AGDQ and SGDQ are two events I've really begun to look forward to every half-year. It's the closest thing to Videogame Olympics we have in quite a lot of ways.
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I know exactly what town in FFXIV he's talking about, and it reeeaally bothers me too.
And the blood type video is pretty cool. It never really occurred to me how odd it was that they referred to them so frequently in game manuals.
I finally completed Brothers the other day (Brad was mostly right), and it really made me realize how far the big budget industry has fallen in terms of narrative cohesiveness in general.
Brothers is a game where the mechanics and story are so heavily intertwined that they're inseparable. Watch Dogs, on the other hand, sounds like a game where the mechanics and story were both designed in two separate buildings (and they probably were, with how Ubisoft is run).
From everything I've read, it sounds like Watchdogs could stand to not take itself as seriously, as it's very clear they weren't going to be able to tell a deep and powerful narrative just based on the tools they gave the player from the very start. I could say the same for GTAIV.
I feel like we're never going to get out of the "videogames are for children" phase if these companies keep treating their games as pieces to be sliced off at will.
Even the movie industry doesn't do "ticket pre-order content" or "theater exclusive content", because that's super dumb. The fact that these things have become normal in videogames is pretty sad.
A big thanks to Rorie and the moderator crew. I see terrible things posted now and then, but it's a pretty tame and a rarity compared to what we've seen on twitter and Reddit.
That one Reddit thread really baffled me for how much people use the "SJW" term with regularity and without irony (and get upvoted for it). We've got a long way to go.
I don't entirely agree with denouncing Giantbomb or the industry over two hires only meant to bring back stability to a tiny crew, especially with the way some of these public figures are doing it, but those piling on with hate in return are much worse than those they hate.
Have to wonder how a lot of these harassers on twitter still have jobs in any workplace.
Man, when I saw that Phil Fish video earlier this week, I was all like, "OK, yeah." And then he just shit all over the entire concept of Let's Play and I was like, "What? No, Phil. Why you got to be like that?" It made me so sad.
I try to defend the guy from the ceaseless hate he gets, but he sure does make it difficult with comments like that out of nowhere.
There are some areas where he has a point (uploading entire games with no commentary), but going all hyperbolic on Twitter of all places is really unhelpful to his cause. It's not the place for a nuanced argument.
Ooh, Crusader Kings 2, excellent choice. I would be quite delighted if you brought that out in a Spelunky-like daily manner.
I'd offer you assistance with learning that, but even with a hundred hours under my belt I still feel like I'm flailing around with a lot of the mechanics. It's a good thing the game has no win condition other than to continue your lineage.
Ahhhhhh chaaaaaange. I always had the worried feeling that Vinny would eventually leave Giantbomb, though if just moving away is the worst that happens, I'll live with it.
Good luck, Vinny. I hope you guys will think about some more hires in NY as well to round out the roster.