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  • B. Mishler "B.M." - Nerd Nostalgia Taints the GameDiablo 3 has been one of those games that has been labelled as garbage and it's really a shame. I believe there are three main complaints against the game:

    1)Real Money Auction House
    People feel that this breaks the game because others can come in with real money, do half the work, and be ready to take on the mobs in Inferno.

    First off, no. You can have the BEST gear in the game, and still get your butt handed to you in Inferno, even with the recent patches (I've played since day 1). Navigating through mobs in Inferno takes skill, patience, and practice; regardless of gear. Anyone who claims that a person can just spend $X dollars in the RMAH, get to Inferno level, and beat it - hasn't played Inferno. In fact, I believe this is why Blizzard did not put the RMAH in Hardcore. You realize how much money they could of made? Things in Hardcore are worth MUCH more than Softcore - yet greedy, horrible Blizzard left the RMAH out. Why? Because they clearly say that under NO circumstance will you get your character back. Could you IMAGINE the number of morons who would blow hundreds of dollars on HC characters, thinking it would buy them a one-way ticket to dominating Inferno difficulty, then lose their character(money) and FREAK! RMAH being withheld from the Hardcore server was a move where Blizzard chose to not deal with annoyed customers over money - a genuinely greedy company wouldn't of cared, wouldn't of passed out on the cash cow that RMAH HC could be.
    Secondly, being mad that someone who works the 9 to 5 and wants to spend some of their hard earned cash on a few items (or more) to make them feel more powerful in game is just insane. It's THEIR money! "But I worked hard without money to get all of this gear!" Well, good for you! *slow clap* And Jack/Jill works hard to get money that they can spend how they want. Get a job, you'll know what I mean when I say that sometimes you don't have the time to farm (even if you'd like to) but you really want to catch up with your friends that are on Inferno MP-6. For the record, I've never used the RMAH- yet I still respect those that make the choice to use it.

    2)Always Online/Server Error at Launch
    Always online is a feature that many games were forcing long before Diablo (and soon consoles will be forcing it, too). Is it annoying? Sure, but so are taxes on my paycheck. But at the end of the day, no one want's to get ripped off. And while you may not like that you can't play Diablo on your laptop during your wifi absent family vacation, Blizzard doesn't like that pricks out their steal something they worked hard to make. Granted, you have the right to not like the always-online rule, but to DOWNVOTE it is an unfair marker of the games quality - you're essentially saying, "Even if this was the best game ever made, because it forces me to always be online, I recommend you don't buy it." Plus, I don't want to deal with security issues/hackers/bugs to the game, and alway-online is one way to fight against this. Sucks for you, but I am the one playing the game at the end of the day.
    Error at Launch... Ugh, get over it. It was a mistake. It sucked. And I couldn't play Diablo 3 for 12 hours. Am I the ONLY person who is not a game-addict here?! The other sentiment is that, "I paid for it and couldn't play it!" Firstly, read your terms of service that you accept. Secondly, how often has an employer paid you on the hour while you were texting, goofing off, etc? Big deal, we're human. Mistakes happen. It wasn't consistent.

    3)Grinding/It's Just Not the Same
    REALLY?! Does no one remember how much a grind fest Diablo 1/2 could be? Less variety in gear might of meant less grinding, but the expense is less variety! It's a dungeon crawler... Of all the complaints I read/hear about the game, I RARELY see "it wasn't fun", "the characters suck", "the skills suck", etc. Aka, I RARELY see actual negativity towards the key component - general game play. Too me, it's lest of a one-track grind than Diablo 1/2 by FAR due to the increase in A.I. When I'm playing HC on my lv 60-3 at Inferno, I'm always encountering new situations where my heart begins to race as I know the fight is on and my character could bite the dust any moment now.
    Humans have a tendency to look on the past with an exaggerating positive light. This isn't my theory, it's fact. Actually listened to a recent TED talk about. Ever had a ex bf/gf/friend, where you find yourself missing them until a friend or some other circumstance makes you realize, "Wow, it was never as good as I thought it was..." Diablo 1/2 are GREAT. AMAZING! BRILLIANT! I will always hold them near to my heart, as I played them as a child during a time where they brought a lot of stress-relief to my life and allowed me to bond with my cousin of the same age as we played. I will always owe Diablo 1/2 some of my sanity, and I could never betray that game. That being said, when you try and compare the feelings of nostalgia banked by playing D/D2 with the present gameplay of D3, of course Diablo 3 is going to fail- miserably. But anyone who takes an honest assessment of what makes a game a game - gameplay, A.I., story, visuals, depth, etc will see that D3 is a MAJOR improvement. Everyone knows that, hypothetically, if Diablo 3 was the "perfect" game, it still would have failed because it just can't live up to the unrealistic expectations of being a game that is in your heart and has been there for years. It's impossible.

    That being said, I really like the game for the GAME itself.
  • ProjectX - FirstAid step 1- Your new best friendFirst Aid is your medschool bible.. even if you are done with step 1.

    First just to make this relevant and have validity I'm a medical student that scored a 244 on step 1. Not the best score out there but 240+ is really what you should be aiming for to keep your options open. If you are like me you only attend the mandatory things which accumulates to ~8hrs of class a WEEK (beware because that goes to 10+hrs a DAY in 3rd year... the year when medical school really starts...) and living the dream of being in your 20s and were not aware what step 1 was until midway through 2nd year. So you want only the high yield materials.

    You need 2 things and BRS as a reference:
    1) USMLEworld Qbank (I'd recommend all random questions in 46q blocks. Mix between timed and read answer after question mode) This is the best resource for your score PERIOD. I went with the 3 month trial which is what I would recommend.
    2) FirstAid - This is a must. Make sure to get the color version which started in 2012. Dedicate a week to read once in the beginning/midway of 2rd year so your familiar with all the terms and reread 1 or 2 more times.
    3) BRS PATH - In retrospect, I wish i would have read more of this. I read it for the more confusing path sections like repro. A section takes ~1-1.5 hr to complete and you are an expert. I looked through Goljan because people in my program wouldn't STFU about it but after glancing at it for a couple minutes I realized I just wasted ~$40.... LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE. I have an old edition of robbin's which pathologists love. It is a very solid book but very low yield. IMO Harrison's has a better more relevant path section. Again, grab color edition of BRS... black and white just makes you fall asleep for some reason.

    After you finished 1 and 2 references and supplemented with BRS take a NBME exam... my program provided us with one exam. Take the newest one. If you go to bed at 10pm stay up until 3am when you think you would perform worst from being sleep deprived incase that happens on test day (which apparently it does to everyone because I've never heard of someone not giving this as an excuse even if they performed well on this exam). That score is very indicative in my experience. No need to take 5... if your like me in max student loans and have a balance on 4 credit cards you can spend your $$$ on something more useful like the new World of Warcraft expansion.

    This was my strategy. There's no magic study strategy. You reap you sow. Since the first two years of medschool are like college undergrad,if you are doing it right, you are probably bored the majority of your time. So just put in 3-4 hours a day on weekdays to complete a block of qbank.

    Good luck. Pick a test date and keep it.

    *Remember there will be a lot of peers using performance enhancing stimulants. Do you need to take those to keep up? Of course NOT. You don't need 'em. And remember - leave the excuses/whining at home.

    *There are also many students whining/crying on here over ~20 minor errors that are mostly irrelevant and will not impact your score/fund of knowledge. Med students are going to be med students. Be glad such a resource like this exists. Just with this book alone you can hit the national avg score of 226. Supplementing Qbank should pull you past 240.

    Other references to keep around:
    Harrison's(Sacred text... better than any resource out there. You read this cover to cover and I want you as my personal physician. 10/10 stars) (IMO best online source... uptodate is 2nd)
    wikipedia (no explanation needed)
    Micro made ridiculously simple
    First aid 2 CK
    If any physician talks.... listen... especially an internal med doc of 10+ years.