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OnoPDint

I posted earlier about this but I mistakenly referenced Fritz 17 instead of the new Fritz 19.  Using the new personalities feature meant to play more like a human you pick your opponent which is a cute puppy, ox, mouse, turtle, etc., and after each move the cute animal gets increasingly bloody, damaged, and tormented until what was a cute animal you may see in a children's book turns into a bloody pulp.  Just really messed up.  I contacted Chessbase but they haven't responded.   I looked online and no one seems to think this is sick or not complaining about this.  Chessbase and Fritz is kind of necessary if you are serious about progressing.  The artists that Chessbase employed seem to have tried to make the animals look possessed when they start to get battered and bloody, I guess to try to make you feel justified in beating up an animal while playing chess.  First-person shooters don't abuse animals but in Fritz 19 if you want to play the new feature that gives you a fighting chance (probably intended for younger less-pro people and children) you have to put up with disgusting gory animals that you beat to a pulp if you are doing it right.  What the hell is up with that?  I posted this because I am so amazed that first Chessbase actually paid artists and developers to come up with this and secondly no one else thinks this is super-messed up.  I guess I was hoping that if enough people tell Chessbase that there is really something wrong with this and they will change it to something not so over the top abusive to animals.  It is just a really bad idea and so alienating to decent people.  Who wants to beat up a puppy?

putshort
Do you think animals can really play chess?
OnoPDint

Yeah that's a good point... Why would they put animals in a chess program and then have them bleed from your moves.

putshort
Do you think this sort of thing encourages players to be cruel to their animal chess playing opponents in real life?
OnoPDint

No, I just think it's gross and distasteful. I wouldn't mind if it wasn't so gross. You pay about 80 dollars again because you really like Fritz and are hopeful the new "more human" feature will help you improve and it is really good and that is good enough without having such an over the top graphic that is just plain messed up. Do you think it's awesome? Have you played it? It is not like shooting someone in a first-person shooter game, it's like beating up an animal in a first-person shooter while playing great chess. I guess if that's your thing but I really hope not.

putshort
Don’t you find chess itself gross and distasteful? The point of chess is to kill the king. Murder! Your opponent is the king. You are the king. It’s kill or be killed.
OnoPDint

You do much killing?

putshort
I mate. Does that count?
OnoPDint

OK, not bad but I really just was hoping people might feel the same way about the graphics in Fritz 19 and hopefully maybe enough requests would convince them to put out an update instead of just fixing it in Fritz 20 and asking for another 80 dollars. I really don't care about the rest.

jakps

Agreed, I'm surprised they released it like this. I certainly dont enjoy the new graphics and have removed that view from the program. It cheapens an overall great piece of software. Great idea for the personalities, horrible implementation.

Glareanus
OnoPDint hat geschrieben:

I guess I was hoping that if enough people tell Chessbase that there is really something wrong with this and they will change it to something not so over the top abusive to animals. It is just a really bad idea and so alienating to decent people. Who wants to beat up a puppy?

But the animals also grin mockingly and gleefully when they win... ;-)

OnoPDint

I did notice that after a recent update that it seems to be somewhat less gruesome now. They still look a bit demonic at the end but maybe they made the sequence getting to the end a little less bloody. If so, I guess that's an improvement.