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Worth Reading 04/12/2013

It's the weekend, right? Let's do this.

So I have a PC now. It’s pretty cool.

Naturally, I spent the first few days with a computer attached to my TV playing Singularity. Naturally. (Hey, I really liked it. Sue me.) The first constraint I ran into was not having a monitor. I’ve now solved that, which’ll allow me to experiment with streaming. No more streaming on a MacBook Air? I don’t even know how to imagine how much better that will end up being. Given the generosity that resulted in the PC showing up, Spookin’ With Scoops will return next week. Which game? Hmm.

The weirdest part about having a PC appear in your life after years without one is figuring out where to begin. The coming drought of new releases is a blessing for me, as it provides a meaningful opportunity to begin exploring a catalog of games that have patiently sat in a text document on my computer. Most of them are horror games (Dark Corners of the Earth: Call of Cthulhu and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. being at the top of my list), of course, but there are so, so, so many others. What classics to revisit, and consequently destroy my nostalgia for?

What excites me about a PC isn’t so much the increased catalog as much as it is the lack of restrictions. There’s nothing more distressing than having a game recommended to you, only to find out there’s no way to play it. It’s the reason why I own every platform other than a Vita, which I’ll eventually solve later this year. I’m always looking for a game to provoke a reaction out of me, and where that might come from isn’t always clear. It should hopefully result in a more varied set of recommendations for Worth Reading, too!

Anyway, if you have PC games you wanna recommend, have at it!

Hey, You Should Play This

Tax Evaders might not be as subversive as Paolo Pedercini’s other works--the way it communicates the message is a little on the nose--but it was created as part of a larger team, so maybe that explains it. I’m not used to Pedercini using humor as part of his toolset as overtly as Tax Evaders employs it, but it’s easy to see how the goofy charm could effectively disarm players and make them more receptive to the serious point it’s trying to impart. If Tax Evaders strikes you, check out Pedercini’s other games.

And You Should Read These, Too

I haven’t made a game, but the creative process outlined by Blendo GamesBrendon Chung sounds similar to writing an article. More specifically, it’s the process of writing an opinion piece. I’ve written stories just for the sake of writing stories, but the ones that feel really good afterwards were clawing out of you. What you wanted to say may not translate into the words properly, but at least you said it, at least you tried. Chung’s feelings on how to get started with game development are analogous: just start. The worst game is one that’s never made, and the worst article is the article that’s never written. So...get to it.

"I don’t think it’s important to have a great idea. I don’t think it’s important to be unique or innovative. I don’t think it’s important to be bulletproof, or for that matter, good.

When the ground is rushing toward you at a million miles per hour, what’s important? You make something.

People can’t play a design document. People can’t play a grand vision. People can’t play all the cool ideas you’ve planned out down the road."

The conversation that’s been happening around games in the...well, I’m not sure how long it’s been going on. Maybe it started when the conversation about women and games started snowballing, maybe it happened somewhere else down the line. I don’t know. Anyway, that conversation has been a messy one, and it’s not getting any cleaner. It’s not just about women, either--it’s a larger conversation about empathy and inclusion. In the way, a conversation meant to erase lines is drawing new ones, and creating the exclusionary atmosphere we’re all (I think) trying to avoid. This is not just a games problem-- it’s an Internet problem. Shouting down others in order to be heard is an effective but frustrating strategy, and Saltsman is one of the many who feel excluded, sitting on the sideline and observing the flames.

"We are in the midst of the most important and influential movement in video games in a decade, if not ever — a movement that is vital to the ongoing cultural relevancy and maturation of our medium — and almost everyone involved in the conversation is, intentionally or otherwise, looking for ways to ignore everyone else. We can do better than this, and we have to, in order to make progress.

This is our real empathy problem in video games. Instead of figuring out some reason why this person we disagree with shouldn't even be at the table, we should be trying to figure out why they so badly want to be part of this discussion. We will always, always, always learn more from people with whom we disagree than from our own personal echo chamber, as safe and comfortable as that place may be."

If You Click It, It Will Play

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

Even If You Don't Like BioShock Infinite, It's Getting People Talking

Tweets That Make You Go "Hmmmmmm"

FUCKING ROOMMATE WALKING IN FRONT OF THE TV WHILE I'M ON RAINBOW ROAD IN MARIO KART SHOULD BE GROUNDS FOR EVICTION

— boxcar (@pilotbacon) April 11, 2013

"WHO GIVES A FUCK" is the correct answer to many contemporary questions

— ITS ME PORPENTINE (@aliendovecote) April 10, 2013

Oh, And This Other Stuff

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Edited by Vasper_Knight

Yeah you have a PC good job PK. Enjoyed your Worth reading! keep up the good work.

Posted by wemibelec90

Nice job, Patrick! You must spend an absurd amount of time reading articles on the Internet each week in order to come up with lists like these on such a regular basis...

Posted by jimmyfenix

leigh alexander still thinks the staple center costs 775 million US dollars to rent

Posted by Ballskin

That blog post about Infinite's racism is almost comically littered with misuse of the term. Characters in a story do not represent their race. They are characters, doing things that they want to do based on motivation. A black, female character can do whatever the fuck she wants to do. If she gets mad, she is not a racist depiction of black women. It is completely arrogant and condescending to tell writers what their characters are and are not allowed to do. Fuck.

Posted by Vuud

New PC stuff always looks so cool and sleek, especially when its black and shiny. Then after a few weeks it gathers dust and stuff that is impossible to get rid of completely and it all just ends up lookin' nasty.

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Edited by PeasantAbuse

So many upset white people.

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

If you are thinking about streaming from your PC, I highly recommend Open Broadcaster Software. It's free, light, and awesome. I streamed my entire playthrough of BioShock Infinite and the quality is fantastic. It didn't affect the performance of the game at all, either, which was key for me.

Posted by cooljammer00

Going through @patrickklepek's Steam account right now. Why does he have so many hours into this RTS called Dawn of Fantasy?

Posted by metalsnakezero

If you're willing to go back a bit on some PC games Patrick

  • Half Life 2 (Obviously)
  • Call of Duty (1, 2, 4)

As for the Vita, consider Persona 4 Golden. Golden is a lot easier to get into.

Edited by Popogeejo

First Geop's Dark Souls LP and now Research Indicate's Trespasser LP? Fantastic choice, Tricky.

Posted by Ravelle

Can't wait for the Chtulu and Undying stream, should be great.

Posted by bennyboy

That Gamasutra piece on sexism was really on point and what I feel true feminism has always been about. Thanks for posting it, Patrick.

Edited by fiberpay

It sure as shit wouldn't be a Patrick article without some sexism links or articles. Yea we get it dude your PC, can we move on now?

Posted by drabnon

@fiberpay said:

It sure as shit wouldn't be a Patrick article without some sexism links or articles. Yea we get dude your PC, can we move on now?

You know that if you don't want to click on the link you don't have to? Just ignore it, no one's forcing you to read it.

Edited by bennyboy

@fiberpay said:

It sure as shit wouldn't be a Patrick article without some sexism links or articles. Yea we get dude your PC, can we move on now?

If you think about it, at this point, it's comments like these that make posting sexism articles the politically incorrect thing to do (at least on GB anyway).

Edited by haekb

Check out Divine Divinity. Excellent classic RPG, and perfect considering Larian is doing a kick starter!

(Also avoid stalker mods that add to the game, bug fixes are recommend though, it's kinda buggy.)

Edited by Dallas_Raines

The thing about successful revolutionaries, is that they tend to be kinda shitty. Their cause may be just, but they're gonna do some fucked up, evil shit for said cause.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

I'm so glad you finally have a pc now. Welcome.

Posted by happymeowmeow

You probably don't need more games to add to the list Patrick but I'm currently battling with Sword of the Stars: The Pit and loving it. Roguelike with a unique science fiction setting, also hard as balls. Goofy sense of humor. I forget if there's anyone on the GB staff that is particularly into Roguelikes. Listened to an interesting podcast with one of the creators where he talks about how simulations that don't include the factor of randomness seem like they're missing something, like in combat how no amount of training can make up for just pure bad luck.

But STALKER... yeah.... go play STALKER right away ....don't use any mods that make it easier though. Roadside Picnic, the book it and the movie are based on, is also quite good.

Edited by Abendlaender

I'm just going to say it: I DEMAND (yes demand, cause asking for it would be too nice for the internet) a Spooking when Amnesia A Machine for Pigs comes out. Please. Don't play it earlier just start streaming your experience! That would be pretty awesome!

Posted by EricSmith

If you are thinking about streaming from your PC, I highly recommend Open Broadcaster Software. It's free, light, and awesome. I streamed my entire playthrough of BioShock Infinite and the quality is fantastic. It didn't affect the performance of the game at all, either, which was key for me.

I can vouch for this as well. It is so low impact it is like it isn't even running. Really fantastic bit of software.

Posted by Outrager

Yikes. I don't know if I could live with a glossy desktop monitor. That glare sucks. I hope it's at least a touch screen monitor to make it worthwhile.

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Man that racism article for Bioshock Infinite is awful. I had to read it all about three times to make any sense of it because she writes at such a horrible breakneck pace, and it all reads like she's pissed off because the ending wasn't 'black people everywhere win!' and she didn't find enough voxaphones to see any of the ending coming. There are criticisms to be made about the portrayal of racism in Bioshock Infinite. The way that it all gets dropped halfway through? Fine. The way it's apparently all racist because there's a black character who isn't very nice? No. No no no.

Why can't we have more minority characters who are just judged on their, you know, character rather than endlessly over-analysing how well they subvert the stereotypes of their minority group? Because, to me, having characters be completely independent of their race/gender/etc. seems like the end goal to all of this.

Posted by TzarStefan

What Dell monitor is that Patrick? looks good

Edited by TheHumanDove

Man that racism article for Bioshock Infinite is awful. I had to read it all about three times to make any sense of it because she writes at such a horrible breakneck pace, and it all reads like she's pissed off because the ending wasn't 'black people everywhere win!' and she didn't find enough voxaphones to see any of the ending coming. There are criticisms to be made about the portrayal of racism in Bioshock Infinite. The way that it all gets dropped halfway through? Fine. The way it's apparently all racist because there's a black character who isn't very nice? No. No no no.

Why can't we have more minority characters who are just judged on their, you know, character rather than endlessly over-analysing how well they subvert the stereotypes of their minority group? Because, to me, having characters be completely independent of their race/gender/etc. seems like the end goal to all of this.

This is the world we live in now. Accept it, or you're a racistsexist that hates progress in video games.

It's unfortunate

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PLAY The Void now!

I think you'll really dig it.

Posted by vulkans

No STALKER play session is complete without also going through Cryostasis, too bad it's almost summer though, Cryostasis is best played during a cold, winter night.

Edited by Kaiserreich

That Let's Play of Jurassic Park: Tresspasser is amazing. I recommend everyone give it a look.

Posted by patrickklepek

Going through @patrickklepek's Steam account right now. Why does he have so many hours into this RTS called Dawn of Fantasy?

Drew was checking it out for a potential QL, IIRC.

Posted by patrickklepek

@vulkans said:

No STALKER play session is complete without also going through Cryostasis, too bad it's almost summer though, Cryostasis is best played during a cold, winter night.

How is Cryostasis?

Posted by crcruz3

Leigh Alexander is not even wrong, she is just boring.

Edited by MooseyMcMan

That was the best interview I read this week.

Soda.

Edited by fiberpay

@drabnon said:

@fiberpay said:

It sure as shit wouldn't be a Patrick article without some sexism links or articles. Yea we get dude your PC, can we move on now?

You know that if you don't want to click on the link you don't have to? Just ignore it, no one's forcing you to read it.

I never said anyone was forcing me to read it.

Posted by Gyrfal

There are so many points that I disagree with (some that I would call purely incorrect) in that racism article, but it deeply troubles me that there is no forum of discourse for me to voice that which would not just turn into a yelling match. The internet kinda sucks.

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@stalefishies said:

Man that racism article for Bioshock Infinite is awful. I had to read it all about three times to make any sense of it because she writes at such a horrible breakneck pace, and it all reads like she's pissed off because the ending wasn't 'black people everywhere win!' and she didn't find enough voxaphones to see any of the ending coming. There are criticisms to be made about the portrayal of racism in Bioshock Infinite. The way that it all gets dropped halfway through? Fine. The way it's apparently all racist because there's a black character who isn't very nice? No. No no no.

Why can't we have more minority characters who are just judged on their, you know, character rather than endlessly over-analysing how well they subvert the stereotypes of their minority group? Because, to me, having characters be completely independent of their race/gender/etc. seems like the end goal to all of this.

This is the world we live in now. Accept it, or you're a racistsexist that hates progress in video games.

It's unfortunate

lmao

Posted by Vuud

Patrick you should play through all 3 STALKER games but play them in the order they were released (Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, Call of Pripyat). And for your first time through don't use any mods. Then play through the newer Fallout and Elder Scrolls games but first get the Nexus client and browse through the sites and download a shit-ton of mods to make those games go from okay to amazing.

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Posted by Joeku

@patrickklepek: Cryostasis is goddamned rad and now that you've got a modern PC it will probably run well. Creepy, mechanically interesting, and the way it tells its story is really fresh. Definitely give it a shot.

Posted by Vortextk

That horror game...the graphics didn't look good. I was thinking to myself, these graphics don't look good, I wonder what system it's on; AND THEN I HIT 40 SECONDS IN AND I SAID FUCK YOU PATRICK. God damn I had it full screen too.

Posted by RonGalaxy

I don't recommend replaying a game on PC just for graphical difference (unless its an amazing game that deserves it). I also can't recommend a PC game, because there are just too many to talk about.

What I can recommend is a vita game (since you said you want to get one).

GRAVITY RUSH!

Ignore Alex's review (he's too contrarian to understand why it's great). Looking past the hokey camera and controls that are hard to grasp (though, you'll master them in an hour or so), the story is of amazing quality. And the graphics are amazing, not just comparitavely so because its on a handheld. It's really quite a gem of a game. And it's a shame it's all but forgotten, or talked about poorly because of a few bad reviews(even though it has an 83 metascore). Seriously, it's free on ps plus, so even if you don't have a vita, you can download it to your ps3 for later use.

Edited by Nekroskop

Oh god. That Trespasser LP. Watched that years ago and it's still amazing. Great find, Patrick.

Now that you actually have a machine that is capable of running something more demanding than Angry Birds, I suggest you check out Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines. A bit buggy and flawed, but with the right patches(fan-patches mind you) it's great.

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Why aren't you kids all talking about this?

It's by far the most amazing thing I've seen this week. The ending is perfect. It's worth the 16 minutes.

Posted by Incandenza

@patrickklepek I would LOVE to get a Dump Truck or even full-length interview with Porpentine. she's one of my video game heroes, and should be super famous.

Edited by npa189

I can't get over that someone just gives you a PC, and a really nice one too. What really kinda irks me though is that on the bombcast you didn't even seem that stoked, Ryan seemed to be more stoked for you. Gaming PCs don't fall out of the sky for everyone.

Posted by Animasta

@vuud said:

Patrick you should play through all 3 STALKER games but play them in the order they were released (Shadow of Chernobyl, Clear Sky, Call of Pripyat). And for your first time through don't use any mods. Then play through the newer Fallout and Elder Scrolls games but first get the Nexus client and browse through the sites and download a shit-ton of mods to make those games go from okay to amazing.

or don't play clear sky because it's terrible.

Posted by BrianP

Singularity was a cool game. I don't get why people feel like they need to act like apologetic for liking it just because it isn't bioshock.

Posted by Seraphim84

@patrickklepek: I hope this list is shared with us common folk, at least for the sake of being able to see what awaits you in your PC travels.

Also glad to see Ken Levine mailbags.

Posted by unholyone123

@fiberpay said:

@drabnon said:

@fiberpay said:

It sure as shit wouldn't be a Patrick article without some sexism links or articles. Yea we get dude your PC, can we move on now?

You know that if you don't want to click on the link you don't have to? Just ignore it, no one's forcing you to read it.

Why don't you just ignore his comment? No one forced you to read it.

Edited by ShotgunLincoln

@patrickklepek

Just wanted to give you a heads up since you mentioned Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Someone might have mentioned it to you already but there's a bug in the PC version about 6-7 hours in that makes it impossible to complete.

Edited by ReverendHunt

I really don't play a lot of games on PC, so the only ones I can recommend are ones I have had a hand in :P

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