No, there was none of that in the biology classes I took. I mean I remember putting a bit of cow liver into some acid to simulate stomach acids or something. But no dissection.
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I would argue that the quality of music has declined significantly because, as someone mentioned earlier, it's all techno beat songs now w/o anyone playing instruments or trying any innovative studio techniques as it's all been done at this point, which for me takes away a lot of the fun out of it. Part of what made listening to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd so enjoyable wasn't just how well it written or w/e, but from hearing them pull off studio and instrument techniques that no one had ever seen before. I'm still blown away by the techniques Jimmy Page could pull off with a guitar, and we really don't get that anymore. The era of hearing new and innovative techniques being made to music through studio techniques and amazing guitar moves is over, and while it's very possible that that could change down the line, it really doesn't seem likely right now, not with synchronized pop artists like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, J Biebes, and all these boy bands we get every couple years keep coming up and dominating our radioplay.
Just because you can't enjoy electronic dance music doesn't mean it is bad. It means you don't like it. That's a not-very-subtle difference. I mean you might think all dubstep is terrible & that's as valid an opinion as any other (albeit I'd say it's a lazy & reactionary opinion made from a position of ignorance), such as mine that there is great stuff in every genre, be it
On a less subjective matter, you're insane if you don't think there's innovation in studio techniques in modern music. I mean what the fuck was Autotune? Alright, it's not a particularly positive innovation in my opinion, but you can hardly deny new techniques have happened in the past decade of music production/engineering. Innovation in music just happens to be occurring in the electronic scene these days, with the guitar perhaps having reached it's peak as far as "making new sounds come from it" goes. Lots of creativity & innovation in recording methods.
I'd prefer it if Phil Collins never had a chance thanks very much.
I dunno, I mean I think that modern pop music is rotten, but then it's easy to forget the worst crimes perpetrated in the 60s & 70s because the vast majority of us weren't there. Where as my mother & father will have a vastly different memory of 60s music. I think there's still lots of great music out there today. Yeah, you might have to look for it but then Wire weren't getting play on Radio 1 in the 70s, ditto The Fall (outside of John Peel). Interesting stuff happens out with the mainstream more often than in it in my opinion, but that's just an opinion. Sure, The Beatles were huge in their day, but then if you listen to their music it is mostly really straightforward pop, at least for the first few records until they had this huge fanbase who'd grown up with them & were ready to experiment musically with them. The Velvet Underground & Nico is what I'd happily call the greatest record ever made, but when it came out it barely scratched the Billboard 200, peaking at #171 for a whole week.
I don't buy it.
All the things you guys are citing as additional expenses could be covered by the profit that's currently going to CBSi (Indies would freelance out design work for example). That's unless you intend to claim that CBSi isn't making much of a worthwhile profit out of Giant Bomb.
If that's the case, that in-of-itself opens up a can of worms regarding GB's continued presence at CBSi. Either way, it's a interesting equation to think about.
The only real answer I can come to is: They simply just don't want to. But that also raises questions. When you look around at how things have changed for online media since the days of GameFAQs, you have to consider that perhaps Jeff and the guys have just gotten a little too used to being 'salaried employees of X company'. I'm not saying they must go indie and go indie now. I'm saying one of these days, with where media is going, they might have to.
Well, that's great that you don't buy it, but also doesn't really matter. Why did they join CBSi in the first place if it was possible to maintain the site independently? Now putting aside the issue of whether Giant Bomb is profitable to one side because none of us have a fucking clue, if Giant Bomb struck on their own after the Whiskey sell off they would find themselves needing a large quantity of cash in order to buy equipment, as most of the equipment went to Berman Braun, didn't it? Even if they bought some of it from Whiskey that would still be expensive. They would need to hire some sort of business type, or else someone from the crew would end up having less time to do games things & spend all their time fucking about sorting out finance, budgeting, & maybe even having to let someone that they'd worked with for years go in order to make things affordable. You are hugely under-estimating the capital required for Giant Bomb to do the things Giant Bomb has done these past years in the way they have done it. I mean sure, Giant Bomb could be Jeff from home doing Quick Looks & posting them to Youtube. But that would not be Giant Bomb as we've come to know it.
So yeah, answer us why you think the Bombsquad went to CBSi in the first place rather than going out on their own.
Also, I don't really see what's so wrong with wanting the security of being a salaried employee. Less having to worry about how you're paying all the bills every month, health insurance, a guaranteed salary every month, I can see the attraction. You say that like you think financial security is a bad thing.
Finally, I'd just add that I don't really think you should get your hopes up about goons streaming on Youtube & Twitch will replace large media conglomerates. I mean I get that some people like Pewdiepie or whatever is popular on Youtube, but I'll take the quality of actual television programs over that thanks.
I really like ME2. I've voted against Dark Souls in every round because I did not find it fun & feel bad that I wasted £20 on it. I still expect the rapid Dark Souls fanbase to secure the victory for them though.
If this was the final I'd think "great job Giant Bomb community". And I'd still vote Mass Effect 2, it was just a fantastic game all round. In fact, this may encourage me to get it reinstalled.
Dark Souls deserves this win. It was just a completely unique and new experience when it came out. Red Dead - while great - was just GTA in the midwest (which is awesome nonetheless but not as profound as Dark Souls.)
Completely unique? Sure, if you ignore Demon Souls being the same game, yeah. But if you did that you're a bit thick. This isn't a criticism of Dark Souls, merely of your point.
I had great fun with Fallout 3, it really had a fantastic atmosphere & was great fun for many hours. But Mass Effect 2 just steam-lined Mass Effect & made it such a great experience. Yeah, resource shit was bollocks, but I can't think of much more to say against it to be honest. Well, that end boss felt a bit dumb. Wonderful characters though, a compelling story, it's a game I keep coming back to.
I don't understand the love for Dark Souls.
Weeaboos (I'm trolling, don't bite for fucksake)
I don't particularly enjoy playing Dark Souls, though I'm OK with watching Vinny do it for whatever reason. Where as Red Dead was a game up there with The Walking Dead & Mass Effect 2 & Crusader Kings 2 & GTA5 that just define these past 8 years of gaming more than any others. I really enjoy story in game, a game that is emotionally resonant without being shallow & cheap but with merely good mechanics is far more likely to get me ranting & throwing out superlatives than a game with really tight mechanics but little to drag me in. I'd also add that I don't particularly like the feel of Dark Souls myself. I understand they are doing what they intended to, & there's obviously a lot of vocal people who do like the combat in that game, but it's not for me.
Now there are exceptions to that rule like strategy games & a lot of indie games, but then as much as I love Audiosurf or Cook, Serve Delicious or FTL, I'm not going to put them above a game like Red Dead. But that's just me, I totally get that other people don't value story as much as me & that's totally cool.
I'll also say that Red Dead's freeroam multiplayer was the most fun I had with online multiplayer this gen, though with the caveat that I'm really not a huge multiplayer guy. But meeting up with friends & going to hunt bears with just knives? Still a super fond memory.