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  • Diablo Animated Series for Netflix Leaked by Hellboy Series Screenwriter - MMORPG.com

    One of these days, someone will do a game IP to TV (or film) right. Here's hoping.
    ConstantineMerus
  • Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown - MMORPG.com News

    Scot said:
    Iselin said:
    Scot said:

    dhtx74 said:

    why are you people acting so shocked, have you forgotten China is a communist country, this is what they do has been and always will be this way, their gov. controls everything. what people need to be shocked about is some small portion of people from western countries wants that, they have no idea. this has NOTHING to do with trade war.



    Actually, it has nothing to do with them being Communist and everything to do with them being authoritarian.
    That's as opposed to the Communists who are not authoritarian?
    Although most have been authoritarian dictatorships just like fascist states, there have been several communist governments that were elected democratically and governed in multi party states with India being the first one back in the '50s. There are still some of those around like in Nepal, parts of India and parts of Brazil and of course, parts of Russia still.

    They're rare in the western hemisphere though because their fate is usually the same as what happened in Chile in the '70s when they elected Allende (who wasn't even a communist but a socialist) president. That didn't stop the generals with extensively verified CIA backing from staging a successful coup to put a quick stop to that.

    So yes, it's rare, but non-authoritarian, democratically elected communist governments have existed and do exist still.

    Here in Canada we have never had a socialist prime minister but several provinces have had socialist provincial premieres, including currently in my home province of BC. They're not quite the boogeyman to us like they are to you guys down south :)

    I am from the UK, trying to imply people have negative opinions about communism simply because they are American does not always work.

    Communists will work within a democratic system; after all using democracy is often the best way to transition to communism. I am sure you are aware that is the stated aim of many of the founders and current proponents of communism.

    What happens is like what has occurred in Venezuela, get democratically elected and then enforce a communist like state. I am sure you have another take on this maybe Venezuela is not really communist (I would somewhat agree), or even socialist, maybe that would never happen elsewhere and so on. Supporters of socialism do tend to have a different view of what’s happened in Venezuela funnily enough.

    So I have to ask why do you think proponents of a political system that is opposed to democracy are ever going to be content just working within it? The end game of a communist is by definition to achieve a communist state but I imagine if you are in power and democracy put you there you may decide not to push it that far. We do need to recognise though that they are ultimately incompatible systems.

    And talking of linking communism to being "authoritarian", totalitarian more like, lets mention  China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and Laos. You see to me those elected communist states you talk of may not really be communist. Indeed that's what many communists think. :)

    This is not the place to have that discussion. If you want to take it to PM, I'd be happy to oblige.

    But I do want to say this as my last political contribution to this thread: your totalitarian end game "by definition" is just the usual party line you hear from anti-communist ideologues. There is absolutely nothing about communism nor socialism that defines totalitarianism as their goal.

    When it has turned out that way it has been simply because the power elite, being the same kind of swine you find in any power elite group of any political stripe, found it expedient to do that to hold on to power and had the opportunity to do it. Totalitarianism is just a lazy ass way to control the masses. Controlling them in a faux-democracy takes much more skill and work.
     
    Kyleran
  • Bard’s Tale 4 Review - An Epic Timeless Tale - The RPG Files - MMORPG.com

    DMKano said:

    ...

    Sadly there are just so may really mind boggling design decisions:

    ...
    - Strength determines all damage - including magic users? Who thought this was a good idea....
    ...


    Although I understand that this is unusual and why many would find it weird, the idea that all stats are useful to all classes is not exactly new. Several games have done that.

    And the so-called non-magical abilities in many RPGs for years have really, really crossed the line into magical territory. The most obvious examples are the AOE or multi-shot arrow abilities, some of which even give you a self-heal.

    I've actually thought for a long time that ESO should have gone to something like that since 99% of their abilities that use stamina instead of magicka are that type of non-magical yet suspiciously magic-like abilities. It'd be a lot simpler if they just used one stat.

    In ESO they should reserve stamina use for obvious non-magical things like sprinting, dodging, blocking and bashing. Even something as simple as hitting someone with a sword in ESO restores your stamina but only if you swing it extra hard lol. That to me is much goofier than what they're doing in Bard's Tale 4 with strength.
    Torval
  • Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown - MMORPG.com News

    Scot said:

    dhtx74 said:

    why are you people acting so shocked, have you forgotten China is a communist country, this is what they do has been and always will be this way, their gov. controls everything. what people need to be shocked about is some small portion of people from western countries wants that, they have no idea. this has NOTHING to do with trade war.



    Actually, it has nothing to do with them being Communist and everything to do with them being authoritarian.
    That's as opposed to the Communists who are not authoritarian?
    Although most have been authoritarian dictatorships just like fascist states, there have been several communist governments that were elected democratically and governed in multi party states with India being the first one back in the '50s. There are still some of those around like in Nepal, parts of India and parts of Brazil and of course, parts of Russia still.

    They're rare in the western hemisphere though because their fate is usually the same as what happened in Chile in the '70s when they elected Allende (who wasn't even a communist but a socialist) president. That didn't stop the generals with extensively verified CIA backing from staging a successful coup to put a quick stop to that.

    So yes, it's rare, but non-authoritarian, democratically elected communist governments have existed and do exist still.

    Here in Canada we have never had a socialist prime minister but several provinces have had socialist provincial premieres, including currently in my home province of BC. They're not quite the boogeyman to us like they are to you guys down south :)
    gervaise1ConstantineMerus
  • Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown - MMORPG.com News


    dhtx74 said:

    why are you people acting so shocked, have you forgotten China is a communist country, this is what they do has been and always will be this way, their gov. controls everything. what people need to be shocked about is some small portion of people from western countries wants that, they have no idea. this has NOTHING to do with trade war.



    Actually, it has nothing to do with them being Communist and everything to do with them being authoritarian.
    Exactly. Like this would have never occurred to Hitler, Mussolini or Franco if they had the tech to do it lol.

    Even Nixon would have loved to have gotten his hands on something like this and I bet Trump is watching it with a lot of interest :)
    gervaise1BluelinerConstantineMerusgastovski1