Month: July 2016

“This thing sucks.”

Recently, I’ve become a bit more involved in a couple online communities.  They are Facebook groups centered around a couple IGN podcasts, Podcast Beyond and Nintendo Voice Chat.  Beyond is a Playstation focused podcast.  They both have been wonderful forums to get ideas on new games to try, and a place to discuss not only games, but really anything that catches your interest.  The vast majority of the people participating in these forums are nice, civil people.  But like any online community, there are the trolls.  But, I don’t think the most of these people know that they are trolls.

I had always made the assumption that trolls knew they were trolling, and did it because they were having fun.  But, I now don’t think that’s the case.  Or at least, not in as large of numbers as I had originally thought.  The most popular form of this is the phrase, “does anyone else think that [insert generally loved game] isn’t that good.”  And this isn’t malicious, but it’s still trolling.  I generally think that the poster isn’t usually trying to start any online arguments, and in their minds, are asking a simple question.  However, the answer to the question is always “of course,” because not everyone is going to like the same games.  But it’s trolling because nothing is really added to the conversation with this question.  You’re essentially saying, “this thing sucks.  Who’s with me?”

It does nothing to add to the conversation about the game, or other subject matter.  The poster isn’t looking for a discussion on the merits of something.  Rather, they want confirmation that their opinion is shared by others, as if they’re too fragile to hold an opinion on their own.  And it’s a question that they should already know the answer to.  Of course there are people that will share their opinions.  There always are.  Hell, there are multiple critics that didn’t like Toy Story 3, so of course there is at least 1 among the thousands of members that are going to share your opinion.

So keep in mind that if you want to criticize something, think about it first.  If you don’t like it, discuss what it is about the thing you don’t like.  “It sucks,” is never a valid critique.  Why does it suck?  Also, “because it’s stupid” is not a valid response.  Think about why you have your opinion.  Just because people may have any opinion they want, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use reason to get to it.  Keeping this in mind will make you look better and people will be more receptive to your ideas in a discussion if they know that they can have reasonable discussions with you.

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Star Trek Beyond review

Star_Trek_Beyond_posterStar Trek Beyond is a really good movie with a really silly name.  There, I’ve said it.  The title is ridiculous.  Of course, Star Trek Into Darkness was a ridiculous title as well.  Is it that difficult to just stick with the Star Trek: Vague Story Description titles?  This may seem like a pointless complaint, but it’s not.  The title is the first thing people see.  It is the first impression.  If people think a movie title is silly sounding or uninteresting, then they won’t even bother with watching the trailer.  Sure, it may not matter to Star Trek fans, but you’re going to have dwindling returns if you only go after already established fans.

But now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about the movie.  Actually first, close your eyes.  Now, I want you to…crap, I told you to close your eyes.  How are you supposed to keep reading this if your eyes are closed?  Guess I’ll just have to wait for you to come to this realization as well and open your eyes.

You’re back?  Good.  Let’s try this.  Just imagine what you think the critical reception to Star Trek Into Darkness was.  I know from what social interaction I have with some people, the talk was could Beyond return quality to the franchise after the disappointment of Into Darkness.  I never had any big issues with Into Darkness, but I thought the larger reception, audience and critical, was somewhat negative towards this film.  I was so confident in this memory that I went to RottenTomatoes.com just to see how much better Beyond was received than Into Darkness.  And boy was I surprised.  (more…)

Telltale’s Batman trailer and release date

Telltale games has released the launch trailer for the first episode of their Batman game.  But more importantly, they announced that the first episode would be released digitally on August 2, with a physical copy that includes the first episode and keys to later episodes as their released coming out sometime in September.  I’m not patient enough to wait for a physical copy, whose benefits are really unknown at this time.  But anyways, I’m really excited for this game.  Look for a review sometime that first week.

Journey review

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Journey initially came out in 2012 for the PS3, but since it was included in the PSN Re-Play sale, I decided to give it a try on the PS4.  When the game came out, it was widely praised, earning a score of 92 on Metacritic and winning various Game of the Year awards.  Going into the game, I didn’t really know what to expect.  The only thing I had really heard about the game was that it had a fantastic soundtrack and was short.  And both of those things are definitely true.

The game is about 2 hours long, depending on how much exploring you do.  And really, that’s the only thing concrete I can tell you about the game.  What’s the story about, you ask.  Well, that’s a very good question.  I wish I could tell you what the story is about, but I really don’t know.  I know how I interpreted the story, and I’ll share that with you.  Of course there will be spoilers ahead.  (more…)

Star Wars Rebels season 3 trailer

At Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, Disney released the trailer for season 3 of Star Wars Rebels.  If you haven’t watched the show, I encourage you to watch it.  Actually, I encourage you to watch the Clone Wars series, and then watch Rebels.  Season 2 had a phenomenal finale, and it really is doing a good job of connecting the Clone Wars and the Republic trilogy (Ep 1-3) with the Rebellion trilogy (Ep 4-6). I will say that if you haven’t watched the show, this will spoil some things in the previous 2 seasons.

Thoughts on The Resurrection of Jake the Snake

Resurrection of jake the snakeI grew up with the WWF back in the ’80s.  Every Saturday morning, my brother and I would watch Superstars.  Even if we had Little League games, we’d just record that episode and watch it when we got home.  We could never afford to get the pay per views, so we’d wait the usual 30 days for them to be released on video, and watch them then.  One of the most memorable characters during that time was Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  Whether he was a face (good guy) or heel (bad guy), his appearances were always memorable.  I still cringe when I see the clip of Jake having a cobra “bite” “Macho Man” Randy Savage.  Sure, I know now how they did that, but elementary school was terrified.

Roberts’ career wound down in the early ’90s, having one last hurrah losing to Steve Austin in the 1996 King of the Ring finals.  If you’re a wrestling fan, you should know that as the birth of Austin 3:16.  Roberts continued making appearances on the independent circuit, probably long after he should have retired.  It’s here where things really took a turn for the worse for him.  Several years ago, Roberts made an in-ring appearance while he was stumbling drunk, and was unable to perform.  With the explosion of cell phone cameras, these instances could no longer be denied as idle gossip.  For many years, it just seemed like a matter of time before Roberts overdosed.  Fortunately, someone stepped in before that could happen.  (more…)