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#1 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

I'm surprised Plan 9 From Outer Space hasn't gotten much love yet. In my estimation it practically started the "it's so bad it's good" sci fi genre.

#2 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

Though nothing I've done rivals Jeff's purchase of the lifelong subscription to Star Trek Online, and I've never spent more than $60 for a game, I must say it is the chronic purchasing of well reviewed games which has resulted in a 150+ game catalogue on my Steam account. I've maybe played 10 of the titles.

#3 Edited by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

@darkstalker said:

@remixrunixlp said:

I think it's horribly nearsighted for Giant Bomb's staff to not have foreseen some of this backlash. I also think that Jeff is wrong in his tweet. Like it or not, there is a very vocal, hateful group of regular users of this website. Some just thrive on being "trolls," others simply teenagers who haven't yet grown out of using hateful language to be funny. Regardless, they exist, they use this site, and every time an editor dares to become advocate for/against a major social justice issue these people make themselves known in truly awful ways.

Its certainly not everyone and I think most people here are pretty good but if you look through the numerous threads regarding the topic is almost always the same few loud people trying to belittle the point being made. and some of those users are very active here.

This is, for me, the part that I think allowed the situation to get out of hand. Those people are either very passionate about their negative beliefs or are very into starting fires on the internet. They are known quantities in the Giant Bomb community. I'm sure more than a few have gotten used to being moderated in the past. Not only do they exist, but they consider themselves fervent members of this community as much as the more acceptable members are.

This is not to say they are the vocal majority. They just happen to be VERY vocal to the point where they dominate the discourse much in the way the flagrant talking heads masquerading as political pundits do on cable news networks. I think it is somewhat idealistic to assume such people aren't going to let their opinions be heard in a scenario such as this where the site kind of all but invited criticism for the new hires not fitting in with opinions expressed by their editorial staff. But again, this in no way excuses such malicious attacks. Just an observation.

#4 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

This whole hot mess is generally what results when a public figure or institution of any kind takes on the role of advocate and then in some way seems to contradict their/its statements. The problem was amplified tenfold by the continued evidence that large portions of the online and gaming communities are - whether we like to admit it or not - populated by a portion of society that does not understand nor care about social issues.

Giant Bomb - either unknowingly or unwillingly - opened a huge can of worms the moment they allowed their editors to become vocal about the very real issues of sexism online and in the world around us. Their editors have taken very strong stances on the issue that are, unfortunately, considered controversial even in today's era and which run in direct conflict with many of the younger male members of the gaming community. Compound this issue with the general lack of "social media ethics" among internet users and you have a molotov cocktail waiting to explode.

By hiring two highly qualified, excellent personalities who did not help push the vocalized stance their editors have made, Giant Bomb hurt those members of their community who hoped they'd use the hiring process to take a stand. Those members voiced their displeasure mostly in a kind and concise fashion, but they unfortunately used the very same social media platforms that the aforementioned ethics-less community members use and were then attacked by that dark, insidious element of the gaming community as a result.

I think it's horribly nearsighted for Giant Bomb's staff to not have foreseen some of this backlash. I also think that Jeff is wrong in his tweet. Like it or not, there is a very vocal, hateful group of regular users of this website. Some just thrive on being "trolls," others simply teenagers who haven't yet grown out of using hateful language to be funny. Regardless, they exist, they use this site, and every time an editor dares to become advocate for/against a major social justice issue these people make themselves known in truly awful ways.

All that said, the passionate outrage on all fronts is a great microcosmic study of how difficult it will be for society as a whole to use the internet in a more meaningful, personal manner. I give the Giant Bomb editors a ton of props for crossing the line from journalists to personalities, if only because they dared to share more of themselves than just their journalistic talents. It is that bravery that led to the passionate - and continued, I might add - outpouring of love directed toward the site's staff when Ryan passed.

I truly believe this website stands on the cutting edge of the future of what an online community can be. I count myself among those saddened by the recent hirings not taking a further step into that future, and that comes from an utmost place of respect for the new hires (whose work I have thoroughly enjoyed at their previous place of employment). More than a decade ago I could also count myself among those fools who would use the internet to do harm, because I too was once an ignorant teen gamer. This statement is not made to excuse the behavior (to be clear, I was a belligerent asshole), but to remind everyone that we live, we learn, and we should support good, righteous efforts like this site because it's the right thing to do.

Apologies are in order from a plethora of people. I'm sure many will not be said, but we should respect those who do make the effort. Also, mucho mucho respect to those who found themselves victims of senseless attacks on their character and managed to tough through it today.

#5 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

Enemy Mine with Dennis Quiad is a particular brand of awful that everyone must experience to believe. Also, very appreciative of the Demolition Man shout out. I made an obscure reference to a Simon Phoenix quote in class, and one my 8th grade students fired back with John Spartan's retort. I was concerned for that child's mental stability immediately after.

All that said, this thread starts and ends with Starship Troopers.

#6 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

Last year, I nearly hit a home run with my predictions as to how the Bomb Squad would vote during their 2010 Game of the Year deliberations. Either this proves without a shadow of a doubt that I am the long lost descendant of Nostredamus, or it lends credence to Jeff's statement during a "Jar Time" videocast that the current system set up is flawed and gives away the winners well before the plethora of Giantbomb goodness hits the net.

I have no idea how their system will be organized this year. The following predictions of the Bomb Squad's selections are based largely upon conjecture that, though it is flawed, their system will return in a similar fashion to how it was presented a year ago. This year was substantially more difficult to vote on, as 2011 was one of the best years in gaming ever. Without further delay, on to the future!

Game of the Year Selections - Staff

Ryan - Saints Row: The Third

Patrick - Batman: Arkham City

Drew - Batman: Arkham City

Alex - Portal 2

Brad - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Vinny - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Dave - Portal 2

Jeff - Mortal Kombat

Yes, there as a great deal of insane titles in that list (Jeff and Ryan's leap out immediately, I'm sure), but that's the fun of 2011, and of this site. There's is nothing stopping these guys from making bizarre choices for their own Game of the Year, so don't be surprised in a year as loaded as this one to see some truly "whacked" Top 10 selections. I'm completely spit-balling for games when it comes to Alex and Patrick for those playing the home game.

Game of the Year Selections - Categories

Best Art Style - Rayman: Origins

Northie - Nathan Drake, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Best DLC - Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues

Best Download Only Game - Bastion

Biggest Disappointment - Dragon Age II

Worst Game of the Year - The Conduit 2

I am desperately hoping that Duke Nukem Forever does not take Worst Game of the Year (I oddly loved that game for all the wrong reasons...It's a strangely relaxing platformer...)

Game of the Year Selections - Overall

Wii - Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

PC - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

X360 - Gears of War 3

PS3 - Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

3DS - Super Mario 3D Land

Multi - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Top 5 - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Saints Row: The Third, Portal 2, Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

GotY - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

As Jeff said on the Gametrailer's Game of the Year Bonus Round, Skyrim is the 2,000 pound gorilla in the room. It'll be interesting to see how the glitch-happy tendencies of the PS3 version affect voting. The Bomb Squad has shown itself to be quite willing to overlook Bethesda glitches in the past for the game within (see the year-long love fest with Fallout 3), and I feel it is the least divisive game among the core five Giantbomb employees (Patrick, Vinny, Jeff, Brad, and Ryan).

Potential Suprises

1. Saints Row: The Third steals a lot of air time during deliberations.

2. Skylanders will wander into Jeff's Top 10.

3. Several Top 10's will be missing Gears of War 3, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and L.A. Noire.

4. Other site's favorite Dark Souls, Ghost Trick, and Minecraft will go largely unmentioned or empty handed.

Let's see how well I do this year...

#7 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

@ch13696 said:

@Vortextk said:

@ch13696: Gamestop is a very very large reason these codes are in existence, and yet the publisher decides to do a backdoor deal with them(exclusively?) anyway. It's fucking stupid. It's like a mob shakedown with dirty cops getting a cut and we're stuck as the laundromat owner getting beaten out back until we pay. If only batman could save us but he's too busy wondering where the hell catwoman is at and calling WB on the batphone.

WTF? This if far from a scenario like that. No one is getting hurt. No one is getting swindled. It's basically a win win for everyone. People get their used games and the publisher gets a cut of the cash. Geez, people need to stop being so delusional, thinking Gamestop and WB is doing some shady business deal.

That all being said, I do appreciate the batphone reference.

#8 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -
@DeeGee:  I know in the past they've actually done a couple of "spoiler-casts", the biggest one I can remember being Metal Gear Solid 4. It was a lot of fun listening to excited gamers giddily discussing a much anticipated game in ways Harry Potter fans did once they finished the 7th book. 
 
I actually think it'd be awesome if the Bomb Squad got together to do this on big Triple A titles more frequently. Mass Effect 3 in particular, given that all 4 probably have very different Shepards at this point.
#9 Posted by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

Being the Statistics teacher that I am, I couldn't help but do this.
 
Based upon the total points vs total list numbers, the top five game's average ratios are:
1. ME2 - 8.8
2. RDR - 7.9
3. AC II - 6.8
4. SC II - 6.7
5. SMB - 5.8
 
Essentially, Mass Effect 2 on average placed second on the lists it made, with Red Dead Redemption at third, Assassin's Creed II and Starcraft II at fourth, etc. Aside from the fact that ME2 creamed RDR in total points, it also was held in higher regard by it's consumers than any other game this year.  
 
Unsurprisingly, the Persona 3 parade of love continues, with it holding a 6.3 ratio, meaning that those few faithful that played it placed fairly high (around fifth) on their lists. And a telling sign that Final Fantasy is down for the count: ratio of 4.3 (seventh place). No true FF fan ranks a game in the series that low unless its abhorrently bad or they have a scathing hatred for the story.
 
...If you think this was bad, should've seen what I had my brats doing for Stats projects this quarter...

#10 Edited by remixrunixlp (42 posts) -

I fully expect Hurricane Brad to strike hard during the GoY podcast. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
 
@rjayb89: Willing to bet a fanboy or two flips their wiggy over this one because they don't like to read full comments :)

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