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Man...quite a lot to reflect on with this thread so far.
1) As far as the "announcement" (which is more like a teaser) goes, I'm excited for what this might be, but given how James is busy working on the AVGN movie and that the regular run of AVGN episodes have slowed down to a trickle in order to accommodate the movie shoot, I can't imagine how he'd have the time to do a full collaboration of any kind with The GameOverthinker. I could definitely see James and Bob working together, but at least at this present moment, I highly doubt that it'll be something on a large scale.
2) While I'm not a huge fan of his series, I'm surprised to see so many g1s and other viewers bash what TGO is doing lately so much. Honestly, if you're coming into the show expecting deep narratives or even sketches along the lines of Jared's Nametags series, then you're barking up the wrong tree to begin with since TGO is a series that revolves around commentary and critique. It may be true that some of the story ideas that Bob has thrown in to mix things up on his show are a bit campy, but that's essentially the point of why he's been adding those elements in -- to have a little bit of fun without breaking the bank alongside his critiques and rants by tipping the hat and winking at various conventions in video game storytelling. In fact, you could say the skits with the Anti-Thinker and the Pyrothinker and the (insert name here) thinker are subtle bits of satire meant to encourage game designers to put a little more thought in how they use the medium to tell their stories so they don't end up so ridiculous...OR that it's satire meant to remind game designers to remember to have a bit of fun with how they tell their stories and not to take themselves too seriously. In this vein, bashing TGO's recent escapades is a lot like what might happen if you take some of your favorite cartoons from your childhood and watch them now as a [young] adult. You may be surprised to hear yourself think "man, this is so dumb" about something you used to get up every Saturday morning to watch back in the day.
With that, I'm stepping up possibly as a lone g1 to praise Bob's efforts to mix things up a bit on his show and have a little bit of fun. Again, I'm not going to say that I love everything he's done with his show most recently (I'd say at the very least that if he's going to keep coming up with new characters, he needs to lay off naming them all the [insert name here] Thinker, unless that's some kind of dig at Mega Man, but that's a stretch), but I'm glad he's keeping it fresh. If you don't like it, that's totally fine -- go watch something else or pick up a camera and make your own series for Screwattack then.
3) Finally, with respect to MathYou's comments, I have to agree that I don't feel the same sense of being part of a community on Screwattack as I did when I first came to the site. Granted, I was not active in the forums and I didn't make videos for the site when that was possible, but I did make some blog entries when I could (one of which helped me rediscover an arcade classic that I couldn't remember the name of for the life of me), and the talkback bar helped way more than the forums ever could with keeping a discussion going since you'd immediately know whether or not anyone responded to what you had to say. In spite of this, though, I wouldn't be so quick to say that Screwattack has gone the way of IGN as of late (which, ever since Matt C. and Bozon left, has tanked big time -- much of the content produced on the site has gone from insightful and informative to unintelligible and purely subjective), although if Craig and Co. aren't careful, Screwattack could easily slip down that slippery slope. What brought me to Screwattack was the AVGN, but what I *stayed* at Screwattack for was the community, the CotW's, and for the witty VGVs and Top 10's, particularly those that Craig has done WITH someone else on staff to provide sharp counterpoints to what he has to say. Sidescrollers continues to be a consistent highlight, but ever since they switched to video format and they *stopped* doing re-enactments of the Sidescrollers newsdesks stories, I've wondered why they even bother to use video instead of just recording audio. Hard News has also been a part of what keeps me coming back to Screwattack, but while Jared keeps it professional, I miss how Destin fooled around with Hard News once in a while (like when he started the show in a drive-thru).
Newer shows like Death Battle, meanwhile, have been fantastic, yet overall they don't leave nearly as much of a mark for me as something like Chad's short-lived in-depth How-To series, where you could actually learn something about how to extend your game on the hardware front. Screwin' Around has been great fun as well, but most of the time when I watch that show, it's only because I either wish I was actually there with the SA crew playing games with them or because I wish I was actually playing games with people I know personally, but I can't at the moment. If they incorporated Out of the Box into Screwin' Around whenever possible (given how they're so similar), that might be more incentive to keep watching.
I could go on, but I think I've said my piece for now. Hopefully someone from the SA crew will read up on these comments and take this feedback into consideration.
You're starting to over-think, which could be good or bad if you ask me...
How so, paisan?
Good in that you are becoming as open-minded as Overthinker himself, bad that you would write tl;dr-worthy comments.
Yes! They took my cross over idea!
So it's a new feature with TGO and AVGN put together? Some kind of Q&A?
Well, as long as TGO doesn't put his irrelevant side stories all over it...
Hmmmmmm... I am intrigued. Can't wait to find out more.
And by "killing the community" I mean removing a lot of the interaction options around the blogging and comments. If any of the staff members can scroll down the community blog section and not feel supremely sad then I dispair. Would a g1 spotlight run by the staff members work now? Food for thought.
This is a common issue that g1's have nowadays. See link below.
Mathyou? The hell man, you come back and don't tell us?
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