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3:35 PM on 05.07.2013

What do you guys think of SEGA?

I figured this might be as good a time as any to ask you guys a question that's been on  my mind for quite some time:

What do you think of SEGA?

It's a bit of an odd question to ask, I guess, but seeing as any typical comment in a SEGA-related article is basically 'SEGA lolz', I wanted to know your thoughts on the company, what they've done and how they are now.

Personally, they're my favourite video gaming company; yes, they've made a lot of mistakes (I could make a laundry list of what they did wrong with the SEGA Saturn) and yes, they really should be paying attention to their other franchises (I will wait 'till Third Impact if I have to just to get Jet Set Radio 3) but honestly, there's something about their games that always puts a big grin on my face.

Whether it's the generally positive tone of what they make, the variety of gameplay styles or the sheer unabashed camp of some games (Sonic Heroes & Space Channel 5, anyone?), I just prefer SEGA over most other video game companies.

Well, that's my thoughts so tell me what you think of the company, and be completely, brutally honest if you have to. I'm just curious to see what you guys say.

If you comment, thanks very much and have a good day!   read

8:26 AM on 03.29.2013

Hideo Kojima, if you want to stop doing Metal Gear Solid, then stop doing it!

Only a few short days ago, to the excitement of millions of gamers, Hideo Kojima finally announced Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (yay, semi-pretentious names!) for the PS3 and 360. The previously announced Ground Zeroes and Phantom Pain projects were announced to be part of the same game and now, everyone's anticipating the release of what will probably be a great old stealth game with tons of cutscenes and sh...I can't keep going with this.

I'll get straight to the point on this one; I'm tired of Mr Kojima working on Metal Gear. I'm sorry if this annoys you but I'm tired of seeing this one guy being forced in some manner to work on a series that he's clearly tired of. I don't know if it's the fans that pressure him, if it's Konami or if Kojima himself has that kind of OCD where he has to keep telling stories even when no-one wants them, along the lines of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, but I just want the man to go by his word; if you want to stop doing Metal Gear, Kojima, then stop f*$%ing doing it!

While I'm not a fan of the Metal Gear series in any manner, I am interested in it enough to care about what goes on around in making these games, and particularly the creative and insane mind of Kojima. The point is, I want to see the man work on other projects that aren't Metal Gear; sure, maybe things'll go wrong if he's not at the helm but at least he wouldn't have to keep working on a series that he's more than likely burnt out on.

Try put yourself in his shoes for even a minute; imagine working on the same franchise for over 25 years and not being able to work on anything else for one reason or another. How tired and sick of that franchise would you be by now if you had to go through all that? And as Jim Sterling once pointed out in an article on GameFront, Guns of the Patriots was a near-perfect analogy of how Kojima was feeling at that time.

A man weary and tired of the same work he's been doing for so long and just wants to end it all. While the aforementioned article put it a lot better than what I just said, it's the same point that Kojima wants to stop doing Metal Gear, especially since Guns of the Patriots is widely considered to be the fitting end to Metal Gear, and as such could be a fitting end to Kojima's tenure.

However, that's not the case as he once again plans to basically make MGS5 all by himself and while the game itself may be good, what it stands for and why it's even being made after the conclusion in Guns of the Patriots just feels...wrong. Hopefully, this'll be the very last MGS-related thing Kojima supervises and finally, he'll be able to let this whole thing go once and for all.

If Snake can finally live out the rest of his days in peace after all he's done, surely Kojima should be able to do the same...right?   read

10:53 AM on 02.27.2013

Is video gaming headed for a second gaming crash?

This seems to be one of those weird days. You know, one of those days where all you do is laze about while listening to depressing music; not because of angst, depression or something like that but because you're so worried about something bad happening that when it seems likely, your spirit is partially crushed for a while.

Alright, the reason I bring this up is because I'm feeling pretty down while looking up several ideas presented in the gaming industry over the last few months, and in particular the latest Jimquisition on Escapist. It's a well done video by good lord, is it depressing! The point I'm making is because I want to know your answer to an important question:

Is the video gaming industry headed for a second crash?

If you asked me this question over a year ago, I would've confidently said that it wouldn't happen as the circumstances to me weren't the same as they were 30 years ago. However, due to many recent depressing developments in publisher schemes to get money, development team forclosures and all sorts of things that I've read up over the last several months, I don't really know anymore.

And honestly, I'm really scared. I don't want another crash to happen; I don't think anyone wants to go through a crash again. But I just wanna know your opinions on the matter and what you think will happen to the industry:

Will the industry crash on a scale even worse than the original crash over 30 years ago?

Will things turn out okay?

If there is a crash, will the industry live on in spite of it?   read

2:05 PM on 09.15.2012

Bayonetta 2,internet rage and the redundancy of console exclusitivity

Just a couple of days ago,the long-anticipated Bayonetta 2 was announced to be saved from cancellation by Platinum Games and is back in development.Of course,the fandom rejoiced.......until it was revealed the game was a Wii U exclusive.Oh dear.As is the natural order with things these days,a lot of people freaked out and since an article was posted on Destructoid today reporting the negative comments,people are debating about gamer entitlement again.Since I usually go against those who complain about things pre-release,you'd think I'd be telling these complainers to shut up but to tell you the truth,I understand why they're annoyed to begin with.

Let me start off by saying that I freaking love Bayonetta;it's a damn good action game,the homages to old SEGA games are brilliant and it introduced me to the greatest song in the world (I'm probably the only anime fan on the interwebs who was introduced to 'Fly me to the Moon' by methods other than Neon Genesis Evangelion).So,when the sequel was announced,I was glad as all hell but when I saw the exclusive banner,I just ended up annoyed.

The reason for this isn't because I hate Nintendo (as theorized by many people as of late) but really because a large portion of the fanbase,me included, is forced to miss out on the sequel until they go out and buy a new console that they have no interest in and then the game possibly goes multi-format some time later.

The best example I can think of in this case is Tales of Vesperia,particularly in Japan.The game was originally a 360 exclusive,forcing many Tales fans in Japan to buy a console they had no interested in to get a game they wanted to play.A year later,the game was put on the PS3 and many fans got pissed by the dickery involved in this.I can imagine the same thing happening to Bayonetta 2 should the game get ported over to the 360 and PS3 eventually,thus pulling off a dick move on fans worse than the original's QTEs.

Let me explain why I'm really annoyed at this.I'm generally not interested in the Wii U.Will it be a good console? Well,probably since the new ideas look good and Nintendo have a reputation for making good games.However,there have been several games announced for the Wii U that are exclusive even though they could work on other consoles.Not the first-party games but thrid-party titles like Rayman Legends,LEGO City Undercover and more that aren't available on other consoles.

It's annoying as these games are exclusives on a new console that costs between $300 and $400 and no-one knows if the console's going to be successful,meaning the publisher might lose out sales-wise (why UbiSoft is doing this to Legends after Origins' multi-format 50,000 sales altogether is particularly baffling) and people who can't afford a new console are missing out on good games.It doesn't matter to me which console the game's on;if it's exclusive,it's just frustrating to fans who don't have every console known to man.

Bayonetta 2 was simply the last straw for me and while I don't disown the game or Platinum Games,I do think that the idea of console exclusitivity is incredibly redundant in this current financial climate.And I think that this may have been the big reason why there was such a mass freak-out from Bayonetta fans as they felt the same way about all these good-looking exclusives and this was the final,very last straw for a lot of them.

That's not to say that there aren't a few people over-reacting by disowning the game or hating it because it's on a Nintendo;there are.However,I think most of this just comes out of frustration with a buggered system that requires people to buy every console to buy games that could easily be ported over to other consoles.

[For those of you who will mention the Wii U's Gamepad features make it impossible to port games,the console also has a Pro Controller,which is essentially a Nintendo-developed Xbox 360 controller;they even said as much a while back]

Am I still interested in Bayonetta 2? Definitely and I wish it and Platinum Games the best of luck when it comes out.Still,I wish I could play it on a console that I already had along with every other Bayonetta fan not rich enough to get an extra console and can understand the rage of those who feel let down by the pointless nonsense that is console exclusitivity.To those that are getting a Wii U,I hope you enjoy the hell out of it and tell me how things turn out.

Now to listen to every version of Fly Me to the Moon for the rest of the afternoon!   read

4:09 PM on 09.07.2012

Defending Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Among the many things in the world that annoy me,one of the more......let's say vocal frustrations has to be the massive amounts of internet rage that any new game receives from angry fanboys pre-release.Seriously,it's like a yearly ritual nowadays for a random game to be screwed over by a very,very vocal minority of whiny,petulant fanboys that don't have their priorities straight before it even comes out.

In 2008,we had the double team of Diablo 3/Fallout 3;the former for having a slightly brighter colour palette and the latter for not playing like the first 2 games.In 2009,there was Left 4 Dead 2,which apparently was announced way too soon instead of waiting an eternity for it.In 2010,we got Sonic the Hedgehog 4,a game that everyone demanded mind you,and yet people were complaining about everything from the physics to the fact that Sonic had green eyes.

Then last year,we had Skylanders:Spyro's Adventure,which every Spyro fan under the sun seemed to get pissed off at for a billion reasons from Spyro's ''goblin-like'' redesign to the admittily awesome gimmick of putting toys on a Power Pad to play as certain characters.Of course,after the games are released,everyone forgets about them until another game takes up the mantle.

And this year,that honor goes to Silent Hill:Book of Memories,the latest installment in the much-loved Silent Hill survival horror franchise by Konami.For those who don't know what Book of Memories is,it's an isometric dungeon crawler headed for the PS Vita and is being developed by the much-loved WayForward Technologies and since it's announcement,it's become the most bitched about game on the interwebs for various reasons,the biggest of all being that it isn't like Silent Hill.

Don't believe me? Look up any trailer of Book of Memories on YouTube and look how many dislikes there are compared to dislikes and the huge number of comments damning the game.Seriously,there's even a Facebook group known as ''Cancel Book of Memories'',which is completely amateurish since it's logo.Seriously,who tries to look professional in MS Paint? (Come to think of it,I do)

And since I hate it when something is hated so much that's it's barely given a chance,I've decided to once again defend this game from the stupidity of internet fanboy rage,even though I'm not a Silent Hill fan.Firstly,there's the very obvious fact that the game isn't out yet.You can't just watch a couple of trailers and confirm that the game is shit.Gaming is an interactive medium,not a visual medium like movies or books;you have to actually play the game before you can yell at it.

Secondly,it's a spin-off;Konami doesn't have to make the exact same game every single time and you know,I think it's refreshing that they're trying something different instead of re-hashing Silent Hill 2 again like with their last few games.Some of you will acknowledge this but feel that Book of Memories doesn't have the spirit of the main games.Once again,you've seen just trailers and screenshots;wait 'till you've played the game before you accuse it of being unfaithful.In fact,the developers have stated in an interview that they're trying as hard as they possibly can to make the game faithful to the main series and to include themes from the much-loved original trilogy so don't be so quick to judge their intentions just because you've seen gameplay footage.

And thirdly,just because you don't like the look of the game doesn't mean that other people feel the same.There are people who are genuinely looking forward to the game because it looks good and trying to cancel the game because it's not the same as before is so utterly childish that it comes off as something that feels surreal.Seriously,if you don't like the game then don't pay attention to it.If other people like it then pay no attention to them and just play the Silent Hill games you like instead of getting pissed off over something you have utterly no obligation to get involved with!

Plus,there's the fact that Konami really has nothing to lose at this point.The reputation of the series has been all but tarnished due to the negative reception of recent entries and the massive pile of incompetance that was the HD Collection,where Konami gave unfinished code to the people porting the games,forcing them with bugs that were dealt with years ago as well as the bugs that came about in the port.After all they've done,what possible harm could be done in trying something different?

However,the issue that annoys me the most is the complete,utter,blantant hypocrisy of the gaming community when it comes to the issue of change and something new.Day in,day out,we hear about gamers constantly whinging about games like Call of Duty or New Super Mario Bros for being the exact same with each new game and shouting at publishers for playing it safe but when they try and do something new or different,be it a new,interesting gameplay idea,an all new artistic direction or whatever,something to make it disthinguishible from previous games,they are instantly shat on by the exact same gamers who moan about never changing just because something changed.

To everyone who does this,shame on you for lacking the spine to actually stick by your word just because change affects your own beloved franchises as well as other franchises.I gurantee that most of the people whinging about Book of Memories will buy it the minute it comes out anyway and it'll prove how pathetic this whole situation is.

Am I going to buy the game when it comes out? Well,no since I don't have a PS Vita but from what I've seen it looks like a fun tribute to a much-loved franchise and since WayForward has had a reputation for making high-quality games no matter what they're making,there's a chance that Book of Memories will get quite a fanbase so to all those looking forward to it,I hope you enjoy it.   read

3:10 PM on 07.14.2012

3 reasons why I'm not buying the Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection!

After years and years of DBZ fans all over the world asking for it,Namco Bandai have finally given in to demands and have announced the Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection for release on the PS3 and 360 this upcoming winter.You'd think like everyone else,I'd be excited as all hell for it,right? Well,not really.It's not the fact that I own most of the Budokai games (even the POS that is Burst Limit) in case you're wondering but a few other things.

Am I being an ungrateful bastard for complaining about this? Well,maybe but I never asked for a HD Collection to begin with so I don't think that matters.In any case,here are a few reasons why I'm not getting the Budokai HD Collection (besides the fact I already own the games).

Reason 1:Where's Budokai 2?

When a publisher decides to remaster a series of games from a certain console generation,it's common to include as many games as possible;usually 3 games are adapted if the games come from the PS2/Xbox/GC generation.However,that's not the case here as for some bizarre reason,Budokai 2 is completely skipped over and only 1 & 3 are remastered.

Now I don't know what the majority of DBZ fans think of Budokai 2 but I'm sure that the game does have its fans so why not include it? Is it because the game didn't really have a story? If that's the case,then why is Raging Blast 2 still being sold,since that has no story to speak of? For whatever reason,we're simply not getting Budokai 2,which would be fine if they included another game as compensation like Shin Budokai or Infinite World but we're not getting those games either.

Reason 2:Possibly no Kenji Yamamoto music!

For those of you not in the know,Kenji Yamamoto (not to be confused with the Metroid composer of the same name) was the man who composed the music for many DBZ games over the years,including the Budokai games,created various insert songs in the anime and eventually composed the score for Dragon Ball Kai.However in early 2011,Yamamoto was sacked by Toei due to claims of copyright infringment (basically some of the songs he made sounded very much like songs from Avatar and Terminator:Salvation,among others).

Becuase of this,Toei has tried to eliminate all traces of Yamamoto from their Dragon Ball products such as replacing as his DBKai score with the original DBZ score by Shunsuke Kikuchi and replacing the music in newer copies of Dragon Ball Raging Blast 2 with music from Budokai Tenkaichi 2 (strange considering Yamamoto possibly composed BT2's music).

What does this have to do with the HD Collection? Well,it's very likely that Namco Bandai is going to replace Yamamoto's score with new music.In fact there's already hints to this seeing as the announcement trailer had music that wasn't in any of the Budokai games.Like a lot of you DBZ fans,I grew up with the Budokai games and I really enjoy their songs so to see them replaced with something else is well,really damn annoying.Yes,the new songs may be good but I'd rather not have the music replaced to begin with.

Reason 3:There's only one good game on the entire collection!

I'll be very honest here and say that Budokai 1 is an absolute chore to play through.Sure,the story is pretty well done but everything else isn't that interesting.In fact everything was improved by a thousand in Budokai 3 so why include a game that people are only going to play for novelty value?

It would've made much more sense to include other well-loved DBZ games like Budokai Tenkaichi 3 and Super DBZ instead of Budokai 1 and just call the collection DBZ Mega Awesome Variety Collection SSJ5 Edition.Or something infinitely less retarded than what I just suggested.

So basically,Namco Bandai are giving us 2 PS2 games,only one of which is good by the way,with replaced music and no online play (I forgot to mention that too) for $60 when we could get those 2 games,in addition to the rest of the PS2 games,for far less with their original score intact and still have some money left over for other games.Thanks Bandai but you're going to need to do a lot better if you want to snatch my money.Now if you'll excuse me,I'm going to go listen to more EVA music for the rest of the afternoon and wait for Bandai to port Naruto:Ultimate Ninja Storm 1 to the 360 just to see what all the fuss is about.Good day and thanks for reading :)   read

7:38 AM on 06.27.2012

Is originality in video gaming truly dead?

Lately in the gaming industry,there's a sentiment that's becoming more common amongst developers,publishers and gamers and that sentiment is that originality in video gaming has died in place of generic FPSes.From Pokemon Black/White director Junichi Masuda commenting that the homogenity of gaming is worrying to several videos on YouTube ranting about the death of creativity for the sake of military shooters,more and more people are saying that soon,all of gaming will be a big gray sludge because no-one's doing anything new anymore.

You may think that I agree with this but I actually don't;if anything,I think originality has a better chance in the industry today than it's had in a long time.I'll get to why I think originality can succeed today later on but I need to explain my thoughts on originality in gaming first and how I came to the conclusion I'll mention later on.

I started thinking about originality while browsing my YouTube inbox and was reading messages.One of the messages was from a YouTube reviewer named gexup and I remember asking him something along the lines of what he thought of gaming today and one thing he said in the reply that stood out to me was ''To be quite honnest, I am disappointed with this gen's console because they really lack creativity, originality, and awesomeness compared to the last gen before it (GC, PS2, Xbox).''

And this got me thinking about the state of the industry and how it seems that it's nothing but FPSes all over.But when I think about it,it's not true.The truth is originality is still around in gaming today;you just have to look hard for it.And the here's the thing;it's always been like this in gaming,hell every form of media.

Back in the 90's,games like Rocket:Robot on Wheels and Mystical Ninja starring Goemon on the N64 sold poorly because everyone was buying the latest Mario or movie tie-in.In the early 80's,the now critically-acclaimed Vectrex was buried under all the Atari 2600/Intellivision rip-offs.If you want a more recent example,does anyone remember how horribly Beyond Good and Evil and XIII sold in November 2003?

Anyway,my point is that original games will always get buried under the more popular games,no matter what generation it is or whatever circumstances have occured to change the industry.However,why do so many people think everything's just bland nowadays? It may be a side-effect of nostalgia,if you ask me.You see,most of us become more cynical about the way the world works in certain areas while believing that everything was much better when we were younger.This applies to all aspects of life and it affects gaming in particular.

We all believe that originality couldn't have been in a better state only a few years ago when really it was probably just the same as it is now except the most popular genre at the moment has changed.People only seem to think that things have become worse due to the increasing exposure of games like Call of Duty and Battlefield and seem to think that those are the only games anyone makes nowadays when really,the military shooters take up about 5% of the hundreds of games developed and released per year.

If you still don't believe,let me show you 15 original games from this generation:

-Asura's Wrath
-Darksiders:Wrath of War
-Driver:San Francisco
-El Shaddai:Ascension of the Metatron
-Enslaved:Oddysey to the West
-Rythym Thief and the Emperor's Treasure
-Blue Dragon
-Brutal Legend
-Prince of Perisa 2008
-Shadow Complex
-Castle Crashers
-Epic Mickey

And that's just a small fraction of the hundreds of original,creative games seen in the industry today.

But before I continue,what is 'originality' to begin with in terms of gaming? I've asked a few people this and the answer varies from person to person.Some say simply not trying to copy the success of another popular game(several SM64 clones say hi) while others think it only matters when it relates to how a developer makes a game and how it appears in a game.It's rather hard to explain and everyone's welcome to their own view on it.In fact tell me what you think originality is since there's no real objective answer in this case.

However,if you do believe that nothing is original anymore in gaming,there's one big reason for this:every gamer on the planet.Not the ''casual'' gamers like most would believe but the ''hardcore'' gamers.Tell me,how many original games have you bought on launch day? I imagine the number for most of you would be quite small,me included.I bought games like Sonic Generations and DBZ:Ultimate Tenkaichi on launch day because I love those franchises.I didn't buy Enslaved:Oddysey to the West or Bayonetta when they first came out because,while I was interested in them,I wasn't sure if they were going to be any good.

We might think that we always bought creative,interesting games like Psychonauts or Okami when they came out but it's likely that we just bought the latest game in a long-running franchise or games based on cartoons we loved watching as kids.We can rant all we like about the state of the industry but it doesn't matter if we do what's most important and speak with our wallets.If you truly want original games to survive,you have to buy original games when they come out instead of waiting until the price comes down.I understand that many don't have the money to afford both original and franchise games so whenever you have to decide between the two,consider this;which will keep selling copies when you don't buy it?

Finally,I'm now going to explain why I think originality has a better chance today in gaming than it's had in a long time with 3 words:digital downloadable services.Look up the best selling games on XBLA or PSN and see how many of them are original titles.The number in this case is quite huge with games like Journey,Limbo,Braid and so forth frequently breaking records for the best selling game on their service.This is because the games are much cheaper and they are shared equally amongst the franchise games instead of being outweighed by the franchises(as is the case with mose game shops).

Development costs are lower and publishers don't take as big of a risk as they would if they were making retail titles so they have more confidence in their products.Original,creative games finally have the chance to shine unlike before and don't run the risk of ruining their developers.

Maybe things will get worse,maybe better for originality in the gaming industry in a few years from now but I believe that originality hasn't had a better time in the limelight in video gaming.Thanks for reading.   read

6:32 AM on 06.16.2012

I hate Psychonauts and here's why

A couple of days ago,I decided to write a very brief post on my feelings about
Psychonauts,which to sum it up briefly was [i][b]''I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate
hate hate Psychonauts!''[/i][/b]

I uploaded it to the Community Blogs simply to see how people would react and to be fair,it
did just seem like I was just trolling everyone so now allow me to explain why I hate
Psychonauts.Really,the game is just average but I hate it simply because of how everyone
else has pretty much ruined it for me by going on about how utterly fantastic it is.

You might be thinking I hate it for the infamous Meat Circus level(since this was actually a
comment that someone made on the original post) and while I did give up at the Meat
Circus,that isn't why I hate Psychonauts.My patience for the damn game just reached its limit
by this point and I simply gave up.It was annoying,true,but nowhere near as annoying as
some of the other levels in the game(I'm probably the only man alive who hates the
Godzilla/Kaiju parody level).

On the subject of the Kaiju level,this was something about the game which majorly annoyed
me.Whenever the game tried to do something besides platforming like the Napoleon level or
the Milkman level,it just ended up falling flat on its arse and just made things worse for me
due to being so utterly frustrating.I don't understand why Double Fine decided to try add
variety considering that the platforming was actually pretty good.

A lot of the time,the variety they added just felt broken and rather untested in my eyes.It
made things very dull,the framerate would go down all the damn time and I constantly
backtrack/look up guides on the internet to find out what the damn hell I was meant to do.
(this was made by a studio headed up by a man who helped make Monkey Island after all)

But that's not even the worst bit of the game.Oh no,that would have to go to the undeniably
frustrating,plain evil combat.Jesus Christ,if there's a more awful,bloody annoying combat
system in a 3D platformer,I've yet to meet it.You constantly get gang-raped by those damn
censors,run out of ammo and end up dying all the frigging time.Did anyone else go insane
trying to open the castle gates in the Napoleon level because of this?

Some of you will probably be telling me that I should enjoy Psychonauts for the effort gone
into making this,the interesting story and memorable characters and the huge amount of
creativity seen throughout even if the gameplay has issues and isn't up to scratch when
compared to other 3D platformers.And while you can look past the flaws,I can't.To me,it
doesn't matter if the story was written by the finest writers in existence,if the graphics and
music is utterly stunning to witness,if the amount of creativity and originality is beyond
startling if the game behind it all wasn't worth a damn.

If you enjoy the game for all it means for you,I'm actually quite jealous of you.You heard me
right.When I bought Psychonauts,I wanted to love it like everyone else does.I heard no end
of the constant praise it got from the public and the internet and I wanted to believe it was
true.That's why I bought the game after 4 and a half years of hearing about it.However,I just
can't love it like the rest of you.

No matter how much I tried,I couldn't let go of the problems I had with the gameplay.It's quite
depressing,actually,knowing that I can't love,or even like,what's widely considered to be one
of the best 3D platformers made in the last decade.My expectations were simply too high and
that's why I hate Psychonauts.It's a game I wanted to love but I never can;it's something that
I can only call average;it's something where I believed all the praise given to it.Maybe I am just butthurt over this but it's still depressing for me.

In any case,I'll be signing out and the rest of you just keep enjoying Psychonauts.

You lucky bastards.   read

9:22 AM on 06.10.2012

Splinter Cell:Blacklist will have stealth,dammit!

I just want to make this short and clear for those that have complaining about this since the E3 2012 trailer but it's really simple:Splinter Cell:Blacklist is going to have stealth in it even though there isn't any stealth in the damn trailer!

It's like with the announcement trailer for the 2012 SSX game;it looked dark but in reality,the game was just like any other SSX game,just in HD.The same goes for Blacklist;just because there isn't stealth in the trailer doesn't mean there won't be any in the whole game.UbiSoft just wanted to excite the people at E3 and clearly,stealth might not have been the best thing to focus on.

However,the Splinter Cell series has always been about stealth so why would UbiSoft remove the main thing the franchise had always been about?! Good lord,some people see one trailer for a game and think they know everything about it already.Well,that's all I have to say for today.   read

7:26 AM on 06.02.2012

Defending those who complain about Mass Effect 3's ending

While most of the controversy has passed by now,there's still quite a lot to talk about when it comes to the infamous ending of Mass Effect 3.Most,if not all,of the internet already knows how the ending went so I won't repeat the synopsis that everyone else has already given by now so I'll just get to the point of this article.I'm aware that there will be very divided opinions when it comes to what I'm going to say since I'm going to defend the people who are complaining about the ending.

You heard me right.I'm not defending the ending of ME3 or BioWare but those that have started campaigns to try change the ending of the game or at least voiced their dissatisfaction at the ending.I realize that this is hugely ironic since I made a video on YouTube last year where I defended the at the time despised Skylanders:Spyro's Adventure from the thousands of criticisms that it had gotten before release ( is you want to check it out) and someone will call me out on it but I'll try explain why I'm defending the complainers this time around.

Defending them from what,you may ask? Well,just those who take their criticism of the ending as bullcrap and call them entitled,little crybabies.Believe me,I'm very well aware that there are many gamers who cry at the drop of a hat nowadays(just look at the infamous Sonic 4 whingefest that ensued when it was announced) so I can understand why some are so sick of gamers complaining about everything but I think the gamers have the right to complain about the ending.

This is because 1.the game's actually been out for sometime so people have had a chance to see what things are like instead of complaining about a game they haven't played yet like many times before and 2.from what I understand,people seem to greatly enjoy the game and only take issue with the ending.But then you have articles on magazines or websites like 360 Gamer and Click stamping on the criticisms and making them look as infantile as anything that's come before.

And if they can back this up,then fine but the only defense that I've ever seen for BioWare or the ending is that ''it was BioWare's creative decision to make the ending like this'' and I'm sorry but that's an awful excuse since as many people can tell you,just because one has the right to do something doesn't mean it's the right thing to do;BioWare could have made the ending to be more than what it ended up being but instead people are defending the terrible ending as it is.

(EDIT:Originally,I gave an example of how stupid the ''they have to right to do so'' excuse was but then I realized that it was a terrible,no,offensive example so I've decided delete it since the above paragraph explains it well enough)

And for those who call out the complainers for thinking that BioWare owed them something,the truth is BioWare actually did owe them at least decent ending.For more than half a decade,fans all over the world waited to see if every decision they made would impact the ending in a meaningful way like BioWare constantly claimed.They spent upwards of 180 dollars for the trilogy,spent dozens of hours of gamplay in a Star Wars-like galaxy and going through the story multiple times in each game to see how much things would change if they did things differently.

They discussed over various forums as to what the ending of ME3 would be like according to their decisions.They believed BioWare's claims and when the final,long-awaited ending consisted of a God Child and a choice of 3 differently coloured explosions that were barely impacted by any decision you made and then a bloody advertisement for more DLC,gamers have the right,no,they deserve to be pissed at what has to be one of the biggest lies in any industry.And no,they didn't want a happy ending like some people believe;they wanted the ending to be impacted by every decision they made like BioWare said.

I don't care about Mass Effect in the slightest but even I can understand why fans are so angry at BioWare for their bullshit.I mean people always complain about terrible/controversial plots or endings in TV shows or movies(coughNeonGenesisEvangelioncough),so why shouldn't gamers have the right to complain about the plot/ending without being slammed by someone who can't see where fans are coming from?

All I have left to say really is that the next time gamers complain about an ending they didn't like and you think they're being stupid,try see things from their perspective and understand where they're coming from before you call them out on it.   read

5:44 AM on 05.26.2012

How would you make the next Sonic cartoon/anime/show?

I was just studying last night(great way to start the article) when I realized that it's been a long time since we've had a Sonic TV show,be it anime or cartoon or anything else.And this got me thinking that if another Sonic show was made,what would it be like?

So I've decided to ask you guys this;if you could make a Sonic show,how would you go about it? Who would be the main characters;would you try adapt any stories from the games and so on.I'm aware that some of you will probably say Season 3 of SatAM so you can suggest what show you'd do a continuation of,as well as what new show you'd like to see.

Since I'm asking this,I may as well say what I'd like to see.I'd like to see either a Gaiden series,where characters would get an episode or two dedicated to them with no over-arching plot,or a show based on Team Chaotix(you know you want it too).That's all I have to say on things really so I'll leave the rest to you guys.   read

1:48 PM on 05.19.2012

Let's talk about furries,shall we?

For my 10th blog,I'm here today to talk about a topic that I'm sure won't bring in a massive shitstorm.Furries.Or,if you ask most uninformed people,this( know that I'm on the verge of getting killed by a million people just for bringing it up but I'm not going to rant on furry haters or furries in general.Instead,I'm going to do what I honestly thought would've been done by now and just make an explanation article about furries.

What are they;what are their interests;are they really kinky weirdos like TV and most furry-haters believe? Jump in and find out.

So,removing all pre-conceptions about furries and anything else you know about them for a minute,what is a furry? Basically,a furry is someone who has a significant interest in animals from fictional media,particularly of the anthropormorphic,or humanlike,variety.And if you want examples of anthro animals,there's an insanely long list but a few famous examples would be Sonic the Hedgehog,Star Fox,Looney Tunes,Animals of Farthing Wood,several billion Disney movies(particularly Robin Hood),Sly Cooper and so on.

The topic of furries is one of those topics with a simple idea that can be expressed in a million ways and that's where things get complicated.I'm not going to list every single possible way but only mention the most common examples.Guess what the most common one is.Sex?Nope,I'll tell you what it is.Fan art!

This is what a very large majority of furries do;they draw art depicting their favourite anthro characters or write fan-fics about them.Most furries also represent themselves as anthros on the internet,or fursonas;some cosplay as their favourite characters;others dress up in furry costumes and go to furry conventions with their friends.This is all most of them do.There are other things furries do and I'm just giving the cliff notes here but that's it.

And in case you're wondering,yes I'm a furry but considering the pictures I use a lot of the time to represent myself off-screen in my YouTube videos and the fact that I spend some of my spare time drawing terrible MS Paint fan-art and uploading it on deviantART.Why else would I end up giving an informed opinion on the topic?

However,I'm not done yet as we still have to adress the common myths of the fandom.First off is the myth that all furries are 'kiny weirdos'.Unfortunately,I have to admit there are some people in the fandom who are like this but the same goes for every other fandom or fanbase on the planet.Go on,pick any fanbase/fandom and I'll find one or two perverted people.Bronies,Avatar fans,Ace Attorney fans;they all have them.And in every case,they're only a small group of people in a demographic covering millions and the same goes for furries.

Only a few people are like this and it's ludicrous to assume that all furries are kinky weirdos just because you read just one erotic Sonadow slash fic.So.......why is it the media and a lot of people think furries are kinky weirdos? Well,I've got a 2 theories for why that's the case.My first theory is that it's much easier to find porn for an anthro animal franchise on the internet than it is for a non-anthro franchise.

And I don't mean intentionally,I mean just looking up Sonic the Hedgehog on Yahoo! images and finding a disturbingly realistic Playboy rendition of Amy Rose.And since there's a lot of erotic furry fan-art,people get the idea that all furries are like this.My second theory is that it's the easiest aspect of furries to make fun of.Be honest,if the writers of American Dad showed as furries as being like most other people,even though it's true,they wouldn't be able to get a joke out of it.

It's not right,true but if we had to stop making jokes just because people get offended by them,then we'd have to say goodbye to the concept of stereotyping altogether because that's what most of these jokes really are.And I may as well answer another question about this topic.Specifically the idea that the weirdos are the only people in the fandom who sexually fantasize about anthropormorphic animals.They're not;as seen in various surveys,a large majority of the furries who took them admitted to having at least a small sexual attraction towards anthros.

And since I admitted that I'm a furry,yes I won't deny it.I'm a bit turned on by anthros myself.Don't know why I find Sally Acorn hotter than Emma Watson but I do.Doesn't mean I'll actually show my sexual fantasies to the internet since people's eyes would probably burn from the horror...what was I talking about again? Oh whatever.Anyways,basically not all furries are kinky weirdos and just because a large majority are turned on by anthros doesn't mean they're completely perverted.

But before I go,I've got one more thing to say and that's to those who get offended by the jokes.I'll probably sound like a huge dick saying this but I have 2 words for you:

Lighten up.

I'll admit that a lot of these jokes are unfair,ignorant and/or very inaccurate but like before every demographic in the world has to put up with this.Again,it's stereotyping;taking an odd,ridiculous or bizarre quirk that someone or a group has and exaggerating it until that's all anyone sees for the point of comedy.

It's seen throughout the whole world everyday.For example,the typical media view of a gay person is an excessively flamboyant person who speaks with a lisp and thinks exclusively of cock and balls.Many people think goths and emos are the exact same thing.And of course,my home country,good ol' Ireland,where everyone is either a leprechaun or a drunkard who lives a world stuck in the early 1900's or whenever Darby O'Gil and the Little People took place that consists of endless green fields and the smell of pure Guiness and Irish sewage.

It happens all the time and most people,outside of the really insecure ones,don't complain about it unless the person making the joke is intending to offend someone.When the writers of American Dad made that infamous joke,I highly doubt they were intending to harm anyone;all they wanted was a laugh and while you have the right to be offended by someone,the very least you can do is appreciate the joke if you do actually find it funny anyways and just laugh with it.

That's all I have to say on things really so if you'll excuse me,I'm going to look up Sonourge porn since that's what all furries do!   read

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