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#1 Edited by davidh219 (368 posts) -

@hatking said:

@davidh219: I live in Illinois and some co-workers recommended that place after they went last summer. I was actually thinking about taking a trip by myself somewhere soon, and Wisconsin was pretty high on the list. It's always been just a short drive away, but I've never actually been there. Now you've pretty much sold me on House on the Rock. I think I'm going to start planning this trip now.

You won't regret it. Go eat at Bob's Bitchin' BBQ while you're there. It's right by the House on the Rock hotel. Great food. Amazing guacamole. =)

#2 Posted by davidh219 (368 posts) -

I'd say this is a return to form after Dark Souls II, which had rather flat level design and lore that relied far too much on Dark Souls 1 to become anything of interest itself.

The lore was far better and more lovingly crafted. The level design was mind blowingly intricate, with many areas that put interesting conflicting pressures on you, offered one-way or unusual paths forward (thinking of cainhurst castle and all the window ledge and roof stuff in particular), and forced you to actually spot shortcuts and learn how to run through the level rather than placing a bonfire so frequently that you felt like a baby being coddled. Those lanterns have goddamn significance and weight that bonfires just didn't have, because there are fewer of them, and you come back to them as you open up shortcuts.

And when people talk, or at least I talk, about this game being gorgeous, it's because of the detail. Every single goddamn nook and cranny of this game is filled with detail. The streets are filled with stuff. The interiors are filled with stuff. There are intricate carvings everywhere that actually have lore significance. At the risk of sounding cliche, the world feels lived in like no other game world has to me. People be living terrible lives, sure, but they're living. There's so much evidence of it everywhere. From the day to day, to their most important histories. It's all splayed out for the player to see. And honestly I had no problem with the color palette. When people complain about shooters being brown, I get it, because it's an uninspired brown. Bloodborne is anything but uninspired.

I love Dark Souls 1 a lot and I got into the lore of that game, but this game shits all the fuck over it. I didn't care about DS1's "story" until I'd already finished the game once. I wanted to progress because I wanted to see more game. In Bloodborne I wanted to progress to see what the everloving fuck was going on with this world, and I was not disappointed.

#3 Edited by davidh219 (368 posts) -

Maybe this isn't what you're looking for, but I'm going to suggest it anyway. You should really go to House on the Rock. It's in Wisconsin, and it's about a four hour drive from Chicago. Not exactly a long road trip, but you could do it on your last day before work or something. I remember enjoying the scenery on the way to and from, for what it is. Lots of pretty farmland and wide open plains, and small antiquated towns that look like they came straight from the 1800s.

But anyway, House on the Rock itself is basically just some rich dude who is now dead decided to build the biggest collection of weird shit ever. There are tons of incredibly large collections; doll houses, suits of armor, old toys, instruments, newspapers from world war 2, etc. So it's half museum, I guess, and the enormity of the collections and the way they're presented put the actual museums in Chicago to shame. I went to the field museum for the first time since I was little a year after going to House on the Rock, and it was the biggest disappointment ever.

The other half is stuff he had constructed by an army of workers and artists. A sculpture of a whale and a fisherman in a paddling boat both cresting a huge wave that takes up an entire two story room. The world's largest carousel. This thing called the infinity room which juts out the side of a cliff over tall trees and gets narrower as you walk down it so that it looks like it goes on forever. A small recreation of a Victorian-era street indoors. There are multiple Japanese gardens and they are all gorgeous. It's all stitched together in a haphazard fashion which, combined with the sheer enormity of it, makes you feel like you're walking through some crazy fever dream.

One of the coolest places I've ever been. I can see myself going back there every few years for the rest of my life.

#4 Posted by davidh219 (368 posts) -

I was made fun of for things in high school on occasion, though never for playing video games. Everybody at my high school liked video games. I've pretty much taken it as a constant throughout my life that if someone is at all close to my age (24), they will like video games to some degree. Sometimes that just means Mario and Zelda and nothing else. Sometimes that means Call of Duty and nothing else. But I've yet to meet someone younger than say 30 who just straight up is like, "NO! I do not play video games. How dare you. That's for nerds." Do people like that even exist?

Perhaps it's also worth mentioning that my high school didn't really have super defined cliques or anything. As far as I remember there wasn't a clear delineation of jocks, nerds, anime people, w/e. I just don't really remember people being singled out for what they were into at all. People got picked on for being socially awkward, annoying, or insecure and pretty much no other reason.

The one example I'll always remember is there were two kids I knew who always worked hard at school and always got the top grades. One was a normal dude; self-confident, nice, socially competent. He didn't do sports, wasn't super popular, and he didn't have tons of success with the ladies or w/e would offset his nerdy dedication to school, but he never got picked on because he was nice and wasn't awkward. The other one was a fidgety, short, pudgy kid who looked like Drew Carey and was super annoying with an annoying, naggy voice, and he was just not that nice to people. He was the type of kid who would complain, out loud and at length, if I got a higher grade than him on a test because he studies all the time and does his work, and I just slept in class all the time, because *gasp* the fairness. I'm thinking about what he'd be like now, and he's probably one of those guys who thinks it's so unfair that there are other guys in the world getting laid more than him even though he's so nice to women, and he just fucking loses his shit about it in his parent's basement. He got ALL OF THE SHIT.

And yeah, liking all the same stuff really means shit all for a lasting friendship. I enjoy video games, but nowhere near as much as I did in high school. I got super into reading when I was about 18 and now it's like 65% books, 20% movies/TV, and 15% games. My best friend spends pretty much 100% of his free time playing games, would never in his life read a book for pleasure, and very rarely watches movies. I always have to catch him up on the best stuff from the previous year.

#5 Posted by davidh219 (368 posts) -

I preferred the shaggy 70s look he had going.

#6 Edited by davidh219 (368 posts) -

Honestly I think almost zero games are worth 60 bucks, so I just don't buy them new. I either get them used years after they come out, or wait until they show up free or on deep discount on PS+ or something. The last game I bought new, at full price, was Dark Souls II. Maybe that makes me a shitty person. I realize games are super expensive to make now, and used games are killing the industry, etc. But I didn't ask them to spend so much freaking money. I rarely feel like I benefit from that excess expenditure. AAA games like Destiny are not inherently better than games like Bastion, Transistor, Hotline Miami, etc. In fact, I find the opposite is far more often the case. They should stop making games that cost tens of millions of dollars to make but are ten dollar experiences (looking at you Call of Duty). Developers should be finding ways to spend less money so they can take more risks. At least, that's what they should be doing if they want my money. They probably don't care about my money though.

#7 Edited by davidh219 (368 posts) -

It's pretty easy when you watch hardly any TV, and you don't watch other people play video games on youtube. I don't really watch quick looks though, or listen to the podcasts.

#8 Posted by davidh219 (368 posts) -

@davidh219 said:

The movie starts with a singular problem--Gary King is stuck reliving his high school years and wants to go back to simpler times where he can be a rowdy pos with a posse of friends, and because the way modern society works doesn't allow him that life he drowns his depression with booze. Cut to the end and he's finally sober because he can have the life he wants. He's running around kicking ass with a sword and a posse of androids. The last scene of the movie resolves the the problem it set to you in the very first scene. I don't give a fuck what anyone says, that's good storytelling.

...and all it took was destroying the lives of billions of people.

Hey, it wasn't his fault. Blame the aliens who were gonna indoctrinate us.

#9 Posted by davidh219 (368 posts) -

@davidh219:

No, the only items on your list that interest me are Journey and Infamous 2 (which I did get, but never got around to playing, since I had just played Shadow of Mordor to scratch the open world itch). IMO your list summarizes perfectly the reason why the PS3 isn't as good in retrospect as it seemed at the time, and reflects very well the issues with the PS4. Most of the games you've listed were novel ideas that were only okay in execution. By the way, you forgot to mention the Last of Us.

I didn't play Last of Us. Just out of curiosity, then, what 360 exclusives do you think are better? If you haven't tried Demons Souls or Comet Crash you're missing out, my friend.

#10 Posted by davidh219 (368 posts) -

Nope. Literally anything is preferable to WW2 at this point. Don't want games about it, don't want movies about it, don't wanna read books about it. Unless somebody who lived through it is in the room with me telling personal stories, I'm just 100% not interested.

I get that it's the biggest, and therefore most objectively interesting conflict that has happened on this planet, but you can make up far more interesting things in fiction, so why not do that instead? We all already know wtf was up with WW2. There's nothing new, shocking, or engaging there. People like speculating about the future because it's an unknown factor.

If it were up to me I'd be playing a "science fantasy" shooter. Like something on a far flung future Earth where a lot of technology has been lost and we're back to using swords and flintlocks but we've somehow found magic. Something with a Book of the New Sun or Broken Empire feel.