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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 animecharacterdatabase.com, 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: 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: 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…

Saturday Morning Rant: The Battle of Avoiding Mass Effect Spoilers

I have been looking forward to Mass Effect: Andromeda before it even had an official name, the second I finished Mass Effect 3, I was ready for the next one. Since the series started, while I loved the trilogy, I wanted something specific from the series, something I knew that if any series could do it, Mass Effect was the one. I wanted a space epic where I was an explorer finding new planets, new civilizations, new races for the very first time. I didn’t want to start as a space military juggernaut, as much as I loved my many Shepards, I wanted to be the guy who found shit!

And now the game will be in my hands in less than a month. But unfortunately because we’re so close, a new challenge has arrived:

An endless supply of spoilers.

My standpoint on this particular game is simple. This is a game where you are discovering things, new planets, new races. Why in god’s name would I ever want to know any information on what these planets look like, how these races look, how these new characters will act?! I don’t want to know what anything looks like, how it’ll act, any of that! Why? BECAUSE THEN I WOULDN’T BE DISCOVERING IT!!!

Now I’d understand this kind of thing if this was the first game of a new IP. But Mass Effect has three games that have proof that the team knows how to do a space epic. So why are so many people wanting to see this? Well it’s a simple case of we’re used to it, so we expect to have a flood of information before the game comes out. And in most cases, I’d be okay with that, I’d absolutely want to know what the next Call of Duty game will have for modes and weapons in multiplayer, I’d want to see the new features in the next EA Sports game. But in the case of Mass Effect: Andromeda, why would I want to know anything beyond the main character? It’s a story-driven game and when the story revolves around discovery, why would anyone want to know anything pertaining to the new things you’ll see. Now if it was an Asari character, or another human, who gives a shit, but if we’re talking a brand new world with a brand new race, I don’t want to know a fucking thing.

If I know anything, my decisions could change drastically heading into the game. My goal for Andromeda is to make this the first game that I do everything without looking at other people’s choices to see what the results were. And yes, this could include losing a party member. Because I didn’t start Mass Effect when it came out, I was exposed to so much that told me what not to do. This time around, if I feel being an asshole is the correct response, that’s what I’ll do and not worry about the consequences.

I’m not mad at anyone specifically for this, I’m just annoyed of how fast my reflexes have to kick in to avoid reading any material that tells me anything pertinent towards the game, or seeing any pictures that might show off something new. I’ve come across some pictures, but didn’t catch enough to burn it into my memory.

But seriously, folks…it’s a story-driven game about discovering new things. Why are we revealing so much?!

Saturday Morning Rant: Just Watch It!!!

So I re-discovered one of my biggest pet peeves the other day. So I wanted to show someone the trailer for the upcoming film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, that’s all I wanted to do. Show this person a two-minute trailer. That’s it. Two minutes. Two. Instead of that, I got a long conversation before the video even started and then finally, FINALLY after starting the video, it was paused within the first ten seconds, because this person saw something they liked that reminded them of something else entirely and decided to turn that into a multi-minute conversation.

Okay okay okay. So I might be overreacting a little bit here, but holy fucking shit! To anyone who feels the need to pause a video to stop and talk about something, you are just the worst kind of person to do anything with. These are the people who enjoy hearing their own voice, who enjoy being the center of attention and I cannot stand them. It’s one thing to talk about something related to the video being played, but it’s another thing to pause the video and start talking about a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TOPIC!!! It’s a two-minute video! It’s not two hours, it’s two fucking minutes! Let it finish! If you forget what you wanted to talk about when the video ends, then I guess that topic you wanted to talk about wasn’t fucking important. Oh and spoiler alert, that conversation was completely uninteresting and not important in the slightest, it’s literally this person talking for the sake of talking.

There are people out there that I can’t wrap my head around, most of the time it’s for much larger things, but this is one of those little things that really troubles me and I can’t understand what possesses someone to act in this manner. It’s now at the point that I’m unsure if I’d ever want to watch a full-length film with this person, I’m afraid two hours would turn into five. I’m not even convinced I want to take this person with me to watch a movie at a theater, even with the addition of this person not having any way to pause the film, I’m convinced this person would try to talk about shit with me while I’m trying to watch the damn movie!

The biggest problem I have though, is honestly how rude it is. If this person wanted to show me the Valerian trailer, then sure, they might pause the video to show off something cool they saw, that’s fine, but I’m the one who brought up this video, I wanted this person to sit down and watch only two minutes of video in succession, that’s not asking for much. But this person thought not only that it was okay to pause this video almost as soon as it started, but thought that it’d be a good idea to talk about childhood memories. Wow! What a nice person, y’know?

Yeah…I’m going to try and avoid watching anything with this person from now on. I’m afraid so many things I love will get tainted.

Saturday Morning Rant: My Golden Rule For Pre-Orders

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The reviews are starting to pour in and for Horizon: Zero Dawn, it did not disappoint. A lot of people who pre-ordered the game will likely all be breathing massive sighs of relief that their purchase will not have been a mistake.

When I saw the initial reveal of the game at E3, I was amazed by what I saw and I wanted to see more of it! But when the release date was official and pre-orders opened, I still held back. This is a game that I thought in my head had Game of the Year potential and I wasn’t going to pre-order it?! Am I crazy?! Well, yeah I am a little crazy, but this isn’t a reason as to why. I honestly sat there and thought to myself “How many times has a game looked so good and then ended up being terrible, or a broken mess?” and that was enough for me to say no.

I have a single golden rule for pre-ordering games, folks. It’s not complicated and it’s easy to follow.

Only pre-order games that are from an already established series that you have already played and enjoyed.

That is the easiest and most effective way to not get burned on release day. When you pre-order a game you’ve never played a game in the series before or a completely brand new game, you’re essentially gambling with your money. Sure, are you doing it as well when you’re pre-ordering the next Call of Duty when you’ve been playing since the first game? Yes, but at the very least you’ve played games in the series and enjoyed them, you know what you’re getting into and you know at the very least that you have enjoyed it before. With a new game, how do you know you’ll like it? Just because it’s a genre you like, a developer you like, anything of the sort, this is a brand new experience for you. You might not like the design, the story, the characters, the gameplay, there’s so many things you could have happen to make you not enjoy the game you paid full-price for.

Another reason you should hold back is the price point. There are a lot of games that if you wait only a month, it will drop 10-15 bucks, maybe even more when someone puts it at a discounted price. I’ve seen games go from $79.99 to $24.99 in less than two months before, if you’re patient enough it’s more than possible to find a good deal on a game that you definitely want to play. The bright side as well is that by the time it goes on sale, you’ll know for sure whether the game is in your wheelhouse or not, as reviews, let’s plays, Twitch streams and much more will have come out for the game and you’ll know what you’re walking into, especially with a brand new IP such as Horizon.

I can understand worries that people have about things like lesser-known games having less copies on store shelves, being spoiled parts of the story, things like that. My honest opinion is that if you really, REALLY want to play the game, just wait a few days so the reviews come in and you get an idea of where the game’s at. Then buy it on Friday when it’s the weekend and you can really enjoy the game. But if it’s something you can wait for, then give it the couple of months for a store or website to discount it heavily and take advantage of that.

I only have three pre-orders, all three fall into my golden rule:

  1. Mass Effect: Andromeda – I’ve played every game in the series, loved them all at a 8/10+ level
  2. Persona 5 – The previous two games in the series are the last amazing memories I have with JRPGs, both games 9/10+ with me
  3. Kingdom Hearts III – A long-running series whose main games have always been tremendous experiences with me

It’s not that I don’t want to play games like Horizon, but when it comes to games I’ve never played before, games that I’ve never seen before, I can’t fully trust them, there’s been too many games that have proven me right in that situation. Think of The Order: 1884, sweet Jesus think about No Man’s Sky!!! We’ve seen it proven time and time again where games have come out, had plenty of hype behind them and ended up being awful games.

Putting money down on a game you have not played is such a ridiculous gamble, so if you’re going to take that chance, set some rules for yourself so that you can avoid cases of games you spent full-price for and at best would rate it a 6/10 after finishing the game, if you even manage to do that.

Just be aware, folks. Not every game will live up to the hype like Horizon reportedly has.

Saturday Morning Rant: An Eye For An Eye-Raising Suspension

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I don’t often talk about sports on this page. Like wrestling and other topics I sometimes talk about, I try to steer away from it in the hopes of sticking to just two topics: gaming and anime.

But this is an issue I’m not walking away from. For those who haven’t seen the Gustav Nyquist spear that nearly took out Jared Spurgeon in game this week between the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild, here’s the video. Hopefully it’s still up when you read this article.

Now doesn’t that look ugly as all hell? It really does look like he intended to carve out Jared Spurgeon’s eye, doesn’t it? Thankfully, he missed Spurgeon’s eye and got him in the cheek, which still hurts like hell because these composite hockey sticks ain’t soft! So with a horrifying action like that, you’d expect Gustav Nyquist to be thrown out of the game, right? After all, HE NEARLY TOOK OUT THE MAN’S FREAKING EYE!!! But nope, he just got a 4-minute double-minor penalty for high sticking, the same call you get when you accidentally hit a guy in the face when you raise your stick and make the guy bleed a little bit.

I’m not done though. Now the NHL has released the number of games Nyquist will be suspended for. Now keep in mind the massive suspensions given in NHL history, via a 2012 article by The Canadian Press:

  • Life: Billy Coutu, Boston Bruins, April 1927 for assaulting two referees and starting a Stanley Cup bench-clearing brawl. The ban was dropped after 2½ years, but Mr. Coutu never played in the NHL again.
  • 30 games: Chris Simon, New York Islanders, Dec. 19, 2007, for slamming his skate into the foot of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu.
  • 25 games: Jesse Boulerice, Philadelphia, Oct. 12, 2007, for cross-checking Vancouver centre Ryan Kesler across the face in a game on Oct. 10.
  • 25 games: Chris Simon, New York Islanders, March 11, 2007, for the rest of the regular season (15 games) and playoffs for his two-handed stick attack to the face of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. Since Islanders played only five playoff games, suspension extended to first five games of 2007-08.
  • 23 games: Marty McSorley, Boston, Feb. 2000, for knocking out Vancouver’s Donald Brashear with a stick-swinging hit. On Nov. 7, 2000, the suspension was extended by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to Feb. 20, 2001.
  • 23 games: Gordie Dwyer, Tampa Bay, Sept. 19, 2000, for abusing officials and coming out of the penalty box to fight in an exhibition game against Washington.
  • 21 games: Dale Hunter, Washington, May 1993, for a blindside check of Pierre Turgeon of the N.Y. Islanders after a goal in a playoff game.
  • 20 games: Steve Downie, Philadelphia, Sept. 28, 2007, for leaving his feet to deliver a deliberate hit to the head Ottawa forward Dean McAmmond in a pre-season game Sept. 25.
  • 20 games: Todd Bertuzzi, Vancouver, March 11, 2004, for his sucker-punch of Colorado forward Steve Moore on March 8. Bertuzzi’s suspension was for 13 regular season games, plus playoffs. Bertuzzi was reinstated 17 months later, after the year-long lockout.
  • 20 games: Tom Lysiak, Chicago, Oct. 1983, for intentionally tripping a linesman.
  • 20 games: Brad May, Phoenix, Nov. 15, 2000, for hitting Columbus’ Steve Heinze on the nose with his stick in a game on Nov. 11.

There’s some real doozies in there, especially Chris Simon’s bullshit. Looking at the list, we’ve got skate stomping, slashing guys in the head with sticks, hits from behind, even basic “head shots” during a game. So for a play like what Nyquist did, a play that if his stick was an inch higher, he could’ve blinded Jared Spurgeon and ended the 27 year-old’s playing career after only six years, what does one get for such a play? 20 games? 25 games? Maybe a little lower around 15 games?

Nope. Six games. Six. Six games. Fucking six games.

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How in the blue hell does the NHL justify such a low number of games? I don’t care about the usual reasons. He was a first-time offender? So what?! He nearly stabbed a guy in the eye! He didn’t seriously injure Jared Spurgeon? So what?! He nearly stabbed a guy in the eye! He didn’t actually intend to hit Spurgeon in the eye, in fact he was intending to raise his stick up and over him and then cross-check him? SO FUCKING WHAT, HE STILL NEARLY STABBED A GUY IN HIS FUCKING EYEBALL!!!

Even crazier, Antoine Vermette is getting a 10-game suspension for lightly slashing a referee, because the rule book says that’s the minimum suspension. How does the NHL expect anyone to take them seriously when touching a referee gets you a minimum of a 10-game suspension, but nearly blinding a player and ending his career doesn’t have an automatic suspension and can get much lower than that?! I understand you don’t touch the officials, I get that, but explain to me how the Vermette play is a bigger suspension than Nyquist’s play!

The NHL has always been a joke with suspensions, they rely on things like precedence, repeat offenders and things like that. You wouldn’t give a man who kidnapped a child and then brutally raped and murdered them only six years in prison because he was a first-time offender, you’d throw the freaking book at him! If you want to send a message to players in the NHL to take close care of their sticks during a hockey game, this was a fantastic moment to do so and instead of doing what they should have done, which was give Nyquist a minimum of 15 games, they did half that and made this into a joke!

But then again, that is the NHL. They are so lucky us Canadians will watch it no matter what…