Well since, Mr. Mathews has been doing this I thought that I'd give it a shot.
There was one top ten list where IGN said all the things that you had to think/do if you were to be considered hardcore (but IGN was implying in this case that hardcore meant jackass).
http://retro.ign.com/articles/950/950939p1.html And I'd like right now to be a total nerd and rant on one of the things they said was required to be "Hardcore" that being thinking that Final Fantasy VII is overrated.
Having just played the game recently, I'd have to say it's a very good RPG, but the fact is that it's overrated. (Keep in mind I'm only on the first disc)
To start out the only thing good about the graphics, which to this day are praised as "completly ground breaking for their time" were the prerendered backgrounds, everything being rendered in real time looks like crap. The overworld model of Cloud looks like he has toothpick arms with huge beefy muscles, which for 1997 is terrible.
The story is pretty good, but really nothing better than the last game. But that's not to say that the story is bad, there are some pretty cool characters, like Red XIII and Barret, and some interesting parts in the story like Sephiroth's decent into madness while reading in the underground library, the revealing of jenova, and when Cloud and the gang go to Barret's hometown and learn why it was completely destroyed.
But the fact that some fans of this game go as far as to say that this game is the pinnacle of video game story telling only proves that they haven't played: Snatcher, Mother 3, Xenogears, any Metal Gear Solid game, and Bioshock (I wasn't a big fan of it's gameplay, but I loved the story).
Also on a slightly irrelevant note, I found this on Screwattack one day, I'm not a huge screwattack fan, but I check there every once in a while and find something good.
It's a blog entry describing how IGN Xbox has been bashing the upcoming Bioshock 2 before it's release and praising Halo 3 saying it's superior to Bioshock in every single way including the story, which according to IGN Xbox was completely non-existent in Bioshock.
The following link contains strong language, most of you don't give a crap but I'm just sayin'
What do you guys make of that? Also, sorry if everything looks like I pushed return too much, I'm fairly tired right now and probably shouldn't be using the computer.