Sometimes I wish Roger Moore would come back
With an underwater car or some kind of jetpack
Or a hover-gondola and a Union Jack
Forget it, mate, it's not the eighties
He'd rather kick you in the face
We've got a new Bond for the noughties
Because the world's a TERRIBLE place!
"My own adventure turned out to be quite different."
—Frodo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings
"I smolder with generic rage"
In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war. For there is no peace among the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.
— Warhammer 40,000 tagline
We're here to make coffee metal. We will make everything metal, blacker than the blackest black, times infinity.
— Nathan Explosion, Metalocalypse
"The Incredible Squirrel that I created for my old TV show was a cute little guy who had fun stopping goofy bad-guys! This movie's too serious. It's not fun at all!"
"The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain."
— Ursula K. Le Guin, "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas"
"The fact that [Gunnerkrigg Court is] listed as Kid Friendly was a big selling point for them because, let's face it, comics aren't exactly for kids anymore."
— Tom Siddell
"Sony, a multimedia corporate giant run by full-grown adults, paid $1 million for a screenplay called Winter's Knight, a gritty interpretation of the Santa Claus legend, because everyone in Hollywood has lost their fucking minds."
Needless to say, neither the streetwalkers nor the whippings, masturbation and transvestite bondage are anywhere suggested in Mozart's opera.
Yes, in this version not only does Scrooge belittle Cratchit, he sends him to the soup line. Now Iíve not mentioned this yet, but this is, without question, the most depressing version of this show Iíve ever seen. I mean, itís nothing that will make you reach for the Kleenex, but it will have your mouth agape at just how dark the whole thing is.
Certainly it seems like half my professional existence is spent on some level trying to persuade people that games are becoming more mature all the time. But there are various interpretations of the word "mature," and it's a paradox I've noticed before that a lot of games that receive "mature" certificates would only be of interest to twelve-year-olds.
"I can't believe that Rick Berman, who was often the stickler on the show for staying true to Gene's vision, now has his name on the script for an episode where the Captain of the Enterprise is beating the crap out of a weakling."
"The success of books like Spawn lead publishers to believe that kids wanted dark anti-heroes. This lead to the creation of some of the worst comic book characters in the history of the world. Not only that but existing characters were retooled to be darker and more mysterious. For God's sake, they gave Superman a black suit and I think for a few years Captain America's shield drank human blood."
"In roughly the span of a page or so, Kaine has dismantled the Kraven stand-in and kills him with his stupid ďMark of KaineĒ face-disfigurement move I canít even bother to want to explain. Yeah! Doesnít that make you want to go out and read a million Kaine comics right now? I mean what could be more interesting than scowling on a rooftop and then slapping around all of the interesting characters before offhandedly killing the bad guy? Iím sure at the time Marvel wrote the issues they were dreaming of a Kaine ongoing series and Kaine underoos and Kaine video games."
—Topless Robot, "The 13 Dumbest Spider-Man Stories.. Just From The Clone Saga"
"You have an amazing art form, a medium thatís able to produce things like Fun Home and Maus, and yet when people look at it they mostly see endless variations on these same ideas, and to do something ďnewĒ with his 50th superhero deconstruction, the only think (Mark) Millar can think of is to add more shock value. So we have the same story that was used to sell kids cereal and action figures 50 years ago, only now with more rape! Ask yourself if thatís progress. The fans are part of the problem, as well... Itís like if somebody went around calling themselves a serious cineaste, and the only films they had ever seen in their life were Ninja Turtles movies. I use that as an example because I actually *like* Ninja Turtles, but I can recognize that thereís a difference between The Secret of the Ooze and Citizen Kane."
"It all started in the Seventies with the appearance of "heroes" like The Punisher and Wolverine. Instead of being hurled into a swirling dimensional vortex to seeming oblivion, a super-villain was now more likely to take a bullet to the brain, or a claw through the heart! Committing crimes and fighting superheroes became dangerous!
No wonder the bad guys started behaving a little rowdier - can you blame 'em? Suddenly, villains like Doctor Doom - who'd up till now pranced around with an air of menace but never actually DID anything to anybody - started bumping off people left and right... some of 'em just for snoring too loudly!
— Marvel Year in Review 1993