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  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Help Me Talk About Agency In Interactive Storytelling. on the General Discussion board

    A definition of agency would be useful... here's mine:Agency is when someone is trying to make something happen.A longer definition:The player/designer/character has control over their own decisions a...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Playing on easy to soothe and comfort the brain. on the General Discussion board

    @cyberbloke: The issues you raise about difficulty and unpredictability seem like the result of bad game design to me—players should have frequent opportunities to fail as well as frequent chances to ...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic How do you define "underrated?" Can a game stop being underrated? If so, which ones?. on the General Discussion board

    @nutter: Yeah, most players loved Doom; it was an astonishing guilty pleasure. I just mean that Doom wasn't exactly a satisfying or complete image of the future of games. It wasn't what people wanted ...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic How do you define "underrated?" Can a game stop being underrated? If so, which ones?. on the General Discussion board

    I think a game is no longer underrated once it develops an audience in the current market, and its unique qualities and genius matches fan's reverence for it.The original Doom was underrated for a tim...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic An Open Letter About The RDR2 Discussions Happening Here. on the Bombcast board

    I hear you, Clint.It's hard for me to play a game unless I'm already convinced that I'll get something out of it. And when a game isn't meeting you halfway, it can be very frustrating.I think pacing i...

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  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic You can play the NOLF series for free now. It's a simple download and you're ready to go.. on the No One Lives Forever board

    @onemanarmyy: That's fair. I think the feminist humour is a bit on the nose, but I can appreciate the contrast between the stupidity and rashness of a lot of the henchmen, and the occasional shrewdnes...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic You can play the NOLF series for free now. It's a simple download and you're ready to go.. on the No One Lives Forever board

    I don't think the NOLF games are good. Good concept, poor execution.But I love that 2000 was a year of first-person, action-adventure games with female protagonists. I liked the subtlety of Medal of H...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Underworld Ascendant is out today, does not seem good.. on the Underworld Ascendant board

    @arbitrarywater: Very sad and unfortunate; I would love to play a decent Underworld-style game!Wishing them all the best in this troubling time.

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic My problem with Fun. on the General Discussion board

    Appologies if I don't address your questions directly and the arguments below are unclear, you raised a lot of good questions.I agree that fun isn't about making players feel good; at least not entire...

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  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Entry-level shooters. on the General Discussion board

    Didn't get around to GoldenEye until 2000 and I was already playing shooters on PC. The singleplayer still has a special place in my heart :-) That game made me realise that tactical shooters didn't h...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Entry-level shooters. on the General Discussion board

    @thebalch: You're welcome :-) I hope you find games that work for you.Incidentally, GoldenEye would've been perfect: left hand was used for aiming, shooting and moving, and you could get through 99% o...

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Entry-level shooters. on the General Discussion board

    +1 for the original Doom, +1 for mouse & keyboard if possible.Half-Life 2 is a great teaching game.You'll need to find a group to play with, but you might like Sub Rosa (you can download it here)....

  • Ravey posted a message in the forum topic Anyone else just not understanding Battle Royale games?. on the General Discussion board

    @flashflood_29: @retris: That was pretty much the vibe of early "shooters" like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and SEAL Team. For a while there after, it seemed like a lot of violent games were designed to be n...

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