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34.
 
German Law
Dec 6, 2001, 09:05
Eon
34.
German Law Dec 6, 2001, 09:05
Dec 6, 2001, 09:05
Eon
 
If you want to market a game in Germany there is a big list of forbidden imagery you can get that basically encompasses SS Divisional and Regimental insignia, Nazi party insignia and slogans and things such as these.

This is done to prevent those in the extreme right wing of German politics from getting a Nazi message out to the voting public of Germany. National Socialism had a lot of weird extremist policies, regarding racial purity and other such things. On the other hand it also provided a firm government in which a lot of Germans remember the recovery of Germany as a a Nation state - all done AFTER Hitler rose to power but BEFORE the horrific tragedies of WWII.

Germany has witnessed what a nation caught up in strange circumstances and bizarre politics can do to their fellow human being - so they don't trust themselves, or their leaders, with complete political freedom.

The Nazi party has been outlawed in many European states, a ban which I believe is NOT upheld in America (unless I'm wrong - in which case please correct me) because of the First Amendment.

Given the circumstances that Germany got itself into, and looking at the histories of all the Western nations, it would be a brave man indeed who could claim that such a thing could not happen in his own country. There are many parallels between incidents in German history and incidents in English, French and American history, for a start. Italy and Spain even had facist governments during the same time period, and Japan and the Soviet Union committed many atrocities.

Food for thought...


Eon

7.
 
Do you get the impression...
Dec 5, 2001, 04:39
Eon
7.
Do you get the impression... Dec 5, 2001, 04:39
Dec 5, 2001, 04:39
Eon
 
...that this title is aimed squarely at people who have never bought a game before in their lives?

Eon

159.
 
Perhaps...
Dec 5, 2001, 04:34
Eon
Perhaps... Dec 5, 2001, 04:34
Dec 5, 2001, 04:34
Eon
 
I was never taught that violence was wrong as a means to solve problems - I was taught that irresponsible violence was wrong, violence out of all proportion to the situation at hand.

Screwed up interpretation of the Second Amendment of the US constitution has fostered a society very much entangled with the firearm. To an American, a criminal who ISN'T armed with a firearm is either stupid or unprepared. That's because IN America you'd have to be a moron to enter someone's house without a gun - chances are they're packing.

In the UK you'd have to be a moron to carry a firearm around, because the problems of doing so outweigh the fact that you could carry just about any confrontation provided you used your firearm effectively.

Police in this country have a habit of shooting armed felons VERY, VERY dead. They do this because we don't have an armed populace, and therefore public opinion says that someone only needs a firearm for nefarious uses, and that anyone carrying one deserves exactly what they get. Those that are captured without the firearm that the police have proof they used in a crime often face more jail time because of the existence of that firearm than they did for the offence they used the firearm to expedite.

So, to American's who don't understand how we can be free without guns, the simple answer is that we remain so, for as long as no other political group has them. You have guns as an equaliser - to us they are an imbalancing force outside of the norm.

This, of course, means that we don't SEE any good side to owning one. In our society there just isn't a reason for any law abiding person to do so. In your society, of course, it's like hanging a little sign marked "Rob me - I'm feeble" around your neck not to have one. And because of the risks inherent in burglary in the US only the most dangerous criminals do so - and they are more hyped up and tooled up than they'd otherwise need to be. This leads to an enhanced chance of violent confrontation.


Here are the figures, and these are all per capita, which means they've been adjusted for the difference in population sizes between the US and UK.

The US burglary and theft rate is 50% of that in the UK.
The US homicide rate is 570% of that in the UK.
The US rape rate is 300% of that in the UK.

So burglar's are deterred, but at a cost that you can judge for yourself.

What to do, though? It's not like strict gun controls will get the guns off the criminals, or remove the impetus for such crime. I honestly don't have a solution, but feel honour bound to point out that I don't think "more guns" is it.

Eon

136.
 
Re: Founding Father
Dec 4, 2001, 12:35
Eon
Re: Founding Father Dec 4, 2001, 12:35
Dec 4, 2001, 12:35
Eon
 
I can only quote Scott Addams from his Dilbert cartoon:

Dogbert: "I believe that everyone should be able to own automatic firearms, however I should be the only one able to own ammunition. Frankly I wouldn't trust you goobers with anything more dangerous than string."

Dilbert: "What about Charlton Heston?"

Dogbert: "I'd keep the string away from him."


It's never your own judgement you don't trust, but everyone is "somebody else" to you, aren't they? And frankly, if the Thomas Jefferson quote applies to Guns then it applies to a right to club you in the back of the head and take your money, or the right to sell kiddie porn, or the right to embezzel millions from elderly investors.

That argument is bullshit, and I don't care if it came down from on high on tablets of stone, never mind in the US constitution.


Eon

This comment was edited on Dec 4, 12:36.
130.
 
Re: Founding Father
Dec 4, 2001, 08:48
Eon
Re: Founding Father Dec 4, 2001, 08:48
Dec 4, 2001, 08:48
Eon
 
Well, perhaps a little more maturity as a society will help you understand that the compromise between freedom and security is a grey area.

To use that quote in the way that you mean it would make Thomas Jefferson a confirmed anarchist.

Or are you claiming there are no laws in America?

Eon

128.
 
Re: weapons and other shit
Dec 4, 2001, 06:29
Eon
Re: weapons and other shit Dec 4, 2001, 06:29
Dec 4, 2001, 06:29
Eon
 
In addition you forget that we HAD our Civil War, our great revolution against authority in 1642. We didn't see the need to arm our populace then, preferring the idea of a an Army that is representative of the people to arming the people to fight against the Army.

For almost 360 years the Army hasn't broken its covenant to protect our Island from enemies both foreign and domestic.


Eon

27.
 
Re: You know
Dec 3, 2001, 16:00
Eon
27.
Re: You know Dec 3, 2001, 16:00
Dec 3, 2001, 16:00
Eon
 
I'm not saying that the public has no right to know, or that Blue has no right to print an open letter sent to him with the express intent to let the public know.

I'm saying it's bad form for two publishers and a developer to air their dirty laundry in public. It seems to me that it's a case of "unsatisfying deal". Probably Echelon hasn't performed as well at retail as anyone hoped, probably there's a lot less money in the pot than anyone hoped and probably people are taking steps to ensure that if there's a money drought over this project then it doesn't affect their staff or their stockholders.

I would imagine that little loopholes in the contracts are being scrutinised, people (or lawyers) are talking to each and that this whole mess in public is an elaborate part of negotiations.

This is the sort of thing that happens when a "marginal" game fails to sell through at retail.

Why are you upset about not being able to return a game after 90 days? It shouldn't take 90 days to work out whether you like a game or not! If an entertainment product has kept you entertained for almost three months then, brother, you've got your money's worth! Try taking a paperback book to the retailer after 90 days and asking for your money back because the text on the back of the book misled you as to the totality of the story!

Eon

This comment was edited on Dec 3, 16:00.
99.
 
Re: Trying to talk sense into CCGR - Part 37
Dec 3, 2001, 04:50
Eon
99.
Re: Trying to talk sense into CCGR - Part 37 Dec 3, 2001, 04:50
Dec 3, 2001, 04:50
Eon
 
Indiv - "I bet Eon does."

That's true, but then have SEEN those games?

Nahh... I don't have any problems with that, right now I'm revisiting Vampire: The Masquerade, and I don't have any problems playing as Cristof the French Crusader!

To the abyss with thee!


Eon

84.
 
What's wrong with a little magic?
Nov 30, 2001, 04:48
Eon
84.
What's wrong with a little magic? Nov 30, 2001, 04:48
Nov 30, 2001, 04:48
Eon
 
The whole point of games is escapism, frankly if I could escape into a world where Gods actually walked amongst us and granted powers to the faithful then I'd be there in an instant. Frankly I think that Priests would be a lot more compelling with a little symbolic imagery!

Anyway - I could get into big lectures about Miracles Vs. Magic, with the only difference being inside your own head (if indeed ANY of your objections or opinions actually originate in your own head). Suffice it to say that I feel encouraging children to explore other world views is a healthy process - and would fight to the last breath any attempt to "regulate" my hobby to one individual or class of individuals narrow vision.

Once again - the only possible way that the pentagram could be considered remotely Anti-Christian is if you consider yourself to still be at war with the faith/faiths that use it as their symbol. Frankly I think that if you haven't destroyed them by now, you probably aren't going to - time for an armistice?

Eon

23.
 
Re: You know
Nov 29, 2001, 10:49
Eon
23.
Re: You know Nov 29, 2001, 10:49
Nov 29, 2001, 10:49
Eon
 
Hang on, War on Dugs? Is that "Wee broon dugs"?

I do agree that the finger pointing is a traditional part of the process whenever a game doesn't make somebody money - the first thing a developer who knows he can basically kiss the chance of Royalties goodbye does is speculate as to exactly how much money the Publisher REALLY made or lost as a result of his game.

I don't blame Blue, however, as by any definition this ugly little slanging match qualifies as "News". For a start it's news to me that three companies could imitate squabbling children in the playground.

Eon

20.
 
Once more...
Nov 29, 2001, 05:55
Eon
20.
Once more... Nov 29, 2001, 05:55
Nov 29, 2001, 05:55
Eon
 
We can neither comment or discuss, but we're going to comment and discuss...

WAY professional looking there!

As for the rest of it, frankly if you call over a million troops a "police action" then maybe you can appreciate the verbal sophistry in both Bethesda's and Buka's letters. Frankly I suspect that everybody is trying to screw everybody else - it just looks like maybe Bethesda is more experienced than Buka. The people I feel sorry for are Madia - who probably didn't realise there was even a problem until the first cheque that Buka didn't send.

Eon

This comment was edited on Nov 29, 05:58.
54.
 
Re: Thanks for the advice
Nov 28, 2001, 09:17
Eon
54.
Re: Thanks for the advice Nov 28, 2001, 09:17
Nov 28, 2001, 09:17
Eon
 
Sorry if I look like I'm ragging on you, CCGR, but the impression I got from your responses was that you felt that learning the trade of reviewing was too tough and time consuming for you, and that you'd rather take the easy route of just being shocked when you play a game and writing about that!

Where do we go from here, though? The problem is that you WANT to write a review that says "Pentagrams are evil, therefore this game is evil.", whereas I feel that pentagrams simply aren't evil when compared to burning somebody alive over a religious difference. People's advice to you literally boils down to "talk about the game first and the religion second." and "write from a moral not a religious point of view and you'll get more respect".

Only you think that adherence to dogma = morality. It's tough because, to you, having virtual characters worship you as a God in a game is as morally problematic as shooting an unarmed woman in the back of the head with a shotgun in a game.

On that note I can't give you any real constructive advice, other than broaden your horizons and get out more!


Eon

46.
 
Re: Thanks for the advice
Nov 28, 2001, 06:32
Eon
46.
Re: Thanks for the advice Nov 28, 2001, 06:32
Nov 28, 2001, 06:32
Eon
 
There you go, you see, now YOU look like the asshole. You gotta have an eye for quality if you want to do decent reviews - otherwise you end up being a one-trick Pony.

Eon

35.
 
Re: reviews
Nov 27, 2001, 17:11
Eon
35.
Re: reviews Nov 27, 2001, 17:11
Nov 27, 2001, 17:11
Eon
 
Well, I'm not one to break even a tentative olive branch, if you're keen to improve the quality of your reviews then I'm more than willing to give you some hints and tips.

The first would be to check some of the better review sites on the net. The ones linked by Blue are generally among the cream, but there are others. Don't swing by www.penny-arcade.com and read their reviews - that path is not for you or yours and I think you'd break something trying!

Other than advice to check out the work of others, and the eminently sage suggestions given by that nice Anon chap, I would say that you need to polish your eye for detail.

A poor reviewer would say that the graphics are nice.
A mediocre reviewer would say that attention had been spent on the environments.
A fair reviewer would add that the lighting effects are excellent.
A great reviewer would add to the above that many of the lighting effects are clearly dynamic, with environmental changes resulting in different lighting effects.

You can repeat this scale for different disciplines. What makes the sound amazing, the gameplay captivating, the animation compelling.

Obviously it takes time to learn what makes a game great. The best way is by playing them. Given the selection at your site, you don't play as many games as you should if you want to make yourself a great reviewer - comparison will really help you work out what is great and why, especially if you look at how other sites have reacted to the game you're reviewing.

I'm not saying copy - but it helps when you look at something that is supposed to be representative of all that's great in the industry, and can gauge your own reaction to it accordingly.


Eon

34.
 
Re: Ha
Nov 27, 2001, 16:49
Eon
34.
Re: Ha Nov 27, 2001, 16:49
Nov 27, 2001, 16:49
Eon
 
No I'm not afraid deep down that I'll burn in hell it's because too many times a paranoid Pope listened to a paranoid Priest and plenty motherfuckers burned in THIS world, not the next one.

It's only about Forty years ago that my country got the right to be different back - and some folks are STILL killing each other in other parts of the world over Christianity (and other religions too).

Me, I won't tell you your God is fucked up - but I'll tell you what a piece of shit his apparatus on earth is. And that goes for just about every organised religion. Apparently the Pope had to start a special helpline, because Priests like to interfere with small boys. And now you guys want to tell me when my game is "unsuitable"?!

Clear house!

Eon

25.
 
Re: Ha
Nov 27, 2001, 14:10
Eon
25.
Re: Ha Nov 27, 2001, 14:10
Nov 27, 2001, 14:10
Eon
 
Nahhh... I think he's calling ME a gay punk. And I wasn't referring to US constitutional amendments, I was referring to a general raft of laws that toe various lines between censorship and anarchy across the Western world.

As for the two Anons...

Firstly, I'm neither Agnostic nor Atheist. And when it comes to doubt and guilt you can't beat the Christian priesthood. Shit Catholicism is fucking FOUNDED on guilt and doubt. If my statement above wasn't true then you wouldn't see the kind of self-righteous shite that sparked this whole exchange of opinions.

The long words crack I'll ignore, because you put a smiley after it. I could retort, but you're probably a fucking English professor or something. (Granted you'd have to be a Redneck English Teacher but I guess SOMEBODY teaches out in the sticks!).

Anon@216 is right though... You called me a Gay Punk cause you had nothing of relevance to add. Loser.

Eon

21.
 
Not this loser again...
Nov 27, 2001, 08:58
Eon
21.
Not this loser again... Nov 27, 2001, 08:58
Nov 27, 2001, 08:58
Eon
 
Jeez... What a pity I missed the chance to be first in line to slam her, I had hoped it'd be awhile before she stuck her nose back in the news forum I frequent again.

Bottom line CCGR, your reviews are very poor, and your ulterior agenda makes me want to throw my boots up. The moderator has decided that your site has so little merit as a review site alone that he refuses your requests to link to you. Most of the board denizens treat you as a leper at best, or actually worth offensive comment at worst.

Do you actually go to and read the sites that ARE linked to? Might give you a few hints and tips!

Personally I find the idea of reviewing games extensively on their "moral" content to be offensive - there's no way of objectively defining moral and immoral. If you, for example, confined yourself to commenting on the amount of graphically depicted violence or nudity in a game, at least I'd feel you were offering SOME sort of service! But to presume to preach morals, in the hope of getting parents to restrict their childrens purchases because of your own limited world view?! What irks me especially is when you start ragging on other religions like Wicca or the Egyptian pantheistic religion (I don't know the actual name of that one).

Make no mistake, people, it's sites like this that are the PR arm of the Inquisition or Auto da fe. I don't care if you actually never burned people, you are attempting to marginalise a way of life and a philosophy whilst quashing freedom of speech and art rights that are central to most Western societies.

That sort of gig might play in Kandahar, but most people aren't into it.


Eon

7.
 
Direct X
Nov 27, 2001, 08:46
Eon
7.
Direct X Nov 27, 2001, 08:46
Nov 27, 2001, 08:46
Eon
 
DirectX support is ALWAYS a good thing. The vast majority of people who want to play games use a DirectX empowered operating system, so it cuts out a lot of the bull.

Basically, because its the MS standard, that means things are a lot more likely to support and a lot less likely to have niggling little conflicts with it.

About the one standard that nobody dares flaunt these days...


Eon

6.
 
Pennance...
Nov 26, 2001, 04:06
Eon
6.
Pennance... Nov 26, 2001, 04:06
Nov 26, 2001, 04:06
Eon
 
Okay, this is the first article with AvP2 in it that I've found on here since purchasing the game on Friday. I'd just like to say... I'm sorry, I was wrong. The game is good.

Thank you.

Eon

53.
 
Actually even that info is dodgy...
Nov 23, 2001, 10:39
Eon
53.
Actually even that info is dodgy... Nov 23, 2001, 10:39
Nov 23, 2001, 10:39
Eon
 
As publishers are required to give Sales figures, but those figures are THEIR sales to RETAIL AND DISTRIBUTION and do not include the number of units shipped BACK to the warehouses under Sale or Return agreements.

How on earth do you think that first day sales figures make it into PR sheets so quickly? Surely not from counting each individual unit sold at retail!

Eon

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