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  • Pete Davison 11:22 am on June 9, 2012 Permalink |
    Tags: dumb fun, fun, Grand Theft Auto, Jason Rubin, opinion, , , THQ   

    Dumb Fun Has a Place 

    THQ’s new president believes Saints Row: The Third developers Volition can “make something that isn’t embarrassing”. Is Saints Row something to be embarrassed about, and is there a place for games like this?

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    • feenwager 11:40 am on June 9, 2012 Permalink

      I chalk it up to the industry’s never-ending case of movie envy. Let’s face it, Skyrim & Red Dead are no Schindler’s List. In the race to be taken seriously, everyone wants to ‘elevate’ the whole hobby. I say humbug. They’re called video GAMES for a reason, they’re supposed to be fun.

    • unmanneddrone 11:49 am on June 9, 2012 Permalink

      @feenwager Indeed. Agreed. I’m all for powerful experiences, but I had a lot of fun with Saints Row: The Third and not really any of that enjoyment stemmed from what Rubin and Crecente are pointing the finger at. It was wry, it had great dialogue and voice acting and knew exactly what it was.

      We’re getting our powerful and unique experiences at the same time, and seeing things like The Last of Us, Metro: Last Light etc. show that there’s a great balance being struck via taking cinematic queues and fusing them with traditional game mechanics…

      …but come on. This po-faced want to fast-track videogames’ cultural legitimacy has its place, and by all means, despite falling out of love for the most part with narrative-heavy games and ones with social commentary, I encourage developers to follow in the footsteps of industry leaders like Irrational et al., but not at the expense of creativity.

      And given THQ’s current situation, Rubin should be encouraging Volition to run in any direction and keep working their magic.

    • Pete Davison 2:52 pm on June 9, 2012 Permalink

      Agreed. I’m all for video games to have increased “legitimacy” but that doesn’t mean they should lose their lighter side — as you say, Feen, they’re called GAMES for a reason. There are far more embarrassing games than Saints Row, anyhow.

  • bowlisimo 6:31 pm on February 17, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: fun, Rhythm Heaven Fever   

    @redswir1 Rhythm Heaven Fever looks so damn fun. That game, more than any other (amazingly), makes me wish I had a Wii sitting in the closet.

    *He then goes and watches the Terry Crews wrestler interview remake for like 10 minutes straight*

  • RedSwirl 1:48 am on February 17, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: fun   

    @feenwager Pretty much said it. All those guys writing the articles and posts are probably missing all the people just sitting down and enjoying the latest Zelda game. That’s made me realize that I probably don’t need to visit GAF as much as I do now. GAF’s probably the “nicest” message board I’ve frequented yet, but goddamn is that place full of videophiles. I know PC gamers are supposed to be elitist – I enjoy being master race and all that, but I don’t talk down to console gamers who like to sit 10 feet away from their TVs running games in 720p at 30 frames per second.

    I’m having a hell of a time playing this right now anyway:

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