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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 5 days ago

    Keep in mind a lot of people are have a huge, like, bizarrely strong arachnophobia with giant spiders in video games. I basically look up whether games have giant spiders before I buy them, won't buy them if they do, and only bought the previous game after reading posts that went along the lines of, "don't worry, no Shelob here".

    My video game arachnophobia, planted in my brain by SimAnt and triggered by everything from Resident Evil games to Family Dog (the SNES tie-in game to a short lived Fox prime time cartoon) is actually worse than my phobia of most real life spiders (tarantulas and Australian mammoth spiders are the most notable exceptions). I have missed many games because of it, including a few game of the year winners. If I were ever to get far enough in Bloodborne, I would expect some Evangelion-style "courage through intense screaming" moments if I reached Nightmare of Mensis.

    So yes, I'm fine having an attractive lady, even if she could tone down the sexiness a bit, over having a spider the size of a house.Edited 5 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Monolith Explains Why Shelob Is a Woman, but That Doesn't Change the Fact Her Human Form Is Boring

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    To those of us for whom it matters: Yes, it still has Glynnis Campbell as Kerrigan, as well as the rest of the original cast. And Kerrigan is even green still, so it's as weirdly disharmonious with SC2 as it always had been. (Though this may have to do with her appearance in the Brood War ending cinematic, as the FMVs were not remade.)

    Posted in StarCraft Remastered's Launch has Been a Pleasant Nostalgia Fest for Longtime Fans

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 6 days ago

    We've been here before with games like Minecraft and, to a lesser extent, Kerbal space simulator. Games basically built up in public through the public's feedback.

    Basically, no. I think a game needs to be at least as complete as Stardew Valley looked last year. That game keeps getting tweaks and adjustments and had some bugs that needed fixed, but the vision was largely complete.Edited 6 days ago by Unknown

    Posted in Should PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds be in the Running for Game of the Year Despite Being Unfinished?

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 20 days ago

    Transgenderism is such a deeply personal thing, I could see that portraying a transman as a woman could be insulting to transpeople in an isolated case, especially if they interpret the artist's intention as "well here's what they'd look like if they weren't trans." However, as part of a mass genderswap of a whole cast I think you have to accept the possibility that no ill will was intended.

    Posted in Hey, Dream Daddy Fandom: You Need to Do Better

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 26 days ago

    The way I've perceived the disgust seems to revolve around this self-centered masturbatory fiction that the culture we're living in should ever be considered the most important or influential culture of our times. The entire story revolves around this guy in some distant future with a studious reverence of our very recent past. Which feels, honestly, like someone is lying to make us here and now feel more important than we really are. It's a pleasurable lie, to think that the icons of my 80s youth would be important cultural age since the Renaissance; but given the existence of DVDs and the benefit of hindsight I know that the Gummi Bears don't deserve it. Nor the rest of the Disney Afternoon, nor does the NES Power Glove.

    I've said before that I appreciate when I see Nintendo make new things like Splatoon or even try experimental ideas like ARMS without the saddled baggage of their familiar bench of mascots. And the reason I feel that way is because it's kind of embarrassing to me that the cartoon heroes of my childhood, that the beats and soundtracks of my upbringing, would be foisted onto the children being born now. They deserve their own original concepts.

    There's the other factor that it's impossible for anyone, including people who want to wear their hobby as an identity the way Cline does, to be right about all these things. I'll leave the chin-stroking about whether it's unhealthy to identify through consumerism and brands to people who want to do it (I don't have a problem with the idea, but I don't want to fight people who do). But even a guy who is King Nerd enough to write a book with all these Nerdy References doesn't realize the show called "G-Force" is widely recognized as "Battle of the Planets" or even as "Gatchaman" shows the inherent flaw in writing a script like this. You can't be the world's foremost expert in everything simultaneously, and the farther you stretch yourself the more likely even casual fans of something will see where you're "frontin' it".Edited 4 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in The Backlash to Ready Player One Reveals the Blindspots of Entertainment Journalism

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    I owned both at launch. As a kid I tended to believe that everything newer was better (heeded on by Nintendo's message that I must keep consuming and buying ever-more new stuff because it's always better than what they sold me before) but in hindsight SMB3 better encapsulates what I think of as "Mario."

    Some gameplay elements, like the fence-climbing parts in dungeons, are clear "look at what this system can do" moments. And in soundtrack, this game turned a little too hard toward the cutesy in a way that Nintendo games would wear for better or worse, despite NOA Marketing's objections, as "kiddie gaming" for a while. And gameplay-wise, the cape is just too strong.

    Posted in Super NES Classic Reviews Game by Game #1: Super Mario World

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    Nice to know that Fred Wilpon bought an Overwatch team.

    ...the guy who was taken for a ride by Bernie Madoff

    ...the guy who will be paying Bobby Bonilla $1.19 million a year through 2028 because they didn't want to pay him $5.9 million in 2000

    ...the guy whose customers purchased a billboard to beg him to sell the team to someone competent

    Yeah, this is a real improvement from the shady/untrustworthy esports owners of the past. The fact that players (who often don't know contract law, don't have the best legal reps, and don't know what they're getting into) have to deal with vultures like this is regrettable.

    Posted in Report: Blizzard Signs Six Overwatch League Esports Teams

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    @gigantor21 At least Overwatch's lore is better than Warcraft's.

    Do not look too deep into Warcraft's lore. It stops making sense. Especially anything that involves dragons. Hooo-wee.

    Posted in No, Doomfist Didn't Murder Tracer

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    I think it's fine to put this kind of message across in a game if people are aware of what they're buying (i.e. If you're not being deceptive or cagey about the game's content to provoke a controversial reaction). However, I disagree with the author's intent to circumvent Twitch content policing.

    First of all, Twitch has a blacklist of game titles and while they try to stay objective there's nothing stopping them from arbitrarily putting your game on there just because they don't like it. The first amendment doesn't apply to streaming platforms. The second of all is, not every game needs to be streamed; and I don't see what this game is doing that's so streamer friendly that it should compromise it's vision to try and violate the spirit of Twitch's rules by exploiting the language.

    This game would get buzz if it had graphical depictions of dicks. Maybe it's get even more than it does from articles like this. It has a niche audience and that audience will hear about it from sources other than whoever is brave enough to try to stream it. This is a no-win situation: the second compromises his vision under the assumption that it's important for business. Twitch feels that their rules were in effect violated and probably becomes more strict and more arbitrary. In effect, gamers lose in a way.

    You can make provocative games without having to be a provocative developer. It's a lesson many people in the industry need to learn, and some (I think of Mike Wilson here) have been trying to grasp that for decades.Edited last month by Unknown

    Posted in Robert Yang's New Game Asks: Can You Suck A Man's Gun on Twitch?

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    Overwatch is a lot like WoW's raiding and how there's technically a backstory to each raid but nobody cares.
    I'm sure there's 5% of the playerbase that goes "ohhhhh" over details like this. Me and everybody else are thinking, "so what, I killed her a dozen times today and she respawned each time."

    Posted in No, Doomfist Didn't Murder Tracer