One of the trends that I’ve noticed with games in recent months is the practices of releasing a game, wait for the reviews to come in and then completely pull a 180 that pisses off gamers by adding a feature they knew was frowned upon by the community. Call of Duty Modern Warfare is the latest example of that possible practice.
One of my biggest annoyances when it comes to character creation sections in games is the lack of hair options for Afrocentric people. Look, it’s great that they finally added detailed skin tone variations, but that really does me or people like me any good when I’m forced to either go with the Afro, thick dreads or buzz cuts IF I wanted to created an authentic Black character. And what’s puzzling to me is why that’s always been largely ignored. At first I thought, “huh, maybe our hair just ain’t that easy to model or animate”, then I’d take one look at ANY of the 2K NBA games and realize that’s bullshit.
Look, I’m not going to insult your intelligence here! The title sounds “fancy” but the real point of this blog is to highlight a fact that most of you all have already noticed. And that is, the reviews from critics (gaming, movie etc) no longer aligns with the public’s reception, which begs the question, can they be trusted?
So, after that whole NBA2K20 gambling trailer came out, which promoted actual gambling, it got me thinking again on how we can stop these companies for abusing such dirty, underhanded tactics. As I pondered away, my first train of thought went towards getting the government involved to force these guys to stop promoting gambling in our games. However, I realized maybe that may not be the best approach and could in fact yield some unfavorable results!
So, this was something that I had no clue about until a few hours ago. As it turns out, a lot of people online are fearful that the new DC Joker movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix is somehow going to make people sympathize with actually individuals who go out of their way to commit mass shooting and terrorist attacks.
Alright, I held off from talking about this for a while as I felt that this wasn’t such a huge deal at the time. I thought that this was just that small minority making a bad case for why Peter Parker should be Bi in the MCU, because Tom Holland’s apparently and allegedly gives off that vibe and said something abut a Bi Spider-Man at some given point. The usual in this day and age! However, when it gets to a point that they’re willing to defame Stan Lee’s name to further their agenda, now that a bit too much.
I recently learned about this and to be honest, this is the most ridiculous enforcement of speech that I’ve seen in gaming in recent memories. Borderland 3 is really out here threatening to ban people from their forums for not using the “correct” pronouns for a robot in their game. Yes, on top of being a fictional character, this fictional character is a robot who apparently identifies as neutral, yet has the vocals of a man!
So for the most part, out every single MCU movie that was revealed for Phase 4, none caused more of a stir that Thor: Love and Thunder. And for good reasons.
I made a video over at my YouTube channel talking about my annoyance with old people who are clearly out of touch with reality, blaming video games for the cause of a horrific mass shooting that took place in El Paso. I wanted to continue the discussion.