Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Michael Pachter Rant

Ok, I thought I was done for the day, but I just couldn't help myself. Michael Pachter, analyst dumbfuck extraordinaire, recently stated that:

"I think the idea that we don't know the price point yet, but we do know what the console is, is just sad," he said. I think they've completely blown that. It's gonna launch at $249; because it has to. They're dead if they launch at $259, I think they're toast then. I think they're toast anyway."

" Nintendo is in disarray because they waited too long to launch the Wii U. I know that this sounds like (and is) sour grapes because they didn't launch the Wii HD in 2009 or 2010 as I "predicted". They should have, and because they didn't, the decline in Wii and DS hardware and software sales drove them into generating LOSSES. For those of you who aren't financial analysts, losses mean that the company is worth less than it was before. Nintendo stock has dropped by over 80% in the last few years, and the market has appreciated over the same period. I'm paid to advise investors, and none have made a profit owning Nintendo stock. I don't think that many will make a profit over the next few years, because I don't think Nintendo's strategy will return them to profitability."

"I believe (and please feel free to disagree) that a large portion of the Wii audience comprised casual gamers--those who bought one or two games a year the first two years, then put the Wii aside--and that those casual gamers moved on to another platform. The "other" platform may have been Facebook games, smart phone games, tablet games, or one of the other consoles, but once they moved on, they are not likely to come back."

I mean, does anyone even take this guy seriously anymore? Dude, your predicictions are WRONG 99% of the time, you contribute NOTHING to gaming other than wrongly predicting doom, mostly for Nintendo, and you still get paid for all of it. Does anybody see where this makes sense, 'cos I sure don't. He completely ignores the fact that the Wii is the market leader, and has the most sales, and has the audacity to say that Wii U will fail because it's pricing hasn't been announced yet, AND that Nintendo won't return to profitability? Honestly, I could see better predictions from some 12-year-old's blog. How that guy even thinks he's right is beyond me.

Job Rant

Ok, so I'm really strapped for cash. There's so much stuff coming out this year or already out that I really want to get, so I've been looking for work. It's really difficult these days for a teen to find work, with companies preferring older people, or more experienced people, but how are us young people supposed to gain experience if we can't get hired - because we're inexperienced?!

Anyway, eventually I successfully found passed an online application test for a job at xxxxxxxxx'x (I can't reveal the name of the company here) and arranged an interview for the following week. I checked out online what I was expected to do during the interview i.e. What questions the employer may ask, the order of events, and I prepared for it - hard. It got to the day of the interview and it had snowed really heavily the night before, causing my bus to be late for me to go home. Nevertheless, I got home from college, changed, packed my essentials and went on my way. I got to xxxxxxxxx'x and showed up early for the interview, inadvertently answering 2 questions in 1 in some occassions, and had impressed the interviewer with knowledge of the company's background. I then had to undergo further testing, which involved what-to-do scenarios and maths tests - which were very easy. I thought I'd fucking aced that test. After it was over, I thanked the people in charge and was told explicity that I'd have to wait over a week for their response, as they also had to interview another person for the same role. I went home feeling I had secured the job.

However, LESS THAN 24 HOURS LATER, I checked my e-mail to find a messsage with the subject "xxxxxxxxx'x application progress". I nervously held my breath and opened it, to find I was unsuccessful. Whut? I could literally feel my appendix explode and my blood started to boil with rage. Firstly, I felt I had done EVERYTHING right, from my early arrival to the respect I showed to the testing. Secondly, they didn't even wait a day to tell me if I was successful, let alone over a week! Did they hate me that much? I'd felt cheated out of a Friday afternoon. All that work, that preparation. All for it to be thrown back in my face.

I talked to my friends about it and some of them (one of them who works in the same store I was applying for) said the company as a whole was actually racist, and that if I were to apply to that company, the best I could do was  a cleaner, seeing as I'm black. My other friends agreed.

So, here's my message to you, xxxxxxxxx'x. FUCK YOU!!!!!!!! I'm officially boycotting you and I refuse to buy any more of your products. Thank you ,xxxxxxxxx'x, and you can go fuck yourselves.

Till next time :)

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Viz Media Rant - Part 1

First off, welcome to a series of off-the-cuff rants I may do, which won't necessarily be weekly. I just rhymed "Rankings" with "Rantings". Like what I did there?

Viz Media Rant - Part 1

Right, so, as we all know, Viz Media are responsible for bringing over to the West many great anime and manga titles, such as Naruto, One Piece, Bleach and HxH. However, I have to question their handling of these titles and their other ones. I'm talking about the series that you never really see them promote, such as Reborn! and Gintama. And the result? Reborn! is on an indefinite hiatus and Gintama has been cancelled.

Let's start with Reborn!. Now, I purchased all 16 English volumes of Reborn!, which was my first manga ever bought, in the space of August 2010 to January 2011, WITHOUT knowing that the series was on hiatus. My suspicions were first aroused when I saw that Volume 17 was supposed to have been released in October 2010. I investigated a little around the internet and discovered that it had gone on hiatus due to low sales. And the cause of this? SHITTY TRANSLATIONS AND SHITTY PROMOTION! I was aware that there were errors that could've easily been corrected, such as "Kyosuke Hibari" and Mammon having the "Yellow pacifier", but a Southern Gokudera and a Tsuna who, under pressure, exclaims "Great gruntin' groundhogs!" and "Holy ham on rye with kraut!" is unacceptable. Now, I don't think Viz fully acknowledged the series' darker, action-y transition, so kept it as a comedy. But that does not make up for very silly mistakes that could've been avoid with a little QC. I mean, if scanlators can do better translations for free, why should Viz pay those morons to do a shitty job? Which brings me to another rant, but that's for another day. Anyway, back to Reborn!. There was no hype for the series, shitty translations, resulting in its hiatus. And what dare Viz doing? They are currently sitting on the licence as if they're expecting it to suddenly "POOF!" them lots of cash. PROMOTE THAT SHIT!!! We've just come out of the holiday season, where people are most likely to spend their cash, and Viz could've used that as an opportunity to get some of their lower-selling manga out there! But what do they do? They put their higher-selling manga on sale instead, as if they're not making Viz any money. I can't fucking stand them and I don't know why they make shut crappy business decisions. At the moment, unless Reborn! gets picked up by another company, its future in the West is looking very bleak.

Gintama sells incredibly well, and does very well in the weekly rankings, coming 1st in a few occasions. I saw no effort by Viz to promote such a great, great series. Very disappointing that Viz cancelled it. Had lots of potential. I understand that there were many cultural references and jokes that couldn't be translated, but that's what makes it so funny and unique! It's like the Family Guy of anime and manga! I was literally JUST about to buy the first volume on my birthday, but that was the day Viz announced its cancellation. Viz, you suck cock big-time. You just let a potential money-maker slip right through your hands. Oh, but that don't concern you, does it? As long as you keep suckling at the teats of your precious Naruto (which is incredibly overrated), you'll be fine! I mean, it only accounts for 10% of your revenue(!) It's not like if you promoted more series as much as you did Naruto, you'd make more money(!) I mean, who'd want that?

This is just one of the many reasons I'm glad Naruto and Bleach (No offence Bleach, you're ok) are in their final arc. I mean, once they're over, I want to see if Viz will continue to ride their dicks for the next 10 years.

Ah well, Part 2 coming soon. Thanks for reading, please leave feedback and comments! ^_^