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#1 ZombiePie  Staff

Hey everyone, I have been meaning to create this post for a while, but go ahead and share your 2020 GOTY list in this thread! Feel free to discuss what took the top spot for you or not; it's up to you. The important thing is that I'll be using the comments of this thread to keep track of the lists I need to include on the Community Spotlights for the next couple of weeks.

If you don't know how to include a list in a forum post/comment, you just need to click the "List" button next to the HTML and Tweet buttons in the editor. Here's a picture if you still do not understand where this button might be:

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@benpack said:
@denisxcore said:

I think Ben is throwing the early runs because he's so confident he can beat with ease later in the series.

This is definitely true

I feel it is time to ask:

Is this video series "art?"

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#3 ZombiePie  Staff

Giant Bomb's 2020 GOTY content has been delayed and is scheduled for some time in January, 2021. Consider tuning in to Alex's New Year's Eve stream tomorrow if you would to ask, within certain limits, for further clarification.

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We should be done up to here.

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#5 ZombiePie  Staff

Merge/Delete (apologies if there's another thread for requesting this, I don't know where it is): Similarly to above, Mahjong Soul refers to the same game as the MahjongSoul page. The official spelling is MahjongSoul, the page for which already has far more information.

This one is going to be on hold until further staff input as it involves an attached video and possible recurring video series.

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#6 ZombiePie  Staff

I'm going to go ahead and deal with a portion of the comments in this blog out of order because I feel there's a specific point of order worth addressing before processing the other comments.

2020: "Final Fantasy XI is mean"

2004: Bahahahahahahahaha

As a long time player of the game, I'm not going to regurgitate the same arguments that you've heard. I also don't think speedrunning the game almost 20 years after the fact puts you in a credible position to critique it either. Your opinion has some value as a cautionary tale for newbies to stay away, but not much else to be honest.

"This time, however, my death resulted in the loss of my second job level."

No. This particular bit is either wholesale fabricated to talk smack about the game's experience-loss mechanic as if it's 2006 all over again, or you're leaving out so much information to the reader it may as well be.

So, I'll own up to possibly getting the numbers wrong here. It's been months since this specific "incident" occurred and I didn't write anything down in my notes. It happened, and I stand by my general sentiment that an EXP penalty for dying is a bad mechanic all around. Full disclosure, that part of my playthrough of the game is a bit fuzzy for a handful of reasons, the primary reason that I had two prostate biopsies as part of a cancer screening during the early phases of the pandemic. I was fully in the recovery stage and at the very least, I can verify I am cancer free and likely have been. It does not change the fact that the process kicked my ass... very literally.

What I will absolutely refuse to concede is that this game cannot and should not be criticized by outsiders looking in. Sure, the community that has stood by it is content with what is currently put forth by the game. However, as something Square-Enix continues to charge a monthly fee form, there is room for recognizing the game's lack of an on-ramp is a massive problem and a total lost opportunity considering how much they have put into the game in terms of pure production values and storytelling. The game would benefit from greater exposure, but that's not happening if it is allowed to "coast" in its current form. Likewise, you will notice in the last chapter of this very blog how I concede to virtually everything you have present as your argument in defense of the game. That's why I wrote this:

Look, if you are someone who is currently playing Final Fantasy XI and are enjoying your time, you do you. I will not tell you to spend your time elsewhere because you've likely made your "decision," and nothing I can say will change your mind. Such is the case with anything you feel passionate about and have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours playing.

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#7 ZombiePie  Staff

Ah, yes, Total War historical! I remember you like it was yesterday!

Also, remember to not rush for the capital too earlier or otherwise risk getting screwed over by Realm Divide.

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#8 ZombiePie  Staff

It is an issue the moderation team and staff are aware of on the site. As some have said, when spam bots crop up, please continue flagging their threads. Also, understand that we take breaks and cannot be on the site 24/7 and that often results in the "waves" some might observe.

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#9 ZombiePie  Staff

First, rumor has it this was supposed to be announced as a tie-in with the 7 remake, but got pushed back for Minecraft day. Second, Sephiroth probably has an easy moveset they can translate into the game.

From the sounds of it, Square-Enix has asked Disney twice to add Sora to Smash and Disney continues to say "no." The reasons of which are incredibly petty and have nothing to do with Square-Enix.

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#10 ZombiePie  Staff

It is my preference that there be a new forum topic discussing the current events separately from a three-year-old announcement. In part, the forum title alone could confuse people.

As such, I am locking this thread.