Video Games are EVIL! (A response to Pastor Hagee)

Another mass shooting, another person who chooses to blame video games.  I swear, it doesn’t even remotely shock me anymore.  Video games are pretty much society’s whipping boy at this point.  The right can use them anytime there are mass shooting as a quick cop-out.  Even though they seem to believe that if more guns are out in public, everyone is going to turn into John Wayne.  The stupidity behind that sentiment is mind-boggling.  If you listened to Wayne LaPierre after the Newtown shooting, he believes that people with guns can defeat “evil monsters.”  Weird that these people villainize games so much, considering their worldview is an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.  Then you have the left, who treats video games like they are cooking up misogyny everywhere you look.  Because all male gamers hate women, right, Anita?

Video games have become the thing to attack if you have a worldview that is really dumb.  They also make a for a convenient out if you don’t want to actually address the problems in society.  Like the fact that I can go to my uncle’s house and buy one of his massive gun arsenal from him without any paperwork or a background check.  I’m not for banning guns, but there is NO reason why we can’t tighten up restrictions to ANY degree.  Just any.  How about we start with background checks?  Having to have them anytime you sell a gun.  How about that?  Sorry, got off-track.  The point is, from the hipster left to the octogenarian right, video games are a real nice scapegoat anytime something like this happens.  Let’s look at Pastor Hagee, who has decided to put his two-cents out there for the rest of us to digest.

Okay, dumbass.  Let’s take this apart piece by piece.  I’m not for the banning of all guns.  Let me say that one more time before I get into how dumb this is.  But Hagee, when the 2nd Amendment was written, you know what kinds of weapons they had?  Flintlock muskets!  They were not a very good weapon.  The aim was terrible.  They took time to load.  You could only load one shot.  Not to mention, something that people constantly forget is that the 2nd Amendment was written for a militia.  It was the Supreme Court that ruled that that applies to the general public.  Not to mention, it was also written with the understanding that you’d need people to have guns in case slaved revolted.  A slave revolt was a very real issue back then.  A lot of the Founders owned slaves.  Thomas Jefferson allowed his illegitimate children he had with his slaves to go into slavery.  The founders wanted an active fighting force in case of a slave revolt.  This whole idea that it was written to help the people if they needed to overthrow the government is unfathomably naive.

But that’s not even the point.  These are not the weapons that we have today, you troglodyte!  If you were to tell the Founding Fathers what kinds of weapons we have today, I bet you that they would at least be taken aback enough to make sure that it was that well-trained militia that was getting the guns.  Do you honestly believe that they would be totally behind having no restrictions on the owning of weapons when you can have a weapon with enough rounds in the magazine to kill over 10 people before having to be reloaded?  I don’t.  These people weren’t the idiots that you are, Hagee.  They understand that guns needed to be in the hands of people who know how to use them.  Who are trained and ready.  No johnny fucktard in the woods with his boys having themselves a camping trip.  Drinkin’ beers and shootin’ guns.  Or that guy who nearly blew his fucking head off because he had the gun pointed right at him as he was messing with it.  The fact that only his hat got a giant hole in it is nothing short of a miracle.

Then there’s the stupidity with getting rid of gun-free zones.  Yeah, because if I work at a hospital, I want johnny fucktard to be packing a gun near me.  Or if I’m at a school, where little kids are being kids, I want johnny to have his gun there.  Maybe a kid can take it, like that 11 year old boy who blew the brains out of an 8 year old girl because of an argument about puppies.  He got his dad’s shotgun and killed her.  Or maybe it can be like that little girl who was given an uzi and taken to a gun range.  A gun that was clearly too powerful for her, and she lost control of it.  Blew her instructor’s brains out.  That girl has to live with his blood on her hands, forever.  Charges weren’t pressed against her, but do you honestly believe that she’s going to be able to come back from that?  That you can kill a person like that and it will just rub off you.  This isn’t an action movie, retards!  You can’t just charge in and save the day!

Say there had been guns allowed on campus at Oregon.  And let’s say that 30% of the student body was armed.  Someone starts shooting.  The students draw their guns.  Now, they have their guns, but they don’t know who the shooter is.  They see someone else come around the corner with a gun, and they open fire.  So then someone else sees that person shoot and start shooting at them.  Then more people start shooting at the person who shot that person.  Do you not understand the bloodbath that would ensue?  Or another example – today there was a woman at Home Depot who had the great idea of going after a shoplifter and opening fire on him in the parking lot.  How many innocent people could have been hurt or killed because this broad wanted to be the next action hero?  According to people there, everyone was fleeing in terror, thinking that this person was going to kill them.  This is the society you want?  Holy fucking shit.

Next, can we PLEASE stop making it seem like video games are teaching people to become real-life killers?  Please?  It’s such bullshit!  Yeah, because playing shooters that are pretty much point-and-click like Call of Duty will TOTALLY prepare you for shooting people in real life, right?  Oh yeah.  Because handling weapons is just that easy in the real world, right?  You barely even notice the kick.  That game’s like real life!  He makes this stupid false-equivalence of how flight simulators teach people how to fly.  Dude, flight simulators are a starting point.  You learn the basic in a sim, then you go out and get real-world experience.  Then you learn that flying in real life is a hell of a lot different than flying in a sim.  Do you honestly believe that if I were to have a kid fire an AK-47 in a video game, then gave him an actual AK-47 (which I could do.  The aforementioned uncle has one) that he would know exactly how to work it?  That he could handle the weapon easily?  Maybe, and I know I’m going out on a limb here, handling a real gun is a little different than a video game one!  I would know.  I have used real guns, doing target shooting.  I’ve shot pellet guns, a .22 rifle, a .38 handgun, and lever and bolt-action rifles.  Firing a gun in a video game is NOTHING like doing it in real life.  If you had fired guns before, you’d know that.

Video games will probably always be society’s punching bag.  At this point, the left and the right do it.  But that’s become par for the course.  I said on Twitter after the shooting, “how long until someone blames video games for this latest mass shooting?”  The thing that bugs me is that these people are delusional.  They have this delusional idea that they are going to have their guns and they are going to save the day whenever something like this happens.  I guarantee you that if the situation I said above had been the case at the community college in Oregon, that bloodbath could easily have been so much worse.  The 2nd Amendment is a good law, but our Founders wrote it with the understanding that we don’t need every jackass to have a gun.  Just the ones who know what they’re doing.  Ones who have been trained on their usage, and get a license and register their guns.

But the thing that really pisses me off – the people who back this stuff, like Wayne LaPierre of the NRA, don’t give two shits the amount of bodies that are left in their wake.  These people just want the money.  And they are getting people like Pastor Shit-for-Brains to pimp their talking points.  Because if what I said above had happened.  If the shooting at Oregon had happened and it was an ungodly bloodbath, then I guarantee you that they would be saying, “there should have been even MORE guns on campus!  Then no one would have gotten hurt!”  My god…

Until next time, a quote,

“But if anything else, what this press conference shows is that the NRA hates on video games for infringing on its own violent hero fantasy and binary morality. What’s scary though that that’s their worldview. And their political platform. And they have lots and lots of guns. Who are we supposed to be afraid of, again?”  -George Weidman

Peace out,


I Disagree with You, and I am Not Part of a “Right-Wing Hate Machine (A response to Salon)

One of the first tactics that the SJW crowd has when arguing with a person who doesn’t agree with them is to paint them as a conservative.  That’s the strawman that they have in their heads of everyone who thinks that they are wrong and doesn’t immediately believe that they are completely and utterly correct.  I’ve always found this interesting.  When Christina Hoff Sommers, aka The Factual Feminist, published videos where she debunked a lot of third-wave feminist talking points, she was immediately labeled as conservative and dismissed.  Never mind that she has been a registered Democrat for over 20 years.  This tactic also has the purpose of being able to get their side of the fence to not even listen to the arguments of those who oppose them.  They’re a conservative, so they are wrong, and we don’t have to listen to what they have to say.  That’s the mindset.  It’s toxic, stupid, juvenile, and what’s more – it’s wrong.

When Todd Nickerson wrote his article on where he talked about why he is a pedophile and not a monster, and we should feel bad for him and his plight, I made a response where I, in no uncertain terms, said that I didn’t feel bad for him.  I outlined why.  I spoke about articles like his are starting something dangerous.  It’s starting a culture where people are going to justify pedophilic acts on the grounds, “it’s my orientation!”  I’m right.  You know that.  For every pedophile like Todd, who abstains from acting on their urges, there are plenty more who don’t.  Todd made the creepiest statement ever and said that pedophiles feel even worse about that than normal people.  No joke, that’s what he said.  Todd…ew.  But the fact is that if people like Todd work to get this kind of thing accepted as it is, then the truth is that it will be used to justify when a pedophile does go to far.  Because “tolerance” is just one step away from “acceptance.”  And I guarantee you, Todd, that people who do want to act on their urges to have sex with little children (not just grope!) would like nothing better than for that to be the case.

In the name of tolerance, you are opening the door to people who will so obviously exploit it to do harm the children.  I’m sorry, Todd.  Really, I don’t think you’re a terrible person.  You have this idealized view of pedophiles as people who all suffer in silence.  Sure, those people may exist.  But there are those who don’t just suffer in silence.  Those who act on what they want, and ruin the lives of children.  People like the skating coach of my friend, who helped make her terrified of any kind of sexual contact for years.  He would have loved it if he could make the argument that this is his orientation, and we should accept it.  Because if we accept it, then he doesn’t have to pay for what he does.  Or if he does have to pay, it’s in some small way.  Slap on the wrist.

I am a liberal, Todd.  I am a liberal who thinks that your views are wrong, because I see the bigger picture.  I’m sorry that you suffer in silence.  But that’s the price you pay for wanting to have sex with children.  Let’s not idealize what you want.  Brass tax, you want to boink kids.  The fact that you have come out in a new article and condemned people like me shows that not only did you miss the point that people like me were making, but you are unable to see what the problem is.  Here’s a ink to Todd’s newest article, where he paints all his detractors as monsters.  Part of a “right-wing hate machine.”  We need to talk about this, Todd, because I refuse to let myself to sucked into the SJW mentality of just labeling me a conservative and that’s it.

You missed the point, Todd.  Glad to see that you at least saw part of my argument.  You did argue for us to “normalize pedophilia.”  You want your community to be tolerated and accepted by society at large.  For us not to view you as monsters.  While I hate slippery slope arguments as much as the next person, I can’t deny that here there is a reason to fear the worst.  People suck, Todd.  People are disgusting creatures that will use and exploit whoever they can, whenever they can.  Maybe you and the people on your forum are all wholesome and filled with light, but the truth is that as a species, we suck.  So what am I supposed to take away from the argument that, in the name of tolerance, we should embrace pedophiles and not treat their urge to have sex with children as wrong?

If pedophilia becomes just another accepted orientation, then that opens the floodgates to court cases when people can argue that touching or having sex with children isn’t as bad as it seems.  Maybe it won’t keep pedophiles out of jail, but it will most certainly make the law much softer on them.  And that is something I cannot accept.  I’m sorry, Todd, but pedophilia is wrong.  It is wrong to want to have sex with children.  No matter how you paint it, at the end of the day, you want to have sex with a child.  I don’t accept it because I don’t want to start thinking that a child who is the victim of a sex crime isn’t so bad off because pedophiles are part of a protected class of people.  Just another sexual orientation.  “Oh, he was just expressing his sexuality!”  It’s not a slippery slope if it is so obvious what people will do, is it?  Are we just going to forget that humanity sucks?  Is that cool with you, Todd?

When I wrote my original post, I asked how far this tolerance culture is going to go.  How far down this rabbit hole everything would run to, before the madness would grow and consume everything.  I still wonder that, to this day.  We have a person who doesn’t sound like the worst guy in the world, wanting to get something that I will ALWAYS view as a mental disorder classified as a legit sexual orientation.  In doing so, he would open the gates for that designation to be exploited, and god-knows how many children’s victimhood to be ignored.  Maybe Todd can sleep well with that, but I can’t.  As I said, here is my prejudice.  Here is my bigotry.  I am a bigot against pedophiles.  From where I’m sitting, in this case, it’s the safer route to take.

I am a liberal, Todd, and I am 100% against you and what you stand for.  Don’t go letting the SJW mentality twist this around on me.

Until next time, a quote,

“We are selfish, base animals.  We try real hard and occasionally we can aspire to be something less than pure evil.”  -Gregory House, House, M.D.

Peace out,


Lucien’s Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers Age of UltronSo this is it.  The sequel to a superhero movie that set a new standard of quality.  I heard a ton of stuff about this film from people.  Namely that it wasn’t as good as its predecessor.  That didn’t particularly shock me.  Like I said, the previous film set a standard.  It’s hard to compete with that.  But I finally got around to seeing it.  A film that, by the way, Disney considers to be a financial failure.  That’s right, a movie that grossed $1.4 billion worldwide is a financial failure.  Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that Disney is REALLY evil?  I’ve finally seen it, and…I don’t know.  Let’s talk about it.

For the one person who hasn’t seen it…okay, never mind.  I don’t need to summarize the plot.  Everyone’s seen this movie.  You know the plot.  Tony Stark decides to be an idiot and create a system that can act independently around the world.  It comes to life as Ultron.  Then it’s the Avengers vs. Ultron.  Yeah, no ones doesn’t know that.  But that isn’t what I want to talk about.

I could complain that this film is just as misleading as the G.I. Joe movie.  Yeah, it sure was an age for Ultron, wasn’t it?  What’s that?  He is dead by the end of the film?  I’d say spoiler alert, but you’ve already seen this movie.  So yeah.  This entire movie had some fantastic build-up, only for it to go…where?  Oh, that’s right – nowhere.  It just ends with everybody winning, someone that nobody really cared about dying, and nothing of importance happening.  This movie had so little impact that I honestly think that it might as well not have happened at all.  Ultron, the film that this movie was building up to be some kind of real threat, was a nobody.  James Spader’s great voice acting was wasted on this character.  He had all the Spader charm, and we’ll never get to see it again.  Great.

But all of this is just part of what is my issue with this movie.  I’m getting tired of superhero movies, people.  They are becoming so hard to distinguish from one-another.  All of these movies are so upbeat and non-confrontational that it makes the whole experience boring.  I can predict everything that is going to happen from start to finish.

But Lucien, you were all over Guardians of the Galaxy!  That movie is the peak of predictable!

I won’t argue with that.  It’s true.  But the difference is that in that film, as predictable as it was felt, it was all in the execution.  You had these fun characters and comedic factors happening.  The movie didn’t take itself too seriously, and was willing to enjoy itself.  That’s what gets me so excited for the new Deadpool film.  That also looks ridiculous.  Though, that film has the added bonus of being violent as fuck.  That’s a perk.  A predictable film needs to at least have something to offer me.

This movie didn’t.  I’ve seen these characters before.  Their witty banter was fun to listen to, but now I don’t feel like it means anything.  Plus, this film never felt like there was tension.  Ultron never felt like a threat.  He was like this weird plus-one at the Avengers party.  I get that kids like that sort of thing.  Maybe I am too far removed from this demographic to like that kind of entertainment.  I know, gasp away.  I basically called all of Tumblr and their obsession with the past immature.  It is.  My inner child wants more from movies.  Plus, I refuse to believe that kids are too stupid to be able to accept a story that can be a little dark and not treat them like they can’t handle serious stuff.  That’s why I liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier as much as I did.  Sure, the hero won in the end, but he won knowing that he had lost something.  He got someone from his past back, but that person just reminded me of how much he had lost and how alone he was.  It was a well-done movie that made a character who isn’t especially deep into something more.  That was great to watch!

Objectively, there is nothing wrong with this movie.  It looks just fine.  The fight sequences were cool.  Watching the Hulkbuster armor in action was cool.  As much as I think that his talents were wasted in this role, James Spader was still fun to watch.  The only fun I had with this movie.  But I just didn’t like this movie.  It felt like I was just watching the first movie over again, only this time with robots instead of aliens.  But it didn’t have to be this way.

For example – there is a clear schism that has been developing between the members of the Avengers.  Something that I figure is going to play out in the next Captain America film, which focuses on the Civil War arc.  I still wonder how they are going to fit all that into one arc, but hey, it’s the same people who made the last Captain America movie.  Those guys know their stuff.  Maybe they can inject some darkness into this cinematic universe.  Some stakes.  There we go!  That’s what this film lacked – stakes.  They REALLY need to up their game with these Avengers movies.  Or at least make it feel like there is something to fear.  You have, at the end, Thanos saying that he is done letting other people do his dirty work.  Okay, good!  How about we have him in the next Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy films?  Have him bust his way into Thor’s world and take the Infinite Gem there.  Maybe watch him beat the ever-loving fuck out of Thor.  Or better yet – have him kill him.  Then you can have him fuck up the Guardians of the Galaxy’s business.  We need some feeling that there is real fear.

This movie lacked that.  Nobody dies.  Everybody is saved.  The heroes win.  “Yay!”  Boring.  I was bored watching this movie.  It was like watching the sequel to Tron.  Cool ideas, great visuals, boring movie.  But I also think that I’m getting tired of these predictable superhero films.  Take a cue from the guys who directed the second Captain America movie.  Make these heroes feel human.  Make all of this not feel like we’re just counting down to when everyone wins.  That’s my review.  If you loved this movie, you probably hate this review.  Sorry.  But maybe you can see where I’m coming from?  Or maybe not.  Who knows?  As far as the Verdict goes, this film isn’t objectively bad, so I can’t hate it.  I just don’t find it all that great.

Final Verdict
6 out of 10

Peace out,


Lucien’s Gaming Clips: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (Stephen’s Ending)

I have recently been playing around with the Share tool on my PS4.  This is some really cool stuff.  I have decided to upload clips that really stick with me in games.  May also do some boss fights in Bloodborne.  Uncertain, just yet.  But for today, here is the first clip that I have uploaded.  It’s the bit on the game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture that has REALLY stuck with me.  Hopefully you all can see why.  The way that Stephen talked about his dad, with this being the last memory that he tells us, it’s pretty heart-wrenching.

For a little context, this scene is after you have learned Stephen Appleton’s story.  He was a man who was full of ambition, married a woman he respected, and ended up returning him to work at an observatory.  Very quickly, life there went sour.  He ended up cheating on his wife with an old flame, and became very central to what happened to his town, and the deaths of everyone he cared about.  By my estimation, he was the second to last to die, having seen everything go horribly, horribly wrong.  For which he feels personally responsible, but also blames his wife, who he has come to feel very negatively about.  But enough of me talking.  Here’s the clip.  Enjoy.

Let me know what you think down in the comments section.  Always interested in the discussion. Why do you think that this was the last memory that he shared?  Hopefully I can get a discussion going, because that’s what I love to do most in games.

Until next time, a quote,

“It doesn’t know it’s hurting us.”  -Stephen Appleton, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

Peace out,


Lucien’s Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. FoxPart of me is so glad that Wes Anderson’s movies are becoming more accepted by the mainstream, because this man has a gift.  His comedy is absurd, and the acting in his movies even moreso.  It’s like this strange mix of cute and awkward.  Everything is strange, in every movie he’s ever made.  But as strange as it all is, it’s still adorable.  This man can’t make a normal movie to save his life, but bless him, he’s got a gift where it matters most.  I honestly can’t think of another director who can do it as well as Wes Anderson, whatever you call his style.  This movie is no exception.  Perhaps it’s fitting that he has adapted a book by Roald Dahl.  That man couldn’t tell a normal story to save his life either.  These two were made for each other.

In true Wes Anderson fashion, the plot of this is ridiculous.  A fox named Mr. Fox is a master thief.  He’s spent the better part of his years steaming chickens, turkeys, pidgeons and other things from the local farmers.  However, when his girlfriend at the time tells him that she’s pregnant, he has to give up the criminal life and settle in to something more domestic.  Several fox years later (yes, that’s a thing in this movie), Mr. Fox is now living in a hole in the ground, but he dreams of better things.  After using his badger lawyer (yes, that’s a thing in this movie) to get into some prime real estate, he is too tempted by the potential for thieving to stay in retirement.  Thus begins an utterly absurd plot that goes all over the place for no reason at all, only to end in a place that you think to yourself – why?  Just…why?

This movie is absurd, in every way.  But while it makes no sense at all, this movie bleeds style.  It’s done in claymation, which fits.  But while the animation is old-school, this movie moves fast!  I mean really fast!  I’m not talking about plot.  I mean the animation.  Some of the one-take shots are just amazing.  Anderson has a style where he likes to move laterally in his films.  Nowhere is that more on display than right here.  Part of what makes the comedy in this film work is just how fast it moves.  But the visual style is all this films own, and it makes how absurd it is work just great.

Which brings me to the acting.  Wes Anderson has a gift at bringing out this strange ability for people in his movies to be both engaged and detached at the same time.  That’s the only way I can think to describe it.  It makes pretty much every character really interesting.  I’m trying to think of a word for the acting style in Anderson’s movies.  Awkward-confident?  I don’t really know.  But it’s a style that only Anderson can master.  The best role is, of course, Mr Fox.  George Clooney brings that role to light in such a fantastic way.  For whatever strange reason, the lead member of every cast that Anderson puts together is always perfect for the role.

But the best thing about this movie is the comedy.  Unlike modern American comedy films, this movie is drowning in visual comedy.  It is such a lost art.  There is also this strange aspect of the film.  Like it’s modern, but not.  Part of the strange universe that the film makes.  It makes for some great juxtaposition between elements of this movie.  But if you are going to enjoy this kind of comedy, you have to have a LOT of patience for things that make no sense at all.  Things that will leave you wondering – why?  Just…why?  Random moments that come right the hell out of nowhere, and are never addressed again.  Or if they are addressed, it’s in a strange way.  At no point does anything about this movie feel ordinary.

It’s hard to really give a good review of a Wes Anderson film.  How do you describe something that never makes any sense?  I will say that this is a very funny movie.  A lot of the comedic elements take old films standards and mix them with an almost British style, yet with an American twist of comedic acting.  Visual, awkward, and character driven.  That’s how I can describe it!  It’s Wes Anderson doing what he does best.  Take it for what you will.

Final Verdict
8 out of 10

Peace out,


A Criticizer Can’t Take Criticism?

With a title like that, I could be talking about any number of people.  Hence why I didn’t say who this is a response to in the title.  With all the SJWs to choose from out there, who could we possibly be referring to?  I wonder if Jenny McDermott reads my stuff.  I did a response to her, and since she is at the very bottom of the drama-swilling barrel, I assume that she follows the work of anyone who trash-talks her.  Don’t worry, Jenny.  This isn’t for you.  You aren’t worth another full post.  Reply girls like you just aren’t worth the time.

This is a response to the founder of the app Peeple.  See, it seems that they are getting a lot of negative criticism from people about their app, in one of the most uplifting moments in Internet history.  For real, the Internet came together on this in a way that makes me so happy for the human race.  There might be hope after all.  Anyway, the Internet came together and showed this new app for the open season for online abuse mechanism that it is.  And this got the founders all in a tizzy, because they couldn’t understand why people have an issue with this.  It was made even more amusing when they were asking the Internet how they can block comments on their Facebook page.  The irony of that is palpable indeed.

But it gets better.  After taking days of the Internet’s ire, the women behind this app decided to come out with a defense of their work and why it was made.  It was a letter on their company website.  Here’s a link to the site, now let’s talk about this letter.

An Ode to Courage: Innovators are often put down because people are scared and they don’t understand. We are bold innovators and sending big waves into motion and we will not apologize for that because we love you enough to give you this gift.

Wow.  What heroes you are.  You are doing something so great for the world.  Creating an app where pretty much anyone can say whatever they want about you, so long as they don’t put it below two stars.  I could give a five-star rating to someone, and say that I think it’s so great that they have sex with children.  I can do that.  All positive reviews are immediately put up.  Do you not see how this will be abused?  Then there’s that little issue with how you have taken money from a government entity, and you won’t disclose who it’s come from.  For people who are already being spied on, you don’t think that there is some conflict of interest?  The Internet likes its anonymity.  Your app is looking to take that away.  What’s more, anyone who has your cell phone number can make an account for you.  Doxxing, anyway?  You don’t see why people have a problem with this?  You’re the victims?  Unreal.

We know you are amazing, special, and unique individuals and most likely would never shout that from the rooftops. The people who know you will though…they choose to be around you and in your life and support you even when you don’t like yourself.

*dick-sucking noise*

We have come so far as a society but in a digital world we are becoming so disconnected and lonely. You deserve better and to have more abundance, joy, and real authentic connections.

Which you can get on our app, where anyone can post whatever lies they want about you, so long as they don’t go below two stars.  And even if they do, two stars or lower and its not posted for a couple days.  But who is just going to constantly check to see if there are pending negative criticisms of you?  Days will go by and people will find that someone posted that they like to blow up cats with M80s.  You can get our app and feel more connected than ever, when people come on and endlessly harass whoever they don’t like. It’s Jenny McDermott’s wet dream! (Sorry, couldn’t stop myself.  I promise that’s the last one)

You deserve to make better decisions with more information to protect your children and your biggest assets. You have worked so hard to get the reputation you have among the people that know you.

A reputation that someone can destroy however they see fit.  Because who would abuse this app, right?

As innovators we want to make your life better and have the opportunity to prove how great it feels to be loved by so many in a public space. We are a positivity app launching in November 2015. Whether you love us or our concept or not; we still welcome everyone to explore this online village of love and abundance for all.

Are these people just ignorant of how the Internet is?  Do they just not realize that the shit-talking will begin almost-immediately after it goes live?  Do they not understand that people basically suck and will look for any reason to bad-mouth anyone, for whatever reason?  Do they live in some San Fransisco SJW hugbox that tells them how great they are all the time?  Or are they trying to convince people that there is a reality which simply doesn’t exist.  The moment that you give a tool to people where they can be horrible to another person, they will.  And Spirits help the poor bastard who has to man the reporting system when people start this insanity game.  They will be swamped, 24/7.  Bet you that their servers crash before they can get to them all.

The simple reality is that this is never going to be a thing.  The people of the Internet like their anonymity.  It’s the reason that I use the name that I have here.  When I first saw that Facebook was a thing, I knew that people would start watching that to learn about other people.  Honestly, I think that even the garden-variety troll isn’t going to like this, because all it takes is one person who digs up your data to make you an account, and then you are in there.  Permanently.  There is no way to remove yourself from the app once you are on it.  And these people don’t get why anyone would have a problem with them and their work?  Unreal.

Maybe they can use what is happening to them as a way to understand that the Internet is not some place of love and kindness.  I am still amazed that they legitimately believe that.

Until next time, a quote,

“This one is metal and machine, and his his mind concluded.  This one is but flesh and faith, and is the more deluded.”  -Gravemind, Halo 2

Peace out,


WTF is Wrong with Video Games? Nothing (A response to Phil Owens)

Part of me is glad I’m not a game critic.  I get the feeling that being a game critic must be exhausting.  You are playing games, all the time, and I bet that you wouldn’t even get the time to really enjoy them.  There is something really great about being able to take the time and take in a game.  It’s a wonderful experience, that I can’t put into word, when I can soak up a game’s world and feel for it.  If I had to review games, all the time, then I figure that it would suck the fun out of things.  You’d start seeing games that have unique stories and characters as just like the rest, because they share similar mechanics.  What kind of life is that?  To be a critic must really, really suck.

I did a response to the article on Polygon and how I thought that was shady, native advertising.  But then I saw the article itself, and I thought – you know what this article needs?  A response?  Because the person who wrote this clearly is jaded and burned out of gaming.  Either that, or they want something from gaming that it simply cannot provide, due to the nature of the medium.  I am going to try and be reasonable here, because I’ve already attacked the publication and this person for the shadiness of this article.  Here’s a link to it, now let’s talk about it.

Films are calculated works from start to finish, and as my friend said, everything that happens in them matters to the work, or at least that’s the goal. Because that’s what art ultimately is. It has a purpose, to communicate something to you. Sometimes something other than what the creator intended comes through, which is fine and speaks to the fluid nature of art as a concept.

I can already see where this is going.  This person is about to make a comparison between film and video games.  They are going to talk about how film is this refined art form and how video games are not nearly so.  Being able to see it coming doesn’t make this argument any less annoying.  Because the comparison is meaningless.  These two art forms have little to do with one-another.  I’ll save that explanation for later, when we get further into this.

And the word “art” is not a label of quality, by the way — it’s just a term that describes a very broad form of expression.
Video games work quite a bit differently most of the time. You won’t see all the key elements contained within the full package that is a AAA video game have the meaning that a sneeze will in a movie.

So what?  That’s not a rhetorical question.  Who cares if every sneeze doesn’t have some meaning?  Who cares if there are elements of a game that are not in this narrow definition that I can already see you are about to give for art?  Does this somehow make the experience lesser?  Is something immediately not as good because every little thing is not tailor-made to be meaningful?  And what you say about film isn’t even true.  Sometimes, a sneeze is just a sneeze.  This takes me back to when people were arguing about the color of the front door in American Beauty.  Sometimes, a red door is just a red door.  The film Mr. Deeds (a TERRIBLE move!) made fun of that very thing.  Not every element in a movie is supposed to have some huge meaning.  Don’t get me wrong, films are able to convey meaning clearly, but that isn’t in every thing.  At least, not with every director.  Not everyone is David Fincher.

Even when we look at those games considered to be the best that the medium have to offer, we see this problem constantly. The Last of Us, which some had referred to as “the Citizen Kane of video games” when it was released in 2013, is rife with arbitrary design choices that hold no meaning for the complete work of art.

Oh for Christ’s sake.  This is your metric?  You are judging this medium by the fact that it has things which don’t always have some exact meaning?  Wow.  Pretentious, much?  Not to mention – this same argument could easily be applied to television.  Because television has to expand things out, not every element of an episode has some meaning.  Of Neelix makes a silly-sounding dish, does that have some huge relevance to the episode?  Often, no.  It’s just a plot element or maybe a comedic moment.  Not ever decision has to be some calculated chess match when something is made.

One of the primary gameplay mechanics in The Last of Us is the crafting of tools to help you survive the zombie-infested world you’re trying to navigate. The item you’ll likely end up crafting more than any other is a shiv, and in a bit of blatant absurdity you’ll need to scavenge four scissor blades and some tape in order to make one.

You say that it’s a gameplay mechanic, but did you forget why those exist?  Games need rules.  They need mechanics that make things make sense.  How do you assemble a med kit?  Well, they could have you constantly finding a ton of various things that could work, which would make the game unbelievably complicated, or they could have you finding bandages and alcohol.  See how that works?  Need a bomb?  Just get blades and explosive material.  Should we also have to search for the cans and nails or something?  No, because then the pace of this game would be screwy.  That sort of thing was tried in Dead Space 3, and it made the game almost unplayable, because you were constantly scrounging for stuff.  You do a little of that in The Last of Us, but it feels like exploration, more than loot-scrounging.  This kind of complaining feels to me like you are just looking to be annoyed.  You are nit-picking every little thing that you don’t like, just so you can have a problem.  Maybe it’s how much you seem to adore film, or maybe it’s just that you are at an impass with games.  Whatever the case, sort your issues out without being a douche.

That answer, by the way, is that The Last of Us is a video game, and video games operate under video game logic. Video game logic isn’t inherently bad, just as the concepts of magic or superpowers in fiction aren’t inherently bad. But in the case of these flimsy shivs, as with most arbitrary video game things, there is simply no meaning to be found there beyond their being a gameplay device.

What a crime!  Something being in a game just because it’s a game!  The horror!  Because every little thing has to have some meaning, right?  To have an interactive medium that needs rules to function.  And sometimes, those rules don’t have to be part of some absolute logic.  Just like how the biotics in Mass Effect don’t actually make sense, when you think about it.  Or how the Master Chief’s armor never gets destroyed or damaged to a point where the shields returning can’t save him.  This medium has to have rules.  Ones that make sense.  Ones that don’t strain credulity of the world’s existence.  Like, in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, why should my tilting the controller affect if memories open or not?  Why does that matter?  Oh, right – it doesn’t!  It’s a mechanic to make the game work!  What is the problem with that?

But even while I find what I might call the “art stuff” in The Last of Us to be compelling, I’m constantly distracted by how much of a video game it really is.

Oh boo hoo!  Go watch a movie then!  You keep trying to compare video games to films.  If you want to watch a movie, go watch a movie!  Video games and film can never compare to one-another.  Here’s where I’m going to get into it.  Let’s take a game that I have been playing recent, which has struck me on a person level – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.  It is a very dismal and heart-wrenching story about a town and the people in it as the end of the world comes.  None of them survive.  You don’t know who this nameless person that you control is.  Did someone survive?  Who are they?  Why are they in that town?  Oh, right, none of that matters.  The game is about finding the memories of these people and the lives they lived, both leading up to and during the disaster that destroyed them.  This game is very personal.  But I bet that you would be one of those who call it a “walking simulator.”  Because that’s pretty much what you’re doing.  Exploring and finding the memories that people left behind.  That’s it.  I guess all the elements make sense.  Maybe this is the kind of game you want most.  Because you are bitching about games with mechanics to make them playable.  Maybe you want a game where all you do is walk around and learn.  Or maybe walk around and watch things happen?  At least with this game, you are walking around through an interesting place and learning something.  It isn’t just cutscenes.  Maybe that’s what you want?  A game that’s just cutscenes.  Like a movie?

There is art in The Last of Us, but the game itself doesn’t really function as such. It’s as if an art gallery curator constructed a very long obstacle course with the art you came to see sprinkled throughout it. Except that analogy doesn’t really work, because an art gallery curator would probably have some point to make in building the course.

Again, pretentious much?  Art is open to interpretation.  I don’t care what some art gallery curator thinks.  Not really.  I look at art and come to my own opinions.  Your entire argument boils down to – video games have game stuff in them!  So they aren’t art because of game stuff!  Maybe this guy just read the late Roger Ebert’s refutation of why video games cant be art and thought that he was on to something.  This whole article reads like just another version of that, after all.

There’s not much else to say about this.  If this entire book is just him complaining the video games have too much game stuff in them, then why would anyone want to buy it?  $3 is asking too much, in my opinion.  I wouldn’t buy this garbage for $1.  The fact that people like Total Biscuit say that he’s on to something baffles me.  I think that great video games are more than the sum of their parts.  A great element can make a game work.  Sure, are The Last of Us‘ mechanics super-complicated?  No.  But the game doesn’t deny that.  It acknowledges that it is a game.  It is open to being just a game.  But in being a game it is still telling a hard-hitting, emotional story.  And I hate that we have this pretentious asshole coming in here and shitting on it because it isn’t pretentious and artsy enough for him.  He so obviously just wants to watch a movie, so go do that instead.

Until next time, a quote,

“Hypocritical humility is the highest form of lying. Honest arrogance is the lowest form self-promotion.”  -T.P. Chia

Peace out,