Why Do Sequels Always Have To Be Better?

If a sequel to anything…book, movie, album, video game…is not better than the previous entry, then it is completely hated by most of the world.

I can understand that people want something to be better, for why make a new product that is inferior to the last? But to expect something to always constantly be better, especially in long running series’ or bands that have been together for decades, it’s just not realistic and not possible.

Say something like the first video game in a series is very good. The sequel is just “good.” This really means, it’s garbage and a stain upon the earth! This sequel should be “extremely good,” then the third needs to be “exceptionally good,” fourth “positively great,” and then the fifth “flawless.” Any made after that is doomed to fail, assuming the series succeeded in the impossible task of making each game better than the last up until that point.

This is a challenging task in itself, but you’ve also have to compete against nostalgia and expectation, two things that doom every product to fail…in one way or another.

If people really like something in a title, then their expectations run wild within their imagination for the next entry. The internet does little to help, by releasing rumors and getting a dozen “hype trains” in motion, so that by the time the product actually releases, fans have these insane delusions of what the product should be, so that it will never be good enough, despite how good it is or not. They never even consider things the creators face, such as time, and budget, and such resources like that.

And nostalgia, that’s it. If someone is nostalgic over something, then it’s over. Every single product is doomed to fail in that series. Nostalgia asks the entertainment business to recreate a feeling or memory that consumer experienced during the the first thing they played, read, listened to, or watched in that series.

This is simply not possible, mostly because that feeling is caused because it is the first time becoming part of that series. These feelings may have nothing to do with the product itself, even, but from something happening in their life at that time that makes them very happy. These feelings can’t be replicated, they just can’t. Especially if they were first experienced as a small child, versus now being an adult.

I made a post going a bit deeper with nostalgia, so I won’t say too much now.

The point is, people need to stop comparing sequels to the other entries in their series’ and simply look at them as they are. Sure it can be fun to compare them, but just because an older one is better, doesn’t mean the new one isn’t good.

I have long learned that going into anything with any personal wishes, hopes, or expectations of any kind, will destroy your experience and you will be sorely disappointed. The likelihood of something meeting someone’s exact expectations, or even some of them, is the equivalent of winning the lottery.

But going in with an open mind, with only entertainment as your goal, then you’ll experience the product with an unbiased vision, and therefore judging it as it is, not by what it should be or what it was, or what you wished it was.

 

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction (No Spoilers)

It’s pretty good.

The only Star Wars movie I never really liked was Last Jedi, but I even grew to like that one, as described here. I say this to let people know I’m a huge fan, and don’t get bothered at all by some of the things pretty much everyone else in the world does, mind you.

The Rise of Skywalker is by far the best film in the sequel trilogy, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s better than the other six movies of the same saga. Given the circumstances (Carrie Fischer dying and Last Jedi derailing everything in a way), the movie does a nice job, and completes the nine-movie saga in a mostly satisfying way.

There is just the right amount of nostalgia mixed in with new and exciting ideas, where as Episode 7 slammed nostalgia down your throat until you vomited, and Episode 8 gave the other 7 films the finger.

The first 5-10 minutes are possibly the best moments in Star Wars history. The last 20-30 minutes are pretty incredible, and the middle is a bit on the boring side, but still easily watchable.

I can’t honestly say there’s really anything bad about the movie at all. For the first time, the sequel trilogy has a film that feels like it fits within the Star Wars legacy.

When Did Getting Off School Buses Become Such a Project?

Anyone forced to sit behind a school bus on a regular basis knows what I’m talking about.

First off, buses stop like every other house now. What happened to bus stops? It really adds a lot to your commute when a bus stops 9 times on the same street.

But once that bus does stop, you are in for a long wait. This isn’t really an issue for the high school buses, but more the elementary kids.

In my community particularly, the bus will stop, like 10 seconds go by, some kids get off, finally. Then there’s a long pause, a few more get off, a 20 second pause, a few more get off, so on and so forth. (Note that this is an actual bus stop).

The longest I have sat at a bus stop is four minutes, that I’ve timed anyway.

FOUR MINUTES! For something that should take 30 seconds on a slow day!

What the heck are these kids doing!?!?!

When I was a kid, I remember all the kids got up and moved to the front of the bus before it even stopped.

Nowadays, it’s like the kids are completely clueless, and they have to spend a few minutes confirming that they are actually where they are supposed to get off.

And to make matters worse, almost every single parent comes to get their kids, and almost every one of those parents has to talk to the bus driver when their kid gets on, and when they get off. What could they possibly have to say to the bus driver? And some of them talk for a really long time while the cars pile up behind the school bus.

Seriously, I can’t see much more than a conversation of “hi, was he behaved?” Yes.” “Okay, bye.”

And that’s for more problematic children. But then again, if I had a kid who was too stupid to get off the bus in a timely manner, then maybe I’d be a little worried too!

Another thing I noticed, which has kind of always been a thing, is the parents always take their kids to the bus stops, whether it be an actual one, or just at the end of their driveway. This I can understand, but come on, I see teenagers being escorted by their parents, and they wait with them, probably so they can talk to the bus driver for 10 minutes.

I find this hard to cope with, because my mother only waited with me and got me off the bus my first few months of preschool. But all the bus stops I had, thinking back on it, most of the kids had parent escorts up until high school. WTF!!!

The point I’m trying to make is, KIDS GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND GET OFF THE GOD DAMNED BUS!!!

And also, parents, stop coddling your precious little ones so much. You’re not doing them any favors. Or the country for that matter, but I don’t feel like going into detail about that…

 

The Most Popular ESRB Ratings

You know those good old ratings stuck in the bottom corner of your video games, right? They are intended for parents to look at and decide if a game is appropriate for their precious child’s age.

In case you were unaware, these are our current ratings:

eC- early Childhood

E- Everyone

E10+- Everyone 10 & up

T- Teen

M- Mature 17+

Ao- Adults only 18+…you know, for when that game is so intense, that 17 year old needs one more year of life experience to handle.

Anyway, there are a lot of people who only play mature games, because then they won’t be men if they played something less.

Likewise, there are only people who play not mature games, if they have squeamish stomachs or whatever the reason.

Personally, the only rating I look out for is eC. For unless you are 5 and under, this isn’t going to be any fun at all, for these are mind-numbing educational games for toddlers, essentially. But really, your eyes are going to pass over any game like this anyway, so no worries!

But anyway, I have been writing Top 10 lists for most of my consoles, and have more recently been doing spin-off lists, if you will, such as the most popular years, and developers appearing on those lists.

Now, I would like to look into the ratings, and see which occurs most often on my lists. Perhaps then I can get a better idea of which rating produces the best games.

And who knows, this could help a parent out with purchasing games or consoles for their kids?

So here are the consoles and the ratings from my top 10 games!

Nintendo 3DS

E- 5 games

E10+- 4 games

T- 1 game

 

Nintendo DS

E- 6

E10+- 3

T- 1

 

Nintendo Game Boy

E- 9

E10+- 1

 

Nintendo Game Boy Advance

E- 10

 

Nintendo GameCube

E- 4

T- 6

 

Sega Genesis

E- 6

T- 1

(Not all titles rated for this one)

 

Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 10

 

Nintendo 64

E- 10

 

PC

T- 6

M- 5

 

Sony PlayStation

E- 6

T- 4

 

Sony PlayStation 2

E- 2

E10+- 2

T- 4

M- 2

 

Sony PlayStation 3

T- 5

M- 5

 

Super Nintendo Entertainment System

E- 9

(Not all titles were rated)

 

Nintendo Wii

E- 4

E10+- 2

T- 3

M- 1

 

Nintendo Wii U

E- 5

E10+- 3

T- 1

M- 1

 

Well that’s it…now for the grand totals!

comes in last with 14 games making the top ten lists.

E10+ with a count of 15 games.

Next is T with 31 games

And finally E with a crushing 85 games.

This is not surprising at all, especially since pretty much every game before 2002 is rated E.

As with all my other lists, I shall update this one as necessary.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi- Third Time’s the Charm

For some reason I feel the need to post about this every time I watch the Last Jedi.

If you’re curious, this is what I had to say the first time, and here’s what I said the second.

Basically, I didn’t like it the first time, and then claimed it was bad, but not as bad the second time.

Now the third time, I have to admit I enjoyed it.

It has great action, the characters are cool, there’s some decent humor. Heck, I didn’t even mind Rose this time around.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not thrilled about a lot of the decisions made in the movie, and the casino scene is still horrendous, but overall, it’s a solid movie that leaves a lot open for the ninth episode.

So basically, I’m saying I have hope Rise of Skywalker will smooth out everything, in which afterwards, The Last Jedi won’t seem so terrible, but a necessary component that sets some plots in motion, and simply puts others on hold, and ties the whole trilogy together.

I can see why the second movie may be the toughest to make, since it’s basically filler while the first episode starts up everything and the third concludes it. So the middle movie, as it stands alone without a complete trilogy may seem off and terrible.

Episodes 2 and 5 are my least favorite from the other trilogies (usually), so it’s no surprise this one will definitely be my least favorite in this trilogy too. Unless of course they really mess up Episode 9.

But anyway, I never go into any movie with any kind of expectations, except for Last Jedi, for it was something I wanted to see for literally as long as I can remember, and that is why it fell flat for me, and many other people too. But now that I know what happens and the shock has worn off, and I’ve accepted that this is what it is, I have found enjoyment in it.

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