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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #80 on: April 08, 2011, 06:04:11 AM »

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The Chinese people have never been idealistically unified, and hence cannot be idealistically motivated around a concept like Christianity or Democracy. Chinese religion has a pantheon of gods that fall in and out of favor by how much their worshippers believe that god is effective at giving them what they want: health, progeny, prosperity. Much is the same on the political side. It is not that the people are inherently communal, it is what worked for them at that point in history. And quantitatively, looking at the past 20 years, the Party has for the most part done the people good in terms of living conditions, poverty levels, education. Why do you think Deng Xiaoping introduced mixed economy or "Communism with Chinese flavor"? Because the Party was in danger of losing control after the failures of the planned economy; it was no longer effective to the people. The "nice-sounding" statistics exist because the Party has quantitatively improved aspects of Chinese life, in contrast to the "nice-sounding" ideology that the US has introduced to Iraq.

Because when I see the longest politically and geographically-unified nation in the history of the world by a few thousand years my first instinct is definitely to assume its people are more ideologically diverse than the Westerners who can barely keep their shit together for 40 years without some genocide.

(When Westerners decide shit isn't working for them, they kill the rich and start new countries)
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #81 on: April 08, 2011, 06:58:14 AM »

Don't worry, the Chinese periodically self-immolate too.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #82 on: April 08, 2011, 07:34:49 AM »

It's only been 72 years since the Chinese killed the rich and started a new country.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #83 on: April 08, 2011, 07:45:35 AM »

Which according to Paco is almost double what the west can handle.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #84 on: April 08, 2011, 08:05:26 AM »

It's more like, kill the rich and restart the same country.

Guys, once we remove the decadent figurehead on the Imperial Throne, there will be a new day for Rome!

hey where is everybody go
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #85 on: April 15, 2011, 07:09:39 PM »

China bans Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The big focus there seems to be on time travel, but they seriously just banned virtually all science fiction and most fantasy.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #86 on: April 15, 2011, 07:59:46 PM »

Are they counting Water Margin and Journey to the West?
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #87 on: April 15, 2011, 08:19:34 PM »

That probably falls under the category of 'national folklore' or 'approved heritage texts' or some other doublespeak.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #88 on: April 15, 2011, 08:28:59 PM »

... you guys did see the last page, right?
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #89 on: April 16, 2011, 03:21:12 AM »

Nnnnnope!

I barely check this board, sorry.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #90 on: April 16, 2011, 03:26:09 AM »

I wasn't going to say anything when it was just you, since that's an easy mistake. But three people made it a lot funnier. 
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #91 on: April 16, 2011, 06:30:52 AM »

I knew that news item sounded familiar.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #92 on: April 30, 2011, 11:07:00 AM »

It's not surprising that the press guidance provided by China's censors list exists, but that pieces of it are made available online.

Not that this makes China scary, but it's interesting.

(Contrast vs USA approach: distracting plebs with celebrity news.)
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #93 on: April 30, 2011, 11:11:50 AM »

On the plus side, we're getting more transparency in the (Chinese) government! That's good!?
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #94 on: May 26, 2011, 06:45:39 AM »

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/china-prisoners-internet-gaming-scam

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Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do.

...You have got to be shitting me.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #95 on: May 26, 2011, 08:32:58 AM »

No surprises there, I'm afraid.

Pretty much the only way to stop this kind of thing is to destroy or wholly remove a given MMO's international market economy.

Question: As a non-WoW player, what nominal, half-assed things does Blizzard do to pay lip service to the idea of stopping this? Or, hell, do they in fact try?
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #96 on: May 26, 2011, 09:38:18 AM »

Some Chinese gold farmers would repeatedly enter a dungeon (Maraudon) and kill some bosses for items that they would then sell or convert into reagents. Their countermeasure was to introduce a timer that prevented a player from entering more than 5 dungeons an hour. Even after the dungeon farming fell out of favor, Blizzard left the measure in place, to the great irritation of people running small dungeons. It also fucked people attempting to use dungeons for mining legacy (read largely irrelevant) materials needed for leveling tradeskills.

Blizzard also kinda sorta bans farmers. Part of the problem is that they started using compromised accounts instead of their own accounts.

How do they get the accounts? Keyloggers, phishing, and the usual. The funniest form of fishing is PMing people offers. These offers usually come in broken English, and are generally hilarious. E.g., "Hello,, we Blizzard are proude to offer u free mounts trial. 2 collect u reward go to http://blizzard-sounding-subdomain.obviousfishingsite.cn"
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #97 on: May 26, 2011, 10:08:10 AM »

I think Blizzard may've actually nerfed the Maraudon item values/disenchantment tables first, and then left that 5 dungeons per hour measure in. It remained a vestigial pain in the ass. They also nerfed chests and drops in other dungeons, but didn't remove the fucking thing.

It was put in during vanilla (~2005-6) and was still fucking annoying me in 2010, when I quit.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #98 on: May 26, 2011, 11:17:40 AM »

Any chance someone posted some of these PMs? Sound like a laugh.
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Re: China is fucking scary
« Reply #99 on: May 26, 2011, 01:18:28 PM »




They send emails too.

Greetings!
We are very sorry to inform you that your account occurred in the number of illegal transactions in a very long period of time. We have not received any complaints about your transactions. But if other players send complaints about your account to us, we will permanently ban your account.
So we have issued this warning letters to you. You should go to the account management website to check your account status as soon as possible [link], you can also find them here.

Blizzard Entertainment Inc Account Administration Team
P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92623
Blizzard Entertainmen

The most clever thing, though, was spelling gold-selling domains with corpses.

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