Category Archives: Inflammatory Content

This category is for occasional inflammatory articles that tackle more negative issues in the gaming community. These articles are usually written in an abrasive manner, and please keep in mind that the opinions of one writer do not reflect the opinions of all CSG members. Remember: You don’t have to agree with a person’s tone or language for their points to be valid. Facts do not care how you feel about those presenting them.

Get your gaming info from gamers, not journalists

Let’s be frank, Common Sense Gaming isn’t a great name. However, the idea behind the name is one I stick by to this very day: “If you want to know about video games, don’t ask a doctor, a farmer, or a journalist about them, turn to other gamers. It’s just common sense.” The name and mantra of this website is more than a convenient way to cast shade on the weakest generation of “video game journalists” the world has ever seen. When I reached out to people to help provide content for this site, I reached out to those who were gamers first and writers second, and it shows. Continue reading Get your gaming info from gamers, not journalists

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It’s good that Nintendo doesn’t want to make political statements

I’ve tried very hard to remove politics from CSG, as I want to cover games. They’re the world’s greatest entertainment medium, and our favorite form of escapism from our less-than-perfect, or monotonous lives. Nintendo has the right of it: In a recent interview Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-aime said that “Making political statements are for other people to do. We want people to smile and have fun when they play our games.” Continue reading It’s good that Nintendo doesn’t want to make political statements

E3 2017 Impressions: Sony is now holding back the gaming industry

Every single time a console holder becomes the top dog, they also become disdainful of their fans. They lean on their past and current success, then try to maximize profits by utilizing unsustainable business practices, instead of pleasing gamers and third parties. This is why Nintendo had such a terrible reputation for decades. It’s why Sony’s expectation of PS3 dominance got BTFO by XB360 and Wii. It’s why the Wii U failed so miserably. It’s why the XBOX will possibly be Microsoft’s last console. It’s as inevitable as the tides: When a company becomes too successful, it stops playing by the rules of good sense and gets smacked down. Continue reading E3 2017 Impressions: Sony is now holding back the gaming industry

Can we have valid numbers for the female gamer demographic, please?

When it comes to representation in gaming, be it gender or race, we should always aim to be realistic in content and proportion. To do that, we need to know the actual composition of the gaming community, or a reasonable approximation of such. Unfortunately, while we can get reasonable ballpark estimates of racial demographics, we can never get a straight answer about the female gamer population, because people are too busy twisting the numbers to address the truth: Continue reading Can we have valid numbers for the female gamer demographic, please?

Gamers Rejoice Worldwide: Famously Bad Director Uwe Boll Retires

Uwe Boll, notorious german filmmaker and all around swell guy, has announced that he will be retiring from filmmaking this week.

Feel free to take a few moments to celebrate however you deem it appropriate before we continue.

For those not in the know, Uwe Boll is a german filmmaker who has a longstanding career of making some of the most critically panned movies in the history of Hollywood. Stretching back over 25 years in the industry Boll has been prolific (though not necesarily talented or even competent) in producing movies for world wide audiences. Boll is most infamously known for adapting video game titles such as Far Cry, Postal, House of the Dead, BloodRayne, In the Name of the King, and Alone in The Dark. All of which ended up as huge financial losses and horrible abominations of cinema that enraged gamers throughout the gaming community. Only made profitable due to Boll exploiting a loophole in german tax laws that placed a large part of the financial loss on the government. Loopholes which have since been fixed.

In an interview Boll said he was losing capital by having to finance movies himself. The losses proving to be too great. He explained that his films made in the last decade were all self-financed and that he only made his video game adaptations to raise the funds for his passion projects.

“I’ve been using my money since 2005 and if I hadn’t made the stupid video game based movies I would never have amalgamated the capital so I could say, ‘Let’s make the Darfur movie,'” Boll stated. “I don’t need a Ferrari, I don’t need a yacht. I invested in my own movies and I lost money.”

Boll’s video game movies have been nominated for a total of 16 Razzies throughout his career, with Alone in the Dark being especially notable for it’s panning by critics. Jeffrey Lyles of The Gazette considered it so bad that, “…other legendary bad films…await a film of this magnitude because it gets awfully lonely on the island of misfit movies.” While Roger Moore of The Orlando Sentinel stated: “Alone in the Dark shows just how tenuous Plan 9 from Outer Space ‘s hold on that ‘worst movie ever’ title really is.”

Gamers have long been infuriated by Bolls movies, citing that they rarely have relation to the actual game that they are titled after. Having cheap special effects, horrible visuals, and writing/characters that spit on their beloved franchises and in their own faces as well. The potential of a BloodRayne or House of the Dead movie forever tainted in their minds. Comforted only in the knowledge that Boll failed in his bid to attempt to direct the 2016 Warcraft movie.

On behalf of the gaming community I would like to bid Uwe a fond farewell. You will not be missed……like at all.