What I’ve Been Reading: March 23, 2014

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2014 just wrapped up earlier this week, and I’d like to use this What I’ve Been Reading to link to some articles about the talks that were given there. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading: March 23, 2014”

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2012

Looking back at the year’s disappointments has become somewhat of a tradition for this blog (if you can count doing something for two years running as a “tradition”). While I’ve made a post about my favourite TV shows of the year, and I’ve got posts about my favourite music and video games of the year on the way, I think it’s worthwhile to remember some of this year’s disappointments. Some had the potential to be good but fell short. Others were just plain terrible. So without further ado, here are the ten biggest pop culture disappointments of 2012. Continue reading “The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2012”

Let’s Petition for Change!

It’s been just under a week since the hotly-anticipated Mass Effect 3 was released, and already, the game is shrouded in controversy. If day-one DLC and gay romance weren’t enough, the game has now come under fire for having poorly-written endings. I haven’t had the chance to play the game yet, so I can’t personally comment on how awful these endings are. However, there’s a poll on the official Mass Effect forums in which 20 000 people have voted to petition Bioware to change the endings of the game. I’d like to commend these 20 000 people for standing up for what they believe in. As a subset of the most rabid, forum-dwelling fans, they’re undoubtedly representative of the 3 million or so people who have purchased the game, and if they think the endings are awful, then I’m sure I will as well. Moreover, if they hadn’t spoken up, then who would have? Who would have berated Mass Effect 3’s writers for not having the psychic prescience to anticipate fan reaction to the story? Who would have demanded that Bioware put in the extra time to do additional voiceover, motion capture, programming, and animation in order to create new endings? Who would have spoken for the hundreds of thousands of players who spend only a fraction of their free time gaming, who like to go outside and get some fresh air every now and then, and who won’t complete the game for another two or three weeks? These angry fans are doing God’s work, as far as I’m concerned.

Just think: if the rest of us were to take these fans’ lead, we could improve greatly upon the quality of existing fiction. We could revise plays and edit graphic novels, correcting the mistakes of authors and replacing them with fan-approved alternatives. Artistic vision and authorial intent be damned; creators owe us what we want, in exactly the form that we want. I’ve been burned too many times by story decisions that I didn’t agree with. I’m tired of sitting back and letting authors do whatever they please with their work. It’s time that I spoke up and demanded what is owed to me. So, creators: listen up! I’m following the lead of the Mass Effect fans. I’m petitioning for change. Continue reading “Let’s Petition for Change!”