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Video Game Addiction in General
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Profile #123
I would scream "BURMA" and drive my thumbs into her eye sockets.

At least, I would do it to YOUR psychiatrist. Not mine. My psychiatrist can beat up your psychiatrist.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
The Forgotten zone in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #35
The rate at which they appear speeds up to every 15 frames. The frequency with which they spit acid is random (I think it's a 1% chance for each Artila at any given frame), but no Artila will spit acid until it has been idle 5 frames, plus its creation animation, maybe 15 frames. So assuming you click each Artila within 20 frames of its creation, it's impossible to get hit. The minimum delay between zaps is 16 frames, I think, but you can still use all 20 frames to aim. Provided you don't miss, the game never becomes impossible. But it's pretty damned hard after 100!

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Wading through the meadow, you notice one ornk seems different from the others. As you get close, you realize it has been watching you and is only pretending to graze. It approaches you, making full eye contact, and rises to stand on its hind legs. Then, it speaks.

"Hello, Shaper. My name is Bruce. Welcome to my pasture."

1. How can you talk?
2. You say this is your pasture?
3. Are there others like you?


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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Love Life Poll in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #71
Yeah, I was really surprised at the statistics too.

Then again, this IS the internets. And I gotta admit it's been a while for me ... I better spend some more time at the bar.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Video Game Addiction in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #105
Dr. Ringer says: drop acid!

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cussing in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #35
I love puns.

Anyway, words is words. See the other thread here, notice how the cops talked to me! Is that acceptable? If I shouldn't do it, they sure shouldn't.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Video Game Addiction in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #102
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Originally written by Zeviz:

Originally written by Jumpin' Sarcasmon:He said "try anything", rather than "try anything safe". If he is only willing to try things that will not kill him, we can get into discussion of what can and can't kill you, but he has to add that disclaimer to his motto first.
I can't honestly say I'm safe at all. The motorcycle thing sounds like fun.

What I have learned here is there's a spectrum of people. I think it's a pretty good conclusion! It looks something like this:

-=DARING=-
The Dirty Sanchez boys
Johnny Knoxville
Delta Tao Kai pledgie
Average frat boy
Me
Law-abiding American
Choir boy
Benedictine Monk
Domestic Chicken
U.S. Police Officer
-=NOT DARING=-

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
cussing in General
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Profile #26
CO's are the best at swearing. Did you know you were a "man-pleaser" or that you had a "cock-holster" ?

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Love Life Poll in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #67
What surprises me most about the internet is the graphic things its users are exposed to, and the extent to which most of them are deprived. I bet plenty of you are virgins AND know what a "dirty sanchez" is. I bet none of us has, er, executed the D.S. and if you have I don't care to hear you recall it.

There needs to be a spiderweb orgy.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Video Game Addiction in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #83
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I'm 23, and I've never had more alcohol than what was perhaps in any cough syrup I've taken. I suppose I'm the first and Kel is the 2nd, then?
Well, yeah, you are.

I've always believed "you don't know until you try." Explaining this is usually pretty futile, so I think I'll go on tour around the world spraying kids in the face with warm beer.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
The Forgotten zone in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #30
Funny your high score should be 110. Mine is 111!

Of course, swf files have lower framerates when run in a browser. It's supposed to be 30 and when I run it in firefox it seems like 25.

Think I should make my own Ornk graphic, or game or something. I've always liked them, although I was really turned off by the monotonous phrase, "This particular piece of livestock seems friendly enough, but has neither the ability nor the inclination to have a conversation with you." (Did I get that right?)

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Khyryks hideout in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #3
What makes me wonder is why he couldn't open it himself... I guess they all see things from the 3/4 isometric perspective.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Video Game Addiction in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #67
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Alorael, who is no psychologist and thus largely unqualified to weigh in on these matters.
Honesty! Praise to Aloreal!

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If you stick a rat in a tiny cage and offer them a choice of water with or without cocaine, they'll take the cocaine. Put the same rats in a richer environment with lots of things to do, and most of them will eventually switch back to plain water.
Where did you get the coke? Or ... hasn't that been done?

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Addiction is when one sees that an activity is becoming disruptive, wants to stop, and cannot.
I'm not saying I disagree, but would you consider me an alcoholic if I knocked back a fifth of Jack every day, and liked it? I'm not sure if I could answer that one myself.

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Please tell all that is being said here to my mother, and see if you can convince her.
I love my momma, and we respect one another, but it is none of her damn business how many hours a day I play video games. You might want to break it to your mom a little softer.

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In the psych field, the definition of an addiction is "a pathological relationship to any mood-altering exeprience that has life-damaging consequences."
Hooray! Definition! Praise to Synergy!

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It is a shame that video games cannot be more constructive in the traditional sense. Even painting can be tolerated as an activity that consumes an artist's life for months at a time just because something supposedly enriching arises from it.
Good observation. So how about MAKING video games? It's even more tedious than playing them, but something comes of it. I do it all the time ... of course, not much ever comes of mine ...

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Also, if you were binge drinking at 16, you should be grateful to those police. Try searching the internet for articles on what alcohol can do to the developing adolescent mind, if you want a scare.
Do you mean to tell me you've never been drunk as a teenager? Or haven't you been through that decade yet? I've never even known of anyone who went through college without drinking heavily at some point. Humor me: are you the first?

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You're certainly right about binge drinking. I don't think I've previously heard anyone complain about law enforcement cracking down on alcohol laws in the US, as they are usually enforced pretty laxly.
Where do YOU live? Prepare to hear, then! So I'm in the car with three of my friends, coming back from a play. The cops did not announce their arrival or pull us over - they instead stood in front of the moving car and began shining their flashlights in our eyes. When we stopped, they pounded on both front windows (it scared the piss out of me, I couldn't see who it was) and demanded we "get out of the f@cking car!" My friend (the driver) got shoved back in because he said his license was still in the car "just shut the f@ck up and gimme your goddamn license!" Kept insisting we had been drinking and driving. It wasn't past curfew. We were going about 15 in a neighborhood. I was yanked by my shirt out of the backseat and questioned. Being the usual pain-in-the-ass I am to authority, all they got out of me was one "yes" once they let us go. Land of the free, everyone. True story: ask Kyle, Chris, or Ally how scared we were of getting our asses kicked by the LOCAL COPS.

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But it's not like adding a diagnosis would actually DO anything about "binge gaming" (ugh) either. It would just diagnose it. I'm pretty sure there's some way to diagnose the problems binge drinking encompasses with the DSM, at least if those problems are repeated over a long period of time.
Agreed. Giving something a name doesn't stop it.

Stillness, you put down a lot of good stuff (too much to address it all specifically), and you admit that you're not expressing which is "right" or "wrong." I'm very happy to see that kind of concession in this kind of debate. I'm a good example of someone who has chosen drugs. I take a prescription for a mental disorder I won't describe, but I feel I don't have a choice. You say you "won't sacrifice [your] mental and physical health for some immediate calm." Well, what if you didn't have those to start with? Hypothetically, would you forgo an easier solution?

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As a Christian I try to ...
As a Christian, you base your beliefs on a preexisting moral code. Am I wrong?

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Alcohol doesn't kill people. Misuse and abuse of it does. If you look back at my comment I used the word "moderation." Even then I still don't agree with using alcohol to aid oneself in social situations. I just think it's superior to some of the stuff put out by drug companies, which definitely kills and maims people through normal use. I would take a sip of wine before I'd pop a pill. At least wine can actually be good for you physically.
Hell, at least you're willing to try something! I encourage everyone who reads this to experiment.

Additionally, if it weren't for drugs, I would have died by the time I was a few weeks old. I don't believe I would have a very promising life without the medication I take currently, as well.

I know I'll get even more negative feedback from this, but the discussion would be really fair if its participants have all experienced or observed addiction.

And for the record, I've NEVER had to throw up from drinking.

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What I am talking about are those new ones.
You know, the whole "Your children will love these, and learn without blah blah baalah".

You know, the kind that seems insulting to video games.

You know, the kind that makes you barf.
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You children will learn without...
You barf...
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A friend of mine has a much younger sister in preschool, and she has some kind of so-called "educational" number game featuring Teletubbies. After watching for about 2 minutes, I nearly lost my lunch.
IMAGE(http://walkthrough.starmen.net/earthbound/image/screens/38/freed.png)
I see Mr. T!

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
The Insidious Infiltrator in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #152
Woah, that was quite a resurrection. I did enjoy this thread for what it's worth. Probably worth bringing back up!

I always play that type of character! I just don't powergame quite as heavily. Still, my first run through Geneforge 4 left me at level 39 or 40 and I didn't bother with cleaning out towns. Hoo-haa: Leadership, Mechanics, and magic. That's where it's at.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
The Forgotten zone in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #18
There was an error with restarting (it being, you explode as soon as you try). I fixed it and uploaded the new version: play it here if you feel the need.

Listen, you're zapping the Artila, but the game will regardless be called "Whack the Artila." It's what Haakai-Tender Valcrist wanted! (He just spelled "whack" as "wack" which is unacceptable to me).

Anyway, I was going to make variations with Ornk (because they look particularly silly when killed) but I was so whacked out after making this (in one sitting) I decided against it.

I have this nasty habit (of using too many parentheses).

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
The Forgotten zone in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #13
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Originally written by Haakai-Tender Valcrist:

How about a in-game minigame as another Easter Egg..

"Wack the Artila!"

Ask, and ye shall receive. Play Whack-the-Artila now!

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
When you die... in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Member # 6754
Profile #22
It's actually like Groundhog Day. As soon as you die, you reawaken at the last point you pressed F3.

On a side note, there should be a Load Game button on the death dialog. This is an easy implementation. More importantly, F4 should load the Quicksave file from that screen as well. It would save swing-and-miss players like me hours.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
WoW in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #31
Sure, I played WoW for a while there. Human Priest, the heart of any good party. The great resurrector.

Now that it has been reborn, I'll grace this topic with my cynicism and argue that you ARE say you'd "leave raids just to go get high." I'll bite AND pull you in.

Firstly, I expect everyone to assume demonslay3r was reefering to marijuana. How unimaginative. I've been high off caffeine, alcohol, Benadryl, and other drugs that are commercially available. "Getting high" can not be generalized as an "illegal activity," thus it is not subject to scrutiny under the existing Code of Conduct.

Secondly, most psychoactive drugs (like marijuana) are totally legal where I live. And in a lot of other places. In fact, I can go to a mom-and-pop head shop and buy bud right now without breaking a single law.

Finally, if the phrase "to get high" is disallowed, then quoting it and not editing it should probably be cause for concern. After all, demonslay3r thoughtfully edited his own post after being gently reprimanded. Since Maimonides, Calphrexo, Thuryl, jg.faust, wz. As, Jumpin' Sarcasmon, and myself each discussed the subject on the board, we are all guilty of the same misdemeanor. Randomizer also brought this heinous smudge on the forum to our attention, so he too must be persecuted.

A thousand Hail-Mary's and slap to the ass for everyone.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Video Game Addiction in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #31
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Originally written by Drew:

Besides, binge gaming and binge drinking: which is really worse? And yet the APA doesn't seem to be going out of its way to address high school and university binge drinkers.
That's because they think they can do something about the video games. I've had alcohol as long as I can remember (even wine coolers at 2) and went through that crazy binge drinking phase in a year or two when I was 16. Bloody American cops nabbed me for such, and I had no trouble going entirely dry for 3 months of probation. Of course now I'm back in Belgium, where law enforcement isn't composed of vengeful *******s.

I argue that video games themselves have no debilitating effect on one's life. They are entertainment. For some disaster to happen, like that kid jumping out of a building or those high school massacres, someone has existing psychological problems.

This is the kind of thing I'd like to sit in on an actual hearing.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
cussing in General
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #12
Sticks and stones. It's extremely closed-minded to apply taboo to words. That's my opinion and, since I doubt I'll get much out of it at the moment, I don't care to explain.

If anyone wants my rationale, beat a path to my door.

[ Thursday, June 28, 2007 21:22: Message edited by: Nick Ringer ]

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Graphics in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #4
I was not, and now I'm entertained. I think the squished graphics were to fit in the interface, and not how they originally looked.

Don't suppose you want a Fyora with a cannon on its back? I'm less into just images then I am into animation. I mean, The iPods crack me up, but I'd rather give a Roamer a wagging tail or make a Mage do the Moonwalk.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Graphics in Geneforge Series
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Member # 6754
Profile #2
...huh? 15 gig, you mean?

I think there's been some misunderstanding. Did you think I suggested we replace the sprites or something? I was just comparing them for the sake of the forum.

The dancing Shaper, the zombiesque Shade, and the heavy metal Battle Alpha are there mostly because they are fun to watch.

In fact, they were easy to make. Someone else should give it a try, and we can make a contest. Maybe someone wants a dancing Vlish, or Ornk...

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You can't be surprised.

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Posts: 284 | Registered: Tuesday, January 31 2006 08:00
Graphics in Geneforge Series
Shock Trooper
Member # 6754
Profile #0
This thread is for discussion of graphics. This includes sprites, backgrounds, interfaces, and drawings.

IMAGE(http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/5376/shaperrf6.gif) It is also a vessel for silliness.

The first topic is the Shaper sprite. Others defending the pre-Geneforge 3 graphic won me over. Take a look:

IMAGE(http://img504.imageshack.us/img504/3710/shaperov0.jpg)

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Skills and Levels in Geneforge Series
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Member # 6754
Profile #7
After firing it up to get that screen shot at Mario's first level-up, I decided to play the ole game through.

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That's my baby! in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Member # 6754
Profile #22
I gotta admit, I thought that one was stiff and thin but looking back I do like it better. However I've never liked playing as a Shaper (the class, not the affiliation). This calls for a new thread on graphics, just because I want to.

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delicious vlish in Geneforge 4: Rebellion
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Profile #3
Not very useful in battle, but other Creations run up and try to kill it impulsively.

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