@plan6:You are not alone in this! The first time I got on that planet, I just hid in one of those sanctuary/force fields until the cycle restarted. I have a THING about WATER in GAMES (what you find beneath the current also kinda freaked me out).
@giantrobot24:In the interests of not having you miss one of THE BEST games of the last decade: they ARE confined to one, single area, so you don't have to be brave for THAT long. That said, the infinite expanse of space can be very difficult to put into perspective on its own, so I get it.
@humanity: They seem to hold their QLs to a higher standard of video/audio quality than their more fun/wackier videos, so I get it to an extent.
Also every other comment in the QL thread was "THIS AUDIO FUCKING SUCKS, TAKE IT DOWN!" so they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. Personally, I don't think it was unlistenable/watchable, but it was DEFINITELY noticeable. Hopefully they'll get another one out post-patch.
I have a very odd phobia of water in-games (zero fear of going in water in real life), and things that are normally in water being in the sky/space is doubly freaky to me. The whole part in Dark Bramble NEVER GOT ANY EASIER, their fucking hissing and slow, languid movements that could turn harsh and deadly at any SECOND was always building a tightness in my chest that made the endgame especially harrowing.
No. Giant Bomb is critical. It's a no BS group of great friends who speak their mind no matter what, and I love them for it. And I hope it continues to grow and thrive. This is a special place not to be taken for granted.
Every time I see a "GERSTMANN'S TOO JADED!" comment, I think about him seeing that weird Japanese Mortal Kombat game (with all the bloodspray), him reacting to Deadly Premonition 2's announcement, his reaction to that unearthed SEAMAN FMV, and I think: Jeff isn't jaded, the industry at that AAA level is literally using its record profits (not income...PROFITS) to enrich its top executives and cover malfeasance while its worker salaries stagnate and their benefits don't grow. People are working so hard, they're burning out in their 20s, and that's to say nothing of the harassment that is evidently at almost every level: from indie to community to AAA.
I'm thrilled that, even as a fine CBS Property, they're still being real and they're still being honest. Quite frankly, there are other places I can go if I want to hear about how every AAA game is either Great or The Greatest (and sometimes: I DO want to hear that! You ever look up a Kevin Smith review of a movie you already like? He's THE BEST at reinforcing that you're right for liking the thing you like!) But here? Here I know they aren't going to sugarcoat it. And I don't HAVE to agree with them! I think Persona 5 is a better game than 4 in almost every way, but I don't just throw my hands up and stop listening to the Bombcast/Beastcast whenever it comes up and they're lukewarm on it.
When we all had the "Are Games Art??" argument in a very real way several years ago, I was incredibly disappointed, and continue to be incredibly disappointed, to see how many people just wanted to hold that up as a shield, so that their parents would finally take their hobby seriously. They didn't want to actually LOOK AT GAMES and CRITICIZE GAMES as art, they just wanted to be able to wear their "I WENT TO E3 AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS BOOTH BABE'S T-SHIRT ;)" Lara Croft shirt in a bar and feel superior.
@arcitee: Yeah, I could never put my finger on why I loved playing games like Earthbound and Chrono Trigger more than others back in the day, and I'm now realizing: it's cause they ACTUALLY RESPECT MY TIME.
Crunch should be viewed as a failure of management, not a celebration of it.
If this is to facilitate LESS crunch: more power to them, and I'd love to see more devs take this tack. If not: they need to get their shit together. Being pro-consumer doesn't mean you get a pass on being anti-worker.
Damn that's pretty wild. All we need now is a camera that pans over to Rod Serling telling some parable about how like, "A doting son's love turns to obsession and, eventually, tragedy. These smooth stones, a fitting monument in...the Twilight Zone"
You nailed it! Wow, even got the word choice spot-on.