Man, this game looks so fucking great. The visuals has come a long way since the teaser trailer last year.
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Three of the game's bosses: http://www.4gamer.net/games/249/G024999/20140606005/
There are thousands of game developers (not to speak of artists in general) that are more creative, passionate and talented than Phil Fish and also not melodramatic, pretentious man-children.
At one point George Kamitani personally borrowed upwards of $200000 so he could keep making 2D games with eleven other guys at Vanillaware. Remember when he bitched and moaned and publicly said he might kill himself? Remember when he threw a fit and quit being a game developer because people were criticizing Dragon's Crown? I don't either.
Maybe I'm using big swings to hit multiple enemies at once and one of them dies before the others?
Most of what's in the game is meaningless if you play perfectly to begin with.
"Why would you care about Estus flask shards, your HP stat, the differences in defense between the various armours, enemy damage output, or learning which boss attacks are unblockable? It's all meaningless, because you should never get hit if you play intelligently to begin with. Git gud son."
The point isn't that ideas can't be communicated through means other than writing, the point is that writing is the best way (and, if the ideas are complex enough, the only real option).
As for Socrates, he is only remembered precisely because Plato wrote his words down.
@video_game_king: I didn't even watch the video, it was just an example of the kind of banal message people keep clamoring for in video games.
As for communication of meaning, that's what we have writing for. There's a reason why all serious philosophers throughout the ages, from Heraclitus to Plato to Kant to Nietzsche, have communicated their ideas through books and not through, say, board games or opera, and why books are the medium anyone serious about understanding things should turn to.
The values of the developer can perhaps be read, to some extent, from inclusion (e.g. a developer who includes same-sex relationships is unlikely to be opposed to homophilia), but definitely not from exclusion. And regardless, this is not something anyone should come to video games for. A child who gets his values from video games lacks good parents. An adult who gets his values from video games lacks the ability to think. It shouldn't be the task of developers to compensate for either.