Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Let's talk about #thatwoman.

An interesting little hashtag is popping up on twitter today, #thatwoman. See, the premise is that women are afraid to speak up when they're being harassed, because they don't want to be seen as "that woman", meaning the whiny feminist twat who screams harassment at everything, basically Adria Richards.

I'm actually very amused by this little hashtag. For far too long in the world of business, and in recent years in geekdom, too many guys have been victims of misandric witch hunts by feminists and social justice retards over things an innocuous as telling a dick joke to a buddy within ear shot of one of these leftoids. This hashtag may be evidence that these soulless feminists thought police are finally being treated like the poison, like the vile festering cancer that they are.

Now, all that being said let me also say that I have no doubt there are real cases of harassment in which women don't want to speak up for fear of being branded "that woman", but don't blame us men with our evil penises of doom for that, blame your feminist sisters who kept crying wolf every time someone at a tech con told a dick joke. See this is why ultimately women and minorites suffer most from the windmill tilting of social justice crusaders, nobody wants to hire someone when they think that person is a walking lawsuit. Nobody wants to be around someone who takes a rape whistle to work, nobody wants to worry about getting fired because the hag from HR overheard you tell a joke to your coworker in the breakroom. So don't blame us for the "that woman" stigma, blame the likes of Adria for crying wolf over and over again.

Review of the Week: Superior Spider-man #26

Most of the story of this issue focuses on the war between Hobgoblin and Green Goblin. The two fight for a while with their respective armies on both sides until Green Goblin purposes that it's foolish to fight this way, that the winner will have too many losses, so they purpose a one on one winner take all fight and Green Goblin manages to kill the Hobgoblin. But it turns out it's not the real Hobgoblin, but rather someone brainwashed to believe he is the Hobgoblin, and we cut to the real Hobgoblin Roderick Kingsley in Paris France, already working on brainwashing someone else to believe he is the Hobgoblin, deciding he's going to lay low for a bit yet again. Meanwhile the Avengers are taking Ock-Spidey to task for deleting the medical scans of him, which Ock-Spidey claims he did to protect him secret identity, and the Avengers tell him that since he is an Avenger, his business is their business, to which Ock-Spidey quits the team. Oh, and what's left of Peter in Ock-Spidey's head is gathering up his strength.

This continues to be a fun series, and I'm looking forward to how it wraps up with the recently announced return of Amazing Spider-man on the horizon. I was a little disappointed in how the Hobgoblin plot wrapped up. Kingsley sending others to be Hobgoblin in his place is getting to be a running gag at this point. I'm beginning to wonder if he himself has ever been on the damn glider more than like 3 or 4 times. All and all though a damn good read, but then I'm a sucker for a good old fashion Goblin on Goblin fight.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

My 10 favorite comic book artists.

So obviously I love comic books. A lot. Beyond that I really don't have any sort of clever way to introduce this list. These are my 10 favorite comic book artists. As with all my lists, this isn't meant to be a definitive "best" list, just the 10 I like the most.

10) Alex Ross. It's hard not to be impressed with Ross' near photo realistic paintings. Frankly the only thing that keeps Ross this low on the list for me is that, as I've said before, a comic book artist is in one sense an actor, and Ross is a bad actor. Characters seem to move in a very stiff and wooden way on those rare occasions he's doing interior art and not just covers. Granted he's nowhere near as bad of an "actor" as, say, Greg Land who seems incapable of drawing women who don't look like they're mid orgasm, but still. Even so you can't deny Ross is amazing at capturing the majesty and larger than life status of super heroes, and yet still be amazingly realistic about it.

9) Jack Kirby. What's to say about Kirby that hasn't already been said? Not just a great silver age artist, but arguably one of the most influential. To this day "Kirby dots" are the go to technique for artists trying to depict crackling forms of exotic fictional energy.

8) John Romita. As with Kirby, what do I even say here that hasn't been said. This guy's art is just simply beautiful. He was a master at depicting facial expressions and body language that really helped flesh out all of Spidey's supporting cast in a way I just never felt his predecessor Steve Ditko, as good as he was, ever could. But again, what more can I really say about the guy a million other people haven't said better than me.

7) Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante. Now here's one you're not likely to see on many people's favorites list and that's a shame. Spaziante, or "Spaz" as he tends to go by, is a long time artist on Sonic the Hedgehog, and in recent years Mega Man over at Archie comics. Take a look at this pic of a roboticized Sonic fighting a roboticized Knuckles. Despite the very cartoonish style that Sonic has, Spaz is able to make things so damn epic. And it's not just battle scenes, look at this pic from an upcomig Mega Man X story he's doing the art work for.
It's just a panel of a holographic message from Dr. Light, but look at it. The attention to detail, the dramatic perspective, and again, this is just what is likely to be a simple dialogue heavy exposition dump. To take the cartoony and simplistic designs of characters like Sonic, Mega Man, and Dr. Light and still give them such weight, well, that's the mark of a damn good story teller.

6) John Romita Jr. The thing I love mostly about this guy is that his art tends to have a rather dark tone to it many times, but it does do without excessively heavy shadowing guys like Jae Lee use. His strong attention to detail in backgrounds can also be a joy to behold.

5) Tom Grummett. There are few people who can do light hearted super hero fun like Grummett. His work on the 90's Superboy series was just fantastic. While also at home in darker stories, books like this were where he truly excelled. He depicted the "teen movie" antics of the skirt chasing, slightly douchey teenage clone of Superman in a way that still brings a smile to my face.

4) Mike Deodato Jr. Ahhh good old Mike. Not only is this guy the quintessential babe artist of the 90's but he also managed to grow as an artist and stay relevant, doing highly detailed artwork at Marvel to this day. But I for one still wax nostalgic for how he drew Enchantress during his Thor run.

3) Amanda Conner. So if a comic book artist is in one sense and actor, than Conner is the best actress in the industry today. The amount of feeling and range she can get from characters, even, perhaps especially in sequences with no dialogue are amazing. During her run on the Power Girl series from a few years ago, she actually fleshed out Power Girl's cat as a character. This wasn't a super smart mutated talking cat or something, this was just a normal cat. And she still managed to give it a ton of character just through the art of visual story telling.

2) Mark Bagely. You know, I kinda admit that objectively Amanda Conner is the better artist, and should probably be above Bagely. But this is a list of my favorites and damn I love Bagely. He is THE definitive Spider-man artists in my mind. Plus he also did the original Thunderbolts series, of which I think the first 12 issues are some of the best super hero books of the 90's and he did Ultimate Spider-man, back when that was awesome. And nobody ever did symbiote characters better than him.

1) George Perez. Perez' amazing Vol 3 run on Avengers along side writer Kurt Busiek is pretty much THE reason why I became a fan of the Avengers, long before an Avengers movie was anything more than a pipe dream. Not only is Perez a master at battle scenes, and really at the whole idea of a giant super hero epic, but Perez can make any character, no matter how silly the costume, look damn cool. He would draw huge line ups of dozens of characters on a splash page and you could tell who everyone was, no matter how far into the background they were, and they all looked badass. In a more perfect world this man would draw every issue of every team book like Avengers of Justice League. Perez' artwork exemplifies everything epic and awesome about the super hero genre.

So there you have it, my 10 favorite comic book artists. Don't agree, well then, you guessed it, go make your own list.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Bechtloff's Book of Genesis: Vectorman

Vectorman is a 2D platformer/run and gun game that really should be remembered more than it is. The story of the game is sort of like Pixar's Wall E. It takes place in the future where the Earth is super polluted and robots are charged with cleaning it up while the humans are away on other planets or something. One of the robots goes evil and takes over all the other robots except for Vectorman.

This game is a lot of fun, you spend most of it just blasting your way through, but there are certain power ups that allow Vectorman to transform into things like bombs and rockets so that keeps it from getting monotonous. The graphics are just amazing, some of the best the Genesis ever saw. Despite being 2D everything is rendered in a way that gives it a 3D, kind of like Donkey Kong Country on the SNES. I think the only reason this game isn't remembered more is it came out very late in the Genesis' life cycle, 1995 to be exact and everyone was busy focusing on the next generation of consoles like the N64 and Playstation. But this was a damn good game and it's a damn shame Sega doesn't do anything with this character these days.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review of the Week: Justice League #27

This issue starts out with Johnny Quick and Atomica killing a couple of members of the Doom Patrol. The rest of the issue is Cyborg begging his father to rebuild him, with his father reluctant. Then his father finally does, and Cyborg seeks out Dr. Magnus, the creator of the Metal Men for help against the Crime Syndicate. If that sounds like basically nothing happened in this issue, it's only because nothing happened in this issue.

I actually really liked the Forever Evil tie in issues in Justice League #24, 25, and 26. I had some issues with them, mostly I think the way the Crime Syndicate's world was laid out seemed a little idiotic, and a long way from the much better thought out way the Pre-New 52 Crime Syndicate's world was laid out by writers like Kurt Busiek. But this issue just left me completely cold. I guess part of the problem with this issue is that any heavy focus on Cyborg only ends up showing how much he really doesn't belong in the Justice League, certainly not as a founding member, but also this issue was just unforgivably boring. I would say just skip it.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The top 10 worst Mega Man Robot Masters.

You know how every Mega Man game works. Dr. Wily is up to his usual crap and you gotta defeat his 8 new Robot Masters. Some of them are pretty cool, some, like Wood Man, are kinda silly but in an awesome way. But then others are just plain lame. So here are the 10 Robot Masters I think are the saddest.

10) Sheep Man. Does this look threatening in the least? Also the weapon you get from him sucks. It's a little cloud of wool that raises up to the top of the screen to shoot electricity, unless an enemy hits it before it gets there, which ALWAYS happens.

 9) Charge Man. Does this even look like a Mega Man villain to you? Because to me it looks like that stupid Thomas the Tank Engine/Transformers bootleg.
Need I say more?

8) Blizzard Man. See this is the danger of running themes into the ground. You end up with an ice themed robot on stupid skis and a weapon that sucks.
7) Dust Man. He's a big stupid vacuum cleaner who spits wads of junk at you.

6) Spark Man. Again, this is what happens when you run a theme into the ground. Instead of Elec Man with his awesome Thunder Beam we get spark man with his pitiful little spark ball, almost as sad as Dan's little hadouken in Street Fighter.

5) Oil Man. Not only does this Robot Master's weapon suck, and he sucks to play as (you can play as Robot Masters in Mega Man Powered Up) but he also looks like he's wearing black face. No wonder they toned that down in the Archie Comics series.
Good call Archie.

4) Clown Man. I'm pretty sure this Robot Master is a pedophile. I mean look at him there smelling his finger.

3) Strike Man. A glorified pitching machine. 

2) Bright Man. A robot who has a light bulb on his head. He was built to illuminate dark underground mining areas. Because I guess a regular lightbulb couldn't do that for some reason. 

1) Top Man. This guy has the worst damn power ever. It makes Mega Man spin like a top. And it sucks. And the game makers for Mega Man III must have thought they were real funny because this useless ass power is the only thing that can defeat Wily at the end. How many people died at the end of that game because it didn't occur to them to use the shittiest power at their disposal? You're a bunch of dicks sometimes Capcom.

So there you have it. My 10 least favorite Robot Masters. Don't like it? Well then, as always, make your own damn list then.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

What age of comics are we in?

Most comic book fans know that comics are generally divided into ages. The late 30's when super hero comics began until the mid 50's are called the Golden Age, the mid 50's, and all through the 60's the Silver Age, the 70's into the mid 80's the Bronze Age, and the the age of the mid 80's through the 90's is usually called the Dark Age. But are we still in the Dark Age? If you think of these "Ages as last around 15-20 years (depending on who you ask) then we're well past that. Plus there is quite a bit of difference between comics of the 80's and 90's and comics of the last 10-15 years. So what age is this?

Well, this humble little comic fan would submit we're in what I like to call the "Cinematic Age". This isn't just due to the explosion of comic book movies we've seen, but rather for the decompressed story telling we've had. I would argue the Ultimate line from Marvel really started this age. And given that early Ultimate books read as though they were a screen play for a movie (especially the Ultimates).

So that's my suggestion for what to call this last decade or so of comics. No matter what you call it, I think it's pretty silly to pretend this is the same era of comics as the 80's or 90's, so let's stop calling it the Dark Age already.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review(s) of the Week: Superior Spider-man #25 and Mega Man #33

So last issue ended with Ock-Spidey under the influence of the Venom symbiote and the Avengers about to confront him over it. This issue we have a lot going on. In short Ock-Spidey battle the Avengers to a standstill, but they finally manage to get the symbiote off of him and back onto Flash. Meanwhile poor Carlie Cooper has been mutated by the Goblin formula and has joined, or more likely is pretending to have joined the Goblin King. During Ock-Spidey's battle with the Avengers the people of New York begin to turn on Spidey, trashing his spider-bots, and the Hobgoblin and the Goblin King openly declare war on each other. Did I miss anything? Oh yeah, we see Peter is indeed still alive in the back of Ock-Spidey's head and indeed was a big help in getting the symbiote off of him. Once the symbiote is off Ock-Spidey tells the Avengers that he was under the influence of the symbiote for months, making up some bullshit about having bits of the symbiote in him from a previous encounter with Venom before he got the full thing in issue 23. The Avengers don't really believe this and later find evidence that Ock-Spidey had tampered with their security cameras and vow to bring him in. Ock-Spidey uses the symbiote excuse to explain his odd behavior to MJ, and she totally buys it, mostly because she wants to.

Things are really coming to a head here. This issue was great and I'm glad to see Peter back. I have enjoyed this Ock-Spidey saga and look forward to seeing how it all wraps up in the next few issues.

Alright so this issue Mega Man travels to a parallel universe and battles crappy box art Mega Man. Nah, that's just the alternate cover, but it would be a fun story, hint hint Archie. Last issue Mega Man was fatally damaged battling Ra Moon and Dr. Wily brought him to Dr. Light offering to help fix him. This issue Dr. Wily and Dr. Light work to get Mega Man back up and running, during parts of it he's actually able to hear them working on him. We see a handful of solid character moments throughout before finally once the repairs are done the two Federal Agents Gil Stern and Roslyn Krantz show up to arrest Wily. Dr. Light had called them right away but they agreed to wait until the repairs were done. Wily protests saying he was under Ra Moon's control and that he helped save Mega Man and Mega Man confirms the part about Ra Moon and says he will testify on Wily's behalf. Our issue ends with it seeming like Dr. Wily is going to try and convince everyone that all of his criminal activity was Ra Moon's fault. Meanwhile back at Ra Moon's South American temple Break Man and some of Wily's other Robot Masters are seen chasing Shadow Man for unknown reasons.

This was a damn good issue full of some downright touching character moments. I can't wait to see where this goes with Wily possibly getting back in every one's good graces, only to inevitably betray them again down the line. This series continues to be the best all ages family comic book out there and one of the best comics out there period. If you're not reading this you should be.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Super fighting robot!

I've been on a bit of a Mega Man kick lately in my gaming, so I thought I would take a look at the Mega Man cartoon from the 90's. I haven't watched the whole series, but I've watched a couple episodes and thought I would share a few thoughts.
One of the design choices I didn't like was making Mega Man, Roll, and Proto Man look like adults. Part of the charm of Mega Man to me as always been that he looked like a kid. That he was Dr. Light's "son". Something about seeking a big huge adult looking Mega Man and a Roll with tits is just off putting to me. I felt like this was some sort of hentai parody of Mega Man that just never got to the sex.
Another odd choice was putting Proto Man strictly in the "bad guy" camp working for Dr. Wily rather than in the "brooding loner/rival hero" roll he is meant to fill. But while he may work for Dr. Wily in this, he is an absolute douchebag to him. Every time things blow up in Wily's face Proto Man is right there to say "nice going Dr. Dipshit". The above screen shot perfectly encapsulates their relationship in this show, Proto Man mouthing off and Dr. Wily silently seething with hatred at him. Proto Man is like a wife from a bad sitcom constantly belittling her poor husband's every attempt to accomplish something.

Also, at the risk of sounding like that scumbag Anita Sarkeesian, the way Roll is portrayed here is patronizing as shit. She tries to help Mega Man in battle and her only weapon is that her hand turns into a fucking vacuum. I get that Dr. Light made her to do household chores, but then keep her in that role, don't send her into battle against killing machines with a fucking Dirt Devil on her hand. If you want her to fight along side her brother Mega Man then give her a real weapon, this is just embarrassing. Seriously Roll, you're just getting in the damn way, go home. 
And then there's Mega Man's robot dog Rush, seen here in a rather disturbing pose. Rush talks in this. OK I guess that's fine, he is a robot after all, but he doesn't talk in a normal way. No, that wouldn't be annoying enough. Instead he has to talk like a cartoon dog. And it gets real old real fast. Real fucking fast. 

All and all though, these problems I had with it not withstanding, this isn't a bad 90's cartoon. It's easily one of the best video game adaptation cartoons, almost up there with the SATAM Sonic toon. The voice acting (aside from Rush) is solid, the action is fast paced, fun, and well animated, and it even had an episode that thanks to some time travel was guest starring Mega Man X, who was apparently like 8 or 9 feet tall for some reason.
So all and all, despite a few flaws, this is a cute cartoon and you should check it out, most of them are up on Youtube. Because after all, with all the shit going on in the world, sometimes you just need to watch some cartoons.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review of the Week: Avengers World #1

I'm getting bored with Hickman's Avengers stuff a lot faster than I thought I would. But I'm getting ahead of myself aren't I? I should start with a plot synopsis right? Well Captain America and Bruce Banner are on the SHIELD Helicarrier to talk with Maria Hill about having the Avengers and SHIELD have a better working relationship with each other. She talks about various crisis situations in the world and Cap shows he already has Avengers on the scene. The only memorable one of those to me were the riots in the island of Madripoor situation where we find out the island is actually the back of Godzilla Gorgon the dragon.
I admit that's kinda cool. But all and all this issue left me cold. It wasn't just that it was decompressed and nothing happened, it's more that Hickman is trying to make every single moment in his Avengers issues the most epic thing ever and it just comes across as bloated to me. If Marvel is going to have so many Avengers books, they should give each to different writers. It just doesn't seem wise to give a single writer almost total control over Marvel's single biggest franchise. Oh well, at least they didn't put Jim Lee in charge of everything like they did at DC.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Entitlement in a Theater. By Emily Colson.

I really didn't feel like writing anything tonight. Between the cold snap sucking the life out of me and a long day at work I'm just exhausted. Plus I just got the new Lego Marvel game for the 360 and Jack Donovan's book The Way of Men and I'd like to get further along in both. But then I read this article: Darkness in a Theater by Emily Colson. I wasn't more than halfway through it when I knew, Lego fun time would just have to wait, for the Bechtloff is needed.

For those of you who don't know, Emily Colson is the daughter of the late Chuck Colson, who was a major figure in Evangelical culture for several decades. Emily also has an autistic son Max. Given the fact that Evangelical culture seems to outright glorify mental disabilities, as I've discussed before, her son is almost as big of a reason for her elevated status among Churchianity circles as her father. So Emily wrote the above mentioned article, which is spreading like wild fire all over Churchianty corners of the web. In it she described how she took her son to a movie, he threw a fit, people got mad, calling her and her son names, and she finally left the theater.

Alright, now let's assume that Ms. Colson's account of this isn't horribly exaggerated, and of that I seriously have my doubts, but let's assume that people told her to shut her son up and called him retarded, then let me say that is an absolutely overblown and unnecessarily harsh reaction. BUT she had no business bringing him to this theater in the first place. She even says in the article this was a fancy expensive theater. So people paid money, damn good money, to watch and hear this movie in peace. Why should they be expected to "just deal with it" when her son has a meltdown. I know it's not her son's fault, but it is her fault for bringing him there. And by the way, this also goes for the selfish assholes who bring babies into a theater. These people should not have called Ms. Colson names, but they should have gotten the manager and he should have refunded her ticket and asked her to leave.

Of course that's not what all the Evangelicals passing this article around think. No, they can't even consider for one second that Ms. Colson was being selfish for ruining the movie going experience of others. I pointed out in my last post that Churchianity and it's leaders seem awful similar to leftists, this would seem to be another way, an absolute sense of entitlement. Did the movie going experience of all of those other people matter to Emily? Nope, all that mattered in the world to her was her and her son, and she should be allowed to take him where ever she damn well pleases. And if he throws a fit and ruins other people's evenings? Well, fuck them.

Those people might have been overly harsh, but they were also kinda right.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Here's a question for you....

For those of you who don't know these two men, Eric Metaxas is a conservative Christian author and frequent commentator at Breakpoint. Jonathan McIntosh is a social justice crusader and by many accounts the real brains, and I'm using that word rather loosely, behind Anita Sarkeesian. Seems like two very different men right? So with that in mind can anyone tell me what, if anything, is the real difference between this:

 And this:

Because to me, all I see are two moralizing busybodies commenting on games they don't understand and likely have never played in order to push their specific social agendas. So what exactly is the difference?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

My top 10 favorite video games.

Well, I've listed my ten favorite super hero games and my ten favorite Mario games. But what about my favorite video games period. Well here they are. Remember I'm by no means a hardcore gamer, and these are my favorites.So this is not by any means meant to be some sort of definitive "best" kinda list. Just the ten I love the most.

10) Mega Man 2. If you've read this blog for any length of time you would know I love me some Mega Man, but as a kid this was the only one I ever played through all the way. I've since played all of them except 9 and 10 but I still think 2 is the best. Granted many of the other ones were still great, and I freely admit I might just be bias due to my own nostalgia, but I still think this one is the best. And it has my favorite Robot Master, Wood Man.

9) Final Fantasy Tactics. I've never been a fan of the Final Fantasy games. They've all just been a bit too manga-ish for my tastes. But this one, with it's unique (at least for the series) game play sucked me in from the start. I remember a roommate had this and I had kinda fallen out of video games at the time. "You should play this." he told me. "Nah, I'm not a big video game guy these days." I told him. But I gave it a shot and next thing I know I had poured 60 hours into it. Damn good game.

8) Super Mario Bros. 3. I've talked about this on my list of best Mario games, so really what is there to say about this game? The power ups, the enemies, the level designs, this game was just amazing.

7) The Legend of Zelda. This is the first game I ever played that didn't have a linear level structure. I could just wander around and explore. True it isn't anything like the sandbox play you find in games now but I just loved that feeling of an open world. And the excitement you would get when you heard that little bit of music that meant you found a secret. Not just a great game but the first in one of the greatest game franchises of all time.

6) Saints Row 2. I had played some of the GTA games before, mostly part 3 and San Andreas, but this was the first of that style game I played where I actually cared about the story enough to play the missions rather than just dick around in sandbox play. I actually got a little emotional when Carlos died.  Combine that with the fact that you could customize your character and there was just a ton of side things to do, to explore, and to buy and upgrade and this game was a blast. Gotta say I was very disappointed in part 3 though. Never even bothered with 4.

5) Super Mario World. Much like Mario 3 I really don't know what to say here that hasn't already been said. This is just  phenomenal game.

4) The Legend of Zelda; The Ocarina of Time. This is another one where I don't know what I can say that hasn't been said. This took everything that was great about the Zelda franchise and put it into a true 3 dimensional game. This is another one where I just remember exploring for hours. But again, what can I say that hasn't already been said?

3) Tomb Raider. I fell in love with this game and this character as soon as I played it at a friend's house when it first came out. I know now a lot of the social justice leftards look down on this franchise because this character was "sexualized". I have to wonder if any of the people who say that actually played these games. Yes some of the marketing and ads were sexualized but the game itself was not. Unless of course feminists just can't tell the difference between a female character being objectified or just being attractive.

2) Spider-man (2000). I talked about this in my greatest super hero game list so I won't go into it too much here. Suffice to say this was the first Spidey game where I felt like I was really playing as Spider-man. Still a classic to this day.

1) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles. This combined game (really a full game that was split into two cartridges) of Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles is to me the single greatest Sonic game to date. I did a full review of this before, so I won't go into this too much here, but with some of the best graphics the Genesis ever had, three different playable characters with very different game play, and a really strong narrative for a 2-D platformer at the time, this remains to this day my favorite game of all time.

So there you have it, my ten favorite games? Don't agree? Well, as always, make your own damn list then.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2014, a year of building.

A while ago I was accused of being part of the manoshere. I had never really thought of myself or this blog in that way but decided it was a label I was rather happy with. Since then I explored the manosphere a bit more deeply and have even gotten to know some of the people in it a bit. One of the things I love about these guys is they challenge you to evolve and better yourself. One of the themes bouncing around the manoshpere this New Year's season is that this is a year to really step things up, as Aurini calls it 'the year we start building'. I consider that a challenge worth taking. So this year I intend to focus on self improvement, both physical and spiritual, as well as ditch a few bad habits that had been holding me back. And along those lines some major changes will be coming to this blog, chief among them I'm looking to start doing podcasts and even videos.

So thanks to everyone who enjoys this blog, and I hope to bring you even better stuff in the upcoming year.

I'm disappointed in you Angry Joe.

For the longest time I wondered why Angry Joe never seemed to address the Anita Sarkeesian controversy. I mean Joe is all about "fighting the power" and "standing up for gamers", so surely he would have some strong words for a lying con artist who came into the gaming community, pretending to be one of them when she's not, and lecturing them all on what evil patriarchs they are right? Right?!

Sadly no. Joe just released a video on the top 10 controversies in gaming in 2013 and number three was "Anita Sarkeesian & the gross sexist response". Really Joe? Not "Anita Sarkeesian and her lies"? Not "Anita Sarkeesian pisses on gamers and gaming"?

Look, obviously some of the trolling Anita got crossed a line, things like threats against her and what not, but trolls are a part of the Internet, for better or worse.  But for Joe, the supposed champion of the gaming community to further perpetuate the myth that Anita is some sort of victim here is just...well, disappointing is the best way to describe it. I'm a fan of Joe and I expect better. To his credit Joe did point out a couple of the lies Anita was caught in and he did say she should apologize for them, but it was clear that the vast majority of his anger was reserved for the trolls and not this moralizing lying leftist getting up on a social justice high horse to lecture gamers. Anita has used her trolls as an excuse to ignore all criticism and Joe has helped her continue to do that.

So Joe, if you happen to have read this, I love you and your show, but you took the wrong side here and you really failed to stand up for the very gaming community you claim to champion.