CAGcast #171: Escape from NY
Posted 12 September 2009 - 10:16 PM
I'm also glad I wasn't the only one who was annoyed by the rant on $299.99. As Davestation mentioned, it's MSRP - emphasis on "suggested" so .99 cents doesn't bother me, neither does the omission of "plus tax". The "it does everything" tagline seems much more controversial, especially with the lack of PS2 BC.
Anyway, this was the second podcast I've heard from CAG and I look forward to hearing the next episode.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 06:18 AM
Now, moving onto the "retarded" debate, fine. I'll step up here and say what this movement is doing is yet another reason why we have an entire nation of pussies agape and aghast at the drop of a hat. Why? Simple really.
re⋅tard /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA
–verb (used with object) 1.to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
–verb (used without object) 2.to be delayed.
–noun 3.a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.4.Slang: Disparaging. a.a mentally retarded person.b.a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard. 5.Automotive, Machinery. an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.
Now, what the movement is saying is that we need to pull this entirely out of our language lexicon in order to "protect" a small percentage of people. We an do this again the next time a word is used to describe another group that feels they are being unjustly attacked. I could start the trend right now that people with handlebar mustaches be called Catfish. If this catches on, 20 years from now, one would not be able to order Catfish at a Red Lobster because it would be insensitive to people with handlebar mustaches. An example? The word $$$$er. Once upon a time, it also meant someone who remained willfully ignorant. Nowadays that decription has been completely removed from the Lexicon. And it's sad because we are systematically destroying our language and heritage. I read a book from 188X's that used the N word forwards a white male burden on the family. Makes no sense in todays world, but once upon a time, it meant that. That which has been been wiped from our language because the times it was used correctly, it was taken incorrectly.
On the flip side, rather than fighting to censor the entire world for a false hope of creating some sort of peace, you could instead focus on building the victims up. Give them self esteem, tell them the words are just that, powerless air. I spent most of my childhood being picked on and it all worked, until someone taught me none of it mattered. Transfer that to them. Help them to develop thick skin. That way, when something legitimate comes along (news flash, a couple 8 year olds pointing and calling someone retard isn't important), they'll be much stronger and able to face it.
Instead the current solution is to limit speech, make everything softer, and now we DO have a generation of pussies. People who will lash out with all the fury of ten Glenn becks after a Klan Meeting yet are ready to slit their wrist at the drop of a "$$$$$$" on Xbox Live. People who, thanks to not learning how to DEAL with this kind of stuff as children thanks to all the cottling, are growing up entirely socially inept. Yes, kids say cruel things as do people. We just had a congressman raise hundreds of thousands of dollars by calling the President a Liar in the middle of a speech. Is Obama starting L-Word.org? No. Grow the hell up. Teach them to be tougher, teach them to believe in themselves, and no amount of words will have power over them. And unless we, as a culture, start pushing this agenda once more, then we've failed the very people we tried to protect.
Posted 13 September 2009 - 06:44 PM
Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:26 PM
My only complaint was this: Cheapy, we get it that you're not much of a Sony fan. There's nothing wrong with that, but you've been stretching the bounds of credibility lately. Let's be honest: the $299 complaint you had was absolutely ridiculous. You're going to attack a company for leaving off 99 cents? Okay...so why didn't you attack Microsoft for it last year, when they did the exact same thing when they dropped the Arcade price? Microsoft even stated it as $199, without those 99 cents, in a press release:
The Moment Is Now: At $199, Xbox 360 Invites Everyone to Play
...all from one device, starting at $199.
"We are thrilled to be the first next-generation console on the market to reach $199, a price that invites everyone to enjoy Xbox 360," said Don Mattrick, senior vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft.
At $199, Xbox 360 is the most affordable next-generation console on the market, offering something for everyone with the most dynamic, interactive entertainment experiences available.
The "proper" price point of $199.99 is mentioned once, but the entire point of the press release (including the title) was to push $199. Your thoughts?
Also, when another user poked fun at you for having Microsoft guests on the show as your way of "apologizing" for picking on the 360 beforehand, you immediately dismissed his comments and bashed him as a "Sony fanboy." Nothing in his original message mentioned Sony at all, so why jump to conclusions and immediately bash him, Sony, and other fans by extension?
Regardless, keep up the good work, and keep on giving us an awesome show week after week! Thanks!
Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:37 PM
Posted 15 September 2009 - 07:18 PM
You mentioned the CAG iPhone app, any chance of a CAG Android app? Many of us can't get iPhones without breaking contracts and switching providers. With Android on the HTC Hero http://www.htc.com/w...o/overview.html coming to Sprint it would great to have CAG included in the Android App Store which is available to anyone with a android phone regardless of the service provider. This is a large base of potential users, might be a good way to draw more traffic to the site... (twisted your arm yet??)
I'm sure Super Programmer Jon is super busy super programming, I just hope you'll consider adding it to his honey-do list.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 01:17 AM
Your console your sex toy idea already exists http://news.softpedi...y-43145.shtml.
The machine functions as a virtual sex simulator where two people own a seperate part of the sex toy, either a real person or porn star can simulate a sexual act through the use of this toy, and the person on the other end of the internet, feels it. It's not quite a bonafide sex game console but its close