they should know that it's a tradeoff. Something you enjoy in the now that's going to hurt you in the long term. Fast food's in a pretty similar boat. It's bad for you and it (along with smoking) hurts your quality of life, but it isn't an automatic and instant death sentence. In the volcano case, there is no upside. You're risking instant death (and a high likelihood of it too) on the hope that things don't happen the way we predict and you end up ok. I liken it to playing Russian Roulette. MAYBE you'll get lucky and survive, but it presents absolutely no upside other than not dying. Not dying is great and all, but you get a 100% chance of not dying (as opposed to a very slim one) if you simply don't play Russian Roulette, or in this case if you get up and evacuate the area.

So... That's my reasoning in a nutshell.
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago Exterminate a species to protect your own?72.154.XXX.XXX6 years ago
That's as clear a title as I can make without it getting way too long for a title. This particular question comes from the forums on the Dragon Age wikia site. They were pretty much split on the matter.

The discussion was based on whether or not killing a high dragon in the game Dragon Age: Origins was a good or evil act. In the game, dragons are dangerously close to extinction (were actually thought to be extinct for a while) and high dragons are the only dragons capable of reproducing. For all we know, the one we fight could possibly be one of the last high dragons in existence. High dragons are also living tanks in a medieval world. All dragons are dangerous (duh) but these are capable of massive destruction (entire towns razed and several thousand killed) and are almost impossible to kill unless you get some of the very best to take it on. This particular high dragon is fairly secluded up in some mountains, but cultists worshiping it seem to expect it to leave and go on a frenzy to kill the non-believers at some point (in reality it would probably just leave because it wanted to).

The debate was whether it was wrong of you to kill it or not. Even though it's not near a populated area, the high dragon is still an incredibly dangerous creature. As terrible as it would be for any species to go extinct, I was in favor of doing it because I feel that it isn't / wouldn't be worth thousands upon thousands of human lives. To put it another way, I'd be sad if the species was wiped out, but I wouldn't trade thousands of my own species for them to be saved.

Anyone else have opinions on the matter or a similar example they'd like to share?
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago Is a Gameboy worth it?72.154.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I played the crap out of my Gameboy SP. I still love that thing. Of course I'd recommend it to anyone interested in getting one!

1) I like all those games at least, not that I have any idea how my taste relates to yours. Pokemon is a great staple to any gamer's library. I don't think there's any way you can go wrong with Pokemon. Never played the Zelda game, but once again Zelda is a Nintendo cornerstone so I assume it's good. And I have enjoyed other Zelda games I've played. Mario is always a good choice, and if you enjoy Final Fantasy then I see no reason why you wouldn't like FF4.

2) I've never had nor have I ever heard of a Gameboy dieing from overuse. And I log tons of hours on mine so I assume if it was possible to kill one like that then I would have done it. They can be damaged by dropping them much like any other electronic, but one drop from a few feet off the ground shouldn't break it beyond use unless you drop it on concrete or asphalt or something jagged. And since it's an SP make sure you get a charger with it because you don't replace the batteries in it ever. You might've already known that, but it doesn't hurt anyone for me to point that out.

3) If you want a system on a budget Gameboys are the way to go. My personal favorite Gameboy game is Fire Emblem (no subtitle) if you're interested in looking at other games. It's an RPG and its combat is turn based and heavily numbers influenced. Like, you don't mash buttons to kill enemies, and instead you direct your units and tell them to attack and watch them. I like it because the combat is numbers driven and I love math. Llike say "80% to hit, 7 damage, 3% chance for a critical hit" pops up when you make Kent attack a bandit. Then you watch your roll of the dice to see if the number gods favored you. Plus the characters are, well, characters. Not unit A or soldier 7, they each have names and personalities that you can learn more about by having them support (basically buddy up) each other. Maybe more than you wanted to hear about some random game, but I thought it best to try and describe it pretty well.

4) I haven't used the forums in almost a year, but I assume there's nothing wrong with posting here. If this is wrong, well whatever, I personally don't care.

5) I will attempt to link you to a Fire Emblem review because no doubt this guy explained it better than me. But I haven't done this in a while, so no telling if I'll do it correctly or not. This is the link
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago New is old again?!72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
Actually not a bad conversation topic this time. It's the nostalgia factor. Not everything has to be cutting edge graphics and realer than real to be good. Graphics are highly overrated unless they're so bad you simply can't play the game (like a bad shooter or sports game or something). In a story driven game, graphics take a back seat to the story line, character development, world exploring, and battles. The old timey, pixelated graphics bring back pleasant memories of what it was like to play games when we were younger.
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago your favorite character personality trait 72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
Elwyen's constant sex references that fly over Mardek's head were pretty funny. Mardek's obliviousness in general is pretty funny actually. Legion's various personalities could be funny at times, like the yellow one in the forest and Baron whenever he felt the need to say anything at all.

Not all of them have to be funny to be liked though. I liked the trust and camaraderie between Mardek and Deugan, and Mardek's happy-go-lucky attitude is always good to see in at least one character in a game. I also really liked learning about Zach, and the fact that he just looks like a badass in general.
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago I'm scared.72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
I don't really have any phobias. I do however, like most people, feel on edge if I'm up high in a place without much railing or something to protect careless people from falling off. I'm also not fond of bugs. Specifically the ones that come in swarms, bump into you constantly, and like to land right beneath my shoes as I'm walking.

Things that I'm legitimately scared of: dieing, driving in heavy traffic, and being forced to live a life I don't want to.

Dieing is an easy one. I like being alive. It's fun. There's stuff to do. I'm not too concerned about being remembered (though I suppose that'd be nice), it's just that I like what I have and I don't want to lose it. There's so much to do and see and experience here, and I don't want to miss out on it. It's not so much the act of dieing / being killed part that worries me, it's the thought of all the stuff I'll be leaving behind.

The driving in heavy traffic part sort of relates to dieing. It's also largely influenced by the lack of control I have in that situation, which is why I rarely do it. I'm in a two ton vehicle moving over 50 miles per hour in the middle of a bunch of other vehicles (some much heavier and moving much faster) and I have to worry about how to avoid all of them. I can control what I'm doing and not make any mistakes and not run into anybody, but the fact that someone else could have a momentary slip-up and cause a major accident that could end lives worries me.

The "forced to live a life I don't want to" is pretty much me growing up and making tough decisions. I don't have a specific idea of what I want to do with my life, but I know the things I like and I'd like to have a job and family / personal life that makes me happy. However, I know that there can be many unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances that could force me into taking a job I hate because I'd have no other choice or something like that. This one might actually scare me the most of the three.
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago How gory is Dragon Age?72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
heh yeah um... It's pretty gory. I love the game because of all the choices I get to make and bonding with all my party members and stuff, and the fighting I like but it is pretty messy. There really is a ridiculous amount of blood, and it does stick to your characters so you spend a good deal of time running around with darkspawn blood on your armor and face. I don't recall ever seeing any guts, but I've decapitated enemies on multiple occasions. There are also a lot of times where you'll run across a dead body that's been burned to a crisp or piles of bodies stacked somewhere in a darkspawn infested cave. And now that I think about it, there's a part where you encounter a darkspawn boss and their lair is really, really fleshy and gross looking. I wouldn't recommend the game to anyone with a weak stomach.
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago The wonderfully remarkable Word Association Game72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
Titanic

I was hoping to think of something cooler, but the famous "unsinkable" ship that was breached by a glacier was the first thing that came to my mind.
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago Mardek Chapter Three:Keystones Most Tragic Person72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
It's a tough one to choose. Qualna, Deugan,and Mardek are all pretty tragic stories. Zach, Emela, Muriance, and Donovan have pretty sad stories too, albeit to a far lesser extent. I actually don't know if I can pick an order to put those first three in, so I guess I'll just go over each one in lesser detail than I originally intended (or not :P). Not sure why you'd be in this thread in the first place if you don't want spoilers but... There's spoilers in this one.

Qualna: The plot when you finally meet him (and realize it) is pretty self explanatory as to why he's a tragic character. He realizes how the Violet Crystal is warping the minds of the GdM, and he's the only one who seems to see how badly it's hurting all of them (including Rohoph who refuses to believe it's affected him too). Qualna also realizes how important each of the GdM is to life and society back on their planet, and he's determined to end the fighting with Rohoph without killing him at any cost. He legitimately tries to teach Rohoph a lesson about what how his actions are damaging life around him and Rohoph's paranoid ass blows him off like he's nothing. Then as a last ditch effort to convince Rohoph to come back and fix things with him, together, he basically sacrifices himself to Rohoph because he knows he can't beat him. And after all of that, his friend that refused to reason with him, the friend he gave his life to, the friend he begged to not trap his soul like Moric, that "friend" killed him and, against his word, trapped his soul forever (though I assume he could break the stone or something to release it, but he's obviously not going to do that). Upon further thinking (the typing helped) Qualna is the most tragic in my opinion.

Deugan: He luckily (or unluckily depending on how you want to view it) survives the crash in which he was supposed to die a hero. He is then taken care of by Emela, the girl he's smitten with, and the two seem to fall in love over time. However, his (and her) self doubt put up some roadblocks and it takes them a while to realize their feelings, and even then they keep dismissing them as wishful thinking on their own part. His sense of honor and his loyalty to Mardek cause him to think that he doesn't deserve any of this and that he can't be with "his best mate's girl" when it's clear that she isn't Mardek's girl. They also cause him to feel that he has to go back out there and be a hero, but that he can't do it as Deugan because that wouldn't be right for the "hero that sacrificed himself for the others" to come back willy-nilly and be perfectly fine. However, almost all of this is self inflicted and that makes me feel it's slightly less tragic than the other two, but only by a little bit.

Mardek: Rohoph has ruined him (as of now at least). Because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time as a kid, he now has to fight someone else's battles and is in the process of maybe losing himself completely. Sure Rohoph has given him magical abilites and possibly contributed to his strength. But with that Rohoph has brought a mess of problems. The GdM are threatening the planet and Mardek's life because Rohoph is there. Mardek's best friend "died" because Moric was trying to kill Rohoph. Rohoph tried to dissuade Mardek from making friends at almost every turn because Rohoph will be taking Mardek's body to fight a battle against enemies Mardek would never have known to "save" a planet Mardek never would have known about (and not because he's a bit dim). And as we saw towards the end, Rohoph is increasingly willing to hijack Mardek's body and shove him out of the way entirely when he feels like it. We saw in the 1st chapter that he could have kicked Mardek's soul out of his body entirely, and as it becomes more and more clear that Mardek doesn't agree with Rohoph's philosophies and doesn't always want to do what Rohoph wants to do, it's not out of the realm of possibility that he'll make Mardek nothing more than a prisoner in his own body so he'll be out of the way. This one ranks 2nd of the three I think.

SOOOO MUUUUCH TEEEEEEXT!
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Rating Orb RedThief7, Chaotic Neutral Mediator – joined 8 years ago Uhh... Does Anyone Still Play Minesweeper?!72.154.XXX.XXX7 years ago
I actually had to go play a game of Minesweeper after seeing this thread. Brings back memories, which is weird because that feels like such an old person thing to say. I guess I learned to play when I was nine or so. My uncle taught me to play on my Grandma's computer during one of his annual visits to her house for the holidays. Like most people who don't know how to play, I just randomly clicked spaces until I lost. I actually thought the higher number I found, the better I was doing. My uncle then taught me the basics. Things like: start with the corners, lower numbers are good, 1's that adjacently touch only one space always have mines, and on and on. I can't remember if I was ever taught any more than that or if I learned the rest on my own, but over the years I'd say I've become a pretty decent player of the game.

There really aren't any "tricks" to the game, just once you have a lot of experience you recognize which areas are safe and which aren't much more quickly. It gets easier to see things like 1a only touches one space and there's 1b on the other side of the space and 1b touches other spaces as well. Because 1a only touches space X, X has a mine. And because 1b is touching only one mine (X) the other spaces 1b is touching must be safe. It takes a while to explain, but things like that register in your head in less than a second (in other words pretty much without thinking) after you've played a lot of Minesweeper. It's a pretty fun time killer.
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