Oh it is entirely likely that the bill was passed as little more than an appeal to a political base. The supreme court is going to rule about sexual orientation being a protected class in June and pretty much all of the Supreme court watchdogs are calling it in favor of making them said class. You see shit like this… » 3/24/15 10:42pm Tuesday 10:42pm

While that's basically true (you flew, you shot lasers, other ships shot back) they were completely different animals. To start, playing a Tie Fighter changed your perspective tremendously as you were fragile as all hell, you just tended to be more agile than what you were fighting, so it was far more up to you to… » 3/24/15 8:54pm Tuesday 8:54pm

So uhm, standard grain of salt but be pretty careful with putting payment info on PSN. There's another round of ugly stories circulating about people's accounts getting hijacked and PSN network stonewalling people asking for refunds. Like most things that crop up it's hard to say how much of this is just anctedotal… » 3/20/15 10:13pm Friday 10:13pm

If we're talking about anti-social personality disorder/Sociopathy/Pscyhopathy in the old days, I kind of recall a book on the subject (The Sociopath Next Door, I think?) suggesting that it's more common than people thought and a lot of them tended to do pretty well on the battlefield (largely because being fairly… » 3/20/15 1:02pm 3/20/15 1:02pm

Regarding the complexity of the rules: I played with like 6 or 7 groups over the years and every one had house ruled decking/hacking to simplify it or, more commonly banned it entirely. 2nd ed./3rd ed. In particular had a notorious reputation for Deckers slowing games to a crawl while excluding the rest of the party. » 3/19/15 8:38am 3/19/15 8:38am

The insanity of this bad faith argument is even if you buy it at face value—well, then the reason is because NASA is ultimately about studying objects in space and Earth is literally the closest one on hand, so learning about how it interacts with it's surroundings is integral to us learning about anything else so how… » 3/13/15 1:29pm 3/13/15 1:29pm

What people seem to misunderstand about animals doing badly in captivity is that 9.9 times out of ten it's not because the animal is 'bad at surviving' but because we absolutely suck at understanding the necessary parts of animal care for that species. Care at zoos and preserves is far more of a crapshoot than most… » 2/19/15 3:34pm 2/19/15 3:34pm

One factor at least is that creative fiction tends to use British accents as a shorthand for 'intellectual and sophisticated but restrained', which is what most 'Spy' fiction we're talking about is about, all about a charming, sophisticated rogue type who has the one-up on everyone and is just so damn more clever than… » 2/13/15 1:49am 2/13/15 1:49am

I actually disagree, unless SDCC moves it's timeframe as well. It's already a hectic and insane tourist destination in the summer. Add a con to it and it's a nightmare waiting to happen.

(It would also mean that SDCC all but temporarily takes over Disneyland regardless—I mean, how many folks are like 'Hey, never been… » 1/22/15 3:39pm 1/22/15 3:39pm

I played a lot of Evolve with friends over the weekend, and outside of the whole DLC nonsense (which, to be totally honest, is a huge mis-step for 2k), I found it really enjoyable. I always enjoy games that really create an 'experience', and a number of clever mechanics in the game really make monster hunting a… » 1/20/15 3:21pm 1/20/15 3:21pm