My Letter To Rand Al Thor 19
Rand Al Thor 19 is a man embedded deep into the Xbox community. He is known as the “man with a million” referring to his Xbox gamer score which is hella impressive. Nevertheless, he has been under heat for doing the ultimate taboo as of late - being an Xbox fan, and criticizing the Xbox system. To me, despite my rebuts on Twitter which go against people spreading lies and mistruths as facts, being that anal about someone’s opposition to something Xbox related is absurd. It befouls the culture of gaming and continues to send it on this downward spiral it has been since 2010 - no true innovation, just fanboying, hype and click baiting.
It is in reference to click baiting that I wrote this article. At the time of this writing, Rand Al released a video where he announces he will end “click-baiting” the title in his videos. Click baiting is a recent term used to describe the act of severely over hyping the title of ones social media/online content to draw attention, therefore increasing the “clicks” or number of people open and read the article. Are Rand’s articles truly click bait? I don’t think so. In response I write an open letter to Rand on his channel which you can also see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI5PCOeIXhU&sns=tw
“ Rand…. I truly appreciate your candor, transparency and desire to satisfy the masses. Guess what, you can’t satisfy the masses…. You got the fanbase you have by doing what you do. I’m not totally against click baiting unless its like SERIOUS exaggeration or flat out lie. However, there’s nothing wrong with hyping up your title - a little - so it stands out. People need to be real here and stop the Emo bitchin. It’s driving me crazy. Rand and other content providers put things out on youtube at a great cost and a lot of hardwork. There is compensation to be had for this to continue at the same quality. Part of that compensation comes via views. IT is what it is. No need to cry over it folks. Good titles of articles are to have some ambiguity, draw attention, and yes have a little hype. These MF’s aint writin for NPR i.e. “…. Water drips slowly down wall” no dorks it’s more like “…. Water continues to drip down wall, is somebody’s bill about to get high!” Now if it read like …“ Water runs down wall. Trust me pipe will burst and drown city. Phil should have seen this coming…” then we would have a problem. Rand’s articles never read like that. Rand, who am I to suggest this. However, let the haters hate. I don’t think you need to change anything bro. Did the CD3 article rub some people wrong, yeah but so TFW. It was your opinion, you did not dog MS entirely just their approach to CD3. Honestly, I came out looking at the situation differently from you, but guess what it’s ok. People can counter your argument and move on. You’re not the problem. The problem is too many people have issues within the Xbox community. We’re turning on each other because we’re falling for the puke pundit noise, and the fanboy bullshit ourselves. The systems problem was that it lacked the hardware to garner the 3rd party support that Sony got. “Sony is crushing MS in exclusives” - that’s a farce. Sony exclusive attach rate is 3% where MS’ is 5% this gen. MS was getting killed in 3rd party sales because of the box. With the X that has been resolved. Will it close the gap entirely - likely not, but will it bring back that third party support and a lot of the strayers, hell yeah. In closing that’s what lies within this problem. Both console communities are so toxic, they now think its all about looking at numbers, pumping your chest if your consoles on top and dogging the other. It’s pathetic. Too many Xbox fans are mad because they can’t do that this time. They want MS to do something drastic to give them those bragging rights over night. This is despite the company’s status which is doing hella fine, the number of AAA full game exclusives (27 to Sony’s 35) and the avg Metacritic of these exclusives (77.65 to Sony’s 79.08). Despite this, without those “we’re 1” in numbers bragging rights people want to go ape-shit. We are now turning on one another. Rand, you’ve become a target cause you won’t hold MS’ sac with everything they do. This needs to stop. If Sony fans want to praise all PlayStation, let them do it. I became part of the MS community because they were different. As of late, not so much …. “