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Posted by believer258

I'm not gonna say anything audacious like "Shovel Knight is the best game of the year"

That's not audacious, it's the goddamn truth.

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@spraynardtatum: I don't think that asking for better representation or a better portrayal of women is "walking on eggshells". There are people who will never be satisfied, but a good creator can parse the people who will never be satisfied with the people who have criticism worth hearing.

It seems like the biggest problem is that amid all the tumult, there isn't really anyone who is a good enough writer and a good enough speaker to "lead" in some way. The whole conversation needs a feminist who fully understands the concerns of both sides and holds an excellent understanding of video games and is inhumanly calm and patient. I haven't seen someone like that pop up yet, it's all been a bunch of yelling and anger, and that's why I've largely viewed the issue from a distance.

Posted by believer258

Periferal issues conditioning creativity: the portrayal of sex, feminism;


Issues surrounding women in video games aren't peripheral, either, they're pretty important. There isn't a whole lot of positive female representation in games, and a lot of the "strong women" in games tend to also be "sexy". That's not to say that there is something wrong with being sexy, but that's the first trait that people notice about major female characters in video games - they're often wearing less clothes, less sensible clothes, clothes that are made for sex appeal and not necessarily to fit whatever they might be doing in the game they're in.

The criticism towards sex in games isn't asking for censorship, you've got it all wrong. It's asking for better, more positive representation. You want someone beautiful in your game? Sure! Great! But that shouldn't be what defines them.
(I feel like someone could respond to this with the word "Bayonetta". OK, but that's only a series of two not-particularly-popular games and it isn't a counterpoint to what I just said).

As for the rest of your issues

Broken games and beta versions of games being launched, and fixed after being sold to its consumer audience;
A larger focus given to DLC;
Sequels instead of new original intelectual properties.

These were all issues that cropped up early last generation or before, they're nothing new and we'll be fine with them.

Posted by believer258

I've played a fair bit of Origins but never finished it. I just don't feel like it's a very fun game to play. Plenty of well-written story, sure, but I was tired of slogging through combat. And I never played 2, because apparently that game has repetitive slogging through combat. But for some reason I felt compelled to buy Inquisition - probably because they were promising large quasi open world areas with lots of stuff to do - and I did, and I've been playing it quite a bit. Kinda for the same reasons I played Skyrim, really - exploring, delving into the world, seeing what I can find here and there, etc.

@patrickklepek Do you ever plan on trying the games that Dragon Age Origins was a spiritual successor to? Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, or maybe something that isn't a Bioware game like Temple of Elemental Evil. I've tried all of those, they're pretty tough to get into but I can see what people love about them.

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This is my post

My brilliance is self-evident.

Posted by believer258

Is it sad that I'm super pumped for that pause download feature?

I was pretty pumped when Steam added the ability to limit downloads. Before that, it was either taking all of my bandwidth or none of it, so downloading stuff was a real pain when other people wanted to use the internet.

Pausing downloads, however, sounds like a basic feature, so basic that its existence should be an almost certain assumption and not something that is part of a video advertising an update a year after the console launched.

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@Trace said:

@believer258 said:

Have you played Resident Evil 4?

I haven't! Didn't realize that was on Steam. Onto the list it goes.

Yeah. We need to correct this injustice immediately. I'm not even all that into the "survival horror" genre, and I still consider RE4 to be one of the best games of all time.

Quick question: Is that the "old" port or the better, though still not great, "new" one? Make sure you get the right one. Also, I don't know if they've fixed this but there was an issue with Quick Time Events where the framerate was too fast for some of them.

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Have you played Resident Evil 4?

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@liamc723 said:

Just me who thinks Dan's reviews are too short? Like really quite short?

He used to work for Game Informer, where reviews usually had to fit on one page, sometimes half a page, of a magazine - I'm betting that this is actually more than he's used to publishing.

Also, brevity in writing is usually a good idea. It makes your writing snappier and more interesting.

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@kyledej said:

I've been getting age gates for a few days now. Just click on year and scroll down to some random year. It's always slightly amusing to think of yourself as a person born in 1910 watching trailers for new video games.