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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
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
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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol. Who says I can't criticize them?
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HadesKitten Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I haven't seen any of the movies you mention, as I'm seeing Pacific Rim and Despicable Me 2 this week, but I do despair over an Adam Sandler movie winning out. His humour is lacking and his acting is questionable. Unfortunately it kind of makes sense as his films tend to aim at the teenage audience, around the 15 year old mark, the people who often have the time and means to go to a movie. Parents also have the time and the means, hence Despicable Me 2, and if it is anything like the first film it will be/was enjoyable for a wide audience. Pacific Rim is on a different level, though. It sounds ridiculous and about explosions and robots fighting aliens. Or at least I hope so! That's why I'm going to see it!

None of these films are particularly high-brow, although I'd argue that Despicable Me 2 will be the highest of the lot because it needs to be intelligent for adults and fun for kids, and none of these films will be particularly remarkable in a few years time. It's just that time of year. No blockbusters until next month. I think.
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jelleybean13 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
That's kind of depressing since Pacific Rim was beautiful from a VFX standpoint.
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ALN-ZU635 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I heard Pacific Rim was amazing, and even left some parts untranslated to preserve the effect of the characters switching languages. It's too bad that a movie with some yellow cartoons and a fat guy beat out this piece of gold.
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TheBloosBrother Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fucking hate Adam Sandler.
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Slipping-Star Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You've got to admit, though, it could have done with a stronger storyline.
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LeonKatlovre Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope my oncoming visit to the movies helps some ;_;

this is honestly the kind of movie I've waited for and while I like Despicable Me, I still find it hard to believe Del Toro is having these problems to stand out.

I think in a big way, it is expected since a lot of people are probably thinking "bah, another movie about robots"

I blame Bayplosions and shaky cameras on his movies for destroying the road of robot movies... seriously... stupid Michael Bay...
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ThomasPrestone Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
lol I don't understand why it's depressing and since when are big budget blockbusters a nerdy niche?  Sandler is awesome and hey the box office agrees lol.  As for Pacific Rim I am just relieved that it looks infinitely more watch-able compared to a frikkin Hasbro-Aids-Fest.  

You should watch more Sandler Dobby maybe you could suck a little bit less at jokes lol. 
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Wanderer2021 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was beaten stateside anyway. Overseas, it did much better.
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Kerrigore Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Doesn't help that Sandler hasn't been funny since the 90s and his audience of 5-year-olds has grown up.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So THAT'S why I've been feeling an urge to punch Adam Sandler in the face. Hmm.
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sx59 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adam Sandler?! Are you- I just- Not even- WHO DO I.... Cherno Alpha, decommissioned, sir... Over, and out.
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GorillaHandz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Really? Grown Ups 2 beat Pacific Rim? I don't mind Despicable Me 2, I thought it was great, but fucking Grown Ups 2 sold more than Pacific Rim?
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Mifune013 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I can understand Despicable Me beating it in the box office but Grown Ups? Really?

Well, never fear. While Grown Ups might have beaten it in during the opening weekend, these are domestic sales. Combines both domestic and foreign sales and well...Grown Ups doesn't even beat Despicable Me's domestic sales and Pacific Rim makes almost three times as Grown Ups. Hey, and guess which one will stay in theaters longer...
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Sutiiven-no-Okami Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Planes are awesome anyway.
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XMyCrimsonTearsX Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Don't get me wrong, normally I'd be with you 100% on this. But the trailers for pacific rim make it look average at best and the only thing in the whole trailer that made me want to go watch it was the fact that I heard Glados' voice, while Despicable Me was a genuinely funny film that I'm quite eager to see a sequel for.
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Firest Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
While it is very disappointing that Pacific Rim was beaten out by the waterboy, you cannot compare Scott Pilgrim to Expendables.

The Expendables was a watchable film with some entertaining characters and lots of explosions marred by poor editing of the fight scenes, Scott Pilgrim was a cringe-inducing mess with loathsome characters further marred by poorly edited fight scenes.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your views on Expendables and Scott Pilgrim are the exact opposite of mine. For me Scott Pilgrim was a very watchable film with likable characters, snappy editing, and an entertaining story. Whereas Expendables was boring, generic, full of broad stereotypes of characters we've already seen in many movies from the past as some sort of forced 80's nostalgia trip, marred by bad fight editing.
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Firest Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
If you like Scott Pilgrim I'm willing to chalk that up to tastes varying, and I suspect that my age is playing into it because from what I gather older viewers tend to dislike SP far more than younger ones.  For myself there was never a moment I didn't want to kick the title character in the balls.

But I'm really confused by your comments about The Expendables. Because they imply you went to a film starring Sylvester Stallone, Steve Austin, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, and Dolph Lundgren, and yet weren't expecting an 80's nostalgia trip?
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zfish9 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Huh, I guess there's more to Pacific rim than it being... oh what was it jokingly called by a few when the trailer came out...? "Transformers 4: The cake is (not) a lie"?

I'll have to go and watch it soon!
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Negai-Boshi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I have seen exactly one trailer for Pacific Rim, and it looked awful. I'm sure it's not, but nothing about the trailer encouraged me to go see it. I have seen no merchandising, no advertisement, no posters for it. I have no idea what it's about besides giant robots, which in my opinion are so likely to be done poorly, it's hardly worth watching (ie The Transformers sequels). I spend a LOT of time online, and I haven't seen anyone praising it or making fan art or gifs of it. I have nothing telling me "go see this movie!"

Maybe the reason it's done poorly is because they have given people zero reason to want to go see it??
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Daroga1 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I actually went and seen it on release in our theater. It was actually a VERY well done movie. HOWEVER, the movie resorted to overused Tropes, which sorta killed it for me D:
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joshanne Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Pacific Rim on RT: 71% and 87% of audiences like it.

Grown Ups 2 on RT: 7% and 90% of audiences like it.

Okay, Despicable Me 2 was a good movie (74% on RT) but Grown Ups 2? The first one wasn't even good. Those movies should even exist in the first place. And those 90% are dumbasses who have a really bad sense of humor. I was expecting this Pacific Rim to make a lot more than $38 million.
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VelkynKarma Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's kind of depressing. I respect Guillermo Del Toro a lot. Still the only guy to ever write a novel that scared the shit out of me. Most books are incapable of doing that for me.

~VelkynKarma
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Balmung6 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Eh, after the popularity from the first Despicable Me, i can see the second one kind of exploding. My own father preferred to see it over Pacific Rim, and I'm thinking "This is the same man who gave me a look for wanting to see a funny pixar movie last year because it looked a little on the kiddie side."

Though I admit, I can see why people might hesitate on seeing Pacific Rim (despite how AWESOME it looks) if only because the monster vs giant robot thing's been done a few times before. I prefer to keep an open mind - sometimes new approaches to older concepts kick ass :D
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buffalobobby Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
GDT wasn't kicked out of The Hobbit. Because the production took to long to start, thanks to MGM legal issues, he decided to retire from the director's chair and work on other projects. When MGM issues were solved, he was busy doing PR and Peter Jackson decided to step up as director. GDT still has credit as a writter on those films.

And yeah it sucks. But it makes sense. GU2 is a sequel from a very succesful movie which already has an instal base while PR is brand new and it will take some word of mouth to bulld an audience.
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scullfase Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I choose Pacific Rim over all of the other movies myself.
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ProjectZuel Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm kinda surprised Grown Ups 2 is any sort of success considering that the first was all kinds of obvious awful.
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AnDrew19787 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
The reason I've heard for the movies is that people prefer to laugh, and frankly I've heard from some people that the story for Pacific Rim isn't that good....or at least gets covered by the excessive destruction visual effects. I for one plan to see it despite that though (the concepts are similar to mech animes like Evangelion).
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TrueDesknight Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I could understand Despicable Me beating it, but Grown Ups 2???
Really?!?!?!?!
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Maplestrip Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I have never had this much respect for Level 5 XD Great going.

About the Pacific Rim film... I haven't seen it yet, and I'm still having my doubts about its quality. I think a lot of people might have felt something similar when watching the trailer. Either way, "losing of" Grown Ups 2 is simply unforgivable. Despicable Me, okay, but Grown Ups 2!? Urgh.

But to call it depressing... I don't think it means much. It are just numbers, all that is important is that the movie makes enough money.
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CanadianVampireSpino Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Don't judge a book by its cover(even if the cover is still somewhat awesome in its own way).
Pacific Rim is by far one of the best blockbuster of this year. It might be cheesy as hell, but this is what gives it a huge chunk of its charm. And it also help that it wants to bring back interest into kaiju movies and mecha stuffs outside from Japan.
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Maplestrip Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I am not really judging it, whether I will watch it or not wouldn't have anything to do with the trailer (though it might for other people, which was my point) The trailer indeed looks like the movie is probably not that well directed, even though you can't see that from it AT ALL.

Kaiju's and mecha's are always epic, inside or outside of Japan :3
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CanadianVampireSpino Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student General Artist
I never said the trailer looked like it was not well directed.
Go watch this movie now or go to your room for a week! Am I clear???
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Maplestrip Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I would love to stay in my room for a week! Much better than having to go to work all week.

I lack the time lately, but I will probably watch it sometime :) No hurry!
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CanadianVampireSpino Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I hear ya on this one.
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Teddy-sol Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved pacific rim!!
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slyboyseth Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Student Writer
Um...What the shit??
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SageKiller Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I think you may be making a much bigger deal out of the movie getting beaten then it is. I don't even like Adam Sandler but I really enjoyed the first Grown Ups because of actors like Salma Hayak, Kevin James, and Chris Rock. I found both Despicable Me movies adorable and hilarious, very heartfelt. I watched the sequel yesterday and I loved it. Meanwhile Pacific Rim...I never even heard of before this week.

But here's the thing: I am a geek! I go to cons, and HP/LOTR premiers, and I watch anime. And I see nothing appealing about giant robots fighting sea monsters. I'm not into mecha at all, and I know I'm not the only one. And you're comparing the movie to movies with HUGE already made fan bases based on years of books! I did a bit of research, correct me if I'm wrong, but Pacific Rim wasn't even based on a book. While that's commendable and something that should be done more often...it's not surprising that it doesn't have a lot of fans lining up to see it. I don't understand how you can make such a big deal out of one geeky movie not being the best there is when movies like HP and LOTR, Star Wars and Star Trek, prove time and time again that geeks have a major place in the theater.

tl/dr: Don't focus so much on "this is a geek movie beaten by a stupid Adam Sandler movie!" 1. Lots of people like his movies. They don't have to like the same stuff you do. 2. Not all geeks will want to watch this 'geek' movie. People don't always have the money to spend and again, don't have to like what you do. 3. Pitting something original against sequels is always a risk, especially when it comes to people's hard earned money. Those movies have gained plenty of fans over the last few years that were super excited to have a sequel on the way. Pacific Rim doesn't have that. 4. Geeks help make the movies, we're not going to give up on ourselves.
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Mokulule Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I'm gonna watch Pacific Rim as soon as it premieres in Denmark and I'm very much looking forward to it. Gonna watch Despicable Me 2 as well I think because I have a weakness for animation :D The Adam Sandler movie though, gonna go with 'nope'.
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