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#2 Posted by sciential (63 posts) -

They could do like Bill Burr and call them bookies in the middle of reading the ad copy. That'd get rid of them, pretty sure.

#3 Posted by sciential (63 posts) -

Every single thing with fans has a core of fans who feel highly invested and could be label "entitled" in the same way as gamers. Listen to Bears fans talk about Jay Cutler or recall that "Itchy and Scratchy the Movie" gave rise to the phrase Worst Episode Ever on

The difference with gamers is an industry press that wants to stick up for developers and feels comfortable shitting on consumers.

#4 Posted by sciential (63 posts) -

@osaladin said:

I'm finding this season really hard to follow for some reason.

I don't know why True Detective is the show the Internet loves to complain about but of all the unfair criticism one absolutely fair point is that this season is loaded with characters making reference to other characters by name whom the viewer has almost no chance to identify solely by name.

It seems to me like either Pizzolatto wrote a complex mystery that got stomped on by the reality of TV editing or he expected viewers to re-watch previous scenes every episode the way you might flip back while reading a mystery novel. I've really enjoyed both seasons of the show but I think the later is a tall ask from the audience and the former is just a bit of a disappointment.

I really enjoyed this Slate breakdown of the season through Episode 7 and would recommend it if you want to get caught up on all the plot points going into the finale.

#5 Edited by sciential (63 posts) -
@osaladin said:

Who was the old guy that bike cop met in the tunnels? Was I supposed to recognize him?

That's Holloway, the Vinci Chief of Police and one of the dirty cops (along with Burris - the shooter at the end of Episode 7) who very probably robbed the jewelry store for the blue diamonds in 1992. You've seen him when Velcoro was getting yelled at about the investigation early on and Velcoro's dad talked about him and when he left LAPD for Vinci. Someone - probably Burris - was tailing Woodrugh (bikecop) and saw Woodrugh looking at the old records that helped connect Holloway to the robbery, thus the "You've been looking for information about me, son," introduction.

#6 Posted by sciential (63 posts) -

What was Ben Caspere doing at Panticapaeum?

Surely it wasn't just to silently attend a few seminars like Eliot Bezzerides said when Ray and Ani showed him the photo in Episode 3. He recruited Vera but it seems like that would be a distraction, not a purpose.

I figure he was either trying to find someone hiding there or doing business with Eliot. Money laundering? Does the rail-corridor cabal need something crazy like a mass suicide? Am I missing something?

#7 Edited by sciential (63 posts) -

Note that Mr. Samyn conflates the word "violent" as applied to video games, which describes actual violence (in a pretend environment, of course) with "violent behavior" which he does not need a study to prove because he has been the victim of a gamer lynch mob.

It is possible that he was at least physically threatened if not actually hanged or beaten or tarred by a mob of gamers. That would be violent behavior, indeed. I read it as more likely that people said mean shit to him on Twitter. Such behavior may have been "aggressive, intolerant, reactionary, and misogynistic" but it cannot be violent in the same sense as Call of Duty is violent.

I think the argument the video game industry reinforces a circle of violence that either attracts or natures a gamer audience of "belligerent hooligans" is nonsense. Take a look at the top selling movies and games of 2014.

Top 10 Retail Video Games of 2014 (Forbes)Rating and Violence Tags
Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareM - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence
Madden NFL 15E - None
DestinyT - Animated Violence
Grand Theft Auto 5M - Blood and Gore, Intense Violence
MinecraftE 10 + - Fantasy Violence
Super Smash Bros (for 3DS and Wii U)E 10 + - Cartoon Violence
NBA 2K15E - None
Watch DogsM - Blood, Intense Violence
FIFA 15E - None
Call of Duty GhostsM - Blood, Intense Violence

Top 10 Grossing Films of 2014Rating and Violence Tags
Guardians of the GalaxyPG13 - Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1PG13 - Intense sequences of violence and action
Captain America: The Winter SoldierPG13 - Intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout
The Lego MoviePG - Mild Action
Transformers: Age of ExtinctionPG13 - Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action
MaleficentPG - Sequences of fantasy action and violence
X-Men: Days of Future PastPG13 - Sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesPG13 - Extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence
Big Hero 6PG - Action and peril
Dawn of the Planet of the ApesPG13 - Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action

I submit that box office results are evidence that violent action as a means of solving conflict - especially a good guys versus bad guys conflict - is fun and people like it.

I understand that Mr. Samyn is upset that his game was a commercial failure, but I think if he honestly examines the evidence he'll come to realize that he shouldn't blame gamers for being "belligerent hooligans" who only like violence or his peers in the industry for making gamers that way. The game he made was just not very good.

#8 Posted by sciential (63 posts) -

I know I'm a little late to the party but there is zero blood from the gunshots. I didn't even think the show implied he was dead until I saw the reaction on the internets.

#9 Posted by sciential (63 posts) -

I remember talk of something like this two years ago and I'm glad to finally have a chance to help.

#10 Edited by sciential (63 posts) -

I thought Patrick did an amazing job in Spelunking with Scoops to both keep the commentary fun all by himself while playing the game very well.

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