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Quick Look: Speaking Simulator

This is how normal humans speak and also have you seen my motor oil?

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

Feb. 1 2020

Cast: Vinny, Alex, Abby

Posted by: Abby

In This Episode:

Speaking Simulator

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Well that's quite the image to open my browser to haha

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I can't really see myself enjoying this kind of gameplay
without the obligatory oral gaming peripheral.

Phahaha x'D

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I kinda want to see a speedrun of this now...

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Ethanol is ethyl alcohol which is what is referred to as "alcohol" in beverages. Sorry, Im a chemist and had to comment. I can't help it!

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Thanks to jrowley223 for setting the record straight.

Also, methanol is also an alcohol, and you definitely shouldn't drink that one. That's the stuff that makes you blind. No one should really drink alcohol at all seeing as it is essentially an industrial solvent.. And no one should use the vaporizer style alcohol thing that Jeff and co were talking about earlier this week. That is literally the same as huffing paint thinner. Works the same, does the same.

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This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen.

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I haven’t seen a more one trick pony game like this since Neverdead.

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11 minutes in, and this is still a terrible content item.

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When I saw the thumbnail, I thought this was going to be an actual simulator, like with fricatives and plosives and stuff. That would have been cool.

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I can't remember the last time watching a game made me feel this uncomfortable. Looks very not fun to play.

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What are you guys doing?! Ya gotta work the uvula! The Uvula!

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Seems like the kinda game that's zany, hilarious fun in concept but kinda tedious in execution.

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@wollywoo: Yeah these type of games are so hard to nail. Goat Simulator (as played out as that game is at this point) is one of the few that nails the wacky / odd controls but still fun. Surgeon Simulator was ok. I am Bread is still in my mind the absolute worst of these type of games though.

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@wollywoo said:

Seems like the kinda game that's zany, hilarious fun in concept but kinda tedious in execution.

This entire quick look gave me serious "Streamer bait" vibes.

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Edited By CrazyBagMan

good lord

this game is so unbearable

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Yikes. As someone who had a bad stammer as a child, this was really hard to watch.

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Hmm the idea seems neat but it seems to fail in practice. A lot of this seems kinda boring when it should be fun. Like the failure state is really boring! I was expecting some wacky thing where your head explodes into parts or something but it just faded to black and said you lost. Kinda lame.

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zinkn  Online

This game is just boring

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The simulator trend must end.

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Kill it with fire. Kill this game with fire.

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This game makes me think of Octodad. A game that I think did a much better job at the "not a human pretending to be a human, and nobody seems to notice" goof.

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Edited By Bezerker85

Group Meeting:

Jeff: "Hey, should anyone cover that new Pillars of Eternity game?"

Everyone but Rorie: Nahhhhh

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I didn't even know I was averse to mouth stuff now but holy crap it's like qwop with a bad sense of humor and covered in tongues and teeth

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Oh no... Oh good god, no. The talking is so grating. This definitely doesn't fall in the so bad it's good simulator category like Goat Simulator. This just seems boring and slow. Like someone else said: kill it with fire!

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"Sorry, but you are now alive." might be one of the more brutal quotes I've seen in recent memory.

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I think that dude just said "Ciamar a tha thu?!"

My Scots Gaelic finally pays off!

(For reals though. The boss man said something very close)

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Edited By chirotera  Online

I hate everything about this. Everything. But especially the teeth being knocked out of the mouth... Just, why?

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“I haven’t done the tongue stuff at all yet.” - Alex

There’s one for GB quotes out of context.

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"Now that's what I'm talkin' about"

VINNY

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I saw this on Steam and it looked interesting, but I was hoping it was more dynamic with phonemes and such, like a Vocaloid-esque system. (granted, it would make this downright impossible, but at least it would make it more humorous than just speaking pre-recorded phrases painfully slow)

Also, the "HELLO FELLOW HUMAN" thing is veeery played out at this point, so all you've really got left of note is a "making silly faces simulator", and that's maybe five minutes of amusement.

"Sorry, but you are now alive" is a great line, though. So props for that.

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That halting speech is pure torture. They should have done something like render the gameplay in slow motion and then replayed the dialogue at normal speed with the errors and pauses included.

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Fun quick look but yeah, it seems like an idea that didn't make it all the way to the execution finish line.

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Kind of funny seeing everyone nit picking the game like its a $60 game or something, I mean its $15 on steam, and I find the humor rather ............well..........tongue and cheek (sorry, had to!!!)

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This is the kind of silly idea that i can get behind on paper, but seeing it play out, i don't care for the execution. It's pretty damning that this comedic game is not funny enough for them to laugh at past the first 5 minutes, and they have to entertain themselves mostly with dentist stories while going through the motions.

The game acts like you're trying to behave like a normal human, but instead you're just heavy-raining your way through the sentences hoping that you won't fuck up too much. And if you do, you just die. There's no 'getting figured out', it's just a life meter. There's nothing fun about fucking up. Like i still have fun memories about messing up with Parappa and saying Sweep The Floor, Floor the Sweep! This doesn't have that :( Abby was right, if you make mistakes you should say some crazy shit and your conversation partner should react to that fuck up. Also that upgrade mechanic seems to be quite poorly thought out. Why give people the impression of choice when the levels are pre-arranged and you will not be able to use certain abilities at all until you reach the level where it can be used?

However, i could see this being a fun & impressive 1 man speedrun.

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Kind of funny seeing everyone nit picking the game like its a $60 game or something, I mean its $15 on steam, and I find the humor rather ............well..........tongue and cheek (sorry, had to!!!)

"Tongue in cheek"

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They should do a crossover game where Octodad has to save the human race from this guy.

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As a linguistics major who studies how our mouths move to produce sounds among other things this is... interesting!

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Kind of funny seeing everyone nit picking the game like its a $60 game or something, I mean its $15 on steam, and I find the humor rather ............well..........tongue and cheek (sorry, had to!!!)

I wouldn't pay a dollar for this game. It's not nothing to do with price. It just doesn't look fun and the writing isn't good.

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This looks like it might be easier with a mouse.

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I've never wanted to both never play a game and watch a speedrun of something so badly in my life before.

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@mezmero said:

What are you guys doing?! Ya gotta work the uvula! The Uvula!

Excuse me, there might be children reading these comments. Please watch the language.

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Abby is certainly keeping the spirit of Dan alive on the site by asking if ethanol is in booze.