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Re: Favorite YouTube Channels
« Reply #30 on: September 03, 2017, 11:43:30 AM »
Ben: "Ninja Gaiden Black is still a 10 out of 10 game."

And that's why he's my favorite.

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« Reply #31 on: September 07, 2017, 01:34:02 AM »
Here's one I really like: Company Man.

He talks about various corporations and their current state in the world. How are they doing financially? Are they doing well today or failing? If it's the latter, what caused their downfall?

He does a pretty job of educating about business without coming off like a dry, pretentious news anchor.

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« Reply #32 on: September 09, 2017, 03:33:46 PM »
Alright, so, I do like a a lot of SEW's content, but his latest video on what makes a hero feel real was pretty badly written and, as I've noticed in quite a few of his videos, was poorly researched. You can tell that his criticism of traditional comic book superheroes comes from the perspective of someone who's exposure to Western superheroes is 90% from the current string of movies coming out, 9% from some of the animated series, and maybe only 1% from actual comic books. The fact that Watchmen is the only example that he could name of a comic book that explored the nature of heroes and their flaws in-depth is a pretty clear giveaway of how largely clueless he is about the genre at large; and I'm saying this as someone who has barely dabbled in the vastness of the genre myself, but know enough to understand that there's much greater nuance to these characters as they have evolved over the course of dozens upon dozens of writers over the course of several decades. Like, for all of his criticism of Superman I have to wonder if he's ever even touched any of the more in-depth stories about exploring the layers of his character like For The Man Who Has Everything, or Red Son, or All-Star Superman. I also wonder if he's ever read anything else by Alan Moore besides Watchmen, or anything by Neil Gaiman or Grant Morrison or Mark Waid, or if he's only using a comic like Watchmen as a positive example because that's literally all that he really knows about.

Another thing that baffled me was his severe lack of understanding of Goku as a character by ranking him as powerful and virtuous within the context of Dragonball....coming from someone who claims that the Cell arc was his favorite from the franchise, in which Goku's selfish decisions put others in danger and the actual characters themselves criticize his lack of morality for that very reason. I assumed that he actually read all of the manga based on a previous video of his, but he either is only familiar with the dub of DBZ or conveniently shifted Goku's actual characteristics into an alignment that better suited the example that he wanted to make of him for the sake of his argument.

As before, I don't have a problem with SEW's opinions here in and if themselves, even if I mostly disagree with him in this case. I'm just seriously bothered by his lack of research and understanding of the material which he is presenting. Like, he referenced Joseph Campbell's book on The Hero's Journey, yet I seriously doubt he ever actually understands its full content or ever actually even read it beyond looking up a summary of its content on Wikipedia.

What annoys me the most, though, are his blind followers who will buy into any of his opinions as objective facts. I do at least like how one commentor called him out on his BS about classic Greek heroes being portrayed as flawless individuals. I only ever took one class on Greek and Roman Epics and literally the first thing we learned in it was the classical definition of the hero character and how having an intrinsic (and many times tragic) flaw was one of the key characteristics among all of them.

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Re: Favorite YouTube Channels
« Reply #33 on: September 09, 2017, 08:36:57 PM »
"So if Superman lived on a planet of Supermen, he would no longer be considered powerful in the context of that story."
But he does live on a planet of heroes as strong as him, it just that he stands out because of how he uses that power compared to others like him. And I'm not sure about his chart, suggesting that Batman is less virtuous than Kirito, or that Shinji is more relatable than Saitama.

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« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2017, 02:06:14 AM »
Shinji from Evangelion? He's actually pretty relatable IMO, but obviously that's subjective. Kirito, on the other hand, isn't virtuous at all; self-righteous is probably the right word. He only ever does things that benefit others if it directly impacts him in a positive way. Batman has been characterized poorly by many different writers but at his core he's supposed to care about people to the point of acting as a father figure for other orphans, giving criminals a chance for rehabilitation instead of killing them, and donating all the money he makes from his business (that he doesn't spend on crime-fighting stuff) to the poor. You can't even say that Kirito is nicer than him because they both act like assholes and push their friends away half the time. Also Adam West Batman is perhaps the friendliest superhero ever.

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« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2017, 01:04:34 AM »

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« Reply #36 on: September 14, 2017, 07:42:35 AM »
Well, glad to see that he at least acknowledges it's faults. There are some real smug YouTubers out there who could learn a thing or two from his humility.

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« Reply #37 on: October 17, 2017, 09:46:47 PM »
GameHut - A channel started by a professional game designer who's been in the industry for nearly 30 years. He shows off coding secrets when his company worked on Genesis/Saturn and PS2 games, and he also shows off prototypes and artwork from his cancelled projects.
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« Reply #38 on: December 03, 2017, 03:08:03 AM »