TB had closed his Reddit account 5 days ago following the recent esports drama involving his team Axiom, his wife Genna who used to manage the team until the recent incident, and Ta Ke, an event organizer in Germany. He had this to say about her retirement from managing the esports team, as well as other stuff. The events that happened on those days are summarized here.
End result? TB closed his Reddit account, apologized to Ta Ke, Genna retired, and he's been staying the hell away from Reddit ever since.
From what I can tell, neither party is entirely spotless, both sides kinda came off as unprofessional, and though both TB and Ta Ke apologized to each other, it only really shows how both TB and Genna have some nasty anger and depression issues (respectively).
Perhaps as a result from all that, TB's WTF is of Ducktales Remastered was predominantly negative where he spent a lot of the time complaining about the cutscenes that seem to interrupt gameplay every few minutes, but nonetheless liked the gameplay, the hand drawn sprites, and the soundtrack. Notably, it's a 20 minute video where he simply stopped talking about the game at the 15 minute mark and spent the last 5 minutes playing the Moon level.
Something of a continuation of the previous post: TB has released a VLOG that spends a lot of time talking about him facing the realization following recent events that perhaps he has to find better ways to interact with the fanbase and deal with the haters that don't rely on him shouting down everyone, the brand deals that he and his co-workers participate in and how they're perceived, upcoming events, and the coverage following that. Perhaps the most important part of the video are the first 25 minutes, since that's the part where he makes his personal admissions and acknowledges difficult topics.
Glad I checked in on this. I like TB's honesty and I especially loved being introduced to fun indie games, but I unsubscribed from him when I thought he was becoming more like Moviebob: an insufferably opinionated prick with a massive ego who only ever talked down to his fans. If he's willing to take a slice of humble pie and realize he doesn't need to be a dick in his interactions with random internet people then something good came out of the drama.
The Content Patch for September 24 was uploaded yesterday, and covers the announcement of Steam OS, an old article on Creative Assembly's reliance on the Metacritic score to make their games, this week's release roundup, and the OC Remix track of the day. It's worth watching at least for the *huge* rant he let off on the Metacritic thing, saying that it's proof that Metacritic (and scores in general) is the cancer of the industry that needs to be killed off because it's has no real effect on either the sales or the overall reception from the players on the game.
For those who are interested, TB has posted his Top 10 favorite games of 2013. Remember, these are *his* favorite games that *he* played and personally enjoyed more than anything else in the year, so don't be surprised if your favorite game (ex, Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto 5, etc.) doesn't appear on the list.
So a lot of stuff has happened to TB lately. His video on Guise of the Wolf has been taken down by the devs (much like the earlier incident with Garry's Incident), said devs have put out some really nasty comments that go beyond mere infringement and go into outright threatening his channel will be closed, and on top of all that, the hate for his videos such as the ones covering Hearthstone has grown to the point where he has ended up leaving Reddit again, this time seemingly for good. Truly, this guy has not had a good week.
Lots of things could be said as to why he's leaving Reddit. Perhaps it's the way he reacts to nearly every part of the Hatedom he deems fit to bring up, or something like that. It made me sort of realize why some people simply try and tune out the Hatedom as best as they could, and try their best not to respond to particularly inflammatory comments in some vain hope of retaining some of their sanity.
In light of his surprisingly positive impressions video on the new Thief, a game that has been getting a mostly average to above average reception across many critics, TB has posted a video about relativism in gaming critique.
If he's talking about relativism, wouldn't someone's opinion lead them to games that are good for their idea of what's good?
I think backlash toward reboots can be determined by how the person doing them talks about the old games. When you had Tameem saying Dante wasn't cool anymore, or Eidos saying that dying when discovered in a stealth game doesn't work in these days, it shows they might as well have made a game of their own. Thief in particular seems like a game that was only made part of the series because a new IP would be risky.
The thing is, you'd expect TB to be a hardcore Thief fan. He's a PC elitist, he's got a lot of old-school gamer sensibilities, and he is a hardcore Deus Ex fan who hates Invisible War. That's like a perfect demographic match for Thief fans. Incidentally, reading Thief reviews has been fun because you can easily pick out hardcore Thief fans among reviewers based on whether they include Deadly Shadows in referencing the classic games.
And as for relativism, the people who object to TB clearly are already going to multiple sources to get their reviews, hence their complaints when one doesn't add up. At the least, they're not depending on one viewpoint and then getting upset when it doesn't match theirs.
I more or less expected most of the reports about Thief, save for it having bad AI and being buggy. That's surprising, as is the degree to which the story is dismissed by reviewers. Loading screens and small areas aren't, though it is surprising when reviewers make a big deal about it. That's what good about Thief coming out; when people have to explain why the old games were better, they have to delve into the details of what made them unique. The difficulty setting options that TB talked about are another idea that might break into the mainstream because of getting some attention.
We're not just men of science, we're men of TROPE!
Remember when I said that TB has left Reddit for good this time? I found a post he made 2 weeks ago detailing why he's doing so again. It can be found here.
tl;dr: he used to look forward to seeing what people want to say, but due to the unruly demands of his most vocal part of his fanbase, along with all sorts of disparaging remarks and personal insults from all sorts of people (in a very Death By A Thousand Cuts fashion), he has grown to feel anxious of the negativity that inevitably goes his way. And TB being TB, ie. a guy who's passionate enough to live for his audience and cares a lot about what other people think, he takes things *especially* hard after receiving thousands of this shit every single day of his life. It's so bad it's actually causing him health problems! In the end, he considers himself, in his words, a "fucked up, sad, balding, overweight guy who is good at one thing and is lucky enough to do it for a living."
Many comments were made in support of him, but many others deride him for being so vulnerable like this, and use the Appeal To Worse Problems fallacy to somehow make him realize that it's not as bad as he says it is (even though it most obviously is).
Anyone following TB in the Blood Bowl League? I'm following the entire league (having come to it from Quill18) and it's pretty amusing, though after a while I think anyone would feel bad for TB, his dice roles have been horrible for the entire thing.
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