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Do Gamers Today Complain Too Much?
Analyze how gamers today condemn and criticize games solely based on limited information and trailers. Specifically prior to the launch of some of the most critically acclaimed games of this year Horizon: Forbidden West and Elden Ring gamers criticized reused animations and lackluster gameplay elements before getting their hands on them. This trend has been increasing over the years with developers being bombarded by complaints and criticism for rather minor transgressions in otherwise fantastic games.
Man, I love Dragon Ball! I’ve been a huge fan since I was a little kid watching the anime on Toonami! Now as an adult I can say my interest in Dragon Ball has only increased, Toriyama really struck gold and created a timeless series. I know people have their criticisms of Dragon Ball and Toriyama, but it’s wildly popular around the world today for a reason!
Also, I’m SUPER excited about the new movie coming out, I can’t wait to see Gohan in the spotlight again, it’s been far too long since his prime in the Cell and Buu Arcs.
The MCU today is a massive and interconnecting web of Films and TV shows which, as you stated flow together pretty seamlessly. At the same time, I can see how people will lose interest either due to fatigue or simply not caring about the characters that Disney chooses to introduce. I can already see people falling off – not keeping up with TV Shows or skipping movies they aren’t interested in.
The DCEU on the other hand is an outright mess when you try to compare it to the MCU. The iterations of characters born out of the “Snyderverse” are a bit messy and not quite true to their comic representations but I think all hope is not lost. DC seems to have realized they should just do what they want and make content fans will enjoy (Suicide Squad 2021, Peacemaker, The Batman). I’m hoping that the DCEu is planning on reconciling and fixing some of their blunders with the upcoming Flash movie as it seems to be a flashpoint story, which could have similar effects that Loki and Spider-Man: No Way Home had on the MCU.
Overall you make some interesting points and as a big fan of both Marvel and DC, I’m excited for the future of both of these franchises.
A very intriguing analysis of Christopher Lasch and The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations. The application of his ideas in regard to immersive art makes for an interesting point of view.
I would agree with your sentiment that immersive art is interesting and engaging at the moment but quickly loses some of its grandeur. Traditional art has some intimate qualities that the artist includes that tend to be washed away by immersive art and the desire for Lasch’s narcissists to have their “Instagram moment.”
Both immersive and traditional art have their target audiences and their own merits, and I find that in a world of moment-to-moment gratification immersive art is a logical next step. I find it sort of funny how Lasch writes about “Diminishing Expectations” when in a way one could argue the opposite is happening, with people constantly searching for the next biggest thing to hold their fleeting attention.