cmpLtNOOb's forum posts

#1 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

@pandabear: @crembaw: I definitely understand what you are saying about a sliding scale for what is considered valid credentials, an ever changing medium based off print, and the fact that there's no such thing as an objective review. When I mentioned PewDiePie and TotalBiscuit I wasn't targeting my criticism specifically at those two individuals, I was talking about the ALL of them, all the people who are making or trying to start a career off reacting to video games on a livestream. I even looked around on youtube to see if there was any content that tried to inform its viewers of goings on in the industry, instead of nerve grating high pitched voices while they try to play P.T. There were a few that do actual video reviews in the way that Giant Bomb used to do them, so there was some decent production value there.

My main concern is that a lot of YouTube and Twitch streamers' content (and this is my opinion) hasn't risen above the level of Buzzfeed comedy sketches and Teens React videos, but some are trying to consider themselves journalists. TotalBiscuit is kind of an anomaly in this regard, in that he does do content about the game industry. I strongly disagree with his methods though.

I don't want to use the word because it's scorched earth at this point, but after YouKnowWhatGate (which is definitely not over, I think they are going to be the Darkspawn of the gaming parts of the internet), I feel like this type of video game coverage is trying to push its way to the front before it's had a chance to develop into the important thing it's devoted audience wants it to be.

And yes, I am aware this could not be more of a first world problem. I'm just trying to vent my concerns about the future.

#2 Edited by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

Since high school, I have been reading/listening to/watching content from the constantly changing mix between enthusiast news outlet and occasional actual journalistic coverage of the video game industry, whether it's on the page or on a screen. Through it all I have known that it hasn't been around long enough to have the same prestige as something like a major newspaper, but it evolved from at least trying to gain some respect while the industry it covers grows alongside it.

Aside from the occasional bad choice on social media or overly reactionary opinion piece, I have always had a trust in the way that the major outlets keep to some form of basic news ethics. Not an unbreakable trust, but enough to know I'm not being taken advantage of as a reader. Reviews (aside from the period of time where AAA releases only ever got a 7-10) were something I knew would inform me that a game was well made and worth a purchase. The increased personal views that go into reviews now only helps me more to decide if the content of a game is up my alley. That may make their use as a "consumer tool" more complicated, but film reviews and criticism aren't really known to just be "consumer tools." I'm getting off topic though.

The rise of Let's Plays and YouTube streamers, who play and commentate on video games on the internet, who have sometimes hundreds of thousands of fans and subscribers, is still weird for me. I mean, I've been a member of Giant Bomb since it's creator worked for a different website, so I'm no stranger to being entertained by people commentate and play video games on camera. But the degree to which that specific aspect of this website took off alarms me a little as a fan of places like Gamespot, Electronic Gaming Monthly, (before it exploded a few years ago). I trust that the people who work for those outlets have been in the trenches of large press events where they need to cover a game and the PR person won't give up anything, and that they have played a lot of video games good and bad, using that experience to judge a game for their review.

If it's sounding like I am just saying "WE SHOULD ALL BOW TO OUR VIDEOGAME JOURNALISM GODS," I am definitely not. I'm just trying to clearly acknowledge that ever since some teenagers were sneaking into CES to write about the tiny video games section, a foundation that has been built that, even if it's cracked and has been mended multiple times over the years. It's something that should be built onto and adjusted, instead of destroyed.

A good word that exemplifies where my trust comes from is something you know Jeff is looking for in the new News Editor for Giant Bomb: Credentials. Hopefully you know what that means but just so it's clear.


  1. a qualification, achievement, personal quality, or aspect of a person's background, typically when used to indicate that they are suitable for something."recruitment is based mainly on academic credentials"

Right now the discussion about video games is very political, and everyone should be allowed to speak their mind. It's why the internet can be awesome. The potential problem I see developing is that single personalities like TotalBiscuit and PewDiePie, can basically form an army to fight for them when they come out with their opinion on an issue. They make their success and income as entertainers, but they aren't any kind of trained journalist or news reporter, just an internet personality who plays and talks about video games for an audience. They are perfectly allowed to have an opinion and speak it, I just don't trust their many fans to think enough for themselves before attacking any opposition like fire ants. If the two streamers I mentioned were it, then it would be no big deal, but there are A LOT of people making a job out of streaming their video game playing.

A cult of personality surrounding a celebrity is not a new thing, just look at twitter, but they are becoming so big within video games that large groups of people might be getting all their news filtered through one person. Being objective is a phrase that has a lot of baggage on gaming websites, but despite your opinion on it, I think we can all agree that most streamers have absolutely no obligation to stay objective in what they say. As we lose more news outlets and publications like Joystiq, the internet inches a little closer to being total anarchy with people just shouting at each other nonstop (we're mostly there already), but the increased impact that entertainers on YouTube have makes me fearful that the industry foundation that has been built up to this point will just erode into nothingness, and all we will have left is the writers we respect having to constantly ask us to "click here to subscribe to me on YouTube or Twitter" just before a Buzzfeed video about the top 10 boobs on reality TV autoplays.

P.S. I feel like I rambled a bit, what I was trying to get across was vague. I hope you get the gist of what I'm worried about. Also regardless of everything I just wrote, the Nintendo Creator's Program seems like a terrible idea nonetheless. It reminds me of how judiciously George Lucas shuts down fan content about Star Wars.

#3 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

I'm finally getting around to finishing Origins before I try out Inquisition, as far as I know the auto save is supposed to kick in when you travel to a new area. Here is everything I did that I now have to redo (REALLY OLD POTENTIAL SPOILERS FOR DA:O):

-Went into Castle Redcliffe.

-Saved the blacksmith's daughter.

(Auto-Save happens here when I enter the cellar)

-Got to the courtyard and opened the gate.

-Confronted Connor.

-Decided to ask the Circle of Mages for help.

-Left and got reward for saving blacksmith's daughter.

-Did A LOT of buying/selling equipment.

-Went to the campsite to enchant stuff.

-Decided to go back to earlier forests because I thought I could beat the Revenants I couldn't before.

-Met, fought, and gained Zevran as a new party member before I could get there.

-Made it to the forest, and died to the Revenant.

I have a bad memory for manual saving, I usually only remember to do it when I am turning off the game or want to test something. On top of that I'm playing on 360 so there's no F5ing, I have to go through multiple menus.

It leads me to wonder how in the Western high profile RPGs I do manage to get into (Elder Scrolls games have done this to me too), making sure the auto save isn't going to piss off the part of their audience that wants to be able to rely on it isn't a bigger priority.

The same should go for games in other genres that rely on an autosave, make sure the meat is fully cooked before you garnish and send it to the table.

This probably just sounds like a bad rant, but COME ON, look at how much cutscene-including story stuff I did that never triggered a save. I needed to vent.


Ok I'm done.

#4 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

Hey guys, my name is Jon!

Since I almost forgot about this the 3 day passes were gone, but I'll be there ALL DAY Friday and Sunday soaking the experience in as much as I can. I just found that the friend that I am staying with is working camera for some of the events as well.

I'm all for a meet-up.

#5 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

Happy New Year guys!

Here's to a great 2015 with more Metal Gear Scanlon and Mario Party parties!

#6 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

@legion_: Citing your dictionary definition, I don't think an intentional design choice can be a flaw unless it breaks the game in a Driveclub/Battlefield 4/Big Rigs level capacity. While it may not be your cup of tea, a game's story progression that functions as intended and without widespread problems shouldn't be able to be called defective because it differs from your preferences.

That doesn't mean you can't dislike the game or have preferred it tell its story in a different method, but maybe try not to send the message that it means the game is in some way broken.

#7 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

I work grip & electric for feature films, right now mainly low budget. I absolutely love it. I spend a month or more hanging out and working with really cool people 12 hours a day on movie sets, and then hanging out some more after hours if we are all put up in a hotel.

The "suck" is that while I am doing that, I am also spending an entire month disconnected from family, friends, and pretty much everyone else not part of the cast/crew because of the unpredictable hours we are up at. I forget what day of the week it is a lot of the time because all I can keep track of is what time I need to be awake the next "morning" (which could end up being 3 or 4 pm if we are switching to overnights). The work week is rarely Monday through Friday and sometimes we have to do a 6-day week.

#8 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

I like it simple, when the staff each picks something and plays it, even if it's a last minute choice.

It's usually either funny, nostalgic, or an impromptu episode of Encyclopedia Bombastica, all of which are fine with me.

#9 Edited by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

I'm about to blow your mind.

The writer of Console Wars, Blake Harris, posted on twitter today that Yoshi, friend of Mario the mushroom-addicted plumber and enemy of one Jeff Gerstmann, has a much longer real name.

It's T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas.

It was apparently found in a 1993 Nintendo Character Guide.

"Yoshi, properly known as T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas, had been held captive in an egg until Mario (homo nintendonus) bopped along and rescued him. Instantly, the young dinosaur and the plumber became fast friends. Together, they set out to rescue Yoshi's dinosaur pals from the wickedness of Bowser."

Also, it seems Mario isn't of the human species.

#10 Posted by cmpLtNOOb (257 posts) -

@elwood: I...but..this...I wanna...