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    Remember, kids: If you keep repeating something...

    Remember, kids: If you keep repeating something long and uncompromisingly enough, it becomes inarguable.
  2. I keep trying to believe that the likes of Senran...

    I keep trying to believe that the likes of Senran Kagura are actually grossout/slapstick comedy, emphasizing the actual hilarity of what is socially constructed as "erotic" when it finds itself bound...
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    I guess it's probably a case of dueling...

    I guess it's probably a case of dueling anecdotes. I've only seen leftish people call things problematic in not-particularly-charged ways and I've seen a ton of rightish people react to it like...
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    The thing that should embarrass them is that they...

    The thing that should embarrass them is that they got the reference wrong. The damsel in distress never actually gets hit by the train, she's rescued by Dudley Doright. This is just another excuse...
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    What's the deeper, less superficial level on...

    What's the deeper, less superficial level on which making hireable, murderable prostitutes a fixture of your game franchise is clever or anything but distasteful? Rockstar may "acknowledge the...
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    The doomsday device has to come first.

    The doomsday device has to come first.
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    The first time, sure. But that same gross...

    The first time, sure. But that same gross "byproduct" has shown up in every subsequent game, to the point that it's a signature of the series. At some point Rockstar have to own it.
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    My goodness but you're terribly brave, standing...

    My goodness but you're terribly brave, standing up to the vicious censors like that and making the world safe for murder-porn. Well done.
  9. (hurr hurr hurr)

    (hurr hurr hurr)
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    I think they successfully tapped into a vein of...

    I think they successfully tapped into a vein of reactionary sentiment that's particularly profitable right now. I don't think reporting on it has particularly changed that one way or the other,...
  11. Whoa...I had always assumed it was only if they...

    Whoa...I had always assumed it was only if they had a physical outlet in the state (My state is not rich with online retailers).
  12. Yeah, the difference is that the EU collects VAT...

    Yeah, the difference is that the EU collects VAT by having it added to the list price, and it is collected online. The US has no national VAT, and the states that do have one collect it by adding a...
  13. The US really makes universal pricing difficult...

    The US really makes universal pricing difficult by not rolling a VAT into listed prices, so a straight universal price means sellers are making 20% less on each European sale. The €=$ pricing...
  14. Yeah, I haven't been jonesing for this game, but...

    Yeah, I haven't been jonesing for this game, but it's the sort of loljapan product that never used to make it to PC. I'm taking that as a good sign for the future.
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    This is honestly the thing making me livid. It's...

    This is honestly the thing making me livid. It's the same victim-complex bullshit as #GargleGang, and it's still advancing the notion that "game culture" belongs to right-wing idiots. Uncountably...
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    The interesting thing to me about Steam's...

    The interesting thing to me about Steam's reversal is that it positions them not as a games store, but as the entire games market. That way they don't have any responsibility for what they sell, so...
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    What else would you expect from something called...

    What else would you expect from something called "Just Cause"?
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    What else would you expect from something called...

    What else would you expect from something called "Just Cause"? Historical accuracy to the core.
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    I think it would be news to every non-Gamer that...

    I think it would be news to every non-Gamer that 50000 signatures is all it takes to make a major retailer act completely against their values and corporate interests. If you look at the petition,...
  20. I'm getting used to, "Buy this unrelated product...

    I'm getting used to, "Buy this unrelated product or we'll never make the thing you've been waiting for," but this is a particularly weird specimen.
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    But who cares about the petitioners? Target is...

    But who cares about the petitioners? Target is the only entity making any decisions about the availability of games. If they had decided that the petition was without merit, they would have ignored...
  22. Using the United States CPI from 1994 and 2014, a...

    Using the United States CPI from 1994 and 2014, a $60 game in 1994 should cost about $96 in 2014. The weird stickiness of game prices has led to a lot of the more obnoxious DLC practices, so I'm all...
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    Sex with prostitutes restores your health. ...

    Sex with prostitutes restores your health.

    Why do prostitutes still function as powerup dispensers? My hypothesis is: Because it's funny/transgressive. I buy that "Hire a hooker then kill and rob...
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    I'll revise that: Maybe the violence wasn't...

    I'll revise that: Maybe the violence wasn't initially jokey, though the prostitutes themselves were (In early action games, a turkey dinner restored your health; here, women play the part of the...
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    GTA has always played violence against sex...

    GTA has always played violence against sex workers as a joke. The petition is from people who think it's harmful for violence against sex workers to be played as a joke. They seem to understand...
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