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user-inactivated  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This article isn't even vaguely about Fortnite

Excellent article. I've known people who became obsessed with sport. I'm talking 40+ hours of drill and prep for Football, spending thousands on equipment the whole run. You never see articles freaking out about this behavior.

Video games are the new threat to traditional media. You and I have shared articles back and forth about the Book Panic of the 1850's, the Radio panic of the 1920's the Comic Book Panic, etc etc etc.

This style of article will eventually change when a new medium, in 10-20 years, threatens the dominance of video games.

Having a kid with an obsession about something, whether it be space, heavy machinery, sports, science, etc can be a good thing if you have good parents that temper that obsession with healthy social and mental development. Then direct that energy at a career that the kid can excel at.

kleinbl00  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Ready Player One was on the plane. I watched it. It made me hate my job more than any movie I've seen in a decade. It was The Goonies combined with That's what I Call '80s! run through a Greetings Fellow Kids understanding of VR.

It was abundantly clear that a "kid's movie" was quite clearly designed for GenXers and 90sKids so they could wallow in their own nostalgia at the cost of... fucking anything. Entertainment?

Video games ate fucking traditional media a decade ago it's just taken a while for the husk to stop twitching. The annoying thing is that there are still those journalists that don't play video games that don't understand video games that have to reframe video games in terms of Reefer Madness or some shit.

DOOM: December 93

DIABLO: December 96


Fuckin' skiing down a bloodbath there, video games.

galen  ·  650 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Ready Player One was on the plane. I watched it. It made me hate my job more than any movie I've seen in a decade. It was The Goonies combined with That's what I Call '80s! run through a Greetings Fellow Kids understanding of VR.

"So much of Ready Player One is assembled from the detritus of our past that it is less a film and more an overstuffed cultural recycling bin. A shiny, expensive, well-cast and professionally assembled recycling bin, sure, but a trash heap all the same."


kleinbl00  ·  650 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    But what is worse than Ready Player One’s predictability is its pervasive immaturity, which bleeds into hostility. Engineered as a backward Corinthians in which audiences are actively discouraged from putting childish things away, the film fuels the worst aspects of fan culture. It is not enough, say, to be interested in Atari to live a full and meaningful life. You must know every game produced for the system, the cheat codes, the serial numbers, the hidden meaning behind those serial numbers and the blood type of its designer. Trivia is scripture, and the path to enlightenment can only be found in your basement, staring at the screen and smashing action figures against one another.

Yeah pretty much.

user-inactivated  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  
user-inactivated  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The GameTheorists, maybe two-three years ago ran a survey where 85% of the boys/teens/20-somethings in their audience did not watch any traditional TV. NONE. They streamed it or binged it on streaming services long after original airing. Some 40% of their audience NEVER WATCHED TELEVISION SHOWS Since TGT's audience (some 10 million subscribers) is almost entirely young men, and the young male demo is one that is heavily chased by advertisers, this gives an idea why TV people are a bit freaking out. Televisions product is the ads, and the shows are the hook to get you watching the ads. No people watching, no ad revenue.

I realise that my saying this to you is like a high school student talking back to a PhD, but yea. You've written here that TV is domed, and this will get into a redundant conversation. The long term watchers and targets of the ads have moved on. It's all old people now and old people don't buy new stuff they stick with the brands and services they have bought for the last 30-50 years.

Ready Player One was not a great book.. it was, meh. Not a fan. I'm not going to bother watching the movie.

kleinbl00  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Everyone whose opinion I discount thought Ready Player One was an awesome book.

All I know is the Ready Player One is a Spielberg movie. Neuromancer is not. Snow Crash is not. Idoru is not.

bfv  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Would you want Neuromancer to get the Johnny Mnemonic treatment?

kleinbl00  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

True. I've read two different screenplays and they're both shit.

I had the good fortune to work with Morgan Freeman once; he's got a model of Rama in his production company's foyer. I asked him when the movie was coming out and he said "as soon as we get a decent script."

it's been said that the reason Tom Hanks owns the rights to Stranger in a Strange Land is to prevent any producer from ever fucking it up.

tacocat  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Have you heard about this?


The title is click baity but I heard it on the radio. My reaction was, "Huh? Hmm... OK. Alright then, makes sense." I think that happened again with the mention of video game scholarships. I'd qualify it as positive coverage.

HGL  ·  653 days ago  ·  link  ·  

If the kids agree to play fewer hours/do homework in exchange for me paying for coaching I might consider it.

kleinbl00  ·  654 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Patient Zero on all this was a WSJ article that's much more about parents hiring coaches so that they aren't completely pwned by their kids. Most of the kids interviewed are all

    Rob hopes his friends don’t find out how he upped his game. “They’ll probably think I’m cheating or something,” he said. “That’s how 10-year-old kids work.”

    “I felt like taking lessons was over the edge,” said Elliot. Now, he’s reconsidering. “I don’t want my dad to be better than me.”

    Mr. Giles’ 13-year-old daughter, Morgan, says “it’s kind of cool but weird at the same time.” She dislikes how her dad screams with delight whenever he wins a match. “It’s annoying.”

    Paul Rakovich’s 7- and 9-year-old sons grew suspicious when their dad suddenly became a lot better at “Fortnite.” Mr. Rakovich, of suburban Denver, copped to getting an online coach. Now all three take lessons separately.

    “My oldest is better than me, no doubt about it, and I wanted at a minimum to hang at his level,” Mr. Rakovich said.