This thread is pretty good stuff. Nice/horrific work everyone.
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@yummylee: They're not. I've edited the thread title and I still do think there's a difference between the staff occasionally swearing in video descriptions and letting any user throw swear words into thread titles.
I'm really interested to see what bullshit people get sent here though, I do not envy those at the mercy of the CAH guys.
Well, I always thought this was much more likely to be a fan project than anything else, but the initial website was pretty cool. It's kind of lame that they just threw up their hands, posted that YouTube embed joke from 5 years ago, and considered their audience "trolled". Even as a practical joke, that's about as lazy as it gets.
I didn't read it all the time and Kuchera sometimes handled things poorly, but I didn't ever feel the burning hate for him that a lot of other people seemed to. PAR actually had some great articles in itself and pointed to a lot of other interesting content on the internet. It was thoughtful, well-written, and not just doing what most video game journalism is doing and regurgitating the same predictable news and reviews over and over. I'm kinda sad to see it go.
I was tempted by Mass Effect 2 on this one, but went with Hotline Miami. Some of Mass Effect 2's best moments like the ending or the reveal of the new Normandy owe a lot to the fantastic music that went with them, and the echoey futuristic synths of the game helped create quite a bit of the atmopshere, but a lot of the soundtrack was fairly low-key and not that notable. Hotline Miami however was just amazing tracks top-to-bottom. They're really well-made, insanely catchy, and help add to the 80s feel and deliberate surreal disjointedness of the game.
I think the term "backpeddled" is often misused. It's frequently applied to things to try and make it seem like altering your opinions to accommodate new information about a thing is something bad instead of good. Personally, I think Polygon have a pretty solid system worked out. You may want an unchanging immutable score, but the fixed set-in-stone scores other publications give games may not reflect the reality of the situation. Polygon are attempting to give up-to-date and currently relevant critical assessments of games and I think the advantage of that is obvious.
While it would be hilarious to see Reggie in the game, I don't see Nintendo realistically adding him as more than a background character or at most something like an assist trophy. The large majority of people who play the Wii U aren't going to have any idea who he is.
I think it's gonna take a little while for both the PS4 and the Xbox to find their feet and for devs to start putting out great games that are taking proper advantage of the systems they're on, but I'm glad you're enjoying your console so much.