I'm a Nintendo Gamer, and I buy a lot of Nintendo products. One of those products are little pieces of joy called amiibos. For those who don't know, Amiibos are basically Nintendo's semi-answer to games like Skylanders or Disney Infinity. I say "Semi-Answer" because these little figures don't work with a specific game and nothing else. Instead, when you tap these figurines on your Wii U gamepad (Or on your New 3DS' Touchscreen if you have a New 3DS) You can unlock secret content in certain games, whether it'd be costumes for your Mii's to use in Mario Kart 8 or virtual fighters you can train in Super Smash Bros.
Despite my dislike for games like Skylanders and DI, I have a very large fondness for Nintendo's take on toy gaming. Perhaps it's more on the fact that, amiibos aren't required to unlock stages in Smash Bros. or extra tracks in Mario Kart 8. The stuff amiibos unlock are very minuscule things in the games they function with, and the fact I can use them in more than one single game is icing on the cake. Plus, let's face it; It's nice to have little figures of Nintendo characters sitting on a shelf while you play.
But, myself, as well as other collectors, have been dealing with an issue since these little things came into the market. That problem is scalping.
With items like this, it's inevitable that certain figures will be hard to find. However, the current problem is the people wanting to sell them back to us, making them almost rare be default. Whenever a new batch of amiibo come out, certain people buy the figures in bulk and sell them again on sites like Ebay and Amazon, often 3 times the normal retail price, which is 13 bucks a figure. Unfortunately, especially with wave 4 amiibos on the horizon in the US, 40-60 dollars per amiibo is becoming the norm, even for more recognized characters like Wario and Charizard.
It goes without saying that, in needs to stop. It needs to stop soon.
By purchasing amiibos from these basement-dwelling neckbeards on the internet, it's simply encouragement for them to do this over and over again. I understand why collectors would bite the bullet and purchase amiibos at way higher prices than normal. They're incredibly charming and enticing, and fun to use. They're a good edition to your Wii U and 3DS titles. However, in my case, I'd much rather just remain hopeful that Nintendo will restock the figures and save my money. Purchasing these figures for 40-60 dollars is nothing short of ludicrous, and I refuse to support such a practice, especially when there's still the matter of purchasing the games that work with them to begin with. They too run for 40-60 bucks a pop, and buying a figure that really won't do much to enhance the experience for the same price just isn't worth it.
In conclusion, yes, I like amiibos. In fact, I own twelve of them, because I enjoy their charm and the little things they add to compliment certain games. However, the scalping issue that's been going on since the beginning has only accentuated, making collecting the toys a tough hobby for arbitrary reasons. Though, I think if we just keep our money in our pockets, the issue will eventually simmer down a bit, and hopefully restocks will occur in the near future. I think a lot of us would like this hobby to be less strenuous, and to do that, we need to just wait it out and be patient. It's a hope, but I think it's much better than giving some weirdo on the internet 85 bucks for a Little Mac amiibo that works nowhere outside of the game his figure is tailored to.
I'm not kidding about the 85 bucks thing, by the way. That's literally when he runs for.
A little entry like this should serve as yet another reminder to the indie developers of gaming. It seems that, for every Team Meat or Yacht Club Games we get, there's usually going to be a Digital Homicide or Kobra Studio; an indie studio who essentially plays the "Oh, but it's an early build" or "It's an indie game" card when responding to criticism of their games. They often respond through means of censorship dishonesty; deleting comments on message boards, lying about the content in their games, and weaponizing the legal system against critics and YouTubers.
While It's nothing new at this point, actions like these can never, ever be justified. If you're making a game, or any product for that matter, and you expect people to spend their hard-earned cash on it, you should also expect people to criticize it if they don't enjoy it. You may be a small team, and the budget that went into it may not be that big. However, that doesn't excuse you from people giving their opinions on it, whether those opinions are positive or negative. If you're so mad at someone else's opinion enough that you would attempt to censor those opinions, you've begun treading on very thin ice. Attitude like that is never acceptable, and it makes you look like a goddamn 5 year old. A 5 year old who thinks everyone will like that one picture he drew up in art class, even if it looks like someone drew it with a blindfold on. While sleeping.
This probably comes off as slightly redundant, guys, and I apologize for that. This is just something that's REALLY been getting under my skin over the past few months. The mainstream gaming world is stuck in an uninspired rut, and indie games are one of the only good spots about gaming left. It sucks to see indie devs like Digital Homicide poisoning that with their unprofessional behavior and utter lack of game-creating talent.
I've been a part of these forums for 20 months now, and there are a lot of things I've been thinking about over the last couple of them. Some of you may see me as dry, or stiff, or that one guy who doesn't know how to have fun. And, I get that. It's easy to see me as a dull and humorless jerk or a bitter and soulless douchebag. Both are stigmas I'm sure no one wants to have.
But, the truth is, I'm actually very awkward, and not at all social, both here and IRL. I've always been. Ever since I came here, I've had the exact same fears as I've had in real life. I've had many friends in real life who have left my existence. They moved on without telling me, and before I knew it, I found myself searching for new friends, only to have the same bullshit happen to me again.
Sure enough, my fears seem to be coming true. A lot of my friends here have left, or they are starting to drift away and find new ones. I guess it's my fault, really. I should've been more social with them. I should've tried to strike up more conversations with them. I should've played along with more jokes, joined in on more fun, or just made an effort to be more active with them in general.
Well, in all honesty, as much as I'd love to do that, I'm simply not that kind of person. I'm literal, I'm tense, a realist. I wish I wasn't, but that's just the way I am. I get that a personality like that isn't enough for some. I totally do. But, at least understand that I'm trying my hardest to be a good friend. I like to think I am, and if I'm not, PLEASE tell me so I can fix myself.
Instead of just leaving me without saying anything. Because honestly, that doesn't help. If anything, it makes it worse. It makes all of it worse, because I just keep making the same "Mistakes" over and over again.
Boy, it's been a while since I made one of these little things, huh?
Well, where should I begin? Maybe I'll start with a big, hearty Happy New Year to everybody. With 2015 creeping up on us, we can hope for a brighter year ahead (Because, frankly, 2014 absolutely SUCKED) Unlike some others, I will be busy on this evening playing my new PS4 console with a bottle of grape champagne on my desk and a comfy Dualshock 4 controller nestled within my grubby hands. I'm not one for getting together with people on this day of the year. Perhaps it's just because how people I know act when they're wasted. Trust me, the people I know get far too wild and reckless when they've had one too many.
But, I digress. I'm writing this just a handful of hours before we enter 2015 to show my gratitude to you all. I have a bit to get off my chest and not much time to do it, so I'll try to not ramble on too much (Like I did up there)
First off, the least important one out of all of this. As some of you may know, at the beginning of the year, I started a small YouTube channel called GeekySteven (https://www.youtube.com/user/GeekySteven) I simply decided to do it after a few months of writing game reviews on this very site. I decided to do those reviews in a video format, after a few forum users pitched that commonly-used idea to me. At first, I really only did it to see just how far I'd go, and see how long it'd take me to give it up again. But frankly, I think I had a pretty good first year doing this, and I'm going to continue doing it throughout 2015. I owe a lot of that success this year to you guys. It warms my heart to see you guys supporting me and my mediocre videos. I know plenty of other better options out there, but me, of all people? I honestly can't wrap my mind around it. It simply, utterly amazes me. Thank you all for supporting me and believing in me throughout the year in my internet endeavors. I simply couldn't be any more grateful for it.
That leads to my second thing I want to say; the forums. In all of my years on this giant information hub known as the internet, I've never seen a fan community so welcoming, kind, and diverse. Ever since Summer of 2013 (Hard to believe it's been that long) I've gotten know all kinds of members, and while there may have been some bad eggs throughout my stay here, the community has shown overwhelming love to one another, and nothing else makes me more happy to see all of these different people come together. I'll be honest; if it weren't for the community, I likely wouldn't be a brony right now. So, to all of my friends on here, as well as the brony community as whole, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all helped me remember just how awesome the human race can be under all of the bullshit that happens outside of it. There's so much potential within this giant community, and I can't wait to see that potential blossom, if it hopefully does to begin with.
In essence, I want to give a gigantic amount of gratitude to everyone here. Thank you to all of my friends on here. Thank you to all of you who are crazy enough to watch my YouTube stuff. Most importantly, thank you to the entire community. You all are absolutely awesome individuals, and I couldn't be more grateful for all of the support and kindness you've given me ever since I first stumbled upon this place. My entire life is controlled by insecurity and stress, but knowing that I have you all here, even though I likely will never see your faces, puts me at great ease.
I owe you everything :')
Let's make 2015 a great year, why don't we?
I've posted little tidbits of depression and leaving the forums quite a bit over the past couple months, but I never really did it in the long run. People always gave me reasons to stay, as in "You have friends that care about you alot" or "The forums wouldn't be the same without you." With so many reasons, it honestly made me sad. So, I decided to stay.
But now, people can't give me anymore reasons. I can safely say that at least half of the things I've been told are lies. The forums are getting more and more depressing every time I come on. It's becoming more of of a burden than a getaway from the troubles of real life. The forums has been plagued by superiority, depression, and disagreement. I can name a few reasons that were given to me that I think were just to keep me here.
1. "The forums wouldn't be the same"
When members like Dsanders, Sir Flutter Hooves, and Pink Mist were around, EVERYBODY loved them, me included. They were some of the best members the forums has ever had. Hell, there was even a thread about Sir's departure. THAT'S how popular they were.
Fast forward to the present day. Are the forums the same without them? Obviously not, but it's not like they can't survive without them. They left, and no one has talked about them since. Sadly, they have been reverted to glitters of the forums' past.
2. "The Forums Aren't as bad as you think"
Do I need to come and bonk you all on the heads with a wrench? People, I haven't gone a single day in the past two months without having a soap opera happen on here. These people need help, and I'm trying my hardest to help them, but I need your help to do so. Because, obviously with the amount of depression I see everyday, just me helping them isn't cutting the mustard. Wake up, people!
3. "Just because people are leaving doesn't mean you should too"
The forums' most popular members are fading away like ghosts. In fact, I think it's one of the main reasons why people are so depressed. Dsanders, Pink Mist, Sir Flutterhooves, and many others were good at creating a good, happy, positive atmosphere. So far, I have yet to see someone to take that role, not even myself. There's barely any positive feeling left here, so it's a no-brainer why these people left.
And it should also be a no-brainer why I'm contemplating my departure as well.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I love you guys.Some of you are better than my IRL friends. But this place has become more of a burden than a getaway. I would like to see a legitimate reason why I should stay here, because I don't see this place getting better for a long time. I want to stay here, and make friends, and chat on topics, but until I see a good reason for me to stay, I'm going to continue thinking about taking my leave soon.
But, no, I'm just a completely oblivious attention whore, and you guys shouldn't do ANYTHING about the forums' current place. According to the overall member satisfaction, it seems to be working wonders.
Guess who's back after a long six days of walking, bus-riding, and site-seeing??
Well, I have a few pictures to share with you guys. I know, not many of you might be interested to look at them, but I felt the need to share them with you anyways.
First off, I should probably share that little something I bought in the city shopping plaza on Sunday.
I was really nervous on buying this RD toy for seven bucks. I'm a bit secretive about my bronydom, but I bought it anyways. I got a few snickers from the other store customers, but I'm proud of myself for having the balls to buy it.
Next up is a picture that a member named Mr Pandaa asked me to get. This member remembers the giant elephant in the main lobby of the natural history museum, so I decided to get a picture for them.
You're welcome, Pandaa :3
Last up is a small picture of me and the buddies who went with me on this trip.
By the way, yes, we're from Indiana.
And, that's about it, actually. I had such a fun time on this trip, going to all the places like the national cathedral and stopping by Gettysburg. The trip is something I'll never forget for a long time (Except for the Holocaust Museum. I'd rather forget that sooner than later...)
Well, Spring break is almost here! And, it's time to relax!
But, over the course of my Spring Break, I'll be doing anything but relaxing. I've got a busy schedule ahead of me, and there's alot to do over the course of next week. I won't have time for the forums AT ALL some days next week, but I can assure you, I won't be gone the whole time!
My laundry list of things starts tomorrow night. As soon as 7:30 PM hits, I will be heading down to Washington DC with a whole bunch of my fellow school mates. I'll be visiting all kinds of places and attending all kinds of events. If I have any time for the forums, it'll be late at night. I'm talking 10:30 to 11 PM at night. By that point, I'll probably be dead tired from all the stuff I did on that day.
I'll be returning to my home in Indiana on Wednesday morning at 7:00 AM. I'll go home, pass out on my bed for awhile, and I'll come back on to tell you about the trip. The rest of my break will be scrambling to get a new review of Sonic Colors on the Wii out there, as well as doing a Let's Play of a Doctor Who game I've been planning to do.
I hope you all have a good Spring Break, and I'll enjoy my trip to DC. When I return, I'll tell you guys all about it. I'm not leaving until tomorrow night, so I've got some time until I need to roll outta here.
And, once I get back, we'll party hard!
Back when I came on here in July of last year, I saw a feeling of equalization among the members of the MLP Forums. People respected each other, and I rarely saw anyone being left out. And, if people were feeling left out, there would always be a person there who would get to know them, and be friends with them.
From the way I see it, now, those days are gone. Not for me, because I try my hardest to be there and make new members feel welcome. But, for a majority of the forums, we've been conditioned to favortize popular members at the expense of excluding others, and it makes me sick.
Granted, I understand people have their favorite members, and they have their best pals on here. But, frequently, I see threads popping up like "Who's your best friend on the forums?" or "Who's the nicest member?" I'm not just talking about a few members here. We've been conditioned to publicly favoritize.
What makes me sick is that I've publicly addressed why I don't like threads like these. These threads hurt peoples' feelings, and most of the time, it's not even intentional. I keep saying "Who cares?" because, in the end, everyone should be treated with an equal amount of respect. Everyone should be the nicest members, because everyone here is nice.
But, I'm tired of reiterating this, so I'm displaying it now for everyone to see.
I don't care about popularity and favoritizing members, and you shouldn't either. I'm not directing this to certain members, I'm directing it to everyone. Because, let's face it; we've all favoritized on these threads at least once, and I think it's absolute garbage. This is suppose to be a social network, a place where people talk about topics. I didn't come here to win a popularity contest, and I certainly didn't come here to talk about people. I came here to be the best person I can be, whether people recognize me for it or not.
And I think you should too.
Before I start ranting, here's the article that I found this rumor on:
In my opinion, so many things can go wrong with this film is SEGA and Columbia Pictures doesn't do it right. Right now, Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty much SEGA's lifesource. It's what keeps them a company. This movie sounds like they're trying to repeat a Sonic 06 or Sonic Adventure 2 style story. I truly believe that this movie could kill the franchise if not done right. But, here're my problems with this movie, and what I think they could do to avoid screwing up. Keep in mind, this is just a rumor. I have no idea if this is real or not. I'm just going off of what I know.
1. Live Action. I have no idea who thought it was a good idea to put live action in a Sonic movie. Sonic is a cartoon at heart, and I really don't think it'd go well with the universe. On top of that, this implies that they may put Sonic in the live action portions as well.
I think that, if Columbia Pictures puts Sonic and company in a live action setting, they should make them CG. Maybe make them similar to their 3D models in Sonic Unleashed or Sonic Generations.
2. Dark and Edgy storyline. The last time we had a dark storyline in the Sonic Universe was in Sonic 06. Sonic 06's story was riddled with plotholes, time travel hiccups, and inconsistencies with the overall plot. I feel that if something like that is repeated, the Sonic franchise might not be able to survive it.
I don't think this movie should have any complicated plot elements if they go through with a darker tone. Make it simple and easy to follow, while at the same time, keeping a darker edge for older audiences. This way, Sonic fans both young and old can enjoy it.
Though, there is a positive about this movie; the team. The choices for writers is just outstanding. Brad Bird is very talented, and he helped write many of my favorite Pixar films, such as Toy Story 2 and Wall-E. I personally think him and David Berenbaum would be a good combo for writing this film. This way, we have two different minds, and they can probably make a good story that helps get the movie to the darker tone they're going for, while also keeping it similar to a family friendly adventure.
This was just something I thought I'd talk about. I'm a huge Sonic fan, and if this film is real, I'll definitely give it a look. Though, SEGA and Columbia Pictures CAN'T screw this up. I can't emphasize enough that this sounds like SEGA is trying to do an 06 story. And, let me tell you, Sonic can't survive another bomb like 06. I don't care how big of a following the Blue Blur has. Still, hopes are high.
You go Sonic
Man, Clarity, you're just helping me solve all of my problems lately, aren't you?
Last night, I said that I was going to leave in awhile and not come back for a long time. However, a certain comment really stood out to me, and I thought that I should share said comment.
Well, Sven, I'm sorry to hear that. I'm not one to tell you what to do. It sucks to be unable to help someone who's a friend. It's just – remember when you had your... what you dubbed "soap operas"? Rather than leave, we sat down and tried to talk it out, right? I'm not saying you have to do anything in return, but I didn't think you'd run away from it.
Like I said, I'm not one to tell you what to do. If you're feeling better off the forums, by all means fly over the rainbow and into the pot of gold. I used to be tired of the negative vibe that the forums have shown lately, but a completely wrong good friend told me otherwise and now I engage myself in positivity as much as I can. I know about Sanders and Pink Mist's recent situation – and while I can't give much good advice due to not being on close terms to them, they gain support from their closer friends, and that's enough for me. It might not be enough for you, Sven. I encourage you to change your mind about that.
It sucks to see, but the negativity is probably only going to increase as the size of this community gets larger each day. I'd like to see that, though, as a sign that Madokami hope is gonna increase proportionally to it. Cheesy, but it's Madoka, man. You're gonna be leaving forever if you're thinking the negativity will go away in time. That's no good. I hope that you reconsider, Steven.
Clarity made a huge point. All of this sadness and depression won't just disappear like clockwork. If anything, with the rate that this community is growing, it'll just get worse from here on out. So, I thought to myself last night "What am I going to do about this?"
Well, I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. There's only one thing I CAN do; help to the best of my ability. True friends stand by each other through thick and thin, and I've been called a true friend by many. I guess it's time to live up to that.
Like Clarity said, all of this depression is just going to increase over time. I won't run away from it. I'm going to try my absolute hardest to be the best I can be, to be the person who's willing to talk with people through their problems, and not just say "I'm sorry to hear that."
I won't run away. I'll try my hardest to fix all this...
First off, before any of you get any ideas, no. I'm not leaving for good. However, I do have a few things to cover.
I come onto this website every single day. I love talking to all the people here. However, the website has recently been cursed with an overwhelming amount of depression and sorrow. I feel like every time I come on here, the forums just get more and more depressing every day, whether it's certain members leaving, problems in the lives of the members, or other dilemmas.
So, in a short while, I will be leaving the forums for an extended period of time. I won't announce when it is. When I take my leave, I'll make it quiet. I just can't take coming onto this site every day and see all of these people sad and sorrowful.
I'll be honest, guys; I love you all. That's no exaggeration. I wish I could help you all through your problems, but when you're a guy behind a computer screen, and all you can do is sit back and watch things play out, there's only so much one man can do.
I'm leaving the forums until things are looking up to shape again, and I don't have to come on here every day and watch all the bad unfold. How long will it be? I don't know. Perhaps however long it takes for things to return to normal. Call me "A lousy friend" or "A terrible person" But, like I said, there's only so much I can do.
Everyone who is facing their own situations, I wish absolutely nothing but the very best for you.
Because everybody else is doing it.
But, I'm going to do it in questions
Ten questions... LET'S GO!
1. Q. Sonic or MLP?
A. Sonic (Don't hurt me )
2. Q. You don't hate any of the mane six? Well, who's your least favorite
A. Rarity. I like her character. It just doesn't click with me as much as others
3. Q. Why do you like gaming more than MLP?
A. I've been gaming since I was five or six. It's pretty much my job to like gaming more than anything XP
4. Q. Okay, smartass, why do you like Sonic more than MLP?
A. Because he's Way Past 20% Cooler
5. Q. Why are you such a smartalec all the time?
A. Because someone has to be one.
6. Q. Do you have a personal vendetta against any MLP characters that aren't the mane six?
A. I have a small one towards Trenderhoof, and I have one for Flash Sentry just for kicks.
7. Q. Sony or Microsoft?
A. I'm personally biased towards both, but if I had to choose between the two... probably Sony.
8. Q. Favorite Background Pony?
A. Either Doctor Whooves or Lyra Heartstrings (Hooray for By-The-Numbers choosing!)
9. Q. What do you think of Pinkie Pie this season
A. I THINK Hasbro needs to figure out what to do with their character. One minute, she's so alive as a character, the next, it's like we're back at season three.
10. Q. How come this whole entry was answering questions we didn't care about?
A. I may be By-The-Numbers, but I'm NOT generic!
I remember it like it was just yesterday; July 5th of 2013; the night I watched the Season 2 premiers and finale with my best friend. At the time, I didn't think much of the fandom. I didn't bug them, troll them, or anything like that. I found a bit weird that people my age would be watching a show based on a little girl's toyline, but I didn't mind. I just let the fandom do their thing as long as they weren't complete jerks to me.
Though, on that warm Summer night, my friend finally convinced me to take a look at the show itself. I honestly liked what I saw. The next day, I dug deeper into the show and took the time to watch the entire first season. After that, it all just kind of escalated. A little birdy introduced me to the forums and I got even more involved in the community. And, no matter what anybody said, becoming a brony has been one of the craziest rides of my life.
Would I call myself a die-hard fan of the series? No. I'll be honest, I don't watch the show religiously. I watched all of the episodes at least once, but I don't recall revisiting many episodes. The main reason I'm a brony in the first place is because of the community.
I've honestly never found a fanbase with more kind, generous, or talented souls than the brony community, and I'd be stunned to find one. This fanbase has literally cured me of my depression. I never felt more accepted and loved in a community such as this. It honestly makes me regret not becoming a brony sooner.
For that, I thank you. I thank each and every single one of you. It's been a hell of a ride, and I'm glad you guys were able to help me through it. I've made many friends that I may not ever see, and they've helped me through my problems and helped me see a brighter side of life in general. I honestly can't thank or repay you all enough for it, and I look forward to getting to know you all even more.
Thank you all, and I'll see you around the forums