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Posted by Mr_Creeper

I'm glad the crew know that SoCal is where it's at. B|

Posted by Humanity

@ascara89 said:

Appreciated Drew trying to warn the internet not to get worked up over something Dan said, but it will never happen.

I'm usually more surprised at why Dan continues to bait the behaviour. I mean he's a smart well mannered guy, we all know this, and I don't know what he's getting out of mocking other peoples tastes..?

Posted by NeoCalypso

@y2ken: That's just inaccurate though. Dota 2 trots those other maps for events only and then they go away(something that happens in LoL as well). League has two other maps one of which carries with it a separate game type and those maps both have their own rules and items. They also very routinely receive balance updates which is I think one of two key differences, the other being that they never go away.

Edited by Marokai

@ascara89 said:

Appreciated Drew trying to warn the internet not to get worked up over something Dan said, but it will never happen.

I will always fall into Brad's opinion on this from several weeks back. If you state an inflammatory opinion that you know will push buttons, you can't act surprised or upset when you receive push-back because it's your fault.

Posted by TheSquarePear

@humanity said:

@ascara89 said:

Appreciated Drew trying to warn the internet not to get worked up over something Dan said, but it will never happen.

I'm usually more surprised at why Dan continues to bait the behaviour. I mean he's a smart well mannered guy, we all know this, and I don't know what he's getting out of mocking other peoples tastes..?

I think it's an anxiety thing. Dan thinks people expect him to perform all the time so he does it whether he has material or not.

I do the same thing sometimes when I get really nervous about awkward silences. It never gets you any friends though.

It's okay Dan. We like you for your own enthusiasm and not your performance :)

Posted by TheInsider

Meanwhile, listening this week I had the epiphany that the crux of Jeff's arguments are summed up in "who really cares??"

What soul crushing business games must be

Posted by KaneRobot

I'd probably contribute to a fund to pay the bail for any man who led cops on a car chase while doing the Wolfpac / Too Sweet hand signal through the sunroof.

Posted by Libb

@y2ken: That's just inaccurate though. Dota 2 trots those other maps for events only and then they go away(something that happens in LoL as well). League has two other maps one of which carries with it a separate game type and those maps both have their own rules and items. They also very routinely receive balance updates which is I think one of two key differences, the other being that they never go away.

@evanwalsh said:

Brad saying "League only has one map" made me a lot more frustrated than it should have.

I guess that means I'm maybe a bit too invested in League of Legends.

I mean it has one map that matters. TT and aram dont really matter in the grand scheme of things

These comments demonstrate that I am the only person on the planet that likes Dominion, because NOONE remembers that The Crystal Scar exists.

Posted by briktal

@hollitz said:

Oh GTFO with that KOTOR being cannon garbage.

KOTOR was a fun game with good characters and good small stories, but like with every Bioware game since KOTOR, the grand story is a poorly-presented, uninteresting junk heap.

So maybe that actually fits perfectly in with the Star Wars cannon. I don't know. I've got too much nostalgia wrapped up in my enjoyment of that stuff to have a coherent opinion.

And wow. Jeff's response to that first email. I think he said "fuckin" more times than in that stupid Limp Bizkit song in which they bragged about doing so. Someone should count them.

What Jeff said about KOTOR/SWTOR is why I've never liked The Old Republic as a setting (and to some extent, the Star Wars EU). Hoth is a great example. In the movies, the Rebels hide on Hoth because it is a remote ice planet nobody cares about. In those expanded settings, they have to make up a bunch of dumb history for the planet to justify their thing taking you there because hey it was in the movies. Not to mention that it's 4000 years before the movies but there's still basically the same factions with very similar looking ships and equipment.

Posted by DeviTiffany

Thankfully we have great bands like Halestorn making Guns n' Roses irrelevant.

Posted by divergence

I look forward to watching Jeff play bloodborne. I've played through both Dark Souls an dark souls 2 and find either these games are getting progressively easier or I'm just getting better at playing "souls" games. I found Bloodborne to be far less punishing than either Souls games and I think a lot of it is how agile you are and how much stamina you get compared to the other games. You can outrun most the enemies in the game making boss runs a lot easier.

Posted by golguin

I knew it was only a matter of time until Jeff got on the Soul train. Here's hoping he completes Bloodborne and goes back to the other Soul games with a new eye.

Posted by csl316

Resistance 3 is amazing, Guns n' Roses had a couple good songs, and I'm looking forward to modern Star Wars.

*flips table and leaves*

Posted by cthomer5000

Meanwhile, listening this week I had the epiphany that the crux of Jeff's arguments are summed up in "who really cares??"

What soul crushing business games must be

How was that your takeaway from that conversation?

I think the reality is that the older you get, the more you can compare something new to everything that has come before. In an artistic industry (think music, film, games) it simply becomes harder and harder to blow someones mind with something completely fresh. It is especially hard to do that when someone works in their industry and lives that stuff 24/7.

So an 15 year old thinks "This is like nothing I've ever seen!" And the 40 year old thinks "This reminds me of A, B, and C... it seems cool though."

You will also see similar things from people of the same age when one is a fan and one has spent their whole life in the industry. A 35 year old video game fan, and a 35 year old video game writer who has been doing it for 20 years are not going to digest a game the same way.

It's a fact of life. Everything is very black and white when you are young, as the years roll on and you have a much greater sense of where things fit into the greater picture so it's always going to be harder for something to catch you completely by surprise.

Posted by KaneRobot

Thankfully we have great bands like Halestorn making Guns n' Roses irrelevant.

Good lord. That's one of the worst covers I've ever heard.

Edited by BisonHero

I'm with Jeff, GNR were OK musicians but due to the era, their image helped them go a long way. I don't think their songs are any better than Van Halen and the other leading bands of the mid-to-late 80s.

I completely don't understand the reverence Brad and Dan have for them, so I'm gonna go with Jeff's explanation of "you were young."

Posted by dbene

I'm with Jeff, GNR were OK musicians but due to the era, their image helped them go a long way. I don't think their songs are any better than Van Halen and the other leading bands of the mid-to-late 80s.

I completely don't understand the reverence Brad and Dan have for them, so I'm gonna go with Jeff's explanation of "you were young."

I think they were the most dynamic explosive Rock Band since the Late 60's/Early 70's at the time. I think Van Halen can't hold their jock (but then again....I think VH is highly overrated). GnR did not have a lot of longevity, but they really BURST on the scene with great music and BALLS. Appetite is arguably the best debut Rock album of all time.

Posted by cthomer5000

Jeff is closer to right about GNR. Appetite is an all time classic rock album. Lies is basically 2 good songs. Use Your Illusion is insanely bloated and most of it simply not good.

If you were to take Lies and both Use Your Illusions and combine them into one album then you'd have something worth raving about.

Everything after is complete garbage.

I think it's impossible to put a band that effectively had 2 good albums of material in the same class as Zeppelin, Stones, etc.

They were a shooting star.

Edited by TheHT

You could play as hero characters (Vader, Boba Fett, Skywalker, etc.) in Battlefront 2. I'm pretty sure you could choose how it's decided who gets to play as them, either by score or time or whatever.

In Battlefront 1 you could choose whether hero characters were on the field. They were always Jedi/Sith and you couldn't play as them. They were basically invincible environmental hazards that killed you in one hit, but if you were feeling particularly courageous you could manage them by lobbing around grenades and tossing them around. The only way to actually kill them was to knock them off the map with grenades, like on Bespin or something, and it was fucking AWESOME when you pulled it off.

Edited by DrStrangepork

Jeff is closer to right about GNR. Appetite is an all time classic rock album. Lies is basically 2 good songs. Use Your Illusion is insanely bloated and most of it simply not good.

If you were to take Lies and both Use Your Illusions and combine them into one album then you'd have something worth raving about.

Everything after is complete garbage.

I think it's impossible to put a band that effectively had 2 good albums of material in the same class as Zeppelin, Stones, etc.

They were a shooting star.

Word.

You speak the truth.

Edited by InspectorFowler

@baka_shinji17: I like a lot of kinds of music but I just can't get into reggae. The association with stoners/slackers is part of it, because many reggae musicians lean into that so heavily. Stoner culture is just as weird as boozer culture to me. So from the outside, it's music that all sounds basically the same, often singing about the same things, with a strong association with weed use.

That's obviously a stereotype, but for all the world I feel like it's all the same. For example, the song you linked - I can't tell when it was written or who is the singer by listening to it. In other genres of music I usually can - 90s rap vs 2015 rap, classic rock vs modern vs 50s, even Beethoven vs Bach is a pretty audible difference. I don't know why that aspect bothers me so much - I like a lot of stuff that is very repetitive like bluegrass - most bluegrass sounds pretty much the same.

Despite this realization, reggae just makes me crazy and I would rather listen to silence if given the option. I wouldn't make a blanket statement that it sucks, but I think that it is a genre that is definitely something you are predisposed to or not.

Edited by dbene

I haven't noticed a growing cynicism across video games media; I've noticed accusations of a growing cynicism. I think this is due to the growing gulf between the oldest and most experienced players and the youngest and least experienced players. People on the earlier end of the spectrum have difficulty comprehending the breadth of experiences had by people on the older end and characterize the older end's lack of enthusiasm for many games today as cynicism.

I started thinking about this after hearing my 10- and 13-year-old nieces' reactions to Dust: An Elysian Tail. I hate-played my way through it. I think the writing is awful, the story is illogical and presumptuous, and the enemies fail to draw out the combat system's maximum potential.

My nieces, however, adored it. They cried when the game wanted them to cry, laughed when it wanted them to laugh, and didn't seem to have negative opinions about combat. They came to the game with an entirely different frame of reference than me, one which lacked experience with games with solid writing, strong stories, or well-utilized combat.

Despite the difference in our reactions to the game, theirs doesn't surprise me too much. As I played through Dust, I thought that it was exactly the kind of game a younger me would've loved, a me whose heartstrings hadn't yet been pulled by Link's Awakening or whose fingers hadn't yet danced through Viewtiful Joe.

I kinda see where you are coming from, however....I have been playing since Atari 2600 and I love the new games. I am one of those guys who can hardly stand playing a retro title for more than a few minutes. I love great stories, and fresh gameplay ideas....etc....I guess its just that I a not very picky. I love almost all genres of games and if it plays ok, and has an OK story line....just with the modern visuals ...its usually enough to keep me entertained. I am amazed at some of the level of criticism certain games take...that seem pretty sharp and amazing to me.

An example would be Ryse.....I obviously saw the shortcomings in this game....but the look of the game and even the decent story mixed with cut scenes was enough to amaze me. I would not score it super high....maybe a "7"....but the average gamer considers it like a 4 or something. I can't relate to Jeff's hypercritical opinions (even though I respect them) mainly because some of the few games he absolutely loves......suck to me or are very average. That and mainly that I am a huge RPG guy and he seems to not give much of a damn about RPGs.

Posted by Niflhe

Interestingly, the article that I think Brad is referencing about Microsoft reducing the Xbox One power consumption shows a graph where the Wii U power consumption is drastically lower in all aspects.

https://www.thurrott.com/xbox/xbox-one/2879/microsoft-promises-to-improve-xbox-one-power-consumption

Posted by DystopiaX

@cthomer5000 said:

Jeff is closer to right about GNR. Appetite is an all time classic rock album. Lies is basically 2 good songs. Use Your Illusion is insanely bloated and most of it simply not good.

If you were to take Lies and both Use Your Illusions and combine them into one album then you'd have something worth raving about.

Everything after is complete garbage.

I think it's impossible to put a band that effectively had 2 good albums of material in the same class as Zeppelin, Stones, etc.

They were a shooting star.

Word.

You speak the truth.

I think when Jeff led off with "you were just young" he was incredibly accurate. If you were the right age at the time you'd probably grow up holding GnR with the same reverence as Brad/Dan do.

Posted by Venekor

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-04-22-bloodbornes-mysterious-closed-door-solved

Posted by Sessh

Do we have confirmation yet that the guy in the car chase was Pastor Maldonado?

Posted by Hairball

Guns and Roses is boring and derivative as hell.

Posted by aktivity

@briktal said:

What Jeff said about KOTOR/SWTOR is why I've never liked The Old Republic as a setting (and to some extent, the Star Wars EU). Hoth is a great example. In the movies, the Rebels hide on Hoth because it is a remote ice planet nobody cares about. In those expanded settings, they have to make up a bunch of dumb history for the planet to justify their thing taking you there because hey it was in the movies. Not to mention that it's 4000 years before the movies but there's still basically the same factions with very similar looking ships and equipment.

I will concede the ship designs, as it's something that bothers me as well. But I'd argue that given the premise being war, it would only be logical that most quest would take you to planets that play a key strategic role. I wouldn't mind some new factions though (IMO the binary nature of light/dark-side is kinda dumb). That said the Jedi/Sith is such a big/recognizable part of Star Wars, that those game might not have sold nearly as well without them. As for the republic, it's definition allows the name to be applicable regardless of age.

Edited by dbene

I would be interested in seeing Jeff play through the original Dark Souls now.....and give his opinion on whether or not it is "hard". If he thinks it is not...then I guess I have to admit I just suck at games.

Also: didn't the Ewoks live on the moon of Endor...not a planet?

Posted by LtSquigs

@libb: I can confirm, you are one of the 10 people who play LoL who play dominion

Posted by DedBeet

Per email in bombcast: why are people certain that the new Tomb Raider will come to PS4? Microsoft is publishing it, right? I have not been able to think of a single Microsoft Published AAA title that's come to console platforms other than their own. Perhaps it could come to PS4 in other territories if MS' publish rights are exclusive to the U.S.?

Posted by ChalkCharmer

"Kung Jim" FUCKING DAN RYCKERT... I am laughing far too much.

Posted by ChubbyChimp14

The Kinect for Xbox One is indeed being sold separately. It's $150 and includes Dance Central Spotlight.

Posted by Vod_Crack

I am sure someone has already pointed this out but Patrick gave Resistance 3 4 stars, not 3.

Posted by Meanstreet

@dedbeet said:

Per email in bombcast: why are people certain that the new Tomb Raider will come to PS4? Microsoft is publishing it, right? I have not been able to think of a single Microsoft Published AAA title that's come to console platforms other than their own. Perhaps it could come to PS4 in other territories if MS' publish rights are exclusive to the U.S.?

Microsoft published the original Mass Effect on 360, and that ended up on PS3 eventually. Admittedly that was wrapped up in a whole lot of mess due to Bioware's acquisition but still, it's not unprecedented.

Posted by WickedCobra03

These are the best. I am not sure what I would do without this group? Even in the late 90's reading Gamespot coverage at the time when Jeff and crew were there was a golden era.

Posted by Tits_Matador

I like that Dan's argument is usually just "Naaaaaaw what I said is right."

Posted by Phished0ne

@sessh said:

Do we have confirmation yet that the guy in the car chase was Pastor Maldonado?

Did it end in a crash?