How HATRED’s hype came and went

In the coming months, the fate of the gaming industry will face a crucial moment. Advertisers will decide whether to invest in journalists who have betrayed their colleagues in favor of fame or not; the third-wave of incoming feminists will strong-arm AAA developers so hard that their arms will be broken, and the meaning of what it is to be a “gamer” will change before our eyes. I have always valued creative expression, even if it was at my own or other gamers expense; but alas, I can’t help but fear the revisionist hunt for political correctness will only become bloodier from here on out.

Amidst this conflict, a Polish company called Destructive Creations comes along and not only tries to fan the flames with a shooter called HATRED, but also tries to douse the whole place with napalm.

My name is not important. What is important is what I’m going to do … I just fuckin’ hate this world. And the human worms feasting on its carcass. My whole life is just cold, bitter hatred. And I always wanted to die violently. This is the time of vengeance and no life is worth saving. And I will put in the grave as many as I can. It’s time for me to kill. And it’s time for me to die. My genocide crusade begins here.

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Angry Video Game Nerd (AVGN) Movie review

Disclaimer: I applied to be a video editor for this film, but was not a part of the finished product.

Some people dislike creative works on the basis of not being a fan of the person or organization behind the project (take for example: Phil Fish’s Fez, any Uwe Boll film, or the Sim City reboot). To the creators, this prejudice might seem unfair; but a possible reasoning of why people might do this is because they expect the product to bomb. Many times, they are correct in that assumption; Phil Fish cancelled Fez on a whim, Uwe Boll’s films have been panned time and time again, and EA has made very little effort to ensure their games are relatively bug-free.

So, why open this review with rhetoric? Well, the general rule is as follows: “if the person making a [game/movie] has a reputation of making bad [games/films], the work is probably going to be a piece of shit”. Indeed; reputations and consumer expectations are the ultimate driving force behind a release’s sales and honest reviews. But there always is the exception – that is, when the good, reputed producer releases a title that doesn’t live up to the hype.

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The Return of TGM

After a [x] month hiatus; with many people nervous that I had either died or moved on, I return!

The last piece I wrote here was a review of Gone Home, where I pretty much dismissed its lesbian drama as pure and utter bullshit. It still is, of course, but you might have thought that spelled my doom. It didn’t, I just became a lazy fuck like always and took a long breather. Alas, as the great Carl Johnson once said: “but now I’m back, and I know what I’ve been missing”!

Count on a bunch of edgy try hard reviews and a few opinion pieces in the coming months. I promise at least four next month. Spam my videos if I don’t live up to this promise.

Speaking of which — if all goes well, you guys might see another episode of Agent 47: Obnoxious Assassin. If not, I will commit Sudoku with Ellis.

Peace out and stay black.

Breaking and Entering “Gone Home” – a review

There comes a time when pure wit and the virtue of being reasonable under duress is insufficient to sway the indoctrinated opinion of a certain group of people; that is, people who claim themselves to be ‘social justice warriors’. Rather than proposing a debate and unintentionally invoking Anita’s irony, perhaps the best measure is to look the center of attention in the eye and give a thorough, unbiased evaluation of it.

Gone Home was released August 15, 2013, designed by Steve Gaynor (who worked on the BioShock games) and published by The Fullbright Company. The story sets you off with a brief voicemail at the airport (sadly, they don’t actually show the airport) and finally, at the Greenbriar home. You play as Kaitlin Greenbriar, a twentysomething college grad who just came back from her trip to Europe, only to find the place empty, with boxes and the like scattered here and there with your name on them. Alas, you have “gone home”; but the developers also left anything of sentimental value – like any form of linear storytelling – at the door outside.

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Borderlands 2 review

Although I never played the first Borderlands to the end enough to garner a good enough impression on it, when I bought the second one I was determined not to send yet another game to my backlog; especially after I heard all the good and bad about this game.

As you might have deduced from the title, Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the sleeper hit Borderlands, a western RPG with cel-shaded graphics developed by Gearbox and published by 2K Games. The game is faithful to its predecessor, and keeps canon for canon’s sake; but it also improves upon the graphic design as any sequel should and bridges the story forward to ensure a linear, concise story arc.

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BarackObeezy’s October 2013 Highlights

Well… this was expected, I guess. Instead of that anime review I let people know of the isoHunt situation and later termination of the event, and I uploaded two videos. The assignments at school have meant me moving in slow motion. Nevertheless, I still made another two videos  this month.

What this video did was let people know of the video-making situation in general: this shit is a hobby and most people don’t make much money from doing it unless you pretend to be autistic like Pewdiepie or are already famous like Game Grumps. I’m not really jealous of these groups (really I’m not!), but I do feel frustrated that I’ve gone weeks without working on videos. Old videos, as you can see, keep my view counts afloat; and my super-duper valued subscribers are thankfully patient, but I can’t go on being lazy like this forever. I like to make stuff, so not making stuff makes me anxious… if you know what I’m saying.

This is… probably illegal in most parts of the world. Just know that the game made Lara do it, not me.


This month, I’m going to get my shit together and release at least two Obnoxious Assassin episodes (one this week) followed by that Fujiko Mine review. Sorry for the long as hell wait, I have no other excuses besides school. See you then!

isoHunt founder “honoured” by archival effort, shuts down site early

As you can tell by that rather ironic headline, isoHunt’s torrent pages have been shutdown early by website founder Gary Fung shortly after the archival effort scraped over 240 gigabytes of torrent files and metadata off the site.

The message reads, [archive link]

This is it. We are shutting down isoHunt services a little early. I’m told there was this Internet archival team that wants to make historical copy of our .torrent files, I’m honoured that people thinks our site is worthy of historical preservation, but the truth is about 95% of those .torrent files can be found off Google regardless and mostly have been indexed from other BitTorrent sites in the first place. So I might as well do a proper send-off to you dear isoHunt users, before final shutdown sequence on Tuesday. It’s been an adventure in the last 10.5 years working on isoHunt, a privilege working with some of the smartest guys I’ve worked with, and my life won’t be the same without it. For what I’m working on next, please look up my blog on Google and follow me there. Because as the Terminator would say with a German accent,

I’ll be backkk.

-Gary Fung

It is unclear whether or not the MPAA was involved in influencing this decision. Archive Team project lead “Joepie91″ informs The Global Marketeer that the data processed thus far will be uploaded to the Internet Archive. The remnants, however, seem to be lost to history.

BarackObeezy’s September 2013 Highlights

Sorry for the intermittent disconnect everybody. Yes, I’m alive! Here’s a quick overview of the two videos I uploaded the last month.

 

The latest episode of Agent 47: Obnoxious Assassin has Agent 47 sneak into Dexter Industries to find Victoria. Jokes about the show’s slow production aside, it also comments on the surroundings and some other shit: I don’t know, watch it.

The whole “I Give Up” thing is just my feels speaking. I am going to finish the series. It’s amazing how the series has taken a year, but then again, it’s a one-man project and I don’t script my episodes.

I actually had this video on my hard drive for a while now, but I decided to finally upload it because some misandrists have hijacked the word “feminism”. I felt the need to enlighten them on the meaning of the word.


For anyone wondering why this parallels with May in a way, it’s because of my laziness and troubles prioritizing things. Curse hasn’t been greedy or switching up their contracts unlike you-know-who. Thank you everyone for being patient.

As for the the site, I’m going to expand into anime for my next post and see how it turns out. See you then!

2 Chainz – B.O.A.T.S II mini-review

2 Chainz’s hip-hop career began 16 years ago as half of southern rap group Playaz Circle. However, he is better known for his features in todays singles, including features in G.O.O.D Music’s “Mercy” and Nicki Minaj’s “Beez in the Trap”. Even though his first solo album, Based on a T.R.U Story was negatively received by critics for its poor lyricism and lack of creativity, 2 Chainz is giving his rap career another shot in B.O.A.T.S II.

2 Chainz still maintains his reputation for simple yet memorable choruses and trademark ad-libs but also brings varied production, a roster of guest artists, and a somewhat sincere ambition to succeed to the table. This ambition can be seen throughout the album; superficially at first on album opener “Fork”, but more in-depth on tracks like “Black Unicorn”, and “Live & Learn”.

2 Chainz’s biggest weakness are still his lack of coherence and his over-reliance upon guests, who make his album sound more like a DJ’s mixtape than a solo release. At times, the verses of these guests will outweigh 2 Chainz on his own tracks, leaving the latter to meander them in a “me-too” kind of way. Even in songs without features, his lyrics will inevitability border on the ridiculous. An example can be found on “Fork“, where he raps:

Give my wrist a shout out, I’m like what up wrist
Give my stove a shout out, I’m like what up stove

It might make sense to someone who gets the drug reference, but if you’re unfamiliar with the trap life, you might just mistake it for a guy on mescaline. For better or for worse, 2 Chainz is here to stay, and he serves as a living example of why a rapper needn’t be the most comprehensive, illustrious lyricist to garner a dedicated fan base.

Rating: 3/5
Comparison Rating: 4/5