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#1 Edited by Whamola (129 posts) -

Personally, I don't really see the point of a dedicated streaming device, especially if you're going to have a PS4 and Xbone. If you LOVE the other streaming device or if there's a service you can't get on either of them, then sure, keep it.

From what I hear both the PS4 and Xbone cost a dollar or two a year in electricity when they're in standby mode, so there's really not much to worry about as far as saving electricity goes.

#2 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

These segments are fantastic, and I love how easily fed up he gets with things. Also, since I and probably everyone else here are interested in games, it's fun to see what games appeal to people who aren't so interested.

#3 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

This is a long movie title. It's also a terrible movie. Coincidence?

#4 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

Basically because the human brain is more complex than a cat brain. Our brains need near constant stimulation (that's why we're on a video game website right now) because we evolved really big brains really fast and became really great at meeting our needs for survival quickly. So now we need stuff to be different every so often to keep ourselves from becoming depressed, bored, or crazy.

If you eat the same thing everyday, you'll likely get tired of it or you might even get sick if this hypothetical Bachelor Chow doesn't contain every possible thing we are likely to digest regularly.

#5 Edited by Whamola (129 posts) -

@video_game_king: Well, if he wants to write non-fiction, the same rules apply pretty much, but with a few things added:

Figure out what is relevant and what isn't. I know its en vogue for journalists and the like to write these long set ups about how they were drinking a chai-skinny-latte with extra foam at Balducci's on MLK and Washington when The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen started playing on my 32 gig Apple iPhone 5s when I saw a Peruvian Pan flute player wearing Gauchos and I thought to myself, "My God! It's so simple! Globalization is...SHUT THE HELL UP. The worst thing you can do is insert yourself into a story. Hunter S. Thompson did it, sure, but he did it because he specifically became part of whatever he was covering, that was how he worked best. Just learn what the story is, figure out why it's important or interesting, and talk about that, don't pad things out. Be concise first and foremost and the rest will fall into place.

Figure out how to properly put things in an order that makes sense. Let's say you're writing about art in the ancient Mediterranean. You wouldn't start with the Etruscans, go on to the Romans, and end on the Greeks. It sounds simple, but its a mistake I see a lot of people make.

#6 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

Game reviews are fine, it's scores that are pointless. That's why I just read the reviews Giant Bomb posts without looking at the score.

With this new batman game, most of the reviews I've read are, "It's okay. It's the same as the last one mostly." Judging from the Quick Look I can say I fully agree. It doesn't look bad, it just doesn't look amazing.

The thing is, games get judged on what they try to do. You can't really say a Fifa game is bad because you can't cast Firaga in it, you have to judge it on how it is as a soccer game. At the same time a game like Batman has to be judged it by itself, and not on how well it recreates something else. So while Batman may be a more interesting or compelling game than Fifa, it's definitely possible and pretty reasonable that it might score higher.

Don't read the review if you already played and enjoyed the game, and don't look at the score if you want to know if you should buy it or not.

If anything I'd say user reviews are worthless. xXWEED_GOKU420Xx may give Batman a 10/10 because "YO ITS SICK U CAN FITE THE JOCKER" or give it a 0/10 because "They should have made Bane have a cooler voice, game sucks." Most people deal in absolutes, so if one thing is good, or one thing is bad about a game, it's either the best game ever or the worst game ever.

What I don't understand is people that get angry when a game they like gets a lower score than they think it deserves. I thought GTAV deserved a 7 or 8 out of ten, and I'd definitely say its one of the best games of the year, but I've seen people flip their shit because some random reviewer from an established website gave it an 8/10 and said, "Yeah, it's not the best game ever, but it's really great and well worth playing". Didn't a couple people send Jeff death threats or something because he didn't give a Zelda game a perfect score?

#7 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

Find your voice. What I mean by that is don't try to inject a bunch of words into your writing that you think will make you sound smart. They won't and you'll probably use them the wrong way.

Read as much as you can, but try to only read quality stuff. When getting into a writer, try not to read their most famous work first. For example, instead of 1984, read Down and Out in Paris and London; Instead of Lolita, read Despair; Instead of The Stranger, read The Plague. When you find a writer you really like, find out who their favorite writers are and read them.

Do NOT write Science Fiction or Fantasy to start out. Those two genres are completely riddled with cliches and they make it very likely that you'll pick up some VERY bad habits.

But seriously, just read a lot, don't just read one genre, and listen to what's being said and how its being said.

#8 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

Close thread.

#9 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

Get him a Vectrex.

#10 Posted by Whamola (129 posts) -

No, because where the fuck is my Macho Man biopic?