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Mike Williams, Washington, DC

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News Editor at USgamer. M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 1 days ago

    @jihon83 To be honest, it scored higher before I bought and played Yakuza 0, which is simply a more fully-featured release with a better story.

    Posted in Yakuza Kiwami Review: Old City, New Soul

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 4 days ago

    @peak_performance We'd love to do them all the time, but we have a team of 7 and 2 of those are guides people. It was a slower week and we were both interested in the game, so we reached for the dual review.

    We've done them before though and will continue to do them in the future as time allows.

    Previous examples:

    Posted in Uncharted: Lost Legacy Review: Pass The Torch, Drake

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 4 days ago

    It's worth noting that this was written by our guides writer, or A) has a different aim than most, so any wasted time is keenly felt and b) has beaten the game and probably to a level most don't even bother with. Because, you know, he wrote the guide.

    Posted in Sonic Mania’s Save System Sucks

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 5 days ago

    @Flipsider99 I don't speak for her, but I believe she'd either A) preferred a recasting or B) preferred that they cast actors that matched the roles in the first place.

    It's worth noting that casting voice actor to match the character is one of the reasons Overwatch is rather popular. The added benefit to Blizzard is being able to draw on those voice actors for more authentic lines of dialog. To wit, if you have say a black guy voicing a Korean character, that's fine by me, but a Korean voice actor would be able to say, "Yeah, I think the line should read like this" and provide better feedback. This has been noted in interviews with non-English OW character voice actors, like Mei's VA, Zhang Yu, who actually isn't an English speaker.

    Think of the voice actor thing as akin to a military buff saying, "Hey, that gun doesn't look or sound like that. I would prefer if you used something closer to the real thing" or "this character's weapon carry is all wrong." It's not really a slam against the work that was done and the creators can decide, as Druckmann did for Uncharted 4, to simply keep on keeping on.

    But some feel leaning in certain directions can improve the authenticity of a work and in this case, provide opportunities for VAs who don't always get a chance at work. Here's an interview with Gaku Space, the VA behind Genji, who notes in the middle, "I don't have many auditions, because of my accent." Now, if you cast a non-Japanese actor for Genji's role and had them pull off a convincing accent, you would've essentially locked a door for Space to have a role at all, because roles where he fits and provide additional authenticity are rarer for him than, say a white or black actor.

    Does that make sense?Edited 2 times. Last edited 5 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Uncharted: Lost Legacy Review: Pass The Torch, Drake

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 5 days ago

    @DrCorndog Let's be empirical here. Do you feel metalangel's opinion is what people have a problem with?

    "When a game review opens not talking about the game, but with a Tumblrina rant about how the women of colour protagonists are not portrayed by women of colour voice actors - and continually returns to this and similar gripes throughout - you know it's time to find a new game review site.

    Thanks SJWgamer, it's been fun, maybe I'll see you guys playing Fortnite."

    Now note, you have an issue with Caty's tone according to a later post, which never denigrates Naughty Dog directly, merely the choices they made have made, as is wont to do with criticism. And, further, is a secondary review, one which did not factor into the score. So, it's quite odd to have that as the focus if folks are fine with the opinion all told.

    So perhaps, you can make me understand why you are for one and yet against another?
    @Talraen I'd almost be worried about that except A) there's still money to be made as there's an audience looking for diversity in their games across the entire spectrum of development and B) this pre-supposes that any criticism of a feature you're looking for a bad idea. Which is to say, if you wanted online multiplayer in a game and the developer delivered poor netcode, you should say nothing. I don't think that's a really tenable situation. So why is diversity, of all of the difficulties of development, the one that is singled out? Help me understand.
    @dard410 It is worth noting that the decision behind Nadine's voice actor was criticized at the time as well. (


    To be honest, the video acting thing doesn't bother me. I understand why it would bother someone else though, as it represents a chance for a minority voice actor to get work. So, while I love Uncharted I'm also not particularly worried about Caty giving her thoughts, which is why I was the primary review and she was secondary.Edited 3 times. Last edited 5 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Uncharted: Lost Legacy Review: Pass The Torch, Drake

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 6 days ago

    @metalangel The review opened with me talking about the game in pretty straightforward terms, but I understand it may be a struggle to have another perspective. Peace.

    Posted in Uncharted: Lost Legacy Review: Pass The Torch, Drake

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 14 days ago

    @Number1Laing Actually, my point was the people playing the games, by and large, are also not talking about it. It's a game the community doesn't talk about. Like I had an entire section where I briefly mentioned gaming sites and then went on to talk about the entire community.

    Posted in Ghost Recon: Wildlands Is Missing From The Conversation

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 16 days ago

    @chaoticBeat From Software still owns the overall rights to Tenchu.

    Posted in Five Activision Classics That Deserve The Crash N.Sane Trilogy Treatment

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 18 days ago

    @Funny_Colour_Blue They'd just re-file for "Stealth Assassins", the trademark mentioned there. Losing the trademark on Stealth Assassins does not mean they no longer have the rights to the game.

    It's in the same way Capcom has a dead trademark on Onimusha Tactics. That does not mean they lose all rights to the game itself, merely that someone else could try to jump on the trademark itself.

    Posted in Five Activision Classics That Deserve The Crash N.Sane Trilogy Treatment

  • Avatar for MHWilliams MHWilliams 21 days ago

    @Wakkawipeout This was supposed to be funny, but I realized I'd play half of these games, and the others would actually get made.

    I bring you only the best content™ .Edited 3 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in What PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Looks Like At Other Publishers