Blog Prompts

#1

Hello! My name is Bart Jakasa.

 

There are tons of things you might want to learn about me. Like how I like a lot of “nerdy” things, trying to be an actor, or that I like video game. But if I had to choose one thing that you absolutely, positively, need to know, well it’s that I’m still trying to figure out whether or not University is for me. I mean I love my time here, love all my friends and crazy moments that happened here. But I keep thinking is University even necessary for me to succeed. I know their outliers, but you hear tons about successful people who didn’t even go to University/College. I’ll keep thinking about, and if you have any words of wisdom just let me know!

 

#2

 

Ah the walking in silence exercise. Pretty funny idea, just walk around in a group without speaking a word. Kind of sounds like one of those social experiments on Youtube, except totally scaled down and actually real unlike those videos. If I was chosen as the leader, I honestly would’ve walked back to my Res at East, get some food and walk back. All while the rest of the group waited outside. I think that would have been pretty funny.

I do think it does show that walking in a big group without speaking a word is weird. Since you do not see that often at all. Maybe this could be a different kind of protest? Like a huge group takes a vow of silence? I don’t know for sure. Thinking about it more, it made me realize that silence can be louder than words. Saying nothing in some cases (definitely not all) could send a message.

#3

 

She spoke, they laughed, she cried.

 

#4

 

The DoNotTrack video was very informative. But at the same time, I kind of already knew that my data is being tracked and stored. I think many kids my age know that, but we accept it because the internet is so useful to us. But does that mean we are just going to be complicit forever? How do we change this? Can we change this? Do people even want to change this? These are the questions that come up for me when I think of this. For me, I still use the internet. Of course I will, how could I not? But I just make sure to think about what I search on Google before I type it into the searchbar.

 

#5

 

Mark mentioned that he was a fan of Sesame Street, and at one point in his life he wanted to work there. That made me think of brands that I love that I dream of working of one day. That brand is definitely Marvel. Ever since I could remember I loved Marvel superheroes. I’ll never forget watching cartoons of Spider-Man and the X-Men, reading about the Avengers and Fantastic Four, and playing all the video games based on them. Marvel is such an important brand to me, I will never forget the countless memories. The first time I played Marvel Ultimate Alliance, or the first time I watched Iron Man, the first movie in the gigantic blockbuster franchise that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 

But I do not know if I actually want to work for Marvel. I dream of it sometimes, but to actually work there? I don’t know. I kind of don’t want to see how the magic is created because it wouldn’t be magic anymore. But that’s just me.

 

#6

 

Seeing that Budweiser commercial made me think of a advertising campaign which is well remembered but long defunct. OF course, I’m talking about Domino’s Avoid the Noid campaign. The Noid, what an amazing character that died too soon. His commercials are so goofy you can’t help but love them. Here is a link to one of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bri0SA7FTf4

 

Now why does a kid who was born in 1998 care so much about an old advertisement campaign that peaked in the 80s? Well, I don’t know? I just think its just super funny to me that I like this slightly forgotten figure. The actual story on why Domino’s ended the Noid is a pretty crazy story too. Just wild stuff. You could make a whole movie about that. Honestly making a movie about the Noid would be such an awesome project for me to work on. God I’d make that movie so good it’ll make millions at the box office and nominated for tons of awards. Please don’t take my idea.

 

#7

 

Speaking of commercials, that Burger King commercial was fantastic. I won’t talk about whether or not the people there were really actors or that Burger King is still a corporation etc. The message was there, and it was a fantastic and important message to share. It was shocking to see that stats, that many more people complained about the burger that was “bullied” than the kid. Hearing the people who stood up for the kid talk at the end made me very happy for some reason. I think it’s because it made me see that there is still good that can come from strangers in this crazy world we are living in right now. It does put into question, are there that many bystanders out there? Am I considered a bystander? I don’t know, but all I hope for in the end

 

#8

 

Patreon is a really fascinating company. To summarize it is basically like Kickstarter for content creators instead you support them monthly. It’s like a subscription service essentially. Many content creators thrive because they have a patreon, in addition to selling merchandise and receiving ad revenue on their videos. It really is a new age for the internet. Artist’s can actually get money from their audience so that they can make a living doing what they love. Some are concerned about an over saturation point, where there are too many people on this platform that aren’t generating meaningful content that people want to support. But those days are far, so let’s just enjoy what we have now.

 

#9

 

Net Neutrality. Now that’s a can of worms I do not want to open. But seriously is there a bigger moron out there than Ajit Pal? Well some might say that if you look at the rest of the RNC you’d find plenty (I wouldn’t disagree to be fair). But seriously I can’t believe this is something that we have to fight for. I know that Net Neutrality is here to stay, but I hate these god damn morons in the American Government trying to ruin it for everyone just so their wallets can be heavier.

 

#10

The more and more I think about media and the internet, the more I think that you do not need University to succeed. Yes I know that there is a higher chance for you to succeed in your goals if you have a degree, but there are outliers.

I think that’s it with me. I like being the outlier, I don’t know why but I just do. Even when it comes to little things like in primary school where there was like only 1 shirt that was given out that was blue. I always wanted that shirt, not because I love blue but because I wanted to stand out from everyone. Extremely reductive example I know, but I kind of live that way my whole life.

The more and more I consume the internet, the more I think “huh, I could do this on my own.” Obviously not completely on my own, still got my family and friends and other people that help me on my way. More like it all falls on me, no one is going to make you achieve what you want except yourself. I want to be the outlier. And I like being an outlier. It makes me feel like I’m unique in a way. I can just research on the internet, put out all my content via digital media and succeed in my life, without the post secondary education system. But that’s just me, and right now I’m happy with that thought.

 

 

 

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My History with Crash Bandicoot

I was born in 1998, so I never experienced Crash’s prime era. I do remember playing the PS1 when I was 3 or 4 years old playing games like Frogger and Pac-Man World but not Crash Bandicoot. When I was a child, I always knew about Crash but never knew about his importance to PlayStation. That all changed when I heard back in late 2011 about a rumored PS3 crossover fighting game code named Title Fight. Which turned into PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

The All-Stars Situation

When Title Fight was first rumored, I remember almost everyone on the comments requesting Crash. People were clamoring for Crash, at the point of desperation. In the end Crash wasn’t in the game, which disappointing many fans. But all the Crash talk made me more interested in the character himself. I realized his importance to the history of PlayStation and how he’s beloved by many gamers. I started to research Crash, and explore his history. How he had a trilogy of platforming games and a kart racer that were huge sellers and critically acclaimed. How his commercials were probably some of the best PlayStation commercials in the company’s history. Crash was always in my mind after All-Stars came out, and rumor after rumor said that Crash was coming back. In my eyes that was an impossibility, but in June 2016 that became a reality.

Crash is Back!

I was at the Scotiabank Theater in downtown Toronto, watching the Sony E3 2016 Press Conference on the big screen with many other excited PlayStation fans. My friend and I went there together as fans being excited for what Sony had to offer. And man, did they deliver. The show started of strong with trailers for the new God of War, Sony Bend’s new game Days Gone and Detroit: Become Human. But after a trailer for Call of Duty 4 remastered played, I heard music that reminded me of a youtube video I watched. It took me a while to realize what it was but everyone else in the theater was already cheering and losing their minds. I saw Crash’s shadow walking trailing Shawn Layden, and I knew something awesome was about to happen. Shawn Layden announced that Crash 1, 2, and Warped are being remastered from the ground up for PS4. People at the theater went insane, including me. Then there was the announcement of Crash being in Skylanders, which was met with less of a response. After that I kept think about the remasters, and how they will look like. I kept feeling ecstatic for the Crash fans who were waiting for Crash to be revived. And our excitement only doubled at PSX this year.

The N. Sane Trilogy

At PSX we got our first game play reveal for the Crash remasters, and people once again lost their minds. But for me it really sealed the deal. Watching that trailer, it made me feel nostalgic for a time I never experienced. It made me think about how excited I am to play these remaster’s and to see Crash back in the limelight. To play these classic games that are so important to PlayStation with beautiful graphics and charming aesthetics. It also makes me happy for the Crash Bandicoot franchise. It really is a redemption tale for the Bandicoot. After his prime during the PS1 and being with Naughty Dog, the quality has dipped during the PS2 and PS3 generation. But now he’s back, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Marvel vs. Capcom may not feature the X-Men, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

A New Age of Marvel?

At PSX this past weekend, fans rejoiced to see a new entry in the Vs series be announced. While the game was rumored to be revealed at the show days prior on sites such as Neogaf, it was still awesome to see the trailer with Megaman X and Ryu fighting against Iron Man and Captain Marvel.The game now features 2v2 combat, like the original MvC, and has Infinity Stones that power up your characters in different ways. The one thing that’s been floating around however, is that the X-Men and Fantastic Four may be sitting this one out.

The current status of the X-Men film rights.

Currently Fox Studios has the movie rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchise. This means that Marvel Studios can not use any of the characters that are primarily associated with those groups. These include characters such as Wolverine, Storm, Magneto, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, and Super Skrull. Some characters like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are in a more murky area where both studios can use the characters with some restrictions. Fans are hoping there is some sort of deal between the studios where the X-Men and Fantastic Four join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Fiege a partnership with Fox is “an impossibility at his juncture” when asked by Variety. So as of right now, X-Men and Fantastic Four aren’t coming back to Marvel Studios any time soon.

What this means for Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite.

Since Fox owns the movie rights, Marvel does not want to promote characters that Fox owns. This means phasing them out in the comics and not creating any more merchandise of those characters. This means the next step would not be having any of the X-Men or Fantastic Four characters in the upcoming crossover. It’s not confirmed that they will not appear but according to Polygon the Marvel side of the roster will “draw strongly from the cinematic universe that Marvel Studios has popularized.” While it is disappointing to a lot of fans that the X-Men are unlikely to appear in this entry, that really isn’t a bad thing for the series.

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A breath of fresh air to the series

Now since the roster will presumably be MCU focused, it will have a ton of newcomers from the Marvel side. We already saw it with Captain Marvel being shown in the reveal trailer, and she isn’t going to be the only newcomer. Characters like Black Panther, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Loki, Daredevil, Starlord, Groot, Vision and so many others can appear with new, original move sets that we have never seen before in the game. Making the X-Men and Fantastic Four sit out this one lets other characters that haven’t made their debut in a fighting game get more exposure. It will give a vibe that this game is different than the previous ones, it will make it stand out more and hopefully for the better.

A new beginning?

While I would like to see a Marvel roster that is MCU focused, I do understand the disappointment of no X-Men F4 representation, especially to long time fans of the series. Even I would miss characters such as Wolverine, Deadpool, and Doctor Doom. Though it is not confirmed that Wolverine and the gang are taking a break on this installment, we should start to accept the fact this possibility is likely. With Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite they have a chance to start the series with a fresh new cast for Marvel, and I’m willing to bet that it will turn out great.