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  1. South Park

    The jibe about "people that agree with you" was ill-judged. Sorry about that. Since it wasn't clear, I'll come out and say it - I think the show gets a lot of shit becuase it doesn't stick to the progressive party line. So SP doesn't come down on one side when folks feel it should. It's not a show that is going to agree with you and tell you, "you're right" unless you're a nihilist. In spite of that, I've never felt that South Park is telling me to be afraid of having an opinion. Sure, they're mocking you sometimes, but so what? It's a show full of fart jokes, not a political pamphlet. If anything has made me afraid of holding an opinion, it's social media (SCREAM AT EACH OTHER IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS), but that's a topic for another day. Do you think SP's approach to issues has a chilling effect on people wanting to voice their views? To be extra clear, I'm not defending bigotry, assuming we both mean something like the M-W definition "one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance". I don't think the show is about bigotry, though. SP uses it as a tool. In the Columbus Day episode, Cartman (of course it's Cartman... again) is willing to use any means necessary to further his goal of getting a day off. That's insane - and it's funny as a result. The show eventually proposes a compromise where the kids get what they really want (a day off school) and the holiday doesn't celebrate the colonisation of North America by genocidal European settlers any more. This doesn't look like sitting on the fence to me but I'll grant you the episode does portray both sides as stupid. At times PC Principal (not his fraternity of bros, just him alone) fulfils the role. He consistently believes in justice, but makes pratfalls because he's just a white dudebro when all's said and done. I guess it's just not interesting to see things going well.
  2. South Park

    Don't agree with the notion that those on the "right" side (i.e. people you agree with) should be immune to mockery. Randy is trying to use progressive politics to get status, it's his MO for the last few seasons. I laugh when it goes wrong for him. No equivalence is being drawn between progressives and bigots in the cited episode - the opposition to Randy's crusade is just a bunch of kids who want the day off. Or is your complaint that they haven't taken neo-nazis to task? It's hardly an interesting take to say "nazis are bad." Would you rather they focus on taking on the current administration, which is so far beyond parody it's hard to find humor? SP has tried, though - the recent episode mentioned in the OP ("Put It Down"), or the episode about the regretful trump voter I linked to earlier, or the final episode where the parting line is about the fate of President GarrisonTrump: "It's up to the Whites" (For the record, I don't think anyone here argues in bad faith. It's one of the things this community does really well)
  3. South Park

    I don't see SP as a meditation on bigotry. I'd wager that some think it is bigotry, but then everything is problematic these days. It does have a bit to say about our polarised culture and how we build social capital with gestures that don't do much to help. South Park pokes fun at people who perform the rituals of PC culture in public to look good, but in private they're just as shitty as us mere mortals. There's an episode in the new season where Randy tries to get Columbus Day banned (how he acts in public), and by the midpoint he's dressed as Columbus and beating up a native american man (how he acts in private). The same episode has a gag about DNA testing to determine how much of a victim (i.e. not white) you are - again, using PC culture to justify your behaviour (and prove your progressive bonafides). They've done it before - the PC Bros in S19 come to mind, as does the whole "gentrification" plot where Kenny's family doesn't benefit from the trendy new district built around them, but yuppies get to indulge in a bit of poverty tourism by living next door. They also point the finger at social media - two really good episodes on that in the recent season. Is what happens in "Doubling Down" equivalent? That episode is where Heidi's left her abusive ex (of course it's Cartman*), so she's already come to her senses. It's what her friends do after that drives her back to him. AVclub did a good run-down on it. As an aside: Moose, you might find a series on youtube interesting called "Why are you so angry?" - it's a collection of thoughts on how people get sucked into hate groups (in this case, GG) and how you might approach individuals in these movements. *Cartman's not meant to be viewed as a role model. Even the show doesn't paint him in a positive light most of the time. I think we're meant to see the darker parts of ourselves in him, but recognise that it's evil to be like him. If folks take Cartman at face value, that's on them.
  4. Mass Effect 2

    Ha, that Commander Shepard sure is a jerk! Don't worry too much about missing anything from the first installment. Not much of the original plot gets carried over to ME2 anyway; the writers literally start from scratch about 5 minutes in to the sequel. The only time having a save from the previous game is worth it is when Seriously though, IGN's summary of the plot is fine:
  5. They didn't answer the question everyone wants to know the answer to: "Will there be hats?"
  6. Recently completed video games

    Finished a few shorter games recently after coming off TW3. Kentucky Route Zero (up to Act 4, obviously the last part isn't out yet) Bounced hard off this the first time, but fared better when in the right mood. Slow and contemplative in style, which took some adjusting as I wanted to get to the next part of the story (which I will agree is thought-provoking, but I'd prefer to think on it more as a whole). Case in point - slowly trudging round the museum in Act 2. Please don't waste my time. I did wonder about the general lack of interactivity (most of the time you're just clicking from one context clue to the next), and the dialog options don't seem to matter at all. I think the choices in Act 4 were a reaction to such criticisms in that you have to decide what parts of the story you get to see. On the whole, I wondered if KRZ might have made a better art-film than a point-and-click adventure. The Bridge A puzzle game inspired by Escher - hand drawn pencil-art style and impossible 2D geometry (the Penrose Triangle is a feature). Well put together but not that hard, until you get to the "new game+" levels. Lara Croft Go In a similar vein to Hitman Go. This time they dropped the boardgame aesthetic for a lovely backdrop of ancient ruins. It looks fantastic, and the puzzles are short but sweet. It's good, but try Hitman Go first if you're thinking about this type of game. Beyond Good and Evil Got this one as part of the Ubi 30 giveaway. I think we all know it's good. The current version has problems with the controls (aiming that disc launcher was infuriating), and some of the camera angles were terrible. Still, that was common in games of the time. I can see the prototypical open-world game in BG&E - there's an overworld with collectibles and your progress is gated by having to complete side content. Thankfully the distractions are optional (in that you can say "fuck it, not doing this activity, I'll try something else instead" but doing X quests out of Y is necessary) There was one spot where the game genuinely surprised me: My backlog of unplayed games is below 10 for the first time in about 5 years!
  7. Well, this episode title was disturbing to read when you've forgotten that you installed the cloud-to-butt browser extension...
  8. Missions that made you quit

    "All you had to do was follow the damn train, CJ!"
  9. I'm digging up this thread to recommend Mandagon. a charming exploration-focussed 2D platformer in the style of Fez. It's good, it's free and it will only take you about 40 minutes to complete so qualifies for this thread!
  10. Recently completed video games

    Very late to the party on this, but I finished the main questline for The Witcher 3 last night. Been thinking about it a lot recently. It's stunning in its scale and ambition - huge maps, tens of thousands of voiced lines, dozens of interesting characters, hundreds of (admittedly dull) quests... Some of it dragged on (you spend way too long running from one end of Novigrad to the other and back), and the ending kept getting further away (the game ended about 10 hours after I thought it would), but overall it was an engaging experience - I wanted to keep playing to uncover the next bit of plot, or to get new dialog from the more colourful characters. Still have the DLC to look at, but for now I'm done with open-world RPGs. I don't normally do long games, so TW3 was a pleasant departure. Really need a break after about 70 hours though!
  11. What's the Name of the Game!?

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  12. Best Third-Person Shooters

    Game Feel. In general, most of the time I prefer first-person perspective, but there's times when third person works better: When you're watching your character perform awesome feats (the Max Payne example) When the narrative is about the character on screen (Uncharted, Tomb Raider). We get to see them emote! When the gameplay requires certain actions (like Uncharted/Tomb Raider's climbing sections - First Person platforming is uniformly terrible. Or Just Cause's wingsuit flying, where it would be difficult to sense direction in FPP) When you want to look at your user-generated character - it's always bothered me in games like Fallout/Skyrim that you spend time creating a character, but don't look at them. Mass Effect (does Mass Effect count as a TPS? the gunplay feels like it, especially in 2 and 3) gives you the chance to look at your character, so that the customisation options matter. Also, Saint's Row goes all out on the customisation - it's probably the best part of the game.
  13. What's the Name of the Game!?

    10. 13. 14. 15.
  14. South Park

    Thanks for reminding me to catch up on South Park! The following is only relevant up to S19, 'cause that's as far as I got. It's been interesting to watch the evolution of the show from a goofy series of cheap shocks with not-subtle-at-all digs at celebrities, to more of a current-affairs parody show, to what we got in S19, where there's a story thread and an on-the-nose mockery of liberal types (y'know, the people who shop at Whole Foods). S19 was, in places, like a long version of the hybrid cars episode (Smug Alert!). On the other hand, that series' statement of intent was clear from the off where PC prinicpal kicks the shit out of Cartman; there was a clear recognition that cheap bigotry isn't publically acceptable in the current climate. As a young teen, me and my peers thought the early seasons were hilarious, what with the juvenile and "edgy" humour. Some parts from the early seasons still stand up, but I felt the show hit its stride from about season 8 onwards. Which is odd to think about, as most shows have long since jumped the shark or been wound up by then. Isn't it funny that Mr Garrison has been L, G , B and T (twice!) over the run of the show? In S19 I also liked that the digs at Caitlyn Jenner were about the vehicular manslaughter charge rather than about being trans. I almost cried laughing when there's a scene showing the outisde of a hotel or something with dead bodies under the car parked on the street. She literally runs over every pedestrian in sight! Also I don't agree with your summary that they're getting more right-wing (again, havent seen S20 or 21). There's a lot of racist, sexist jokes in the first 18 seasons used mostly for shock value, and the show has often railed against PC culture (censorship, ha!). Trey & Matt have been criticised for years for this stuff, and for sitting on the fence on issues they shouldn't be neutral on. Remember the episode where Cartman commits a hate crime? I mean, the one where he gets convicted of it? They often mock both sides of an issue but there certainly will be a lot of folks on here that think there is only one correct answer to some issues, and that it's non-negotiable. Before this thread descends into endless criticism of the show, I just want to point out that you can enjoy a piece of media even if it is "problematic", and that's OK.
  15. Books, books, books...

    Finished Ninefox Gambit. It's an intriguing setup that doesn't pay off. I liked the idea of mind games between the two protagonists (Cheris and Jedao), it wasn't explored as much as I hoped later on. In fact, the whole back half of the book feels weak - from the point where the battle is won, there isn't really anything to drive the plot forward, and all sense of urgency is lost. Perhaps you have to read the sequel, but on the strength of the first installment, that's a "no" from me.