Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

February 28, 2009 -

Conservative Newt Gingrich is back, and he's exploiting the Nintendo Wii for political gain.

By way of backstory, there is a pro-union bill, the Employee Free Choice Act, currently before the Congress. The Huffington Post reports that Gingrich views the legislation as "a mortal threat to American freedom."

(GP: Because, you know, rich guys and corporations should have all the power in our society.)

Speaking this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C., Gingrich reminded attendees that they could register to win a free Wii by signing up for American Solutions, Gingrich's new media campaign.

The Huff Post has a comment on the Wii giveaway from an unnamed union official:

Is this part of [new RNC chairman] Michael Steele's hip-hop revolution? Or is being against working families so lame that they have to bribe kids with a Wii to do it?


Comments

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Why not? The jobs belong to them (I don't know any worker who pays his own paycheck) after all, as their property they can control who fills them. If the employees don't like it, they can quit.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Unfortunately, employees can't just quit.  People need money to live, and that's what gives employers the edge.  If workers had some sort of realistic option to withhold their labour (which is what unions are all about) you might have a point.  Now if you're arguing for strong unions to give workers that freedom to quit, I'd be with you 100%.  If not, then you're part of the problem.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Then the employee needs the money more then he cares about whatever bugs him. Simple supply and demand.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

I can't believe what I'm reading. This seems to have come down to "Well if the employer decides he wants to start flogging employees and the employee can't put up with it to bad"

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

I said nothing about slaves.

Unions are obstructions. I was in one when I was younger and loved it because when my lazy ass didn't go to work and got fired, I simply appealed for reinstatement through my union steward and my lazy ass got my job back. Look at the auto industry for a more relevant example. Hell, my neighbor retired from Ford, he gets free healthcare for the rest of his life. Good for him, but bad for Ford, and God forbid Ford get in trouble and need to renegotiate high pay for their employees so those very employees can keep their jobs.

People get screwed all day every day whether they are in unions or not. Life ain't fair and liberals, no matter how hard they try, can't force people to be equal. I guarantee you one thing... that union worker would rather have a paycheck than not to have a paycheck. If he feels screwed by a non-union employer he has every right to learn a new skill and find a new job. It is certianly better than no job at all.

. . Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates . .

. . Wisdom begins in wonder. - Socrates . .

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

No you didn't say slaves.  But you seem to want the workers to be helpless and the corporations to hold all of the cards.  Sounds like slavery to me.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

(Then don't work there. Make your own business or get a new job, and shut up.)

-If an apple a day keeps the doctor away....what happens when a doctor eats an apple?-

-Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Then be a slave for a different company.  Really I'm not sure you people are completely grasping this.  If you give the corporations all the power and keep the worker helpless then it doesn't matter what company you work for.  Why should people do what Gingrich says and willing hand over any power we have over to rich assholes?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

The thing is that unions were originally created in hopes of giving the workers equal leverage when it came to negotiating pay, hours and safety issues with their employers.  Now that some unions are super huge, they almost act the same as corporations in the sense that they act independently rather than with the will of the workers from time to time. Unions are huge and make a lot of money, especially in industries where you need to join the union to be gainfully employed in the first place.  They're not always looking out for the little guy anymore.

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Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Yes that is true.  Sometimes unions don't look out for the little guy.  But corporations NEVER look out for the little guy.  So between the two of them, I'll take my chances with the union.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

What? Most corporations got to be so large by giveing the little guy products he wants or needs.

 

 

 

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

They got big through the market. That doesn't mean they care about their consumers; they will do only as much as necessary to make sure that the consumer continues to buy. Supplying "wants or needs" does not equal "we care about you."

Also, nowadays, by globalizing. Sending jobs to other countries.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Know why? Taxes and *surpise* unrealistic union demands.

 

Want to know why american cars cost so much? your paying for Viagra, union members to sit around doing no work (not slacking, but as an actual job!) and all sorts of nonsense. This has pretty much killed the US car industry.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

BS reich-wing talking point. The cost of labor for a vehicle makes up less than 10% of the cost to the consumer. What's killed the US car industry is a) morons running it and b) non-universal health care. Go read a book. And one by someone with a brain, not Coulter or Rush.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

And this is why we can't have nice, intelligent, grown-up discussions/debates about the merits of unions in our economy since everything devolves into childish name calling, straw-man arguments, reductio ad hitlerum, or ad homonium attacks. 

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Actually, one of the reasons that jobs keep getting sent overseas is, SUPRPISE, unions and their often obscene demands. 

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Wow...totally not biased at all.

Enjoy your fail.

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Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Workers at Hyundai make 10 dollars less per hour than workers in unionized automobile plants.  Do you know what's even funnier?  Hyundai's cars are higher quality, cheaper, and they never seem to shut down the plant for a few days because the union wants something moronic.

When you pay a union, you pay for people to actually spend most of their time trying to justify their existence.  Most of the time, it's not a positive thing.  Once again, I say we look at ALPA for a great example, or any of the hundreds of corrupt teamsters unions filled with mafia-type leadership.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

So what you are saying is that if the Hyundai workers were unionized they wouldn't be getting screwed?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Absolutely not.  The average worker at the Hyundai plant in Indiana makes about 25 dollars an hour, and takes most of it home (except what's deducted for taxes).  The average union worker makes about 35 dollars an hour, pays 15 to 45 a week in union dues, and produces an inferior product at a higher cost to the consumer.  The funniest part?  The people at the Hyundai plant have better insurance.  Unionization didn't help them do anything, it actually slows dow their work.  For example, in Detroit, car parts must be off-loaded from the truck that brought them across the street from the plant, then loaded onto a union truck and brought to the plant.  That causes delays of hours while waiting for the parts to be brought over.  Meanwhile, in Indiana, the parts are off-loaded right at the facility, with no moronic extra step to waste time and money because the union wants to.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

And if Hyandai decides to get rid of that insurance they could do so at a moments notice.  As in a unionized shop they would be in breach of contract.  Do you REALLy think that we should hand over all power to the corporations?  Do you honestly think that they are your friends and have your best interests at heart?  Be realistic.  If Nike could get away with bringing its sweatshops from Asia over to America, and save on shipping costs, they would have eleven year olds in Indiana working 18 hour shifts for a dime a week.

These people are NOT your friends.  They will screw you at the first opportunity.  And Newt Gingrich expecting us to turn over the deed to our very lives and livelihood to these asshole corporate fucks is a very very dumb idea.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Do you think that, if Hyundai were to cut out its insurance, all those people would actually stay there?  There's a limit to what people will take, even when they're not unionized.  The only thing a union does is take money and give back nothing.

UNIONS are NOT yoru friends.  THEY will also screw you at the first opportunity.  All they want you for is your dues.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Yes, I believe that they would be able to find someone to do the job regardless of how it pays.  Companies will do whatever they can get away with.  Chinese sweat shops show this.  If you hand over all the power to these corporations do you really thing that good things will happen?

Why do I think that people would work for these companies regardless of conditions and pay?  Because there are people like you out there who think that we serfs shouldn't be uppity and should only do what we are told.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Slight difference there, which you may have overlooked; in CHINA, 10 cents a shoe is a godsend.  In America, people who flip Cheeseburgers want 6 dollars or more an hour.

I don't know Erik, what would happen?  Let's look at Wal-Mart: oh wait, that store's doing well, and it's workers do well.  No union either.  Huh.  Must be a fluke.  Let's look at Hyundai; oh wait, the workers there have better health care than at the Big 3.  Let's look at UPS: for a while, there were quite a few running an interesting scam; during summer, they'd hire college kids with the promise of $3000 dollars a semester after their 30 day 'probation' period at UPS (also, incidentally, the day they join the union).  All the sudden, on day 24, they would be teaching someone else, and on day 29, they'd be fired and replaced by the person they had taught.  Rinse and repeat.  But the unions never stepped in, and never returned the paid dues.  Strange.  Unions fucking people over?  I've never heard of such a thing.

Or you could talk about ALPA, my dad's union, which, shortly after he left flying Dash-8s for Piedmont, fucked him over, even after his five years of paying dues.  The day before he had retired, they changed the requirements for getting flight benefits, but never made it public until the day AFTER he retired.  Of course, anyone with half a brain should be able to see that he should've had those flight rights, but the union stood by and said they wouldn't take up his case.  How peculiar.

I don't know what you do for work, but having worked union jobs in my younger days and in college, I can tell you they're filled with backstabbers and people who think themselves mob bosses (and in some cases, actually are.  Seriously).

Oh, of course, because I've NEVER done manual labor in my life I think people who do are 'serfs'.  What a very ignorant comment.  Do I believe that people should make 700 dollars a day doing unskilled labor?  Hell no.  Do I think part-time workers should get full healthcare?  Absolutely not.  Do I think unions help them?  Haven't seen in or even heard of it happening since the mid 1900's, except for that one incident in a battery plant in the 70s. 

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

You used Wal-mart of all places as a place where the workers do well without a union?  Can I assume you are being facetious?  And I'm not talking 10 cents a shoe.  I'm talking ten year olds working 18 hour shifts for 10 cents in a day.  Come to the realization that we are merely cattle for these companies.  And if given the freedom to do so, they will take every advantage that they can.  Yes unions have flaws, sometimes seriously so.  But I'd rather take a chance with someone with a 90% chance of fucking me over rather than someone with a 100% chance of fucking me over.

I mean if these companies value thier employees so I suppose the government shouldn't have to set a minimum wage then eh?

Are you really comfortable with being powerless?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

How are you powerless?  Are you only given one job during your life and you're at the whim of the corporate goons that won you in whatever infernal raffle that placed you in that job forever?

Get a grip.  While companies are out to make a profit (we all are to a certain extent), you are not beholden to them forever.  If Company A pisses off its workforce, where do you think the competent workers go? To Company B if they have a more attractive pension/wage/benefits/what have you.  If not them, then Company C.  It behooves a company to keep their workforce happy (the belief being that happy workforce = productive workforce) lest they LOSE their qualified workers to someone else.  There are enough slackers/idiots/morons on the payroll as is that make the competent/hardworking individuals valuable.  

Also, double check your statements about the minimum wage.  Many, if not nearly all, companies start people above the minimum wage for the very reasons I stated above.  And you also have to realize that many jobs in the lower income brackets are ones that ANYONE can do.  They are UNSKILLED LABOR that can be replaced with two weeks of training courses.  Ideally, people would be using these jobs as stepping stones and moving on to bigger and better things via education or through the management steps in that company.

Btw, Whole Foods is not unionized except in those states that mandate its workers be allowed to do so (California).  The location I worked at in Colorado, I was making a good $5 - 10 less than my unionized counterpart in any King Soopers (Kroger).  As Austin has pointed out, part of your added expenses as a union member is to pay your union dues which will actually impact the "extra" amount you're making (even when I was at UPS, I had the choice of not joining the Teamsters but still had to pay a "fee" to them that was $1 less than the union dues. Still seems like extortion/coercision to me).  And hell, if you need to work and your union goes on strike than you have no choice really but to join them.  What Whole Foods was able to do because it didn't have these union overheads was to implement a profit sharing program with their employees.  Hell, after one Christmas/New Years, I made an extra $1100 for busting my ass for the "evil" corporation without the interference of the union.

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

"How are you powerless?  Are you only given one job during your life and you're at the whim of the corporate goons that won you in whatever infernal raffle that placed you in that job forever?"

Of course not.  You are always capable of finding a new sweatshop to go to and have no power.  But really what kind of a trade off is that anyways?  But still it comes down to the fact that you seem to be afraid of the employees having any power.  Are you a CEO?  If not then there is no way I can fathom your point of view in this situation.

 

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

No, but I've worked my share of retail/food service industry jobs while going to college.  Everything has been a means to an end while I wrap up my MA and begin to look for an actual career.  Not every single job is a sweatshop (as a matter of fact, I would probably have to say almost zero are because of current labor laws as well as the points I touched on in one of my other posts) and your generalizations don't do your arguments any favors.  You're assuming that people enter these jobs and are stuck there forever which ignores the fact that they may be there temporarily in these unskilled labor positions while they go to trade school or college. 

While you're steadfast in your choice to stick to your guns, I'm left wondering what are you basing your sweeping condemnation of the corporate "sweatshops" and the "powerlessness" of the working classes.  Is your argument solely based on the philosophies of Marx?

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

BUT, I will admit that anymore Unions are pretty ineffective in comparison to what they used to be.  When they HAD connections to the mafia companies were a little more hesitant to screw over thier workers.  Being afraid that you will dissappear never to be heard from again will do that to you.  I did work for a union that almost seemed like a lapdog for the company.

So maybe we don't need Unions, we need old school Unions.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

"Not every single job is a sweatshop (as a matter of fact, I would probably have to say almost zero are because of current labor laws as well as the points I touched on in one of my other posts)"

But every single corporation would be a sweatshop if they thought they could get away with it.  Labor laws do help solve parts of this, but there is many situations where they are lacking in.  This is where Unions have to step in and fill in the gaps.

"You're assuming that people enter these jobs and are stuck there forever which ignores the fact that they may be there temporarily in these unskilled labor positions while they go to trade school or college."

Only to become a skilled serf and work in a skilled sweatshop.  Stellar.

"While you're steadfast in your choice to stick to your guns, I'm left wondering what are you basing your sweeping condemnation of the corporate "sweatshops" and the "powerlessness" of the working classes.  Is your argument solely based on the philosophies of Marx?

Its more based on disgust of capitalist philosophies of Limbaugh than any like of the philosophies of Marx.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

When you exploit labour for profit, the end result is a cheaper product, but that doesn't mean exploiting workers for profit is right.  Every worker should be paid a fair rate for what he produces.  The fact that most companies exploit workers explains the ridiculous CEO salaries and golden parachutes.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

How is 25 dollars an hour for unskilled or barely skilled work not a 'fair rate'? 

And exploiting workers isn't what brings about the golden parachutes, its got more to do with the distribution of the profit.  Obviously, in most cases, the people on the bottom won't see the profit, unless you work at Meryl Lynch (I suspect I spelled that wrong).

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

No problems here with workers being paid a fair rate for their product.  How do you define "fair rate"?  In my experience, union workers are often paid FAR MORE than what I would consider a fair rate for their job, considering the amount of sacrifice someone has put into gaining that job (the exception there is teachers...the NEA is one of the most rediculous excuses for a union in existance). 

Also, corporations may be tempted to exploit their workers (again, please define "exploit" because I think we'd define it differently), but when they do, the good workers leave and find employment elsewhere (present economic climate excepted).  Pretty soon, those corporations are left with the dregs of the labor pool, have to price their product out of the market due to the low efficiency of thier production, and go out of business.

I know that I'm simplifying this a bit, but I don't think that I'm carrying it to the level that some here have.  The bottom line is that I think unions have gone from being worker advocate organizations to worker coddling organizations, producing a breed of worker that expects the world in exchange for warming a chair.

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Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

That "free choice" law isn't the flowers & candy bill that you want to think it is.  It would make even the smallest business prone to having it's labor unionized.  Also, the secret ballot will be gone, so dissenters will be unprotected- prime fodder to be strong-armed by union leaders.

Look at what happened to the auto industry- the unions drove them to ruin.  Hell, I used to live with a guy who worked for Ford, and he made 80K a year to put floormats in cars!  He had awesome health insurance and had a pension coming his way-  just to put down goddamn floormats.

I don't understand why people want to pretend Unions are somehow these benevolent organizations. 

Guess what?  If you make it even harder for small/medium businesses to stay solvent (by passing this bill) you will make it harder for them to keep people employed or even make new hires.  Money doesn't grow on trees.

Newt is a jackass, but with all due respect, why not try to actually RUN a company before deciding this union idea is a good one?

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

"That "free choice" law isn't the flowers & candy bill that you want to think it is.  It would make even the smallest business prone to having it's labor unionized."

And this would be a bad thing why?

Look, a union is just a group of workers getting together to bargain on an equal footing with management.  What's so wrong about that?  It's the free market in operation.  Heck, folks like Gingrich should be all for free markets.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Unions were great at keeping large corporations from abusing their employees who had very little choice in where they could go to work.  The American and world economies are quite different now.  First of all, they're much larger in scope.  Secondly, the average worker is much better informed than they were a century ago.  There are alternatives for them, and they know it. 

What happens now is that corporations and governments get hog-tied by unions.  When a San Francisco Muni bus driver makes close to 6 figures and gets two weeks worth of "no show" days (days where they don't have to call, don't have to schedule, they just don't show up for work...yeah, it's real) thanks to "collective bargaining", there's something wrong with the system.  When a telephone company hack IS making 6 figures to work 4 hours a day to do a job that 90 days worth of training can create a replacement for, there's something wrong with the system.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not pro-corporation. However, IMHO many unions have taken "fighting for the workers" and modified it to "fighting for the workers' greed", and I think that's wrong.  Today's world may still need some form of advocacy for workers to combat true abuse, but I don't think that a janitor making $25 an hour simply because their union has threatened to beat up on management as combatting abuse.  If that janitor wants to make more money, then he or she can bust their ass, just as many others have (myself included...call me an "elitist" if you want) and get some education, then get out there to find a job that fits your economic desires.

Now, how many small businesses can afford to pay someone a hundred grand a year for 4 hours of work a day, simply because some group of people say that they have to?  Not because the job is worth that much, and not because that person is really that good, but just because someone says, "YOU MUST PAY THAT MUCH OR ELSE!"  I think that's ludicrous, and that's why it's a bad thing.

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Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

When I start a flower shop, I don't want to pay 100k per year to the cashier... and if I have to then my business will close really fast...

What this bill does is destroy the chances of most new businesses, not that those chances are great to begin with...

What this does is tell business owners that you don't have to be a large company to outsource... you just have start all companys in other nations or you will go broke fast...

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Nothing would happen to the secret ballot that is nothing more than a steaming pile of bullshit spread by republicans to get union supporters to vote against the bill, all it does is give the employees another option as to how to form a union.  also the secret ballot is to prevent companies from harrasing worker that support the union

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Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Lol what? Read the bill...


Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Power in a corporation has to be shared between employees (represented by the unions), shareholders and the people who run the company. If one of these gets to much money the will screw over the other two (and the company in the process). Unions are necessary.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

So if I buy a company and own it, then I should only have 1/3 of the power even though I own it? While the janitor tells me that I can't expand my product line into Canada cause he hates canadians?

Cool, I hope you rent housing cause I want to move in and sell a third of it...

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

A good union isn't benevolent.  When it comes to standing up against companies raping their employees, per what goes on in every non-unionized job I've had, you want someone good and malevolent that will seriously take the company to task.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Er...try working at Home Depot. The one near my house doesn't have a union, and their employees are treated quite handsomely. Yes, there are people that abuse non-union people, but to REQUIRE someone to work in a union is even more retarded. I think that unions are indeed necessary, but you shouldn't be forced into it. I want to be a teacher, but I don't want to have to pay union fees and have to deal with having my options so limited.

Some places work fine without unions, and some don't. Some work great with unions, and others don't. Unions can abuse power just like anyone else.

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Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Really?  When i worked for UPS years and years ago, I remember our union rep told me that if I didn't slow down and stop making the other jackasses look bad, he'd break my leg.  Of course, then I 'accidentally' dropped a 170 pound tube of maps on him, but still.

Unions in America do barely anything; look at ALPA (the pilot's union, basically), your average teamster union, and even my favorite to make fun of, Kroger's union, which has fucked over people who work there for years and years now.  Unions are best at taking your money and not fighting for your rights.

Re: Newt Gingrich: Be Anti-Labor Union, Win a Wii

Hm. What next?

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Matthew Wilsonthere is vertical fov, not just horizontal fov11/27/2014 - 6:38pm
Andrew EisenWell, you can widen it to 3:1 or even 10:1 but I don't know why you'd want to. From what I understand it's the missing visual info at the top and bottom that some object to, not that there isn't enough on either side.11/27/2014 - 6:36pm
Matthew WilsonI think it widenss the fov, so you get to see more.11/27/2014 - 6:31pm
Andrew EisenI don't see how as doing so would not add any visual information to the top or bottom of the screen.11/27/2014 - 6:04pm
Matthew Wilsonfrom what I read, getting rid of the black bars and stretching it out made for a better play experience.11/27/2014 - 5:59pm
Andrew EisenFrom what I hear, there's a ton of "look up and shoot at the guys above you" stuff in the game that the wider frame doesn't accommodate such actions well.11/27/2014 - 5:55pm
Andrew EisenHaving a game run in scope is not necessarily a bad thing but like any aspect ratio, you have to compose your shots correctly.11/27/2014 - 5:55pm
Neo_DrKefkaThe Evil Within was pretty bad and to make it worse the way the screen size made it hard for you to see even on a big screen it really hurt the game. Being Artistic is great but when you focus on art rather than what sells you run the risk of that happen11/27/2014 - 5:33pm
Matthew WilsonI kinda hope this is not true. http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/11/nintendo_might_not_be_making_more_gamecube_controller_adapters_at_the_moment11/27/2014 - 1:34pm
Matthew WilsonI saw that. I wish people would stop preording, but sadly that will never happen.11/27/2014 - 1:26pm
Papa MidnightUbisoft has cancelled the Season Pass for Assassin's Creed: Unity (http://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/2ni2ac/ubisoft_cancel_season_pass_for_ac_unity/)11/27/2014 - 1:08pm
 

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