Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SNS 3: Neo-fascists co-opt augmented reality dance-off!

SATURDAY NIGHT SCREAMSHEET 3: on a Wednesday, for your added convenience! As usual, our news feed compiles the most relevant stories from the dark future and compiles them into an adventure below the jump, just like the screamsheets in the back of the old CP2020 corebook.

This adventure was super timely and relevant (when I wrote it, a year ago. Guess what had just come out...).

FIRST MUSIC DLC AVAILABLE FOR ROCKNAROCK
GamerGateWay.com


...the popular augmented reality game calls upon anime-avatars of the Norse gods to prepare for Ragnarok by defeating virtual monsters and collecting dance moves from locations across the city, while gathering teams to defeat members of rival “Hearths” in competitive metal dance-offs. Following their victory over #HearthAesir in the first national all city SUNDAY METALOPALYPSE, #HearthVanir voted for more songs by Sister Sabbath and Tokyo Demons to be added to the new Speed Metal DLC.


AUGMENTED REALITY GAME IS CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, SAYS BARBARIC WARRIOR CULT
Dagbladet


...Grand Truth Speaker Egilsson denounced the game for its perky graphical style, calling it “misrepresentation of the essential characteristics of the Norse Pantheon.” He also called upon Pseudopod Games to increase “Norse Representation” among the character avatar options, “which do not realistically depict the Nordic genetic monoculture that would have existed in Viking lands circa 900AD.”


Pseudopod Games pointedly ignored Mr Egilsson’s comments.


“TASTEMAKERS” REPRESENT LESS THAN 4% OF INDIVIDUALS, SAYS MILITARY INTELLIGENCE THEORIST
WallStreetReview


“...it should be scientifically possible to identify individuals with the most significant impact on local views on a subject. By concentrating our specific focus on convincing those individuals, advertisers and influencers can dramatically magnify their chances of success. The trick is identifying them.”


CONTROVERSIAL SPARKLE VAMPIRES ONLINE FAN DRIVES OFF BRIDGE
Terra Haute Republican


...Mr Vasquez, who we interviewed for this site just last week, was the most fervent proponent of The Cattle Cull, a movement inside the Sparkle Vampires Online MMO to compel new Human Faction players to join so-called “Blood Farms.” Torrid Romance Games expressed regret over his sudden death, paying tribute to “his vivid imagination and vast passion for online roleplaying and our game.”


TURNER ORGANISATION USING ROCKNAROCK TO ORGANISE CLANDESTINE MEETINGS, SAYS FBI
Network 60 Daily Update


...expressed concern about the game’s appeal to members of the far-right, whom he said were using the game as a mechanism for exchanging information through coded dance moves and dead-drops at Great Halls. Meanwhile, NetworkMom.us has expressed “serious concerns” about the moderation policy of the game, after an undercover investigation by the site claimed #HearthVanir’s forums are a “toxic cesspool of racist memes laser-targeted (literally, in some cases) at 12 year olds.”


The allegations top off a week of serious controversy for Pseudopod games. On Monday, a dance-off organised by members of #HearthAesir outside the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo provoked violent protests and a number of arrests.