Social Justice: The Musical

As a massive fan of PlayStation, I’ve been following IGN alum Colin Moriarty as he went to Kinda Funny, and then created his own business with Colin’s Last Stand. Colin is a die-hard PlayStation fan and has taken his knowledge of the console to podcast the successful Sacred Symbols. On Sacred Symbols, Colin brought in YouTuber Chris Ray Gun to co-host the show, but who is Chris Ray Gun? Well, I didn’t know either, but then I checked out his YouTube channel.

Chris Ray Gun is a musician, a comedian, and he pokes fun at divisive political issues on YouTube. I’ve since watched a lot of his videos and they’re good. I’m not educated enough in politics to know where I fit in, but no matter the group, they seem to be more for antagonizing then helping. The righteousness goes so far that they’ve become the thing they’re fighting for. Chris does a good job at poking fun at the hypocrisy, especially in a series of music videos he’s made called Social Justice: The Musical.

Check out these three videos from Social Justice: The Musical

I’ve watched all these videos on repeat this past week. They resonate with how I’ve been feeling towards social media and journalism. It’s toxic, so I thank Chris Ray Gun for showing us that we can have a bit of a laugh at their expense.

If you like what you see in these videos check out Chris Ray Gun’s YouTube HERE.

And if you want to see a hilarious video of him drinking bleach, click HERE.

Robert Ring

Yakuza All Day and All Night

Sometimes you hear of a critically acclaimed series that is up to like the third or fourth sequel and it puts you off. There is just too much history to go through and the earlier titles tend to be unplayable on the latest console. Yakuza was one of those series for me. I obtained Yakuza 4 and 5 on PlayStation 3 through PlayStation Plus, but why would I start there? A few more years passed and Yakuza 0 was a critical darling on the Playstation 4, which I found out was the prequel to the series. So I jumped in and played it for a couple of hours. It was fine and I put it down for a few months. When I came back to it everything started to click in place. The story was so grounded and cinematic in scope. I was all in. Then I started doing some side quests and things went completely bonkers. Somehow the game juggles the dramatic with the absurd and it works perfectly.

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The Yakuza story center around Kazuma Kiryu. The series is one big grand story so it’s been hard to appreciate when only selected titles are available on the current console. To date, on Playstation 4 we had Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Yakuza Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6. The Kiwami titles are remakes of the first two titles that were originally released on the Playstation 2. The Yakuza Remastered Collection has just been announced this week at Gamescom. This makes me really happy because now the entire Yakuza series will be available to play on the Playstation 4. That’s seven titles. If you’ve never played them you should start with Yakuza 0 as I did.

The series is a third-person action-adventure where you will brawl your way through clans to do the right thing. Every game takes place in the same city, which you see evolve over time. The side quests contain some of the most humorous side quests of any game ever and there are even in-game arcades that let you play some of Sega’s older titles. Each game is lengthy and could take around 30-40 hours to finish the main story, and double that to complete everything the game has to offer.

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You can watch videos on YouTube to see if you’ll enjoy the game, but I think you should give one a go and see if it’s for you. There are demos for the Yakuza Kiwami 2, and Yakuza 6 on the PlayStation Store if you want to get a feel for the combat. And if it is for you, well, welcome to what might be your favorite video game series.

Robert Ring