Posted by DonutFever (3550 posts) -

I was just reading a list on Cracked, and I noticed an ad for a free-to-play shooter called "Combat Arms". Now, it didn't look very good. The art looked almost identical to the cover for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the name sounded generic at first. But then I thought about the name. What the fuck does it mean
 
Given the fact that it was a shooter, I assume that combat means fighting, and that by arms it means guns. So the title means "Guns Used For Fighting". Why specify what the guns are used for? I could list a number of things that guns don't do in a humorous fashion, but I'm legitimately confused as to why they would name it that. Like, why talk about the guns at all? 
 
 I mean, I presume they're not at the center of the game, right? If it was a shooter, wouldn't the action or war be at the center of it, not the guns? Though I've already closed the tab that this ad was on. Maybe I misread it, and maybe it wasn't a shooter. Maybe it's a Factory Worker Simulator that takes place at a ammunition factory during wartime? 
 
Perhaps I need to take another look at what "Combat Arms" means. What it really means. Perhaps it means arms. Like, arms-arms. Maybe it means both. Guns strapped to arms. Looking back at the beginning of this blog, I said this game didn't look that good. But I suppose there are some things at the world that are more than meets the eye. There are some things that require an entire blog to be written about them before you can see their inner beauty.  
 
And "Combat Arms" is one of them. At first I was willing to simply write it off as a Call of Duty clone. But now? 
 
Now I can embrace it for the Free-To-Play-Gun-Arm-Ammunitions-Factory-Simulator that it truly is.

#1 Edited by DonutFever (3550 posts) -

I was just reading a list on Cracked, and I noticed an ad for a free-to-play shooter called "Combat Arms". Now, it didn't look very good. The art looked almost identical to the cover for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the name sounded generic at first. But then I thought about the name. What the fuck does it mean
 
Given the fact that it was a shooter, I assume that combat means fighting, and that by arms it means guns. So the title means "Guns Used For Fighting". Why specify what the guns are used for? I could list a number of things that guns don't do in a humorous fashion, but I'm legitimately confused as to why they would name it that. Like, why talk about the guns at all? 
 
 I mean, I presume they're not at the center of the game, right? If it was a shooter, wouldn't the action or war be at the center of it, not the guns? Though I've already closed the tab that this ad was on. Maybe I misread it, and maybe it wasn't a shooter. Maybe it's a Factory Worker Simulator that takes place at a ammunition factory during wartime? 
 
Perhaps I need to take another look at what "Combat Arms" means. What it really means. Perhaps it means arms. Like, arms-arms. Maybe it means both. Guns strapped to arms. Looking back at the beginning of this blog, I said this game didn't look that good. But I suppose there are some things at the world that are more than meets the eye. There are some things that require an entire blog to be written about them before you can see their inner beauty.  
 
And "Combat Arms" is one of them. At first I was willing to simply write it off as a Call of Duty clone. But now? 
 
Now I can embrace it for the Free-To-Play-Gun-Arm-Ammunitions-Factory-Simulator that it truly is.

#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36087 posts) -

@DonutFever said:

Why specify what the guns are used for?

Because they can do multiple things. You can hunt with them, or participate in sports, and even blow off locks. (I know what you're thinking, but there are guns specifically designed for this purpose.)

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#3 Edited by Napalm (9020 posts) -

@Video_Game_King said:

and even blow off cocks.

#4 Posted by MikeGosot (3227 posts) -
@DonutFever: Combat Arms is actually a hacking contest. Seriously. The game is just a ton of hackers competing to see the fastest way to get more kills without being banned.
#5 Posted by Video_Game_King (36087 posts) -

@Napalm said:

@Video_Game_King said:

and even blow off cocks.

Have you forgotten to take your sexlexia meds?

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#6 Posted by CornBREDX (4839 posts) -
@Video_Game_King: In one fell swoop the moon king brings the "Guns used for fighting" discussion to a close. 
 
I was really looking forward to theory on why the guns are even fighting to begin with, and which psychologist they prescribe to when they are emotionally detached and can no longer cope with what they have become. 
When good guns go bad, what then? WHAT THEN!? 
 
Sigh... i need to eat.
#7 Edited by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6103 posts) -

@CornBREDX: Then you get Armbo: First Blood!

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#8 Posted by Hamst3r (4457 posts) -

The reason they specify Arms is because there are other aspects to combat (war). It's not all arms. There's also stuff like support and artillery.

#9 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

Make guns not war... No.

War guns do make... No.

Make love to guns... Perfect.

Look for my gun-based dating sim releasing this fall!

#10 Posted by Voshterkoff (125 posts) -

I'm guessing that a free to play shooter does actually center around unlocking new guns and gear, rather than an intricate plot, supply chain bureaucracy, or romance.

#11 Posted by DonutFever (3550 posts) -
@Voshterkoff said:

I'm guessing that a free to play shooter does actually center around unlocking new guns and gear, rather than an intricate plot, supply chain bureaucracy, or romance.

I see your point, but you unlock the guns by playing the "game part", right? And buying them with real money I guess, but if they're advertising this as a game where you pay real money for fake guns, there's probably a reason I've never heard of this. 
 
Also, I should have called this blog "What's In A Name". Goddammit.