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    Jousting... oh yes!

    I'm not hearing alot of good, constructive feedback. Yeah, it's a stupid idea. Get over it. Got anything else to say? Thanks to those who show interest, by the way. If you're interseted in presenting some things that could be potential dangers that we might want to look out for, please voice your opinions. Once again, cheap armor and safe-lance options are much appreciated. -IV
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    Jousting... oh yes!

    Like I said, break-aways. Lances designed to break if you held them out and walked slowly at a soft wall. And what about helmets with solid, clear visors? Like motorcycle helmets? Or metal colinders. Someone also put out an idea that there would be bracers around the neck to deflect blow that glance to that area sideways. I'm really not seeings that I'll be convinced that there's no (atleast somewhat) safe way to do this. -IV
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    Jousting... oh yes!

    Quote:Next, at those speeds, there is NO WAY that a fencing mask is going to be enough protection for the face. A good solid hit to the face with a block of wood that size is going to probably smash in the ja back and force you all to eat through tubes the rest of your life. Its hockey helmets with plastic faceguards all the way. First off a clarification... head shots are strictly illegal. All shots aimed at the torso. Any hit to the face would end up being a glancing shot at best, unless a guy's aim sucked. Even then, the wooden rods we're talking about would be a quarter-inch think with cutoffs, making them so brittle that they could hardly survive being held horizontally in the first place. Quote:I'd recommend you start by prototyping this idiocy with a Nerf bat or two, and then graduating to custom-made lances once you're sure you won't actually kill/impale/blind each other. Oh yes... many people might misunderstand. We intend to test every aspect of our jousting. Impact hits against soft and hard targets to make sure our break-away lances work, trial jousts, whatever needs to be done to ensure both safety and effectiveness. Keep the ideas coming! -IV
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    Jousting... oh yes!

    Alright, so I'm in need of some advice here... So I want to start some jousting in my area. The idea is bike jousting. It takes you about 3 seconds to figure out the premise. If you need help, try bike and jousting. I'll say it right here and now that I'll admit that sure, I'm a stupid kid. Put all jokes about broken bones aside, cause that's kinda why I'm here. I'm looking for the safest way possible to implement this idea. First off, we need the idea for the lance. We're not looking to unmount people, we're just jousting for solid hits (with the occasional unbiking, sure). We just dont want people having four-inch impalements. Our first idea was something like a long, thin wooden rod that would hold it's composure when held steady at six feet long but would shatter in half upon a clean hit, leaving the rider relatively unharmed. At the tip of the rod would be some sort of ball of padding that takes away the stab-like impact. If so, I'd need to decide on the best and cheapest route in terms of size and material. Second, we need ideas for efficient ways to make armor. We were thinking of fencing masks for the head, some sort of neck-guard, and layering of cloth, plastics/metals, and then finally a layer of leather. Mostly, we're looking for cost effective ways of protecting our face, neck, torso, arms, and our legs (only somewhat... all shots will be above the waist). So anyhow, this should be fun! If you can help out with some ideas, I'd be much abliged. And I'll keep you all updated on the link for the youtube videos that will no-doubt arise! -IV [EDIT: We have very skilled cyclists who can ride with 1 or no hands with great precision. In case you were wondering]
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    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    Quote:Original post by Shai Quote:Original post by TraderJack But please, address what I actually said. Yes, Americans are anal. Sony should have known that. Sony should have forsaw the controversy. If they didn't, that makes them idiotic. No matter how aweful all of 'us Americans' are and how we spoil all of the perfectly good advertising for your European wonderland with our hypocritical point of view, it's something everyone knows about. Including the giant consumer electronics corporation. So no, they don't get a pat on the head for this one. It was dumb. Unless, and I repeat this too incase someone has to nitpick, this was meant as a stunt for controversial publicity. gets (in my mind anyway) translated to Quote:How does Sony even *dare* to think we're mature enough to understand that this isn't any business of ours. Everyone knows we're as anal as they come, if they don't, well, that's just idiotic. Ding ding ding! You earn a prize for one of the first people from the other side of the arguement to finally get it! Quote:Original post by Acapulco I don't think this ad is actively racist, but it is dumb. It's an ad that actively connects the colour of the product it promotes to the skin colour of the women in the adverts. It may not favour one race over another across the whole campaign, but it does say, "colour matters". See, I don't know about that. I'm still not convinced that there is much racist subtext behind the advertisements, especially because of the location of the advertisement. Quote:Original post by phantom ...because the good old US of A should have kept its damned nose out of the bussiness of another country and what happens there... You're still missing it. Should have, would have, could have. It doesn't matter. The US didn't, it was obvious that they weren't going to, and Sony should have known that from the start. Duh! That's the point. It doesn't matter what the US should have done. We probably should do alot of things, but corporations with as much to loose as Sony does in the gaming industry have to be cogniscent that middle-America does not give a f*ck what you say or do or where you say and do it. If it's wrong to them, there's going to be trouble, because they outnumber us liberals on the coast. If I could do something about it, I would, cause I don't like it as much as you do. So please stop flaming those who live over on this side of the globe and throwing little sarcastic terms around like 'good old US of A' twice in adjacent sentances (which is redundant and not even origional). The insults and generalizations are getting tiresome. -IV
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    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    Quote:Original post by phantom ... you guys... in Europe we ... You'd be ... if we ... to you ... your country ... unpopularity you suffer but it seems you haven't learnt... *shrugs* In short; Europe isn't the USA, stop projecting your problems onto us. In short, you're not all of Europe, and I'm not all of America, so please refrain from perpetuating an 'America vs. Europe' 'You vs. Me' flame war. This was really supposed to be a lighthearted thread (see thread title, which begins with 'LOL'). I, personally, am offended by that fact that you seem to think that I, who agree with the whole "America needs to chill out" point of view (as I have before stated and requoted by you), seem to be lumped in with all of us racists. But please, address what I actually said. Yes, Americans are anal. Sony should have known that. Sony should have forsaw the controversy. If they didn't, that makes them idiotic. No matter how aweful all of 'us Americans' are and how we spoil all of the perfectly good advertising for your European wonderland with our hypocritical point of view, it's something everyone knows about. Including the giant consumer electronics corporation. So no, they don't get a pat on the head for this one. It was dumb. Unless, and I repeat this too incase someone has to nitpick, this was meant as a stunt for controversial publicity.
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    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    I think it's agreed that nobody thinks that this ad is racist. I, as the OP, did not even think the ad is racist. And yes, you can go on flaming Americans for being anal, but that's all derailing the origional point of view. Case and Point: Sony should have been smarter than this: You can rant all you want about how a corporation shouldn't have to censor their own adversising companies just because all of us anal Americans are too hyper-sensetive of race. The point is, America (typically middle Amerca, so stop pointing at all of us) is that way, so a company who's console market is basically doomed does have to censor itself. Why? Because of the above image. That's just stupid. Or just likely a risky publicity stunt. It doesn't even matter at this point. I'm just requesting as a favor that there be no more "OMG, Americans need to chill out and stop being so rediculous about seeing a white and black person in the same picture" posts. We get it. That's nice. I agree, too. It's also besides the point. -IV
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    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    Is anybody even reading my posts? It's not that I'm looking for attention, but I kind of have a counterpoint that no one is responding to. People just keep saying the same things over and over again. "Americans are anal and this advertisement campaign isn't offensive at all." That's not the point Please refer to my previous posts. -IV
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    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    Quote:Original post by curtmax_0 I don't see how it's racist at all... Of course, if the "colors" were reversed there would be no outrage at all. Quote:Original post by silverphyre673 The picture isn't really offensive as far as I'm concerned: if the white woman was holding a whip while the black woman picked cotton, I would definitely get worked up (since it was obviously trying to harken back to the days of US slaveholding). However, this just shows a white woman in a dominant position over a black woman. It's not meant to make us think of slaveowning. Get over it. Quote:Original post by KronosGL Why are Americans the only ones complaining about this? Of course the add is not racist: it is a white woman looking at a black woman. I think America is so child like regarding racist issues that it is almost absurd. They try so hard not to be racist that they end up considering every situation where a black human being is in some sort of disadvantage, racist. Quote:Original post by Shai Since everyone in this thread likes to go "omfg racist" *sooo* much, allow me to point out that these adds ARE NOT DISPLAYED IN THE USA. They're displayed IN THE NETHERLANDS which is a place where THERE IS NO HISTORY OF BLACK SLAVES. And, once again quoted for counterpoint... Quote:Original post by Spoonbender Quote: Why are Americans the only ones complaining about this? Of course the add is not racist: it is a white woman looking at a black woman. She's not exactly just looking, is she? And no, of course the ad is not racist. I agree with that. Sony wasn't trying to tell us that "White people are better than black people". However, Sony *should* have realized the fuss it'd create, and that's the really stupid part. How can such a big company, with such a large presence in USA *not* realize that an ad like this would be trouble? -IV
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    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    Quote:Original post by Spoonbender And no, of course the ad is not racist. I agree with that. Sony wasn't trying to tell us that "White people are better than black people". However, Sony *should* have realized the fuss it'd create, and that's the really stupid part. How can such a big company, with such a large presence in USA *not* realize that an ad like this would be trouble? Quoted by origional poster for clarifying the point. -IV
  11. TraderJack

    LOL @ Sony: What were they thiking?

    Very true, but that's besides the point. No matter how many people may share your completely rational and reasonable point of view, you can't look at the above image and think that it wouldn't offend the vast majority of people who don't. Sony should have known that. These images (or that one perticularly) were a stupid move. Or hey, they my just be looking for some controversial publicity. -IV
  12. Guess what the new announcement is that's going to sweep the handheld console market. PSP White! Not only that, but check out the new add campaign: Actual add for new campaign: Apparently, it's already started the respective controversy. -IV PS: Sorry if this is a repost
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    Untitled

    Must buy? Lost in Blue, Trauma Center, Ace Wright, Mario Kart, Electroplankton... I could go on. It's such an awesome system. -IV
  14. TraderJack

    Happy Fireworks Day!

    I call your elephant... Jack -IV
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    Wierd "jingle bells" interpretation...

    Out of all of the ones I've seen like that, that one's the most hardcore. -IV
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