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@hadestimes: I just 100-percented it. Had so much fun ripping things apart, evolving, and collecting stuff just to hear the awesome Discovery Channel-style narrator's silly jokes. It's a big dumb ball of joy, and I was weirdly way into the drama of the fake documentary about Pete, his kid and you.

Solid 8/10 for me.

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From what I've just read, 2+3 are being remastered, and 1 is being remade.

I was 10 when I finished Mafia 1, and even then I understood what an interesting and ambitious thing it was. The flaws were as blatant as its positives -- it's a very stiff game, and arguably way too derivitive of cinema -- but it was a neat game, and felt more like a simulation than the cartoony joy of GTA.

2 was much more its own thing. More fun and less imitational of the Godfather. 3 even more so, even if it's perhaps the least compelling of the trilogy. The revenge is compelling, in its own brutish way, but the gameplay was just kinda...there. The music and setting are amazing, though. My fave of the three in that regard.

I'm happy the first two are getting some new love from their creators, but I've no actual interest. I've become sick to the stomach of artsy gangster stories and rags-to-undeserved riches nonsense; sick of creative people handling scummy, vicious worlds with grace and displaying their characters like flawed gems. I'm Italian myself, I just think it's utterly eye-roll worthy the older I get. Whenever I re-watch Scarface or Goodfellas or whatever else, I'm reminded of underage kings, or that 9-year-old mafioso in South Park. I'd rather explore something new than re-tread old games that were re-treading older movies which were-re-treading even older artistic interpretations of self-appointed monsters.

I don't think anyone glorifies it or anything that would make me sound like a pathetic tabloid headline, but they certainly make them beautiful, often balletic in their drama, and overinflate them with gravitas. In 2020, I find it laughable.

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Tell me some of your weirdest dreams and nightmares, please! It is a fascination of mine, whether meaningful, surreal, or plain nuts.

I'll start because I just had a ludicrous dream and needed to vent the crazy:

I was a documentarian who had heard there was a restaurant in a dusty US town that hired C-list actors to advertise their ridiculous food combos by participating in wacky live stunts to draw a crowd.

When I got there, I interviewed the owner. "Who was it?" no one asked. Well, I'll tell you, curious one: It was none other than Burt Reynolds, donning his classic Smokey and the Bandit garb. I asked, "Burt, what celebrities have you had show up that would surprise the folks at home?" He started to list some before we both froze at the sound of an approaching motorcyle. "Well, shit, here's one of them now!" he exlaimed over the noise.

When I turned around, it was... Jenette Goldstein.

Riding a Harley Davidson...

...

Naked.

The crowd went nuts. She almost ran me down. It was rad.

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It needs Ballmer's irate heartbeat underpinning the fantastical shimmer.

Wow, never predicted I'd say that today when I woke up this morning.

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I did indeed suspect this may have been a "GB sucks now" thread, but I am glad I was wrong and came by and read what you're feeling about the old place right now in relation to your current headspace.

I'm really sorry you're in a financial position that made you decide to finally jack in the premium, but I'm more sorry everything combined -- especially your buddy not being a cornerstone of the site experience for you anymore -- has embiggened that feeling into a decision of closing the door on an aspect of your life, ya know? Even if you secretly leave it open a crack for right now with the podcasts...

I hope you have something to enrich you in a similar way in its absence. If the money thing was the biggest factor in cancelling and you find yourself really desperate to digest some juicy premium content at any point during this unique situation, I'd be more than happy to gift you a subscription to scratch that itch.

For now, I wish you good luck, and hope the podcasts continue to stand you in good stead. Update us if anything changes!

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Locked or not, I enjoyed the thread very much. Very therapeutic, thanks Alister.

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@mellotronrules: Exactly. If you strip away the descriptive writing of a novel or the descriptive visuals of a movie/game, you get bulletpoints, which -- as you said -- are meaningless.

  • Michael Corleone has Fredo killed.

Out of context, that may as well be a cinnamon bun recipe.

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I have not read these leaks. I'm not a mega fan, but it bummed me out when I heard not only details of the sequel were vomited onto the internet (ew, how tacky), but that some people were already bitching. It's impossible to adequately contextualize a video game story before you've experienced it as intended, so I am on the fence until I can critique it first-hand. I have no idea why anyone would read leaks like that and then complain. What an unnatural way to peer behind the curtain at Naughty Dog's vision. Anyone who devours info this way and ends up feeling burned by it has no one to blame but themselves. They'll possibly never know if they would have enjoyed the revelations they're currently objecting to under the ideal conditions. Some people can read spoilers and it enhances the experience for them, I get it, but...this is a bit weirder.

Regarding numbers: I bet the amount of people who think inserting very modern social or cultural themes into the things they like is 'outrageous' or 'unrealistic' is relatively low. I'm only guessing, but I'd say it's definitely less then half of the LoU fanbase, if that, whether it be because they are opposed to said things, or think it's something that feels artificial and motivated by the writers' beliefs rather than natural character development.

One of those reasons at least has the possibility of being discussed reasonably and intelligently; it doesn't require intolerant views or knee-jerk backlash to question whether writing decisions may have been made for reasons that weren't to do with what was best for the story, but as a platform for a personal crusade or something. It happens -- sometimes it even makes art better -- but there isn't enough to go on to say one way or another, so it's insanely premature to draw any conclusions so soon.

I don't know... Even though I find the topic interesting, it doesn't apply to my personality. It's hard for me because I accept art for what it is and either like it or dislike it based on only one thing: my opinion of its quality. Not what it is, but how it is. I'm the same with people, so it's hard for me to quantify something that is totally opposite to me.

I detest The Last of Us 1's story on paper; I think it's clichéd and a hodge podge of better works, but the acting, characters and setting are masterfully done and make it work when interwoven. It would make no sense for me to bitch about its story if I hadn't digested it in relation to the rest of other vital components. The story is only a skeleton when you can't see the flesh.

I trust in creative peoples' visions, so let's judge how well they've developed these character arcs when we can actually play the game. Who knows, maybe I'll agree that the writing decisions were politically motivated or suck, maybe I won't, but...I haven't played it yet.

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Personal list: Demon's, DS1, Sekiro, Bloodborne, DS3, DS2.

What I think the actual best are in terms of overall quality: DS3, Bloodborne, Sekiro, DS1, Demon's, DS2.