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  1. Cfrock

    Anti-Vax Movement and The Return of Preventable Disease

    Measles is on the rise in Europe thanks in large part to the anti-vaccine movement that's steadily gained ground over the last few years. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45246049 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna922146?__twitter_impression=true Vaccines have been accused of giving...
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    Preferred Book Format

    Books! But how do you read them? Books come in a few different formats and different people like different ones. But which one do you like the most? And which do you hate, if any? And why? Typically books are available in three main formats: hardback, paperback, and eBook. Do you like the...
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    European Union Votes in Favour of Copyright Directive

    The European Parliament has voted 438 to 226 in favour of the Copyright Directive. The Directive will now face a final vote in January, which experts say is unlikely to be rejected. Some links to the story (I've tried to pull these from a varied range of sources and would encourage anyone else...
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    Death of the Author

    In 1967, some French dude wrote an essay called "The Death of the Author" (he wrote it in French but I don't speak foreign so let's pretend he did everything in English). Death of the Author has become a part of critical literary theory and the basic gist is this: The specific intentions or...
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    What if the Internet Was Turned Off?

    This thread came about because of a conversation between myself and @Spiritual Mask Salesman earlier. In Ready Player One (now a major motion picture) they have The Oasis, which is like a virtual reality Internet. [MINOR SPOILERS] In the end, the new owner of the Oasis (you'll never guess who)...
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    Opt-Out Organ Donation

    The UK government is considering changing the way it handles organ donation. Currently, an individual must opt-in to the system by registering as an organ donor. The proposed change would automatically place all adults in the UK on the donor register, unless they opt-out by requesting to be...
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    Games You Wish You Could Play For The First Time Again

    Been listening to the soundtrack to Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (holy punctuation, Batman!) and trying not to collapse in on myself. If I found a magical wish fairy at the end of my garden and wasn't allowed to wish for unlimited gold or a dog that could do tricks I'd wish that I could...
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    Best Kind of Elf Ears

    Elves have ears. I believe they use them to listen, but who can tell. Their ears are different shapes and some of these shapes are nicer than other shapes. But which shapes are the nicest? Do you prefer long and high elf ear, that point up to the sky? Or do you like horizontal elf ears that...
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    Nostalgia-Inspired Originals

    Lozjam made a thread a few months ago about Hollywood's recent obsession with remakes, reboots, and films based on existing property. It's a trend that I, like many others, have grown weary of in the last couple of years. There's nothing wrong with any of those things per se, but so many of them...
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    The Great Deku Tree and the Kikwi

    **Before I begin I want to make it clear that I myself am not 100% convinced by the following theory. After having the initial thought last week, I have looked into it and drawn some connections that I find interesting. It is these I wish to share with you today. In an ideal world, after reading...
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    Which Political Party Do You Agree With Most?

    This is a similar thread to the ones about political alignment, the difference being this is in specific regard to which political party you share the most views with on issues ranging from foreign and domestic policy, to education, science, the environment, and healthcare. Simply click this...
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    Reviving Older Franchises

    I searched for a like thread and couldn't find one. EA recently raised Dungeon Keeper from the grave in the form of a mobile game for iOS and Android. The franchise hadn't been seen since 1999's excellent Dungeon Keeper 2 and so the news that it was coming back was quite exciting to those who...
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    Dungeon Keeper Gold Free!

    In the wake of heavy criticism of Dungeon Keeper's mobile revival, EA have allowed GOG.com to offer the original 1997 Dungeon Keeper for free this weekend. Dungeon Keeper is a brilliant strategy game, one of my all-time favourites, and along with it's sequel, Dungeon Keeper 2(which GOG.com is...
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    Ashei & Snowpeak Ruins

    One of Twilight Princess's more interesting characters, Ashei is a formidable woman with a military background working to defeat the evil taking over in Hyrule. She's a standout character and a connection can be drawn between her and a standout dungeon, Snowpeak Ruins. The dungeon itself is a...
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    General Zelda What Constitutes The 'Beginning'?

    Yesterday there was an article on the main page which listed five things Zelda U should borrow from A Link Between Worlds. It's a decent read for those who haven't checked it out, but I want to draw attention to one specific point. The first element discussed in the article was the length of...
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    "Iwata Isn't Nintendo's Problem. It's Miyamoto."

    The weekend is usually a slow time on Eurogamer and they tend to post opinion pieces. Usually these are pretty dull but today's was quite interesting and I'd like to share it with you. This article discusses Shigeru Miyamoto's role at Nintendo and how it could actually be a hinderence to the...
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    Pop Culture Icons and Changing Their Race

    Last night, while stumbling around the Internet, I came across this article posted on Zelda Informer last July. I would encourage you to read it before continuing, it isn't very long. The article discusses whether Nintendo should make Link black in a future Zelda game, and this introduces the...
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    Most Anticipated Game(s) of 2014

    Simple enough. What game, or games, are you most looking forward to that are set/expected to release in 2014? --- The one game I am looking forward to more than any other is Mario Kart 8 (which I usually call 'M-Zero'). I fudging love Mario Kart and number 8 looks absolutely incredible. I...
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    'Casual' and 'Core' - How Do You Define Them?

    They are two terms we, as gamers, hear almost every day. During the last generation, with the rise of mobile gaming, motion control devices, and even your (yes, your) nan training her brain on a DS, the ever growing gaming community has, rather sloppily, been split into two poorly defined...
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    What 'Girly'/'Boyish' Things Do You Wish You Could Do?

    I was bouncing around on StumbleUpon last night when I came across this article which listed eleven 'girly' things that men wish they could do without being judged. I found it funny and interesting as well as agreeing with several of the activities listed. Enter this thread. What activities...
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    Christmas Memories Thread

    Let's share some of our Christmas memories. Whether they are funny, scary, sad, interesting, or just plain weird, it doesn't matter. --- When I was nine, my mum made some toast on Christmas morning and I swear to the Almighty that it was the nicest toast I have ever had in my entire life. I...
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    Artists You Used to Love/Hate

    I don't think it'd be a stretch to say that all of us have had our musical tastes change over time. Maybe there was a band or singer you used to absolutely love, but now think are actually a bit rubbish. Perhaps there was a band or singer you used to absolutely hate, but now think they're...
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    General Zelda Creepiest Great Fairy

    The Great Fairies of the 2D games tend to be your bog standard fairy--female, slim, wings, some even have little wands to wave. They conform to a classic image that most people are familiar with. And then the 3D games came along. The design of the Great Fairies didn't so much as take an...
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    WW-Wii U Is Lenzo James Bond?

    Lenzo... Just, Lenzo. Could this seemingly ordinary individual be hiding an exciting secret? Is it possible that this gentleman pictographer was, in fact, a secret agent?! Let's look at the facts, shall we? First off, let's consider Lenzo's fascination with pictographs. This is...
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    3DS - Earning Play Coins In-Game

    I was thinking about Play Coins the other day and how handy they are. You can use them to buy weapon loadouts in Resident Evil: The Merceneries 3D and to buy hints from ghosts in A Link Between Worlds. They allow you to use new features in Letter Box, buy Idol Toss eggs in Kid Icarus: Uprising...
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    The Stalchild, the Mogma, and the Speculative Connection

    This section could do with a speculative tag for new threads so I could avoid this opening paragraph about how this theory is, well, largely speculative. I have evidence, of a sort, to support the theory. It would be more accurate to say I have things which I can show you that led me to this...
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    3DS Streetpass Games

    Not so long ago Nintendo released four brand new games for the 3DS' Streetpass feature: Streetpass Squad; Streetpass Garden; Streetpass Battle; Streetpass Mansion. The Streetpass feature was already one of the more interesting and fun things about the 3DS and these games just make it even...
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    Difficult Single-Player Modes

    I looked for a like thread, since I thought this had probably been done, but I didn't find one. I've recently started playing F-Zero GX once again because it's an amazing game, but, even though I've had and enjoyed the game for nearly ten years now, I've never unlocked everything. It's just...
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    The Evil Within Announced

    Earlier today Bethesda revealed the game they've been working on and, no, it's not Fallout 4 (thank God :P). Developer and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami are working together to make The Evil Within, a survival horror game set for release next year on PS3, Xbox 360, PC and 'next-gen...
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    Epic Rap Battles of History

    Many of you will no doubt be familiar with Epic Rap Battles of History, a Youtube channel which produces, well, rap battles of famous figures and characters. They're pretty popular and understandably so due to how funny and genuinely good they are musically. This thread is intended for general...
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    Mario Kart Arcade GP DX - What Does It Mean For Mario Kart U?

    Mario Kart Arcade Grand Prix DX was recently unvieled. It'll be the third arcade exclusive Mario Kart game and, like the others, is being developed by Namco. It also marks the first time Mario Kart will ever be seen in HD. A small number of screenshots have been released, you can have a gander...
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    Best Inventory Systems

    I searched for a like thread and found nothing. If you hadn't already figured it out from the less than cryptic title, this thread is about which inventory systems in video games you like the most. Whether it be imaginative or creavite or spaceous or intuitive, almost all of us will have...
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    Flawed Classics

    I'm sure all of us have a few games or even franchises that we love dearly but readily acknowledge have some pretty glaring flaws or faults. I call these Flawed Classics (and so should you) and I'd like to know what games you would attach that label to. --- To get the ball rolling here's...
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    What Would You Do If You Won The Lottery?

    Searched for a like thread, couldn't find one. It's a simple enough question but I'll say it again: what would you do if you won the lottery? You suddenly go from being you as you are now to being you but a multi-millionaire. What do you do and why do you do it? Also, in the UK, when...
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    What Colour Do You See Certain Decades As?

    This is gonna be a tough one to explain. We sometimes think of abstract things in association with specific colours. Like, if you close your eyes and think of the word "Monday", a colour, or emotion or something might come with the thought. Almost like you associate a mood or memory to the...
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    Mario Kart U - Retro Tracks

    Mario Kart games have had 4 Retro GPs since Mario Kart DS and the smart money is on this continuing onto the Wii U. The question is, which tracks from the previous 7 games would you like to see return in the series' first HD installment? Would you put a bigger emphasis on the SNES and GBA's...
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    The Connection Between The Oocca and the Hylian Royal Family

    Twilight Princess introduced us to the Oocca, weird little chicken-men that, by my estimation, were not well received. The game establishes that the Oocca and the Hylian Royal Family were in contact but evidently that connection came to an end some time in the distant past, since knowledge of...
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    A Link Between Worlds Play Coins & Streetpass

    One of the features of the 3DS which I often forget about is Streetpass. When I first got my 3DS I was mad for Streetpass Quest and the basic idea of it is actually really great, that by simply walking past another 3DS owner you get a little bit of interaction with them in another game. In Mario...
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    A Link Between Worlds Circle Pad Pro

    Simple enough question I guess. Would you like Zelda3D to make use of the Circle Pad Pro? The CPP was met with groans as a stop-gap solution to what many saw as a major weakness of the 3DS's original design. However, it has proven its worth in the eyes of many by improving the control of...
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    Miiverse Integration

    If you've got a Wii U, chances are you are familiar with the Miiverse and how it works. If not, I shall offer a brief explanation. The Miiverse is, essentially, a forum with sections devoted to each and every single game on Wii U. You can access the Miiverse in-game by pressing the Home Button...
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    Upgrades - Which Items Benefit Most?

    Skyward Sword tried out a few new things. One of these things I would like to see return in future is the item upgrade system. I thought it was a good idea, well implemented and had a noticeable effect on the game too, making Bug Catching easier, the Slingshot more powerful, the Beetle more...
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    Bioshock Infinite Reversible Cover Vote

    I don't know if there's anyone particularly interested in this but I thought I'd let those who care know that there is a vote on what Bioshock Infinite's reversible cover will be. You can find the choice of designs as well as the poll right here on Irrational's website. Personally, I don't...
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    Non-Traditional Dungeons?

    Readng a comment made by A Link In Time the other day got me to thinking about this. In the next console Zelda title do you think it would be a good idea for Nintendo to give us dungeons that are quite different to what we have come to understand dungeons to be? If so, do you have any thoughts...
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    Boss Fights - What Are You Hoping For?

    Reading a post by Ventus recently has made me think about what exactly is a boss fight? What is their purpose, their function? I don't think everyone has the same answer to that queston but home console Zelda's have been feeding us one interpretation for years. If you look at Ocarina of Time...
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    Spoiler Greatest Endings

    The Spoiler prefix is there because, obviously, talking about the endings to games is gonna contain spoilers. So be warned people! If possible, I'd ask everyone to clearly state which game(s) they're talking about at the start of their post, so people can more easily avoid reading something they...
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    Game of the Year - 2012

    No need for a big four paragraph introduction explaining that it is currently 2012 and there have been video games released this year and that many of them have been good. You all know that stuff anyway :) What is your Game of the Year - 2012? Simple as that. So go on, what game and why?
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    Twitter Arrests - Just or Unjust?

    Throughout the year 2012 there have been three incidents which have caught my attention on social networking website, Twitter. All three incidents have to do with people being arrested for comments made on the site. First up, in March 2012, Fabrice Muamba, midfielder for Bolton Wanderers...
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    Combining Genres

    If you could make a game that was a combination of two (or more) genres, which would they be? For example, something which has been done a lot in the last few years is mixing First-Person Shooters with RPGs, giving us game like Bioshock and Borderlands or, indeed, Fallout 3 which is more RPG...
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    Franchises Changing Genre

    This is somehting I've thought about on and off for some time now. There are certain franchises which ocassionally switch genre or experiment with a different genre in a one-off kind of way. Two examples would be Resident Evil and Halo. Resident Evil started off as Survival Horror (literally...
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    Tech Help Wii U - Image Displayed on TV is Missing Edge

    When I was using my Wii U earlier I noticed that the image displayed on my TV appeared to be missing some of the edge. It was like the image was zoomed in slightly and so the very edges of the image were not displayed. I tried to see if there was anything I could do in the Settings but nothing...
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