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  1. Sole proprietorship. So just myself as the individual is the legal entity.
  2. And it's on Steam now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/620170/Icarus_Starship_Command_Simulator/
  3. It got through the Greenlight process. I'm not sure how this is affected by the fact that Valve is getting rid of Greenlight and replacing it with Steam Direct. But in any case I appreciate the votes from you guys here. If there is anyone here who is interested in beta testing I just posted the final beta of the game I am going to do before doing the release build(which will mainly involve integrating the Steam SDK). To get a copy of the beta just register here: http://www.midwestvideogames.com/beta-registration/
  4. It does make sense doesn't it? To some extant, the spectre of soviet resentment was resurrected in jihadi inspired terrorists when 9/11 happened. But the fragmented and relatively weak enemy of jihadi terrorism pales in comparison to the monolithic soviet enemy that united this country after WWII. So the part of our society that NEEDS an enemy they can really hate - found many new ones in their own country. And the wealthy business owners who were "all in" against the soviets redirected their resources toward subjugating any other possible threat to their power they could find: The educated poor, the black, the muslim, liberal women, liberal elites etc. etc. Basically anyone who doesn't particularly like country music. It is saddening to think that this is at least partially a result of human nature or maybe just the nature of American culture - to NEED an enemy to be united. What are we? Are we a country? Or just a modified version of the medieval fuedal kingdoms - looking for the next group of people to subjugate? Is that really all we are? I hope not. The country needs a constructive goal. Something to work towards that benefits everyone and doesn't scapegoat anyone. It doesn't particularly matter what it is. It could be stopping climate change, genetic engineering, the elimination of disease, space travel, creating virtual worlds - anything beneficial to everyone. And it needs to find it quick - because another thread in the fabric of our society is already starting to come apart with the election of this demagogue(no reference to you of course).
  5. I watched fox news when I was young. Just because it was on and as a 14 year old I didn't know better. I think it really slowed down my understanding of the world until I got into college. It all seems to have started after the cold war ended that fox news and the republicans went completely off the deep end. It's almost like this country needed an enemy like the soviets to hold it together - and now that it has no enemy like that - it turned on itself. And the thing you have to remember about fox news is that misinformation is a cumulative process. Misinformed people create more misinformed people - until the respect for the truth is lost somewhere. ____________ On the topic of people who equate Hillary and Trump and say they can understand why people voted for Trump because Hillary was not a great candidate. They are just not living in the real world: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/07/donald_trump_is_unfit_to_be_president_here_are_141_reasons_why.html Sam Harris says it pretty well I think:
  6. They are going to be begging for someone as relatively sane as hillary(compared to Trump) in 4 or 8 years. She may have been part of the system but at least she could pass a 5th grade history exam. The republican party chose him as their candidate - and they are now responsible for him. Let me inform you a little bit about Cruz(who is just below Trump on the nut-o-meter). Cruz opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions. Cruz rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. He has stated: "They call anyone who questions the science who even points to the satellite data – they call you a, quote, 'denier.' Denier is not the language of science. Denier is the language of religion. It is heretic. You are a blasphemer. It's treated as a theology. But it's about power and money. At the end of the day, it's not complicated. This is liberal politicians who want government power." Cruz has said this about non-religious people: "I kind of thought it was the job of a chaplain to be insensitive to atheists.” Also: "Ted Cruz Was One of Eight Senators to Vote Against the Violence Against Women Act" Or just watch this:
  7. I'm constantly trying to understand why people think Trump is going to be a good president? Without success but I will keep trying. Can people who voted for him say the same thing for those of us who think he is nuts? The thing that annoys me the most is that in 4 or 8 years all the people who voted for Trump are going to hate him. They're going to be blaming him for all the problems we will have. Of course, by then they will have conveniently forgotten that they voted for him. Just like they got bamboozled by GWB(who was clearly an idiot). And then they're going to be looking for a reasonable person(someone like Obama or Bernie or even Hillary) to lead the country again. People have a very short memory for their mistakes. And that's a prediction I will stick by. Check this post in 4 years
  8. There are some videos and screenshots on the greenlight page: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=785909840
  9. Hey guys, After some initial feedback on the first round of the beta, I'm going to be sending out an expanded round two of the beta tomorrow. Just register here: http://www.midwestvideogames.com/beta-registration/ You can use a fake name if you want - but whatever you put is how it will show up in the credits. I'd love to get some feedback from some you guys.
  10. Of course we can all trust Trump though. He's telling it like it is. - you forgot to mention that Obama is a secret muslim born in Kenya I couldn't say it better. The wife and I are off to vote for the better option now - which is what we always do. In the primaries it was Bernie, and now it is Hillary. Maybe in 4 or 8 years we'll have some better choices. Maybe not, considering the way things are going.
  11. Oh yea, I'd love to. Part of the problem in the USA is that politics is taboo around the dinner table. Maybe it's because many people here are thinking more with emotions than facts right now. A discussion of some mundane unemotional topic like the history of cheese making is not a dangerous topic (although everyone's eyes will almost certainly glaze over). That is a good point that not a lot of smart people here think about. If the people are stupid enough to vote for Trump - then they deserve him. But you Europeans shouldn't have to pay the price for our stupidity and hatred.(just like we didn't deserve to pay the price for hitler or stalin). This gets to the crux of the problem. I've spent a large portion of my life trying to convince friends, family members and even coworkers of simple facts that most people of western Europe have understood and accepted for decades now. These include facts like man-made global warming, evolution, income inequality, the actual age of the planet, the lack of WMD's in Iraq, the effects of alcohol and tobacco use. etc. etc. etc. Almost always without even a shred of success. I cannot even begin to explain to you the absolute frustration of trying to convince the many young earth creationists here of the actual age of the earth. The conclusion I have come to is this: American culture does not value facts or reality. We don't live in reality. We live in reality TV. I could go on and on about our crappy education system and factually bereft culture - but that about sums it up on a high level. Let me just say that it starts at a very young age. No I don't think so, I think Trump is much worse. Brexit may have been a bad decision but even if Britain separates from the EU, they would still be united as a country. Trump is going to divide this country piece by piece. Yea, a stock market panic is likely if Trump is elected. The stock market hates unpredictability, and Trump has no firm positions on anything. Even if Trump is elected though, inauguration day is not until January 20. So I don't think next week will be the "end times" as they say. Hillary is slightly favored by the polls but Trump still has a significant chance to come out ahead. If Trump wins, I don't think anyone can predict what will happen accept for the people that know him best. If I had to predict what is at the top of his mind, I would have to say revenge. He is going to go after anyone who has ever criticized him and use the power of the presidency to do that. I think it is likely that he will do this secretly for a time and we may not know about it for a while. This will not just include democrats, but also republicans, former coworkers and business partners. And especially journalists. Rosie O'Donnell is probably near the top of his list. I think he may even try to go after Obama. Trump represents pretty much everything wrong with this country and American culture. When nobody cares about the truth, they can follow very bad leaders. Thanks for the questions. Good questions.
  12. I just submitted my game to Greenlight. It is made with the open source Id Tech 4 engine. I put a special thanks to the people of the DarkMod and the people who made Darkradiant in the credits of my game. But don't let that bias you Only vote for it if it looks like something you would actually enjoy: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=785909840
  13. Once I get the first public build of the game available for download (probably will be on IndieDB), I'll also post my version/fork of the open source code on github. I'll be sure to let you guys know about it on this forum. My feeling is that there will not be much of use to you guys, but if there is anything I'll be happy to explain how I did it. For example the warp effect is a modified version of the warp effect from the grabber in ROE - combined with a simple fade to white.
  14. Hello one more time, I'm done with the alpha of the game: http://www.midwestvideogames.com/the-alpha-is-done/ Here is the alpha trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPmQt2L7OOQ I hope you guys think it looks at least mildly interesting.
  15. Hello again, I've completed the music and sound effects. Feel free to take a listen to some examples: http://www.midwestvideogames.com/music-and-sound-effects/ Thanks, Steve
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