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A few people are whining amid the comments that I’m being negative about recent movies and video games.
Well, kids, I’m negative about them because: they’re crap. Not in a “oh, everything was so much better in the olden days”, view-through-rose-tinted-glasses, “I don’t like new things”, luddite’s view “crap”. I mean they’re flat out sh*t.
I’ve played a hell of a lot of games and watched a hell of a lot of movies. There is quality out there in spades, all of it providing comparisons for us and benchmarks for them to aim for. The problem is that, recently, all that good seems to have been looked at…..and then studiously ignored.
THAT’s why I rage on about this stuff. That, and the apparent apathy of the collective masses who are quite happy to bend over, take the endless mediocrity and pay for the privilege.
Nothing seems to be fun anymore. I used to leave the cinema with a spring in my step, the score still ringing in my ears and each memorable scene replaying in my head. Now I’m asking myself if I saw the same movie as everyone else.
It can’t be an age thing. There are movies from before I was born that I think are examples of high quality cinema. There’s a REASON they’re called “classics”.
It’s the same with games.
I’ve been enduring Wolfenstein: The New Order for the past week. I thought it would take the bad taste of Ass Creed 4 out of my mouth. It didn’t. It’s an endless battle of attrition to traverse tiny levels populated by bullet-sponges who fire insta-kill weapons in an effort to make the game last longer, leaching all of the fun out of it. It’s crap. It’s not fun. It sure as sh*t doesn’t feel like Wolfenstein.
Don’t believe me? Go fish 2009’s Wolfenstein out of a bargain bin, or better yet, go play Return To Castle Wolfenstein. Both are more fun, especially the latter. Play them and tell me I’m wrong.
And don’t roll out the “oh, you just don’t like it because you’re no good at it” BS. There are lots of games I like that I’m no good at. The difference is that, with those titles, I know the failure is mine and not the games’.
Example of failing at a good game: I know the move-set of my preferred Street Fighter character, I just didn’t deploy them in time.
Example of failing at a bad game: I get shot to pieces because I’m wrestling with a terrible weapon-select wheel and cannot highlight the required tool for the job.

People tell me that it’s unfair I should pass judgement on upcoming content from Michael Bay or Ubisoft without having seen it.
In order to see it, you have to GIVE THEM MONEY, thus perpetuating the problem we have. Look at what these people have done in the past. Look at their track record. If it’s naught but an ongoing brown smear, I think I’m quite justified in saying “I am not going to watch anything Michael Bay is involved with ever again” or “I am not investing time or money in another Ubisoft title”

I don’t think everything new is crap, nor do I think everything old is good, it’s just we live in an age where the makers of a movie or game are obsessed with sales figures rather than creating a quality product. Rather than target one audience, they try to target all of them, resulting in bland or flat out bad products that have nothing memorable or redeeming about them at all.
I’m not negative, but I am negative toward garbage that actually aims to be mediocre.

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Chris107 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
Whilst I do agree with your points of critism concerning the film and video game industries, the only way that these studios can ever survive is if their products make money.  Look at Electronic Arts, do you think that they would have survived all these years if they didn't become money-grabbing sons-of-bitches?  Road Rush would always be in the top shelf of my most cherished childhood games.  But, that said, if EA was to develop such a game today, it would most likely be set in a sparkly shiney Los Angelos, riders armed with pistols and shotguns, instead of just a club, and Natasha would be dressed in the tightest biker suit ever conceived by man, sporting a pair of massive tits.  Why?  Because the target audience can only be as sophisticated as the lowest and depraved idiot.  And, if that idiot demands games that lack originality, decent gaming mechanics, and even a worthy storyline, then these studios will make such games.  

And, the same principal goes with television.  When was the last time the BBC made an original, worth well series that captured the hearts and minds of the public?  Doctor Who doesn't count, neither does reality shows, which just leaves memorable productions of David Attembourgh, and even now the poor sod can't travel anymore!  That is why the BBC is force feeding shows that are completely stuffed with highly-charged, over-reactive emotional drama bullshit down the throats of the British public, and making them think its a delicious chocolate cake with soft gooey centre.  Look at Eastenders, who in their right mind would think that having a show that remains stuck in some shithole corner of London, populated by two-dimensional characters that are both poorly conceived and badly portrayed would be a good idea?  Answer that, and the world entertainment would become clear for all to see
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LightningLord3 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
When I play Wii U / 3DS games, I often get the feeling Nintendo does try to top their old games, often patching up things people don't like about them.
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Clockblockers Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember one of the older Rayman games, specifically Rayman 2.

Now it's just overpopulated and turned to fucking... insane rabbit thingies.
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Iamshadowthefox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
true, very true
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Schizo555 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Huh. You saw merit in Wolfenstein '09? I haven't heard anything good about that one. What's it like?
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
Generally does things by the numbers. It tries something different by using a mission-based "open world" format (really just a hub) but it doesn't add much other than travel time. That aside; it's a fun shooter.
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Schizo555 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I guess the people I talked to about it were sick and tired of by the numbers when they played it.
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dreamlessdancer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I've not bothered seeing a movie in years because of the items laid out in this journal.

And, I recognize that scene you included from one of the classics too.
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Chris107 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015
I haven't been to a cinema in years, not since my local one got closed down and a block of modern flats was put up in its place.  However, the fucking ticket prices, plus the cost of surgery of restoring your hearing after its bloody surround sound system had burst your ear drums would have left you utterly bankrupt!
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
What does wolfenstein feel like? And for that matter, how much does it cost an hour?
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MidmorningDigger Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ace with the Kelly's Heros ref
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Silverback101 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
well said Sir!
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Jackieblu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
What are your top 5 games of your generation old and new
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CKentavr Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Gee, and I thought they were crap because they've focus-targeted at such a tiny audience.

I think they're all aiming at the never-grown-up teen boy demographic that can pilot twitch games with studied ease and all the depth that implies.
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gecko200 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually Pain and Gain from Michael Bay was very good.and I didn't like his other crap either.
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Mark-MrHiDE-Patten Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've just come to the simple conclusion that different people, have different tastes, backgrounds, point of views and therefore opinions. 

Rodger Ebert didn't consider any game to up to his death worthy of the label; art. But that was his opinion based on his history and experiences, he's not wrong or right. Judging from his criteria of what makes art there was most likely a consistent elemental that would nullify every game ever. 

Cartoonish Pin-up art to a fundamentalist zealot or classic art buff is going to disgust them, because they've grown up valuing different things.  I'm not a fan of steam punk, or your typical fantasy settings of magic and such, doesn't stop me from enjoying your work personally. 

As far as negative opinions go; I can understand why people hate when somebody seems to 'whine'. For similar reasons as to why Ben Yahtzee Croshaw doesn't read anybody else's opinions before making his, because they influence them however slightly. I couldn't enjoy Mass Effect 3's finale entirely because I was aware of the decanting opinions. Going back a after a while I found it enjoyable. 
Also personally I like finding media to delve into, so when somebody would seem to harp on about why seemingly everything new is shit, doesn't leave me a lot to delve into. 

In those cases I've found if you don't like a lot of the same stuff as the one giving out opinions, then you should stop listening to them or stop taking it personally. 
 
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Sunspot85 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Sutherland <3
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craygus13 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
you certainly have a right to your opinion... I follow you for your art and your comics which are absolutely stellar, so if we occasionally disagree about stuff, I don't think I'm going to lose too much sleep over it.  and frankly, I agree with you as often as I don't, so I think we're cool.

but I would like to say... you come across as negative a LOT.  I mean, it's not like we're hanging out... I'm sure you have a lot of positive feelings about things that I'm just not privy to, but it seems like you sort of wallow in your negativity sometimes.

I mean... I'm aware that there's some garbage out there... but I just don't know if I let it affect me as much as you do.  if a movie or game or whatever is bad... just don't bother with it.  life's too short.

but again, I'm sure you have a lot of positive reactions to stuff that I just don't know about :)
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Grigori77 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
:icongrin--plz: Yay, Oddball!  Kelly's Heroes is one of my all-time fave war movies.  Kudos!
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BigLoader69 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Easiest way to salved the problem is to stop playing games.
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Chunkymonkey5 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
O my gosh I love how you put this. Literally had the same argument a couple of days ago. Well said my friend, well said.👍
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LightwaveNinja Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Here. Here. Had this same arguement over the weekend, arguing that the new slew of remakes aren't bad because of nostalgia, but because they're immediately forgettable as films.
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Phantasim-Fan Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
The fact that you see any form of people challenging your opinions as "whining", is unfortunate.

I suppose you wouldn't come off as so negative if you made a habit of posting about things you like more often. Obviously negative criticism is more fun to write and read, but still, a little levity doesn't hurt.

Maybe it's just the way I'm reading it, but I often get a very snobby vibe from your critiques. Like you're upset at the "sheeple" for not having the same standards as you. Again, that's just how it comes off to me. I think that's why people are bringing it up, because so much of what you say feels so condescending.

Understand though, that sometimes I agree with what you say. Like when you called DC out on the Harley Quinn contest, and pretty much everything you think about Michael Bay.

I dunno, maybe it is an age thing. You're not old, but maybe you just like older stuff that's simpler. You don't like new video games because the controls are too tricky, you don't like the new Spider-Man movie because the plot is too multi-layered. Everyone has their problems with these sorts of things, but you seem (from my perspective) to have way more problems than others. Whatever your standards and tastes are, clearly you're not finding what you need from the places you're looking.

Again, this is just my opinion.
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jollyjack Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I don't mind counter-arguments at all. People complaining that I'm constantly negative isn't "challenging an opinion".
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Phantasim-Fan Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Alright, that's true enough.
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BrideOfTheDeath Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I donīt get why other people complain about someone elses opinions. If I donīt like something and I express it, so what Iīm bing negative. But unfortunately it works the other way around too. I often like movies and games that majority of people find to be complete sh!t and Iīve recieved a lot of crap about it. Some people just canīt wrap their heads around the fact that not everyone likes the same kind of things.
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Ocarinaplaya Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I feel that we shouldn't get you started on today's "stripper" pop music.
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foxboy83 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
New games suffer from being too easy, I think. Probably scared that they will scare off casuals by being too difficult thus becoming "niche". 
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kage-niji Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
God I know this feel. I'm a fan of Nintendo, for example; but their games have become so easy it's almost boring.
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Kuro69 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
What I find the most disheartening is that people are so quick to defend billion dollar industries to the death while having their pockets leeched, and any sort of criticism comes by as a personal attack. In your watchdogs post I saw endless comments about how you couldn't say the game was going to be shit because it's not out yet, all the while people not grasping the irony of that statement in a system in which reviews are bought, selling pre-orders is a thing and it's viable to launch 5 different collector editions for the same product.

I guess that's why we can't have nice things... (or we can, but we have to dig them up from the bargain bins)
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RBL-M1A2Tanker Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
"Always with the negative waves, Moriarity, ALWAYS with the negative waves!"

I love you quoted a great film for this. :D
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Right on with that first paragraph, since I sometimes get that "You're just saying that because you're old" retort from people whenever I say I don't like the newest thing.  It's getting to the point where I can watch the movie previews on TV and say after them, "Nope, not watching it, looks like crap!"  

Plus, I love that pic of Donald Sutherland as Oddball from "Kelly's Heroes" (got it on DVD for CHEAP!).  "Always with the negative waves, Moriarty!"  I also like how Moriarty was played by Gavin MacLeod, the future captain of the Love Boat. 
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tomllama2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I gotta agree with you on Michael Bay, I have a similar boycott of his movies. Haven't seen a single transformers and I certainly don't feel like I missed out. 

Ubisoft though I have mixed opinions on, yes they have some irritating practices but they're hardly EA. They release buggy games and have some seriously irritating cliche's that they rely on throughout multiple series (fucking tailing missions in AC) but there are some things they do that make the games extremely enjoyable. I'm thinking of things like the nature simulations in AC3, I loved the seasons and the feeling of running through the woods hunting, and also AC4 was a lot of fun in many ways. Haven't played watchdogs yet and it does look to be the usual over-hyped AAA ubi game with lots of bugs and boring missions, but still I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun to play. 

I guess I'm just saying I think dismissing an entire company based on a few flaws is silly, everyone's human and flawed, and everything we create is flawed, you can't expect AAA games to be literally flawless. 

EA on the other hand, they suck major dick and have ruined half the industry, feel free to hate away. 
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MakarovJAC Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
He has talked in details about Michael Bay. He even made a protest video where he encourages people to stop assiting to simply avoid his movies, and purchasing any snacks from them.


"I guess I'm just saying I think dismissing an entire company based on a few flaws is silly, everyone's human and flawed, and everything we create is flawed, you can't expect AAA games to be literally flawless."

If you don't complain about bad shit (and offer some insight on the subject, just like he did), then you have no right to expect something better. You give up your rights to deserve something worth your money (when you are paying big money for it. In the adult world, $60 is a LOT of money) when you sipmly shrug it off as an innocent faux pas. Good job, you are now part of the problem.
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tomllama2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Don't patronize me, a) yes I read JJ's journals and I am aware of his previous writing on Michael Bay. b) I am a member of the "adult world" and yes I earn my money so I am aware how much video games cost. For that reason I buy them used mostly and fully support the used games market, I was very much against Microsoft's policies last year because of that. 

And I think it's fine to complain about flaws in AAA games and that we should be expecting better from large companies. But I vote with my wallet, which is the only vote worth anything, and if I like a game and think it's good despite its flaws I'll buy it. I'm just saying I'd buy watchdogs despite Ubi's common flaws because it looks fun and worth the investment, and that's all that matters to me. There's no big "problem" here, and you're painting me like some mindless consumer who buys stale repeats of COD every year - I am not and I do not. 
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MakarovJAC Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
That's different to say "everything is flawed, don't expect AAA+ all the time". I guess it's still valid for as long as you don't keep supporting flaws, and denouncing calls out.
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burningroses3233 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:)
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DeltaStrata Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
To be fair, I'm not sure I've ever seen you make a post about a game or movie you liked.  *looks through a couple pages of your recent journals*  Nope, not recently.  You've only had unabashedly good things to say about a couple of TV shows, and even they only get a couple of sentences of praise; the rest is devoted to ranting about how nothing else on TV is good and/or how people are stupid for cancelling it.
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Stvz Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
If you want quality games go for something out of the "indie" scene.

Like Transistor or Bastion from Super Giant Games, or Mark of the Ninja from Klei.
I don't know if Flying Wild Hog count's as indie, but their "remake" of Shadow Warrior was very entertaining.
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CJShadorunner Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And on a side note, what are your thoughts on Kelly's Heroes?
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Nagflar Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I think you're wrong regarding what they aim for today. They've been aiming for that for decades now, except back they also thought that "quality" was an important aspect to make their movies/games attractive to audiences - which they found out wasn't necessarilly the case, as we all know. Go play something that's not stupidly popular or part of an already established franchise in some way or another and I bet you'll find stuff worth checking out. It'd be easier if you didn't have a 360 which relies on stupidly popular IPs to have a game library, but I'm sure it still has some less popular stuff worth checking out.
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xalanthas Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll give you my opinion for $29.99, OR you can have my Season Pass of opinions for $129.99!!
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Nultar Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
While I might not always agree with your opinion on games and movies and such, I can see where they are coming from, and I can relate to that. You are one of my main terms of comparison in regard of things that I'd like to try/watch, and most of the time when I disagree with your opinion is only on matters of taste, not overall quality. So yeah, I agree, with the passing years there has been a significant shift in focus from quality to sales in most media, with actual good or innovative products mostly left off to smaller or less notorious firms, and anyone who says this is fundamentally wrong just isn't looking at reality.
Heck, I am actually younger than 90% of everything that is classic, and oh how I miss those days I never witnessed. I was born in a time of where the possibilities have apparently choked to death imagination. Let's try to do some CPR ourselves, even by just stating what we think (focus on think) is the truth.
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Starbolt-81 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend to agree with you there. It really does seem like we are in the video game wasteland right now.

For your consideration: www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-LE0y… :P
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bboelke Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Always with the negative waves Moriarty, always with the negative waves.-oddball

and i mean that in a good way, Kelley's heroes is one of my favorite movies 
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nickworcester Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student General Artist
...and here come the long-ass comments.
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Alexandros-Derveron Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word: Agreed.






(maybe we're all just getting old. I'm almost tempted to think that must be the reason why I find it hard to get my hands on enjoyable games. Whatever the reason, the situation sucks. I want good games, for fuck's sake.)
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goodygoody-shadow Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You hit the nail right on the head there, I feel.
I recall somebody once saying something along similar lines:
"Before, companies made good games and hoped that they turned out to be profitable. Now, companies make profitable games and hope that they turn out to be good."

I'm not entirely against a company (or whoever) making a game or a movie or a book for money, but there has to be some kind of justification for it. Frances Ford Coppola made Godfather 3 in order to fuel his other project, Apocalypse Now. Apropos Godfather: Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather mainly because he was in dire straits.
But in both cases, there is a justification: Coppola needed the money to make his dream-film, and Mario Puzo needed the money because he was practically broke.

Michael Bay and Ubisoft are neither broke, nor do they ever put their money to good use. The same can be said about a lot of companies and directors and the like. It's sad, but I'm sure that this profit-centric vogue will pass soon.
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TX-aster Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
As I may say, I think you should look upon the game Child of Light. It looks promising to me, and an out-of-the-box RPG, as I'm feed up with most repeatingly tedious new RPGs.
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ShadyIMG Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Agreed.
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