I came here for the Yo Bro.
I came here for the Yo Bro.
This post is made famous by Yo Bro, and VInny by extension.
Here's what you need to do while in Hawaii:
Yo bro! Let's go!
Its your fault that this image shows up when you google image search "Yo Bro". Congratulations.
And I'm spreading it further.
Keep getting stuck at the hill on CLOP. Good thing I've got a paper due on Monday, tons of free time for procrastination.
Seems like it would be really hard, I played QWOP and I didn't make it far at all. I can only imagine how hard moving a four legged animal.
How fitting that the GameStop CEO's name is shortened to "PR" for the entirety of the interview.
Wow CLOP is a different sort of game!
Unicorn walking simulator? LOL!
@Goblin: Those stairs... shudder.
Do I completely suck at CLOP or is it completely fucking off in how that animal should be walking. The back legs dont really even push you so much as they some how shift 90% of the god damn horses weight to the back without giving you any forward push. The front ones are pretty functional but they drag you forward when they should be more for just stepping. I call BS on the physics/mechanics on that game.
Man CLOP is an asshole of a game. I got kinda far in it only to get impatient and fail.
Also interesting article by Ian Bogost, I'm always curious to see what people closer to the industry think of this whole kickstarter thing.
I'm an incredibly difficult unicorn walking simulator.
Why do people like Bennet Foddy enjoy, and even go out of their way to make a game which will make you want to punch a giraffe?
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-08-01-2k-games-christoph-hartmann-why-consoles-will-always-matter Rest of the 2K interview.
Makes me want to re-watch Lost!
Goddamn, the boss of 2K is apparently hell of dumb. Photorealism is required to create emotional connections? Has he looked at any none photographic/filmic art ever?
I found CLOP WAAAAAAAAY easier than QWOP. I mean, it helps that the horse has a bigger center of gravity, so it's harder to knock down. But yeah, it's mostly just 'front leg, other front leg, back leg, other back leg'. Just make sure to kick out whichever front foot is "k" when he starts tipping forward.
Succeeded on my first try ;) Unlike with QWOP, where I wasted...far too much time trying to finish that fucking race :(
Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Patrick. Fun little time waster that was.
A game about cartoonish horses called "CLOP" brought some terrible thoughts to mind that were quickly assuaged. Thank god.
Have a great wedding and honeymoon!
CURSE YOU CLOP.
I've backed 150 kickstarter projects and was glad to be one of the first to stumble across the Gaymer project minutes after it launched. As someone who finds the attitude in a lot of online gaming communication (nevermind the world-at-large, itself) quite soul-sucking, I'm glad to chip in a couple hundred bucks if it'll help some people have the opportunity to attend the conference and have a good time connecting with other gaymers (and gamers, I guess -- even us straighties are welcomed, as the project manager says).
Ultimately, it'll be even greater when a con like this isn't even needed. But if my last jaunt on XBox Live (and even ARMAII) is any indication, it probably won't be in my life time.
Here's what you need to do while in Hawaii:
Hey stay classy, creeper.
The piece on drones was really interesting to read. It's a strange job, but one that every soldier on the field that's covered by one is thankful to have.
EDIT: Oh, and congrats Patrick!
Congrats, Patrick! Have an awesome time!
HI, Patrick! Just wanted to thank you for linking to my post about "Mass Effect" -- and congrats on your nuptials!
Patrick Klepek Avoid Kualoa Ranch. I went as a huge LOST and Jurassic Park fan, like yourself, and was totally underwhelmed by the overpriced, content-light tour. Instead get a map of the LOST locations and go hike around the island. I found the polar bear cages by accident hiking Manoa Falls and it was one of the coolest moments I had during my trip.
I can tell you lots of great places to eat (my dad is Waikiki "kama'aina"). Ted's Bakery near North Shore is incredible. You'd be crazy to not go to Helena's for the pipikaula - the wait is worth it. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is godly. I also recommend trying some Musubi even though it sounds crazy dumb. These are all Oahu places obviously. If you make it to Maui, hit up some breweries!
Have fun, man.
EDIT: I agree with @cthomer5000 about the USS Arizona Memorial also. I'm not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears as a grown-ass man. That's a really powerful place.
You should absolutely do the hike to the summit of Diamond Head Crater. (I'm assuming you're going to be in Honolulu.)
It was the highlight of my trip there and a view i will never forget. It's also not that long a hike (though it is steep).
Also, the USS Arizona Memorial is absolutely chilling and worth seeing.
Good on edge for going back and looking at its older reviews, not that one persons opinion can be wrong but this kind of feature makes for an interesting read, i wish more sites would run features like this, where they look at older games,their review scores and how the game held up.
CONGRATULATIONS Mr. Klepek!
Great reads this week. Some of the best there has ever been. While I was a gamer for a long time and I can't exactly relate to the woman who got introduced to it via Mass Effect 2, I can say that Mass Effect rejuvenated my interest in the field; Ii was waning for a while.
When is an archived version of yesterday's radio show going up ?????
Keith Stuart's piece is excellent. While he's by no means the first person to talk about how games are an important part of our shared culture, it bears repeating as long as gaming carries the stigma of childishness when talked about socially or in wider media.
Gaming journalism and criticism still doesn't punch at the same weight as film or music journalism, so it's heartening to hear middle-aged gaming journos profess their ongoing dedication to the job. Their serious efforts are needed because of the imbalanced view of gaming in the wider world (that is, outside gaming-focused websites).
It's often repeated that games can't handle mature storylines or handle things like sex scenes without awkwardness, without it being mentioned that practically 100% of Hollywood output faces the same problems. Ask someone if film can be art and they'll unthinkingly say 'oh yeah well Citizen Kane, innit', often regardless of whether they've seen it or not. People who don't read at all usually still realise how important books are. We know that music is trivial, but we'd have a tough time living without it, which means it's not really trivial and we treat it as precious.
With gaming, however, we're conditioned not to extend the same leniency as we do to these other media. As long as that's true, we need people who grew up with games to be proud of their culture and keep talking about how important games can be, at least within the spectrum of 'importance' that registers the importance of, say, Lord of the Flies, Alien and the Beastie Boys.
EDIT: Just realised that he's the same Keith Stuart who contributes to the Guardian.
As Scad said, the "Jurassic Park" helicopter tours in Maui are amazing. Also driving the Hana Highway, parts of which were actually used in the opening to Jurassic Park, is really beautiful. This is in Maui also. I guess what I am saying is go to Maui.
Game related, I am super exited to see anything that comes out of the Dear Esther guys.
In other news: Foddy still a hack.
Kind of interesting choice to make a game about a weightless jellybean horse though.
Thanks for links to some great articles. The edge and Suda 51 articles were indeed worth reading. Have fun the next couple of weeks
I found that if you spam only one of the front legs you can get it going pretty well. I didn't have time to finish it though so I'll need to do a follow up test later this evening.
If you only use your front legs you break your back legs eventually. Which makes going uphill sooooo slow.
QWOP was easy once you figured out how to play it. Clop probably has a similar knack to it.
I couldn't not post this.
Played a little CLOP. Seems to play a little easier than QWOP.
Hey Patrick! I lived on the big island for ten years. If you manage it over there, try the "Kona Brewing Company" over on the west side of the island. It's got some great food and even better beer. There's also a winery close to the volcano if that's your sort of thing.
Smoke some of that Hawaiian herb. The best outdoor sativa strains in the world. If you're into that sort of thing that is...
I'm not...anymore :)
That Stranger's Wrath twist was pretty awesome too me. Just played and finished it for the first time this year..
My wife and I honeymooned in Hawaii as well and went to see 'The Others' Village' which is actually a YMCA camp, the beach right across from it where they shot the pilot, and the waterfall/pond where Kate and Sawyer found the briefcase (it's open to the public, so it's not quite as serene.) They're all on the north shore of Oahu, only several miles from one another. I would also recommend taking a helicopter ride while listening to the Jurassic Park theme. ;)
Kid says, "What the fuck do I need you for you?" Well, that was unexpected. : D
Also, "gaymer" is quite possibly the dumbest word ever. For starters, it sounds just like "gamer" when spoken...or, at least, I assume it does, and of course we know that "gamer" is already pretty dumb to begin with, but I guess we're stuck with it.
I was into the idea of Balance of the Planet until the part where three of the four central factors you get graded on don't matter at all in the context of an ecologically-minded Earth simulator.
Great piece as usual Patrick, although your bit about Stranger's Wrath has reminded me how much I dislike the adjectives 'overrated' and 'underrated'. They don't actually describe anything, they just orient you on the spectrum of popular opinion. Surely there are more honest, useful discussions to be had.
I want an HD remake of Killer7 SO BAD. I never finished the game and since my save was overwritten I'd need to start over if I wanted to play again.
As usual, love all the interesting stuff you link to and discuss.
I think this week the one that stood out to me the most was that interview with Gamestops CEO. That guy is a real piece of work.