In this case, it could easily have been “a prototype video game was triggering photosensitivity issues in people, the feds came around to investigate, and the developer quickly yanked the machine for fears of possible legal consequences”.
You can still find people arguing that children shouldn’t be adopted by individuals of other races, and in fact it’s also depressingly easy to find so-called “progressive” individuals who are against inter-racial relationships as well.
These groups are so fixated on what they see as “correct” behavior they don’t realize they’ve adopted many of the same narrow-minded and bigoted ideas as the groups they claim to oppose.
Different groups have examined the claims about Polybius and found that they’re the result of someone taking small kernels of truth and smashing them together.
Mysterious black arcade cabinet? Several cities, including the one most commonly said as “ground zero” for the game, were “test markets” for new arcade games, most of which were in plain black cabinets so that the games themselves could just be swapped in and out.
The game itself sounds like it could have been an early build, or a knock-off, of the game “Tempest”. The game is one of the more memorable arcade titles from the decade, and so is often included in “best of” compilations of retro video games.
Dizziness, fainting spells, nightmares, et cetra? It wasn’t until the 1990s that video game developers became aware that video games could trigger epilepsy and other conditions in people who were photosensitive or otherwise vulnerable to lights and sounds, and so it’s possible this prototype game, if it existed, was indeed triggering unwelcome effects.
Mysterious men in suits? From what I understand, it was common in the 1980s for gaming arcades to be fronts for illegal gambling, and so various law enforcement officials and gaming commission officials from different states could be readily found visiting different arcades within their jurisdictions to inspect them.
And at least one video game developer did create a simulator for the then-new M2 Bradley fighting vehicle, so there’s that.
Tip is trying to get promoted as fast as possible so that he can get high enough in the hierarchy to dismantle things from the inside.
When Trump initiated “Operation Light Speed” it was easy to find left-leaning individuals online declaring that they didn’t trust anything Trump “created”, as if he was directly involved in making them rather than dumping incentives into the laps of the manufacturers.
Once Biden was in office, however, these same people suddenly lined up to get vaccinated, declared it was the “patriotic” thing to do, and started demeaning anyone who wasn’t vaccinated yet.
It was the same vaccines all along, but they didn’t want to have them until their person was in office.
I got my start in the newspaper industry doing deliveries.
I’m white as white can be, and yet it was common for me to get pulled over. Basically, I was driving around neighborhoods at night at a low speed in a beat-up old car, and they were wanting to know what I was doing.
I still do deliveries two nights a week because we’re short-handed, and I still occasionally get pulled over. I have a newer but still older and visibly worn vehicle, and that’s often enough.
The trial recently started, and as part of it news came out that Jussie and his attackers actually rehearsed it.
As an entertainment writer?
When I was 8, I had a severe medical episode that required having my stomach pumped, and the collection tray was placed on my lap.
If a horror movie just exists to show blood and gore, then I’m not interested as I can just dip back into my head and recall that episode for free.
…And since a depressingly large amount of horror movies today are all about the blood and gore, I’m getting rather bored with it all.
As someone in mainstream media?
A lot of outlets, even mainstream outlets, have been caught engaging in questionable practices over the years when it comes to reporting on sensitive and controversial matters.
In the case of the above cartoon, it’s been noted that in the US, Canada, and parts of Europe mainstream media outlets are often squeamish about reporting on certain categories of crime if the accused are members of certain racial or ethnic groups.
For example, many European outlets use “Asian” generically when referring to suspects of Middle Eastern, Indian, or Pakistani ethnicity; while technically correct, most people see “Asian” as meaning “Eastern Asian or Central Asian” and so it’s still misleading. This has led to more than a little bit of online speculation about the motive behind being so deliberately unclear.
There have also been individual incidents where stories have been dropped or functionally buried shortly after the revelation that the suspect in a matter was not the stereotypical type of individual generally associated with a particular type of action (such as the person who shot up Google headquarters being revealed as a Middle Eastern woman who was upset because she thought YouTube was throttling her videos). Even if it’s simply the news cycle moving onto more pressing matters, given the above squeamishness it doesn’t take much for people to presume that the stories being dropped was deliberate in nature, an effort to quash what doesn’t fit a narrative.
Not long after the incident hit the news, video surfaced showing one of the deceased getting into a very heated argument with someone who physically resembled Rittenhouse. Any halfway slick defense attorney could have easily used this to favor Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims, as it would have given the deceased motive to attack him. It wasn’t long before other information came out, and made the whole effort to prosecute him a legal mess.