What Impact Will Texas Secession Have on Video Game Biz?

April 21, 2009 -

Late last week Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) indicated that seceding from the United States was an option for his state, albeit an unlikely one.

The Guv, rumored to have presidential aspirations of his own, is upset about the economic policies of the Obama administration.

It would appear that Perry, who delivered the keynote at last year's E3 (that's him along with ESA boss Mike Gallagher at left), has forgotten what happened the last time secession was attempted in 1861: There was a bit of a disgreement that is commonly known as the Civil War.

But wouldn't a Texas secession make a great real-time strategy game? Call it Six Days in Austin. Konami could publish it.

From a video game industry perspective, establishing a new, independent nation of Texas would certainly impact publishers' lobbying group the Entertainment Software Association, which is chartered to represent the interests of video game publishers in the United States.

Canada has its own ESA and there are plenty of game industry firms based in Texas. If the Lone Star state gains independence, perhaps there will be a need for an ESA Texas as well.

Or perhaps Gov. Perry is just going off the deep end.


Comments

Re: What Impact Will Texas Secession Have on Video Game Biz?

It will never happen. My home state won't secede from the union.

This is just ultra-conservatives acting like ultra-douchebags trying to demonstrate their "power". Wastes of breath.

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Hah, I think we've found a bigger liberal troll than even myself :)

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If Atlas Shrugged is to become reality, the productive people need somewhere to go.  Why not Texas?  You can whine and complain about rich people, but most of them worked their assess off to be successful.  They don't want a nation of people who didn't work as hard as they did leeching off their efforts just because the lazy outnumber the diligent.  Eventually, you run out of other peoples money.  Especially if they decide to leave the country.  This is what Gov. Perry was saying, that eventually the people of Texas may decide that is the course of action they want to take.  I think it'd be pretty exciting myself. 

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Dude, Atlas shrugged required an utterly ridiculous number of factors in order to work, including (but not limited to) a perpetual motion machine.

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To take this a step further I think that the country needs to completely abolish registration of the draft as well as jury duty.  People think that the government shouldn't help out it's citizens in their time of need?  No food stamps or other help for the needy.  Okay, that's fine.  Then don't expect any help from the people when the government needs them.

But in all honesty I would loathe to live in any society that would set Ann Raynd and her frightening philosophies as the backbone of their society.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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Don't worry, we probably wouldn't be invited.  But we'd end up paying them a bucket load of money because the rest of us wouldn't have a clue how anything worked.

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Actually, to everyone who is not a Texan, this will be a surprise but Texas maintains the RIGHT to leave the union whenever we so damn well want to.

the reason we can do this but all other states can't is because Texas was its own counrty back in the day, and when we decided to join the Union, we reserved the right to leave if we wanted to.

Our decision to leave is  entirely up to the Texas legislators, and once a decision (to leave the Union) has been reach and approved by our legislators the only thing the rest of the U.S. can do is bitch and moan, and in addtion the only way we can be forced back INTO the Union is through open war.

And well there something everyone should know about us Texans. We all have a phennominal ammount of state pride, and we all have guns. Nearly every Texan family has atleast one, and everyone knows how to shoot it.

now that thats been said all y'all people from the silly tiny states can consider your self educated in some basic Texan know-how.

 

ps: no we don't all ride horses.   

pps: yes we do all know HOW to ride a horse.                                          

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Just what good is some .22 going to do against Little Boy Jr. and Return of the Fatman? 

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

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 I think someone in the posts above said that the texans ability to leave the union was done away with a long time ago... as in the whatever they had was overruled with later laws or agreements or what-not... not sure, you'd have to find it and read what they said

and as for Forcing you back... y'know, i think there is a very big difference between owning a gun and being willing/able to use it to fight the US army. The average citizen with a gun doesn't stand a chance against to the trained soldiers of the us military... not to mention that the US military would be alot better armed as whole... there are likely a LOT of people in texas who would not want to fight and would probably sooner want to leave the state than take on the US... and considering the election results from texas, i'm sure a good fraction of them don't want to even leave much less fight to leave

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What's that old saying?

"Those who do not learn from history or doomed to repeat it"

So what abandoned church are you going to use to defend yourselfs when the US attacks your big ol' state?

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"Because this town is under the stranglehold of a few tight eyed Tree Huggers who would rather play Hacky Sack than lock up the homeless" -- Birch Barlow

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"So what abandoned church are you going to use to defend yourselfs when the US attacks your big ol' state?"

You are assuming that the United States would attack them. There are way too many Texas military personnel in key positions, that if we decided it was an option, would have to be removed for conflict of interest, and not to mention those who would refuse to attack them. To try and force a war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Texas. They would be quite overstreched, and depleted of troops, and have many key points in the chain of command broken. I would also assume attrition rates would drasticly increase as well, as well as recruiting efforts.

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"You are assuming that the United States would attack them"

No, I'm not. Refer to The_DB's post for a better understanding of mine. There's a time for having intellectual discussions, and then there's a time for sarcastic remarks.

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"Because this town is under the stranglehold of a few tight eyed Tree Huggers who would rather play Hacky Sack than lock up the homeless" -- Birch Barlow

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So by your example, this is the time for sarcastic remarks?

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Hmmhmph

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"Because this town is under the stranglehold of a few tight eyed Tree Huggers who would rather play Hacky Sack than lock up the homeless" -- Birch Barlow

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Doesn't make it any smarter of a move if it does happen

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I was gonna mention that Texas can legally leave the US if they so chose to, but since you beat it to me....

"Texas maintains the RIGHT to leave the union whenever we so damn well want to."

QFT.

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I really think people are blowing this out of proportion.  I don't at all think he seriously means to consider such a thing.  I do think he's an idiot (not much more than Bush part 2), and mostly useless.  But he's not mental.  

It's possible he meant it as a rallying point or something...because Texans are known for having some insane pride going on.  So, make a joke, pander to your state, or something. 

There was also that horrible (what I hope was a) misprint when they were talking about the countries that Hillary Clinton was visiting, and listed Texas as a country instead of a state.  I'm sure that's adding to this nonsense.

If Perry somehow managed such an absurd thing I would personally move the couple of hours north to Oklahoma and get the heck out of here. 

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If they did secede, there would be a mass immigration in both directions.  I'm curious, though.  Would more Texans leave the State to remain in the US, or would more people from the other States swarm into Texas to leave the Union?

Either way, I'd be highly amused when Mexico tried to annex the new "country" a few years later.  They've been wanting that territory back for a while...

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 I, personally, think that texas would end up with a net-gain of people. People willing to sacrifice a lot more to their new country then people are willing to sacrifice to the state now.

As to Mexico, I say bring 'em on. Texas would just annex them instead :p

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Wow.. your ignorance is astounding.. Texas, Annexing Mexico? With what Army? Given that the military is run by the Feds, you'd lose that, and in turn you'd be left with a bunch of beer drinking retards with lots and lots of guns.

Honestly, you guys would probably end up the new stronghold of the Mexican Drug Gangs. Have fun with that.

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So they wouldn't be able to form their own military? Considering half the military members I know are "beer drinking retards" from texas, I don't think they would have recruitment issues.

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 Thats exactly what I was thinking. Considering like 25% of our current military is from Texas, and that there was even a new memo from the White house suggesting people from the military would even be drawn into these types of "Militant Right-Wing Militias", I don't doubt Texas could field one of the toughest armies in the world.

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"Thats exactly what I was thinking. Considering like 25% of our current military is from Texas"

That statement is laughable.

http://www.nationalpriorities.org/charts/Army-recruits-total-and-per-100...

Texas ranked a measly 4th (given that according to you 1/4th of our entire military is from Texas) out of all 50 US states for the percentage of youths between the ages of 15-24 recruited into the military, a whopping 2/1000 of it's total youth population. Additionally, the number of recruits from texas made up only 12% of the total number of recruits from that year. A far cry from 25%, indeed.

" I don't doubt Texas could field one of the toughest armies in the world."

This one is even more laughable than the last..

Texas, with it's entire POPULATION of 23,000,000. And assuming that the even 10 times as many as the stated .2% or so recruting numbers are filled, that leaves you with 2% of your population of 23,000,000.  That would give you about 460,000 Military members. Assuming training that rivals even the current US military's training, that still pales in comparison to the US Military (The Current Most powerful), let alone China's 2.1 million, and even Turkey's 10th ranked 1,043,550.

 

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 Woah, you really don't like to look at the chart, do you? According to the chart, Texas supplied 8,214 recruits. Which ranked it number 4... but the top 3 states only provided a grand TOTAL of: 2612...

Texas supplies the most recruits in the Nation to the military accoding to that chart. And, because of that, has the 4th largest percentage of over all youth joining the military.

25% was an exaggeration, but 12% is a huge number, you cut down your annual income by 12%, see how easy it is to over come. Also, we are talking about 1 single state supplying all these recruits. If we are talking about population, Califronia should be supplying almost twice as many recruits as Texas, but it ain't.

Also, you rank the US as the best military in the world, which you should. But then put up that numbers are the deciding factor, citing China and Turkey, yet, the US own numbers fall well short of China's. If the US went into an attrition war with China, we would loose.

So, no, number don't have anything to do with the fact that I believe Texas could field ONE OF the toughest armies in the world.

 

 

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First of all, I hate to admit this, but cutting my annual income by 12% would result in a gross loss of about 2000 dollars. LOL, If I start ordering from McDonald's Dollar menu rather than getting a 5 dollar meal, I've got that covered. (Goes to show you how often I visit Mcdonalds..)

That being said, I never said Texas was lagging behind in supplying recruits. I only said it wasnt 25%, like you said. Finally, Believe it or not, China's military, at least according to the numbers I saw, isn't that much larger than ours. Then again, the numbers I saw might have been incorrect, which I didn't use them specifically, whereas Turkey's numbers are from the Encyclopedia.

Finally, for my last point, I was making the comment that as far as Military Size goes, 460,000 (10 times the estimated amount, given the recruitment data) is not that much. I didn't go so far as to find a comparable country, but I can assure you, its not very high on the list.

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 I'm going to over look the fact that you really beleive you can loose 12% of your income and really not feel anything more then "I have to eat at McDonalds now".

You suggested Texas was the 4th largest supplier of Troops to the US, that was the way it was phrased. It isn't, it is Number 1.

As of February 28, 2009 1,454,515 people are on active duty in the military with an additional 848,000 people in the seven reserve components. Sounds like a lot more then 2.1 million but:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_size_of_armed_forces

You got the whole thing a little wrong.

However, you must also take into account what percentage of that is Combat Arms. I don't know the exact percentage, but I do know that our ground forces are very small compared to other countries. We have highly trained and specialized infantry and Armor crews. We can't replace casualties like China can. A large part of our military is dedicated to Beuracracy, not actual combat arms.

So, really, the whole thing is a bit misleading.

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"You suggested Texas was the 4th largest supplier of Troops to the US, that was the way it was phrased. It isn't, it is Number 1."

Massive reading fail. Let me quote myself for you:

"Texas ranked a measly 4th (given that according to you 1/4th of our entire military is from Texas) out of all 50 US states for the percentage of youths between the ages of 15-24 recruited into the military"

Which means that Texas gives a smaller percentage of its youth to the military than 3 other states. Learn to read.

"As of February 28, 2009 1,454,515 people are on active duty in the military with an additional 848,000 people in the seven reserve components. Sounds like a lot more then 2.1 million but:"

Major Math Fail.. 1,454,515 + 848,000 = 2,302,515, or 2.3 million. A difference of about 9.5% Not exactly a "lot more than 2.1 million."

I'd be more careful about what I attempt to pick apart in your case, considering your previous post was pretty much all wrong.

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Your percentage based argument doesn't apply.

By the same chart you listed, Texas by itself, gave 8214, while the next 7 highest by percentage gave 8393... So yeah, only 4th in percentage, but first overall, and the fact that it is limited to just active duty army makes it even less applicable.

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 As a Texas born, direct relative to one of the founding fathers of Texas, i've wished for sucesion ever since Bush started down his increased budget and government programs.

Seems to me that many people here have some pretty narrow views of things. You know what? A bunch of Republicans didn't like Bush. *Gasp* I know. Many of us feel he was increasing the government too much, spending WAY more then he should have, violating people's rights in a way that America was founded against. I knew this was the beggining of the end.

Thenm for his last 2 years, he was just a Democrat. Republicans voted against his policies, and the Democratic Congress pushed them through. Republican's didn't want the bush stimulus or his bailout plans, it was the Democrats backing him up. Screw that...

Then we get this new guy... this Obama... his whole campaign is based on "Change". Honestly, what change have we seen? He is spending money faster then Bush, he is continuing the majority of his policies. He has done some good. I like where he is going with Cuba and some other of his policies are way on track. He is smart, no doubt about it. But, considering he is mostly pushing through new versions of the same old failed policies, I can not support the man. And I wanted to, I really REALLY did.

Oh, and yes, if McCain/Palin where doing the same thing that Obama is, I be bitching at them too. As it stands, all this media attention has ruined my perfectly good governor. Palin doesn't even stay in Alaska to finish up legislation anymore. Before the election she ran my state perfectly. She enjoyed the highest ratings of any governor, but of course thats not the case now. This last election was polarising.

As to Texas "Falling" down on it's self if it became a state because the federal government no longer would give it money is ridiculous. First off, I know it is hard for some people to get weened off the government's teet, but seriously. Just because the government isn't helping you doesn't mean all of a sudden all the roads and infrastructure will collapse and no one will fix it.

I, personally, think you would see many people donating to the cause. If 75% of the people in Texas want to leave, 25% of rest of the country wants to join Texas (obviously not a real statistic, but even if only 2% of the rest of the country moved to Texas, thats 6 million nationalists read to fight for the cause) and I am one of them. I don't think it is very American to continue these policies that are going to hurt us in the long run. We shouldn't gamble with money we don't even have.

And, I know, no one is even going to read this post, or, if they do, I'm just some "Crazy, Militant, Bible-Thumping, Hate-Monger" thats all Butt hurt about the last election, but it ain't true. I've been butt hurt since Bush went all stupid in '02. We knew the Democrats were going to win in '06, plenty of time to deal with that. Besides, I voted for Ron Paul ;)

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P.S. About that whole right-winged people are unstable Terrorist thing... that is crazy. People on both extremes do things that others wouldn't. As a matter of fact, an leftist Animal Rights activist was just put on the FBI's most wanted list for bombing 2 corporate offices in California in '03. There are many MANY leftist "Terrorist" out there as well.

 

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*clears throat*

You, sir, are a moron.

*bows*

In all seriousness, though.. You are an idiot.

"As to Texas "Falling" down on it's self if it became a state because the federal government no longer would give it money is ridiculous. First off, I know it is hard for some people to get weened off the government's teet, but seriously. Just because the government isn't helping you doesn't mean all of a sudden all the roads and infrastructure will collapse and no one will fix it."

Texas would collapse so quickly, should any natural disasters run amok through it, without any federal support. Can you imagine what a disaster zone would look like without the aid of FEMA and the likes? It would very, very quickly spiral into something that one state can't handle by itself.

"I, personally, think you would see many people donating to the cause. If 75% of the people in Texas want to leave, 25% of rest of the country wants to join Texas (obviously not a real statistic, but even if only 2% of the rest of the country moved to Texas, thats 6 million nationalists read to fight for the cause) and I am one of them. I don't think it is very American to continue these policies that are going to hurt us in the long run. We shouldn't gamble with money we don't even have."

This paragraph is by far the most retarded thing I've read today. First of all, 75% of people want Texas to REMAIN in the union, not leave.. Learn to read, in my opinion.

Second of all, if you "don't think it is very American" to stick around, what is your definition of American? I can assure you, Secession isn't it. In fact, secession is the single most UN-American thing any person can ever support. By definition, you would be LEAVING AMERICA.

How much more un-american can it get? So it would be true to say, then, by any stretch of the imagination, that you, sir, are as Un-American, or even moreso, than every America-Hating Islamic Jihadist/Terrorist, every Communist Despot from N. Korea to China to Cuba and Venezuela, and every other individual in this world who would love to see America Crumble.

 

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You are an uneducated clout who has his head so far up his ass that you think your shit smells good.

See? I can insult people as well. I didn't want it to turn into that, but here we are. Now, maybe, we can move pass that.

First off, your assumption is that Natural Disasters are going to tear apart Texas is stretching it. How much damages do tornadoes do to Texas each year? The risk of death in any one year from a Tornado in Texas is 1 in 1,054,267. The cost per person for tornadoes in Texas per year is $ 3.94. This ranks Texas number 12 in costs for tornadoes per person. Forgive me if I'm not shaking in my boots.

Of course, that is the most common natural disaster, since I can't really predict any other, and neither can you, really can't comment on Floods and the like. And no FEMA? OMG NO! Of course, the new Texas government would do nothing to help, obviously, you already know that. Of course, FEMA doesn't do anything as it is, so really, who would notice a diffrence?

Also, did you know that Texas has an economy that was the second largest in the nation and the 15th largest in the world based on GDP (nominal) figures? As the largest exporter of goods in the United States, Texas currently grosses more than $100 billion a year in trade with other nations? You didn't? Of course not. While we have no idea how much of that would be effected (As I do not have the time or patience to go over every little thing about their economy) Texas is well off, and would have a lot of money to help the new nation.

Ok, maybe I miss read your statement on the percentage of people, but my point still is valid. I beleive Texas would end up with a net gain of people, people who will be more willing to help the new state with whatever it needs. People willing to sign up with the military and police force to protect Texas from a Mexican "Invasion".  Honestly, if you think the Mexican army is going to invade Texas, you really are daft. That statement about texas annexing Mexico was a joke, thus the :P at the end.

Also, I never said it was Un-American to stick around, I said it was Un-American to stand byand continue these policies that are going to hurt America in the long run. Maybe it is you that need to learn how to read?

Apperantly I am the most Un-American person to walk this Earth, huh? I don't want America to fail, but I have no hand in how it dictates policy. I don't want to stick around and watch it collapse under it's own dead-weight. I have never liked this policy of spending all this money, not when Bush did it, not when Obama does it. 

I paid my Taxes on April 15th. Despite the fact that my Family is homeless and our buisness posted a net LOSS for the entire year, we still owed $8000 in Taxes. Where is our relief? I am DEFINATLY not in the top 2%, never been close. Yet, here we are, shouldering our part of the burden, so fuck you dude. Don't dare call me Un-American. I served my time in the Army. I have friends that died over seas in the army. My grandfather died in WW2. Others have sacrificed more, but my family has been no slouch.

Doesn't mean I have to like the way this country is going, and guess what? I don't.

 

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I will continue to call you un-american, regardless of yours our your family's past service to the country that you, now, admittedly want to leave. Feel free to not like the way the country is going, you are entitled to your opinions as much as I am entitled to disagree with them.

However, don't you dare call yourself an American, and at the same time be in support of separating yourself from AMERICA. Real Americans stick by thier country, regardless of the situation. Real Americans know that democracy works, and that, just because you LOST AN ELECTION, it doesn't mean that you need to bail on the country.

I never said the Mexican Army was going to invade Texas. What I did say was that it is quite possible for the Mexican Drug Cartels to find a new, weak "country" to target for as its stronghold. One that would still be in the process of trying to organize and raise a military. One that isn't actively hunting them, like the Federalis are doing to them now, because Texas would have so much on it's plate, that it wouldn't be able to regulate that as well.

"I paid my Taxes on April 15th. Despite the fact that my Family is homeless and our buisness posted a net LOSS for the entire year, we still owed $8000 in Taxes. Where is our relief?"

Hey, great, you obeyed the law. Good for you. I payed my taxes as well, despite the fact that I live paycheck to paycheck, support a girlfriend, and can't afford to finish my education. We all have to live with the shit we are dealt. I, personally, hope that the government is willing to spend the money to help people like you or me out, rather than being stubborn and complaining constantly. Until then, I'll use the argument that most fiscal conservatives use against me when I bring up my financial situation: "Deal with it."

Here's a good question for ya. You kept your business, in leiu of your home? Someone's got his priorities straight. Honestly, IF that statement is even true, you, then, are just supporting my point that you are an idiot. When you choose to keep poorly performing business, rather than sell it or file bankruptcy in order to keep your home, you are an idiot, and you failed your family as much as you failed yourself.

Newsflash: Businesses are expensive, no matter what state you live in. You had it lucky that you are living in Texas, which, I'll admit, has a Business friendly Tax Code. At least you only owed 8000. But again, it was your choice to own the business, and you are suffering the consequences that happen when your business underperforms.

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 First off, you obviously haven't read my posts as I stated I live in Alaska, not Texas. I was born in Texas. Second, you have no idea what my buisness is, how we became homeless, when we became homeless, if my buisness just posted a net loss because of the economy, or if I even had the option of selling my buisness and keeping my house. I know it's difficult, but the economy isn't black and white. There are many varying reasons for anything to happen, i'm not going to go into them, but my situation is the same. After I kept hearing about all this "relief" we were going to see, I was very disappointed to not get any of it...

Oh, and I am "Dealing With it", I just don't see why you or I have to keep dealing with so much of it when it was neither of us that put us into this situation.

Ok, and can we please get past this "You lost an election" crap? Guess what? I've never won an F'ing election. I always vote for the looser. It sucks, but my disention against someone's policies aren't based off what party they belong to. Despite the fact that I am more "Aligned" with the Republicans, I probably bitch about them the most. This goes beyond petty party discussions.

Oh, and I will continue to call myself American, because that is what I am. I am an American citizen, on the very most basic, legal argument, nothing can be said otherwise. If you want to say I can't call myself American because I think Texas leaving the Union would be best for everyone... ok... fine, whatever. I'm not going to convince you and you aren't going to convince me that I hate America, sorry man, but it ain't going to happen.

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You stated you were born in Texas, and your entire post was essentially about Texas. Not to mention you never made any mention of moving to Alaska, except for the mention that Palin was your Governer, which I thought was a typo, when I first read it.

Regardless, you are still an idiot for thinking for even one moment Texas would be better off without the US. You keep bitching about where your "relief" is, even though you know damn well that the economy doesn't work like that. It takes time, and, assuming you stop making decisions that force yourself and your family to be homeless, I'm sure it will come in time.

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 I did think saying Palin was my governor would have been enough, but fair is fair and I can see how you could think that is a typo.

You continue to assume a lot of things. I don't poke my nose into your finaces and tell you it's wrong. You make mention about the economy not working the way I want it, but assume that my choice was Black and White between my home and my Buisness. I make no decision that "Forces" my family to be homeless. The whole point of this was to show that many people have legitimate complaints about the way the government is handling this whole thing. If you are so far on the "Government can do no wrong" track, then I feel for you.

It seems all you can do now is call me names and claim I keep my family in poverty. So, meh. Whatever man.

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I am far from the "Government can do no wrong" track. However, I am willing to put a larger stake in the government than conservatives do.

I think that a strong federal government is necessary to not only protect our country, but also provide some homoginization between state laws. I feel the Federal government, should, whenever it feels necessary, pass laws ensuring that the Modern Day rights, not necessarily explicitly provided by the constitution, but just as important, such as a Woman's right to choose and the rights of gay couples to marry are enforced and protected throughout the entire country, rather than on a state by state basis.

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 Well, unfortunatly, I will have to disagree with you. The Federal government has broad and sweeping power. When you start passing laws that effect both Florida and Alaska... you are going to have problems. We are not one homogenious society where what works in one place will work everywhere else, and furthermore, doing so will cause great harm to many places.

As to providing more rights then are granted by our Constitution... umm... why? They should protect the ones granted by it. It is hard to change the constitution for a reason and that is because as soon as our government starts "granting" us liberties not guarenteed by the constitution, it can start taking away those that are. We have already seen it before, Government has limited free-speech (And continues to try and do so) right to bear arms, ect. I don't trust something that powerful, expecially since when we start giving it that much power, what happens when Jeb Bush become president and he can do whatever he feels like? Yeah, then no one will be happy.

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Look, the reality is that the Consitution was drafted in the days where if you weren't a christian, you were thought of as a second class citizen, most women barely had a voice, and couldn't vote, and blacks were slaves, and there was still a serious threat that England would invade.

Surely you must understand that these are different times. The constitution was amended several times to allow for such things as the women's right to vote and the abolition of slavery. Surely, then, it can be changed again? Things change, and, in my opinion, as things change and the country slowly becomes more open minded, then the constitution must change as well, to accomodate modernized concepts such as gay marriage and the right to choose.

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 Only now are you talking about an Amendment, before you were talking about just having the government start granting liberties, which is a very slippery slope.

If you can get an Amendment passed, then ok. The constitution is supposed to be changed, as long as it doesn't contradict other amendments or the Bill of Rights, ect. Pass it, and I will be all for it, but I doubt it will get passed anytime soon.

But no, I don't think those right's are "guarenteed" at this point or should be, despite the fact I believe the first one should be. Not the second one, but i'm not going to get into that.

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Honestly, though, depending on the rights, it may be impossible to get the amendment passed. In the case of Gay Marriage, because of thier bigoted, antiquated religious beliefs, many people would never vote in favor, regardless of the fact that its the right thing to do. In those cases, I believe the Feds need to step in and legislate to protect those rights that the common people aren't willing to give to people who are suffering because of it.

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US =/= America

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Uh huh.. I'm just going to lump you in with the rest of the raving lunatics.

I live in the United states of America, sometimes called the US, or America for short. I am an American, as people from other countries refer to me. Im not a USian, or a United Statesian. I am an American. Those those that support secession from the united states, OR want to Emigrate from the US no longer have the desire to be Americans. In fact, the moment you are not a resident of America, you cease to be called American.

So, yeah, US does, in fact, equal America. And so, the idea that a State that attempts to seceed from the Union, yet still believes its "American" is a crock of bull.

Although, geographically, you would still be in North America, the title "American" is remains solely with us, in the United States.

Have fun being a "Texan," but certainly not "American."

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You go ahead and lump people into little groups to make yourself feel better.

I'm a member of the USMC, United States Marine Corps. Never is it called America Marine Corps.

Those that support secession from the United states, OR want to Emigrate from the US no longer have the desire to be United States citizens.

I'm also gonna redirect you to

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.nationsonline.org/bilder/continents_map.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/continents_map.htm&h=698&w=1379&sz=224&tbnid=bdBHwMIKyekg8M::&tbnh=76&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dcontinent%2Bmap&hl=en&usg=__2YiTqtGMvzmoisXzpVQ910m5VO4=&ei=YR3vSdjKKt_elQf20LEk&sa=X&oi=image_result&resnum=2&ct=image

So you can see North America, South America, and even Central America, and no matter the self absorved ego people of the United States citizens have, they are not the exclusive americans.

So NO, in fact US =/= America

*United States citizen, from Michigan

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Not really... while all those places are refered to the americas, NONE of the people that live in those areas refer to themselves as "americans". Some say Canadian, others mexicans, some other south americans, but no one refers to themselves as just plain "Americans"... Quite frankly, people have come to believe that the term "American" is reserved for those from the United States... essentially the term "American" is not used to identify where you are from geographcially speaking, but to indentify your loyalties, beliefs and what-not... even if a canadian spends years in another country, he will always be indentified as a Canadian until he changes citizenship... to be an American as the world sees it is to allign yourself with the United States; an American is one whose idealogies go along with the USA... Ergo, if you leave the United States of America you are no longer an american no matter; People would refer to Texans as Texans and never as Americans.

 

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As a Texan, I sincerely wish to secede from Gov. Rick Perry. Ah, that's right... no can do. Well... the guy's never gonna get re-elected at least.

And as for Texan "arrogance" as so many have put it without bothering to think about it... please pull your heads out of your rear ends. One moron does not a country, nor a state make. Thank you.

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However, the "thousands" Texans at the Alamo who cheered wildly when hearing the word "secession" spoken by Greta Van Sustern while talking about Rick Perry do make up a significant number in your state.

Many, many Texans that I have talked to are arrogant, therefore the state gets a bad rap.

I would never assume that all Texan's are arrogant, but enough are to make a stereotype like this exist. Like I've said before, stereotypes exist for a reason, and it should be a goal of all people who are affected by a stereotype to not only strive to break that stereotype in thier actions, but to encourage others to break from that stereotype as well, and until that happens, those stereotypes will exist, and even grow, as more people adhere to that stereotypical behavior.

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Someone lock Rick away with Jacky Boy.

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I don't think it'll happen. A recent poll suggested that if brought to a vote, 75% of people would choose to remain in the country.

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*Yawn* More ignorant musings....

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Sigh, and the sensational media strikes again.  First, he's up for re-election.  Not that this excuses politicans, but they do say some pretty sensational stuff during elections.  And of course, in a concerted effort to make anyone with an (R) after their name look as terrible as possible, the MSM can't shut-up about this, with headlines about his calling for a new Nation of Texas.  Stupidity doesn't favor just one political party, or just one news network.

Internet kids, look up all the furvor over the Bush elections and see how many direct calls there were to secede.  I'm not talking about off-hand, theoretical comments.  I'm talking directly saying, California should secede right now.  Admittedly, this did not go as high as the Governator, but seriously, Arnie is more suave than Perry.  I love how things that happened 7 years ago are considered ancient history not worth mentioning.

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