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No Prisoners, No Mercy
Host: Julie Whitefeather & Frances Kosac
There comes a time, friends, when your favorite MMO ceases to sparkle, when even new videogames lose their luster, and the computer room becomes a prison; and all that is left are two gamers (who happen to be nuns) with a very large axe to grind. Come join Julie Whitefeather and Frances Kosac as they go to War - and along the way discuss the events of the week in the MMO industry.

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No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 35
Wed, 10 Jun 2009 20:49:00 GMT [download/play]



Welcome to show number 35!

Join us for an hour of laughter, discussion and a bit of ranting. This
week weeks topics include Star Trek, strip teasers, news - and Mad as
Hell has returned.

Julie and Fran

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Episode 35 Discussion Thread

'Interesting Show' by Seritaph
Submitted on 2009-06-10 23:00:12 CST
I agree Karl Urban was amazing as Bones. But you forgot to mention probably his most famous role as Eomer (nephew to King Theoden) in Lord of the Rings.

Simon Pegg is hilarious and will make an interesting take on Scotty. Shawn of the Dead is a good time. So is Hot Fuzz.

I enjoyed the new Star Trek movie, having grown up being a fan of the series (not enough to dress up though). There's a lot of set-up with this film, introducing who is who and backgrounds. Everything past this point should only be better, because now we can all move forward.

And about the whole naked thing, I agree that not revealing everything and leaving something to the imagination is definitely more exciting and erotic.

...I can't believe I just posted about eroticism on a nun's podcast comment page.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a great series (featuring some comedians) that plays and pokes fun at really poorly acted b-movies. Might be worth checking out if you're a fan of bad movies.

In my opinion if the FCC is worried about wireless device security and interference, they should go busting into and investigating the manufacturers of said devices, not people's homes. Some people may be savvy enough to modify hardware, but to what end and what gain? Is there some underground movement I don't know about? I'd like to believe most people use these devices to manufacturer's specifications. I'd be curious to know if there's more to this story.



'Cars' by blaktalon
Submitted on 2009-06-11 13:23:00 CST
On the topic of cars covered towards the end of the show, I agree wholeheartedly. I'm 17 right now, turning 18. I bought my first car last year as a salvage title and fixed it up with my dad. It's a tin can, a 2001 PT Cruiser. My dad a 1941 Plymouth Deluxe (4 door). It is bullet proof, solid steel (literally bullet proof, the original owner was a man that used it in a bank heist and was shot at by the police in the mid 1940's). It still runs like clockwork, no major repairs mechanically, just need to repair rust from the car sitting in a field in the 60's. I don't get it. It still gets 24 MPG, which is the same as my car, 60 years later. 60 years and quality has gone backwards. Something doesn't add up.


'Generic Post Title' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-11 14:39:41 CST
@ Seritaph: Actually Karl Urban's role in Lord of the Rings was discussed - it just didn't make the final cut of the show (the "tape" was not rolling). Many things get discussed in between takes (live shows are never recorded all in one). This is why the new segment sometimes starts with people laughing. And by the way, we will make sure we mention your response on an upcoming show as the "quote of the week"

"I can't believe can't believe I just posted about eroticism on a nun's podcast comment page."

In response to which I point out 1.) I wasn't always a nun and 2.) I have been around most blocks than the average city has.

@ Blaktalon: As the immortal bard once wrote "Something is rotten in Denmark" - and what you are talking about (and what we discussed in "Mad as Hell" - is one of the reasons that GM went under. The only reason and I mean the ONLY reason I agree with the bail out are the employees. If it were my bailout I would get rid of all the managers from the top down and start hiring in Tokyo.



'On playing evil' by Shalkis
Submitted on 2009-06-12 05:22:35 CST
Personally, I don't mind games that allow the player character to be unquestionably evil, but I do dislike games where being evil is as meaningful as choosing between the red team instead of the blue team. If one plays a road-raging thug in GTA, it devalues the whole experience if the only consequence is either the cops forgetting your whole rampage or just taking away your guns and slapping your wrist with a fine. Games like Star Control II or the Witcher are better, because the consequences can be non-obvious and far-reaching.

Also, one interesting variation of the domination fantasy games like Rapelay and Stockholm Syndrome is this flash "game":

http://www.kdingo.net/champ/pics/main.php?g2_itemId=8037

It inverts the whole premise by putting the player in the role of the victim and really shows how creepy it really is.

I wouldn't mind Rapelay as much if the rape was just once choice among many and there was always the chance of the victim grabbing a knife or the cops showing up. And that the game didn't end if you got caught or the victim got away. Even the much-maligned Super Columbine Massacre continues after the infamous school level.. in Hell, where you're now the hunted instead of the hunter.



'Generic Post Title' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-12 14:57:54 CST
@Shalkis:The two games we talked about on the show are not a matter of choosing between "good" and "Evil" as in a game like Everquest 2. This is about a game that is rife with bigotry, hatred, and perversion. These are games that encourage violence against women and denigrate them in the basest of ways. These are not games...the are exploitations.


'Trivial Evil' by Shalkis
Submitted on 2009-06-12 15:19:31 CST
Indeed they are, and I'm not arguing against that. What I am saying is that I have not objections per se on games that depict evil. I have objections against games like those two that make it trivial. Quoting John Doe from Se7en: "We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it's common, it's trivial." And the most trivialized evil act trivialized is killing. You attack a character in game and he just keels over as soon as his hitpoints run out. His body will probably fade away in a few seconds. Most of the time nobody will even notice that he's gone.


'Bad Karma' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-12 16:06:41 CST
@Shalkis: There are some games out there that do have consequences for actions that are evil - fallout 3 is one of them. If, for example you blow up megaton you will eventually find yourself not only on the receiving end of a heapload of bad karma but with a contract taken out on you and squads that pursue you for the bounty.

As far as the bodies disapopearing in most games, this is simply an issue of server load - most servers wouldn't be able to handle the load of piles and piles of dead bodies.



'Nice show ' by Pufnstuf
Submitted on 2009-06-13 12:58:36 CST
I wanted to thank you for talking about star trek but not SPOILING it :) I never go to the cinema since i hate there is not pause button for restrooms :) so I am waiting until it gets to redbox or apple tv.

Anway, I wanted to point out something about our threesome: Kirk, Spock, Bones... each one uses a classic human reaction to stress... Now of course you can find exceptions to these but in general each one acts in this manner

use this statement and see how each would react (and yourself)

'there is a building on fire and a baby in the building what do you do'

Spock- head- he is mental in how he processes issues- cold, logical
(answer: I need more information like how big is fire or whose baby is it )

Bones- heart- emotional, others come first , gregarious
(answer; go rescue the baby (no thought of danger)

Kirk- gut- survival, instictual
(answer: go in ansd rescue baby IF I AM NOT IN DANGER)

There was a fascinating series of books on the Enneagram which discuss these three human attributes (ennagram is part of the Sufis in Afghanistan) but it is very applicable and in fact I have seen several religious groups (the smarter ones, not those mindless judgemental ones) study it.

Good stuff! thanks for a great podcast and hope to see you in Eve. I am loving mission running :)



'Art direction' by Pufnstuf
Submitted on 2009-06-13 13:01:01 CST
Also, would love to hear Sister Fran's artistic opinion of chronicles of spellborn... it is very interesting looking to me...

I have also tried freerealms and find it a little to cutesy actually and agreed with the My little pony comment. however, I do like the playstyle of wizard 101 and you may want to try it since the combat animations are hysterical!




'verrrry interesting' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-13 16:39:39 CST
I hadn't really thought of the reactions of the three major players in the original series in that way but I think you are "spot on". As for wizards 101 we have an upcoming show about it...

But for those who don't like interview shows not to fear. The way we will do that show and an upcoming show about Runes of Magic, is to have the "normal" features first and then have the second "hour" about the given subject so those not interested in it can stop there.

Julie



'P.S.' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-13 16:41:18 CST
@ Pufnstuf: Me ruin an ending? Never!

Oh and by the way "Rosebud" is citizen Kane's sled from when he was little...oh...wrong movie.



'(censored)(censored)(censored)(censored) POWER COMPANY!!!' by McDonagh
Submitted on 2009-06-13 18:46:30 CST
So i go to listen to your podcast and poof, power goes off because of weather. That was 4 days, 3 nights with my ultra senile and ultra conservative(and racist) grandma, 2 freezers and a refrigerator of spoiled food, and 1 detonated transformer box ago. So i just am now getting to listen to the show... sigh...


'Misery loves company' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-13 23:05:52 CST
If it helps any we where once in the middle of a disaster area and without power for a week. I even wrote a column about it. Fortunately a kind neighbor supplied power for our oxygen machine short after the power outage started.

Julie



'Rape in games isn't anything new..' by xabbott
Submitted on 2009-06-14 03:51:32 CST
The way you talked about these recent headline grabbing titles, it was as if this was something new. The very first game I recalled when you mentioned this topic was Custer's Revenge for the Atari 2600, it came out in the early 80s. Which was made by a company who only made adult video games. I believe the goal was to make it to a Native American woman tied to a stake...and force yourself upon her.

Anyway, I of course find these games very objectionable, I know most people would. But there are many books, movies, pictures, etc with content I don't find agreeable. At the same time I have to respect different freedoms, different cultures, and different generations.

I find it ironic that when other countries object to our games for violence, politics, or otherwise...we act like they simply aren't as enlightened. We (the USA) have games with cop killing, decapitation, war, drugs, etc. all under a banner of free speech.

I guess we should send the world all the things the US finds agreeable so they don't offend our intelligent and more accurate views of what is acceptable.



'Limits' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-14 12:24:13 CST
Just as there are limits to rights of freedom of speech there are limits to what should be included in any game. The "games" we spoke about her go beyond the realm of "freedom of speech" and into the realm of pornography and exploitation. This is a far cry different than understanding what different cultures find acceptable - rape is not "acceptable" no matter what culture it comes from. It is basic violation of human rights.


'Re: Limits' by xabbott
Submitted on 2009-06-15 07:59:26 CST
But killing is acceptable?

Also pornography is legal and sold in various other media. I don't know if there is a rape genre or if that is legal.

Like I said. I don't find the subject matter agreeable in the slightest. Just playing devil's advocate. How do we define the limits and why are games different than movies, magazines, and tv.



'Because' by Julie
Submitted on 2009-06-15 11:07:03 CST
Because this is in a different class all by itself. This is right down there with the super columbine massacre game. This is about encouraging violence against another human being. This is not holding movies, magazines and T.V. to a different standard because it is objectionable there as well.

It is not acceptable Sam I AM
It is not acceptable in a Box
or with a fox

It is not ok on a train or in a plane
it is not alright no matter where it is,
or what form it takes.