Jeff's not a trending gamer. He's the trending gamEST!!
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It's somehow both disheartening and reassuring to see so many people share my profound disappointment with Ron Gilbert.
Best of luck to him, though. I hope he proves all of us wrong by making an awesome and wildly profitable game.
@bbalpert: Strange to reserve the 1 score to games they can't finish. If it's complete garbage it's complete garbage, regardless of whether you can actually finish the game or not. But whatever!
Justin mentions on his new(ish) mini-podcast, Quality Control, that he was brought to tears by this game, but just barely managed to drag himself across the finish line. 1 point scores are games so bad that he (or whoever is doing the review) can't even manage THAT. So I guess it's the difference between completely intolerable and juuuuuust barely tolerable.
Thank Travis for Justin (and also for Travis)
A lot of people asking why I didn’t give Escape Dead Island a 1. In our scale, 1 is reserved for games we can’t finish.— Justin McElroy (@JustinMcElroy) November 18, 2014
Steel Battalion was a 1, because I found it to be unplayable. That’s the only 1 we’ve given, I think.— Justin McElroy (@JustinMcElroy) November 18, 2014
I have backed some great/stupid things, some of which have delivered,some of which haven't (yet).
I backed Broken Age, and have been super happy with how it turned out so far.
I backed Pillars of Eternity and Wasteland 2. I just got my boxed copy of Wasteland 2 in the mail the other day, but have yet to actually get around to playing it. I also haven't been keeping track of Pillars of Eternity's progress, so I don't have much to say about that. In that regard, I kind of regret backing those 2 projects.
I backed Ryan North's Hamlet choose-your-own-adventure book and could not be happier with the finished product or backer rewards. I particularly like the stuffed Yorick skull I got.
I backed "The Magical Realms of Tír na nÓg: Escape from Necron 7 – Revenge of Cuchulainn: The Official Game of the Movie – Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa", and am a little concerned that's the game still hasn't come out yet. The tsundere Cyber-Dwarf body pillow pillowcase arrived promptly, though.
The last thing I backed was Dan's dumb "Help Me Raise More Money Than Jose Canseco" campaign. There were some issues with shipping (because I messed something up when filling out the forms), but I contacted Dan and he was very helpful in sorting everything out. So I have to say, @danryckert's customer service is top notch.
All in all, I think I definitely spent more than I'd care to admit in total to get into some of the higher reward tiers, but I haven't backed anything that's completely blown up (yet). Time will tell for Barkley 2, though.
*edit: I forgot to mention, I also backed Brad Muir's Massive Chalice :D :D :D
From Brian Ballard/TheTOH (the guy that runs the Sims 3 VGCW spin-off show, VGCW At Home)
So everyone unhappy with WWE 2K15 finally gets my pain with The Sims 4 now, right?— Brian Ballard (@TheTOH) November 11, 2014
@MarkellHoward17 Got gimped in terms of customization. No Create-a-Style, extremely limited color section, no story progression.— Brian Ballard (@TheTOH) November 11, 2014
As someone who only relatively recently got into watching wrestling (and is quickly losing interest, get your shit together WWE), I feel like the biggest key to enjoying a match beyond simple appreciation of technical ability is finding a character to like (or hate). Going back to watch older PPVs for the Powerbombcast "homework", it struck me how little impact the twists, turns, and reveals of major characters had on me without context or knowledge of backstories. Some of what were supposed to be huge moments were just "oh look, it's that Sting guy, I guess" or "so why is that Duggan guy carrying around a big wooden board?"
It blew my mind to see people recommending Cyber City Oedo, as I thought I'd seen it and hated it. It turns out what I'd watched was just 1 of the tapes from the middle of the OVA that I'd picked up at an anime convention bargain bin, and assumed it was an incoherent mess. Then again, I suppose any show would be relatively hard to follow if you only watched an episode from the middle of the series.
One thing to note about Lupin III is that there have been like 4 different shows over the years. I don't know how different they are from each other, though. It could be that the '71-'72 series leads directly into the '77-'80 series which then lead into the '84-'85 and 2012 shows, or they could be as varied as The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. What I've seen of the show was certainly enjoyable, but I don't know which run those episodes were from.
Baoh: The Visitor is a really fucking stupid movie (single episode OVA, technically), but I kind of love it. I figure a lot of that is nostalgia, but there might still be something compelling about it. It is SUPER violent though.
Everything I said about Baoh also applies to the Devilman OVA episodes, The Birth and The Demon Bird, although it also has a ton of nudity on top of all its hyper-violence.
I was about to talk shit about M.D. Geist, but I won't out of respect for @giantstalker. I know for a fact that Devilman and Baoh are worthy of just as much trash talk and I still love them. Besides, the M.D. stands for "Most Dangerous", which is rad in my book.