Word of mouth,
this is what everyone is talking about.
So you can tell somebody
to tell somebody
that the next big thing
is the same old thing.
— John Reuben, "Word of Mouth"
"Don't send in the clones—they're already here."
— Alan Chapman, "Everybody Wants To Be Sondheim"
"Imitation is the sincerest form of television."
"I invented the first-person shooter, you know. Wish I hadn't bothered now. Have you seen how many of the things there are? I expect there's even a space marine in this game somewhere."
— The Lord of Games, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Hamilton: We're Hamilton's Hamster Helpers! We help those in trouble!
Monterey Jack: How original!
"Imposter! Copycat! Your powers can't compare with mine!"
"That's how culture spreads. When someone has a new idea, it's immediately copied. It's only natural for this to happen. Your job as the original is to publish magazines that are of a higher quality."
TSA Agent: NCIS? That anything like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation?
Tony DiNozzo: Only if you're dyslexic.
— NCIS, "Yankee White"
"I know they copy WoW, and I know they do it because they hope THIS time they will take a slice of WoW market and maybe make everybody there rich.
[...] I also know with so many MMORPGs doing the same thing, they will be luck[y] if instead of a slice, they get even some crumbles."
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.”
"The creators of the "grim and gritty" comics that followed in Watchmen's wake are like 1960s musicians who declared, "The Beatles have revolutionized popular music! We must copy their haircuts!"
— Adam Cadre
"Find a fish tougher and more terrible than the great white."
"A guy walks up to me and asks 'What's Punk?' So I kick over a garbage can and say 'That's punk!' So he kicks over a garbage can and says 'That's Punk?', and I say 'No that's trendy.'"
"I have all these people trying to hop aboard the Arpa express hoping that they become cool like me or earn my approval which will magically make their M.U.G.E.N video career somehow. That contest I originally held for the lulz might become the mental death of me..."
"In addition to great gameplay, the mid-August arrival of "Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver" is ideally timed. The horror movie-fueled summer of 1999, that began with "The Mummy," is reaching full fruition with the cult hit, "The Blair Witch Project," as well as "The Haunting," "Lake Placid," "Deep Blue Sea" and "The Sixth Sense."
"So getting Soul Reaver in stores around the same time as a bunch of shitty horror movies that have nothing to do with Legacy of Kain or even with fucking vampires was more important to Eidos than releasing a game that wasn't just half-finished. It's a good thing I never quit smoking; otherwise I might be forced to take it up again."
Yahtzee: I do love me that ragdoll physics in my 2-D platformers. That's what gets me, though, about gaming these days: Why the fuck does something like X-COM need a physics engine?
Gabriel: Stuffing a sandwich full of foie gras. You're not helping.
"Part of the identity of the Thief series was its dry humour: a city of thick, drunken guards and blustering nobles; you, the wily outsider come to take them down a peg. But there's no wit or poetic justice in this city; just miserable people being serious. 'Eeeuyhh, the police are evil and everyone's got the plague. Who will save us? What's that? Dishonored? Never heard of it.'"
"In super happy video game land some things are about as sure as the sun coming up. One is, if a game is successful there will be a sequel, the other is if a game is successful, it will be copied."
— Bajo, Good Game 23rd November 2009 Episode
"It appears that given the choice between going to series with Doctor Who and producing another season of Sliders Fox opted for the latter. To be fair to the TV Movie, for all of its innumerable flaws it is not, in fact, worse than Sliders. The reason Sliders was picked ahead of it was purely that Sliders was made in-house by Fox. In fact the TV Movie is about as good as Sliders, which is in some ways more damning. There’s a slightly irritating current of thought about the TV Movie that suggests that its problem is that it’s “American.” ...The problem isn’t that it’s American, but that the specific type of American television it’s emulating is mediocre, and it has no ambitions whatsoever towards surpassing that mediocrity. The TV Movie is trying to be bland and pointless American sci-fi, it succeeds admirably, and for that, at least, it is rightly hated."
"The success of Marvels showed the Big Two that there was a market for stories set in the past starring characters that the audience had grown up with. That (Kurt) Busiek is a fantastic writer who can push characters into the future even while tying everything into older continuity (as he did in Avengers Forever) was largely ignored. All the Big Two saw were dollar signs in stories about the past. Naturally, they went too far in one direction, and now we're inundated with these kinds of comics. It's not Busiek's fault (hence the "unwittingly" in the title), but he definitely pointed the way."
— Greg Burgas, "How Kurt Busiek (unwittingly) ruined Marvel and DC superhero comics!"
"Marvel has had some success with darkening up their universe and giving away secret identities like SweetTarts on Halloween, so DC is looking to do the same. And here's where I can't help but feel a little insulted. In looking to draw new fans more interested in a darker, more bloodthirsty type of comic, DC is willing to alienate the older fans who've been with them all along."
"And finally, Great Gatsby was the answer to the question “What if Boardwalk Empire were directed by a prick?”"
"All The Little Mermaid did was put that godforsaken Disney musical 90s formula in place."
"Hey, remember when Taylor Swift had, like, a personality? This is the first song of hers that can be sung by anybody. But it's probably not the last."
"[M]ost of the time, imitations can't come anywhere near the quality of that which they're attempting to capture the magic of. That's when you get The Monkees and the New Monkees trying to cash in on the success of The Beatles."
— Taylor Cocke of Joystiq, reviewing Quantum Theory
Jay: Well, this is a case of somebody in the studio system, some executive saying, "Who's hot right now? Oh, John Stamos! Vanity! Let's get all these people in a movie. What is popular right now in movies? Oh, Mad Max and post-apocalypse movies are popular, too! So our villains will inexplicably be Mad Max villains even though it doesn't make any sense!"
Josh: Right at the beginning, they're starting off with scenes of Gene Simmons, and he's leading this broken-down amphitheater full of freaks, and I was like, "Oh, it's gonna be post-apocalyptic." And then they just cut to John Stamos doing gymnastics.
—Best of the Worst reviews Never Too Young to Die (1986)
"The original Alex's face was pinned over the machinery, a human face stretched over the corporate machine to make it more acceptable. The new face looks like someone wearing a face-forming helmet, because Iron Man really made a lot of money and Hollywood really is that blatant."
"We keep going back to the theme of movies being released in twos: Deep Impact and Armageddon, Volcano and Dantes Peak, etc. Well when your doppelganger of a movie being released opposite you is The Matrix, then you are in deep sh*t."
"Look, I'm not gonna say you can't manufacture a guaranteed hit movie based on a mathematical formula. If you apply metrics and stastical analysis to human behavior well enough to assemble a winning baseball team out of otherwise-middling players, or correctly predict election results in defiance of once-ironclad political logic, I'm sure you can use it to make a movie.
It's just that the actual solid models for that don't actually exist yet, so Hollywood opts to use stupid models to try to achieve the same results.
For instance, if Johnny Depp clowning around in makeup and/or some kind of a stupid hat was the main shared element of three big-budget effects-driven movies based on well-known but questionably-viable nostalgia properties, then clearly this big-budget movie based on a well-known but questionably-viable nostalgia property also requires Johnny Depp and a stupid hat!"
"Steve Austin’s feud with Vince McMahon [proved] to promoters everywhere that every wrestling program needed its angles to revolve around an on-screen authority figure such as Vince Russo, Terry Funk, Kevin Nash, Mike Sanders, Ric Flair, Ernest Miller, Don Callis, Mick Foley, William Regal, Eric Bischoff, Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman, Kurt Angle, TeddyLong, Jonathan Coachman, Mike Adamle, Vickie Guerrero, Tiffany, a laptop computer, John Laurinaitis, Triple H, Booker T, AJ Lee, Brad Maddox, Erik Watts, Jeff Jarrett, Dusty Rhodes, Larry Zybysko, Jim Cornette, Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan, Brooke Hogan, or some combination thereof. "
Something that jumps up from the crowd — only to hit its head on the ceiling — is always better in my eyes than
the games that keep their heads down and risk nothing.