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Would you risk playing mutant-roulette?

Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
edited January 2007 in Graphic Violence
I was reading another thread, and it made me think: what if, at a point in your regular adult life, somebody told you they could instantly turn you into a mutant? We're talking Marvel Universe, X-Gene style mutant here.

Now, in the Marvel Universe, mutations take a lot of different forms. Some allow you to remain essentially human in appearance and actions, but with added bonuses. Others will near certainly alienate you from the rest of the human race, by virtue of changing you into something that neither looks, nor acts, like a regular homo sapiens. Of course, a lot of mutations give would give you truly ludicrous powers the likes of which have never been seen before. But still, the chance of great power comes with an equal chance of alienation, and likely being targeted by prejudice, for the rest of your life. Ouch. Hell, you might even just turn out like Beak. Which I'm not sure anyone would really enjoy.

And then there's the effect on your kids. Even if you can live with the potential discrimination you would likely suffer, would you be happy knowing that the mutation could potentially be passed onto your kids, leaving them to suffer for a decision you made? You heartless bastard.

So, weighing up all sides of the argument, would you want to become a mutant, knowing that you have no idea what might happen to you? And what mutation, given your current mentality and physicality, do you feel you'd be likely to go through?

On, pointless discussion!

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  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Even looking at the downside on this one I would totally do it. The only chance you would be shunned for sure would be if your power made you look completely unhuman. The chances of that in the X-universe is relatively small.

    As for what mutation I would go through? I would guess something to do with snow and the cold, because thats pretty much all we got around here. But mutations in the x-men are usually pretty random so it's hard to say what someone would end up with.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited January 2007
    Yes, damnit. Fuck having an unremarkable life and fuck having kids, for that matter. There's a risk inherent in achieving anything worthwhile anyway, so it's not even that unusual a situation in the first place.

    If mutations are based on self-image, though, I'd end up with unpredictable reality warping powers that can only be called upon with intense concentration or during an emotionally charged moment. Perhaps a bit too dangerous, but still worth it.

    Ultimately, the thought of ending up a pudgy, middle-aged diabetic living a completely unfulfilling existence and accomplishing nothing of worth is scarier than the thought of being hunted and persecuted anyway.

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  • BriareosBriareos Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I would be the only Marvel-style mutant on Earth? I could potentially look like Nightcrawler or worse? No. I have no desire to spend the rest of my life as a persecuted outcast, no matter what kinds of powers I might also obtain.

    What if you get turned into a hideously deformed being with a really crap power? That would suck.

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  • CharmyCharmy Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If we're talking random mutation, there's a 90% chance of getting a minor power or physical mutation that is, for all intents and purposes, worthless. It's neat, but it doesn't really do anything, and it might make you look like a freak and make you an outcast.

    After that, the odds are probably pretty much equal for getting something really good or bad. Your just as likely to mutate into a giant worm that feeds on human flesh as you are into someone that shoots lasery death from their eyes.

    All in all, I'd say it's probably not worth it. I'd stick to the radioactive bugs.

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  • Synthetic OrangeSynthetic Orange Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    All I got out of this deal was this acid-shooting fifth nipple.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2007
    Marathon wrote:
    Even looking at the downside on this one I would totally do it. The only chance you would be shunned for sure would be if your power made you look completely unhuman. The chances of that in the X-universe is relatively small.

    well, sort of

    district x did a good job of showing how most mutants are actually total weirdos and the x-folks are generally the jet-setting good-looking white people of the mutant world.

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  • MajidahMajidah Registered User
    edited January 2007
    Yeah an awful lot of mutants have to live down in the sewers with marrow. If the stench didn't get me the sheer irritation of her diatribes certainly would.

    If we're talkin marvel U I'd get on the phone to latveria and offer to sell the location of mr-make-a-mutant for some sweet doom-related technology. Like an atomic bread machine!

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  • Spectre-xSpectre-x Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Eh, I'd still do it.

    If I were to look like a freak, I hope I would have some kickass horns.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Eh, I'd do it. As long as it wouldn't seriously cripple me, I wouldn't mind. Shit, even if you get a "bad" power like Beast's or Nightcrawler's physical changes, you can still probably get jobs as a movie monster.

    Or a niche porn star.

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  • Run Run RunRun Run Run __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2007
    If I would be the only mutant in our 'regular' universe - of course I'd do it!

    Even if one might end up looking like a giant lizard or similar I doubt your family or friends would alienate you (unless they are fundies or such).
    Maybe back in the 60s / 70s, but nowadays thanks to comics / TV / movies people wouldn't be all too freaked out.

    Basically one of the following would happen :

    1) You end up in some military lab. Better avoid the USA, China, Russia or similar or be good at hiding.
    Worst case scenario.

    2) You end up insanely rich. Even with the most minor power you will still be able to make millions.
    Heck, look at Uri Geller. All he does is bend spoons (its a trick) and he's a multi millionair.

    My power of changing my skin colour or teleporting up to 10 feet or making water boil beats that easily.

    Aslong you aren't flying around or shooting lasers from your hands people won't even think you are really supernatural.
    They will think it's a special effect.

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  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'd definitely go through with it and embody the idea of complete uniqueness! See, there's a push, a trend, if you will, across the nation: people want to be perceived as unique as possible.

    Given my current physical and mental states, I'd most likely be able to stick to anything. Take that as you will.

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    My luck when it comes to random number generators is worse than suck. I wouldn't do it based on that.

    Besides I'd rather just get friendly with some military R&D types and get me some nano bots. Healing factor, increased physical strength, change eye/hair/skin/height/etc to your choosing.

    Just avoid the grey goo and it's all gravy.

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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    There's too high a risk to be another Mammomax, but I'd still take it.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    All I got out of this deal was this acid-shooting fifth nipple.

    You already have four nipples? :|

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote:
    All I got out of this deal was this acid-shooting fifth nipple.

    You already have four nipples? :|

    You don't?

    Also, shit yeah I'd take it.
    There is very little that would deter me from it. And assuming there are more than me, I won't be alone even then.

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  • BriareosBriareos Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    DarkPrimus wrote:
    All I got out of this deal was this acid-shooting fifth nipple.

    You already have four nipples? :|

    You don't?

    Also, shit yeah I'd take it.
    There is very little that would deter me from it. And assuming there are more than me, I won't be alone even then.

    I'd take it if there were to be others besides me. But if I were to end up the lone sentient, 6-foot long earthworm on the planet, there's no fucking way.

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Fuck Warren Ellis Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    One word: Mammomax

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  • Bob The MonkeyBob The Monkey Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    One word: Mammomax

    Judging by name alone, I'd always thought Mammomax would be a mutant with the power to make breasts exponentially larger.

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  • BriareosBriareos Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    One word: Mammomax

    And we know how he ended up. I'd expect the same or worse.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Briareos wrote:
    One word: Mammomax

    And we know how he ended up. I'd expect the same or worse.

    That was actually kind of sad... I'm gonna miss that Wooly-mammoth man...

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  • SlagmireSlagmire Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    One word: Mammomax

    One smaller word: Beak

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Sign me up. Now.

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  • ReatheranReatheran Registered User
    edited January 2007
    Eh. I wouldn't worry about being a hideous freak. I'd be too worried about ending up like that Wither or that kid in Ultimate X-men who makes everyone around him explode.

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  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I would suck to be like Wither, but on the same token you could end up like Xi'an from X-Men 2099. Then you could have the best of both worlds.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    It wouldn't suck too bad to be Wither. You'd definitely be quite formidable

    Edit: Masturbation would be scary :(

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  • InxInx Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'd do it, 'cause I'm reckless like that.


    With my luck, I'd get something like "you can read really fast like Johhny 5, retain all the knowledge, and recall it completely whenever you wish. However, you only see in the infrared spectrum and instead of hands you have clumsy, insensitive tentacles."


    Whoopsie!

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  • Vincent GraysonVincent Grayson Frederick, MDRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'd do it...and there'd be no risk to my kids, as I already have two, and am not making any more.

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  • FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited January 2007
    It wouldn't suck too bad to be Wither. You'd definitely be quite formidable

    Edit: Masturbation would be scary :(

    It obviously doesn't work on yourself.

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I totally would.
    It always bugs me when heroes are all "abloo bloo bloo I just want to be normal"

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  • Caveman PawsCaveman Paws Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    If your power causes you to be grotesque and inflict pain and misery on those around you than you'd probably have a "wannabe normal" wish too.

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Well yes but in general I think most of the "hanging up the cape" type moments come from heroes who can pass for normal.
    The obvious grotesque types seem to be more accepting, even if it does make them bitter and living in the sewers or something.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Fencingsax wrote:
    It wouldn't suck too bad to be Wither. You'd definitely be quite formidable

    Edit: Masturbation would be scary :(

    It obviously doesn't work on yourself.
    Obviously. But mutations have been known to advance etc. It would be a scary thought.

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  • AlgertmanAlgertman Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Considering all female mutants are sluts and sleep with anything with a dick I would go for it. As long as I didn't lose my dick I could at least get some grade A sntach out of it

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited January 2007
    Algertman wrote:
    Considering all female mutants are sluts and sleep with anything with a dick I would go for it. As long as I didn't lose my dick I could at least get some grade A sntach out of it
    With a charming approach like that, it's a wonder you aren't getting such already.

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  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    robosagogo wrote:
    Algertman wrote:
    Considering all female mutants are sluts and sleep with anything with a dick I would go for it. As long as I didn't lose my dick I could at least get some grade A sntach out of it
    With a charming approach like that, it's a wonder you aren't getting such already.
    Hell, im a dude and after seeing all the charm he's been spreading since he joined im about ready to give him a roll in the hay myself.

    unf unf unf

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  • The Muffin ManThe Muffin Man Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Marathon wrote:
    robosagogo wrote:
    Algertman wrote:
    Considering all female mutants are sluts and sleep with anything with a dick I would go for it. As long as I didn't lose my dick I could at least get some grade A sntach out of it
    With a charming approach like that, it's a wonder you aren't getting such already.
    Hell, im a dude and after seeing all the charm he's been spreading since he joined im about ready to give him a roll in the hay myself.

    unf unf unf
    Before or after you get the mutant power of super strength?

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  • MarathonMarathon Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    Marathon wrote:
    robosagogo wrote:
    Algertman wrote:
    Considering all female mutants are sluts and sleep with anything with a dick I would go for it. As long as I didn't lose my dick I could at least get some grade A sntach out of it
    With a charming approach like that, it's a wonder you aren't getting such already.
    Hell, im a dude and after seeing all the charm he's been spreading since he joined im about ready to give him a roll in the hay myself.

    unf unf unf
    Before or after you get the mutant power of super strength?

    We'll go with a middle ground here and say that me humping his brains out grants me those super powers right in the middle. I start off normal and gentle, but at the end he's just a wreck.

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  • AccualtAccualt Registered User regular
    edited January 2007
    I'd chance it if enough other people on the planet were, at least that way I would have a small sub community to fall back on.

    If I'm the only one, though, I wouldn't do it.

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