The other day I tried to explain to a friend, who has a long history of playing games going back to the NES days but no longer follows the industry, the events of this gamergate debacle. I could not for the life of my explain it in a way that did make the story sounds surreal and laughably trivial.
We were both just stunned at the fact that death threats are being thrown around and people's lives are in ruins. Aside from all the atrocious behavior surrounding Zoe Quinn and Jenn Frank, Phil Fish's fucking SSN got leaked. What for?
Jeff, I'm glad you and the staff came out with another editorial calling for sense. As someone in the silent majority, I feel powerless in a call for rationality. We sorely need a movement with less invective and more rationality. Video games are supposed to be for fun.
Yeah, I played last night to collect bounty XP and do the daily, I think I'm done. Level 26, maxed out the subclass skill tree. I literally spent the two weeks hoping for strange coin or ascendent shard drop, and running in a loop to farm helium coils and spirit bloom. The grind is now officially a chore.
At this point I'm either running the same missions/strikes over and over, or grinding material for upgrades. I really wanted to have the right type of gear for the raid since I got destroyed trying last time but its time to move on. Picked up Mordor last night.
I can't believe I'm saying this but looking at the new gameplay from CoD, I think I'm more excited for this sci-fi shooter than anything Destiny related. At least that game can admit that its an arcade shooter instead of couching the same old mechanics with a bunch of BS.
I can't imagine the type of hell that Vinny has been through: setting up the studio, having no permanent home, all his stuff in storage, and a new baby on the way. The man must have the patience of a saint. Congratulations on the new baby. Hopefully he can get some time away during paternity leave.
I think so, I tried to play Garden Warfare on PS4 at 10am EST before I left the house and it wouldn't let me on. Tweeted Playstation but there's hasn't been any communications that I see. Pretty disappointing since that game is worthless without the network.
@siroptimusprime: np. I'm pretty forgiving when it comes to churning content. As long as they find something interesting to say, or make even a modicum of a good point, I'm satisfied. Vinny and Alex's content has been pretty random, but I imagine they are still playing games on Vinny's laptop. The Eidolon QL was interesting even if Alex was just bullshitting and throwing out the idea that survivalist sandbox games were some representation of post-millennial anxiety. That's some Don Delillo philosophizing. I can only hope that all the content tries to think like that while having fun.
@siroptimusprime: You're right, I misremembered, it was Drew, but I still stand by everything else. Maybe it is my mix? I am watching the QL on a television sitting on a couch. Despite that, there definitely was no highlighting of the soundtrack, just Dan and Drew talking over the music. It's not like I'm expecting a fucking master's thesis. I wouldn't even fault them if they spent 30 talking about the soundtrack... at least that's something. But there is so little substance to some of the content I'm not even sure what the point of watching it is. Maybe I'm sour that a week ago they fired a bunch of the OG Gamespot folks that actually did good work and now we are left with slapdash effort.
@djou: I don't say he's bad at his job and dumb either. You're going way too far, it sounds childish. It's really fine if you don't like him but to say he's phoning it in already? What?
I don't think he is dumb or bad at his job either, I never said that. Obviously he has worked in the games press for a long time so he should know good from bad coverage, but his work so far is lazy and his insight is shallow. This is exactly how I would describe Game Informer and most traditional mainstream game coverage. Having personality and reciting a list game features isn't offering meaningful insight. I wrote that after watching the Lovely Planet QL which literally told me nothing about the game. Neither Brad nor Dan talked about any of the game features and he played like total garbage even though it was his second time through the levels. They went on about the game soundtrack which you couldn't hear... at all. They didn't even mention that it was from the devs of Speedrunners. Contrast this with something like the Hotline Miami QL, Ryan was enthusiastic while discovering the game, jammed out on the soundtrack, and showed off the game.
The reason I subscribe to this site instead of just getting game news from the dozens of very good Youtube or Twitch players is that these people are professionals. They are paid to play and think about games. They have insight and access to developers not available to some yo-yo in his bedroom playing games with a face cam. There's value in experience. If Dan talked about video games like he did wrestling then the story would be different, unfortunately I don't give jack shit about wrestling and this is not a wrestling fan site.