Anyone who thinks nepotism in the hiring of a community manager for a Kickstarter-funded indie game developer is a serious problem is insane. Being a Mega Man fan or not is also irrelevant to the job. Way to go, Gamer/"Men's rights" Outrage Machine. You have succeeded in making us all look like idiots yet again.
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Does that mean the Fallout games won't be in my catalog on gog after this?
@cybertification: We all have something to lose if they begin prosecuting people for crimes using evidence that they find from their fishing expeditions. Remember that nineteen-year-old dude who spent months in jail because he joked about shooting up a school. That wasn't because of spying, but wait until everyone who talks idly about their drug habit online or makes crude jokes about committing crimes start getting visits from the FBI because it set off some keyword alert at an NSA contractor who's monitoring everyone's online communications. Or worse, they start building dossiers on influential people whom they perceive to be political opponents, which they can use to discredit them, ruin their careers, make examples of them. Ask Juan Cole about that if you think that's paranoia talking. There are way too many powerful parties who would gain from using these massive spying programs for things besides national security--and too few legal barriers in the way--for them to resist abusing all of this information forever.
@cybertification: Spy agencies aren't really supposed to be doing surveillance and collecting info on people if they don't have a good reason for it. This isn't some next level of bullshit from the NSA, but it's just another case of them sticking their noses where they don't belong with no real justification other than probably, "We contractors need to dream up new avenues for spying on people so we can milk our corrupt government for some more money."
Despite Patrick's insistence that this game will suck, I still hold out some hope for it. A lot of critics were down on Deus Ex Human Revolution after a gameplay demo at E3 and it's the same developer. Because I'm such a fan of the old games, I will probably check Thief out at some point down the line, provided it gets at least a faintly positive critical response.
@bisonhero: But Sarevok's motivations make sense though. Do X and ye shall receive Y. Kuja's motivations only become more stupid when anyone tries to explain them in detail.
@bisonhero: Remember Sarevok in Baldur's Gate? He schemed behind the scenes manipulating a quasi-legitimate merchant guild/crime syndicate to foment war and worked in front of the scenes schmoozing with the city's elite so that the city of Baldur's Gate would grant him emergency powers as dictator. Having learned that he was one of the sons of the slain god of murder, his true ambition was to fulfill a prophesy that he would ascend to godhood by causing as much mayhem as possible in life. That's doing the apocalyptic fantasy supervillain thing a thousand times better than Final Fantasy did and Sarevok gets a fraction of the screen time that Kuja does.
Plus, if the essence of your argument for Final Fantasy IX having a great story is equivocating about how hard it is to do a good story in a JRPG and that Final Fantasy was OK for what it was, then what is the point? The whole idea behind the thread is video game stories shouldn't have the "...for a video game" caveat, not to make excuses for why RPGs can't figure out how to give their characters believable motivations and instead reheat the same nutty tropes over and over again because that's all that people have come to expect.
I find it quite stupid as well, Cormac McCarthy is my favorite author, and No Country for Old Men is one of my favorite movies, and I think the story in Final Fantasy IX is fully realized and highly imaginative and one of my favorite stories of all time.
PS - Scary Movie is a thing that exists, Twilight is a novel and a movie series, After Earth, The Happening, Knowing, etc are all inferior to most story's found in video games.
Movies and books all have shitty examples same as video games, Video Games have shitty stories and some have great stories it's just a fucking thing that happens get over it.
Remember how the main antagonist in Final Fantasy IX decides he wants to blow up the whole world because he's grumpy about the fact that he's not going to live forever? Get real; it sucks, even by video game standards.