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  1. Congrats on the first kid! I actually found that I had more time for gaming during the first several months of my kids' lives. All they want to do is sleep. Only way my baby son would sleep was while strapped to me as I bounced him on an exercise ball. Perfect time to game! 🙂
  2. Where are you seeing that it came out @Insein? Release date is May 14, 2021. I never played the originals so I'm very excited for the trilogy.
  3. Exact same experience here. I chickened out and watched a YouTube video of the Ground Zero section and then played it myself. Really well done horror though.
  4. I should also add...I am a St. Paul resident. The looting and riots are very close to my home. A neighbor reported looting happening only a mile away from where I live. What if the violence extends to my neighborhood? It's frightening and I hope the violence stops for the sake of my community and family, but at the same time I empathize with the emotions behind the destruction.
  5. No I did not miss that...thank you for assuming. Dr. King was a very wise man. This speech of his implores you to look deeper at the causes of riots while ALSO condemning them as dangerous and counterproductive. Both are possible.
  6. “I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  7. This is just too good. I can't wait to see the SNL sketch on this one. State department: "#######it, Rudy, shut the #### up."
  8. Wow....funny how people can have wildly different opinions. I thought HZD's combat was its strong suit, though I really enjoyed the origin story as well. Probably my favorite combat of any game next to God of War. Far Cry's combat is definitely meh...fun for a little while but gets old. HZD's is nothing like it in my opinion. Every robot had strengths and weaknesses, and it takes planning and skill to exploit that information. Stealth was awesome. Setting tripwire and slinging bombs was awesome. Arrow combat....superb. Only thing that was just ok about the combat was the melee fighting and taking on humans.
  9. Following this loosely, but I couldn't help but laugh out loud in my office at the R from AZ. Mispronouncing things left and right. "Liar liar pants on fire." That was an embarrassing mess.
  10. I'm not sure I agree with this. Exile was one of the most severe punishments because it essentially meant instant death once on your own. The need to be included in a group drives many choices we make. So, on some level I think it could even be called an "urge" like the urge to eat, drink water, find shelter, and reproduce. But, that's a separate discussion. Agreed on the second part...but not sure if that's an argument for anything. We are the weaker sex after all.
  11. Ok, I couldn't resist jumping back in...it's Friday! Fair enough. Our bodies do not have quite the same urge to eat a cheeseburger as they do to have sex. However, I think you could apply this to other choices and behaviors that have basis in evolution and evolutionary psychology. Take for example, the need to be part of a "group". This has an evolutionary basis. If our early ancestors weren't part of a group or tribe, they usually did not survive due to the many dangers that confronted them. This innate human need leads everyone to seek out inclusion in a group somewhere...and of course some people seek inclusion in groups that have potential to do horrible things (Nazis, KKK, MS-13). If a person who was merely following his evolutionary need to be part of a group in order to survive life in his neighborhood murdered another person, how would you weigh choice and evolutionary needs in this scenario? Would responsibility come into play at all? Would that person be absolved of any responsibility for murdering another human being? These examples are getting very convoluted and that's why I appreciated Sho Nuff's comment making light of things. But, my point in going down this rabbit hole is simply to say stances on both sides of the aisle, pro-life and pro-choice, are not as black-and-white as they are made to be. Nuance needs to be included in the discussion. Emotionally-loaded terms like "slavery" and "murder" aren't very helpful and often just serve to shut down discussion rather than further it. My personal stance is that I do not like abortion. In fact, I find it incredibly sad. However, I am also a man, and I have no idea what it is like to carry another being in my body for 9-10 months. I can only imagine what it feels like (and perhaps for some it does feel like "slavery"). I also am a Democrat and I vote for pro-choice politicians. I do not really think Roe v. Wade should be overturned because it would lead to many other issues (i.e. women possibly having unsafe abortions). But, I wish there was a better way and I wish pro-choice politicians were also willing to talk more about their moral feelings on the issue. In the end, I defer to the woman in making a choice about their own body, even if I find that choice to be morally wrong. If I am ever in a situation where a friend or family member of mine tells me of their desire to have an abortion, I would do more listening than anything else. If they asked how I felt about abortion, I would tell them. And I would hope that they would trust me to continue walking life with them...no matter how I feel about what they might choose to do.
  12. "You guys"? Who are you calling "you guys"?! 😉 In all seriousness, I definitely understand the chances. My wife and I really struggled to "slip one past the goalie" so to speak. Suppose in your scenario, a person has been told all their life that every time they eat a cheeseburger, there is a chance (albeit an extremely small chance) that someday they might find themselves tied down in a bed with a famous violinist hooked to their circulatory system for 9 months. Would this change how you think about this situation the person was "forced" into? I mean, I know cheeseburgers are good...and dammit Red Cow burgers in the Cities are especially hard to say "no" to. But, if I knew I might be tied down for 9 months with someone else hooked to my circulatory system, I might think twice about eating that delicious cheeseburger. I probably should not have entered this discussion without a preface lest you loop me into a category with these other "guys". But, maybe I'll let you do that anyway since I should be working right now....ha.
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