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  • Man's basic invention levels Destiny character while he sleeps

  • PlugMonkey 23/01/2015

    @SonicUk

    You wouldn't get any satisfaction out of successfully building a fun contraption? That's a shame. Each to their own.

    which probabaly took him more time to think up and build then if he just played the game and got to level 20 on merit
    He quite literally says exactly that in the article.

    You really can't see the point, can you? Remarkable.

    and as I said if he couldnt be bothered to do that then why is he continuing to play the game if he didnt like it/got bored of it?
    It rather feels like we're going in circles, but I can try saying it louder. TO SEE IF HIS FUN CONTRAPTION WOULD WORK!

    ;P
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  • PlugMonkey 21/01/2015

    @SonicUk

    I'm not sure how many ways this can be explained. In this specific instance he is playing the game in this way to see if his contraption will work.

    This is because building contraptions is fun. Playing video games is fun. Building contraptions is also fun. It's a fun contraption based experiment.

    That you can level up in this way is no great indictment of Destiny. I see bots in most online games. However, I still maintain if your target audience's mind is wandering to contraption building whilst in the middle of playing/watching/reading your game/film/book, then that doesn't really say much for it, whatever it is.
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  • PlugMonkey 21/01/2015

    @SonicUk

    Pretty much as he said himself, I'd say the satisfaction is in conceiving the possibility and then successfully building a contraption that did it.

    Doing it this way is much, much harder. The thrill of a Rube Goldberg machine isn't your egg being on the other side of the room. Nor does a Rube Goldberg machine stop egg and spoon races being fun.

    He's already leveled up one character and was finding a second a grind. If players find taking their controller apart more fun than playing the game, I'd personally point blame at the game...
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  • Dying Light dev reveals 3D-printable zombie bikini figurine

  • PlugMonkey 15/01/2015

    I'm not outraged. I just don't understand why they think I would ever want one. Reply +2
  • Ubisoft polls public on future Far Cry settings

  • PlugMonkey 05/01/2015

    They won't do zombies properly, so might as well not bother with that. It'd just be Dead Island.

    A 1950s cold war nuclear holocaust would be fun. I'd buy Blood Dragon 2 in a shot too.
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  • Reader's top 50 games of 2014

  • PlugMonkey 02/01/2015

    Hearthstone...has a free-to-play model that actually works, making it immediately a rare creature worthwhile of everyone's attention.
    HA! That's a laugh. The only thing Hearthstone's free-to-play model does - and I really do mean the ONLY thing that makes it "work" and King's / Zynga's / Supercell's "not work" - is to be attached to a game targeted at you, the core gamer, instead of a game targeted at someone else.

    There is no other difference, and it really does highlight what an utter bloody farce the whole anti-F2P circus has been since the very beginning. Ooh look, someone does exactly the same thing but this time tailors it for you, and all of a sudden it's a rare and special creature. Remarkable.

    Edit: neglols. Seriously. It's the same model. You pay to advance, you pay to win, you pay to skip the grind. The ONLY difference is gameplay you like vs. gameplay you don't.

    The ONLY difference.
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  • Games of 2014: Hearthstone

  • PlugMonkey 31/12/2014

    @Dismiss

    Yep, that's exactly what I meant, said in a less contentious, post caffeine sort of way. :redface:

    A points limit on decks would mean a purple card opened up new strategies, but would stop you just stacking your deck with them and bulldozing straight over newer players.
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  • PlugMonkey 31/12/2014

    Meh. Held my attention for a couple of (very late) nights, but in the end it's horribly unbalanced. It desperately needs some sort of points limit on deck builds so it's not just a case of whoever has spent the most or ground the longest.

    It's like a CCG version of CoD, which I mean as both a compliment and an insult.
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  • Elite: Dangerous review

  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    @number1024

    Cheers! I'll check that out too. I'd always wondered, but it's been filed under 'redundant' in my brain for so long that I never got round to actually checking. This is SO the time to do it.

    I've found things like

    this

    that seem to specifically support it, and people also seem to be making

    Game Ports

    for modern PCs. Both cost a pittance compared to a new set up.

    If I can resurrect this bad boy after all this time it'll even be worth the amount of swearing involved in making that happen!
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  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    @PearOfAnguish

    I actually hadn't thought of getting separates, for some reason. That's a much better idea. I'm sure I have a stick that will suffice in the loft somewhere. I can do it in stages. Thanks!

    Edit: Holy shit! I'm such an idiot!

    I have one of these! And the throttle too! I saved them from a skip about 10 years ago and they've been in various lofts ever since. Only problem is they're pre-usb so I'd pretty much given up on them - I basically just kept them because they're cool - but that might not be as insurmountable as I thought. I've never had a reason to try before. And I'd get to prove my girlfriend has been wrong for 10 years. This is the moment I've been waiting for.

    My path now is clear. Thanks Pear! To Maplins!
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  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    @PearOfAnguish

    Ooh. Cheers. I have read one or two bad things about the build quality and I was wondering. Is there anything you would recommend instead?
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @georgrauh

    hat happens once you ground enough credits going from A to B to get "the best" ship and weapons etc...are you then still also enjoying going from A to B for hours on end even if it's entirely pointless?
    I find that an interesting comment as that is exactly what my friend did in the original Elite, and exactly what I didn't do because I couldn't see the point.

    Is there really even less reason to explore in ED than there was 30 years ago? :/
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @ollieclark

    Thank you to you too! X55 definitely the early front runner.

    If only people sold them in actual shops. Mail order by xmas ain't happening now.
    Reply +2
  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @the_rydster

    I'm guessing you're not a backer then?

    If You Can’t See the Sucker, You’re It.
    Well, that explains why you're on such a desperate look-out for people you can label suckers, if nothing else.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @Leben

    Couldn't agree more. Frankly, I'd be more worried if they were claiming to be nearly finished after just 2 years.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @Lancezh

    Thanks! That looks...badass.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @the_rydster

    I don't understand your attitude at all. I'm a backer. I'm perfectly happy with the progress I'm seeing. I don't doubt we'll get a game. I can see them making one. A bloody enormous one, yes, but it's definitely there.

    Are you a disgruntled backer? You don't think what you're seeing looks like a good return on your investment?

    Or are you a completely uninvolved 3rd party with an axe to grind?
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    As a backer, I should probably get round to playing this now. I wanted to wait until my first experience was as good as it could possibly be.

    Recommendations for flight sticks?

    Should Oculus Rift be considered mandatory?
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  • Destiny has had just shy of 13 million players

  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    @extravagantnonsense

    ;)
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  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    @extravagantnonsense

    ask a 100 people what they like more, steak or mince
    Why? That's not what 'popularity' means. That's not what's being measured here. Many things drive popularity, but that doesn't make a comparison unfair.

    Maybe you'd like to pick another word that you think means what 'popularity' means? Then we could use that word instead, and the comparison would still remain fair.
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  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    @extravagantnonsense

    I equate usage with popularity, yes. If more people eat mince than steak then it's more popular.

    Popular: late Middle English (in the sense ‘prevalent among the general public’): from Latin popularis, from populus ‘people’.

    Yes, price and availability are a factor within that. I think I said that already. It's a factor, but not an unfair one. In fact, it's an entirely necessary one.

    It's not unfair to compare the popularity of steak and mince. More people eat burgers than steaks. They're more popular. Part of the reason for that is them being cheap and readily available (as well as damn tasty).

    If you want to compare quality or satisfaction that's an entirely different question. Here, we're looking at popularity.
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  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    Perhaps a comparison with those games is unfair, as they're free-to-play and supported by microtransactions.
    Why? We're comparing popularity. If they're more popular, they're more popular. If they're more popular because they're more accessible or better value for money, they're still more popular.

    It's bound to be a factor. I spent the less cash playing World of Tanks for 300 hours than it would cost for me to find out if I even wanted to play Destiny. I don't see why that makes a comparison unfair.
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  • It's Steam Holiday Sale time

  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2014

    My capsule reviews:

    Chivalry - My 3rd favourite online game ever.

    The Escapists - really, really, really grindy.

    Octodad - Awesome silly fun. Well worth 3 quid.

    Hitman Absolution - Not worth your time or hard disk space at any price.

    Saints Row 4 - The ultimate gamer's game for gamers.
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  • Student-made Ukip parody game upsets Nigel Farage

  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @zzkj

    I'm all for dissolving the idea of regional consituencies with FPTP and moving to a purely proportional system. That should please anyone who gives a fuck about democracy.

    Watch it not happen, ever.
    Yup. That ship sailed with the referendum the tories hobbled. It won't be seen again in my lifetime.

    It's odd that we spend so much time fighting wars to bring democracy to the world, and we can't manage to bring it to ourselves.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @harington

    I'm going to guess I'm null.

    I sympathise with their lack of resources, I applaud their measures to tackle the bigotry in their midst, but the fact still remains that people don't think ukip is racist because of its policies, they think it is racist because of the production line of loud mouthed, frothing racists that keep popping up at every turn.

    That's also why they have the media's complete and total attention. It's entirely self inflicted.

    So you can point people to their policies all you like, it won't make a bit of difference until Farage can go a week or two without playing wack-a-mole.

    You can't seriously think the only reason ukip are in the news all the time and the Greens aren't is media bias? I think it might also be down to them not saying scandalously newsworthy things quite so often...
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @harington

    To be fair, it's not ukip's policies that makes me think they're racist.

    It's the racists.
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  • Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: Year One

  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @chuck_bone

    My point is that, rather than me not being able to cope with the quirks of PC ownership, I havent got the time or patience to have to deal with it.
    But as I say, I don't really see how having something you don't need is a bad thing vs. not having it at all. Fiddly mods or no mods? Fiddly mods, please.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @chuck_bone

    Again, I don't disagree with your entirely sensible decisions, but I find your reasoning a little unrepresentative, of my experience at least.

    That is until I have to buy a new graphics card to take advantage of the latest games, or a new CPU, or stick in more memory.
    And you're not anticipating ever buying a new console? I'm looking at the lifespan of both products. The PC arms race kind of went out lumberjack shirts. I went nearly 5 years between gfx cards last time round, making the rest nearly 7 years old. Runs everything I throw at it just fine.

    I cant fathom why your PS3 would be throwing up errors more frequently than a PC would
    Me neither! It's not like the error code is ever going to tell me anything! ;D

    Ultimately it's down to the fact that my PC rarely, if ever, throws out any sort of error playing mainstream stuff. I have to kind of wonder what you're doing to your PC!

    I bought Mass Effect 3 via Origin,
    Lol. Oh, dear. That was probably a mistake. Early adoption meets bad port. I can sympathise. I bought Skyrim on PS3!

    These are just poor consumer decisions. The difference is that Batman on PC was broken, but you fixed it. Skyrim on PS3 is just broken. It will always be broken now. Forever. On PC, Skyrim is only going to keep getting better, year on year. That's a pretty awesome thing.

    I know I'm giving extreme examples, but this is not atypical.
    No, but it sounds a bit like you're getting out of your depth when it comes to Minecraft and mods. If you're an inexperienced user, stick to the shallows. The existence of depths is an advantage, not a disadvantage. Mods being a bit of work to install is unarguably much better than the console alternative - no mods.

    As I keep saying, I don't at all disagree with your decision - it seems to entirely fit your usage, home layout, family situation - everything. However a lot of the things you keep posting as PC gaming negatives are either not true any more, no worse than on console, or actually massive pluses.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @chuck_bone

    Yes, it would take YEARS to save the difference, and yet save the difference you would.

    Console gaming is undeniably simpler, but the complexity of PC gaming is massively over blown. At least when it farts up an error, you can troubleshoot it. Type it into google, do what it says, fixed.

    When my PS3 farts up an error - something which happens just as much, if not more frequently - my only option usually is to wait a couple of weeks in the hope that someone else will fix it. I'm sick to death of that crap. Just give me the keys.

    Anyway, you've chosen a perfectly valid entertainment configuration. People are only replying because a few of your 5 points aren't entirely valid, not because consoles don't have an entirely legitimate place in the world.

    Personally, I couldn't go back to a closed system now. The simplicity comes at too high a cost in terms of both versatility and cashmoney.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @g4r37h

    can't help but feel you're complaining here about the state of affairs that exists, has existed and probably will exist for every hardware transition.
    Well said. Innovation comes when developers really start to get to grips with the hardware, not during the first forays. It always has, it probably always will.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/12/2014

    @chuck_bone

    Likewise, cost is also a factor - why would I want to spend another £500-£1000 on a PC just to stick under the telly for such scenarios?
    Well, if you've already got a PS4, you wouldn't. If you were still deciding though and you bought a few games a year, you'd save money getting the PC in the long run.

    And you'd have a media box hooked up to the TV that runs every service, rather than some of them.

    And the computer that you'd buy the Mrs to do the xmas shopping on could cost a heck of a lot less than the £350 you spent on the PS4.
    Reply -3
  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • PlugMonkey 18/12/2014

    @_tangent

    I'm genuinely surprised so many people don't get this. Look, either you believe in free speech or you don't; you are de-facto in the latter group if you only defend it when people are saying things you agree with or like.
    I can defend the rights of people I disagree with and yet still disagree with them. Watch:

    I support the dev's right to make this game, but I don't think they should make it. I support Steam's right to sell this game, but I don't think they should sell it. And I support your right to buy this game, but I don't think you should buy it.

    I think this game is a cynical attempt to make money by deliberately being as unpleasant as possible. I find that pretty dickish, so I don't want to buy it. And that's not censorship.

    Doug Lombardi agrees with me, and so he doesn't want to sell it. That's not censorship either.

    Those are the moral choices. The "moral" thing to do isn't to ban it, it's to not buy it, to not sell it and to not make it in the first place. It's to not exercise those rights that I fervently support everyone having.

    Isn't that ultimately what being a grown-up is? To have all these rights, and then choose which to exercise based on some sort of internal morality or external consideration for others?
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @arcam

    LOL! So true...
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @arcam

    Fox don't report on outrage though, they report on anything their audience will be outraged by. We-he-hell! They'll love this!

    If we all keep really, really quiet maybe this will pass them by - until the devs flat out tell them themselves, because that was the whole point all along.

    yes, it's a cynical ploy. No, it shouldn't work. Yes, it will work. No, the overall effect will not be to the benefit of gaming at large.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    The people who suffer the collateral damage from the shitstorm Fox News create over this game?

    Let's just say it will not be to the benefit of video gaming as a medium or a pastime. Hence, I care.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @arcam

    No, it will be media like Fox News that create it - because that's what pays their wages - and if the devs don't keep rubbing their nose in it until they do, then I'd wonder why the hell they made it in the first place?

    I'd stop giving promotion myself, but I'm worried that will be branded censorship... ;P
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    I'm NOT saying it is wrong, I'm saying look at that gif, step back and imagine what the Fox News report will be like.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @_tangent

    There is less censorship now that at any time in living memory.

    These 'SJWs' clamping down on everything? They don't exist. Consequently, the people fighting against them worry me.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @arcam

    You're right, but the point is I don't think the devs are going to go "Ah, well, we tried but plugmonkey wouldn't play ball". They're going to keep pushing until they get a shitstorm, because what they want is a shitstorm.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    You need to step back and forget everything you know about video games.

    I'm not AT ANY POINT trying to convince you to be offended (and I'm frankly offended you think I am).

    There will still be offense, because that is the developers stated goal.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @arcam

    You don't think the devs will push it into the mainstream media channels? It's a major failing of their PR if they don't.

    Controversy is the whole point of the game. That's their big ticket to riches. You think they're going to pass that up and let the whole thing slip quietly by?

    Seems like a waste...
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    It's not been done this graphically. Not ever. I know you don't see the difference, and you're right that it is all fiction and pixels, but trust me, others will not look with your eyes.

    Postal looked like this:



    Fox News can now run this:



    and say: "That's not out of context. That's the game." And it can't be defended on any grounds other than "Yup, that's what we're into. But it's just pixels!"

    It will create an apocalyptic shitstorm, and that may very well cause collateral damage. Like Postal did, only bigger.

    Those guys need to add a female protagonist. :lol:
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @_tangent

    It's unnerving that some people feel a sense of victory when a company like valve pulls a product from the virtual shelves because some people find it offensive.
    Yes, that is unnerving.

    It's equally unnerving to me that it would appear even more people feel a sense of victory from it being put back.

    It's unnerving because the conflict doesn't really exist. There are no agendas and no ongoing, lengthy campaigns to drive them.

    A controversial game, designed specifically to create controversy, has divided opinion - that being what a controversy is. Valve have then uncomfortably straddled the fence between two equally valid positions - deciding it's not for them (it violates their Ts+Cs), and deciding it's not up to them to decide (it's a user curated service).

    I see no victories anywhere. Some stuff happened. Some normal, everyday stuff. There'll be more tomorrow and it'll no doubt also be construed as some further cog in the massive conspiracy.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    The British WW2 war films were really about making people feel we were winning more than changing views.
    And that all Nazis are 100% evil and may be killed without any moral consequence, resulting in Nazis taking over from Native Americans as the guilt free matinee cannon fodder of choice.

    Something that is still in full swing today. BJ Blaskowicz and Captain America have got all conflicted and nuanced, but the Nazis are still just one dimensional 'baddies'.

    I can see how your approach to this game is kind of in reaction to that - they should all be the same. I'm not sure them all being one dimensional cannon fodder is the direction I personally want to take it though.

    Ah! That's the safety net! Yes, I'm happier pretending to kill Nazis to save the world than I am pretending to kill housewives to destroy it. Is that unhealthy?

    You're happy doing both because you don't pretend to be doing either? They're both identical lies. Is that fair?
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @Liquid--Leeroy

    You have the right not to like something, you absolutely do not have the right to deprive others of the things you don't like.
    Lol. I still don't get this. At the height of the 'outrage' of the 'morality police', this game had been 'censored' to the point of a complete, unexpurgated copy shortly being made available to everybody in the entire world.

    If you don't like something, don't fucking buy it.
    Er, yes. Or sell it. Don't ban it, just don't sell it. If the morality police police are comfortable with that?
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    I think propaganda is part of this debate for the simple reason that if entertainment didn't affect people or alter their perception of reality, then it couldn't be used for propaganda. The fact that it can proves, to me at least, that it does.

    Whether it does or not doesn't really matter in your case, mind you. Your healthy policy of 'disbelieve everything' works just fine for both cases.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @TekMerc

    I disagree. I think all games are art. Even this one.

    I don't know what else they could be. They have no practical purpose after all.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    And this is specifically where we differ.

    Propaganda is something quite different to entertainment media (although entertainment media can be a tool of it as we see with all the war films of WW2). That's really a different debate though.
    It's not. It's the same debate. If you can manipulate a medium to have a particular effect, then it's already having an effect to begin with. You're harnessing it with propaganda, not creating it.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    In terms of fiction no. My life and views are based in the real world thankfully.
    I've been struggling all along to work out your headspace, but I think I get it now.

    I don't personally believe this is possible, I think a culture and it's fiction are inseparable, but your approach to art makes perfect sense to me now. I thank you for your indulgence.
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  • PlugMonkey 17/12/2014

    @bad09

    Certainly I can say a work of fiction has never affected me in any way other than enjoyment.
    You've never read a book or seen a film that has completely changed your outlook on things? That's...sad. Everyone should read at least one book that changes their life.

    Fiction is simply a vehicle for ideas, and to say ideas can't have an impact is crazy. You really think you'd be exactly the same you if you'd grown up surrounded by another culture's fiction? Where do you think you get, well, everything?
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