I originally sent this out in the whole emailer that seems to have started it all, but considering it's more about my take on the community than anything else it seems more appropriate to put it here. I tweaked a few things too. Sometimes words are hard late at night.
So I haven't read Jim's post but I think I'm getting the gist of it by deducing from the many various opinions. As someone who once recapped the blogs every single day and now barely gets a post up every two weeks I've often thought about what it means to be a member of this community. At the moment I barely go into IRC, I've never been on vent or any of those other things, most of my writing goes to another site, I check the emailer infrequently, I recognize about 50 percent of the names that pop up on the cblogs, and someone actually had the nerve to ask me why my avatar was a screaming banana (because it fucking is, Pendelton). So all in all I'd say it doesn't look too good for me as a community member if we were going down a checklist. However, if someone said I suddenly didn't belong or wasn't up to snuff or something I'd be violently upset. Many of my best friends are from Dtoid. If any one of those 50 percent of bloggers I don't recognize right off the bat (who aren't total asses) needed help I'd jump in. So where do I stand as a community member?
From what I hear of Jim's post it sounds like he would think of me as less of one than I once was. Maybe I am. It sure doesn't feel like "same 'ol Dtod" some times - the one I fell for. I know plenty of people agree with me, I've talked to them about it (that'd be a check in the still a community member column, right?). It's still an amazing place though. Something I want to be part of. So I guess for me the question Jim's post (or reading about Jim's post) really brought up was what is a Destructoid Community member.
I'd have to say it's someone who cared. Not just about games but about gamers, about those around him/her. I mean the people who have stayed, who have been around, they're the people who give two shits. The more people who care, the bigger the site is going to get, the bigger the site gets the more heads will butt, it's just the way of things. Why? Because we all fucking care. We might have differing opinions or lash out at one another, but we do it because we care about the Dtoid community and that simple act makes us community members. It's not about how much we write, or how many inside jokes we know, or if we were around for Niero's first post. The guy who posts an introductory post (FORUMS!) tomorrow, is just as much a member of the Dtoid community as I am as long as he cares. It's about being part of something, and I think we (both editors and community members) forget that sometimes in the flare-ups and controversies that happen. Does it ever surprise anyone else how passionately we can get into arguments here? How many amazingly close friendships are here? It blows me away, and I hope it isn't something anyone takes for granted.
I dunno. I think I've gone totally off topic by now. I've proven no point and rambled for more paragraphs than this emailer has probably ever seen. This turned into a "things that have been floating around in my head for a bit" email.
If only the Workmeng could see how far she's come.
Look talking about good movies is great, but talking about the bad ones is just so much more fun. That's why you have to love the The Golden Rasberry Awards or Razzies. The yearly award show the celebrates the worst Hollywood has to offer, and has the audacity to do it on the exact same day as the Oscars themselves. This year had plenty of bad movies (just like most other years), but now that the nominees are out let's take a look at who really deserves to be the worst.
Worst Picture: Speed Racer, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, The Day the Earth Stood Still, High School Musical 3, The Hottie & The Nottie, Dungeon Siege, The Love Guru, Postal, Rambo, The Happening, Meet Dave, Witless Protection
My Take: Well I'd take Speed Racer and Rambo off that list automatically since they were my two dirty pleasures of the year, but everything else on there was completely and totally abysmal. What deserves to win though? I have to give it to Paris Hilton and The Hottie and the Nottie. Absolutely terrible in every way possible. Props to Uwe Boll for making the list twice in one year. Very impressive.
Worst Actor: Zac Efron, Dane Cook, Larry the Cable Guy, Eddie Murphy, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise (Valkyrie), Will Ferrell, Ashton Kutcher, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Mark Wahlberg
My Take: Again, how can you say Stallone was bad as Rocky? It doesn't make sense. If you're wondering why Pacino is on there than you really need to check out some of his recent stuff. Not so great. I think I'd toss the award to Eddie Murphy. Not only are his comedic movies flat as a board, but he also blew his chance at being a respectable actor by following up his fantastic Dream Girls performance with crappy comedies.
Worst Actress: Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, The cast of “The Women,” Camilla Belle, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Diane Keaton, Jennifer Connelly, Zooey Deschanel, Vanessa Hudgens, Eva Longoria-Parker, Reese Witherspoon
My take: Man there are plenty of bad performances to choose from here. While the entire cast of The Women is pretty humorous, I don't think we can blame them all for how bad that movie was. One can however blame Paris Hilton for even attempting to act, so let's go with her in this category.
Worst Screen Couple: Any couple from HSM 3, Cameron Diaz & Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton & Joel David Moore, Kate Hudson & Dane Cook, Kate Hudson & Matthew McConaughey, Larry the Cable Guy & Jenny McCarthy, Any couple from Mamma Mia, Eddie Murphy & Eddie Murphy (Meet Dave), Al Pacino & His Hair, Mark Wahlberg & Zooey Deschanel, Mark Wahlberg & Mila Kunis, Sylvester Stallone & His Ego
My take: Man the Razzies are on a hate parade for High School Musical and Stallone. Not that it isn't warranted, but maybe a little harsh. If I had to decide this one seriously the obvious choice would be Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. The two of them had about as much chemistry as an English classroom in The Happening. However, I think that Al Pacino and his hair might take the cake.
Let's take a break. That's a lot of bad cinema to process. I know I've had a few memories of the past year I wish had been buried. Here, read about some good movies. All right. All refreshed? Let's move on.
Worst Director: Uwe Boll, Scott Derrickson, Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, Tom Putnam, Marco Schnabel, Sylvester Stallone, Jon Avnet, Diane English, Roland Emmerich, Brian Robbins, Kenny Ortega, M. Night Shyamalan
My take: I'm a big gamer too so my hatred for Uwe Boll trumps anything else. The man not only systematically and mechanically makes bad movies, but they also happen to destroy quality gaming franchises. One would think that after so many bad videogame movies the man would discover some sort of talent in the world of film making, but alas he has none. He deserves the award and a lifetime achievement.
Worst Prequel, Sequel, Remake or Rip-Off: Indiana Jones 4, HSM 3, Rambo, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, An American Carol, The Women, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Prom Night, Speed Racer, X-Files: I Want To Believe
My take: This one is pretty tough. X-Files was decent, but a major let down. Jones was fun until the end when it shot itself in the face. Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans are just too easy. I think I have to go with Clone Wars simply because it confirmed what I already knew: Star Wars has sold out and it is never coming back.
Worst Career Achievement: Uwe Boll, Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer, Madonna, Keanu Reeves, Sylvester Stallone
My take: Boll. The man made two of the worst movies of the year. How do you even go about doing that?
Well that seems to be all. If you're on the floor right now trying to block out the end of Indiana Jones from your mind or possibly avoiding ever reading the name Uwe again, I don't blame you. What do you think should win? Anything missing?
Hi everyone! I haven't been around (well blogging around, I've been reading everything) cause of other stuffs here and there. Then since I wasn't writing about games I felt bad posting random movie blogs every Friday, so those stopped...anyway, hopefully more Cowzilla next year. Now I just wanted to jump in and say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone I couldn't in person, which is pretty much everyone. Once again I'm thankful for Dtoid giving me the best Christmas present ever: the chance to write about videogames. Doesn't get much better than that. Well, except for free videogame consoles, games and hi-def TVs for the rest of my life. That would be pretty sweet too.
Oh and so this entire post isn't totally pointless other than saying Merry Christmas, check out the sweet papercraft Ubisoft sent me. Splinter Cell Rabbid FTW!!! Is FTW still cool? I think I'm behind on these things. The card indicates there were three other versions: Altair, normal and something with red hair that I'm positive I should recognize but can't.
ManiaTV.com's the War Room had me on this week to talk about Nintendo. I thought it went really well except that I said Ummm, way too much and kept looking away from my camera. Guess I'll have to work on these things. Anyway, figured some of you guys might be interested in seeing it. They had Nick Chester on the week before too and he's totally dreamy. You can see him below and wonder at the awesomeness of his clearly superior webcam.
Don't tell anyone at War Room this but about six months ago I was just a random blogger at Dtoid. That's right, eat your vegetables, do your homework and write non-stop all the time and you too can get interviewed over Skype! Now if you'll excuse me I have to go try to act professionally and not squeal in joy.