OpinionatedDavid: The PewDiePie Scandal: Hate or Humour?

In the interests of full coverage of the story, this column contains description of content that some readers may find disturbing. Fair warning.

Well…that just happened.

This past week has been something of a rolling disaster for PewDiePie (real name Felix Kjellberg). For almost half a decade now, the 27 year-old Swedish vlogger has been undisputedly the biggest name on the internet’s supreme video-sharing platform. His channel is subscribed to by over 53 million people, and he was famously the first ‘YouTuber’ to publicise making over $1million in a single year as a result of his content. It’s is not unfair to say he is one of the most influential entertainers of our time, even if most people over the age of 40 have probably never heard of him.

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And yet, in a single week, PewDiePie has been dropped by Maker Studios (Disney’s online content publishing subsidiary), had his upcoming YouTube Red series cancelled by the platform, and been taken off the ‘preferred tier’ for family-friendly advertising by Google. Those are some giant names in the tech and entertainment business, now treating this high-pitched, zany guy who largely just screeches at video-games like the most toxic thing around. So, what on Earth is going on?

This scandal has actually been rumbling on for a while, but only recently did it catch the attention of the Wall Street Journal, who ran the story that has provoked such a widespread severing of ties with Mr. Kjellberg. It all traces back to a video PewDiePie published involving the website Fiverr (not a typo). The theme of the website basically involves people on webcam responding to requests made by their audiences in real time for the promise of small amounts of money (which, of course, is an idea that can only lead to good things, on the internet of all places). In the video, PewDiePie persuades a man dressed as Jesus to tell the camera that “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong,” before persuading another two men to write ‘DEATH TO ALL JEWS’ on a sign, and hold it up while laughing and dancing.

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This has gone down about as well as anyone with a brain should have damn well expected it to, right before pushing that idea back into whatever diseased part of their mind it came from, and proceeding to do literally anything else.

For what it’s worth, I see absolutely no reason not to take Felix at his word when he says his intention was to “show how crazy the modern world is” (namely that he could get people to do literally anything for $5 on the internet). I don’t believe he is a Nazi, or an anti-Semite. However, where I take issue with the statement he has released in response to the backlash against him is where he states that he is “in no way supporting any kind of hateful attitudes”.

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Because you see Felix… you did. Objectively, that is what you have done. You may not have intended to, and speaking out now against the Neo-Nazi scumbags who are now attempting to use your content to claim legitimacy for their beliefs is somewhat commendable. However, I promise you that those same people do not give a damn what point you were really attempting to make. As far as they are concerned, you have given them ammunition that they will not hesitate to use, and no condemnation from you now is going to stop them. You have been a prominent internet personality for several years. You (should) know these people and how they operate as well as anyone. When are we going to stop giving these people cause to celebrate? We should all know better by now.

You screwed up. You should have known better.

I am saying all of this as someone who believes that, where comedy is concerned, there should be nothing ‘off-limits’. Indeed, some of my favourite comedians have mastered the art of pushing the boundaries of propriety. George Carlin, for example, could pull off telling a theatre full of people they were being stupid for washing their hands after going to the bathroom, and that was one of his cleaner (pun intended) jokes. PewDiePie, however, is not George Carlin. He’s not in the same league as Carlin or any of the other genuine masters of the craft. A comedian understands that jokes can be used as a skewer, to prod mercilessly at our hypocrisies and force us to confront taboos we’d rather not pay attention to. What comedy is not is a shield you can cower behind that renders all criticism of what you said invalid. Yes, Steve Hughes’ skit on the empty nature of being offended is both funny and apt, but Hughes’ never used that idea to try and shut down anyone who ever criticised his point, unlike the legions of internet edge-lords who have misconstrued it.

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Let’s take a moment to examine what the ‘point’ of PewDiePie’s joke was supposed to be. That people will debase themselves for money and fame, even tiny portions of it? Well gosh, Felix! I’m sure that’ll throw the masses for a loop, assuming of course we’ve all just woken up from a coma we’ve been in since 1995. Who is the target of the joke supposed to be, if not Jews or any of the other groups who suffered at the hands of Nazi’s? The people who you paid to follow your instructions to say and do offensive things? Here’s a tip for you: The ‘I’m with stupid’ joke doesn’t work when you’re the person engineering the stupid. You aren’t ‘holding a mirror’ up to anybody in that situation, not when you’re paying in to the same ridiculous construct that encourages their behaviour.

You know you’re no good at this. You’ve said it yourself, that you consider yourself to be a “rookie comedian”. Here’s the thing: You’ve had a lot of practice by now, so if you’re not getting any better at it, it’s time for you to stop.

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I have no doubt that PewDiePie will come back from this incident. Anyone can come back in this industry, and while losing such lucrative contracts is undeniably a big hit, he’s got a big cushion to fall back on. What’s more, the rate of increase in his subscribers has actually rallied in conjunction with the increased publicity surrounding him. If I were him, however, I would be concerned about exactly where those new subscribers are coming from. His career is far from over, I just hope he learns from the mistakes he’s made. If PewDiePie really doesn’t want to be seen as lending legitimacy to any kind of hate movement, the last thing he should want is to wind up with only hateful people rating his act.

But hey, that’s just my opinion, what’s yours?

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VuePoint: Coming Soon in 2017

Well, 2017 has been pretty great for us gamers so far right!? Resident Evil 7 and Nioh have already blown a significant hole in my budget. Horizon: Zero Dawn is just around the corner, with its own price tag looming – thank god I don’t have to pay until release! Isn’t pre-ordering great!? Because despite having limited funds and plenty of more important things on my shopping list, I can’t help myself when that shiny “One Click Buy” button glints.

With that in mind, I thought I’d take a look at some of the great stuff we have coming over the course of the next year. I hear many people saying that this article would have been better at the start of the year, and to that I say…well…good point.

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Morning BS: Horizon: Zero Dawn First Impressions

This may surprise you but alongside my love of comic books your humble Sleuth is also a huge gaming geek. I’ve always wanted to write more on my love of gaming but with VuePoint on the site it’s never felt quite right. But today I’ve beat ol’ VuePoint to the punch. So before he peels his eyes away from his PlayStation 4 and puts his gaming skills to work on my innards…These are my first impressions of Horizon: Zero Dawn.

Warning: Light spoilers for the first three hours of gameplay

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I only managed to get about three hours in last night but I’ve already got a few points I need to raise about Horizon: Zero Dawn (a title that is seemingly insightful but pretty much meaningless).

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Morning BS: The Order of the Phoenix’s Patrol Playlist

If Mr.Weasley could get a computer to work around magic then wizards could access Spotify and your humble BearSleuth would have some banging recommendations!

Wizards and technology just don’t mix, it’s as simple as that, they never have and they never will. However, Arthur Weasley might have found a way around all that while tinkering in his garage. He’s made several small appliances work including a car. So if Arthur could make all of those work it stands to reason that one day he may even get a computer to spark into life. With that in mind, here are a few tracks I would recommend to our wizard friends once they discover Spotify:


Lupin and Tonks’ Mix-tape


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One of the order’s greatest couples come together in this fantastic mix-tape.

  • The Times They Are A’ Changing – Bob Dylan
  • I wish I was a Punk Rocker (with flowers in my hair) – Sandi Thom
  • I like you so much better when you’re naked – Ida Maria
  • Werewolves Of London – Warren Zevon
  • Don’t let me be misunderstood- The Animals
  • Home – Edward Sharpe and the magnetic zeroes
  • Going up the country – Kitty, Daisy and Lewis
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty and the heartbreakers
  • Time in a bottle – Jim Croce
  • Friday I’m in Love – The Cure

Give it a listen on Spotify here.


Mad Eye Moody’s Broomstick Boombox


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When fighting death eaters you need exactly the right set of classic rock hits to strike fear into their hearts.

  • Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf
  • Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  • Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
  • Ace Of Spades – Motörhead
  • Radar Love – Golden Earring
  • Wanted Dead Or Alive – Bon Jovi
  • Mr. Crowley – Ozzy Osborne
  • Holy Diver – Dio
  • (Don’t fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
  • Renegade – Styx

Give it a listen on Spotify here.


Weasley Weekly Warm Up


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Cleaning out Grimold place is no easy task but with these feel good songs it’s an absolute breeze.

  • Have A Nice Day – Stereophonics
  • Let’s Dance To Joy Division – The Wombats
  • Fill my little word – The Feeling
  • Upside Down – Paloma Faith
  • Dreaming of you – The Coral
  • Half The World Away – Oasis
  • Same Jeans – The View
  • Little Lion Man – Mumford And Sons
  • Elvis Ain’t Dead – Scouting For Girls
  • Teenage Kicks – The Undertones

Give it a listen on Spotify here.

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Morning BS: Black Widow’s Patrol Playlist

When the world’s greatest Shield agent needs to work out, fight or unwind she’s going to need one hell of a playlist, luckily your humble Sleuth has some recommendations.

Natasha Romanov is one hell of a shield agent, possibly the greatest of all time and she fights alongside the likes of gods and super humans a member of the Avengers. Thats a lot of stress. Doctor BearSleuth has a simple prescription though, simply cut loose and rock out. I reckon with these three playlists miss Romanov could rule the world:

 


S.H.I.E.L.D Work Out


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When you’re training to fight alongside Iron Man and the Hulk this is the only playlist you need.

  • Black Widow – Iggy Azalea
  • 212 – Azealia Banks
  • Ignorance – Paramore
  • Just A Girl – No Doubt
  • Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
  • Barracuda – Joan Jett
  • That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  • Remedy – Little Boots
  • Edge Of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

Give it a listen here!


Undercover Ninja Mixtape


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Who said that stealth work couldn’t have an awesome soundtrack? With this Soundtrack you’ll be ready for anything behind enemy lines.

  • Switchblade Smiles – Kasabian
  • Prayer Of The Refugee – Rise Against
  • Watercolour – Pendulum
  • Invaders Must Die – The Prodigy
  • Galvanize – The Chemical Brothers
  • Weapon Of Choice (feat. Boots Collins) – Fatboy Slim
  • Joker And The Thief – Wolfmother
  • Sabotage – Cancer Bats
  • Blue Orchid – The White Stripes
  • Enter Sandman – Metallica

Give it a listen here!


Emotional Cleansing


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Everybody hurts and Natasha is no different. She might seem like an ice queen in the field but behind closed doors even she has to blow off some steam.

  • Prayin’ – Plan B
  • Hurt – Johnny Cash
  • Creep – Radiohead
  • Why Does It Always Rain On Me – Travis
  • Dakota – Stereophonics
  • This Is The Last Time – Keane
  • I Miss You – Blink 182
  • Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
  • Champagne Supernova – Oasis
  • Torn – Natalie Imbruglia

Give it a listen here!

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Art Must Cross Borders That Politicians Close

Hey there. If this is the first column of mine you’ve read, welcome. If you were one of the people who followed the Bearsleuth team last summer, welcome back. Glad to be doing this again.

It’s awards season in Hollywood once again and the shortlists for the Oscars have been released. Originally, this article was supposed to be mainly about that, but recent events have pushed these things very far into the back of my mind.

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What’s really pressing on my mind right now is that director Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category, will not be attending the event. This is because Mr. Farhadi is Iranian, one of the nationalities that, at time of writing, have been barred from entering the USA by the Trump administration under seemingly any circumstance. It has been suggested (though far from confirmed) that special dispensation could have been made for Mr. Farhadi. Whether those rumours are founded, he has declined to attend anyway as he feels allowances being made for him as an individual are hardly the point in the face of a much greater, nonsensical injustice.

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To be clear, my anger and shock extend farther than the treatment of Mr. Farhadi personally, as it would seem does his own. I have chosen to focus on him because: A) he provides a link between the currently dominant news-cycle and the world that I am used to commenting on in these articles; B) I need to tether myself to something specific right now so this article doesn’t just devolve into incoherent screaming; and C) banning an artist from entering your country when he has neither done nor been accused of doing anything wrong is one step away from banning the art itself.

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Hollywood is a realm of incredible privilege. You won’t hear me denying that; and yes, the preening stars of the red carpet may be not-unfairly seen as flawed idols in a fight against the injustices committed by the faeces-hurling gibbon and his oversized suit. They seem to be so shielded from injustice themselves, after all. However, they are not immune from attacks by those in power and we should all have reason to fear it. The people making acceptance speeches on podia across America this month all know how to make their voices heard in the back. The squatting, alt-right bloggers in the White House know this and recognise it as a threat. That is why ‘Hollywood Liberals’, along with the rest of the media, have become a prime target for their propaganda.

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I can’t help but see the treatment of Mr. Farhadi as a dark tiding of things to come in regards to the effect of politics on the arts. It’s true enough that not being able to attend an advertising convention for very rich people is far from the worst individual injustice inflicted by that sagging ape’s Executive Orders. I’m sure this won’t be the only time he will be mentioned here, as he continues to act like the bull to the US Constitution’s china shop. Nevertheless, it matters, and it matters that we fight it.

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I hope that on Oscar night, every acceptance speech mentions Asghar Farhadi by name and the Dorito-hued Duterte not once. I also implore everyone reading this to get out and see The Salesman if they can; not because it’s good but because it will be an act of objective good to make Asghar Farhadi a household name in America without him ever having to set foot there. Solidarity matters; and resistance to the, hopefully short, reign of the clammy stench of white-nationalism currently impregnating the White House can take many forms.

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When politics seek to regress and when politicians seek to isolate us from each other, art can always seek to render their barriers meaningless. Through it, those who believe in reaching across cultural divides will continue to do so, regardless of the physical barriers put in our way by those undeserving in authority. If their ego requires them to wall themselves off from a world that is bigger than them, a world full of knowledge and experience that they cannot or do not care to know, then on their own heads be it. They will be left behind to wallow in the stagnation they cultivate for themselves. They can tell us what to do, but not what to think, and art will help us keep thinking.

But hey, that’s just my opinion, what’s yours?

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VuePoint: NIOH

Let me just get one thing out of the way. I love the Souls games, and I also love the Souls-like games. I have got the 100% Platinum trophy for all three Dark Souls games, as well as Bloodborne and Demon’s Souls. I am working on the platinum trophy for Lords of The Fallen, which I don’t enjoy as much, but still love. Salt and Sanctuary is up there with my favourite indie games of all time. I have a certain degree of experience with the unforgiving nature and cruel difficulty of Souls and Souls-like games. That being said…

…NIOH KICKED MY ASS.

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NIOH takes the tried and true formula of the Soulsborne (hereby referred to simply as SB) mechanics—managing stamina to block, dodge and attack, controlling enemy numbers, levelling up individual stat points, and losing everything if you die— and applies them to a Japanese Samurai setting. This is all super cool, and although it has its own sense of style, its own unique little design elements, and just generally its own distinctive flavour, at its core it’s still a Souls-like RPG.

It isn’t out yet, but I recently spent a whole week totally bashing the final beta test for the game, so I have a lot to talk about. Hopefully I can help you decide whether it’s worth spending your hard-earned cash on, come release day next week (the 8th of February to be exact). The strange thing about this game is that if you hated the SB games, you’ll probably not enjoy this one either as it shares similar turnoffs to that series—mainly the difficulty. However, if you did enjoy the SB games, this one might also NOT be for you.

This makes it sound like an objectively all around bad game, which it isn’t, not by a long shot. On the contrary, NIOH is actually really fun to play. It’s a tough one to explain. Whilst it shares its punishing difficulty with the SB games and this may turn some people away, this isn’t an objectively bad feature. Personally, I enjoy the level of challenge the games present, and don’t see it as being “hard” per se.

To me a game is hard if I am unable to progress due to the enemies being too powerful or the puzzles being too obtuse with no clear way of figuring out the answer. SB, and now NIOH, present you with obstacles that are perfectly manageable, so long as you tackle it in the correct way. True difficulty—the unpleasant kind—comes in the form of an objective that is designed to destroy you regardless of your angle of attack, where success comes in the form of a lucky hit, or a fluke.

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SB and NIOH’s difficulty gives you a situation and expects you to learn how to deal with it. Death is part of the process, and as time goes on, you learn enemy positions movements and tactics. Most importantly, you learn their strengths and weaknesses. After some frustration, your fingers are dancing across the control pad as you storm through the area like an unstoppable maelstrom of death.

Combat encounters become puzzles, as surviving becomes just as much about figuring out what an enemy is going to do as it is about skilful dodging and timing your strikes. There is a degree of skill involved—quite a large degree in fact—but as your character levels up and progresses, your skill level increases, making no obstacle insurmountable. Anyway, that’s a generalisation for SB and NIOH. Let’s focus more on what’s in store for the upcoming title.

In terms of the RPG elements, NIOH functions in much the same way as SB. You can equip different weapons, armour, and other such goodies (including spirit animals), and levelling up involves increasing the value of certain stat points. You can also unlock and upgrade new skills—a new feature not seen in SB—and get another level of customisation over your character. Furthermore, each weapon you use increases in level the more you use it. You gain a skill point with each weapon level, which you can use anywhere you want, not just with that weapon. This directly rewards your play style, but also encourages experimenting with other weapons. The lower a weapon’s level, the faster it levels up. Using a low-level weapon that you never use could not only open a new play style for you, but it could also be a quick way to earn some extra skill points if you’re in need.

The combat is fast and furious—at least, it is in two of the three stances available to you. You have two weapon slots, each weapon has three stances: high, medium, and low (basically fast, slow, and balanced), and each stance has a quick and a heavy attack. At first this all seems intimidating, but it honestly isn’t much more complex than the SB combat. A few hours of practice (which, let’s be honest, is a fraction of the time you spend playing these games) and you’ll be switching through stances and weapons in the middle of combat, and sometimes even mid-combo!

Even in medium stance, combat is faster than the SB games. I got the impression that the main focus in combat should be moving around and dodging, rather than tanking and blocking. Other people may have gotten a different first impression. This is still just the beta so there wasn’t a huge amount to go off, but to me speed seems far more important here.

This is where my comments about the combat from earlier come in. It feels very different from the SB games, but also the same. It took a little adjustment (and a lot of death). One welcome addition is the ability to see an enemy’s stamina bar. Each enemy has a stamina bar below their health, which allows you to see when they’re getting tired and plan accordingly. Dancing around an enemy as he wore himself out, only to perform a quick action to regain my stamina and unleash a tidal wave of pain on his defenceless, panting form was remarkably satisfying. 16558967_10209228658807606_1750874732_n

I haven’t even mentioned that manoeuvre, have I? There’s a whole bunch of neat little features that I haven’t touched on. Stamina regeneration, spirit animals, multiplayer, they’re all things that I got a mere taste of in the demo. I could go on for pages, but instead I’ll begin to wrap up. You’re reading this, wanting to know if you should spend your money on NIOH. Here’s my verdict: If you didn’t like the SB games, try and find a demo of this, it’s at least worth a try. If you DID enjoy the SB games, I would recommend a rental if one is available. Or borrow it from a friend. There won’t be enough in a demo to give you a full understanding of the features it brings to the table. Before you pay full price and dive in headlong, consider the risks. This game has some heavy influences from SB, but is also very different, so be sure you know what you’re getting into.

Personally, I will be buying this…if I can justify spending another £50 as I’ve just bought Resident Evil 7. My bank account hates me right now, but I have the willpower of someone stumbling into a KFC at 2am, regardless of their Weight Watchers meeting the following morning. And on that note, I say good luck in the world of demonic fantasy Samurai battles. Enjoy your time with the game, but make sure you know what you’re spending your money on. Until next time, peace out and keep gaming!

Written by: Jack Sutton

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Morning BS: Batman’s Patrol Playlist

When the Caped Crusader is cleaning up the streets of Gotham he needs the perfect backing track and the BearSleuth has some recommendations.

Batman has always been dark and brooding, resigned to fighting a never ending roster of villains that plague his city’s streets. There has to be a point where that gets boring. I’m sure there would come a night where the Dark Knight starts to fight with his Spotify playlist booming out of his cowl. With that in mind I’ve created three playlists for Gotham’s Protector:


Rooftop Workout


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This is essentially to get Batman’s blood up. If this playlist fails to psyche him up then nothing will…

  • Harder Better Faster Strong – Daft Punk
  • Last Resort – Papa Roach
  • Numb – Linkin Park
  • You’re Gonna Go Far, kid – The Offspring
  • Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
  • Spitfire – The Prodigy
  • Welcome To The Jungle – Guns ‘N’ Roses
  • Woman – Wolfmother
  • Icky Thump – White Stripes
  • Lonely Boy – The Black Keys

Give it a listen on Spotify here.


Bat-mobile Drive-time


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The perfect playlist for smashing down walls and completely disregarding all rules of road safety.

  • Born Slippy (Nuxx) – Underworld
  • Banana Brain – Die Antwoord
  • Assassin – Muse
  • Back At The Funny Farm – Motörhead
  • Crazy Train – Ozzy Osborn
  • Kickstart My Heart – Mötley Crüw
  • Rap God – Eminem
  • Shippin’ Out To Boston – The Dropkick Murphys
  • Cochise – Audioslave
  • Cowboys From Hell – Pantera

Give it a listen on Spotify here.


Bat-Cave Wind Down


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After a long night get you butler to message your feet (sorry Alfred) and chill out to these modern classics.

  • Human – Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
  • Redbone – Childish Gambino
  • Icarus Instinct- Mr Key & Greenwood Sharps
  • Hold On We’re Going Home – ASTR
  • The Scientist – Coldplay
  • Old Pine – Ben Howard
  • Colors (Audien Remix) – Halsey
  • Starboy – The Weeknd
  • Controlla – Drake
  • One For The Road – Arctic Monkeys

Give it a listen on Spotify here.

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Extra BS: Return Of The Sleuth

 

Dear Reader,

I’ve got some explaining to do. Jump back to summer 2016, most likely the last time any of you checked this site, and you would have probably seen regular content being pumped out every couple of days. Views were starting to stack up and you guys were beginning to really love our site. Month after month we were smashing our previous hits. Then that regular content slowed and changed, we kept changing and I kept making new promises and explanations until we had a confusing mess of a release schedule. After that the content just stopped entirely.

Until today.

The problem was that your humble Sleuth became employed as a copywriter and the majority of Team Sleuth all ended up going their own way. I made my peace with the thought that BearSleuth was over and I would move on to something else. However, I missed it, we had something here and it’s something I think everyone can get behind. A place for writers to throw their opinions on pop culture topics into the world with the only rule being that it has to be fun and passionate. With that in mind I lit the Sleuth signal and Team Sleuth reformed.

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I tell you all this so you can get a general idea of where we are going next. We’ll be working on a two-week schedule that looks something like this:


Week One


  • Monday: 9am GMT: Morning BS – A quick daily piece from your humble Sleuth from the world of pop culture
  • Tuesday: 9am GMT: Morning BS | 1pm GMT: OpinionatedDavid – Commentary on issues effecting the pop culture community.
  • Wednesday: 9am GMT: Morning BS
  • Thursday: 9am GMT: Morning BS
  • Friday: 9am GMT: Morning BS | 1pm GMT: Covert Coot – A deep delve into the world of anime and manga.
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Week Two


  • Monday: 9am GMT: Morning BS
  • Tuesday: 9am GMT: Morning BS | 1pm GMT: VuePoint – A longer look at issues and events from the world of gaming.
  • Wednesday 9am GMT: Morning BS
  • Thursday 9am GMT: Morning BS
  • Friday 9am GMT: Morning BS | 1pm GMT: Extra BS – Your humble Sleuth laying down truth bombs about the world of comics.
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Past this schedule we have plans for more event coverage, more YouTube content and more guest writers but first we just want to show all of you at home how committed we are to putting out great work you can enjoy!

Get ready for the next generation of BearSleuth and prepare your mind to be blown,

Your humble Sleuth,

Patrick Thomas Lunn

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VuePoint: Play Expo Manchester

Well I haven’t written anything for a while have I? Sorry about that, I have a pretty busy schedule, some things slip through the cracks, but fear not! I’m back now with an article that I’ve been trying to find the time to write for weeks now. A few weeks ago (on the 9th of September to be exact), me and some others from BearSleuth went on a little adventure to PlayExpo at Event City, and after walking into the wrong building and finding myself in the middle of a baby and toddler fair, full of people looking at me with confused looks (probably due to my camera gear and geeked-out attire), I eventually made it to the right place.

And what a wondrous place it was.

I’ve only been to a few of these types of conventions, but each time the atmosphere has been electric. Everyone is perfectly friendly, you can become best friends with a stranger thanks to a mutual love of an obscure title, and nobody bats an eye at you wielding a camera! I tried vlogging in my home town once and feared about someone running past me grabbing my camera and taking off with it, but enough about where I’m from, I was in Fandom Central and I was loving it.

One of my favourite things about these events is how people can express themselves and their love for gaming, film and generally anything they want. Given that she’s 20 years old this year, there were understandably a high number of Lara Croft cosplays, but everyone had their own spin on it, which was cool. Hell, I even came across a whole family of Lara’s. mother, daughter, and yes, even the father had donned the tight blue top and hot pants for their family day out!

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Feeling like I had to get into the spirit of things, I picked up an – admittedly overpriced (the only true criticism of these events) – Deadpool mask, and went around asking people to be my sidekick – another stunt that’s acceptable in this environment, but not anywhere else.

Of course, even if you’re a social hermit who hates interaction with other people, there’s plenty to see and do here. Rows upon rows of retro arcade games, every console from Sega Genesis to the PS4 is set up somewhere and even a gaming console where fruit is the controller. I’m not kidding. I made a video over on my YouTube channel, so if you’re interested in actually seeing some of this stuff, there’ll be a link at the bottom for you to go check it out!

Unfortunately there wasn’t a whole lot in the way of brand new content to check out. A few indie puzzle and platform games were set up, and something called the “Battle Zone” invited players to try out the new PS4 VR in head to head matches with other people. This sounded super fun, so we jumped into the queue as soon as we saw it. Alas, due to the estimated waiting time and the fact that we didn’t have as much time as we might have liked, we had to pass on trying it out. Next time Battle Zone…next time.

But all was not lost! I did indeed get to experience an – admittedly basic – version of Virtual Reality, in the form of a polygonal tank/robot/mech/shooty game thing (I’ll have you know that was the exact title of the game as penned by the developers). It was pretty cool to actually try VR for the first time, but I do hope that the PS4 version will be better. The game was very simplistic, the controls pretty stiff and the headset itself weighed pretty heavily on my head, resting uncomfortably on my face.

I might be overestimating what VR can do, but in my opinion, the whole point of it is to make you feel like you’re inside the game. The headset should sit comfortably enough that you forget it’s there when you’re playing. If you feel this massive bulky thing crushing your face, you’re going to be fully aware that there’s a massive bulky thing crushing your face, and it’s going to take you out of the experience. Hopefully the PS4 version will be more comfortable to wear – it definitely looks it.

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Let’s keep this article short, as I soon have to return to my busy life and the soul crushing responsibilities that come with it. Just a quick note – I recently got Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4, so check back here next week for  a full review – DLC and all!

Check out my video of the event below if you wanna see more from the day – including a few snippets from the cosplay competition –  and until next time, keep gaming my friends!

That was this week’s VuePoint!!! Check back soon for a new BearSleuth article!!!