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@jhonny_appleseed: holdup

You have to be kidding here, your name is Johnny appleseed and listen to the same podcast crew where alex says "fuck mayor cuomo and fuck nyc cops" and yet you sincerely think no one is oppressed?

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Holy JESUS man can the first woman you see in a kojima game post the quiet debacle not be named FRAGILE lmfao

I'm still here for whatever this game has but that's almost hilarious

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If I ever suspected that gaming would ever take such a dark turn that Brad would just be sitting there listening to a baby cry on his controller IN THE MIDDLE OF GAMEPLAY (59:20) I think I would have taken up soap whittling

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BL3 sure seems like it is made with the core audience in mind. The fact that it doesn't change too much or bring in more current trends is a part of the appeal that they're consciously going for, and that'll either work for you or it won't. Not surprised that that's a more divisive approach. But it seems to be doing well for them if you believe Pitchford's claim of the game doing better at launch than BL2 did at its peak. I don't have a take on the game itself yet, but I think their approach is valid and even a little refreshing in today's GaaS dominated climate.

I think there is very much a way to cater to a core audience while no simply iterating the way bl3 did. Each game does it but to an extent that really allows the trappings of it to go overlooked. Do we really need unskippable cutscenes and such a kingdom hearts level intro to each game? Do we really need to neglect vehicular travel and useful map waypoints?

The list goes on and it is simply bad for the sake of being the same

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@rave said:

Was pretty excited to hear what they all thought of BL3 especially since it feels like it's aping Destiny a bit more. Disappointing to hear it didn't seem to work for most of the staff. Besides the writing not be great (which it's never been) I feel like the game is a huge improvement. Guns are actually unique from one another, exploration is actually rewarded, and the 4 classes are all alot of fun.

Jeff not thinking Moze has good skills may be in for a treat with since she has basically an infinite ammo build and seems to get really good later in the game.

The complaints about diversity in planets was a bit strange considering this handled exactly like Destiny's planets. Different strokes I guess.

I love destiny but it being the bar that all looter games are supposed to clear is strange. I much prefer the way Borderlands handles things but different strokes I guess.

I felt bad for Jeff about the moze build he decided to go with, it's definitely the shield skill tree. It's a failing of the game that they still have extremely uninteresting and unimpactful trees like that shield one, and I definitely prefer the unlimited ammo tree

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@lonelyspacepanda: I think it's disingenuous to think that their sourness is unfair, it's okay that they dislike it and the ammo issue is absolutely relevant, I picked mozes unlimited mags class to specifically ignore a series long issue. It might not bother you, but it's absolutely there.

And more "honest"? I think that, again, we're not giving credit to sincere impressions here. Many of jeff's gripes, especially his issue of not finding the right character and being too far in to retread, is absolutely valid. They did admit the shooting and gunplay felt fun but the variety of guns vs the sort of archetypes that are becoming more well defined in gun manufacturers is absolutely true. It makes it feel like the millions of guns possible are too well split off into categories and the feel of new guns, at least until you get into the late game I suspect, is very much "20 different kinds of guns with a million different stats"

And I LOVED bl2, but that's because of gaige the mechromancer. One of my main gripes about the series is that they create really cool builds that become it's own "class" but these unique ones never carry over. the main pet, turret/gunner, stealth, and siren archetypes are absolutely there. But the kreigs, the claptraps, the Nishas, and so on are never going to come back. So it sucks for you if you found a class in a previous game you loved TOO much. Worse yet, most people just say "go play bl2 then" when that's absolutely not the sort of response you can even make when borderlands is a series based on "more of the same but with some improvements" and the main 4 still have similar identities - albeit expanded and refined each installment

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@adamalc: You do realize other people came forward about Alec following the initial person coming forward? Like I said in my original post this thing was corroborated by several people who were directly affected and then others who were told about it in private spaces.

It's valid to worry about people weaponizing lies but pretending like that is largely why people come forward is counterproductive

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It's tough but important to hear more people talk about the holowka stuff. In the dirge of the literal garbage can of bullshit and hatred being spewed at the people who came forward about abuse, hearing things like Austin talking about how he's heard Scott mention similar stories years ago affirms the reality that this wasn't just a single story some idiot can call "the lie that killed a man" and we all know the crowd of people that have been doing just that and harassing even the mans sister.

It's pretty sick that people are making this reaction when even Benson came forward with similar stories and corroborations. This was something people knew about in bits in pieces, not some grandstanding accusation to ruin someone. How this ended as a result is a tragedy

Alec was very troubled and my heart pangs to his family, but my heart also pangs to his victims. It's just sad all around

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@danryckert is absolutely correct! Death Stranding looks great and the MG series has some of the best story in video games. Metal Gear is more philosophical than political.

There's a reason why we say "everything is political"

The reality is, wordviews and beliefs permeate and affect views and decisions far more than people want to admit. And the only time we invoke the idea of "not being political" is towards worldviews and beliefs that are controversial and assume to be false. Trying so hard to avoid politics is itself political as a result lol. No disrespect for Dan, we're in a country that actively tries to cover it's ears about any worldview that isn't already the norm

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My biggest complaint about bordelands, as much as I do adore it, is that I cant fucking play mechromancer anywhere but 2. At some point you should be able to carry over classes and just increase how many classes are available. I was happy to play claptrap for the random ults and mechro passives but I need moar gauge. No one else feels as fun tbh. But that's just me. It just seems silly that they let each set of classes die after each game.

Customization would make this game way funnier too

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