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#1 ZombiePie  Staff

@pyide said:

Once the goofy skits from the earlier days went away, my favorite part of GB's GOTY stuff were the daily video recaps & text posts of categories and winners and runners up from the deliberations and podcasts. Real bummed to see those gone (maybe I just can't find them?) as I personally don't like to listen to hours and hours of discussion with spoilers strewn about, but still very curious to see what was picked!

If they are really gone and not just hidden to me, did anyone here in the forums do their own summary for those this time? I've looked and can't find anything there, either.

I think we have to agree that the circumstances surrounding this year's GOTY was unprecedented and a best case scenario. There were a ton of guest lists and there were not a ton of options on the table beyond what they provided, and I think what the site shared was very good.

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I'm no wiki/user review expert, but my best guess is that to be user reviewed a game on the wiki must have one or more "releases" listed, and the date for that release must have already taken place, and currently no one has added any releases for Astro's Playroom.

I seem to recall this is the case. When you attempt to create a user review, there's a drop down meu in which you select the platform the game you played was on, and even for console exclusives we need at least one release for that drop down menu to appear.

I could be wrong though, but give it a try.

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@jeremyf said:

Hey @zombiepie maybe skip this one

I love it...

Now you need to convince @marinoto veto my decision to put it as the banner for the next Spotlight.

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@pezen said:

Wrote som words on 2020 and my top games over here. Certainly not all 2020 games though, as I have spent much of the year on backlog curiosities. Also realizing now that despite adding in a game I forgot in an edit, I still forgot to add Spiritfarer making me wonder if I wrote that blog in a real hurry or something.

This just barely missed the cut before I submitted the Spotlight into the editor. Please submit your list/blog again next week.

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@katonze said:

Can't find Elder scrolls online: Greymoor

It does not currently exist in the database. We normally recognize the expansions of MMORPGs as separate game pages. Hence, why we have a page for The Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr.

In other words, feel free to add it to the database.

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Friendship with Benefits isn't on there. Came out on Steam November 4, 2020. It might not be the sort of game you guys have in your database, though.

This game is not in our database. Feel free to propose its inclusion in the database if you want to vote for it.

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@cjseedge said:

Resident Evil Resistance isn't in there. It was included with Resident Evil 3, but that ain't my 10th best GOTY: Resistance is :D

Resident Evil Resistance does not have a separate wiki page in the database and as such, will not be a separate option.

Can we get a separate entry for COD Warzone?

Call of Duty: Warzone appears to be an option. Can you make sure to spell the game title's full official release name?

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Also, considering what the man has become, I continue to be baffled that PogChamps is still an emote on Twitch.

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#9 ZombiePie  Staff

Additionally, there will be no tolerance for repeating unsubstantiated claims about the elections and their results. Likewise, generalized calls for violence will not be tolerated as well.

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#10 ZombiePie  Staff

So, after a long delay and relative hiatus on the site, I finally have the free time to respond to comments on this blog. Hopefully the holidays and New Year were good to everyone! Whelp, here we go!

@rorie said:

THAT IS A LONG BLOG! I barely got past level 12 or 13 in FFXI, I think. Being forced to level in groups was super annoying!

Being forced to play this game in groups has only marginally improved but it is preferable to using the new Trust System. Now, you can summon A.I.-controlled companions to take the position of other players, but they are stupid and rarely do the things you want them to do in combat. For example, when I used the Bard trust the way they went about delivering buffs never felt efficient.

@efesell said:

Absolute Virtue represents a bad mindset in this genre that still persisted longer than it should even into WoW. If your player base discovers a clever way to circumvent your elaborate puzzle boss then you just gotta hold that and learn from it.

Anyway they brought him back in XIV as a major boss in the area they designed to be a FFXI throwback. They did a pretty good job evoking XI in that area down to the part where it's mostly just kinda tedious.

The boss is pretty cool now though.

This 100%. A lot of Final Fantasy XI's past speaks to this malicious developer mindset. When the players find a solution, the dev team responded by changing the programming or attributes of the encounter as a result. I find this mindset absolutely reprehensible especially in the context of an MMORPG wherein players are paying the developer a monthly fee to be in the world they designed. And I don't know, maybe make things different in the next encounter.

Did you mean to say "tired and true"?

I like to use correct grammar when I text, but it makes me sound dry.

@mamba219 said:

Nice! I think we can safely dub thee: "Master of Hyperbole."

Jokes aside, this does sound like the real deal MMO experience. As someone who dabbled extremely briefly (I think I got to like, level 15) in FFXI around 2003, it's staggering to hear they've more or less just stacked the new expansion content on top of itself without ever going back and balancing the old stuff.

Hope you enjoy Chrono Cross, it's one of my favorites. Thoroughly dumb with its party members, but man does it have a good soundtrack. Probably the best in the history of video games.

I went into it on the first episode, but I was a City of Heroes player back in the day. Will go to my grave saying that game had the best customizability and character options in the history of video games. Regardless, Chrono Cross is... well the music is "nice."

The story, on the other hand, is one of the greatest trainwrecks I have ever witnessed in the history of video games. The game's entire ending is a work of art.

@nodima said:

I'd wager that you'd like Chrono Cross if it attempted to explain itself...at all.

Super imaginative art design and some of the best music in the medium, though. And I do have a soft spot for the combat system and many of the characters due to it being a constant weekend rental as a kid. But I'm also the guy that decided he wanted a PSX because of Final Fantasy VIII and then considered that his favorite game of all-time for over a decade, so...I have taste in Square RPGs s'all I'm saying!

Chrono Cross's last level is one of the most magical things I have ever seen.

I cannot wait to talk about that games' ending on the site. However, I think the combat has not aged well at all as it is slow and takes forever to feel like you are not swimming in a vat of molasses. Also, the number of playable characters is fine, but I hate what it does to the game narratively. Namely, no one character feels as complete as the more directed and limited cast of Chrono Trigger.

@lajiaya said:

I started playing in 2010 because of a free trial, and in anticipation on FFXIV coming out later that year. But I got really invested in XI, probably because I was a kid with a lot of free time. And if XIV 1.0 didn't completely suck, I most likely wouldn't still be playing XI today. I bet it wouldn't surprise you if I said that FFXI is simultaneously my absolute favourite and least favourite game ever.

Sorry this post ended up being a train of thought. I love this game, but someone coming to it new and sticking with it NOW seems impossible.

*evil smug laugh* It is I, again, from your previous FF11 post! I read the whole thing this time. I don't know why you subjected yourself to this.

You've heard it all before lol It's a different time and place now. The gameplay and time investment curve was pretty normal for an MMO in its time I think, and it was visually impressive. I remember my friend and I lusting over the benchmark and my PC could barely run it. I said it previously I think, but I still think this game looks good. It has a great PS2 era aesthetic. It has a certain style and feel to it that I find often better than other, and even modern MMOs. Especially something like WoW, which I still think looks horrendous.

But I'm impressed you are really sticking to your guns and legit playing all these titles. This is no doubt the most time consuming/difficult of them all. Though I'd argue 13 and 15 would be far more painful and ugly entries.. ;) You've earned a rest.

No worries, these are the sorts of comments from fans I love to see. I think I ended up saying my stance to long-term fans better on my GOTY blog, but here's what I wrote over there:

I understand I went a little hard on the game, but I want to clarify my criticism was never directed at any specific Final Fantasy XI group or community member. It is perfectly acceptable that you love the game, and I do not want to diminish the hundreds of hours you have spent in it. That said, I don't think I can in good conscience recommend it to anyone other than those who have stood by it since its inception. There's nothing in the game, at least for someone who has yet to play it, that cannot be experienced elsewhere and in a manner that requires less frustration or time. And even when it comes to its novel attempts at storytelling, I have a hard time applauding the game when we live in a world where World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XIV exist.

Regardless, it should be noted that I already played Final Fantasy 13 and declared it "the worst AAA game I have ever played to completion." My favorite two paragraphs from my 13 series have to be:

The gall of Square-Enix's shortsightedness is stunning. Final Fantasy XIII spends most of its time shunting you through corridor after corridor. and to what end? Its linearity doesn't act as a scaffold for its cast of characters. The vast majority of the characters remain as bland as when they were first introduced. Do the hallways help to create a better sense of place as they did in Final Fantasy X? No, and to make matters worse, the game spends hours of your time meandering with its nonsensical plot.

I toyed around with the "New Game Plus" content and reached a stunning conclusion. After playing the game for eighty-plus hours, I couldn't tell you what I had to show for my time. I didn't have a trinket to showcase, nor could I brag about beating a stunning boss. Final Fantasy XIII is a game that happened, and it cannot un-happen. Nothing you accomplish signifies anything resolute or tangible. If anything, the entire game is a complete aberration. It physically exists, while also being indescribable.