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  1. General AFV Thread

    I'll start off with a couple Pathe videos:
  2. What are we playing?

    I'm updating and getting on StarCraft Remastered. Somebody hmu, I need a duel.
  3. Since the PC Gaming thread is dominated by news, I figured I'd start a second thread specifically about what members of this forum are playing right now. Besides the games that have dedicated threads, I've been playing a total conversion Fallout New Vegas mod called Project Brazil, which adds a completely new start, story, and region to explore. Also, just started playing RAGE, Id Software's effort prior to the tour-de-force DOOM 2016. RAGE is interesting so far, because on the one hand it's a good game in its own right, but on the other you can tell Id learned a shitload from making it. Compare and contrast the beginnings of RAGE and DOOM '16 if you're that kind of nerd. Also been playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which if it weren't such a stuttery mess would be one of my top competitive games right now. A lot of potential there, and PUBG should probably have its own thread here. Just installed Rust (I might be on a bit of a postapoc kick, who can say), looking forward to playing that. It seems like the sort of game I'd really sink my teeth into, but I am disappointed to hear that it's basically in beta hell. :/ Still it was on sale, might as well try it. Also began - for the first time because I am not a console guy - Bayonetta. So far, it's a fun fighting game, but I am not thrilled that you have to unlock difficulty levels. This is my Least Favorite Feature that unfortunately crops up in a number of my favorite games. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is another competitive game I am trying out. So far, it's an improvement over RS1 IMO, as the mechanics are clearer and it feels like it's easier to get a hold of. Might just be that I'd already played RS1. I have minor beefs with the weapon fidelity, which I only mention because RS2 is a game that's gotten praise for having "realistic" weapon handling. Yeah, it's far from bad, but there are some problems. The game itself is a bit stuttery and seems poorly optimized. I noticed with the M60, pathing is so bad as to make that gun virtually unusable, but one of my buddies didn't have the same experience. So I dunno. I want this game to be good pretty hard, but if the gameplay issues aren't fixed I'll have to drop it. As for lately, that's about it. Thinking of picking up Life Is Strange again - played a decent amount of it while tremendously bored and had mixed feelings. Might see how I feel on a second go. So, what are we playing?
  4. Hahahahah. It's hilarious and terrifying how incredibly un-self aware these kinds of people are.
  5. Yeah, the Lost Causers are the children and grandchildren of the Civil War era southern Democrats. I mean, here's how old the bastards who actually fought were by the 1890s: These guys were retirees, practically. Here's the thing, and they only sort of teach you think in school: We as a nation had achieved practically all the goals of the Civil Rights movement (for men, at least) by 1870. Black people were desegregated, they were free, they were voting, they were treated as equals... Because the Northern troops made the South do it at the barrel of a gun. And I don't mean "we fought a war", I mean there were literally Union troops stationed in the South, occupying it, pointing guns at the Southerners to make sure they guaranteed the rights of the Negro. And then the Compromise of 1877 happened, and the North just abandoned the Southern blacks. They just up and left, and everything they'd achieved to that point was lost. They don't drive this home in school like I think they should: The North failed to secure the rights of the Southern blacks at the end of the Civil War, and as a consequence the only thing that long and bloody conflict decided was whether states could secede or not. The whole reason there was a Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and '60s was due to that failure. The failure of Reconstruction is a shameful mark on our country, especially the Yankees, and I think that needs to hammered in to schoolchildren as such. More optimistically, the Yanks seemed to have learned their lesson eventually, because they did not let the same thing happen in Japan and Germany after World War II. Which is why we still have large military bases in those countries.
  6. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    Don't use Photobucket.
  7. Being even handed. What a shocking and divisive President!
  8. I should also note that in the South the period from 1877-1893 is sometimes euphemistically called the Redemption or the Redemption Era, after the Redeemers. It certainly wasn't that. I went to school in Maryland, and the textbooks there were 100% Yankee. No way they would have called it that.
  9. BTW, this has been driving me nuts for a while now. In high school, I was taught that there were two periods after the Civil War: Reconstruction, and another one which is usually called "the Gilded Age". However, in one of my classes the period after Reconstruction was referred to by another name, which also started with an "R" like Reconstruction. I want to say they called it Reclamation, but I'm not sure. I can find no evidence on the web of this alternate time period in US history, but I'm certain it existed, because I used to refer to it all the time. Anybody have any ideas? Does this period exist? Am I crazy? Am I a victim of mid-2000s revisionist history textbooks?
  10. Not at all in my interest to defend statues put up by overly romantic Lost Causers from the Gilded Age, but I think the people tearing them down don't care a whit about that, either. This is what we'll get if some whips don't get cracked soon: 1. Confederate flags get taken down due to minority outcry. ✔ 2. Confederate statues are hurriedly taken down under pressure from the same. ✔ 3. Confederate statues are personally defaced/destroyed by the same. ✔ 4. Destruction/defacing of Confederate and Union graveyards. 4. Escalation. Destruction of other property, monuments, etc. Destruction of historical sites as the mob is emboldened. 5. Assaults and possibly murder/manslaughter as escalation continues. We've got a mob that is trying to see just how far they can push things. I don't think this is really about Confederate statues. They are a convenient outlet. This is about politics by other means.
  11. Listening to Rush Limbaugh makes you a Nazi. I read it on the Internet you guys.
  12. An actual conversation I had on Imgur this morning: TL;DR, I point out that calling people Nazis for no reason just makes more Nazis, then a guy proceeds to say everyone who reads Breitbart wants to commit genocide. Formatting this so it made any sense was an absolute pain in the ass, but I did want to preserve the complete lack of self-awareness.
  13. There's something darkly poetic about people who want to pick a fight woth half the country tearing down statues that remind them of the last time the country fought itself.
  14. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    The EM-2 uses the barrel as the spine for the whole rifle, which is one of the only sound ways to build a light bullpup. A fact that rather suggests bullpups in general are perhaps not the greatest of ideas.
  15. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    For the record, they weren't the only ones. The flash hiders and grenade launchers on Stgw. 90s are also milled out of the barrel.
  16. I wasn't suggesting that. Given the history of and current culture in the USA, however, it's probably the best way to make Nazis in this country. Agree with everything else you said.
  17. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    Yeah, I think the British hatred of flash hiders came from the idea that flash hiders were these things like grenade attachments that you mounted to the rifle only sometimes, such as when operating at dusk or at night. And some of the early flash hiders were pretty large and heavy. What is really bizarre to me is that the Brits had already fielded the very successful No. 5 Carbine, which had a pinned on flash hider that was not terribly heavy. But maybe they believed this was not compatible with bayonet fighting or something stupid like that?
  18. It sort of goes like this: "You know, I've noticed black people commit murder at a rate eight times higher than white people." "That's racist." "Right, well. I must be a racist then. I guess I should go build a shrine to Hitler, or something?" Compressed for comedic effect, obviously, but this is how it actually works. People get tired of being called racists, and - somewhat paradoxically - a small but significant minority end up deciding to just take it all the way. Cuz why not, if acknowledging simple fact gets you 80% of the way there anyway? Shame does work on most people, but it doesn't work on some, and the important thing to remember is that that minority it doesn't work on is way, way larger than the previously extant number of racists in this country. So if you shame people aggressively like that, you end up increasing the number of outright racists, not decreasing them.
  19. It turns out people are kind of naturally xenophobic scumbags, and if you don't give them any incentive to play nice they start denying the Holocaust and making excuses for chattel slavery and looking up to Adolf Hitler as a role model!
  20. Lumping everyone who has even the tiniest bit questionable opinions into one basket is why we have Nazis in Charlottesville doing the Hitler salute right now.