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(Salon)   The future of television is basically "Ow, My Balls"   (salon.com) divider line 123
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2013-05-10 12:44:59 PM  

NostroZ: Egoy3k: NostroZ: Has anyone seen the Hulu exclusive The Online Gamer?
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Watching that show made me give up video games all together.
It really showed it as an addictive angry anti-social behavior, while attempting to be funny.
Not sure if it was the poor writing or that I actually knew people who acted somewhat like that, back in the internet cafe days.
So sad.

So now you watch TV instead?

No, isn't it obvious what I do?  Same as you... Fark
Then I'll watch TV shows online (via Hulu) or Netflix.
Or go outside, run, ride a bike, play some tennis... you know, learned how to get a life o_O


I'd argue that I do all of those things and still play video games. Well I don't play tennis.
 
2013-05-10 12:50:59 PM  
I have to agree with some of the posters here.  Jersey Shore, pseudo BS Alien "documentaries" and Teen moms are hardly the entire picture of television.  We have much better variety nowadays.  There are excellent dramas,

I watch old shows from the 70's and 80's out of nostalgia, but honestly, if you didn't live during that era of the 3 networks plus PBS, you'd probably be thinking what absolute garbage people watched.   The sitcoms were mostly horribly sappy and formula driven. And the dramas were even worse (with a few exceptions).  A Team, Fall Guy, Riptide, Dukes of Hazzard for the kiddies.... jeezus.   And the adults watched Dynasty, Dallas and these variety show specials.  Ugh.

With the exception of the classic sitcom format (which seem to be in a decline) every other genre of TV programming has improved dramatically in quality.
 
2013-05-10 12:56:50 PM  
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Carney Channel? Count me in!
 
2013-05-10 02:03:39 PM  
Count me in with not really getting the whole "watching other people play games" thing. I don't have the time to play all the games I want nowadays, why would u watch someone else play?
 
2013-05-10 02:12:44 PM  

Chainsaw Turd Elf: Ya'll are tripping. Wipeout is awesome. not as good as it's predecessor MXC. What I think is terrible is any reality show about some kind of crazy wives or brides. I don't really know how much of these shows are real and how much is scripted. The Mob Wives are some ugly, ugly human beings inside and out.
I do think these kind of shows are good tools for young men to learn what kind of women to avoid as mates.


Wipeout is Super Mario Bros with out-of-shape Americans.

So yeah, it can be kinda funny sometimes. I don't watch it, but my ex-wife loved it. I caught glimpses and, being human, it's hard to avoid laughing when some fatass does an unintentional triple somersault, bounces off a giant rubber ball, flips backwards two times, and lands face-first in a mud pit.

Sadistic, but satisfying in a "I'm glad I'm not stupid enough to go on that show" kind of way.

Now, TERRIBLE was "Hole In The Wall" (The American version of the Japanese "Tetris" show).  WOW, that was pathetic: Fat people in shiny, skin-tight jumpsuits trying to contort themselves to fit through odd shapes in a foam wall before being knocked into a pool.

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Although sometimes it wasn't so bad...

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Okay, yeah. It was bad.
 
2013-05-10 02:14:49 PM  

Tumbleweed Garden: Count me in with not really getting the whole "watching other people play games" thing. I don't have the time to play all the games I want nowadays, why would u watch someone else play?


The Koreans actually have ongoing shows and stadium events in which they watch other people play Starcraft for a few hours.

Honestly... I don't get it. The fun of games is playing them; Not watching them being played.
 
2013-05-10 02:21:52 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Tumbleweed Garden: Count me in with not really getting the whole "watching other people play games" thing. I don't have the time to play all the games I want nowadays, why would u watch someone else play?

The Koreans actually have ongoing shows and stadium events in which they watch other people play Starcraft for a few hours.

Honestly... I don't get it. The fun of games is playing them; Not watching them being played.


Depends on the circumstances, people, and the game I would say.

We used to have Super Smash Brothers Melee tournaments in university We'd set it up as 1 vs 1 on a small arena and the people not playing would have just as much fun watching as playing. My wife will sit down and watch some of the big budget PS3 games like Drakes Fortune, Heavy Rain, or Infamous 2. Hell my university roommate once asked me to not play Shadows of the Colossus because he was studying and couldn't stop watching. He was mostly joking but still sometimes people do watch games.
 
2013-05-10 02:26:20 PM  
I'd buy that for a dollar!
 
2013-05-10 02:43:02 PM  
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Spectacular book. Not in print, I had to get it off e-bay, bit walks you through the history of mondo.

Modern "reality" TV is mondo, pure and simple.
 
2013-05-10 02:55:14 PM  

Egoy3k: Or go outside, run, ride a bike, play some tennis... you know, learned how to get a life o_O

I'd argue that I do all of those things and still play video games. Well I don't play tennis.


That's cool... I used to LOVE video games.
But, single player games got old fast and online multiplayer games are full of people that get joy from flaming onto one another.
I used to play Starcraft all night long on Battle.net, but the new RTS did not match up and the latency issue never got fixed... on top of which, a much younger and less mature crowd got into computer games.

I don't like to spend my free time lecturing kids about how it's rude to go off insulting your own teammates.
So I realized the problem was not games, but it was me... I felt this dark, evil, obsessive force where before it was a feeling of fun exploration and friendly competition.
 
2013-05-10 03:06:06 PM  

BlueDWarrior: The fact it's hard to find a list in English that accurately documents all of the productions before 1998 should say something.
It's like video games, once you get 15 years out it's really hard to remember all the shiatty ones.


Anime News Network seems to do a pretty good job. For example
 
2013-05-10 03:20:37 PM  

Iamanevilcarrot: I can't imagine anything more boring than watching somebody else play a video game baseball. What's the farking point when you can do it?


See? Not so silly now, is it?  Sometimes it's fun to watch others play/enjoy an activity that you like.  No reason to look down on those who enjoy watching these videos.  I don't like watching baseball myself, it bores me to tears. But I wouldn't ridicule those who do watch it.
 
2013-05-10 03:21:55 PM  

SevenizGud: TLC was once the LEARNING channel, striving for par status with Discovery and the sciency shows on PBS, like Nova. Now they should just change the name to The Carney Channel.


I call it The Lobotomy Channel, it keeps the same initials and is accurate.
 
2013-05-10 03:23:07 PM  

Dragonflew: Iamanevilcarrot: I can't imagine anything more boring than watching somebody else play a video game baseball. What's the farking point when you can do it?

See? Not so silly now, is it?  Sometimes it's fun to watch others play/enjoy an activity that you like.  No reason to look down on those who enjoy watching these videos.  I don't like watching baseball myself, it bores me to tears. But I wouldn't ridicule those who do watch it.


I agree... super silly.
I hate spectator sports... be player.

But, I don't dare say that to the masses, they love their TV sports with bloodthirsty devotion.
 
2013-05-10 03:37:10 PM  

Dragonflew: Iamanevilcarrot: I can't imagine anything more boring than watching somebody else play a video game baseball. What's the farking point when you can do it?

See? Not so silly now, is it?  Sometimes it's fun to watch others play/enjoy an activity that you like.  No reason to look down on those who enjoy watching these videos.  I don't like watching baseball myself, it bores me to tears. But I wouldn't ridicule those who do watch it.


It's not quite the same. I can admire pro athletes for physically training their bodies to do things I could never do. What does it take to be a video game pro? Sit in your underwear for 14 hour stretches consuming Mountain Dew and Beef Jerky?
 
2013-05-10 04:01:37 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Tumbleweed Garden: Count me in with not really getting the whole "watching other people play games" thing. I don't have the time to play all the games I want nowadays, why would u watch someone else play?

The Koreans actually have ongoing shows and stadium events in which they watch other people play Starcraft for a few hours.

Honestly... I don't get it. The fun of games is playing them; Not watching them being played.


Yet billions of people watch people play the games of soccer, baseball, football, basketball, hockey, cricket, car racing, golf, and dozen of others every day.
 
2013-05-10 04:05:12 PM  

browntimmy: Dragonflew: Iamanevilcarrot: I can't imagine anything more boring than watching somebody else play a video game baseball. What's the farking point when you can do it?

See? Not so silly now, is it?  Sometimes it's fun to watch others play/enjoy an activity that you like.  No reason to look down on those who enjoy watching these videos.  I don't like watching baseball myself, it bores me to tears. But I wouldn't ridicule those who do watch it.

It's not quite the same. I can admire pro athletes for physically training their bodies to do things I could never do. What does it take to be a video game pro? Sit in your underwear for 14 hour stretches consuming Mountain Dew and Beef Jerky?


A combination of twitch motor skills, hand/eye coordination, knowledge of tactics, etc.  Sure, there's nothing really physical about it, but on the pro level it certainly requires skill beyond mere mortals.
 
2013-05-10 04:24:37 PM  

browntimmy: Dragonflew: Iamanevilcarrot: I can't imagine anything more boring than watching somebody else play a video game baseball. What's the farking point when you can do it?

See? Not so silly now, is it?  Sometimes it's fun to watch others play/enjoy an activity that you like.  No reason to look down on those who enjoy watching these videos.  I don't like watching baseball myself, it bores me to tears. But I wouldn't ridicule those who do watch it.

It's not quite the same. I can admire pro athletes for physically training their bodies to do things I could never do. What does it take to be a video game pro? Sit in your underwear for 14 hour stretches consuming Mountain Dew and Beef Jerky?


I didn't specify pro athletes. I am including amateur, little league, backyard games, whatever. Watching someone else do something that you like to do can be enjoyable, even when not playing yourself. Yet when this activity is video games, the douchebags come out of the woodwork to ridicule and insult them.
 
2013-05-10 04:51:51 PM  
"Yo, are you newbies going to help me capture this flag, or are you just going to stand there with each other's dicks in your hands?"

And those words are just as inspiring today as when that gallant Marine said them at Belleau Wood.
 
2013-05-10 05:49:28 PM  
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2013-05-10 07:50:01 PM  
Just a reminder that popularity does not ensures quality.

My job as Captain Obvious is done.
 
2013-05-10 08:22:44 PM  
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Miss us yet?
 
2013-05-11 10:38:40 AM  

WTF Indeed: "Lost Boy Generation"? I'm pretty sure the downfall of TV quality is directly related to Reality TV shows geared toward women and middle-aged men who want to relive their glory years. Eg, Baby Boomers.


No network gears their programing to boomers.  They all want the target 18-34 age group.  That is who spends money.  The boomers, or more properly almost anyone over 40, has gotten out of the habit of throwing their money at every pretty thing shown to them on TV.
 
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