So I checked in on here recently and I saw a journal in my watch, and--Honestly I don't check journals much because they RARELY have any information that interests me, but this time was different. I saw it was someone posting a gripe about a recent or upcoming video game based around wrestling
. And it was one of those WWF/WWE titles notorious for its custom wrestler features and such, but I don't know too much about that since I technically never cared for them. From what I know, the closest I've ever come to that kind of thing is Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 & 4.
So he goes on about how this custom wrestler system has features that allow for sharing these things online and--I've already seen something like that thanks to YouTube and I can honestly say this: the idiots are still in full swing
. I'm gonna say they're idiots because there are's always at least one dozen people who have to try and recreate something that already exists. Not a spoof or reference but as much of a copy as they can make it!
And this guy--the one from the video on YouTube--searched ONE THING and found loads of results for what he was trying to find.
Lemme take a few moments to nitpick at that: I know that in some cases imitation is a great form of flattery... I mean--frick, it's HALLOWEEN
RIGHT NOW!! It's the holiday for costumes and candy binges!! For this one day you're likely gonna find people dressed up as ghosts, chickens, plumbers, and POWER RANGERS! But WHAT is THIS?!?
I know it's a virtual environment and such, but for
's sake! WHO'S PLAYING THIS GAME?!? WHY
DO WE HAVE TO GET SO MANY KNOCKOFFS OF THE SAME FREAKING THING?!? Is it like a
ing IMPERATIVE now for communities like this to be spammed with utterly unoriginal CRAP?!?
Hang on, I'm not done with this yet! This isn't the only place we'll see this! MMOs and other online games are valid victims as well! I regularly play a game called Champions Online, and--Hell, anyone who's played that long enough will know EXACTLY
what I'm talking about; all of those clones of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Deadpool, and the HULK running around! I wouldn't mind seeing these so much if they weren't so frequent and so AWFUL! I mean, 'Deadppol'? 'Hulck'? 'Iron Guy'?
None of them are genuine parodies, either, so you can see how lazy these players are! It's
But enough about that. The part where the journal starts to NOSEDIVE
in my honest
ing opinion is that he claims that social media is killing console gaming. He's sniping at the networking potential of the XBox One and the PS4 and as well as the manufacturers' attempts to stay ahead of the gaming technology race! I don't implicitly favor either console, but I don't yet despise them either. In fact, I honestly don't really care for them! As far as I care, the game selections for them so far are absolute
mainly because of their manufacturers; Microsoft
. Most of the standout games on those consoles so far have been First/Third-Person Shooter games and I'm tired of that too! I see enough of that on STEAM
, for Gaben's sake! Now I don't implicitly hate FPS games. I have a few exceptions; Duke Nukem 3D, Unreal Tournament, Borderlands 2, Left 4 Dead--If they're genuinely fun, I'll grab them, but that's one thing I agree with the journal author about. It pretty much stops there, sadly; The only reason I'd gun for either an XBox One or a PS4 is because the next Kingdom Hearts game is slated to be released on them. I DO NOT WANT TO BREAK THAT CHAIN.
Anyway, one of the claims that he's breaking out is that social media is destroying console gaming and I feel a little offended because I have a 3DS
and a Wii U
. BY NINTENDO.
And I've got one word: MIIVERSE.
It's this little community system built into the Nintendo Network that uses your Mii as an avatar and you're practically signed up by default when you use the Wii U online. To be perfectly honest, though, the Miiverse hasn't really gotten in the way of my gaming on these consoles because I'm not particularly social, but I am still having a lot of trouble finishing New Super Mario Bros. U because of that and the game's difficulty; I fail a stage and I see 3 messages from RANDOM PLAYERS on the Miiverse pop up on the black screen. New Super Mario Bros. U is practically a
in' advertisement for how the Miiverse works in regards to games, y'know? It's annoying!
I understand what this guy's getting at, BUT you're not gonna like what I'm gonna say next...I think he's overreacting.
I dropped a comment requesting his thoughts on my stance as a Wii U owner and he stays away from it to keep is pressure on the other two non-handheld consoles and--Get this: He calls them glorified PCs.
You're gonna take a gaming console and classify it as an overly-pimped-out Personal Computer?!? Caustic opinion much?!?
You DO realize the length of the implications that can be brought forth by saying that, right? Take a moment to think about it: You just implied the XBox One is running on Windows 8. You also suggested you can install something like Linux on it. And it probably won't take too much effort to hunt down an emulator for it that can allow it to play GameCube games, will it? I think I WOULD like to be able to play Luig's Mansion on an XBox One! That would be ing awesome
, wouldn't it?
Listen, I get it. I understand what the problem is. Microsoft and Sony are fighting to better professionalize the art of console gaming by fighting to put as much graphics and/or processing power in their consoles as they can. Having juggled a few computers myself, I GET IT. But the snipe at advancing communication between gamers in the very consoles they play--in my absolute honest
ing opinion--is CROSSING THE ING LINE.
The Wii is Nintendo's FIRST home console to have online network support, and it was the BEST thing to happen to the Mario Kart series & the Smash Bros. series as far as I give a bleep! Being able to jump online and play your friends over the internet was FREAKING. AWESOME.
I will NOT change my opinion about that. As far as I know, Nintendo is doing the social connection thing RIGHT.
They're using the right games and the right amount of allowance. I think I can say Microsoft's pulling a close second, and Sony has freaking LittleBigPlanet, but Nintendo is still the reigning king as far as I care. Why else would they name a console the Wii
? It rhymes with 'we'! Because THEY WANT TO BRING PLAYERS TOGETHER.
And the Wii U is taking it to the next level, whether we like it or not!
Long rant short; Shoot the Xbox One? Go ahead!
Shoot the PS4? Feel free!
Shoot the Wii U? Even indirectly? I can't stop you!
But don't pile gaming hardware
and information technology
in the same cesspool unless you want to rage at the gamer communities, too! If you're gonna hate the games, then I say be willing to hate the gamers, too, because I say they should deserve as much rage as the manufacturers themselves!
it, I'm gonna cut the outro short. R.A.P. out!
"Yeah, I dare ya! Ragequit!
Come on, make us both happy!"
~The Scout UPDATE:
I got a note from the author of the other journal entry this one is in reaction to (Scott, I'm going to kill you if you were involved in that). He brought to my attention the stingy business practices of Microsoft and Sony, particularly involving the favor of cloud servicing over backwards compatibility. I would like to point out that I purposely ignored those details because they've already been raged about elsewhere...FAR elsewhere. Throwing my own opinion about that into the open would be an exercise in utter redundancy at this point, especially when I consider how the 3DS cannot play the GBA games that the NDS could. Nintendo's moving forward, too...They're just not going overboard like the others.
, this whole journal and the other is like a collective praise of Nintendo, now that I look back on it all. I'm not saying it actually is... It just looks that way.
"Oh fat man, PLEASE!
This is getting awkward!"