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The “cover all” for Club Diamond Lounge & Arcade (and any future addition to the Club Diamond series).

Club Diamond is a series for frivolous video game and movie chatter, and related discussion.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Wins DESPITE Media Rooting for It to Fail!…


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Date: December 02, 2021

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife is still doing better than predicted. This despite the media’s attempts to tank it… because of Ghostbusters 2016. In Week 2, it almost beat Disney’s Encanto. Jason Reitman has signed a multi-picture deal with Sony, and even some journos are saying it was disgusting to see other journos actively root for its failure. Meanwhile, NPR is crediting the movie with making new DIVERSE Ghostbusters fans. Well now.”

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The Decline of Gaming…

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Date: November 30, 2021

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“In the last 10 or so years it feels like the quality of video games and especially Triple A titles has declined. But why? With advancements in technology, higher budgets, larger teams of developers, how could gaming as a product be getting worse?? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell and show you…

Introduction – 0:00
#1 Perceiving The Decline – 1:51
#2 Complacency – 3:37
#3 Abundance of Remakes, Remasters – 9:22
#4 Chasing Trend (Early Access) – 14:02
#5 Games As a Service, Updates, Online Only, Broken Launches – 16:46
#6 Corporatization of Gaming – 23:51”

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Disney and its Streaming Competitors are in PANIC Mode!…


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Date: November 26, 2021

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“Disney’s Hulu and other streaming services are offering DEEP discounts on Black Friday. Subscriber growth is slowing down for most streamers, and they’re practically giving these services away to get more people to sign up. Eventually they’re going to run out of new subs and will actually have to offer good CONTENT to keep eyeballs.”

Yes…there are to many streaming services.

I simply bought a Roku, and subscribe to the free streaming services [with commercials]. It works surprisingly well…I have no extra bills…and tons of stuff to watch.

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Game Over for Activision Blizzard?…

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Date: November 26, 2021

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“Activision Blizzard is toast. Maybe. There are calls from employees and the media to oust CEO Bobby Kotick because he allegedly knew about the ‘culture’ at the company and did nothing.. Their stock is plummeting. Employees are walking out. And former co-lead Jen Oneal claims that she wasn’t paid as much as her male counterpart, and that’s why she left. All of this paints a VERY grim outlook for this company long-term. Activision gets bought out when?”

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Did What Ghostbusters 2016 DIDN’T…


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Date: November 24, 2021

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife did what Ghostbusters 2016 didn’t — massively OVERPERFORM at the box office with a budget of about HALF of what 2016 had. Ghostbusters 2016 underperformed during a prime summer slot with a ton of promotion, years before the pandemic. If you’re comparing apples to apples, Afterlife did MUCH better. Ghostbusters 2016 lost a lot of money for Sony. And the media can’t STAND it.”

It’s good to see this series rebounding…Maybe they’ll make more in the future.

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Why so many Critics want to see GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE fail!…


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Date: November 22, 2021

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“Ghostbusters Afterlife is upon us, and by all indications, it is going to be a crowd pleaser. While audience word of mouth has been stellar, reviews from professional critics have been a bit more mixed, with some seemingly review bombing the movie for dismissing Paul Feig’s 2016 remake, and for catering to the built in fans. It would appear that to some, the Ghostbusters hits a nerve.
@AndreEinherjar will begin this editorial by recapping how Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake became a cultural touchstone in 2016, and why its failure caused a residual bias against any other Ghostbusters iteration; and finally, what to do about it.”

Midnight’s Edge points out something I’ve not considered previously…mainly because I’m not deeply familiar with movies directed by Paul Feig.

It seems he has a formula and pattern…creating a sort of female lead pun on existing franchises…This makes things make sense more…because 2016 was full on comedy…where as, the original Ghostbusters was multi genre, and didn’t really fit into a single category…Afterlife is following in the footsteps of the original movie…which is why it feels much more connected…plus there’s the homage to Harold Ramis…which is great, here…It gives the movie a lot of weight.

I remember when one of the actors from 2016 was talking about how they’d grafted Harold’s face onto a ghost, as a nod towards him…which sounded interesting…but it just came off weird, in the actual movie…I was anticipating something a bit more in line with what happened in Afterlife…I went into the theater expecting to recognize Harold as a ghost…but I didn’t realize when I was actually seeing it…because, again…it was just so darn bizarre.

How do you parody something like the original Ghostbusters, and make it work?…especially when people are largely fed up with reboots?

While I felt on it’s own right 2016 was a good movie…I can now see why it didn’t quite mesh with the original movie…or with Afterlife.

I cannot believe so many people seriously turned Ghostbusters 2016 into a political fight…That was just embarassing. A lot of BS, and nasty people behind said BS, really dragged Ghostbusters 2016 down…in ways it really didn’t deserve.

Take that how you will…I think there were villians on both sides…and the whole fight was just stupid.

It’s amazing that sour grapes seem to still be around…and aimed at Afterlife, right now.

Pathetic, honestly.

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Mobile Gamers are the WORST…


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Date: November 21, 2021

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“Mobile RPG gamers are the most toxic, according to a recent study. They’re worse than console or PC gamers. Speaking of toxic, we then talk about Activision Blizzard losing more support. You guys all have phones, right?”

Since I see my response to Daniel Kintigh in the comments section is only showing up while in the account I posted it in…forgive my tendancy to be a broken record…but, here it is…I bothered to type it…I wanted it seen.

“they ignore all the toxicity on twitter because most of it is on their side”

Twitter has terminal rot in it’s very foundation. Some of the very people charged with overseeing the platform are identity politic “activists”, who have no hesitation over targeting, censoring and driving people off the platform, on the grounds that they simply don’t like them (aka, they’re nasty bigots and they don’t want you there).

If they don’t like you yet you’ve been on the platform for years in full compliance with their TOS, they will literally create a new policy (no matter how absurd) explicitly so they have something to use against you, and proceed to inflict a penalty of outright grotesque overreaction (even if you’ve literally never been in trouble on the platform before).

I’ve personally experienced this fate after a decade in good standing on Twitter, and witnessed it inflicted upon numerous others, and I’m a downright pleasant sweetheart. I just believe firmly, that sound and accurate communication and research are important and vital, even and especially concerning socially controversial topics. Abusive hordes with a Twitter stooge in their pocket came along to infiltrate our hashtags, pick a fight while violating Twitters TOS habitually, just to create the illusion that people like myself were “a problem”, get a new policy put into place and ultimately run us off the platform in the dirtiest way possible. I personally spent my last year on the platform reporting these people, and many of them had their accounts suspended or terminated for what they were doing. It was a ruthless onslaught. They wouldn’t leave us alone.

Then one day I found my own account suspended, with nearly every function shut down and stripped away. Twitter refused to discuss anything with me, refused to allow me any opportunity to rectify whatever violation I supposedly committed, and refused to remove the suspension on my account. All this in response to my first alleged “violation” ever, in over ten years. A decade plus of positive, productive activity on their platform meant nothing to them. I had over 1,500 followers, and numerous lists cultivated for a wide range of projects on many social issues. A lot of people genuinely respected and wanted what I was doing on the platform. My account was maliciously assassinated not because of anything I did, but because of who I am, and immutable biological traits I possess. They wanted me gone, because I’m inconvenient, and hate filled bigots run the platform.

The whole situation is just dirty and sleazy, unhinged naked censorship and abuse. Members of the Twitter admin are part of the abusive hordes. There is no disciplinary action taken against these underhanded stooges. This is just how things are allowed to exist on Twitter.

What makes things even worse, is that a lot of these same people throw their weight around, trying to inhibit would be competitors in the micro blog arena. They won’t let you be on their platform, yet they try to destroy the alternatives.

It’s hard to believe how much persecution gets inflicted upon you, when you’ve spent your life trying to be a communicator, a peacemaker and a healer.

I’m convinced Twitter does not want communication, peace or healing. In fact, I now consider Twitter to be a threat to both the internet, and society at large. There’s a lot of messed up stuff, hosted and condoned on that platform.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife BEATS Expectations and Journos are FURIOUS!…


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Date: November 21, 2021

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife is beating box office expectations this weekend, and journos are FURIOUS that this movie even exists. The Daily Beast claims “the alt-right” bullied the studios into making this movie… and something, something, Trump. Ridiculous. All this because Ghostbusters 2016 has effectively been overwritten.”

I gave in and went to see this friday night…

…It is honestly really good. I’m glad I went.

This is the Ghostbusters sequel that the series needed…particularly right now.

And, yes…in my opinion, this is easily the second best Ghostbusters movie…and it’s a story with heart…and they really nailed the humor and the original atmosphere of the first movie.

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Kathleen Kennedy’s “Creative Differences” are DESTROYING Star Wars?!…


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Date: November 20, 2021

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“Patty Jenkins’ Star Wars film, Rogue Squadron, has apparently fallen apart because of “creative differences” with Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy. And before that, it was Colin Trevorrow. And before that, it was the Game of Thrones guys. And before that, it was Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Seeing a pattern here?”

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is GOOD!…


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Date: November 19, 2021

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“Ghostbusters: Afterlife is GOOD. Very, very good. We were worried about this one, but it’s the respectful sequel Ghostbusters fans have been waiting for. We give our spoiler-free impressions, as well as a more spoiler-filled review. We came. We saw. It kicked ass.”

I’m so happy to hear this. Maybe I’ll go see it tonight…or next week.

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