I legitemately don't know why people like Patrick always check out what this vBulletin message-board at Neogaf dot com think of their stuff.
We all know it's a bunch of jaded, elitist, uninformed, belligerant dudes with anime avatars sharing snarky asshole .gifs and image macros, and it's been that since forever... it makes about as much sense as judging "public opinion" on youtube comments or Reddit posts, or 4chan threads.
It's 2013: we don't care about screenshot galleries, or system-wars, or decimal points in a review score any more. Patrick- and a lot of other people- are writing stuff that's a lot more interesting than that old shit, so why am I still hearing "NeoGaf" pop up so much? Just leave it in the dust, guys!
Cannot be quoted enough. Each time theres a TNT or Casual Friday and Brad is on that laptop and suddenly pops up with "there's this thread here on Neogaf about.." my heart sinks. Somewhat similar to when that guy sent them the poster he made of the Bombcrew and they were all so amazed by it. Their genuine shock at seeing it was quite dismaying as that guy had a pretty large thread up for at least a week with the entire development process of how he came to make that image. The idea that they check the boards so infrequently to never have seen it was really a bummer.
And the reverse of this community being waved off whenever its mentioned by someone avoiding heavy mental lifting occurs too. Who's right? Is either party right? Pro-tip: it's neither.
A wise man once said on this topic during Doritosgate:
There's a lot of talking in this thread, but the reality is that gamers got what they wanted. You don't have to pay for magazines to get your coverage anymore and it's all free on the web whenever you feel like reading it.
So you get what you pay for...
And HOOOOO-boy at this quote from the article:
If you’re the only outlet that dislikes a game, you’re criticized for seeking controversy to drive traffic.
Yeah, that pretty much sums up the Echo Chamber that the industry suffered under from 2007-2011. Peer pressure and yanked access to media if you don't march to the beat of the drum.
This was one of the interviews/blogs/speeches/articles/etc that clued me into just how willfully ignorant the relative majority of developers talked themselves into being after 2006. Such untoppled truths were not superceded, just ignored, and around that time, you started seeing men and women like him "waking up" to those laws still holding sway, whether they're obeyed or not. Thankfully, the malaise is lifting in places it was thick as fog until recently.
Call of Duty has no more responsibility to make sure that children aren't playing it as Captain Crunch has a responsibility to make sure kids are eating healthy. This is a free society, one in which you unfortunately have personal responsibility.
Hahaha you're going to hate the way you used to view things once you actually grow up
No, actually I have grown up, and my opinion on the matter has completely reversed because of it. Because taking responsibility for yourself is pretty much the definition of growing up, and expecting that it's the media corporations who need to safeguard your children is the opposite. And "they need to do more to protect our children" is the same finger-waggling, Helen Lovejoy-esque caterwauling and moralizing to remove the rights and responsibilities of adults that it was during the temperance movement.
Combine this with shitty parents (in the biological sense only) and voila!
Glad you brought up about the early "bwuh?!?" reaction to these. I chimed in on the goading you to play these back when and that was my reaction to getting the Sub ending. I had spent $35 dollars and I'm not mad but "bwuh?!?!".
For those of you reading this uninitiated in Uchikoshi's high-grade MINDFUCKERY this is the distance you're going to need to be willing to go to meet the game halfway. It's worth it.
As for the puzzles, I liked VLR's better than 999s, often because VLR's wasn't interrupted by intellegentsia info-dumping. "LETS TALK ABOUT CRYOGENICS!" whose necessity was much better handled with VLR'.
It hardly forgives the game's repeated indulgence of the player's character cracking cheap, juvenile sex jokes at the expense of every single one of these characters. It comfortably discredits the argument the characters were designed this way other than to be provocative. The next Zero Escape game would do well to dispense with this.
Funnily enough, this confusingly didn't happen to the unnamed character!
And for those going shit-flinging ape-shit over this, its just as much about the creators in the eyes of others than tender-hearted feminists. I like my sexual stuff in games with some taste and self-respect from the devs, as those two characters needed to show skin for their role as the 8th Enneagram.
Speaking of taste and self-respect, Sigma would've been much better served if the adult language from him was...adult, or at least funny like the infamous Elevavator Scene from 999. It makes it feel like it was written for the no-game losers back home and not the decent men with needs that populate the world over, especially someone as cut as Sigma. If we're going to talk "Japan" in this, we need to laser focus this issue onto that, as difficult as the video game-buying demographics over there have gotten for that to happen.