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1  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: The Best Films of 2015 on: February 04, 2016, 01:25:50 am
It's not necessarily a problem of conscious bias on the part of the Academy members; they just happen to be something like 90+% white.  People have an easier time connecting to films with characters like them, which means the Academy members are predisposed to select movies about white people.

Oh I completely understand why it is the way it is (in terms of race), but that doesn't make it less biased.  For a set of awards that are supposed to be the crowning achievement in the movie industry, its sad that they can't get past race.

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I completely agree with both of you but I think that the composition of the "mainstream movies industry" (as opposed to low budget and independent movies industry) workforce is one of the causes for the bias in the nominations by the Academy and ultimately the cause for the bias in the composition itself of the Academy.

Actually on a second thought that could be a self sustaining feedback loop (lots of white people in the Academy --> lots of white people in big budget successfuk films --> lots of white people in the Acaemy --> ...) having evolved to the present steady state from an old fashioned white cinema tradition/business model.

It would be a great and a necessary experiment to find another steady state in the system introducing diversity in the Academy!
2  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Suggestions For Improving the Online Vintage Experience on: January 10, 2016, 02:06:29 am
If you have any more specific questions (what to watch out for, which cards to buy and how, how tournaments work) feel free to ask here, start a new thread, or send me a PM - I'll be happy to respond (and I'm sure some of the other MTGO regulars in this thread would be happy to, as well)

I'd like to know how tournaments/casual rooms work, specifically if and how much do they cost.
And how many regular tournaments run every month.

Also, would it be possible to practice with the MTGO interface before buying cards and investing thousands $ on it?

Thank you!
3  Vintage Community Discussion / General Community Discussion / Re: Suggestions For Improving the Online Vintage Experience on: January 04, 2016, 12:40:36 pm
Thank you guys for that open letter to WotC.
It looks like it was really useful for them to get good ideas from the bottom...

Do you think the other points of your open letter will be addressed to by WotC in the next future?

I'd like to join MTGO to spend some of my few free hours playing some good old vintage.
After these changes, what would your suggestion be? There's still plenty of scepticism around here about MTGO.



4  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Free Article - Magic History: The Dawn of Combo - MTGGoldfish on: December 26, 2015, 08:43:49 am
Great article, this is a wonderful Christmas present!
5  Eternal Formats / Eternal Article Discussion / Re: Free Article: Vintage 101: Breaking an Oath on: December 22, 2015, 02:08:15 am
Very nice article.
I noticed that Sylvan Library wasn't mentioned much in your account of the matches.
Is that because it wasn't played much? Based on your experience is it really worth playing?
6  Vintage Community Discussion / Community Introductions / Re: Introduce Yourself on: November 25, 2015, 11:39:33 am
Hi,
I'm Piernicola from Italy.

I started playing Magic with friends and brothers when I was 16 buying Revised / The Dark / Ice Age boosters and those were the best games of Magic ever! I quit after a few years because my friends got tired of the game... I got into the game again during the uni years playing a few Vintage tournaments in the Tuscany area (Massa, Viareggio, Firenze, Piacenza) where I met a lots of nice guys (Siral, Chill, Enea) who could really play the game and from whom I learned a lot. I used to play an unpowered red sligh which gave me huge satisfactions unfortunately losing pretty consistently against Madness & TPS.

I quit again after the uni period and now I only seldom play with my closest friends and brothers casual Vintage or with my precious cube!
I still read about MTG because I feel it's one of the best games out there.

I've hungrily read TMD for years and since its creation and think without doubts it's the best MTG Vintage forum ever.

I's now a pleasure to be a TMD user after so many years Very Happy
Piernicola
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