Now obviously, Gaben gets pretty hyperbolic at certain points of this, and I don't agree with everything he says here, but it's always refreshing to see a major developer completely eschew PR spin and call out what he believes is a massive hypocrisy within the community. It kinda goes back to the point of "The franchises I don't like should change more to suit me, but if you change a franchise I'm already invested in I WILL FIND YOU AND I WILL CUT YOU!!!" I haven't really been following the Steam Box nor Half Life terribly closely, so anyone with more invested in either or both care to weigh in?
I was a big fan of the last Arena game and regret not sticking with it longer, so I'm hoping this brings a more even playing field back (I can only imagine what the online scene is currently like for the steep-learning-curved previous game) and I can jump back in.
Also THRILLED to have the story potentially resolved.
This is why I didn't back the Ouya, and why I was shaking my head in disbelief that so many people were HERALDING this thing as a Sony/Microsoft killer: you're telling me that a Kickstarter that exploited internet elitists (who just so happen to think they're too clever to be exploited) with a lot of fancy anti-corporate buzzwords, but no ACTUAL substance, has trouble forming a cohesive PR message?? Or a cohesive vision for their system!? I'm positively SHOCKED!
I remember being absolutely FLOORED by that conclusion to the Giygas battle as a kid. This was the first ever JRPG I'd played that I could actually fit my whole first name into (most of them cut-off at 4 characters and mine's 5), so when that was displayed ADDITIONALLY it was all the sweeter.