The difference between EZA & "Cynical games media"



  • EasyAllies talks about games with the goal of enjoying them. Most other games media talks about games with the goal of being right. They strive to find some objective truth in the game and quantify it for people.

    Whether its Ian talking about puzzle games, Ben about Persona, Jones with Disney Infinity/Lego Dimensions, Brad talking about Bloodborne, Kyle with Nintendo, Damiani with Zelda, Blood with racing games, Don with Detective games or Huber being Huber, every single person at EasyAllies talks with passion, with their one goal being enjoying video games.

    With that passion you can get disappointment, like when Kyle has talked about Nintendo, or recently the Final Fantasy XV conversations. But thats why its so impactful to strive to enjoy these games so much. There's a chance of failure. Thats what makes EasyAllies attitude so enjoyable. They are pretty much Captain America saying "I can do this all day!".

    Its something to admire, and a mindset that I strive to match. Honestly, my life (and issues with depression) has improved so much since I've started watching these guys. It means a lot.



  • Yes, the main reason I love the Easy Allies crew is because of their positivity and how excited they can get for games. It had gotten pretty tiresome to see how jaded/cynical/etc players and journalists have become.

    I mean just compare last years E3, below is GT reacting to the FF7 remake announcement:
    Youtube Video – [04:53..]

    Now compare it to the guys over at Giant Bomb:
    Youtube Video – [1:18:54..]

    Here's GT's reaction to Shenmue 3:
    Youtube Video – [10:05..]

    Here's Giant Bomb's reaction to Shenmue 3:
    Youtube Video – [1:23:12..]

    Now I used to love Giant Bomb, but they have just gotten worse and worse over the years.

    Meanwhile the guys at GT (now Easy Allies) have pumped life and energy back into me. Their contagious positivity and excitment has really rubbed off on me and I've started to feel the same kind of excitement and joy about games I haven't felt since I was a teenager. It feels great and I can't thank the guys of Easy Allies enough for that!



  • @suplextrain You should do the same with Giantbomb vs EasyAllies this year. Especially the ubisoft conference and sony conference.

    Lets keep in mind though, lets not focus too much on bringing down other sites directly. It's not something I could ever see the guys doing, so while its very much so true, just be careful with how we word our criticism.



  • Totally agree its a breath of fresh air when listening to Easy Allies talk about games. I still listen to Giant Bomb and etc.. but always take their criticism of games with a grain of salt since it seems they are never happy with much these days.

    Cheers ready for night 2 of Easy Allies discussion!!



  • @Stormcrownn
    Oh I'm not bringing any site down, that 2015 E3 was simply a wakeup call for me. I realized how passionless I had become due to being exposed to so much negativity or lack of passion over the years from other people and the media.
    I remembered that years ago me, my brother and my buddies used to gather to watch E3 together. I remembered how excited we all got over all the announcements and how much we laughed, yelled out in joy and how much fun we had playing and discussing games.

    So I made the decision of trying to minimize my exposure to the things have sucked the passion out of me and right now I'm a much happier person. I even called my friends and my brother over for this E3 so we could watch it again live like old times and we all had a blast.

    If other people don't want to get excited about videogames that's fine, but I realized I just friggin love videogames and I want to surround myself with people that share that passion and joy.



  • I honestly feel that EZA are the only ones left on the internet where I can get good honest opinions that is deeply analytical and pure love for video games. I have always adored this about GT. There reviews and opinions have always been so accurate.



  • I love the passion, the enthusiasm, the attention to detail. Easy Allies feel like they're genuinely excited to chat with us, and as such it's a pleasure to be in their company.



  • @Stormcrownn The south park demo during the ubisoft conference really showed the difference between GB and EZA this year. It definitely affects how you feel about E3 or games in general depending on which streams/sites you follow. EZA made me feel so excited for all these games that's coming out.



  • @More_Salt That Resident Evil 7 reaction video is priceless. The reaction is so authentic and when I compare it to Kinda Funny and many other reaction they don't hold a candle against our allies



  • Last year, after watching the entire Sony conference with GT, it was so amazing to be there. Then I watched Giant Bomb's video, and they were completely livid at the big three announcement that I am no longer going to bother with them anymore.

    I'm going to use a strange analogy, but I hope you all will get it. It's like Spiderman vs Batman, in terms of popularity. Spiderman is, and will always be #1. Spiderman is just a young adult struggling with day to day life being borderline poor while being a superhero. Juxtapose that with Batman, a billionaire rich man. We, as humans, love what we can relate to. We're more emotionally attached to what we understand, so Spiderman really hits that spot for us.

    I was at PlayStation Experience theatre this year, and having people being excited with you really makes the moment special. EZA crew feels like our friends, being excited with what we're excited.



  • I'm going to end up parroting a lot of what's already been said but: I just love the enthusiasm the guys bring. It's such a refreshing attitude and it makes me happy + genuinely excited about gaming. All the anger and cynicism I see just wears on you and sometimes it makes you lose sight of why you love playing games in the first place.

    Also, their passion and love is contagious and I just FEEL better when I see them. I perk up and I find myself doing better work and being more cheerful in general. :smiley:

    TL;DR: EZA is :heart:



  • @Mechanoid love & respect!



  • I think the best way to exemplify the difference between EZA and most other places is Kyle's Dumb Game Monday streams. I can't really think of many other websites or channels that would go out of their way to not just acknowledge the existence of something like Pokepark Wii or G-Force or B3: Game Expo for Bees, but actively showcase them in an effort to show every game, even things everybody slept on, has a chance to be good.



  • @DeweyDTruman One of the best things he took on from GameTrailers actually, and even made it better.

    Youtube Video



  • I love Kinda Funny, EZA, and Giant Bomb. They all offer something of amazing value.

    EZA offers a wide variety of perspectives a lot of them being more optimistic. They're a group of friends who love video games.

    Kinda Funny very similar to EZA, but they have a strong focus on Playstation, they have great connections within the industry, and they aren't only about games.

    Giant Bomb has the experience, expertise, and a strong connection to the industry. A majority of the people at Giant Bomb have been in the games media since forever. They've seen the industry grow and evolve and have managed to keep with it. I like to think that EZA is the spry young adventurer where as Giant Bomb is the wise old man on top of the hill. The wise old man is not the most exciting person, but he has so much to offer the adventure in terms of knowledge and experience about the world.



  • I got turned onto GT after last years epic reaction video to the Year of Dreams. No one else had that kind of emotion, no one. It was easy to latch on to them after that point. Have never looked back and was one of the first people to support the patreon when it was announced.



  • I love EZA because like others have said they explore and represent the joy of video games.

    They get that the surprise announcement of games Resi 7 can get people jumping out of their seats. That playing a beloved game thats 20 years old for the first time can be a rewarding experience. That hype while a tool for selling products can be a fun thing to engage in. Crucially though they can also be critical of games when it is called for. That's why I love the reviews both here and on GT back in the day.

    Cynicism is something that plagues all things, particularly on the internet. So many people have forgotten that you can enjoy a thing while still being critical of it.



  • @thenerdtheword said in The difference between EZA & "Cynical games media":

    I love EZA because like others have said they explore and represent the joy of video games.

    They get that the surprise announcement of games Resi 7 can get people jumping out of their seats. That playing a beloved game thats 20 years old for the first time can be a rewarding experience. That hype while a tool for selling products can be a fun thing to engage in. Crucially though they can also be critical of games when it is called for. That's why I love the reviews both here and on GT back in the day.

    Cynicism is something that plagues all things, particularly on the internet. So many people have forgotten that you can enjoy a thing while still being critical of it.

    Well Said! Watching EZA is always such a breath of fresh air for me. I come from a life of people always telling me that games are a waste of time/not a big deal. But the GT crew knows my passion and I will follow them anywhere!!! ;)



  • This is exactly why I love the EZA crew. Their honest opinions, their love for games and passion for this media shines through, and it is always happy to see their opinions on anything gaming related. They try to find good in everything, and they are willing to give every game a chance instead of dismissing it just by looking it for a second, unlike many others. For example, their comments on Final Fantasy 15... They have had bad experiences with it so far, yet they care and want it to be good, and are worried that it might be bad, instead of just saying something like "Squeenix can't make god FF games anymore, f-that game".



  • I happened to click IGN post Sony Conference reactions. Man, they are so uninformed when making their opinions. Calling Days Gone a Dead Rising with feelings, saying Death Stranding is Silent Hill, making Resident Evil comparisons to God of War. How do you even get horror vibes from the Death Stranding trailer? How do you call God of War anything like Resident Evil just because of the over the shoulder camera?

    It just made me realize how smart, dedicated, and passionate are the EZA crew. They play their games. They have their knowledge.