@Milkman: They talked a lot about the shitty control and combat (especially hating the wall crawler ladies) towards the beginning of discussing the game. They also complained later about how long it takes to drive.
I think the Twin Peaks influence is being overplayed here. I've watched all of Twin Peaks, and all of the predictions I made based on how Twin Peaks went were entirely wrong. Even in retrospect I couldn't have guessed it. It borrows the setting, which is minor considering how detailed the fiction is, and borrows a little of the mood (though not entirely, as anyone who has watched Twin Peaks can attest). There are no character equivalents between the two series, other than roles. Thomas acts KIND of like Andy, though we all know where that goes.