It’s more fun than spending weeks, months, and years playing a videogame while your real life wastes away. Barely.
by Thom Yee
Objectivity is a funny thing. Actually, it’s not funny, that’s what makes it objective. When it comes to important matters, objectivity is something we strive for in order to reach the most informed, most balanced, and hopefully best conclusions we can. Objectivity can save us from making poor decisions and it can ensure that the paths we choose are the best ones for all involved. Last weekend, not a lot of people chose to go see Warcraft, and though many based that decision at least partly on the most objective data available, critic scores, many more made that decision on some fairly conventional wisdom: Videogame movies are never good. Continue reading
Since when were ninjas so bad at hiding?
by Thom Yee
I don’t know what kids today do after school, what with their STEM programs and their social responsibility and their parents who actually pay attention to them, but back in my day, a lot of us kids took martial arts classes after school, and no matter what our parents may have thought about us getting good exercise or developing a hobby built on a system of discipline, respect, and honour, most of us were only taking those classes for one reason: To beat up other kids.
The thing you have to understand about being a kid in the early ‘90s is that we were coming up only in the afterglow of the truly great action movies of the ‘80s, and so that spirit of almost mindless killing was slowly being eroded while also being finely tempered against the more spiritual elements of what we assumed was the Eastern philosophies of violence as a last resort. For kids who took martial arts, that usually still meant a lot of fighting, just not fighting with the intent to kill. Continue reading
Let slip the dogs of war, and just cry, Havok
by Thom Yee
Sometimes I still can’t believe what a genius thing that early ‘90s X-Men cartoon wound up being. It’s not like it was all that good (in fact it was laughably bad on a regular basis) but it ended up being an unexpectedly strong introduction to many of the bigger, crazier concepts and tropes of superhero comicbooks, and for a generation of ‘90s kids (like me), it was the key gateway to all the time-bending, cosmos-spanning stories that comicbooks, and the X-Men especially, specialize in. In many ways it laid the foundation for the superhero movies we’ve, by and large, enjoyed in the 21st century. Plus, that theme song: Continue reading