Life gets a lil better when you learn how to turn a t-shirt into Sub-Zero’s mask. #mortalkombat

Life gets a lil better when you learn how to turn a t-shirt into Sub-Zero’s mask. #mortalkombat

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Minecraft birthday #minecraft

Minecraft birthday #minecraft

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A Wrestlemania we’ll never forget

Wrestlemania XXX turned out to be one of the best I’ve ever seen.  It could very well be the best out of all of them, in my opinion.  It’s all because WWE managed to show just how sports entertainment can elicit some truly meaningful emotions out of those that follow.

I don’t care how many years you’ve been following wrestling.  Without a doubt, Wrestlemania XXX managed to throw a curve ball at you during at least one point of the night.  Personally, I was surprised/shocked a number of times as the show went on.  For some of the matches, I honestly was on the edge of my seat.  The gang we had over erupted in cheers, applause and even anger throughout the night.  WWE’s brand of entertainment may not be 100% real, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t 100% invested with our hearts and minds.

Obviously, there was one huge swerve that none of us saw coming.  That one moment took away the collective breath of just about everyone watching.  I’m not going into spoiler territory with this post, but I know you already know what portion I’m talking about.  It became so quiet at our viewing party that you could hear a pin drop.  It doesn’t matter that WWE is scripted entertainment.  Just like any other great scripted programming, the writers and performers managed to take us somewhere we never thought we’d go.  They gave us something we never thought we’d see.  When that moment hit, the WWE universe had no idea what to do with itself.

Hours later, I still can’t believe that it happened.  I’m absolutely in shock, but I’m not upset.  I’m honestly happy to see that WWE is willing to take us places that we’ve never imagined before.  No cow is too sacred to slaughter.  WWE wants to shock its fans and entertain them in every way possible.  Those that don’t follow wrestling may think that there’s only a one-note approach possible, but the rest of us know better.  I’ve never experienced the range of emotions I felt tonight (and continue to feel) from any other one-off event.  Sure, some movies and TV shows have given me these feelings before, but never to this degree.  Wrestlemania XXX took us in so many directions that it left our heads spinning.

You can be sure that that one big swerve was the brainchild of Vince and the two wrestlers involved.  That match outcome was given checks and balances by the players within.  This was not an outcome to take lightly.  The main man involved obviously wanted things to go a certain way, which lead us to the match finish we got tonight.  You may not like what happened, but you have to respect how it all came together.  This certainly wasn’t a rash decision made in final hour.

It’s silly just to focus on that one match, though.  The entirety of Wrestlemania XXX really blew me away.  I would have liked to see a different outcome from the Cena/Wyatt match, but I still enjoyed the match itself.  The Battle Royal was a fantastic thing to see.  As the entrants got tossed out, it only got more exciting.  Once again, a finish I couldn’t have been happier to see.  Even the Divas match found its mojo about halfway through.  I have to give those wonderful women extra credit for following the match that they did.  Certainly not an easy pill to swallow.

Then there’s the entire Daniel Bryan saga, which was certainly front-and-center going into tonight.  The physicality in his performances was top-notch.  All the players involved really brought their A game.  I personally found Stephanie McMahon to be an outstanding addition to the match, taking on a persona that was much closer to what her father had done into the past.  She’s going to be pretty excellent as a follow-up evil boss to her dad.

Long story short, Wrestlemania XXX blew me away.  It was the culmination of all the reasons I love wrestling.  The athleticism was absolutely superb.  The stories were pushed ways I didn’t expect.  The passion was never running deeper.  The wave of emotions was almost too much to handle.  For me, this will be a very hard Wrestlemania to follow, but you can be sure I’ll be watching when XXXI rolls around.

If only more people would open up their mind to the magical mixture of scripted and real-life that WWE offers.  It’s such a unique experience that you really can’t get anywhere else.  Tonight was the pinnacle of what wrestling can be.  A perfect mixture of physical and emotional.  One hell of a ride.

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I consider myself to be quite saucy

Man, you know what’s really fun? Straws. #cat #kitty #stupid

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Just gettin comfy #cat #kitty #stretching

Just gettin comfy #cat #kitty #stretching

Everything you like is fake/dumb/stupid

IGN posted the video above, which resulted in a slew of comments.  I’m sure you know what’s already coming…

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The internet can be a great place.  There are wonderful people out there with kind thoughts and great praise/constructive criticism for people.  Unfortunately, it seems that that slice of the internet pales in comparison to the nasty side.  I will never understand why it has to be like that and what those people get from belittling others.

Working on the internet can be a truly soul-sucking experience.  You see far more bad than good.  Then when I’m not working and checking out other things I enjoy unrelated to work, its the same experience.  A couple level-headed people mixed in with rude/nasty/mean comments.  As far as I know, the internet will forever be a breeding ground for that kind of activity, no matter how genuine and kind some people try to be.

If you have given wrestling a shot and you don’t enjoy it, that’s fine by me.  I don’t expect everyone to like what I do, nor do I enjoy everything that others do.  With that said, I’m willing to give anything a chance.  If my friends/family are really into something and are excited to share that something with me, you can bet I’ll give it a shot.  Even if I end up not enjoying it, I get a good feeling knowing that those I care for are truly passionate about things.  For me, it’s great seeing that people are partaking in things they enjoy.  So long as your goal in doing these things isn’t to hurt others on purpose, I’m down.

Unfortunately, it seems that more people enjoy spending their time making others feel bad.  Why let people enjoy something when you can come in and shit on them?   You can take your ill thoughts and harsh words to all those that get enjoyment out of things.  What better way to spend your time than by making others feel bad?  What a truly rewarding experience.

Comments like these won’t make me feel bad for being a wrestling fan.  Comments like these won’t stop me from enjoying anything I enjoy in life.  With that said, comments like these make me realize just how terrible some people are.  They exist online and in the real world, and their goal is to squash joy.  What kind of person sets out to act like this?

The best revenge I can offer is to never, ever be like that.  I’ve never wanted to be, I never will be and I have no interest in it at all.  I will always listen to what friends/family/people enjoy and learn about what they have a passion for.  I’ll watch, I’ll listen and I’ll even give things a shot if it’s important to those people.  If you’re passionate about something, I want you to show me where that passion comes from.  

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Also, on a very quick note…are we still having the wrestling is fake discussion?  Breaking Bad is fake…House of Cards is fake…The Walking Dead is fake.  No one calls out 100% scripted shows as being ‘fake’, nor should they.  Then we have WWE, which is a mixture of real and scripted, yet we have thousands of people that still parrot ‘fake’ every chance they get.  I just want to get this straight.  Shows that are 100% fake don’t get any bashing for being fake (nor should they), but the mixture of real/fake in WWE brings on the fake claims.  

If only people would start with an open mind and a genuine desire to expand their horizons.  That’s not just about WWE, but about everything in general.  Sadly, it seems people too afraid to do that, but more than willing to bash what they don’t understand and torment those that support.

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Goofy likes what he sees @Nintendo #disneymagicalworld #3ds

Goofy likes what he sees @Nintendo #disneymagicalworld #3ds

GoNintendo State of Affairs - Reporting on Pachter and other bad news

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So…as usual, I took some heat today for sharing an article where Michael Pachter expressed some opinions that don’t sit well with Nintendo fans.  Nothing usual there, as Pachter’s comments usually stir up angry emotions from Big N. followers.  Since there was a healthy bit of discussion about a weekend article that went up today, I figured I would jump in and explain my approach to covering Pachter on GoNintendo.

I want to make this clear right from the start.  I don’t enjoy a lot of Pachter’s comments.  Moreso, I don’t enjoy the tone he uses when speaking about Nintendo.  I want you to know that there are plenty of Pachter stories that come around that contain quotes that irk me.  Hearing those things about a company you’re passionate about is no fun.  When it comes to that, I completely hear what you guys are saying.  With that said, I have to explain why I do what I do on Nintendo.

The truth is, if I want to run GoNintendo fairly, I cannot post stories that only make me happy.  Sure, I could run GN as a site that only shares happy Nintendo stories where nothing negative is said, but that’s not how the world really is.  There are good and bad no matter where you look, and Nintendo is no different.  Whether we like it or not, there are notable people that share derisive opinions about Nintendo.  Some are ill-informed, some are inflammatory and others raise valid points.  If we want to set out to change opinions on Nintendo, we can’t ignore everyone that shares a viewpoint that we disagree with.

A lot of people say that ignoring Pachter is the best way to go.  Just don’t listen to him and he’ll go away.  I really can’t think of any other problem out there that I would handle this way.  When I have an issue with health, I seek out advice from a doctor.  I don’t ignore the problem for months and hope it goes away.  When my car starts acting strangely, it gets taken to the shop for a checkup.  I don’t just drive on and hope for the best.  When I’m having a problem with a utility in my house, I bring up those issues with the appropriate people to get thing fixed.

Yes, dealing with Pachter is a bit different than a health issue or car trouble, but I believe the same approach applies.  We can’t just stick our head in the sand and pretend he’s not saying anything.  If we have issue with what he says, then we need to address that head-on with him.  We need to respectfully ask him why he feels a certain way and why he has those thoughts.  We need to artfully explain where we are coming from and see if we can’t come to a happy medium.  Just ignoring him lets his viewpoint continue on without anyone offering up a different view.

Take a look at Jack Thompson, for example.  That man dominated video game news for years and years.  He was stirring up all kinds of trouble in the video game world, with almost all gamers agreeing that he was spouting insane theories and completely false information.  There were calls to ignore the man and not give him the time of day.  Some outlets did that, but his commentary continued on to even bigger outlets.  Mainstream media was putting this man on TV to let him represent games in a negative light.  

Thankfully, there were other outlets that decided to address the issue head on.  They would look into what Thompson was saying and counteract it point by point.  They would put together interviews to dispute what Thompson was saying, all while keeping an even tone and letting facts speak for themselves.  The more people started to do this and bring attention to just how inane Thompson’s ideas were, the more he came under scrutiny.  More people started to see him for what he really was.  Soon thereafter, the man all but disappeared from the gaming scene.  That’s because he was thoroughly disproved and investigated by a number of outlets.  I believe they did the right thing.

I want to make it clear that I don’t think Pachter is anywhere near as bad as Thompson.  I may not like the way Pachter phrases some things, but I think he has a few valid opinions.  It’s sad that he presents some of those ideas with a childish approach, but you can sift through that and get the heart of what he’s saying.  That’s why I’ve done interviews with Pachter for GoNintendo a few times over.  I even opened up the floor to you guys so you could have a direct line to him for an interviews.  Some people read those features and saw that Pachter had some interesting ideas and valid points, but others wouldn’t even read the piece because they just hate the guy.

If you’ve followed along with Pachter in his interviews, you know that he actually loves Nintendo’s games.  He’s said that can’t recall ever playing a Nintendo game he would call bad.  He also thinks the software devs are amazing with what they do.  The real issue he has with Nintendo comes from some of their hardware and management issues.  That’s mostly aimed at the Wii U, though.  For example, do you remember when Pachter said 3DS was going to be a runaway hit at launch and Nintendo wouldn’t be able to keep them on shelves at the original launch price?  I don’t think those are the statements of someone that hates Nintendo.

Yes, Pachter is wrong with some of his predictions.  Yes, some of his statements are tough to swallow.  The way he words them hurts his validity, but we can’t let that sting us.  If he makes points without silly language in them, we need to fight them with facts and a calm nature.  We can’t stoop to his level that he sometimes goes to.  Keep a level head, gather your information and present a rational counterpoint to what he presents.

Pachter is an analyst that is of the highest prominence int he game industry.  He gives keynotes, analysis, interviews and even has his own show on GameTrailers.  There are two reasons why he’s hit these heights.  First off, he makes some valid points.  Second, he presents the info passionately, be that positive or negative.  There’s no analyst out there that is right 100% of the time.  Pachter is right and wrong, just as any of us are.  I think he’s wrong on more than he’s right with as of right now, but I haven’t always felt like that.  That means it’s our time to step up, bring his comments to the forefront and fire back with constructive criticism and facts.

I want GoNintendo to be a place where Nintendo fans can come and be happy with one another.  I want it to be a gathering place online where Nintendo fans can feel like family.  I also want it to be a place where Nintendo fans get an honest look at what is going on in the industry.  When we were in the Wii/DS days, we had a lot more positivity to talk about.  It was a great time, for sure.  Switching to the 3DS/Wii U generation, things have been rough.  Traditional third parties are down on Nintendo, analysts don’t agree with what Nintendo’s doing and Nintendo is facing an uphill battle.  That’ the nature of the beast right now, and while I hate to see Nintendo having a rough time, it’s my job to present you with that news.

I do not post every negative opinion out there.  I do not bring you posts concerning a random messageboard user that says Nintendo sucks and they should die.  I bring you comments from higher-ups in the gaming world, like devs/pubs/analysts/reviewers that have unpleasant things to say about Nintendo.  It absolutely sucks and it drains me every single day.  Most Nintendo fans feel that these comments are coming from a place of Nintendo hatred, and for all I know, that might be the reason for some.  With that said, I still need to bring you that news.  I refuse to be a news outlet that sugarcoats situations and only presents you one side of the story.

That’s not to say that I don’t give equal time to everything positive out there.  I cover every single indie dev supporting Wii U I can.  I share kind words about Nintendo coming from long-time devs, celebrities, WWE superstars and everything else inbetween.  I show you announcements of every game I can, be it Mario Kart 8 or Hello Kitty Kruisers.  While a certain story may not matter to you, that same story may brighten someone else’s day.  Someone out there may be dying for  info on the next Barbie game.  It’s my pleasure to bring everything to every Nintendo fan.  That goes for the diehards and the lapsed fans, the passionate and the disenchanted.

Please see that I bring you the stories I do on GoNintendo because I am passionate about the Big N.  They have been a part of my life since I was 5 years old.  I have an extreme love of their products and philosophies.  I may not agree with them all the time, but I certainly respect them and know they are capable of great things.  I run GoNintendo to share that love with you all.  I also run it to bring you an honest view of what the gaming world says about Nintendo.  There are good times and bad.  The good times always seem to end quickly no matter how long they last.  The bad drag on and hurt more and more everyday.  We have to stick with it and push through.  We have to do our best to calmly, passionately and smartly show some people why they may be looking at Nintendo the wrong way.

Finally, I want you to know that I never, EVER bring you stories on GoNintendo to get clicks on stories.  I ran GoNintendo for close to two years without advertising.  I am not in this job for the money.  Yes, it is my job and it’s how I make a living, but every decision I make is to present you with the best site I can.  There are situations behind the scenes that keep me up late at night, sick to my stomach with decisions.  To be honest, advertisers don’t like working with GN because I work for you guys, not them.  I’ve burned numerous bridges over this stuff because you are 100% worth it.  My motivations with GN are to make it the best place for GN news with a warmth of community.  I hope most of you get that feeling, because it’s supremely important to me.

That means we will share stories that wipe smiles off faces.  I can’t stress enough that I dislike a lot of those comments made.  Again, these are coming from important or notable people that have a place in the industry.  I bring you all news, good/bad/inbetween.  I have to share it all so that we can build the best approach to fire back.  We’re not out to tell people they are wrong.  We are out to inform people and hopefully show naysayers that perhaps they didn’t have the full picture.  Nintendo may not make the right decisions all the time, but they sure as shit don’t deserve the ration of crap they get most of the time.

Let’s get informed all the entire spectrum of news and use that to change the tide.  Let’s show Pachter why his comments may not accurately reflect the current situation.  Let’s show the gaming press at large that they don’t offer up an equal amount of time covering Nintendo as they do Sony and Microsoft.  Let’s show trolls that they’re the ones wasting time on silly arguments while we’re enjoying games of all types on all platforms.  Let;’s show Nintendo that they need to open up more, but we’re also here to back them when they tickle our fancy.  That’s what I want GoNintendo to be.  A community where we can come together, learn all sorts of Nintendo stuff and then use it to our best abilities.

Oh…and to play some games and have some fun, too.  That might be the most important of all!

Someone found a new place they shouldn’t be.  #cat #kitty #jerk

Someone found a new place they shouldn’t be. #cat #kitty #jerk

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