It's weird to hear people talking about which console they are going to get when you look at the launch games the only question that comes to my mind is why I would want either of them.
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This game is a fairly competent simulation of an environment that establishes some context that lightly connects the player with some characters that supposedly exist in the fictional world. I thought it was an okay example of creating places to explore rather than conflicts to solve, but the whole response to this game is a pretentious, sad, desperate cry for attention for those people that want, no, need video games to be something more than they are because they can't enjoy a medium without it being considered some kind of high art form.
Everything surrounding the sex of the characters is such a cheap ploy that does nothing more than make the entire game feel like a charade in communicating how "important" and "deep" games can be because "Hey guys, we can talk about gay people and isn't that like totally awesome for a video game man. Like, we are totally communicating deep emotions felt by characters because being gay was/is so hard in society, but dude, like it's not a bid deal dude...man." Things like that just take away from what the game actually does well which is play with player expectations about the game being some tragic/horror game when it really isn't.
This is the same thing with women protagonists, black protagonists, or anyone who isn't a white male in a video game. You know how to do it and not seem like a pretentious asshole looking for attention? Just do it and don't make a big deal out of it because who fucking cares. Everyone is equal, so why don't we treat them like they are? Making a big deal out of something like having a women, black person, or gay person in a video game is doing exactly the opposite of what the people highlighting it think they are doing. What matters is what makes the characters interesting emotionally, physically, geographically, mentally, socially, economically, etc., not some random characteristic that accomplishes nothing other than stereotyping for the use of some heavy handed, cheesy bull shit that reeks of such self-importance it's cringe worthy. That doesn't mean these things can't be facts about characters, but when they are it should be treated with the importance it deserves, which is to say it's not a bid deal so mention it and move on or...you know, don't mention it at all because it doesn't really matter.
There are some things this game does well, and maybe it is more the reaction to certain parts of it that have grossed me out, but I always find it sad when people that play video games try so desperately to reinforce this insane idea that we need to force artistic importance through terribly force messaging into our experiences so that we can be seen as a mature, legitimate medium.
Yes I think it is a little childish, but at the same time fuck that thing. Motion gaming is over just like plastic instruments. No one cares anymore, and I never played a single game other than Wario Ware and Wii Sports that actually put that thing to good use. The guys don't feel like flailing their arms around anymore, and frankly, I don't think anyone else does either.
I just included a bunch of you from the last few pages that said you were intermediate or veteran, but anyone else who sees this message can reply to me too.
Here's the deal, my friend and I are at a crossroads with this game. Either we find a consistent team of people to get better with and eventually play captains mode, or we are just going to stop playing all together because random draft games with strangers gets old extremely fast. Some of you are probably better than us, and some of you are probably worse, but my friend and I both feel like we are at the stage where we won't get any better at the game unless we start playing with a team.
Since there are only two of us we aren't looking for any role specific people yet. I like to play a carry usually, but both of us can pretty much play any role. We are looking for people that want to win and get better, but aren't pretentious dicks about how good they are or passive aggressive about people doing things incorrectly. You must have pretty good social skills because talking and dealing with adversity is key in a game centered around teamwork. I know it sounds stupid, but if you can't communicate without being a dick or you don't deal well with loosing than we don't want you on our team because we don't want to have to deal with that.
Add me on steam, my name there is Doctor Welch. Also, we are on the east coast and usually play in the afternoon/evening. We don't necessarily play every single day, but if we found a consistent team then we might.
After about 200 matches I've learned that you MUST play this game with a 5 man team if you want to have anything resembling fun. When you first start out you can learn the game well enough by yourself, but once you get to the point where you know how to play a bunch of heroes and are actually decent at the game you simply won't have fun playing with 4 random strangers.
I say this because at a certain point, everyone having different strategies and expectations of what is going to happen in the game won't work. Dota is such a team game that over half the skill in it involves carefully planed team compositions and adjustments to unexpected setbacks. This is almost never done in random matches with people. It's not impossible to get with a group of sane humans that talk and have a decent time coordinating, but those games are so rare it's not worth putting up with the hours of shit.
Will the video game industry every adopt a scoring system that's actually coherent? People complain about it all the time, yet all these outlets still produce reviews on a 20 point scale with different weights. For all I know, the 6.5 from Polygon could be a "better" score than the 8 from GI.
This whole thing is just the stupidest thing. It really baffles me that outlets haven't adopted something that actually makes sense. Like...maybe...I don't know, Giant Bomb's scoring system?