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Donkey Kong, what are you doing with all this toxic waste?

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I remember my friends loved playing Roblox when they were younger but I always thought it was dumb and not very fun.

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I have trouble finding Dunkey deliberately acting like a jackass ha donkey pun during co-op games funny when it's so easy for me to put myself in the other guy's shoes. 

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They're two buddies dicking around, with Dunkey playing it up for humor. The other guy was clearly not actually frustrated by Dunkey, especially considering the shtick of the video is supposed to be Dunkey mumbling and doing stupid shit.

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So the dunkman has caused, uh, quite a stir with this one. Lots of game critics and reviewers attempting rebuttals (with varying degrees of thoughtfulness/success).

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Mostly agree with him. Game reviews are awfully inconsistent and usually too influenced by personal whims.

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This Twitter thread by Philip Kollar (from Polygon) seems to be the most thoughtful response I've seen thusfar. It mirrors a lot of my own reaction to dunkey's video, that mainstream video game journalism on the macro level has a lot of terrible, terrible problems but individual journalists have more in common with lone wolf YouTubers than dunkey either acknowledges or realizes.

And YouTube reviewers aren't without their flaws. Dunkey decries journalists for rushing to print their reviews, speeding through games or not even finishing them so they can have the big scoop. I'd say most YouTubers are even more shameless in their drag race to the top of the search results; think about how many people dogpile on every new meme game like Five Nights at Freddy's or Goat Simulator, or just popular stuff like Overwatch. Both YouTubers and journalists want to get in on the action while its hot, thus is the nature of entertainment media, and I don't know if dunkey thinks of himself as an exception or something but it's remiss for him not to admit that.

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It's funny how critics are making long series of tweets to try to convince people they don't care and Dunkey is bad.

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It's also kinda amusing to hear Dunkey talk about critics giving mixed messages, when I've heard more than one person say they're not sure sometimes whether what he says in videos is his actual opinion or he's just joking around. Not that I think he's trying to be an actual critic or anything.

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9 hours ago, trepmaws said:

It's also kinda amusing to hear Dunkey talk about critics giving mixed messages, when I've heard more than one person say they're not sure sometimes whether what he says in videos is his actual opinion or he's just joking around. Not that I think he's trying to be an actual critic or anything.

The cynic in me imagines it's a way to back out of any harsh blowback. Just a joke, you guys!

What makes it hard is that dunkey's whole brand of humor lacks sincerity. Like, functionally, I mean that his jokes are all ironies, sarcasms, or misnomers like calling games the wrong game. But it's all played relatively deadpan so yea, there's a tonal bleed between seriousness and humor. I think he's aware of this, in his more serious videos he tends to state straightaway that he's put away the Seinfeld suit and put on his Thinkin' Cap.

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I don't think he is trying to deceive people with the way he reviews... He just makes a lot of jokes. Usually you can tell when it's a joke, but sometimes it may be difficult due to the delivery. I do think that there are some things he didn't consider in his video, for sure, though he did bring up a lot of good points. Note also that a lot of these "journalists" have just gone to namecalling and poopooing him in response.

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I've only been watching Dunkey for a few months now and he doesn't really strike me as a critic so much as just a wacky fella who goofs off playing video games for your entertainment. Also, I've known that IGN is full of shit and is regularly bribed by publishers to write positive reviews in exchange for exclusive advertising rights since I was in high school, so this exposé is nothing new to me. That all being said, I'd certainly trust his opinion and a few other choice individuals I follow over faceless corporate gaming sites. 

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On 7/11/2017 at 4:17 AM, supreme_slayer said:

I don't think he is trying to deceive people with the way he reviews... He just makes a lot of jokes. Usually you can tell when it's a joke, but sometimes it may be difficult due to the delivery. I do think that there are some things he didn't consider in his video, for sure, though he did bring up a lot of good points. Note also that a lot of these "journalists" have just gone to namecalling and poopooing him in response.

I didn't mean to imply I think intentionally misleading people; the cynic in me thinks so but its buried in the optimist that is me. It's just a bleaker way of looking at it. I've been left uncertain by his tone a few times before, though.

And yea, Dunkey had a tweet (but then deleted it? It seems gone) that read "I have recieved maybe two thoughtful responses from game critics and the rest have all been the limpdickest bullshit."

 

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Maybe it's just the way I interpret humor, but I can pretty much always tell when Dunkey is being serious or not, even as he flips back and forth between jokes and serious criticisms in a single video.

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Yeah its usually pretty easy to tell when hes being serious or hes wanting to make a point, he even puts his serious videos in a different playlist too.

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I might just be biased, but I feel like Dunkey needs to shake up his style sooner or later. You can only make the same "character repeats weird funny line" or "this game/moment in the game is definitely going to end now" joke so many times before it stops being a surprise.

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