Is anyone actually offended by this game? I am not saying people should or shouldn't be offended, that's up to the individual, I just mean I haven't actually seen anyone complain about anything other than the game being boring. I do remember some controversy about it when the game was announced, but it seems to me that the game came out and everyone just went 'Oh, ok then.'
I have scars on my leg from self harm, I would love to cover them up with a "Ryan Davis" tattoo to remind myself of who I want to be. He was an awesome and lovely man and I would love to be remembered the way he is. Is that shitty? I don't know, but feel free to message me on either side of the fence.
While I understand it's the lot of the video game critic to think about the medium more deeply than the average consumer, I can't imagine what it must be like to wring my hands over quandaries this trivial.
It's often very useful to understand the "artistic intent" behind certain decisions, but you as a player are under no obligation to experience a game the way its creators feel you should. If you might enjoy The Evil Within more without those black bars, get 'em the hell outta there! And if you want to console command yourself into invulnerability, you can do that too!
I was about to jump in here and say I disagreed with you, but now I'm not too sure. I will say that I don't think it's a trivial thing though. It seems like there are more and more games which seem to be aiming to get across an artistic vision so I think we need to have this sort of conversation. Maybe the questions need to be about what can and can't be used for artistic intent in games? If the player controls it, such as the camera, can the artist use it to say something? Should their vision be limited to the story?
Personally, I feel like artistic intent should be respected, but I don't know if that means players shouldn't have the option? I keep wanting to compare it to film but it's really not the same thing. Games are all about interactivity and player choice, I suppose the question is 'Does player choice only apply within the game world?' I watched a horror film tonight. I didn't watch it in the dark alone, I watched it with friends, joking around the whole way though. Was that the scenario the filmmakers had in mind when they made the film? Probably not. Is that the same as changing the aspect ratio of a game? I've no idea. I know I wouldn't expect anyone to watch 'The grand budapest hotel' and think 'I don't like that this is in 4:3, I'm gonna change that'. I know that modding etc. has always been a big part of gaming, so I'm sure that'll need to be taken into account.
We need a Stop Yer Smokin' Dammit Club on GB or something. I want to quit as well (been smoking for 12 years), and I'd like to see some fellow duders take on the task at the same time. My only option is cold turkey, being a broke bastard and all (another reason to quit), so a support group would be invaluable.
I don't want to start right away, as I'm in a rough patch at the moment and don't need the extra stress, but sometime this year I want to quit. Anyone interested?
I could do with this too. I managed to do 11 days without one recently, but I wanted to die and hated everything at that point and needed one just to not get super angry at everyone. I would like to try again, but my problem is being in college cause the stress/other smokers makes it so much more difficult. But yeah I'd be up for a giant bomb quitters club.
@kidavenger: I'm applying for a bunch of jobs at the minute, I've applied to about 20 in the past 2 weeks, so far I've got a single rejection and that's the only one I've heard back from. I think my main problem is employment history, the problem being, well, I have none. I have plenty of education, and I've spent the past 4-5 years in unpaid/voluntary positions within the media industry (it's ultimately where I want to end up, I was under the belief I'd be the one to get what they want without ever having a 'real' job, but then reality happened), so I've no experience with sales, working in a business (I've essentially been self-employed for the past 2 years, working on short films/documentaries etc.). Any suggestions on ways to make up for this lack of 'real world' experience or do I just ignore any jobs that say experience required, or apply anyway and hope I get lucky? Also, what the hell do I put in my 'hobbies and interests' section? It always feels like a trap.