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#1 Edited by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

The amount of hate surrounding a tiny news blurb that no on is forcing you to read is...impressive. When did everyone become so pedantic? It's almost as if these people think Patrick writing this up in, probably, 15 minutes has done great harm in slowing down his reporting efforts.

Anyway, I'm super happy this finally got announced(not that it was some huge surprise). I've had my 4s for 3 years and that thing has seen better days. Also, I have some kind of inner struggle with buying apps for something with such a small screen. When I got my iPad I loaded up on probably $50 worth of iOS games that I had been putting off buying. So, the 6+ is right up my alley. The only thing I hate about Apple is their price gouging and that is on full display with the removal of the 32GB option. My 4s is 32GB and I still haven't filled it up, but 16GB is definitely not enough.They've essentially forced my hand into buying a 64GB version. It's a little gross.

#2 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

Felt the same way. In every game where you're given a moral option that's as black and white as this one I almost invariably pick the "good" choice. In Watch Dogs I really didn't care about Aiden. He was a miserably written character. So brooding and so vengeful even though this was all his fault. He chose this path. There wasn't even a feeling of rooting for the bad guy you might feel in a game like GTA.

In the end I pulled the trigger because Aiden is a selfish person who blames everyone else for his problems. A petulant child with a hand gun. I felt nothing in pulling that trigger because Aiden would have felt nothing. There was no satisfaction. No closer. Just another chapter in his sad attempt to blame anyone but himself.

#3 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

@sil3n7 said:

@apparatus_unearth said:

Everyone's having a bitch fit about this, Jesus. For fans of the film I think it's a really great interview, and for people who don't care, don't read it I guess? People never bitched when the boys talked about energy drinks, God forbid Patrick talks about a movie he loves.

God forbid someone have an opinion about content not relevant to a site and something in the long term could begin to dilute whatever "brand" giant bomb may be.

Patrick is the only one that does this too. Jeff has other interests, you don't see him writing about storage wars on the site.

But he does have a Wrestling podcast that is an interest of his and has nothing to do with games. If you really think that Jeff, Brad, Vinny, Drew, Patrick and Alex (as well as Ryan) would ever use the words "dilute the Giant Bomb 'brand,'" let alone be worried that an interview with a movie director would hurt them at all, then I don't think you understand anything about the Giant Bomb "brand."

#4 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

I find it hilarious that people are complaining about a piece of content meant to entertain and inform you just because it isn't 100% about video games. This site has never and will never be 100% about video games which is why it is fantastic. One of the best things they've ever put up on the site was a two hour video of Drew talking about his trip to North Korea. Zero mention of games. Can these people explain how mailbags containing various food and beverages were video game related? Or as many people have pointed out how the movie and wrestling podcasts fit into what you believe the site should be?

I could understand the hate if this was some fluff piece that many sites run in order to add more content to the site. This is a well thought out, well done interview about a topic that interests many of us, myself included. If you don't like it, don't read it. It's not like this is obscuring some other content. You know what went up today besides this? Two trailers and Bombin in the A.M. That's it. I for one love to come to this site and have something to read or watch from the crew. I pay $50 a year to support these guys and what they think is best for the site and it's readers.

What it really comes down to is this, people hate Patrick. Plain and simple. The dude is doing so much good work and for months has been the guy making sure quality content is on the site day in and day out that isn't just quick looks. I find the hate, just because you don't agree with him, to be absolutely ridiculous and unwarranted. Some of you guys are very childish. Grow up or learn to stay away from content that doesn't interest you.

On the article at hand: Great interview. I'm really happy to see the guy is cool with talking about this stuff still. It always bums me out when people get fed up with talking about their earlier work or when bands won't play older songs even though that may be why I'm a fan in the first place. I get why they feel that way and don't blame them. I'm just talking about how I feel as a fan.

Blair Witch is a movie I've never watched through in a sitting, but I've probably seen most of the movie in bits and pieces over the years. With that in mind, I don't think it would be effective for me anymore, but I would like to sit down and finally watch it in its entirety in the near future.

#5 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

@silentbob251 said:

People hate Patrick because he dares to question what is going on in video gaming today. The other guys do this too, they just don't usually write pieces about it, but that's what Patrick was brought on for. So many people in the community just want to sweep everything under the rug. Sure, I'll agree that there is a lot of sexism or misogyny discussion that isn't warranted or that gets blown out of proportion. However, the reaction of the community to any mention of the subject is to immediately slam the writer and the idea that anything could possibly be sexist. The backlash is so disproportionate and at times downright disgusting.

I think it's hilarious that the one guy in this comment section seems to say Patrick is hated because he responded to the vitriolic anger against what he had to say. So people don't like it when you fight back? What a bunch of cowards. They think it's ok to make fun of someone on a personal level or make comments about someone's recently deceased father, but if you dare get upset or respond to it then they are the victim and you are just blowing this out of proportion.

There's a way of questioning the industry and there's a fine line between sounding like an enlightened educator and a smug know-it-all. Sometimes Patrick crosses that line and I feel that rubs people the wrong way. I like Patrick and have followed him since the 1Up days, to G4, to here and while I do admire what he's trying to do sometimes the way he conveys his opinion can be misconstrued as condescending and//or elitist. I'm all for improving the medium through discussion but sometimes the way Patrick goes about it I feel can leave people feeling cold or turned off. A podcast I really love and have listened to for years is - http://idlethumbs.net where I feel they strike a good balance between hilarious mischief and deep, thought provoking analysis without coming across as corny and for lack of a better phrase 'white knight'-y.


I've heard others make this point. I've never felt that way about what he's had to say, but I can understand people being upset with him if they did. I think, in part, it comes with the territory of being asked to give strong opinions about delicate topics. Patrick seems like a passionate guy about many topics and maybe those strong feelings just come off as smug even if he doesn't intend it that way. Also, he's still a young guy and I can tell he's able to convey his opinions better as he's grown up in this medium. I'm about 5-6 years younger than Patrick and I've often run into the same issue of having a strong opinion but difficulty conveying it properly and with age that has gotten much better for me. I can think back to a few years ago and say, "woah, I said some dumb stuff." I'm sure Patrick read some stuff from when he was starting out and felt like he was reading the writing of some person he can barely remember. Having read pieces by dozens of different writers in this industry, I don't get that condescending tone from Patrick. If anything I've found him much more humble and much more willing to listen, learn and try something different than many of his colleagues who at times convey open contempt for the gaming community.

#6 Edited by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

@arbitrarywater: Disagreeing with someone is fine. Literally hating a person whose done nothing wrong is crazy. Leigh Alexander tried to mock me on twitter once for pointing out a minor mistake she made(I wasn't even being nasty about it) and I don't hate her at all. I don't agree with a lot of what she says, but I see no point in wasting my time hating and attempting to seek some weird form of revenge. My feelings aren't as fragile as many of the angry commenters' seems to be.

#7 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

@silentbob251 said:

People hate Patrick because he dares to question what is going on in video gaming today. The other guys do this too, they just don't usually write pieces about it, but that's what Patrick was brought on for. So many people in the community just want to sweep everything under the rug. Sure, I'll agree that there is a lot of sexism or misogyny discussion that isn't warranted or that gets blown out of proportion. However, the reaction of the community to any mention of the subject is to immediately slam the writer and the idea that anything could possibly be sexist. The backlash is so disproportionate and at times downright disgusting.

I think it's hilarious that the one guy in this comment section seems to say Patrick is hated because he responded to the vitriolic anger against what he had to say. So people don't like it when you fight back? What a bunch of cowards. They think it's ok to make fun of someone on a personal level or make comments about someone's recently deceased father, but if you dare get upset or respond to it then they are the victim and you are just blowing this out of proportion.

You realize Patrick isn't some lone crusader of social justice, right? This kind of thing is super, super trendy in games journalism right now.

I don't disagree with the point you're trying to make, but come on. I think you're giving Patrick a little too much credit here - he has a good message but he's hardly some unsung hero battling against impossible odds.

I'm not making the point that he is. Plenty of people are attempting to change the conversation in video games and the backlash to that has been crazy. That is my point, the most hated in the gaming industry are those that question the status quo and Patrick is one of them. I personally think Patrick is one of the more reasonable voices in that discussion. He doesn't write a new article every time a minor issue arises or make angry statements like many writers do. He has never been someone looking to stir up controversy like so many others have been lately. If anything all he does more to offer a platform to people who are discussing the topic. My larger point is that if anyone even says the word "sexism" the comments are loaded with people looking for blood. I hate that the topic can't even be reasonably discussed.

#8 Edited by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

@pkash1t: I remember reading some of those comments on his articles related to sexism in gaming. Many of them were downright disgusting and pigheaded. There were very few that I would classify as "genuine criticism." There was some in there, but it gets drowned out by the hundreds of deplorable posts attacking Patrick on a personal level. I think anyone would get fed up after dozens of posts like that and just throw up their hands and abandon hope of an actual open and honest dialogue. And, he even admits in the TEDx talk that he wasn't prepared for that level of vitriol aimed at him and that he has been ashamed of some of the things he's said back to others. I think admitting his faults is going a lot further than many of those previously mentioned commenters would do.

#9 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

People hate Patrick because he dares to question what is going on in video gaming today. The other guys do this too, they just don't usually write pieces about it, but that's what Patrick was brought on for. So many people in the community just want to sweep everything under the rug. Sure, I'll agree that there is a lot of sexism or misogyny discussion that isn't warranted or that gets blown out of proportion. However, the reaction of the community to any mention of the subject is to immediately slam the writer and the idea that anything could possibly be sexist. The backlash is so disproportionate and at times downright disgusting.

I think it's hilarious that the one guy in this comment section seems to say Patrick is hated because he responded to the vitriolic anger against what he had to say. So people don't like it when you fight back? What a bunch of cowards. They think it's ok to make fun of someone on a personal level or make comments about someone's recently deceased father, but if you dare get upset or respond to it then they are the victim and you are just blowing this out of proportion.

#10 Posted by SilentBob251 (62 posts) -

Video game related websites getting hacked? Must be summer!!

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