Riots delay Sony's PlayStation 5 gameplay reveal

Cal Jeffrey

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Last week, Sony insiders leaked that the company was planning a big PlayStation 5 gameplay reveal set for this Wednesday. A couple of days later, the company confirmed the showing but said it would be happening on Thursday at 1pm Pacific. Today in a tweet, Sony rescinded its scheduled live stream of PS5 gameplay.

Although it did not explicitly say the postponement was in light of the ongoing riots and protests, it seems clear that this is the cause.

"While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard," the announcement read, implying that Sony did not want to distract from the protests going on over the George Floyd killing.

This assumption is reinforced by an earlier PlayStation tweet supporting Black Lives Matter and denouncing systemic racism.

While I can understand the move to postpone the event, I find it unfortunate that Sony does not share something positive that encourages people to look forward. In a time when the year has been nothing but bad news, there is nothing wrong with a little entertaining distraction. Like the coronavirus before them, the protesters/rioters are not having any problems making themselves heard right now.

Sony did not have a new date or even a timeframe for hosting the presentation. It appears from its statement that we will just have to wait for the (bad) news cycle to die down.

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pcnthuziast

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Based on the statistical data, the entire narrative of police brutality on people of color is a politically weaponized lie. The most potent context in which systemic racism still exists in this country is to the extent that the left and the Democrat party use it as a tool to keep non white voters beholden to the party.
 

Unilythe

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The kind of people you attract to your site, the comments they make, and the fact that I am here, makes me want to reevaluate myself.
Couldn't have said it better myself.

I get that an article like this is inherently somewhat politically charged, but some comments then take that to the extreme to spout their own (fairly extreme) political opinions, to the point that it has nothing to do with the original article.

That stuff needs to be moderated. Comments should be about the tech, not about the politics.
 

Burty117

Posts: 3,759   +1,625
That stuff needs to be moderated. Comments should be about the tech, not about the politics.
They moderate the sh*t outta comments about tech already, I'm actually surprised how lenient they are with politically charged comments but I guess they can't be seen silencing them either.
 
Based on the statistical data, the entire narrative of police brutality on people of color is a politically weaponized lie. The most potent context in which systemic racism still exists in this country is to the extent that the left and the Democrat party use it as a tool to keep non white voters beholden to the party.
Would you mind sharing this “statistical data” ? Everything I’ve found points to the contrary.

Here is how blacks are terribly mistreated systemically every step of the way- they are more likely to go to prison despite innocence, and more likely to have to deal with the shitty hassle of stops, arrests, charges, etc. They are treated far, far worse. When they see George Floyd- it is a reminder of their collective life experience of **** treatment at the hands of cops, prosecutors, judges and juries.

https://static.prisonpolicy.org/scans/ccj/LowLevelOffenseStudyFinal11.09.04.pdf

Blacks are 700% more likely to be exonerated by the Innocence Project (and others) for murder. (But only murder / death penalty exonerations are even pursued- so the vast majority of crimes never get this review).
Also:

-50% more likely to be stopped for “no reason” while driving

-250% more likely to be searched without consent (whites 30% more likely to have contraband)

-50% more likely to be arrested vs warned

-15% more likely to be offered a plea deal with
prison time (vs community service time served etc)

-20% more likely to be convicted

-serve 10% longer sentences.

All studies behind these #’s control for what you’d expect- geography income priors circumstances of arrest specific charges etc.

Fun fact- if you multiply out all those factors from stopped on the street to convicted, it ends up being roughly 675% (1.5 * 2.5 * 1.5 * 1.2) more likely that a random black person (vs white person) goes from legally driving their car to prison. Eerily close to that 700% more likely to be exonerated.

Here’s one on driving stops and searches from Minnesota:
https://www.twincities.com/2016/07/08/data-dive-racial-disparities-in-minnesota-traffic-stops/

Numbers are higher than what I quoted.
Another from Vermont:
http://digital.vpr.net/post/study-spotlights-dangers-driving-while-black-and-brown-vermont#stream/0
Again, numbers higher than what I quoted. Both of these are localizing and control for obvious factors (geo, reason for stop, etc).
Both cover- stops, searches, and contraband found.

I wrote this a while back saving the stats from this WaPo study:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...-driving-while-black-federal-statistics-show/
In which the stats are in line with my claims- rather than much worse, as in those two studies.

On arrests:
https://www.twincities.com/2016/07/...ata-shows-disproportionate-arrests-of-blacks/

Again, data is worse than what I claimed. Whites are roughly 3.5x as likely to be let off with a warning vs arrested. Data I was using was more conservative. Here’s another study in line with the data I posted:
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00230.x

Plea deals:
https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/247227.pdf

On convictions, here you go:
http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar01/jurorbias.aspx
https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/studies-racial-bias-among-jurors-death-penalty-cases

Once again- numbers are even worse than what I claimed.

Here’s another fun one- white victims made the defendant 2x more likely to be convicted, vs minority victims. Let criminals go free! As long as the victims were black.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953615300642
Here’s the original sentencing study I was referencing:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...act-same-crime-as-a-white-person-study-finds/

On sentencing- Florida is among the worst. Depending on county and crime, blacks getting anywhere from 1.1x to 2.2x the sentence- same crime priors and circumstances. This is after the Florida legislature passed a points system to be used by judges in sentencing- to fight racial disparity. Judges are basically ignoring it.
http://projects.heraldtribune.com/bias/sentencing/
And finally, exoneration:
https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Race_and_Wrongful_Convictions.pdf
Blacks 7x more likely to be wrongfully convicted/ exonerated for murder.
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What’s fun, is that Before the current justice system was formed... we had Jim Crow. And before that- slavery.

In all of its glorious “small government” history, the US has always been systematically oppressive of the black minority.
It’s the core fabric of our culture. The label or specific institution is irrelevant.
 

amstech

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Saw a few commercials last night for the PS5...just primers, more or less.
No gameplay or anything but they have begun!
 

ShagnWagn

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Once you think, say, or act in any different way because of skin color, you are the racist. Treat everyone the same - as a human. Don't give someone better or worse treatment or special privileges from skin color as history has shown they will take advantage of it. They see their racism outbursts as a benefit in doing so. It escalates. Committing a crime for what you think is a racism crime makes you guilty of racism. Quit it. We are all brown. Just different shades of it.

Sony is playing into what I said above. At first I thought it was so people wouldn't be stealing PS5s. :) Quit changing your and other people's lives because someone is a different shade of brown.
 
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