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  1. Kinda the same story here. Got the SNES classic last year, and we played quite a bit of Yoshi's Island. Turns out, it's a pretty big game... Beat Legend of Zelda Link to the Past, forgot just how good that one was. Tried numerous other games on it, and picked up an NES classic earlier this year, played a handful of things on there too. Spent a lot of my free time in the last year dedicated to my racing hobby. That... can take up a lot of time, but is certainly rewarding on a personal level and a lot of fun to share with passengers.
  2. te72

    Games That Need a Sequel!

    Agreed. Lost Sphear looked pretty neat as well. I remember Mike Matei (of AVGN) playing some other RPG a while back, if I recall, that was also developed by Square. I believe it was just a beta, but it definitely looked promising.
  3. te72

    Games That Need a Sequel!

    Agree with you on both points. Square seems so hesitant to touch the Chrono series again. Perhaps that is what happens when the bar is set as high as it has been? Although, have you seen I Am Setsuna? It gives me hope that they haven't forgotten the Chrono roots...
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    Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    Interesting counter point. In the US, you get a few warnings for violations of the DMCA, but after that, your service is canceled. I don't think one would want to be caught further pushing that envelope, lest one run afoul of FBI anti-piracy enforcement. Few, if any sites of such a nature are likely to be based in the US due to the nature of our laws here. That may be part of why our country has such an interest in monitoring any and all traffic going between any and all countries, to satisfy copyright holder's rights. I fear we may be going off on a tangent, even if it is related to the main discussion at hand. Not that I mind, discourse like this is informative, and we'd all do well to learn new things on occasion. CRTC being the arbiter of legality on the use of the internet seems like a slipper slope though. The FCC is mainly a watchdog organization, or at least that is its intended purpose as I understand. The courts are who decides the cases based on existing laws, where the FCC recommends and enforces regulation of the various communication industries. At its core, the FCC *should* be looking out for us, the consumers. Currently, I see it as looking out for the distributors. That is the root of the problem.
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    Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    I'm sure you are familiar with, or at least heard of, SOPA and PIPA, both were attempts at legislation to ostensibly rein in online piracy. The intent was noble, the execution would have been anything but. Your last post reminds me a LOT of that point in internet history. Allowing the ISP control over access in any sense is a bad idea. Allowing corporations, no matter who they represent, to control access, is a bad idea, hence why SOPA and PIPA failed to gain much traction in the US. Not sure how it is treated in Canada, but here, sites heavy on piracy tend to get shut down by the FBI, if I recall. DMCA did a lot to give the government teeth to enforce piracy laws here.
  6. Good suggestion. Retro magazine had a nice writeup on the Wolfenstein franchise in one of their issues. I was rather impressed with what I learned about the roots of that series... sounds like it may have had a big effect on Kojima's Metal Gear series! Anyone ever play Micro Machines? I feel that one was perhaps innovative. It certainly felt fresh, due to the variety of vehicles you could race, and the environments you raced in.
  7. PC Engine had quite the lifespan in Japan... 9 years is a long time! Sony's systems seem about there, 8-10 years each, but those last few years always seem to be crap games for the most part, given that the new Playstation is out and into its own life cycle a few years. Kitsunebi, anything in the PC world come to mind as far as being ahead of its time? Deus Ex was pretty incredible...
  8. You know, I never played any of the TG systems. Always saw ads for the games in the magazines back then, but nobody I knew had one. I have played the really good Castlevania game that was on it, via the Dracula X Chronicles version on PSP. Sounds about like I remember of it. Perhaps it paved the way for the PS1, so I'd say it was totally worth it!
  9. Never realized the Sega CD came out here in the US in 1992... that was early, three years ahead of the PS1! Yet, it was reasonably priced compared to the other CD system of that era, the 3DO. I don't have much frame of reference for the Jaguar CD, only ever saw them in the bargain bin at $20 (new!) at a KB Toys, sometime in the mid 90's. For all that fancy new tech, how were those early CD based systems? Were there any noteworthy games? I barely got to play any of them, and apparently they didn't leave much of an impression...
  10. This thread took a turn for the amusing, you guys are cracking me up here! Story time! Remember Excitebike? Well, buddy of mine used to play it with me on occasion when the NES was still the new thing. The scoring system seemed a bit weird to us though, in that, if you did really poorly, you might finish in 20th place or something like that. We only ever saw maybe 3 or 4 other competitors on the screen with us, where were all these other people racing? So... we decided to try an experiment. Started a race, went to lunch, came back and finished the race... in something like 1988th place, or some ridiculous number like that haha. I'm trying to decide between Suikoden 4 (the only Suikoden main series game I haven't played through), Super Mario RPG, or finishing off the last series of races in GT6.
  11. James Rolfe (AVGN) does a side series called, "You know what's bullshit?" that has an amusing take on naming conventions in film and gaming...
  12. I still haven't played Doom 3... from 2005 or whenever it was. Part of the fun of Doom games for me is being able to cheat, just to see the wanton destruction that can be caused. I'm in the same boat of stinking at games (mostly shooters), and on PS3 at least, you can't cheat in the Doom games. Because trophies. Grumble grumble, stupid need for dopamine via digital "reward" BS... let me play my game how I want to play it dagnabbit! *shakes fist like Abe Simpson*
  13. te72

    Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    Good points. I don't have much to offer due to having had a long couple days behind me, but any time a company's operating expenses (charging them more for internet) increase, it nearly always ends up being the customer on the receiving end of that increase. That said, a streaming company such as the examples listed above have more or less defined bandwidth needs. They know how much speed they need, therefore they buy X amount of connections so their servers can deliver the speeds their customers expect. Seems to me, on that point, that there is no need for a special "fast lane," you just buy as many lanes as you need at the fastest commercially available speed. If speed tiers are priced like what I've seen, it makes little sense to buy anything less than the fastest, if you need it, because the speeds increase exponentially, where the price goes up more gradually. The idea of special fast lanes for higher bandwidth consumers, or just for those with money, seems anti-competitive to me. Hopefully my points make sense, I'm somewhat tired.
  14. te72

    Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    For some people, a state provided internet would be helpful. Those that can't reasonably afford internet, for example. However, there would definitely be even greater privacy concerns than there already are. I for one, would never use such a service if it could at all be avoided. I don't trust our government to do the right thing in front of my face, much less on the other end of a modem. The infrastructure to establish such a high speed network, if it were to reach rural areas, would be incredibly massive, as far as investment goes. As a taxpayer, I can't really support it as things are currently. Now, if we were to stop spending hundreds of billions of dollars bombing, occupying, and rebuilding other countries... perhaps that could be a source of funding. Certainly a better and more humane use of that money anyway, at the very least. I've said for a very long time now, that we could solve hunger, poverty, illiteracy and ignorance, if only we'd put the effort and budget in, rather than using it to kill, destroy, and terrorize other countries. I'd rather a country wide accessible internet than how things currently are, as far as how our country spends its taxpayer money. Considering how much money the telecom industry funnels into the pockets of our representatives, I can't see them authorizing something like this anyway. Neat idea, but unlikely to happen, for the very reason you point out. The trouble with the idea of a vote by the people, is that we don't get that option. On a local and sometimes state level, we the people can vote on particular legislation. Federal matters, however, are another matter. I WISH we had the opportunity to vote directly on stuff like this... We in the US are not a democracy however, we've always been a representative republic. If we had a universally informed populace, this would be a good thing, as it once was, in the early days of our country. Anymore though... I wish we had the occasional democratic vote. At the very least, a state by state survey would be nice. Hah, our representatives don't ask us though, they won't bother to own up to anything unless you call them out on their vote after the fact. Now, to address your second major point, AT&T's "internet bill of rights," I like the idea, and I support them on it. I don't know that I've heard their name among the ISP's that have violated neutrality rules and ideals, so perhaps that is more than just rhetoric, perhaps they're telling the truth about their practices. If so, BRAVO to them! I like your list of proper legislation, but I am a bit puzzled by your first item, that ISP's are allowed to earn profit and grow. For all their bellyaching over this legislation that puts a leash around them, and understandably so, they're literally raking in the net profits. We're talking billions here, not an insignificant number. I don't think any of the major ISP's have ever had a net loss in any year, ever. I could be mistaken, but I'd believe it's a safe bet to think they're always making money. Unless you are referring to smaller startups and the like?
  15. te72

    Net Neutrality and Zero Rating

    Suppose I could understand the technical limitations of satellite, but cable, dsl, fiber, no reason for caps there. If anything, if you, as an ISP, limit my bandwidth, I'm likely to find a new provider if possible. It's just like text messaging to me, I know damn well the networks can handle the traffic, but to have "limited" plans where I'm charged by unit of data sent on the network? This isn't the 90's anymore... An analogous comparison for this forum would be the system of "lives" in video games. It's a relic from the arcade days, where the motivation for the designers was money. It's just bad design these days, same as data caps are a silly idea when storage space and network speeds have outpaced user needs. I get how DNS attacks work, and frankly, I find those silly as well. If your idea of a good time in life is to disrupt other's lives, then you really should find a productive hobby, ya know?