[PATV] Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Extra Credits Season 2, Ep. 17: The Myth of the Gun

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image[PATV] Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - Extra Credits Season 2, Ep. 17: The Myth of the Gun

This week, we try to figure out why the U.S. has always produced more First Person Shooters than Japan.

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    ArcadiusArcadius Registered User new member
    Contrast the use of the weapon in a movie like The Seven Samurai with Falling Down or The Patriot. In the latter two, the gun is what empowered an everyman to do extraordinary (and troubling) things. In the US, the gun is the great equalizer, where the conflict rests more on the mettle of the man, rather than innate capability.

    In Kurosawa, the weapon was not able to empower the peasant farmers. The farmers had armor and weapons but they weren't samurai. The one who aspired to cross over that gap was ultimately unsuccessful. The samurai prevailed because of who they were, not because the crisis drove them to arm themselves.

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    kingcethkingceth Registered User regular
    Vanquish was amazing and really pretty. Loads of fun, although the first level is a total bitch. I'm no hater of CoD, but Vanquish is definitely a game I'd rank above it. If Marvel wants the third Iron Man movie's game to be good, they need to look no farther than Vanquish's developers.

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    KhadivhKhadivh Registered User new member
    Great episode--very interesting contrast between American and Japanese cultural influences. The ending music from MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries was a nice touch.

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    bass_festbass_fest Registered User new member
    The FPS is a dying genre imo. They are going to have to add a lot more tigers and sharks to keep it interesting..

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    moosemaimermoosemaimer Registered User regular
    "Now I have a machinegun.

    Ho ho ho."

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