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  1. Maybe, but if you look at what Microsoft did this year by adding original Xbox games back to the Xbox One back catalogue list, it seems as though not all is lost.
  2. Red Dead Redemption 2

    Quoted in case something does happen to them and police are looking for evidence of motive
  3. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Here is more evidence that there does exist a strong difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. At least Democrats actually believe in most policy proscriptions they put forward; whether you agree or disagree with them is another story. But it seems Republicans are only interested in fiscal responsibility as a political tool. They honestly don't give a shit about deficits when it's not politically advantageous. And then will openly lie about their role and recent history as it relates to making concerted efforts to reign in red ink. It's crass politics at its worst and is one of the biggest reasons why America is increasingly becoming ungovernable. Mitch McConnell Admits That the GOP Doesn’t Actually Want to Fix the Deficit While It’s in Charge https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/mitch-mcconnell-deficit-lies.html Mitch McConnell says that Republicans will not take any serious steps to reduce the deficit, unless they can also share blame for unpopular entitlement cuts with Democrats. He didn’t use exactly those words during his Tuesday interview with Bloomberg. But the Senate Majority Leader came close, admitting that changes to programs like Medicare and Social Security might be “impossible to achieve” as long as Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the White House. It was a quietly refreshing moment, in which McConnell effectively dropped the entire charade that Republicans are a party that prioritizes fiscal prudence—making explicit what has long been obvious to anyone who has paid the faintest bit of attention to Washington over the past decades. During the interview, McConnell was asked about this week’s Treasury Department reportshowing that the federal deficit grew by 17 percent during fiscal year 2018, to $779 billion. Rather than acknowledge the obvious reality that the massive tax cuts Republicans passed last year had made the budget picture worse,1 McConnell opted for the standard GOP dodge and cast blame on out-of-control federal spending. “It’s very disturbing,” he said. “And it’s driven by the three big entitlement programs that are very popular”—meaning Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. “There’s been a bipartisan reluctance to tackle entitlement changes because of the popularity of those programs,” he added. “Hopefully at some point here we’ll get serious about this. But we haven’t been yet.” Republicans have exercised total control over Washington since 2017, which should have given them an opportunity to make some changes to entitlement programs if they were so inclined. That’s complicated a bit by the fact Donald Trump promised not to touch Medicare or Social Security (with some big caveats). But McConnell didn’t attempt to blame the president for his party’s inaction. Instead, he simply suggested that Republicans were unlikely to ever tackle spending on their own. “I think it’s pretty safe to say that entitlement changes, which is the real driver of the debt by any objective standard, may well be difficult if not impossible to achieve when you have unified government,” the majority leader said. To McConnell’s credit, this is a fair reading of recent history. Republicans, after all, only seem to care about the deficit when they are out of power. During the Bush years, the party was happily profligate. It passed massive tax cuts, funded a disastrous war of choice in the Middle East, and added a prescription drug benefit, then balked when Bush tried to privatize Social Security. Once Obama entered office, the GOP rediscovered its inner deficit hawk, elevating Paul Ryan as its spokesman for fiscal austerity, while insisting that the white backlash movement known as the Tea Party was really a sincere cry for entitlement reform. Of course, once Obama offered to make a grand bargain that would have cut spending while raising taxes, Republicans again rebelled, because they didn’t want to increase Federal revenues. (McConnell elided over that inconvenient detail in his interview, insisting that the Obama years would have been the “perfect time” for entitlement reform, but that, “Unfortunately, it was not achieved.”) With Trump in power, Republicans came within a hair’s breadth of gutting Medicaid under the guise of Obamacare repeal, but were foiled by John McCain’s thumbs down. Other than that, they’ve been happy to pass tax cuts, increase defense spending, and push forward some reductions to food stamps, which would have a negligible budget impact while cutting off aid to needy Americans. Any even-handed observer would have to look at all this and conclude that Republicans mostly see the deficit as a political club with which they can opportunistically beat Democrats, rather than an actual existential concern. McConnell isn’t quite going that far. Instead, he’s simply admitting that Republicans don’t have enough courage to put their own necks on the line for fiscal conservatism. Still, it’s worth dwelling on the political implications of his comments. 1) McConnell thinks the deficit is a longterm threat to the country. 2) He also says that it is driven almost entirely by entitlement spending. (This is absurd, given that we could raise taxes to pay for those entitlements, but let’s grant it for argument’s sake). 3) Finally, he admits that it will be “difficult if not impossible” for Republicans to take the supposedly essential step of reforming entitlements as long as they maintain uniform control of government. The obvious conclusion to all this is that, if you’re the sort of person who supports entitlement reform, you should vote for Democrats, since the cause is hopeless without them. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/mitch-mcconnell-deficit-lies.html
  4. I don't really begrudge sports game for being repetitive and irritative at this point. There reaches a point with any genre where there's not much more to add; they're bound to hit the law of diminishing returns. I just got tired of having the same experience while at the same time the improvements would require a steeper and steeper learning curve. The demand on my time as I got older became too much and it began to feel as though the commitment required for most console games became too much. You don't get a lot of free time once your'e an adult and even less so once you become a parent, so the idea of diving into something extremely technical like a sports sim or RPG becomes a little too daunting. My friends are always trying to get me to play CoD online with them but they seem so much better than me that I'm basically shark chum and really don't have the 20+ hours a week (which is probably on the low end compared to the 14 year old kid who has nothing better to do) to invest and become competitive. I realize the gaming world is increasingly becoming multiplayer, but that leaves me out. I think that's why mobile games have taken off, the learning curve and time investment is low. The only console games I have time for nowadays are marquee events like Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption. The production, from storyline, environment, themes, details are so impressive that I can't avoid spending some time with them. The only other game I would set aside time to play would be a Star Wars Tie Fighter/X-Wing game should they ever decide to make another one. I'd buy a PS4 Pro and VR headset in a second if I they ever made an updated VR version of Tie Fighter. II'll also play the odd racing game, or whatever is free at the moment thanks to Games with Gold on Xbox. I've been having fun playing Forza Horizon 2, which was given away in August.
  5. US Politics/Elections Thread

    The problem has been dealt with. Back to our regular scheduled and respectful conversations about Yankee politics.
  6. EA Sports games, particularly NHL and Madden. I use to play these religiously in the 90s. Still remember the original NHL for Sega Genesis. Blew me away. Then each successive game started introducing new features and innovation margins justified buying the following year's product. Then the games stopped innovating and I found myself and friends more interested in having updated rosters. I think around '01 or '02 is when I stopped playing NHL and Madden and focused on Tiger Woods. Loved that game, but like all things EA, they drove it right into the ground with releasing the same game almost every year. Didn't help that each year's edition would be buggier than the last. The last Tiger Woods game was almost unplayable and became even worse after EA Sports issued a patch. Other game formats I use to play a lot of but don't anymore was story-driven adventure games (Kings Quest, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, etc.). But the industry stopped making these kinds of games a long time ago. FPS were something I played a lot of in the early 90s when games like Doom, Quake, Descent and other PC-based shooting games were around. Then everything moved to the console and I missed my keyboard and mouse setup.
  7. Red Dead Redemption 2

    I don't believe RDR1 ever came out on PC. Reports are suggesting it may still happen, but definitely not in 2018 and earliest could be 2019 when Rockstar/Take Two launches their own PC streaming gaming service. GTA V didn't come out on PC for two years after the console releases, so if you plan on waiting, it may be awhile. I just picked up a Xbox One X so I'll be good to go for some 4K RDR2 action in less than a couple of weeks. Interestingly the only way to play a 4K version of RDR1 is through an Xbox One X as the game was patched earlier this year to include 4K visuals. --------------------------- Also, it's being reported the main story line takes 60 hours to complete (they actually cut 5 hours from the main story). So @Dazey, plan accordingly and use your time in December while the family is a way wisely
  8. Red Dead Redemption 2

    I actually played the Zombie DLC first and got hocked. Then played the full story and it became one of my favourite games of all time. It's definitely a game you have to give more than a couple of hours to. But the storylines, atmosphere and environment, themes, etc. - there's nothing like it anywhere else in the gaming world.
  9. PS4 vs Xbone

    For those looking to upgrade to the Xbox One X in Canada, the $299 trade-in promotion at EB Games starts up again tomorrow (October 12th). Trade in any working Xbox One, PS4, Switch and get an Xbox One X for $299 (plus tax). Tried to do this last time in August but the stores sold out in a few days. With RDR 2 just around the corner, great time to upgrade to an X or a PS4 Pro.
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Easily the best political ad of the season so far:
  11. The two worst things to come out of the 90s. Sorry Axl, Limp Bizkit was never fun. Please take that back!
  12. I know there is every intention from all the key players to release a new album at some point. I don't think it's a question of motivation but one of execution.
  13. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Same point but framed differently: Could Obama got elected talking and acting like Trump?