I Fucking Love Opinions

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A full disclaimer before we begin: I have no idea what I am going to do going forward. Typically, when I have a post in mind, I mentally picture the structure that I plan to use prior to writing the post, so that I don’t get lost and ramble aimlessly. Not here! I’m just gonna go on about something that always gets me going: opinions.

Opinions are as easy as having a preference in fashion. Opinions are as natural as the food one chooses to eat. This is not a post that will assume one is ignorant of this sensation. We all know what an opinion is—we’re adults here. That said, these kinds of everyday, ordinary opinions don’t really faze me. “I prefer pancakes over waffles!” may be an unpopular opinion in some circles, but for me, the real juicy opinions come from artistic mediums… and sports… and anything with data.

Okay, let me elaborate a little more on the specific opinions that interest me, specifically. Things that fall within the range of topics that interest me, whether football, anime, video games, film, or politics—the last something I rarely voice on the blog, as I know it turns many off—often arouse my emotions. Things that I already have strong opinions on, and things I’m interested in indulging in but haven’t gotten to. Essentially, I am very competitive and I like to internally debate or justify others’ opinions with my own. Or, if they’re nuanced enough, give me a perspective I wasn’t aware of before, should their opinion differ.

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My opinion is that the simplicity of this picture makes it work.

For example, I often hear from many football fans and experts alike that Walter Payton is the greatest running back the NFL has ever seen (if not Jim Brown). Me? I like Barry Sanders. And while all three of these players were before my time, I like to think I have enough historical context and statistical analysis to believe he was the best. It hasn’t been until recently that I’ve found that, perhaps, to know greatness is to see greatness. While I wouldn’t say he’s the greatest wide receiver ever (because many have come before that surpass him), Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver I’ve ever seen play in my lifetime. And sometimes those repeated acts of greatness rub off on one. Is this the same for Walter Payton? For me and Barry Sanders? Does my inexperience with seeing any of them through a full lens hurt my case? The fun of establishing opinions.

My love of football is just one example of highlighting opinions. Let’s go somewhere less “normie” with video games! I recently published a review of Sonic Adventure DX, which is a popular game among many gaming enthusiasts. I didn’t care for the game, and I haven’t for a good number of years. As a child, I loved it, but the outdated nature of the game and the (albeit charming) stigma of incompetency was too much for me as an adult. Even so, prior to reviewing the game, I conducted a poll on Twitter asking if anyone would care if I reviewed the game. Among the responses, a certain lethargic fellow spoke up. And he dropped a bombshell.

Sonic Adventure is his favorite Sonic game. I… was floored. His favorite? Over Adventure 2? Over the originals? ManiaGenerations? Any other game that is more well-received within the community? It unearthed something within me, something I knew all too well. It was a vast curiosity to know more. What about this game, which I think is bad, could make it his favorite? Was it just nostalgia? Probably. Is nostalgia part of it? Likely. To what heights can his favor take it? This is what opinions do—they excite me, make me want to research and debate and compare and dismember.

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Internet conversation 101.

The pattern is inevitable, and it tends to occur more often with unpopular opinions than otherwise. It’s not hard to notice the sudden rise in “unpopular opinion” tags on social media or through Youtube videos in recent years. It’s sort of a trendy thing. Even so, some of the opinions on these unpopular opinion tags (specifically on Twitter) have really gotten a rise out of me. If one were to hop on Twitter dot com and look up “unpopular opinion” in the search tab, they’d be given a swift kick in the opinion gland. Here are a few from tweets (which I won’t link) that get me going:

  1. No Pokémon Gen is bad. they’re all good in their own way.
  2. Breath of the wild is the worst 3D Zelda game
  3. “[Anime] Dubs are good
  4. I can’t stand watching films that aren’t in English
  5. Evan Engram is the best Tight end in the NFC east
  6. Online gaming is unnecessary and ruins the point of gaming for me, a getaway where I can have fun at my own pace, not get pwned and told to git gud noob

Fun fact: finding these unpopular opinions was kind of hard, because some of these people don’t know what an “unpopular opinion” is. That is, of course, subjective and simply my own opinion. Speaking of which, here are a few opinions of my own that many may find unpopular:

  1. Donkey Kong Country Returns and its sequel feel less charming than the original trilogy because their aesthetic identity was reverted to a bland, ordinary Nintendo skin.
  2. Fortnite looks more appealing than Apex Legends. (Note: I will likely never play either.)
  3. With anime/manga specifically, sexual fan service is less of a turn-off than a story loaded with current popular trends.
  4. I don’t think skill alone should be an indicator of one’s place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Impact and legacy should play a part, too.
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Debatable perspective.

Even with this, popular opinions or opinions that generally reside with the popular favor can also be captivating. A Top 10 list of the best films of 2018 including HereditarySorry to Bother YouFirst Reformed, and The Favourite—all good films—is only a matter of the placement. I agree that all are worthy of being on the list, but the placement becomes more intriguing than anything. What about Hereditary was so inspiring to have it hypothetically be put over First Reformed? How does acting play into the position of the list? Editing? Production? Atmosphere? What about personal impact? What do these films mean to the person? Always fascinating to hear the opinions of those I find respectable.

With as much hesitation as I had beginning the post, I end it with just as much trepidation. I’m not really sure how to end it, neither do I know what more I can say on the topic of opinions. They’re great, I love them, and I’m far more likely to read “Transformers Review” than “103 Things Wrong with Transformers in 382 Seconds.” I want to know the basis behind any opinion. I often feel compelled to solidify my own opinion in the face of someone else’s. It’s a deeply human experience through interaction and collecting information. It may just be me, but I adore opinions. They drive me and they inspire me to create and to consume. They’re great.

What do you think of opinions? My opinions? Other opinions? Unpopular opinions?

For other posts on miscellaneous topics, be sure to check out the accompanying archive.

Thank you for your time. Have a great day.

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