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LONG BLOG

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore the Reboot.

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Does anyone remember Paul Christoforo? No? What short attention spans people have.

Is anyone still angry about Mass Effect 3's ending? "Mass-a-what-now?" is sheepishly replied.

What about another Capcom rebooted travesty, the 2009 Bionic Commando? Is anyone still in a consistent rage over that?

The point is, one year from now, none of you will care about DmC. Six months from now, none of you will care about DmC. Actually, come February once Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is out, none of you will probably still care about DmC.

Currently, I'm having too much fun playing Paper Mario 64 when I get stuck on Bloody Palace mode in Devil May Cry 3, a game I have supported to the fullest. Buying the original release, the special edition, and the HD re-release, to even care about DmC.

From what I understand, there is a big "social commentary" on the 99%, and Mundus is the all powerful 1% in the new DmC.

What no one understands is how much power the 99% actually has. You see, reboots manifest because people need a quick fix. They need something to change up their lives and they are willing to throw whatever money they have at whatever is released in order to keep their rotting attention spans satisfied.

I have been against several rehashes and reboots that have come along in the past decade and I learned to just let it go, and embrace what made the intellectual property so special and focus on that.

The new Star Trek, I got 19 minutes in before "Bones" was rattling on about his divorce and couldn't take it it anymore. I have all three seasons of the original series, and you know what? I will always have those DVD's. They cannot be taken away from me. J.J. Abrams can go do whatever what he wants with the franchise, I will not be lining his pockets.

Not all reboots are bad either! Where would the world be without Christopher Nolan's Batman? Batman Beyond? Batman: The Animated Series? All of those have been reboots, and re-imaginings of the Batman franchise and mythos. All of them have been fantastic.

The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nickelodeon. The first time I saw all of those words put together I wanted to poke my eyes out. But you know what? The show is great. They even have the voice actor of the original Raphael now playing Donatello.

Ok, one more movie before I get back to video games: Romeo + Juliet, the 1996 Baz Luhrman version with Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is so stylistic and off-the-wall I can't help but enjoy it. I think I actually remember a teacher playing it for my class in High School, and the Masquerade Ball part has transvestites and Ecstasy so it MUST be good to be allowed to be shown in school.

This point may be up for contention, but I saw it in an interview with Koji Igarashi on Game Center CX so I'm going to take the creator's word for it: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. "But wait, that isn't a reboot!" Ah but it technically is. This was Koji Igarashi's first crack at the Castlevania franchise. And early on in development, he asked "what would the Castlevania franchise be without the Belmont's? Be with out the whip? Can it work without those elements?" I am paraphrasing, but the point is, Koji Igarashi wanted to reinvent the series with a new protagonist (albeit "revisited") , and a new style of game play to an already established franchise.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Do you think the gaming audience in 1997 was flipping tables that you couldn't play as fireball throwing Alucard from Castlevania 3?

Now I am not condoning or endorsing this new DmC, nor will I be willing to waste any of my valuable time or money playing their game, that is my power as a consumer. But I will continue to love my Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Dante on my Vita, and my Devil May Cry HD collection, and if I ignore it long enough, it will go away and maybe Devil May Cry will be revisited and we can actually find out what the heck happens to Nero.
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