[I realize Anthony posted this, but I didn't even see it until very recently and I've already spent a bit of time on this response. Also, you should take what I say about Citizen Kane with a pinch of salt considering I've only seen half of the movie.]
I am at odds with the approach Anthony Burch took towards this week's Rev Rant. What irks me is that the implication associated with said response has the potential to be misinterpreted by his audience. The intended critique most probably pertains to the incessant faltering of the webcast itself, but Anthony's approach to it can bring about two potential misinterpretations on part of the viewer: that he means to say that Metroid Prime is the one at fault and that the topic discussed in the webcast is entirely without merit. It is highly probable (and to me, highly concerning) that the latter is his intended viewpoint. Perhaps it alludes to the former, but if that is the case, then the Rev Rant doesn't make it entirely clear.
Regardless of what Anthony's intendment is, the subjected webcast justifies criticism; this is completely undebatable. There are distinguishable falsities associated with Michael Thompson's interpretation of Metroid Prime's motif as a result of a contrived, hackneyed attempt to find similarities between the allegories of it and Citizen Kane (combat doesn't take a backseat to environmental exploration in Metroid Prime. Nothing takes a backseat to anything in Metroid Prime, and that's one of the things about Prime I have a fondness for; it doesn't compromise anything in order to excel in any sole aspect. Additionally, the feelings of human connection that are apparent in Metroid Prime aren't remotely as pervasive as and can't hold a candle to those of Citizen Kane) The newscast scavenges arbitrary examples pertaining to how Citizen Kane's themes of loss and loneliness pertrain to Metroid Prime and then shoehorns them into a poorly developed interpretation. The comparison of the two faces at the end is particularly insulting; one is a cool easter egg and one PINCHOFSALT is a deep portrayal of death, but it's not like that's going to stop that misguided IGN prat from issuing an association between those two meanings. By daring to use such choice of words as "in the same way as Citizen Kane", the webcaster gravely portrays Metroid Prime and Citizen Kane as having a synonymous artistic message. The webcast does absolutely nothing other than extrapolating upon how Metroid Prime's themes are "the same" as those of Citizen Kane.
My concern is that it isn't the faults of the webcast that are being directly addressed by the Rev Rant and that it is interpretable that alternate criticisms are being made. It is difficult to determine if Rev is criticizing the newscast itself or denouncing it's subject matter.
Why are all three Metroid Prime games mentioned when only footage from MP1 is shown? Pretty shitty advertising.