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As a descendant of hunter-gatherers, I too like to shoot and loot in video game streams of life.
Starring Salary Team Six, often Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9pm NYC time.
The movement of your avatar and that careening jeep, the distances in the landscape, challenging difficulty, and the loud sound design made that demo feel different from other 3D games. You didn’t play a hero, but a simulated boots-on-the-ground grunting grunt, trying to survive.
I bought the game from a shop on Via degli Scipioni near the Vatican in Rome, and finished it, stopping the missiles from being launched in the end, after various missions, including one of the tensest of any video game I’ve played.
You started at the edge of a forest and needed to immediately run, zigzagging between trees, bullets from many angry digital men chasing you cracking by, then hiding in a bush in a field while an APC came searching for you at the other side of the forest, and finally, after many tries, getting away. Surviving.
When I do play Arma it is mainly cooperatively with other players in human intelligence vs artificial intelligence, or PvE game modes. Arma is an excellent giant digital space to spend time together and exercise our primal instincts.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European or a PC or Sony or Microsoft or Nintendo devotee, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of humankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a person who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial video game system; this person is concerned with the total understanding of humankind.
—Jiddu Krishnamurti, Freedom From the Known, Chapter 6. Bolded word changes by Ed.
Here are the best Arma mods I’ve played:
- Antistasi coop PvE guerrilla simulator.
- Pilgrimage single player open world mission, and one of the winners of the Make Arma Not War contest.
In the meantime we’re starting a new cooperative Arma Antistasi campaign on the Malden map, and I’m listing the streams from my point of view of the action on the sidebox above. Also catch Futura_Light’s perspective from the other side of the world.
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- How Do I Deal With My Deep-Rooted Violence?
- Arma Reforger 1.0
- The Observer is the Observed
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