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  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe A month ago

    Metroid: Samus Returns
    Mario Odyssey

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Is Your Favorite Game of E3 2017?

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe A month ago

    This weekend I was mostly playing three games. Still pushing through Persona 5 (86 hours in!). I was also playing a bunch of Bionic Commando for Game Boy and Final Fantasy IV for GBA. Both games I haven't played and I love both.

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: Which of Your Backlog Games Do You Want to Tackle on Memorial Day?

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 2 months ago

    I really, really enjoyed my time with Skyrim. I had a wonderful time exploring the world, delving into dungeons and sniping people from stealth. I was constantly surprised by what I'd find around the next bend or sneaking my way to the end of Drueger filled cavern. I spent 30 hours traversing the world before even going to the very first city of Whitehall. I kept wondering where all the dragons were people talked about.

    I ended up playing Skryim for 150+ hours and really having a good time. It got tired after a while but I loved the feedback loop of shoot people with arrows, get a rank up. Sneak, get a rank up. But I remember next to nothing of the story, characters. I projected my own story of a wandering adventurer onto the game and it was great.

    That said Skryim isn't my top 1. Nowhere close. It's probably not in my top 25. It was great and very fun but not memorable.

    Posted in Skyrim is Not the Best RPG of All Time

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 2 months ago

    I've thought MOBAs looked interesting but the huge wall of jargon and the fact that matches are more than 30 minutes really kept me away. Knowing that HotS is shorter and less complicated is certainly appealing. I still think a MOBA that hit the 15 minute mark would be even better.

    I really appreciate the insight into a competing MOBA and how a newbie fared. Thanks, Caty!

    Posted in Heroes of the Storm, MOBAs, and Dipping Into an Unknown Lexicon of Gaming

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 2 months ago

    Persona 5 - Absolutely loving this game. My wife is watching me play through it and we're both having a great time. I love the story, the confidants and the mechanics. And the STYLE. Awesome. My first Persona game and I love it.

    Shin Megami Tensei IV - Slowly working my way through this one and I'm enjoying it. Not quite as amazing as P5, but I like the system. This is what I was playing while my wife was unavailable for P5.

    Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment - Just got this on my 3DS and I'm loving it. I've really enjoyed each iteration on this game. I thought Plague Knight was more interesting than Shovel Knight and now I'm leaning toward Specter Knight being more awesome than Plague Knight. I love the aerial dash attack and how that plays into traversal. These games are super.Edited May 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in USgamer Community Question: What Games Have You Been Playing?

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 2 months ago

    I've already purchased a 3DS and a new 3DS but that Orange n2DS looks SO GOOD. I think I would have to buy that if it came out in the US. Damn you Japan for keeping the good stuff to yourselves!

    Posted in Nintendo Randomly Announces The New Nintendo 2DS XL

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 2 months ago

    I feel like Bogost is throwing out the baby with the bathwater here. I love reading, TV and video games and sort of meh on movies.

    Like@link6616 mentioned I feel that games really succeed in the gestalt. My most recent example is FFXV. It's a flawed game and the story isn't the greatest but I really felt that story. I spent 30-40 hours with the bros on the road, getting to know them, learning about them. Seeing them pumped by victory and having quiet moments by campfires each night really made me attached to them.

    Without that intereweaving of story into the gameply I would not have been pulled into the story the same way when I hit the later chapters. That really allowed me to feel the changes as various twists and turns of the story happen. It was hard not to feel like a dick in the swamp in the chapter after Leviathan.

    Could video game storytelling use some improvements? Hell yes. I want to see more interweaving of mechanics and story, not less. More work to refine that combination. Not completely removing story from video games.

    Posted in Hey, Video Games: Tell Stories. Tell All Your Stories. Don't Ever Stop

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 3 months ago

    I would absolutely love a Switch Mini. Something really portable and durable would be a boon.

    It would be even better if it still had a dock and TV mode. Even if the Joy cons didn't detach and I needed a Pro controller, I'd still be down for that.

    Posted in Nintendo May Offer Switch Mini in Next Fiscal Year, Says Analysts

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 4 months ago

    @landonmandt97 I'd say most good sci-fi tackles social issues head on. Look at Iain Bank's Culture books. People can change anything about themselves but people still struggle with their identities. They don't just cover over problems and say everything is all right now.

    "Back home, I was filling test tubes in some dead-end lab. People knew me as Stephan. But that was never who I was. " And that line doesn't really speak to me of a world where being trans is perfectly acceptable. She has to leave everything behind to be who she is?

    It seems cruel to tell trans people they should just get over poor representations that makes them uncomfortable. They do not have many representations in major media so every one is going to have an impact. If the trans community is going to actually receive thoughtful representations then people need to speak up when things aren't right. These are conversations that can create change.

    And why is having a trans person transparent pandering? Why isn't having nearly every main character be a straight white man pandering? Why isn't it pandering when we ignore the existence of LGBTQ people and people of color? If having a trans person is pandering than having a game that doesn't have some diversity in it's people is pandering too.Edited March 2017 by Unknown

    Posted in Mass Effect: Andromeda's Transgender Character Backfires on Social Media

  • Avatar for ArdeaAbe ArdeaAbe 4 months ago

    @Roto13 But I care about trans people now and how they feel they are represented, not hypothetical future trans people. If the community reacts to this portrayal on the scale of WTF to ...ehhh then it seems condescending to tell them that they are the ones missing the point.

    Posted in Mass Effect: Andromeda's Transgender Character Backfires on Social Media