My James Gunn Thoughts

Ok, NOW I have something to talk about and sink my teeth into. You might want to grab a sandwich and settle in. This is gonna be a long one.

So, ahem...James Gunn said some offensive tweets long ago, and CERTAIN people (more on that in a bit) dug them up and got all riled up about them. Because of this, Disney let him go from the making of Guardians of the Galaxy 3. So, first, a few disclaimers so that they don't get lost in what I'm about to say.

1) I will not defend what he said long ago. They are indefensible. And if you are truly disturbed by what he said, then definitely do not like him as a person and as a content creator if you can't separate the art from the artist. I certainly don't like those tweets, and I'm not going to pretend those tweets aren't awful.

2) Disney ABSOLUTELY has a right to fire him if what he said long ago does not fit their brand image now. After all, Disney is REALLY hoping you don't remember they once put out Song of the South.



Well, the last post was a bummer, so let's focus on something a little more fun.

SF Debris puts out enjoyable videos about (mostly) science fiction media. His best videos, in my opinion, deal with Star Trek. He's recently begun to take on Star Trek: Discovery, which is good since I still refuse to pay $6 a month to see that show. So, I'm looking at his video about The Vulcan Hello episode when I noticed something around the 6 minute 42 second mark. In a memory flashback Michael Burnham (the protagonist of the show) remembers being in a Vulcan learning bowl at the Vulcan Science Academy.

I thought, where did I see this before? And then I remembered...

Yes, the 2009 Star Trek movie. Which actually cleared up one of the most glaring problems I had with the Discovery series so far. The producers have sworn up & down that this series is set in the Star Trek Prime universe, 10 years before The Original Series. But the aesthetics, the look of the show don't support this. It …

A Perfect Storm

A particularly bad or critical state of affairs, arising from a number of negative and unpredictable factors.
I know that starting out this article with the meaning of the title is pedantic and pretentious. But I also know that I don't particularly care. My reason is that this storm is a perfect counter to all the nonsense put out by trolls and idiots that say they don't want politics in the entertainment media they consume, whether it's video games, movies, music, books, etc.
So, let's set the stage. Recently, Gal Gadot has stated that she would not play Wonder Woman again until Warner Bros. cancels all partnership with Brett Ratner. The link to the article is here
Okay, for those who don't know who Brett Ratner is, he is the director of the Rush Hour films, X-Men 3:The Last Stand, and the Hercules film starring The Rock that nobody saw. He has also been the subject of sexual harassment allegations. My default state is to believe the victims for obvious reasons, no…

Moby Dick, Flipper & (Insert Famous Minnow Here)

A recent Jimquisition video talked about a company that uses customer data gathered from mobile games being played in real-time to offer different microtransaction prices to different gamers at the optimal time where their resistance to buying said microtransactions is at their weakest. Here's the link (and if you enjoy his video, consider kicking him a dollar or two to his Patreon, if you can).   

But the pinned comment to this video is far more interesting to me, since Jim Sterling inevitably gets these kinds of comments whenever he brings up the subject of lootboxes and microtransactions. The relevant portion of the comment I want to talk about is provided here, courtesy of THePunisher Xxx:

I'm so sick of your bitching and assumptions with no facts. "Only whales buy crates". You are basing that off of conversations and conjecture, you have no hard facts showing game sales and who buys crates.

Oh, hard facts. That's for me. My brain always conjures red flags whene…

Developers v. Gamers

A very interesting thread popped up on Twitter. A game developer opined that the reason developers don't talk to gamers is that the gaming culture is so toxic that anything said by developers concerning how games are made will be accused of lying or cheating the gamers in some way. 

I read the thread about a day before the story broke on news outlets, so I've had more time to think about the issue than others. And he does have a point. Whenever a video game is about to come out and it has a feature that is unfamiliar, weird or shady, (or had a feature that was in a previous game taken away), the gaming community will rage and troll and launch boring tirades against the developers of that game, claiming they will boycott the game. Then the gamers buy it, enjoy it, and wait for the next outrage to cross their path. If you want a really good example of this, take a look at the outrage surrounding No Man's Sky. Even I wrote about this game, and while I have softened my stance f…

Quark Would Be Proud

Never be afraid to mislabel a product - Rule of Acquisition #239
Jim Sterling has brought up the issue of Triple-A video game companies reaching into gamers’ wallets to yank out additional cash AFTER they have originally paid $60 for a video game again and again and again. He has repeatedly stated that he will stop talking about this anti-consumer practice immediately once these game companies stop doing this. Well, good luck with that, since apparently game companies seem disinclined to stop.
Let me be fair to these companies. Businesses exist to make a profit. And I’ve argued before that companies can be as greedy as they want. But I’ve also maintained that they don’t need to be jerks about it. I could go on about this, but for now I want to focus on this video made by Jim Sterling. The subject is how to have microtransactions in games correctly. I will expand on this video by comparing the advice he gives with Star Trek Online, which does all these approaches right. Notice I said rig…

Throwing Shade(rs)

Hi, I’m back. It’s been a while (thanks to real life concerns, really sorry about that), but a recent event has brought me back to the internets once again, and that event is the recent release of the Destiny 2 video game. And in my opinion, this game represents everything wrong with the AAA game industry. I will present my case through a unique method; by responding to the comments about Destiny 2’s new way of giving shaders to players.
Shaders are color palettes that can be added to your in-game gear. You know; make your gun red, your boots green, your armor gloves purple, that sort of thing. In the first Destiny game, once you acquire shaders, you can keep them & apply them to all your gear.
In Destiny 2, shaders are consumable items that you apply to individual pieces of your gear. And once you apply a different shader, the original is gone. Same thing if you get better gear down the road. Once you get rid of the other gear you applied shaders to, the shaders  on them are gone …