Back in the mid 2000s I once disliked Tim Rogers but marvelled at his writing regardless. His video work in recent years, especially the "Lets Mosey" for FFVII, but in particular the Action Button Pacman review, has skyrocketed him to one of the best critical voices north america has ever produced for me. Even with a small team helping him out I am baffled at the output of the past 8 months of Action Button.
And Tim has been on a Giant Bomb live show - in fact the BLLS:L of 2015
- I pause a podcast on the premium audio feed and go away for some amount of time (or enough time passes that my computer goes to sleep).
- Upon returning to the tab or waking up my computer and resuming the audio, the audio timer continues to tick up, but no audio comes out. All other browser tabs are functioning and there are no apparent audio or video issues anywhere else.
- Try as I might regular refresh and even shift+f5 cache refresh do nothing, nor does switching to the free audio. Even with uBlockorigin off nothing changes. Sometimes if I switch to the video and then back to the audio, I can get it to start again but trying to advance the audio to the point I left off at causes the same audio loss issue.
This has happened frequently with every bombcast and beastcast I've listened to over the past ~10 months. Seemingly the only way to resolve this problem is either restarting the entire browser which sometimes works, or just switching to the video feed. Neither of these are desireable.
OS is Windows 10 professional, browser is Firefox 83.0 (64-bit).
I'd also add that if you're looking for "serious" industry awards - those already exist. Things like DICE and the IGDAs and IndieCade have been a thing for years. The VGAs aren't going for that vibe. It's striving for a general mass attention thing.
People with epilepsy are well aware of being careful about screen flicker and proper lighting, but deliberately reproducing something akin to the EEG strobe test in a game is wilfully ignorant and irresponsible. CDPR aren't some janky developer - they're worth more than Ubisoft nowadays.
I know we don't do hottest mess award any more but it's a shocking indictment of the state of platform holders and certification that the apparent epilepsy issue made it to 1.0. It's not just a "one off" either. The Eurogamer piece makes it seem like the brain dances are doing a mockup EEG test on people repeatedly throughout the game. Despite the fact like one in every 26 people will have some form of epileptic episode in their lives, that a very well known (and pretty much avoidable) problem was left in is... bad.
As someone who's lived with epilepsy (not photosensitive thankfully) for the past several years and had some pretty bad seizures in my time, I do not wish it upon anyone, and I don't want to fund any sort of media that would cause that sort of harm. If I do ever get the game, it'll probably be a year from now after the game has gone through the same rigmarole as the witcher 3 and that shit gets patched the hell out. Sony, MS et al are equally culpable in this mess too for the cut they get from this.
At this point the various nightmare stories from QA are only a matter of time.
Further lending proof that the only acceptable format of games coverage on TV is the projection of an elderly man with a monacle talking to a scotsman in a poorly lit factory. It's been downhill ever since.