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  1. Banned for forgetting water. Stay hydrated, folks!
  2. Banned for the uncertainty if he is supposed to be nice, Ben Ice, or neither.
  3. Obligatory Katie Tiedrich. It's a white lie, but still a lie. One that's actually really, really common in video games in general, although not necessarily with the same 2RN implementation. Humans just have a very poor intuitive grasp of probabilities, so a game with accurately presented odds will often make the player feel like it's rigged against them. I remember Sid Meier talking about this in his autobiography; Soren Johnson said that in Civ4 a 95% will just always succeed; and even Darkest Dungeon, which generally doesn't go out of the way hold the player's hand, has a hidden +5 Accuracy modifier for every attack the player does, as I recently found out. I personally find that Fire Emblem's 2RN is a bit too extreme, actually. The difference between true hit and displayed hit hovers around 12 points, which turns (to take some common DnD dice rolls)... a 1/6 chance into a 1/17 (17% --> 5.95%) a 1/8 chance into a 1/33 (12% --> 3%) a 1/10 chance into a 1/47 (10% --> 2.1%) a 1/20 chance into a 1/182 (5% --> 0.55%) So basically, if you roll a "Fire Emblified" D8, getting a 1 is rare enough that you wouldn't really take it into consideration. Rolling a 1 on a "FE-D20" is something that would be expected to happen like once or thrice in a full DnD campaign (campaign, not session). It's a very warped presentation of odds. edit: I actually like the effect of 2RN - I think it's good that it makes outcomes a bit less random - but I don't like that the game doesn't tell the truth about it.
  4. I suspect a connection to Gaggle's 118 fights but only two kills. Too bad he didn't last very long anyways. Congrats, OP!
  5. The Brood War and Starcraft II player Greg "IdrA" Fields is considered one of the best, if not the best, non-Korean players in the early days of SC2. However, he was also famously bad-mannered (we're talking "I hope you get cancer"-tier BM in ladder games, or "fuck you"s in official tournament games), a notorious balance whiner, and known for a weak mentality, surrendering games earlier than he needed to. For that last point, there are two especially famous examples: In a match against IdrA, Chris "HuK" Loranger, a Protoss player, was at a clear army composition disadvantage, with no sufficient answer to IdrA's powerful flying armada. However, before engaging in a big battle, he used one of his unit's Hallucination ability to create a bunch of fake Void Rays (a flying unit with, you guessed it, a strong anti-air attack) as a desperation play - normally this ability is used to scout or occasionally to absorb some enemy fire, since those fakes don't deal any damage. However, IdrA fell for it and GG'ed (well, probably left without GG) out of a game that he would've easily won otherwise. HuK, being a pal, decided to inform IdrA of his mistake at the start of the next game of their series, leading to the following ingame chat: LiquidHuK: u realize LiquidHuK: most of that army EGIdrA: fuck off LiquidHuK: was halluc LiquidHuK: LOL LiquidHuK: just saying LiquidHuK: u werent loss A bit later, IdrA faced off against the Korean Terran Mun "MMA" Seong-Won, in which MMA made a terrible, terrible mistake: The map they were playing on featured a couple expansions with super-valuable minerals that were blocked from being mined by some breakable rocks. MMA set up a couple of siege tanks, and right-clicked them... on his own Command Center, and because he did not keep his screen to watch a couple rocks blow up, he could not tell them to stop shooting his CC before it blew up. In desperation, MMA took an aggressive posture, but IdrA just swarmed and overran the Terran army, the (US-american) crowd went wild... and IdrA surrenders. Y'see, MMA flew a handful of basic Marines into one of IdrA's base, hoping to kill some drones (the Zerg's workers). In response, IdrA pulled his drones aside, sent some defenses, and then forgot that he pulled his drones aside. Which means that IdrA thought that his entire worker line at that base was killed, he didn't know about the blown-up CC, and so he assumed that MMA had an unsurmountable economic advantage.It's worth a watch, really (this only being the last 100 seconds of the game). The crowd slowly realising what's happening, and Day[9] on the commentary desperately hiding his amusement is quite something. On the other side of the spectrum, "Fantasy GG timing" is still occasionally being used when a player stays in a hopeless game for way too long. "Fantasy" not as in "delusion", but as in Jung "FanTaSy" Myung-hoon, a retired Korean Terran player known for this kind of behaviour.
  6. Banned for playing The Videogame (tm) wrong.
  7. Banned for classism. Your previous post, not the one directly above this one
  8. Shaquille O'Neal was famous for his absolutely domineering performance near the basket, but he was also famously bad at scoring free throws, averaging at 52.7% over the coure of his career. For that reason, opposing teams would sometimes use the "Hack-a-Shaq" tactic, trying to make Shaq go to the free throw line as often as possible. The same tactic had previously been used against Wilt Chamberlain, to a degree that the league had to implement a new rule against off-the-ball fouls to prevent Wilt and his opposing player literally play catch while the other eight players were playing basketball. But back to Shaq - even funnier than Hack-a-Shaq is his 3-point shooting: During his 19-year career, Shaq attempted 22 3-pointer, and made one.
  9. Banned because we already had that here, just a few hours ago.
  10. The Spanish Flu, which killed somewhere between 20 and 50 million people between 1918 mostly likely had its origin in the USA. The reason it went into the history books as the "Spanish" Flu was the relatively liberal censorship in Spain, compared to most other countries during WW1, so the sickness's effect in Spain was much more well-recorded than elsewhere. During the war, the press in the allied countries also speculated about German biological warfare, since Germany had been using chemical weapons already. However, these theories died down when German troops were affected by the pandemic a bit later, as well.
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