My favorite SAC story was the one with the box that showed whoever jacked in the most beautiful movie ever created. It seemed like a crime to ensnare victims but it turned out it was just the dream of an artist that caused a lot of problems. This isn't a plot you see on TV in general let alone action Anime.
As mentioned, 2nd GIG felt like it went off the rails because the Major and crew weren't solving solving crimes but saving the world. That whole problem with escalating threats got out of hand where the prime example of this was they had to invent a convoluted reason for the Tachikomas to sacrifice themselves and didn't even handle that gracefully.
All of this cyberpunk talk reminds me of something: Is it time for a Patlabor reboot? Goto was a character head of his time. :)
In general, I am pretty negative on Gonzo (Last Exile was a notable exception to their usual CG drek) but I found Speed Grapher an interesting idea with weak but not disastrous execution. I always felt that a show like Speed Grapher would have been better in the hands of JC Staff or Madhouse.
I don't know why people think this behavior is new. Even before the days of Quake and UT2003 using "all-talk" or joining random games voice com was an invite to the cesspool which is why serious teams ran or rented their own servers.
Console voice com either needs much more robust, fine tuned controls or needs mute controls tied into reputation. If too many people keep muting someone then all games they join they will be muted where they will have a "time out period". In fact a lot of good would happen if many games with a "quick join" mode should default to "all-mute".
I liked SAC over whatever the second series was called. The truth is that the "stand-alone" stories were often solid sci-fi crime stories. The "complex" storyline was a bit goofy to follow but nothing compared to whatever was going on in the second series where there were bad guys who weren't bad guys but they were bad guys because they weren't bad guys who had a grievance with every other country but Japan but ended up there and wanting to start World War 5 for some reason.
@brodehouse: But is a powerful force in our 24/7 always online society. You will find no bigger advocate for "protect the reviewer" than me where it is their opinion. However what has happened in cases like this is that an entire online community creates a consensus opinion which is a very different beast than you or me sitting on a message board expressing opinions.
Basically it comes down to this: Having you or me scrutinize her online activity because we suspect fraud is one thing. Having all of NeoGAF, GiantBomb or the indie scene scrutinize her online activity because the community at large suspects fraud feels and acts very different.
And to be clear, I am not pleased or excusing that she lied. If she didn't do this it would be clear her activity on KS and Indie Go Go should have been banned if not for an period of time or some other penalties. I am only objecting to the community behavior where no one is to blame and yet the chorus of people demanding 'a pound of flesh' now have it.