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#1 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

I more and more believe you have to have grown up and had specific life experiences that enable you to enjoy Gone Home immensely, and it's one that a lot of game reviewers share.

While I sort of grew up in the 90s (I was born in '87) I was never a girl, have not had to deal with being gay and have no one I know personally that has and most of the cultural touchstones in the game are foreign to me. Yes I did own a SNES, but I really wasn't into games at that time like I was later in my life, I never read magazines at al let alone Nintendo Power (which seems more in line with my gamer friends early gaming lives).

At most I knew what that eye crossing thingy was, and I know what the x-files is, though I never really watched that either.

All in all I think while I COULD have had a lot of those moments based on my age I didn't.... the characters and just straight up raw empathy that they beg the player to have kinda makes those things moot.

If anyone says that those cultural things 'make' Gone Home what it is... they are missing the entire point in all fairness and doing disservice to the abilities of themselves and of others to empathize with human emotion across any petty barriers like era or age or anything. Those things merely color what is at it's core a very moving experience.

#2 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

I got a Xbox One at launch without a pre-order, instead I was lucky enough to get a display box unit and made an elderly Future Shop employee angry cause I wasn't going for the "bundle" they'd set up. They only had 2.

Whilst setting it up I ran into issues, namely the console doesn't support anything other than 16:9 aspect ratio. I use my computer monitor to play all my games, since I don't own a tv, and it's aspect ratio was 16:10 which while I love for it's greater desktop real estate... most games are being made for the 16:9 aspect ratio since that's been adopted for 'everything' under the sun.... even phones oddly enough (dumbly enough I'd say).

Anyhoo another issue while fiddling with video settings was that I think I borked the system while changing things like color depth and the like, so it would only output black... and the buttons you can press to supposedly reset it's display settings entirely weren't working and as you can imagine it's hard to ask the internet if a troubleshooting method is working when they just come back at you with garbage like "did you try the cables". Cables worked fine blah blah, think it was ultimately a bug that did that. The console didn't seem to recognize holding the power and eject buttons, using my tech intuition usually no sound should play or something else should play but instead most the time the sound for eject AND power would play at once... making me think it just wasn't understanding it was supposed to be doing a special command... because of this it would sometimes just turn it on and sometimes trigger the eject sound.. again... communication issues I gather.

So I got to see the new and improved Xbox support website which actually is kinda pretty nowadays, very very easy to click your way through to what you will need replaced and all that, and it's almost too easy to get the process for a new part (console, controller, headset whatever) sent to you for free, with a shipping label to print out and everything. While that was happening I bought a fairly cheap new monitor that was in fact the more popular 16:9 aspect ratio, and slightly larger than my past monitor, all for $80 :)

Having the new system, and the new monitor has renewed some gaming in me and I even have been playing the ps3 I bought for Last of Us again, since it also didn't support 16:10 at the time... Seems like the Xbox 360 is the only existing console to support the aspect ratio at all, and if I remember correctly it did so only after a patch prolly a year into it's life, along with a vga cable that they released. How hard is it to just support these things though? Oversight based on the effort put into a console launch? If so why does the ps3 still not support it even almost a decade since it's release? WHATever.

So I'm playing Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and some recently bought PS3 games like Journey and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch! Might check out some of the free PS Plus games I have also too, namely I wanna check out Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, I think it's crazy that game was/is free on PS Plus...

I highly recommend anyone that owns an Xbox One to get on it if there's anything faulty about it, even if you scuffed it up or something. Microsoft is really good about making repair stuff easy, the headset that comes with the console is cheap as fuck and I think because of that mine wasn't outputting sound properly, it would output some static and sound sometimes so I just assume the very flimsy wiring in there was slightly wonky. Getting that stuff replaced for free is great, and the normal warranty everyone who owns one has is good for mid-Feb 2014 I think, well worth it to keep that in mind. I have to assume replacing a controller is free too considering the console itself is not only free but they have those 2 options... send it to them and they fiddle with it until they fix it, and or send a new one to you so you will for sure get a working one from them, and option 2 is they just straight up send a new one instantly, and you send your old one to them supposedly as soon as you can. Kinda a weird trust thing with that one.

#3 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

The accuracy of voice commands varies about as much as a voice varies from person to person. Being someone who's been using voice commands for various devices over the years, and fairly active in using voice-to-text on my android phone I can say that it takes a whole new way of using your brain. Devices that listen for voice do not have the intelligence or sheer voice data to interpret the connotation and context of our speech. Remove the fact that English is wildly known to be the most nonsense language out there in terms of slang and illogical laws for pronunciation, the device is forced to parse each word by itself without the context we as humans thrive on. I can say 1/5th of a word as long as I am speaking through a sentence it's very likely the word is understood by another human, but to a computer trying to match up those speech patterns loses most of the sentence.

On this front Google is really the only leader of voice recognition simply because they have the largest pool of data, the largest raw amount of sentences constructed by humans with the intention of finding information based on those words. It knows the likelihood of how sentences 'should' go based on it's vast history of searches, and linking all that data together makes it exponentially more smart in predicting what you wanna say, often in cases where you haven't even said it yet. I think this "did you mean?" Segment that Google has the benefit of applying to voice is really the only way to power through that last 10% of voice recognition accuracy you need to reach perfect voice recognition.

The fact that Kinect helps me 90% of the time with a command and switches to what I want within a millisecond of me finishing the word is pretty magnificent. It takes a lot of effort to re-train myself to not speech to a person and instead speak to a machine and that means being straight forward and precise in my choice of words, leaving out ums and pauses and instead learning the commands similar to button presses and saying them in the rhythm that I've found best suites my own tone of voice and accent.

Voice commands have helped me troubleshoot my Xbox One when my screen wouldn't come back from a black screen, I didn't have sound at the time so I instead looked at provided screenshots of some menus and navigated my way through them blindly, with voice. I think that is lovely.

#4 Edited by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

Kinda mediocre, has something to it's aesthetic (the UI theme/tone) and it's basic mechanics but it doesn't really develop things past a point, I felt very quickly like I was on the "now do what you've been doing over and over until you run out of missions" about 2-3 hours in, the 'quests' are the most basic quests that can exist in video games, and that's about all there is to the game.

There's something there though even if it's just hinted at. If you're the kinda person that would enjoy a top down action shooter like diablo and if mediocre isn't a swear word to you then this definitely can have some value. To me this feels similar to State of Decay though for that game it's a lot more developed and it's inherit systems in a sandbox open world is a bit more compelling than "diablo game on a tiny island with like 3 types of zombies... forever". Just feels underdeveloped overall, would love to see this do ok for the studio and for them to make a more fully featured game with similar mechanics.

#5 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

I thought I was going to get a console specifically for Watch_Dogs, but after the push of it's release date I have had to cone to terms that I will probably still buy the console anyways. I haven't pre-ordered one though, cause I know I'll get one eventually and frankly it's likely I can walk into a store on launch day and find one anyways. I should also mention I'm buying the 'other' console , so maybe it's easier for that one? Hah, frankly cause I have a decade of experience with how that company runs their shit and I'll take tried and true over promises even if those promises are exactly the ones that are needed.

Iunno what games I want at launch, prolly AC4. Another big reason for my choice in console is the games, I've never been invested in any of the 'big' franchises on the playstation at all, and while the ones shown for the ps4 look pretty rad they just don't have that hold on me like they could have if I'd loved them earlier, also the few ones for the xbox one are actually ones that do interest me, specifically Below and I really dig how Remedy makes their games after Alan Wake so prolly whatever they do with their first new game Quantum Break and if they get around to Alan Wake later on I'm totally down for that. I also dig the way the hardware looks too, totally doesn't matter but I just think the look is more up my alley.

I think the only bummer is that I'll prolly be locked out of Naughty Dog once again, though I did get a ps3 to play Last of Us anyways. We'll see how that one turns out though it wouldn't be surprising if at least their first game is still exclusive. I'd love to see them pull a Bungie and split to start making even more money via making games for everything, I don't think any one company can pay you the same amount you'd make from having a great game on more platforms, their games are so rad.

#6 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

Jeff yelling gamespot dot com was a running thing for the Hotspot podcast, check the thing out if you dig Bombcast you'd prolly fuckin' love Hotspot. There is a 'best of' podcast done by 'This Year In' that covers a few years of that podcast, and I think at the end they run a whole bunch if not all of the yelling lol. Fun stuff.

#7 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

I tried desperately to make a female character that didn't look like a dude in drag... seems 95% of the time I fail, I think only the black grandparents offer up a female looking female character some of the time and anyone else it's dude lookin' ladies. Crazy, almost reminds me of Oblivion style monstrosities haha.

#8 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

Can't even access the socialclub site itself... I assume high traffic on the game in all forms is going to make actually playing any part of it that's connected to the net a no go for most of today :S INTERNET WOES!

#9 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

@zerosignal: yup and if you relaunch the game, go into SP first then launch MP from there it kinda looks different a bit but ultimately stalls at the same point, waiting to connect to peeps. Would have been smoother if it didn't force you to connect to a match the first thing out of the gate, at least let you wander and select the mission manually or something :S iunno.

#10 Posted by DJJoeJoe (1399 posts) -

@clonedzero: Yea... as soon as I was told to walk 10miles in the desert, and seeing that it's a SMALL area relative to 10miles and going out of it resets your distance... how fuckin' dumb is that :( Judging by how fast I was able to make it running .7 miles I think that's easily a 30min or longer deal... real shitty :(