GR2 Weekly- 01 and 08 November 2015 Double Post Edition

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A pleasant Sunday to everyone out there!  I hope you’re all doing well.  As you might have guessed, it’s finally time for another blogisode of GR2 Weekly!  Since this week’s edition will be a Double Post, we’ll skip the usual intro and get right down to the nitty gritty.  So without much further delay, on with the show!

Part 1: 01 November 2015

Geek Rant of the Week

YouTube certainly has come under a slight bombardment of criticism partially due to its new YouTube RED service.  But this time, its not so much YouTube itself that’s under critical fire, but rather the game company Atlas that is drawing the Internet’s ire.  It’s a sadly common practice for game and tv companies to be super-protective of their properties, often resorting to hitting people with claims of copyright infringement, which hit the channels with copyright strikes.  But Atlas (more specifically, it’s Japanese channel atlastube) has been going on a MASSIVE copyright striking spree.

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While such things are fairly common (and equally as misclaimed), the most odd and infuriating aspect of this particular copyright strike orgy is that atlastube has been (largely) ignoring the bigger channels and targeting all the smaller ones.  And by smaller, we’re talking people like the article-featured YouTube user Linsneakers.  The dude barely has over 100 Subscribers, far from the ranks of your PewDiePie’s and Markiplier’s.  It’s the channels that people do merely as a hobby (much like hos this blog exists, purely as a hobby).  But yet, atlastube has been going after the small channels with such a severe ferocity.  It’s like trying to sick an army of attack dogs on someone who mistakingly left a pack of chewing gum in the cart when they hit the register.  So excessive.

It’s no lie either just the mere thought of filing a counterclaim for Fair Use is enough to scare people away from the idea, something I can more than attest to with the problems I had while I managed the (long since defunct) AMV Channel for Kitsune Kon when I was still with them.  But for those affected, it would seem the best thing to do Atlus USA directly (atluspr@atlus.com) before you proceed with doing any kind of review or Let’s Play video.

Japan, I love you guys, but you really need to take a chill pill sometimes.


Geek Rave of the Week

We’ve seen people beat games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls with Rock Band guitar controllers and we’ve even seen the latter being beat with only the power of one’s voice.  But now a new hardcore gamer has taken this challenge and turned it up to 11.  A Destiny player posted a YouTube video of one of the game’s more notorious boss battles being baten………using a Rock band Drum Set.

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There really isn’t a whole lot to elaborate on here.  But as you can see in the video (if you click on the link), he uses wooden spoons instead of drumsticks (because …….reasons?) and still has to somehow utilize the directional pad o the drum set to move his character around.  I can barely beat most video games with standard controllers (or keyboard arrows in the case of higher-difficulty songs on Stepmania), let alone even attempt something like this.  My hats off to you, good sir.  Glad you were able to revel in the glory of your unique triumph.

And now for Part 2.

Part 2: 08 November 2015

Geek Rave of the Week

If you’re of a similar mindset as me, you are very much eager for the upcoming Star Wars movie.  But if you’re someone like one Daniel Fleetwood, you’re worried you may never even get a chance to see it.  For those who might be out of the loop, Mr Fleetwood suffers from Spindle Cell Sarcoma (a rare cancer he was diagnosed with in July) and was only expected to live 2 more months at the most.  So in response to his wish to see the movie before its official release, a #ForceForDaniel campaign was started on Twitter in the hopes of making his wish come true.

And you know what?  The dream became a reality.

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After a retweet from Mark Hammil gave the campaign some much-needed traction, J.J. Abrams said (we assume) “Let’s do this!” and made it happen.  Ashley Fleetwod posted the following after the private screening:

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Considering that Abrams previously did something similar for a terminally ill fan who had desired to see Star Trek: Into Darkness early, it was not suprising (in a good way) that he would do this once more.  So much Kudos are in order for Mr. Abrams and everyone involved for making this happen.  And everybody?  How about we let Daniel be and not nag the poor man for spoilers, mmkay?

Geek Rant of the Week

While it’s not quite the phenomenon it once was, Pokemon is still quite the big deal in the Land of the Rising Sun (so much so, they’re opening up a real-life “Pokemon Gym”).  But now a new craze is sweeping Japan in the form of the anime and game Yo-Kai Watch.  In the game, the main character, Natahan Adamsuitilizes a special watch to detect various Yokai that are causing chaos around the town and either befriend or defeat them with other Yokai.  So naturally, they found a way to bring that game to the States.  And with such, you need to advertise the game, but click on this link to see the fuggery we ended up getting.  Chances are, your reaction was somewhere along these lines as well:

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And how could you not, especially after seeing these in the ad?

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Really, people?  Super-impose anime facial expressions?  I understand you have a certain audience you are trying to target, but come on, man!  This is corny even by 1990’s standards!  Last time I saw something this cheezy, it was hosted my Marc Sommers and was called Double Dare.  But at least DD was entertaining.  But this commercial?  Those above 2 images I’ll be seeing in my nightmares for years to come.

As for the mandatory palet cleanser, I give to you one of the latest UpUpDownDown videos where we get to see former WWE NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks geek out over Sailor Moon and SHINee.

Well, my fellow geeks and geekettes across the interwebs, that brings this blogiside of GR2 Weekly to a most satisfying end.  And as I tend to enjoy mentioning every chance I get, should you have any suggestions for what I should Rant and/or Rave about (please suggest away, I promise I won’t bite), feel free to message me and you are equally as encouraged to post much linkage on the official GR2 Weekly Facebook page.  See you next week!  While you’re still here, though, be sure to check out and Vote Up Lemme Addams everybody.  Sonny Strait will be a happy person.  😛
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