Give Andy Dalton a Break for 2019

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Disclaimer: This is not a post arguing that Andy Dalton, as a football player, is underrated or a bonafide starter (even if I believe he is). This is also not arguing that Andy Dalton has never gotten breaks before. The main argument presented here is that Andy Dalton deserves better. His stats aren’t pretty and his team is 0-8 in 2019. As of yesterday, on his own god damn birthday, Dalton was benched for rookie Ryan Finley. Thus, the floodgates opened about the longtime Bengal’s legacy, worth, and role in a dumpster fire year for the 2019 Cincinnati Bengals. Continue reading “Give Andy Dalton a Break for 2019”

How Trends Affect the Quality of Japanese Media

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Before starting, I’d like to take a moment to thank Irina from I-Drink-and-Watch-Anime for inspiring this piece. While her original article (perhaps sarcastically?) asked for someone to create a list of benefits for gatekeeping in anime, I couldn’t quite get past a couple adequate benefits, seeing as I don’t believe in it. Instead, it churned the mind to think about my own history with popularity in anime, which led me to my greatest enemy: trends.

Also, this will be my personal opinion. It is not gospel, though I’d be flattered if you believed so. Continue reading “How Trends Affect the Quality of Japanese Media”

Expecting a National Dex With Pokémons Sword & Shield is Insane

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People are crying. They were once overjoyed, blissful of the state of the upcoming Pokémon games, which would grace the Nintendo Switch for the first time in the series’s (mainline) history. Their expectations and hopes were shattered upon the announcement that they wouldn’t be able to transfer all of their pokémon from the upcoming Pokémon Home into Sword & Shield. The reason? The Galar region will not support a national dex, code for “Only a fraction of the total number of pokémon will be available in Sword & Shield.”

The outcry has been substantial. Thousands of Pokémon fans are swearing off their loyalty from the company and the upcoming game. The hashtag “#BringBackNationalDex” has become a symbol of their contempt, a unifying plea for the Pokémon Company to answer. Fans are now hostile, suspicious, and cynical of every detail on the once-beloved upcoming titles. They wish for every pokémon, not just “some.” After all, it’s about catching them all.

What a time to be a Pokémon fan. Continue reading “Expecting a National Dex With Pokémons Sword & Shield is Insane”

The Reese Movie Ultimately Doesn’t Work as an ASMR Experience

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If you peruse my Twitter, you may be familiar with my affinity with the ASMR movement. If not, I don’t blame you, because even there I don’t make much mention of it. Instead of taking the time in this post to explain what ASMR is and why it’s so damn popular with kids these days, I’ll just drop a couple videos by prominent ASMRtists explaining in their own way what it is and how it works. I’ll wait here for your return. Continue reading “The Reese Movie Ultimately Doesn’t Work as an ASMR Experience”

The #1 Thing That Will Get Your Indie Game Noticed (From a Professional Game Critic)

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There are a few things I should note to not give incoming viewers who may benefit from this article the impression that I know everything:

  1. I am a professional video game critic by definition, though with little notoriety. I am paid to write video game reviews, but I am not from IGN, Game Informer, or any other big-name company. These tips will be from my own personal experience.
  2. I note indie games specifically as they are among the ones I find myself more enamored with. And I’m more likely to acquire them, but that’s not noteworthy.
  3. I work for a site called KeenGamer, which has employed me for nearly two years. In that span, I have written over fifty reviews and close to seventy total articles. I won’t pretend that that makes me immensely knowledgeable, though I am experienced, nonetheless.

Continue reading “The #1 Thing That Will Get Your Indie Game Noticed (From a Professional Game Critic)”

Could ProJared Ever Salvage His Career?

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It is the Youtube scandal that has rocked the internet asunder. It is the type of juicy drama that humanity swarms around for the shock and awe. Involving not one, but multiple prominent internet celebrities, the events that have unfolded in the last 48 hours have essentially destroyed ProJared and his Youtube career.

Since then, I have seen many different takes on the state of ProJared’s Youtube career. Most of them insinuate that it is irredeemably fucked. Some of them believe that, through visual change and time, he could come back and be forgiven. This has got me thinking, as one who has been following this mess since first discovering it hours after everything was brought to light. Is Projared truly fucked? Or could he be forgiven? Before any of that, some context for those who may not know what’s going on. Continue reading “Could ProJared Ever Salvage His Career?”