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Hey 'Death Stranding' Fans, Hideo Kojima Isn't The Infallible God You Think He Is

Tone the hero worship down a bit.

Death Stranding is a game that’s baffled gamers ever since living video game legend and auteur, Hideo Kojima, announced it years ago. Now that reviewers have finally managed to play it, the general consensus seems to be along the lines of “it’s gorgeous but super weird and probably not for you”.

Even if we go by the pretty-damn-good average review score of 83 on Metacritic, Death Stranding been a polarising game with very little middle ground to be found among reviewers as gameplay aspects lauded by a few critics were equally blasted by others.

The divide over Death Stranding is as wide as this gorge.

But perhaps the biggest fuss kicked up over Death Stranding is the fan reaction. No not to the game itself but towards the game’s reviews. Specifically, the negative reviews.

Hideo Kojima has built up something of a living video game god image thanks to nearly three decades of work on Metal Gear, which is one of the greatest video game series ever created. It’s gotten to the point where negative press of anything he’s done is seen as a massive slight.

Yet somehow things managed to sink to a new low following the publication of a number of negative reviews for Death Stranding.

Unhappy trolls and puffy-chested bros went out of their way to go after all the critics who dared to write something bad about their beloved Hideo Kojima, all while not seemingly not realising that critics are merely doing their job and reviews are subjective by nature.

There’s no denying that Hideo Kojima is a video game wunderkind and no one other than him could’ve pulled off Metal Gear, but he isn’t the infallible god many people hold him up to be. Just as he is capable of making a masterpiece, he is capable of making a dud. He is merely human after all and can make mistakes like the rest of us.

Yet the way clueless fans are going out of their way to slam reviewers for their negative opinion of Death Stranding is symptomatic of the cult-like mentality some folks have towards the man.

The biggest irony in this whole saga is that virtually none of the trolls and disgruntled fans have actually played a second of Death Stranding, which immediately renders all their whinging completely moot.

So rather than trolling critics for their negative Death Stranding reviews, how about accepting the fact that Hideo Kojima finally made a game that was something of a dud (relatively speaking) and not everyone will like it?

It’s not the end of the world if he made a somewhat passable game as opposed to another masterpiece, just as how a few negative reviews shouldn’t trigger such an intense reaction.

If your ego is so easily shattered by a 3.5 out of 10 review score, then you probably need to stop prioritising a game in which you carry a baby around with you 24/7 while lobbing piss grenades as the most important thing in your life.

If Keanu Reeves And Alexandra Grant Aren’t A Couple, Are We All Still Happy For Him?

People are very invested in this. Perhaps too invested.

So Keanu Reeves – aka the internet’s boyfriend – stepped out with a woman, Alexandra Grant, in public for the first time in a long time and the internet went wild.

After going through the initial mourning period upon realising that Keanu is no longer available, folks started championing this unexpected yet lovely coupling, even though no one (other than Keanu and Alexandra) has any clue whether they’re actually together or not

Yes it’s great to see Keanu looking so happy after the many personal tragedies he’s gone through but I just can’t help but feel like everyone’s happiness for him is nothing more than the result of some expectation people have that every Hollywood celebrity has to be married or have a partner or they’re failing in their personal life.

Put it another way, would you still be just as happy for Keanu Reeves if Alexandra Grant wasn’t his partner?

After the strange evolution of Keanu from movie star to one of the internet’s most meme-able celebrities, folks are pretty heavily invested in his life and this latest chapter has got everyone hooked. Hell, people are stoked that he’s (supposedly) dating someone who is age appropriate (he’s 55 and she’s 46) rather than being one of those Hollywood dudes who dates women half his age (*cough* Leonardo DiCaprio *cough*).

But here’s the thing, are we making too much of a fuss over what’s going on?

There’s a very real possibility that Keanu and Alexandra aren’t actually a couple and are merely hanging out as good friends. They’ve known each other for years and have worked together on various arty projects so there’s an established working relationship going on there already. It is possible for men and women to be pals without being together you know.

I guess all I’m saying is maybe we’re reading way too much into this and we should just let Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant do whatever it is they’re doing. Let them live their best lives and be happy regardless of whether they’re together or not.

The Greatest Spider-Man Movie Ever Is Getting The Bonkers Sequel We All Want

Time for another re-watch.

The GOAT team have a soft spot for most of the Spider-Man films that come out (except for the Andrew Garfield ones) and while we dig what Tom Holland has done with the character, the greatest ever Spidey film is undoubtedly Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

It’s warm, emotional, the animation looks utterly brilliant, retells the old “great power comes great responsibility” Spider-Man story in a refreshing way and has one of the greatest movie soundtracks in recent memory. It even has Nic Cage in it for god’s sake.

That’s why it pleases me to no end to report that Into the Spider-Verse is getting the sequel it deserves. According to a tweet from the official Spider-Verse Twitter account, the sequel is going to drop on April 8, 2022, which is a bit of a wait but hey, I’ll gladly wait however long it takes for the film to be great.

Beyond that, we actually don’t know what’s in store for us with Into The Spider-Verse 2 other than it’ll pick up where the first film left off. Since no details have been confirmed, let’s indulge in some baseless speculation and question asking instead.

Will we see Spider-Gwen, fat Peter Parker and all the other Spidey counterparts meet up with Miles Morales again? Will there be other Spider-Man appearances from different universes? Is Tom Holland going to make an appearance of some sorts given the Marvel/Sony deal that’s going?

Are we going to get a pay-off for that great post-credits scene in the first film where we got introduced to Oscar Isaac’s Miguel O’Hara? Does the multiple flashes of the Miles Morales Spider-Man logo in the teaser clip suggest we’ll see different versions of himself this time around?

What’s the music going to be like? Is Post Malone going to write another banger on the level of ‘Sunflower’ for the sequel?

So many questions yet literally no answers.

With the April 8, 2022 release date set, we’ve got more than enough time to speculate. In the meantime, it just means we’re due for another rewatch of Into The Spider-Verse, not that you really need an excuse to watch it again anyway.

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