Begging the Question

Life as an English major is hard. You spend years studying how to read books and along the way you refine your writing. You work on the nitty gritty of it all and become able to express your ideas clearly and intelligently and, along the way, you learn all sorts of little tools that help you along. You learn that a semicolon isn’t just a pretty button or the thing you get when you want a colon but forget to hit shift, but that it actually does something. You learn that commas don’t go where you’d take a breath and how to form proper sentences and how contractions work and all that stuff. Spending a year as a tutor I learned that the vast majority of people on the planet (most of the people I tutored were university students) don’t know what the hell they’re doing. I could spend years writing about punctuation but I won’t. No, today I’ll tackle a phrase that people misuse all the time, something that I find more frustrating than people who say “irregardless” or “I could care less” (when they mean they couldn’t, of course). The thing I’m tackling today is the logical fallacy known as “begging the question”.

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Ever Play Imperium Galactica?

Did you ever play Imperium Galactica?

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Bargain Bin Reviews: Dead Rising 2

It’s The Pletteau’s favourite video game related feature: The Bargain Bin Review!

Here’s how it works: I dredge the depths of video game stores / Steam looking for cheap games in the $1-$20 range. Games that were once $50-70 and were either very bad or have been out for a long time. I then review said title, taking into account the quality of game and its price. I pass this information on to you and we are both richer for it.

Today on the docket:

Dead Rising 2

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Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods is perhaps 2012’s most mismarketed movie thus far (Brave may yet prove me wrong, of course). It’s been touted as a horror movie, as a horror movie spoof, as an anti-horror movie, and no one really seems to have come to a clear consensus. It’s certainly not a traditional horror movie and it’s not that scary in that the movie’s horrors really aren’t the scariest part. What runs across pretty well every review however is that to delve into any details would risk spoiling the movie, and that’s certainly true; hence, the problem with the film’s marketing. How do you talk about a movie that you can’t talk about? Read the rest of this entry »

Beth Ditto’s Fatness Gets in the Way of Her Stinging Critique on Marilyn Monroe Worship

Noted fatty Beth Ditto dares to sully Monroe’s overused-and-abused name.

If you heard anything about the Gossip’s performance of Candle in the Wind at Cannes, it probably went to the tune of either, “Why did she ruin such an amazing song” or “She doesn’t understand the poignancy of Toppin’s lyrics or Monroe’s legacy,” or — most likely — “Hey, Beth Ditto’s fat.” Read the rest of this entry »

Review: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (PS3 & PS Vita)

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, which came out for the PS3 and 360 back in November and has been recently rereleased for the PS Vita, is one of the most fun fighting games out there. It is your typical 2D fighter with a huge cast of Marvel and Capcom characters, many (/most) poorly and hilariously voice-acted, pitted against each other in 3-on-3 matches. It isn’t precisely Marvel vs. Capcom; you could make a team of Ghost Rider, Ryu, and Chris Redfield, or an Avengers-themed team of the Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man, or a Capcom Devil Must Cry supergroup of Dante, Trish, and Virgil — really, it’s up to your imagination (and the character roster which is capped at 50). The characters range from the obviously-well known (Marvel’s Spiderman and Capcom’s Ryu) to the horribly obscure (like Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon and Capcom’s Arthur). Read the rest of this entry »

Marvel’s The Avengers

The Avengers, or more accurately called Marvel’s The Avengers (and more accurately described as Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers) is the latest Marvel offering from… Marvel and it without a doubt raises the bar for what to expect in a superhero movie, the same way that Spiderman, X-Men, Ironman, and even Batman Begins did. It exceeded all my expectations and set out what it meant to just about flawlessly. Just about. Read the rest of this entry »