Recent posts by NeilSenna on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / Old Forgotten but Fun games MUST come back.

Colourshift is a good oldie.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / If You Were King... Fix Stuff!

I’d provide funding to build new, modern social housing on currently underutilised brownfield and carefully selected greenfield sites… having asked local councils what they need. Then I’d offer 80% to existing social housing tenants, and the rest to homeless. The remaining homeless could then move into the older social stock vacated by the previous existing tenants.

Ideally I’d end up with enough to have a housing surplus. Wouldn’t make them free, although with housing benefit, they effectively would be to those with a real need.

Then I’d ask my army of flunkies to sort out some accounts to pay for it and write the remaining 30 pages of this post aimed at addressing the causes of homelessness…

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Topic: Kongregate / Popular games you don't like

Sonny games
Bloons TD games
Papa games
Fancy Pants
Idle games
90% of point and clicks
And MMOs.

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Topic: Kongregate / Out of the following games, which would you favorite, play, or delete?

Favourite Enchanted Cave 2
Play Kingdom Rush
Delete Bloons TD 5

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Changes In News

Originally posted by Kasic:

Lastly, what happened to climate change? I haven’t seen or heard anything about it in the news recently, for or against. The last thing I can recall is a short blurb about the ice in the Antarctic growing (totally expected from global warming and predicted over 70 years ago, btw), which normally would have been big news.

Apathy, I think. People got so used to hearing the same old stuff over and over that a lot of them, I imagine, have very little interest in hearing even more of it, so it’s not a topic most news companies are going to chase and push because their goal is engagement and pulling in readers. The Antarctica story would have been big news during the ‘climate change craze’ when everyone was talking about it a while back, but now it’s almost a ‘specialist’ science story… a bit like a close asteroid flyby or a volcanic eruption 5,000 miles away. It might make the headlines on a slow news day, but on a normal day there’ll be more ‘interesting’ stories to report and it’ll get shunted aside.

That, and I suppose most climate change stuff isn’t really ‘news’ these days. The Earth is getting warmer… we know. We’re having an impact… we know (well, most of us do). Sea levels will rise a bit, habitats will be affected, polar bears will spend more time swimming… everyone knows. So no one bothers to tell us those things any more.

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Topic: Kongregate / Gods of Arena

Was a decent timewaster, shame about the stubborn sponsor…

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Topic: Kongregate / Are you more likely to rate a game you love or hate?

Hate, probably. But I try to always rate ones I love too… it’s more the middle-ground games that miss out with me.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Business like government

You’ve really nailed the ‘disgrunted reader of ideologically biased regional newspaper who sends in letters once a week’ thing.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / What conspiracy's do you believe?

Don’t have anything to add to the OP (one I’ve never heard before, and I didn’t the US had that many arabic citizens anyway). As for the ones I believe…

I don’t subscribe to any of the most common conspiracy theories, and while I don’t necessarily believe an awful lot of what governments say on any topic, I can’t think of any belief I have which falls under the banner of a ‘conspiracy theory’.

So I’m rather boring so far as this topic is concerned… or maybe I just don’t like to see myself as a tinfoil hat guy.

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Topic: Kongregate / Why is Kongregate charging VAT?

As far as I can tell, the EU or UK government fiddled with something at the start of the year… VAT ‘place of supply’ for digital goods is now based on the location of the consumer, not the business. Or something like that.

Whatever it is, it means it’s a legal obligation and they have to do it.

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Topic: General Gaming / What game is this?

Remnants of Skystone? I think that was steampunky in some way.

If so, it died.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is treating everyone equally actually right?

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

I don’t really understand your concern, Neil. Are you saying that we don’t have data that substantiates racism?

No. Again, even after reading my post from every possible angle, I have no idea how you reached that conclusion.

Edit: I was going to leave it at that but for the purpose of reclarification…

Your post up there ^ implied that because the white girl was white, had a certain type of family with a certain level of income, summer camps, makeup and clothes, and the black girl did not, that the black girl ‘had to travel further’ to reach the same position. That her achievement was greater.

I said that without knowing absolutely everything about each of their lives (and each of their personalities), we have no way of knowing which of the two ‘had to travel further’. Therefore I believe that awarding the position to the black girl using the factors you mentioned alone would be making a decision on the futures of those two girls based on an incomplete picture.

And I’d consider that to be an injustice. Of course the level of racial discrimination that exists in the US (to a greater extent, I understand, than it does where I live) is its own injustice… but I don’t like the idea of swapping one injustice for another.

It’s funny how quick people can be to point out injustices done to White people.

Make them both white, make them both black. It would still be an injustice to the one who loses out.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is treating everyone equally actually right?

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

You mean the assumption that life in America is harder for Black people than it is for White people?

No… and I’m unsure how you reached that response from what I wrote.

The assumption that, in a situation with hundreds, maybe thousands of factors, a mere three or so can be used to determine whose achievement is greater.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is treating everyone equally actually right?

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

Awarding scholarships based on the distance traveled is a good method, I think. A White suburbanite that was provided all kinds of scholastic support from her one-working-parent family, private school, after-school programs (instead of working), healthy regular meals, summer camps, and all of the cosmetic accoutrement needed to ensure she wouldn’t be ostracized in school will understandably be MORE LIKELY to be qualified for grad school than a Black girl that had none of those things yet nonetheless finds herself in a position to apply for the same school.

Awarding the position to the White girl acknowledges that she has more support mechanisms to ensure her success. Awarding the position to the Black girl acknowledges that she had to travel further to get to the same place. What is the greater achievement? And given these two individuals, who would you rather be stuck on a desert island with?

The attractive, slutty one, of course.

I can see where you’re coming from with your example, but it uses only selected elements to lead the reader to determine that the black girl had to travel further. To make a truly accurate judgement we’d need to have access to the entire lives of both parties (and I mean access at the level of being able to read both of their memories from infancy to the present).

We can assume based on skin colour, property location and parental income that one had further to go. But given there are countless other factors, many of which could have a substantially greater impact on success than any of those things, we’d be hitting the old ‘ass out of u and me’ wall and replacing one injustice with another.

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Topic: Kongregate / Post Your Wins.

Got the Oroboros easy badge. Highlight of my gaming year.

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Topic: Kongregate / Do you purchase Kreds?

I bought a few ($5?) for the premium stuff on Gemcraft that I couldn’t quite afford with whatever freebie kreds I had lying around. But other than that, no.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / About the recent Super-moon Lunar Eclipse...

Only heard such things on internet sites, thankfully haven’t encountered it in the real world.

And on the wider topic… for whatever reason I love reading the really creative ‘end of the world stuff’ (I think I caught the bug from Zetatalk many years ago), and news sources treating a ‘supermoon’ – which as far as I can tell, our eyes and brains think looks exactly the same size as a normal moon – like a special occasion gives them a free pass and spoils my hobby a little bit. I wish they’d stop.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is treating everyone equally actually right?

No two people are equal, so treating everyone equal makes no sense at all. Respond to and treat each person according to who they are (a person), rather than what they are (a human).

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Your view on legalization of Marijuana

Don’t think the difference between joint smoke and bong smoke is large enough to justify one being entirely legal and one being strictly illegal.

I’m broadly in favour of it being legal. A few concerns but as long as it’s treated in much the same way as alcohol (no smoking and driving, can’t turn up for work/school stoned, only legally sold by licensed premises) I can’t imagine it’d cause any major problems. No more than legal drugs, anyway.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Christianity true?

Well, there’s documented proof that L. Ron Hubbard existed. But I’m fairly sure I don’t have a thetan parked inside me.

To me Christianity is like all religions – made up for whatever reason by humans. It’s true that it exists, it seems many of the characters involved existed too, and maybe Jesus himself genuinely believed he was the son of God (plenty of those around)… but the whole ‘God’ thing, I just can’t buy into.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Migrants In Europe

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

Seriously though, it looks like Britain (showing true leadership… ahem) will refuse to take on more refugees. I suspect they’ll cite the exceptions they installed in the Lisbon Treaty. I think it’s highly ironic that the treaty that essentially defines the “European Community” would have exceptions for Britain. Europe’s constitutional framework applies to all European nations… except Britain. Any agreement on refugee quotas will apply to all European nations… except Britain. Something something fish and chips… except Britain.

Fish, chips and a desire to have our own third-rate politicians make some decisions, rather than the fourth-rate lot in Brussels. Must say though, I think fish and chip quality has declined a little in recent years. Probably Europe’s fault…

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Issues and Characterizations

Using a highly unscientific study (my Facebook account and observing discussions on forums/comment sections), the stuff that tends to provoke the fiercest arguments and worst insult-hurling are immigration, abortion, state benefits, animal testing and religion (especially Islam at the moment, but locally others).

I believe it’s generally because people can very easily adopt highly extreme and emotionally driven viewpoints on those topics, with those holding the extreme viewpoints coming together in a form of tribalism, creating a state of war with those in the opposing ‘tribe’.

Almost like supporters of rival sporting teams.

Many other topics don’t have the potential to create such deep divisions and widespread, open support for both sides (crucial in this instance because even with a strong view on the topic, most people seem unwilling to voice it unless they feel at least some of their peers will agree with them) for the various viewpoints. Or at least, that’s how I see it.

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Black Lives Matter

Originally posted by petesahooligan:

For discussion:

• Is Black Lives Matter on point with its message? What IS its message, as you interpret it?

In part, “we think people of our colour are victimised because of their colour”. In part, "we want an excuse to be angry with [insert person/organisation in power] because many of us involved in the formation and running of this organisation want to take the easy option of just finding someone to blame’.

I think the former is the one they actually want to put across and to some degree they’re right. I don’t live in the US and have only a limited understanding of the issues, but they sound broadly similar to those faced by ‘minorities’ all over the world. Those issues are fact, discrimination of varying degrees does exist, and I’m broadly supportive of a group fighting against that.

But they’re also a bit too heavy on the whole ‘everything is racist, nothing is the fault of the individual’ thing. Like in their demands, “We will call on the office of US attorney general Eric Holder to release the names of all officers involved in killing black people within the last five years, both while on patrol and in custody, so they can be brought to justice – if they haven’t already.”

The group lives in a country with an armed police force which, unfortunately, tends to shoot a lot of people who are committing crimes. That’s what the society is and often in that society it’s justified.

But rather than looking to deal with the bad apples whose actions go over the top when dealing with criminals of all colours, they want to go after ALL police officers involved in any death, including the good ones. Oh no, sorry, all the police officers involved in a black death. Shot a white guy or an asian? No problem. Carry on, officer.

That strikes me as extremist, self-centred and moronic and leaves me with a rather dim view of the group.

• What are white peoples’ responsibilities and appropriate roles in race-based movements?

Depends on the movement and the individual, but as a white person I wouldn’t have any difficulty being part of a black-dominated movement if I agreed with the cause.

But I can’t see it ever happening because I don’t like race-based movements. Looking at what I’ve seen of such groups over the last 20 or so years, it seems like all they serve to do is push a greater divide between people and further enforce the unhealthy ‘us and them’ mentality which creates all the trouble in the first place.

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Topic: Kongregate / Reset Progress for a Game?

Depends on the game.

For games where the progress is stored on your own computer (most of them on here), I’d have thought deleting the relevant save file from your computer would do the trick.

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Topic: GemCraft - Chasing Shadows / Mana Farm Layout

Originally posted by simkin:
I keep the secondary gems 3-4 levels behind the maingem so they are inexpensive to replace with new ones when I take them out and combine with the primary. Generally something like primary at 70 and 4x secondaries at 67, combined they make a 69, upgrade once and combine with the primary for a 71. The resulting primary is significantly stronger (due to the increased hitcount) than if I had just straight-up upgraded it.

Ah, hadn’t thought of the combining trick, will try that one, thanks! I normally have 6-8 3b1r, lower-grade gems at the start of the level hit-farming for my kill gem in the later stages, but never thought to do it with my primary farmer.