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News Comments > Vietnam '65 Next Month
20. Re: Vietnam '65 Next Month Feb 12, 2015, 11:19 Trainwreck
 
Then the same rule applies, and if you can't fix it because the people view you as a white-faced Crusader, then there's likely nothing you can do at all. Many of the countries there are the direct results of colonialism, and their boundaries are completely arbitrary. This is an especially serious problem because fundamentalism is so strong in that region, and people will hate each other and kill over it. It's a region in a state of massive imbalance. Iraq is a perfect example of this; Saddam's violent rule kept the lid on many groups who would otherwise kill each other.

The only people capable of rebalancing the power structure are the people who actually live there - and by "rebalance," I mean it will have to happen with much bloodshed. Jordan and UAE getting involved in fighting ISIS was promising until Obama ensured that the face of the Coalition over there will remain a white "Crusader" face. I worry that that will have the effect of keeping Arab nations from getting too angry at the extremists and instead be able to direct their hate and anger toward the West.
 
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News Comments > Vietnam '65 Next Month
18. Re: Vietnam '65 Next Month Feb 12, 2015, 02:24 Trainwreck
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 13:47:
Said by someone with obviously no knowledge of history. And what, pray, do you think precipitates all these Revolutions to begin with?

What in the actual fuck did you proceed to ramble on about here? You started talking about the 1%, social inequality, and other crap that did not address the history of Vietnam directly. I'm not addressing abstract concepts, unless you consider "reeducation" camps and government-imposed famine to be abstract.

Quboid wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 15:06:
Handle with care ... or exploit for cheap publicity. Get kicked off Steam for 24 hours, that should get people listening.

That's the real problem with I have with any games (or movies) based on war. Or hell, just talking to people on the street about war. They never get it quite right, and it's infuriating.

jdreyer wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 17:35:
The South Vietnamese government and military was rotten and corrupt. It was a military dictatorship. So there really was no good option for the people of Vietnam.

Fair enough, although I don't believe they would have been quite as bad as the communists had they won, but no one can say with certainty. However, even accepting for the sake of argument that they would have been as bad as the North Vietnamese government, I just have a problem with folks saying that the communist forces "deserved" a victory. Regardless of how the revolution to kick the French out began and its initial intent, I just can't celebrate communist victory.

As an Afghanistan veteran, and as a husband to the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, I admit I can be a little sensitive when it comes to depictions of war in the media/games (as I said above). This is especially true with regards to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Vietnam. For whatever it's worth, I challenge anyone to find an older Vietnamese immigrant in America who is not angry at the communists and who isn't a fan of the US military in general (and yes I know this is a personal anecdote and not a big enough sample to apply a single worldview to an entire ethnic subpopulation). That said, even when I listen to my older in-laws tell stories of the Vietnam War or its aftermath, I know there are more sides to it.

Mostly I grow tired with polar depictions of each side; combatants on either side are not all barbarians OR noble heroes serving a higher cause. They're all just normal people who join the military or join a group for as many reasons as there are troops in the service. Some a great people (on both sides) and some are terrible people (on both sides).

Flatline wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 18:01:
If you have a Roku, PBS has a Frontline episode on the clusterf*ck that is Iraq and how we basically screwed up as badly as you could imagine there. We almost literally grabbed the first Iraqi who didn't want to spit on us and said "hey how'd you like to lead the country?"

But yeah, we're terrible at counter-insurgency. Part of it I think is that we're a culture that doesn't understand that other cultures are so oppressed, or in such a crappy quality of life, that dying fighting is culturally preferable to rotting in misery. We think that inflicting an obscene amount of casualties will win wars, but as we saw in Vietnam that doesn't always work. We killed well over a million people in that war and it didn't achieve strategic victory.

I honestly don't know if there *is* a military solution to insurgency. The popular thought is that there only is within the scope of giving a government time to establish itself and develop infrastructure and a military. Which, you know, works on paper, but finding someone to lead a government, relatively fairly, who is friendly to us, and is liked by the people, and isn't corrupt, is something we really haven't learned how to do yet. If it can be done at all.

Edited because I looked up casualties for Vietnam.

The main correction I'd like to make here is that our strategy in Afghanistan had been to AVOID inflicting massive casualties. Rules of engagement were specifically designed with this in mind, and the approach we took was to leave infrastructure in place (while building and improving it) and to generally tend to the needs (for security, for resources, etc.) of the disparate* local populations in the hopes of gradually building a coalition. For most of the war, US and Coalition forces didn't roll into villages looking to raid, but rather to build relationships. Those that were targeted specifically for raids (most going down without shots even being fired) or for airstrikes were higher-ranking terror network leaders and such. And we did a good overall job keeping civilians out of it when possible.

The way to end an insurgency is to remove the culture that allows it to grow. If military occupation is what's pissing off the locals, then the solution is to remove the military. If it's something else (ruined infrastructure for example), then change that specific condition to the benefit of the locals. At any rate, you're essentially correct that the military can't do much to end it with direct action.

*The Afghans were especially "disparate" compared to the Iraqis.
 
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News Comments > Vietnam '65 Next Month
7. Re: Vietnam '65 Next Month Feb 11, 2015, 13:10 Trainwreck
 
Task wrote on Feb 11, 2015, 09:52:
Only US side? If I can't play as the Vietnamese who won their deserved victory, then its a no go.

Dude, if you had any idea what the communists who "deserved victory" were actually like, you'd know how completely fucked up that statement is. I'm not saying America should have got involved (we shouldn't have) or that we didn't blunder our way through a lot of it with high cost to life (we did), but the communist unification of the country in the 1970s was absolutely nothing to celebrate.

Better idea for a game: take America and its other non-Vietnamese allies and make them tangents to the story at best. Focus on Vietnamese protagonists from both sides and show how fucked up a civil war really can be.
 
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News Comments > Redshirt Video
7. Re: Redshirt Video Jul 21, 2013, 08:56 Trainwreck
 
I applaud any effort that takes us away from the extremely tired concept of massacring other human beings. This sounds like a fun concept to me, and yes, I'm a hardcore gamer.

And I'm not a Facebook whore or anything, but why all the hate for social media? Humans are social animals, and I think it's great that I can now keep in touch with people easier than before.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Fist Puncher
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2013, 08:07 Trainwreck
 
Rigs wrote on Jun 23, 2013, 02:47:
Trainwreck wrote on Jun 22, 2013, 08:03:
Teddy wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 23:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 22:32:
Title is on par with "War Fighter"

Except one was trying to be serious.

"Warfighter" or "war fighter" is a serious buzzword used very often by the DOD and defense contractors. There is nothing odd or silly about its use as a game title; the game just happened to suck, is all.

*ahem*...I'll just leave this here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuNN1D-FCjs




=-Rigs-=

LOL and everything, but Yahtzee's ignorance of industry/governmental vernacular doesn't make it a legitimate criticism. It's similar to when some people think "Master Chief" sounds like a stupid name for a hero, when in fact that is an actual Naval rank.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Fist Puncher
6. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Fist Puncher Jun 22, 2013, 08:03 Trainwreck
 
Teddy wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 23:01:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 21, 2013, 22:32:
Title is on par with "War Fighter"

Except one was trying to be serious.

"Warfighter" or "war fighter" is a serious buzzword used very often by the DOD and defense contractors. There is nothing odd or silly about its use as a game title; the game just happened to suck, is all.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Human Revolution - Director's Cut Coming to PCs
24. Re: Deus Ex Human Revolution - Director's Cut Coming to PCs Jun 12, 2013, 19:22 Trainwreck
 
Does anyone know what the graphical updates are? I can't find specifics anywhere on what's different in that arena.  
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News Comments > Primal Carnage Free Weekend
2. Re: Primal Carnage Free Weekend May 31, 2013, 11:13 Trainwreck
 
This game is like crack to me. I've been playing it since release and have logged nearly 95 hours. It's simple from a shooter standpoint, but the dino/human classes are well balanced. It's cheesy like a bad SyFy movie, which gives it a bit of charm.

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to actually feel like a Rampaging T. rex!
 
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Mar 9, 2013, 10:25 Trainwreck
 
Should work fine using an encrypted tunnel or VPN in another county. Google it; I'm sure you can find such a service for free or very cheap.

As for GMG: I can't buy anything from them because my bank and credit cards all register them as an online gambling site. Apparently those are illegal (wtf?), so they won't authorize a purchase under any circumstance.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Movie Details
31. Re: Deus Ex Movie Details Feb 21, 2013, 20:11 Trainwreck
 
Blade Runner is not really cyberpunk, aesthetics aside. Certainly, theres nothing cyberpunk wbout the source material. And if you guys had read the actual interview, you would know that the writers specifically did reference Gibson and Stephenson. A direct-to-movie adaptation would suck horribly, so the fact that they're avoiding this approach gives me some optimism about the project. Here's hoping this movie won't suck like every single game movie ever.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 26, 2012, 18:57 Trainwreck
 
With keyboard docking stations, mice, and even MS Office, tablets really are a viable option for school. I do a lot of online school, plus I deploy and/or am required to travel on short notice; a tablet with accessories would really lighten my load compared to my laptop.  
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News Comments > Czech President Pleads for Jailed BiS Devs
22. Re: Czech President Pleads for Jailed BiS Devs Nov 22, 2012, 11:46 Trainwreck
 
Completely agreed; BadIronTree is correct. You can't take photos of sensitive military hardware, period. This isn't hypocrisy; it's about lives and military effectiveness. You SO NOT have the right to photograph military bases because it can provide adversaries, enemies, or terrorists with information about current operations as well as potential vulnerabilities. If you don't like that, boo fucking hoo. Cry me a river and tell me how you're being oppressed because you can't help others to assault the military.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex Film Director & Writer
22. Re: Deus Ex Film Director & Writer Nov 16, 2012, 11:56 Trainwreck
 
This won't work. The entire point of Deus Ex is the choice that the player has in determining outcomes. People need to understand that adapting games to film doesn't elevate either artform; they are already distinct, complete media on their own.  
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News Comments > Primal Carnage Free DLC Today
8. Re: Primal Carnage Free DLC Today Nov 15, 2012, 15:30 Trainwreck
 
It's a simple game, to be sure, but I'm having a blast playing it. It works great as an asymmetric shooter you can jump into, play around for half an hour, and jump out of again. And with the new DLC it's been getting, it's ony getting better. Maybe someday it won't be as rough around the edges.

But seriously, why complain at $15?
 
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News Comments > MoH SEAL Consultants Reprimanded
33. Re: MoH SEAL Consultants Reprimanded Nov 9, 2012, 22:34 Trainwreck
 
Ah. How much experience do you have looking through EO/IR cameras, trying to discern everyday objects from weapons? In time-critical situations when troops have been in contact and an error in judgment will result in lives lost? Because I have plenty, myself, so I didn't want to embarrass myself if you had over 800 hours of combat flight time or something.

Anyway, the Apache video demonstrates - assuming the context is correct and WikiLeaks isn't lying with their commentary - is an unfortunate but completely understandable mistake given the situation.

As someone who has worked with those types of aircraft and ground forces extensively in various operations, I can attest to their professionalism and the seriousness with whic they assume their duties. AVOIDING civilian casualties in Afghanistan was our highest concern; to the point where we regularly risked the lives of our own before risking shooting or bombing the wrong person.

And do I view the GWOT as us vs. them? Yes, yes I do. That's what war is, and especially in this case, considering the tactics and goals of terrorists and Islamist governments, and their facilitators and sympathizers.
 
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News Comments > MoH SEAL Consultants Reprimanded
30. Re: MoH SEAL Consultants Reprimanded Nov 9, 2012, 21:29 Trainwreck
 
You can't be an ethically-minded person and do what Manning did. Nor can you apologize or justify it; it was just plain wrong. He didn't release them because he had some great concern for some great evil being perpetuated; he released them because he was disgruntled or had some anti-American feeling that took hold. He didnt have any knolwege that anything wrong was going on, or else I'm sure he would've released the damning documents themselves (which don't exist), rather than entire databases full of classified information. There are channels in place for whistleblowers to expose misconduct in the military, including classified channels which do not reveal our secrets to adversaries.

Regardless, releasing classified documents jeopardizes the mission by revealing our tactics, sources, future operations, the extent of our intelligence, our capabilities, etc. I guess if you think it's cool to put US military operations at risk, or put Coalition lives at greater risk, you can turn Manning into a folk hero. You'd have to hold a sincere belief that al Qaeda and the Taliban remnant are morally superior to US/NATO forces to do so, however.

As for the political side of your argument, I could not be less interested in discussing it with you. I'm neither Democrat nor Republican, and it's foolish to think that misconduct occurs on just one side of the aisle.
 
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News Comments > MoH SEAL Consultants Reprimanded
10. Re: MoH SEAL Consultants Reprimanded Nov 9, 2012, 12:45 Trainwreck
 
The SEALs should have sought the proper clearance from their chain of command and Navy public affairs before consulting, plain and simple. What they did was reveal their TTPs - many of which range from merely sensitive information all the way up to Secret and Top Secret. They deserve the Article 15s they were handed.

Being an Air Force enlisted aircrew operator myself, I wouldn't dare do what they did. I don't want anyone who shouldn't know our procedures and tactics to get a hold of them; it could help the enemy in very meaningful ways.

And the soldier who released buttloads of CLASSIFIED information to Wikileaks did it intentionally with the harm of hurting the US. It was an act of treason, and the sheer volume of information released warrants a heavy prison sentence, if not death. It is not comparable to what the SEALs did, and they received more than a slap on the wrist.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm "99% Done"
34. Re: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Jun 16, 2012, 11:35 Trainwreck
 
Wings of Liberty did have all three races; it just had one campaign. And that one campaign was longer than the original StarCraft campaign.

I was as shocked as anyone when they announced they'd be splitting the game into three installments, but honestly, they're doing a bang-up job so far in delivering content for the cash. I'm no Blizzard apologist (I'm not bashful in my criticism of Diablo III's DRM and World of Warcraft in general), but I don't feel fleeced by their treatment of StarCraft.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
17. Re: etc., etc. Jun 14, 2012, 08:00 Trainwreck
 
Sadly, you're totally correct. Hell, since the dawn of man people have been interested primarily in nudity and violence for entertainment as well as life in general. Look back at Shakespeare, ancient Rome, or Greek tragedies for proof of this.

We may not be able to change this basic fact, but I don't have to celebrate it. I like violence and sex as much as anybody, but there's a point at which it becomes obscene. I often recall watching that old Saints Row 3 preview video in which the presenter giddily showed off how you can knock anybody in the crotch in the street or slap them with a big purple dildo. At what point did this become "cool"? Or even tolerable?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
15. Re: etc., etc. Jun 14, 2012, 06:51 Trainwreck
 
I think you guys might be missing the point. Other forms of media (TV, books etc.) have established that they can handle subjects such as rape, mass murder, crime, etc. with maturity and subtlety (though they often fail, and should be criticized for it appropriately). I don't know that video games have proven the same.

That's not to say that I don't hope they do someday...I suppose recent entries like Deus Ex come close, but the fiction in even the best game worlds is largely garbage compared to the best that movies can offer. I for one am sick to death of constantly slaughtering everything in sight; successful independent developers seem to have caught on to the concept that games need a shift in focus. I just wish the AAA industry could understand that.

One thing I'm sick of is everyone saying, "Game X portrays women badly," but in fact, usually Game X portrays everyone pretty horribly. Everyone, especially gamers, should be up in arms over the assault on the senses that the AAA industry has become.
 
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