The Problem with Starfield and Diablo 4 is Modern Gaming getting worse ? (sorry a long rant lol)
Am I the only one asking why are modern video games seem to be getting worse, especially when we compare them to games that came out YEARS ago. Starfield VS No Man’s Sky or even Mass Effect. Diablo 4 VS Path Of Exile or even Diablo 2-3.
There is no reason for massive companies like Blizzard & Bethesda to churn out products like Diablo 4 & Starfield. Diablo 4 is a bit stranger because it started off as a better game that got worse. But many things were always lacking, most notably the Fun factor & power fantasy. Inventory was always a mess that only got worse with Season 1. Then there is the end game, which I covered in previous videos as well. But Starfield is inexcusable. I am glad I played it early before all the geniuses on both sides of the outrage spectrum went full RRRREEEEEEEEEE mode upon full release of the game on Game Pass.
I knew it was going to happen, because people are stupid all day & every day & love to be outraged. Anyways, Starfield is a MASSIVE game with little to do & is frankly not a great looking game for it’s budget & being a Next Gen Game. No, it’s a passable game with a score of 7/10 from my experience. Exploration is severely limited & I am glad fast travel exists so readily because, you will get bored. It just feels like Fallout but in space. If you’ve ever played games like Mass Effect or No Man’s Sky, you will feel disappointed by the game when you realize that Mass Effect came out over 15 years ago & you can do planetary exploration so much better.
Then you have a buggy & under developed game that came out in 2016, but was eventually made into a very fun Space Exploration game that you can travel & explore to your hearts content. Sure it launched poorly like Starfield did, but the difference is that it’s an older game & Bethesda could have taken the later development of the game as an example & say “Ok, we have infinitely more money & technology on our hands, let’s give the players a game that will be better than Mass Effect & No Man’s Sky…an independent studio by the way. Instead we got Starefield of NPCs with bland empty worlds you can’t explore. That’s my take on the situation as it is. Thanks for watching.
If you ever want to start a geek war, and for the money its a great form of entertainment, just drop on a random group of geeks the question, “What is the best anime series?” Then just sit back and watch the carnage. Still, after all the fires are been put out and the pocky crumbs vacuumed up, very likely only a few series will be at the top. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will likely be one of them, and in many fan’s minds, including my own, it is the top anime series of all time. But there will be some worthy rivals. Very likely, one of those rivals will be Cowboy Bebop, and those who think Bebop is the best do have very good reasons for their opinions.
Cowboy Bebop was not a series I watched straight through, or watched quickly. It wasn’t always the easiest for me to watch, because it does push some limits that I don’t like pushed, especially when it comes to fan service. And the episodic nature of the series made the overall story feel loose-jointed, introducing characters who seem to be a part of the story only for the sake of one or two actions that help or hinder the main characters in some way, but that’s about it.
But after finishing it and noting the apparent flaws and things that I wish had been better, I also have to say even as it is, flaws and all, it’s still very good, certainly worthy of its place in any discussion of the best.
Bebop is an older series, going back to the late 1990s. Unlike a lot of modern series, it’s not about students. Of the four main human characters, Spike, Jet, and Faye are adults. The adults are bounty hunters, which is something like a real job, though they were something different in their pasts before coming together to mostly unsuccessfully hunt down criminals: Jet was a cop, Spike was a gangster, and Faye was a gambler, to badly oversimplify things for each of them.
The story focusing on older people does give the story a different, more mature feel, with the good and the bad that comes with it. I’ve already said a bit about the bad, the fan service, so I’ll stick more with the good.
While there is no shortage of humor spread throughout the series, that doesn’t take away from or overrun an overall tone of seriousness and weight. This isn’t the kind of story where bad guys are defeated through the power of friendship; if anything, there are times when the show puts friendship and comradeship to the test, and the results aren’t always all that good. The pieced-together family of the Bebop is not much like the more happy-go-lucky crew of main characters in One Piece; if anything, by the time the series ends this patchwork family is frayed and even already fallen apart. Finally, the strong desire for something doesn’t mean the character will get what he or see desires; if anything, reality tends to mercilessly shoot down the desired place or person.
So, yes, this isn’t a happy, feel-good story, not even in a Your Lie In April or Violet Evergarden type of way. Watching the last three episodes is to watch the main adult characters have the things they value wrenched away from them, without any numbing agent, except eggs, to help ease their pain. Their pain, or ours as viewers.
Cowboy Bebop is a series with weight in it, and as it says at the last, we’re gonna carry that weight.
Perhaps it would be closer to reality to say, we’re already carrying that weight, and Bebop reminds us of that.
At one point, if I had been asked what I thought the theme of Cowboy Bebop would be, I’d probably have said something like, “You can’t go back”. That idea does appear in many of the episodes, and even appears in some unusual ways. In the episode Gateway Shuffle, for example, the Bebop crew comes up against a group of environmental terrorist who want to stop people from damaging the environment by de-evolving people by turning them into monkeys. The return to the past takes another form in Speak Like A Child, as Jet and Spike have to literally dig into the past to find, and fail to find, a certain piece of technology they need to view a primitive video tape.
But a few times, “You can’t go back” just doesn’t work. In Asteroid Blues, the first episode, the story isn’t about a character trying to return to her past; instead, she wants to get away from her past, to get to a better place, a place she thinks will give her a better life and a brighter future.
So, I don’t think I can now say that “You can’t go back” is the show’s theme, though it may point to the theme. Perhaps the show in some way stated its theme in its final words, “You’re gonna carry that weight”. I think I can see how “You’re gonna carry that weight” is shown in the main characters. With Faye, for example, as she learns more about a far-distant past that she had forgotten, we are shown these images of her as a happy, carefree child, a child almost unrecognizable from the jaded woman she is in the story’s now. You’ll likely see few scenes that more mercilessly show “You’re gonna carry that weight” then the scene where Faye has finally remembered where to find her family’s home, and she’s running toward it, and when she finds it all she sees in a ruin, a desolation, what little remains of a once large and fine house is shattered and broken. For Spike, it plays out more like it did in Asteroid Blues, he wants to find the woman he loved and lost, and together with her move forward, but that’s not how things happened.
No, we can’t go back. But also, no, we can’t go forward, either. We’re left only with the weight we’re carrying.
If I were forced to answer the question, “What is your favorite book of the Bible?”, I think I’d have to answer, “Ecclesiastes.” There’s something very down-to-earth about Ecclesiastes. The author views reality through very untinted glasses.
In Ecclesiastes 2, the author gives us a bit of a rundown of all the things he did:
4 I made great works. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself. 5 I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the sons of man.
And after all that, his conclusion was:
11Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.
This grim view of things is found repeatedly throughout Ecclesiastes:
18I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.
Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 2 And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. 3 But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: 2 a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; it is a grievous evil.
11 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.
This is the reality we live with, the weight we carry. Life isn’t fair. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people. Do your best, and you will very likely still lose. Even if you win, the satisfaction you feel will last only a moment. And, finally, we’re all gonna die, and when that happens, we’re gonna lose what we’ve worked so hard for, because ain’t none of it coming with us.
I don’t think I’m wrong if I see the well-known phrase from Ecclesiastes, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity”, as being very close in meaning to “You’re gonna carry that weight”.
Yet this weight of futility is not the last word.
7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
II Timothy 4
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
40 “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. 41 The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
The seeming pessimism of Ecclesiastes must be seen within what is called “the full counsel of the word of God”, so we can see that while the pessimism is very real, it is not the full story. It is right to see our efforts as small and weak, but we must also see our God as great and strong, and yet he sees even our weak efforts and our small works. Our good works are not done in vain, if they are done in faith, if they are not done to win God’s approval but because through Christ we who believe already have God’s approval. Even our smallest works, even if all we can do is give a small bit of refreshment to one of God’s little children, is seen by God and will be rewarded.
Let me give a few more passages, ones that serve, I think, as both encouragement and warning.
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not u prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”
The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is one well worth pondering on. The Pharisee’s prayer was really little more than the man bragging on himself and his good works, while the tax collector’s prayer was him begging God for mercy because he was a sinful man. As the passage tell us, the Pharisee was a man who trusted in himself, he considered himself righteous because of his own good works. Yet Jesus tells us it was the tax collector, the man whose prayer was filled with humility and repentance, that left the temple justified.
This is shown even more strongly in the brief story about the judgment in Matthew 7. Jesus says that many people will try to point to the great works they did when they lived here on earth, as if those works somehow have earned them a place in the kingdom of heaven. But their great works were actually works of lawlessness, and Jesus will send them away.
At the risk of becoming trite, I can see how Jesus’ words “Depart from me” are another echo of “You’re gonna carry that weight”, perhaps even the final and ultimate echo of those words. The people sent away are left forever under the weight of their sins, their great deeds shown to be futile, all their efforts judged worthless. They had put their faith in their good works, not in Christ. They had believed in their own works to make them righteous, not in Christ from whom righteousness is a gift.
Yet that need not be true for any of us. To be like the tax collector, to know that we are sinners, to know that we have nothing to brag about, to know that we need God’s mercy, to humble ourselves before God, is to be justified. To believe in Jesus is to please the Father. To do these things is to at the least begin to have this weight of futility taken from our shoulders, to start to understand that our works in the Lord are not in vain. And even the final crushing weight of death is defeated, losing its sting, because in Christ death is defeated.
As of late the mainstream media has talked about attacks on random Asian people happening all over.
I as an Asian person myself am actually scared of this and the big reason for this was what my mother had told me had happened to her recently at a local grocery store.
My mother told me that when she and my dad were out buying groceries a few weeks ago some young guy that was over 6 ft came up to her and randomly asked her if she was Chinese?
My mom said nothing and just walked away and by miracle the guy left her alone.
My mom described the guy who asked her if she was Chinese seemed like he might’ve had some kind of condition that made him seem childlike and he wasn’t all there?
He apparently was also an employee at the grocery store and if that is true than….why is he allowed to ask a random stranger who was a costumer also about her race like that?
Most people when meeting new strangers for the first time don’t ask other strangers what their race, sexual orientation or anything else like that is as that is private and personal stuff and also it seems extremely socially awkward along with creepy giving plenty of strangers the wrong signals about that person asking it in public.
People who ask stuff like that give the impression that they maybe a serial killer, an offender of some kind or they are some kind of person who wants to commit an actual hate crime and with what is being said in the mainstream news numerously about attacks on Asians……my mother and other Asians like myself have a right to be on guard for whatever could come our way in these strange times we live in.
And with how the mainstream media seems to love to sensationalize and inflate news reports on Asian hate crimes that are going on these days I worry that Asian hate crimes will become like school shootings in how the mainstream media kept sensationalized and over inflating those news headlines along with showing the shooter’s face and talking about his troubled past that lead him to do the terrible deed.
Because the mainstream media for years kept sensationalizing and inflating school shootings it lead to copy cat shooters over the years and I fear with how the mainstream media treats Asian hate crimes that it might inspire copy cats and one of them could be the guy who asked my mother if she was Chinese at the local grocery store?
My mom after that meeting with that young man will often bring this up with me as she watches the mainstream news alot that keep speaking about the Asian hate crimes going on and with what happened at the grocery store and I don’t know what to say to calm her down or put her at ease as after hearing her own story about the situation and me knowing how the mainstream media has irresponsibly acted over the past few years…..
……things seem uncertain along with scary unpredictable.
I was thinking about calling up the store to tell management about what my mom went through as she told me the last time she shopped there that creepy guy was still working there and she was afraid to go anywhere in the store where this guy was at.
Then at the same time I wondered to myself….what if I make a big deal out of nothing as what I hear from my older sister over the years is how my mother has a tendency to exaggerate her claims in life sometimes as she gets overly emotional.
Also my older sister if you saw a recent posts here on the website that she herself is kinda nuts too in how my older sister flipped out and hit the steering wheel of her car when I brought up Freedom of Speech in a conversation with her?
So should I trust my easily triggered sister over her claims that my mother might over exaggerate her claims on situations she goes through or should I trust my mom’s story?
A strange situation
This video I saw on Youtube through suggestions really really disgusts me and after you guys watch the link I will explain why I am disgusted by it:
If you had seen this video, I shall now explain why I hate this video so much. First off Larry though fictional is completely innocent in this whole video and I have no quarrel with him and feel he deserved none of the shit he went through with that asshole in the video even though all the events in the video were fictional.
What I do have a quarrel with in this video are both the employee that took the picture of Larry then treated him like crap and posted Larry’s picture on social media calling Larry a loser and the employer of the employee who fired his employee after seeing what the guy did on his social media on his own time.
First off with the asshole employee, where does this jerk get the idea that he can go into a public place like the restaurant that Larry worked at and treat this poor guy like that?
What that employee did to Larry at the restaurant is borderline harassment in my own opinion. The employee took Larry’s picture without Larry’s permission and posted it to social media with the caption that Larry was a loser…also without Larry’s permission.
That asshole by doing that to Larry, violated Larry’s right to privacy in his own life and that caption put under Larry’s picture was complete slander or even a character assassination that could grab Larry all kinds of unwanted attention from all kinds of creeps and even criminals in real life that would go after him and even kill him depending on their mental state when seeing that online post.
Not everyone is on social media believe it or not?
Not everyone wants attention from strangers they don’t know on the street talking about them and they don’t know these strangers or why these strangers are talking about them?
So by posting a picture of Larry like that without Larry’s permission that asshole caused a security breach issue in Larry’s life.
Larry should in my opinion have the legal right to sue the employee for both taking a picture of him and posting images of him on social media with untrue captions without his permission for violating Larry’s right to a private life and slander or character assassination of him.
And now onto the employee’s boss who is in the wrong for looking at what his employee was doing in his free time on social media then firing him over it.
First off employers don’t own their employees….they employ them meaning their employees aren’t their legal property to do with as they wish whenever they want to which includes their off time from work.
Their employees take money from their employer to do hired services for the employer…..during the time period that the employer has them in the company building or company online site.
What the employee does during their off time not in the company building or company online site nor using a company issued social media account, in my opinion is none of the employer’s business nor should the employer have the right to check in on what their employee is doing in their private life off work time.
It is a breach of freedom of an individual in a free society for their employer being able to spy on them off work time then fire the person what they do when not in the company grounds.
Employees aren’t slaves and employers shouldn’t think of themselves as slave masters who can control every aspect of their employee’s life even their employee’s personal life even online that includes their own social media account that isn’t company property but property of their employee.
This makes me think of the Hartley Sawyer (the guy who played Elastic Man on the CW Flash show) situation where the CW fired him after finding offensive posts he put up ten years ago on his own personal social media before he even worked for them.
Hartley Sawyer at the time doing it didn’t know he would one day be working for the CW back 10 years ago when he made the offensive comments. No one knows what will happen to them in 10 years and that includes Hartley Sawyer and by the CW firing him like that over those 10 year old posts he made….they are trying to say we own you Hartley Sawyer which includes your past.
Employers shouldn’t hire any employee for their past they should be hiring their employee for their present in that what that employee will do for them today cause they hired that version of the employee for today and not their past self.
Their employee’s past is the privacy of that employee and only that employee not the fucking employer because you as their employer did not make them like you are some kind of God of creation…….you are their employer who pays them for what they bring to your company for certain hours in the day you have them and that is all.
I am so sick and so tired of employers who have the arrogance and superiority complex that they have complete and utter power over their employees including their individual lives outside the office.
If an employer can’t go to their employee’s house during off hours and ask that person to serve them dinner then in my opinion………an employer shouldn’t have a right to see what the employee does in his or her own time online then fire them over it no matter what it is.
In my opinion the only time an employer should have the right to fire an employee for what they did in their personal life it should be if the employee actually committed a real crime like murder, rape or anything like that during off hours which includes a very very heavy police involvement that after a fair trial with logical and tangible evidence was presented to the court showing that the employee is indeed 100% guilty….then the employer can fire that man or woman from their company for what they did in their off hours.
If an employer hires an employee, they hire that person to work for them on site and only on site nothing beyond like their home life as most people separate home and work life for a reason which is privacy and employers should respect this privacy instead of playing wannabe dictator.
Would the employer want their employee to see what they do in their free time which I can bet would be filled with just as many if not more micro aggressions than their own employee and would they want their employee to use these things they found out about their employer to blackmail them to give them a raise?
I don’t think that is right either and I think both employers and employees shouldn’t be able to look at what the other is doing in their off times to avoid bias in the work relationship.
How I think this video really should have ended was that Larry sued the employee who shot the picture of him then posted the picture up online with that mean caption without his permission then presented everything that happened to him in court of law then when the verdict was reached that the guy who took the picture of Larry was guilty….and the employer of the guy who took the picture of Larry found out…..the guy who took the picture is legally then fired.
This way justice is processed logically with tangible evidence and a fair court hearing is done and the employer can fire his employee without getting sued themselves for violating their employee’s privacy and free speech rights because the employer was told by real local authorities that their employee actually is 100% guilty for committing a real crime.
What do you guys think?