How Will The MST3k Revival Impact The Fans?

How Will The MST3k Revival Impact The Fans?

So many fanbases turn toxic, but this one has stayed fun and welcoming.
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The beloved 90s TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 will be returning thanks to Netflix on April 14th.

The key to the show's success has always been its small but devoted fanbase. In the old days, its popularity grew as people recorded the show on VHS and shared it with friends. The credits even featured the phrase "keep circulating the tapes," until they were forced to remove it to avoid encouraging piracy. While Netflix deserves credit for picking the show up, MST3k's return after all these years is primarily due to its incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign.

What distinguishes MSTies (yep, there's a name) from most fanbases is just how friendly they are, online and off. The show has always spread from person-to-person, created a sense of community among fans. When debates do arise, as they will in any fanbase, they are fairly amicable. Back when IMDb had its forums, the MST3k message board was one of the only active parts of the site not consumed by negatively and insults.

The Netflix revival is a major change for the show, but I hope the fanbase stays the same. We're all protective of the things we love, but I'd love to see longtime MSTies welcoming new fans who will undoubtedly be brought in by the reboot. If the show's fanbase can remain as welcoming and laid-back as it always has been, it will be truly unique.

Fanbases that grow large enough will typically try to decide what a "true fan" really is. The fanbase becomes fractured and discussion turns toxic. Fans will find a multitude of issues to argue over, and the smallest controversies become heated. You may still love the work itself, but it's best to tread carefully among many of its other fans.

Star Wars, with one of the biggest fanbases in the world, is unfortunately a great example of this. Some people will insist that a true fan must like every single movie with Star Wars in the title. Most fans hold the original trilogy in high regard, but others swear by the prequels. Some people like the original six, but hate what Disney has done with the franchise. There are also those that may love The Force Awakens or Rogue One, but hate the other. Being a Star Wars fan is still fun, but opinionated discussions can bring out the worst in people.

There's nothing wrong with having an opinion, even a strong opinion. However, problems arise when arguments get personal. Instead of celebrating their common interests, fans often end up insulting one another's intelligence. I may personally hate the Star Wars prequels, but I'm willing to bet there's a nuclear physicist somewhere in the world who loves them.

Maybe division and bitterness are just symptoms of people trying to form groups. However, I like to think that MSTies can roll with the changes and stay the friendly, welcoming group they've always been. The fanbase has so far treated anyone who enjoys the show as a true fan, and I hope it stays that way.

If you're interested, you can find 20 classic episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 streaming on Netflix right now, and over 40 episodes on Hulu.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

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Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

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However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


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