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The Media vs Pewdiepie: You Had One Job

A caution on tearing down others for your own gain.

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I’m not really a fan of Pewdiepie. I felt his early videos were immature and while he still pushes the boundary of what I consider humor he’s become less of a screaming clown and more of a satirist. There’s been some controversy for Felix, and I won’t go in depth over it because there’s been no shortage of even more popular youtubers that have gone into great detail. The short of it is that Pewdiepie has seen a volley of articles claiming just about anything from him being a racist to him being a nazi. What he’s been guilty of is that he made a few jokes about Nazis, which the media has then taken out of context as endorsing anti-semitism.

Vidme Link: https://vid.me/Ph5c

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By Design: Zenyatta

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Overwatch is Blizzard’s team based FPS in the vein of TF2 but unlike TF2’s tongue in cheek industrial aesthetic, Overwatch beams with colorful optimism that is shown off in its varied cast.

In this episode of By Design I want to talk about what I feel is the most balanced character, both in the mechanical and karmic sense.

Zenyatta.

As a former monk of the Shambali Monastery, Zenyatta shares the belief that the Omnic, like humans have souls, bestowing in him a calm that comes from the idea of spiritual equality among all beings. While his teacher Tekhartha Mondatta and the rest of his order went on to become global sensations spreading that message of harmony, Zenyatta’s seeks to achieve the same goal in a different manner. After leaving the Monastery in Nepal he wandered the world for years forming bonds and sharing those ideas with those he befriends.

Vidme Link: https://vid.me/qrMR

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Nintendo Switch: Can the Switch Succeed?

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Nintendo has announced their next console and it is called the Nintendo Switch.

The defining feature of the Nintendo Switch is that it comes with a tablet like device that can be used as a tablet display when the player wants to continue their game away from their TV. Unlike the Wii U there is no double screen experience, which I’m sure is a relief to developers.

Vidme Link: https://vid.me/DF0U

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Pokémon GO: Into the Tall Grass

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To understand why Pokémon GO has done so well we have to dig into some history on the mobile app games market.

While Nintendo only has partial ownership of Pokémon, Pokémon GO is something Nintendo didn’t want to make. With less than ideal returns on the Wii U, investors demands that Nintendo enter the mobile app market grew ever louder. As a games company that forges its own success rather than playing by the same rules as everyone else, pressure to enter the highly unstable mobile app market was not something the Kyoto based gaming brand would likely do.

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DOOM: No Guts, No Glory

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Bethesda Softworks released a new DOOM game and unfortunately it’s a tremendous let down. While this new DOOM is more colorful than the past games it’s clear that they changed a lot of the games themes to meet the unrealistic standards of politically correct critics. There is a strange charm to attacking booger monsters with laser spoons but it’s hard to see this as a successor in the game’s series.

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Who is E3 For?: Or Why We Snark

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What was your reaction to the recent E3? Did you see many games that excited you?  Wasn’t long ago so it’s hopefully still fresh in your mind. I have been happy to see more footage of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. I’m very curious now of Death Stranding, despite Kojima’s trailer being little more than a music video. I’m very pleased with what I saw of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. We Happy Few also caught my attention and I’ll want to see if the game doesn’t end up being more than a series of scripted events. My excitement wasn’t intense though.

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Star Fox Zero: Saving the Universe takes Skill

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Platinum Games is known for making difficult games or at least, titles that have depth for above average difficulty. People who aren’t into these kinds of games will either hit a wall or completely skate through on the surface of what looks like a simple game. I should know, I nearly got stuck in Bayonetta and eventually lost my steam in playing Wonderful 101.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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The final Metal Gear Solid game by Hideo Kojima, The Phantom Pain. Big gaming news outlets showered it in praise while notable youtubers and less visible critics were understandably disappointed. So is this such a polarizing title that one can only like or dislike it, or is there a view that’s more balanced?

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Reviewing the Problem

Reviews seem to be turning into an outmoded thing. Especially written reviews. With over inflated review scores that look more like wine ratings, the gaming audience seems to have lost interest. Instead people now search for video to see what the game actually looks like. There will always be an interest in reviews, but the space for reviews that will be useful and appreciated is shrinking as gaming media becomes more focused on personalities.

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