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The Spoiler Section: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

Welcome to the spoilers section. This is not meant to be a well-written post or review, this is just a bunch of jotted down nitpicks of mine from watching the film. For the actual review, click here.

So let’s sit down and gush/criticize what we saw, shall we?

  • So right off the bat, of course we’ve got to talk about Yondu’s death in the film. Man oh man was that an emotional moment. I’m sure for Walking Dead fans it was even bigger, but for me it sucked really hard too, after all Yondu had finally just redeemed himself. And of course he had to make it even harder when he tells Peter that while he isn’t his biological father, he always did look at Peter like he was his son. A great moment that became even more emotional when you realized that Yondu’s time in this cinematic universe had come to an end. Chris Pratt sold this scene extremely well too.
  • Speaking of Chris Pratt selling, holy fuck that moment Ego reveals to Peter than he put the tumor in his mother’s brain that caused her to die of brain cancer! I thought it was going to be a long-winded emotional scream and technically it still was, but it followed an immediate reaction of shooting the fuck out of Ego! That was such a great moment, they handled the gravity of that revelation so well!
  • I like how they did work the original Guardians of the Galaxy into the film with Stallone, Ving Rhames and others. Now I didn’t know that there was an original Guardians group, but when that was brought to my attention, I thought that was really cool.
  • Again, I don’t know much about the lore of this section of the Marvel universe, but I do like how the Sovereign were used very well as the side villains who will now give birth to Adam Warlock, a powerful character in the Marvel universe, at least that’s what I’m told.
  • I knew pretty much right away that Ego was going to be the villain, I’m sure that’s not a surprising thing to say, after all who really thought that the Sovereign and Ayesha were going to be the final boss? A race of golden people or a fucking god? That was pretty easy to figure out. But regardless the film did a good job of the early stages with Ego, making him truly look like a father figure to Peter. The catch scene was so cheesy, I loved it.
  • Holy hell, man…the grotesqueness of this film was very unexpected. I’m not sure what was more shocking, Ego slowly regenerating or the space pirate slowly dying after being released out of the airlock. Both were terrifying to look at.
  • Taserface. That is all.
  • Lastly, can we please keep Moody Teenager Groot for the third film. I have to see this at least for part of the film!

Thanks for checking out the spoilers section, I would’ve loved to have written more for you guys, but honestly I don’t know enough of the Guardians lore and the Marvel universe lore to really go super in-depth with this one, so all I could really do is stick to what I saw in the movie. I’m sure in the next little while we’ll get that flood of articles with secret messages and hidden easter eggs in the film that unknowing viewers like myself would never catch.

Hope you guys enjoyed the film as much as I did, don’t forget to post your comments on the film’s spoilers and stuff in the comments below!

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: 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?!