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Sessler's Soapbox: Finding Comfort in Fantasy

Posted: August 9, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Finding Comfort in Fantasy
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Adam talks about how he enjoys playing fantasy games as a way to escape the sometimes dire events of the real world.

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  • beinaido

    GREAT Video!!!

    Posted: August 9, 2011 6:32 PM
  • JoshuaCorning

    "Equal justice includes the equal imposition of taxes. The equality of taxes doesn t depend on equality of wealth, but on the equality of the debt that every man owes to the commonwealth for his defence."

    - Thomas Hobbes

    I think Hobbes would agree more with Norquist then not. Hard to argue that a progressive tax system is equal or that social security, medicare, Obamacare, and the other trillions our Leviathan has spent on non-discretionary spending is "defence".

    Of course I only know about Norquist's position on taxes and spending...he might be a big war hawk. if he is i think Hobbes may have had a different definition of "defence" then Norquist does. Iraq and Afghanistan (and Libya) would be viewed by Hobbes as offense not "defence".

    Posted: August 9, 2011 5:53 PM
    JoshuaCorning
  • MelodieM

    What was the game playing on Adam's left? Looks interesting. No comment on his soap box session. I wasn't really listening.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 3:45 PM
  • nutzViking

    I can totally relate to finding an escape and seeking comfort in video games. This is exactly why I'm not a fan of horror-survival games, simply because they tend to bring along chaos. I have quite a few horror games in my collection, but I don't play them at all. I'm rarely in a situation where I want a game to scare the living daylights out of me (I do respect the genre - I just can't find enjoyment in them, personally). Games that have any kind of safe-zones or friendly capitals, townships etc. are all good, especially if it goes hand in hand with decent music! Torchlight is an excellent example. 1 scroll, and you're back in town :)

    Posted: August 9, 2011 3:38 PM
    nutzViking
  • FuzzofPekinopolis

    Kyler,

    I am both conservative and liberal on different things. You actually think the Tea Party is good for this country? I know that no matter what I say I will never sway your opinion, and that's fine. But you do not get turned off every time one of them speaks on television?

    I don't think that the Tea Party actually knows what it stands for. I don't think that the vast majority of our elected officials care about anybody but themselves. I think that it's time we clean house, not elect wack jobs, and try to save our country. How about electing people who know how to balance a checkbook, pay their monthly mortgage, and don't have an accountant on staff to do those thing for them.

    The U.S. economy would be able to rebound if we weren't on a cocaine fueled shopping binge in the Mall of China. But cutting all of the benefits our government pays for would not solve the problem either.

    I did not vote for Obama, but his idea of a more balanced approach is more agreeable than burning every government institution to the ground. Common sense, not rogue warrior style slash and burn. You can't just take everything away that people count on instantly, just like you can't keep throwing money down the toilet.

    Both sides are right on certain things, both sides are wrong on others. Neither side is helping us get anywhere.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 3:15 PM
    FuzzofPekinopolis
  • kyler4444

    ValdrGalga,

    First of all learn how to post links that work.

    Secondly, when a country can't pay their debt without raising the debt ceiling then their credit rating should be downgraded as it should have been during Bush's presidency. U.S debt is 95% of our GDP and we screwed unless we cut spending and take Dave Ramsey's stance on saving & spending.

    A balanced budget amendment should passed so we don't continue our downward economic spiral but it seems the dems don't mind spending more than they take in and don't mind raising the tax rates on the American people during dire economic times.

    Your comment about my news sources being fringe is a typical simple minded talking point that you liberals regurgitate ad nauseum so please get some original talking points. I get my news from sources such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The Blaze some of which are conservative and some of which are liberal.
    As for Adam, I've been following him for a while now and have witnessed him insult Fox News, The Tea Party, etc. numerous times so my comments are not uninformed or on the cuff. Adam has consistenly made comments reflecting his left leaningpolitical views which vastly differ from mine and if he chooses to do that then I simply choose to express my right to disagree with him from atop his soapbox and show an opposing point of view.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:59 PM
    kyler4444
  • kyler4444

    ValdrGalga,

    First of all learn how to post links that work.

    Secondly, when a country can't pay their debt without raising the debt ceiling then their credit rating should be downgraded as it should have been during Bush's presidency. U.S debt is 95% of our GDP and we screwed unless we cut spending and take Dave Ramsey's stance on saving & spending.

    A balanced budget amendment should passed so we don't continue our downward economic spiral but it seems the dems don't mind spending more than they take in and don't mind raising the tax rates on the American people during dire economic times.

    Your comment about my news sources being fringe is a typical simple minded talking point that you liberals regurgitate ad nauseum so please get some original talking points. I get my news from sources such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The Blaze some of which are conservative and some of which are liberal.
    As for Adam, I've been following him for a while now and have witnessed him insult Fox News, The Tea Party, etc. numerous times so my comments are not uninformed or on the cuff. Adam has consistenly made comments reflecting his left leaningpolitical views which vastly differ from mine and if he chooses to do that then I simply choose to express my right to disagree with him from atop his soapbox and show an opposing point of view.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:58 PM
    kyler4444
  • kyler4444

    ValdrGalga,

    First of all learn how to post links that work.

    Secondly, when a country can't pay their debt without raising the debt ceiling then their credit rating should be downgraded as it should have been during Bush's presidency. U.S debt is 95% of our GDP and we screwed unless we cut spending and take Dave Ramsey's stance on saving & spending.

    A balanced budget amendment should passed so we don't continue our downward economic spiral but it seems the dems don't mind spending more than they take in and don't mind raising the tax rates on the American people during dire economic times.

    Your comment about my news sources being fringe is a typical simple minded talking point that you liberals regurgitate ad nauseum so please get some original talking points. I get my news from sources such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The Blaze some of which are conservative and some of which are liberal.
    As for Adam, I've been following him for a while now and have witnessed him insult Fox News, The Tea Party, etc. numerous times so my comments are not uninformed or on the cuff. Adam has consistenly made comments reflecting his left leaningpolitical views which vastly differ from mine and if he chooses to do that then I simply choose to express my right to disagree with him from atop his soapbox and show an opposing point of view.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:52 PM
    kyler4444
  • kyler4444

    ValdrGalga,

    First of all learn how to post links that work.

    Secondly, when a country can't pay their debt without raising the debt ceiling then their credit rating should be downgraded as it should have been during Bush's presidency. U.S debt is 95% of our GDP and we screwed unless we cut spending and take Dave Ramsey's stance on saving & spending.

    A balanced budget amendment should passed so we don't continue our downward economic spiral but it seems the dems don't mind spending more than they take in and don't mind raising the tax rates on the American people during dire economic times.

    Your comment about my news sources being fringe is a typical simple minded talking point that you liberals regurgitate ad nauseum so please get some original talking points. I get my news from sources such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The Blaze some of which are conservative and some of which are liberal.
    As for Adam, I've been following him for a while now and have witnessed him insult Fox News, The Tea Party, etc. numerous times so my comments are not uninformed or on the cuff. Adam has consistenly made comments reflecting his left leaningpolitical views which vastly differ from mine and if he chooses to do that then I simply choose to express my right to disagree with him from atop his pedastal and show an opposing point of view.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:51 PM
    kyler4444
  • kyler4444

    ValdrGalga,

    First of all learn how to post links that work.

    Secondly, when a country can't pay their debt without raising the debt ceiling then their credit rating should be downgraded as it should have been during Bush's presidency. U.S debt is 95% of our GDP and we screwed unless we cut spending and take Dave Ramsey's stance on saving & spending.

    A balanced budget amendment should passed so we don't continue our downward economic spiral but it seems the dems don't mind spending more than they take in and don't mind raising the tax rates on the American people during dire economic times.

    Your comment about my news sources being fringe is a typical simple minded talking point that you liberals regurgitate ad nauseum so please get some original talking points. I get my news from sources such as Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & The Blaze some of which are conservative and some of which are liberal.
    As for Adam, I've been following him for a while now and have witnessed him insult Fox News, The Tea Party, etc. numerous times so my comments are not uninformed or on the cuff. Adam has consistenly made comments reflecting his left leaningpolitical views which vastly differ from mine and if he chooses to do that then I simply choose to express my right to disagree with him from atop his pedastal and show an opposing point of view.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:49 PM
    kyler4444
  • OldPort

    I think in real life it can be quite challenging to accomplish stuff. I mean it takes quite a bit of effort and time and dedication etc, plus you get frustrated and discouraged... In video games it doesn't take nearly as much effort or time, and you can achieve success after success. And when you're succeeding it seems your energy goes up, and when you're not your energy goes down. Recently, I played Halo Reach on legendary and it was really hard (I got through it though). While I was playing it things could seem impossible, and I think when you're playing a game that's really hard like that it can be pretty demoralising. I think that when you play games that are hard it can teach you a lot though. It can teach you perseverance, patience, the power of mastery, overcoming the seemingly impossible, not to be afraid of failure, etc. But I also think it's comforting to play games where you do suceed a lot. Right now I'm playing Fable 3, again (I though I'd give it another try), and it's a lot of fun. It's really fun to own all this weaponry, interact with all these people, succeed at relationships, own all that land, be so rich...

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:08 PM
    OldPort
  • DevilishHornet

    Great Soapbox Adam! Me and my dad just had a similar conversation like a week ago so I'm going to be showing him this.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 2:03 PM
    DevilishHornet
  • AngelsandDemons

    I play FPS to take out my anger on imaginary people...nothing beats mowing down a44holes with a silence MP 5 after a long day at work...then, I also love RPG's with complex stories which give me a sense of accomplishment after a week of monotony...gamer 4 life

    Posted: August 9, 2011 1:38 PM
    AngelsandDemons
  • DigitalGibs

    Adam,

    Don't worry, S&P did the right thing. When you see polls that show 90+% disapproval of the decision that everyone knew would happen (Obama strong armed into keeping momentum), it's time for our government to get a wake up call. After all, before this happened there was a clear sense that we'll worry about it tomorrow, so just keep spending and looking like the good guy. Keep in mind that "long term" for most government chairs is 2-4 years and those guys will keep their supporters happy even if it will drive this country into the toilet; all to save their jobs until the very end.

    This kick in the butt is exactly what they need to realize that it will not get better if you just keep spending more than you make. You know that it is stupid logic to spend more than you make, I know that is stupid logic, but clearly it took S&P to remind our politicians...

    Dream of Dragons,
    -DigitalGibs

    Posted: August 9, 2011 1:37 PM
    DigitalGibs
  • DigitalGibs

    Adam,

    Don't worry, S&P did the right thing. When you see polls that show 90+% disapproval of the decision that everyone knew would happen (Obama strong armed into keeping momentum), it's time for our government to get a wake up call. After all, before this happened there was a clear sense that we'll worry about it tomorrow, so just keep spending and looking like the good guy. Keep in mind that "long term" for most government chairs is 2-4 years and those guys will keep their supporters happy even if it will drive this country into the toilet; all to save their jobs until the very end.

    This kick in the butt is exactly what they need to realize that it will not get better if you just keep spending more than you make. You know that it is stupid logic to spend more than you make, I know that is stupid logic, but clearly it took S&P to remind our politicians...

    Dream of Dragons,
    -DigitalGibs

    Posted: August 9, 2011 1:30 PM
    DigitalGibs
  • ph34rsome

    Seems to me that all the people currently making these chatoic things in the real world happen think they are in a game and are invinceable. They don't see how their descions effect others. Maybe they should sit down and play fallout to get a grasp that ur actions have reactions.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 1:19 PM
  • kyler4444

    Adam,

    I'm assuming your grasp on economics is elementary at best and with that being said you probably don't have the ability to grasp Grover Norquist's tax reform policies.

    Thank goodness the tea party and congress enacted at least a few cuts to keep the S&P from getting a Triple B rating.

    Here is a link from a respected businessman, investor, analyst, & broadcaster for CNBC, Rick Santelli. I suggest that you get at least some of your economic news from him.

    http://rebelpundit.com/2011/ 08/08/rick-santelli-goes-on-an other-rant-wed-be-rated-bbb-wi thout-the-tea-party/

    Stick to video games and leave the politics out of your show and to the educated professionals. Your comments only show your ignorance on the subject matter and piss off half your viewers who happen to be conservative.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 1:07 PM
    kyler4444
  • TAZGBD

    Mr. Sessler's speaks the truth.... Great Soapbox Adam and thats one of the reasons I love being a gamer!!

    Posted: August 9, 2011 12:41 PM
    TAZGBD
  • Madbagofhorses

    Our ancestors even needed this type of escape/release - they looked to the stars and made up their own stories or saw the wind create a wave and mused about the presence of their dead predecessors.

    Posted: August 9, 2011 12:38 PM
    Madbagofhorses
  • TyDogg

    Good soapbox.

    I play video games daily, read books when I have a good one, all just to avoid reality. Because the world can be a bit topsy-turvy at times

    Posted: August 9, 2011 12:34 PM
    TyDogg
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