Monday, 1 September 2014

I Don't Play Many Games

When we downgraded our cable package, I realized that I don't watch that many TV channels. So I went ahead and deleted some the channels on my Yahoo TV faves. In the same vein, I realized that I don't play that many games in my spare time. The only games I've played over the summer were Team Fortress 2 & Hawken. I've barely touched my PS3 in months!

So, with games like Destiny and Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution on the rise, I decided to pick up my controller and get back into the console scene. But first, I wanted to clean out my PS3's hard drive by getting rid of all the games I don't feel like playing anymore. In the end, I was left with games like Injustice, Remember Me, Saints Row, and Reckoning: all games that I really enjoyed playing but, in the case of the latter three, didn't finish.

You know how when you stop playing a game, how hard it is to get back into it? That's what happened with Dragons Dogma and Reckoning. It doesn't help that Dogma only has one save file, an over-reliance on autosaving, no fast travel, multiple load times, and boring title music thanks to the Dark Arisen update. I almost feel like starting over. Luckily, Reckoning and Remember Me are much easier to get back into.

I ended up getting rid of most of the fighting games on my hard drive too. All I have left was Injustice, which is a hella fun to play, and Mortal Kombat 9, which is also a hella fun to play too once I've warmed up! Meanwhile, I might end up getting rid of all the shooters on my drive by the end of the year if the player count on Gotham City Imposters gets any lower. I tried getting into Defiance but, for me, it would have been easier winning a game of deathmatch on Call of Duty. Destiny may very well be the last online game I buy for a console.

I got a Wii U this year for the sole purpose of making Brawl machinima. With my Nintendo Network ID linked to another console, I purposely forbid myself from playing online; an act of protest against that absolutely stupid idea of not letting me use my ID on multiple consoles. But, with games like Smash 4 and Hyrule Warriors being released, I decided to make more use of my console beyond just machinima. Maybe I'll pick up Bayonetta while I'm at it. Just because I can't play online, doesn't mean I can't play offline!

This fall, since I won't have anything to watch on TV in the afternoons, I might as well spend more time with my PS3 and my Wii U.

M2, a new spinoff channel from Bell Media

Say Bell Media decided to do to MTV2 what they did to Much & M3 last year. In concept, last year marked a refresh for these two channels as they edged further away from their roots, their purpose and, arguably, their mediocrity. As a result, MTV Canada is finally playing the U.S version's scripted programming, plus Degrassi, positioning them as BM's de facto teen channel. However, aside from a lineup refresh, MTV2 was once again left to rot.

Here's the thing, MTV is licensed as a channel for talk shows. There are only so many shows they're allowed to play. On the other hand, MTV2 is, in fact, licensed as a network for teens. If MTV can't play it, they can. Teen dramas, sitcoms, documentaries, even music videos. That being said, for Bell Media to not take advantage of this, choosing instead to cram dramas and old sitcoms into Much and MuchMore, is yet another testament to their incompetence.

So here's the thing. Let's say that, in addition to M3, Bell Media launched a companion channel: M2. M2 is a rebrand of MTV2, targeting the same audience but with more contemporary programming. In addition to shows like Saved by the Bell, Malcolm in the Middle, & Degrassi, M2 would also air The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Reign. Other programming would include music videos, movies, documentaries, and pretty much anything that teens are into nowadays.

There's so much good this relaunch could do for the MuchComedy division. With M2 carrying some of the weight, MTV can air more of the American version's shows (even shows from MTV2!) while fulfilling their license requirements. With M2 capturing young adults, M3 can focus more on the "30-something crowd". If they're any flaws with this rebrand it's that, unless Bell negotiates with cable service providers, the new channel will STILL be bundled with actual music networks. Seriously, it's 2014, why the hell is this still an issue?!

Alternatively, Bell Media can just shut down MTV2 and incorporate it's programming onto M3. After all, M3 is more wildly available, and it's not like BM will air any of the American version's shows anytime soon. Plus, between The Marilyn Dennis Show, Gilmore Girls reruns, and a slew of shows that should be on Bravo, Space (I'm looking at you, Supernatural), & the Comedy Network, M3 could use some new programming.