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#1 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@cmblasko said:

Have any of you guys who are pushing these conspiracy and "gamergate" angles stopped to consider that your aggressive messaging might actually be adversely affecting your intended outcome and that more people would be willing to take your side if you approached the topic with a different demeanor?

@golguin said:
Talk about why you really like a game with the kind of details that would only make sense to fans of that particular game and for gods sake get excited and hyped about stuff.

But don't get too excited or else you are schilling and unethical.

But don't be too dry and objective because then it is boring and you are cynical and jaded.

But be objective, you shouldn't bring bias into reviews.

This is probably going to rub a lot of people the wrong way, but they need to be how Brad is about Dota 2. I seriously don't give a shit about schilling or unethical bullshit. I want hype for games they are excited about and trashing games they don't like. Simple.

#2 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@marokai said:

YouTube isn't somehow a savior of integrity, but I will say that I find it relaxing to go to YouTube these days because very few of them have delusions of grandeur on a level like this, and those who do don't last long. When you're in the shit on a daily basis like you are with YouTube, you're sort of forced constantly into being checked by people who can throw feedback in your face on a regular basis; you can stay grounded. You sort of have to, your entire existence is predicated on serving your community rather than writing about how they're big misogynerds.

In addition, I tend learn way more about games on YouTube than pretty much anywhere else these days, with people who are specialists in what they like showing me exactly how games work on deeper mechanical levels that few of those in the press are equipped to show off, because they're off chasing hits. A group of self proclaimed "shit-tier e-celebs" are better informed from reading Gaf all day than most members of the press seem to be.

YouTube also doesn't really sanctify people. I probably grew up more attuned to "YouTube debate culture" than I was with "gamer" culture; watching the early days of YouTube unfold with the religious vs. non-religious debates of yesteryear was a learning experience for me. Seeing people make a statement, get a response, that gets a response, and so on, is how I grew to understand what debating and feedback is.

I think it was @oldirtybearon who once asked me what I find appealing about The Amazing Atheist; it's because he's flawed. I don't like people who let themselves be put on a pedestal, or put behind the social media pulpit like a modern day preacher. TAA knows he can be full of shit, he's challenged on a regular basis, and if I took one thing away from watching him grow since 2006 it's that you don't have to like a person who you agree with, or hate a person you disagree with. On his podcast he basically embodies nuance, and the sentiment of "if I'm wrong, show me the counter-argument, come on this show, I want to see it." That you can listen to a news story of someone you hate and still find agreement in one thing he said because the substance of the argument is what matters most. I see that nowhere but YouTube, these days, the desire for direct debate.

There is often very little direct feedback given to the games press of today, and many of the people who are criticized allow the wagons to be circled and construct an image that is then beyond reproach. Anita Sarkeesian, for example, is a sacred object because the actions of a few have allowed people to nearly deify her. Feedback is impossible because people have created a dogma. I don't like that. Even if I agreed entirely with Anita on all of her videos, I would still dislike the way she does not allow feedback, and legions of people come to her defense at the mildest of accusations; these things make my inner skeptic too uncomfortable. The way the modern games press is similarly so hermetically sealed that they don't recognize outside feedback or criticism, that they don't seem genuinely self critical, it pushes me away. YouTube isn't perfect in this regard either, but at least there I know more people will listen.

Certainly more than on Twitter, anyway, which is arguably one of the worst avenues for debate on the face of the planet.

I don't know what prompted me to look at this thread again, but I'm glad I did because I knew right away where the "shit-tier e-celebs" comment came from. If I could talk about the Two Best Friends/Best Friends/Super Best Friends stuff for a moment I think it would encapsulate how I feel about all this bullshit because they feel like an early Giant Bomb in an alternate universe.

It's probably really insulting to say this (Pat listens to the Bombcast, checks the GB site content, and probably reads the forums so sorry if you read this), but when I first started watching their stuff it felt like some off brand Giant Bomb quicklook content that wasn't being filtered through years of cynicism. Matt and Pat gushed over the stuff they loved and would regularly shit on the stuff they didn't like without worrying about who it might offend. Fast forward a year or two and we get the addition of Woolie and Liam for the complete foursome. They did their video stuff and eventually started their own podcast because people said they should do it. They recently had their 1 year podcast anniversary and it's amazing to see how their content feels like the early Giant Bomb stuff, except that their personalities seem to be more aligned with my own (probably due to their age and anime watching).

They had no prior experience with anything before they got their shit set up except for the fact that they loved playing games. They have no real sense of knowing when to pull their punches so some of their gaming discussions/arguments can seem really combative when they start to openly insult each other, but they've known each other a while and it kinda feels like the arguments I have with my own friends over stupid shit. Liam is super optimistic about games and their potential to be good while Pat is very pessimistic and quick to shit on things so their arguments are fun as long as you keep in mind that they aren't actually going to punch each other in the face.

With their appearance at several cons and a few panels under their belt people you might think that the "shit-tier e-celeb" fame would have gone to their head, but they regularly talk about being nobodies that just like games. I think Woolie was a bit blown away by the last con they went to because he was told that his voice/opinions were a bid deal as one of the few black dudes talking about video games with a large following. For him it simply wasn't a thing he'd think about as he just views himself as a dude that likes games.

I would really like it if "video game journalist" and video game websites would honestly talk about the stuff they love in games and the stuff that they hate. If they think X video game controversy is stupid as hell they should talk about how dumb it is and move on to the stuff that matters like Bloodborne and Persona 5. Dig deep into the games. Give more info about their development. Talk about why you really like a game with the kind of details that would only make sense to fans of that particular game and for gods sake get excited and hyped about stuff.

#3 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@golguin: No he means like, the bosses are so far away from the beginning of the DLC. It's not like the Manus dlc for the original for instance where you start out on a boss, do an area then a boss, do two areas then a boss, and then have an optional one. It's playing for a long time through multiple areas before reaching a single one.

Still struggling with Fume Knight. Starting to get used to his attacks, finally, and took off all my armor to be able to dodge him better. I also reallocated all my points. My pyromancy helped nothing, so I put a ton of those attunement points and other unnecessary points into strength. With 99 strength, I'm finally doing similar damage to what I would do on bosses outside of the DLC. His blast attacks really destroy me when they hit, though. I need some more tries.

I also respecced as a wizard just to try it, but that was no use. I had bought/found a bunch of powerful spells, some decent gear and a witch's staff that seemes pretty strong, but even with 67 intelligence I'd throw everything I had at him and he wasn't even halfway down when I was out of spells.

The Fume Knight on NG+ has the ability to deal 1200-1500 dmg with a single attack so it's probably smart to focus on increasing your damage output and having just enough health to prevent getting one shotted. I killed him while dealing 250 base damage with my Uchigatana (around 50 hits to kill him) and the only safe bet is to go with single hits as the 2nd hit can leave you open for his counter sweep attacks with his short sword. Learn his mix up with his short sword and greatsword and you'll eventually get it.

#4 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@random45 said:

@golguin said:

@random45 said:

Well I finally got around to playing more of it, and it's really putting a sour taste in my mouth now. I had a great first impression, but now I'm getting frustrated because most of the difficult bits of the DLC rely HEAVILY on simply outnumbering you. It's no fun to climb down a ladder and immediately be forced to fight 3 guys who charge you. The worst bit so far would have to be this room where you have to fall through a trap door and fight 5~ guys in this pit. Their movements are so predictable and easy to dodge, but when you're forced against so many, inevitably they'll go off your limited camera and land a hit on you that you couldn't see coming. Whenever I die, I just groan and let out a tired sigh because I have to go through so many tedious sections all over again.

And what is with these DLCs and having the bosses be SO far away? The first DLC had them back to back at the end, and I feel like this is going to be a repeat of that. I want to fight these bosses man, they HAVE to be better than slugging through dozens of enemies at a time, right?

The main boss is literally 10 seconds away from the Bonfire. If you have issues with fighting 3 guys at the same time I don't know what to tell you because you are essentially saying you'd prefer to fight 1-2 guys. You know Bloodborne is going to throw 5+ enemies at you regularly right?

Like someone else said, I mean the bosses are so far from the beginning of the DLC. I've been playing for more than two hours and haven't come across a single one yet.

And yes, I'd HIGHLY prefer to fight 1-2 guys at a time with a more complex move set than "pulls arm back for a second and then swing giant sword". They know they created such a predictable and boring AI for the enemies, so they compensate for it by - like I said - putting in a LOT of them that they become a hassle. So far a fight has rarely felt fair or fun for me. Plus when you're up against so many, the fight basically degrades to a waiting game, where you just have to wait for an opening since there's so many of them attacking at different times.

Also, while I'm not getting Bloodborne since I don't have a PS4 nor do I intend to get one for a long while, I have confidence that Miyazaki will make it more similar to the first Dark Souls and Demon's Souls, since he's back to being the director again.

And a bit off topic, but was magic nerfed prior to this DLC? I feel like my Soul Spears are taking MUCH longer to cast now.

I will say that the bosses will probably be what you are looking for.

#5 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@golguin: You're right, that makes way more sense. It's similar to Artorias, although at this point I have to question why we're fighting Alonne if we're in the King's memory? Are we meant to be the OIK in this memory? Was Alonne rebelling against the OIK? O_o

I believe it's just an unfortunate thing that happened and the death was covered up by the King saying he just left. The reason you enter the memory in the first place is to get the final smelter wedge (behind Alonne's throne) for the Nadalia Idol. Destroying the final idol gives you Nadalia's real soul (12 pieces make it whole.)

It's the same way you end up killing the Giant Lord in the memory. If you talk to Chancellor Wellager after killing the Giant Lord he'll recognize the fact that you were the one to do it You were always the one that stopped the Giant Invasion just like the player character was always meant to kill Artorias and stop the spread of the Abyss in Oolicile.

#6 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@random45 said:

Well I finally got around to playing more of it, and it's really putting a sour taste in my mouth now. I had a great first impression, but now I'm getting frustrated because most of the difficult bits of the DLC rely HEAVILY on simply outnumbering you. It's no fun to climb down a ladder and immediately be forced to fight 3 guys who charge you. The worst bit so far would have to be this room where you have to fall through a trap door and fight 5~ guys in this pit. Their movements are so predictable and easy to dodge, but when you're forced against so many, inevitably they'll go off your limited camera and land a hit on you that you couldn't see coming. Whenever I die, I just groan and let out a tired sigh because I have to go through so many tedious sections all over again.

And what is with these DLCs and having the bosses be SO far away? The first DLC had them back to back at the end, and I feel like this is going to be a repeat of that. I want to fight these bosses man, they HAVE to be better than slugging through dozens of enemies at a time, right?

The main boss is literally 10 seconds away from the Bonfire. If you have issues with fighting 3 guys at the same time I don't know what to tell you because you are essentially saying you'd prefer to fight 1-2 guys. You know Bloodborne is going to throw 5+ enemies at you regularly right?

#7 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -
#8 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

@golguin said:

The more I think about it the more I'm starting to see how The Old Iron King and Sir Alonne are gay.

Telling maybe that the memory's name is not Alonne's, but the Iron King's? Is there speculation that the kingdom fell due to a lover's tiff between OIK and Alonne?

Sir Alonne having a throne has already been mentioned. There was no Queen since the King was already gone by the time Nadalia arrived. There's the fact that the memory of the Old Iron King features Sir Alonne (his armor and weapon are prominently displayed). The Old Iron King renamed his knights after Alonne and made them abandon their swords for katanas (there's no reason for them to have katanas before Sir Alonne arrived).

The final bit is that Alonne left for no apparent reason. There had to have been some reason for Alonne to leave without his weapon and armor.

#9 Posted by golguin (3894 posts) -

The more I think about it the more I'm starting to see how The Old Iron King and Sir Alonne are gay.

#10 Edited by golguin (3894 posts) -

And so my White PS4 Destiny bundle just exploded with Persona 5. It's going to be all over it.