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Article on gun owners and video gamers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Blakenzy, Mar 16, 2010.

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  1. Blakenzy

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    What does "pwn" mean?

    I've seen "pwn" before, but couldn't figure out from context what it means. I looked it up; could only find "pwned" (which they say means "own") but I don't know if that's a variation of pwn or something totally different. And none of the explanations included what (if anything) the letters stand for.

    I quit reading the article at that point, because UFAs (unidentified 'flying' acronyms) are annoying and off-putting. :confused:
     
  3. Just One Shot

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    I believe this came about when someone was trying to type that they owned someone but they hit the P key instead of the O key (they are side by side on the keyboard after all) and it just stuck around as a joke. To say you pwn someone means that you own them is my understanding.
     
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    ah, thanks!
     
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    acr is 4 newbs only deagle is 1337 pwnage
     
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    interesting article.

    I had a related experience with my younger brother recently. He is in college, and had just gotten some new video game when I came home for Christmas this year. I believe it was the game they were talking about in the article. He asked me if i wanted to play, trying to be friendly I said yes (my brother and I don't really have much of a relationship). In one of the first scenes they show a special forces operator, (army ranger i believe). at a base in Afghanistan who is playing with a desert eagle. I said something about it not being realistic, and was "informed" by my brother that SF and the Israelis all carry "fifty-cal DEAGLES".

    oh well.
     
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    the video game people are prime gun editors at wikipedia. Not just any game players though- the certifiably psychotic ones.
     
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    I don't believe for a second that gun placement in video games is any more of an accident than any other product placement in video games or any other media. Especially guns that don't exist yet.

    Modern Warfare 2; the ACR being essentially the featured carbine... is straight up advertizing for Bushmaster. MW2, for those that don't know, was the largest entertainment media release in history. Bigger than any movie, ever... the biggest of all time. And I think they are just barely tapping the advertizement potential that exists... but the ACR was no accident in there; believe it.
     
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    I heard the same type story however the version I heard was that "pwned" came about through a video game typo. So instead of "owned" it was "pwned" in the video game. I don't remember what game it was supposed to be.

    Anyway, back on topic, I'm not sure if the video game industry is helping RKBA or hurting it. Obviously it's creating intrest in firearms but without proper safety knowlegde and probably a lot of misinformation.
     
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    I totally pwn n00bs but can't stand H4x0rz. I'm not so 1337.

    Gamers have what they call Leet (1337) speak. Pwn is the present tense of pwned which is derived from owned, as in one utterly defeated another. There are plenty of articles out there about leet speak.

    I think a lot of young people who get into FPS (first person shooter) games are interested in the firearms used in the game. For example in CSS (Counter Strike Source) they have a variety of pistols, sub-machine guns, assault rifles and even one big machine gun. They are loosely based on real world firearms and the names are changed, so it doesn't surprise me that gamers would be searching for the real thing.

    Yes, I'm a gamer too. :eek:
     
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    there is no such thing as h4x0rs; u just are a noob...
     
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    The "product placement" idea is an interesting one. While Coke and Pepsi and Apple and GM might provide "props" and pay for placement of their products in movies and TV it really isn't a leap to think that computer/video game companies would profit from the same infusion of cash to help defray development costs.
     
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    alot of games already do. you can be walking around and there are billboards in the background! just like RL LMAOFOWNBV
     
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    It's been going on for a long time, HSO. A few online games even have billboards that rotate advertisements. Primarily it has been pc oriented advertisements, but it is diversifying.

    I work in IT and I have kids...I am forced to keep up with gaming industry and trends. I'm an involved parent, so if my kid is going to play an occasional game, I want to know what's in it. I also limit their time spent playing WAY more than most parents I talk to.

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    and the worst part is just a sequel; and required little developlment. modern warfare, world at war, and modern warfare 2 are all VERY similar just tweaked/different looks so they spent ALOT less than a blockbuster movie budget and made ALOT more...
     
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    I suspect that this was a least partly responsible for the enormous price hike for the ACR.
     
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    When MW2 came out there was a small flood of new posts asking about firearms like the Kriss, Cheytac Intervention, ACR, and so forth. LOL.

    I just wonder how much those gun manufacturers paid Infinity Ward for advertising.
     
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    Very few of the guns in those games are available to civvies anyway, but it probably does help the next generation who's parents may not be gun folks get interested in guns, especially EBRs.
    They are not that realistic (though moreso these days than ever) because it's for entertainment. If you had to break down your rifle and clean it after every level it would lose a lot of fans. But I do like the call of duty series. It's good entertainment when you can't get to the range or the weather is crummy.
    People who can't distinguish between a video game and real life will have problems in all aspects of life, not just gun safety. Neither guns nor video games are the problem in those instances, the person has a messed up noodle.
     
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    They may not be available to civilians, but their semiauto versions are and that's more what I wonder about the marketing potential for.
     
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    I've long suspected that the rise in popularity of black rifles can be at least partially attributed to their use in mainstream video games.
     
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    It doesn't really matter where the interest begins. My interest started with movies and I'm sure the same is true for many others. Video games are no better or worse than movies.
     
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    I saw an episode of Penn and Teller Bull****! when they found some kid who was obsessed with these types of video games. They took him to a real range to fire a real gun. He cried. I don't think he'll confuse games with reality anymore.

    Maybe all children who shoot guns in video games shoot have to take a range trip so they understand the difference. Give them the opportunity to feel the power and recoil of a real gun, how loud a shot actually is, etc.
     
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    video games definitely generate interest in guns, most gamers who are not gun owners are generally somewhat misinformed about real life guns though. I think it's a very good thing that people are becoming interested in guns via games as it's getting the younger generation interested in shooting.
     
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