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#1 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

In a way I'd hope so since it ranks highly among my favorite games this year. I thought it was an excellent action platformer and triumphant reboot for Lara Croft. I even got a surprising kick out of the strange MP but the singleplayer was pretty top notch either way. It's the best mainstream, truly big budget game this year to me and the best game of its kind for quite some time. That said, I don't think it's got much of a chance from the GB crew's perspective. Brad found it to be merely good - not great - I think, Jeff probably isn't interested whatsoever, Patrick got extremely hung up on it not being some sort of hardcore survival sim and Vinny really seemed to damn it with faint praise (stating "yeah that game's OK" several times in a very bored, disinterested fashion).

Then there's the unpleasant context of gaming media at large deciding that game just deserved their pseudo-intellectual, poorly informed, hyperbolic wrath since armchair social commentary was very hot clickbait at the time. I think I'd rather have the game be ignored during GOTY than seeing that bullshit debate get re-ignited. If I had to guess, I'd say it won't get super high praise anywhere, certainly not here on GB. But that's cool. It impressed me so much since it's one of those games that almost seems to be made for my particular tastes - which often means it's not that great to many others in a variety of ways. And I'll take a glorious gaming experience over critics agreeing with me any day!

#2 Edited by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

If it is at all feasible (or becomes possible) in the future I think Jeff Green would be a practically ideal candidate. Other than the current GB crew and Greg Kasavin there's no one who has covered games that I respect as much as him. Highly skilled, informed and, most importantly, very funny and entertaining with a lot of personality.

I hope he'll at least be able to make frequent appearances. He's just so fucking good at just about everything I've seen him do. Having him at GB full-time would undoubtedly be excellent!

#3 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

I'd like the Arkham Asylum key if it's still available.

#4 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

Man, those are some impressive lists! I bought and played:

  • Tomb Raider
  • Reus
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail (PC)
  • Brütal Legend (PC)
  • Company of Heroes 2
  • Solforge
  • Warframe
  • Civ V: Brave New World

Yeah, I really did play a lot of older games this year. Civ 5, CoH2 and, to some extent, Solforge being significant timesinks didn't help either. Good problem to have.

#5 Edited by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

Rationally speaking, the creators of art and their views and habits shouldn't get confused with their work. Those are two entirely different spheres. "Art" as a concept wouldn't really mean anything if it was so pointless to me that I reduced it to its mere monetary value. Which I'd kind of do should I try to "punish" people by not giving them money. There is also the incredibly naive and flawed assumption that one would even be capable of keeping track of all the views and affiliations of all the people involved in creating things one might find interesting and enjoyable.

But I have certainly skipped certain works, acting emotionally and in the moment, because the creators pissed me off in some way. The issue here is, as usual, limited time and money. I can't check out nearly everything I want to, so the process of choosing what actually ends up getting my time and money involves some more petty factors. I was really unsure if I should buy Gone Home at some point, for example, but quickly opted to ignore it when I read the developers tirade against PAX and their pathetic pseudo-martyrdom. Whining that you throw away all that marketing for your principles and then abusing the situation to stir up a shitstorm for free marketing just pissed me off enough in that case.

Boycott, in the sense that you become active to convince other people to join your cause, is out of the question in cases like these. It smells like attention-whoring and knee-jerk bullshit. If you feel that strongly about something you should quietly ignore the associated work and be an activist targeting the actual issue - homophobia, racism, sexism, hypocrisy whatever it might be - and not some random company or creator because they make headlines at the moment.

All that said, looking through my libraries of music, games, literature, graphic novels and movies I must say I supported a colorful crew of murderers, rapists, sexists, racists and egomaniac pieces of shit. There's no way around it when using work created by humans.

#6 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

This is a horrible nightmare and I despise you for making me choose from such a preposterously glorious selection. That said, here we go:

  1. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  2. Company of Heroes
  3. Hitman: Blood Money
  4. Civilization V
  5. Neverwinter Nights: Mask of the Betrayer
  6. The Witcher
  7. FTL: Faster Than Light
  8. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  9. Alpha Protocol
  10. Prototype

Remains of the list that somehow didn't make the cut (but propably will next week, in another state of mind): Dragon Age: Origins, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Civilization IV, Bastion, Hotline Miami, Fallout: New Vegas, Tomb Raider, Alan Wake, Saboteur, STALKER: SoC, Burnout Paradise, Spec Ops: The Line, Torchlight 2, Mortal Kombat, World in Conflict.

Fuck, picking a "final" list actually makes me more sad and confused than anything else. Weird. Still, it's an interesting question to think about.

#7 Edited by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

I'd take the Krater coupon for Hotline Miami's Pig TC. "baal_sagoth" on Steam.

#8 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

That's pretty awesome. Almost can't believe the whole thing is actually improvised. But it's very enjoyable either way.

#9 Posted by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

Interesting. Bit of a shame to only get the nebulous accusations of one side that shows every sign of not knowing what the fuck they got themselves into. People aren't "forced" to use paypal, they make that decision when they'd like to make a lot of money with crowdfunding or whatever else. The example with one of the devs not reading the damn e-mails he's been sent kind of says a lot. The confused language while recounting Paypal's alleged statements doesn't inspire confidence either. I appreciate a certain level of naive passion by indie devs and I'm sure Paypal has some rather draconian regulations in place that make it very hard for certain companies but all of these factors are things you just have to consider before getting carried away by your dreams of crowdfunding and "sticking it to the man" (by getting in bed with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Amazon and Paypal - truly some of the most altruistic, independent, almost communist ventures out there).

Now, the one critical point here is Paypal's apparent tendency to make issues involving rather insignificant amounts, that have a risk of attracting unwanted bad publicity, simply go away. That's the one factor that seems somewhat shady if very characteristic of almost all big companies. That certainly is Paypal's resposibility to figure out, clarify and develop a straightforward set of ground rules for. And pay their dues if they actually did something criminal, of which I see no real sign here. Everything else indicates devs being utterly unprepared to deal with their crowdfunding success and trying to blame Paypal with little proof as far as I can tell. Don't like their terms? Don't fucking use them to finance your business. Just like these people did with traditional publishers.

#10 Edited by Baal_Sagoth (1237 posts) -

That's very difficult to tell since every floor could potentially be beaten in seconds in an ideal scenario. Or take many minutes if you fail enough. You also might have fallen for the game's sneaky deconstruction of gaming conventions. That said, I think it took me upwards of 4 hours to finish the game the first time around. I've played a total of 8 hours of it according to Steam but that includes me showing it off to a couple of friends after I already completed it myself. Considering the 5€ I payed for Hotline Miami I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I think the marvellous soundtrack alone might be a pretty solid purchase at that price for me.