Binge Watch Sorrow 2: Electric Boogaloo

So, yesterday, Wilhelm over at TAGN published a fantastic post full of bullet points on different topics in regards to streaming shows on services like Hulu, Disney+, Netflix, HBO, and so on. Check that post out! It’s great!

Then Bhagpuss made a post as well on the topic and used those bullet points to give their opinion on the same topic. Check their post out as well if you haven’t yet. Another great post!

Alas, that’s why I wanted to write about this topic and why I’m considering streaming shows via Netflix despite not liking subscription-models too much. Before I head into that… context: 

I haven’t watched TV for about eight years now, really… I mean, I’ve watched shows via the internet and at times, I’d even just settle for YouTube videos, Anime or video games instead of watching a movie or a show on TV. There are a few reasons for that that I’ll get into later. Mostly since other media is more entertaining, anyway, in my opinion. For the most part, however, I’d opt-in for stuff that is available for free online instead of getting a Netflix subscription. I’m just hesitant about subscriptions because I usually don’t end up making full use of it… About five years ago, I got myself Spotify Premium to not have to download music onto my phone and ended up basically using it every day for hours upon hours. With Spotify, I’m making full use of my subscription since I listen to music all the time anyway. If I were to get into WoW, I probably wouldn’t be able to play it too much and would then regret the subscription. With Netflix, I wouldn’t watch enough shows to make it worth it. Alas, I ended up relying on watching shows on Netflix whenever I was at my parents’ since I can use my sister’s Netflix account to watch shows. Back to the post.

Screenshot from Milky Way Prince – Review over here.
  • Not having to deal with commercials is pretty nice.

Absolutely. The reason why I have Spotify Premium is mostly the fact that I can use it offline as well but also the fact that there are no ads every two songs or so. Some ads on Spotify would go on for three minutes, promoting a song that I don’t like at all, which was annoying. With TV it’s similar: I don’t watch TV because I hated the 7-minute-ad-breaks during movies, every twenty minutes or so. It’s annoying and I don’t really get why. Not having to deal with that is really nice… It’s incredibly nice to watch a show whenever you want to while still supporting the creators of it with the subscription. 

  • I still don’t like pay-per-view.

The only movies that I ever bought DVDs of were Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, 9, Corpse Bride, and two copies of (500) Days of Summer. Yes, I own that last movie twice, mostly since I wanted to watch that movie again but didn’t have the DVD at my place, so I just ordered it. You can rent it for three bucks or just buy it for ten. Buying it twice is twenty bucks. Watching it four times is already more worth it on the DVD I bought than when rented. And I have a spare at my parents’ place in case I wanna watch it over there and didn’t bring it from my flat. Pay-Per-View is a failed concept in my opinion as I still have that DVD available to me no matter what happens to that account of mine. I mean… would you rent a game for one play-session only to be charged again when you start it up again next time? 

  • There are too many streaming-services.

Yes. 100%. I’m thinking about getting Netflix so that I can watch some movies and shows I like on there… but not every show I wanna watch is on there as it’s somewhere else. Disney+ features a lot of Marvel stuff, for instance, so if a friend came over and wanted to watch that stuff, I’d have to have Disney+… and I don’t think I’ll get it anytime soon. In essence, it wouldn’t pay off for me personally as I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan and as I’m not the biggest Marvel fan either. I liked the Daredevil but I think that show is still on Netflix… and it got worse and worse after every season, so I stopped watching it eventually. There aren’t really any other Marvel shows that I’d watch apart from Agents of Shield… and even that one will probably never get watched.

I’d like it if there was a way for you to watch HBO shows on Netflix. I love Silicon Valley, for instance, but I’m not entirely sure if I’d like anything else on HBO really… Silicon Valley is a great show. If I was able to watch it on Netflix, I’d do that. Maybe Netflix would get a bit of money from HBO since they provided me with it and a lot of the money would go to HBO since they made the show. That kind of system or partnership between shows could work out quite well, I think. But then again, they are in competition, so they probably won’t do that.

And the problem with being on one service and “making full use of the subscription” is that you can’t really “make full use of it” when you also want to “make full use of” another subscription. I’m not sure if I’d ever subscribe to two different services at the same time, at least as a student.

  • Finding things is hard.

Netflix has a lot of shows. My Steam library has a lot of games. That doesn’t mean that you’ll always find the right thing to watch or play right away. “Die Qual der Wahl” is a German phrase that summarises that quite well. Having too many options results in you having a hard time choosing what to watch, which is annoying. Steam gives you a suggestion at times with the “Steam Play Next” shelf in the library’s homepage, which I find quite cool, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post. Netflix has a suggestion feature as well based on the shows that you watch but generally, it can be really hard to find shows to watch since you don’t have an “either-or” choice but rather an “either-or-or-…-or-or-or” choice with way too many shows which makes the choice even harder. On Steam, it at least is limited to games you own while Netflix just presents everything to you. Hence, I can see why that’s an issue and I’m glad that people are recommending shows on my discord, so at least I can fish for some shows on there or recommend shows to other people.

  • Weekly Releases vs. All-At-Once

Personally speaking, I’d rather have shows available All at Once! However, I can see how binging is quite unhealthy and how that shouldn’t be encouraged with cliffhangers in shows that make you want to go for “just another episode” or whatever. Having the next episode(s) available already means that there probably are spoilers out already but also that you won’t have to wait. When I watch Anime, I often watch shows that already are done. Alas, I can binge them. When I watch Airing Shows, I end up having to wait a week, which is a bit annoying… but I guess I can try and theory-craft with friends about the next episode, which is quite cool. There are, however, shows I really watch, so I binge watch and then it’s 8 am suddenly and my headspace is a mess and I just am tired but don’t want to ruin my sleep schedule which is kind of annoying.

  • Biases towards movies vs. shows

Wilhelm talks in his post about how a show feels like it’s “too long” to watch after a movie even though he spends probably the same amount of time watching four episodes on Netflix that evening anyways. I feel like that bias is there for everyone. A show usually is shorter and you can stop at any given time. A movie, however, is made in a less episodic way, resulting in you not being able to stop at any time, I think. I mean, there are three-hour-movies out there that don’t make any sense afterwards when you watch it after a day… or two… or whenever you get to it again. Usually, I end up making more time for movies than with shows only to use up more time with the shows compared to the movie. You can kind of estimate when you’ll end by watching a movie while you sometimes just feel like watching another episode after you just watched three or four.

  • Cut the Cord!

I really don’t watch TV. Wilhelm made a point about Sports but over here, at least, sports games often get broadcasted and streamed over the internet as well. Here in Germany, you still have to pay some fee for radio/tv/internet even when you don’t use any of those – “you have the opportunity to do it” after all, and you have to pay for that opportunity, I think… So, I don’t really have a reason to watch TV, especially with news, the weather, shows, movies and whatever else being available online already.

  • Internet problems suck!

Oh, tell me! It’s bad enough when my ping is high in games or when I’m dropping frames while streaming… but when the internet fails while watching a Stream on Twitch or a video on YT or a show on Netflix then that sucks super bad since you are invested in the show and suddenly have to do something else instead. Luckily, the neighbourhood at my parents’ and the neighbourhood at my dorm will both get better internet in 2021, so I’m excited about potentially streaming in 720p again on Twitch and watching more shows again!

  • Streaming at home > the cinema experience?

This one’s somewhat tricky. Watching a movie in the cinema/at the theatre is great a lot of the time… but as of late, I’ve been disliking it more and more whenever I thought back to all those bad experiences I’ve had with phones being used and being turned on super bright… or screaming babies… or chatty people… or people walking through the light, etc. Generally speaking, the experience can be so-so but I know that I want my kids to experience it for themselves for sure eventually when I have kids. I don’t want them to only know movies from TV/Netflix/DVDs… I mean, as a kid I loved the cinema. I can probably count the times I’ve been to the cinema on my fingertips, but I liked it most of the time during my childhood and not so much during recent years. Especially when you consider the price factor of it: Tickets and snacks are overpriced and you still don’t get a guaranteed “magical” experience depending on the people around you. Also, you still watch ads before the movie… Meanwhile, you get to have a great experience at home either way. It’s your own four walls, the people you love, you don’t have to wear pants, and you can stop any time to go to the toilet without missing anything… and as for snacks, you can have anything! I could have a can of Dr Pepper there… or a second one… or a third one… in the cinema, I wouldn’t be able to have Dr Pepper at all and if they did have it there it would cost way more than the store price.

  • There are still things not available.

A lot of Tim Burton movies, for instance, aren’t available on Netflix, which is weird… because they are great. A lot of older movies also can’t be watched on a lot of these services… and I don’t get why exactly that’s not a thing. At the same time, they are available in other countries, so using a VPN often is advised when it comes to Netflix and the like, which is something I personally don’t like too much… Why not make all languages, all subs and all shows/movies available to everyone and anyone? I mean, sure, there are countries that don’t allow stuff but just disable those over there! 

Screenshot from Milky Way Prince – Review over here.

Anyways, this is my (way too long) post on this topic. I again really recommend checking out Wilhelm’s post as it was the originator of all of this… and Bhagpuss’ post is also great, so check that post out! 

What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you use Netflix, HBO, or whatever? Can you recommend one over the other or maybe give me some recommendations for shows? In that instance, name your favourite shows, if you want to. I’ll for one really liked Silicon Valley on HBO and I love American Vandal on Netflix! I can highly recommend both of those shows if you’re into comedy. I may actually grab Netflix for myself and try it out for a month or a few, depending on how I like it and how much I use it. I may even write a Stray Sheep or two about shows I watched and about shows that I’m watching. We’ll see!

Either way, happy holidays! Stay safe! 

Cheers!

This post originated on Indiecator and was first published on there by Dan Indiecator aka MagiWasTaken.

TSS#72 – Blaugust Prompt #6 – My favourite quote(s)

What is my favourite Quote and why? Who the fuck is Todd Howards anyways? Why the fuck do I need to drag philosophy into this? These questions and possibly others in today’s post!

“Today” is Wilhelm’s turn to hold the Blaugust baton and host “today”‘s prompt for the Blaugust Promptapalooza! “Today” is in quotation marks since I’m actually in the future and will just move these posts back to the past once I’ve caught up with the posts… Life’s a bit messy with my studies and everything. That’s why I’m kind of hitting my limits here on the blogging front… ugh, I’m looking forward to when the last exam is over! 

Today’s prompt is “What is your favourite quote/s, and why?”

Over the past few years, I’ve had a ton of different quotes that I really liked. Here are a few of my favourites followed by my favourite quote at the end! + a bonus quote by Todd Howards!

“Der einzige Mann, der wirklich nicht ohne Frauen leben kann, ist der Frauenarzt”

Arthur Schopenhauer

This roughly translates to “The only man that is not able to live without women is the gynaecologist”. Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher that lived from 1788 to 1860 and who believed/taught that our world is based on an irrationality… I could go into what that means and if I agree BUT I think that would be rather boring. 

It’s short and somewhat witty, I guess? I feel like that’s important for quotable stuff. The categorical imperative by Kant is way too wordy and way too long for people to not die of boredom while listening to someone quoting it. This quote up there? Just long enough. I wouldn’t say that it’s my favourite quote but regardless of that, it’s still lovely. 

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”

Mark Twain

This one’s another witty and short one. Easily to remember. Easy to live by. Just tell the truth and nothing but the truth. You don’t have to remember the lies that you thought of and you won’t get bitten in the back by the lies that you jumbled up. Lies can be messy and I usually try to be as honest as possible. Obviously, there are white lies and other instances where you can’t exactly tell the truth… Half-truths probably are worse than lies in my opinion, especially as you knowingly try to manipulate and potentially even gaslight others. Alas, I just try to stick to the truth as much as possible as that’s the easiest way to deal with all kinds of situations.

“Just because she likes the same bizarro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate.”

Rachel Hansen (played by Chloë Grace Moretz)

This one’s out of (500) Days of Summer. As previously mentioned, it’s my favourite movie and I love that movie to bits even if it has got its issues here and there. In the movie, there is a scene where Tom Hansen (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is playing some Wii game with his sister Rachel while talking about Summer Finn (played by Zooey Deschanel), the girl that he’s in love with. He’s just head over heels over her… and Rachel says that which I found quite fitting for a lot of things in life. Just because “everything fits”, that doesn’t have to mean that the person of interest is “the one”. In the past, I’ve met (and fallen for) someone who had exactly the same interests as me. 

Be it movies, bands and other hobbies, we were near to identical on an interest-level – on top of that, I was able to talk to her for hours without any issues at all or awkward silence or whatever. BUT then I watched this movie for the 17th time (at that time… right now we’re at 21 times) and noticed… just because we like the same crap, that doesn’t mean that we should get married and get kids and die together and whatever. It just means that we’d make great friends. Alas, I calmed down and we became friends, which I’m more than happy about, to be honest. It would have gotten so bad if we would have ended up together… Hence, this quote is a bit of a lifesaver in a way? I feel like it’s something that people should keep in mind sometimes. Oh well. 

At last, my favourite quote:

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before.”

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is a giant in the literary world. I loved “The Great Divorce” but Lewis is probably more well-known for the “Narnia Chronicles”, which I actually haven’t read at all. Either way, this is my favourite quote. I don’t know where it is from but I stumbled across it in “Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy” and I loved it immediately.

While, again, short and witty, it summarizes what I’d call the “essence of life” in just eleven words. And it does it well. After every joyful moment, there is this down-phase that you feel. After happiness comes pain and after the climax comes the catastrophe. I’m speaking of plays, naturally. No horny writing here. After every good bender, you get that huge hangover. After every happy and sunny day comes a rainy one. But while that sounds very pessimistic, I feel like it’s quite optimistic and hopeful. 

In essence, it’s not limited to this direction but also to the opposite one. After you’ve hit rock-bottom, you won’t steep lower: It’s only going up. After every down-phase you have, you’ll get better. Eventually. Everything will be okay. Everything will work out. 

At this point, I’d like to elaborate with another quote that I highly adore (aka a bonus entry!):

“It just works.”

Todd Howards

It just works… or rather it just works out. In the end, all is well that ends well and all that is happening will get better. Hope is never lost and when you feel pain right now, you’ll feel happiness afterwards. It can’t get worse than this right? 2020 – and I don’t want to jinx anything here – can’t possibly get worse than this, right? Well, I guess it can… but it’s not going to be the end of the world (oh boy, I’m jinxing what should have happened in 2012). It’s gonna work out. It just works.

Obviously, that’s not my favourite but it’s quite applicable to all kinds of things in life. Just like how Skyrim “just works”, life also “just works”. It will be alright. It will work out. No worries, keep your head up, move on. Move forward. “Keep calm and drink tea” or something like that. 

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I felt before” is something that got me through a bunch of times where I wasn’t sure how to deal with anything in my life. My father got sick or rather worse when I just moved away. My studies didn’t go well but I didn’t want to worry my parents. I ended up not knowing what to do next. Similarly, I’ve had some very bad breakups in the past and didn’t know what to do about it. And then I started playing Getting Over It and encountered that quote and it all made sense. It all “just works”. It really did. 

Without the happiness that I felt before, I wouldn’t have gotten hurt. If I didn’t meet her, I wouldn’t have felt that pain. At the same time though, because I suffered at that point in time, I was able to be happy again afterwards. Without ever feeling down or upset or sad… without being depressed or anxious… you can’t really be truly happy, right? Without ever getting hurt, you can’t say that you actually lived, right? 

I feel like that’s important in life in general. The pain you feel now is the happiness you felt before. I love it. The pain you feel now will be the happiness you feel soon. 

And I guess that’s where I end this post. I really enjoyed this prompt. It turned out longer than I thought it would but that’s no biggie, I’d say. Check out Wilhelm’s original post over here… and, well, The Friendly Necromancer is the next one in line for the Blaugust baton! So check them out as well! 🙂 

Cheers!

This post is part of the Blaugust 2020 event. Wanna know more about it? Then check out my post on it or Bel’s post where he also linked everyone who’s participating! Be sure to check out the others as well!