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    [–] Would people still have loved the lion King if all the main characters were female? r/tumblr debates. Roflkopt3r 1 points ago in SubredditDrama

    The darkness isn't an issue, those just made the movies all the more fascinating.

    But it's not just a monarchist vibe, it's a full frontal monarchist steamroller. The hyenas and prey as plebs, the lions as nobility, and all falls apart unless the rightful king stands at the top.

    [–] Reddit is OK most of the time, but sometimes... Roflkopt3r 3 points ago in HighQualityGifs

    If it was real, that would be a weird thing to worry about compared to a kid having a real desert eagle.

    Alternatively, it's a toy gun.

    [–] Would people still have loved the lion King if all the main characters were female? r/tumblr debates. Roflkopt3r 7 points ago in SubredditDrama

    I just can't shake the thought that it's a really weird plot for a modern childrens' movie. It's monarchist through and through.

    [–] AdBlock is real in Russia Roflkopt3r 19 points ago in ANormalDayInRussia

    First of all the whole IT sector was enabled by decades of public research. It has been deliberately raised by the state, much like biotech for the past decade.

    The final design into usable form was then mostly enthusiasts, who are much better helped by existential security than by a slim chance to become ultra rich.

    [–] Discussion Megathread: Alabama Senate Special Election Roflkopt3r 1 points ago in politics

    Over 30% still approve of Trump. As long as there are party labels attached to these people, 40%+ of the voting population will stand with them no matter how deep they sink.

    [–] The spinning iPhone effect. Roflkopt3r 1 points ago in BeAmazed

    Are strings eligible for senate?

    [–] We are the dev team of Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre. Ask us anything! Roflkopt3r 1 points ago in IAmA

    I finished the campaign just today, and it was a pleasure throughout, so many thanks for this game!

    It was awesome to see you do a completely different game and yet deliver on all the things we've come to love from your first two titles. I actually had no idea what kind of game Pyre would be until I played, so seeing it start as a sort of visual novel was a surprise. But the characters are so great it didn't take long to fall for it. My favourites were Jodariel, the moontouched girl, and Sandra, but they were also so awesome I could never make good choices who to preferr or to let go! Every liberation rite was such a big choice with so many conflicting thoughts and feelings!

    The only thing I heard about the game before was that you planned to incorporate defeats in a new way, and that bit worked out incredibly well. It hurt me to see my team defeated, but losing the first liberation rite to Ignarius left a huge impression and turned out awesome for the intensity and story development.

    And I loved all the little details. The mouseover information, the status messages on the beholder orb and personal items, Ti'zo having a go at Lendel's mother, and seemingly endless other little interactions between characters.

    The increasing pacing towards the end caught me offguard for a bit because I enjoyed the relaxed and discovery rich way the game progressed for the first half, but it raised the intensity in a good way. The final choice was amazing and I didn't see it coming. I think one would have to be a monster to deny mercy to Oralech, but all the options were so rich.

    At the very end it was Rhae (who I freed second to last) who had the biggest impact on me again. I enjoyed to be able to choose my own dramaturgy in the order of characters as well. Now I'm itching for the second playthrough because there are so many combinations to try!

    [–] Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals Roflkopt3r 1 points ago in politics

    The worst part about it is the delusion that guns protect against authoritarianism. It is not only total nonsense, but also blinds people from the actual issues that can bring down a democracy.

    [–] Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals Roflkopt3r 2 points ago in politics

    Its probably the last thing the majority of gun owners would want to have to actually do.

    And those gun owners are already perfectly fine under normal self defense conditions. The ones favoured by castle doctrines are the ones who are a little too eager to try that in practice.

    [–] Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals Roflkopt3r 4 points ago in politics

    And it works. People complain that it means police isn't save enough but the UK's police deaths is absolutely incomparable to the US. Six were killed since 2010, one of which off duty.

    The Harvard Injury Center found a very straight forward correlation of rate of gun ownership and homicides of police officers, which was even more impactful than the obvious one between crime and homicides of police.

    [–] Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals Roflkopt3r 1 points ago in politics

    If we just look at the legal reality, I don't think there is a relevant number of cases that would demand a castle doctrine where there is none. On the other hand, many where they let people think they can get away with murder (and occasionally, they do).

    As it stands, stand your ground and castle doctrine laws were heavily lobbied for by the NRA, but are not at all supported by research. Research rather found correlations with increases in homicide.

    [–] Canadian Prime Minister at Toronto Pride Roflkopt3r 2 points ago in pics

    This has become way too normal. This utter refusal to even consider a realistic view on fundamental facts. A nation cannot survive such a schism forever. There needs to be some underlying consensus people can agree on.

    But it appears that American society has declared that anything that its two parties do must be political reality, and therefore even a party sustaining itself on ludicrious lies must somehow be considered viable, and the lies therefore justifiable.

    [–] Canadian Prime Minister at Toronto Pride Roflkopt3r 0 points ago in pics

    Sure, it really depends on the scale we measure him against. Being surrounded by G.W. Bush and Trump naturally makes him look a lot better.

    If we think back to his presidency, there was much criticism that he tried to compromise too much with an opposition that was not interested in compromising in any way, so he let windows pass in which he could have achieved greater things. On many promises, such as the Guantanamo issue, he fell short.

    Then there was the rumor that he was too easily influenced by whoever he talked last to (much like Trump now) and appears to have switched his stances depending on the audience, although that may just have been sensible diplomacy.

    But I think the events since then somewhat vindicated him in regards to many of these criticisms. We can now at least conclude that he was a professional and levelheaded president who did his best to cohere a country that is splitting apart between ideologic and economic differences. He remained remarkably inclusive even of his political opponents.

    [–] Canadian Prime Minister at Toronto Pride Roflkopt3r 0 points ago in pics

    Bush and understanding how things actually work? I hold two wars and a financial crisis against that.

    Trump and a sense for public appearances? There was never a US president so derided by the world. He is a laughing stock. He is the sort of oddity that we expect from dictatorships or other failed states, like Gaddafi's excentrism or the Kim Jongs' denial of reality. And his understanding of how things work appears to fail at fundmental facts and basic media competence.

    [–] Canadian Prime Minister at Toronto Pride Roflkopt3r 0 points ago in pics

    Considering his the aggression he displays against anyone who disagrees with him in whatever way, it's also difficult to defend him against the exaggerations levied against his person.

    Yes, he's not literally Hitler. He does not have a mapped out vision for a fascist takeover and genocide.

    But considering how he weakens the structure of the state and justice system, his influence is disconcerting. He is promoting inexperienced and incompetent people into high courts and other positions (to the point that the American bar association regularly protests his choices) for ideological agreement. He is pushing against the very concept of a shared sense of reality. That actually does turn him into a threat against democracy.

    [–] Canadian Prime Minister at Toronto Pride Roflkopt3r 17 points ago in pics

    It's irresponsible. These people are looking for the end of democracy.

    [–] Canadian Prime Minister at Toronto Pride Roflkopt3r 98 points ago in pics

    Obama was doing a pretty decent job at that. Just too bad half the country thinks he's literally a Hitler-Stalin-hybrid that takes away your guns so he can steal your kids at night to gayify them.

    [–] Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals Roflkopt3r 6 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in politics

    You can defend your life even without a castle doctrine. In fact, in Germany a man was let off the hook for shooting a police officer in his home because he had reasonable suspicion that his life was threatened.

    Castle doctrines are about trespassing, severely lowering the bar for what is a "reasonable suspicion".

    [–] Police shoot far more people than anyone realized, a VICE News investigation reveals Roflkopt3r 9 points ago in politics

    Sure people shouldn't be in such situations, but the existence of castle doctrines tells a lot about a nation's willingness to permit violence.

    In Germany we believe that a life is worth more than such a petty crime.

    [–] Why do RTS games tend to not put much stock into combat? Roflkopt3r 3 points ago in Games

    My biggest issue with SC2 micro is the "blob behaviour" of units. The primitive controls, path finding, and collision detection of SC:BW actually helped that game a lot. It caused units and battles to spread over much larger areas naturally, whereas it often feels that 90% of SC:BW micro is to un-blob your units so they don't get mowed down by AoE, and the rest is straight line kiting.

    One awesome side effect of theSC:BW behaviour was that splash attack units could be made really strong. This allowed for cool stuff like Reaver drops and the positional play of siege tanks. One siege tank in a good position could pay for itself many times over, which created interesting strategical and tactical challenges.

    SC2 in contrast always felt a lot like "line wars" to me... sure there is micro but it's so straight forward and honestly boring. It does not branch out fights the way it did in BW.

    Another factor that contributed to this feeling was the addition of dull "meat bag" units like Roaches and Marauders. In BW, units were way more polarised.

    [–] And people say The Force Awakens ripped off of A New Hope? Ever noticed it ripped way more off of KOTOR? Roflkopt3r 3 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in StarWars

    And draining a star to power a weapon is kind of a sci-fi staple as well, I remember having seen that in Space Battleship Yamato from 1974.