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  1. bjornk

    The Electronic Arts thread

    The first part of the article was about loot-boxes and gambling, which you tried to dismiss, the rest is basically complaining about a product, which has nothing to do with what I'm arguing about. Complaining about a video game, because it's either too expensive to obtain in-game items or it takes extremely long to unlock things is very childish, you can simply say that it's a shit game and never buy it. The practice may be despicable but there's absolutely nothing illegal about it. In the end, they've changed the game and fixed those issues, not because it was illegal, but because they wanted to sell the product. It's the country's laws what dictate a person or a company can or cannot do, if it's legal, then they can do it. I'm the one who's "trolling" for just stating an obvious fact? The relation between capitalism, so called free market and shady, anti-consumer business practices is, which you apparently fail to realize, when you want "government hand" to regulate the "free market" to protect consumers, you basically admit the fact that the "free market" doesn't really work as well as you thought and it needs a pinch of socialism to make things right, which is what those European countries have been doing. Fine with me, because you don't even bother to read the article you post, you don't even try to understand what I'm arguing about, don't know why but happens with you all the time.
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    You said gambling wasn't the real issue in your previous message, yet the article you've linked clearly states otherwise in its very first paragraph... Some European countries have demanded removal of certain features from certain games as they consider loot-boxes as gambling and this is the only "legal" issue here. As the paragraph above also states that loot-boxes and micro-transactions are not considered as gambling by ESRB in the US, they are under no obligation to explicitly state anything else other than the game's ESRB rating. No matter what you think of the issue, they clearly have no reason to lie about the nature of their games or hide anything about them. These may be infuriatingly greedy business practices, but there's absolutely nothing illegal about them, not yet anyway, at least not in the US and in many other countries. And honestly, people may complain about a game being extremely grindy, but all they have to do is not to buy the game if they don't like it.
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    Music Lovers Thread

    Some music from Logan's Run the movie and the tv series... BTW, am I polluting this thread with my weird shit? Maybe I should start a music blog or something...
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    Battle of Anchorage... Unemployed Chinese Twitch thots invade Alaska...
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    Well, they create jobs... in China... and in the future they will create jobs... for robots...
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    I've read/watched most of them and I don't recall any case where the game wouldn't work at all unless you've bought a loot-box, which would then be easily categorized as scam, which never happened. Other than that, "reasonable" isn't really an objective definition. Articles/videos I've read/watched so far mostly focus on whether or not having loot-boxes in video games can be categorized as gambling, which is why some European countries took action. By the way, the reason why I'm (kind of) arguing about the issue is not because I like or approve loot-boxes or anything what these companies have been doing. I'm only implying that it's kind of hypocritical to defend capitalism and free market while complaining about anti-consumer practices.
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    Music Lovers Thread

    Does anybody remember the movie, Saturn 3? Watched it in a theater when I was a kid. It was pretty scary with that creepy robot, Hector. Could only see it once, but its music has stuck with me ever since...
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    What exactly are those companies hiding or lying about? You don't see anyone complaining about Bethesda's Fallout Shelter, for instance, which is game that has loot-boxes (they call them Lunchboxes) with random content in it, which you can purchase with real money. As far as I can see, "ESRB Teen" is the only rating that game has. Why shouldn't other companies get away with that?
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    I honestly can't imagine how an underage kid could ruin his life by gambling, they don't own anything of value yet and still use their parent's money or credit card. For those kids, addiction to video games is potentially more concerning. As for adults, gambling is a freedom, a choice, much like smoking and drinking alcohol, try banning or restricting those and see how they'll defend their freedom to death.
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    The Electronic Arts thread

    Don't get me wrong, I have no intention to start a political discussion or somehow derail the topic, and I'm aware that what I'm going to write has the potential to do both, but let me just be the devil's advocate for a moment... as this might be something to consider... So, why are people even against "greedy companies" like EA, and their "exploitative" schemes such as loot boxes, micro-transactions and so on? They are simply trying to maximize their profits in any way a company can and they are under no obligation to be pro-consumer, right? Is it just because what they do can be considered as "gambling" and gambling is deemed to be illegal? Why would it be illegal? Because it's "exploitative"? But isn't that the very thing what marketing/advertisement is based on, or at least relies on? After all, isn't this how capitalism works? Isn't it a free market economy? "Don't like it? Then don't buy it!"... sounds perfectly reasonable to me...
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    Music Lovers Thread

    Two videos for the same song, not sure which one is the original, dunno, maybe neither...
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    Fallout 76

    Looks like Bethesda will have to retcon the shit out of Fallout lore... on Twitter... https://twitter.com/Fallout/status/1052640333664833536 As if that's even an explanation... You couldn't create new factions and used BoS and Super Mutants, simply because you're so goddamn incompetent, and now you have to cover up the holes with the shit right out of your ass... Good job!
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    Fallout 76

    Chris Avellone tweeted this shit yesterday... https://twitter.com/ChrisAvellone/status/1052777362444582914 Reeeally? So you've never heard of the multiplayer Fallout games before, such as FOnline? Which had existed long before Bethesda even thought about MP. Oh, wait... maybe you meant micro-transactions and shit... Well, I already knew you were a sellout. Anyway, fuck you! https://twitter.com/ChrisAvellone/status/1052405197421522944 Shill...
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    THE CRINGE-WORTHY INTERNET THREAD

    Not 100% sure, but it kinda looks like a database issue. Search function is still working but there seems to be some issues accessing user, channel and video databases and maybe even more. I hope they have backups.
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    THE CRINGE-WORTHY INTERNET THREAD

    Yes, even if you can reach the page you want, most videos are "unavailable" right now. https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/16/youtube-outage/ https://www.cnet.com/news/youtube-experiences-widespread-outage/ https://kotaku.com/youtube-is-down-1829801276
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