Looks like he still can’t swear.
Honestly, I’m not even sure why those not swears still count as not swearing because all those words are are fill ins for swears and everyone pretty much knows when you are saying gosh darn you are meaning god damn. It’s still swearing and I don’t understand why people keep treating it as not swearing.
I mean, if Nick started using “not swearing fill ins” like gosh darn as a replacement for his swears to get around the swear filter….will the swear filter wise up and block the use of not swear fill ins as well?
Nick isn’t using the not-swears, it’s the swear-filter that fills them in. And the swear filter learns – it registers Nick’s intent when he swears, and performs a substitution.
I am quite sure that if Nick tried “gosh darn”, then the swear filter would catch on very quickly and find something even less offensive to replace it with. (It did that when he started using obscure Yiddish swears, even though it hadn’t been programmed with them.)
As I recall, the swear filter learned to block innocuous words that were offensive to his Whimsey audience, The emotional response to a swearword is part of its meaning, and sometimes the whole. Someone saying ‘damn’ isn’t trying to condemn anyone or anything to h*ll. Euphemisms are by definition meant to be inoffensive, so why would anyone take offense?
Dang! I kept reading gridmark and wondering where the heck they were.
I’m not alone! Whoohoo!
Same here, and the first thing I thought of was the notion that a sophisticated self-aware AI might choose to live in an obviously artificial environment, like a gaming table for instance.
It’s worse… he didn’t even try to swear properly… he performed a milquetoast swear and was not censored for it.
The mind control goes both ways…
On top of that, Baron Mistycorn probably isn’t trying (overly much) to be facetious right now. Weeeeeird.
This sort of “mind control” is really making me wonder — if the system controls your mind, is it really you in there? And, if your mind controls the system, who’s the one in charge?
It’s just your mind and the system making a few persuasive suggestions to each other.
Yes – quite sophisticated, really. Are their minds inside the virtual reality, or is the virtual reality inside their minds. If so (either way) and they become lost (just had to say) where are they?
The “mind control” may work like your subconscious. It doesn’t matter whether you make a decision or it’s made for you. All that matters is what you remember happening afterwards.
The real question is whose influencing the VR to end up like THIS?
Mistycorn? Nick? LOVELACE?
It’s probably Mistycorn.
It is a WHIMSY Corp product, so that explains part of it. Aimee had to cover her fantasy world with something to show the suits.
Maybe they could reach out to his inner dirty old man.
Aimee is. She’s got a bit of a dark side, perhaps.
“Gosh-darn?” Would this get by his swear filter outside the VR world?
Everything he thinks of as swearing gets censored, even if it’s a perfectly harmless word from everyone else’s perspective, even if he only just started meaning to use it as a swearword to get by the censor.
(Honestly, that filter is terrifying: pervasive mindreading for such a trivial purpose…)
It was absolutely not a trivial purpose. Nick was *really* sweary.
Mukluk, mukluk, mukluk!
Seems like a VR run by a Disney-like megacorp would contain more product placement. (Or, since this is pre-production, maybe placeholders for product placement.)
It *is* a pretty big empty, isn’t it?
I think this is the bare-bones beta version. The advert gets slathered on later, since it is expected to be altered, perhaps radically, over time.
Also, Baron M., even in this new incarnation, is kinda keeping to his theme-music philosophy, as well as his goal to see panties…
Aside from the change of clothes, Lovelace doesn’t seem to be as affected as the others. Maybe her programming has better defenses or can make quick adjustments to the VR code.
Nah, it’s because she’s already playing to type. She’s a foreign warrior questing for the root of the wasteland’s destruction!
Whoa, that is some FLAKED-up BOURGEOISIE.
I really like what Aimee has done with the place.
Actually, that’s a more appropriate thing for a unicorn to say than you might think. In Japan, panties are considered a symbol of maiden purity, and in European folklore unicorns can supernaturally sense sexual purity. From a certain cultural perspective, it’s the opposite of a dirty joke.
Anyone have any idea what Lovelace is wearing? The earmuff-thingies, the stlye of clothes? I get the impression that they are Gaelic or celtic or therabouts.
…down the Google rabbit hole I go. No luck, but saw some wild headgear.
Why is everything so grimdark? Oh, noes, Nick–you’ve fallen into Warhammer Fantasy MMORPG! Flee while you still can, before it gets even grimmer and darker!
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