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Re: Game musings and news

Postby MarsDragon » Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:54 pm

Huh. I stopped visiting them when they got a little too clickbait for me, but that's still sad.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Thad » Sat Jan 02, 2021 1:39 am

Yeah, and I'm sure the creeping clickbait was a mandate from higher up the chain; Parish alludes to "dizzying shifts in strategic direction from on high on what seemed like a monthly basis at times."

Hardly unique to USG, of course. I spent a decade watching AV Club slowly transition from unique voice to cookie-cutter clickbait hell before I finally stopped reading it entirely. One of the interesting things about reading Rabin's blog is seeing him occasionally pull back the curtain and acknowledge that the staff hated that shit as much as the readers did.

The last decade or so of pop culture websites puts me in mind of the Dark Knight line about how you either die a hero or live to see yourself become the villain.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Destynova » Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:10 pm

Mars, who is your avatar? He looks like he needs a nap.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Caithness » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:13 pm

That's Braiking Boss from Casshan

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby MarsDragon » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:17 pm

He is a powerful robot and therefore has no need of sleep.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby mharr » Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:46 am

My personal favourite part of CDPR's fall from (((grace))) is this detail:
Jason Schreier (Bloomberg) wrote:Another developer asked whether CD Projekt’s directors felt it was hypocritical to make a game about corporate exploitation while expecting that their employees work overtime. The response was vague and noncommital.

https://outline.com/93CYw8

The whole thing is a beautiful gamedev morality play. Promoting your company as a champion of Gamer Kulture is free money until they decide you've betrayed them. Turns out the gator swamp is a fickle ally, who could ever have guessed.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Thad » Wed Jan 06, 2021 12:09 pm

Not an original observation, but an evergreen one. The old "make a 100-minute toy commercial about a bunch of scrappy underdogs fighting a villain named Lord Business" maneuver.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby zaratustra » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:06 pm

so if you like Deltarune and Yume Nikki and want another JRPG featuring stabby children you might want to look into OMORI

it's basically Deltarune if Chara wasn't a disconnected set of creepy mumblings but a - maybe not realistic but coherent understanding of what would make a kid into a creepy, stabby mute.

It's a bit of a heavy game though. you should definitely not play it if family tragedies are less than abstract to you.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Newbie » Wed Jan 13, 2021 6:56 pm

Thanks for the tip, Zara; I was curious, but I was getting ambivalent static from my usual sources for game impressions. I'd like to give it a try, time permitting.
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Re: Game musings and news

Postby zaratustra » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:01 pm

Newbie wrote:Thanks for the tip, Zara; I was curious, but I was getting ambivalent static from my usual sources for game impressions. I'd like to give it a try, time permitting.


Time permitting might be an issue, because it's a slow game. The "main" path took me 17 hours to finish, and the "side" path adds a few hours of side content on top of that.

Plus, the combat never goes too deep. You just choose your best equipment and best skills, and pretty much any main battle never becomes a issue.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Newbie » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:40 pm

Oh, that's good info! I've got a project I'm working on in my spare time that's due before the end of January, so this is gonna have to wait a bit. I really like what I've seen of Omori's art, though.
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Re: Game musings and news

Postby nosimpleway » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:37 pm

zaratustra wrote:It's a bit of a heavy game though. you should definitely not play it if family tragedies are less than abstract to you.


It`s weird, I read u` on Jimmy and the `ulsating Mass and watched L`s of games with similar overall themes of terrible things ha``ening to small children like someone with a sore tooth `rodding at it with my tongue

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby zaratustra » Thu Jan 14, 2021 4:51 pm

nosimpleway wrote:
zaratustra wrote:It's a bit of a heavy game though. you should definitely not play it if family tragedies are less than abstract to you.


It`s weird, I read u` on Jimmy and the `ulsating Mass and watched L`s of games with similar overall themes of terrible things ha``ening to small children like someone with a sore tooth `rodding at it with my tongue


Probably worse than Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass. Maybe not as bad as Hereditary.

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Re: Game musings and news

Postby Thad » Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:06 pm

Thad wrote:Can anybody recommend another gaming news/review/analysis site that isn't awful?

I've started reading Critical Distance and so far it's struck me as a site for thoughtful, intersectional analysis of games and culture. It doesn't necessarily tick the news/review boxes, but it's got some interesting things to say in terms of analysis.

I also read Gaming On Linux, which obviously is specialized and not a general-purpose game site, but there's not really such a thing as a Linux-exclusive game, either; most every game they cover is also available for Windows, and a lot of them are available for consoles too. You could describe it as a site that primarily covers indie games and you wouldn't be wrong.

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