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PostPosted: 24 Jan 2009, 14:10 
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I’d like to learn whether you got interested in Russia after playing Pathologic, ‘cause Russians are taught that most foreigners share a common prejudges that Russia is a country of gypsies, wild bears and endless snowfields. I won’t say that it’s not, but it’s definitely more than that. So, if you have any questions about our culture I’d be glad to indulge you.
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PostPosted: 29 Jan 2009, 06:58 
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Maybe more from the game Cryostasis than anything, then again that's about north pole than russia, but close. Still, russians made that game.

My question is do russians ride snow mobiles and is there a game out like that? That's made in russia.


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They do at the northern regions where winter lasts 9 of 12 months, dunno about the game though.
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Not only in northern regions, but in the Far East and Siberia too. Despite of the short winter, that lasts just ( :lol: ) for 5-6 months, there is a lot of snow, especially in the woods. So, woodcutters, foresters and other people who live in the woods use showmobiles.
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We also do it for fun in the Western parts.
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I base my image of Russia entirely on the movie "Nightwatch".


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Thinking of England Harry Potter comes to mind.
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Also: Cups of tea, cricket and football hooligans.

Oh, and teenage pregnancies.


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Also: Cups of tea, cricket and football hooligans.

Oh, and teenage pregnancies.
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Back in school I was taught of fish and chips and started every answer with "London is the capital of Great Britain" line. It worked for my teacher.
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I’d like to learn whether you got interested in Russia after playing Pathologic
Yeah, I guess. Except I never made it very far into Pathologic; I loved the fact that it was a very different game, uncompromising and challenging in a way that most "western" games I've played aren't, but I simply couldn't understand the translation. I really wanted to enjoy it, but finally I couldn't take not knowing what people were saying to me.
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Russians are taught that most foreigners share a common prejudges that Russia is a country of gypsies, wild bears and endless snowfields.
I'm not sure about the gypsies and the bears, but my mental picture of Russia is that it's a complicated place with huge differences- between one region and another, between rich and poor, between city and countryside. Also a more dangerous/violent place than western Europe: we read news about political murders of journalists, and Chechnya, and corruption, and I have an acquaintance who left the country because she didn't want to raise her kid there (can't remember which city she left). But that's one side of the picture, and on the other there are economic growth, artistic innovation, etc.

So tell me more!
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Well, the Chechen Republic it only one small, far and unfortunately restless region of huge Russia. The basic problem that at times judge Russia on separately taken persons and regions, but it is important to understand the main thing - Russia is huge. In its European part the standard of living is high enough, and for example on caucasus region it is very low. Besides Russia occupy not only Russians there are also Tatars, and Chechens, Kabardians, Adighes, Mordvinians, Karelians, Saami and still great variety of the nationalities. Each of them has theyr own language, culture, religion and traditions. At some nationalities of Russia have still remained such traditions as the blood feud, just as vendetta on Sicily, but even these cases are faster an exception than a rule.

In the opinion of all other world we at times appear as set of all these private negative factors, as forms such impartial portrait of the country as a whole. Well and certainly the role the USSR, thanks to which Russia long time remained the closed country, that has generated many ridiculous hearings and stereotypes. From news it is possible to judge position of separate regions of Russia, but not the country as a whole.

We are not so bad ;).
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