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Posted by yeah_write (219 posts) -

​I posted a blog earlier in the week about some fun Rougelike games, hoping people would discuss the games and recommend others. But the conversation quickly veered off course, focusing not on the games, but the word I used to define them. Sticklers!

I can’t blame them though. I’ve been known to stickle here and there (not sure if that sounds dirty, is ‘stickle’ an entry in urban dictionary for anything?). I feel like the anonymity of the Internet makes it easier for sticklers to thrive. In the real world, nitpicking semantics is a quick way to lose friends. But sometimes you gotta let the geek flag fly. You just have to say something.

Everyone is geeky about something. Everyone knows way too much about a subject and feels the need to correct others when they make an incorrect statement. Here are some of mine:

I could care less

You couldn’t care less. Everyone says this wrong. It’s not “could” care less. That would be like saying, “I love this cake so much! My heart overflows with such rich love for its moist tastiness; I could care less.”

See? When you say, “I couldn’t care less about pie,” one might argue that you don’t care for pie at all. You’re already at the bottom of your care levels. This one is mistaken so often that when I see it in movies and TV, it’s hard to tell if the writers slipped up, or intentionally left it in to fit the character. I hope it’s the latter.

I prefer Droids to iPhones

This one really gets under my skin. No, it’s not the comparison that bothers me, it’s the way marketing has confused the general public into equating a branding scheme with actual software.

Droid is a brand name used by Verizon to sell Android phones from a variety of phone manufacturers, such as Motorola, HTC and Samsung. They seem to use the Droid branding at random, as not all of their phones have it. Interestingly, they actually license the word ‘Droid’ from its trademark owner, Lucasarts. You know, Droids, the ones you were looking for.

Android is an operating system made by Google, just like iOS is an operating system made by Apple, and Windows is an operating system made by Microsoft. Android runs on phones and tablets, including many that have the Droid branding. So while every Droid is an Android phone, not every Android phone is a Droid. Just like not every Windows PC is a Dell.

If you have an Android phone on any network other than Verizon, you do not have a Droid.

They didn’t need to remake that Spider-Man movie

Well, they sort of did. I loved it, but that’s not the point here. The point is that Sony Pictures has the film rights for Spider-Man. They got it from Marvel back in 1999, before Marvel was in the movie making biz. According to the contract with Marvel, if Sony Pictures goes too long without making a Spider-Man movie (not sure how many years are stipulated in the contract), the license reverts back to Marvel, or Marvel will have an option to buy back the rights. Since the first three Spider-Man movies brought in boatloads of money for Sony, they decided to make another one. Did they need the new one to be a reboot instead of a continuation? No, but hey, why not? A reboot could reinvigorate an aging cash cow. Worked for Batman.

Marvel has since tried to regain film rights to the heroes they sold off. They got The Incredible Hulk back from Universal after Ang Lee’s 2003 movie, but 20th Century Fox still has the Fantastic Four and X-Men, which includes Wolverine—a character they areapparently not done butchering.

Another fun fact: Sony worked with Disney (who bought Marvel in 2009) for merchandising support for the Amazing Spider-Man. Which is why you can go into a Disney store and see toys with the Amazing Spider-Man costume redesign, alongside wholly owned Disney/Marvel properties like the Avengers.

Mischievous

It’s pronounced the way it is spelled: “Miss-cha-vus” not “Miss-chee-vee-us.” For it to be pronounced the wrong way, it would need to be spelled “Mishchievious.” But it’s not spelled that way. So say it right!

I’m boycotting all EA games

When someone says online that they’re boycotting all EA, or Activision or Ubisoft games, what do they mean? Those three companies are publishers. Though they do own a number of in-house developers, they also do quite a bit of contract work with independent developers. If you were to boycott all EA games, you’d also have to boycott any game from their partners program, like Rock Band, BulletStorm, Shank and others. Also, there are a ton of studios within EA, so why boycott every game? The people that make Mass Effect aren’t the same people that make The Sims, despite both games having the same logo on the box.

Those are just a few that irk me, and I guess they reflect my writing and geeky background. What are some of the things you just can’t let slide? Do you hate when someone confuses a gun clip with a magazine? Annoyed when a person calls a bag of processed potato chips “all natural”? Does it rile you up to see someone treat every brand of shoe the same? Sound off below, maybe we can all help each other annoy each other…less.

#1 Posted by yeah_write (219 posts) -

​I posted a blog earlier in the week about some fun Rougelike games, hoping people would discuss the games and recommend others. But the conversation quickly veered off course, focusing not on the games, but the word I used to define them. Sticklers!

I can’t blame them though. I’ve been known to stickle here and there (not sure if that sounds dirty, is ‘stickle’ an entry in urban dictionary for anything?). I feel like the anonymity of the Internet makes it easier for sticklers to thrive. In the real world, nitpicking semantics is a quick way to lose friends. But sometimes you gotta let the geek flag fly. You just have to say something.

Everyone is geeky about something. Everyone knows way too much about a subject and feels the need to correct others when they make an incorrect statement. Here are some of mine:

I could care less

You couldn’t care less. Everyone says this wrong. It’s not “could” care less. That would be like saying, “I love this cake so much! My heart overflows with such rich love for its moist tastiness; I could care less.”

See? When you say, “I couldn’t care less about pie,” one might argue that you don’t care for pie at all. You’re already at the bottom of your care levels. This one is mistaken so often that when I see it in movies and TV, it’s hard to tell if the writers slipped up, or intentionally left it in to fit the character. I hope it’s the latter.

I prefer Droids to iPhones

This one really gets under my skin. No, it’s not the comparison that bothers me, it’s the way marketing has confused the general public into equating a branding scheme with actual software.

Droid is a brand name used by Verizon to sell Android phones from a variety of phone manufacturers, such as Motorola, HTC and Samsung. They seem to use the Droid branding at random, as not all of their phones have it. Interestingly, they actually license the word ‘Droid’ from its trademark owner, Lucasarts. You know, Droids, the ones you were looking for.

Android is an operating system made by Google, just like iOS is an operating system made by Apple, and Windows is an operating system made by Microsoft. Android runs on phones and tablets, including many that have the Droid branding. So while every Droid is an Android phone, not every Android phone is a Droid. Just like not every Windows PC is a Dell.

If you have an Android phone on any network other than Verizon, you do not have a Droid.

They didn’t need to remake that Spider-Man movie

Well, they sort of did. I loved it, but that’s not the point here. The point is that Sony Pictures has the film rights for Spider-Man. They got it from Marvel back in 1999, before Marvel was in the movie making biz. According to the contract with Marvel, if Sony Pictures goes too long without making a Spider-Man movie (not sure how many years are stipulated in the contract), the license reverts back to Marvel, or Marvel will have an option to buy back the rights. Since the first three Spider-Man movies brought in boatloads of money for Sony, they decided to make another one. Did they need the new one to be a reboot instead of a continuation? No, but hey, why not? A reboot could reinvigorate an aging cash cow. Worked for Batman.

Marvel has since tried to regain film rights to the heroes they sold off. They got The Incredible Hulk back from Universal after Ang Lee’s 2003 movie, but 20th Century Fox still has the Fantastic Four and X-Men, which includes Wolverine—a character they areapparently not done butchering.

Another fun fact: Sony worked with Disney (who bought Marvel in 2009) for merchandising support for the Amazing Spider-Man. Which is why you can go into a Disney store and see toys with the Amazing Spider-Man costume redesign, alongside wholly owned Disney/Marvel properties like the Avengers.

Mischievous

It’s pronounced the way it is spelled: “Miss-cha-vus” not “Miss-chee-vee-us.” For it to be pronounced the wrong way, it would need to be spelled “Mishchievious.” But it’s not spelled that way. So say it right!

I’m boycotting all EA games

When someone says online that they’re boycotting all EA, or Activision or Ubisoft games, what do they mean? Those three companies are publishers. Though they do own a number of in-house developers, they also do quite a bit of contract work with independent developers. If you were to boycott all EA games, you’d also have to boycott any game from their partners program, like Rock Band, BulletStorm, Shank and others. Also, there are a ton of studios within EA, so why boycott every game? The people that make Mass Effect aren’t the same people that make The Sims, despite both games having the same logo on the box.

Those are just a few that irk me, and I guess they reflect my writing and geeky background. What are some of the things you just can’t let slide? Do you hate when someone confuses a gun clip with a magazine? Annoyed when a person calls a bag of processed potato chips “all natural”? Does it rile you up to see someone treat every brand of shoe the same? Sound off below, maybe we can all help each other annoy each other…less.

#2 Posted by CaLe (3910 posts) -

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

#3 Posted by believer258 (11631 posts) -

When people confuse the words "definitely" and "defiantly".

#4 Posted by hollitz (1414 posts) -

In general, I hate the way that people conduct themselves linguistically on the internet. If you're engaging in written communication, and you want people to take you seriously, at least fucking try to put together a coherent sentence (preferably with punctuation, capitalization, and no bullshit acronyms).

#5 Posted by Elohym (24 posts) -

When people either write or say "nucular" instead of "nuclear". English is not my first language so i don't know if this is actually ok somewhere, but this really gets under my skin.

#6 Edited by Snail (8579 posts) -

I prefer Windows Phone to Android. I prefer Android to iOS. Have you ever tried the Windows Phone OS? I am defensive and promotive of it, but given its reduced popularity, I think that I'm doing it a service in a way that I can. It really is the best OS and the Lumia 920 seems placed to become the best phone to ever be produced. No seriously. Also the Nokia Maps app is the best one out there. I can attest to that. It's so well localized even in Portugal, it's insane.

I also don't understand your complaint with Mischievous. How is it supposed to be pronounced "mis-cha-vous"? I can understand "mis-chee-vous", and that's how I pronounce it, but I don't understand where you got that "a" pronunciation from. Was it a typo?

And yeah, when people say they're boycotting a publisher's entirely catalog it's fucking stupid.

#7 Posted by stonepawfox (236 posts) -

i like to be a really pedantic asshole about the definition of fruits vs vegetables

#8 Posted by Humanity (8808 posts) -

I don't like the term "vote with your wallet" because that concept will never ever work so you go ahead and vote all you want.

#9 Posted by crazyleaves (640 posts) -

I hate people that litter.

#10 Posted by ShaggE (6331 posts) -

People who take things too literally, and low friction objects on an incline.

#11 Edited by Veektarius (4590 posts) -

I can't stand it when people correct others about 'could care less', as if they've never seen sarcasm on the internet before. Just because it's institutionalized sarcasm doesn't mean it's not legitimate. It's not "I couldn't give a shit" it's "I could give a shit" (that's sarcasm too).

#12 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

I hate murderers.

#13 Posted by BaconBuTTy (171 posts) -

Passive aggression.

Nothing gets me angrier.

#14 Posted by Brodehouse (9585 posts) -
@BaconBuTTy
Passive aggression.

Nothing gets me angrier.
Fucking A rights. I can't stand passive aggression. It's just a way for people to act like fuckholes while pretending to be the victim.
#15 Posted by Ben_H (3310 posts) -
@believer258 said:

When people confuse the words "definitely" and "defiantly".

Came here to post that. Glad I'm not the only one. Not only are they not even close to being the same, autocorrect doesn't even have "defiantly" near the top of the list of words to correct a misspelled version of definitely. It's like 3-4 words down the list so it is purely people using the wrong word.
#16 Posted by ajamafalous (11846 posts) -
@yeah_write said:

Mischievous

It’s pronounced the way it is spelled: “Miss-cha-vus” not “Miss-chee-vee-us.” For it to be pronounced the wrong way, it would need to be spelled “Mishchievious.” But it’s not spelled that way. So say it right!

I think that's kind of a weird one to get upset about. Do you rage every time people say comfortable "comfterble," which is the way literally every person says it?
#17 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1803 posts) -

@Humanity: Why wouldn't voting with your wallet work? Money is the only thing that keeps game makers doing what they do. Sure, if it's only one person "voting with their wallet" it's not going to work, but on a large scale it does indeed work.

I can't stand a double standard.

#18 Posted by LikeaSsur (1495 posts) -

This is really nitpicky, but I just hate seeing pictures of people's text conversations. There's no such thing as capital letters or punctuation anymore.

its all just one straight sentence like this that technically never ends cuz theres no period

Oh, man, that hurt my brain just to type out. What happened to grammar?

#19 Posted by yeah_write (219 posts) -

@CaLe - Oi, that one kills me too. Another one that’s bad? Set instead of sit. I hear that one all the time living in the south. I used to work with a group of writers, but at my new job I’m the only writer, for the whole company. I feel like I could get away with buying and posting these.

@believer258 - heh. Those words are nowhere close to the same meaning.

@hollitz - I’ll slow clap for that one. I hate internet speak. Although I will chuckle at a good meme, and I can’t deny that sometimes a hilarious animated gif can say more than words.

@Elohym - I think that might be a southern thing. I grew up in a Navy family, my dad was a nuclear engineer. We lived in bunch of places and I noticed people with southern accents had a tendency to mispronounce it.

@Snail - Oops, that is a typo. I don’t pronounce it that way!

@stonepawfox - Oh man...I still get some of the more random fruits and veggies mixed up. Maybe it’s because I feed my baby a mixed slurry of both. Mmmmm.

@Humanity - Huh, I guess not.

@crazyleaves - For real. It’s 2012, why would you do that?

@ShaggE - Haha! That second one is weirdly specific...though I guess you technically could let that slide, heh.

@Veektarius - Hmmm, good point. It could still work when it’s said sarcastically. But still...

@ajamafalous - Of course it’s weird to rage about. That’s the point of this post. None of this shit matters.

#20 Posted by SuperfluousMoniker (2907 posts) -

I was replaying Metal Gear Solid (Twin Snakes version) recently and at one point Snake says he could 'care less.' Made me seriously wonder if that's in the original, and/or if it was intended to be that way... Like, is the idea that Snake doesn't know the proper phrase, or was it a mistake by the translator and that was David Hayter's interpretation, or did Hayter read the line wrong... The subtitle even says 'could care.' It was kinda mind blowing. Wish I could remember what part of the game it was in now.

#21 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@CaLe said:

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

This is probably the only thing that reeeeeeeeeeally gets under my skin.

#22 Posted by huntad (1930 posts) -

Women getting hit in real life.

#23 Posted by Soap (3564 posts) -

I can't let it go when people are wrong and have no intention of correcting themselves or learning.

I don't mind people not knowing stuff, everyone will always be unaware of something but its the people who bullshit like they do, or just say it doesn't matter just because they don't know that really fuck me off.

Also I don't mean opinion stuff, I mean hard facts.

#24 Posted by Imsorrymsjackson (855 posts) -

Liars. Just tell the truth about everything, its always the best way. People who string together lie after lie are just so dumb and people know they are lying and think they are a complete arsehole. This was me 10 years ago and changing my ways was the best thing I ever did. If this is you now then change, you will feel better for it.

#25 Edited by Wrighteous86 (3743 posts) -

I'm starting to be increasingly intolerant towards people who are willfully ignorant and spread misinformation. I don't care what your religion states, if you say that Evolution doesn't exist or that Climate Change is a myth, you're a bad person and you are actively making the world a worse place. Calling Obama a Muslim or being a birther qualifies you too, in my mind. Oh, and that anyone that disagrees with your political beliefs "hates America".

Or that this is a Christian nation and our laws are decided based on the Bible, while you're a divorced man having sex outside of marriage and wearing a cotton shirt.

#26 Posted by DeF (4799 posts) -

Could of / should of / would of

Drives me totally nuts. Why is it so hard? Especially for native speakers! It's could've / should've / would've!

#27 Posted by CaLe (3910 posts) -

@huntad said:

Women getting hit in real life.

What if they deserve it?

#28 Edited by MetalMoog (907 posts) -

People that constantly misuse the words your and you're in sentences, and people that feel that hahaha isn't enough and need to emphasize it more with bahahaha or bwahaha instead. Both make me want to pull my hair out every time I see them.

#29 Posted by pyromagnestir (4242 posts) -

Not reciprocating oral sex.

#30 Posted by Anund (876 posts) -

Poor grammar. English isn't my native language but if I know the difference between "your" and "you're", "then" and "than" then so you, specially if English is your native language. Almost worse is people using "u" and "ur" though. It makes me angry just writing it.

That said, I am indirectly boycotting EA because I stubbornly refuse to download Origin. I'm feeling pretty good about my chances to hold out, at least until Dragon Age 3 is released.

#31 Posted by laserbolts (5311 posts) -

People that boycott studios and refuse to buy games even if they are great. If its a good game then fuckin buy it, have fun and get the fuck over it.

#32 Posted by huntad (1930 posts) -

@CaLe said:

@huntad said:

Women getting hit in real life.

What if they deserve it?

Simply tell them to "quit it or else".

#33 Posted by bananaz (253 posts) -

My pet peeve is people being "fed up" with things on the internet as though they represent some master race of 'correct' people.

"No, you have to say it this way!" Who is being the bigger idiot really? Here on Earth, we have lives.

#34 Posted by casper_ (901 posts) -

people who overreact about some kind of perceived misuse of language.

ie: mischievous, aluminium/aluminum etc.

language is not a static thing and pronunciations/grammar/turns of phrase aren't set in stone.

#35 Edited by Azteck (7449 posts) -

Actually I am boycotting everything EA labeled, at least until they make a Mirror's Edge 2 in which case I'll probably cave. BUT UNTIL THEN.

Edit: I should point out though that my boycott is mostly because I don't enjoy the games they put out and not as some mis-directed statement.

#36 Posted by joshth (500 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

I hate murderers.

WHOA WHOA WHOA. MR. CONTROVERSY OVER HERE. Are you trying to start a fight?

#37 Posted by EVO (3864 posts) -

Pretty much everything ever.

#38 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

@joshth said:

@Phatmac said:

I hate murderers.

WHOA WHOA WHOA. MR. CONTROVERSY OVER HERE. Are you trying to start a fight?

Just wanted to add something that actually matters instead of trivial complaints about stuff that isn't that important.

#39 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@CaLe said:

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

This is probably the only thing that reeeeeeeeeeally gets under my skin.

Yeah I hate it more then AIDS.

#40 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@CaLe said:

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

This is probably the only thing that reeeeeeeeeeally gets under my skin.

Yeah I hate it more then AIDS.

This is just revenge for the shots fired thing, isn't it?

#41 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@Phatmac said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@CaLe said:

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

This is probably the only thing that reeeeeeeeeeally gets under my skin.

Yeah I hate it more then AIDS.

This is just revenge for the shots fired thing, isn't it?

It's revenge for everything pretty much.

#42 Posted by Snail (8579 posts) -

@yeah_write: If you simply type "@username" the person you're calling out won't get an automated message in their inbox notifying them of your reply. You need to either hover over a post and click either the "Reply" or "Quote" button that'll show up, or alternatively you can just type an "@" and you should see this menu.

#43 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Phatmac said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@Phatmac said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@CaLe said:

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

This is probably the only thing that reeeeeeeeeeally gets under my skin.

Yeah I hate it more then AIDS.

This is just revenge for the shots fired thing, isn't it?

It's revenge for everything pretty much.

Like I've done anything that deserves that!

#44 Posted by Alkaiser (358 posts) -

People who are too attached to their hobbies that they lose their goddamn mind any time a person says something like "Eh, I don't like this about the thing you like," or "Man, I wonder if this would be an interesting thing."

Apparently the correct response is "What? You fucking asshole. My thing is perfect and you are dumb and probably evil for disagreeing with me."

#45 Posted by Plasticstars (171 posts) -

People who get REALLY creepy when they drink.

#46 Posted by Phatmac (5721 posts) -

@Cloudenvy said:

@Phatmac said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@Phatmac said:

@Cloudenvy said:

@CaLe said:

People who use 'then' when it should be 'than'. For example: I like Skyrim more then Oblivion. I just... it's such a simple thing and people get it wrong. I don't understand. I just don't understand it.

This is probably the only thing that reeeeeeeeeeally gets under my skin.

Yeah I hate it more then AIDS.

This is just revenge for the shots fired thing, isn't it?

It's revenge for everything pretty much.

Like I've done anything that deserves that!

Oh, you have.

#47 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

Before I start, I'd like to say that I did begin a full boycott of all games published by Capcom in 2012, regardless of whether Capcom owns the developer or not. They have consistently frustrated me time and time again, whether it's not promoting games that deserve it (Ghost Trick) or their awful DLC/re-release plans. I'm boycotting the company's business practices, not just avoiding a franchise or two. I'm voting with my dollar, and I'm voting against Capcom.

The only thing I can't let slide on the internet is outright bigotry or hate speech. I'll let just about anything else go if I don't have anything else to add.

#48 Posted by Humanity (8808 posts) -

@c0l0nelp0c0rn1 said:

@Humanity: Why wouldn't voting with your wallet work? Money is the only thing that keeps game makers doing what they do. Sure, if it's only one person "voting with their wallet" it's not going to work, but on a large scale it does indeed work.

I can't stand a double standard.

Because by large it's a theory that will never work. Let's say the entire Giant Bomb community decides to vote with their walled and not buy Blacks Ops 2 because we want something MORE or whatever (I personally don't have an issue with the Call of Duty franchise) but thats an example anyway. Well even if all of the GB users don't buy the next game it will not even be a dent in the overall sales. So people saying "well if you buy games from this publishers you're contributing to the problem" are annoying because the only other alternative is to just not play games.

#49 Posted by Marcsman (3116 posts) -

Hypocrisy

Ignorance

Poor Hygene

Shitty irresponsible pet owners

#50 Posted by Sweep (8817 posts) -

Clipping in pre-rendered cut-scenes. If the camera is static, why the fuck isn't it animated properly? Lazy. Lazy.

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