Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another Long Collection of Thoughts About #GamerGate

NOTE: This was originally a piece that was intended for publication elsewhere. Length, however, became an issue (a shorter, "to the point" version is in-production). But I still wanted a "one-stop" source for my positions on the Recent Unpleasantness as a whole, because it helps make certain social-media interactions mercifully shorter.

I have a lot to say about the so-called “GamerGate” controversy, much of which I’ve already said but much of which I’d wanted the opportunity to say with more clarity. So to keep this from running too long (Spoiler Warning: I will almost certainly run too long, anyway) and losing your interest I’m going to forego the use of flowery “clever” segues between thoughts and lay this out categorically.

But if you’re impatient to get down into the comments and start debating what variety of heated-adhesive and which species of fowl would be best suited to my tarring and feathering and want the TL;DR version right-off? Fine: I think of GamerGate alternately as a joke that got infuriatingly out-of-hand and an outright campaign of hate and harassment either dense (or pretending to be dense) enough to think itself otherwise; and it’s goals (both stated and implied) are the exact opposite of the self-betterment that gaming desperately needs - and was (not accidently) right in the midst of achieving when this foolishness started. In short, I find it to be a wholly destructive thing with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.

That’s the short version. If you want the long one, keep reading.

Escape to The Movies: FURY

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(STILL) Under Construction

Alright. Starting to get back on track here.

Here's a review of "THE SIMPSONS GUY" crossover...

...and also THE EQUALIZER.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Those who follow me on social media are no doubt aware that this particular Autumn is a busy time for me: Lots of work stuff, lots of family/personal stuff, all of it putting a certain premium on my time. In addition, I'm working toward a "revamping" of my blogosphere presence that will likely mean a rejiggering of my site(s) in general, but that's down the road.

In either case, I remain sorry for the lack of updates and can only assure followers/fans that I'm working to change course on that. Until then, here's this week's ETTM.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


h/t Badass Digest

You've probably heard of, but if not it's exactly what it sounds like: A niche dating site for Christian folks. Other than deriving a laugh here and there from their Hallmark-earnest TV commercials, I got no problem with that sort of thing existing... but I'm not sure it's something that requires a movie to advertise itself.

But, here we are.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Friday, September 05, 2014

A Long Post About #GamerGate

Okay. So, right upfront, I feel like I need to say that I’m posting this to my own blogs on my own time under my own name and my own name only because its coming 100% from me. It’s got nothing to do with any person I work for or any of the websites/outlets/etc my work appears on. Nobody asked me to write this, nobody asked me not to write it, and you shouldn’t take anything I have to say as either endorsement or rejection of anything any other person or entity has said or not said on the matter – personally or as a matter of policy. Being a grownup, I’m perfectly capable and willing to work for and alongside people who disagree with me, so long as it’s amicable and mutually respectful. I have done so in the past, and I expect to do so in the future.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Not Dead

So. Only just occured to me that I haven't updated this is in a bit. Oops.

Obviously, I imagine most of my readership is aware that anyone who works in or adjacent to gaming has been wrapped up in a stupid controversy that, while it hasn't impacted ANY work or work-situations for me thus far has been pretty draining, psychically - at the end of the day, I've just wanted to sleep when not working or doing things to get away from the web.

Also, while the details are frankly my business and my business alone and I ask that this be respected, the fact is that along with my professional obligations my life for the fall and Winter is going to be well and fully occupied by matters personal - most very, very happy; others much less so, both likely to consume a great deal of my time and energy. I will continue to update this blog (and the OverThinker blog once the next episode is completed), but if you see me "vanish" for a day or three here or there, don't worry (or celebrate, depending on your reasons for coming here in the first place.)

Anyway, here's the most-recent BIG PICTURE. My apologies for the delays, again:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Catching Up

WWWWwwwooooooowwwww I did not mean to not update this for a week.

Basically, I had a busy weekend that involved traveling to Los Angeles, which meant last week was a "do all the work PLUS stuff you'd usually be doing on the weekend" crunch-time, and "re-post to personal blog stuff you've already disseminated through social-media" was the first thing to get set aside. SO! Then, here's where we've been:

I wrote about BLACK JESUS in light of the ongoing disaster in Ferguson, Missouri.


EXPENDABLES 3 was actually kinda okay... but nobody cared.

Yes, we're all going to miss ROBIN WILLIAMS.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Yes, a video essay about the original TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES being better than the new, terrible one. Because I'm sure nobody else on The Internet will think to do that...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams Dead at 63

Yeah. I'm going to get offline for awhile now.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Australian TMNT Poster Features Exploding Skyscraper, Falling Bodies... and a 9/11 Release Date


Tweeted by the official Paramount Australia Twitter account (UPDATE: Tweet deleted, here's a screengrab)

Too bad, too - artwork wise it's among the better advertising this has had.

Oh, and regarding the (otherwise reasonable) point that this is an Australian poster not meant for U.S. audiences more likely to be sensitive about this particular juxtaposition: Ten Australian citizens died in the 9/11 attacks.