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#1 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

@bigsocrates said:

About twice a year they have sales for a full year at $35 so I might wait until one of those swings around and jump to gold.

That makes more sense, economically.

Also, since those sales often happen more than once a year and, if you buy a gold subscription while having one still active they add a year to your expiration date, you can rack up the subscription for a few years each time.

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#2 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

I thought it was on par with how GOTY has always been.

It was more prevalent in previous years, because they tried to move away from the "lets focus on the negatives instead of celebrating the good" (and I think they mostly succeeded) but, maybe because of the nature of that category, it was bound to favor defects of the games over things the competition did better; but it is not a lot worst than other years, like Brad dismissing criticism of Skyrim, Destiny or DOOM.

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#3 Edited by hermes (2589 posts) -

I kind of agree.

Sure, Fallout is a hot mess, I think it belongs to the category as is and it keeps on giving to this day (many things, like the time it would take Bethesda to replace the bags, weren't considered because they happened *after* the discussion), but even that is small potatoes compared to some of the cases out there. If anything, I think it was a disservice to bundle all shitty work practices in the same bag, because they are not the same and having it all under a "work conditions" umbrella tends to normalize things that were highly abnormal. With all due respect to those involved, I can't equate what happened in ArenaNet (a couple writers being fired for being confrontational in social networks) or Rockstar (massive crunching being considered normal) to what happened at Telltale (hundreds of people loosing their livelihood, their insurance, their whole job support in a single day and without warning. Someone even being root out of the country because his working visa wasn't valid, a week after he was hired and has moved).

Sure, some things happen all the time in software development. Projects get canceled, entire teams are layoff or transferred after some benchmark, people are overworked dry because of weeks long crunches, but even with that background, I think the Telltale mess was on a different level altogether... a borderline illegal level. It can't be normalized in a "boys will be boys" kind of attitude.

I can almost sneer at the whole Fallout thing. How every design decision they took seems like the wrong one, how some people thought it was ok to spend 200 bucks in such an obviously flawed idea, how their philosophy of poor quality assurance has leaked into real life items and customer support systems, and how their good will was destroyed when they kept shooting themselves in the feet... On the other hand, there is nothing to sneer at the Telltale situation.

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#4 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

Gorogoa, Return of the Obra Dinn, Chuchel and Donut County...

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#5 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

That is now my new headcanon...

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#6 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

Asura's Wrath.

Having Brad coming around on the game from mediocre to pretty awesome during the QL was great to watch...

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#7 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

I would like them to try other series, although if they did it, they would probably be overflown with suggestions.

Based on what they enjoyed of DBZ, I think they would enjoy OG DB more than Super; but Super is more in line with the game and has characters in it that aren't covered by DBZ, so it is likely they will continue with that. However, they should watch the movies and skip many episodes of the first 2 arcs.

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#8 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

I think Dead Cells has a reasonable chance of being GotY 2018. Several strong contenders, but no other one has less dissidents. Jeff and Dan with pull RDR2 down, and during the podcast both Brad and Jeff admitted they didn't played God of War more than a few hours in.

I have heard nothing but praise from the crew for Dead Cells.

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#9 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

I would recommend some of the Telltales adventures (before they get de-listed) or similar narrative adventure games like Until Dawn, and Life is Strange or Valiant Hearts. If you are concerned with the controls, take them and let her do the decisions...

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#10 Posted by hermes (2589 posts) -

Sometimes, but this year I own very few of the games that are likely to appear so...