It was obvious to me from the start that this was one of those kickstarters that was pushed by a publisher behind the scenes. Against my better judgement I did end up backing for Pennyblood, though what they have shown barely registers as a game for me.
Thing is, with how japanese development and domestic sales are, we're seeing very few of the old guard people doing old guard games (its usually one or the other). Its rare to see this and it isnt a sign of people getting run off for a shit pitch, really.
Then again, im one of those people who dont throw triple digit down then hyperbolically fixate on a years-out goal, risking emotional crashes. I think it's a solid backer endeavor.
"Watch St. Vincent Play ‘Fortnite’ With YouTuber Abby Russell"
NO! NOT LIKE THIS!
Right? Rolling Stone calls her a Youtuber along with "YouTube’s Giant Bomb channel", which is honestly just mean. Stereogum went with "gamer/comedian" and, like, yeah, she does have a history in comedic theater but they're really bending over backwards to try and cast her as some flavor of lowly video game streamer.
People, it's not that hard. Répétez après moi: "Abby Russell, video producer at gaming news site Giant Bomb." You're news reporters for Christ's sake! I get it, you want to keep your egos lofty and refuse to consider that the woman playing Fortnite with St. Vincent and getting a paycheck from it works for *GASP* a legitimate news site--I say to the, you know, also small audience esoteric music journalism field. Too bad! You still have to follow the AP Style Guide enough to get her occupation right.
I think its the old "Legitimate Journalist + Video Games = DURRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" equation in action again.
Sometimes I wonder if the only reason we don't have a Wizardry 9 is because Ultima 9 and Might & Magic 9 exist. Unless you're Final Fantasy or Tales, 9 is one too many.
Man, I hope Ys 9 is good...
(Dungeon Hack was a real weird, potentially fun idea but I wish they'd balanced it for a party. It does get a bit tedious just having one guy in a D&D setting, even if you make them a Fighter/Cleric/Mage.)
All Grid 'Em Ups which feature a single character can get REAL dicey, period. Like 4-teamers can be deriative or feature-poor but maaaaaaaaaaan those singles most of the time.
Vaporum does the solo character "Side-Stepping, Rock-Dropping, Real-Time Square Dancer" well.... and that's about all I can think of.
That was one I was talking about! lol
Monster-Closety and ran out of fresh ideas for fights/puzzles very very quickly. "Here, we'll have a dude with a shotty silently hide down a hallway you cleared long ago, we saved the back half of Level 6!"