Category: Rant Of The Moment

  • Robotic Entertainment: The End of an Era

    In case you weren’t aware, Chuck E. Cheese’s is phasing out the remainder of their robotic performers. By the end of this year (2023), all stages will be ripped out, all bots completely destroyed beyond recognition per corporate policy. It’s taken a long time to reach this point and the story of how we got […]

  • Mass tech layoffs

    As if it wasn’t already clear, tens if not hundreds of thousands of tech workers have been and will be laid off in a cascade caused by the flailing husk of what used to be Twitter. To be clear, not all of the companies doing it are in dire straits. Most of them are posting […]

  • 5 Retro Kids Show Themes That Went Harder Than They Needed To

    Note that this isn’t a list of "themes that went hard" or else Thundercats would of course take the top spot, but despite what you might think watching some random part of it, that show trusted its age demographic with a LOT. I’ll also say that Silverhawks deserves and does not get just as much […]

  • Why “The Perfect Gift” is an awful tale

    Around the holidays, a million variations of this story under various names always crawl out of the woodwork. A man and a woman love each other very much, but rather than babies happening, both of them sell their most prized possession to get each other an accessory for the other’s prized possession. Yes, the whole […]

  • Modular systems

    So rumors are milling about Sony coming out with a new slimline PS5 unit with a Blu-ray drive peripheral and the gaming press at least seems to be on board with the idea. I’m right there with them. Modularity in tech is a good thing. I know Sega got a ton of flak for the […]

  • Retro is not good; last-gen is not bad

    I’ve seen a couple videos lately on the Jak and Daxter series and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion saying they have to be enjoyed as a product of their time because they just aren’t good by today’s standards, and in both cases they made the admission that it wasn’t graphics they were talking about. The […]

  • The “Standard Fantasy Setting”

    To start this off, the fact that there’s such thing as a "standard" fantasy setting in itself is rather sad, because to be able to reduce something that never existed and never will to a "standard" shows a creative bankruptcy on the part of whole industries. This all boils down to how "influential" Tolkein was, […]

  • The bustling, yet empty handheld market

    Welp, it hasn’t even been that long, has it? It’s amazing how quickly things can change. There’s a PlayStation controller out for iPhone and renewed interest in the PSP seems to be trickling in. It’s probably only a matter of time before the Vita starts seeing more of the same love with what’s already there. […]

  • Why The Legend of Dragoon isn’t being remade

    Let it never be said that fans of The Legend of Dragoon aren’t a tenacious bunch, with them having just jumped on yet another remake project asking for this one-hit wonder to get some love instead. I mean, that’s evergreen, but this specific time it’s Horizon Zero Dawn, which they have a valid point came […]

  • Skyrim and the “10-year game”

    This is an ice cold take, but the gaming industry as it stands is reaching the limit of its sustanability and Skyrim is a prime example. In an environment where Skyrim has come out on everything but baby monitors and the market is flooded with HD remakes like Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning and all of […]