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  • In memory of Call of Duty's cyborgs

  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    @Bauul My point is why look at how military technology is used in video games from an only Western viewpoint. Technology, military or otherwise, is a global phenomenon. We have non-Western videogames, major ones like the MGS titles or Vanquish, where cybernetic military technology plays a major role.

    I'm all for fighting the good fight, but this isn't one of those times.
    You disagree with me, that's fine. I have given my honest viewpoint. I wasn't expecting it to be universally agreed upon.
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  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    The original comment didn't suggest it as less prevalent in the East. You've read that into the comment yourself. The opinion expressed about the West being cybernised is completely independent of whatever is happening elsewhere.
    It is hard to read an article about military technology, in the context of current world events, from an only Western perspective. In my opinion this just doesn't fly.

    Your interpretation of the article and subsequent replies is definitely up the swanny here.
    If nothing else I have learned a new phrase today :)
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  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    The protagonist is a white American male soldier, the antagonist is a white American businessman, a significant proportion of the cast are white English-speaking Westerners, and the plot is chiefly concerned with threats to the USA, the USA's military-industrial complex and the USA's status as self-proclaimed head of the global order. If you want a longer analysis, I'll have to see if I can pitch one! Of course there are the usual sops to other nationalities and cultures – see also, Hollywood action movies - but to suggest that it is simply invalid to look at the game (not exclusively!) in the context of the capitalist west is silly.
    is not the same as

    It is an American-made game for an audience that consists overwhelmingly of Americans and Europeans.
    Again do you have any demographic data to back up your latter claim?

    I would argue that the difference between “glamourising” and “implying the West is technologically ahead of the rest of the world” is negligible here.
    According to Merriam Webster:

    Glamourise - to look upon or depict as glamorous : romanticize
    So I am guessing this is yet another of your (gross) exaggerations then ;).

    Had I portrayed the west as more technologically advanced, this would not be the same as claiming that the west is in some way superior, because, amongst other things, the article describes the technology in question as a dangerous force.
    Let me break it down for you - you don't have to explicitly claim the west is superior to the rest of the world to be prejudicial. This is also not something I have accused you of. What I find prejudicial is your narrow point of view that has you seeing things only from a White Western viewpoint. This "dangerous" military technology is not a Western only issue. It's a global one. To claim otherwise is ridiculous and or naive.

    In my experience, one's “times” are partly the product of one's specific geographical circumstances, and in this case, the game is strongly focused on the US. Of course the topic is bigger than one country, but the object of discussion here is a game with a specific cultural orientation.
    And this statement dovetails nicely with what I said in my previous paragraph.

    I strongly disagree with your reading of the piece, and I feel many of your follow-up points are clutching at straws, but I'm grateful that you took the time to defend your position. All best, genuinely.
    That's fine with me. I disagree with your responses as well. I didn't hold this discussion with you because I was hoping to change your mind or the article. I was simply stating my reading of it and justifying why I had done so. I don't have an issue with agreeing to disagree.
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  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    No, Sledgehammer made a game about white American men waging war across the globe on behalf of US strategic and corporate interest.
    Last I check Gideon was a Brit, Cormack was African American and Ilona Russian.

    Please, let's not try to recast Advanced Warfare as some sort of uber-cosmopolitan project for the sake of having the last word in a comments thread. It is an American-made game for an audience that consists overwhelmingly of Americans and Europeans.
    North America and Europe are multi-cultural continents. There are plenty of non-White people living in both continents who I bet play Call of Duty. Do you have any demographic data to suggest otherwise?

    And again, to claim a greater "prevalence" of certain products in one region (which I wasn't!) is not the same thing as stating that one culture is superior to another.
    You are talking about technology not culture in this article. Implying that the West is technologically advanced over the rest of the world is rather erroneous, and in my opinion prejudicial.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been subject to this kind of snobbery, and I apologise if you feel slighted here, but I think you are projecting an *enormous* amount onto a fairly innocuous sentence.
    I was hoping you would bring this up. I suggest you read some of your reviews starting with your Get Even review. Then we can resume this conversation about "projecting".

    The sentence you quote describes the society you accuse me of glamourising as "inglorious". I have no idea how you're getting from all that to some kind of racist manifesto.
    Now we have two strawmen here! 1) I have never said you're glamourising Western society. I feel I was pretty clear that I thought you were implying the West is technologically ahead of the rest of the world. If I wasn't clear enough, my apologies. This post should eliminate any further confusion about what I am implying.

    2) I highlighted a single statement of yours. That hardly qualifies as a manifesto. I did find it prejudicial as I have explained in my replies to you.

    I have also stated that I acknowledge you may not have done this intentionally. Which begs the question why are you so intent on highlighting the West when, as you claim, you were not out to portray them as being technologically advanced? This article is about how technology is portrayed in military video games. Surely games like Advanced Warfare are a product of our times rather than based on the geography of the development team!
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  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    If you don't like the way I write, by all means give me some criticism I can work with
    Read my reply. It's not "lazy trolling".
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  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    I singled out the west in this para because that's where Sledgehammer is based.
    Sledgehammer made a game about a global conflict with tech that's an advancement of tech that is currently ubiquitous globally, and you still choose to single out the west?

    how you'd get from an observation that certain products are more prevalent in some regions than others to outright racism escapes me.
    Because the tech is not more prevalent in the west. It is the erroneous nature of your assumption that is prejudicial.

    As the rest of the article makes plain, I'm very ambivalent about this kind of technology, and I don't regard access to it as some kind of mark of cultural superiority.
    As a migrant in NZ I have experienced this sort of thing many times. The whole "you are so lucky to now be part of a modern progressive western society" condescending bullshit is very familiar to me and this is exactly how your statement read to me. Perhaps you didn't mean it that way. Sure. But I would argue that something like this:

    ...and speaks to how we inglorious denizens of the 21st century have grown accustomed to cybernetic prosthetics and peripherals in daily life...

    would be far less likely to be misinterpreted.
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  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    Sledgehammer's series debut both follows on from the brilliant Dead Space, in which every menu is a delightful hologram emitted by Isaac Clarke's vacuum suit, and speaks to how we inglorious denizens of the capitalist west have grown accustomed to cybernetic prosthetics and peripherals in daily life - from actual, commercially available exoskeletons such as the US-made $77,000 ReWalk, to touchscreen watches equipped with performance monitors that look disturbingly like XP wheels.
    This is a load of bollocks. Even worse than that, it's racist bollocks. Mobile phones are "cybernetic peripherals" and they are prevalent everywhere in the world. Also China, which last I checked was not part of the "capitalist west", is a massive purchaser of Apple products, the Apple watch included. In 2015, one fifth of Apple watches sold were sold in China.

    They are still hugely popular there, even more so than Chinese brands. For a writer from a supposedly progressive "news" outlet you're remarkably in touch with your inner 19th century colonialist!
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  • Get Even review

  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    @man.the.king He's guilty of being prejudiced himself. Just look at his editorial on Advanced Warfare. Reply +1
  • frazzl 23/06/2017

    @man.the.king Yup he mistakes verbosity with quality :lol: Reply +1
  • frazzl 22/06/2017

    Edwin doesn't like it. For me that's an endorsement of the game! Might have to check it out. Reply +13
  • Leaked images reveal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone

  • frazzl 24/06/2017

    @Fiddy That was the only good mission in the entire game. Reply -3
  • frazzl 21/06/2017

    The COD4 campaign was dreadful. Infinitely spawning aimbot enemies. Fuck that shit. It sucked when it was released and it sucks just as much if not more now. No thanks Activision. Reply -17
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 reveals awe-inspiring in-engine demo

  • frazzl 23/06/2017

    It already looks better than NMS :D Reply 0
  • Fatal Fury 2 hits Nintendo Switch and PS4 tomorrow

  • frazzl 21/06/2017

    I am still waiting for SNK to release the Real Bout games on the X1 or PS4. Reply 0
  • Hitman first season down to Ł18 in Xbox Live indie sale

  • frazzl 20/06/2017

    At that price I might actually get it. Fuck Square Enix and their fucking episodic bullshit. Reply -5
  • Clearing up confusion surrounding Crackdown 3 destruction

  • frazzl 19/06/2017

    @spamdangled as Gareth says in the article, this wasn't particularly well communicated. I didn't know this, and I consider myself pretty well informed. Also I saw plenty of people asking about destruction following the E3 showing last week.
    Perhaps you should be more familiar with your own website's coverage of a game before you slate it? I mean ffs!
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  • Xbox One X is $500 - so how much will next-gen consoles cost?

  • frazzl 18/06/2017

    @higganos Genuinely curious - why not pay 450 quid for a console? Especially if it is not about affordability. Reply -2
  • frazzl 18/06/2017

    @kirankara Agreed! I also wonder how many people whining about the price of the X1X paid far more their mobile phone. A phone they most probably upgrade once every couple of years if not more frequently. Reply -3
  • frazzl 18/06/2017

    I think we'll see a 2 model system from now on. A cheap base model (PS4/X1S) and a premium model (PS4P/X1X). People who don't want to pay extra can opt for the base model. Those willing to pay for a premium, like myself, can go for the more capable model. I don't understand why anyone would whinge tbh. Reply 0
  • Microsoft E3 2017 live report

  • frazzl 18/06/2017

    @ItsMeNaughty You obviously care enough to keep replying. It's tres amusing :D. Also where have I said this E3 "was good"? Seriously little buddy (Mr. Writer is that you?) if you're gonna troll someone you really need to up your game. At the moment your pathetic skills are only making you look stupid :D Reply -1
  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    @ItsMeNaughty I was talking about fanboys like you backpedaling. You started the whole brand thing. And sure you can claim anything over the Internet, without any sort of proof it's meaningless. A sock account with 4 posts and you expect anyone here to take you seriously? LMAO!! Reply -1
  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    @ItsMeNaughty And where did I say you did? I was simply questioning why you would bring up Xbox fanboys being familiar with backpedaling when Sony fanboys like yourself share that same knowledge :). As for ruining gaming, LOL! Truer Sony pony words have yet to be spoken. BTW whose sock are you? 3 posts - 2 of them white knighting Sony :lol: Reply -1
  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    @ItsMeNaughty Sony have just as rich a history of backpedaling - across multiple products and generations. From "gamers don't want force feedback in controllers", to "legacy hardware backwards compatibility", to "gamers will want to get a second job to afford a PS3", to the perfect placement of the square button on the PSP, to "there's no problem with the disc drive of the PS1" etc. Sorry ItsMeIgnorant, try again :D Reply -1
  • Beyond Good & Evil 2 lets you create your own character

  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    If it turns out like NMS I'll be skipping it. One massively disappointing piece of shit championed by a pathological liar is enough, thank you very much. Reply 0
  • Here's how The Crew 2's vehicular triathlon will work

  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    I thought the demo looked really nice. My only concern is car handling. TDU 1 and 2 as well as the original The Crew had rather iffy handling. Hopefully the racing engine here is up to snuff. Reply +1
  • Eurogamer's best of E3 2017

  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    @Creamysmooth I agree - in terms of lineup there's something for everyone. I also was impressed with Metro, Far Cry 5 and Ori 2. MS should have done a better job with the Crackdown 3 reveal but I am hopeful it too ends up good :). Reply +1
  • frazzl 17/06/2017

    I agree with 2 of the 5 - Wolfenstein 2 and Mario Odyssey. I guess 2 out of 5 ain't bad ;) Reply 0
  • Super Mario Odyssey is a very weird Mario game

  • frazzl 14/06/2017

    Looks brilliant. Here's my reason to get a Switch later this year :) Reply -1
  • First Far Cry 5 gameplay debuted at Ubisoft E3 show, features good dog

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    If you wanted a Ruby Ridge/Waco styled scenario in a game, you have it ;) Reply 0
  • One of the ugliest controllers ever is about to make a comeback

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    The Duke had good analog sticks and great triggers. The 4 main buttons were decent too. The d-pad was shit and the black and white buttons too small and awkwardly placed. Didn't have an issue with its size. Reply 0
  • Until Dawn dev announces VR prequel The Inpatient

  • frazzl 13/06/2017


    Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games is releasing its second Until Dawn VR spin-off. This time it's a prequel called The Inpatient.
    Usually a spin-off is distinct from a proper sequel/prequel. Not my choice of words btw.
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  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    I wish they would do a non VR title. I love the first Until Dawn. A proper sequel or prequel would go down a treat. Reply -3
  • Knack 2 gets a release date

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @antonyadler I played enough of the first Knack to know it was terrible. If this is anything like the first one I will be staying very far away. Reply -3
  • A new look at Quantic Dream's PS4 game Detroit

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @Fourfoldroot In 2017 the words "Skyrim" and "excited" should not be found in the same sentence ;) Reply -1
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @Plankton1975 I said it first :P Reply +1
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @williamarthurfenton I like the interaction thrown in as limited as it is. Games like the ones Cage makes and Until Dawn have their audience I reckon. I am one of them. Reply +2
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    I like Cage's games. Short on compelling gameplay but they don't disappoint on the spectacle. Will definitely be getting this. Reply +35
  • Insomniac's Spider-Man debuts gameplay footage

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @---___--- I goofed. Have edited my post to reflect this. Thanks. Reply 0
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @clarkec321 You are right. My bad. Have edited the mistake. I do really like the Infamous games though. Reply 0
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    I like Insomniac. The (Edit: I screwed up - the Infamous games are made by Sucker Punch) and Sunset Overdrive were great. This...I am not so sure. Hope I am wrong. Reply +3
  • Xbox One X promises a strong and stable line-up

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @Kili102 Yeah I would love a new Fable as well. A proper one and not the bullshit card game MS is promoting :(. Having said that after Breath of the Wild and the Witcher 3, any future open world RPG has massive shoes to fill.

    Lastly, I recommend multiplatform for everyone. That way you can play whatever you want, no struggles with that painful cognitive dissonance about good games on "rival" platforms.
    Perfectly said. Every console has worthwhile games. If you can get them all why not!
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  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @Kili102 To be fair to Sony, MS and I am pretty sure, Nintendo tomorrow, when have E3 conferences ever been totally surprising? In the last decade I can only think of one moment where an E3 announcement has caught me completely unawares - the Shenmue 3 reveal. Apart from that it's been business as usual from every party.

    Edit: My issue with gaming sites today, Eurogamer, Polygon, Gamespot etc. is that they care very little about the games themselves. The amount of click bait shit that is posted is embarrassing. Gaming "journalism" seems to be stuck on the level of Fox News or the Daily Mail.
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  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @George-Roper That hasn't been my experience. How much did your PC cost? what hardware does it sport.

    Of all the gaming systems I own, PC gaming is by far the fastest to start and, more importantly, the fastest to load sections of the game and load saves.
    That's the opposite of my experience. Are you arguing your experience is universal?

    Remind us again how much time some current-gen console games require to actually start up and then load saved games. Or does that aspect conveniently not matter in your one-policy tone?
    It's your reply that is decidedly one tracked, not my tone. I have given more than one reason for why I don't game on the PC. The simplicity of console gaming versus PC gaming is just one of them. Then again, Georgie, aren't you the one claiming that PC gaming is subjectively better than console gaming? ;)
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  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @lacerz How about newly announced PS4 games. Sony E3 show wasn't any "better" than Microsoft's. Reply 0
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    Yes everyone is aware of the difference between subjective and objective, but no Britney Spears is not as good as Mozart, despite that being an instance of the former.
    Then you do not understand the concept of opinion. There is no universally accepted metric for deciding that artist A is better than artist B.

    Not all opinions are created equally. You are entitled to prefer Britney Spears to Mozart but unless you have a compelling counter case the argument underlying the contrary is more compelling.
    Again what determines a "compelling" argument is dependent upon the audience of said argument. I doubt you could make a case compelling enough to convince a die hard Britney fan that Mozart is better. In the absence of a metric, one that is recognized by all, it's purely subjective.

    There are some artifacts indicating quality, e.g. Metacritic scores, which I would be confident support the conclusion that PS4 have far more exclusives over the 80 point category than the XB1.
    Metacritic aggregates subjective scores. The claim that this is an accurate metric of quality is both unsubstantiated and laughable.

    I've owned all 3 Xboxes, and the PS4 is my first Sony console, and I use my Xbox for cross-platform games, but I cannot see any compelling argument, subjective or otherwise, to overcome the evidence that the PS4 has had considerably more success with console exclusives.
    I have an X1, PS4 and Wii U (haven't got a Switch yet). I find the PS4's exclusives to be the weakest and of the 3 consoles. I also prefer the X1 controller by a massive margin, have invested heavily in the MS environment in terms of games and achievos, and have all my gameplaying friends on XBL, not PSN. As such I have played the PS4 the least. I play my X1 the most. So for me the X1 is subjectively better than the Wii is subjectively better than the PS4. No ifs ands or buts about it.
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  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @kirankara I am referring to the initial boot. Switching the PC on, starting Steam and launching the game. All of my consoles (X1, PS4 and Wii U) are faster. Just my experience so far. Reply 0
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    Looks like Sony went for the same recipe too. Strong and stable without vision. If anyone is surprised by this they either 1) don't know games or 2) are fanboy muppets. Perhaps both :lol: Reply 0
  • Sony PlayStation E3 2017 conference live report

  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @hermanallen The Xbox has a number of console exclusives. Not everyone has a gaming PC and an X1. For the console only gamer, and as far as I know there are plenty of us, console exclusives are effectively exclusive until they appear on another console. Reply 0
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    @kraenk Based on your post history I sincerely doubt Sony could have done anything to elicit a negative reaction from you. Fact is that Sony played it just as safe as MS. Sequels. DLC. Third part content. Licensed content. Remasters. You can't get more staid than that. Reply +1
  • frazzl 13/06/2017

    I don't see how any of this here is better than what was seen in the MS showcase. Sequels. Remasters. Licensed titles. QTE heavy action. Where exactly is the vision? Unsurprisingly the same people demanding this from MS are proclaiming this unimportant for Sony. Reply +5