You know, sometimes having opinions can make you feel like no one else shares your views, especially if your views aren't being widely vocalized around you. Case in point: It's just been announced that J.J.Abrams will be directing Star Wars 7, and the internet is raging with butthurt about how shitty Abrams is, making over abundant lens flare jokes, and bemoaning the reboot of Star Trek in the process.
Thing is... I like J.J.Abrams. I liked LOST (despite it's shitty/rushed ending). I liked Super 8. I liked Cloverfield. I even enjoyed the recent Star Trek reboot and am looking forward to the sequel. I never had a problem with lens flares or noticed them being over used. And I think overall Abrams has made a fairly consistent batch of quality movies, which is a amazing considering how many directors flip flop between great and shitty.
But I can't often come right out and say that sort of thing because when I do I get attacked for having an opinion that runs counter to the vast majority of internet nerds and pundits. There are some things that everyone just "accepts" as facts or laws, even though when you look at them closer they quickly fall apart to logic. In the past I used to enjoy debating/arguing my views with other members of the community, but in recent years I'm getting rather tired of having to defend myself every time I express an opinion that runs slightly counter to the hive mentality of the internet.
At the same time I feel like it's my responsibility to speak up simply BECAUSE my voice and opinion isn't being widely expressed. I'm a firm believer that if you see a problem or have an issue with something you should speak up about it. If you don't, nothing is ever going to change, though by speaking up you are putting yourself in the hot-seat most of the time.
I often joke about my "controversial" opinions, but generally they're not really that controversial at all. So... in the interest of full disclosure, I'm gonna list off some of my "controversial" opinions. Please keep in mind that just because I say these things, it does not invalidate you or your own opinions. I am not saying I am right, I am not saying my views are law. These are simply my opinions and you are entirely free to agree or disagree with them as you wish.
We clear on that? Alright cool! So here we go in no particular order:
J.J.Abrams is a good director
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is a good game
The Zelda cartoon is not the worse thing to happen to the Zelda franchise
Ocarina of Time is still overrated
Super Mario Bros II is also a good game
Metroid: Other M didn't "ruin" the franchise or make Samus "weak"
Sony has a habit of making poor marketing decisions
Geek/Gamer Girls are not a threat to anything/anyone
Sexism/racism/bullying/homophobia in gaming culture are problems we need to address
G/L/B/T should be allowed to marry anywhere in my country
Religion in general needs to stop forcing itself onto everyone else
Obama has done a decent job thus far
Justin Beiber is not the worse singer in the world
There are worse actresses than Kristin Stewart
Macs generally run better than PC's
Family Guy is not funny
The original Spiderman Trilogy is not shit
Batman is becoming over-saturated
Watchmen (the movie) is overrated
(I hope people realize that putting the word "controversial" in quotation marks means I'm joking about how seriously people take these things, which should be evident by how many of these are pop-culture related and not really important opinions in the first place. Please don't get defensive or angry at this journal. It's not meant to be taken seriously and if you are about to take it seriously, please lighten up. Do I need to add a j/k to make that point clear?)