wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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Spoiled by videogames?

It occurred to me this morning after finishing a rare Saturday morning In The Mailbox that I am probably missing out on a lot of webcomics and podcasts I might enjoy because I'm simply not aware of them.

On the other hand, I've stopped following a lot of the webcomics I used to follow religiously. Sinfest was balanced for a while between feminist BS and amusing story, but now it's tipped over into the feminist abyss. Screw it. Day by Day became less funny along with the politics it was satirizing. Penny Arcade...got tired of the crudity and the references to games I'd never heard of and knew nothing about, and the constantly aborted story plots got on my last nerve. There were tons of cool possibilities and they just threw them away, or couldn't figure out where the stories were going. or maybe the stories were just extended in-jokes that I never really understood. Skin Horse and Rip Haywire stopped being amusing for different reasons, while with xkcd, the snark outweighed the amusement more often than not.

I am still following Girl Genius, Schlock Mercenary, Freefall, The Specialists (on hiatus), Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, Erfworld, Terminal Lance, and Megatokyo. Exterminatus Now is done, unfortunately, and with the death of Larry Latham, so is Lovecraft Is Missing. I was hoping his widow could find someone to wrap it up, but I guess that's not going to happen. 319 Dark Street is done.

Podcasts...for some reason, I've never taken a shine to those. I was too young to really appreciate radio dramas, which were petering out when I was a kid, and despite the recommendations of friends and family, I just haven't gotten into Welcome To Night Vale or any of the other 'casts that might be relevant to my interests.

Given my druthers, i would rather read or play videogames than watch TV online or listen to podcasts, and movies these days just cost too damn much for me to just up and go to see if something's worth watching. I think I've been very, very lucky that the last few movies I've seen (The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) have all been worth it.
Tags: comics, culture w/o politics, movies
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