I'm not a Seth MacFarlane
fanboy. I've always been staunchly pro-Simpsons
and anti-Family Guy
. I never watch any of MacFarlane's other shows, either. And I'd take a bullet to the dome before watching five minutes of Ted
. So I'm not in the tank here when I say that MacFarlane, all things considered, did a perfectly adequate job hosting the Oscars on Sunday night. He took a thankless task and the worst audience in show business and managed to, at the very least, slip in a few subversive wisecracks AND keep his energy level high for four straight, interminable hours. At this point, I don't really know what else you want from an Oscar host. If people aren't bitching about Billy Crystal being too mild, they're bitching about MacFarlane being too harsh on a group of people that DESERVE
There is a diabolical twist to Star Wars
fandom, you see, that defies comprehension, and yet is the life-blood of all Star Wars fans. It is this: Star Wars fans hate Star Wars
. If you run into somebody who tells you they thought the franchise was quite enjoyable, and they very-much liked the originals as well as the prequels, and even own everything on DVD, and a few of the books, these imposters
are not Star Wars Fans.
of course, everybody recognizes that Kinda is a classic piece of Doctor Who
. And yet in the Doctor Who Monthly
poll on Season 19 it ranked dead last
— as the absolute worst story of the season.... if you prefer either Time-Flight
or Four to Doomsday
to Kinda, there's something seriously wrong with you. And unfortunately, apparently the Doctor Who Monthly
readers, or at least those that answered the season poll, did.
The usual cautions about the tastes of Doctor Who Magazine
readers apply, but what we have to remember is that this was also an era where John Nathan-Turner
was overtly courting fandom
through the magazine. And here, quite frankly, we see where this becomes really, really toxic. Because by most metrics, even in 1982
, it would have been clear that there are really interesting and praiseworthy things going on here and that this is a model story for how to do Doctor Who
. Instead, though, the whims of fandom had sway.
took a lot of flak for showing many aliens that weren't in the other series, especially since Enterprise
was exploring space closer to Earth than any of the other series. It also used some aliens that appeared in later series when they shouldn't have. The writers just couldn't win.
Street Fighter II
was a megahit. It changed video games, revitalized the arcade scene, and pleased just about everybody — excluding, I suppose, fanatical Karate Champ
loyalists. Naturally, fans craved more. Capcom
took an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it
" approach to following it up, releasing Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
and then Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
... But by the time Capcom unveiled Super Street Fighter II Turbo
, many fans were turned off. "Just more of the same
," they grumbled, and went to place their quarters on the Mortal Kombat
and Samurai Shodown
cabinets. Capcom took heed and released Street Fighter Alpha
. It was a fine game, and a good starting point for a new 2D fighting series, but I don't recall it turning many heads. "Sure, the new graphic style is nice
," we said. "But there aren't enough characters, and most of them are just the same people, anyway. It's still too much of the same old, same old. When is Street Fighter III
coming out already?" A couple years later, Capcom released III
, and nobody even cared. "It's too different
," we whined this time. "Who are all these new people? What happened to the old ones? What's with only being able to pick one Super Art? And besides, 2D games are practically antiques at this point. 3D games - now those
are the wave of the future!" Recently, when Capcom announced Street Fighter IV
would contain most or all of the old cast from Street Fighter II
and would be 3D, gamers were already tearing their hair out and wailing that it was definitely going to suck
. I would hate to have an audience like us.
"I CAN'T PLEASE YOU FUCKING MORONS!!!"
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
Oooooo but nooo now you hate TUWAIRAITO PURINCESS . YOU ROVU WINDU WAIKA NOW.
SO AT THIS E3 I MAKE MORPHU WITH TUWAIRAITO PURINCESSU AND WIND WAIKA CARRED SKYWARDU SWORTU
AND YOU DONUT RIKE SKYWARDU SWORTU TOO. YOU ROVU WIND WAIKA AND TUWAIRAITO PURINCESSU NOW.
WELL YOU DONTU KNOW WHATTU YOU RIKE!
DATS WHY I MAKE WII SPORTS
. AT REAST DAH KIDS AND MOMS WIRR ALWAYS RIKE IT!
Focus Group Guy: Now, how many of you want to see Itchy and Scratchy face real life problems, like the ones you face every day?
Kids: Me! Me! I would!
Focus Group Guy: And how many of you would like to see just the opposite? Getting into far-out situations involving robots and magic powers?
Kids: Me! Me! I would!
Focus Group Guy:
) So... you want a realistic down-to-Earth show... that's completely off the wall... and swarming with magic robots?
Kids: Yeah, that sounds good.
And also, you should win things by watching!
You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.
Of course I listen to my readers! So the next book will be: Set in Ankh-Morpork/not set in Ankh-Morpork. With lots of the good old characters/with a whole cast of new characters. Written like the old books, which were better/written like the later books, which were better. With lots of character development/none of that dull character development stuff, which gets in the way of the jokes. Short/long. You want fries with that?
Second, y'know, I get asked a lot, 'Give us ALIEN aliens.' So I do. And then I get gigged because they don't act like we'd expect humans to act. Sometimes I just throw up my hands....
Only one death threat, two demands for my immediate resignation, and two for my suicide. IT'S A HIT!!
Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything.
Think of the most vicious, bitchy queen
you've ever met. The worst of the fans are much, much worse.
You can't please all of the people all of the time, and last night all of those people were at my show.
People used to complain about how the list was too hard to navigate and that we should turn into a calendar. Now all I hear is that the calendar is too hard to navigate and we should go back to a list. The lesson here? Never listen to fans.
I just find it amusing that for eight years you said that youd be happy if only Bendis
werent writing AVENGERS any more, and here we are on that day, and youre not remotely any happier.
— Tom Brevoort to a fan on his formspring.
There will be people who might feel disappointed if fighters that appeared in a previous title are not included. I didnt want any players to feel that way, so we worked really hard to make this happen. But what I learned is that regardless of doing our utmost, no matter how hard we try, and no matter how many fighters we include, there will always be people who feel that way.