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(Kotaku)   It's perfectly okay to be scary mister skullhead in a war videogame, but try it in a real war, and people get all upset that you might frighten the people you're killing, or something   (kotaku.com) divider line 98
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2013-01-23 08:32:51 AM
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2013-01-23 08:42:00 AM
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2013-01-23 08:44:28 AM
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Settle down everyone. Its just that Mr. Cool Ice has updated for the times.
 
2013-01-23 09:03:24 AM
French Colonel Thierry Burkhard said the wearing of the mask was "unacceptable behaviour", and that it was "not representative of the action that brought France to Mali to help".

www.nerdlikeyou.com

"Why are you running?  We come in peace"

I kind of get what the guy is saying, but the kind of "help" they're offering involves killing folks, so yeah it doesn't seem too unreasonable that a guy should look scary while killing folks.
If it's not against the uniform code, get over it.  If it is, give him whatever the punishment is for being out of uniform, then issue him an approved bandana.
 
Pud [TotalFark]
2013-01-23 09:10:59 AM
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They should make this part of their official uniform
 
2013-01-23 09:38:37 AM
Meh.
 
2013-01-23 10:07:03 AM
If you're going to war, you can at least try to take it seriously.
 
2013-01-23 10:08:29 AM
Imagine how much more frightening it would be if it were a Garfield mask.
 
2013-01-23 10:10:39 AM

Fluid: If you're going to war, you can at least try to take it seriously.


He was. Intimidating the crap out of the enemy is essential.
 
2013-01-23 10:10:40 AM

Fluid: If you're going to war, you can at least try to take it seriously.


Isn't that what the Taliban said in response to Harry Windsor saying that shooting Taliban in his Apache is like playing video games?
 
2013-01-23 10:11:19 AM
Call of Duty sucks.
/that is all
 
2013-01-23 10:11:31 AM
Not to thread jack but isn't that the most effeminate position for a skeleton on Mr Cool Ice?

HAAAYYY every body, I am a spooky skeleton.

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2013-01-23 10:11:52 AM
if you want to be an individual, don't join the military.


/like the masks though
//army and navy vet
///slashies
 
2013-01-23 10:12:29 AM
 
2013-01-23 10:16:56 AM
Personally, I don't see why intimidating masks aren't standard issue when fighting religious nutjobs who already believe we're the devil. Send in a company of seals in bulletproof skull masks with horns on the front, wipe out a group of insurgents, and let the rest shiat all over themselves trying to figure out if it was the actual devil, and if so, why Allah has visited this plague upon them in the first place. A scared straight for those who use religion as a tool of war, if you will.
 
2013-01-23 10:17:01 AM
Way to camouflage with a bone-white face mask. There's an easy head shot for a sniper.
 
2013-01-23 10:17:18 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Not to thread jack but isn't that the most effeminate position for a skeleton on Mr Cool Ice?

HAAAYYY every body, I am a spooky skeleton.

[i.imgur.com image 575x333]


I always thought somebody needs to shop his treasure-trail "MR COOL ICE" to instead read "I DUNNO LOL"
 
2013-01-23 10:17:42 AM
Unless it's issue, it's wrong.
 
2013-01-23 10:18:15 AM

moothemagiccow: Are we the baddies?


I didn't say we weren't fun...
 
2013-01-23 10:19:48 AM
That qualifies as being out of uniform doesn't it?
 
2013-01-23 10:21:42 AM
Want to be an individual? Become a marathon runner.
 
2013-01-23 10:21:47 AM
That picture gave me my first real bell laugh in days!

Hell ya!
 
2013-01-23 10:22:01 AM
Lol COD mask? Those have been around for years. My friend wore one snowboarding about ten years ago
 
2013-01-23 10:22:11 AM

moothemagiccow: Are we the baddies?


This. So much this.
 
2013-01-23 10:22:47 AM
BellY

/preview is my friend dammit!!!
 
2013-01-23 10:23:52 AM

Wadded Beef: Imagine how much more frightening it would be if it were a Garfield mask.


Or a Lincoln mask.

/Vive le guy-willing-to-die-for-my-future, let him camo however he wants.
 
2013-01-23 10:24:05 AM
They had spiders in matchboxes, sir.
 
2013-01-23 10:25:28 AM

NutWrench: Way to camouflage with a bone-white face mask. There's an easy head shot for a sniper.


Yeah, that is a valid concern. It is just a bandana, but it pretty much screams, "here I am!"
 
2013-01-23 10:25:30 AM

NutWrench: Way to camouflage with a bone-white face mask. There's an easy head shot for a sniper.


Look at those sharp corners. Way below my military standards.
 
2013-01-23 10:26:56 AM
Outrageous to think the French might possibly be "scary" during a war.
 
2013-01-23 10:27:02 AM
Now I'm not military, but I'm pretty sure that the military gets to decide what is proper uniform and what isn't.

That being said, the Frenchies could probably have worn hundreds of these masks as long as it wasn't a big news story. The fact it became news is probably what made the French Army officially denounce this attire.
 
2013-01-23 10:28:15 AM
 
2013-01-23 10:31:06 AM
Well, yeah.  It's rather minor, but perception matters.  It's not that he might offend someone he's supposed to kill, but even if he doesn't interact with civilians, it's like bomb-writing: a picture might make it out and the diplomatic effect on people who are not gung-ho will be negative.

It gets more hand-wringing than it deserves, but it's there.
 
2013-01-23 10:32:16 AM
The issue here is actually is that when a country goes to try their hand at being the International Policeman and war for PR reasons, they have to do better than the international assholes of the world and show them up, not look as bad as they do.
 
2013-01-23 10:36:05 AM
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Not amused.
 
2013-01-23 10:36:41 AM
As long as the majority of the people who will see you are enemy, you would not think it would be a problem. Unfortunately, that is seldom the case.

I can see why the French might be conscious of their image while stomping through Mali. France has a long history of not behaving well in undeveloped countries.
 
2013-01-23 10:37:25 AM
Luke Plunkett is a festering boil of a 'games journalist.' shiat, the herpes that likely afflicts Jim Sterling's waterworks could probably do better legwork than this guy.

Plunkett's fishing for views on a non-story. Individual military gets to decide appropriate conduct, this wasn't it.
 
2013-01-23 10:37:37 AM

Mr. Eugenides: Intimidating the crap out of the enemy is essential.


In that case, you'll be wanting a couple of B-52s loaded with thermobaric bombs....

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2013-01-23 10:41:37 AM
"They train young men to drop fire on people. But their commanders
won't allow them to write FARK on their airplanes because it's obscene! "
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/Off my lawn.
 
2013-01-23 10:43:14 AM
What about carrying fairy wands, and spiders in matchboxes?
 
2013-01-23 10:43:33 AM
Heaven forbid our soldiers should look badass and capable.

Emasculate them fast, and then we can surrender!
 
2013-01-23 10:49:55 AM
Well, it's only fair, you know...

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2013-01-23 10:50:26 AM

Malcolm_Sex: Lol COD mask? Those have been around for years. My friend wore one snowboarding about ten years ago


Yeah I don't see the Call of Duty thing either. They were for sell in every gas station for years. I got mine in the early 2000's when I got a motorcycle.

I guess it's like "The Scream" mask that was made popular by the movie but was for sale at every drug store at halloween for at least 20years prior.
 
2013-01-23 10:54:49 AM
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I'm waiting for the enemy to counterstrike with a squad of these guys
 
2013-01-23 11:00:58 AM

Farce-Side: Personally, I don't see why intimidating masks aren't standard issue when fighting religious nutjobs who already believe we're the devil. Send in a company of seals in bulletproof skull masks with horns on the front, wipe out a group of insurgents, and let the rest shiat all over themselves trying to figure out if it was the actual devil, and if so, why Allah has visited this plague upon them in the first place. A scared straight for those who use religion as a tool of war, if you will.


I imagine because the vast majority of people soldiers interact with are innocent civilians, so wearing scary masks tends to make those encounters more likely to end badly and undermine the entire supposed reason the military has been deployed to the area.
 
2013-01-23 11:02:40 AM

Farce-Side: Personally, I don't see why intimidating masks aren't standard issue when fighting religious nutjobs who already believe we're the devil. Send in a company of seals in bulletproof skull masks with horns on the front, wipe out a group of insurgents, and let the rest shiat all over themselves trying to figure out if it was the actual devil, and if so, why Allah has visited this plague upon them in the first place. A scared straight for those who use religion as a tool of war, if you will.

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2013-01-23 11:09:10 AM

Farce-Side: Personally, I don't see why intimidating masks aren't standard issue when fighting religious nutjobs who already believe we're the devil. Send in a company of seals in bulletproof skull masks with horns on the front, wipe out a group of insurgents, and let the rest shiat all over themselves trying to figure out if it was the actual devil, and if so, why Allah has visited this plague upon them in the first place. A scared straight for those who use religion as a tool of war, if you will.


Err...because it would most likely have the opposite effect? It's much easier to shoot and kill something that doesn't look human. It's a hell of a lot easier to kill a faceless goon than someone who you can look in the eye. In addition, to get any sort of useful protection out of a helmet do you have any idea how heavy and bulky it would have to be? Unless you're strapping the soldiers into some sort of power-assisted armor, nothing we can make currently will stop anything more than small caliber at medium range, at best. Full face masks would do nothing more than limit soldiers peripheral vision and make them easier for the enemy to shoot.
 
2013-01-23 11:09:57 AM
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Mr. Skullhead? Scary?
 
2013-01-23 11:11:54 AM
Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out there? Why don't you wear something righteous and hopeful for a change?
 
2013-01-23 11:12:19 AM

Eleri: Farce-Side: Personally, I don't see why intimidating masks aren't standard issue when fighting religious nutjobs who already believe we're the devil. Send in a company of seals in bulletproof skull masks with horns on the front, wipe out a group of insurgents, and let the rest shiat all over themselves trying to figure out if it was the actual devil, and if so, why Allah has visited this plague upon them in the first place. A scared straight for those who use religion as a tool of war, if you will.

Err...because it would most likely have the opposite effect? It's much easier to shoot and kill something that doesn't look human. It's a hell of a lot easier to kill a faceless goon than someone who you can look in the eye. In addition, to get any sort of useful protection out of a helmet do you have any idea how heavy and bulky it would have to be? Unless you're strapping the soldiers into some sort of power-assisted armor, nothing we can make currently will stop anything more than small caliber at medium range, at best. Full face masks would do nothing more than limit soldiers peripheral vision and make them easier for the enemy to shoot.


Stop ruining the fun and get on board the video game fantasy train with the rest of us!!!
 
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