Unprofessional Fridays: 01/12/2018
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Electronic Arts makes missteps at every turn in this fundamentally flawed follow-up.
This rollercoaster ride of a turn-based strategy game starts out almost impossibly strong, but by the end I mostly wished it'd been over three hours earlier.
Call of Duty's return to World War II looks great, but feels flat and uninspired from start to finish.
Dec. 5, 2017 3:26pm
We take a break from GOTY deliberations to talk about... other video games, the Mario cereal, improv teams, Mega Men, old arcade boards, and undercover narcs!
They have video games on Giant Bomb now?
The lack of pre-production is the hallmark of Ben's segments.
Interplay's still around — in a "shambling husk of a company" way — but Brian Fargo left sometime around 2000, when started inXile.
@jeff: Delphine also, oddly, made "Shaq Fu."
Spoiler - Alex dies GOTY day 4
Was there no video version today? Darn the one time I want it
@mattimus_prime: On Twitter, Jason said there were issues with the main recording, so they're having to go to a backup. As it's apparently a five-hour export, it'll be tomorrow.
I take it back... looking at a 5-hour export. So... tomorrow-ish? https://t.co/1vb4gMvNpd — Jason Oestreicher (@unastrike) December 6, 2017
I take it back... looking at a 5-hour export. So... tomorrow-ish? https://t.co/1vb4gMvNpd
Remember the Vita? Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo can be played on the Vita. It is part of the PSP game Capcom Puzzle World.
Jeff and Vinny make the best ad spots.
I played every single Mega Man and I think 2 is the worst, by far the one that frustrated me the most. Every other person say it's the best, so f*ck me I guess.
on easter and new years day i reblog usher wishing me a happy easter xbox and a happy new years xbox
Will start with the podcast and jump to the video when that's uploaded.
Edit: Missed Jason's tweet. Will just listen to the podcast now.
Unfortunately, as they keep talking about these raps in movies, I worry more and more the further and further we get from Dan Akroyd and Tom Hanks rapping that we're not going to wrap back around to Dan Akroyd cackling along in crazy makeup as Shock G raps for an impromptu undead house party as a horrified Chevy Chase and Demi Moore look on.
...Yep. They missed it. Nothing But Trouble, people. Treat yourselves.
I'm pretty sure when Sony released the PS4 Pro one of their points was that multiplayer games wouldn't be allowed to run at different frame rates between the Pro and the original model. I assume Microsoft also has this condition so as not to disadvantage players on the older model which is why PUBG is limited to 30FPS
Judging by this podcast and other aspects of US culture I have absorbed over the years, you all seem oddly fascinated by cereals.
Cereals in the UK are fine but completely unexciting things that no one would ever have a heated discussion about. (Crunchy Nut is the best btw).
Those of us that actually enjoy Battlefront II, we aren't being contrarian, it's just too many people placing too much importance on the Star Card concept. The gun unlocks are the only things that matter and most of the Star Card perks do not contribute to the kill count that you're working towards to get them. It's not that the card progression is bad, it's that the perks associated are underwhelming. It's flawed...yes, but far from the trainwreck folks continue to make it out to be.
Things were different in 1997
@nickfoley: Truly a dark blemish on history.
Just a correction, the Shield TV is out in China.
My friend bought one and here is Mario running on it:
感谢 @HeurekaNana 亲自拍摄的启动视频。 pic.twitter.com/Z4OFyCh3oI — David Frank (@bitinn) December 6, 2017
感谢 @HeurekaNana 亲自拍摄的启动视频。 pic.twitter.com/Z4OFyCh3oI
They are very unhealthy food with a ton of sugar.
Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal is good cereal.
Spoiler: Dan is a narc. And Jason has to edit out the stink lines in the video before posting it here.
I was working for Land Rover when the Tomb Raider Defender came out. They were crazy popular - I sold 3 in one day once, when the average Defender sales for the entire garage (we were an urban dealership) were about 1 a month.
Grape-Nuts are the fuuuuucking bomb, yo
Oh my god. The name of Phoenix Wright was mentioned on Giant Bomb in 2017. Incredible.
The Apollo Justice re-release is gorgeous and well worth it. Don't feel the need to go through the HD trilogy if you've played them before, the new 3D ones are barely related.
Small Business man is gone
Welcome Big Businessman
Was not able to listen to it live, but is there going to be a video version or?
Boogerman's legit. I played more of that game than anyone on this site.
How can they have a goty discussion when no one has played xenoblade chronicles 2? Jason where are you at... this game is beyond good I sometimes watch the clouds on the edge of the titan I'm on as night turns into day. I have the newest computer you could have for 4k gaming and I'm playing a god damn switch game. I absolutely love the game.
Blueberry Muffin Tops is the original video game podcast cereal. Man I miss it.
"chocolate cereal is baaaad"
"you are so wrong!"
Preview of game of the year talks. I hope the discourse is a little better but based on previous years...
Jason, the other Elm Street rap you were trying to think of is “Are You Ready for Freddy?” by The Fat Boys. A gem, truly.
I am the one who sent in that undercover narc email. AMA, but be warned I might rat you out.
It’s a bummer that every criticism is about the stupid loot boxes. I enjoy the game because my enjoyment isn’t tied to the progression: the campaign is like playing a movie and the multiplayer is just fun Star Wars battles. I unlocked Luke because I wanted a light side option that didn’t suck and haven’t engaged with any of the loot because I don’t need it, yet that is central to everyone’s opinion of it.
Giant Bomb GOTY 2017: "There's poop dust on that butt." - Abby from Brooklyn
Dan is at least consistent in wanting to be a narq.
An earlier instance of vaping in video games would be, ironically, MGS: Peace Walker, Huey has that weird smoking gizmo.
Remember the last rounds of talks about microtransactions, loot boxes, price increases, and how all the staff spoke about how it's the greedy execs getting the fat bonuses and fucking over their employees? Yeah, well ask Randy Pitchford how he got the money for a mansion with a fucking private theater, since it's the same Randy that did the disgrace with Alien Colonial Marines and Sega that led to a round of layoffs at Gearbox. What do you suspect the people that lost their job at the time think about these "great" stories?
"Randy Pitchford seems rad" indeed...extremely disappointed by the staff reaction.
@cagliostro88: I'm not here to stand up for Randy Pitchford but I dislike you conflating two entirely separate issues. Studios have always made bad games, its not a happy thing but its why Reviews exist to protect consumers.
Otherwise, Pitchford has been in the industry for over 20 years, setup and managed multiple companies, and contributed to dozens of successful games. Gearbox do not engage in Microtransactions, Lootboxes etc. Even Battleborn launched at $60 and didnt charge for ingame content.
Ultimately, what are you banging on about?
@convox: What? The disgrace i'm talking about it's not the quality of colonial marines. I'm talking about his lying to Sega about leeching resources away to pay for Borderlands that led to the japanese company pulling the plug and that leading to layoffs at Gearbox. This is the direct result of his actions. Maybe instead of building an 80-fucking-seater stage theater in his mansion he could have saved some of his employees no? This is the exact thing the staff decries every single time when talking about executives and layoffs.
Also "Gearbox do not engage in Microtransactions, Lootboxes etc."...duder, remember the Golden Keys and Golden Chest in Borderlands 2? That was 5 years ago!
@convox: Gearbox absolutely engages in microtransactions. Look at all of the DLC available for the Borderlands games, especially the second game. The first game had a few content packs, the third game had a few more, but the list of DLC on the second game is ridiculous.
The one time I don't watch it live. Hopefully the backup works!
I watch the 1st 3 minutes of the Pest on their recommendations and that's 3 minutes of my life I will never get back.
@convox: Pitchford is a profoundly reprehensible person with terrible opinions on the internet and a disgusting taste in shirts. He's a habitual liar, making bold claims like he won the name "gearbox" in a poker game with Gabe Newell (that never happened) and bullshit artist (suddenly his magician hobby is far less appealing when you realize it's a profession where people earn money off actively deceiving people) on the same level of Molyneux but lacking anywhere near the vision or idealism. Surprisingly, he made a couple of appearances on GB until GB rightly shit all over Duke Nukem Forever, and Pitchford never appeared on this site again (hmmm, can't imagine why!).
Gearbox was one of the first to have its nose in the trough over microtransactions through BL2's shift keys, which seemed innocuous at the time (and could be broken completely on PC and get 100s of keys editing ini files), but are literally no better than the current lootbox debacle. On top of their "bullshot" over Aliens: Colonial Marines, Gearbox's rerelease of Bulletstorm tried to do a deal through a shady steam key reseller called G2A which is just the latest in a long line of the company's repeated failings.
Fortunately, whether it exists or not, every now and again karma periodically catches up with such people and companies. Following the G2A farce, Gearbox decided to not only release Battleborn alongside Overwatch, but also actively try to square up to them over social media... and then the big boot of Blizzard completely stomped them into the dirt.
I don't expect the staff to know the inner workings of Gearbox, and compared to other companies like EA, they're positively bland in their predatory practices. However, in this day and age, I literally do not want Borderlands 3 any more, because it will be a microtransaction-riddled mess with some sort of horrendous Duke Nukem tie-in to boot. Also the humor and writing of their games have aged terribly.
Monster Hunter Stories (MHS) is basically Jade Cocoon 1 but you have an annoying rock-paper-scissors element to the combat that strongly changes attack strength. I really liked MHS for 40% of the game, but the back 60% becomes infuriating as monsters stop having patterns they attack in and you just have to give up on correctly playing the system to favor guessing.
*solid snake voice* the battlefront economy
Y'all fucked up
Because they are doing their job as games journalists? Sure, I can understanding someone who doesn't care about games or the industry and just wants to hear and see Star Wars stuff not giving the progression or boxes any second thoughts. It's why the game will still sell well and they'll continue to milk the battlefront cow for years to come.
But for anyone in the industry, or that cares about the industry, or that wants games to continue being an enjoyable pastime, it's impossible to overlook. Just the sheer fucking hubris of EA to not only release a game with such a terrible, broken progression system, combined with literal pay-to-win, and then repeatedly having to backpedal because you are more interested in seeing just how far you can take it instead of providing an enjoyable experience?
Yea, fuck EA. Games have always been a balance of creative freedom vs "shareholder value". Most other companies manage to maintain somewhat of a balance, but EA? They probably have their "worst company in America" awards mounted and on prominent display in their offices.
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