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@meridius1: For that analogy to be more accurate, we'd have to include the fact that the bread was moldy, the tomato was slimy, and the cheese was expired.

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@gazoinks: Age of Mythology: Extended Edition has been on Steam for years!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/266840/Age_of_Mythology_Extended_Edition/

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@do_the_manta_ray: Six Days in Fallujah was an incredible idea, because it sought to show war through the lens of an art form that the people fighting that war had grown up with. Crucially, it had not just input from military advisors (even CoD--and, allegedly, CBS' own The Code--has advisors and consultants), but it had the input and blessing of veterans who were in that awful city.

You're right--expecting CoD to even attempt that type of impact seems like a quick road to disappointment.

I believe that Spec Ops: The Line was a reasonably fucked up depiction of the worst types of PTSD. That is to say, it tried to do something different and while I believe it ultimately failed in execution for a couple of reasons, I've at least heard people express emotion about that game that is more complex that, "We shoot the bad guys."

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@dazzap: Saying it has nothing to do with her gender and then using ridiculous terms like "dangerous" or saying she'll "cause damage to the site" doesn't help your argument. The other thing that does help is that you and other people here seem are ignoring the fact that Jeff agrees that the emotional stakes of the game seem forced. Jeff also expressed doubt that the game will pull this sort of thing off. Yet Abby is the one whose opinion is criticized.

@conrad148: Him being a senior editor and how long he's been at GB are really weird appeals to authority that have no bearing on the value of his opinion here.

@warmonked: I don't agree with Dan, but that seems like an unfair criticism of him. He doesn't think critically about these things, that's all.

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@perkotreason: Not with the night vision they're using. To be clear, the night vision in this game IS just a "green filter," and doesn't really show the lack of clarity that you get with NV. Also, the goggles they're using are terrible, because they cover both eyes. When that happens, it seriously messes with your depth perception.

People, gunshots, and other sources of heat showing up as bright white would happen if they were using thermal vision. They're two separate things.

If they were to use a scope like this, say on a weapon or when scouting an area, then the heat sources would be white.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AN/PAS-13

Typical night vision goggles DO make everything green. They just sure as hell don't make things THAT clear.

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The type of scenario described in this Modern Warfare demo is designed to appeal to folks who never served, who think that war is simple and bad guys and good guys are well-defined, who think that shooting someone and finding out it was a justified kill AFTER the fact is how it always happens.

These people don't understand that often, that justification never comes. It doesn't get wrapped up in the span of time covered by a video game mission. Sometimes it doesn't get wrapped up in the span of someone's life. They don't understand that a US Army platoon might roll with an AK-47 hidden in one of their trucks to use as a drop weapon just in case someone makes a decision that turns out to be wrong.

They don't understand what it's like to point a loaded gun at a man and his teenage son because the man was driving his truck faster than he should've been and then pulled down a dirt road when he saw an American convoy. They were transporting fruit in their truck. Nothing happened. Call of Duty doesn't tell you that, years later, if the character you play was a real person, he might wonder what happened to that kid. That maybe that kid grew up to join a group of insurgents because he was sick of feeling helpless. Maybe he got killed when another unit came by a year later and they acted too fast. Hopefully he just grew up and took over his dad's fruit stand on market street.

Call of Duty tries to tell us that no matter what NATO or Coalition forces might do, it's justified. There is nothing wrong with examining that narrative, asking why, and not being satisfied with the answer.

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Anyone interested in CoD's new "realistic" direction should read this thread.

https://twitter.com/mistermegative/status/1138806505116000256?s=19

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I liked Jackie from that gameplay segment they showed last year. There is that part of the trailer where V tells the car to take them to a hospital. Maybe that happens before V delivers the chip, and V winds up running into Jackie later.

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People literally giving Todd Howard a standing ovation for just walking onto the stage. Wow.