Uh...that was possibly one of the most telling introductions I've ever seen for an article. It's a surprising ad hominem
argument from someone (MovieBob) who is usually pretty even-handed...
...except on certain issues. We all know somebody like MovieBob, I'll venture. He's nice, smart, level-headed, and generally quite dependable...but then he occasionally becomes absolutely caustic and intolerable.
It happened after Mass Effect 3 when he called everyone upset by the ending a bunch of entitled crybabies, while also remarking that he neither played Mass Effect nor was interested in the genre.
It happened after The Expendables when he called everyone who watched and/or enjoyed it a stupid musclehead and that anyone who could possibly enjoy the movie is a subject of his personal hatred (note: hating muscular people for no reason other than all the inherent flaws that obviously
come with being muscular is a running trend with MovieBob).
It happened after Metroid: Other M when he declared that it was great for various reasons, including 1) the 'Prime' series was an FPS, and therefore a creative dead-end to be thrown aside 2) FPSs are literally responsible for the worst parts of gaming culture.
I'm not making that up. Here's the quote:
I'M HAPPY YOU ENJOYED THE "PRIME" GAMES.
THEY WERE GOOD.
I WAS "OKAY" WITH THEM.
BUT "FPS" IS THE MOST CREATIVELY-BANKRUPT GENRE IN GAMING
AND IS LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST OF THE WORST ASPECTS OF GAMING CULTURE TODAY.
Please note that the all-caps are his. And that this rant was set to 'Ode to Joy.'
I think I've finally spotted the trend here: MovieBob shouldn't talk about the people around media. I'm saying that as advice, too. It's easy to be blind to one's faults, and MovieBob seems almost physically incapable of calmly talking about the people surrounding any given piece of media. Doesn't matter if it's movies, video games, or whatever. He devolves at an alarming rate into attacking the people themselves on seemingly no evidence whatsoever. He even goes out of his way to outright state that he doesn't like the media at hand, didn't research it very much, or some combination of the two.
Just...ugh...MovieBob, you're a solid movie critic. Please just stick to doing that. It's this sort of enraged, self-important ranting at things that (I can't stress this enough) you don't need to pay attention to, much less comment on, that will turn people off of your reviews. Look at Roger Ebert: one of the greatest movie critics of all time. Brilliant, witty, and by all accounts a pretty cool guy.
And yet, there are probably thousands of gamers who thought, "Feh. Good riddance," when they found out he'd died. Not because they disagreed with his reviews, his politics, or anything like that...but because he went so far out of his way to insult video games for no reason other than poor impulse-control.
But for some reason, I'm particularly disappointed by the smug way you used thirty-nine words to describe your surrogate for Parker and Stone as a hipster. I'm even more disappointed that you then used sixteen more words to pat yourself on the back for not using the word 'hipster.' And amidst all that completely unnecessary and self-congratulating wordplay, you still made a typo.
Come on, MovieBob. Anger doesn't endear you to anyone.