January 12th, 2014, 4:38 am

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So this happened.

Zero Kirby January 12th, 2014, 4:43 am

Yeah that YouTube comment made me pretty mad. I will admit, however, that I do see words like the f-word as just, well, words. In certain contexts (well, most contexts) they are meant to be offensive and I certainly won't use it in mixed company because not everyone sees it that way, but they're not like racial slurs where were invented TO be offensive and aren't "just words"... at least, I don't think so. Anyway, removed from total context I think it's okay to use the word like, once, instead of a goofy euphemism. Plus... it enhances the experience a little bit, since now you know I was so upset I absentmindedly used a word I would normally avoid using. This must be FOR REAL, dude.

Also it's the Internet and anyone who reads this review comic is not someone who will be offended by my foul language anyway.

That is the only reason I typed it out in this particular essay. In the original, I really did write it out before noticing I did. And when I did notice, I realized, "Maybe I should rethink this."

And I'm not nearly as arrogant to suggest that I've done better than Sonic Team when it comes to making games - I've made some stinkers, trust me.

And yes, I think Sonic: Lost World is pretty terrible. Seriously, I did not like that game.

EDIT: And then I edited it out with a censor bar. Just goes to show that I still have my limits and that even after explaining myself, I can still realize something probably still isn't a good idea.

What can you do? I have my moments of hypocrisy as well.

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MoogleSam January 12th, 2014, 5:11 am

Yeah, I can get what you are saying. Unfortunately, some people still do think that you have to be 'better' than them and those people? They are usually some of the worst in whatever area it is.

Terrible writers and terrible artists especially tend to 'white knight' for better ones, EVEN WHEN THEY SPECIFICALLY ASK FOR CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM.

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robybang January 12th, 2014, 10:30 am

You know what's sad? Someone at IGN did this stupid rant video about how entitled gamers are because they want something that isn't a buggy, DRM-laden, cash grab and game making is hard so stop being so meeeaaaan. It all basically boils down to "Let's see you do better," with a dash of "Don't like, don't criticize."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7d6PvUE_P-o

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Zero Kirby January 12th, 2014, 10:54 am

@robybang: A lot of gamers ARE fairly entitled, to be honest, to the point where it is pretty shameful.

Expecting a game to work when you buy it isn't entitlement though. It's kinda part of making the damn game.

@MoogleSam: I believe John Cleese put it pretty good when he once said to know how utterly terrible you are at something takes at least a little skill, so that if you really are just the worst, you can't know how much because you don't know the skills to improve yourself.

Overall, I think my next little essay will be about criticism - both making and receiving.

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MoogleSam January 12th, 2014, 1:00 pm

@Zero Kirby: Sadly, what is most annoying about it is that it is usually somewhere where there are hundreds of examples of BETTER work that could be learned from.

And white knighting for someone who actually ASKS for constructive criticism makes me want to hit my head off a desk. It makes no logical sense. WHY WOULD YOU DEFEND THEM FROM THEIR GOOD POINTS AND BAD POINTS!? *Dies from the lack of logic*

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Zero Kirby January 12th, 2014, 4:06 pm

@MoogleSam: Reminds me of this: http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=090108