The Big Picture: E3-mageddon: Crossover

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I knew people couldn't get through the episode the moment I noticed GO. It's... quite the preachy type of series it feels like. Especially the anti-thinker and his 'commentary' on the thing.

I get it, you dislike the trend. But don't keep dragging it on, just say your piece and move onto the next commentary. I'm just adding fuel to that fire, but it did feel poorly thought out at best.

Nope. This was not a good idea. Which is a shame, because there's a whole bunch of content from Bob on video games which is unfortunately gated behind a painfully unfunny framing device. Maybe you could just, like, Moviebob some video games? I'd watch the fuck out of that. But 2 minutes of so-so exegesis from an unkind stereotype with 6 minutes of tiresome set-up is not something I'm up for.

Sorry.

Sorry Bobs? I guess ...

I anit seen shit out of E3 that gives me a reason to give even the slightest of fucks it exists.

Past games like Shovel Knight, IE stuff I already knew about. Yeah, nothing there. If anything it's been depressing, not for the same 'more of last years game with a bigger number and better shine' I kinda ignore that crap anymore, but because Warframe is apparently heading to the Xbone

:/ oh joy ... I don't see that being any good at all for the community.

The Xbox press conference definitely raised my opinion on whether or not I'll be using my xbox one as something other than a cable box in the next 12 months, Sony's press conference felt like a victory lap, and Nintendo....other than smash bros, it looks like their other big games are going to wait till after the hoilday rush. That's most likely a smart move, heck my wallet is already going to be hurting this October already with youmacon but now with a half dozen triple a releases in one month, it's going to be on life support(or I could just wait for x-mas).

Is there an editor who looked at this before it was put on this website? If so, I think they need to take a long hard look at themselves because that is one of the poorest made videos I have seen put on a site like this. It was also a glorified advert for a show that does not air on this site.

Despite sketch comedy not being your strong suit, I did appreciate some of the actual moments of insight.

Beyond that... E3 is shaping up to be another crappy year, with Nintendo being the only one to catch my interests. Shame on Microsoft for being oblivious, and shame on Sony for simply choosing to celebrate their victory over Microsoft.

If the over-thinker has a goat-tee (or a van dyke if you are one of those people who have to make sure all facial hair is completely, accurately defined.) shouldn't the anti-thinker as his self described mirror universe opposite have no goat-tee?

Good crossover, I might have to take another look at Overthinker sometime.

Also great work by Escapist getting a predictions video up after the conferences are over.

I enjoyed the Game Over-thinker back when it was what the big picture is now.
Attention internet reviewers:
We do not care about your storyline crap.
That is all.

I love the Big Picture series. I even found the different perspectives, or lampooning of, to be kind of interesting. Your commentary has always had a solid degree of insight but inserting sketches and role playing to it . . . I'm not feeling it.

For the love of God, please never do this crossover again.

Silverspetz:

Right, and which "Group of people" might that be? This isn't exactly the civil rights movement here people, and I should hope that there isn't a single person who actually Thinks the x-box Live trashtalk is "ok" and Worth defending.

The fact that people look at this and go "Bob hates people for liking something he doesn't" says a whole lot more about THEIR level of maturity than it does his. Bob doesn't like certain trends in video-games and what they say about the gaming Community as a whole, big fucking deal. I don't Think that is an excuse for people to go completely blind and miss the obvious, that Bob's characters are extremely broad stereotypes played up for Comedy. Yet people still blow it up as if he took the constitution and burned it.

I think either you misunderstood what I was getting at or I didn't properly explain it.
Instead of Bob mocking and parodying Dudebro's with a humorous and poignant point it feels more like a rant going "This sucks, if you think like this you suck" and yes I'd agree with the sentiment that people who act like that are almost universally terrible, but it's not funny as with Kevin Smith any point or joke made is just drowned out by the seething anger that he has towards the thing he's raging about.

Also let's talk about the extreme stereotypes angle, it's valid one I suppose but the trouble is if you go too extreme with it your character becomes indistinguishable from the thing your mocking, also even then just because something is an extreme stereotype that doesn't by itself make it "funny", it needs to have a point a payoff, just going "I am a white over privileged male in my mid 30's " in and of itself is not a joke, it has no setup no payoff, the "multi-dudes and multitudes" was closer to an actual joke.

In the end though humor is subjective and this style of comedy apparently doesn't appear to work here with this crowd
and thanks for the insult but I never said or implied anything about maturity or how it relates to Bob.

I liked: "Walt Whitman!" "The chocolate guy?"

To quote MovieBob's emotional avatar: "WTF did I just see?"

I'm sort of with the Game Overthinker on this one. Out of all the days so few this one has been my favourite in terms of news because there seems to be a lot of fun on display, granted my opinion is based solely on the news articles that the escapist gives me so there's only so informed my pinion can be described as

Well I'm glad that 6 minutes of that episode was devoted entirely to uninteresting character introductions rather than actually talking about anything relevant.

This may be biased because honestly, ever since story came into The Game Overthinker I've just hated it. It seems so forced and Bob may be a decent movie critic but he cannot make the series story driven at all. Then, while I agree with some of the points he was trying to make with the Anti-Thinker because corporate games are sort of in that direction, I also think that just using a strawman was completely lazy. Then having Ivan say "IVAN LIKES INDIE GAMES" over and over almost devalued indie games as a whole. It's like he's using the character to be a stand-in for the 18-25 year old more "hipster" demographic and saying that though they like indie games they don't really understand it (At least that's what I took from it, though I may have been looking too far into it). And I just think that deriding E3 as a whole as a corporate event is kind of dumb, because everyone knows that's what it is. It's a chance for game companies to show off the stuff they have coming down the pipeline to get journalists and consumers excited, as well as let out sales numbers to make stockholders happy.

I dunno, while I like Moviebob he's slowly been grating on me and this episode just seemed wholly like a filler episode to kill time.

That was... not good. Please don't ever do that again.

Just because other people like things that you don't, does not mean you are morally superior to them. And even if it did, it still doesn't give you the right to degrade them is such a way. Call of Duty players are not evil, sexist homophobes, they're just people who happen to like the gameplay. Yes, some of them are the kind of morally reprehensible people nerd culture has made them out to be. But I also know lots of guys who like Call of Duty, and who are perfectly nice people.

Yes, I get that the Anti-Thinker is meant to be parody, but here's the thing. While the exaggerated CoD fan is a sexist asshole, the (maybe) exaggerated Nintendo fan wants more creativity. If you're going to take the South Park approach of making people look like idiots, at least have the decency to make both sides equally idiotic.

It'd be really easy too. For instance, make the retrogamer demand nothing but old-school platformers while dismissing experimental indie stuff because they're not "games". It'd still be in bad taste, but at least it wouldn't be as horribly biased.

Look, I really like your analytical stuff, even if I don't always agree with you. But what you're doing here is taking cheap shots at people who can't fight back. Essentially, you're bullying.

Scrumpmonkey:
He was basically just there to tell people they should feel bad for owning a penis and being white in the most lazy, broadly drawn and superior way possible. Because, you know, that makes you a terrible person now.

That is not even close to what Mr. Chipman said. He very specifically and explicitly said he is talking about misogynists, racists, and xenophobes. If what you actually heard is that you are a bad person for being white and male, then that is a matter to take up with your conscience, not to falsely attribute to someone else.

The Gentleman:

omegawyrm:
Yeah, considering that each one has gotten more esoteric, goofy, political, and melodramatic, if you were primarily playing them as a macho power fantasy, I'm fairly certain you were doing it wrong.

Yeah... there's nothing manly or macho about this:

Oh wow a grey haired cripple (ie blind in one eye) with a weak pornstach in a rubber suit! Yep that's some power fantasy right there! Just look at all those belts and buckles propping up his (pathetically small) geriatric scrotum! Sign me up!

As for the episode:

Please. No more of this Moviebob, you're better than this, I avoid your Youtube channel for a reason. Your stuff on the Escapist is at least good (even if I usually end up disagreeing with you). This was just undiluted bad and narcissistic to boot.

JimB:

Scrumpmonkey:
He was basically just there to tell people they should feel bad for owning a penis and being white in the most lazy, broadly drawn and superior way possible. Because, you know, that makes you a terrible person now.

That is not even close to what Mr. Chipman said. He very specifically and explicitly said he is talking about misogynists, racists, and xenophobes. If what you actually heard is that you are a bad person for being white and male, then that is a matter to take up with your conscience, not to falsely attribute to someone else.

In my opinion, you hit the nail on the head here. It seems most people disliked the video for it's style, but for those taking issue with the Anti-Thinker, it does seem a little bit like a bit of a backlash because of the possible reflection to their own mindset. But I could be wrong.

Personally, I enjoyed the video, and as someone who has never heard of this side of Bob's work before (probably why I'm more accepting of the concept, to those who already have an opinion formed) I found it interesting.

I'm sure this is great for the people who appreciate whatever this video is referencing, but I didn't make it to the prediction section. I found the attempt at comedy and the references to things I haven't seen to be painfully unfunny, and tapped out pretty fast. It certainly didn't make me curious.

Goliath100:
Why isn't Anti-Thinker called Strawman Thinker?

He's already called "anti-thinker" it's just as subtle.

"I'm a white male in my early thirties living in the suburbs with copious disposable income and, not by accident, very few actual life responsibilities. And my primary interests in entertainment are aggressively violent mono-dimensional simulations of retrograde masculine power fantasies for me to seize upon as an outlet for my reflexive hatred of those different than me and deeply ingrained misogyny, and to provide catharsis for my fears of change, paralyzing sexual insecurity, and looming dread that I am adrift and without purpose in an evolving post-patriarchal society that may well have no genuine use for the likes of me.

So basically, the video game industry very rarely lets *me* down!"

God I love this. It's one of my favorite quotes now.

Is anti-thinker a straw-man? Yes. But it's not like straw-men have no legitimate uses. In this case it's an incredibly effective way of describing a lot of what's wrong with the video game industry right now, and what it's describing is a very real phenomenon. And it doesn't mean that if you like Call of Duty or Halo that you're a misogynistic racist dullard man-child, so everyone just chill out.

Bob please keep your shitty Overthinker sketches out of your decent videos. You would think that with them being bad enough for blip to cancel your show you would have gotten the hint already.

This was the worst video I've ever seen on the site.

Poorly shot, annoying, weird, bad quality video, visually unappealing, intellectually bad, and poorly paced felt like I was watching something from 2008. Also it had no overall message or any type of succinct commentary or point to make, It was just not very good.

I really enjoyed the change of pace here.

It took me about a minute to see where the Game Overthinker stuff was coming from conceptually but once I got the idea it was pretty funny to watch, moreso when given context with appearance actual MovieBob.

I really wish Moviebob would pick a better space for audio. The echo is killing me.

I couldn't watch even a quarter of the way through. Please, never let anything like this happen again. I want to like The Big Picture, but if I have to wonder if stuff like this is gonna happen in it, I'll find another source for that kind of thing -just like I replaced your Escape to the Movies with Jeremy Jahns.

Okay that got boring really fast.

Is this video any good? If so give me a timestamp where it stops being annoying. If not then Imma gonna go rewatch the Palutena reveal trailer.

Bob and his multiple personalities. Also Retro-Thinker pretty much nailed why I don't pay attention to E3. It's a bunch of smoke and mirrors, hot air and promises. Also style of substance etc. etc.

I am really, really disappointed that a movie critic would accept such god-awful production values and put them to air. Critic videos always face a certain level of scrutiny. But holy shitballs, that was atrocious. Buy a freaking soft box light and even a cheap clip mic. I have a couple of spares lying around I would gladly post they are that cheap. Maybe upgrade from vhs or dv. It's like finding out that this food critic you respect eats pot noodles for dinner. This is not about technical ability. It is just sheer laziness. The content was lost on me completely due to the horrible washed out 'lighting' that a first year film student would not accept and echoy sound that is inexcusable.

A critic of movies must be regarded as above the average filmgoer in terms of appreciation of the craft. You don't need to be Roger Deakins. But when a guy whos reviews you take about 10 minutes out of the week to watch produces something so painfully and obviously bad. You really need to question your bookmarks. I am shocked that you could look at that and say "That is the composition and lighting I need" and then be critical about the way any film was put together. I am being hard about this because someone fucking has to be. If I turned in a video like that I would be fired and I have never proclaimed myself an expert on anything.

Next time use a clip mic or even use your mic that you use for your VO. Get a cheap video light and put some butcher's grease paper on it to diffuse it and soften it. Put a reflector or tin foil on the coffee table in front of you to fill out your face. Pick a backdrop that either has something in it properly in frame or nothing at all. use only natural light for the background until you get a proper kit. Take down the posters or feature them in shot. Not one or the other. There is nothing more frustrating than seeing half a poster with the light shining off it. Think about composition and what it tells us. (Why does the douchebag, macho gamer still have a NES?)
Get a new camera or use an iphone 4s and up if you are stuck. The 4s can take a clip mic to record sound. This may sound silly but get some matte make up for your face to cover the sheen. Ask for help on that one. I keep some in my kit bag and use it exclusively for guys to get rid of that sheen. This is the bare minimum you need to look good on camera. Jim Sterling took a lot of shit in the early days and now his pieces to camera look better and better because he takes this advice onboard. You and your audience deserve better than this.

Wow, a lot of people on this site are just getting their first glimpse of the game overthinker I see. Ya, It can be a little painful to watch outside the discussions, but I guess you have to view it more as a hobby than anything approaching professional. Bob may have been better off keeping it off this sight though, it'll probably scare more people away than it attracts.

Souplex:
I enjoyed the Game Over-thinker back when it was what the big picture is now.
Attention internet reviewers:
We do not care about your storyline crap.
That is all.

Agreed, that goes for ALL internet reviewers. I DON'T CARE about you telling a story to liven up a review, I WANT THE DAMN REVIEW!

I... kind of knew who everyone was when the episode started...? I haven't watched GO since Bob joined the Escapist, though, since that's about the time he started the storyline... And it was so disjointed and awkward to me, I found a bit of joy in noticing precisely where Bob merged the two videos together for his spots on the couch... And that's really the only thing I enjoyed in the video.

While I will admit that the "gaming community"(use the phrase loosely) and the gaming industry does have a large number of bad habits, I don't think making a character rattle off what amounts to a checklist of them is the best way to go about handling the issues. With Jim at least he's willing to tackle issues separately and in detail rather than trying to stack them like Lincoln Logs to take out "In one fell swoop" only to land on his face and have the stack fall on top of him. It just comes across as a strawman since you are oversimplifying the issue for the sake of brevity. As for the Game Overthinker, I'm in the group that, whilst liking the discussions, tend to skip the skits since you don't execute them very well IMO.

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