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  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • kangarootoo 21/10/2016


    Iiiinteresting. I wasn't aware of that patent. And I agree, the base unit certainly seems spacious enough to house a bit of tech, even if it was just there to do some posh upscaling (which if done with some dedicated hardware would be just as good for the eyes as a native resolution boost).

    Now the initial trailer has generated some news interest, I expect that we'll start to see some more detailed info over the next week or so, if not days, to capitalise on the speculation generated.

    I didn't get a Wii, or a Wii-U (came very close with the Wii a few times, but just never quite enough games to suit my tastes). This is genuinely interesting to me though. If my broadband wasn't such low-speed bollox I'd have been all over remote play with my PS4 when away from home, so this might just scratch that itch.
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  • kangarootoo 20/10/2016

    That actually looks really nice :)

    Kangarootoo speculation time! This is unlikely, but I am just supposing...

    The base station could feasibly house a more powerful graphics card, used when the unit is docked, to provide a higher resolution output for a big TV. Sony VAIO laptops a while back could use something similar (called a Power Media Dock I think). An external dock containing a DVD writer, that also contained a 1GB AMD graphics card. So when you were on the move you would be using the onboard Intel chipset, but when you plugged your laptop into your dock it would be the AMD card driving the monitor output.

    Cost would of course be the main barrier to this, and there is nothing in the trailer to suggest it is the case, I am simply relying on my amazing powers of technology prediction :) As I say, it probably won't turn out to be true, but if it DOES, you each owe me a shiny apple.
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  • Americans can claim $55 from Sony because of some old PS3 lawsuit

  • kangarootoo 16/10/2016

    1. The "don't remember" comment was clearly a flippant joke. Maybe it wasn't funny, but people are disingenuously overreacting.

    2. The proof may indeed be hard for some to find, but there has to be proof, because that is how the law works. Surely nobody here would suggest that every person in the US could claim $55 with no proof of entitlement... surely?

    3. Someone mentioned a EULA. A EULA, like any other contract, can't overide law. A product must continue to perform its stated function for the reasonable lifetime of the product. I'm not saying that makes this an automatic win for claimants, just that a EULA saying "we cna change what we like about this product at any time" doesn't make it so.
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  • Hitman season finale heads to Hokkaido, Japan

  • kangarootoo 12/10/2016


    They did make all of that a lot more robust. I agree, the requirement for online is a pain in the arse, and clearly only exists for business reasons of some sort. However, after the initially brief farse (any loss of connection kicked you out of the level), they got it all in order - much better connection stability, and the ability to pause and try to reconnect without leaving the level. So long as your broadband is OK, you won't even realise it is there anymore.

    Again, I agree the option is bollox, but it would be a mistake to avoid it on principle. I understand if some want to, but in the end I base my choice on the complete resulting experience, and the experience is strong.
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  • kangarootoo 12/10/2016

    This game is brilliant, simple as that. The best of the series (this from someone who held Blood Money in high regard, and borderline hated Absolution).

    And I agree with other comments here, the episodic model really worked in its favour. Instead of breezing through a bunch of levels in a row, I played and replayed until I nailed every challenge in the first level, and then Sapienza came along and I did it all again (not quite as thoroughly that time).

    With Absolution I was worried that the series I had been a fan of for so long had taken a dive (let's be clear, Hitman has always been a rough diamond, but Blood Money felt like it had finally realised its potential), but this is such a return to form, above and beyond BM, this lifts the bar yet again for Hitman really becoming what Hitman always wanted to be. It makes me glow inside thinking about it :) Whichever team put this together should all get fat bonuses.

    You may have noticed, I like this game quite a lot.
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  • Rockstar's first Red Dead now on PlayStation 4

  • kangarootoo 11/10/2016


    The "idea" was relying on the inability of grown adults to read? My, this EG lot are a crafty bunch, what will they try next?
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  • Oculus Touch motion controllers cost $199, will launch in December

  • kangarootoo 07/10/2016

    The high price will affect the installed base numbers, which will affect developers' commitment to them. Cross platform stuff will likely be OK, but I'd be surprised if many exclusive titles depend on them being a requirement. Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 07/10/2016

    Good grief. No doubt they will be excellent, but.... good grief. Reply +1
  • For Honor ditches "super-required" split-screen mode

  • kangarootoo 06/10/2016


    They do if it is the right decision to make. the wrong descision would be to jeopardise the whole experience by keeping this is despite the evidence against it.

    I'm not saying this is good news, just that our opinions should accomodate the facts.
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  • kangarootoo 06/10/2016


    Or real speak for "if we'd focused our limited resources on this one area, the rest of the game would have been negatively affected, so we made a tough decision, the way good devs do every day."
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  • Styx: Shards of Darkness delayed to early 2017

  • kangarootoo 06/10/2016


    Fair enough, I get the middle scores. I suppose I felt some of the critisisms were given undue weight, guven how awesome the core mechanics were. For me is was a solid 7, pushing 8, add a point if stealth is very much your bag :)
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  • kangarootoo 06/10/2016

    I really liked the last Styx game, and was kind of surprised by the middling reviews. If you like old school stealth like Thief 2, plus the huge levels of yesteryear, this game is likely for you. Reply +12
  • Batman: Arkham VR review

  • kangarootoo 06/10/2016


    This is cobblers. I've been fortunate enough to have seen VR on almost all the main platforms, and all this "you can't call it immersion until depth of field etc" is just wrong. You can call it immersion when you are immersed to the extent that your subconscious looks at something in VR and acts as if it is real. That day is here, right now, I've seen it happen. Those anecdotes about people leaning on a desk that isn't there, or the footage of people shrieking in terror at some horror VR experience, those are real, that is what immersion is.
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  • kangarootoo 06/10/2016


    As others have said, the visuls will function just as your own sight does now. Head tracking will be the same for you as any other player, the single screen will just show you the view point of a single "eye" in the game environment (in VR, everything is rendered twice, and a different viewpoint is sent to each of the two physical screens, so you will see whichever is the corresponding viewpoint, just as you do in the real world). And don't forget the positional surround sound too, of which I presume you will also get the full benefit.
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  • PlayStation announces job losses at Sony London, San Diego studios

  • kangarootoo 15/09/2016


    It will be permanent staff. Fixed term contracts expiring isn't news.
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  • kangarootoo 15/09/2016

    "The demo was used to pitch the PlayStation VR internally and was later upgraded to a full project."

    I think you are talking about "VR Worlds". Research, it isn't difficult.
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  • Apple accidentally announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus via own website

  • kangarootoo 07/09/2016

    1. Nobody will be forced to buy one.

    2. Wireless headphones are cheap and decent, and everyone should be using them. I seear by QY7s, Ł15 on amazon, surprisingly good.

    3. It will be literally minutes before 3rd party adapters turn up on ebay and amazon for about a fiver.
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  • PlayStation Move is back, and now in a PSVR double pack

  • kangarootoo 01/09/2016

    "Sony has already announced a bizarre PSVR gun peripheral which you can slot a Move controller into."

    This isn't true. The gun controller is standalone. It might use a similar tracking globe to Move, but there isn't a Move controller inside it.
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  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided review

  • kangarootoo 23/08/2016

    What the f**k is with people complaining about the number of words in the review, or asking for a video in which someone reads the words to them?

    If you don't like words, go do some colouring in or something, and leave the rest of us to read reviews like wot we lurned at skool.
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  • It looks like Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, Revelations are headed to PS4, Xbox One

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016


    "Still waiting on Rogue to have a current-gen release..."

    This. Rogue was great (Black Flag is my favourite of the series, which obviously means Rogue was always going to win points with me), and I'd happily play it again on current gen.
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  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016


    "Use the development time and talents to make NEW games!"

    New games take considerably more time and talent though. I agree that new games are awesome, but it isn't like the same resource can either do a remaster or a new game. You could probably do give remasters with less budget than a brand new AC game would take.
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  • Tekken 7's Harada on the thorny subject of sexy swimsuits and Western sensibilities

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016

    "It's not like we're trying to sexualise the female characters at all"

    So this is the bit where I raise an eyebrow, quite noticeably above the other one. I probably go "hmmmm" at the same time.

    By all means have sexualisation in your game if you want, but don't for a moment pretend it isn't intentional.

    And saying "but we also stuck a bikini on a panda" is the mammalian swimwear equivalent of "but I've got lots of black friends".
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  • Konami tries to explain Metal Gear Survive's ridiculous story

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016

    "But, before anything else untimely happens, they end up being pulled through a wormhole"

    So, before anything else untimely happens, an incredibly untimely thing happens?
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  • Ubisoft's extreme winter sports game Steep sets release date

  • kangarootoo 18/08/2016


    I've never really taken to the more arcadey boarding games like 1080. Great as I know they are, they aren't my bag. The awesome Transworld Snowboarding, followed by Amped 2 (Amped 1 was good, but much better after they nick Transworld's control system), set the bar for semi-realistic snowboarding games imo.

    Then Amped 3 went all weird, and had a terrible camera, and I was sad.

    Hopefully this will bring back something that's been missing in my gaming landscape for years.
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  • No Man's Sky Sony's 2nd biggest ever PS4 launch in UK

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    I may have got the kind of upgrade you mean, but I was just using it to warp toward Atlas points 3 or 4 systems at a time (instead of the previous one at a time). I can't help feeling though that whether I follow a path, or whether I strike out myself, the planets I find would be much the same.

    My mining laser was reasonably upgraded, and I did find a few good treasure opportunities (though I didn't have hauls as big as you describe, usual 2-300k). One of my most rewarding moments was mining a giant stack of gold, to find that it actually extended underground and was twice as large below the surface as it was above. That felt like something genuinely unique, that had never occurred before, and standing in a hole shooting rocks with a laser had never been so compelling :)

    I saved up for one big ship upgrade, but the grind to do it again was part of what put me off. My first and only ship purchase was 900k, but the next significant one was closer to 3m and that just felt too far away. In fact now I think on it, the lack of a well designed reward cycle was one of the biggest negatives for me. As I mentioned in my earlier post, setting my own goals only got me so far, and I don't think the impact of the complete lack of a well designed mission structure should be underestimated.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016

    My two pence.

    I've put about 10 or so hours into NMS. It was fun, though the controls could do with a little refinement (I'm a pedant for that sort of thing, many won't care). I then reached a point where I felt like further hours invested weren't really leading anywhere. It is an incredible achievement, especially for such a small team, but I personally felt it could have done with a little more structure. Knowing that there are billions of planets out there that I will never see means nothing to me. Setting my own goals was very entertaining, but I was also longing for something else in the game to give me a goal, a mission if you like. Setting a goal of buying a new ship was fun, but the grind to get there wasn't something I wanted to repeat. The closest the game got was fixing my ship up at the start, and then AI giving me a new Atlas location every so often. For comparison, I put 120 hours into Oblivion, and I completed GTAV on PS3, as the structure and unique areas I discovered in each kept pulling me along. 10+ hours into NMS and I felt I had effectively seen everything there was to see (I know that everything is procedurally generated and therefore endless, but generated from a relatively limited pool, so everything started looking very similar after a while).

    So overall an excellent game, but I felt I had reached the limit of what it was going to give me. So 10+ hours later I traded it, but was happy to have the time it gave me.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    "I didn't claim that it wasn't."

    Much as I don't want to wade into your fanboy nonsense....

    "That sounds mightily impressive until..."

    If you don't think that is the same as saying "on reflection, it isn't impressive", you need a new dictionary.
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  • Warning: The Witcher 3 GOTY Edition won't let you carry over save data

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    Ahh, I didn't realise there was a kind of halfway-house regards sharing data between products. Thanks for the info.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    "I didn't buy many GOTY editions after owning normal ones, but the few instances I did, my saves stayed in place and I could go on"

    In those instances, the product ID would have been the same, and so the console's own save data system could take care of things.
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  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016


    "but, sorry Mr Momot, it's cobblers to suggest that that's just the way it is and there's nothing that can be done about it"

    The issue is more complex than you realise, and you aren't comparing like for like.

    In this case it sounds like the GOTY edition of TW3 has a different product ID, meaning that at a system level the PS4 will not see it as the same product, be it on the local disk or in the PS+ cloud. This all means that means that the only way to transfer save data is via some kind of cloud, created and managed by CDP.

    Dynasty Warriors has an online element, so character progress data already has a place to live. That is obviously not the case for TW3, and so what you're asking for is that they create an online service, purely to host save data so that it can be migrated between two different versions of the game. I'm sure you can see that the cost of doing so, compared to the result for the majority of gamers, is so disproportionate as to not be possible from a reasonable business perspective.

    TLDR version -
    ""then I'm pretty sure it's within CD Project Red's abilities to add similar functionality""

    The functionality you are describing is not really "similar".
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  • You can max out your ship and equipment on the first planet in No Man's Sky

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016

    "progress through the game's equipment tiers is in no way linked to exploration of the galaxy"

    I cannot be alone in thinking, that doesn't sound like a very good idea.
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  • It looks like you can glitch Pokémon Go gyms using eggs

  • kangarootoo 16/08/2016

    It isn't EGs fault that this exploit exists, and publicising its existence is better than some players being aware and others being ignorant. The only solution for this will be a patch, and the more publicity there is over this the faster that will happen.

    Also, banning people who use this seems excessive. Who is to say that everybody who does this considers it an exploit rather than a feature? From the description it in no way sounds like an obvious cheat, it is just a thing that the game allows you to do using the normal interface. Again, a patch is the right solution for the problem.
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  • How to avoid No Man's Sky's allegedly game-breaking glitch

  • kangarootoo 12/08/2016


    Ah OK. I am trying to remember where I got the blueprint. I think I was on a planet, ran a scan, and some kind of research station was detected, which contained the blueprint. So it was sort of a scripted moment (I don't recall exactly, but I remember there being a pretty clear prompt to "find the research station, as it contains rare blueprints", something like that.

    I was curious and did some searching. Found this, but it sounds like you've probably done some of the steps.


    Also this. Seems I forgot a step, which involves suspension fluid to electron vapour, and then to anti-matter, and then to a warp cell (what a faff about, seriously).

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  • kangarootoo 11/08/2016


    I think you need to find suspension fluid to make the anti-matter, to then make the fuel cell. You can buy suspension fluid from galatic traders at space stations and outposts.
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  • kangarootoo 11/08/2016

    Putting the bug aside for a moment, the part I find odd is that they gave away the hyper drive as a bonus. Getting the blue print and constructing the drive IS the gameplay. Following those early mission prompts to repair your ship, gain the boost drive thing (whatever it is called), and then developing the hyperdrive are all core parts of the pseudo tutorial missions, that require you to travel to locations, interacts with aliens, and so on. Giving you the drive as a bonus is like deleting a mission (a very small mission, but a mission none the less) AS A BONUS. It makes no sense at all.

    Edit: the extra inventory slot, fine, a nice bonus. Nit the drive though.
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  • We visit 50 No Man's Sky planets in seven minutes

  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    I quote.

    "Aluminium, for so we shall take the liberty of writing the word, in preference to aluminum, which has a less classical sound. ["Quarterly Review," 1812]"

    A less classical sound, which I flippantly equate to the original name not sounding posh enough.

    Now where is that microphone bin?

    Edit: and I don't want to labour the point, but the name change was not made by the "yanks", it was made by the brits. Aluminum as a name came before aluminium., FACT (as the internet is fond of writing at the end of sentences).
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  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    First off, fair point about me capitalising the A, not sure why I did that.

    Second... "Because wiki is always right lol." Well, wikipedia is usually right about this sort of thing. That it isn't 100% right doesn't undermine it as a source of scientific information.

    Third. You're quite right, it was indeed alumium, not aluium. That will teach me to rely on memory (not wiki's fault, which was correct).

    Fourth. None of this makes aluminium the "correct" spelling. Aluminum got there first, and British chemists later chose aluminium. So there! ;)

    Fifth. I believe there is a special recycling bins for mics these days. Whenever someone in the privileged west drops a mic, the mic is repackaged and sent to a child in a developing nation, who then gets to drop a mic whenever they say something witty to close a conversation.
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  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    There is no correct spelling of Aluminium in the way you mean, there are just localised spellings.

    Did you know that the very first name given was Aluium?

    Did you know that Aluminum was then the official name, and that -ium was only added to the end to replace -um because it sounded posher? I shit you not.

    If we were to be strict about it, we would be calling it Aluium or Aluminum. There are indeed many American spellings that came later through mispronunciation, but Aluminum is not one of them.

    Look up the wiki paqe and skip to the eytmology section. Interesting stuff if you're a nerd like me, and also it will help you move past this widely believed myth that Aluminum is not a correct spelling ;)
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  • Pokémon Go removed from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Holocaust Museum

  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    "surely that should be a good thing!"

    I think that if the organisations that look after the Horoshima Peace Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum disagree, we can assume they know better, and we can respect their wishes.

    "I have found so many new landmarks that I didn't know existed"

    Apologies 'cos this is going to sound arsey, but it isn't always about you.
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  • kangarootoo 09/08/2016


    "but could really ruin the balance of the game"

    The game runs on meta-data from maps and the movement of people. I'm not sure there is any balancing in the usual sense.
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  • Hitman heads to Bangkok on 16th August

  • kangarootoo 05/08/2016

    I've been loving this. The episodic structure has worked well imo too. Reply +4
  • Buzz! developer Relentless shut down

  • kangarootoo 05/08/2016

    Bollocks. Relentless were good people. Best of luck everyone. Reply +4
  • Salt and Sanctuary dev pleads people calm down over delayed Vita port

  • kangarootoo 03/08/2016



    Sorry, I used up all my patience on my previous comment.

    Taking an action that leads to someone else being a prick does not make you responsible for their actions. It is as simple as that.
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  • kangarootoo 03/08/2016


    Victim blaming much? Be careful that whenever you speak it is bullet proof, lest you rightly suffer the wrath of lunatics?

    If devs were extremely careful what they say at all times, that might avoid situations like this. If a minority of entitled nob heads stopped acting like childish pricks, that would definitely avoid situations like this.
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  • After a flood of negative feedback, Pokémon Go's developer is finally ready to talk

  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016

    This reminds me a little of the complains people level at Facebook. Things become sticky when for whatever reason, actually just leaving seems not to be an option for people. If a game sucks, I stop playing it. But with PG, it seems that just not playing it isn't a reasonable option, and so people get very annoyed when it doesn't behave the way they would like.

    Here is an idea. If you're playing a game, and it turns out to not be fun, stop playing it and do something fun. Time is short.
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  • HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016

    One final question, just thrown out there. If we had the same referendum tomorrow, what do you think the result would be? And if it would be different (...it probably would be), whether you favour that alternative result or not, what does that say about public understanding in the run up to the previous one? Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016


    A referendum is democratic, yes. Many things are. Some are also less wise than others.

    Politicians call referendums to win political favour, always. They call them to wash their hands of their own political responsibilties. They don't call them because they think they are a good way to make the important political decisions, or we would have them all the time.

    The number one problem with democracy, is it is the very definition of a popularity contest. A politician who doesn't serve the will of the people, will not be re-elected, because it is our democratic right to be wrong about things with impunity.

    Anyway, I've gone on enough, so I'll shut up for a bit :)
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  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016


    You know that referendum result isn't legally binding, right?

    And in one sentence you talk about reason and arguments, but in the next two you talk of brainwashed, brain dead, weasels, and crying like babies. Insults are the refuge of the baseless. If you're so convinced you are right, why are you so angry about it all? Why don't you just, you know, explain yourself clearly and convince everyone?
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  • kangarootoo 02/08/2016


    To be honest, I agree with many of your points. We have a very poor class of politicians in the UK, people who are often not experts in their assigned field, or who explain why the unpopular choice is sometimes right. I wish it wasn't so.

    That said, the idea that the general population know better, is clearly not true. And why do we have rubbish politicians, other than because we keep voting for them? Every member of the cabinet is an elected MP. We put them there, and then say they are no good? Whose fault is it if they suck, but our own?

    I suppose the sticking point, between us and also between myself and other posters here, is that I don't believe "more democratic" is always better. Of course democracy is better than many of the alternatives, but I honestly don't trust people as a mass to make good decisions. In so many other areas in life, trusting expertise is shown to be the right way. In running our country, as I said earlier, we value letting everyone "have a go". I am conflicted over the matter, to be sure.
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