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Written by Christophor "SuperGuido" Rick   
Wednesday, 16 July 2008

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I contemplated not even posting this. But it seems to be all over the place which incensed me beyond belief. So I thought it was time once again to try to do damage control on the gamer image.

There is a person completely lacking in many areas on YouTube. I know that might surprise you, but it's true. Whether his video is parody or serious is not an issue. The fact that he made this video is enough to have him banned for setting back the image of video gamers 20 years.

 

 The mental giant in question is a 14-year-old Canadian who on his YouTube profile has this to say

I generally make videos of the media and thins from the entertainment insudtry. I seldomly post trailers.

I dislike biased ratings as it doesn't show what people actually think of my videos (that I put together).

 I won't even get into his lack of spelling and grammar skills but apparently the school system in Canada is lacking even more so than America's. 

Perhaps the highlight of his video is his statement that Square Enix has committed public 'sudoku.' While I am not a self-proclaimed expert on Japanese culture like this obvious graduate of Japanese studies from an accredited university, I do know that he probably means the ritual suicide called seppuku which was 

...used voluntarily by samurai to die with honor rather than fall into the hands of their enemies, as a form of capital punishment for samurai who have committed serious offenses, and for reasons that shamed them... --Wikipedia

 So Square Enix has committed ritual suicide by making Final Fantasy XIII multi-platform? 

 OK I have long been opposed to fanatical single system support as evident by my nightmarish editorial on a One Console World. While I have been called a Nintendo fanboy in the past I have never been so at the exclusion of all other consoles or games. Sure, I bad mouth Sony, but they need it from time to time. 

The expansion of Final Fantasy to multiple platforms was inevitable. The long-lasting popularity of the franchise has not been because of its exclusiveness, it has been because of its accessibility to the masses. It has been due to its well written, if incomprehensible at times, stories and its great visuals and good game play. It has never been about it only being on this system or that. This 'fanatic' does know that Final Fantasy has shown up on nearly every console in history right? Here's a list of the platforms FF games have shown up on:

  • NES
  • Famicon
  • SNES
  • Super Famicon
  • Playstation
  • Playstation 2
  • PC
  • Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 (Final Fantasy XIII) 

Spin-offs of the series have shown up on the following:

  • Wii
  • Gamecube
  • DS
  • Playstation
  • GameBoy Advance
  • SNES

If one were to look at that list one would know that the series started on the Nintendo NES and moved forward. In fact it has shown up on almost every Nintendo platform in history.

Alright, enough with the fact finding and on to the real problem. While he is only 14 he cannot be excused for making all gamers look like complete morons, whether intentional or not. By posting videos like this to YouTube he appears to represent gamers around the world, and I for one am personally offended by that. Gamers already have negative stereotypes to overcome and images of anti-social, fat, greasy, pimple-faced South Park kids to deal with. We don't need an adolescent, mentally-imbalanced spokesperson to support those images. With videos like this displaying a complete lack of intelligence on the part of gamers, is it any wonder that people like Jack Thompson believe that video games create criminals? The froth-mouthed rantings in this video are exactly what gamers do not need. 

Gamers need to band together and fight against people like this and the negative stereotypes of gamers. We do not need to support views of gamers as unbalanced, over-reactive, zealous fanboys. We do not need to represent ourselves as anti-social, sunlight shunning, infrequently showering losers. As with all minorities we will always be subject to persecution in the media and society's eyes. There is no need to give them fuel to fan the fires with which they will burn us.

 I would like to hear your thoughts on the subject as well as his. He should at least enlighten us all as to whether or not he was truly serious, though if he was I suspect he'll probably get his a$$ beat by gamers in his area for making them look bad as well.

Readers have left 5 comments.
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miguelhanel, Registered
The original video was made by "ff13petition".
 Posted 2008-07-16 07:34:17
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SuperGuido, Super Administrator
I have since been contacted by a 'friend' of the person in the video who has asked us to remove this article. I see no reason to remove the article and no reply was forthcoming from my response to 'the friend.'

Apparently the 'editor' of this video feels he should not be blamed in any way for disseminating it or for the content of it. However, I beg to differ as he is still a part of the problem in my eyes. If he is a gamer, then he should truly be ashamed. If he is not then he is showing a prejudice against gamers by his actions.
 Posted 2008-07-16 15:14:59
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FarmerDave, Manager
I just went to watch the video and it has apparantly been pulled from YouTube.... Yeah!
 Posted 2008-07-16 20:32:03
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SuperGuido, Super Administrator
Noted and fixed the link directly to the original creator.


ff13petition
Joined: July 14, 2008
Last Sign In: 5 hours ago
Videos Watched: 120
Subscribers: 95
Channel Views: 10,197

Age: 22
Country: United States
 Posted 2008-07-17 03:46:17
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TheGirl, Publisher
YouTube, while has it's moments, is another step in how the internet is ruining society by allowing everyone and anyone to post content that does not get moderated by anyone but peers.
 Posted 2008-07-20 19:37:54
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