These things drive me insane, in a bad way.

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Posted by Toxin45

well I can get that but not anime I quint an anime fanatic and also why?

Posted by Cathryn

@Toxin45: I'm sorry, I really don't understand what you're getting at in that comment :/

Posted by Toxin45

@Cathryn: I love anime what is wrong with it?

Posted by Cathryn

@Toxin45: I am a huge anime fan -- as you can see, my avatar is a character from Darker than BLACK. I think if you look carefully at my list, you'll see that what I have a problem with is not anime or movies or anything else, but games based on existing fictional properties. While there are a few notable exceptions, a lot of licensed games are poorly produced and not even great fan service. I don't like crappy licensed games, regardless of what fictional properties they might be based on.

Posted by Neferon

@Cathryn said:

@Toxin45: I am a huge anime fan -- as you can see, my avatar is a character from Darker than BLACK. I think if you look carefully at my list, you'll see that what I have a problem with is not anime or movies or anything else, but games based on existing fictional properties. While there are a few notable exceptions, a lot of licensed games are poorly produced and not even great fan service. I don't like crappy licensed games, regardless of what fictional properties they might be based on.

"Hey look at our horrible game we flung together in 6 months time. It has that same plot you already know everything about from that movie you liked. Now please give us money!"

Funny list! I lol'ed at Sudden Damsel in Distress Syndrome. Didn't even know that was a concept. So true though.

Posted by Toxin45

@Neferon: Well I want Hellsing and Drifters to be a video game and it would be awesome

Posted by Neferon

@Toxin45 said:

@Neferon: Well I want Hellsing and Drifters to be a video game and it would be awesome

I like me some Hellsing, and it's very possible to make an awesome game about it. But more often than not, quality is replaced by license. These licensed games are put together to make a quick buck, the development team needing to finish their product in an extremely short period of time. There are exceptions, but the vast majority of them are made like this. Buggy and unpollished. I don't like games like that, and I think it's this aspect that the entry on the list is about.

Posted by PixelPrinny

Great list and I found myself nodding along to quite a number of them. I definitely share your opinions with the sexualized women and revealing attire. I'm pretty easy going with a lot of that, but there is definitely a line that plenty of games cross.

Escort Missions are 99% of the time a complete drag and utter waste of time and energy, but once in awhile they'll be done really well. I think games are starting to figure out how to do them better, these days although they still have a ways to go.

Sudden Damsel in Distress Syndrome is a weird one. There are definitely times when it's a blatant contrivance and feels completely out of place, but then there ar games where I think some are too quick to label it as such. Like looking at the list of games GB says has it and including FFVI feels weird. Celes -starts- captured and it's because she was branded a traitor and was going to be executed.. Locke just happened to be in the right place at the right time to save her, so I don't see that as this sort of trope (the only other time I could see someone trying to argue the game has it would be Locke saving Terra, but again, the situation creates good reasoning for her needing to be saved). So yeah, at times I feel that labeling a game with this issue can be a knee-jerk reaction to sexism in gaming or culture and such, but when it really is a blatant plot device with no logical explanation to back it up, it's completely ridiculous.

lol androgyny. Haha, I dunno what to say about that one, I don't really care either way unless they use it as some bizarre plot device or just a weak attempt at comedy. It reminds me of an old NES RPG called Faria in which you play a very androgynous looking hero that turns out to be a woman at first (the game and instruction booklet don't actually tell you your characters gender till you save the princess and the king says "If only you were a man, you could wed my daughter, but you're a woman!" But then in a 'twist' it turns out you're actually a man that was turned into a women by an evil wizard or some such nonsense, and apparently you didn't realize this till the end of the game or something. So dumb XD

Always hated games for girls in the same way I always hated 'Lego for Girls'. Fuck that noise, regular Lego is Lego for girls, dammit! Don't go telling me I hafta build a pink house when I'd rather be making a castle! Fucking marketers. Grr.

Now stealth and mini-games are two I'll have to fight you over. Stealth I absolutely love, though granted I can agree with you when it comes to games where they just shoe-horn in a quick stealth mission for whatever reason. Although after writing a big long paragraph about RPGs having stealth mission in an attempt to exemplify why they're silly, I read it and was like, "Ya know, I kinda like those missions, actually..."

Mini-games, on the other hand, are definitely hit or miss. Some are sooo boring or sooo broken that it boggles the mind why they're in the game. Contrarily, there are some amazing mini-games in some games that are a blast to play. The card games in FF8 and 9, for example, were really fun for me, and I typically get a kick out of any game that includes a casino area with poker or a fighting arena. But there are just as many piss poor excuses for padding disguised as mini-games out there, for sure. I'm typically not much of a fan of block-pushing ones, for example. Oh hey another room I hafta navigate by moving giant boxes instead of just climbing over them, joy. >.>

Wow, this has gotten wordy, whoopsies. Anywho, good list. I approve!