Best of luck Patrick. I hope the site can find a worthy successor to the horror throne
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Shattered Memories was a stellar game. One of the best in the Wii library, easily. As for Silent Hill I found the series just crawled way too far up its own ass after 2. The "lore" of Silent Hill makes no sense, goes nowhere and worse of all, just isn't interesting.
What I'm hoping Silent Hills might be is a Twilight Zone type anthology game. Investigating different "cases" in a fictional "weird" setting. Give the writers more freedom to work, rather than try to shoehorn everything into some big overarching gobbledegok.
PT is a collection of vignettes, mostly cobbled together from references to other media. Regardless I thought it was technically *very* well made. Sexy hallway action.
Sidenote: No, JJ Abrams does not get a pass "because of mysteries" (though I suspect Lindelof is far more guilty here). Mystery design is a real thing practised by people with a real ability. It was called Weird Fiction once and it was practiced by some incredible authors. Plain obstruction of the audience's capacity to process events is not cool or awesome or artsy or anything. It just makes me tune out and go do something with my life that has value.
A whole article about this and not a single mention of Glu's Stardom: The A-List?
The writing is only good by virtue of being surprisingly not shit. To conflate not-shitness in a game filled with shit with quality is pretty silly to me. It really, really does not deserve this attention.
While I like Whitta as a person, Book of Eli had a twist ending so offensively dumb it made me think every person on that set must have been drunk or utterly broken with some sort of fear, or some other such reason not to just throw their hands up and go, whowhowhoa guys, what the hell are we doing here. It was laugh-out-loud terrible in a way that honestly blew my mind. I did enjoy the film okay up to that point, but man. That ending was something else. So color me a skeptic.
I found this article essentially empty reading. For one, it's written from the perspective of what appears to be a pretty thoughtless social media user, emphasis user, and also from someone who bought into the Rift as, again, a user. The backlash I've seen from developers and content creators is less about aw man, Facebook, and more about aw man, I spend countless hours of my own time and money developing free research for a platform I genuinely believe in. THAT fosters a sense of ownership far more than any kickstarter. The rift community has spent far more on developing the rift than oculus themselves. And now it's a corporate sellout. "It's a business y'all" is a shitty, shallow stance we hoped the rift did not represent.
That Wii U story is bunk. It talks about a developer working on a system as it is being formed - guess what, hardware iterations and documentation fluctuate profusely during that period - and being flabbergasted that Nintendo want to do something that isn't aping its competitors for their online presence. It's an outdated story at best and outright irrelevant at worst.
I'm a Wii U developer. The situation described by the author no longer exists.