Wednesday, 15 January 2014

You Decide: Remembering 2013

Hello Cynics, as you might have already guessed, 3rd year University work has kept me very preoccupied after the Christmas and New Years period (which I actually did spend with Harvey/Simon). I've moved onto my Dissertation, which is an amount of work I literally never expected to deal with, I'm currently preparing like a "convince the professors your thesis isn't shit" presentation for Friday, but I feel I've got ahead enough of today's work load that I'd give you a choice about what I'll be writing about the moment I return from that impending disaster on Friday.

Happy New Year!
It must be nearing Chinese New Year right?

So the original plan before I discovered the depths of how much work I had to do was to write a sort of "Year in Review" piece, sort of like the Queen's Speech but with more swearing and movie references. But now that feels slightly trite, so I'm going to break up the three big pieces I was going to cover and you can either comment or e-mail me at: chapkatsu@whataboutcynics.com which you would prefer (if people are going to do it anyway I might as well endorse the process, ha, incorporated into the nominative state).

So without further ado the three things I thought were worth of discussion about 2013 were:



Defense of the Ancients 2



Safe to say Dota 2 was one of my larger timesinks when I wasn't travelling during the summer. This changed rapidly as University set it but it is safe to say that if my 2013 had to be charactised in one video game it would almost definitely be this Valve modified Warcraft 3 Modification.

Several people have raised interesting questions surrounding the time investment to Dota 2 such as "It is a good game if it becomes the only thing you play" and "will Esports ever be taken as seriously as regular sports" (the latter being a write in for this site) and so I figured the New Year would've been a good time to discuss that.

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Why Man of Steel was probably the Film of the year/Man of Steel 2 Worry.

Visually: Similar. Quality: Infinte Worlds apart

Man of Steel 1: Farce and the Furious has the dubious honour of joining Green Lantern and Season of the Witch in the category of films I went into desperately wanting to love. Unfortunately for the former 2, neither of them contained Nicolas Cage which means their scores didn't automatically start at 7/10. 

As such I've had a year...Or like half a year to think about Man of Steel and grow increasingly bitter at it for...Well, being terrible. So I wanted a chance at redemption to rip it a new-new one so I can absolve myself of defending it in the podcasts.

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Why Frozen is probably the best Film of the Year

So 2013 was terrible for films on a general level, compared to 2012 (which looked great compared to 2011 anyway), it will be remembered as a dumping ground of wasted ideas and half-baked concepts. But do you know what film probably impressed me most... (Well it is in the title of this segment so no prizes but...)


Yeah, that is right. It feels weird to say, but I had my suspicions that it was going to be good, all the press stuff, despite Disney almost laughably ignoring to market it, was pointing towards an interesting and clever take. (It was also Hans Christian Andersen based which helped).

And fucking hell was it, I want spoil it but Disney proved they were capable of subverting and dissecting their own tropes while not once compromising an A++ script and outstanding good musical numbers.

I mean, yeah, or pick Frozen for some detailed discussion on an animated film. (Which seems to do freakishly well view wise on this site)


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(I mean there is a high chance I'll do two of these anyway, but at the very least priority 

Once again, sorry for my leave of absence, this term, my thesis aside, is looking less hectic than the last. All poems might have to be about 19th diplomacy though, I've been rewired creatively so that is all I can think of.
Hope you all enjoyed Christmas and New Year.


15 comments:

  1. You would say DOTA 2 as it captured you and didn't give you up for many weeks, if I remember rightly, inspite of Harvey's efforts.
    We were lucky to get you back at all.

    Happy 2014.

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  2. My vote is for Frozen. Only to indulge my inner child.

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  3. Pay for your crimes against Krypton! (And do the other two if you have time)

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  4. What about GTA 5? Not on the list. Anarchy rules!

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    1. Aaron having wasted all of his time solely playing dota 2 on pc missed its existence. Although I can't blame him. It was fun, but without its online component having been fleshed out in any interesting way yet, as well as running like shit (from what ive experienced anyway), it was just a nice 20 something hours. Unless you really like, in which case I can see why you'd be shocked.

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    2. As ever, what Harvey said was technically correct and yet completely objectionable.

      I didn't play GTAV because Rockstars policy of neglecting PC angers me. I'm waiting, keeping my GTA chaste.

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  5. Has to be Man of Steel. Followed by Frozen.

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  6. You should do all 3 to make up for an appalling couple of weeks' output. Then you should do 100 press ups.

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    1. Push-ups seems unfairly harsh, given the split of opinion I will probably do all three though

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  7. I'd like you to do an article on how you sold your dissertation idea on Friday.
    No?
    Oh.

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    1. It went very due to a last minute professor replacement.

      I think I deserved the good luck

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  8. This is an example of democracy not working.

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    1. To give every man the right to an opinion, is to make every man believe his opinion is right. - Chapman, Battle of Frederick Road, 2014.

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