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    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2010
    The real problem with games is addiction I think, and gaming does appear to have significant potential for that, similar to something like gambling. There have been several studies into it, and some have concluded that about 10% of gamers might be addicted. So the problem is with those 10% who do not know how to keep things in balance, not so much with the activity itself.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    just saw this and thought I better post it here before anyone else did:

    intact stereotype for the win
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    I wonder if the writer of that caption used "2d3"

    A) on purpose knowing someone with a background in gaming would be annoyed at the fact that there is no such thing as a 3 sided die...

    B) on purpose to imitate a caption writer who would be ignorant of what the "xdy" damage notation actually represents, thus playing the role of an ignorant gamer-hater..

    C) really didn't know what the notation represents.

  1.  (8201.64)
    loads of folk i know are internet slaves.much to her detriment ,my sister has had a series of online 'boyfriends' that she's never met physically,but refers to one as her angel,they tell eachother they love eachother,live on different continents and show no signs of progressing past's just an endless copout from reality.
    15 years ago hustling oneself in this way would not have been possible,if you stayed inside at your parents house never striving towards anything,you had to admit to yourself that something was terribly wrong.
    but now all the wounded,all the malformed,all the dangerously self-centred folk can just live on the internet free from true efforts ,challenges ,growth,life.
    that's slavery.that's trying to cheat your way through life,but life and nature will allow you to mollycoddle yourself only so much before repercussions set in.
    we're all at risk of copping out and dreaming\squabbling away our lives online.balance and being honest with yourself is key.if your defenses go straight up as soon as stuff like this is brought up,it's probably because deep down you know damn well it's the truth.
    go camping and take mushrooms or something,feel the wonder.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    A d3 is just when you roll a d6 then half the result, rounding up...
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    Heh. I've been out of it for a while.

    Though, 2d3 still seems nonsensical. How is the result different from just rolling 1d6?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010 edited
    1d6 is a value from 1 to 6 where each result is equally likely. 2d3 is a value from 2 to 6, but where rolling 2 or 6 is less likely than rolling 3 or 5, which in turn is less likely than rolling a 4.

    (oh, and there are d3's out there, they don't actually have three sides, but they're shaped such that they can only fall with one of three sides 'down'. Thinkgeek sell them...)

    And that's enough derailing for one night. Sorry.
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010 edited
    Well for one, you can't roll any lower than a two that way. Essentially you'd be doing 2-6 damage rather than 1-6. The difference is minute, but not at low levels.

    EDIT: and Flaybo beat me to it.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010 edited
    > Though, 2d3 still seems nonsensical. How is the result different from just rolling 1d6?

    Using 1d6 the probabilities of each value are:

    P(1) = 1/6
    P(2) = 1/6
    P(3) = 1/6
    P(4) = 1/6
    P(5) = 1/6
    P(6) = 1/6

    Using 2d3 the probabilities of each value are:

    P(2) = 1/9
    P(3) = 2/9
    P(4) = 3/9
    P(5) = 2/9
    P(6) = 1/9

    The more dice you have, the more likely they are to roll an average (rather than an extreme) number; e.g. with 1d6, all values are equally likely, but with 2d3 the middle value (4) is the most likely and the extreme values (2 and 6) are least likely.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    Sweet mother of Gygax, what have you people done to this thread?
    • CommentAuthorJiveKitty
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    @Verus: Addiction does seem to be the problem, but the majority of those who identify as gamers are unlikely to be addicted, right? Yet, they're still typed as such. Whereas it's usually implicit that somebody who identifies as a sports-fan, politics-buff, whatever, probably has other healthy interests outside that.

    I don't identify as a gamer, although towards the end of my college years and at the start of my university years I could have, but it was never an addiction and wasn't the centrepiece of my life. I maintained an interest in a variety of other activities and stayed connected with the outside world. Gaming was just something I did and enjoyed most days, but it was never something that I couldn't put down to go and play basketball or whatever, and it never impaired my functionality in work or university studies.
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    When does the Random Encounter Table just read "ARSE EELS: YOU ALL DIE"?
  2.  (8201.73)
    I feel as though I lose sense of myself when my net goes down. I scramble like a crac addict looking for his fix, when nothing seems to work. Then when it finally does, it feels as though nothing happned but the memory.
  3.  (8201.74)
    I'm glad I grew up without the internet, because if I hadn't I'd probably be in the same boat during the odd occasions it disappears. There's something comforting about knowing I can look something, anything, up at a moment's notice, but during the rare periods when it's gone I can do something else and try to prevent my hands from shaking too much.
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2010
    I feel as though I lose sense of myself when my net goes down. I scramble like a crac addict looking for his fix, when nothing seems to work. Then when it finally does, it feels as though nothing happned but the memory.
    I just go play something on the Playstation that doesn't require the interwubs.

    Though I suppose that's probably a bad example.
  4.  (8201.76)
    When my net goes down I text or otherwise use my cellphone, or hole up somewhere to read and draw until the problem is fixed.
    If I neeed to go online or whatever, I can always go down to a cafe and snag some time there. I do like the convenience of being able to chat whenever though.