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Occams avatar 11:17 AM on 05.29.2013  (server time)
Occams Thoughts: Debate

I'm all for healthy debate.  Debate is a hallmark of human communication.  Its one of the many ways we learn and grow from one another.  There are debates that are super important, like the debate over legalizing gay marriage (which shouldn't be a debate at all but that's neither here nor there) then there are less important debates like who would win in a fight between a Predator and the Midwest. 

Fun fact: This was a debate that raged for my entire undergrad career.  Sure, the Midwest has the numbers but the Predators have optic camouflage and laser cannons and those badass telescoping spears.  Really, depending on the weather and the day, it could go either way but my money is on the Predator.

Now just imagine Adrien Brody is the Midwest. 

So lately there has been a lot of controversy surrounding video games.  Xbox One and the clusterfuck of information that has been coming out about it.  Used games.  Indie developers.  Always on.  TV, TV, TV, Sports.  So many aspects and all this information being put out there is like a cloud of angry bees stinging my dick hole only the dick hole is inside my brain.  Its this jumble and the more I hear about it the less I seem to know.  Personally, I'm not too terribly excited for the Xbox One so far but I'm waiting for E3 to see what else Microsoft has to offer.  Then today I see that the next Tropes vs Women video is up.  More debate.  More controversy.  It would be one thing if it was reasonable discussion but this being the internet, it is decidedly not all that reasonable.  Oh sure, there's definitely some reason in there but its drowning in a sea of angry reactionary stuff, like a kitten drowning in an above ground pool filled with Ocean Blast Powerade.

When I hear the term "Ocean Blast", this is what I think of.

My rambling, tired point to all this is that its no fun being angry all the time.  Its downright exhausting, in fact.  We need to take a deep breath, remember why we love video games and have an open discussion.  Try to understand one another rather than immediately shitting on someone's opinion.  Debate can be this wonderful tool for understanding one another but when it turns into this ugly, angry thing it becomes toxic and starts to poison the well.  I know that for me, the anger has turned me off from trying to engage in a discussion and it makes me feel old and tired.  Its hard to get excited about upcoming games when everywhere I look its how this company is horrible and this game is horrible and this perspective is shit. 

Video games are amazing.  I mean, when you think about it, its kind of science magic.  We are living in an amazing time of innovation and growth for this medium that we all cherish and respect.  Don't bring yourself down along with everyone else by being an angry prick.  You do yourself and this medium you propose to love a great disservice.  

One last note:  I'd like to call a moratorium on replacing the "s" in Microsoft with a dollar sign.  Really, any of those things like Crapcom of whatever you can change Sony into.  All of them are, to put it gently, super lame.

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