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#1 Posted by RandyF (137 posts) -

Since everyone has picked BioShock (my number 1) or Last of Us (my number 2), I'll go to my number 3.

Super Mario 3D World:

The early levels are stretched too wide to accommodate four players, making them less interesting to play.

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#2 Posted by RandyF (137 posts) -

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#3 Posted by RandyF (137 posts) -

It'll probably be:

1. Dota 2
2. The Last of Us
3. Zelda
4. Brothers

That's my guess. He seemed to be way into The Last of Us and it's the last game he will be playing before the game of the year discussions so it'll be on his mind. He straight up said that Zelda is better than brothers in a podcast. Dota 2 is obvious.

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#4 Edited by RandyF (137 posts) -

I beat this game when I was younger on an actual SNES. That was back when you had time to just sit down and master a game by playing it over and over again. I can still play those early levels without much trouble because of how many times I saw them. I still have trouble on the later levels, though, and I haven't been able to beat it again since I did when I was a kid.

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#5 Posted by RandyF (137 posts) -

People say harsh things when they're angry. I've said harsh things when I'm angry and I've had harsh things directed toward me when others were angry. It doesn't mean I stop caring for those people.

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#6 Edited by RandyF (137 posts) -

As someone that has their own YouTube account (of which I debate posting the link to since I don't want to be accused as advertising, but on the other hand it would give you examples), I've learned a lot of lessons. I'll go over them based on my experience and your video.

1. As mentioned, your intro is bland and generic. I've battled with this, as I thought intros were "cool." I've discovered that a quick splash of text to set up what you're doing does the job just fine. It doesn't need to be fancy.

2. Addressing the audience, in my experience, never works. To me, it always sounds forced and corny. The "Hey, everybody, it's _____" is very played out and just kind of annoying. I'm not trying to be harsh because seemingly everybody does it. It may just be me, but I hate it. Use the splash of text, as stated above, to set the video up. Also try to avoid things like "you guys" and the like, as it's kind of the same thing. I know it can be difficult. I've done it, too.

3. Edit your videos. No one knows that you aren't playing live. A lot of my videos have edits for humor (I will edit in something funny, something that people seem to enjoy), but I also edit things out that aren't funny.. Since it isn't a livestream, edit parts out that don't work and re-record them. No one will know but you. Make sure the edits are natural and not noticeable.

4. I didn't watch your video all the way through, but find a direct focus for your videos. Are they meant to be funny, informative, etc.? If they're meant to be funny, make sure they are a kind of funny that they can't find anywhere else. If they're meant to be informative, make sure there's information that can't be found anywhere else (which is nearly impossible I imagine).

I feel bad for doing this, but I'm going to show you my YouTube page so you can see some examples. I've been doing it for a few years now, and you can see how I've changed, adapted, experimented, etc. over the years. (notice the one time I attempted an intro in my BioShock video... yeah...) Feel free to ignore this as I don't want to give the impression that I'm plugging my channel.

http://www.youtube.com/user/RantasticProductions

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me either on here or on YouTube and I'll help you out. Although I'm not really some kind of YouTube God, I do have a little bit of experience. I have just under 700 subscribers and never once did I do anything fancy.

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#7 Posted by RandyF (137 posts) -

I ask this question to myself a lot, especially recently. The thing I found is that it isn't me so much as it is the games that are coming out lately. I just can't get into them. However, when a game does come out that I'm into, I'm still able to marathon it and enjoy it. Every once in a while a game will come out to remind me why I love video games. It seems as though it's just taking longer for those games to come out these days.

Still, if nothing is doing it for you, maybe take a break from games for a while, like everybody said. You have plenty of other things going on to occupy your time. By the time you come out, the new consoles might actually have something you want to play on them.

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#8 Edited by RandyF (137 posts) -

Simon's Quest.

I'm joking.

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#9 Edited by RandyF (137 posts) -

@zeik said:

@video_game_king said:

@shevar said:

So as most of you are probably aware, the reviews for Batman Arkham Origins are out in the wild, and to my genuine surprise it received some pretty low scores.

I have seen some sixes and sevens

How did it get to this? How did 6s and 7s become dirty scores? I happen to think they're alright.

To most sites these days that use those scores it is a dirty number, relegated to games they consider barely worth playing, if that. It depends on the site, but it's rare for the major reviewers to consider using the full range of scores.

This is exactly right. It's not that a 6 or 7 is bad on paper, but we have been trained to believe that the vast majority of reviewers rarely go below a 5, making a 6-7 below average (even though anything above a 5 should be above average). If you look at the text associated with most 6 or 7 review scores, it is very negative in most cases. In contrast, if you look at the text associated with movie reviews with a score of 6 or 7, it's mostly positive. I know Metacritic isn't law or anything, but it's telling that the description for scores on there are about 10 points higher for games than any other medium (e.g. 70 being "generally favorable" for movies, TV, and music but "mixed or average" for games).

To answer the main question, I believe everybody's opinion is influenced by something. The reason the scores are so low for Arkham Origins is because it's almost identical to the game before it. If this were the first of its kind, people would be losing their mind about how awesome it is. You could argue the same thing about Call of Duty or any sports game, but apparently people are less accepting of the Batman formula on a semi-regular basis, even if it doesn't come out as frequently as those other games.

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