Recent posts by NeilSenna on Kongregate

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Topic: Kongregate / And you're wondering why people use AdBlock

If all ads were as static and silent as that one, I wouldn’t have any blocking stuff on at all.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Are So Many of the Kids My Age so Immature?

Originally posted by Kasic:

Since a few here seem eager to throw anyone under the bus claiming that obnoxious, crude, and often illegal forms of entertainment are not immature, I’d like to ask what is mature in your eyes? If underage drinking, performing irresponsible and dangerous stunts, flaunting of superficial objects, and pretending to be an idiot isn’t immature, I’m not sure what you think is.

None of those things have to be immature. Plenty of “mature” adults do those things and a few even make a living from doing them (except underage drinking).

To me there’s no line between mature and immature, just a big murky grey area. One cannot label, say, all irresponsible stunts as immature because such things can be done in an entirely mature manner well within the bounds of ‘normal’ adult social interaction. Or it could be done in a very childish manner.

“Maturity” when used outside a purely scientific way is basically just a lazy word used as a replacement for “how I, personally, in my own unique and individual mind, think an adult should behave.” All and none of our definitions of it are right.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Are So Many of the Kids My Age so Immature?

Originally posted by DarkFungus:

I’m actually 14 but, so close to 15 that I count myself as it. I try to hang out with like minded people that I view as mature but, those people are few and far between.
Most of the people around me are friends with people that aren’t even their real friends. Most of them just try to fit in and follow the crowd. They make inappropriate and stupid jokes all the time, get drunk, go to huge parties, and much more. I’m not saying that I’m better then them for not wanting to do those things, I’m just saying that all of that doesn’t sound like fun to me. I know some people my age aren’t like this but I feel like the vast majority are. Any insight as to why these kids might act like this and why I don’t?

Inappropriate and stupid jokes… parties… drunkenness… fitting in and following the crowd… they actually sound as much like adults as kids.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / protesting puke scumbags

The ability to correctly identify the right time and right place for an activity is something which, unfortunately, a significant percentage of our population will never wholly acquire.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Philosohpy & Religon

I don’t agree with any of the religions I know more than a surface-scratch about. That is, Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hindiusm. But I do ‘appreciate’ the positive aspects of certain religions, eg Christian churches in my country promoting and fostering a sense of friendliness, charity and community.

Philosophies… not a field I have much interest in, but I suppose the obvious answer would be atheism. And perhaps (having had a quick look through a list of philosophies so I could provide a more useful response and having discovered most of my beliefs have a name) cultural and moral relativism and humanism stand out.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Berkeley, MO killing of Black teen who pulled gun on police officer

People who just go out and start aggro without having the faintest idea what actually happened do nothing but harm the cause of those who protest for a good reason.

Though I don’t imagine such trouble-seekers give a shit.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Torture, Its Legality and its effectiveness,

Originally posted by thepunisher52:

What amuses me about you western as a whole and American in particular is the kind of surprise you show, when it is found that your gorvn. is spying on you or your govrn. tortures.(Both of these things have been common knowledge for us third worlders) May be it is because you trust your govrn. too much or you are a hypocritical lot.

So, What are your thoughts about this whole fiasco.

Not sure if anyone is really surprised, given it’s been known about for years. I think it’s just providing an opportunity for certain people to get themselves worked up into that nice, therapeutic state of outrage they miss so much.

That, and it’s a cheap and easy way to fill column inches and broadcast minutes.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Charity begins at home...

Doesn’t need to be well received, just well received by a very tiny percent of people. Which it would be.

So with that in mind and given that it’s a charity thing, I’d go with a gofundme or similar, prod the people you know for it and spam a shitload of celebrities’ Twitter accounts to see if you can get a bit of free promotion off them. Even a single RT from a decently followed account can be hugely valuable for something like this.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Should Kong Ditch Wartune?

If what you wrote it 100% true, then yes… but if Kong dropped every MMO which used dishonest, sneaky, borderline-fraudulent activity, advertising, pricing or equipment release to increase its income, there’d be approximately ten games left in the MMO section.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / UNNOFICIAL Explanation of the nexus

What exactly are you on about?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Americans Warned To "Scrub" Their Social Media Posts To Avoid Upsetting Terrorists.

It seems to be more about drawing attention to their identities… nothing to do with offending or upsetting the poor lambs. Which is quite sensible really. Police officers have been doing the same thing since the dawn of social media.

Originally posted by masterofthegun:


I don’t know about the rest of you, ATS. But I live in a neighborhood where ISIS/ISIL wouldn’t make it two blocks after firing shots before they found themselves pinned down by automatic weapons fire. Normally that’s a hassle in day to day life. But sometimes it comes in handy.

Many of them seem rather unconcerned by the thought of dying and appear to enjoy gunfights, so they’d probably be delighted.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why are schools so warped now?

Originally posted by vikaTae:

They have those (single layer) at pretty much every school near me these days. But I believe their purpose here is to keep child abductors out and the kids in, rather than anything firearm related. Only had a little 3ft high rusty ‘fence’ when I were a lad (and more people had guns back then…).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why are schools so warped now?

Is the pledge really that important in the US?

I only ask because other countries get by just fine, with entirely well-balanced and proud populations, respectful to war dead and their ancestors and their country and flag, without one.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Controversial Game

Is this some sort of weird, Clout-related roleplay thing?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

Position in life is largely nothing to do with the choices we’ve made.

Next whiny, anti-establishment quote, please.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Remove all social safety nets!

Originally posted by groolgirl:
When it gets shown how nearly impossible, and totally impossible it is for some people to stand on their own two feet because of the system that exists, then maybe more people will actually care about making a country where people CAN stand on their own two feet.

Maybe. Or maybe you’ll just be left with a totally screwed-beyond-recovery shell of a society destined to develop the sort of real disparity and shit living conditions which exist in places which already have the sort of system you advocate.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ironically, Russia is going to save the world from the USA.

Develop distrust in ones own government… switch to unquestioningly swallowing propaganda from someone else’s.

Do people really need someone to trust and believe in that badly?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Insightful Quotes

I can see the message and largely agree. But I think half an hour on Google would be a better recommendation than a nice expensive jolly to the other side of the world.

There are indeed lessons you can’t get out of a book (or internet). But most would-be deprivation tourists lack the mindset to go looking for them and instead come back with a photo album full of awesome rides on tuk-tuks and great (tourist) bars and the cutest little street kids (!!!!!!1).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by stanwise:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:
Originally posted by stanwise:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:

It’s a map. It has no moving parts and shows streets and places, that’s all it does. You don’t learn how to use a map, you just pick it up and look at it.

To find Holly St on Google Maps, you search for “Holly St.”

To find Holly St on a paper map, you have to flip to the back, look up Holly St on the alphabetical list, see which grid tile it is in, then flip the map back over and find the corresponding grid tile, then the street within the tile.

Hard? No. Immediately obvious if no one has ever taught you? Also no.

Perhaps not 100% obvious if the person lacks the knowledge that the rear of a map/book contains an index, but it’s extremely basic problem solving. Anyone with the partially adult mind I mentioned should be fully capable of doing it.

Though admittedly, I didn’t allow for various learning difficulties in my little rant, which perhaps I should have.

It seems obvious to you and me, but I’m (and guessing you are as well) the sort of person who, when presented with an unknown tool or device, picks it up and starts playing with it to learn how it works. I’ve met plenty of adults who lack this instinct. They’re the same sort of people who couldn’t build a 286 from a complete box of parts – it doesn’t occur to them that everything can only fit together one way.

Now I think about yes, you’re right… I’ve encountered them myself. A lady on Amazon using the questions section to complain that a torch she’d bought had nowhere to put the battery, stuff like that. Expect she’d struggle with a map too…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Originally posted by stanwise:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:

It’s a map. It has no moving parts and shows streets and places, that’s all it does. You don’t learn how to use a map, you just pick it up and look at it.

To find Holly St on Google Maps, you search for “Holly St.”

To find Holly St on a paper map, you have to flip to the back, look up Holly St on the alphabetical list, see which grid tile it is in, then flip the map back over and find the corresponding grid tile, then the street within the tile.

Hard? No. Immediately obvious if no one has ever taught you? Also no.

Perhaps not 100% obvious if the person lacks the knowledge that the rear of a map/book contains an index, but it’s extremely basic problem solving. Anyone with the partially adult mind I mentioned should be fully capable of doing it.

Though admittedly, I didn’t allow for various learning difficulties in my little rant, which perhaps I should have.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the hell is wrong with the country?

Slightly away from the primary topic, but… how can anyone who has developed even a partially adult mind not know how to use a map?

It’s a map. It has no moving parts and shows streets and places, that’s all it does. You don’t learn how to use a map, you just pick it up and look at it. There’s a street, there’s another street, there’s me, there’s where I need to go. I can understand someone being wary about using one to navigate their way through an extensive and uninhabited swamp or mountain range, but not streets.

Anyway, on the topic… yes, current kids can be utter dipshits. But older generations spawned their own dregs, so it’s hardly a new thing. You just notice it more the older you get.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

Had lurked in Scribbles for years. Today I got auto-assigned to a new room. Seemed OK until I realised it was named after something in My Little Pony, so randomly picked a new one… and the first thing I saw was someone pretending to be a cat.

Third time lucky, perhaps.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Individuality - What makes you so special?

Originally posted by onlineidiot1994:

Alright, so I’m curious. I am a person who only sees the value of people based on their usefulness to their society. I believe that respect should be awarded to those who perform duties that are a benefit to those around them, and that acts of self advancement are ultimately not something that one should be proud of. This being said, I want to hear why people feel that individualism and personal worth are valuable attributes. Why do you think that someone being a special snowflake is a good thing?

All moves to benefit society involve self-advancement of a sort. Even the most ‘selfless’ act is driven by self interest.

We’re all special snowflakes, and our own brand of individual selfishness should be celebrated, along with our other attributes. Many of which we acquire for our own benefit.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Has KONG becoming WORSE under the years?

Yes, but there isn’t much they can do about it. The Flash game industry as a whole has gone to shit.

Ah, but they also got rid of Recently Played Games off the homepage, which was a bad move. They could do something about that.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / is feminism becoming an excuse for women to be sexist

As in any movement which advocates the advancement of one group at the inevitable expense of another, there’ll be ‘members’ who take it a step further and hide behind it while giving voice to their dislike, hatred or whatever of the other group.

But I don’t think feminism is ‘becoming’ that, nor do I feel that has ever been its primary purpose. Only that some of the people involved, and some onlookers, are confusing feminism with misandry.