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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:48:43 AM »
The army has reportedly removed al-Bashir from power. Hopefully he will very soon be seeing the inside of a prison cell.

I hope the Algerians and Sudanese have learned from what happened in Egypt that removing the president is the easy part.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Re: Dark Souls
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:50:05 AM »
Beat O & S a while back. I took out Ornstein last because giant Ornstein had less health and I wanted it to be over quicker.

I got started beating bosses on my first and second attempts then I got stuck on Artorias. I picked up Dark Souls 2 and played it for a bit to practice without a shield. Then I picked up Bloodborne.

Bloodborne is like a game that was tailor made just for me. It has everything I love. It's phenomenal.

I'm going to go back and try Artorias again at some point, but right now Bloodborne has consumed my life.

Even though O & S and Artorias are both really hard fights, I vastly prefer Artorias. The fight is fun and engaging and tense. O & S only really got good for me after I took out Smough and had to fight giant Ornstein.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: April 09, 2019, 09:00:22 AM »
I've been hearing about reports in Sudan that soldiers have started protecting demonstrators from the security forces. Hopefully this means Omar al-Bashir will be going the same way as Bouteflika.

I remember everyone saying after 2011 that the Arab spring could never happen in Algeria because people still remember the horrors of the civil war. Just eight years later their president is gone. For once there seems to be some actual good news coming out of the Middle East.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 25, 2019, 07:24:57 AM »
Huh. Robert Mueller just release his report.

Got to say I'm pretty disappointed with his conclusions. I would rather it had never been released and the orange menace had it hanging over his head the whole time.

I was really hoping he would go out of the White House and straight into prison. That was probably too much to hope for, although from what I have heard he's done plenty of illegal things.

It would be pointless to say once more that I'm sick of him and all the populist leaders like him. No doubt we have another six years of this moron to put up with.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:12:11 PM »
We're seeing the media showing the same fascination with the perpetrator as they usually show in the aftermath of school shootings. You would have thought that after all these years they would have learned not to do this. All it does is build a cult of personality around these people.

Who is the perpetrator really? Some idiotic nobody. Same with all those school shooters. There's no need to remember their names or fantasize over their childhoods. It's like an even worse form of celebrity culture.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 16, 2019, 02:05:19 AM »
I was thinking earlier, the animal that did this filmed the whole thing and no doubt there are countless pathetic, vile individuals watching and cheering him on in the dark corners of the internet. The thought of it makes me feel sick. How did we get to the stage where there are so many of these white supremacist idiots infesting our society?

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 15, 2019, 01:42:27 PM »
Seeing the way the media often portrays Muslims and the less focus given to the danger of the Far Right in spite of the far larger threat they pose, I feel in today's climate some atrocity like this was inevitable. We can only hope that from now on governments and the media put more effort into preventing the rise of groups and ideologies that ferment hatred like this.

I don't believe that most of our politicians, at least not where I live, are genuine racists but they have allowed anti-immigrant sentiment to grow so they can win votes through dog whistles. It's a disgusting approach to politics and it serves only to empower Far Right hate groups.

The Far Right is the main terrorist threat we face right now and both our leaders and the general public need to wake up to that fact.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:47:35 PM »
I was at a talk held at the uni tonight and an actual member of a far right party showed up and started spewing racial slurs.

Thankfully they kicked him out.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: March 01, 2019, 04:44:18 PM »
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/cairo-train-crash-egypt-protest-arrest-a8802906.html

This is just the latest disaster to come out of Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's moronic leadership. He's probably done more damage to Egypt in six years than Mubarak did in forty, yet somehow he's convinced himself that he ought to be in power until at least 2034.

I hope he goes the same way as Egypt's last two presidents and the sooner the better. 25 innocent people dead because this idiot choose to spend all his Saudi dollars on the military and none on replacing the railways.

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Writers' Corner / Re: Making villains pathetic
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:24:41 AM »
I think Joffrey from 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is a fantastic example of a pathetic villain. He causes tremendous damage but he's weak, insecure and childish and using his power to make the lives of others miserable seems to be the only thing he's good at.

I completely agree with Eli's original post about evil people in real life. These aren't cool or admirable people. In fiction we tend to give villains more sympathetic traits for the sake of realism, but I think even the total scumbag has a place in more realistic stories, seeing as there's no shortage of those people in real life. I remember reading that when one key figure in the Nazi regime was appointed to lead the police, he said something along the lines of 'My mission here is not to bring justice, but to destroy and annihilate, nothing else'.

The dictator is my favourite antagonist. I think it's because I like writing revenge fantasies after watching these people dominate the news. Dictators aren't the ultra capable strongmen their propaganda makes them out to be. More often than not, they're idiots. Stalin had all his best generals purged before the Nazi invasion. Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi has almost completely destroyed Egypt's economy after just six years in power and Hitler provoked a war which lead to his country being devastated and then partitioned into two states, one of which was ruled for decades by the communists he hated so much. Stupidity can be far more dangerous than outright malice, but plenty of leaders have opted for both.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Retconning
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:10:23 AM »
Lately I've got into the habit of wasting my time by watching videos on Youtube about the 'Kingdom Hearts' games, and the levels of retconning in the story of that series are off the chart. The plot has become ridiculously convulated and absurd but from what I've heard there are still people online who dedicate their time to studying the lore.

Video games are a very different medium to books, and one that can get away with a strangely written plot far easier, but it has got me thinking about retconning in long series. For me personally, its am enormous pet peeve. I believe fiction of any kind, but fantasy and sci-fi especially relies on internal consistency and retconning throws all of that out the window.

I would be interested to hear anyone else's thoughts on this, and whether it bothers you as much as it bothers me, or whether you're able to overlook it and not let it ruin your enjoyment of the story.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: New Tropes and Cliches
« on: March 01, 2019, 09:01:22 AM »
One idea I've been thinking about lately is that fantasy is not so much a genre as a setting or an aesthetic. If a genre is thought of as a story that will include a number of particular beats (eg. a heist story will include a heist, a love story will be about two people forming a relationship etc.) So a subversive attitude to a particular story would include not only twisting the tropes of fantasy, but also those of the genre it falls into.

My first book, which I'm currently rewriting was essentially an action adventure story, and those tend to follow the hero's journey template to some extent. With that in mind, I've attempted to use the story to mock this template and criticise it. Three characters start off on their own versions of a hero's journey. One fails and dies. Another returns home but is completely unchanged and the third reaches their destination but refuses to return to the so called 'ordinary world'.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 25, 2019, 11:02:04 AM »
I have to say, in spite of everything, I'm weirdly optimistic about America's (very) long term future. The demographic trends all seem to show Trump's main support base dwindling. Obviously it will be too late and I think he'll probably somehow get a second term in spite of everything, but in the long run, America is going to change, and groups like the GOP will have to change with it or be rendered irrelevant.

That said, I'm not an American, so I don't really know what I'm talking about.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 22, 2019, 05:39:45 PM »
I know I lit the spark on this whole religion discussion, but while I want to keep responding this is making me nervous. I adore this site for being an actually friendly, peaceful corner of the wretched hive of scum an villainy that is the internet. And religious debate seems to so readily degenerate.

Agreed. I'm perfectly fine to discuss the subject, but, this being the internet, any discussion will usually devolve into a flame war that will drag on and on drawing in more and more people with no sign of it ever ending.

Also, it's technically off topic for this thread.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 22, 2019, 02:55:10 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/22/farmington-university-immigration-sting-students

Don't know if the link will work.

This is utterly inexcusable.

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