I'm a soldier first. That describes every part of me better than anything I could say. I take great pride in what I do, and I take my job seriously. I joined the Guard because I don't believe in a federal Army, one that answers only to the president. I believe the power of this nation is to lie with the people. Period. That means I serve them, as well as the president. I hold to seven values, and as I said, they describe me best: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. These values make me a great soldier, a good father, and a good husband. To add to that, I am also laid back, love to laugh and have fun. I'm independent when it comes to politics, but I often am found siding more often with Conservatives on economy issues, and with Liberals on civil rights issues, and with the Constitution on political freedoms and civil rights. I've been a gamer nearly all of my life, and plan to eventually finish school and make games myself.
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I understand the issue with supporting games long-term. Massive quantities of updates are required, daily changes to keep up with OS updates, changes, and new releases, etc. However, I just can't see the point in finding something that works so well, and simply dropping support for it. Warhammer 40,000 was, and is, an amazing collection of games. To this day I still enjoy the game play, and would willingly spend money to purchase dlc content, expansions, etc. I find it awesome that Relic is pushing Warhammer 40,000 on multiple fronts: FPS, RTS, etc. However, I feel they should have found a way to maintain a minimal support group for the series. Look at games like League of Legends. The game has underwent MASSIVE changes since it's initial release - even the UI has changed several times over! Look at the updates to the WoW engine, and the updates to so many other games. I just don't understand why such an excellent series, with such a hardcore following, would get dropped so quickly. Maybe it's just me: I would push in all the directions Relic is pushing, no sense not moving forward and progressing the genre and graphics, engine, and such, but I would build off of the original as well. DoW 2 and it's expansions were a good push, but fundamentally too many things were changed, and I feel too many players missed the whole "base building, tech tree" approach. I know I did. Which is not to say I did not enjoy DoW 2 - I love the game and it's expansions. I simply fail to see why the game wasn't released as an official continuation of the original release of DoW, and why, seeing as how it wasn't, that support and updates weren't continued for the original. Seems to me a killing could be made in making the game a free-to-play rts with intense quantities of dlc - lord knows there is plenty of the Warhammer: 40,000 universe to go around. Maybe it will end up being something I can do myself one day, should I be able to twist the rights to the story/game from the developers, and Games Workshop, or buy my way in. I would prefer though, that Relic simply stop being so short-sighted. Maybe you, reader, disagree. Frankly, my friend, I don't give a damn. For now, I guess mods will have to do. Thankfully there is a wonderful mod, Titanium Wars, that keeps the game alive for me - but poor GrOrc can't keep it going forever, not by himself anyways. Maybe when I get out of school I can assist, both through my own contributions of coding, art, etc, and cold hard cash. We'll see. Of course, seeing as how our dear liberal leader has killed funding to tuition assistance, getting out of school just became a much longer process. However, I imagine this will all be worth it if I eventually get to do my part in keeping DoW games alive.