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One of my favorite past times is to watch Youtube videos, if you want a place where creativity reigns supreme you are only a few clicks away from watching all sorts of people with different opinions, outlooks on life, dreams and aspirations moving up in the world doing what they love the most. Some enjoy making projects that expand beyond the boundaries of a screen and into the realm of ARG’s like EverymanHYBRID while some others dedicate their lives to pointing out the ins and outs of various parts of the gaming industry like Jim Sterling. Overall, there will always be someone doing something for their own audience.

One of the most prominent Youtubers I enjoy watching religiously, however, goes by the name of Nick Nocturne. With his channel called Night Mind, he makes it his duty to promote creative and great content as well as providing explanations and compiling documentation of ARG’s, creepypasta and other kinds of Internet oddities and mysteries. I’m sure that a lot of work goes into the creation of these videos, the content itself is incredibly well explained and Nick usually provides good arguments that give a brand new meaning to the theories he proposes, with evidence to support them spread across the products he reviews, unlike a certain theorist who relies on a translation addition in a localized piece of media for basis to make a pointless argument.

Night Mind has taught people a lot of things through his videos, even if sometimes he doesn’t downright say it, more often than not talking about creativity and how to do something with a property and make it unique so the message comes across in a clearer fashion. It’s certainly one of those channels that will always be in pro of creativity and will always have a subtle message to be interpreted, much like the projects he reviews.

And one of his latest additions to his channel left a very good impression on me because it definitely shows the importance of a constructive argument with evidence backing it up. Not to mention, how important it is to always listen to the people who think positively and negatively about a thing or piece of media since it will always provide you with a new perspective on the discussion. And all of this happened because of a horrible hissy fit.

The Cabin Fever Nightmare

It all started at March 31, when Night Mind announced a trailer for a sub series called Cabin Fever Dreams where, due to an involuntary hiatus. He became mad at his viewers for the constant bugging he got regarding various Youtube channels that they wanted him to analyze that were, in his opinion “FLASHY FLASHY FLASHY but no Lightbulb”. During the video however, he shows a strong resentment to a particular series that keeps being censored (Mostly to not spoil those who didn’t know about it at the time. Like me). It was later revealed by not so subtle comments that the thing Nick was talking about was the beloved Welcome to Night Vale.

Make a time skip to the end of April, (To May 8 because of unforeseen delay) and then we are shown a very resentful Nick talking about how much he loathed Welcome to Night Vale. The way he starts simply shows how much he despised Night Vale after reading the first paragraph of the book. He then continues throughout the video talking about the faults and fails of Welcome to Night Vale, insulting the creators and how he hated to be compared to Cecil Baldwin. (he spends around 6 minutes talking about it.)

Then the transmission gives us our first red flag as Nick mentions some “Technical Difficulties” due to a very dark and ominous cloud that seemed to have some sort of “Luminescence” in it. He comments about lightning as well, reassuring the audience that he might go off the air and to call emergency services if such thing happens. After making a few snarky remarks about the length of WTNV’s podcast intros (You know, because you’re totally not guilty of that Nick. Totally). However, after a few more minutes of Nick talking about how badly written and how badly paced Welcome To Night Vale is, we have a sudden break in the transmission. Followed by static and after that, a complete 180 turn.

We are now introduced to David Dayern (Har) or Day Brain, a counterpart to Night Mind who is seemingly very excited to talk about the Night Vale as well, praising it as something “Amazing”. It’s a move that I’m sure completely overthrew any of the avid watchers of Night Mind, when I was first listening to this, I was absolutely confused and wondering what the hell this Day Brain guy is and why we had this transmission from him. Even so, Day Brain continued talking as usual, as if he was talking to his own audience even though it was clearly not. Continuing to praise Night vale until we suddenly get another break in the transmission before being thrown back to Nick and the normal transmission.

The cycle continues for a second time until we get a break that nobody would’ve expected. Suddenly Night Mind and Day Brain are sharing the transmission thanks to the ominous cloud. And after a brief introduction to themselves, Day Brain and Night Mind engage into a discussion about how one likes Night Vale and the other dislikes it, usually when you see something like this right from the word “Go” it’s usually a one-sided conversation from the two sides of the coin. One tries to defend the product in question but the other tries to tear it apart, both of them trying to prove how they are wrong. And yes, Nick Nocturn shows this first by saying how Day Brain is wrong about his feelings toward Night Vale.

And through a natural progression, we see how Day Brain and Night Mind start arguing and discussing at length about how Night Vale is good or bad. With David mentioning the book that Nick didn’t want to read, this is the most important part to the point I want to bring across, Nick DID NOT read the book, and his impressions about Welcome To Night Vale were not complete because he didn’t complete his read, but Nick also talks to David about how the thing he claims is a great piece of podcast media is extremely flawed. Day Brain says that it’s simply impossible, but that he’s open to new ideas. After that, Nick proposes that he rewinds the entire broadcast he’s been doing so that David can listen to it, and he agrees but only under the condition that Nick reads the novel.

After an intermission with a nice musical piece, Nick once again talks to the microphone, with a rather ashamed tone. Talking about how he and David are back, Day breaks the silence by saying how he thinks he sees things under a new light. Only for Night Mind to say that everything he’s been saying is “Not precisely adequate anymore, most of it not even accurate anymore.”

From this point out, everything else regarding Night vale and the plot points discussed will be left for you to hear in the full transmission in the Night Mind channel, the point I wanted to bring with this is how (maybe unintentionally) people can reach a new light with their favorite or most hated pieces of media. And how important it is to have a constructive and open discussion about anything.

The importance of constructive discussion

In a day and age where many people think their opinion is absolute and that every opposing opinion is wrong, where people are raising complaints because a journalist thinks negatively on a popular piece of media. A place where closed minds are starting to run rampant, it’s become more and more important to get the message of having an open mind about things, listening to different opinions and look at the evidence from whole new perspectives,

There have been a lot of “I like this thing that everyone doesn’t like and viceversa” kinds of people. Some are trolls but some others truly see enjoyment or dislike certain things. One of the most prominent (And infamous) examples is Caddicarus when he mentioned that he didn’t like Final Fantasy VII. Or ProJared saying that Sonic Adventure 2 sucks, we also have people like ClementJ642 who mentioned that he doesn’t think that Mighty No. 9 is that bad, I can mention a lot more examples but I think I drove the point across.

Sometimes all we really need is a challenge, someone with a different point of view, maybe even a different background. To make us see the hidden beauty of some things, some other times. We also need someone who dislikes something to provide us their reasons so we can see the flaws in what we may consider masterpieces or great works of art.

As of now, I’m wowed at how much I got from a simple discussion between two people with two different ideals. When I put it to practice, I was amazed at how great the results came from a Bendy article that could’ve been just an empty rant about me looking at the game’s flaws and calling it a day. Definitely give the rest of Night Mind a watch, and see how creativity can rise from various places

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Rest assured, the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, will be available in its original, uncensored form across all regions

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Fear not; for those worried about potential censorship issues with the PS5-exclusive Stellar Blade, set to release on April 26th, Sony has got you covered. ShiftUp, the developer, proudly assures players that the game will maintain its uncensored content across all regions, including Japan.

We have to admit, we didn’t anticipate this as a potential issue or a potential selling point. The main character, Eve, and her revealing costumes have been heavily showcased in the game’s pre-release marketing. Nevertheless, it is pleasing to witness ShiftUp’s evident enthusiasm as their vision prepares to reach the hands of a vast number of players.

Regarding Stellar Blade, Yoko Taro believes it surpasses NieR: Automata, and we were pleased to learn that the game will be considerate of your PS5 storage capacity. The demo is now available for you to try, and it has nearly doubled the daily active users of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This is quite impressive, especially considering it is the game’s first console showing.

Will you be there to experience Stellar Blade on its release day? It’s certainly a relief to witness the game remaining uncensored until the last moment. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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