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Saturday Morning Rants Are No More

Right off the bat, don’t worry, this isn’t me reducing content on the page. I’m also not removing my ranting nature from the blog, so this change is really just one in name and date. I just came to the conclusion this week that having a specific date and a specific name to a single rant just didn’t make sense in my head anymore.

The idea of a “Saturday Morning Rant” was just a fun idea in my head that would get me to pick a topic every week and rant about it. The problem is that after a while, I would have nothing truly fueling me to go crazy and tear something apart. If you read several of these posts, you probably notice a few that were far more tame compared to others. Those would be the weeks where I had nothing too rage-inducing to get me going, usually due to me not wanting to wait until Saturday to release an article about something that royally pissed me off on let’s say a Tuesday. And it’s because of that kind of situation that I’m stopping the Saturday-specific rant posts. I can’t guarantee myself I’ll have something that lives up to the name every single Saturday. Sometimes stuff doesn’t come up in a week, or they come up too early in the week that if I don’t write it ASAP, I’ll lose the angered edge to it.

I’m not surprised if anyone thinks after this that maybe at one point the page will have zero weekly content and every post will be just posted at random times. I think honestly if there’s an article that this could happen, it’s the Waifu articles, but that won’t be because I lost interest, it’ll be because I ran out of girls to list. I knew ahead of time when I started that series that unless every week I replenished the list with three female characters, I would slowly, but surely run that number into the ground. It’s not at that point yet, but it’s certainly not at a high number like it was a year ago when I started it. As for the other two weekly articles, the Sexy/Beauty/Cutie articles will only die if I don’t want to do them anymore. There’s over 40,000 girls listed in, I’m not worried about losing numbers. And unless anime altogether becomes garbage, I’ll certainly have a weekly simulcast post, unless I don’t have internet for a month again. I will die if that happens again, I think…

But yeah guys, I’m still very much here and I’ll still be happy to rant about things bothering me, take the recent Mario Kart post for example. It just makes more sense to me now to post them when they’re fresh in my mind and not wait until Saturday when my anger has lowered and the story has grown old and stale in the minds of many readers.

I’m gonna miss the graphic though, I still like it. Looks nice and shiny.

Saturday Morning Rant: We Need To Figure Out Digital Gaming

So while I was surfing on Kotaku, I came across a report that Alan Wake will be taken off all digital stores on May 15th, this Monday. This is due to a music licensing contract expiring on that day. Obviously you’ll still be able to find physical copies of the game, but to download the game digitally, it will be no longer possible after that date.

This raises a few issues in my mind about digital content in the future. Take into account that this is a major game, folks. You may not have played Alan Wake, I didn’t either, but this was a major release. Maybe not AAA compared to bigger franchises, but this wasn’t some indie title that flew in under the radar, this had a load of marketing behind it when it was near release. This happened to a game of this caliber. What are the chances this happens to something bigger? Can you imagine Grand Theft Auto V going off digital stores because of this? Of course not, Rockstar’s still making millions a month off the game, but let’s say a game of that notoriety had to be taken off digital stores because of a licensing agreement ending. That would be a huge loss!

Then there’s the smaller indie titles, the ones that don’t see a physical copy. Alan Wake will forever live on due to having discs, but a ton of indie titles would not if they fell into this situation. Can you imagine some of those indie gems no longer being existent, unless of course you managed to snag a copy? I mean, look at people who have a copy of P.T. on their devices, how big a deal was that? Imagine a game like say…Owlboy having to shut down and be taken off digital stores. You can’t get it without piracy, plain and simple.

So in the end, I think the games industry needs to look at a story like this and start to really take a second look at how they’re doing things. I don’t know if every game has to be a lifetime-long affair, but it sure would be nice if a second generation at least can grow up to an age old enough to want to look for games like this and be able to play them. Since we are in a digital age now, that’s possible, so we need to figure out how to keep it available without resorting to piracy. Because sure, everyone plays SNES games on their PC emulators nowadays, but man it would be nice if having the physical copies or at the very least digital copies of the games were more affordable or even available in some cases.

The digital age of gaming is still relatively young, we’ve got time to figure it out.

Saturday Morning Rant: It’s 6am, I’m Sick, I’m Fucked

I wake up at around 5:30 in the morning on Thursday with the full-knowledge that I’m probably going to be feeling less than stellar. The night before, I started feeling a tickle in my throat, usually the feeling I get when a cold is coming along. Day 1 of a cold for me is the “No, no, no, no, no, nooo!!!” day where I try to convince myself that I’m not getting sick and a lot of the time it works. I take cold medicine once, go to sleep and I wake up the next morning with the realization that I set off a false alarm the night before.

The time was not the case however and sure enough, I woke up Thursday morning on Day 2, the “Fuck.” stage. Even worse I didn’t realize till just before going to bed that I only had enough medicine for one dosage before bed, hence why I woke up at 5:30, a half-hour earlier than I normally do before going to work. I figured that’d give me enough time to get to a grocery store and pick up a bottle or two (or fifty) of cold medicine, since I have the inability to swallow pills for whatever reason.

However, I didn’t count on the fact that, well…most grocery stores don’t carry medicine.

I got really frustrated in that time. Not only did I lose a half-hour of sleep doing this, but now I’m going a whole work shift without any medicine while on Day 2 of a cold. I was screaming in my head as to why a 24-hour grocery store had a shelf chalk full of vitamins, but not a single bit of cold medicine. How the hell is that even possible?! How do you have loads of Vitamin B2, but not a single bottle of DayQuil?! You have several different brands of Vitamin C, but not medicine for the most common illness?! Needless to say, I was a tad bit pissed off.

Now I get it, not every store is going to carry everything, but the ones that do, they’re not open before 7am, most of them. I don’t know of any 24-hour pharmacies or Wal-Mart stores in my area, this 24-hour grocery store I went to is literally the only place around me I know of. There needs to be more options out there, not just for when you’re sick, but if you’re hungry, thirsty, whatever, there should be at least a few places you can think of that you can go to.

Sure, does everyone like night shifts? Of course not, they’re really hard shifts to balance a social life with, trust me I know, I used to work a job that was 6pm-6am four days a week, it was miserable. But I’m honestly surprised in this day and age there’s still very few options when it comes to 24-hour establishments. I can think of on one hand how many chains I know of that I’ve seen a 24-hour schedule on, three of them are fast food, one’s the grocery store in question and the other is a gym. If there are 24-hour department stores like a Wal-Mart anywhere, they’re certainly nowhere near me and that’s a real shame. There’s a lot of people who work night shift jobs that would kill for a few places to go when on break or on their way home.

Thursday was a long day for me…*cough*

Saturday Morning Rant: ***SPOILERS***

This article is not about spoilers, I will not be spoiling anything.

(Bruce Willis’ character in The Sixth Sense is dead the entire movie)   

This rant is not dedicated to spoilers themselves, rather the ideology game companies have when it comes to YouTubers and Twitch streamers playing games and letting the public view them and thus creating the “risk of people seeing spoilers” that so many (usually Japanese) game developers get really salty and downright angry about.

Obviously the biggest example has been Atlus and Persona 5 in terms of streamers being “asked” not to stream after the 7/7 date in-game, which by the way isn’t anything special, I’ve played through it. There were other things as well, but that was the big one. As someone playing on the PS4 though, I’ve noticed I can’t even do as much as take a screenshot of a single thing in the game. I can’t screenshot a funny moment, I can’t screenshot a great moment in a cutscene, I can’t even take a screenshot of the fucking pause menu. WHAT AM I SHOWING THAT’LL AFFECT SOMEONE NEGATIVELY, ATLUS?!!!

(Sephiroth kills Aeris at the end of Disc 1 in Final Fantasy VII)

It’s another thing that just goes to show you how behind the times and how downright inept and insane Japanese gave publishers and developers are. We’ve seen SEGA ban anyone who talks about Shining Force (ironically enough, popular YouTuber TotalBiscuit just ended his 5-year long ban of SEGA games on his channel [here]), Nintendo just banning anyone for doing anything in general (see everyone) and the current offender is Atlus, another case where the non-Japan sectors of the company don’t agree with what they’re doing and wish they could change their minds, but their Japanese overlords once again could not care less about anything going on outside of Japan.

For those unaware, if you thought America thinks highly of themselves, Japan literally gives zero fucks about anyone who is not inhabiting their island. Something could sell ten times as many copies outside of Japan, but if it’s not doing well in Japan, they’ll shut the whole thing down. They only care about what’s within their own little bubble, if it’s not something originating in Japan, to some it doesn’t even exist. It’s an extremely self-righteous and idiotic way to look at things, let alone an absolutely horrendous way to do business.

But let’s get to the much more pertinent issue, shall we?

(Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father in Star Wars)

It’s no secret that for some, spoilers is a major issue. Every time an episode of Game of Thrones or Walking Dead airs, people completely stay away from all social media to avoid anything that could spoil the episode for them. People tread carefully through walkthroughs and articles about games they’re playing, so they don’t come across information they might find that has something to do with something they haven’t gotten to yet. It’s completely understandable that people want to avoid that sort of thing, obviously when something is story-driven, we don’t want to know what happens before we see it ourselves.

But here’s the thing. When it comes to YouTube and Twitch, let’s be completely honest here. The people that watch these videos and streams fall into one of three categories:

  1. People who watch the first little bit of the game before the story truly kicks in as a way to decide whether they like the game or not and if they’ll end up buying the game or not.
  2. People who are already playing the game or have finished the game and want to see what other players did, such as alternate routes, different strategies and even alternate scenes/endings.
  3. People who do not intended to play the game at all and are just watching it because they like the person playing the game.

The majority of people usually fall into either #1 or #3 and the latter is where Japan falls victim to the oldest fact in the gaming industry that anyone with half a brain knows, going all the way back to the piracy days: If someone pirates a game, they weren’t going to buy it in the first place. This also falls in line with spoilers, the majority of people that are watching a Let’s Play series on YouTube or a Twitch stream that is late into a game, they’re not intending to play the game themselves and if they are, it certainly won’t be at release when it’s full price, they’re definitely waiting for the game to drop to under half-price.

(Sheik is really Princess Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

It’s pretty simple anyways, folks, if spoilers bother you, don’t go looking for it. It actually isn’t that hard, I know in this day and age of social media and the internet that it seems difficult, but in actuality it’s quite easy to avoid spoilers. Just don’t go on the sites you usually go for to see articles about the spoilers you just watched. Stay off of social media, or at least don’t spend hours going through every post you see. Most importantly, don’t Google shit about it! Google is the worst for hiding spoilers!

So yeah, Atlus and every other company are out of their minds if they think “preventing spoilers” will do anything. There are always work-arounds and people will come across them anyways, no matter what you do to try and stop it. At the end of the day, just worry about how good your game is.

Persona 5 is such a good game, I could care less if I knew a spoiler here and there.

Saturday Morning Rant: “It’s Early”

“It’s early.”

Those words are ringing in my ears over and over again right now. I’m a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan and at the time I’m writing this, their record is 3-12. For a team that us fans anticipated and expected to compete for a playoff spot, this isn’t exactly the start we were looking for. At the same time, it’s even worse in our heads because the offense of the team is extremely lackluster. There are 196 batters currently listed for batting averages and three starters for the Blue Jays are in the bottom ten, in fact they occupy 190th, 191st and 192nd on the list. That is fucking horrendous.

But even worse, after I’m already pissed off about how badly the Blue Jays are playing right now, all I keep hearing in my ears are those two words I mentioned at the start: “It’s early.”, as in there’s 147 games left in the season, calm down, they’ll recover. Here’s the thing, folks, only winning 3 of your last 15 games is never a good thing at any time in the season, so why is it suddenly okay because it’s the start. If this was July and they had a 3-12 run, people would be freaking out, but because it’s April, it’s okay.

Here’s some math for you folks. For the Blue Jays to get back to being a .500 team, they’d have to go 78-69 the rest of the way. Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Let’s add onto that. Last year, the Jays and Orioles were the two wildcard teams in the American League and they both had the same record of 89-73. Assuming that’s the bare minimum to make the playoffs again this year, the Jays now have to go 86-61 the rest of the season. That’s a .585 baseball team from now until the end of the season. Basically, the Jays have to win 2 of every 3 games for the rest of the year. I’m not the best at math, but I can see how difficult being a .585 team is going to be. The best team last season were the Chicago Cubs who were a .640 team at 103-58 and in the entire league, only two other teams played above .585 by the end of the season, the Texas Rangers and the Washington Nationals and guess what? They’re only .001 above that at .586!

So with the lack of offense and the several pitching injuries already this season, I don’t feel like it’s unreasonable for the average baseball fan and Blue Jays fan to think that the season may already be over. Could they recover? Of course they could, but what are the odds now?! They basically have to be the best team in baseball the rest of the way through at this point and each loss that brings them further under being a .500 team alone pushes the bar even higher for the team to have to achieve in response.

In fact, right now the projection for the Jays to make the playoffs is at 15% and let’s be honest, the only reason it’s that high is because the AL East is a weaker division right now. The Chicago White Sox are 7-7 but are at 0.3% because everyone knows it’s either the Indians and maybe the Tigers in the wildcard spot. Upon checking another site, they have the Jays at an even worse 10.5% (they’re nicer to the White Sox at 7.7%) and I fully expect that number to drop further as time goes on here.

Sorry folks, but the Jays ain’t making the playoffs this year. Better pick a secondary team to watch this year. I’ll take Cleveland and watch Edwin Encarnacion actually see a World Series and quite possibly win one.

Saturday Morning Rant: Fuck You, Amazon!

Dear Amazon,

I like your website. I’ve bought a ton of things from you. Thanks for that.

But fuck you for your new anime service, Anime Strike!

This season has become a real difficult one for me in terms of watching anime in simulcast form. Usually I use a service like Crunchyroll, but you took two shows away from them that they streamed the first season of and on top of that, three other shows I intended to watch.

Here’s the five shows you’ve kept from me:

  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism
  • Sagrada Reset
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend (Season 2)
  • Kabukibu!
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria

Now you’re probably thinking: “How did we keep these from you?”, funny you asked. Well for starters, you’re being a bit ridiculous right off the bat by having your service for $4.99 a month provided you also have an Amazon Prime membership. That sucks. But you know, I could look past that, I can accept getting an Amazon Prime membership, just means I’ll start buying stuff from you more often to justify the monthly costs. Oh wait, I can’t, because Anime Strike is only available to US customers.

Wait…you want to be a streaming site of anime that comes from Japan. It’s not dubbed anime, it’s straight from Japan with subtitles. You want to stream this content from a country that isn’t the United States, but only make it available to the United States? You’re an international company, but you’re going to take anime that has been available before to customers outside of the United States AND LIMIT THEM NOW TO ONLY THE UNITED STATES?!!!

Amazon, I gotta level with you here, you’re being absolutely fucking retarded here. I do not understand whatsoever why you are taking foreign content and making it available in one country, like it’s foreign content that you made. You can’t tell me that it’s expensive to make available in other countries when there are a number of services that already do it. On top of that, YOU’RE FUCKING AMAZON!!! You have more than enough money to afford the “extra costs” to stream these shows internationally. And you know what? Even if you tell me “Hey, we’re testing this service, so we’re keeping this to the U.S. for now.”, well in that case, WHY DID YOU GET SHOWS THAT HAVE HAD SEASONS ALREADY STREAMED INTERNATIONALLY?!!! You could’ve easily grabbed shows like Alice to Zouroku, Gin no Guardian, shows that are debuting their first seasons. But instead you grabbed shows like Saekano, Sword Orotoria, Shingeki no Bahamut, shows that other services have put out for all to see and you put them behind a border wall.

So Amazon, while I still love you as a shopping service, fuck you and I will be more than happy to just wait until the season’s over and torrent these shows and watch them on my own time.

It’s 2017, folks. How the fuck are we still region-locking anything?!

Saturday Morning Rant: The Term “Mark” (Wrestling)

If you’re a wrestling fan who keeps up with the behind-the-scenes stuff on the internet, you’ve surely heard the term “mark”. For those outside of wrestling here’s the definition of a mark:

“A wrestling fan who enthusiastically believes that professional wrestling is not staged, or loses sight of the staged nature of the business while supporting their favorite wrestlers. Also sometimes used by industry insiders to describe a participant in the wrestling industry who believes that any aspect of the industry is more important than the money they can earn; for example, being preoccupied with holding a title belt rather than being paid more. Although this term has lost most of its original meaning over time; the term has been also known to be related to people have little or no knowledge in about the backstage, the industry as a whole or overzealously defends a major company or product while ignoring all others. This sub term is called a “product mark”.”

The reality of the term within the internet subculture of wrestling is that a mark is basically someone who knows it isn’t real, but gets upset at everything, as if they thought it was real. It’s usually used now as an insult, a way to knock a person down a peg. As anything else in society, I cannot stand it when a term is used as a way to shut a person’s argument down. For a wrestling fan to be called a mark, it’s about the same as someone is basic society being called sexist or racist, you basically lose all credibility upon being bestowed the term. And that’s way wrong.

I’ve never liked the idea of using terms and insults to settle an argument or to dispel thoughts and opinions that one doesn’t agree with. This really became a thing after what in my opinion was one of the worst endings to a WrestleMania event ever, supposedly the biggest wrestling event of the year. For those who don’t know, a legendary figure in the industry in the Undertaker lost to a man hated exponentially by fans keen on the behind-the-scenes of pro wrestling, Roman Reigns. There’s a feeling from many that Roman is unfairly pushed to the top when other guys deserve some of the spotlight and he basically ended the career of one of the most legendary and well-respected men in the history of wrestling in the Undertaker. Not only did his end the career, but the match was reminiscent of taking Old Yeller behind the barn and shooting him in the back of the head, it was not fun to watch. Now if Roman was shown to us as a bad guy or a “heel” in wrestling terms, we’d be mad, but okay with it. But in the context of WWE right now, he’s a good guy or a “face” and is pretty much shoved down our throats as such.

After the event, naturally a lot of people took to social media with their displeasure and the rounds of name-calling and issuing of the “mark” term was given out in droves to anyone slightly annoyed by what they had just watched. Anyone who got upset, they were a mark, therefore their opinions were not important and not worth anyone’s time. It comes down to that culture once again where anyone who doesn’t agree with someone usually just resorts to name-calling and character assassination, rather than having an actual debate about the topic at hand. I never saw people posting why they thought the match was actually good, why it made sense to have it end the way it did, instead there was just a flood of “Grow up, mark.” or “Fine speech.”, a reference to a John Cena line that’s basically used to tell someone that they just wasted everyone’s time.

I’m not going to use this post to make my own case for why the match was bad, I think enough people have put their opinions out there on the matter, I just have a problem with the lack of dialogue between those with differing opinions. For fuck’s sakes, folks, how hard is it for you to have a civil conversation with people? Would it kill you to at least take another person’s perspective into mind before you go around slinging insults like a monkey with its own shit? Yes yes, I’m aware I’m asking the average internet user to be civil, hardy-har-har, but seriously, how did we get to such a point that not liking a fucking wrestling match and outcome became a criminal offence to people?!

It’s funny isn’t it? They tell these “marks” that wrestling’s fake, yet they’re the ones getting involved in a person’s reaction to a fake wrestling match. Isn’t that worse?

Saturday Morning Rant: Gamestop…Need I Say More?

So the news came out not too long ago that GameStop intends to close around 200 or so stores worldwide. It’s never a good thing to hear about stores closing and people losing jobs, that’s never fun for anyone and as someone who’s been a part of an entire division shutting down, it sucks, it REALLY sucks!

But putting the sad soon-to-be unemployment of a number of people who work their asses off…GameStop really had this coming to them.

This is a store chain that survived a lot of other brands shutting down. Rental stores completely withered away, so many mom and pop shops have closed down, opened up and closed down again. We’ve lost major companies like Blockbuster, hell I’m Canadian so I’ve watched retail chains like Zellers completely shut down and the U.S. juggernaut Target fall flat on its ass. And through all this, GameStop is pretty much one of the only major games in town and is certainly the only major video games only store around. There’s still BestBuy, Walmart and other chains, but when it comes to being video game central, GameStop is all that’s left really, not counting the odd mom and pop shop that’s barely hanging on. And yet with this dominance, with this monopoly on the market, GameStop has done everything in their power to make every mistake they possibly could and piss it all away.

Let me ask you this question: When’s the last time you meant to walk into a GameStop for a reason other than picking up a game on release day? How often do you of your volition walk into a GameStop just to browse their stock and maybe leave with something? I can’t answer that question, I don’t remember. I have always walked into one specifically for something, or I have been in a mall where one sits and I decided to walk in and check it out. I don’t think in my own head “Hey, I’m going to go into GameStop and see what they’ve got!”, I haven’t thought this in a long time. I would assume that most people don’t do this anymore, you just don’t walk into GameStop unless you have a specific reason, or you just stumbled into one purely by accident.

You know where we do browse stock at random times, trying to find a good deal on games? Places like Amazon, BestBuy, or if you’re a PC guy, y’know…oh what’s that service called…it’s really popular…hm…OH YEAH, FUCKING STEAM!!! You know what these places have that GameStop doesn’t have? An online store that is functional and easy-to-use! I cannot stand shopping on GameStop’s online store, it’s an absolute chore and it’s at the point that if they have a really good deal, I’d rather just go straight to the nearest store.

You know what else I could do? PRICE MATCH SOMEWHERE ELSE!!! GameStop, the sole dominant brand for video games, they don’t price match. Uh…WHAT?! The most basic thing in retail and you don’t do it?! Are you insane?! Well clearly the answer is yes. Why would you ever shop at their store, you can just go to BestBuy, get the deal they’ve got on a game and then price match another deal GameStop’s got with them too and kill two birds with one stone. For most though, they’ll just buy online, usually from Amazon as they’re always killing it with console game deals. Why make the trip to their store when you can price match elsewhere or buy online from a better online store?

And then there’s all the POP figures and ThinkGeek merch. If GameStop wants to become Hot Topic with video games, fine, but we know that’s not the case. The reality of it is that GameStop went this route because their game sales are going down and they need to find other outlets for more cash flow. I have no intention of ever buying one of these things at a GameStop, if I wanted a NERF gun, there are so many other places I could get one and for a far better price.

So what does GameStop have to do in order to counter what they’ve done. Honestly, I’m not sure if they can recover, I think the gaming industry is going the online route, who knows how long they’ve got. We’ve all been assuming that this store would be eventually closing the same way video rental stores like Blockbuster did years ago.

But let’s say GameStop can recover, what would they have to do? Here’s a few ideas I have:

  • Improve their website, holy shit I can’t stress this out enough. It’s an absolute nightmare to use!
  • Price match. Pretty straightforward.
  • Get rid of Kongregate and Game Informer. No one uses either of these, nor did they ever want them.
  • Remove the massive shelves of figurines, apparel and other shit and have retro games in there. They don’t have to go Turbografx level of retro, but stock the important stuff. PlayStation, Nintendo, SEGA, etc.
  • Bring back the play test machines where you could play games. Have a set game every day, maybe switch it every couple of hours. Have a Call of Duty game on, a sports game, a racing game, whatever works. Give customers the chance to test a game and they might think about buying it.
  • Plop an arcade machine or two in there as well, something fun that most stores don’t have. I’m not saying Time Crisis level of arcade machine, keep it to arcade stick machines, like fighting games and such, that way it doesn’t take up too much space.
  • Maybe stay out of the news for a little while with stories about ripping off your customers or keeping things away from them!

That’s just a few things that GameStop could do to solve a couple problems and maybe better themselves. Will they do any of these things? Probably not, they’re stubborn and think they know better. And based on their sales numbers and the fact they’re about to close not a couple stores, but a couple hundred? Yeah, they’re way lost now.

GameStop…the WWE of retail. Fuck, man…

Saturday Morning Rant: Let’s Maybe Not Film Everything…

As WWE Superstar, Paige is learning, this age of cell phones, texting, images, videos, all of it is easy to find, steal and post online for all of the world to see, regardless of how personal and how private they are.

How many times have we heard about leaked sex tapes, leaked nude photos, all that jazz? It happens all the time with celebrities, hell we had that massive leak a couple years ago of a ton of celebrities that became hilariously known as The Fappening. It’s no surprise anymore that people are getting stuff hacked or stolen and posted online without their permission, whether it’s nudes, masturbation or even sexual intercourse. In Paige’s case, all three got posted recently after her phone was hacked (or stolen) and the images and videos were posted online.

Now I do have sympathy for Saraya-Jade Bevis, better known as Paige. These photos and videos were stolen and posted without her permission. There is nothing okay about this kind of content being posted without the person’s permission, no ifs ands or buts. However, there is no denying the fact that this was all completely unavoidable, especially at the level of some of these videos.

I don’t understand this craze of both men and women taking nude selfies and recording videos of themselves either masturbating or having sex with another person or more. I understand that for some people it’s a fetish of being filmed and that sort of thing, but for the average girl let’s say, ESPECIALLY TEENAGE GIRLS, I’m constantly shocked on how uneducated and uninformed they are of the potential of these private photos and videos getting out online. We’ve seen that it’s not limited to celebrities, average kids are having this happen to them too and I’m not talking 18+ either. There are a ton of cases where high school girls and sometimes even younger are passed around and put up online, which by the way is child pornography and on an even bigger factual note, it doesn’t matter if you are a 15 year-old boy and have 15 year-old girlfriend, if you have a picture of her naked, you are in possession of child porn, that’s bad enough. If you pass it around, just think about it for a second what that could possibly mean. It’s not pretty, folks.

So in the case of Paige, regardless of who she is, there should be a sense of responsibility and awareness of what was going on. And it’s only heightened even further by the fact she is a celebrity, she should know better and should be aware of what’s going on. We live in a time where so much is passed around online and the second it’s there, it doesn’t matter how quickly it’s deleted, it’s there…and it will always be there. It doesn’t matter who you are, you need to be aware that whatever you create now has the potential of being posted online.

So be aware, folks. If you’re going to do anything of this level, for the love of god think twice about it. And then think about it a third time, because why the hell do you need to film yourself having sex with someone? How about just enjoying the sex? That works just fine!

Saturday Morning Rant: We Get Death Threats Too!

This rant is likely going to piss a few people off and admittedly it’s a bit late to the party, but it’s something I’ve had on my mind for a while now and it’s just something I kept forgetting to talk about on one of these rants.

Now first, let me start off by clarifying that I’m not saying it’s okay for anyone to get death threats. Take note of what I said too by the way, ANYONE who receives death threats, not just women, or specifically women who are “fighting against sexism and misogyny”. Under no circumstances do I think it’s okay to send someone a death threat, no matter how unlikely it is for that person to commit to it. I don’t think sending death threats or threats that intend to harm someone “for the lulz” is funny, not one bit, I think it’s a childish, poor way to get a message across that could be summed up so much easier with “I don’t like you.”.

But here’s where my issue is. For the longest time, all the way from Anita Sarkeesian onward, I have seen time and time again women specifically on the side of feminism using the “I’ve gotten death threats” as a way to promote their message further, to gain sympathy from people. I’m not saying they aren’t getting death threats, I’m sure they are and in droves, because when the internet hates a person, they can’t help themselves, they go beyond over the line, as we’ve seen on so many occasions. But I feel like they’re using these death threats not as a way to make them stronger and commit harder to their message, but to gain sympathy from their followers and in some cases, put a little more change in their pocket.

It’s funny to me when I see this happen, because they make it sound like they’re the only ones who receive death threats, as if feminists are the only people that the internet has ever sent death threats too. Please, there are more than a handful of people who send children on various social media sites and apps death threats and on a regular basis. There’s certainly more people than just women being sent death threats. Do you think Pewdiepie doesn’t get death threats? What about JonTron? TotalBiscuit? AlphaOmegaSin? All guys on YouTube and other forms of social media, they must not get death threats, right? They’re men, who would possibly send them death threats? That’s the narrative that gets pushed when people try to use the “I get death threats!” tactic, it makes it sound like they’re the only one, as if it’s not a normal thing.

How normal is it? Even I’ve gotten one. Yes, I, CSRadical, the guy with less than 500 followers on my blog, 100 subscribers on YouTube, 100 followers on Twitter, I’ve gotten a single death threat. I’m surprised honestly it’s only been one, perhaps I’m not trying hard enough, eh? And I’m nobody in comparison to names I’ve listed above and I’ve gotten sent a death threat. What does that mean? Well I’m still standing here for one thing and the message was sent…I want to say just over a month ago now. I didn’t respond to it, in fact I laughed at it and took it as a sense of pride for me. I didn’t immediately rush to my page and spam articles and tweets a’plenty about how I was hit hard by a death threat from a callous, black-hearted individual and please…PLEASE!!!, send me your praise and sympathy so that I may get through this difficult time!

Folks, it’s the internet, don’t take it too seriously. I get stupid comments often, it’s not worth bringing any attention to it. What do I gain from responding to someone who responded to something I said with “Fuck you, faggot!”? What can I possibly say that’ll get this person to change their ways? Especially in the case of someone who’s trolling and just saying it because it’s funny to them and there’s no consequence to doing it, what’s going to make them change? Not a damn thing. So when it comes to death threats, it’s not worth worrying about, I could die at any moment without having someone wanting to kill me themselves. I could die in a car crash, a building collapsing, a wild animal attacking me, a sudden disease infecting me, there are so many ways I can die without anyone getting involved, why bother worrying about another way I could die?

Once again, I’m not saying death threats are okay, but I am so sick and tired of seeing articles, videos and tweets only from women. It makes it seem like they’re the only ones getting them, which isn’t true and it also makes it seem like it must be okay if men are sent death threats, because that fact is never mentioned, it’s never brought to the forefront.

But of course, who cares about men, right? Because y’know, we’re all about equality here…