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…The Orange Box is racist?

Team Fortress 2

Buyers of Valve’s The Orange Box quickly discovered that Team Fortress 2 is one of the best multiplayer games out right now.

Using class-based warfare, players assume a role that they must follow until they die. If they want to be a medic, they must spend their time healing other players. If they want to be a pyro, they’re armed with a flamethrower and they must spend their time burning everything in sight.

Though it makes for great gameplay, it does bring up one question: Why is the only black character in the game a grenade launching drunkard?

Games aren’t necessarily known for their racial sensitivity, but this seems to go a bit beyond mere oversight.

What do you think? Was the black player’s role intentional, or did someone just press the black button at the wrong time?

[The Montoya Herald – Playing Offensive]

[Valve – The Orange Box – Team Fortress 2]

[Wikipedia – Team Fortress 2]

…Coins don’t need to have ridges?

Coin Ridges

Ever wonder why some coins have ridges, while others do not?

The answer is surprisingly simple:

When coins where made of gold or silver, the value of the coin was based on the value of the metal in it. Thus, a $10 gold coin had $10 worth of gold in it.

Before ridges, thieves would file off the edges of the coins and make a slow but steady profit from passing on the slightly smaller coins, while collecting the rest.

To prevent this practice, the government began minting ridges into the edges of coins so that you can easily tell if a coin has been tampered with.

Though coins are no longer made of gold or silver, they still have ridges, because we’re accustomed to seeing them that way.

Now you know.

[Via: Big Site Of Amazing Facts]

[Photo Via: Clearly Ambiguous]

…deviantART now shows Films?

deviantART Films

deviantART is launching deviantART Film, but they want to make it very clear that this is not YouTube 2.0.

While YouTube is like a weekend movie, filled with entertainment but ultimately devoid of quality content, deviantART Film is like a film festival; an event that you know is going to be something special.

To begin with, all of their films are hand picked. No webcam rants and raves here; these are feature films that took time and effort to create.

Second, viewers can comment on specific frames of a film. Not sure what the artist was trying to portray? Instead of leaving a generic comment at the end, you can instead mark the part of the film that threw you off, and leave a comment specific to that segment.

Lastly, deviantART Films are available in DivX and h.264 formats in addition to the standard Flash, giving you higher quality and larger sized viewing options.

Considering the art that the deviants have created, I can’t wait to see what they put on Film.

[deviantART Film]

[Via: deviantART]