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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Rapture looked cooler in Bioshock 1?   
    I'm glad you enjoyed it! I think there was something cooler about the lighting in the first game, but it's hard for me to explain why it was cooler. But Rapture still was awesome to explore more of, and I loved the story/characters. Also, it's almost odd Ken Levine didn't work on BioShock 2, given how strongly the themes seem to link to Infinite's.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Crazycrab in Violent Games and Life   
    Thank you. “Strong grasp on reality.” That is exactly the matter in question here.
    If a video game really did “influence” a given person to commit a violent act, what that draws into question is the person’s psychology. That person must have a difficult time identifying the difference between the fantasy world in the game (where there are no real consequences) and the real world (where there are real consequences).
    Such a person is likely either 1-young and developing, and just needs more time and parental guidance, or 2-is an adult and requires psychological help from a professional so that they can learn the difference between fantasy and reality. It is this psychosis in their brain that ultimately produced their actions.
    Video games do not feature actual violence. They feature simulated violence. No harm is done on any entity. When you riddle your pixelated opponent with bullets, nobody hurts. Nobody bleeds. Nobody dies. Nobody’s will is violated. There is literally no commonality there with an actual act of violence which entails pain, harm, loss of function, death, etc. for an actual person.
    An actual violent video game would be one where if you push a button, a real living being on the other end would experience some kind of suffering. This thankfully is not something that exists. 
    For a lot of us, gaming provides a safe psychological outlet where we can broaden our range of experiences without any actual loss of control.
    It’s also worth pointing out that there are violent video games that teach lessons in morality. I would say that the BioShock series or The Last of Us are prime examples. Both series send messages of hope, kindness, love, and protection of the innocents.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Shagger in Violent Games and Life   
    Thank you. “Strong grasp on reality.” That is exactly the matter in question here.
    If a video game really did “influence” a given person to commit a violent act, what that draws into question is the person’s psychology. That person must have a difficult time identifying the difference between the fantasy world in the game (where there are no real consequences) and the real world (where there are real consequences).
    Such a person is likely either 1-young and developing, and just needs more time and parental guidance, or 2-is an adult and requires psychological help from a professional so that they can learn the difference between fantasy and reality. It is this psychosis in their brain that ultimately produced their actions.
    Video games do not feature actual violence. They feature simulated violence. No harm is done on any entity. When you riddle your pixelated opponent with bullets, nobody hurts. Nobody bleeds. Nobody dies. Nobody’s will is violated. There is literally no commonality there with an actual act of violence which entails pain, harm, loss of function, death, etc. for an actual person.
    An actual violent video game would be one where if you push a button, a real living being on the other end would experience some kind of suffering. This thankfully is not something that exists. 
    For a lot of us, gaming provides a safe psychological outlet where we can broaden our range of experiences without any actual loss of control.
    It’s also worth pointing out that there are violent video games that teach lessons in morality. I would say that the BioShock series or The Last of Us are prime examples. Both series send messages of hope, kindness, love, and protection of the innocents.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in Violent Games and Life   
    I have an 8yo son who has played AC4 for at least 3 years. In life, he has not killed any ship captains or crew, plundered any ships nor hunted sharks and whales in that time because he has a strong grasp on reality. These criminals who blame video games for their psychotic behaviour are using that as an excuse to reduce their punishment. Many millions, if not billions play games. If we were all driven to kill because of them there would be literally nobody left. Frankly @Joshua Farrell, to believe that video games, or any entertainment media, instigate violence, means you're kinda stupid. Just because you can't play COD without feeling less respect for the sanctity of human life doesn't mean the rest of us are that unstable. Most of us can play these games, live in the fantasy, then when it's over, reconnect with reality and live our normal lives. If you can't, then that's your own VERY SERIOUS problem. Get help.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Did anything in Rapture (in Bioshock) deserve to be saved?   
    In Bioshock 1, there is a point where Fontaine says something to you about “nothing down here deserves to be saved.” From a moral standpoint, I think it’s fairly obvious the Little Sisters deserve to be saved. But do you think anything else in Rapture deserves to be saved?
    It’s easy for me to lean toward his misanthropy regarding the place. But judging from some interactions and recordings lying around the place, to me it seems like most of the populace were foolish albeit ordinary people who invested into a concept that wasn’t going to pan out. I suspect that at least some of them must have survived (I haven’t played Bioshock 2 yet) after the city went insane, and like Tannenbaum, may have evolved as human beings (in the way that truly matters). So I reckon Rapture might be worth saving. Plus, the place itself is a marvel, and surely such vision deserves to be spared and redirected toward something positive if possible.
    Did you feel Rapture had any redeeming qualities or possibilities?
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Rapture looked cooler in Bioshock 1?   
    Actually, I thought Bioshock 2 was excellent (I just finished it). It lacks some of the "cleverness" of the first game, but the storyline is solid, the locations are cool, you learn a lot more about the history of Rapture--including insights into Bioshock 1, and there were a couple of gameplay elements I liked better as well. I would say it is my least favorite of the three games, but that still makes it an amazing game.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Rapture looked cooler in Bioshock 1?   
    Skipping it would be missing out. It is a solid game.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Bioshock 2: What Happened to Delta?   
    *****SPOILERS BELOW.*****
     
     
     
    I finished my first playthrough of Bioshock 2 last night. Amazing game overall, and somewhat under recognized in my opinion.
    Some matters did confuse me though, in particular the ending. I don’t understand for sure what killed Delta. In fact, I’m not even sure if Delta died.
    My understanding of the situation is that once the bond between Delta and Eleanor was severed, if Delta were left untreated, he would either 1-lapse into a coma, or 2-go insane.
    By setting the explosives, I assume Lamb’s goal was to kill Delta on the instant. This would transport him to a Vita Chamber, where he would regenerate. But by then the sub would be on its way to the surface, and Persephone would be sinking into the depths where he’d ultimately die permanently.
    Instead, he survived and hung on long enough to reach the surface.
    What happened to him then? Did he have a delayed death from his injuries? Or was he slipping into a coma? If the latter, would Eleanor’s act in removing the ADAM have killed him? Or would he have remained comatose?
    At that rate, how did Eleanor plan to save him on the surface in the first place? I never was clear on that.
    I appreciate any light anyone can shed!
    @DylanC In particular, if you have any insights or theories, I'd love to hear them
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Crazycrab in Clunkiest sex scenes in video games?   
    I actually heaved a breath of relief when I was not forced to endure a sex scene in Dragon Age: Inquisition.
    Oh, on this note, arguably the funniest clunky sex scene I’ve seen is in Origins when Morrigan gets it on with either the player or Loghain late in the game, and suddenly, out of nowhere, she is wearing a bra which she most definitely has not been wearing for the rest of the game. Like, what’d she do, walk up to Leliana and be like, “Need to borrow your bra? To be having sex, one Must be wearing a bra?”
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Executor Akamia in RP and Logic in MMOs   
    I was reminiscing with someone recently over an MMO we used to play like a decade ago, and I laughed when I found out that in some respects, the essential conflict is still the same.
    Basically, most of the players kill villager NPCs to level up, which then re-spawn. But if one is trying to RP logically, the villagers must be treated like real people. Thus, one might feel compelled to wage a war over the villagers (if playing “good”). But then, all the other players complain that one is being unreasonable by protecting them.
    This sort of thing drove me crazy back when I played. I just couldn’t get over how illogical and inconsistent it was to throw a fit in an RPG when someone (like me) behaves in an IC way by protecting the villagers. Yes, it makes leveling harder, but that’s an OOC complaint. But somehow, I could never get these people to grok that.
    Does anyone else get annoyed when they see inconsistencies in how other players RP in MMOs?
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    StaceyPowers reacted to The Blackangel in Song Covers in Video Games   
    I want to say one of Disturbed’s songs was in a video game, but I can’t for the life of me remember what game. I’m pretty sure the song was Down With The Sickness, though.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in What game has been sitting completely unplayed in your library the longest?   
    Getting a game and finding it can't run would be incredibly frustrating. Almost as frustrating as trying to beat Dark Souls 2.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in Bioshock 1 DLCs   
    I'll probably get the Collection eventually anyway when I upgrade to a system where I can play the remasters. 
    Usually I am the sort of completionist you mention, but … puzzles. Some things frustrate me even more than the “but it isn’t finished” I have in the back of my head.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to killamch89 in Bringing elements of games into IRL as you play   
    To be honest, not really but I did learn how to sneak up on someone without them noticing from playing Splinter Cell.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Shagger in Life is Strange   
    It's multi-plat, so it's on whatever device, there's even a mobile version of the first game as well.
    Basically it's an interactive narrative, similar to a Telltale game. The choices you make influence the ath of the story. The original is a story centred around a girl name Max, a photography student attending an art collage having moved back to her home town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon. She experiences a nightmare having dosing off in class to then discover she has gained the ability to rewind time at will. I'd love to say more, but it would to walking close to spoiler line to do so, but how this story develops, the way you can influence it and the characters you encounter makes the best game of its type I've played and it's well worth it. Of course, if you're not into games that focus almost entirely on story with no real skill based gameplay other than exploration and light puzzle mechanics, this won't be for you, but I adore this game and this franchise.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Alyxx in Tips for fighting in the Mako in Mass Effect?   
    Uhm yeah. The Mako is OKAY for just exploring but yeah don't use the jump jets. And if possible try to fight outside it cause it's really not that useful for combat.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Crazycrab in Should The Last of Us Be a Movie?   
    It could never have the same impact as a movie as it did in the game.  So much of what made The Last of Us so engrossing was the interactive nature of the storytelling.  I'm not saying it cant be made into a good movie but it wouldn't be the same.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to kingpotato in Should The Last of Us Be a Movie?   
    I disagree as well, I dont want to see a movie, but I would be down for a short film.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to Joant73 in Should The Last of Us Be a Movie?   
    It could be cool but I'm just not sure that it is really necessary.  I feel like the game already did a great job at telling that story and did so very cinematically.  I am just not sure what a film could really add to it.  Also, I fear a Max Payne situation, where the game is already very cinematic and could be its own movie so they arbitrarily change it to make it different and just ruin it.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to DylanC in Should The Last of Us Be a Movie?   
    I'd absolutely watch it and I think it has the potential to be more than just an average zombie flick. Whether it would be as amazing as the game--well, I think that would be pretty much impossible. Ultimately, it'll be disappointing for many, I'm sure. 
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Alyxx in VGR Member of the Month - January 2020 Nominations   
    Thank you, @The Blackangel

    I second @killamch89 and @kingpotato and also nominate @DylanC, @Alyxx, @Executor Akamia, @Crazycrab, @LadyDay, @skyfire.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from kingpotato in VGR Member of the Month - January 2020 Nominations   
    Thank you, @The Blackangel

    I second @killamch89 and @kingpotato and also nominate @DylanC, @Alyxx, @Executor Akamia, @Crazycrab, @LadyDay, @skyfire.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Executor Akamia in VGR Member of the Month - January 2020 Nominations   
    Thank you, @The Blackangel

    I second @killamch89 and @kingpotato and also nominate @DylanC, @Alyxx, @Executor Akamia, @Crazycrab, @LadyDay, @skyfire.
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    StaceyPowers got a reaction from Crazycrab in VGR Member of the Month - January 2020 Nominations   
    Thank you, @The Blackangel

    I second @killamch89 and @kingpotato and also nominate @DylanC, @Alyxx, @Executor Akamia, @Crazycrab, @LadyDay, @skyfire.
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    StaceyPowers reacted to killamch89 in Most interesting role ever played in an MMO.   
    In Planetside 2, there is a bunch of carrier aircraft called Galaxy Gunships which basically transported troops and in one particular session, that is what I played as the entire time. I was sometimes escorted by a flying squadron and I had to dogfight in the aerial equivalent of a bulldozer. It is extremely slow and is not very agile so I was constantly fired at but I enjoyed it. Share your experiences - what is the most interesting role you ever played?
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