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  1. I've never heard of Tracheitis, but it sounds bad, like something Freeman would be blowing up in Zen. Glad you're taking it easy. Feel better soon, Ross!
  2. 91% is not telling? Do you even understand how elections work? Hillary is one of the most disliked candidate ever and yet she's the nominee, you don't think money and related propaganda is related? It seems to me that nothing will change your mind at this point. Funny thing though, if you look at overall money raised (individual contributions, Super PACs, etc), Sanders actually raised more money, through a surge of individual donations, than Clinton during the primaries; http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/politics/2016-bernie-sanders-fundraising-hillary-clinton/ Also, Clinton's popularity/favorability was far higher before the Comey FBI announcement regarding her use of a private email server, which occured after she had already effectively won the Democratic Nomination, and Sanders refused to go after her for that issue in the first place; http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/hillary-clinton-favorable-rating
  3. Ok, so I'm a little late to the party having just got back from vacation, but I feel as a DC lobbyist or lobbyist in training I have some insight into the political aspects of this game and RGD. First, in regards to what you said about money controlling the outcomes of elections, that's often true, but you have to consider that the person with the most resources is often the person with the most compelling case for the job. People, corporations, and yes interest groups will contribute to that person if they seem the most qualified, but still that doesn't guarantee them to win. Ross, you come dangerously close to telling people their votes don't matter in this episode and in a democracy that's rarely the case. It's like telling someone they can dump their garbage in their town's lake because how much harm can a few bags of trash do to an entire lake, but they're never the only person doing that and it all adds up. To put this in perspective, currently this video has over 90,000 views: the Democratic Primaries of Iowa, Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, South Dakota, Connecticut, Delaware, and Kentucky were all decided by less than half that number of votes and they ALL broke Clinton's way. Also, getting back to money deciding elections, going over to the Republican's side, their primary was won by one of the worst financed candidates, Donald Trump, who despite his background ran on a very populist, anti-business platform, for a Republican anyway. Meanwhile Jeb Bush, one of the best financed candidates with numerous corporate and special interest ties, was crushed in the elections. Now, in regards to your diagram of politicians, corporations, and lobbyists, which we call the Iron Triangle, is a gross over simplification of what we do. Although I represent one of the Labor Unions and not an interest group with corporate ties, I will point out that what I spend most my time doing is meeting with representatives, or more often their staff, and INFORMING them about bills and legislation that pertain to labor and the economy in general. Politicians can never be an expert on everything or even most issues, so they rely on us to educate them. My group doesn't give money to every representative or candidate we work with, and when we do they're typically $5,000 contributions, which is a drop in the bucket for most politicians on the federal level, and on the state level they get far less attention from the media and far less money from corporations. With that said, I still loved this Game Dungeon, politics and all, and can't wait for the next one!
  4. For the record, Blizzard may be removing the Goblins vs Gnomes packs from its shop, but you can still craft the all the cards in the expansion and the Naxxramus adventure using dust, a resource you can get in exchange for duplicate copies of cards you own. While I am genuinely disappointed the Naxxramus adventure games are no longer available for purchase, all the cards you would get from the adventure can still be obtained, so much of the expansion still exists and those who already bought the adventure can still play through it any time they want, so it's not like the adventure is "dead." There is a bit of disappointment in removing Naxxramus for any new players, but I think you're blowing it out of proportion. If you actually hear the leading developer Ben Brode talk about his design plans for Hearthstone you would not be saying he "doesn't care about what he makes." If you plan on covering "resurrections" of dead games on this channel, then you may want to mention this to any prospective Hearthstone players out there that the GvG expansion is not really lost and neither are the cards from the Nax adventure. Ben Brode even hinted that the Tavern Brawls, a special game mode of Hearthstone that changes every week, may even recreate some of those Naxxramus adventure games. All Hearthstone players would have access to them for free (like all Tavern Brawls) that week, so any players that missed buying the Nax adventure should keep an eye out for the new Tavern Brawl each week if and when it returns.
  5. I'm with the majority when I say this was one of your worse projects, but I actually voted yes for it because pilots often have some kinks to work out, and it doesn't necessarily mean you couldn't find better games. Also by "better" I mean they should either be super weird or an A or F in terms of quality. Your associate called the game a C and I think that's precisely the kind of game you DON'T won't to be making let's plays out of, something that's just boring and mediocre. Another reason I voted yes is because you said these were easier to make than Game Dungeons, though I might have voted no if I had a better understanding of exactly how much time these videos would take up. If a typical episode of Moon Gaming sets say, a Game Dungeon, back by more than a week and isn't much more interesting than this first one than I personally would want this series scrapped. For the record though, I still think this was an above average Let's Play considering how many are out there. Funnily enough it was also the Nostalgia Critic's first attempt at a Let's Play that has gone down as one his worst videos of all time. That was an example of a bad Let's Play, this Moon Gaming was still alright. When a lot of us say this is "one of the worst things you've done" it's because it's a 6.5/10 and we're used to seeing 9/10's from you.
  6. Well, it's been over a month since his last bit of content/update. All I can say is, I hope Ross is making plenty of progress on that movie.
  7. I REALLY DON'T LIKE jokes like that... please refrain from using these I dunno how you would feel reading a "joke" like this on the internet about people that are important to you : / or save this for YouTube and keep away from the forum Well, a lot of us really don't like not hearing Ross, even in the forums, in over a month. I understand you're concern, but keep in mind that you may know Ross is fine, but we don't, and it's been a while since he didn't update the site in over a month, so "jokes" like these are inevitable. I'm not saying they're funny, appropriate, or that Ross should update his site more often even if he doesn't have much to update us on, I'm just saying this is something that probably won't go away just by asking it to. I suppose you could try censoring these types of comments from the forums, but I doubt people would be cool with that either. Anyway, glad to hear from you again, Ross, especially excited that another Game Dungeon is on the way. Any updates on the movie you could tell us about? I'm still eagerly awaiting you're casting announcement, though I know that's probably a still a long ways off.
  8. Same here. Not that the Pumpkin thing wasn't funny, but I've just come to expect more from Ross when it comes to April Fool's. That holiday has been the one tradition he's kept alive since I first got into Freeman's Mind back when he was still with Machinima, and while this technically still counts as another year's prank it kinda feels like a Game Dungeon episode first and an April Fool's Day prank second. Not to throw Ross's own words right back at him (I know he worked really hard on this and I appreciate it) but it's just "not bad."
  9. I know this kinda goes under the "Raw Let's Plays" category, but I'd love to see Ross playing video games as Gordon Freeman. Basically the persona Ross created for Freeman in the Freeman's Mind series would be playing games like Portal or Shadow Warrior, or whatever Ross wants really. The key element and what differentiates this as an ordinary Let's Play is that Ross wouldn't break character while playing the game, Freeman is very much aware he's playing a game so this wouldn't be like Freeman Across the Universe. The thing I love about Freeman's Mind the most is just the Badass Commando Physicist character that Ross plays and I'd love to see more videos with him, even if they're unedited let's plays of other games. If you've heard of the Team Four Star series Two Saiyans Play it's a lot like that. TFS creators Lanipator and Takahata101 play their DBZ Abridged characters Vegeta and Nappa whilst playing a video game. This would lean more towards improve comedy so I understand your hesitation if you worry about the quality, but if you just pick a fast paced game where you always have stuff to react and think like your Gordon Freeman character I think it could be a really funny series. The Team Four Star guys' Two Saiyans Play series was so successful it has since spawned several other series where the guys play all sorts of game in character as one of the people from DBZ. Unless you feel this is too close to the Let's Play genre and have something fundamentally against the format I can't see why you wouldn't want to at least try it out and see what we think/how the video does in terms of popularity. Don't dismiss this idea just because you think your not that good at improv comedy, I don't think you give yourself enough credit, and like I said you could just try this out, as in play a game as Freeman for 15-30 minutes and upload the video and let us decide whether it's entertaining enough. Other than that good luck with the movie, and hey, if I can get better recording equipment I might just audition for a part.
  10. I know Ross of all people is entitled to a break, but I can't wait for the update about his plans for 2015 and beyond; the suspense is killing me!
  11. Amazing series, can't wait to see what other work Ross has planned. I will say this though, if Ross, you're at all concerned about your finances in the coming years you could just launch another fundraiser this time for continuing Freeman's Mind into Half-Life 2. If you thought you got a lot of money from that first fundraiser, I bet you could get even more if you put continuing Freeman's Mind into Half-Life 2 at $15,000 of donations. I know I'd chip in and from some of the other comments on this forum I'm not the only one. Just an idea if you need any extra incentive to keep making Freeman's Mind (of course that doesn't mean you couldn't take a nice long break from a series you've been putting an insane amount of hours into these past few months, I'm just saying it'd be a huge relief if you told you would continue FM at all).
  12. I'm not saying I don't have faith in Ross, but if this was overwhelming to the point of him rushing the last few episodes of Half-Life 1, I think most of us would be okay amending the promised deadline a month or two. Still, I don't want to speak for anyone, but myself, so Ross, if you're feeling at all rushed with the end of the year just 5-6 weeks away, you could put out a poll asking all of us if we'd be cool giving you more time to complete Freeman's Mind for Half Life 1. It's just an idea, if you've already got all the worked planned out and feel confident you'll meet the deadline no problem, then disregard this. I just didn't want you to feel like you had to necessarily sacrifice quality for expedience if you had to chose between the two.
  13. It's been a little while since the last RGD, so I can't really say if this was above average or just standard, but what I can say is that it made me laugh a lot. This is at a point in time where shows (like The Simpsons and Family Guy) that I've been watching and laughing at for years are starting to grow stale. These videos, whether they're RGD, FM, or Civil Protection, remind me what it feels like to laugh again, and can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate that, so thank you, Ross. Edit: Also I love Ross's gung-ho attitude towards the doubt expressing peanut gallery. I wish guys like George R.R. Martin or Bioware had more faith in their production speed.
  14. Deus ex teleport! This may have been shorter than the past few episodes, but it was still incredibly funny and I can't argue with where you left it. I'm glad you're not just skipping areas; even if an area in Half Life seems contrived I think most of us want the full experience. Skipping or editing out glitches I understand, but if it's an aspect of the actual game or a line of ridiculous dialogue I say let Freeman experience it. Some of the funniest moments of the series have been Freeman trying to rationalize parts of the game that make no sense. The best part about the way the previous cliffhanger was resolved is it wasn't even completely out of no where. Looking back on it, Freeman saw what we understood to be the teleporters and over the course of ep 59 was experiencing "sounds of green" so it was a really clever way for Freeman to escape Old Flamethrower Hands, I never got this far playing Half Life, so it's exciting experiencing these things as Freeman is.
  15. This episode was magnificent. I'm glad Freeman stopped tripping on morphine as well, but you don't have to treat that as a continuity error, the morphine just wore off. Freeman clearly didn't take enough to be high for that long and the life or death situations he's been encountering at increasing frequency will have sobered him up. Can't wait for the next episode, you left it on a hell of a cliff hanger!
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