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Level 5 Trolling
If this is old news, forgive me I just found it and thought it was hilarious:

Level 5 Studios (the company most noted for the Professor Layton series) was having their 15th year anniversary this week. Along with discounted game prices, part of the celebration was to make a wallpaper featuring player voted favorite characters. Unfortunately for Level 5, the voting of these characters quickly came under attack by trolls who hijacked the results and submitted obscure minor characters instead. The final list included the airplane from Aero Porter in first place with 46,000 votes.

Rather than toss out the votes and start over, Level 5 just rolled with it and produced the wallpaper with the skewed results anyway. You can download the wallpaper here: www.level5.co.jp/15th/vote/

I think what I love most about this is that they actually went with the airplane. The inanimate object from the Aero Porter games gets TOP BILLING on the poster. That's hilarious. Kudos to you, Level 5 Studios. You guys are awesome.

Pacific Rim Beaten by Adam Sandler Sequel
Guillermo Del Toro has had it rough. He was kicked out of the director's chair for The Hobbit when MGM's financial problems collapsed, his big budget horror movie At the Mountains of Madness was canceled because he refused to compromise on the R rating, and his most recent big blockbuster epic about giant robots fighting sea monsters Pacific Rim was beaten out by a shitty Adam Sandler sequel and Despicable Me 2.

I... don't even really know what to say about that. This is like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter being beaten out by a Rob Schneider movie. This is almost like when Scott Pilgrim got beaten out by The Expendables. It's just such a sobering reminder that for however awesome and "in" our geek creed has become to the mainstream, we're still very very niche to the "average" American audience.

This isn't to say the movie has done poorly, it hasn't. It's done quite well actually. But the symbolism behind this is just too depressing. www.escapistmagazine.com/news/…
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stecky Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's unfortunate - Pacific Rim was pretty awesome. Maybe it'll have legs & make up for it . . .
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Actually, I think why Pacific Rim didn't do so hot was because it's about giant robots fighting huge monsters. So, you might ask: What does that have to do with anything? To which I answer: Remember Michael Bay? Transformers was the most popular critical trash from what I've heard through the matrix grapevine. Word is reviews stunk but people loved it if only because it was familiar (that's assuming the newest Transformers were loved at all). Pacific Rim didn't have the brand name going for it, and was about the same premise that went out of fashion.

Or, maybe I'm missing something...
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Guillermo Del Toro is having the fate I'd foresee myself: a passionate visionary being defeated by the swarms of garbage safe yet stale formulas.
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NickinAmerica Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
The American people's priorities are warped.
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KeybladeKnight99 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Writer
Wasn't entirely surprised by Despicable Me 2, but Grown Up 2 coming in second is just mystifying. I mean how did this movie not just look like Transformers to the average movie goer, who usually eats those movies up? 

I still think Pacific Rim is going to clean up internationally, especially in Asia. 
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OzzieScribbler Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Despicable Me 2 I can at least understand, it sounds like a fun family movie and the audiences adore minions.

But how come that more people would pay to see an ADAM SANDLER MOVIE instead of Pacific Rim?

I know that both those movies aim at different demographic,  but it's mind-boggling that crappy Sandler 'comedies' even have significant enough number of viewers to speak of.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
The Adam Sandler movie has a meta critic rating of 7%, but an audience rating of 90%.

That's... just sad in so many ways.
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I don't see why you're so surprise that an animated movie made so much. If it was a movie made by Disney or Pixar you wouldn't be complaining.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
That's because I have a very low opinion of animated films not made by Disney/Pixar
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Yeah I know. Don't get me wrong I love Disney and Pixar but I'm not obsessed with them to a point I can't criticize them.
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