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I haven't played a golf game since Tiger Woods 2003 when I was in college lol I found the sports games more fun playing with someone next to you but good luck!

 

What game sparked your love affair with gaming and what made you decide to hunt trophies? 

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OMG. I'm dumb and read a really old post in this thread and responded to that. haha. Ignore this. But Hello Cassy!

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Hooray, questions! I'll answer them here and then we'll see if they make it into the first post, once I prettify it up. Yes, that's a word now too.

 

(*looks it up* Oh, my God, it really is...)

 

On 11/21/2017 at 3:54 AM, Avalynch said:

What shows, movies, and/or books have you watched/read recently that you've liked?

 

Recently? Well, I actually am a movie fanatic! Unfortunately, my main source of movies is through Netflix, so most of them are pure garbage... Even the new Beauty and the Beast movie didn't impress me. I liked Maleficent a little more. But, um, I'd say the best movie I've seen lately, which may or may not be on Netflix anymore, is No Escape with Owen Wilson. It's actually really suspenseful, even when watching it for the second time. Felt very refreshing.

 

I'm actually not big on TV shows. I mean, I LOVE shows, but I don't like what TV shows have become. Almost every show today falls into one (or more) of the following categories: (1) has continuing episodes, (2) contains a laugh track, or (3) is a reboot/remake/sequel/prequel/whatever. While there are good examples of all of these being done successfully -- even in past decades -- they all get on my nerves. Especially the first one. When I watch something, I want it to be over before I go to bed. I don't WANT to sit down the next night (or the next week, or the next year!) to find out what happens next. That's why, even with a great show like Breaking Bad, I'll wait until the series ends before binge-watching. At least then I can watch as much or as little as I want, when I want. But I'll be damned if I let the producers tell me when I can watch the next episode. How would you like if you were reading a book and I took it away from you and said you could read the next chapter on Monday at 9 pm next week? Yeah, you'd smack me upside the head. Is this the millennial inside of me wanting instant gratification? Probably. But I'm not ashamed.

 

As for the others, I don't get what the big deal is about The Big Bang Theory. How can anybody stand that laugh track? Now, to be fair, the show probably isn't bad. I watched an episode once and don't remember hating it. But wow, I cringed the entire time, because the show is literally: line, laugh track, line, laugh track, line, laugh track. Even the COMMERCIALS do this. No matter HOW funny the show is, I can't STAND canned laughter. It's annoying, it's distracting, and it's basically the producers saying, "HAHA. WE'RE FUNNY, RIGHT?" Most comedians do not laugh at their own jokes. Get with the program, program. [insert canned laughter here]

 

As for books... I don't read much. :(

 

Too busy criticizing movies and TV shows, I guess!

 

On 11/21/2017 at 3:54 AM, Avalynch said:

And uhh... favorite pokemon? 😏

 

Oh, wow. I don't know that I could pick one out of the 8,402 of them that there are now. As a '90s kid, I'd probably lean towards one of the originals, like Ponyta or Psyduck. The more the series continues, the less I can keep up. Honestly, though, if I had to just pick one... It'd probably be Mareep. He's just awesome. I still don't understand his final form, but I remember being really excited when I first caught him (in Gold, I think?), and he ended up being on my team throughout the entire game. Don't think I ever let him evolve. Which really begs the question: is it more morally wrong to evolve a Pokemon or not to evolve a Pokemon? Because the show really tried to make you feel guilty about it...

 

On 11/21/2017 at 11:38 AM, Br1ste said:

I haven't played a golf game since Tiger Woods 2003 when I was in college lol I found the sports games more fun playing with someone next to you but good luck!

 

What game sparked your love affair with gaming and what made you decide to hunt trophies? 

 

Oh, I'm more or less the same way. I like playing games with my siblings. It just feels like you always need two TVs and two consoles these days, and you need to be sitting in two different rooms to play together...but that's a gripe for another day.

 

What game got me into gaming? Yeah, it was probably Pokemon. I spent most of my childhood playing handheld games rather than console or PC. We had an SNES and I remember playing a few games on it (most notably the Donkey Kong Country series and Super Mario RPG), but then I really got into gaming with Harvest Moon 64 and Back to Nature. I don't even think I got into Playstation until 2011, when I started playing Demon's Souls. Why Demon's Souls? I...have no idea. To this day, I don't remember why I looked at a game like that and thought to myself, "Huh, that looks like something I would enjoy." I didn't care much for trophies at the time, but then I beat the game and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. And it wasn't even something I did in a short period of time. I remember playing that game on and off for like a year before I beat it. When I did, I looked at the platinum and I said, "Yeah, I could do that." Then I made a new account and did it again. I think, at that point, I was hooked.

 

And you can bet, when I get a PS3 again, that'll be the first game that I platinum...a third time.

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So anyway, guys. I picked up I Am Sestuna and Mirror's Edge Catalyst on the (pre?) Black Friday sale. There are a lot of good games on there, so you should take a look and see if there's anything you might want. You know my suggestions. (Hint: she's a genie. Well, half of one anyway.)

 

I'm guessing this golf game will take me a couple of months to platinum. It doesn't look hard, but it does look grindy. I feel like I've put almost 10 hours into it already and really haven't gotten anywhere. But I want to get 3000 coins by the end of the month, because there's this awesome hair style on sale, and I want to get it for my avatar before the inventory changes. Because that's why I play golf games. For the hair.

 

I don't know if I mentioned this, but I also picked up Dragon's Dogma: Dork Dark Arisen. I faintly remember playing it on the PS3 multiple times, liking it, but never getting very far before I got distracted by another game. I'd like to actually see the game through to the end. I'm worried about starting it now, though, because that would do some serious damage to my chances of reaching 100% trophy completion in, like, my lifetime.

 

I hate to say it, but, at some point, I'm going to have to face the Evil Trinity. Arkham Knight, Darkest Dungeon, and Resident Evil Revelations... They taunt me with their incompleteness. Of those, I think RER is the only one I have the strength to tackle now. I just need to find someone really good to carry me through Raid Mode. If I could just get in ONE good run on the hardest level, I could take my time grinding to max level...

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Hope everybody had a good Thanksgiving! I did because I got to eat a lot of food and, despite some really bad calls, my Vikings managed to pull off another win. Now we just need the Eagles to lose on Sunday...and other football stuffs.

 

Oh, and, against my better judgement, I started playing Dragon's Dogma. There's some pretty hilarious stuff in this game, like being able to throw NPCs off cliffs and breaking into people's homes and stealing their belongings. Well, I guess a lot of RPGs allow you to do the latter. Never understood that. Even funnier when it's my companions smashing crates and grabbing what they can from people's stores. Really makes me feel like the hero of Gransys! The hero nobody asked for.

 

Since it's Black Friday and I am neither (a) old, nor (b) insane, I won't be going anywhere. Looks like a good night for playing video games. Is it bad that I'd rather play XCOM 2 than anything else?

 

Also, we're now a tree farm.

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Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving! The Vikings have looked really good. I can't for the life of me though figure out why Zimmer won't just give Keenum the job. He has played very well for the most part, and now that Bridgewater has been activated, he really seems to want to start him. Granted Keenum has been pretty terrible in his career, but you gotta ride the hot hand. I'm a Pats fan (I know that's not very popular outside of New England) and watching them put a beat down on the Dolphins :)

 

On 11/21/2017 at 6:22 PM, Cassylvania said:

I hate to say it, but, at some point, I'm going to have to face the Evil Trinity. Arkham Knight, Darkest Dungeon, and Resident Evil Revelations... They taunt me with their incompleteness

 

Looking at your trophies for Arkham Knight, I think it's doable for you. The last 3 in DLC 16 were super annoying for me, but if you got the rest I'm sure you can do that as well. I'm a pretty even keeled person and can proudly say I've never busted a controller in anger...but it was close for me on the Curtain Falls. I was so sure that I had done it after my Catwoman run (I did them in order listed on the trophy) and when it didn't pop I was sooooo annoyed. Nightwing was the only one I had questions on and it turned out I was right and after I did that one again it popped.

 

On 11/21/2017 at 4:38 PM, Cassylvania said:

That's why, even with a great show like Breaking Bad, I'll wait until the series ends before binge-watching.

I'm the same way lol I have been holding off on watching Game of Thrones for exactly this reason. Once that series is over I'll binge watch it. Oddly, my attitude towards this started with a book series. The Harry Potter series got really big when I was in my 20's, and because I was too cool, I refused to read a children's book. I remember a couple of months before the last book in the series was due to come out, some of my co-workers were already planning an all night reading party for its release. I kept calling them nerds for being so excited about a kids series, but then I started to think that maybe I was the nerd...I didn't want to be the only person who hadn't read the series and be out of the loop in the conversation so I decided to read the first book and give it a try. I liked it so gave the next one a try and before I knew it, had finished all of the books (besides the last) in about a month. I ended up loving it but was so sad I had to wait a few months for the last book to come out. I decided after that experience to wait for a series to finish, be it books or TV shows, before I watched them so I wasn't frustrated while waiting.

 

On 11/24/2017 at 3:49 PM, Cassylvania said:

Also, we're now a tree farm.

You haven't gotten your tree yet have you? Needs to be December before you get the tree!

 

 

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On 11/26/2017 at 4:16 PM, Br1ste said:

Glad to hear you had a good Thanksgiving! The Vikings have looked really good. I can't for the life of me though figure out why Zimmer won't just give Keenum the job. He has played very well for the most part, and now that Bridgewater has been activated, he really seems to want to start him. Granted Keenum has been pretty terrible in his career, but you gotta ride the hot hand. I'm a Pats fan (I know that's not very popular outside of New England) and watching them put a beat down on the Dolphins :)

 

Oh, you're not alone. There are quite a few Patriots fans here.

 

And I agree on Keenum. I THINK the only reason they're teasing us with Bridgewater is because they think he's the long term solution in Minnesota. I just hope they're not so busy looking ahead that they ignore the great situation they're in right now. If they can get by the Eagles -- who I think really haven't been tested much this season (we'll learn a lot about them in December) -- I think they have a good chance of facing your team in the SB. I'm not seeing the Steelers making it that far, considering what I've been watching tonight...

 

On 11/26/2017 at 4:16 PM, Br1ste said:

Looking at your trophies for Arkham Knight, I think it's doable for you. The last 3 in DLC 16 were super annoying for me, but if you got the rest I'm sure you can do that as well. I'm a pretty even keeled person and can proudly say I've never busted a controller in anger...but it was close for me on the Curtain Falls. I was so sure that I had done it after my Catwoman run (I did them in order listed on the trophy) and when it didn't pop I was sooooo annoyed. Nightwing was the only one I had questions on and it turned out I was right and after I did that one again it popped.

 

I only broke a controller ONCE in my life, and it's actually not completely broken. In fact, I'm using it right now. It's just the top and bottom piece of the controller don't exactly line up anymore, because I threw it to the floor when playing Axiom Verge. That damn final boss really pissed me off. I...could see that 500+ hit combo fight doing the same thing.

 

On 11/26/2017 at 4:16 PM, Br1ste said:

I'm the same way lol I have been holding off on watching Game of Thrones for exactly this reason. Once that series is over I'll binge watch it. Oddly, my attitude towards this started with a book series. The Harry Potter series got really big when I was in my 20's, and because I was too cool, I refused to read a children's book. I remember a couple of months before the last book in the series was due to come out, some of my co-workers were already planning an all night reading party for its release. I kept calling them nerds for being so excited about a kids series, but then I started to think that maybe I was the nerd...I didn't want to be the only person who hadn't read the series and be out of the loop in the conversation so I decided to read the first book and give it a try. I liked it so gave the next one a try and before I knew it, had finished all of the books (besides the last) in about a month. I ended up loving it but was so sad I had to wait a few months for the last book to come out. I decided after that experience to wait for a series to finish, be it books or TV shows, before I watched them so I wasn't frustrated while waiting.

 

Yeah, GoT was a show that I got into at the end of the third season. I watched all of it and liked it, and my plan was to catch it weekly on TV...but by the time the next season came out, I had forgotten everything. Not exactly the ideal way to watch GoT, I guess. Once the series is over, though, I'll catch up.

 

Same for Harry Potter. I have the first two books, but haven't read them yet. And I'm about halfway through the films. I liked the first one, but the others...felt like a rehashing of the first one, you know? Like, it always begins with Harry getting scolded by his foster parents, we get a good laugh at them, Harry goes to Hogwarts, Harry's teachers tell him not to do something, Harry does it anyway, the teachers forgive Harry for doing the thing they told him not to do, and then Harry's team wins. Maybe there were some differences, but I honestly don't think I could tell the four films apart.

 

Also, just saw Moana the other night. This feels very weird to say, but I think...that might now be my favorite Disney movie. I really didn't expect that.

 

On 11/26/2017 at 4:16 PM, Br1ste said:

You haven't gotten your tree yet have you? Needs to be December before you get the tree!

 

Nah, we don't usually get a real tree...or even a big one. We just have a sad little thing that we put on a table, and then stuff the presents under the table. But my sister and I do a thing where we exchange gifts that have some sort of common theme, and the goal is to guess the theme as you open the gifts. The last present is always an ornament that represents the theme, so we get two new ornaments to add to the tree each year. That makes it pretty special.

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So, anyway, I've been playing a lot of EG this week. Gotten pretty good at getting a birdie on almost every hole, and I can usually pull off an Eagle on a par 5, if the wind conditions aren't too bad. Unfortunately, there are trophies for getting an albatross and a condor (I didn't even know that was a thing), and there are secret characters that require doing those things multiple times in order to unlock. There are also fish. Yes, fish. If I wanted a fishing game, I would've bought a fishing game!

 

Just kidding. I think it's great that you can do more than just golf. Like chase around players on your golf cart. Now that's fun!

 

As for Dorky Dogma, I spent a good two hours escorting some jerk halfway across Gransys, for practically no reward. I'm not even sure that quest was required. I think I'm about where I was when I stopped playing the game before, so I have no idea what's next. Or even what to do next. I just know it better not be an escort mission!

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I wish I'd be able to comment on the games you're currently playing, but I've honestly never even heard of them lol. Just out of curiosity, how do you choose which game you are going to play next? For me, some are from me being a fan of the series i.e. Final Fantasy, some of the time I'll get a recommendation from a friend. That is how I got into the Batman Arkham series and the God of War games. Then the final way is the Google Search. That is how I stumbled onto the XCOM series (and I'm so glad that I did!). I knew I wanted to play a Turn-Based-Strategy game so did a google search and XCOM popped up as one of the highest rated. I played it, loved it and have played the rest of the series (except 1) because of it. The Last of Us and Shadows of Mordor were also highly rated games that I decided to play based on a Google search.

 

How did you hear about Dorky Dogma (I have no idea what the game is about)? We've played some similar games and seem to enjoy similar game types so I'm wondering if there is a list I should find or if it is more word of mouth. I played Final Fantasy XI online exclusively for about six years so missed several years of awesome games that I need to play catch-up on. I bought the entire Demon's Souls series a few months back to play since I've heard they are awesome, but games on my profile that pull me under 100% keep popping up and I feel the need to finish them before I move on...but I'm always in the market for a good T-B-S game!

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54 minutes ago, Br1ste said:

I wish I'd be able to comment on the games you're currently playing, but I've honestly never even heard of them lol. Just out of curiosity, how do you choose which game you are going to play next? For me, some are from me being a fan of the series i.e. Final Fantasy, some of the time I'll get a recommendation from a friend. That is how I got into the Batman Arkham series and the God of War games. Then the final way is the Google Search. That is how I stumbled onto the XCOM series (and I'm so glad that I did!). I knew I wanted to play a Turn-Based-Strategy game so did a google search and XCOM popped up as one of the highest rated. I played it, loved it and have played the rest of the series (except 1) because of it. The Last of Us and Shadows of Mordor were also highly rated games that I decided to play based on a Google search.

 

How did you hear about Dorky Dogma (I have no idea what the game is about)? We've played some similar games and seem to enjoy similar game types so I'm wondering if there is a list I should find or if it is more word of mouth. I played Final Fantasy XI online exclusively for about six years so missed several years of awesome games that I need to play catch-up on. I bought the entire Demon's Souls series a few months back to play since I've heard they are awesome, but games on my profile that pull me under 100% keep popping up and I feel the need to finish them before I move on...but I'm always in the market for a good T-B-S game!

 

Well, Dorky Dogma is actually Dragon's Dogma. I just call it that because the subtitle is Dork Dark Arisen, and I'm trying to be funny.

 

Game selection is all over the place for me, but I'd say YouTube/Amazon reviews are usually my main source of information. I do the same thing when buying almost anything, whether it be a video game, movie, car, or portable blender. In an ideal world, I'd have a full list of every PS4 game ever released and I would sit down, watch or read enough reviews about the game to make an informed decision about whether or not I want to play it, and then transfer that game into a yes/no/maybe pile. I actually physically tried to do this before with an Excel spreadsheet, but it got to be too much work. These days, I just log onto Amazon at the beginning of each month, see what games were released in the past 30 days, and then add the ones that look interesting to my wish list. I might miss out on a few PSN only games this way, but it's a lot less work.

 

I also try to play every major game on the console. Like, I might check out a "Top 10 Best RPGs on the PS4" list, and add anything that looks interesting. I don't think I consider trophies too much, but I tend to avoid games that are overly long or challenging, unless the quality of the game matches the challenge (e.g. Bloodborne, XCOM 2, the Uncharted trilogy on Brutal difficulty).

 

Being an older gamer helps. I've played a lot of games over the past 31 years, so I have a general idea of what I'm looking for. For example, I really like games where you create your own army, and the lives of individual soldiers matter. That's why I've really enjoyed series like XCOM, Fire Emblem, Valkyria Chronicles, Disgaea, and the like. If I hear of other games on the system that are like those, I'll most certainly check them out. I also really like simulation games, like Harvest Moon, which is why I'm willing to give Farming Simulator or Real Farm a chance.

 

And then sometimes I just play the free monthly PSN games. That's how I wound up with Spy Chameleon. Thanks a lot, PSN.

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OK, so I beat this golf game. I mean, I guess you never really beat golf. No matter how good you think you are, there are always improvements to be made. Such as in life, there is no such thing as the perfect game, and that's my wisdom for the day. Come back tomorrow to have your palm lines read.

 

Anyyyyway, there's a jank ass trophy that requires me beating all 17 VS opponents again, but I can only challenge one per day, and I only get ONE try. I can also verify that turning off your PS4 in the middle of a match doesn't give you the option to challenge them again from the beginning, so...touché, game. Touché. And another word that ends in "ouche".

 

Come to think of it, most of the remaining trophies in EG suck, so I'll probably get back into Dorky Dogma. Ideally, I'd like to beat that game before Horizon Dawn Zero...er, Dawn Zero Horizon...um, Horrible Zone Hero...that game with the red-haired chick comes out. You know, the complete edition. With the sexy cover. And what looks like Yellowstone. In winter. Does it snow in Wyoming? I should probably sleep more.

 

I also need to come up with a theme for my sister's Christmas gifts this year.

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On 11/21/2017 at 1:38 PM, Cassylvania said:

Recently? Well, I actually am a movie fanatic! About five years ago, I started rating every movie I see on iMDB's website. At first, I was simply doing it because I wanted recommendations for movies based on my preferences, but then I got really addicted to it. As of now, I have over 450 movie ratings. Unfortunately, my main source of movies is through Netflix, so most of them are pure garbage... Even the new Beauty and the Beast movie didn't impress me. I liked Maleficent a little more. But, um, I'd say the best movie I've seen lately, which may or may not be on Netflix anymore, is No Escape with Owen Wilson. It's actually really suspenseful, even when watching it for the second time. Felt very refreshing.

 

I'm actually not big on TV shows. I mean, I LOVE shows, but I don't like what TV shows have become. Almost every show today falls into one (or more) of the following categories: (1) has continuing episodes, (2) contains a laugh track, or (3) is a reboot/remake/sequel/prequel/whatever. While there are good examples of all of these being done successfully -- even in past decades -- they all get on my nerves. Especially the first one. When I watch something, I want it to be over before I go to bed. I don't WANT to sit down the next night (or the next week, or the next year!) to find out what happens next. That's why, even with a great show like Breaking Bad, I'll wait until the series ends before binge-watching. At least then I can watch as much or as little as I want, when I want. But I'll be damned if I let the producers tell me when I can watch the next episode. How would you like if you were reading a book and I took it away from you and said you could read the next chapter on Monday at 9 pm next week? Yeah, you'd smack me upside the head. Is this the millennial inside of me wanting instant gratification? Probably. But I'm not ashamed.

 

As for the others, I don't get what the big deal is about The Big Bang Theory. How can anybody stand that laugh track? Now, to be fair, the show probably isn't bad. I watched an episode once and don't remember hating it. But wow, I cringed the entire time, because the show is literally: line, laugh track, line, laugh track, line, laugh track. Even the COMMERCIALS do this. No matter HOW funny the show is, I can't STAND canned laughter. It's annoying, it's distracting, and it's basically the producers saying, "HAHA. WE'RE FUNNY, RIGHT?" Most comedians do not laugh at their own jokes. Get with the program, program. [insert canned laughter here]

 

As for books... I don't read much. :(

 

Too busy criticizing movies and TV shows, I guess!

 

Most Hollywood movies that come out now are shit. Put a bunch of talentless actors and actresses and see what sticks. 

 

I respect Samuel L Jackson and George Clooney. They are true actors with talent. Clooney in particular on the films is how you see him in real life. He doesn't wear makeup. Most young actors I see try overly hard to put on makeup to pass themselves off as young. It's not uncommon to see people in their mid 20s to mid 30s to be playing adolescent, immature high schoolers. Just look what Disney films do. 

 

Reality television killed television. My Super Sweet 16, Jersey Shore. Who the hell likes that shit? 

 

Sitcoms have been crap since Hannah Montana. There are a couple semi decent ones, like the one Charlie Sheen starred in. But they all follow the same theme. 

 

I get more enjoyment watching an Angry Video Game Nerd episode on YouTube than I do watching most films and tv shows on Netflix. Hell Podcasts for that matter are more entertaining.

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@Spaz I can relate to all of that. I love Clooney and Jackson. One of the interesting things about Samuel L. Jackson that maybe a lot of people don't know is that, like me, he suffered from a severe stuttering problem when he was younger. Bruce Willis too. Both of them got into acting -- at least partially, based on what I've heard -- because they could take on the role of someone who doesn't stutter, which in turn made their problem go away. I actually did something similar, by getting into theater arts in high school. Up to that point in my life, I had the stuttering problem (it was mostly word blocks, not actual stammering), I was homeschooled for part of my childhood, so it was hard for me to make friends. But it was really great to overcome that, and I really admire people who have faced a similar situation and found a way to cope.

 

As for reality TV, I don't get it. I mean, there are some "popular" shows I do enjoy, like America's Got Talent and The Voice, but it's mostly because I love relatively unknown people getting the chance to shine. You brought up AVGN, and it's sorta the same thing, where YouTube has allowed independent creators to thrive in a corporate society. But even as a kid, I loved the little guys. I think back to Bob Ross and Fred Rogers and what they were able to do for public broadcasting, and it really makes me appreciate the power of a single person. Video games are experiencing that same kind of renaissance, I think, with entire games -- and really good games -- being made by just one or two developers. You can even say the same for music, which I think is FANTASTIC. It is so good to see young, talented musicians getting the recognition they deserve without the need for an agent or advertisements or a record label. And the best part is they can do it affordably. If any good can be taken away from the past ten years, I hope it's that technology has allowed the independent artist to live again.

 

Lastly, I don't remember what I said about sitcoms, but I'm not against them. I never gave TBBT a chance. I admit that. I do like Last Man Standing, and there are probably a few more shows like that that I can tolerate, although I struggle to name any right now. I'm not nearly old enough to remember the earliest sitcoms, but I do have a lot of admiration for the classics, like All in the Family and Three's Company. Much like The Beatles did for modern music, they kinda paved the way for today's sitcoms. Unfortunately, much like corporate music today, much of it has become factory-raised. That's a bit heartbreaking for me, because I feel a lot of art is at the stage of dying.

 

But of course, this is all just me babbling on. I understand society shifts towards the masses. And I won't go around telling other people what they should like. I'm thirty-one years old and I still like magic tricks and Disney movies. I like console gaming, mobile gaming, and PC gaming. I listen to country music and rap. I put pineapple on my pizza. As long as your hobbies don't include murder or unfounded bigotry, I'm sure we'll get along just fine.

 

That's my piece anyway.

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Many millennials I met in my life have had a stuttering problem or some sort of autism. I personally think the media and America in general takes these problems far too seriously. I very much believe past generations had these problems, but they were rarely ever documented. Not too long ago I was reading a book on a guy who was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of 40. He is around my dad's age, maybe a little older than 63 years, but he couldn't look people in the eye. I had this same problem. I was an awkward kid during high school, once I graduated in June of 2006 I slowly improved. I still cannot look people in the eye for very long. Though it isn't near as bad as I had it when I was 14.

 

I appreciate the Angry Video Game Nerd because James Rolfe single handledly paved the way for video gamers and enthusiasts to make content on Youtube and get it monetized. Both James and Mike Matei were able to thrive by delivering funny, original content. I still consider the first 50 - 60 episodes of AVGN to be the absolute best Youtube has ever seen. Superman 64 and Silver Surfer are two of my favorite episodes.

 

In all honesty though I don't like Youtube that much anymore. Like with movies, TV shows and video games it has become too corporate. Don't like Pewdiepie, never cared for Jenna Marbles, can't stand Smosh. You can probably put all these guys into a Disney sitcom and it wouldn't make a difference for me.

 

I find listening to podcasts from someone like Pat the NES Punk or just a random podcast from a channel with only 1000 - 50,000 subscribers to be a lot more engaging and intriguing. I'm not saying I'm against all popular Youtubers. I still enjoy Cinemassacre (AVGN, James Rolfe, Mike Matei, etc), Angry Joe has a fair amount of good content here and there. Good people on Youtube are hard to come by though. The website seemed much more down to earth in 2006 - 2009. A lot more people were doing webcam videos and just being themselves. I don't see that as much anymore.

 

The reason I hate reality TV is because it usually takes a complete jackass and have him or her fall flat on their face. MTV reality shows insult people's intelligence. Is it okay for a young kid who is still a minor to have a kid in My Sweet Sixteen? What kind of morals and standards is this show teaching children and teenagers? Jersey Shore is the same thing. Make Italians look like complete assholes, because these people got a break in national television. No talent whatsoever. Couldn't care less for that short girl who was the star of that show.

 

American Idol may of been a thing in the early 2000s, but it has dragged on for too long. Survivor lasted too long anyway before the plug was finally pulled on it. I used to like Trading Spaces on TLC until I realized it was always the same theme and setup. Never liked American Chopper, which is a good example of how to make a father act like a complete jerk around his hard working son. It's crap like that that pushed me off of television.

 

MF DOOM is a good example of a rap artist who made pretty decent songs with actual meaning. He was also an independent artist, who didn't rely on a factory corporate produced label to make music much like Kayne West, Soulja Boy and Lil Wayne relied on. There are good songs in recent years produced by underground rappers and indie bands. But they don't get the attention and recognition. It took me having to watch a streamer on Twitch.tv playing Old School Runescape to find a lot of these obscure bands and rappers. It's sad, because some of these artists have far more talent than Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. I can't stand modern pop and I especially can't stand modern country. It's all factory produced, autotune, and getting a pretty face to go on tours across America.

 

We weren't around to see the classics, but All in the Family and shows like it were given a lot of airtime. That was the only way a lot of us were able to see these shows, through reruns, usually on Nick at Nite or some other retro themed channel that aired vintage material. Archie Bunker was an asshole sure, but that was a big part of his character. Still had far more charisma, talent and timeless appeal than most actors I see in today's sitcoms. I guess they're trying to make themselves look more like Hannah Montana than to create a concept that is original and interesting.

 

A little surprised you have an anime character for your avatar at 31 years.

 

Guessing you were born in 1986. You're definitely a 90s kid at heart.

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@Spaz I actually noticed your interests on your profile page after I posted all that, so it's cool to see we're kinda on the same page with a lot of things. For me, stuttering was a huge deal because...well, two reasons. First, it wasn't minor or something that went away when I turned five or six. It persisted into my early teen years, and it made it very difficult for me to speak in even normal situations, like ordering food at a restaurant or talking to my best friend. The second reason is because my father was very much what you'd expect from an army general, so any flaws in my character had to be corrected or I was a lesser human being. I was not babied as a child. My father put me to work and made me live on a very rigorous schedule, where every day of my life was almost entirely planned out. So, while I understand what you're saying, I don't think all problems in children stem from parents who have grown more lax, because I very much lived the kind of childhood that you'd expect in the earlier 1900s.

 

I actually don't know most of the YouTubers you named (I mean, I've heard of them, but never watched any of their content). I know AVGN because I've been doing something similar to him for years, but with movies. (Granted, I don't make videos about it, but I've been watching bad movies for years and rating them.) I also think he's a great comedian. I've probably watched the entire AVGN series three or four times now, and I have several favorites, but I'd probably put Bugs' Birthday Blowout, Crazy Castle, and any of the Christmas specials at the top. Oh, and Castlevania. Yeah, those ones are great. They really speak to me, if you know what I mean.

 

In fact, I don't know a lot about the people or shows you named in general. I guess I've never even given them a chance. I would say, yes, I'm just about your average 90s kid, but I do like to play the devil's advocate sometimes. For example, I know a lot of 90s kids would say cartoons were better twenty years ago than they are now, and I would almost agree. But the amount of quality cartoons...I don't know if that ratio has really changed. We had some of the best cartoons ever made in Batman: TAS and Animaniacs, but I honestly think some modern cartoons, like Adventure Time and Regular Show and Gravity Falls are just as good. We also had a lot of garbage back then, so I'm always a little leery about getting too carried away with nostalgia. You could say the same for the 80s too, or just about any decade.

 

That said, the only person I'd probably defend that you named is Katy Perry. I think she's fantastic. But I get what you're saying. I cut my cable years ago and have mostly been relying on YouTube and Netflix for my entertainment. Recently, I've gotten into watching Penn & Teller skits -- both from their new show and some of the older stuff. I really look up to those guys because most of my childhood heroes have passed away, so it's good to see them still around and getting the recognition I feel they deserve.

 

And my avatar...is supposed to be Jill from Harvest Moon, my favorite video game series. I just can't find a decent image of her to fit in that tiny space. I know literally nothing about anime. I'm not even sure I spelled it right there.

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EG update! It seems the game "resets" every day at 7 PM EST, so I was able to challenge my first (second 😑) VS opponent. Fortunately, it was Kato! Who is Kato, you ask? Why, he's the wrinkly old fisherman who is going to allow me to catch rare fish! Yes, that's right -- the ONLY VS opponent I need to get that stupid fishing trophy out of the way! Not bad for a 1/17 chance. Of course, I still need to beat the other 16 assholes, but I'm glad Kato was the first.

 

So...what? Rare fish won't even acknowledge me unless I beat this guy? I know who belongs between two slices of bread.

 

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I feel it is a concern because there are literally tons of millennials who are in the same boat as me. You also have to realize that most of our generation was raised on video games and watching a lot of television. Past generations, especially my dad at 63 years old did not have that luxury. He was given an allowance and such things like ice cream and candy at the store were a big deal. He wasn't neglected, but he wasn't spoiled either. Television had no programming during the late night hours so you didn't have a lot of options. Since there was no video games, my dad and his generation had to make due with playing outside, being creative like shooting fireworks up an alley somewhere or playing a game involving actual physical interaction.

 

A lot of people in my generation including you and myself have trouble speaking. This is something that magazines like TIME like to bring up every now and then because I very much think this is true. I feel that past generations had a better time speaking with one another as opposed to us because they had more experience speaking in public as kids. It's not uncommon to hear kids spend all day and night playing video games and watching a computer screen. Now granted not everyone in my parent's generation or any generation is perfect, there were kids back then who suffered with disorders and not being able to communicate properly. But for the most part, it is a big problem.

 

I'm honestly surprised you don't know about a lot of the shows I mentioned because they were hyper popular at one point. Same with Youtubers. Plenty of good people out there watch Pewdiepie, Jenna Marbles and Smosh. I'm not saying these guys are bad but after watching most of their content, they don't pander to my tastes, and I personally think they're not that talented at all for how many subscribers they have. They are all millionaires off a website that is very volatile with how people make money with monotized videos and content. That is something that for many of us is a pipe dream.

 

I personally never understood American Idol. Surely you've seen it at least a couple times, there were a handful of talented singers whom I later appreciated. But a lot of contestants lacked the talent. I was one of the few who actually liked Simon Cowell because he was the harshest critic in the show, whereas the other two judges usually approved of somebody who only displayed a minimal amount of talent. As a whole the show wore on for too long. It was a huge success which is why we saw America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing With the Stars. That format proved to be wildly popular. But when you compare to past generations of popular shows, American Idol was a big mockery of how bad television had gotten.

 

I'm well aware there were plenty of bad shows in the 80s and 90s. Family Matters was a show I enjoyed quite a lot in the early seasons. But it's a show that has aged poorly. Steve Urkel was definitely a guy who stood out amongst characters in sitcoms. His character now is very dated and he doesn't hold up to other sitcom characters at the time, like Frazier (Kelsey Grammer), Will (Fresh Prince of Bel-air) and Kramer (Seinfeld). I know plenty of people who never liked Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs. But they liked Beavis & Butthead and Daria.

 

Penn & Teller are one of the few greats left. It takes a true talent, a lot of luck and a good amount of charisma and screen presence to transcend multiple generations. This is why people like The Beatles are still a real big deal in today's world because they have transcended multiple generations. They had an amazing talent and it's a crying shame there's nobody around with that kind of talent anymore. As you just said, art is dying in a number of ways.

 

I just think our generation and maybe even the last generation aren't that creative. This is definitely a topic of dispute, debate and disagreement but I very much think it is arguably true. You are free to disagree. Our generation has made Horizon Zero Dawn, Assassins Creed Origins and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. These are definitely good games, I've played all three of them and I think they are solid in what they provide. None of them are very creative.

 

We seem to take concepts that past generations laid the foundations upon and we touch them up a bit. I fail to see anything that we have done so far where I can truly say we laid the foundation upon. Maybe livestreaming on Twitch.tv and chatting in Discord, which our generation loves doing.

 

I look up to what a lot Baby Boomers did because they laid the foundations for a lot of things we still put to use today. Bill Gates made Microsoft and Windows. I respect him for coming up and designing a system that is still wildly popular, and has been for 30 years now. Same with Steve Jobs. He created the Apple Computer, which was revolutionary back in 1984, without him we would of never gotten the iPhone and the iPod. Shigeru Miyamato created Mario and Zelda, two of the most cherished gaming series of all time. Much of what we saw in Zelda and Mario was what Miyamoto envisioned as a kid in Japan. So on and so forth.

 

A lot of millennials can take a concept these people created and make it slightly better. Make Mario hacks that make Super Mario World fresh to play again, or design a game similar to Legend of Zelda that takes what made the series so good and add in new concepts and ideas, making the game more engaging. But we aren't really revolutionary. We didn't make DOOM or Super Mario 64, the older generation did. As much as I'm enjoying playing through Horizon Zero Dawn's new DLC, I can't help but feel it's more of the same thing we've already seen before. It's easier for us to copy what people before us laid the foundations on and add more onto it than it is to lay the foundation for future generations to look up to for decades to come.

 

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. Everyone using it should give him respect. Honestly I just think our generation lacks a real genuine knack for creativity and pushing the envelope. I can well imagine most people who work at Apple today are millennials like myself. Certainly not when Steve Jobs made the iPod, which was a good 10 - 15+ years ago. This may not be a generation thing and may just be the times we are living in. We seem to follow what a CEO tells us, or what media like MSNBC and Fox News tells us instead of pushing the envelope and bringing in a new concept. This is a big reason why America has been in stagnation for the past 5 - 10 years, though no one generation is really responsible for that.

 

But you are free to disagree. I apologize for turning this into a long rambling discussion that sounds like two old men babbling about our society.

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I haven't really checked out this whole "Trophy Checklist" part of the forum, but I stumbled upon this thread and I am thoroughly impressed. I only read the first few posts.

 

I think you have great taste in games. Lots of games I played or would like to play and you are a trophy completionist too!

 

Did you name yourself Cassylvania as a play on words for Castlevania? I love that series. I own the trilogy on NES and Symphony of the Night on PS1. The anime that came out this year, though short, was impressive.

 

And your avatar is super cute >________< SUPER CUTE!

Can't believe I would utter such unmanly words! /tears off chest hair with hands

 

Enjoy Dragon's Dogma, amazing game!

 

You kind of inspired me. I am going to try this whole trophy-checklist-journal-writing thing. Not right away, but I'll slowly build up to it!

 

Also how can you hate chameleons. Panther Chameleon is so cool.

 

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@Spaz Interesting take! I think I'm just a bit more optimistic than you about the future. I probably just didn't make it sound that way. I like seeing how somebody can take something that's already been done and present it in a way that's never been seen before. A lot of art and magic is like that, and I think it's fascinating. Like you said, a lot of new things aren't revolutionary. That's true. For me, that doesn't matter much, because my tastes have stayed relatively the same for most of my life. That's not to say I want the SAME thing all the time, but I'd be fine if video games are still played on a couch with a controller in your hand for the next forty or fifty years. While I like the concept of revolutionary ideas, I don't always like the reality of it. VR is a good example. I honestly don't want VR to catch on. I want it to remain a pipe dream. Even though I know some people really enjoy it and I'm probably selfish for wanting things to stay the same, I really don't want that kind of change in my life. I've played VR games and I've liked them, even considered buying a headset for myself, but I don't want that to be the future of gaming. Even with PC gaming, I can't get into mods or whatever. Maybe I'm getting to the age of my life where I stop getting what's "hip" with the younger generation, but I like the same things I've always liked. I don't know. I want change, but I want that option to stay the same to be there. Not sure if that makes sense.

 

I think we're throwing out too many topics now for me to handle, so I'll try to trim it down to just one. I have heard of the people and shows you mentioned. I just never took the time to check them out. AVGN and Angry Joe, who you brought up before, are people whose content I am familiar with, but I'm not exactly sure why I got into them and not other internet celebrities like Pewdiepie. Probably because AVGN and AJ are more focused on game reviews, which I enjoy, while Pewdiepie is more...I don't know. What does he do? Plays games and makes funny sounds? I mean, I like Markiplier, who I guess does the same kind of thing, but there's something about his personality that's a bit too overbearing for me to enjoy in long bursts. AVGN and AJ are more scripted, which I think helps, but I'm also okay when James and Mike just sit down to play a game. They just seem chill.

 

I think it helps that they kinda latch onto retro stuff, which appeals to the 90s kid in me. Even if they're a bit older than I am. Not much, but I really didn't get into gaming until I was a teenager, so the SNES is really the first console that I became familiar with. In that sense, most of the stuff they play was before my time.

 

Also, hi, @TurdFlingingApe! Thanks for your kind words. Just to kinda continue where I left off with that last thought, I've never actually played a Castlevania game. Obviously, I was aware of the series when I made this account, but it's actually a combination of the name I've been using on the internet for years (Cass or Cassy) and the state in which I live. But it does help that I kinda like the dark, Gothic theme of the Castlevania games. You can probably tell from my trophy list that I really like scary games, so I've been trying to play as many as those as I can, while getting some horror-themed trophies as milestones. Unfortunately, that was kinda ruined when they changed what constitutes as a milestone, but whatever.

 

But yeah! I'm having fun with this journal thing I'm doing. I wish I had started two years ago, because I would've loved to share the experiences I had playing through XCOM 2 or Dark Souls or the Uncharted trilogy on Brutal difficulty, but I'm making do with the games I have now. The Halloween games helped, even if they really wore me off. I think, next year, I'm going to be a little more prepared for an event like that. Having it follow the ENTIRE Crash trilogy drained me horribly.

 

Oh, and I love chameleons. Just not ones that dress up as a spy and expect me to guide them to the end of each level, while avoiding search lights and killer mice. In the future, I think I'm just going to avoid ALL stealth games...

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The thing I'm getting at is we're trying to be too cookie cutter and formulaic. I look at modern country music artists like Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Florida Georgia Line and feel much of their material sounds very much the same. Now I'm aware past generations had their share of cookie cutter artists and formats too. But these artists are mega popular, and they are quite frankly mediocre. I see Katy Perry as another pretty face who hit it big just like Miley Cyrus. I'm not saying they are bad people, they are probably good people who care for the well being of others and look out for their families. I'm just saying they don't deserve all the recognition and awards they've been getting. That just tells me it's more about who's popular rather than who has genuine talent. Britney Spears back in 1999 had more talent than Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. So I'm going to have to disagree on Katy Perry being very good.

 

I think VR not catching on in future generations is a bad thing. Virtual Reality isn't new, it was a concept made in the 1980s and early 1990s. The execution didn't catch on and it wasn't revolutionary like some people had hoped. It fell off the spotlight for a long time, only in recent years has it seen a bit of a comeback. Unfortunately I suffer from motion sickness so virtual reality probably isn't something I can delve into too much.

 

Revolutionary ideas help push a society forward. Keeping too much on the old for too long stagnates it. Concepts only last so long before they become old. Without revolutionary ideas and people willing to make a change we would still be stuck sending telegrams and riding on horse carriages. Nobody in today's world would accept that.

 

There were people in the past who said airplanes should be a pipe dream. Look what they did in the 20th Century.

 

Headsets and the like for gaming is a good thing. Pushes the concept of gaming forward, like when television went from old black and white monitors to CAD color monitors, and from that to modern HD monitors. That helps society move forward.

 

It sounds like I'm contradicting myself, but I'm doing my best to get my point across.

 

Since you did Shovel Knight I think you should try out Super Mario Bros 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and the Megaman games. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

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@Spaz Yeah... I mean, I like Toby Keith, because I think he's a nice guy and his music videos are pretty funny, but I know what you're saying. Nickelback was one of the first bands that I listened to and was like, "Uh, all of this stuff sounds the same." These days, I listen to a lot of 90s alternative rock, and yeah, I've come to like Britney Spears too. Honestly, I can't think of any artists or actors that I really don't like...maybe Seth Rogen....but that's partially because I can see why people might like them, even if I don't agree. I don't Katy has the best music out there, but she's unique, extremely nice, and a MUCH better role model than Miley Cyrus. I know you've been lumping them together, but Katy is clearly more deserving of recognition. Miley Cyrus is probably the worst role model for girls today. Jennifer Lawrence is probably the best. Between the two, I'd put Katy more towards the Lawrence end of the scale.

 

As for their music... I don't know. I only know a few of Katy's songs. I'll admit, though, every time I need to test my speakers (because I unplugged them or moved them or whatever), I go to YouTube and play Roar. I'm not sure WHY I do that, but it's become habitual, like that's the song I NEED to hear in order for the speakers to work again. I'm certain that has nothing whatsoever to do with OCD.

 

Oh, and I've played all of those games! Well, tried anyway. I never got very far with Megaman. But I was playing it on a PC with a keyboard and we all know how that goes.

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Nickelback is a disgrace. Chad Kroeger mentioned months ago he couldn't think of a more diverse band than Nickelback. That is a pile of horseshit right there. I'm sorry, but I hate narcissism like that.

 

I don't like modern day pop. I look at Katy Perry the same way I look at Rihanna. Both have a giant fanbase and you can definitely say they're better than Miley Cyrus. They follow what the industry wants to see rather than branch out and be unique. You say she's unique and I respect your opinion. No offense, but I honestly can't stand a lot of female pop singers.

 

It stems from the fact that radio stations are mostly controlled by a company called iHeart Radio (formally Clear Channel). Since they hold a monopoly on many stations they are free to choose whatever popular song will be played. The record labels are to blame as well. I cannot stand autotune and it saddens me that people who otherwise hold a real legitimate talent for music are subject to being factory produced by shit writers and have to be a part of the pack. That's a good reason why I don't like a lot of Katy Perry's songs and Rihanna's material because it gets overplayed on the radio.

 

Years ago I dropped Sirius and stopped listening to any FM music radio station and just have a personal track list via iTunes, and I listen on the go with Spotify. Much, much better than the crap thrown on the radio.

 

For the record, I did like Nickelback's Just To Get High song. Had an actual guitar solo that was somewhat decent. But talent and mainstream don't coincide with each other very well.

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@Spaz I admit that I like some Nickelback songs too... But not, like, a lot. Or very much. I just like most things I listen to/play/watch. Maybe I'll find some way to incorporate my other interests in this topic. Like, since I watch movies a lot, maybe I'll talk about them here. Last night, I watched Baby Driver and it was...um, good... I...don't have anything more to say about that.

 

What? Am I suddenly camera shy?

 

ANYWHO, we will continue today with the 17 Assholes of Christmas, by taking on our next EG VS opponent. Just to be safe, I think I'll try backing up my data to a USB stick. I was too embarrassed to admit it last night, but Kato was up on me by two after the second hole. (For those unfamiliar with match play, the winner of each hole goes up by one, while the loser drops one. If either player goes up by three, the game is called, even if there are holes left to be played.) Fortunately, I got my head out of my ass and started winning, sealing my victory by the eighth hole. From now on, though, we're not taking any chances. 'Tis the season of giving, after all, and I'm ready to give these guys a kick in the ass!

 

I should print out some Christmas cards with that greeting.

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Wow guys! That was an impressive dispute. It took me two lessons to read the whole TV and sitcoms discussion. Your opinions encouraged me to take part in this. 

 

I might not know much about American TV but I sure am familiar with Polish. Which is garbage. I quit television completely when I started playing video games on my first console ever - PS3 (I'm an 18 yo teenager, don't be judgemental). That's right. I don't remember PS2, PSX, Pegasus or Nintendo consoles. Why did I quit? That's obvious. I began using TV to play video games. These were the last two years of my primary school I believe. Since I got my PS3 I used to watch cartoons like a dumbass that I was (and potentially still am). If I remember correctly there were already some shit shows on TV and they seem to have multiplied since then. Really, they bred like freaking rabbits. There's a handful of such in Poland - Trudne Sprawy; Dlaczego ja?; Dzień, który zmienił moje życie; Ukryta Prawda. Don't worry, you don't have to know how to pronounce them. Should you be curious here's their translation respectively: Difficult Issues; Why me?; The Day That Changed My Life, Hidden Truth. Sounds ambitious, doesn't it? They are basically staged shows about social problems - divorce, fraud, lies, abortion. Your brain would melt if you watched some of these, believe me. 

 

That's why I limit myself to YouTube or watching movies and series online. I don't ever watch TV. Not even one minute a year. Quality is the issue. When it comes to YouTube I usually watch AngryJoe, Good Mythical Morning, TearOfGrace and Sugawolf. The last two are strictly game related. A combination of gameplay and comedy. Puns all the way. Speaking of puns, I really like stand ups as well. The artist are mostly intelligent and able to present a certain situation or institution from a different perspective. Regarding movies and TV series, I like to watch a decent horror from time to time. I've watched the whole South Park, Rick and Morty and Stranger Things Season 1. Not much happening here. I'm a person that likes to eat while watching. Guess who has weight problems...

 

If I were to pick my favorite musician or band, I wouldn't know which one to choose. I don't usually pick favorites when it comes to music as for me it's a matter of mood. I pick the genre based on my mood or what best suits the situation e.g. when driving, gaming, doing a workout (yes, I train; choo! choo!), partying or writing forum posts (there's metal pumping through my speakers as I type this). I stay away from Disco and Pop. They are WAAAAAY too generic and repetitive. There are also some independent artists that create music based on games that I like. Check out Gavin Dunne (Miracle Of Sound) on YouTube or Dan Bull if you prefer rap. 

 

Now, you mentioned the lack of creativity in today's society. I agree. However, I may belong to the current generation and you guys may be already the last, but I don't know. It's just a speculation. I just have some observations. You have to know that there is a discrepancy between me and a definition of a nowadays teenager. I don't take selfies, I don't have an Instagram account, I don't use all the 'cool' expressions and I don't abuse emojis in each sentence I write (as you can clearly see). I'm kind of ashamed to be put in a group of people that behave worse than a kid from a kindergarten. We are in high school for fuck's sake! There's no interpersonal communication without mobile phones. What's the first thing a typical teenager does when he or she comes to the restaurant? They pull out their phones! Seriously... This is a disease. I've seen two girls and a boy sit by the table at a restaurant, order food, eat their food, pay and then leave. They did not exchange a single word verbally. All they did was use their mobiles the whole time. Also, teenagers don't know what does it mean to work. They get tired after two hours of sitting on a lecture. What if they were to work physically? I spent my whole vacation working night shifts in the local store. My job was to unpack the boxes that a delivery guy was supposed to deliver, put the products on the shelves and get the excess to the storeroom. It wasn't a full-time job. I worked about 10 - 15 hours a week. You can laugh. But I am proud of this. I went to work no matter the weather (and it wasn't always pretty believe me, there were thunderstorms and torrential rain). I did not care about the money that much. Sure, some coins will come in handy as since August I am a godfather to my cousin's daughter. I wanted to feel what it is like to work. Become more self-reliant. And I managed to achieve it. I did not go anywhere this holiday because of work. This is what's missing in my generation. The eagerness to become independent, self-reliant. Some think they can live off their parents and don't realize the roles will have to change one day. My generation is childish. I feel like we've retrogressed...

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That is a very good observation Rocky. 

 

I only know American television and programming for the most part. I was exposed to a few British programs. Namely Doctor Who and an old variety show starring Tommy Cooper. But for the most part I just know American programming. 

 

It'll be interesting to watch a Polish television show even if you say it sucks. Definitely will feel like a fresh breath of air. 

 

Reality television is a serious problem. I have seen plenty of reality television from the UK, and quite honestly I don't know if that is any better than what you get in the States. Namely there are good shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Boardwalk Empire. This is definitely the era of good drama television, which I honestly can't say the same for the 80s and 90s. But for someone like me who really isn't drama television, there's not a whole lot out there that is actually good. 

 

At least disco in the 1970s had a purpose.   Today it's all about looking pretty and as long as you have a little stage presence, talent doesn't matter all that much. That's why I stopped caring about things like the VMA and Top 40 and just listen to my own playlist and listen to Spotify. I have music going from the Beatles to such artists as MF Doom and Oasis. 

 

I don't consider a lot of people fully mature until they reach their mid to late 20s. Here in the States you can't drink legally until you're 21. That's for good reason. I heard hundreds of stories of minors drinking and getting themselves into trouble. Not a good start in their lives. 

 

Society applies to all generations living. I look at young people born in the 2000s to still not be fully mature and self reliant. There are exceptions, I knew 16 year olds who were more mature than people in their 40s. But for the majority they simply aren't ready yet to take on full time jobs and build a family. 

 

My problem is our society is stagnant. I haven't found anything in the last 10 years where people can look back on 20 - 30 years from now and say "Wow, that was truly amazing and revolutionary". Yes, there is YouTube and Wikipedia. But both of those websites are over 10 years old now, so those doesn't exactly count. 

 

Barack Obama won the US Presidency in 2008? I suppose you could call that revolutionary, since we never had a biracial person in office before. It's a shame he had to pick up what the past presidents had left behind. This was also the time of the Housing Crash and the 2008 Financial Meltdown. Obama was also lambasted left and right simply for being biracial. That pretty much goes to show that racism on a grand scale is still alive and well here.

 

Are people going to put Obama in a positive light in much the same way they do for John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King? I honestly don't know. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to post your response.

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