Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dungeons and Dragons. Lack of a promo figure picture! What the heck.

Very upset at the lack of pictures of the new D&D minis. I wish there were some ANYWHERE. But all I could find were on a Spanish language site.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Spoony Commentary To Boldly Flee

Well that certainly answered all my questions.

I call BS on Channel Awesome for allowing everyone to think that Spoony leaving was only because of his twitter rage / failed twitter joke.

In absolutely none of their official statements on this issue did they once even hint that it might have to do with financial issues or the fact that there are real issues with their website.  They are making some really bad decisions over there.  I mean come on.  Opening a "studio" in some warehouse in Chicago?  The reason some internet denizens like Mega64 can do that is because they have a loyal fanbase of people who lap up the same stuff year after year after year.  Do you think you can get rid of the only valuable internet commodity that you produce in house and somehow be able to afford to create something new and untested?  Maybe Doug Walker can do his Melvin character again.  That was certainly a successful experiment that proved that he can do something new.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Spoony Situation. (Spoony Leaving Channel Awesome)

Wow I am really rising from the Grave to make this blog.

If you don't really know anything about internet reviewers or anything about this situation then you can skip this.

This comment by Doug Walker really shows that he has learned to use traditional media methods for smoothing over a situation like this.


 Well it's all a bit odd. Only 2 things really could have happened in my opinion.  

1. There were more complaints from behind the scenes from people who were not comfortable with Spoony giving them creepy comments.  It doesn't seem possible that the few public comments on twitter and such could have possibly caused a fiasco like this.

I know from listening to the Pathfinder game that he was running that he seems to think it's OK to make BDSM jokes to females and sees nothing wrong with it (He made a BDSM comment to Iron Liz and then defended it when chat people were confused as to why he would say something like that).  In some circles on the internet it's fine to make comments like that is not the case for other places.

If this is the case then sadly Spoony has some real issues he needs to deal with before he can take full advantage of his comedic talents.  

2. What we saw on the internet was what happened.   In this case what happened would only make sense if someone who was in a position of power at Channel Awesome felt very strongly that Spoony's actions completely outweighed his contributions to the site.   (Which really makes no sense to me considering the "worst" statement that he made was a somewhat tame BDSM joke on twitter, especially one where the person it was aimed at didn't make a public complaint about it)

In addition bunch of fans stirred up by Lupa and Lord Kat's comments may have generated so many email complaints against Spoony that Doug Walker and the rest of the people in charge of the site had no idea how to deal with it.  This would make logical sense in how Spoony responded.   He made a joke, apologized for it and had no idea what the hell else he could do to deal with the issue.  But the complaints kept on coming into Channel awesome fueled by internet drama.

If this is the case then the people at Channel awesome really need to take another look at how they deal with situations like this.  Losing a talent like Spoony is a very serious issue and sets a precedent that anyone can leave the site if there are enough complaints. This is the same way that broadcast television got ruined through letter writing campaigns by religious special interest groups.  There is so much jealousy and hatred on the internet that just about anyone with a slight bit of a pull in any number of online communities can generate a ton of complaints about anyone.  Why would any business, especially one that deal with comedy, take complaints from practically anonymous people seriously?

I like Spoony's videos and would I like to think that choice number 1 wasn't what happened, but since everyone has been so political about the issue I have no proof of what actually went down.

Doug Walker's response in particular makes no sense at all unless Spoony was saying much worse things in private then what I saw on his twitter.  A reviewer who made his internet fame by making sarcastic snarky remarks can't tell off color jokes or make comments that could be considered "mean"?  This is holding up internet reviewers to a standard that US politicians can't even maintain.

Lupa backtracked a bit and said that Spoony wasn't a bully and Spoony told everyone that she wasn't the reason why he left the site. Perhaps her original article would have been better had she focused on someone who actually made multiple public rape jokes. (Like many of the contributors on Channel Awesome) Obviously her blog post didn't accomplish whatever her original intent was. (Unless her intent was to stir up enough drama to get Spoony to leave the site in which case it seems to have worked)

Unfortunately I don't think anyone will ever know what the hell actually happened.  The idea that a candid conversation between the Channel Awesome guys and Spoony somehow resulted in him leaving the site just doesn't make any sense to me.

There was money to be made and more importantly comedy to be made.

It's a very grim future for comedy if either political correctness or mental illness can destroy so much potential.

*Edit* Also a bunch of people made fake accounts and stuff  during this debacle so honestly it really smacks of certain online places making a concentrated effort to stir up trouble.  Jesus if Spoony was asked to leave channel 101 over an obvious internet smear campaign like this then I have no hope for the internet.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Tim Rogers


An article by Tim Rogers is amazing to read.

Most people have the little part of our brain that says: "Yes I may have actually come up with this general concept but I never actual did anything with it... and wait a ton of other people probably thought of that very same idea too. So I probably shouldn't try to say that I came up with the idea."

Tim apparently doesn't think in that manner.

Suddenly there is this glorious diarrhea of words and loosely connected concepts about how he is a video game designer and he "designed" Farmville in 1996.

A person might make the immediate decision that Tim is so completely full of BS that he MUST write it all down or it will leak out his eye sockets and destroy his custom glasses.

But I don't. Because he actually DOES something with concepts in his brain. He writes them down and gets them to a wide audience.

Tim Rogers may not be an actual game designer by any definition other than the loosest one possible, but he is something...

A writer whose work is entertaining to read.

And that is something.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mouse and Keyboard are better than an Xbox contoller.



We knew this back when the Dreamcast keyboard players destroyed people using regular controllers.


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

DA 2 being dumbed down for sonsole whiners.

So Dragon Age did really well.

EA made some money off it.

However, they are going to listen to the whiners who complained about the 360 version not being as good as the PC version. This means they are going to give DA the Oblivion treatment and DUMB IT DOWN for console gamers.

Mass Effect was OK. But it is a DIFFERENT game than Dragon Age.

Dragon Age 2 is going to have much less choices and a much more simple control setup to satisfy the console gamers.

I warned people about this when I talked about how Bioshock was basically System Shock 2 dumbed down for consoles. But nobody would listen to me because it was a pretty good game. Yes. But it would have been BETTER if it had the inventory system of SS2.

So now we are going to have a PC game that did well CHANGED simply because it didn't satisfy the console gamers.


Do PC gamers complain when a port of a console game wasn't as good as on the system it was intended to be played on??? No. Of course not.

No because that would be stupid. And DON'T say the game isn't being dumbed down. IT IS. You go from 6 different character selections to a choice of gender! No more classic conversation choices. It's all the Mass Effect convo wheel now!

With crap like this being pulled and DRM BS, PC gaming isn't dying...


Whatever you say, PC games are more COMPLEX and IN DEPTH than console games because the programmers and the players have the tools they need to make and play really intricate games. CONSOLE GAMES DO NOT HAVE THAT OPTION.

For crying out loud if the people were in charge the next Dragon Age would require you to flail around with Kinect motion controls SIMPLY BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT IS MAKING THE MOST MONEY AT THE CURRENT SECOND.

This might be it. The death of decent PC gaming from major developers.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Local Cable Show.

Starting in May my local cable show will be airing.

Please check the following blog for episodes.