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Technically, weren't the "Americans during medieval times" the indigenous tribes already living there?
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I really like this piece. I like how Sal is described as Ordinary. That actually gives me a little hope, if the average middle age insurance salesman out there really is dreaming of utopia. Like there's this benevolent potential in people, but it's being held back. Is it withheld by the grim realism of human nature? or is it merely something internal in Sal that makes him stay in the confines of everyday life?
What keeps Sal in stasis? Is it a feeling of helplessness? ie That Sal would be benevolent but he doesn't have the resources. That Sal would be benevolent but it wouldn't change anything.
If there is a message of hope in here somewhere it would be that the power to make a difference is within your grasp at just about any moment. It's just that it's so much easier not to, and easier by at least a little bit to make the wrong kind of difference. With the sheer immensity of problems on the scale of civilizations that we are confronted with thanks to the miracles of modern communication technology, good but small deeds seem impotent. There's really no excuse for it, but it seems like it's harder to give a shit about helping one person when there are seven billion in line.
Nigel gets it. Sal is dismayed by the world being a news but feels overwhelmed and powerless. He has bought into the myth that small deeds can't add up in the face of such globalisery, and doesn't think he'll ever have the resources to really make a difference. In his mind the best use of his time is to dream up ways he could make a difference, if he had the money or the time or the skill. Which isn't inherently "bad", but it isn't very useful, either.
I liked it, but now with Nigel's postscript I love it. May I use both?
Well you'll be happy to hear I'm considering a solo playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition (once I decide whether I prefer to go with an assassin Archer or a Knight-Enchanter), and will probably start making Skyrim Requiem videos again once I finish rebuilding and testing my mod list.
Work email has been "down for an hour or so" for 7 hours now
In which we both look inexplicably young.
I see you two have been stealing souls for eternal youth, again.
It must be the blood of all those Christian virgins... who knew?
The christian virgins are well aware of it. That's why they always look so paranoid
This is why HIMEOBS is a thing!
You should see the videos of the matches I never posted. Like the guy who had his mic next to a fan and his speakers, ensuring all I could hear was the constant sound of the game coming back at me from 2 seconds ago, and a lot of static.
This is why player mute is such a godsend.
And that's without going into the ME3MP matches I've had. I've been in games where I have scored 90K by round 6, with everyone else not even scoring 10K. 90K can easily be an end of game score, and none of that was because I was great - they were just that bad. I've revived people 15 times before round 3 is over. I've soloed half the entire match because people died that fast and didn't bring medigel to revive.
There's a reason I said pugland was the truest test of your mettle.