There are many things on the Internet that people dedicate their attention to, be it a company executive that the entire video game community loves to hate, the contents of a safe in New Zealand, or the occasional spark of creativity when making an animated gif.
None of these are at all necessary to anything. But even so, Internet dwellers across the globe always, without fail, spend millions of collective hours poring over these trivialities of the online world. Why? Hell if I know.
On March 18th, Electronic Arts (EA) announced that John Riccitiello will be stepping down as CEO of the company by the end of March. Thank God. If you are any kind of fan of video games, then you know the kind of crap EA has pulled in the past. I’ll start with my biggest peeve about the company as a whole with two simple words: “EA Sports.” While sports games are often the bread and butter of many mainstream gamers, the evil inherent in releasing sports title after sports title, year after year, has caused many to shimmy away from that dark, sweaty, graphically realistic corner of the video game world.
This is all not to mention any of the company's other equally devious actions in past years which include (but are not limited to): prolonging the supremacy of Call of Duty-type games with the creation of the Battlefield series, consequently pushing gaming further into the mainstream and further into the crosshairs of guys like this; That whole Dante’s Inferno contest, “Sin to Win,” that involved committing “an act of lust” with a booth babe at Comic Con in order to win; and, of course, the handling of Mass Effect 3’s ending.
Hopefully, the up-and-coming head honcho of EA will refrain from such heinous decisions when he or she takes the reins.
Have you ever wondered what was inside a vault in someone’s basement in New Zealand? No? Well you’re the minority, then. On March 16th, a Redditor made a post with a picture of a vault that he found in the basement of his friend’s new house. Within hours, thousands of other Redditors clamored for the OP (that's "original poster" for you non-forum goers) to show them what was in the damn thing.
In a spectacular show of just how much time these people have on their hands, an entire subreddit was created for the purpose of opening various safes around the world. This is the sort of thing you try to sell to the History Channel; you should be calling the Pawn Stars guys, not chatting it up online! Think of the potentially cool stuff you could sell them.
So there’s this thing on the Internet that has grown in popularity in recent months. All it requires is a picture of something funny, and then for it to shake in .gif format. This gives viewers a strange and unexpected urge to laugh. Probably the laziest form of gif-making on the entire internet, it is easy to see why this has recently become so popular. In addition, shaky gifs can help to express a variant of emotion that a stationary image might lack, such as anger, excitement, or Oh, who am I kidding? It’s a lazy attempt at gif-making and we all know it. Pass it by without a second thought, though a light chuckle would suffice.
This story, "This Internet Life: EA drops its CEO and Reddit loves safes" was originally published by TechHive.