I recognize what I’m about to say is tangential to the original topic, but it seems like a good opportunity to put some context back in place. Dialed In is a game about a company that built a phone that can level the city. The company is Dialed In Electronics, or DIE for short. Thats clearly not a coincidence. If anything, I feel like the quote on the magnet is way more tongue-in-cheek, almost approvingly so. Given the context of the game, to me, the implication is ‘yea, obviously don’t trust DIE, they ruined everything, but of course they are going to act like they are perfectly trustworthy because thats what cartoony malicious corporations do’.
That said, if you have a particular sensitivity to having your picture taken (I don’t, for the record), I can easily see where that context goes right out the window. I would imagine that facet of the conversation didn’t come up at the design meeting, and JJP made a misstep, not realizing the phrase would come off as borderline ridiculing those who have a problem with pictures.
Back on topic, as a design engineer myself, I fully support not giving each and every player the option to change every little detail of the game. Some of the stories I could tell definitely prove the ‘nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool’ saying true. But it seems weird to me that taking a picture of someone without any indication beforehand is the default. I feel like it should be kind of like the MB on Aerosmith. The game could say 'Hey, you just activated selfie mode. Double flip to take pictures. Time out a three second timer to not take pictures". Same at the end of entering your initials. Sure, not everyone would take the time to read the message and understand it, but if it’s opt-in, it becomes the fault of the player if they had pictures taken against their will. It’s simple, doesn’t require a lot of previous knowledge of the game, like the POTC or FG language change (I never knew it was a thing until this thread, despite having played both), and errs on the side of caution (Took too long to interpret the message? It just timed out and nothing happens).
Personally, I enjoy the selfies taken, because its fun to see my face when I’m completely not paying attention to the fact my picture is being taken. It’s fun for me to sit back and watch my friend’s faces too. I don’t actually know anyone personally who has a problem with it. And it fits on a machine that pokes fun at emojis and all the other things about ‘phone culture’ that most people find over-the-top (if only it had a ‘instagram your meal’ mode…). I’m glad its a feature, and I’ll absolutely keep it if/when I get my own table. But to have it on as a manufacturer setting seems like a weird choice, given all of the negative press about privacy in this country alone, let alone all the other countries mentioned in previous posts.