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#1 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

Slight tangent here but that would have to be one of the WORST videos demonstrating gameplay I have EVER seen. He doesn't have to love the game, but man ... talk about no insight. Just whining and whining. He's upgraded his bow to have 12 shots and has unlocked the double execution but DIDN'T KNOW you could break shields? Moron.

Anyway, as for OP's point -- Mordor is meant to be hard early on. You'll struggle a lot, but when you unlock the ability to execute at a lower hit combo level you'll start to get better. And trust me, later on you get some abilities that can shift the tide of battle in ways you don't expect early on.

I mean the making your own army stuff...

#2 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

@pandabear said:

@whitegreyblack said:

@yummylee said:

Also, if I'm being honest I was expecting something a little more substantial to be written up about him. Could have at least embedded this video here that was posted in the other thread.

EDIT: Gamespot also has an obituary up that I'd say is more befitting.

Agreed. That Gamespot article is a beautifully-written tribute, and makes this little blurb seem almost shameful by comparison.

In any case, I am glad Patrick has put a news item up about this. R.I.P. Mr. Baer. His invention of the home console set the stage for the huge proliferation of interactive games in our everyday life that we get to enjoy today.

Two days late and three sentences long. Yeah I agree, it does seem kinda flippant. Some indie dev making an iPhone game I'll never play gets 3000 words, Ralph Baer gets this.

Sadly, GOTY has us all beaten 'n tired. I wish I could have given the man a more substantial tribute.

Ah truthfully I'm having a bad day at work. I regret being a troll.

#3 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

@yummylee said:

Also, if I'm being honest I was expecting something a little more substantial to be written up about him. Could have at least embedded this video here that was posted in the other thread.

EDIT: Gamespot also has an obituary up that I'd say is more befitting.

Agreed. That Gamespot article is a beautifully-written tribute, and makes this little blurb seem almost shameful by comparison.

In any case, I am glad Patrick has put a news item up about this. R.I.P. Mr. Baer. His invention of the home console set the stage for the huge proliferation of interactive games in our everyday life that we get to enjoy today.

Two days late and three sentences long. Yeah I agree, it does seem kinda flippant. Some indie dev making an iPhone game I'll never play gets 3000 words, Ralph Baer gets this.

#4 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

@csl316 said:

What's with people that haven't played Bayonetta 2 ragging on Bayonetta 2 today?

I suppose they could talk about it, but Bayonetta's an incredibly empowered character that was designed by a woman. But I'm just gonna leave this thread now.

Honestly, I think you've said it all. Granted I'm yet to play the sequel, but certainly in the original she was anything but a victim or helpless. She may be sexualised, but that doesn't come at the expense of her being empowered.

This misplaced chivalry by people is getting weird and comes across extremely sheltered and immature.

#5 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

Congratulations! None of you read the arguments for why this game was banned and made sweeping statements about the topic! Internet points.

Seriously, though, GTA V has reprehensible depictions of women and minorities, but I do not question its right to exist. I criticize it in its existence and hope Rockstar learns that satire and being mean are not the same thing. Maybe this will be a wake up call to a company who still does have a well-known system where sex workers who you have a transaction with can be killed to refund the money you paid them for a health upgrade. Hey, required or not, that's a screwed up thing, right? And it's literally the only system in the series where you have a business transaction that you can refund the money by killing the other person.

Again, the ban is probably hypocritical and feels reactionary, but the premise of the problem is accurate and worthy of thought.

Taken directly from the press release: "Target Australia will stop selling the R-rated video game Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5) following feedback from customers about the game's depictions of violence against women." -- So how exactly did those people you're quoting miss the point?

Also, Target were busted selling cheap clothes from sweatshops in Bangladesh after one of them collapsed killing a heap of workers. So they're fine with selling cheap shirts made in sweatshop and other R rated games and Blu-rays (like Game of Thrones with violence, rape and incest), but yeah, GTA V is a step to far?

I think we're going to have to retire the stereotype of easy going Australia if their policies keep reflecting what my mid 50s aunt in Virginia thinks

As an Aussie who loves travelling to America pretty regularly I can tell you in so many other ways we are way more relaxed than the US. It's just the video game scapegoat that keeps catching us out...

#6 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

Yes (Your vote) 100%

No 86%

Keep review scores but give me a setting to hide all review scores on the site so I don't have to see them. 86%

Whatever you think, you can't deny 272% is a big voter turn out for this topic.

Also, I love scores... I think that overly long reviews need a looking at as much as scores. Brevity is the soul of wit.

#7 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

You take their game for free and play by their one rule of don't write anything before a certain date, or you wait until it comes out and do whatever you want. It's as simple as that. Don't like it? Don't take the game from the publisher/developer. It's not shady or sketchy ... it's about having respect for the fact you're in a privileged position.

#8 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

Amazing Spider-Man 2 on a flight from LA to Brisbane. 4/5

I've tried to finish the first film TWICE and failed. I just got too bored ... but this one was better. I mean there's issues with it of course, but you know for two hours I enjoyed it. And Garfield is great as Spider-Man... Maguire had more emotional weight but Garfield is closer to how I read him in the comics. Even if you didn't like (or see) the first film I'd say watch this... I mean to my mind origin stories are rarely the most interesting part of a character's story... it's those middle chapters where things get interesting.

It's no Captain America: The Winter Soldier but it sure as shit ain't no Spider-Man 3.

#9 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

I wish Giant Bomb and a thumbs down system so fucking bad sometimes.

#10 Posted by PandaBear (1384 posts) -

@finaldasa: Ok, fair point. But I feel like recently critics have been naval gazing WAY too much lately. I mean I like reading reviews and they have informed purchases for me -- a recent example is Wolfenstein: The New Order, a game I would have happily ignored based on how much I hated the last game but was swayed by the high score given by critics I trust. But one of my all-time favourite games is Resident Evil 5 which wasn't exactly a critical darling (not slammed either, but not as loved as 4 by any stretch).

I just don't think that level-headed people who are into games and read reviews are looking for a critical consensus and that games journos need to stop reacting to what people are saying on Twitter and in comments sections like it represents the majority of games or even the majority of users of their site. Destiny was a let down for people who reviewed it, but I'm sure it has it's die-hard fans. This is every medium - books, movies, music.

I'm not trying to be dense, but I don't get what the point in this video is. Games did go through bigger changes in the 90s than in the past decade, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't expect further leaps in gameplay...