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@video_game_king said:

@spaceinsomniac said:

Yeah, Vaas wasn't exactly a white guy in Far Cry 3.

Not that you can tell from the art alone.

Why, it's almost as if you CAN'T judge a book by its cover!

#2 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (4660 posts) -

@rowr said:

Anything exceeding the actual launch date of the game is a bit much for me to swallow.

As far preorder stuff, if you preorder shit then fuck you for being apart of the problem, you deserve whatever you get.

I agree. When it comes to Borderlands 2, I deserved the 'Mechromancer" character class which was released a month or so after the game, that everyone else had to pay $10 for.

Battlefield 4 had a great pre-order bonus as well, with several multiplayer maps given to pre-orders for free. Knowing how much EA / Dice screwed up Battlefield 3, I did not pre-order Battlefield 4, despite their rather generous pre-order bonus. I deserved what I got then as well, which was to keep my 60 dollars and not end up with a shitty broken game.

And for the record, while I'm leaning towards buying Watch Dogs, I did not pre-order it.

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@mindbullet said:

I tried to write out a reply to this, but I kept stumbling over why NDA's are even still a thing. I mean, if a publisher sends out a complete copy of the game to reviewers early... Why even do that if you don't want them to talk about it? Is it really just paranoia over poor review scores pouring in and affecting sales? Do they have some algorithm that shows that "Day One" reviews have a greater affect than ones that come out earlier?

I respect that the game belongs to the publisher, and are in no way obligated to send out their game for review, but what do they gain from putting an arbitrary date on discussion of said game? I don't find it unethical to do so, I'm just really curious.

There actually is a very good and logical reason why some sort of embargo is pretty much a necessity. Let's say you and I are both reviewers, along with 50 to 100 other people. We all get a review copy a week before launch. Whoever publishes their reviews first will naturally have more people reading their review, because it's the only option available. And publishing a review first would often mean not playing a game to completion, which would be unfair to the developer, the publisher, other reviewers, and your readers.

If a game took 50 hours to complete, and I had my review published the day after we received our review copies, think how pissed off you would be. On the other hand, if we all promised not to publish until the day before release, that would put us on an even playing field, and that's really the main reason to have embargos in the first place.

#4 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (4660 posts) -

@kentonclay said:

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@marokai said:

@kentonclay: Everytime someone tells me "we need to have conversations about this topic, it's important and brings us together" I look at posts like this and remember "Oh, right, I'm not the one that's refusing to actually talk about it in a back-and-forth manner."

I've already made two serious posts, and I'd just be saying the same thing over and over. At best, "I don't see race" is naive and overly simplistic and does nothing but help keep the status quo exactly where it is. At worst, it's bigoted and spiteful and is used to actively downplay and dismiss very real racial issues.

"I don't see race" is not so much naive, as it's essentially impossible. "I don't see what about this situation made you come to the conclusion that race is a factor" is what we're arguing here.

In the piece of art we have a large powerful man who appears to be a wealthy westerner in a position of violent dominance over a much smaller dishevelled man who appears to a poor foreigner of Asian or Middle Eastern descent. Pretty much par for the course, really. And this isn't cherry picking one image out of dozens. This is THE way they decided to unveil Far Cry 4 to the world.

And it's hard to imagine them treating this subject matter seriously, because the tone of the piece is downright playful, from the bright palette and even lighting to the weapons on display to the jaunty pose of the man in the middle and the cheeky way he's holding the grenade pin and smirking.

It may not be "racially motivated" in any conscious way, but it fits neatly into the cultural narrative that people who look like the guy holding the grenade are pawns at best. They would never make this picture but with the two guys reversed.

Add that to the questionable-at-best portrayal of race in the previous game, and you can see where people are coming from.

So the picture is of a "white" guy playfully and sadistically tormenting a local guy, and you're telling me that they would never make the same sort of image with their roles reversed, right?

Yeah, Vaas wasn't exactly a white guy in Far Cry 3.

On another note, how crazy is this stupid long live action commercial of sorts?

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@dan_citi said:

Also the "I don't see race" claim is 100% garbage crap, you are not above bias. In addition, the existence of race does not create racism, it is white supremacy, oppression, prejudice, stereotyping, etc. that leads to racism. Please. This is stuff we learn in middle school.

To quote myself from the previous page:

@spaceinsomniac said:
@kentonclay said:

@marokai said:

@kentonclay: Everytime someone tells me "we need to have conversations about this topic, it's important and brings us together" I look at posts like this and remember "Oh, right, I'm not the one that's refusing to actually talk about it in a back-and-forth manner."

I've already made two serious posts, and I'd just be saying the same thing over and over. At best, "I don't see race" is naive and overly simplistic and does nothing but help keep the status quo exactly where it is. At worst, it's bigoted and spiteful and is used to actively downplay and dismiss very real racial issues.

"I don't see race" is not so much naive, as it's essentially impossible. "I don't see what about this situation made you come to the conclusion that race is a factor" is what we're arguing here.

At this point, you're attacking an "I don't see race" straw man argument that nobody is actually arguing.

@dan_citi said:

In addition, the existence of race does not create racism, it is white supremacy, oppression, prejudice, stereotyping, etc. that leads to racism. Please. This is stuff we learn in middle school.

Like, perhaps seeing someone in a purple suit, and thinking "I bet he's gay!" Or maybe seeing someone being cruel to somebody else who has slightly darker skin and thinking "I bet he's a racist!." Because those are both examples of stereotyping and pre-judgment.

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@marokai said:

@kentonclay: Everytime someone tells me "we need to have conversations about this topic, it's important and brings us together" I look at posts like this and remember "Oh, right, I'm not the one that's refusing to actually talk about it in a back-and-forth manner."

I've already made two serious posts, and I'd just be saying the same thing over and over. At best, "I don't see race" is naive and overly simplistic and does nothing but help keep the status quo exactly where it is. At worst, it's bigoted and spiteful and is used to actively downplay and dismiss very real racial issues.

"I don't see race" is not so much naive, as it's essentially impossible. "I don't see what about this situation made you come to the conclusion that race is a factor" is what we're arguing here.

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@handlas said:

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@vocalcannibal said:

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@vocalcannibal said:

Please, god. I absolutely love the duders, seriously. I love the content and bombcast exactly the way it is, but adding a lady would only cement that love. If any website were to do it and pull it off fantastically, I'm sure it would be Giant Bomb.

I'm Team Cara/Zoe. Giant Bomb was my first exposure to them and I love them both to death now. People don't seem to understand that it's entirely possible to separate personal content from professional content, and I'm sure plenty of female writers are perfectly capable of making that leap if they tend to write about feminism in their spare time. Giant Bomb isn't in danger of becoming Jezebel if a woman gets hired, you guys. C'mon.

You're right, I don't think people understand that. For example Patrick. I don't think he understands that. I'm just hoping that they don't hire anyone else who doesn't understand that.

Yikes. I definitely didn't make that post in order to give you a platform to take shots at Patrick, dude. I'd rather you left me out of personal gripes you have with any member of the staff.

I don't take many shots at Patrick--other than respectfully disagreeing, or questioning his decision to promote destructively belligerent articles--but you worded that just too perfectly for me not to make it into an example. Yes, people who are heavily involved in politics and social justice issues don't have to bring that into their work, but the fact is that they often do, and the fact is that they already do.

Gender doesn't matter in the least, though. I'm sure there are plenty of female journalists who wouldn't care to write about such things, just as there are plenty of males who would be far more aggressive than Patrick has been when it comes to the topic of social justice issues.

But then again, I don't even dislike when people write about social justice issues, I just dislike the way that most people seem to write about them.

This personal vs professional content. What are you guys even getting at?

I feel the personal views and personal tastes of the guys at GB are what make this place worth visiting. How does Patrick do this more-so than Jeff or Brad? Sounds like you are upset about a single article.We pretty much have a clear idea of what Jeff likes. What Brad likes. Vinny likes everything. Alex is a glutton for punishment. And Patrick has the best feature on the site... Spookin.

But what we have less of a clear idea of what Jeff, brad, and Vinny think of various social and political issues, because they don't use Giant Bomb as their personal soapbox. I've never read an article from Jeff or Brad where he advocated an article that essentially said if you're accused of saying something insensitive to a transgender person, you should immediately accept full blame without trying to defend or explain yourself.

And this is just one example. A single article? No, this has been going on for a long time.

Though I will agree that Patrick still does some great work for this site.

#9 Posted by SpaceInsomniac (4660 posts) -

Am I the only who didn't think of race at all with the Far Cry 4 cover? I saw it, it reminded me of Far Cry 3, and made me super excited.

Nope. I just saw one guy being a dick to another guy. Didn't see anything racial about it.

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@angryconfusedrabbit said:

Going to start playing some more and post more thoughts of the game tonight.

Please let us know if you find any sections of the game where stealth is required, rather than optional. That's probably my biggest fear when it comes to the game's design.