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#1 Sweep  Moderator

Actually Battlefield V had a few War Stories (their campaign stuff) featuring the Senegalese units of the French Colonial Forces and actually did a great job of demonstrating how their experience differed from that of the white soldiers.

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Nobody mentioned San Andreas yet?

I think Prototype 2 had a Black protagonist, though I never played that so not sure how meaningful that decision was.

You play as Vin Diesel in that Riddick game, and he's always played up his ethnic ambiguity by being extremely vague about his father. Again, not sure how meaningful that is to anyone.

Enter The Matrix lets you play as Naomi and Ghost. I always liked that game.

And then there's all the stuff that was announced at E3, like the Spider-man expansion.

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I get into low-intensity arguments with my collegues all the time about piracy. Since I started earning my own money 15 years ago I haven't done it, while my collegues are all 'I pay for Netflix so if the movie isn't on there I can download it'.

Speaking of misguided principles, really looking forward to the RottonTomatoes and Amazon review bombs.

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I hear a lot of the people arguing that as a group/family experience this is a reasonable price barrier. I'd counter that with;

  • This is happening during a pandemic (Arguably that's why this is happening) when gatherings of people are actively being discouraged by health authorities around the world
  • There are legit concerns that when you set the barrier to entry this high you automatically encourage people to find free alternatives. I'm sure there are accountants over at Disney who did the math and landed on this number after weeks of deliberation rather than just arbitrarily, but I'd be surprised if they'd factored piracy into that equation.

So, follow up questions;

How much would you be prepared to pay?

I'd probably land on $15 - that would still feel like I'm getting gouged, but it's not high enough to prompt a knee-jerk "Fuck that" reaction.

Is there ANY movie worth $30 to stream?

I don't know about you guys but if they'd tried this experiment with the initial Avengers: Endgame release rather than Mulan then I would be much more conflicted right now...

Especially this fucking year when goddamn rent is hard enough for a lot of folks.

I think this especially is what's really rubbing me the wrong way about this whole thing. The global economy is fucked, thousands of people are dying, there's a huge wave of mental health issues incoming due to depression/fear/isolation, mass unemployment, and during all this Disney decides that now is the time to trial a new ultra-high price-point which is immediately going to lock out the majority of their audience. I'm not surprised this is coming from the biggest corp on the planet (and I used to work for them, so I know how they do business firsthand) but it seems especially cruel and shortsighted timing.

It also seems like a lower pricepoint, say $5, would encourage a lot of people who had absolutely no interest in the movie to take a gamble just because they have nothing better to do. They'd probably stream it multiple times as well, if their kids enjoyed it. So the logic behind charging $30 is just baffling to me, especially for a live action remake which have been extremely hit or miss the past few years. Imagine how pissed you'd be if you paid $30 to stream Dumbo!

I wonder if they'll reduce the price if the reviews are bad?

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I like it. It's simple and colourful and the stakes are low. Having said that, I feel like after a couple of hours I've seen everything that game has to offer. Part of the fun of this type of party game should be in personalising your guy, but the way the currency/season has been structured make it feel like a bit of a grind to do so, especially when you only have 7 or 8 different game types.

I often feel like I'm losing because i'm being tripped up by other players, either in the team game modes or by blockheads who are running around grabbing at me or literally falling down in front of me... but that's the whole point, right? I'll say this for the game, even when I come second place or get knocked out by the clumsiness of other players, it still makes me laugh rather than rage, and that's a pretty special achievement for any game.

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Disney have announced that Mulan will be released to stream exclusively on Disney+ for $30 on September 4th. It is notincluded as part of Disney+ subscription, which means you can be paying $6.99 a month and still need to pay another $30 on top of that to stream Mulan.

That's quite a lot of money to stream a single movie.

To put that in perspective, I bought the entire Extended Lord Of The Rings Trilogy on YouTube a couple of months ago (That's about 12 hours worth of movies) for less than Disney is asking me to pay to rent a single movie. That's also compared to the dozens of new films that are released on Netflix and Amazon Prime every month as part of a regular subscription. I don't know how much it costs to visit your local cinema, but I'd be surprised if it was $30 even after drinks and popcorn.

To me this reads as though Disney is shamelessly taking advantage of the fact that cinemas are closed and that people around the world are in lockdown, to make a little bit of extra money (which they clearly needed?!).

My question is less "Do you think this is OK?" and more "Do you think enough people are going to pay that much to set an acceptable precedent on new releases?"

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I can't believe this quote is still relevant in 2020, honestly. I really hope this movie flops hard enough that Disney lowers their prices to something reasonable.

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I want to see more blogs like this, especially perspectives from people who have training in psychology and can recognize patterns of abuse, addiction and trauma. Really good read, thank you for writing!

I've seen a lot of comments about people being unable to relate to Ellie's motivation to keep pushing herself further and further down what, to us as the comfortable audience, seems an especially obtuse and self-destructive path. I think we're so used to our videogame protagonists being perfect, self aware, and channeling what to us as the audience is clearly the right choice, that to handle a character with her own motivations that very few of us can relate to is quite a jarring experience. The whole game is essentially an extrapolation of Joel's choice at the end of the first game, his need to save Ellie as a way of compensating for the loss of his daughter - it's easy to sit at home and say "well that's fucked up, I wouldn't have done that" but I think the realities of dealing with that trauma and any sense of objectivity is pretty redundant on an individual level.

So I guess the question is, do you think it's a failing of the writing that so many people failed to resonate with Ellie in the later stages of the game and felt alienated by her choices? If good writing should allow you to empathize with any character, then is this bad writing? Or is there value on being on the other side of the fence but still having to persevere?

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@sweep: Not to mention the two morons who went to Victoria; attended a party (illegal given the number of people) then flew back to Queensland via Sydney (so they could lie about their point of origin) and, shock horror, brought Covid back to Queensland which had no cases for a while.

Numbers in Victoria are pretty concerning - hopefully though people are complying a bit more. Here in Sydney we're on the teetering point - could go either way - hopefully being managed reasonably enough - but still very few masks up here (but also not a lot of cases *fingers crossed*)

I feel like we're being brought down by people who are simply ignoring the rules and I'm keen for the governments in each state to crack down on that shit pronto. $200 for not wearing a mask? Make it $2000. Make it a punch in the dick. I literally have no sympathy or patience for anyone who can't manage a couple of weeks in isolation when I've been doing it for almost half a year without issue, predominantly alone and with very few trips outdoors, in a country that i'm not a citizen or permanent resident of (which means i'm not entitled to any government support or permission to re-enter the country should I need to leave for any reason).

Fuck those people.

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Ghost Of Tsushima, honestly. I haven't played an open world ubisoft game since Assassins Creed 2; I generally dislike the open world jank, repetitive "climb tower to unlock map" and repetitive checklist of dull side missions and collectibles. I think Tsushima gets a pass exclusively because it's capitalising on my extreme longing to return to Japan, and at a time when I'm literally not allowed to leave my house.

Credit where it's due, the combat is pretty satisfying and it looks gorgeous. But it's definitely out of my comfort zone, having avoided every Far Cry, Watch_Dogs, Assassins Creed and etc etc Open World games for the last 10 years

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Australia here, we've seen an influx of cases over the past couple of weeks in the state of Victoria and masks have been mandatory here for the last couple of weeks. When I go out running (pretty much the only time I go out these days) almost everyone is wearing a mask with very few exceptions, and it sounds like the police are being pretty aggressive when it comes to handing out fines to people who aren't compliant with the rules (which the general public seems overwhelmingly in favour of).

I think generally the Australian public has been pretty responsible, but the numbers from the past few weeks have spiraled out of control. This has been a result of people not getting tested and not quarantining; there was a startling revelation last week that 50% of the people who had got tested weren't quarantining while they waited for their results, and over the past week there's been over 200 people who, when informed via contact tracing teams that they had been exposed to a confirmed case and needed to quarantine, ignored the advice and weren't home when the police went to check on them.

They're going to get fined, and they deserve it, but the damage is done.