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    My Opinion is Louder than Yours

    Examine the rise in popularity of hyper critical video game reviewers and whether or not they are simply contributing to public discourse or if they are hurting the medium as a whole by always taking an aggressively antagonistic role in their reviews. Also, if a controversial review leads to more views, does that give the reviewer a higher incentive to always release hyper critical reviews.

    • Controversy certainly leads to more views. There are plenty of channels that have proven that. The one thing to remember is that while "hyper critical" reviews can be potentially seen as detrimental, a lot of these channels aim for a more comedic approach; they want people to laugh as much as possible. It's very, VERY hard to make people laugh while also being nice. Maybe you could expand on that: do reviewers act more critical in an effort to be funnier and therefore help their channel grow, thus giving games poorer scores than they deserve, potentially damaging the game? Geez, that sentence was a mouthful. tl;dr: Might wanna investigate the motives as to why content creators would be hyper critical. Very interesting topic! – MrMuffin 8 years ago
    • Something to add to this article now would be the Uncharted 4 controversy. – TGoutos 8 years ago
    • I might angle an article from the "backlash of successful marketing" or, less formally, "hipster syndrome". It isn't enough to love games, you have to love the right games, you have to shame others for loving the wrong games, and it's essential that you disparage anything outside of your wheelhouse as lesser, along with their users. Why is it that something is only good if everything else is bad? Do we need to prove that one series/company/format is illegitimate to justify our own indulgences? – PiperCJ 8 years ago

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    I’ve been hoping that this series comes to Netflix, because I didn’t watch it on its initial run on Cartoon Network. I did find the follow up series, Teen Titans Go!, to be surprisingly funny. I thought it was refreshing how it focused on the time the team experiences between villain fights.

    Nice article!

    Teen Titans: Reinventing the Teenage Archetypes

    I first read all of the Harry Potter books at the age of 25 and was surprised at how appealing they were for me, even as an adult. I had turned my nose up at them as a teen because I was a “Lord of The Rings guy” when it came to fantasy. I’m glad the movies came about because they were definitely the gateway for me to tackle the book series. This is a pretty great and thoughtful study of Harry’s maturation through the series.

    Harry Potter and the Journey of Identity Formation

    My biggest take away from playing Dead Space was definitely the heavy influence of John Carpenter’s “The Thing”. Which, of course, is a remake of another movie that was based on a separate novella. So it almost seems, in the case of Dead Space at least, that perhaps the influence of Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos, has become so pervasive in horror culture that many creators may not even be aware that they are utilizing this “cosmic horror” trope. Perhaps “weird fiction” has become the new normal in horror video games.

    Very nice article, by the way!

    The Resurgence of Lovecraftian Themes in Video Games