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What D&D Character are you

A friend posted a link regarding what alignment he would be.  I click it and found a link to see what character I would be as well.  I’ve always considered myself the class it picked for me but I disagree with the alignment but hey after 100+ questions maybe it knows me better than me.

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I Am A: True Neutral Human Cleric (5th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength-10
Dexterity-14
Constitution-11
Intelligence-16
Wisdom-14
Charisma-13

Alignment:
True Neutral A true neutral character does what seems to be a good idea. He doesn’t feel strongly one way or the other when it comes to good vs. evil or law vs. chaos. Most true neutral characters exhibit a lack of conviction or bias rather than a commitment to neutrality. Such a character thinks of good as better than evil after all, he would rather have good neighbors and rulers than evil ones. Still, he’s not personally committed to upholding good in any abstract or universal way. Some true neutral characters, on the other hand, commit themselves philosophically to neutrality. They see good, evil, law, and chaos as prejudices and dangerous extremes. They advocate the middle way of neutrality as the best, most balanced road in the long run. True neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you act naturally, without prejudice or compulsion. However, true neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it represents apathy, indifference, and a lack of conviction.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Clerics act as intermediaries between the earthly and the divine (or infernal) worlds. A good cleric helps those in need, while an evil cleric seeks to spread his patron’s vision of evil across the world. All clerics can heal wounds and bring people back from the brink of death, and powerful clerics can even raise the dead. Likewise, all clerics have authority over undead creatures, and they can turn away or even destroy these creatures. Clerics are trained in the use of simple weapons, and can use all forms of armor and shields without penalty, since armor does not interfere with the casting of divine spells. In addition to his normal complement of spells, every cleric chooses to focus on two of his deity’s domains. These domains grants the cleric special powers, and give him access to spells that he might otherwise never learn. A cleric’s Wisdom score should be high, since this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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Teen arrested for Twitter comment while at Pink Concert

It appears another teen has now been arrested for what they have posted in the social media.  This time a teenager from Melbourne Australia while attending a Pink Concert.

The teenager was referencing Pink’s song “Timebomb” and tweeted ”I’m ready with my Bomb. Time to blow up #RodLaverArena. Bitch.”

The teenager identified as David King, Jr. was stopped while attempting to enter the Rod Laver Arena.  Officials state he was arrested for posing a threat to the public.

The boy’s Twitter profile pic was used to help Security staff of the Rod Laver Arena to track him down.

“They just came up to me and showed a photo and said ‘is this you?,” Dave told Ten News. “I said yeah, because it was my face, and suddenly they just turned me around and grabbed my hands and forced me out the back.”

The teens father has said that it was the Rod Laver Arena that pushed for the teen’s arrest on public nuisance charges.

The father was quoted as saying to 3AW radio “The policeman said to me, ‘if it was up to me, I would have booted him in the backside and said go home,’ But [the Rod Laver Arena] demanded [he] be arrested.”

An arena spokesperson is standing by the decision to forcefully eject the boy and have him thrown in jail.

“We can’t risk not taking matters like this seriously, Our security staff acted to ensure the area was secure and handed the matter over to the police.” according to the spokesperson.

This news is similar to the incident about Texas boy that was thrown in jail over comments he made in Facebook.

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Texas teen jailed over facebook post

Justin Carter is a  Texas teenager who was jailed in February over a post he made in Facebook after playing a match in the game League of Legends.  His post was an argument with another League of Legends player.

After the other player made a comment calling him insane and messed up in the head he replied “‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts”.  Jack Carter  later replied “LOL” and “JK” but the damage was already done.

His father Jack told KVUE that a Canadian woman did a Google search and found that his old address was near an elementary school so she contacted authorities.

Even though Justin’s comments were meant to be sarcastic they were timed two months after dozens of children were killed in a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut back in December of 2012.  He was later arrested and charged with making terroristic threats and faces up to 8 years in jail.

Justin’s family has created an online petition that you can view hereOn the website you can find additional information regarding another teen that was arrested for rapping lyrics that referred to the Boston bombing.

You can actually get updates on both cases on the petition website.

 

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Gamespy writer apologizes to fans of game he upset.

An author for Gamespy wrote a quick little blog regarding Mechwarrior Online’s latest video featuring the Centurion and made a few comments that sent fans into an uproar.

 

Watch the video below.

 

First off I have been reading Gamespy recently so I wasn’t aware of the article except for the fact that someone had posted about it in the MWO Forums.  The fans had posted some of the article written on Gamespy and took offense to the authors comments calling the game boring and that the video was filled full of “Technobabble”.  I guess the author had issues understanding what a LRM-10 or Autocannon-10 is but of course many Mechwarrior fans knew and were quick to spell it out for the author.  The author later took to twitter to insult the fans by calling them “dumbos” but the link to that twitter is now dead and sadly I didn’t screen shot it.  I did however capture some of the other conversations from the editor of Gamespy to the author in an attempt to explain how Mechwarrior works.


In the Mechwarrior online forums some of the fans found other articles written by other websites such as PC Gamer which had a more positive outlook on the video.

Many fans left articles on the gamespy article with most against the author although there were some that agreed that some of technology in Mechwarrior confuses new players.  Some respondents felt that the author was more of a twitch response gamer in games like Call of Duty or Quake.  Others pointed out that Mechwarrior is more strategy based in its combat that one shot kills of some other first person shooters.

I’ve been a Mechwarrior fan for years and I have also played the twitchy games as well such as Call of Duty and I can enjoy both.  My son tends to like the quick shooting sniping games but he also does enjoy playing Mechwarrior 4 as well.   I’m looking forward to enjoying some multiplayer action with him and partnering up with him in a lance along with our friends.  If I look back at when I was first introduced to Mechwarrior back on AOL on a game called MPBT:Solaris I didn’t understand the lore to the game any of the weapons or mech chassis at first.  I did find a great community  though and they taught me quite a bit and then I started purchasing the table top game and became more familiar with the lore and technical aspects of the game.  So I can understand where the author may have been confused at first however when I play Call of Duty I am confused with some of the statistics of all the different weapons and understanding which one is best for my play style.  I know there are places to research it all but paper statistics and actually trying them out are different things.

 

In the end the Gamespy author has issued an apology to Mechwarrior fans and has even told them that he is now downloading the free version of Mechwarrior 4 to try it out.

To quote him exactly:

 

Hey guys, Taylor here.

Just a quick response to all the comments I’ve been getting on this article. You guys are absolutely right; I’ve never played a MechWarrior game for a significant amount of time. I’m pretty unsure as to what makes them click, and why people love them so much. But here’s the thing: I’m absolutely open to the idea that I might fall in love with them. In fact, I’m installing the free version of MechWarrior 4 as we speak.

My comments about the video above are in no way a reflection on my final opinions on the MechWarrior Online topic. I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet (obviously), and plan on giving it my full attention upon release. I was simply responding to the trailer that was the main focus of the news post. To an outsider who is unfamiliar with the intricacies of the MechWarrior series, it does look kind of boring! But that doesn’t mean I’m writing off the game as a whole or insulting the fans. Just stating a personal observation.

So there you go! :)

 

I hope he really does try out Mechwarrior 4 and then comes back and gives a review of it and his likes and dislikes of the game.  I think many of the fans were upset because they could tell he didn’t know the Mechwarrior line and wrote a bad review.  At least now we can look for an honest review even if he comes back and admits that he tried it and it wasn’t his cup of tea.  It’s true not everyone will like Mechwarrior some want to be able to one shot their opponents but that would take the fun out of piloting big giant robots that fight to the death.

So what do you think author next set of comments will be?

 

EDIT

Since this article was written the editor in chief at Gamespy has updated the post.

 

Update: Note From the EditorWelcome, MWO forumites! This post was definitely a little more glib than we generally shoot for, so apologies for that. That said, we strive to give honest reactions to the PC gaming news, and Taylor, as one of many gamers who has sadly not yet had much experience with MechWarrior games, would’ve been lying to you if he’d said this trailer got his blood pumping. Even if you disagree with that impression (and somehow I’ve gotten the idea that you do) you’ve gotta respect that honesty — that’s how you know we’re giving you real opinions and not mindlessly saying that every game looks super-awesome. We’re gamers, not hype machines. But MechWarrior is a big part of PC gaming history, so to aid in Taylor’s personal journey of discovery, he’ll be accompanying us to the Nvidia MWO LAN event next Friday to see what it’s really like to drive one of these suckers. You can expect to see coverage of his first-timer reactions next to those of some more experienced hands.

- Dan Stapleton
Editor in Chief

PS: This news post is in no way a review of any kind. Every time a commenter calls something that’s not a review a review, a long-time game reviewer’s head a’splodes.

 

My answer to that is, yes not all gamers will like Mechwarrior and the mechwarriors out there are not disillusioned to think that everyone will like this game.  In fact we are betting that some will not and will avoid the game entirely because it is not their genre.  There are other games out there for the twitch happy and Mechwarrior is not a twitch happy game but a lot more strategic.  I will be interested to see what Taylor says after going to the Nvidia tournament and plays a few rounds.  If afterwards he says “hey this isn’t my cup of tea”  I think we can accept that as a much more reasonable response than his article was.

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Teen dies from Playing Diablo III for 40 hours straight

Previously I had written about a young man who had died from playing xbox.  It appears that someone from else has died from playing Diablo III for 40 hours.  This time it’s a teenager from Taiwan who decided to go to an internet cafe and play a 40 hour marathon.   Workers at the cafe found the teenager passed out on a table.  It’s reported that he went without food or sleep for the 40 hours but some suspect that he died of blood clots but are awaiting an autopsy.  It was blood clots that had killed the young man who played Xbox for 12 hours and it’s possible that it’s a similar fate for the young man in Taiwan.

Earlier this year another Taiwan man was found dead after playing league of legends for over 9 hours.  Sadly no one noticed and reports are that this young man died from a heart attack and thought to be brought on by blood clots again.  The man did have prior issues with his heart and it’s believed that sitting for too many hours and not moving around caused the complications.

It makes  you wonder how someone could sit so long without moving.  You would think that someone would have to get up and use the restroom, stretch and go find something to eat.

The best advice is if you love to play video games make sure to take breaks and get plenty of food and rest.  I’m sure you can’t play as well while tired and hungry so why punish your body for sub-par play time?

I know I can’t sit around and play as long as I used to but then again I’m getting older and my legs do pain if I sit there too long.  What’s your longest video game marathon and have you had any problems from playing too long?

 

 

 

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The transition from teenager to man

Many may not know this but I had some medical issues which kept me occupied for some time.  It eventually got to the point that I ended up needed heart surgery to fix an issue I”ve had since birth.  I remember the last few moments before I was wheeled down to surgery and I was getting a chance to get my hugs from family and getting my last bits of support from the family before the surgery.  It came time to hug my son and tell him that I loved him and it really hit me.  I really wanted to make it through this surgery because there is still so much I need to teach him for him to become a man.  In the past I feel I’ve been a good father and teaching him what’s right from wrong and he’s got a pretty good heart but as many kids in his generation they still have a few faults that need fixed before they become adults.  I started to get scared thinking of how much I need to teach him so he can later be on his own as he grows older.  Sure he’ll have my wife to help him along but I felt I needed to be there for him to teach him things that I felt a man should do.

In becoming a man I feel I should teach him some responsibility.  This will hopefully become a driving force for him later as he normally is not-self motivated.  If you have a sense of responsibility it should be a good motivator to both work and take care of things that need to be done even if you don’t like doing them.  Currently either my wife or I have to be his motivator and tell him what needs to be done.  Again I still think he’s a great kid but needs to learn some responsiblity currently his only sense of responsibility would come from school such as doing school work or studying for a test but he needs to learn about other responsibilities.

I’m also hoping to teach him the value of money so he actually appreciates it more and understand how you have to earn it and how you should guard spending it.  Currently he normally get’s whatever he needs and sometimes wants as long as we have the necessary money and it’s not an outrageous request.  I don’t feel he’s spoiled but as an only child he does have the benefits of having us just spend on him and not a bunch of siblings.  I feel sometimes that he doesn’t really understand the value of money and he’s now old enough to actually work and could benefit from understanding the value before he starts earning his own money and can manage it better in the future.

I would also like to work with him on teamwork skills unfortunately being an only child he has been spoiled by attention and not used to sharing as much.  He will need teamwork skills more as he goes into college and when he’s out in the workforce.  He’s had some attitude problems before in the past that if things didn’t go his way he wouldn’t participate in the activity.  He needs to learn how in teamwork there is often compromise in order for the group to be happy as a whole.  This will of course help him in other aspects of his life as well.

There are many other things that I would like to help him with as well but this is what’s coming up as the first steps I’m going to work with him on.  As I work with him on these issues I plan on documenting what I’m trying, what is working and what struggles I will be working with.  I will update this article to link to the new articles to help with the navigation.  I will also appreciate any comments, suggestions or even support from everyone.

Wish me luck and I’m sure it will be fun.

 

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Teenager has identity stolen now has $700,000 in debt

Back in August we  saw a local news story stating that a website ran by hackers had bragged that they had hacked one of the local school districts computer systems and accessed nearly 7000 students files.  Administrators were concerned that Social Security Numbers could have been at risk but were not sure.  They issued a statement giving parents information regarding the hack and a service that parents could sign up on to protect their child’s identity.

It wasn’t too long ago that the FBI told the school district that they felt that the data was not used in any fraudulent schemes.  While this may be good that nothing has happened yet, according to the FBI, I feel that parents should still continue to monitor their childs information.  I would suspect that criminals are aware that the identities is currently being monitored, especially after the hackers announced that they had succeeded in hacking the system.  I imagine the hackers could have sold off the identity information to third parties to be used at a later time.

Either way the potential damage to a childs credit could be pretty severe according to this story where a teenager is nearly $700,000 in debt after becoming a victim of identify theft.  It seems to me that parents should put up credit monitoring on their child’s indentity.  If you do find that your child or yourself is a victim of identify there is a link here that explains on what you can do to combat it.  Many of the credit monitoring services make it easier to dispute issues on your credit report even though you can manually dispute a charge on your credit report with the appropriate credit reporting service.  Either way disputing a charge as soon as possible is the best response since debt that stays on your record longer is harder to dispute.

 

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Qwikster is out – Netflix will keep DVD service

Looks like Netflix finally listened to their customers and have decided to abandon moving their DVD service out of Netflix and into Qwikster.  It appears they realize that having to use their service on two seperate websites is actually a bad thing.  This statement just comes a few weeks after announcing that they wanted to launch Qwikster which makes you wonder why they couldn’t figure this out the first time.  My boss always teaches us to put yourself in your customers shoes when dealing with them.  Had Netflix done this in the first place they would of realized this before announcing their change.  I wonder how many cancelations of their service that they received.

This week I’ve notices that my Netflix streaming on my PS3 did not actually work.  It looked like the PS3 had been removed from Netflix as a registered device.  I tried signing into my account with Netflix but it wasn’t working either.  I tried logging in to their website from my PC but after entering my sign-in information the website just locked up.  I had come to the conclusion that they were updating their site to move to Qwikster but now that I got this email today I wonder what the issue with their streaming services and website was all about.

Anyway here is a copy of the email sent to me:

Dear Kevin,

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password…in other words, no Qwikster.

While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes.

We’re constantly improving our streaming selection. We’ve recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we’ve added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value you as a member, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get your movies & TV shows.

Respectfully,

The Netflix Team

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Diablo III delayed till 2012

Blizzard has been famous for pushing back their titles over and over.  I remember how long the wait was for Warcraft III and even Diablo II.  My friends and I would often be upset but we knew that meant that Blizzard would be pushing out a better product.  I had some belief that with Blizzard merging with Activision that we might see products get pushed out faster with less concern with the quality.   Turns out that may not be true after all.  Here’s a direct quote from Blizzard.

We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. For Diablo III, we were aiming to launch by the end of 2011. As we’re announcing globally today, our new target for the game is early 2012.

While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too. However, this week we pulled together people from all of the teams involved with the game to decide whether we felt it would be ready before the end of December, and we grudgingly came to the conclusion that it would not. Ultimately, we feel that to deliver an awesome Diablo sequel that lives up to our expectations and yours as well, we should take a little more time and add further polish to a few different elements of the game.

The upside of today’s announcement is that we will be running the beta test longer than we initially planned, which will allow us to invite more of you who have opted in.

For those taking on the Diableard challenge, we salute you — and now fear for your well-being and personal hygiene. We hereby issue an official reprieve to all Diableard participants, including Blizzard employees, if you want to trim or otherwise manage the lower half of your face. We’d still love to see your beardly achievements, and we look forward to seeing more of your efforts as we move into 2012, but not to the detriment of your workplaces and significant others.

Thank you everyone for your support and anticipation for Diablo III. We’re still moving ahead at full pace, and we’ll be keeping you fully informed of any news and developments here at Diablo3.com, including the specific release date when the time comes, so stay tuned.

-Mike Morhaime

 

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Netflix plans to move DVD service into Qwikster

 

I just got what I thought was a nice email from Reed Hastings who is the CEO and co-founder of Netflix.  It at first starts out as an apology for not communicating why they were separating the DVD and streaming prices. Hastings then goes on to say how he wants to grow the streaming business and feels that is the way he will define Netflix and set it apart. 

 Hastings states how important the DVD service Netflix provides is important due to DVD being a popular format for movie publishing.  He also acknowledges that many of Netflix members enjoy the DVD mailing service as well.   Once again he points out how many members including himself enjoy the streaming options as well.

 The email then shocked me by explaining that the two services will be split into two separate services and apparently businesses.  The DVD mail service will be renamed to Qwikster while Netflix will be purely for video streaming.  If you subscribe to both services you will have two separate entries on your credit card statement now.  The claim is that there will be no price increase for separating into the two different businesses but then again they did already go through a price increase already that got some heated reviews by members.

The good news that was actually mentioned is that the new service, Qwikster, will have an add-on option if you want to rent video games.  Hastings claims that many members have been asking for this option and he feels that with this new business model Qwikster can provide this.

Now many Netflix members are probably wondering what is the next step for them.  Qwikster, Netflix, both or perhaps this may be the last step and they choose neither.  There are already other services out there that provide DVD’s such as Redbox and there are plenty of other streaming companies as well that are trying to compete with Netflix.

I haven’t figured out what I plan on doing yet.  What are your comments?

 

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