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A key point: please attempt to use your brains. What is mild humour to you may well be deeply offensive to others. While we have no intention of acting as politically-correct "thought police", we are on the lookout for those things that can cause offense and, in some cases, are actually still illegal in some jurisdictions.
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Examples:
So people get the idea, some examples that would be considered offensive, numbered as above:
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  2. "NKVD Blocking Detachment", "Einsatzgruppen"
  3. This one should be pretty obvious...
  4. So should this - and it includes calling all Germans "Nazis" and all Soviets/Russians "Commies". It got boring 50 years ago, so stop it.
  5. Use of swastikas, fasces, SS-runes and so on for the Axis.
  6. There is actually very little overt symbolism from the Stalinist era; the hammer-and-sickle isn't offensive per se.
A simple rule-of-thumb: many Europeans find Nazi symbolism of any sort offensive; many Americans still find Soviet symbolism offensive. Engage your brain before using.




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  • #61
    Less than three days before the contest comes to an end! The final piece of the Mystery Monday puzzle together with the Contest website will go online this Monday at 21.00 CET/ 3 PM EST. We added a clock counting down in the top right of the website.

    The website where you will be able to enter your answers will go online at the same time as the final piece of the puzzle. The first person who enters all words correctly will be our glorious winner! The website will ask word per word. You cannot continue to the next question if you do not enter the correct answer.


    At the end of the series of question you will be asked to enter your name and email address. Make sure those are correct, or we will have no way to send you your prizes.

    We made some changes to the rules too. Because we first intended to continue this contest up to the release of the game the rules used to say that you would get a discount code, and that the first person to use his discount code would be the winner. That is no longer the case. It is much simpler now. Simply answer all the questions, enter your details, and that's it.

    Also we noticed we made a slight error in yesterdays newspost. We forgot to mention that the glorious winner will also receive a copy of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45!

    Tomorrow we will have a recap of the contest!
    Project Lead and Creative Director
    http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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    • #62
      Okay, I'm all set

      Will the submission forms be case sensitive?

      Current Project: RAD ORCHESTRA 2: HOBOS OF STALINGRAD

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      • #63
        Nope.

        1.30h to go, we are all set
        Project Lead and Creative Director
        http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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        • #64
          The end of Mystery Monday! Here is the final piece.



          And here is the contest website! Go for it! It is not case sensitive by the way!



          Winner
          [*]1 x Ipad
          [*]1 x signed boxed copy of The Ball
          [*]1 x digital copy of The Ball
          [*]1 x digital copy of Killing Floor
          [*]1 x digital copy of Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45
          [*]1 x digital copy of Red Orchestra: Heroes of Stalingrad

          25 Runners-up
          [*]1 x digital copy of The Ball
          [*]1 x digital copy of Killing Floor

          Check yesterday's recap for more information, or read through our rules here.
          Last edited by Hourences; 10-04-2010, 03:07 PM.
          Project Lead and Creative Director
          http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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          • #65
            Is something wrong with #7

            Current Project: RAD ORCHESTRA 2: HOBOS OF STALINGRAD

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            • #66
              Omg. Are you sure there is no mistake in September 6th one?
              EDIT: Can we get answer on this please? There is no way that one could be wrong.. :S
              Last edited by tmtx; 10-04-2010, 03:22 PM.

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              • #67
                Follow status on http://steamcommunity.com/games/theb...6766802303448?
                Project Lead and Creative Director
                http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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                • #68
                  Finished. Ended up getting glitched out a few times though. Hoping that it turns out okay!

                  EDIT: Race to the finish was a harrowing experience. I'm sure that in the hour the mystery was up plenty of people beat me to it.

                  EDIT 2: Now the disappointment sets in...
                  Last edited by EvilHobo; 10-04-2010, 04:13 PM.

                  Current Project: RAD ORCHESTRA 2: HOBOS OF STALINGRAD

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                  • #69
                    Congratz for the winner!!

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                    • #70
                      We got a winner! Still plenty of games up for grabs though, so do continue!

                      Here is a hint for 8:

                      Number 8 seems a tricky one. There is a hint embedded into 8 that gives you more information about the word you are looking for. It tells you what to look for. And it is close!
                      Project Lead and Creative Director
                      http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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                      • #71
                        Mystery Monday has come to an end! All prizes are gone! 26 People have won. We will put the contest site back up next week, in "fun mode". No prizes, just for fun.
                        Project Lead and Creative Director
                        http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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                        • #72
                          Originally posted by Hourences View Post
                          We will put the contest site back up next week, in "fun mode". No prizes, just for fun.
                          Thats nice, as this was a really cool contest!

                          Judging from the quality of this "game", so The Ball must really be awesome.

                          By the way: Congrats to all Winners!

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                          • #73
                            It has the ability to soil your pants.


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                            • #74
                              http://www.theballthegame.com/?p=832

                              The winners, and the contest site is back online!
                              Project Lead and Creative Director
                              http://www.TheBallTheGame.com

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