First Post! October 10, 2019

First Post! returns for the second straight day.


Hey Shacknews! First Post! is back for the second straight day (a little late). This article used to be how we kicked off the day on the Shacknews Chatty comment section before we switched to rolling 18 hour expiration on threads, but now it is just a nice place to kick off the news day. 

Hong Kong Protests

This protest video was posted to Reddit this week, but I figured it was worth sharing on Twitter and here. The young man in the video shouts that what the Chinese government is doing is a massacre and calls out authorities for using the same language as Hitler. Protestors are also using wearable projectors to confuse facial recognition cameras in Hong Kong. 


Mei has never been more bae.
Mei has never been more bae.

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on censorship of Fortnite esports players and content creators: "That will never happen on my watch as the founder, CEO, and controlling shareholder." This comes as Mei from Overwatch is being turned into a symbol of Hong Kong liberation. 

Trade War

President Trump is set to meet with the Vice Premier of China tomorrow for another round of trade talks. The ongoing trade talks have been a huge cause of volatility in the global equities markets, and investors should expect more volatility if a deal falls through again. I wonder what the Shackers posting to the Trump Dump think the odds of a China deal are? (Turn on political filters to see that massive daily thread)

PG&E rolling blackouts hit California

Our good friend Sexy Bill the Cameraman reported outages in San Jose last night, which is especially hard when you are dependent on a CPAP machine for restful sleep. He went on to say that "The houses literally ACROSS THE STREET have power. Is this it? Is this how the Purge starts?" Head over to our PG&E Chatty thread to check in with us. Stay strong, NorCal Shackers!

Twitch streamed Germany synagogue terror attack

At least two people were killed in an anti-semtic attack on a synagogue during Yom Kippur. German media reports are that the gunman had a camera mounted to his helmet. He went on to post the video to Twitch. The video streamed for nearly 30 minutes before being taken down. A representative from Twitch said the company, "worked with urgency to remove this content and will permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act.”

Sorry there isn't better news to report today, but such is life. In case you missed it on Shacknews, check out these articles:

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Lola is great.
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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    October 10, 2019 8:40 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, First Post! October 10, 2019

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      October 10, 2019 9:04 AM

      Who's playing spooky games for Halloween season? I'm near the end of RE4 and am going to replay Doom 3 next.

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        October 10, 2019 9:12 AM

        I finished* "Alien: Isolation" last week. I'm planning on taking another stab at "Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth" next.

        * The game terrified me to the point where I modified it to make it less terrifying, hence the asterisk.

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        October 10, 2019 9:53 AM

        Oh, I've played Costume Quest, but never tried the second one. I should play that!

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        October 10, 2019 10:00 AM

        I AM!!!
        So far I've finished Alan Wake and The Last of Us. I'm currently in the middle of Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within 2. I'm not 100% sure I'll get all the way through A:I just because of shit like last night where I was hiding and sneaking around for what seemed like forever to only end up eaten; losing all that progress in the meantime. Bums me out. So I may end up playing more Evil Within than A:I. We'll see. I also happen to be in the middle of SOMA for like that last year, I need to get back into that so that's probably up next. Oh shit I just remembered I had started Deadspace as well. I'll squeeze some more of that in there somewhere. Maybe I'll play like an hour each tonight or something.

        It's a nice snowy stay home day.

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        October 10, 2019 10:04 AM

        I'm seriously considering reinstalling Thief 3 so I can replay Shalebridge Cradle.

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        October 10, 2019 10:42 AM

        I wanted to play Resident Evil 2 remake but I don't think I'll get to it this month.

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        October 10, 2019 10:44 AM

        Tommy and I finished Aliens Colonial Marines, and I'm probably going to fire up a Costume Quest. I love those games. I wish they'd make one every year.. :D

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        October 10, 2019 11:04 AM

        I'm a'scared.

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        October 10, 2019 11:20 AM

        Fiance and I have been doing a run through the first Bioshock (the remastered version), and it's been a lot of fun! A perfect haunted house kind of vibe for the October season.

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        October 10, 2019 11:21 AM

        Going to try and get a game of "Betrayal at House on the Hill" going in the next couple of weekends, should be fun.

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        October 10, 2019 11:50 AM

        I feel like my Friday morning game time with Australian shackers should include fun spooky games this month. Or we’ll just keep playing sea of thieves

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        October 10, 2019 12:52 PM

        I bought a pair of "surround sound" headphones for use w/ Doom 3 back when the game came out. Used to play it with headphones on, in the dark. Probably the last time I was actually frightened by a video game.

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          October 10, 2019 1:50 PM

          Dude, same. I could only play in 15-20-minute bursts. My heart couldn't take more.

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            October 10, 2019 2:39 PM

            Haha I’m glad I’m not alone.

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          October 10, 2019 5:16 PM

          Dead Space had such amazing sound design with their positional stuff. It was fucking terrifying.

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            October 11, 2019 12:50 AM

            RE2 Remake is also good in that regard, especially Mister X.

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        October 10, 2019 2:05 PM

        Considering doing Apsulov. Will definitely do some of the horror-themed Thief fan missions. There's some good stuff out there.

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        October 10, 2019 2:43 PM

        Just finished Bloodborne for the 1st time and already started play-through #2. Its a great Halloween game.

        After that its my yearly Blood run. Don't beat the whole thing but just pick an episode and try to get through it. The soundtrack is great for Halloween mood or fun as well.

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        October 10, 2019 2:57 PM

        I'm replaying System Shock 2

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      October 10, 2019 9:13 AM

      Hey you (yes, you!), what is your favorite video game trailer?

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      October 10, 2019 9:34 AM

      Huh. I didn't know about the Mike Ybarra departure. Just read the article.

      🤔 I guess now's a good time to leave if you're gonna make a move? Gamepass is probably the most popular product/service at Xbox right now. Maybe Google made him an offer?

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        October 10, 2019 9:59 AM

        20 years is a long time anywhere. this probably has nothing to do with the current state of anything at MS and almost everything about him wanting a new challenge. we should be very careful to try to read into anything in MS by this - that could be a really bad mistake

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          October 10, 2019 10:01 AM

          lol, why does your last sentence sound like a veiled threat?

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            October 10, 2019 10:05 AM

            it's not a threat at all … I think when people see someone change jobs they want to dig into it and try to find something that is newsworthy. that is a slippery slope.

            but maybe you need to ask yourself why my comments make you react like it's a threat? sorry man, that's on you. zero intent from here.

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              October 10, 2019 4:18 PM

              Dude, this is not pointed at you but people here attack me over the dumbest shit all the time.

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      October 10, 2019 9:47 AM


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      October 10, 2019 9:52 AM

      Asif, are you today's date?

      Cause you are 10/10!

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      October 10, 2019 9:53 AM

      Oh whaaaaaa

      Could this be pinned up at the top automatically maybe?

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        October 10, 2019 2:50 PM

        that's a good idea

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      October 10, 2019 11:05 AM

      Those wearable projectors are terrifying.

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      October 10, 2019 8:25 PM

      ER is up monkeyheads

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      October 10, 2019 9:03 PM

      Is Shacknews coming out as pro Hong Kong?

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        October 10, 2019 9:09 PM

        This is a big story, and I will keep reporting on it.

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          October 10, 2019 9:10 PM

          So you are pro Hong Kong? Or you support the mainlands interest in oppression?

          You guys can’t have any stakes in China right?

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            October 10, 2019 9:31 PM

            I, uh, I think it's pretty safe to say that Asif and/or Shacknews is pro-freedom, anti-authoritarianism, anti-racism, anti-religious discrimination, and very anti-genocide.

            I don't mean to speak for him but I'd like to think I know Asif decently at this point, and also there's his tweets and also this Evening Reading re Apple's removal of an app that helped Hong Kong natives track police: "We now go to Lord_Amhran for his analysis. 'Tim Cook is nothing but a fucking coward'"

            So, uh, yeahup.

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