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Quotes: They Changed It, Now It Sucks
And its seems ugly, but it can get worse
'Cause even a blueprint is a gift and a curse
'Cause once you got a theory of how the thing works
Everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first
And I'm not a robot, I'm not a monkey
I will not dance, even if the beat's funky
Opposite of lazy - far from a punk
You all ought to stop talking
Start trying to
catch up, motherfucker!
Linkin Park addressing their fans who want their Hybrid Theory sound back in When They Come For Me

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Traditional American proverb

As a rule, man is a fool.
When it's hot, he wants it cool.
When it's cool, he wants it hot.
Always wanting what is not.
Anonymous proverb

"The more things change, the more they suck."

"What happened to the penguin cameos? Damn you, Nintendo!"
Elder Xelpud, La-Mulana (apparently complaining about Smash Ping Pong)

I can't believe it! I'm actually going to play the game of my dreams! An embodiment of my childhood! Pipe bombs, pig cops, rechargeable shields, strip—waaaaiiit. RECHARGEABLE SHIELDS? Change to MY nostalgia? UNACCEPTABLE!!
Leo, VG Cats

"Well, I think we missed the boat...If we could have had Ben [Reilly] adopt the Peter identity right away and just gone forward, onward and upward, it might have worked. But I think part of the problem is that a lot of people saw this blond guy named Ben Reilly running around as Spider-Man and their reaction was, "This isn't Spider-Man! Where the hell is Peter Parker?""
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on Peter Parker's 10-Minute Retirement, The Clone Saga

"The trouble with a series as it gets older is that it can feel like a tradition, and tradition is the enemy of suspense, and it's the enemy of comedy. It's the enemy of everything, really. So you have to shake it up."

"I tink Zeruda get stale, so I make Windu Waika.

You hate Windu Waika and tink it fo babies, so I forrow OOT and make Tuwairaito purincess.





"I heard a lot of voices out there that were saying things like, 'man, this isn't Chrono.' To tell you the truth, I was gravely disappointed. Yes, the platform changed; and yes, there were many parts that changed dramatically from the previous work. But in my view, the whole point in making Chrono Cross was to make a new Chrono with the best available skills and technologies of today. I never had any intentions of just taking the system from Trigger and moving it onto the PlayStation console. That's why I believe that Cross is Cross, and not Trigger 2. The thing that I can't understand is how could people possibly declare that this isn't Chrono? And for these people, I can't help but wonder what it was that Chrono meant to them? Is it possible that none of the messages that I tried to send out to these people ever really got through to them?"
Masao Kato

Lord Of Games: Gamers today don't want all this, they just want to shoot things! But as we're broadening the demographic, I'll have to think of something original. Hmm...
Jon: (Creepy Monotone) "Something original", buh?.... "Broadening the demographic?" ...Okay.... I'll bite. Just what did you guys have in mind?
(beat) CARS?....CAAAAAAAAAAARS?!?!!!

"I always roll my eyes when I hear people complain that there aren't enough dungeons in Wind Waker, when I would argue that the many islands to be explored in the overworld create enough gameplay to make up for it. But no, it's Zelda. Zelda can only frame its gameplay through the medium of dungeon, the Pope is infallible, we have always been at war with Eastasia, blah de blah de blah."

"'The Principal and the Pauper', perhaps better known as the Armin Tamzarian episode, or just the one with two Principal Skinners. In a twist thatís more than a little reminiscent of the kind of shocking revelations that are often used to prop up dying shows, the real Seymour Skinner returns from being a prisoner of war to find that one of his men had come back from Vietnam and assumed his identity. That man, the upright public servant known to the audience since Season 1, is revealed to be ďan imposterĒ named Armin Tamzarian. ...In those years, Skinner had, among other things, been fired, rejoined the army, seen his school strike oil, settled a teacherís strike, flashed back to Vietnam several times, and fallen in love in two separate episodes. At some point, there just isnít a lot left to do with a particular character, and that more than anything explains why both the ďimposterĒ storyline was conceived and why it was so universally loathed. The writers were out of ideas, and the fans were attached to what they already knew. In hindsight, an episode where the two crashed head-on seems almost inevitable."
Dead Homer Society, "Armin Tamzarian"

"What's weird to me is that the Enterprise-D suddenly looked different. For seven years on the show we were used to seeing it look one way: nice, even TV lighting. But since it's a movie, they had to get fancy.'s just weird, 'cause it's different now. I don't like things that are different."

"For every person who sings the praises of The Next Generation for picking up the long-abandoned Trek baton and running like crazy with it, there'll be another scoffing at the pure '80s wackiness that placed a therapist on the bridge next to the captain, and had an adolescent boy piloting the ship. And for every person who admired Deep Space Nine for its involved story arcs and bold new concept, there's my father, neatly summing it up as an experience akin to "watching a security camera in a shopping mall"."

Chris: As much as this is the origin of treating super-heroes seriously in film, itís also the start of making those changes in order to ďappeal to a wider audienceĒ when you donít really need to. You can draw a straight line from Crystal Krypton to the Joker killing Batmanís parents, for instance.
David: Whoa, what? Chris, that makes absolutely no sense. Changing the aesthetic of a location is absolutely nowhere near changing the randomness of a heroís origin story.
Chris: I donít mean just the Crystal Krypton specifically, but also Jor-Elís Floating Ghost Head and Superman spending 12 years on an acid trip to learn about Einstein.
David: I still donít think itís comparable, to be completely honest. Itís the exact same level of freedom taken in the Nolan Batman movies we love. The aesthetics and details change, but the themes and concepts remain the same. Thatís whatís important to me, at least.
Chris: Again, not necessarily a bad thing, but it leads right to those changes getting bigger, and eventually Superman and Batman donít even have trunks. Itís out of hand, I tells you!
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Superman

"The need for geeks to have things be the way they always have been permeates their existence. It is not simply a desire to never see anything change, it's a point of view that simply refuses to acknowledge the existence of time altogether. A side effect of this is the way that geeks can take anything that's marginally amusing and run it into the ground until it's beyond unbearable. If something was ever funny to them, then it's always funny, and it always will be. It will never get dulled by time because everything exists in a perfect static bubble."

"New beginnings are problematic for geeks, but so are endings. The concept of a story ending, an arc completed, a tale told, is disturbing, because it involves there being a telling at some point and then not a telling at another point, and how can this be? So for geeks, the show must always go on, ad nauseam. There must always be a sequel or prequel or spin-off or something that ensures that this universe and these characters never "die" simply by having their story come to a conclusion. Is it better to burn out or fade away? For a geek, it's best to have your near-lifeless corpse made into a marionette so you can continue shambling your way through yet another story for them."

"It has been said that geeks are fueled by nostalgia, but that isn't completely true, because that term denotes a desire to reflect back upon the past. Geeks simply can't conceive of the past at all. For them, the way things were when they were twelve years old isn't just preferable, it's all there is. Having anything contradict that reality is painful to them."

"Give them fantasy and give them the future, but don't change anything they already know because geeks LOVE the status quo."
"The Status Quo", Stuff Geeks Love

Wait! Donít kill me! I need to bleed onto my yellow smiley face button at an awkward angle so that the raging Watchmen fanbois in the audience are placated.
Okay, ready.
Boo. The blood splatter is four degrees off.

"I think I might have gone insane during my childhood if it wasn't for Pokemon, but the new one is fucking shit. I'd like to meet the cunt who thought a bag full of rubbish and an ice cream cone are good ideas for fucking Pokemon."

"After losing your girlfriend to a tragic accident, you decide to start dating her cousin. This cousin reminds you of your ex-girlfriend but, very quickly, you realize that she is not enough like your deceased ex for your liking, so you start pestering her to dress more like her dead cousin, talk more like her dead cousin, and generally behave a lot more like her dead cousin. When she resists, you get angry and begin harassing her incessantly, stalking her online and wishing her dead as well."
Joseph Mallozzi, executive producer for Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe, on fan reaction the latter in the context of the former two

Hardcore fans of Hellblazer will hate Constantine for not being an exact copy of the comic. Then again, Brazilian hardcore fans of Hellblazer probably don't fill a van.
— Brazilian magazine SET, reviewing Constantine

"The second issue of MAD goes on sale on December 9, 1952. On December 11, the first-ever letter complaining that Mad 'just isn't as funny and original like it used to be' arrives."
Desmond Devlin, in a fictionalized history of Mad magazine

"If you look at it from a fan stand-point this just isn't a Final Fantasy game, because they changed too much. Again, I like change. I like innovation. But, when you change too much, it becomes unrecognizable as a game in the series, and people get mad. When you go overboard trying to reinvent Final Fantasy, it stops being innovation and becomes, well... BETRAYAAAAL!"''
The Spoony One (on why fans hate Final Fantasy X-2)

"Your favourite character has been "promoted" and (they hope) forgotten; your second favourite character's role has been considerably reduced and his characterization changed; the people who look like you have either been made into a caricature or removed from the bridge altogether, and stuck in unattractive costumes as well (I know that's the division color. I'm sorry, but mustard is simply not a good color on black people). The weight of the show has been placed on an occasionally cute but minor character; the writers aren't doing anything with the two remaining characters, who get less interesting as time goes on - and there's a baby on the bridge where an adult should be. Given all that, might you not maybe possibly be just a little, tiny bit upset?"
Textual Poachers, by Henry Jenkins gives us a more sympathetic view of this sentiment, quoting a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan called Junius.

Holy crap, they talked! They actually talked!
The apocalypse has finally begun, pigs are flying, Satan is skating his way to work, and I'm pretty sure I just became a monkey's uncle.

Unbelievable, I mean just unbelievable. The one rule that you never break, and they broke it in the first 10 minutes. I mean, isn't that like one of the 10 Commandments or something? Thou shalt not lie, thou shalt not covet they neighbor's wife, Tom and Jerry don't Talk.
But wait, it gets worse! Not only can they talk, but they can also sing! But wait! It gets...worse! Not only do they like to sing, they like to sing about how they don't like chasing each other and how they enjoy being friends!
The Nostalgia Critic, Tom and Jerry Movie

You can't just change... You can't just change it, okay? Change is not good! Doesn't matter what Taylor Swift sings about! It's a bad thing!
NuttyMadam on the changes made to Breaking Dawn's ending.

"If there isn't one already, I'm claiming "Jeb's Law": Regardless of what change you do, no matter how small, someone will complain."

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