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holmesc responded to AnAuldWolf comment in
11 Months ago
Prey: everything we know - release date, setting, story and morePrey: everything we know - release date, setting, story and more
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That title picture does funny things to my head. Can I talk about that for a moment?

I have trouble not thinking about these things which is why it can be important to just write them out. And sometimes, I just like doing that on the Internet, so those words may not disappear into the ether. Perhaps. But anyway, that cover seems like a metaphor of racism to me.

And it's both a good and bad one, too. It's bad because you're the white guy who's supposedly a hero. It's good, however, because the person on the ground with the gun pointed at them is clearly the oppressed person in this scenario. I'm reminded of certain cases of American sheriffs and their abuses of power regarding black people. Sure, the black person has been replaced with a weird alien, and the gun is very futuristic, but if you've a capacity for symbolism, then it's kind of obvious.

Does this excite people?

I mean, does it excite people to see an ugly, deformed, not Caucasian person being pinned down by a Caucasian person wielding a gun and threatening violence? If, perhaps, they'd wanted to send the right message then should this scenario not perhaps be reversed?

As it is, it's sending that bizarre white supremacy message through the medium of a fictional Universe. Oh, hey, look, even aliens are vastly inferior to white people so we have good reason to oppress them too! It's hardly Titan A.E., is it?

I just... I cannot look at that and not remember the abuses of power by sheriffs in America. I can't. I mean, I know it's 'an alien' but does that really make everything okay? Is this what happens with bigotry? When bigotry cannot exist within an ethical reality, it flees to video games for the most terrible kinds of escapist fantasy? I can't oppress these black people, so I'll just get my end away with these alien people instead?

That's weird. And a bit sick. And not at all unexpected of people, I suppose.

This looks almost like weird racism porn for people who need that, because that's actually a thing. And, like I said, switching out a minority ethnicity of our world for an alien doesn't really cover up the message that the image is sending, does it? If it had been a woman and/or an ethnic minority, it wouldn't have been entirely so questionable.

But, no. There's this white guy, oppressin' people. It very much turns me off.

Edit: I went to speak about this with me beau. Her reaction? 'Yeah, that's a very creepy racist power fantasy.' The conclusion she came to is that they could've easily hidden his arm with a jacket, to disguise his ethnicity and gender. But no, they wanted to make it painfully clear that this is a white man doing the oppressin', and that that's completely okay in this fictional Universe.

It's just so creepy. Does no one else see that? We do, at least, me beau and I. Not to say that the game is going to be bad or anything but... Wow, that's a horrible piece of marketing. You don't want racist bigots as your target demographic. You really don't.

And frankly, going by how disfigured his opponent looks, you could say that either he's been torturing that guy and/or there are ableist overtones there, too. I feel a bit ill.
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Go away.

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4 Months ago
Topic of the Week: Your biggest multiplayer memoryTopic of the Week: Your biggest multiplayer memory
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My first time playing candy crush. I nearly ejaculated.
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Cowen downgrade EA's shares, citing "substantially disappointing" Titanfall 2 salesCowen downgrade EA's shares, citing "substantially disappointing" Titanfall 2 sales
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Regardless of what they say, there's no way that BF1 didn't have an impact on Titanfall 2s release. I personally really want to play TF2 and I will buy it, but I settled for BF1 (early enlister) pretty much because it came out first. Now I simply don't have the funds and time for another game. I can't be the only one as well.
This was really bad timing from EA and they can't be complaining about it, the should be punching themselves in the head right now instead.
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But team fortress 2 is free :-)

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6 Months ago
Skyrim: Special Edition's second trailer walks us through familiar landSkyrim: Special Edition's second trailer walks us through familiar land
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On PC I can get the standard edition looking and playing better than the enhanced edition with the use of mods... :)

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Which ends give godrays

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RTS? Card game? MOBA? Halo Wars 2 is a strange beastRTS? Card game? MOBA? Halo Wars 2 is a strange beast
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Not this againReply
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they will milk it as long as they can.

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Skyrim: Special Edition's second trailer walks us through familiar landSkyrim: Special Edition's second trailer walks us through familiar land
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I hope mods are compatible with the special editionReply
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On PC I can get the standard edition looking and playing better than the enhanced edition with the use of mods... :)

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holmesc responded to WhiteCrow comment in
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D.Va, Widowmaker and Mercy all buffed in Overwatch PTR patch - official patch notes releasedD.Va, Widowmaker and Mercy all buffed in Overwatch PTR patch - official patch notes released
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I'm not sure I like that D.Va change .. Was that 100+ HP for the Mech, or when she's out of it? I like the moving faster while firing, since she's laughably easy to negate with just about anyone in terms of damage. But that 100+ HP along with her new defense matrix could be a problem.
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Nerf dis

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Valve's internal PhD psychologist explains how they manipulate you via psychologyValve's internal PhD psychologist explains how they manipulate you via psychology
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Somebody got placed in low que

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Nah, I graduated from MOBAs many years ago my friend.

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Howling Banshees join the Dawn of War 3 fray as the Eldar melee unitHowling Banshees join the Dawn of War 3 fray as the Eldar melee unit
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Dlcs already. Gay.Reply
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I'm afraid I don't see any mention of DLC.


Not that there necessarily _won't_ be (DoW2 had launch day DLC for singleplayer), but I'm not seeing it here.

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Hiyu, Enjoyer of Coffees responded to holmesc's comment in
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Star Citizen right not to ape “basic, bare minimum” approach of Elite: Dangerous, claims Chris RobertsStar Citizen right not to ape “basic, bare minimum” approach of Elite: Dangerous, claims Chris Roberts
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But it's true. Butt hurt fans...

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E:D gets incredibly deep when you start getting into what it enables groups of players to do together, it just does a bad job of encouraging new players to join said groups.

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holmesc replied to a question on the Star Citizen Review
7 Months ago
Star Citizen review snippet How hard is it to control ships in Star Citizen?
Amazing
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holmesc replied to a question on the Natural Selection 2 Review
7 Months ago
Natural Selection 2 review snippet How active is the Natural Selection 2 mod scene?
Amazing game 11 out of 10
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