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The Argument Chamber / Re: Maine's Election Idea
« Last post by Darkness on June 08, 2018, 04:57:58 AM »
This is effectively Maine pursuing a system of proportional representation for voting, which is the system of voting operated by most of the world's forward thinking democracies. Its only backwards nations, like the US and the UK, which still operate unrepresentative FPTP based systems, which are long past the point of being democratic.

The problem with Maine's approach is that is looks to be the PR system known as Alternative Vote, which is quite complicated and probably the worst option for operating PR.

Still, its a start.
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The Argument Chamber / Re: Maine's Election Idea
« Last post by syn on June 07, 2018, 09:32:07 PM »
Of course, it's being obstructed every step of the way by Republicans because of course they would.

only because they stand to lose. if the shoe was on the other foot, they'd say it was the best most fair idea in the history of voting.

too bad it's not being used in the general election (yet).

minneapolis and st paul both use ranked choice for local elections. it's really not that complicated, which seems to be the most common rationalization for opposing it. you don't have to vote for 2nd/3rd/etc choices if you don't want to.
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The Argument Chamber / Re: Maine's Election Idea
« Last post by Sssith on June 07, 2018, 04:14:59 PM »
I am in favor of the idea.  But the general voter is lazy and stupid and it seems overly complicated and would discourage people from voting.  You not only have to figure out who you want to vote for but everyone else in order.

In the last general election it would be interesting to see how the GOP candidates would have shaken out with this system?  With Kasich as everyone's' second or third favorite candidate it would it mean that he would have done better?



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The Argument Chamber / Re: Maine's Election Idea
« Last post by Pixie on June 07, 2018, 04:06:19 PM »
Ranked choice voting makes absolute sense. What system would be better, I wonder?

Anyway, I voted for this to happen and am glad it did. Of course, it's being obstructed every step of the way by Republicans because of course they would.
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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Pixie on June 07, 2018, 04:04:29 PM »
Step 1: Don't play Witcher 1. It's awful. Really awful. Even on easy mode it's awful.

Step 2: Play Witcher 2 if you want, but skip it if you're not super enthused because it doesn't really matter either way.

Step 3: Play Witcher 3, which is fantastic.
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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Kasferatu on June 07, 2018, 02:46:50 PM »
The books are well worth reading.  I thoroughly enjoyed them and they do add a lot to playing W3.  I don't have much to say on builds though.
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The Argument Chamber / Maine's Election Idea
« Last post by Sssith on June 07, 2018, 02:20:26 PM »
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/maine-new-way-electing-politicians_us_5b16fe45e4b0734a99386f47

WTF are you up to Pixie? :P

Seems much to complicated to really work out.  I applaud the goal of encouraging people vote for people that they might not otherwise vote for, but this doesn't seem to be the way to do it.

California primaries are now pretty interesting in that the top two candidates go on to the general election, regards of the party affiliation.  The goal was also to encourage people vote differently.

It will be interesting to see if these measures help.
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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Sssith on June 07, 2018, 02:00:50 PM »
Good to know.  Is there a build that will make the play through easier?

I will have to see if I can get the books cheaply.
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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by Kasferatu on June 07, 2018, 01:22:59 PM »
I mostly agree with the above, but your choices in W2 do have an impact in W3 in that different side quests and such are available.  In the grand scheme of the plot though, no those choices don't matter (I think).
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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« Last post by maxbeedo on June 07, 2018, 12:45:15 PM »
The Witcher 1 and 2 have not aged well when it comes to "playing" them, but your choices do actually matter within those games in changing what you play, so watching a playthrough doesn't give the same experience unless it covers every option.  Even though your choices matter within each game, your choices absolutely do not matter between games (unlike Mass Effect/Dragon Age).  1 does not have much to do with 2 or 3, although the arc of a particular character mirrors an important one in 3 (and one of the romance options reappears in a DLC in 3).  There are definitely points in which you must do a specific thing at a specific place or talk to a specific person and pick a specific dialogue option in order for a quest to progress (like many older RPGs), so use a guide if needed to avoid frustration.  I played them on Easy mode as well, because the combat felt clunky as hell.  I played 1 and 2, then read 5 of the books, then played 3, which turned out to be a pretty good order since 3 is tied heavily to the book series (the games take place chronologically after the books).
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