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Before I even watch this video, I am going to go ahead and answer the question. Yes, absolutely, monetization is affecting game design. It has been doing so for years now. I and [personal profile] owsf2000 and many others have been ranting about this asinine horseshit for years. It fucking sucks fucking ass fucking hole. It always has fucking sucked fucking ass fucking hole. It will never not fucking suck fucking ass fucking hole.

Now, to actually watch the video.

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I absolutely agree with this video. My only minor issue with the video is that it seems like Ryan and Mike are hugely behind the curve if they're seemingly only just now starting to notice this issue and to have a problem with it, due to "oh noes not muh zeldas" or whatever. Ignoring that quibble, yeah, like I said, 100% agreement with them. The whole goddamn thing goddamn sucks goddamn ass goddamn hole.
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That's pretty interesting. I'd heard of the Broadcast Satellite stuff before, but had never actually seen any of the games from it until now.
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If a) I was getting a Nintendo Switch anytime soon, which I'm not, and b) was still into buying used games, which I'm not, this here would be something that would definitely put me off of ever buying used Switch games. o_O

Also, if it takes that long for the taste to actually kick in, a little kid would have already potentially swallowed it by that point.
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So... I've gotten Youtube notifications about reaction videos from at least Super Best Friends, Cinemassacre, and Angry Joe (EDIT) and Pat the NES Punk (/EDIT) so far, but I haven't watched it (or any of those) myself yet.

I dunno... I'll just embed the tweets I made about this yesterday or whenever, because I'm too apathetic to even honestly rehash it here.

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I'll transcribe what I wrote in my pencil-and-paper journal yesterday, as well.

"A bunch of people I follow on Twitter were talking about the Nintendo Switch yesterday. Apparently, Nintendo had some kind of presentation about it, and they were reacting to that. I don't know... I just can't bring myself to care about it too much. The new Legend of Zelda game looks interesting, I guess. I didn't (and probably won't) watch the presentation, though, so that's still all I know is coming out for the new console. Meh."

I seriously don't know. I haven't even cared enough to watch shit about the Nintendo Switch, yet. Maybe if I ever get around to doing so, maybe I'll change my tune on it. I'd like to care, but... meh. I really haven't cared about any of the new consoles all that much lately. The only one that's even kind of interested me is the PS4, what with Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian and the upcoming Persona 5 (which I know next to nothing about, except that it's Persona 5) and all, but even then... fuckin' meh. It's not that I'm out of gaming altogether, because I still buy a ton of (dirt cheap) shit on Steam and GOG and such, but for the foreseeable future, I guess I am out of console gaming altogether.
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I watched this video only up until right around the 3:30 mark, then I stopped. It should be easy to see why.
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I played this game years ago, when it first came out, but it was almost as great watching James and Mike play it as it was playing it myself. (Yeah, I know, I'm a little behind on this, as I'd kind of fell out of watching Cinemassacre videos for a little while, for some reason, but now I'm watching them again and glad to be doing so, because this was great.)

Spoiler warning, obviously, if you haven't played it yourself, yet.

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Here, have something that is, for a change, not angry ranting about asinine political horseshit:

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And here are parts 2 and 3:

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The typo in the title is intentional and the reason for it is explained in the video. ¬_¬ (EDIT) Oh, he "fixed" it to the proper spelling. Huh. It would have been funnier if he'd left it as "Berenstein." Oh well, at least it's still misspelled in the video thumbnail. (/EDIT)
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This is one of my favorite point-and-click games, and certainly one of my favorite Star Trek games. The only Star Trek games I'd rate a bit higher are Star Trek: Judgment Rites, which is the sequel to the PC 25th Anniversary game shown here, and Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity, which they also briefly mention in the above video. Why there aren't more (and more modern) Star Trek games like these now, today, instead of the putrid turds we've gotten lately, I don't know.

You can find both of these Original Series games on Steam and on GOG. Sadly and frustratingly, A Final Unity isn't available on those platforms (yet, anyway).

And, yes, the PC version of 25th Anniversary is indeed many orders of magnitude better than the NES version, which is, itself, much better than the Game Boy version (even if that was the first Star Trek game I ever owned and played and for which I still have fairly fond memories, even though, in retrospect, it objectively sucked complete asshole).

Happy 50th anniversary, Star Trek. Here's to another successful 50 years (and hopefully much better video games in that time).
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James and Mike play what is probably my favorite of all the Zelda games, and not just because it was the first one that I ever owned, played, and completed myself. This is not a full Let's Play in the traditional sense, but it's still a cool video, I think.


And here is part two:

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(EDIT) Or, rather, it's not a new policy, but just one that finally hit a Youtuber with a big enough following to raise a bigger stink about it. Which means that lots of "little guy" Youtubers have most assuredly been having to deal with this shit for a while now. See also, #WTFU. (/EDIT)

Here is what they consider to be non-advertiser-friendly content:

Content that is considered "not advertiser-friendly" includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sexually suggestive content, including partial nudity and sexual humor
  • Violence, including display of serious injury and events related to violent extremism
  • Inappropriate language, including harassment, profanity and vulgar language
  • Promotion of drugs and regulated substances, including selling, use and abuse of such items
  • Controversial or sensitive subjects and events, including subjects related to war, political conflicts, natural disasters and tragedies, even if graphic imagery is not shown
If any of the above describes any portion of your video, then the video may not be approved for monetization. If monetization is approved, your video may not be eligible for all available ad formats. YouTube reserves the right to not monetize a video, as well as suspend monetization features on channels that repeatedly submit videos violating our policies.

Hell, the "profanity and vulgar language" thing alone would kill most of the Youtube channels that I watch, such as Super Best Friends Play, Cinemassacre, Channel Awesome, Angry Joe, Pat the NES Punk, etc. And the "controversial and sensitive subjects and events" thing is just way too fucking vague and broad to be useful at all.

Honestly, at this point, I'm struggling to comprehend why any content creators are still bothering to use Youtube at all, if Youtube is going to have this gigantic a stick up its collective ass.

My guess, though, is that Youtube will start backpedaling super hard over this shit over the next few days or so and that, ultimately, nothing will change from what it has been up to now to any real extent. In any case, I'm glad I already don't bother to host anything on there, even if I had anything worthwhile to host in the first place.
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I hate nigh impossible hacks like this... but I sorta kinda enjoy watching other people play them.
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Yeah, I liked the original movies well enough, but the cartoon was definitely more my thing as a kid. Good to hear it holds up. If/when I ever get around to going through old cartoons like that, The Real Ghostbusters will be at the top of the list.
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I'm appreciative of the existence of this video. Now I have more than just the slightest clue what the fuck Pokemon Go is. I have even less interest in it than I did before I watched this video, mind you, but at least I now know more about what it is and can see why seemingly everyone and their brother's pet hamsters on the Internet are talking about it non-stop. Good for whoever likes it, I guess, but it's not something I'm likely ever to give a shit about.
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Here's a dumb thing, though. One the one side, you got one half of the Internet claiming that the only reason this movie is getting good reviews is because Sony is astroturfing and paying for them. On the other side, you got the other half of the Internet mocking the everliving fuck out of the first half.

In this case, until and unless it is proven to be the case that Sony is indeed paying for good reviews, I'm going to have to side with the latter half. I said I was going to wait for user reviews, but I honestly don't think that those will be any more useful, and likely even less so. Here's what I think will happen: this movie will get a terrible user score based on a ton of Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types leaving bad reviews, regardless of whether or not they actually see the movie. I don't think you have to watch a movie to decide if it's good or not, or at least decide if it's a movie that you, personally, want to go see, but I do think that you have to see a movie before you should be allowed to leave reviews for it. Unfortunately, there is no way to enforce that on the Internet. (But then, hell, if you go see the movie, and really, honestly, think it is as bad as you thought it would be, and then accordingly want to leave a review, then go ahead and knock yourself the fuck out. More power to you.)

But seriously, is it truly so incomprehensible that this movie might actually be as good (despite the trailers sucking complete ass) as most of the reviews seem to claim it to be, without Sony having to pay for such reviews? No, I don't think so. I'm not quite that jaded and cynical yet. As such, while my interest in it was admittedly never all that high to begin with and was further dampened by all the idiotic controversy surrounding it from all sides (and especially by the overwrought bullshit that came in the wake of the whole James Rolfe thing), I still might indeed just check it out, especially if I hear, via word of mouth from a few select people that I trust for such things, that it actually is as good as the reviews say it is. It most likely won't be in the theaters that I do this, but I may give the DVD a look or whatever whenever that gets released.

I will say, though, that the thing I don't like is how smug and holier-than-thou that latter half of the Internet is being with regards to the positive reviews.

Just gonna leave this here again...

On the whole, though, one way or another, I will just be glad when, for good or for ill, this goddamn movie finally comes out, has its run in theaters and then, finally, blessedly, dims from the public consciousness.
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So, finally, Super Best Friends Play and Cinemassacre are together in a video.

(So much better than when James and Mike had that AlphaOmegaSin asshole on there.)
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James and Mike say that the movie is "not great" and "mediocre" at best, but they seemed to like it a heck of a lot more than Angry Joe and his friends did. They claim that there are spoilers in this review, but the only real "spoilers" there are, as such, are the mere fact that Bebop, Rocksteady, Krang, and the Technodrome are in the movie at all.
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I know people are probably tired of seeing me rant about James Rolfe's treatment lately over this stupid fucking nuBusters movie, but I just want to say that I completely agree with Pat and Ian there. Except for the part where Ian said that there didn't need to be a passing of the torch, and the part where Pat said Ghostbusters II wasn't good. In regards to the latter, I agree with James. GB2 is not as good as the first one, but it isn't nearly as bad as people try to make it out to be. And once again, it is pointed out that Ghostbusters: The Video Game is essentially the true Ghostbusters 3.

Also, as Pat pointed out, and which I can't believe I forgot, James Rolfe is the guy who did Follow That Marshmallow: A Ghostbusters Tour (also starring Brett Vanderbrook, probably best known for his role in The New Adventures of Captain S [which had a crossover with the AVGN, just to throw that out there]).

In addition to that, there was also an episode of Overanalyzers dedicated to Ghostbusters.
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And yep, again, as James says here, Ghostbusters: The Video Game is indeed the de facto Ghostbusters 3 movie that we never got and never will get.

I'm glad he decided to go ahead and post this, despite all the terrible shitpiles that got thrown onto him the past couple days by extremist morons. Oh, and note how not once did he mention anything at all about the all-female cast of nuBusters (yet I figure he'll still be labeled all sorts of terrible things all over again by those who have already made up their minds about him).
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I was writing in my pencil and paper journal this morning. I don't usually care to talk about what I write in that thing on public forums like this, but in this case, I think I will make an exception. And yes, I know, I said that my previous post would be the last one on the subject, unless I changed my mind. Well, I changed my mind, obviously. Consider this post here to be the very-definitely-last-post-I-ever-make-about-the-James-Rolfe-nuBusters-brouhaha-until-I-decide-to-change-my-mind-yet-again-and-make-another-one.

Transcribed from my pencil and paper journal (with a few small additions that weren't in my journal, but you'll never know what I added here and what was already in the journal itself):

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Unlike James Rolfe, I haven't completely written off watching the nuBusters movie at some point, just as I haven't completely written off ever watching any more of the nuTrek movies either. I've said in the past that it's kind of dumb to dislike a work simply because you may not like the person who made the work, for whatever reason, rather than judging the work on its own merits. Similarly, I think it's kind of dumb to judge a work based on whatever fucked up stupid controversy may surround the work, rather than judging the work on its own merits. (To restate: judging and refusing to see a movie because said movie's trailer looks like complete ass is a valid reason, but judging and refusing to see a movie because "durr hurr feminism bad SJWs suck herp derp" is a dumb reason.)

However, even with that said, I have to admit that the ridiculous, distraught, pompous, self-righteous, priggish overreaction to James Rolfe's video about nuBusters by all these extremist radical feminists (including some people who I had thought were more level-headed than this, but I guess I was mistaken) has certainly dampened what little enthusiasm I may have had to see nuBusters down to a level that is even lower than my enthusiasm to see more nuTrek.


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