With such a title like that, you'd think this would be something good, right?
Actually, I just did this to let you people know that I couldn't think of anything today. Not that I have to do this daily, but I want to try. The Kanye West thing is still doing well, so whatever.
I plan to do a review soon on Scribblenauts, since it'll be the next new game I get. Can't wait. It may not be the next entry, but it'll be soon. Don't worry.
In the mean time, enjoy this:
Hopefully that doesn't get me in trouble, but I think it is more of a compliment than anything.
Wasn't that just hilarious? Taylor Swift should be happy that Kanye West got on stage, interrupted a speech that we all know meant a lot to her, and told everyone that Beyonce's video, who did not win in that category, was better. She should be proud.
Kanye West is a big fail. A big bowl of fail flakes. He drives a failcar, rides the failbus, sails on a failboat, and, when all else fails, takes the failtrain to Failcity where he can fail as he pleases. In actuallity, he just fails everywhere. All the time.
My problem with the situation that occured at the VMAs is because, Number 1, no one should have done that to Taylor Swift, and, Number 2, no one, especially Kanye West, should have done that to Taylor Swift. No one has the right to do that to anybody. I'm surprised no one punched him in the face. That could have shut him up easily.
You may ask, why should you care, Rapture? Why should I care? Really, because I dislike Kanye West. He is one of the biggest morons to walk across this God-forsaken planet and, once again, he proved that sentiment to every living being watching the event. Sometimes I think he does it on purpose. There was no reason for it. No reason for him to say an opinion that no one gives two shits about. "But, Kanye West says that Beyonce's video was better!" Kanye West is also the same person that has made himself look like an ass numerous times beforehand (refer to his opinions on a certain subject of Hurricane Katrina).
Not only that, but then he had the nerve to apologize. You are not sorry, Kanye West. You will never be sorry. If you had the mental capacity to be sorry, you would had never done it in the first place, you idiot. Don't think that making amends in such a way (because the internet is always the best place to apologize to people) makes you an angel. You have no right to think that apologizing, formally or informally, will change the fact that you are a complete asshole.
With all of that said, a huge kudos to the subject of Kanye's comments, Beyonce, who did Swift a kindness and let her re-do her speech, without any interruptions. That takes a lot of balls, even if you don't literally have any. And, no, we don't need Kanye West to come out and say that Beyonce is good for that, too. We know Beyonce is good. For a lot of things. Kanye West is the last person we need to tell us that.
So, in the end, what we have learned is that Kanye West should not be allowed near any acceptance speech other than his (we know he'll get some other awards because his fans still think he is good for at least something, anything....) in the future. Kanye West, I know you can't read this (if you can, you probably won't), but just know that, out in the world, everyone thinks you are a piece of shit. Good game.
And you suck at rapping, too. Eminem owned your shit in Drake's Forever remix.
What do you think of when you picture competitive gaming? Fame and glory? A fun weekend at an MLG event? Online matches? A waste of time and money?
When it comes to competitive gaming, everyone has their own opinion. Many find it to be another road to glory in this thing we call life. Some just do it for fun. Others think it is not worth their time. But, the thing that all of our opinions have in common is that, for most of us, we are competitive gamers. Posting this at vVv, I can say that essentially everyone here is, in some way, shape or form, connected to competitive gaming.
But, have any of you considered what the rest of the gaming community thinks? The people that don't out-host GB allstars and fly around the country to partake in events may not have the same views.
Thanks to my position in my school newspaper, asking people for their opinions on certain subjects is almost a daily routine. So, I took it upon myself, after thinking about the idea for this article, to ask a few people about their thoughts on competitive gaming while I was supposed to be doing my actual work.
One freshmen at my high school, who decided to be named anonymous, said, "I play with my friends , but I have no idea what Major League Gaming is. I know Halo 3 has a playlist called MLG, but I never play it. I never knew what it was."
Just a case of unawareness? Many others seemed to have the same reaction. It seems like many of them don't know much about competitive gaming past owning their friends. What about the people that do know?
"I never got into it, " said junior Garvin Wells, "it seemed like too much time. The chances of me doing anything or being successful are not there."
Another junior, Brandon Conforti, seemed to think the same idea. "Unless I'm getting the hundreds of dollars back I spent to be there, why go?"
Probably the most interesting bit I was able to collect, however, is a quote from my good friend Marco Melargno, who said, "It isn't the most welcoming of places. I was yelled at and called names more than I was invited to play games with people. They didn't care how good I was. I didn't even know if I was as good as them. They never let me show them."
What does this all mean? Well, most of us can agree that, yes, many people aren't the most welcoming in the competitive gaming community. It may all just be a waste of time and money. What does this mean to people that have been a part of competitive gaming, for better or for worse?
To be honest, from what I've seen, competitive gaming is a double-edged sword. There are times when you really just want to give up and pursue something else. But, then you have the times that you really do enjoy. Whether or not you keep going is up to you. This article isn't really meant to change people's opinions, but rather, just a different look in. Maybe it isn't so different than things you may have heard. Still nice to hear what others think.
Names and quotes taken from students of Torrington High School of Torrington, Connecticut. Consent has been given to use the names and quotes from the individuals in the above article.
Even though this isn't a new review (I wrote this one around the time the movie came out), because this blog is here, I figured I'd post it for you all to access easier. And, I love the movie, so you should read this anyways.
Produced by Peter Jackson, Bill Block, Ken Kamins, Paul Hanson, and Elliot Ferwerda
Written by Neil Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell
Released: August 14th, 2009 (NA)
Time: 112 min.
Here's my problem with summer movies that aren't The Dark Knight (2008). Every summer movie it seems, unlike The Dark Knight, never seem to resonate. None of them really took my breath away. After seeing the normal flow of summer movies this year, I was saddened to find that none of them almost suffocated me to death. The only one that was truly a good movie was Star Trek, not because its Star Trek, but because it was just a damn good movie. Still, that was technically Spring, but I digress. Yet, someone decided to throw me a lifeline named District 9. The most I knew about it was that it had something to do with aliens, something to do with a district (people say its the 9th one, but that's debatable), and...well, yeah, that's it. It made me curious. So, why not check it out?
After walking out of that movie theater last Friday night, I will gladly say that everyone with more than half a brain should see this movie. It is dramatic, smart, action-packed, and above all, a movie that you will talk about for weeks on end. District 9 is an adventure that you may not have expected and that's what's great about it. It's not a cliche alien flick, it's a true, honest movie about social issues we still have today. Still, without the messages, you can walk out saying that it was still amazing. And you'd be right.
District 9 follows the events of an ongoing crisis in South Africa, in some points showing it as a documentary, which involves the housing of over a million of "Prawns", a derogatory term the humans have given the non-humans, in the District 9 slum. Following the footsteps of corporate puppet Wikus van der Merwe, the film takes you on a spiraling roller coaster of an adventure that ends with an odd, yet "actiony" ending. Science-fiction fans will appreciate the time taken into making it a sure hit, yet people just looking for a good time will find a lot of awesome fights and explosion to satisfy any thrill seeker.
District 9 successfully weaves action with a emotional narrative that focuses on the conflict between the humans and aliens, as well as their relationships between each other. The aliens seem to be more human than the humans are, with every sentence heartfelt, even if they are all clicks and gargles and need subtitles for the normal human being to understand (that being the movie-goer, mind you). Of course, it becomes more personal when the main character finds himself in a predicament that he can't seem to get out of without the help of one of the extraterrestrials.
The movie itself is almost near-perfect. There is very little to bash it on, but then again, nothing is perfect. District 9 seems to take off a bit too slow as it tries to build up the atmosphere of the movie with documentary-styled introductions to the conflict and it's history. The ending is also a bit offbeat, as it doesn't really end, but rather just leaves the conflict ongoing and without much solution. This may be a message to the viewer or may just be that it doesn't need an ending, but some may be a bit disappointed in what they don't get after watching the whole movie.
But, I can easily say that the positives extremely outweigh the minimal negatives there are. District 9 is a masterpiece of sorts. It brings a breath of fresh air to a dim summer movie line-up that didn't impress many at all. District 9 is something Hollywood needed. It is an intelligent movie that many need to see for more than it just being an alien movie. There is something to be learned from District 9. When you take the time to truly create an amazing movie and not just slap something together with poor dialogue and crappy acting pieces, you get something like District 9: a film that is above average in every meaning of the phrase. You should not think twice about seeing District 9. Catch this gem before you lose it.
Yeah, I'm not one for introductions. Let's get this straight so we can all move on. Sound good?
When I was interviewed by Jerry (vVv LordJerith for all of you unnecessarily oblivious), we discussed a potential plan for me to have an active blog of my writings. This would include reviewing, and whatever else that was conversed about, since I honestly can't remember. Well, here it is.
This is vVv Blogsanity. I like the name. This is my blog, which will be (hopefully) a go-to source for information and entertainment. For those of you that know how I write, I'm always one to add humor and sarcasm into whatever I'm doing. I can be blunt. I can hate. I can praise. That's what makes it fun.
So, here is what you should expect from this insanity of the blogs:
Reviewing and previewing is pretty simple. I'll analyze movies, books, TV shows, games, etc. that have been released or will be released in the near future. Reviews will be, well, reviewing these things. Previews will be getting a close look at these things before released, as in what to expect, any information, and such.
Demo Play is a favorite of mine. It is similar to the a Preview, but more like a Hands-On Feature. I essentially take a demo (Xbox 360 only, since that's what I play) and analyze the game based on said demo. This is almost like a review of the demo, but may lead into what to expect from the final build of the game, what should be fixed for the final build of the game, and if the final build of the game is worth your time based on what I've experienced in the demo. It's a good time.
Then, we have rants. Everyone likes rants. Rants will be the most random thing you'll find here and it'll mostly be for your entertainment. I'll pick really any topic and rant about it. Whether or not you benefit from it isn't up to me, it is up to if you enjoy someone rambling on about the same thing until it is like beating a dead horse. Also a good time.
Finally, we have Opinion Articles. This is like a rant, but unlike a rant, isn't a rant. I'll find a topic of interest and give my two cents on it while avoiding going into a hatefest, avoiding sipping that haterade, and going into rant mode. Think of it as the anti-rant.
So, yeah. That's what you should know. That's what you'll be getting. That's what I'll be delivering to you. I hope you all enjoy what is to come (no "That's what she said" implication intended).
If you have any suggestions, comments, concerns, etc, I believe there is a form of commenting on these blogs. If not, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or aim me at dkmonkey30 or send me a private message here on the site.