Once they added HDD expansion in the last major update, I nipped straight out & bought a 2.5" 2TB USB3.0 External HDD for just over $100, temporarily ending my storage limitation problems & blowing my data cap for the month with updates & DLC's for all the games I'd deleted to make room for new garb. Honestly I'd rather have a larger HDD in my PS4, but this solution works fine.
As a father (I wouldn't normally write that, but feel that for some reason this adds a level of weight in this conversation, as I cannot compare the level of love & concern I have for my children to anything else in my life - perhaps this adds bias..?), I completely agree. However, I'm not sure that banning this title will in any way protect a single child from anything. The irony (as eluded to earlier by others both here & in the original article) is that if anything, Gal Gun's banning has created a level of awareness for a title that I for one wouldn't otherwise have known about.
I read a suggestion in here about customs simply blocking this... maybe I misread it, but if not - have you not heard of illegal downloads? How could NZ Customs possibly counter that?! They could stop some physical copies coming in, but even then, the likelihood they'd stop all imports of banned physical media is slim to none.
Another argument in here is that millions of people play (as an example) GTAV daily but don't as a result go about blowing people's heads off with guns, or mowing down ped's with their vehicles, etc, etc IRL... fair enough, but here's a thought... how many peeps do you reckon would have jerked off to their character having a lap dance in the White Unicorn? - while I have no cold hard facts, I'd be willing to bet there's more than a handful that have. We are far more connected in games than most would admit to or even realise. So many games toy with our emotions in so many ways. In many situations we don't simply relate/empathise to a character (as you would in a movie or TV show), in many instances you take on & become the character you're playing. Who here knows somebody who has destroyed a controller/monitor/whatever in a fit of rage over a game..? Or lost their sh*t at somebody outside the game environment due to a game? Now, tell me games don't have an effect on your mental state, or real life for that matter - of course they do. Is it far-fetched to think that playing a subjective game (no matter how vague, corny, or comedic) could stimulate sexual emotions in paedo's, possibly even triggering them do something they previously had not intended on doing..?
Something to consider... whether right or wrong, I am of the opinion that child porn' (also snuff porn, etc) should be banned/illegal. So I ask you to contemplate: at what point does paedophilia become banned? To enforce an opinion such as mine, one has to draw a line in the sand at some point, though how does one easily & clearly define a point of acceptability? Surely there has to be a bit of a grey area surrounding this & at what point censorship should apply - given the subject at hand (not specifically this game), wouldn't all but paedo's prefer for our censorship to err a little toward the side of caution..?
So far as this game goes, I haven't played it & don't have an opinion either way. I'm sick of the nanny state bull we put up with daily, but I'm not sure if this censorship is/isn't part of that. More than anything, I'm really interested to see how this process plays out.
Damn, two subs in one day... this is getting out of hand! That's an increase of 100% on top of 100%, that's like 100%^2!
Despite a rapidly increasing demand I think I'm going to have to add some additional hype before the craze wears off, perhaps by hinting at exclusivity to this subscription... I think I'll initially start by stating that this Newsletter is limited to only 1000 subscribers worldwide. Then I can release a lite version for half the price, delivered a week earlier, with double the content, in full colour & for the first 10,000 new sub's I'll throw in a free origami bottle opener! This would of course take place a week after I've received preorders from my initial 1000 sub's.
I love that at the bottom of the stuff article they reference a study showing video games don't cause violence as though this proves it wrong.
I get the impression that the parents are completely blameless here too.
^The kids aren't to blame, the parents aren't to blame, society isn't to blame, it's that damned video box thingy that kids these days are always wasting their time on - that's what's to blame! Clearly the answer is to censor out all driving within any games featuring any form of driving, so that morons aren't encouraged to try & drive cars IRL. Problem solved.
I'm doing the next four Sundays to make it to two years then that's me I'm out as I think I've done my dash until red dead comes out, and to be honest I'm tired of the moaners. ill post the forum tomorrow. I only merged into here as to write a clean sheet.
Mate, we're all very different people so you're never going to suit everybody's tastes in all the events we play. Frankly, I reckon you've always had a good variety (which keeps things fresh) & I'd like to think I speak for most of us in saying that you've done a bloody good job of running this (at least since MJ & I have been joining in on the fun). So that's a big thanks from me! ...& about as soppy a message as you'll ever get from me, so harden the f*** up old man.
I'm soooo astounded right now. Oh, the astoundingly mysterious mysteries. ...if you haven't already beat me to it, I should have this suss'ed by the end of tonight if I get the chance to jump on - finger's crossed.
This sounds really good... ...for you, Laser, Maryjane & Atomic (if he's still gayming with us after the other night, that is). I know MJ has a hard hat & a tool belt - does anybody have a Red Indian costume for Adam..? Ati could help with the makeup & accessorising - IF any help is needed.
I reckon any name for an MC really needs to say either "f*** with us at your peril." or "we don't give a sh*t." Here's a few thoughts that immediately sprang to mind...
• Brothers in Arms(totally cliche)
• The Night Kiwis
• Te Mana O Te Taniwha(they'll think we're a bunch of over-educated hood rats with a name like this)
• Aotearoa's Finest
• Leather Balls(once upon a time you needed these to play our national sport - take that however you want)
• [Ati &] The Nocturnals(I couldn't resist adding the prefix - would make a good band name, perhaps if Rockstar ever add a Rock Star DLC to GTA...)
• Zero Point One
• War Artists
• Heaven's Devils(the inverse of Hell's Angels, I guess)
• Killer Katipos
• The Long White Taiaha's
• The Pounamu Club(Clan tag: MERE or PATU lol)
Foreign languages are out in my book - for various reasons I'd stick to English, or Maori (if that floats your boat). Given we're representing NZGM, it probably needs to be somewhat respectful, else I'd totally be down for something demeaning, discriminative &/or offensive. Unfortunately we don't know any details yet - such as how many characters we'll be allowed to use, which will no doubt be limited, much like the Organisation/Yacht names. Much like Cortez's suffix idea, we could prefix each chapter with North/South/East/West LS "Insert Name Here"
I like the thought of ripping off some prominent pop-culture, like the "Hell's Satans" (The Simpsons) idea South mentioned, though I won't be joining one of the many Sons of Anarchy MC's. Out of homage to R* I expect there will be a few "Lost" & "Damned" MC's too.
Cortez, what was the significance of "64" from 64 Outlaws? That's a pretty cool name. I quite like Moa Hunters too.