Stolen Pixels #130: For Great Justice

By Shamus
on Oct 2, 2009
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Not just great justice. Super-great justice.

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  1. Jeremiah says:

    “In the real world, justice is blind. In the superhero world, justice wears a bike helmet and drools on itself.”

    I’m going to be laughing about that line all damn day.

  2. krellen says:

    Technically, foes in City of Heroes are “arrested”, not killed.

    Of course, how you arrest someone by hitting them with a broadsword is a question players are still trying to answer.

  3. MuonDecay says:

    Of course, how you arrest someone by hitting them with a broadsword is a question players are still trying to answer.

    (Insert witty comment about G20 protests here)

  4. Brian says:

    Technically, foes in City of Heroes are “arrested”, not killed.

    Of course, how you arrest someone by hitting them with a broadsword is a question players are still trying to answer.

    Arrest It With Fire?

  5. Yar Kramer says:

    Now I’m imagining that statue of Lady Justice with the scales, the sword, and a bike helmet and an expression of immense stupidity.

  6. OddlucK says:

    @Yar: You didn’t already see her that way?

  7. Mari says:

    I already suspected that justice wore a bike helmet, especially the civil courts, but it’s always good to have it confirmed. Also, you made me need to clean my monitor again. I would hate you for all the coffee spews you’ve caused me through the years if I didn’t love you so much for them.

  8. Adeon says:

    @krellen:
    Actually the term used in CoH is almost always “defeated”. I think the intent is that allow you to decide if they’re dead/arrested/beat up and left a bleeding wreck.

  9. Rick W says:

    I always figured that heroes in CoH had a system tied to their medical transporters (which keep them from being killed) that teleports their fallen foes to the Zig.

    And technically, in CoH, you don’t necessarily have to defeat, let alone fight, all the enemies between you and whatever it is you’re after; most of the time, you can just click the glowing object and, if you don’t get interrupted, you complete the objective. (Oddly, hostage rescues can be completed by simply defeating the two guys guarding the hostage; never mind that there’s still a small army standing between the hostage and the way out.)

  10. Zaghadka says:

    Verbose and aesthetically pleasing oblique phrase to imply the politically sensitive word “retarded.”

    I’m impressed.

  11. LintMan says:

    @Rick W: What you say!! They have to move the villains to the Zig? For great justice?

  12. TSED says:

    I don’t buy you killing them as you mow them down.

    If you do the seemingly randomly generated “Help A Citizen” quests, they always say that Gang X was [i]arrested[/i]!

    Arrested!

    How you arrest them with a gatling gun, horrifying gun-katas and a rocket launcher I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that they’re only dead if you decide you killed them. I know I always picture my heroes taking them out non-deathly.

    Except for the robots. They don’t just mysteriously fall over, those guys [i]explode.[/i] Which is as bad a crime to me, seeing as how the cowboy robots (for example) are still [b]perfectly sapient[/b].

  13. Rick W says:

    @Lintman: I’m sad to say it took me three times reading that to get it. So used to thinking of “Zig” in its City of Heroes context (i.e., Zigursky Prison).

  14. LintMan says:

    @Rick W: Heh, I haven’t played CoH, so at first I thought your mention of Zig was an obscure AYBABTU reference. I had to google it.

  15. Pete Complete says:

    Was my post deleted?

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