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I do not have a problem Twitter banning people. They are a private/public company. They have to protect their brand. Their responsibility is to their reputation. Twitter is in a bad situation. They are a short-form social network. User growth has been flat for months. It’s not looking good for Twitter. However, does that mean you should ban people you do not agree with? Twitter thinks so.

The problem: Twitter keeps saying it’s a beacon for free speech. No, you’re not. Honestly, this is not free speech. Twitter and others are doing worse in Europe:

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft sign EU hate speech code

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft agree to remove hate speech across the EU

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft agree to EU hate speech rules

There’s a persistent clampdown on speech abroad. Twitter, Facebook, Google and others are making sure people do not talk the problems Europe is having with crime and the refugees.

My problem is Twitter keeps talking about how they want to preserve free speech. Milo is the latest in Twitter’s lack of consistency. Twitter banned him for being on the wrong side of the political spectrum. I do not care what political leaning the CEO ascribes to. It affects the business. Twitter, you’re not apolitical. If Twitter does act on its own policies most of these would be considered harassment. However, they are not. If you are going to have rules/guidelines; be consistent. I’m using Leslie Jones because she did targeted harassment.

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The Free Speech Problem:

I don’t think Leslie Jones understands free speech. I’m referring to what the constitution states. The constitution protects hate speech. The courts have defended unsavory speech. The reason: they wanted good speech protected. You cannot give an individual unfettered judgment over what is “good” and “bad” speech.

However, businesses are not the government. The first amendment does not apply to them. They are not bound by it. Unfortunately, most Americans do not understand what the First Amendment. We blindly think free speech is only speech we agree with. We need to understand the only speech that is not protected is the one that incites violence.

List of United States Supreme Court cases involving the First Amendment 

I am using Wikipedia because they have links to the court cases.

The Elephant in the Room:

The biggest problem I have with Jack Dorsey is this relationship he has with Deray Mckesson. They have been on a Recode talk. Twitter has given donations to his bid for Mayor of Baltimore.

Netflix, YouTube, and Twitter donate to Black Lives Matter activist’s mayoral campaign  

This is a conflict of interest. Twitter seems biased or compromised in this matter. It’s time for them to acknowledge this fact.

I do not mind if Twitter is a left-leaning social network. I would not agree with their direction, but, it’s not my company. Facebook is the same way. They are both lying to everyone about their objectivity. The evidence does not support the claim.

You Get a Ban, You Get One, Everyone Gets a Ban!

This is the most damning part of Twitter’s weird banning policy. Charles C. Johnson got banned from Twitter. The tweet below was the offense.

The tweet above was a neutral tweet. There was no threat.  Deray’s tweet is that of a scared kid. He cannot take criticism. Twitter banned Charles. Is this what free speech has come to? Deray used his influence to get rid of criticism. This is an example of censorship. Twitter’s response is pathetic. Th

Twitter suspended the account of Charles C. Johnson on Sunday after he posted that he had begun to solicit donations that would go toward “taking out” DeRay McKesson, a civil rights activist. – Mashable

The language is vague. This would not hold up in a court of law. A speech case needs a specific threat of violence.  What does “taking out” mean? I do not agree with everything Milo says. I will not agree with everything Charles says. However, that does not mean they should get censored.

Jack, be aware of your lack of consistency. Twitter does not need more drama. Your company is not in a good position to do this. Twitter has lost 20% of its revenue growth. This is a big deal. Twitter: be consistent.

There are plenty of articles about the horrors of online dating. It is written from the perspective of women. They are bad and shows the worst in men. However, it’s funny that there are no articles written about the hilarious adventure of a guy (trying to be a gentleman) dating. It is an adventure full of robots, no answers and wondering… What is all this chemistry talk? It’s no wonder that both sexes love and hate online dating.

Women have to endure the god awful one-liners, or the relentless offers to see a naked picture or asked to send one. It’s a wonder how we ever find each other. I am up for sending smoke signals and seeing who shows up. However, I fear that the California drought would just bring more trouble to this smoke signal plan. So, I must either try the old fashion way or endure the endless stream of dating apps that promise I’ll find the one.

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This seems like an odd title, and you’re right. What the hell does Starbucks have with tech? Besides social media, apps. or emojis – nothing. It’s more of an idea that sprouted forth from my caffeinated mind. People generally buy things based on convenience. Even though there could be better products out there, many people believe Starbucks is good coffee.

This is going to hurt, Starbucks is terrible coffee. You’re probably in two camps after that sentence. One, you’re questioning if I’m right; or, you’re nodding in agreement because you know it’s true. The Starbucks effect is in tech too. Most people are tech illiterate. In a world extremely reliant on tech, people do not know how these machines function. Now that I have established an interesting premise for the Google rankings, let’s move the meat of this article.

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The first-person shooter genre has been a staple in the gaming industry. Since Wolfenstein was made, there’s was something special about putting a camera with a gun in front and killing things. Doom is what made the genre really hit it strides. When Doom was released it became the most installed program. Windows 95 was second. Fast forward to now, most fps games have been stuck in a formula. There have been some innovations through the years, but diversity has been lacking. Some could argue, there’s not much you could innovate or change in fps games. To a point, they are right, however, gameplay mechanics can be variety. I do think 2015 and 2016 are changing all of that. We are going to see more subgenre fps games. Hopefully, this will bring more interesting ways of playing. Let’s take a look at some of the games that are changing or keeping the fps genre alive.

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DICE and EA have set a date to announce what we can expect from Battlefield 5 . There have been rumors that it will be a World War 1 game. That would definitely be an interesting move. It would set them apart from Call of Duty, which is going way in the future. I, like many others, are excited to see where Battlefield goes. I would like to see Battlefield 2143, but, would not be opposed to a WW1 game. Making Battlefield a WW1 would be tricky, but, a welcome change from the modern setting. However, there are more aspects of the game DICE should care about. Here’s my list of 5 things I want to see in Battlefield 5

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1) It needs to run smooth

Battlefield 4 was terrible at launch. Many players could not play the game. Players experienced frequent crashes, or the could not start the game. Sound bugs were funny at first but got annoying as the months passed. Framerate drops were another common occurrence. People were not having fun and DICE did not properly test the game for this. This lead to many changes and now we have a very stable game. It is fun to play now, but, that first year was awful. It was not a great experience and many players went back to Battlefield 3 until the game was stable. That did happen, fortunately. BF5 needs to be stable. Fewer crashes and bugs need to be the top priority. Players do not forget, nor should they forgive. DICE, be sure this game runs well.

2) Refine the Commander Role

People that loved BF2 were happy that DICE brought back the commander. It was one of the best things about BF2. The problem with the implementation of the commander role in BF4 is it was shallow. It was fun to play for one or two rounds, but, there was no progression system, getting players to follow your orders was difficult… er,  impossible. Most of the community welcomed it back, but, there needs to be a better system in place. I did like BF2 commander role better for one reason, you were not taken out of the battlefield to only stare at a map the whole round. The commander could go fight with his team. Giving it a separate level of progression would be great. A separate progression system done right could make the role an important part of the game. Not an option.

3) Make Titan Mode part of the base game

I never understood why they always left out this mode. It was a great addition and made Battlefield 2142 unique. It was the only game mode I played exclusivity in BF2142. They did bring it back in BF4 if you bought the DLC, I was scratching my head wondering why it took so long to properly carry out it. Done right, it’s a great mode that emphasizes team play and strategy. It was a fun mode and should be a regular in this game. I would rather have titan mode that CTF mode.

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4) The Community Maps

This was the best thing to happen to BF4. The community maps were a great addition to the game. Adding a few maps for the community was a great send off and a sorry for the problems we had in the beginning. The problem with DLCs is that it has split-up the community. I would rather have community maps sponsored by a company, then $50 DLC packs that may or may not be good. The other problem with DLCs is it feels like EA pulls content to make people buy them later. Battlefront showed players what a lack of content can do to a make. If you need to make DLCs then make them more cosmetic, or, go back to expansion packs. This would be a better way of handling it. Since we’ve seen how DLCs can split-up the community and kill or almost kill a game (I’m looking at you Titanfall.)

5) Booster Packs

Please, get rid of these. They did not add value to the game and made some attachments hidden behind a wall. I never understood the reason behind these packs. It felt like I was playing a free-to-play game, but, Battlefield is not one. If you must still have them in the game, just make them cosmetic. You could make them your “DLC.” It would also add another revenue stream, and not make the community feel like you are taking advantage of them. This is an idea Value has done. It has worked out well for them, so, why not add a sound business strategy into your game?

Final Thoughts:

I am really excited to see what they do with the Battlefield series. I do think that DICE needs to go back to the basics and understand what made Battlefield great. To me, it is the team play, destruction, and tactics that make Battlefield what it is. Here’re great moments playing Battlefield.

What do you think? What is on your list? Tell me in the comments below!

If you have not heard about Kingdom Come: Deliverance, well know you will! It is an RPG open-world sandbox. The difference is there is no magic in the game. Once again, there is no magic. None, can’t shoot fireballs from your hands. It is also a first person view. They use the CryEngine, or the engine that has been used in the Crysis games. There is not a whole lot of information about this, but it does look interesting. There is no firm release date, but if you back at $50 or more, you can get into early access. Here’s the website: https://www.kingdomcomerpg.com/

Take a look for yourself:

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