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Armenian Genocide Bill in France

18 December 2011 - 03:33 PM


History is riling up the Turks again as France moves to make denial of the Ottoman Empire's destruction of the Armenians a crime on the same level as Holocaust Denial.

On the one hand, I don't feel it's right for people to be prosecuted as criminals for being woefully, tragically misinformed for the sake of their ethnic pride. (Furthermore, this denial isn't an idea they latched on to because they hate Armenians. It's been taught to them as true history since birth, a historical fallacy that became fact for a people.)
I suppose a similar bill in America would be making it a crime to deny slavery or the wars and injustices against the native Americans, or maybe making trutherism or birtherism a crime. Unless there are threats, violence or incitement to violence in their denials, education is the best forward.

While it's certainly satisfying on the face of it to see Turkey again challenged on its tragically ahistorical and heartless denial of the Ottoman Empire's treatment of Anatolia's minorities (and by a big player like France), this seems ultimately counterproductive to me. Being called the children of genocidaires by outsiders (and by a country with a history as checkered as France's) is likely to lead to a bunker mentality that will make it even harder for them to look clearly at the past, and make it easier for them deal resolutely with internal voices of dissent.
Improving relations with Turkey and using that relationship to foster greater freedom of expression and create an environment where history can be discussed without fear of "insulting Turkishness" could be a much more effective route to synching Turkey historically with the rest of the world than criminalizing people for repeating falsehoods they've been told since youth.

Renewed Sega Genesis Owner

22 November 2011 - 04:17 AM

When I was a kid I had a Genesis and loved it.(Especially Streets of Rage 2, Jungle Strike, M Ranger X, Gunstar Heroes, Sonic 3, X-Men 1&2, Cadash, Rocket Knight Adventures and Flashback to name a few)

This weekend my brother kicked a dusty Genesis Model 1 w/ Sega CD my way, so the good times with the Genny are here again. Anyone have some recommendations for building a new Genesis collection?
So far I'm thinking of picking up Ghouls N' Ghosts, Chakan and Target Earth.
Also Ranger X and Rocket Knight again. I would've loved to pick up Gunstar or Streets of Rage 2 but I already bought them on XBLA. But I guess there's still Streets of Rage 3!

I have no idea what's good for Sega CD besides Sonic CD and maybe the sequel to Out of This World though....

Thanks guys!

Dark Souls version

22 October 2011 - 05:29 PM

Anyone know which version of Dark Souls is superior?
From what I gather they're almost identical. The only obvious advantage is to the PS3 version, since no Gold subscription is needed to access the online play, and player communication is disabled in the 360 version anyway.

Dual Shock 3

19 September 2011 - 05:41 PM

Anyone know where I can find a good deal on a PS3 controller?
Ideally I don't want to spend more than $25, which was how much I spent on my 2nd 360 wireless controller.

Local Multiplayer?

15 September 2011 - 08:38 PM

So today I bought a PS3 after 5 years of the Wii60 life.
The first pair of games I've bought are Killzone 3 and Demon's Souls, and I have my eye on GW3, Yakuza 3 and Uncharted 2 for the next gohastings B2G1 sale. I also can't wait for Journey to come out.

Anyway, as I unpackaged my shiny new console and pulled out the controller, my girlfriend exclaimed with a cry of disappointment "Only one controller?!".
On 360 we've played a lot of Borderlands, Castle Crashers, Left 4 Dead and fighting games.

Can you guys recommend me some PS3 games with good local multiplayer so I can justify buying another controller for it?