So in Far Cry games you're normally in a lawless country/environment, embroiled in some kind of conflict where running around shooting people could be understandable. I'm not sure I can see myself buying that scenario in modern day USA, unless they frame it around the backdrop of a civil war or something?
What happened was the silent and unnoticed entry into Leith of Paul Craig Cobb, in 2012, buying a shack, moving in and staying largely unseen. No one in town, from its part-time mayor to its single black resident, knew who Cobb was. A quick Googling, however, would have revealed him to be one of North Americas most infamous, vituperative and well-connected white supremacists. Prototypical keep-to-yourself Westerners, the Leithians were none the wiser. Cobb, an articulate, calm, wild-haired sexagenarian with black-rimmed glasses, had an express plan: to literally populate Leith with white nationalists, take over its town government, rename it Cobbsville and begin a racially defined community.
It was a moment when the outside world thats kept apart from much of rural Americasomething you didnt even know existedsort of came up through the soil, says Ryan Lenz, a Southern Poverty Law Center staffer interviewed in the film. Soon, Cobb had bought up a number of properties in Leith, Nazi flags were staked on his front lawn, other self-defined neo-Nazis and supremacists had moved into Cobbs extra houses, and the yards were patrolled with automatic weapons.
What would you do? The people of Leith went ballistic, and the almost biblical conflict that resulted is chronicled carefully in Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walkers film. Cobbs nemeses include mild-mannered farmer/mayor/bus driver Ryan Schock, neighbor and Iraqi war vet Lee Cook, and Bobby Harper, Leiths only black resident. The Southern Poverty Law Center gets involved, protesters stream in from out of town, and the face-offs get hairy. Cobb and his cohort, however they pine for the extermination of Jews and blacks in media interviews, have not committed any crime, and have in fact only exercised the rights and privileges granted everyone in a democracy. The denizens of Leith react as if under siege, surveilling Cobbs property (not hard to do; you could see it from any front step in town), and plotting out possible courses of action with the district attorney.
That was before the Switch started selling on crazy levels, they may rethink there strategy by the end of the year, if other Switch 3rd party games are selling great, like NBA 2K18, Skyrim and if COD comes and sells well. Ubisoft and anybody else would try to get there games on there, they already have Snowdrop engine running on Switch.
Yeah the pastor is interesting, I missed him at first. Is that the protagonist or just another NPC angry that the cult took/burned his church and twisted the minds of his people? Seems to be sane but very very angry lol, the "if I can't be the shepard I'll be the wolf" line was badass!I like the Pastor guy but that's about it, the rest sounds like bog-standard Far Cry. (Again)
Finally, most important part for me! I don't care about the rest.
Some Americans are actually bothered by this? Seriously? The trailer seemed pretty tame, and the bad guys even seem to have some black cultists so I don't think they're racists.
But I guess this might be the first time they don't fight "the others" so they're confused.
It looks alright but I'm going to keep the jury way out until I play halfway through and feel a genuinely cohesive narrative weight. I appreciate they're not going all bottoms up with the hype yet though. Just show glimpses and let it speak for itself. But boy is it a similar-looking formula.
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Which version are you getting?Just show me the Multiplayer and map editor working together and looking awesome, and you can have my money for two copies.
Seems like PVP is 5v5 if I read that right though. Small for such a large map capability.
This is my fuckin JAM
It's good that the choice of gender and skin color is now possible, but I hope it's one that will matter beyond what the character looks like. Because this seems like a game in which it should.Hay tells us that growing up at the tail end of the cold war, he felt vulnerable. "I remember this feeling that everything was not okay," he says, but that through the remainder of the 80s and 90s, that fear dissipated. It came back for him after 9/11, but only really arrived over the last decade, with the rise of extremist groups like the sovereign citizen militia which took over Malheur National Wildlife Reserve in 2016. "I didn't feel safe anymore," he tells us.
And sitting in that room, I suddenly realize that there has been a quiet disconnect for me: For Hay, as for Far Cry 5, the pressure is new. It appears when the world is less at ease. It fills your mind with possibilities of violence. This is what the game's trailer does, as it mixes a touch of Seven with a splash of True Detective season 1: People are pulled from their homes, driven from their churches, forced into baptism, threatened with violence. These are the dark thoughts of the pressure, the fear that something terrible could happen at any moment.
But I do not remember a time before the pressure.
If the rise of militia movements in the years of the Obama presidency is one line on the chart of growing national unease, another is the public conversation around the killing of black and brown folks by police (and by vigilantes like George Zimmerman.) I say "the public conversation" because the rate of killings isn't new, only the attention is.
The pressure is being taught at a young age exactly how to address police officers to best control risk. It's being escorted out of stores as a thirteen year old under empty accusation of shoplifting. It's guys with baseball bats threatening you for walking too close to a white woman. It's working and resting as an American, but never being at peace.
Living under the fear that a wrong movement, unlucky association, or fearful reaction could lead to death or violence is the pressure, and that pressure is not uncommon, waiting to be unbottled. It's an ocean tide, ebbing and flowing but never receding completely.
As Hay speaks, I feel like Chappelle in SNL's Election Night skit. "Word? You ever been around this country before?"
I am curious, to say the least, to see how (or if) the game's skin color and gender choice is taken into accountand I hope it is, since debuting a black preacher with a bombed out church suggests a willingness to leverage the history of racist violence.
They will sell it just like any other game. There is nothing special in this one that would make it more difficult to sell it.Shit, how is Ubi going to sell this at E3? THey've been becoming heavily themed-based in recent times when presenting each game.
Shit, how is Aisha Taylor going to sell this game?