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Edited by EarthBowl

Fantastic article!

Posted by Coafi
Posted by SirOptimusPrime

Oh god that bold font is still terrible.

Other than that, great article Patrick. Currently investigating Depression Quest, and I know it's going to make this a really, really long night.

Posted by familyphotoshoot

That video of Rapha breaking down his match is a classic. It's insane how much they have to keep track of in their heads.

Posted by GaspoweR
Posted by Draxyle

I didn't care much for a majority of the games they showed at the Sony Conference (I own a PS3 but I don't think I own a single first party title except Journey if that counts), but seeing them give Jonathan Blow some actual stage time gave me great hopes. One thing Sony did right with the PS3 was attract a lot of interesting third party and indie talent to make some wholly unique experiences. I'm glad that they're sticking to that, because I don't think Microsoft cares nearly as much.

I wish the Media Molecule thing actually gave us a game title or some sort of idea of what they were presenting, but color me intrigued.

Edited by Gaff

@patrickklepek:

It’s been a humbling month.

Humble. That’s the general feeling I had coming out of Sony’s PlayStation 4 reveal event on Wednesday [...]

Nice segue.

Posted by cbarnes86

@coafi: That is an amazing image! Mind if I use that for my avatar on this site?

Edited by Rayeth

Sad to hear that Tricky is so down on the PS4. The announcement left me hopeful, rather than pessimistic. Sure maybe Sony is putting out a bunch of games that we've seen before, it's a console launch. The launch games are nearly always crap. The stuff that was my favorite about this generation (games like Braid, Journey, Super Meat Boy, P4:G, etc) had nearly nothing in common with games that were shown in huge shows like the PS4 reveal. The best games of the next generation haven't even been dreamed about or at best are a twinkle in a young developer's eye. There is no reason to be subscribed to the world is falling outlook unless you simply like being snarky, sad and/or depressing. If anything this change gives developers the chance to finally come out with new IPs, which I think is something everyone has been clamoring for. Yet now that they are finally here, the sky is falling and we're all doomed? There is nothing but promise ahead.

If after the console launches and nothing works and all the promises are shown to be lies, then the sky is falling rhetoric would be appropriate (For instance, if you are talking about the Vita currently). This is also a great reason to never buy anything at launch (hello RRoD), let the company prove they aren't full of it first, then put down money. Until then at least try and look on the brighter side. =)

Posted by dr_mantas

That x-ray looks like it was taken in the 80s...

Posted by Icemo

PS4 doesn't compress coal into diamonds. I'm very disappointed at Sony.

Posted by MildMolasses

Wow, that Buzzfeed article is terrible. How did that get published?

Posted by fenixDG

That bold font is impossible to read.

Posted by patrickklepek

@rayeth said:

Sad to hear that Tricky is so down on the PS4. The announcement left me hopeful, rather than pessimistic. Sure maybe Sony is putting out a bunch of games that we've seen before, it's a console launch. The launch games are nearly always crap. The stuff that was my favorite about this generation (games like Braid, Journey, Super Meat Boy, P4:G, etc) had nearly nothing in common with games that were shown in huge shows like the PS4 reveal. The best games of the next generation haven't even been dreamed about or at best are a twinkle in a young developer's eye. There is no reason to be subscribed to the world is falling outlook unless you simply like being snarky, sad and/or depressing. If anything this change gives developers the chance to finally come out with new IPs, which I think is something everyone has been clamoring for. Yet now that they are finally here, the sky is falling and we're all doomed? There is nothing but promise ahead.

If after the console launches and nothing works and all the promises are shown to be lies, then the sky is falling rhetoric would be appropriate (For instance, if you are talking about the Vita currently). This is also a great reason to never buy anything at launch (hello RRoD), let the company prove they aren't full of it first, then put down money. Until then at least try and look on the brighter side. =)

Not down. Just not flipping out over a hardware reveal.

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Edited by Spankmealotus

The article by John Teti had some good points even if it was disturbingly negative. However he completely ignored the ways it was talked about how Sony has tried to make it much much easier to develop and publish on the new system. Making for a much better place for indie developers than ever before on a console. I for one am excited for it to be easier for people to put games on a major console.

Edited by Efesell

That bold font is really a strain on the eyes.

Posted by cooljammer00

And even Pachter is wrong a lot of the time.

Posted by Video_Game_King

@patrickklepek, did you call the Castle of Mammon number? If not, your journalistic integrity demands it.

Posted by Pr1mus

All the tweets in that NYT articles are from people that should be promptly ignored.

Posted by wolfskind

[...]the controversy over The New York Times’ review of a Tesla car[...]

The New York Times claimed an almost universally negative reaction to the reveal by the tech press.

Ah yes, journalism. :P

Posted by CaLe

Stop bold font. Quake video interesting.

Posted by Pr1mus

Also stop using bold text until it's fixed. It's unreadable.

Edited by BeachThunder

Oh god that bold font is still terrible.

No it's not, I think it's pretty easy to read - especially that part about Far Cry 8.

@patrickklepek - have you checked out Actual Sunlight? (Another game about depression).

Posted by MindChamber

The quotes are illegible., someone needs to fix that

Edited by darkjester74

Hi @patrickklepek, have you had a chance to check out the Dreamfall Chapters Kickstarter? Really interesting, seems pretty successful, and promises to revive a beloved franchise. Check it out! :) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redthread/dreamfall-chapters-the-longest-journey

Posted by BagronkeN

Giant Bomb is Skynet. @patrickklepek is the first of the cyborgs. We are all doomed.

First they take our eyesight with the bold font. Then they take Berlin.

Edited by Deathpooky

The "why didn't we see the box!" PS4 responses are strange. Especially people claiming that not showing the box is a horrible sign or otherwise signals the end of Sony. You'd think gaming reporters fresh off of the terribleness of the Wii U at launch in fulfilling its promises would realize that just seeing a box (or anything else) is irrelevant until you get it in a room playing games. Sony had promises - no more, no less - and a box or specs wouldn't change that.

Also, Patrick, LTTP will always mean Link to the Past.

Edited by SirOptimusPrime

I can attest to Depression Quest's message. It really, really, really does describe someone going through that. I felt a pang in my chest after every interaction with "Alex" and all of the family moments were... honestly, really hard to deal with. Someone who made that knows what they're talking about, and it shows.

Thanks for bringing it up, @patrickklepek

Posted by GaspoweR

@pr1mus said:

All the tweets in that NYT articles are from people that should be promptly ignored.

Ironically, Veronica did work with Sony by hosting Qore once upon a time.

Edited by Firelogic

You knock Infamous and Killzone now but will your tune change when Microsoft shows off some new Halo or Gears game for the nextbox at their conference? I sure hope it doesn't.

And what exactly were people expecting this early in the year before the launch of the PS4? I personally expected no system specs, no release date, no price, and maybe a picture of the box. I certainly didn't expect them to just give out the internals of the system as well as trot out dev after dev to show off upcoming games.

Some people are acting as if this was their E3 presentation with only a few months before launch. This was just an initial announcement to get people talking about the PS4. Anyone who says they were genuinely disappointed with the event needs to get their heads checked.

Posted by ztiworoh

@patrickklepek I'm curious if you are going to (or have) played Simogo Games' Year Walk yet? I played through it over the last two days and it blew my god damn mind. My (hopefully) more elegant thoughts on the game, can be found here, if you're curious.

It does things with the iPad/iPhone as physical objects that I've never seen another game do. Seriously, I went in with high expectations and it blew every one of them out of the water.

Posted by Fobwashed

On gambling and video games, I was at a Casino last weekend and played a Star Wars slot machine. . . It was garbage. Walking down aisle after aisle of slot machines, apart from having lcd screens (which are actually REALLY nice screens), I'm surprised that there aren't better ones out there. The themes were mostly garbage and it felt like I was walking down a row after row of shitty flash or java slot machine apps. To be fair, 90% of people playing the slots were in their 60's or older who don't give a shit what they're playing, they just want to match 12 different types of cat heads, but as the gaming generation becomes that old gambling crowd, I wonder if slot machines will start to be more gamified or if it'll just always be as it is. Lots of stupid pictures on a fake spinning wheel. Meh.

Oh, and don't go against all you can eat crab buffet. It killed both me and my significant other. We were out of commission for 2 and a half days. . .

Edited by cooljammer00

That Kotaku article from Evan Narcisse has a lot of good points about race in games that make me scared that the article gets shouted down like the articles about women in games.

But yes, he mentioned Sleepy Dawgs as a shockingly good example of handling race in games: the characters in the game are mostly Asian, speaking authentically and in a setting that is fairly accurate, and with a voice cast that was mostly racially appropriate too. Yes, the characters all know kung fu or are triad gangsters, but there was something refreshing about what was being shown: being based off HK action flicks, it's like it was portraying an image Chinese people wanted to be shown as opposed to an image someone else chose for us.

I just wish there was a good Black analog for that. San Andreas should not count. I just started Iron Brigade and picked the Black guy just because I could.

Edited by siamesegiant

<p> @patrickklepek Will we get something about the 1up closure from you next week Tricky? Sad times, though many considered the golden years to be long past I still had a lot of time for the few, talented guys that were left there. I was wondering what your take on it was, especially considering your history with the site.</p>

Edited by Pr1mus

I've read a bunch more about the press and fans' reactions to the PS4 event.

Fans saw a console meant to play games and were treated to a number of announcement and features that makes the act of playing games, updating them and sharing better than before. The fans are happy.

The press saw a lack of detailed specs, no price, no specific date and no actual box. That last one really gets to me. How much time are were they going to spend talking about how good or bad that fucking box looks like? By the sound of it, it looks like months. As if their whole goddamn plan was to write lengthy essays on the design of a box that goes on a shelf. They follow with ridiculous tweets like "worst press conference ever" and "this is Microsoft winning the console war".

That's not journalism, that's sub UK tabloid trash.

Supposedly Microsoft is to reveal their console late April if rumors turn out to be true. That's 2 months ahead of E3. It's going to be hilarious when they don't show detailed specs or announce an official date or price either during their reveal and instead wait until E3 for the specifics.

Edited by MrMazz

Is there an easier way then just going through the archives of the news section to search through all the prior Worth Reading articles? I remember you suggesting a game something about souls and stones...it was a flash game.

Edit: Found it, it was called Soulcaster and was from the 11/16/12 WR

Posted by Maluvin

I'm trying to decide if my gut reaction to that NYT article is right or not. I don't know how seriously I'm supposed to take an article that puts the absence of contoured plastic as something meaningful.

Also, while I won't pretend to know every gaming journalist out there, I honestly didn't recognize many of the tweeted individuals mentioned. It felt like a cherry picked group of tweets for an author who had a personal bone to pick. The author doesn't even really say anything about the platform or technology which would have been a more useful or insightful thing to do.

I think the NYT article is Worth Reading if for no other reason than to show how dismal games reporting can be.

Edited by Fobwashed

After watching that basketball video, I couldn't help but imagine this being done on every basketball machine there by a group of people and shady looking people walking through the chuck e cheese offering to sell tickets for money on the cheap. Does this make me a bad person?

Posted by Grimluck343

I don't really see how that quote shows that Far Cry 3's story is immune to criticism.

Edited by happymeowmeow

Nice cyber-shoulder, glad you're doing well.

Re: "The Critic and the Cloud" , seems to me like finishing a game should be the minimum requirement. What if movie critics left before the ending, "ah I've got a good idea of this movie as a whole, fuck it." Not practical given the nature of deadlines, etc, I know, but something feels really out of wack when theres a medium who's critics don't feel compelled to see the whole piece before rendering a judgment.

The Witches House is as creepy as you might expect and a bit frustrating in some parts that require trial and error, but without them you'd miss out some of the "gotcha" horror moments I guess.

Posted by Grimluck343

@Pr1mus I bet Microsoft reveals the console with specs in April and saves the games for E3.

Edited by bkbroiler

That guy sinking 800 basketball shots incredibly quickly is mesmerizing.

Edited by Pr1mus

@grimluck343: That could happen. In which case Microsoft makes an event to look good in the eye of the press and to which the fans will say "screw this, buying a PS4 instead".

Everyday the press gets a bit more disconnected with its audience and crap like that just highlights it. That's why i stick to GB for the entertainment value and their general enjoyment of being alive and go to boring sites that just copy/paste press release to get the latest news. I don't need someone to tell me how everything is terrible all the time.

Posted by Psychohead

I'm super glad to hear that Depression Quest seems to be making an impact, because I really can't bring myself to play it. Dealing with depression fucking sucks, and I'm hesitant to willingly stir up those emotions. Hopefully, it's doing a whole bunch of good out there.

Posted by OppressiveStink

@patrickklepek:

Welcome back to the living, Patrick, how did the conversion from normal human to beer-fueled, visual-novel reviewing automaton go? Here's my artist rendition of you after the conversion.

Posted by Moztacular

No mention of Resident Evil 1.5 being available to play? You're killing me baby!

Posted by SuperLlamaFarmer

It's kinda interesting that games like Riot and Wildfire Worlds both use quite stylised graphics. I wonder if that's a very deliberate design choice given the subject.

Posted by ErinIsADrunk

Depression Quest is fantastic. I played it after RPS featured in on Sunday and holy shit is that game intense. The story thread involving your girlfriend hit really close to come as it mirrored pretty much my thought process that eventually led to my girlfriend breaking up with me when I was going through depression.

I don't know if it will help people who have never suffered from depression to understand it a little better. I would hope that it would, but at the very least it was nice for me personally to know that I was not and am not alone in having these feelings. Glad stuff like this exists.

Posted by GreggD

After watching Kickhopper play The Witch's House, I can safely say it looks like ass.

Posted by Ravenlight

Bolded font looks like buttholes (the not-sexy kind).

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