EA Defends Lootboxes as “Surprise Mechanics”

Did you know that EA is evil?  Anyone who has been paying attention to the gaming industry with any amount of scrutiny over the last few years does.  There is a big group of AAA gaming corporations who are now associated with being pure evil.  You have Activision, Ubisoft, now Bethesda, and EA.  These companies are all rushing to the center to tell you, the consumer, how much you need to buy their unfinished, microtransaction-laden games.  But EA really has risen above the rest in terms of sheer greed.

Microtransactions, more specifically lootboxes, have been coming under increasing scrutiny by the various governments of the world.  Denmark and Belgium outlawed them in games available to young people entirely.  The US put forward a bill designed to do the same thing.  It’s recently gained bipartisan support.  Now the UK is stepping up to the plate, and EA decided to put their “best foot forward” and have a representative come and talk to them about why their views on lootboxes are dead wrong.

For starters, did you know that the term lootboxes is a derogatory term for “surprise mechanics?”  That’s the line that EA had in the testimony that I highly recommend you check out.  It will blow your mind just how much euphemisms the EA representative tried to use with the Parliamentary representatives.  It was just too great to watch the look of exasperation on the face of the guy questioning the EA rep as they feed them line after line of complete bullshit.  The person talks about how it’s just like a Kinder egg, or a pack of cards.

That is some weapons-grade BS.  Those things are NOTHING like gaming lootboxes.  For starters, when you open a Kinder egg, you know that inside will be a cheap plastic toy.  It is a guarantee that that is the produce that will be inside.  What kind of toy it is, you don’t know, but it will be a plastic toy.  Same with trading cards, except you know there will be trading cards instead of a plastic toy.  Lootboxes, meanwhile, can have something that is valuable to you in a game, or complete crap.  In fact, by design, they will almost-certainly have cheap crap more often than genuinely useful things.  There are patents that have been made with this stuff showing how they are deliberately made to keep a person strung along and paying more money.  Specifically kids, with their parent’s money.  What’s more, they play little sounds and light up and it gives you a rush of endorphins.  Like when you win big on a slot machine.

Watch the video of the committee in the UK talking to the woman EA sent.  It’s pretty fantastic how you can see the committee representative questioning her getting more and more exasperated as she is feeding him more and more crap, clearly written by a lawyer.  But then you think to yourself – EA is scared.  They have to be.  Their office must be shitting bricks right about now.  See, lootboxes are their big cash-cow.  Microtransactions in general have been a cash cow for big gaming companies, but lootboxes took it to a whole new level.  Since it is gambling (there’s no way to argue that it isn’t), they can make more and more money off people who want the thing they want in a game.  The gaming audience fights back when it’s pay-to-win mechanics, but even with cosmetic items, they still make money like gangbusters.

With more and more countries starting to introduce legislation that is getting large support among various political parties, companies like EA have to be scared to death that their big cash cow is about to be dried out, leaving them to have to make money the old fashioned way, by actually giving people what they want.  There’s a scary thought.  For them.

No joke, it really is.  Look at how hard they pushed that single-player gaming is dead.  They continually tried to push that games as a service model is the future, and people just don’t know it yet.  Since tons of gaming journalist websites are just shills for big gaming companies, they played along with articles written about the topic.  Meanwhile, developers who know better took the time to have a LOT of fun at EA’s expense marketing their single-player games.  Bethesda was the big one.  How ironic, given how far they’ve fallen trying to cash in on the games as a service model with their shit-tastic Fallout 76.  CD Projekt Red also did, and given what they’ve shown of their latest project, I can say that they are well within their rights.

At E3 this year, they unveiled their latest single-player game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.  The gameplay trailer looked pretty slick.  EA also put out a statement that the game would have no microtransactions and no lootboxes.  But given that they now consider lootboxes to be “surprise mechanics,” who knows if we can trust this statement anymore.  Oh, and while we’re on the subject of this game, it seems that Disney doesn’t like the violence and has forced EA to censor it.

Let’s take a digression to talk about how evil Disney is.  Wanna know something fun about Disney and how evil they are?  If you live in Kyrgyzstan and make $5 a day with a business you have putting characters on cakes using a sugar gizmo that can do that, and you put Disney characters on cakes, their lawyers will seek out your tiny business and sue you.  No joke.  They are the so protective of their shit that they will hunt down anyone, anywhere, who is using it without their permission and take them to court.  Disney is the most evil corporation in existence.  Let’s not even get into their cash-grab remakes that shits on their licenses and the legacies of people (looking at you, Aladdin remake).

AAA gaming publishers are nervous right now, and I say all the better for it.  I hope that companies like EA lost hundreds of millions of dollars when their cash cow dries up.  I hope that their investors turn on them like rabid dogs.  Of course, that will mean they are just going to lay off employees because they will screw everyone else before they screw the people in charge of these corrupt corporations.  Lots of people say it would be really bad if some of these companies go under, but not me.  I want one or two of them to fail so that the others will start to realize that they need to change up to survive.  Go back to what EA used to stand for – power to the players.  But that’s just me.

Until next time, a quote,

“Wake the fuck up, Samurai.  We’ve got a city to burn.” – Johnny Silverhand, Cyberpunk 2077

Peace out,



Count Dankula, the UK, Free Speech, and the Regressive Left’s Embrace of Fascistic Ideals

That title is a mouthful, but there’s a lot I want to talk about in this post.  Recently, a YouTuber named Count Dankula made a video where he taught his pug to raise his paw like a Nazi salute when he says “Seig Heil.”  It’s the most basic low-brow comedy.  He taught a cute doggy how to do something offensive.  It’s basic bitch comedy.  But the UK disagreed.  They found it offensive, and now this man is being convicted of a crime for being offensive.  An actual crime that faces actual jail time.  That’s what this man is facing right now.  A baffling state of affairs that truly does shock me to my core.

Let me put this into perspective for you – a First World country has actually made hurting people’s feelings offensive.  And it’s not the first.  Belgium is the first.  This is the second.  Now Spain is also getting in on the fun.  More and more First World countries are making it illegal to say things that hurt people’s feelings.  The fact that this doesn’t terrify people is utterly gut-wrenching.  Why?  Because people don’t seem to really understand what is going to happen with this.  Where all of this is going.  It will sound like I am making a slippery slope fallacy with where this is going, but there is real historical evidence for my contentions.

I don’t agree with virtually any of Milo Yiannopoulos’ politics, save one.  It baffles me that free speech is a right-wing issue now instead of a left-wing one.  That wasn’t always the case.  Hell, back in the age of McCarthy, it was a left-wing issue as the right crushed people’s freedom of expression.  But then the tables turned and it became the right who championed it, because all the “progressive” fuckers had to come out of the woodwork and decide that if what you say makes people sad, then you lose the right to say it.

Another thing that Milo has said that I genuinely agree with is this –

Freedom of speech is something that has to be fought for in every generation, so people can appreciate what it means.

It really does, because people truly don’t appreciate it now.  Because now you have people saying things like –

Just because you have freedom of speech doesn’t mean you have the freedom to offend people!

People who think this way need to fall into a volcano and rid the world of their stupidity.  Why?  Because the people who believe that my right to speech ends at your feelings are not understanding how this sort of thinking is most-certainly going to be used by the very worst sorts of people.

It’s funny that you have people on the far-left saying that Nazis are so bad, when they seem very comfortable with embracing the ideals of fascism.  Do these people just not realize that once we make speech a right that can be taken away, and start legislating which speech can be illegal and which is not, that someone in power is eventually going to use that to crush dissent?  We’ve seen it before.  There are countless historical stories of figures using legislation against speech to destroy all opposition.

A lot of people can make the argument that the SJWs already do this.  I think there is something to this argument.  We’ve seen how those in power within the movement exploit their authority for their own gains, and anyone who speaks out against them, they sic their little mobs of sycophants on them.  These people have no sense of decency.  They will exploit whatever power they can get their grubby mits on in order to gain more power and take power away from people they don’t like.  They do it on YouTube, they do it in the media, and now they are doing it from positions of authority.

The far-left likes to fancy themselves the proletariat fighting against the bourgeois, but they’re not.  They’re the useful idiots of the bourgeois, fighting in favor of the very fascism that they claim to be so against.  And make no mistake, the powerful are going to utilize them to their own benefit.  Now that it is acceptable to criminalize speech, where does it end?  It ends where a dictator in power says it does.  With more and more First World countries adopting the SJW logic as a cultural mindset, it’s a fact that dictators will rise.  And once they have enough power, they will come for everyone who they are against.  Who will speak up?  Nobody.  Because the public is already brainwashed by these idiots.

In closing, the UK has done a decidedly horrible thing, and by the time they realize just how bad this is, it will be too late, and the ACTUAL fascists will be in power, and all dissent will be met with fervent applause.  Chris Ray Gun did a fantastic music number about this, so that’s what I’m going to close this out with.

Until next time, a quote,

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

Peace out,


College Boys in the UK Looked at Pictures of Naked Girls! (A response to The Telegraph)

I know what most of you are thinking – so?  Who cares?  It’s boys looking at pictures of naked girls.  Find me the adolescent male who doesn’t do this.  I want to know.  I want you to find me the teen to young adult male who doesn’t jerk off to pictures of naked girls.  Unless they’re gay, so they’re jerking off to pictures of naked men.  Either way, everyone is doing it.  It’s normal.  What is the problem?  Well, The Telegraph is going to report on just what a big deal this is, when a university in Dublin found out that a bunch of boys were sharing pictures of naked girls and rating them on a Facebook group.  This is apparently national news.  Of course it is.  What’s the word for this kind of “news”?  Right – click-bait.  Here’s a link to the article.  Now let’s talk about it.

A group of male students have allegedly shared sexual images of their female peers online without their consent on a Facebook group.

Here’s a question – were this pictures sent to them by these girls?  Like did some girl send their respective boyfriend or something naked pictures?  If that’s the case, then I’m about to have an unpopular opinion.  Ladies, take note – if you don’t want your naked pictures to end up on the Internet, there’s a simple solution.  What is that solution?  Don’t take them!  Or, if you must, don’t send them to anybody.  Don’t put them in the Cloud on your phone.  In the age of the Internet and sexting, I have very little sympathy for people who get all butthurt about sharing their naked pictures with someone and then getting mad that they ended up online.  You have no one to blame but yourself for sharing that with someone.  So, rather than blaming the boys in this instance, I am going to blame you.  Because it is your own fault.  The moment that you share your naked photos with another person, you lose the right to be mad that they are out on the Internet.

Back to the article.

The University College Dublin students are said to have created a “revenge porn” group where they shared nude images of women and ‘rated’ them, according to a report by the university’s paper The College Tribune.

As I said, if these pictures were sent to these boys from these women, then they lose the right to be angry about it being on the Internet.  And for those who are about to come at me with that “they have the right to their privacy” bullshit, keep this in mind – when Hulk Hogan’s sex tape was leaked on the Internet, how many of you watched it?  When a picture of Justin Bieber’s dick leaked onto the Internet, how many of you looked at it?  Hell, there were articles that talked about his dick and how pleasant it was.  If you don’t want to have naked pictures of you leaked out, then don’t take them.  I can’t help but feel that this is another issue where women are treated like their privacy is sacrosanct, but the moment that it is a guy, sucks to be him.  But this newspaper wouldn’t be doing that, would they?

The group was allegedly exposed by the university’s newspaper last week and students shared their understanding of a group where around 200 ‘lads’ “shared stories about girls they had sex with, shared the girls’ nudes and then posted the girls’ Facebook pages where they’d all rate them out of 10.”

Okay, so it’s as I thought.  The girls did send these naked pictures to these guys, and they shared them.  Whatever your thoughts are about that, you can’t be against them telling stories about the girls they hooked up with.  That’s been a staple of not just guy but also girl culture since forever!  Ladies, do NOT tell me that you don’t tell stories to your girlfriends about guys (or girls.  Whatever you’re into) you’ve had sex with.  Not only do I not believe it, but if you attempt to justify it, you are proving how full of shit you are.  Sharing stories about sex partners is normal.  Everyone does it.  How is this some shining example of sexism?

Students are now sharing their thoughts on sexism at university campuses on social media with the hashtag #UCD200 and speaking out against lad culture.

“Lad culture”?  Fuck you!  Fuck you and your double-standard bullshit!  I refuse to believe that if it was the other way around, the news would be making a big deal out of this.  Hell, they’d be where I am, telling these guys that if they didn’t want their dick pics getting out, they shouldn’t share them.  And I would agree with them.  I don’t have a double-standard.  Don’t want your junk pics out there?  Don’t share them.  This is so much bullshit.

Naturally, the article shared Tweet after Tweet where women talked about how awful and sexist the men at this university are.  Of course.  Something tells me that these same people watched The Hunting Ground and didn’t see it for the bullshit that it is.

The student union has condemned the alleged Facebook group in a Facebook post saying: “We’re not going to pass the buck. We will change ‘lad’ culture in UCD as promised following our election to office.

Oh, so you’re going to change the general psyche of men?  You’re going to make men suddenly not want to talk about their sex lives with their mates?  You going to tell girls that if they don’t want their naked pictures spread around they shouldn’t share them?  Of course not.  The women are the victims.  Of course they are.  Because if women are told to take responsibility for their part in something, then that is just sexist.

Ladies, you aren’t a protected class.  I hold you to the same standard I hold men to.  Don’t want your naked pictures spread around?  Don’t take them.  Don’t want some guy to tell the stories about having sex with you?  Well, don’t fuck them.  If you are at a bar and ponder having some guy stick his dick in you, keep in mind that the story of this drunken night may end up on the Internet.  Life’s a risk, and you play as you will.  But don’t cry to me when you got on the wrong end of life and then get bitten.  The only person you have to blame is yourself.  Take a cue from a TERRIBLE movie about online bullying.

Until next time, a quote,

“Well, what you do online isn’t exactly private.”  – Kris Hillridge, Cyberbu//y

Peace out,


America and England: Who Can Reach Fascism First?!

Hopefully you used a faux-excited voice for that, because that was how it was meant to be read.  I read something today which made me ask this question in a very honest way.  See, there is this new filter that the UK is going to be using soon.  See, it bans what they call “Esoteric Content.”  I have a link over the term, so you can see for yourself.

If you look at what this blocks, it is REALLY vague.  In other words, it gives the UK carte blanche to block whatever they want.  For real, this new filter could literally block anything.  The reason is, by definition, esoteric means –

Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.

See what I mean?  That could literally account for absolutely anything that is anywhere on the Internet.  Any content that is niche is, by definition, esoteric.  One large theory right now is that the primary focus is going to be on smaller religious groups.  But regardless, this is a filter that will step on people’s rights.  Once the filters are in place, at the end of this year, they will be affecting roughly 95% of all Internet users in the UK.

But it doesn’t end there.  See, these new filters also allow them to block content on forums.  The places where people go to exchange ideas.  Forums, by their nature, are not a bad thing.  But this legislation can block whatever they want on those as well.  Meaning that they have carte blanche to block what people say, whenever they say something that the government of the UK doesn’t like.  And they aren’t very specific of that as well.

Now, the stated goal of this filtering is to block child pornography.  But, it is plain as day that that is not the only thing that this will block.  No, it can block whatever the government wants to block.  Even this blog.  Of course, UK government apologists will come on and say that they will use it ethically.  That’s bullshit.  History has shown us, time and time again, that when the government has huge amounts of power, they will abuse it.  They will use it to their own ends.

Which brings me to America.  Here in this country, we have a spy network in place, working in conjunction with ALL the major email and social networks to give the NSA the info they want on anybody.  Naturally, they say that they aren’t gathering the content of people’s Facebook pages and email, just the “meta-data,” but this has been proven to be bullshit too.  Without ANYONE’S consent, our government took it upon themselves to have vast amounts power over us, and they are already abusing it.

And the filtration that the UK wants to do isn’t limited to them.  No, China, Russia, Australia and France are eager to jump on this bandwagon as well.  They want to stomp on the rights of their people, all in the name of good intentions.  How ALL abuses of rights have started.  For real, when was the last time that a leader (dictator) just got up and say “hi there!  So, I was thinking, I am going to stomp on your rights because I think it’s right.  You all cool with that?”  No, they blanket it in good intentions, so the rest of us like it too.

As we read stories like this, we can’t help but wonder – are America and England having a race to see who can get to fascism first?  America sure does have a lead.  We have the NSA who has access to anything they want at anytime.  We have the NDAA of 2012 that lets the government detain ANY American citizen they want without trial or charge, indefinitely.  We have these drones that can spy on every single one of us and you would never even see them.  The UK sure does have some catching up to do, but they are well on their way.

Of course, the apologists will scream that this will be done ethically, like human nature just flies out the window the moment those in positions of power can do stuff like this.  But whenever I read story like this, I think back to that story that broke earlier this year about the cop in New York.  This cop had used police resources to get the personal information of several women.  Women that he wanted to rape, cook and then subsequently eat.  He even got information on how to get an oven big enough to cook a human being in.  He also did some research into how long he could keep a person alive so that he could take every moment relishing hearing them scream.  This was a police officer, in this country, who wanted to do this.  If it weren’t for his plan getting busted, who knows how far it would have gone.  Naturally, he pleaded that he would NEVER do something like that, and that what he had written down, his written plan, was just fantasizing, but they had proof of what he had looked up and what he was planning.

So now, here in America, we have people who, at the click of a button, can get onto any Facebook page they want, any email they want, anywhere they want to go.  Before Snowden leaked this, we didn’t know how far down the rabbit hole this went.  We didn’t know the extent of what they had.  So how much oversight was there to this?  Congress hardly ever saw anything from it.  And what they did see, often was when the NSA would over-step its bounds.  People want to tell me that human nature – sick, twisted human nature – is going to just fly out the window the moment we give people this kind of power?!  Really?!

Part of me doesn’t know which is worse – a government that can actively censor whatever the fuck they want, or a government that can track anyone, anywhere at anytime.  I leave it to you to decide.  Who is reaching fascism first?

Until next time, a quote,

“As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.  In both instances, there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged.  And it is in such twilight that we must all be aware of changes in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”  – Justice William O. Douglas

Peace out,