If You Click On (and Read) a Spoiler Link, It’s Your Fault

snokeOver the last couple days as people have been losing their minds online about spoilers, one big thing has come up that makes me shake my head. There are people out there very angry that they read a spoiler link months ago and go on cursing the person who posted it for ruining the movie for them. That’s just absurd because they ruined the move for themselves by reading something they knew could possibly have spoiled them.

That’s why sites put big “SPOILER” warnings on those things. It’s to give people a chance to click away and not read something they may not want to. If you ignore such warnings and read the spoilers anyways, it’s your own fault for doing so and not the person who posted the spoiler. Considerate sites will post the SPOILER warning in the headline, summary, and then an even bigger SPOILER warning paragraph in the text itself just to give you enough warning to click away if you don’t want to read it. Yet people still do and then get pissed at whoever posted the spoiler.

The line of thinking where people ignore warnings makes me think of the old internet saying to remove all warning labels off everything and just let natural selection filter out the stupid.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

People Are Grossly Overreacting Over Star Wars Spoilers

The Force Awakens comes out this week and people have gone absolutely insane to the point of insanity and overreaction to avoid Star Wars spoilers.

One big example is Entertainment Weekly who made a Tweet today where they made a joke that Andy Serkis was playing Jar Jar in the movie. It’s a joke because Serkis’ character is fully CG, and from a certain point of view he is the Jar Jar of this movie as that was also a fully CG character.

People immediately flipped out over that thinking they had some major secret revealed to them, when it was just a joke.

There’s a huge amount of over sensitivity about Star Wars spoilers where it’s come to the point where people are unfollowing others on Twitter and social media simply for seeing a Tweet that says “Star Wars” or “The Force Awakens”. The post can be completely spoiler free, but they freak out over any mention of Star Wars.

This is insane and it almost makes me want to avoid the internet for the next week. Not to avoid spoilers, but to avoid those for are way too over sensitive about Star Wars spoilers.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Awesome Force Awakens Disney Infinity Poster

Disney has just released this very cool poster for The Force Awakens Disney Infinity 3.0 playset that comes out on Friday.
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Apparently some stores had already sold the set by accident and the people who tried to use it got a message that it can’t be played until The Force Awakens is in theaters. That means there will likely be a patch or something to activate it on all platforms on Friday.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

It’s True. All of It…

There’s a pastebin that’s being spread around. Reddit mods are continually deleting the leak, but it’s real. I have friends who were at the premiere last night, both by by being part of the line at the Chinese and connections in other ways and they’ve confirmed that massive spoiler dump is real. People interpret little things, such as the real relationship between two of certain characters a little differently (what may be love to one person is just flirtation to another), but the details and dialog in that pastebin are real.

I wasn’t going to post it, but if people really want to be 100% spoiled for The Force Awakens the pastebin is here. A couple things to remember:
It was posted 5 days ago, however there are details in there that were not known until yesterday by people at the premiere and book leaks.
It’s posted by a guest account, which means once that was posted it could not be edited. That kills one of the conspiracy theories by people who don’t want it to be true.

The big thing to take away from it is that it confirms the rumors that have been going around since last February. The rumors that some fans didn’t want to be true so badly that they sent death threats to the site that originated them. The Internet owes that site a big apology for all the crap they spewed at it just because they didn’t like how a fictional character was portrayed in a movie.

There’s nothing in there that really bugs me. The parentage thing is causing people to have hissy fits online, but that doesn’t really need to be answered in the first movie. This movie is going to be a trilogy and in the Original Trilogy we didn’t learn who Luke’s father was until the end of The Empire Strikes Back. People are really upset about Finn, but that’s really more of the fault of the US marketing putting so much focus on him instead of Rey who is really the main character. The international marketing had focused more on her.

The only thing that’s a little strange (and caused some people to think the pastebin is fake) is the real name of one of the characters. But that’s true too. I won’t post it, but I’ll just leave this here:

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The Force Awakens Soundtrack Track Times Released

Google Play has released the track times for The Force Awakens soundtrack. They’re still hiding the track names, but those leaked a couple of days ago on Amazon France.

You can see the track times here on Google Play.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

What Happened With Star Wars Unity?

The-Empire-Strikes-Back-Han-Solo-e1415025824862I’ve had some people asking me what really happened with Star Wars Unity. I tried to explain it without much detail in my first post due to not wanting to cause issues for anyone else, but since then some people have made up some wild assumptions and lies about the situation so I figure I should clarify a couple of things. Some of these assumptions are innocent and people trying to read between the lines, while others are just lies that seem to be exploiting me being purposely vague so they could further some agenda.

One thing I heard was that Jason at MakingStarWars made me take down the site because it was too similar to his or competition. His site gets millions of views a month so he’s not really worried about a friend of his competing with him. That idea is just stupid. The idea behind his site is to look at the whole process of making a Star Wars movie, and that wasn’t something I was going to really focus on in the first place.

The other going around was that it was forced down over the Snoke image that leaked. I never hosted that image, and I just linked to a forum post where it was first released. The post wasn’t even up long enough to be seen much before I pulled the site down, so again that idea is pretty dumb. I think that post was only up for a couple of hours at most.

The truth is the site had to come down because of all of the drama surrounding the DMCA takedowns over the unreleased Rey action figure. I posted my story about that on Thursday, and it went pretty viral. First it was picked up by The Mary Sue, and then later in that afternoon I was contacted by the author of the Ars Technica piece for more information. His article went up on Thursday night where he also had comments from the EFF. From there it went to Business Insider, the Consumerist, and lots of torrent sites that run stuff about DMCA takedowns.

Thankfully as Friday morning came the focus went more to Star Wars Action News (who had the DMCA takedown reinstated and then suspended from Facebook over it), but the damage was done.

Friday night I found out that Jason was having issues due to that because of my involvement with their podcast. Even though I ran my own site completely separate from him, he was getting heat for something I wrote that was completely unrelated to him. Even though the Ars writer didn’t have a problem finding the “Contact” page on Star Wars Unity to contact me, I had to hear about these problems from someone else who got hit just because I was a guest on their podcast. Jason didn’t even know what the whole issue was about as his site didn’t touch it.

Even before this people confusing things posted by myself or Jason as one or the other was a big issue. On the Jedi Council Forums I would post an opinion about a spoiler or something and people here would immediately take that as “MSW says this”, even though I ran my own site (Furious Fanboys) and was just a guest on their podcast. This latest instance of that was bigger than just some random person on a forum confusing us as one person, so that’s when I decided to step away from the podcast.

That’s also partly what caused me to write this over the weekend. It’s just not worth it to have that guillotine hanging over your head where you have to worry about keeping certain people happy. So instead of just removing the posts about the DMCA takedown I decided to pull the plug on the site. It was only up for a week, and it just wasn’t worth the risk of pissing off the wrong people.

I still own the domain (for now) and if things blow over in time I may bring it back. But for now I’ll just post some dumb stuff on this blog.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

I’m as Excited for Independence Day: Resurgence as I am For The Force Awakens

The upcoming Independence Day sequel has me as exited for it as I am for Star Wars. The 1996 original wasn’t just one of the biggest hits of the decade, it was a great sci-fi movie made at an incredibly interesting time for visual effects where digital was just coming into wide use. So the movie used a lot of “practical” effects mixed with some CGI.

I always wanted to see a sequel to the movie, and setting this exactly twenty years later in an alternate timeline where humanity harnessed the alien technology is very exciting.

I’m normally a big spoiler guy, but I don’t think I’ll actively seek out spoilers for this one. I want to have a similar experience seeing it for the first time as I did in 1996. I won’t completely avoid spoilers, if I see something I won’t get overly upset, but I’m looking forward to seeing this on the biggest screen possible!

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

THX is Returning With The Force Awakens?

Back in April THX revealed their new “Eclipse” trailer for theaters that are being calibrated for the standard. So far, I don’t believe it’s been featured in any movie and the rumors around the internet are saying The Force Awakens will be the first movie to feature the new trailer.

We’ll know for sure in a couple of days. If your theater says it’s THX certified then you’ll probably get to see the new trailer on the big screen.

This is the new Eclipse trailer that may be showing with The Force Awakens:

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Probably the Best Force Awakens TV Spot Yet

Corey over at MakingStarWars found this TV Spot for The Force Awakens that TheSuperJedi uploaded, and I think it’s probably my favorite one yet. There are countless commercials out there for the movie, but the use of the Throne Room theme makes this one my favorite. That’s my absolute favorite piece of Williams music from any of the Star Wars movies, and I want that played at my funeral!

Here’s the spot. Hopefully a better quality version hits soon:

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

It’s Been a Crazy Week

furious-fanboys-logo-topThere have been a lot of people wonder what’s been going on, so I decided to write this blog post to explain things as best as possible.

Most know I’ve been writing for Furious Fanboys for several years. I didn’t actually own the site, I just updated it. It was actually owned by a friend of mine who had several other sites he was managing. Towards the end of October I found out he was in talks to sell off his suite of sites (including Furious Fanboys) to some investment firm. After an initial call I didn’t really hear anything about it until mid-November when my friend asked me if I’ve heard anything yet from them…because they had taken over the site at the first of the month and never even spoke to me at all.

Which brings me to Star Wars Unity. I put that site up around the 2nd of December as if things went South and I wasn’t going to focus on Furious Fanboys anymore I wanted to have a new site I would be able to control. It went well, and got big very fast. But I learned last night that it angered some very large entities, which I never intended to do.

Due to those people being upset, and my being involved with Now This is Podcasting!, it caused some stress for my friend Jason. To avoid any problems for him, I told him I would step away from the podcast. Then to avoid any major problems for me I decided to delete Star Wars Unity and walk away from that sort of site.

I owned this domain years and years ago, back when domains were VERY expensive. I let it lapse and porn site squatters grabbed it for several years. They finally let it go, so I renewed it to post this blog. I’ll post things here, but I’m not going to try turn this into some kind of five-million-hits-a-month site.

I also want to again apologize to anyone I upset with the Star Wars Unity blog. It was never my attention to do that. I just wanted to talk about Star Wars, which I’ll always love.

So with that, how crazy is it that we get a new Star Wars movie in just five days?

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He’s written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.