What is up, you two burnt kernels in the popcorn bowl of life? Been listening to Part B, and I have to say I gagged a little in my mouth when Rhett asked directed the world to never sniff his old underwear. Honestly, were I to ever run across his old drawers, I would kill them with fire. Then I would pour acid on the ashes just to make certain they were blotted from existence. Well, September 23rd and 25th have come and gone, and the world is still here, despite the internet’s best “prophetic” claims of imminent doom on those dates. Heck, the fourth blood moon even passed without so much as a whimper. Oh internet preachers, I love you sometimes. In case you hadn’t heard, there was supposed to be an asteroid strike that would have obliterated most of the life on earth. Either that or, as they also said, the financial markets were supposed to collapse in such a way as to make the Great Depression look like a walk in the park on a sunny day. And the rapture. That was supposed to have happened too, but not before the LHC at CERN was supposed to have ripped an interdimensional hole in the cosmos through which demonic hordes were to have escaped from their prisons and decimated the earth.
Little did they realize something far, far worse was to occur, and did – another episode of the DGPodcast. Where were their prophecies regarding that tragedy?
You know what prophecy did come to pass, though? Rhett’s prophetic vision of the complete failure of the Retro VGS to secure financing for their ambitious project did in fact prove him correct. They put out a long post on Facebook yesterday explaining that, more or less, they were going back to the drawing board and would later return, working prototype in hand, to try again. Like you guys, I wish them all the success in the world, but I just don’t see it. I know I am not the only gamer who was once enthusiastic about the console to bow out of that arena. They just could not have handled any aspect of their plan any worse than they did. Everything from p.r. to design was a complete train wreck. A lot of people complimented them on their willingness to eat crow and listen. I think the damage has been done at this point, and even if they come out with a fantastic piece of hardware to show, the ill will they have created with what would ultimately be their core consumer is too much to overcome. One guy was defending them pretty hard, though. He compared them to Steve Jobs, and made the point that Steve Jobs never asked for or considered consumer input in his design process, so they would do well to just do what they’re doing. I fired back, saying that Steve Jobs also never asked his consumer base to fund any of his projects, so with Retro VGS being dependent upon the consumers for venture capital, they’d do very, very well to listen to them. I love old cartridge games. I find the idea of a new cart console very cool, but way too niche to succeed. Carts are dead. Heck, physical media in general is on its way out and everyone knows it. Well, except for the CEO of Gamestop that is.
He made the claim recently that “Physical games will be around forever.” I sincerely hope he spouted that sort of optimism for the benefit of his company’s shareholders, because he cannot seriously believe this to be the case. The fact that Gamestop has, for the last several years, been slowly diversifying its business model suggests to me that they are preparing for the day when the last disc ships. We old farts are, for the time being, keeping physical copies of games a viable business, but as much as I hate to admit it, the younger generations are growing up in an all digital/streaming world, and they will not share our sentimental attachment to physical media. Streaming killed Blockbuster, and it will eventually kill the used games market. Everyone kind of accepts this on some level at this point. I know the day will come when even we crusty old jokers will adapt to the idea of not having games we can hold in our hands or put on our shelves. To be sure, given that physical media formats all eventually stop working, it will eventually be the ONLY way you can play.
So what have you two fellows been up to this week? I have been keeping the wife happy by building and installing whatever she wants built and installed. As usual, gaming time has been limited for me, and outside of playing some retro on my phone for a few minutes here and there, I have not played anything of note. The little bit of downtime I’ve had has been spent watching movies. I watched a couple of Christian movies that were surprisingly good. I have given my life to Christ, by the way. That is another story for another time, though, and it was something with which I have wrestled with for most of my life and I had to come to it on my own terms. Yeah…my email just got real, yo. The acting and production values of those kinds of films are really coming into their own and are not the unwatchable mess they used to be. I TRIED to watch Mad Max Fury Road, but guys…yikes. I just could not get into it. I gave it about 20 minutes and shut it off. It did an atrocious job of character development in my opinion, and I just could not drum up a single solid ounce of care. I fail to see what everyone was going on about.
I saw something that was all over social media this week that just turned my stomach inside out. I don’t know if you caught it or not, but there was this woman who bought her 14 year old son “her” first dose of female hormones. The kid thinks he is a girl, and the mom just wants to be soooo supportive of her little “girl.” Everyone was gushing about how great this woman is for her kind gesture to her child. I say she should be slapped upside the head for doing this. This is not kindness. It’s child abuse. I don’t care what your kid thinks he or she is, you do NOT aid them in tinkering with their natural body chemistry, especially when they are nowhere near finished with their natural physical development. If that was my son, he would dress like a boy and remain a boy so long as he was under my roof and relying on me for financial support. My house, my rules. Period. This kid is too young to know up from down, let alone be of sound enough mind to go around deciding to switch genders. What the crap is wrong with our world?! I fear the day we are governed by men and women who, as children, were never told no. I truly do. There are no boundaries anymore. Nothing is sacred. Everybody wants to turn everything into some perverse nebulous construct and push moral relativity. Every great nation that has ever existed always exhibited this sort of self destructive behavior shortly before its fall. I know this has nothing to do with gaming or geekery, but it just is eating at me to wake up and hear about foolishness like this almost every day.
Anyways…now that I have finished ranting a serious rant I suppose I had better call it a wrap for another email, which, by the way, is my second in a row. What what?! Take it easy, guys. Don’t do anything lethally stupid. (that needs to come back)
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