I'm looking around the internet and I found a big month+ long poll/vote about the "Game of the Decade" and that sounded cool. Well, it turned into a "provide your own list" and I don't have time for that so I opted out. Thn the (somehow) compiled a list of what they felt were the best examples of possible "Games of the Decade" Some we agree, some we disagree, some have never heard of. Fine. I still feel that games and their installments should be viewed as one game (Halos, Metal Gear, FF, etc.) so for the most part I treated the different brackets as though they were the best representation of the game. The problem arises when Kingdom Hearts comes up against Kingdom Hearts II or Final Fantasy X vs Final Fantasy X2. Sure, KH2 takes it, and FFX2 wasn't even really its own game, but WTF?! Also, Zelda: Windwaker is making a move at the best game of the decade. As it stands its in the top 4! WTF people?! WW had no less than 42 hours of tooling around in a boat just "walking" between islands. Not fighting, not storyline, not exploring, just walking via the quickest route to get to where you wished you already were. 42 cursed hours!!! Really? Is it the most boring game of the decade? The worst waste of time game of the decade? The let's let our brothers/sisters/grandparents pick the game of the decade???
I really have this feeling that people have lost all common sense in most facets of their lives and it isn't a good feeling.
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Comics Books. Great fun on a rainey Saturday, or any day that ends in "y". Some of our culture's most famous icons have once graced the newsprint pages in stirring CMYK and their heroics and villianous deeds are the stuff of legends.
So its only natural that such noteworthy happenings should be not only in the papers and in other forms of print, but in everything from advertisements for soap to TV movies and video games. But during this transition so much is lost, remade or just just plan incorrect that I believe that some of the soul of the character is lost.
I have been into comic books and the characters within since the late 80's. I have since aged some 20+ years and I now have a young daughter who is expressing interest in the same books that I used to escape into when I was her age. She sees all the movies and she asks me questions, like "Why is Wolverine not wearing that cool black leather suit? What's with all that yellow?"
I laughed as I am sure that some (most, even?) who read this just did. But at the same time I felt heartbroken. I grew up with "yellow-spandex-slice-and-dice" and maybe I didn't quite identify with him so much as I did with others, I respected him. With the movies and the video games all clamoring to garner the adoration and cash monies of the newest generation of fans, they're slowly and albeit accidentally destroying one of the parts of my childhood that I valued most: comics.
I remember when The first X-Men movie was released (just to keep on the same theme) and I said to myself, "...at least they gave Magneto a helmet, and Xavier's still got his wheel chair..." and it made me sad that ogue's entire backstory was ignored just so that we could pretend Wolvie wasn't the main character of the film. In the 3 subsequent movies, its more and moe obvious that he should have been.
The same thoughts of a family member on their deathbed overcome whn I think about the new Spider-man movie. With all my soul, I pray to Odin that he not let such fate befall Peter as did Anne Marie. And if you do see fit that he deserves such a fate, know that I along with my comic-ed bretheren, will not go and see the Venom movie, even though we did see Spider-man 3 ONLY because He was in it. ;)
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