What I’ve Been Reading: August 2, 2015

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This week’s What I’ve Been Reading is brought to you by the letter J. Or pretty much any other letter of the alphabet. Go ahead and choose one. I’m not picky. More

Video Games I Liked in 2012

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2012 was the year that I finally got back into gaming in a big way, ditching my shitty laptop for a mid-range gaming PC. Suddenly, I found myself able to play the dozens of games I had missed over the past few years. I uncovered conspiracies in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I beat up thugs in Batman: Arkham Asylum. I stabbed Templars in Assassin’s Creed. But I also managed to play some games from 2012 itself. Here are some of the 2012 games I enjoyed the most, in no particular order: More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2012

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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. More

What I’ve Been Reading: December 16, 2012

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Sorry for not updating the blog this week. Things got a little hectic in real life. I’ll try to get in a couple of updates next week, but I may not be able to post a What I’ve Been Reading entry, since I will be travelling. To a far and distant land. With magic and unicorns.

No unicorns for you this week, but there are catfish, a.k.a. the unicorns of the sea. “Who calls them that?” you ask. Me. And that’s all that matters. More

What I’ve Been Reading: August 26, 2012

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I’ve got 10 links for you this week. That’s right: 10. This ain’t your grandma’s What I’ve Been Reading.
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I know I’ve been posting a lot about the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy lately, but I just had to link to this article, which explains that an angry Mass Effect 3 player has filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau regarding his disappointment with the game’s ending and what he perceived to be false advertising from people who worked on the game about said ending.

LOL.

All I can say is: good luck with that, dumbass.

Leave Child’s Play Out of This

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I’m a pretty easygoing guy: I might disagree with people, I might even make fun of those who disagree with me, but I’ll never deny anyone the opportunity to speak his or her mind on the Internet, regardless of how crazy that person may be. Sure, I’ve mocked the petition to change Mass Effect 3’s ending, but I still believe that people have the right to make a request for a new ending, just as Bioware has the right to decline that request (a right that the developer should probably exercise). Mass Effect 3 is still a hot seller; the worst that this petition has done is that it has hurt a few people’s feelings. No big deal.

But when words turn into real, tangible action, suddenly, they’re not so harmless anymore. The people behind the petition, known as the Retake Mass Effect movement, have started a campaign to donate funds to Child’s Play in order to bring positive attention to their efforts to get Mass Effect 3’s endings revised. Yes, you read that right: these people have started a charity fundraiser in order to deflect criticism of their ridiculous campaign. WHAT. THE. FUCK. It’s time for me to come out from behind the veil of satire. Brace yourselves for one of the angriest, most invective-filled tirades that I’ve ever posted on this blog. More

Let’s Petition for Change!

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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. More

Things I’m Most Looking Forward To In 2012

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2012 is in full swing now, and it might be the final year of humanity’s existence! While we count down the days to our certain doom, we still have plenty of stuff to look forward to. Apparently, the people who make music, movies, TV, books, and games haven’t received the memo about the end of the world. That’s all for the best, I suppose. I’m not spending my last year of existence in a panic. No way. I’m going to live it up and enjoy these fine things that 2012 will bring: More

The Ten Biggest Pop Culture Disappointments of 2011

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With the end of the year approaching, it’s time to look back on the the things that 2011 brought us. I’ll be doing some “best of” posts later, but before we can unwrap our presents under the tree, we have to count the lumps of coal in our stockings.

I’ll remember 2011 for lots of great things: the stellar third season of Parks and Recreation; the hilariously vulgar Bridesmaids; the best album of Matthew Good’s solo career, Lights of Endangered Species; the phrase “Trent Reznor, Academy Award winner” becoming unironic. But unfortunately, I’m also going to remember it for the ways in which it disappointed me. We’ll take a look at the ten biggest pop culture disappointments of 2011 after the jump. More