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@feenwager I like making broad statements. It gets people goin’!
@sinfony I was just thinking the exact same thing today while listening to this week’s Bombcast. I mean, those guys were just going apeshit over story beats in Mass Effect 3 and I just thought “Really? This story gets you that riled up?”
Aside from some exceptions including visual novels (Walking Dead) and RPGs (which are largely just interactive stories) that I play mostly for the character interactions, I find myself only wanting gameplay in my games. If I’m not enjoying playing through something, there’s no reason for me to continue no matter how many of my respected friends claim the game’s superiority. Game plots in general are fucking juvenile and it embarrasses me to play anything requiring me to “save the world”. I’d rather just save one person (Walking Dead) as I can relate to something at that scale.
The biggest problem with this medium’s ability to make stories important is economics. Making a mass market game damn near requires a story built by committee. If a dev tries something focused, they risk funding for the next one. Only the rare exception (Irrational) has this clout to pull this off.
Stories are best told from the perspective of a single story-teller. Only books, comics, and (for the most part) movies have this luxury. Also, each of those mediums can tell an amazingly well-crafted story for less then $10 a pop which is a difficult thing for game makers, especially in the AAA realm.
@cptcarnage When you post, be sure it’s an “update”. Your post was set as a “quote”.
@feenwager Canadians can’t be trusted with the internet. FACT.
@asatiir @angryjedi Thanks, gentlemen. I’d be more then happy to give Corpse Party a spin as the Vita seems to be the perfect “experimental” platform. Velocity is already in the queue. Hot Shots Golf will be more of a stretch, though. One sports game I am keen on trying is MLB ’13 The Show. Had a quick fling with Vagrant Story in the past and found that I liked the idea and world more than the execution.
Sweet news, y’all…I’m getting a Vita this Christmas. I’m open to suggestions for “Sqaud worthy” games on this thing. Already in the queue:
@angryjedi Well done, sir. Glad to see this in motion. I’ve had both depression and anxiety in various levels ever since I was a teenager. It sucks and addressing that it’s a real thing, not imaginary, helped me a lot.
@feenwager I wonder about that, too. For me, gaming was where I went to deal during the darkest of days. Gaming also tends to be a preferred hobby to lots of creative types which also happen to be a big target of the dreaded “Black Dog”.
Later. Enjoying my Sony hardware these days. Got my sights on a Vita.
@bowlisimo Watchu playin’ these days on your PS3?
@cgrajko I know that exact shop in Japantown. I’ve been there many times and it’s one of the places I miss the most in the bay area. I grabbed a copy of the Japanese Persona 4 art book for less then Amazon sells it.
Oh yeah…games. Played about 1 1/2 hours of Sleeping Dogs last night. Pretty much agree with @bluesforbuddha.
So, my son is playing through Borderlands 2 right now (more like devouring it) and I’m not paying it any mind. Last night he tells me of an incredibly awesome sniper rifle that you can earn that has a major downside: it has the voice of a teenaged girl and makes you feel guilty about each person you kill. “They had a family, you know?” and “maybe they were just having a bad day.” I am now very interested in this game.
I guarantee you all that EA made a play for Zynga, they said no in a manner that hurt EA’s ego, and this is them getting back at them.
@angryjedi Oh, I’m getting a mic. Time to get all official and shit.
@angryjedi Ha! That’s the same thing I was thinking.
Let’s just play it and talk about it, Squad-style. We’re going to anyway. Let’s keep it tidy.
WARNING: Read this if you plan on using your 360 cloud save!!
OK, we need a ME3 sticky that’s fully loaded with spoilers.
EDIT: Done, see above.
This is the best idea we’ve had in a while. I’ll play through the games and decide whether or not to finish them by the third hour or so. If it’s a “no go”, I’ll mark it off of the list for good with no regrets. I’ll be making it a point to leave my “field report” for each game here on the Squawkbox.
Castlevania: Lord of Shadows
Tony Hawk: Project 8
Far Cry 2
M&M: Clash of Heroes
…and the most daunting, *the PC:
Baldur’s Gate 2
Company of Heroes
Dawn of War II
Hitman: Blood Money
Neverwinter Nights 2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
*I currently have no way of playing these games until I get either Win 7 or a gaming PC. It might be awhile.
Games I will be playing in 2012 despite this list:
Mass Effect 3 (360)
Witcher 2 (360)
Persona 4 Arena (360)
BioShock Infinite (TBD)
Assassin’s Creed 3 (360)
I’m so glad @liklik is around to keep it real.
@unmanneddrone Oh, I haven’t given up on the Vita completly. I just need to let it “mature” (if Sony’s even capable of doing that to a platform anymore) before I feel confidant enough to buy one.
I signed up for that Mechwarrior Tactics thing. Looking forward to that.
Speaking of Darksiders, I need to get back into that this weekend.
@unmanneddrone Drop and give me 20! I’m going to jettison this “day 1 DLC” debate and leave it to those who care more about it then I do. You guys have a hoot.
Thoughts on the PS Vita: I put my mitts on one this week. The screen is not as nice as the iPhone 4 I have in my pocket. Wipeout 2048 took ~1 minute to load the first level. Gameplay was not great. Blegh.
Alex (my 13-year old) then messed around with it for about 10 minutes. When asked what he thought, he replied, “it sucks…it’s way too big. I can’t get my fingers to where they are supposed to be!” Not good.
My feelings of hope for the system’s success are waning. The Vita is the video gaming equivalent to superhero comics. Just because you can make it “bigger, better, stronger” doesn’t mean it’ll be compelling.
OK, I love you guys BUT remember, there’s a value attached to your time. The time you all have spent belly-aching about the ME3 DLC farce equates to the retail cost of about 3 special editions. You guys are silly.
Mass Effect 3 is the one game this year that I’ll pay retail for with a smile on my face. That art book (and some figures) will also be owned. That’s all I have to say about that.
Yeah, I think it’s time we all flaunt @unmanneddrone-made avatars. It’s the Squad Sig v2.0.
Good to see so much more chatter around here. Maybe someday when I’m not in the middle of a life-altering move, I’ll hop in and chat, too. Here are some quickies.
Navigating a ’17 foot UHaul truck towing a car through a snowstorm. That’s an adventure I shant be returning to unless at gunpoint.
In the middle of a big move right now but seeing @tolkoto, @jeffgrubb, and @sinfony back in action makes me feel all special and stuff.
To @feenwager‘s point, I’ve also found the discussion here lately to be far outside of my interest level. I agree that the Squad is a uniquely mature place that’s perfect for discussions like these but the balance just seems to be off. @unmanneddrone made a great point that many posts get ignored while the obscure game discussions reign supreme. I’m sure that some kind of restructuring of the discussions (like what @bluesforbuddha has alluded to) would help out a lot.
I was playing Hero Academy yesterday and realized that while I was playing with a lot of Squaddies, only @angryjedi posts here regularly. The lack of “centering” voices from the others (@iscariot83, @bigdaddygamebot, @zegolf, @scribl, @ajguy) is really missed around here. I’m going to reach out to them.
Much love to my Squaddies.
If you have an iOS device, you should try Hero Academy. Lots of Squaddies are having a hoot with it and we’d like some more challengers. Plus, it’s free.
@redswir1 ? That’s unexpected but awesome.
EDIT: Pishu’s their video editor now, not a writer.
@feenwager Something slightly more seasoned with a touch of lime.
Playing through the Gears 3 campaign with my son. Wish I had something more to say then, “it’s just more Gears”.
@bluesforbuddha Because those who can make shit happen, will (and are). I approve of this. It’s about time for the gaming media to get a reboot.
@mjpilon I’d be happy to oblige:
I still listen to an episode or two of some other shows (8-4 is notable but way too heavy on Japanese gaming for me) but I mostly just tune in if they have a good guest who rarely does podcasts anymore (most notably the old Ziff crew) or if there’s a big reveal on it.
While I appreciate Garnett saying nice things about us from time to time on Weekend Confirmed, the show itself is just too “LA” for my taste. I think Xav brings the best input to the show by far. I used to really like Canata’s take on games but he’s fallen out of favor with me and I can’t remember why.
One last thing, I used to go on and on about G4TV’s Feedback but now the show is falling on hard times. Although Sessler was replaced by the very competent Blair Herter, the quality of the guests is really spotty. Based on the things said on the show and on Sessler’s Soapbox, I think the network is going downhill fast. I fully expect Sessler to leave soon and hopefully to a better place for him to do his thing at.
Does anyone here have a spare DOTA2 invite? I have a friend in need.
@everyone *clink* To a kick ass 2012, fellow Squaddies. This whole group is seriously bad ass. Can’t wait to talk more shit with you all next year.
@bluesforbuddha Dope. Essentials:
Instapaper (yes, 3 “insta”s in a row)
Sword & Sworcery EP
Happy holidays, fellow Squaddies. Looking forward to more fun with you all in the years to come.
@redswir1 Sorry to hear that. Who were you working for?