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#2 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

@alkusanagi said:

Just the humor and Douchie McBrotag main character make me want to stay far from this game. Got a feeling that this will tank, regardless of reviews.

You do know that you can play as a female protagonist as well?

I don't have an Xbox One (or PS4) but this game looks like a breath of fresh air for those of us who don't find pleasure in melodramatic melancholic shooters like Gears of War or Metro. The more good games to choose from the better IMO.

#3 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

Does Gamespot have any archives of Extra-Life?

I want to see Jess from Gamespot play KOTOR 2 and The Longest Journey.

Also, Dave Snider is more awesome than ever.

@lashe Thanks a lot!

#4 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

Once the enemies became bullet sponge soldiers I stopped playing.

The trend to make shooters more difficult by either making enemies

  • really agile to the point where they have no weight (Crysis 2+, Rage)
  • unrealistic bullet sponges (Borderlands, Metro)

has almost turned me off FPS as a genre. I hope the new generation will find some revolutionary mechanic that might kill off cover-based shooters (haven't tried Wolfenstein).

#5 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

@jimipeppr said:

I don't understand what is so bad about gfwl... I played through [most of] Dark Souls on PC and hardly noticed anything. Plus you get gamerscore? What am I missing here?

In order to protect the gamerscore from being cheated easily by sharing savegames, it tied your (encrypted) savegame to your GFWL application data profile.This made it a huge PITA to switch savegames between PCs (in the beginning at least). Batman Arkham games switched to Steam some time ago and there was this long convoluted process to get the save games decrypted.

I wonder if Dark Souls is offering some support for this in November. Luckily I started my game with xliveless or whatever so I guess I can just copy my savegame.

The service wasn't that bad once all the rough spots had been ironed out but it was still a walled garden introduced to a system that has traditionally been very open and customizable.

Capcom you're next!

#6 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

Fallout New Vegas is the best RPG of the last generation. The story might be more linear than Fallout 3 but most factions and communities are interesting and different compared to the stereotypical tropes of Fallout 3 that seem like conscious fan service. Deathclaws are an actual threat as well.

There was a game breaking bug on Xbox 360 that was patched (something about a Sheriff's hat in your inventory in New Vegas). I guess I've played over 200 hours on PC with mods and the only major issue I had was a consistent crash at a spot inside the airport. It was nothing game breaking because it wasn't an important environment. I can't remember if I found a workaround.

You might not be able to run around the most densely populated areas with the highest settings because that was weirdly demanding.

If you save your game frequently you should be alright.

#7 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

No, because the Euphoria/RAGE engine sucks the fun out of everything.

If you must experience the San Andreas world with GTA IV's gameplay, there is a mod for the PC version. It is OK fun but a vastly different experience. I would say the only improvement might be the vehicle physics but I hate running and shooting in GTA IV.

Edit: WTF is with the first post necro?

#8 Posted by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

I'm guessing your responsible for the great redesign of Gamespot, Alexis? If so great job and keep on keeping on in your humble fashion!

If only Andre the Giant were still here to force you to stay at CBSi.

P.S. there is nothing wrong with Serif fonts :)

#9 Edited by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

OK I'll bite.


I think everyone should have equal opportunity regardless of race, gender etc. However under no circumstances should equal distribution be a target for regulation or other government funded incentives. There are numerous equality issues that have merit like conscious gender based (mostly female) abortions, male custody, conscription.

Opinions follow

I think the labor market is a zero sum game and women should not expect to get a free pass due to gender.

Source: Article

There is plenty of evidence showing that the medium-skill well-paid jobs are rapidly disappearing and that low-educated men are increasingly employed in low-paid low-skill jobs. Furthermore, there are signs that male participation rates are declining across the whole OECD and that this decline is particularly strong for low-educated men.

What can be the cause of this? Education is a shortcut to a high wage job and that is a field increasingly dominated by women.

In an increasing number of industrialized countries, female educational attainment is now higher than male educational attainment. Women are in majority among secondary school graduates, among tertiary level students, and among tertiary level graduates. Judging from recent trends in international data, it seems likely that the female dominance in educational attainment will become stronger in the coming decades.

Men are in general taller and stronger than women and might be considered more productive. However they also spend more money on food so I think it is fair that they earn more.

In some careers women are preferred due to skills or personality like caregiving, detail assembly lines etc. Is there any special attempt to encourage men to be employed in these careers?

Other quotes:

Despite the fact that women are now in majority among students at the tertiary level, they still choose different major subjects than men. Here, it is difficult to draw any conclusions on international long-term trends since no long, internationally comparable time series are available. However, some studies on individual countries suggest that gender differences in choices of major subjects at the tertiary level may be diminishing.

#10 Posted by TheSquarePear (217 posts) -

This video has made me genuinely consider buying the game even though I have no vested interest in the fiction.

I can't stand the editorials of Polygon but their videos are awesome (because they are mostly powered by Griffin McElroy). Compared to Jeff and Brad (I miss Vinny), the McElroy's have better comedic timing and push/pull but on the flip side they can get really really victimizing and apologetic whereas Jeff is almost always pretty levelheaded.