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Worth Reading 03/08/2013

It's all Hexels all the time in Worth Reading this week, full of the Internet's thoughts on Tomb Raider, SimCity, and plenty more.

This weekend should prove interesting. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate showed up, and it's the next logical step for my pursuit of expanding my gaming horizons.

I’ve had good luck so far. XCOM was one of my favorites from last year, and Fire Emblem: Awakening has a good chance of being there, too, when 2013 winds down (it’s weird to say that). Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan was my first stumbling block, albeit one that wasn’t entirely unexpected. A hardcore dungeon crawler is both not in my wheelhouse and isn’t necessarily a genre I’m all that interested in getting into. I knew the game wouldn’t get covered on the site unless I picked it up, and rather than just pop it in, I wanted to give it a few hours, and have the game open itself up to me. Maybe I’d be wrong? Maybe I’d fall in love? Probably indifference?

You can’t love everything, but you can certainly give it a chance. That’s the driving factor behind playing all of these games that would otherwise fly around in my periphery, and get little more than an eye roll. It’s important to have a better idea why I like or don’t like the things I like or don’t like, especially when it comes to genres that I haven’t visited in ages, and my feelings have crusted into a mass of unknowables.

Anyway, who knows what will happen with Monster Hunter. There’s just as much of a chance that it won’t click for me, but I’ll sleep better knowing that when people ask me why I don’t like Monster Hunter, it won’t come from a place of brushing off the franchise and, instead, from spending some hours with the game.

Hey, You Should Play This

Did you play Mirror’s Edge for iOS? It was one an early games from a traditional publisher on Apple’s platform, and remains a favorite. It wasn’t a first-person platforming affair, but it condensed some of that Mirror’s Edge magic into a 2D platformer. The Button Affair plays around with similar concepts, except dropped into a world of spies and deception. The cutscenes have a charming MS Paint quality to them, and while the mechanics aren’t as twitchy as I’d like, it scratched an itch I’ve had for a long time now.

And You Should Read These, Too

Considering our lengthy Hideo Kojima digressions on the podcast recently, thanks to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Brett Fujioka’s lengthy look at the designer is fascinating. Fujioka presents a compelling essay about the reasons for creating Raiden the way he is, what it says about the Metal Gear fan base, and the potential motivation behind keeping the Raiden’s central, controversial role in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty a secret from everybody. He doesn’t just piece together quotes Kojima, either--he takes a hard look at the concept of “otaku,” and how Metal Gear’s broader mythology works as social commentary. Even if you don’t buy some of the junk Kojima’s selling, this makes great reading.

“None of Raiden's psychological traits are unprecedented if you look at Evangelion's characters. What's different is that MGS2 directly correlates the relationship between otaku-like groups and the internet. Before the U.S. got the notorious 4Chan, Japan had 2Channel. Like its American successor, anonymous postings were the popular mode of conduct, even when internet anonymity was still controversial. If people could write anything without repercussion, it left room for libel and other falsehoods to stream freely. Bearing this in mind, The Patriots -- MGS2's antagonistic shadow government -- agenda of internet censorship is more easily understood.”

"Gameological Q&A: Not Again" by Gameological staff for Gameological

A bunch of Gameological writers are asked to confess their greatest pet peeves in game design. I wrapped up Tomb Raider earlier this week, and it brought to mind one of mine. Collectibles are a cheap, easy way to motivate players to explore the world in a way they might not do on their own or along the directed path of the story. That makes sense. But I can’t stand collectibles for the sake of content padding. Only the journals in Tomb Raider add to the plot, the rest are hidden objects that stop being hidden when the game hands over a treasure map that makes their locations explicit. It’s even worse when the game implies through a line of dialogue that one of the collectibles, the GPS caches, might have payoff. Unfortunately, they don't. Argh.

"I can’t stand games that make you mash buttons to perform a simple action. You know the kind: You have to turn a valve or pry away the cover to an air vent, and the game puts a prompt on screen with a throbbing button icon, inviting you to hit the X button a thousand times. I suppose it can be mildly effective at times, when time is of the essence, but in most cases, it’s the lowest form of busywork. For all their good points, the Arkham Batman games do abuse this gimmick, as does Asura’s Wrath (to the point where it’s almost hard to mind anymore). But my “worst example” is Dark Void, for personal reasons. I was playing through a prerelease demo of Dark Void with one of its producers, Morgan Gray, and we were having a fun conversation about pet peeves. I complained about this particular design trope, and I didn’t hold back. You know how the story ends: Not 30 seconds later, one of those throbbing X prompts popped up on the screen, and I just let out a quiet groan. Gray was an awfully good sport about it, though."

If You Click It, It Will Play

Kickstarter Has Promise, Hopefully Developers Don't Screw It Up

  • Empire Eden is one good looking 2D action game.
  • In Pulse, the only way forward is to utilize the sound around you.
  • Some folks are still trying to bring Homeworld back.

Tweets That Make You Go "Hmmmmmm"

For those worrying about how you’ll play always-online games, like Sim City, decades into the future: the answer is piracy.

— Mark Brown (@britishgaming) March 7, 2013

Piracy offers the all-encompassing archive of discontinued video games. Heck, you can play Bandai Satellaview games thanks to SNES emulation

— Mark Brown (@britishgaming) March 7, 2013

All those games that have been removed from the Xbox Live Arcade servers? You can pirate them. I wouldn’t worry.

— Mark Brown (@britishgaming) March 7, 2013

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Lara Croft is Back, And People Have Thoughts About It

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Posted by Draxyle

Good on you Patrick for giving most games a try that most of the other guys not give time for a proper look.

Very much agreed. He definitely fills a gap left thoroughly empty by the rest of the bombcrew. I care much more about the niche and interesting titles than any of the popular stuff. There are enough other sites out there that cover the blockbusters with sickening detail.

Posted by Animasta

@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

reddit users? they're the ones raging against her dude.

I think you mean tumblr social justice warriors

(also it's one video also the people raging against her caused her to get so much money in the first place and also you obviously don't care about facts so whatever)

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@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

Ah yes, the old Kickstarter scam where you ask people for money and they give it to you voluntarily and then you create the exact content you promised to make with it. Such treachery!

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@animasta said:

@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

reddit users? they're the ones raging against her dude.

I think you mean tumblr social justice warriors

(also it's one video also the people raging against her caused her to get so much money in the first place and also you obviously don't care about facts so whatever)

I saw your response coming from a mile away.

And of course the Reddit users that raged against her caused her to get so much money. That's what I said. Perhaps you should pause to engage in a little reading comprehension the next time you jump to Anita's defense.

And yes, it's one video. Which took her how long to produce? It's not as though anything she says in it is particularly novel or mind-blowing. She got the attention she craved, some bonus cash on the side, and she can produce however many videos she wants at a pace that thus far is apparently fuck all. Episode 2 is either around the corner or another ten to twelve months away. The only thing she's managed to demonstrate is that her Kickstarter was a hilarious waste of money thrown at her by fools.

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Posted by sissylion

@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

Alright everyone, sing along with me!

She asked for six thousand dollars to make her videos

People donated $150k because they wanted to see them

She used some of that money to buy and play consoles and games she hadn't been exposed to

She has no obligation to use all of the money donated to her in terms of the project because she didn't ask for it

Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up

Posted by Hailinel

@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

Alright everyone, sing along with me!

She asked for six thousand dollars to make her videos

People donated $150k because they wanted to see them

She used some of that money to buy and play consoles and games she hadn't been exposed to

She has no obligation to use all of the money donated to her in terms of the project because she didn't ask for it

Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up

That people donated well above what she originally asked for may not obligate her to use every last cent for the project, but it was donated to her with a purpose in mind; not just to sit in her bank account. If she didn't put in at least some level of effort to use the vast majority of the sum she received for the purposes of her project (equipment, post production, renting a studio space, whatever), then I'd say people have the right to complain about misuse of the funds she received.

Also, telling people to shut up is rude.

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Posted by sissylion

@hailinel: This is the first in a series. And again, she used a lot of that money to research the games herself. That means buying consoles and games and playing them. That not only has its own inherent costs, but because video games are a time-consuming affair, it also costs to play them instead of creating more things in order to get paid. We have yet to see how her handling of the funds will fully play out and if she uses her donations to the extent of her capabilities, but seeing the first in a many part video series and using it as an excuse to call her a scam artist is stupid and biased.

And maybe even....rude.

Edited by Example1013

I think the whole concept of Sarkeesian's videos are amusing, since, from my understanding of it, she's basically attempting to prove a truism.

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@hailinel: This is the first in a series. And again, she used a lot of that money to research the games herself. That means buying consoles and games and playing them. That not only has its own inherent costs, but because video games are a time-consuming affair, it also costs to play them instead of creating more things in order to get paid. We have yet to see how her handling of the funds will fully play out and if she uses her donations to the extent of her capabilities, but seeing the first in a many part video series and using it as an excuse to call her a scam artist is stupid and biased.

And maybe even....rude.

Regardless of how long this video series actually is, it's already evident that she's not putting the money to good use. She spent all of that time and money, and yet her first episode is on damsels in distress and contains absolutely nothing in terms of new substance. Surely she could have spent the time she had to prepare this video to discuss a topic with more depth than the lowest of the low-hanging fruits.

This is less an academic exercise and more of just another Youtube video series that's only notable for the Kickstarter campaign. Tell me when she has something to say that was actually worth the money to say it.

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Posted by FloppyDog

@patrickklepek The editorial concerning kickstarter was interesting but I find the rebuttal much more enlightening. It sheds light on the willful ignorance of many kickstarter backers. I am still uncomfortable with the sudden popularity following Double Fine's success (there is a growing bubble that is going to burst at some point) but it is an interesting response.

Posted by sissylion

@hailinel: Okay, I'll tell you when she uses her budget to include a car chase and invites guest Kofi Annan to discuss the marginalization of POC women in games and what the fuck are you even saying of course it's just going to be a bunch of Youtube videos those are what she said she was going to make

Posted by BIackhat

I gotta comment on Anita's video here, especially since she's blocked out all imput otherwise on her channel, Why Patrick? Why? It's not even a video that brings up valid points, it's just cherry picking and misinterpretation for about 20 minutes. Also, you know exactly what you're doing putting that in there, especially given your track record with the month of Dead Island comments you instigated not too long ago.

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@hailinel said:

@sissylion said:

@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

Alright everyone, sing along with me!

She asked for six thousand dollars to make her videos

People donated $150k because they wanted to see them

She used some of that money to buy and play consoles and games she hadn't been exposed to

She has no obligation to use all of the money donated to her in terms of the project because she didn't ask for it

Shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up shut up

That people donated well above what she originally asked for may not obligate her to use every last cent for the project, but it was donated to her with a purpose in mind; not just to sit in her bank account. If she didn't put in at least some level of effort to use the vast majority of the sum she received for the purposes of her project (equipment, post production, renting a studio space, whatever), then I'd say people have the right to complain about misuse of the funds she received.

Also, telling people to shut up is rude.

I'm going to make videos. People donate me all your moneys!

Posted by BIackhat

@nictel: The problem is that this video is not too different than her other ones, except they're longer. I mean she could have at least taken the extra 140k and donated to a charity or something if she only NEEDED 6k to make the same videos as she always did.

Posted by Hailinel

@hailinel: Okay, I'll tell you when she uses her budget to include a car chase and invites guest Kofi Annan to discuss the marginalization of POC women in games and what the fuck are you even saying of course it's just going to be a bunch of Youtube videos those are what she said she was going to make

Of course. But there's also nothing particularly special about it despite the supposed time and money that went into it. What the fuck I'm saying is that she could have done more and done better to reward the interest of those that did give her the $150,000.

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Posted by Manlyzar

patrick, i hope you get around to valkyria chronicles. it's a really cool game

Posted by kobr24

I love this tear of games that Patrick is on. Welcome to my world. Although, Monster Hunter is pretty hardcore, definitely way more hardcore than a game like Dark Souls or Demon's Souls. Wonder if Patrick is ever gonna give the best game of 2011 a shot.

Posted by sissylion

@hailinel: What's that, another round? Alright, kids, join in!

No one has seen the entirety of the video series

One can judge the initial video on its own but cannot judge the series as a whole because it doesn't exist

One cannot determine whether or not the money was used well until the series has been fully realized

Come on, dude, either do a better job disguising the fact that you don't like Sarkeesian or just drop all pretenses that you're approaching this from some sort of analytical perspective and straight up say that you hate the fact that people gave her money/that she's being critical of video games/whatever other weird issues you have with the series

Edited by hinderk

@hailinel: Here is a comment from a backer talking about where the money went. I read it at this Destructoid article.

I'm a backer.

She posted backer-only updates detailing where the money went, including:

-what games she bought

-what filming equipment she bought (on the advice of GeekandSundry filming crew, no less)

-how she created a new filming room

-who she hired (including a full-time producer/editor) and why

-the choice of graphic designers

etc.

As for getting people to "quiet down": if they backed her, they know where the money went because she's been keeping people updated. If they didn't back her, why should she answer their call for a detailed document of expenses? Is she to hope that they do not move the goalposts (such as when people claimed she was a scammer who cut and run with the money, and after the video came out began attempting to find the money in every stray pixel) yet again? It seems the non-backers who are obsessed with where the money went seem to be as implacable as Birthers are to Obama, and frankly I don't begrudge her if she decides not to engage them in any way.

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@hailinel: What's that, another round? Alright, kids, join in!

No one has seen the entirety of the video series

One can judge the initial video on its own but cannot judge the series as a whole because it doesn't exist

One cannot determine whether or not the money was used well until the series has been fully realized

Come on, dude, either do a better job disguising the fact that you don't like Sarkeesian or just drop all pretenses that you're approaching this from some sort of analytical perspective and straight up say that you hate the fact that people gave her money/that she's being critical of video games/whatever other weird issues you have with the series

I'm trying to sing along but I honestly can't find the vocal pattern.

Posted by Hailinel

@sissylion: You're not as clever as you apparently think you are. One can judge the initial video on its own and also get an idea of what future videos will have in store based on its content and quality. Whether or not the money will have been well spent is still up for debate, yes, but I can't say that I have particularly strong faith in that based on this first episode.

Seriously, do I need to append "in my opinion" to my previous posts? Are you unable to extrapolate that from my comments?

Am I a fan of Sarkeesian? No. Do I hate her? Hell no. I don't even know her beyond the internet videos and the occasional thread that pops up on Giant Bomb about whatever her latest escapade is. She can be as critical as she wants about what incenses her; I just find that the attention she gets for the way she states her views is absurd. People can do whatever they want with their money, but giving her $150,000 when she asked for a small fraction of that has the potential to be a hilarious waste.

Frankly, she's just another Youtube celebrity with a brash, opinionated persona. Holy shit, like that's never been done before.

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Posted by Hailinel

@novadth: That is because sissylion is a terrible song writer if this thread is any indication. Either that, or (s)he is attempting to write off-key show tunes and succeeding with aplomb.

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Posted by sissylion
@hailinel said:

@sissylion: You're not as clever as you apparently think you are.

I'm a comedian. I let other people tell me how clever I am.

Posted by Milkman

@hailinel: Did you donate to the Kickstarter? I'm going to take a wild guess and assume no, you did not. So, my next question is why the fuck do you care? It's not your money. Why do you feel the need the need to defend these people? What are you some kind of white knight? (see what I did there)

If you're ready to declare that she "scammed" these people out of their money after one video, fine whatever, no one can stop you. Just know there's something like 23 more to go. But if you think you know so well how all the money was spent, keep making your assumptions. Because if there's one thing people on the internet are good at, it's knowing how much things cost.

If you're going criticize the video, criticize it. Getting into semantic arguments about things surrounding the video is just plain lazy.

Posted by SexyRandal

@hailinel:You must have sunk a lot of money into this Kickstarter to be so mad at how it's being spent.

She asked for $6000. Her obligation is to make $6000 worth of content, not the next fucking Star Wars. The fact that people donated significantly more is meaningless.

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@elwoodan said:

if you would actually watch the Tropes vs Women video you'd find a fair discussion on just how prevalent 'save the girl' is in video games (as opposed to other goals/missions), she's not attacking the games she highlights, and (SURPRISE) discourse of this nature is healthy for any and all art forms. If you disagree, disagree intelligently, ''god I wish she'd shut up'' isn't an argument.

These points are fine. I can agree with them. It's just that they're not exactly new and revolutionary. It's not something a lot of us haven't known about before, and a lot of it seems like it was lifted from TVTropes and Wikipedia.

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Great stuff this week, that MGS article was fantastic

Posted by Superfriend

Hey Patrick, thanks for expanding your horizons!

I feel like if it weren´t for you, Giantbomb would miss out on a few really cool and different games.

Edited by MrL8N

The Polygon review of SimCity has dropped to 4/10 now. What a mess.

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I've really enjoyed seeing Patrick step into game territory most major reviewer tends to ignore (VN stuff, Monster hunter, jrpgs) and it seems the main appeal element to him is becoming narrative. This isn't particularly common among game critics, which is odd.

It's not like the country of japan is populated by insect people. There's valid appeal elements there if you look. Most people don't seem to take the time to try to understand it across a cultural border.

So a good double thumbs to you Patrick, keep on keepin' on (b ' ' )b

(Though he'd still probably baseball pitch a game like Ar Tonelico 2 out a window =P)

Edited by Nettacki

On another note, if Anita wanted to be taken seriously, she wouldn't have disabled comments and ratings just because she's afraid of a little criticism. I'm aware that she received some particularly sexist remarks from some of her critics, but surely there's a way to moderate them so that the praise and the constructive, reasonable criticism shines through.

Posted by Lazyaza

I was all set to get Ascension until I played the demo, holy moly did they fuck that game up bad, so glad to know my decision to not purchase was the right one after watching Sess's review.

Edited by TreuloseTomate

Like Anita or not, it's a video worth posting. Clam down!

Posted by Winternet

I guess this is a Kickstarter thread now, huh? You know there are forums for these things.

Anyway, @patrickklepek the Polygon review of Sim City dropped down to a 4.0, like, 2/3 days ago and it's way more insane than the drop to 8.5 so you might want to enlighten that.

That SimCity 3000 video is clearly a work of the Illuminati. I just hope I don't get a visit from the Feds or get into some no-flight list from watching that.

And dammit Edge for making your articles in multiple pages. Don't you know what the Internet is anymore? And the worst is that I'ma click all those pages.

Also, Patrick-baby don't you bring up the trophy in God of War talk to the bombcast. C'mon, we're better than that. Aren't we?

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@nettacki said:

On another note, if Anita wanted to be taken seriously, she wouldn't have disabled comments and ratings just because she's afraid of a little criticism. I'm aware that she received some particularly sexist remarks from some of her critics, but surely there's a way to moderate them so that the praise and the constructive, reasonable criticism shines through.

She did do that. She disabled comments where there was nothing but personal attacks and trolling, and encouraged those actually interested to participate via blogs instead. That is her form of moderating. I'll withhold further judgement until I've watched the video, myself, but I don't believe it can really be that bad considering the first person I heard of it from is renowned animator and feminist Lauren Faust. She's one of the most levelheaded people I've ever heard speak up about this stuff, so if she approves of it, surely there's gotta be something to it...?

Edit: Just watched it. No idea what the fuss is about. The first 21 out of 24 minutes were completely objective, a tiny bit of healthy soapbox near the end and a cliffhanger that made me genuinely interested in the next part. Is it really just a collection of conclusions other people have made put in a tidy box and presented as one video? Yes, it is. Just like the vast majority of documentaries that have ever been made. That's actually the true value of a documentary, as far as I'm concerned; The ability to summarize a vast field of knowledge into an easily digestible package and present it to a large audience that would never do the research on their own. Done and done.

Posted by headphonehalo

@nekrokreuz: Do you really have to devalue your argument by using that buzzword? What does it even mean in this context?

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@patrickklepek : I'm curious about the link to the Hexels tumblr without any further comment. Have you been contacted by the developers at all or is this just a cool thing you saw? I feels a bit... out of place, I guess.

Posted by Bishop113

Well since Feminist Frequency has blocked comments on the video I'll talk about here! I'm happy to admit that it was better than I expected, she actually did fact checking and put a lot of history behind he points, but of course she completely ignored more recent games that feature female characters and instead focused on games from the 90's and very early 2000's with a couple exceptions that of course have farrr outdated writing, if you could even call Arthur rescuing the princess from satan, "writing."

I look forward to part 2, I hope instead of only complaining and trying to skew people's ideas to the negative she shows some positive examples as well as there are many, but I won't hold my breath.

Edited by Bistromath

Seeing how the vast majority of kickstarter projects are going, I'm relieved I didn't buy into any of them (and I was really close a few times). But I think a really big factor was simply that a lot of the kickstarters just didn't have anything convincing to show and it seemed like they put more effort into their tier graphics and stretch goal banners.

Edited by Winternet

Wait, that Edge article is not recent. It's like from 4 years ago or something. What the hell? @patrickklepek

Posted by russianblue8181

Wow...I have to check out more of Sessler's reviews. I thought he was good on Xplay, but that God of War review (and the related Sessler's Something) was just outstanding.

Posted by bunnymud

@Patrick

I can't believe that you would leave this article out of your Tomb Raider list

http://www.psu.com/a018663/OPINION--Crystal-Dynamics-deserves-an-apology-from-gamers-for-hasty-Tomb-Raider-controversy

With all the white knighting that was going on before the game was even out I feel this article needs more attention.

Posted by RoBear

I really hope Patrick and everyone else who read that Banner Saga complaint on Gamasutra also read Alex Thomas' (Stoic) response linked at the start of that article. I am a Banner Saga backer and I knew from day one Factions was a thing. To put it simply that was a rant from an irresponsible backer.

Posted by shodan2020

I always love this feature. I already saw that first part of the Tropes Vs. Women in Videogames. Good food for thought. That Gamasutra article on Kojima and MGS2 was fantastic, and it's one of the reasons why I love MGS2.

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I enjoyed the Damsels in Distress video. Thanks for the heads up @patrick.

Edited by cmblasko

I love reading articles that explore MGS2. There's so much going on beneath its surface.

@hailinel said:

@posh said:

good job on including the link to that cool femfreq video. glad to see the users haven't put you off posting that kind of stuff

You forgot the part where Anita was able to scam a six figure sum out of Kickstarter backers and Reddit users for this video series that features production values that anyone with video equipment and a computer could put together for a fraction of that cost. That and the fact that there's nothing in that video that hasn't already been said elsewhere and by more reasonable people.

Around $6000, perhaps? She didn't ask for a six figure sum.

Posted by darkcargio

Good stories Patrick keep up the good work.

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Good on that girl that turned her life around because of Tomb Raider. I'm sure Crystal Dynamics would love to hear that story.

Posted by Nasar7

I remember playing MGS2 when it came out and even then, the criticisms of otaku obsession and internet culture were readily apparent. The Colonel flat out tells Raiden (i.e. you, the player) you've been playing the game way too long. Don't you have anything better to do, he mocks? These critiques ring even truer today with twitter, facebook, and groups like Anonymous. The ending of the game even talks about memes and information control; it was pretty mind-blowing at the time. I love MGS2.

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