I honestly can't think of any. A lot of people complain about "sewer levels" and "fire levels" or whatever, and they don't bother me at all. Hell, even "water levels", which are almost universally reviled don't bother me.
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Great write-up Patrick. It really encapsulates a lot of the appeal of these games to me.
I bought Demon's Souls when it first came due to some of the buzz from importers. I had a few play sessions with it, and I liked it. I liked it a lot actually. But it hadn't quite clicked with me yet. I didn't have that, "OH MY GOD THIS GAME IS SO AWESOME." moment yet. Ironically enough, I would experience that moment while I was playing a different game. Uncharted 2, I think. Or maybe whatever the latest Call of Duty was. It doesn't matter. Anyway, I was playing Uncharted (or Call of Duty) and it was a pretty bad scene. My posture was awful. I was leaning so far to one side I was practically laying down. My play was extremely sloppy and poor, mindless even. Honestly I was barely even paying attention to the game. And yet... I was succeeding. At one point I was even running past entire groups of enemies just to trigger the next checkpoint or cutscene.
I don't know what caused it, but for some reason I began thinking about just how different I felt playing Demon's Souls. In Demon's Souls I was sitting upright. I was leaning forward. I was alert. I was acting intelligently, skillfully, and decisively in the game. I was... having fun. Pretty much the polar opposite of how I was playing Uncharted at that moment. Then, much to my disgust, I realized that how I was playing Uncharted is how I had been playing the vast majority of games over the previous three or four years. It was honestly kind of shocking, and a bit of a wake up call. I know that sounds dramatic, but it really was kind of a big deal to me at the time. It really made me get introspective and evaluate why I play games, how I play them, what I enjoy about them, why I got into them in the first place, etc. I came out of that knowing and understanding my own tastes a lot better. I put down Uncharted that day, and continued playing Demon's Souls, and I haven't looked back.
Fantastic article, Patrick. I love reading stories from EVE. One of these days I'm actually going to get my hands dirty and play the damn thing.
I loved 1UP Yours and I really liked Weekend Confirmed for a time. It took a bit of a decline when Leahy left. Then it went into a fucking nosedive when Andrea became a semi-regular. That's when I stopped listening regularly. I generally like Garnett, but I feel like to be entertaining to listen to he needs to be surrounded by people who he has great chemistry with and he hasn't had that since the old 1UP Yours days. I like Jeff Cannata a lot, but his shallow method of criticism became a bit grating without Leahy there to counterbalance it.
I don't know. I liked Weekend Confirmed, but it wasn't really a great podcast. Half the reason I listened to it was because I missed 1UP Yours, and Weekend Confirmed was never quite able to hit the mark with me.
I don't really see Drew as being awkward on the podcast. Andrew Yoon on Weekend Confirmed is awkward. Drew acts more or less like a normal person on a podcast. He's not stumbling and bumbling over his words, but he's also not trying to out-quip everyone.
It's almost like these indie devs think they're entitled to have their games on Steam or something. Look, I'm sorry your game didn't pass through Greenlight, but when you democratize things and willingly engage in that process and allow people to vote on whether or not they want to play your game, you can't fucking whine about it when you don't get your desired result.
Or I guess as we've seen many times, you CAN whine about it.
My solution? I think some of these 2edgy4u indie developers should band together and make their own digital distribution service so they can allow and promote whatever they want on there instead of trying to force it on an audience that doesn't really seem to care. Obviously there had to be sizable audience for this stuff, right? There seems to be a ton of it out there.