The Doc Speaks: Let’s Play the Let’s Play Game

A couple months ago, that silly South Park finale with popular youtube personality, “Pewdiepie” got me thinking about some things.  And no, this isn’t some elaborate shitposting thread dedicated to “how Youtube users like Pewdiepie are polluting the site” or whatever.  To be honest, I don’t really care about Pewdiepie or others like him.  Now, I’m sure Felix and whatever other popular examples out there are fine people and I hold no grudges against them.    But, today I’m here to ponder about what makes these videos so enjoyable.  More jumbled thoughts and random rambling after the jump!

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The Doc Speaks: 5th Edition Fun!

5e Dragon

This past year has proved that I am indeed a big fan of Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition!  Quite a few of my rambling posts involve D&D as do quite a few of my reviews, to be honest.  But hey, it’s always been a favorite topic of mine since I first discovered the game as a wee lad in ’95 (’94?).  Granted, I was extremely young and didn’t understand what was going on.  The few times I played AD&D, i was hooked!  Then 3e rolled around and it was cemented as a part of my life!  But, we’re not here to talk about my history with the game.  And as much as I want to talk about Games Master Appreciation Month (which is certainly something all GMs deserve for hours of volunteer service, haha), I’m gonna talk about my experience with the current game so far, bits of news (or lack of there for), and other hubbub involving the game!  Now, this is in part because there aren’t any new movies, games, or whatever that fit the bill of this blog.  And if there are, I don’t know about them yet!  (So by all means, flood me with ideas!)  In the meantime, pull up a chair and grab some funny shaped dice, because there’s tons of geeky rambling after the jump.
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The Doc Speaks/Reviews: A Look at my favorite Christmas (Hanukkah, and other Holiday) movies!

Our ever surreal holly jolly season has returned and is soon also coming to close once more. As such, it’s always good time to check out the many pieces of popular culture that make us think about the holidays. They can encourage what we love about them, hate about them, or other something else entirely. These seasonal bits of popular culture can help to enhance our many opinions in many ways; each with their own styles and flavors. Since I tend to enjoy the more absurd, heavily imaginative or cynical among them, let’s dive deep into some movies and specials that I enjoyed the most.
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The Doc Speaks: Apocalypse Boogie (Why do we love Doomsday?)

Vault Boy
 

Like countless other walking slabs of flesh and sentience, I ponder about some rather macabre subject matter.  Among those topics is the “end of the world” or “the apocalypse.”  This speculative pondering even has a genre dedicated to end-times shenanigans.  Countless theories and ideas provide the backdrop for countless stories that take place after the end.  So, my question is this; why do we love the post-apocalyptic genre so much?

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The Doc Speaks: Let’s All Agree, To Never Be Creative Again!

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared
Picture only related for the sake of easy pop culture reference.

For a while, I’ve been seeing commentary about how people are “trying too hard” or how “non-ironic” enthusiasm is “annoying.” I find this type of thing greatly disturbing! I could argue that art is being integrated more and more into our culture, as is an appreciation for it. However, there have been countless arguments that art is worthless and those partaking in it don’t have “real jobs”, whatever those might be. But, I’m not exactly here to talk about art, but culture itself. I’m here to speak about fandom! (I know, a subject I’m prone to mocking a bit myself.) But no matter, this is a rant I’ve been wanting to get out. Hopefully, it sounds coherent enough. More after the jump.
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The Doc Speaks: The Christmas Invasion

Dr Who Evil Santas
They’re invading, are you ready?

There’s no doubt that here in the United States, the heavily commercialized “holiday season” has gotten out of control. For many families, Thanksgiving was set aside as a time to drop the consumerism and just spend time together. But last year, our bloated capitalistic parody of the December holiday season had proved its power. With sales expanding further than before, it toppled a great defense against a frenzy of spontaneous spending and so-called savings. With this bastion against greed and habitual desires crumbled, what is there to do?
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The Doc Speaks: Can Survival Horror… Survive Itself?

action vs survival horror

 

As many other writers have mentioned, the video game genre of “survival horror” has struggled immensely; especially in the last few years. Is the genre gone for good? Certainly not! We’ve had quite a few entries to entertain and terrify in the past few years alone. That said, survival horror has mostly faded into obscurity, as its fandom has been equally brushed to the side. So, what gives? Why is everything about hyper-graphic action horror rather than atmospheric horror with a more psychological tinge? Let’s welcome ourselves back to a world of survival horror!
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The Doc Speaks – D&D Monster Rambling 3 – The Third One!

Monster manual

I’m back once more to dive into my favorite spooky, scary monster of the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse!  I’ve already covered planar beings and the walking dead, so I’m going to change my focus a bit; the dark tricksters of D&D! I’m talking about the fair folk and shapeshifters specifically! Sure, the scare factor of other strange creatures might excel these nasty creatures, but one shouldn’t discount these beings too much! No matter, let’s turn the page and talk about some monsters!
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From the Vaults: We Love The Krampus

This was a blast to write!  The Krampus is awesome and deserves much more attention here in the States!  Anyway, here’s my look back at The Krampus from last Christmas.

Here in the United States, the celebration of Christmas is a joyous time of spending time with family, giving gifts to one another, and gross over commercialism.  When it comes to Christmas, we use the icon of Santa Claus as the master of ceremonies (and sometimes that other dude too, depending on your religious beliefs.)  However, in eastern European folklore, Father Christmas was accompanied by more friends than just plucky elves and flying reindeer.  On the contrary, he recruited the efforts of a demonic bodyguard to punish all the naughty children.  Look at this way, our yuletide saint can dedicate more time to blessing all the good children of the world!  However, Ol’ Saint Nick ain’t the focus today, for his cohort Krampus deserves much attention!
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The Doc Speaks: D&D Monsters II – Electric Boogaloo

 

Thinking about it, I should have saved the title for when I talked about Outsiders (i.e. alien beings and elementals) and Constructs (i.e. robots). Oh well, wasted play on words. But, I really enjoyed jabbering about D&D Monsters this week. Also, I haven’t gotten my copy of the Monster Manual in the mail (as of 9/21/2014) and I don’t want to delay any longer. So, I think it’s time for a different set of nasty beasties this time around. Less planars, more scary things. While I talked about the aforementioned monster types last time, this time I want to hone in on a couple more monsters that are more appropriate for the encroaching Halloween season! Muhahahaha *cue lightning and some poor sap in heavy armor failing their dexterity saving throw* Hmmm, did I do that? No matter, let’s jump right into the fun.
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