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Quick Look: Never Give Up

Never give up on references from the early aughts.

Sit back and enjoy as the Giant Bomb team takes an unedited look at the latest video games.

Aug. 31 2019

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Dan, Abby

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

Never Give Up

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LoveMuffin • 

Surprised no one recognized egoraptor's voice - his studio created Dream Daddy. Though I do agree with Dan on the writing and humor, it could easily turn someone off the game.

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ice_queen • 

is the name of the game supposed to be a rickroll thing

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Edited By dazzhardy • 

My mind went to only one place because I am broken...

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The best part of this game is the shot of sushi cat in the opening cutscene. If anyone wants to play an actually good game, go look up sushi cat it's delightful.

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Someone forgot to add Alex to the "cast"

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Nukleon • 

Dan is just never going to stop ragging on Rick and Morty huh.

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Would Dan like this game more if every line was just "It's you. You're the Rocket Man"?

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Genessee • 

I must know what is going thru the mind of someone putting these into the work of a chunk of their lives.

But then again, I don't wanna understand Deadpool fans.

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This game's UI and text treatment is very similar to Jetpack Joyride.

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Dan, the bad guy is more like Liquid Snake than Stewie Griffin

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The writing reminds me of Borderlands 2.

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wollywoo • 

Dan says there are lots of better "splatformers", but I guess I don't know about them. I loved Super Meat Boy, what's the best one that's not that? Maybe I should try (Ms.) Splosion Man... any other good ones on switch?

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This is Egoraptor. Hmm... this might be a refresh of an old flash game. It IS from armor games.

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Dan being annoyed by somebody's overbearing, reference-based sense of humor ...

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I want this to be the Breaking Dan feature.

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Edited By Do_The_Manta_Ray • 

I don't think I've ever heard the term "splat-former" before. And maybe that's on me, but we go through whatever a rogue-like or rogue-light is every time once of those games get quick-looked.

Furthermore, there is not an entry for splatformer in the wiki.

Not that, you know, the wiki ever gets updated, but STILL! I require an explanation.

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Fawkes • 

@grondoth said:

This is Egoraptor. Hmm... this might be a refresh of an old flash game. It IS from armor games.

https://www.kongregate.com/games/armorgames/give-up

https://www.kongregate.com/games/Tasselfoot/give-up-2

Yup.

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I don't think I've ever heard the term "splat-former" before. And maybe that's on me, but we go through whatever a rogue-like or rogue-light is every time once of those games get quick-looked.

Furthermore, there is not an entry for splatformer in the wiki.

Not that, you know, the wiki ever gets updated, but STILL! I require an explanation.

Vinnie created the term splatformer some years back, which is why Dan said Vinnie's name right after calling it a splatformer. It's just for games like Super Meat Boy, this game, and others where it's typically a 2D platformer that's meant to kill you over and over with short, difficult stages.

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Vicious17 • 

Hey! The Orville is legitimately good.

Unlike this game. Which is not.

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Chazzi27 • 

With all the Seth McFarland hate I imagine no one from GBE has seen American Dad which is Seth's 'Futurama', i.e. the show that is clearly his best material but no one ever really acknowledges it.

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Edited By lanerobertlane • 

When @ybbaaabby said this looks like a Flash game, she hit the nail on the head. From their presskit the developer wrote

"From the evil minds of Tasselfoot and Massive Monster, makers of Flash sensation Give Up 2 - that caused over 40,000 YouTubers to rage. Armor Games Studios is both a publisher of unique and creative indie games from all over the world, and one of the internet's longest running curated free Flash gaming portals. Play thousands of free games online at http://www.armorgames.com, or visit our publishing website at http://www.armorgamesstudios.com."

Also how the hell does this have an 82% metacritic?!

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I would donate during Extra Life to make Dan play more of this.

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BDKMat • 

Controversial opinion: Arin Hanson is one of this generation's worst """""voice actors""""". I stopped watching Game Grumps because I could no longer tolerate either of the two terrible "funny" voices he whips out ad nauseum.

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I second forcing Dan to play this.

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Oh, it really is Egoraptor.

Yep, yep.

Nope.

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I loved how Vinny confirmed "the Jigsaw" but decided to just let it slide.

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maybe I'm the asshole, but I don't get the hate for referential humor or for Seth MacFarlane stuff. it's dumb comedy, but what's so wrong with that?

this though, it's the voice acting that sucks more than the writing.

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Honestly Dan showed significant restraint regarding the humor. I don't think I would have been able to.

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Egoraptor is actually convinced he's a voice actor.

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Humanity  Online • 

The humor is pretty bad and the voice delivery even worse, but there is something about Dan getting so angry about it that is always really weird and off-putting.

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Egoraptor was never funny so it checks out that that remains consistent no matter what form he comes in

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@jeremyf: Oh right! I forgot to mention Celeste, but I already played through that one and enjoyed it immensely.

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"I hate referential humour!"

*proceeds to reference the same 5 action movies for comedic effect in every livestream he's ever on*

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This looks like just the worst thing (gameplay seems fine but EVERYTHING else)

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He has a scarf because they didn't want to draw a neck.

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Dan: "It's the kind of humor I hate, like reference a movie!"

Abby, Alex, Vinny:

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When the one thing you have to complain about is easily fixable by just turning down the voice over volume, why keep railing on it?

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Edited By LucidDreams117 • 

@garwalk: ahaha. Exactly this. I don't know how many times Dan references a movie. Especially Mcgruber.

Also, I for one like Seth MacFarlane. I'll admit some jokes can rub people the wrong way but in general, his shows are generally good. And I can tell you, that voice doesn't automatically mean Stewie. I'm pretty sure Dan's brand of humour annoy other people.

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staplegun • 

dan has the correct take here

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I can't play games like this even when they are considered exceptionally good. They work on a need to not fail, to the point of addiction. You can't quit when something is kicking your butt. And that is always the next sequence of this kind of game.

The humor here may be considered borrowed or derived, but it serves it's purpose well. It pisses you off onward.

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Dan must really hate Idarb.

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So basically Dan hates himself. Everything he yelled about I yell about Dan in every video.

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I think Arin Hanson is a pretty talented guy, but this is bad. Sounds like he's just going through the motions, and the writing is abysmal.