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Too bad they’ve convinced me to walk away from Battlefield. Titan Mode was always fun.
Am I the only one who read the original headline and thought of people crashing the ships from 1942?
Other comments sections that explode into a nightmarish hellscape of fury still unfortunately do that however. =/
I’m not being pedantic, it’s a rather odd generalization to compare this to JRPGs simply over turn-based combat. You could just say turn based combat, JRPG doesn’t really get the point across.
Just thought I’d point it out. Walking away now. Not responding anymore, don’t want to start a fight in a comments section. Honestly.
I don’t know that it made games funny. It’s more like it made a single game amusing for fans of South Park. I have no interest in it, and nothing of it looks more than slight amusing to me. It’s not aimed at me though, which is totally fine. Just seems like saying it made games funny is a bit of a stretch.
You know, this is closer to D&D than it is JRPGs… right? And not all JRPGs are turn based combat, look at Monster Hunter or Ys or Final Fantasy XII.
No, he totally did argue that somewhere here. He said it specifically in response to me. The comment was apparently flagged and removed, because we went back and forth several times after the initial exchange.
Okay, you can’t fucking seriously label all Americans by the obscenely stupid comments of a Tea Party radical who doesn’t know how pregnancy works.
A legitimate reference to an illegitimate human being doesn’t support an argument.
Well yes, it should be because the rest of the argument is poorly supported.
I don’t think that’s the main point of contention here, though.
What they foster is a dismissive attitude towards human life, and you’re conflating that with dismissive attitudes towards a particular marginalized group. A does not connect to B in this case.
You live in a place where rape and violence against women isn’t considered a bad thing? I find that hard to believe.
No, because correlation isn’t even implication. Every day someone is hit by a drunk driver while trying to get home. That doesn’t mean showing someone driving home is the same as showing someone getting killed by a drunk driver.
Hell, a lot of the time it’s not just bad guys. GTA being a point in case, MW2, depending on how you play in BioWare games you can find yourself doing some fairly jacked up stuff to random people as well – like slaughtering a colony of people to save yourself some time and trouble. If the industry made an effort to get rid of violence, and this was still a problem afterwords, then I would totally agree. As it stands, it’s more of a lazy setting than it is some inappropriate embrace of real world culturally accepted violence. Most games don’t make you feel bad for violence of any kind, so it’s hard to say they’re sticking in sex workers to give players a more justifiable outlet for that violence.
Plus, are we really seriously pretending that Saints Row falls in line with the idea of malicious acts of violence against sex workers? Does it really deserve to be on the list just because it includes a brothel? Especially with how ridiculous and satirically over the top that game is? I punched random people on the street in the groin, men and women mind you, hard enough TO KILL THEM. I hardly think the violence against sex workers in that game, who are not the victims of violence because they are sex workers but rather because every single person in those games is subject to absurd violence, warrants any consideration here. Plus, that game’s sex workers weren’t all women, and this article treats all sex workers like they’re women – which is both patently false and insulting to women.