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  • Mike Minotti 8:43 pm on November 15, 2012 Permalink  

    @beige The Kickstarter isn’t up yet, so we’ll have to wait and see how reasonable it is and how cool the rewards are. But I know I’ll be sending some money their way.

  • Mike Minotti 8:27 pm on November 15, 2012 Permalink
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    Early game of the year? Gravity Rush, Gravity Rush, Gravity Rush. Is it the largest open world game? Hell no. Does it let you go bowling, play texas hold em, or recruit a guild of assassins? Nope. But this game’s floating world has to be one of my favorite’s settings in recent gaming memory, and the main character, Kat, was likable and charming in a way few protagonists really are anymore.

    The game also easily has the smartest use of the Vita’s gimmicks yet, and flying all over the world by shifting gravity never gets old.

    Also, Chapter 2 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa!!?? My brain exploded. I’m dead. This is all rigor mortis.

    A Kickstarter for the project is coming. I think it would be cool if maybe the Squad combines resources and goes for one of the higher-tier donations, maybe one that will let you impact the actual game somehow or get the SoS listed in the credits.

  • Mike Minotti 8:16 pm on July 1, 2012 Permalink  

    The whole thing was just weird because Ryan worked with me at Bitmob. He was always a divisive personality, so it’s not too surprising that he finally went too far, but it’s scary to see the Internet pitchforks go after someone you actually know.

  • Mike Minotti 5:47 am on July 1, 2012 Permalink  

    So, did you guys follow all the craziness on Twitter tonight with Felicia Day and Ryan Perez/Destructoid? I actually worked with Ryan at Bitmob. I’m finding all of this incredibly scary.

  • Mike Minotti 3:32 am on April 27, 2012 Permalink  

    @Redswirl So does this mean the Wii U is going to have a hard drive? How else can you store all those games?

  • Mike Minotti 7:12 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, Anachronox does have it’s problems. As an RPG, it’s really not going to compete with Chrono Trigger anytime soon. But like others have said, everything else is pretty brilliant. As far as that Machinima video goes, sure, you could just watch that, but come on! We are gamers! We must game! I mean, the combat, at least from what I remember, wasn’t excruciating to get through. And there is a lot gameplay that isn’t just turn-based combat, including puzzle solving and all that good stuff.

  • Mike Minotti 4:35 am on March 16, 2012 Permalink  

    If there’s enough interest in an Anachronox mission, I’d love to lead the charge. It’s been awhile since I’ve spearheaded a mission.

  • Mike Minotti 7:49 pm on March 15, 2012 Permalink  

    I once tried to sell the squad on an Anachronox mission, but the game was just too hard to find. Now that’s it on GOG, I reallyyyy recommend it. It’s basically a quirky, funny adventure game mixed with a JRPG.

  • Mike Minotti 5:09 am on March 15, 2012 Permalink
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    Gotta agree with Beige, I loved Journey. Best to play it in one sitting. Truly some inspired moments and draw dropping visuals. It’s much like thatgamecompany’s other works in that it’s more of an experience than we’re traditionally used to, but it feels more fundamentally like a game than Flow or Flower did.

    I also like Beige use of grok from Stranger in a Strange Land.

  • Mike Minotti 11:58 pm on March 14, 2012 Permalink  

    I understand that there’s a 24 hour countdown on the Baldur’s Gate site now. Of course, the actual site is down from capacity problems. Anyway, we will have our answers soon.

  • Mike Minotti 9:47 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink  

    @bluesforbuddha Ugh, I really don’t want to play Arrival because I heard it was heavily combat based. I hope I don’t miss out on too much.

  • Mike Minotti 5:52 am on March 8, 2012 Permalink  

    Alright, I don’t have Mass Effect 3 yet, but I do own MLB 12 The Show, still easily my favorite sports series. Seriously, playing through Road to the Show, where you pick one player and play his career starting in the minors, as a starting pitcher is like playing some sort of awesome sports RPG…that isn’t Barkley Shut Up and Jam.

  • Mike Minotti 6:49 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink  

    @redswir1 Wait, WHAT!? THAT’S THE WHOLE POINT OF THE GAME!!!!

  • Mike Minotti 6:36 am on March 6, 2012 Permalink  

    I had such a terrible experience with Origin and still can not buy Mass Effect 3. I am almost ready to join Pete’s boycott.

  • Mike Minotti 2:38 am on March 5, 2012 Permalink  

    Guess who got a Diablo 3 beta code? IT’S MEEEEE!!!!

  • Mike Minotti 9:43 pm on March 1, 2012 Permalink  

    I want to sex that cover.

  • Mike Minotti 9:27 pm on March 1, 2012 Permalink  

    The last two games have mostly been set in one larger city (Rome and Constantinople). Considering how AC: Revelations ended, and since Desmond lived in NYC, I’m betting most of the game will be set there.

  • Mike Minotti 6:20 pm on March 1, 2012 Permalink  

    I have been hoping for American Revolution Assassin’s Creed since Assassin’s Creed 1. Fuck yes.

  • Mike Minotti 11:27 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink  

    I thought this was an interesting piece on VentureBeat on how religion is depicted in gaming: http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/29/study-video-games-depict-religion-as-violent-and-problematic/

    As a Catholic gamer, I’ve always been bothered by how religion is rarely portrayed as anything other than excuse for villains to control people and justify evil actions. Of course there are a lot of people in history who have used faith exactly for that reason, but plenty of people have also used their religion as motivation to do good.

    I mean, as much as I love Assassin’s Creed, the final boss of Assassin’s Creed 2 was an evil pope who shot fire out of a magic staff. Let’s not even talk about all those Japanese games that have you killing God.

    Was just wondering what you guys thought. And yes, I just opened the religion can of worms. Bam.

  • Mike Minotti 9:27 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink  

    @feenwager Lolz.

    You know, I actually didn’t get into western RPGs until Fallout 3 slowly weened me into them. Since then I’ve done a good job of playing through a lot of them (the Dragon Ages, Mass Effects, KOTOR, Elder Scrolls) but I haven’t dug too deeply into the genre’s past yet.

  • Mike Minotti 9:23 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink  

    All of this RPG talk is reminding me that I bought Planescape Torment a long time ago and never really got into it yet. Maybe I should amend that.

    Or maybe I should just play more League of Legends.

  • Mike Minotti 9:34 am on February 29, 2012 Permalink  

    I bet they’re just going to release the games on Steam or iPad or something. Don’t get your hopes up for Baldur’s Gate 3.

  • Mike Minotti 2:41 am on February 29, 2012 Permalink  

    I always play male characters because I’m a male.

  • Mike Minotti 7:36 am on February 25, 2012 Permalink  

    @bowlisimo Hilarious sir, well done 🙂

  • Mike Minotti 4:10 am on February 23, 2012 Permalink  

    I rarely play DLC anyway, so I don’t get very upset when I’m “missing out” on “extra” content. I think the only decent DLC I’ve played in recent memory was the Shadow Broker. But when I ask myself if I would have called Mass Effect 2 an incomplete experience without it, I have to answer with an emphatic no.

  • Mike Minotti 6:42 am on February 20, 2012 Permalink  

    Am I the only one who never has any interest to ever play the evil, dark side, renegade, or whatever you want to call them character?

    Maybe I’m just too much of a traditionalist when it comes to stories, but I want my hero to be likable, selfless, and all that stuff. I’m not saying I want him to be perfect and devoid of weakness, but I have no interest in punching female reporters in the face or shooting innocent bystanders because they “annoy” me.

    For instance, in KOTOR, I think the light side story is fantastic. A dark jedi who redeems himself to the light side. Classic Star Wars stuff. What’s the dark side story? An evil jedi is given the chance to turn good…and then doesn’t. Doesn’t sound as compelling to me.

    To me, the “bad” choices only exist so that I have the choice to not pick them.

  • Mike Minotti 10:38 pm on February 19, 2012 Permalink  

    Was that the introduction of the Squad Bot, or have I missed something beautiful?

  • Mike Minotti 6:22 am on February 19, 2012 Permalink  

    I loved Garrus, but largely because he was always in my party in ME1 and in ME2. Of course, I was always annoyed when he wanted to work on some calibrations instead of talk to me.

  • Mike Minotti 12:57 am on February 19, 2012 Permalink
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    I also originally played through about half of Mass Effect 1 upon its release, and then I forced myself through it prior to ME2’s release. ME2 is easily a lot better, but I think it’s worth it to get through ME1, if only for the carryover of all the choices.

    Besides, if you really push yourself through it, it isn’t TOO long, at least in WRPG terms. Besides, it’s not a bad game. It’s still a BioWare RPG, so there’s plenty of fun to be had.

  • Mike Minotti 12:26 am on February 18, 2012 Permalink  

    “Featuring Pete Davison, Mark Whiting, Calin Grajko, Alex Fisher and Mike Minotti.”

    What happened to ordering by seniority!!??

    Also, I was just skipping around the episode and the first thing I hear myself say is accidentally calling Rin Emi. Oh, the shame.

  • Mike Minotti 8:39 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink  

    Also, I just figured out the solution to our problems. We just need 1up to give us back our old Radio board.

    Lolz. 😀

  • Mike Minotti 8:36 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink


    I haven’t done much of the main quest yet. Honestly, I’ve been doing mostly side-quests independent of the factions. The House of Ballads has definitely been the most interesting quest chain I’ve done, but I’m only halfway through it at the moment.

  • Mike Minotti 5:18 am on February 17, 2012 Permalink

    @bluesforbuddha You totally have a point about the Zelda series losing its “exploration” roots, but I don’t mind a series losing its roots if it becomes something else totally enjoyable. Mind you, I was old enough, if JUST old enough, to remember the original Zelda in its prime, but it honestly wasn’t a game I was crazy for. I spent most of my time playing Mario and Mega Man games. Mind you, I was like 3-5. Zelda 2 was completely beyond my comprehension. Still is, to be honest.

    But it’s good that we have games like Dark Souls to fill that sort of “throw you to wolves” mentality alive. To be honest, I always feel bad that I don’t like Dark Souls more than I do. I played it and certainly appreciated it. In a word, I “got” it. I just didn’t find myself going back to it.

    For something completely different, recording the Katawa Shoujo podcast inspired me to play through another route (I am so sorry for cheating on you, Rin). I’m playing the Emi storyline, and WOW, what a difference. Like you guys said, it’s amazing how different Hisao acts depending on the girls he’s after. This route is just so much more…cheerier. I can easily see how Emi can give Hisao a much healthier relationship to him than Rin can.

    And yet I still would rather be with Rin. What’s wrong with me?

  • Mike Minotti 8:56 pm on February 16, 2012 Permalink
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    I’m having fun playing Amalur, but I have the same problem with it that I have with the Elder Scrolls games. I have all these fun mechanics and a cool world to explore, but they fail to fill that world with interesting characters or well told stories.

    Going back a bit, I don’t buy that the Zelda series needs a major re-haul. I actually called Skyward Sword my game of the year, and I was really impressed with some of the changes they made to the formula. I also thought there was a lot more effort taken in building up a cast of supporting characters, and it was also one of the few Zelda games where Link actually had an interesting, meaningful relationship with Zelda.

    I thought that the series was feeling stale with Twilight Princess, but I really think that was just due to that game trying to be Super Ocarina of Time. More horse riding, same art design (just prettier), and only major difference, the whole wolf thing, was pretty weak. But I’m willing to look back at Twilight Princess as just being a mild disappointment instead of a start of a trend.

  • Mike Minotti 6:32 am on February 13, 2012 Permalink  

    @shingro Your Disneyland reference brings tears to my eyes.

  • Mike Minotti 4:21 am on February 13, 2012 Permalink  

    Why do I leave you guys? I can’t believe all this gold I’ve missed.

  • Mike Minotti 1:16 am on August 17, 2011 Permalink  

    Honestly, outside of the specific software for editors or whatever, I don’t get the appeal of an Apple computer.

  • Mike Minotti 8:54 pm on August 15, 2011 Permalink

    I actually own an unopened copy of Vanquish. I think I’ll get to that now that I’ve beaten Catherine and have some time to kill before Deus Ex.

  • Mike Minotti 8:44 pm on August 14, 2011 Permalink
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    Interesting. All of the fun of Catherine for me is in beating those puzzles. I don’t find it frustrating at all, even when having to die 20 times before I can beat a short section. I guess I just have more patience for that kind of thing.

    I guess this also explains why I liked Braid so much more than some of you. Still, I am kind of surprised that so many Squaddies have little love for puzzle games.

  • Mike Minotti 1:29 am on August 14, 2011 Permalink

    I just started playing Catherine the other day. I started on Normal, and while I certainly find it to be challenging, I wouldn’t say it’s undo-able. You just need a little patience, pay attention to the techniques the other sheep teach you, and you’ll be fine.

  • Mike Minotti 9:14 pm on August 11, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not sure how many of you have already seen this, but Jonathan Blow did a super interesting presentation on the design of Braid. He shows off an alpha version then basically plays through the entire game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwsi7TEQxKc

  • Mike Minotti 5:58 pm on August 9, 2011 Permalink

    I think you guys were just bad at Braid :p

  • Mike Minotti 4:33 am on August 8, 2011 Permalink

    @feenwager NO!

  • Mike Minotti 3:05 am on August 8, 2011 Permalink

    You Braid haters make me shed tears.

    Well, that may just be sweat due to my broke AC, but I still disagree with a shaken fist.

    All of those amazing puzzles, those beautiful visuals, and that great music. How do you get so stuck on the text?

  • Mike Minotti 7:00 pm on July 30, 2011 Permalink
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    @Beige Oh, it’s not that I don’t want to play it. I just had a hard time justifying the purchase at this moment, especially with all the games I bought during the Steam sales I need get through (including Witcher 2). Even still, I came really close to picking it up that day.

    But don’t worry. I’ll get it eventually.

  • Mike Minotti 6:35 pm on July 29, 2011 Permalink

    So I was at GameStop, saw Catherine, and didn’t buy it. I could just FEEL the Squad yelling inside my head.

  • Mike Minotti 6:41 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink

    Did anyone else pick up Just Cause 2 during the Steam sale? It may be the best game I’ve ever bought for less than $5. It kind of reminds me of the original Crackdown: huge open world that’s fun to explore with simple mission objectives that inspire creativity.

    The one thing is definitely does better than Crackdown is the graphics. This game looks gorgeous on my PC with all the settings turned up. The draw distance is insane. You can literally jump off a plane and see most of the game world.

    Of course, offsetting all of this is the generic, poorly acted “story.” It’s very standard sandbox stuff. You do missions for factions, you try to cause chaos, there’s something about some sort of crime…thing. I kind of zone out during a lot of it. Luckily, there’s not a lot of story, so it doesn’t bog things down too much.

  • Mike Minotti 5:51 am on July 19, 2011 Permalink

    I played Dark Souls at E3 was killed by the same dragon about 10 times then I quit.

  • Mike Minotti 12:23 am on July 14, 2011 Permalink
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    We can offer up Magika as a prize for your Frozen Synapse tourney for sure.

  • Mike Minotti 8:36 am on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    So, I bought that Magika thing that came with three copies of the game to gift during the Steam sale. I gave two to my brothers, but I have an extra. Anyone think they may like to play with us sometime?

    I also picked up Just Cause 2 and Witcher 2 during the sale. Can’t wait to dig into those.

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