Rae and her team launch an attack on the moon! There’s not really a lot of tactical advantages there, but there is only one comms facility and if they shut it down, the group will be safe from detection until somebody goes up there to investigate.

Today I talk about a couple things! I’m preparing to leave the country for just a bit to see Kenza again, but thanks to all this talk about the lost Malaysian flight and a few articles on cracked about plane crashes, I’m feeling a touch more nervous than usual. I have a general fear of heights, so this is kind of typical for me, though.
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I also talk a bit about a recent proposal to cut pay and benefits to the Marines. I have a few friends who are Marines, so I have personal feelings about it, but I try to address it in a practical manner. It’s just kind of a poor proposal from a number of standpoints, I think. If your armed forces are stressed, they get depressed, and depression means languidness which is not really good for performance. I could go on, but for the benefit of my friends in the Marines I hope they decide not to go through with the cuts.
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Finally, I at last discuss prions and protein folding, as promised so long ago! I’m not sure it’s the clearest explanation, but my original explanation from way back when was a bit too complicated. I think a background with organic chemistry is a lot more helpful when it comes to protein folding, so when I approach the videos as isolated works that need to be self-contained, this subject is a little more challenging.

Anonymous asked: won't a revolution be good because it might fix the distribution of wealth a bit?

Not at all. On the internet I see people who think a revolution would be a good idea because the problems facing the government are huge, riddled with gridlocks, self-fulfilling prophesies, and stubborn-mindedness. A direct method may sound appealing - it’s like the Gordian Knot. If the knot is too tangled to unravel, it sounds easier to just run a sword through it and start from scratch with a new piece of string. Except the Gordian Knot is a metaphor. The country is a country, not a piece of string.
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Aside from the fact that anyone with wealth would just up and leave the country during the turmoil, try to imagine rebuilding the US from the ground up. And don’t forget, the US is not just on this continent - we’ve also got far reaching locations like Hawaii and places that aren’t technically part of the Union, like Puerto Rico. The country has allies and obligations to them. We’d lose a ton of trade and the cost of almost all goods would skyrocket. We’re also the world’s reserve currency, so if there was a second US revolution, it would likely be an international crisis and I couldn’t begin to tell you what that would mean because I just don’t know.
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A revolution is rock bottom. The system is messed up and I won’t spend a single second trying to persuade anyone that we aren’t facing problems with corruption in our government. I think we’ve got a lot of issues and that we’re still neglecting a lot of domestic concerns. However, violence only makes the problems worse - that’s why revolution is rock bottom, because it drops everything to ground zero. If it happened in the US, it would cost untold billions in damages not just to our own country, but to other countries as well. And after the revolution there’s no telling who would wind up in power - during the Russian revolution they still had the Duma, which created a provisional government, and they carried on from there. I’m not really sure where you’d establish a new federal government from, even a provisional one, in the States.
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And historically speaking, it doesn’t seem like revolutions often root out any corruption. I think that people less familiar with growing up in the US probably think it’s crazy that we’d talk about revolution at all, but it’s kind of a cultural thing. We spend years of our childhoods learning about the American Revolution and how great it was. We talk about all the good things the revolution did and why it was so important that we had it because that’s one of the most important developments in our short cultural history. Some people in this country have learned to revere the Constitution like a sacred document and think a second revolution would be great because one of the Founding Fathers was quoted to say that occasional revolutions are good for us.
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Fortunately, I don’t think we’re poised for anything of the sort right now. Not really. We are, however, in a time of economic hardship and are having protests in the streets as a consequence. Most of them have been pretty peaceful, but when I read about cutting wages and benefits to members of the armed forces during a time of staggering wealth disparity, it gives a strong impression that things are not headed in a positive direction. It’s like a domino that shouldn’t be set up at all.
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Because you imagine protests in the street and that’s one thing, but then you imagine the protestors also happen to be hungry, combat-experienced veterans who are used to a whole lot worse than tear gas, and it just seems like you have an exacerbated situation. Not kindling for a revolution, but definitely potential for a much more proactive riot that does not disperse as easily. A drawdown is one thing, but messing with the pay and benefits the soldiers have come to rely on is destabilizing, bad for morale, and shouldn’t be something they put on the table. Uncle Sam puts these guys in harm’s way - he risks their lives - it’s just not appropriate.
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How are they even going to maintain the respect of the men if our leaders will defend their own wealth until they’re blue in the face, but then ask people on the bottom rung to take a hit for the team?
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That’s why I say, if you’re the type who writes your Congressman, then this might be something to write to them about. It’s a bad message on so many fronts and really needs to be tabled as a budget proposal that won’t be accepted.

Raziel achieves the esteemed elemental power of purple stuff, and now has every ability of that jar in the back of the fridge! Including but not limited to opening doors which are very specifically designed to be operable via purple stuff.
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However, wielding this new power attracts attention from Vorador, who has been watching over the temple and wearily eying Raziel’s progress. After a brief dialogue, the jaded, disillusioned vampire convinces Raziel that he is the center of an ancient prophesy, and Raziel is all about being the center of things that people care about. Almost forgetting entirely about his original mission, Raziel sets off on the new mission to make the prophecy self-fulfilling!
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In general production news for this video, you might be able to hear a frog in the voice of every character. I was originally trying to add more dialogue for Peyton, but I’d run my voice a bit ragged and couldn’t deliver any of her lines properly. When I started to have trouble doing lines for Rae, I wound up deciding to cut just a few minutes short! I’ve given myself a bit of time for my throat to get better, though, so back at we go to get something ready for next week!

Queen Latifah finally makes it to the end of the Sierra Madre, locating the old vault everyone kept telling her she’d never be able to let go of! They were wrong. It was actually really easy to let go of the vault and the entire Sierra Madre, because it is a terrible, terrible place bereft of rewards or happiness. The Sierra Madre is not Queen Latifah’s ex boyfriend who she still has feelings for - it is a zombie-infested cloud of poison with radios that blow up her head. There was never a time that Queen Latifah would have struggled to put that behind her if given the option.
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In other news, I’ll be traveling out of town to see Kenza next week, so I’ve been pouring on the coals to get a week’s worth of videos done so everything will keep updating while I’m away! Unfortunately this has run my voice a bit ragged. It may be apparent towards the end of the this video, but you’ll definitely be able to pick it out during tomorrow’s episode of Soul Reaver 2. I’m giving myself a bit of a rest now, but hopefully I’ll reach my goal by the end of the week!

Anonymous asked: Are you planning on doing any of the other dlc for New Vegas in your playthrough?

Sure! I don’t know if I’ll be able to actually do “Lonesome Road”, though. Of the four DLC, “Lonesome Road” was actually my least favorite because it consists mainly of just throwing the player up against gangs of powerful monsters and raiders. I’ve always played unarmed specialists in the past, so I don’t even know how I’d get past the elevator where multiple, devastating, melee creatures spawn directly on top of me and I have no way to take cover.
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Aside from that, the main villain in that DLC takes pontification to a whole new level. The entire irrational premise is that he blames the character for a tragedy the character has a tenuous relationship to and no memory of. He just constantly projects all this nonsense on you about your personality and why it’s your fault, and even as a competently-built character, actually fighting the guy at the end was such a pain that it never felt worth it. It’s even stupider when you go through all the guy’s insanity and find he can just be talked out of his insane beliefs by a brief round of logic and a few appeals to emotion.
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Finally, the nuclear bomb thing at the resolution always took the wind out of my sails a bit. You could devastate the territory of the Legion or the NCR or even both at once, but neither faction seems to notice and they don’t withdraw from the Mojave to deal with what is functionally a second apocalypse for their region. Nothing about that DLC really seemed to fit. Whether playing as Queen Latifah or “Tip Fisterson” whose whole character motivation is “I love punching and punching things for a living”, the assumptions the game makes about the character are completely wrong, and ultimately the entire thing always feels like so much impotent hot air.
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I could get through it with another character, but Queen Latifah lives by a mantra of discretion that does not exist in “Lonesome Road”. Knowing how many traps and ambushes you wind up thrust into, I think it might be the kind of chest-beating ridiculousness that our hero has never been able to afford.

Today’s song is a theme for heroes! Heroes as seen by the villain, who thinks the heroes are idiots. Some people have remarked that this would be a good theme for our own Burland campaign, and in all honestly it probably would, but that’s because the heroes were genuinely destructive and petty in that game!
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You can download this song here!


Today we released a new “let’s play” episode! It’s kind of like the New Vegas series in that Rae plays a character without generally breaking, but with a bit of a twist since I gutted the game’s original audio and replaced it with something totally original. Now the characters are sort of playing their own story within the game. It’s the tale of a failing, disenfranchised military staffed by the dregs that couldn’t pilot a giant robot anywhere else!
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C F drew some fan art after I showed the episode to a few people earlier this week! He says he just can’t un-hear the Mentally Advanced parody characters sometimes.

We complete the tale of the Burland Campaign! We destroy everything, striking down both good and evil like a force of organized chaos. We were the best super hero vigilantes ever.

Allen tries to take a nap, but is plagued by spirits of hours past.