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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 9 days ago

    I play plenty of "violent" games, including most the "edgy" pre-PS2 generation titles, but have been sickened by various trailers at times, including trailers for game series I like. The Death Stranding trailer you were just trying to get to was the one this year that made me shout "NOPE NOPE NOPE" at the screen. Assassins Creed Unity was a bad game, but turned me off from the get-go with it's depiction of a beheaded noggin on a pike (sure, that's the French revolution for you, but ick).

    All said though, I seemed to see way more organized abuse of living individuals this year than in the past. Part of the extreme focus on post-apocalyptic, fallen-society settings is warlords and thugs ordering people at gunpoint, managing concentration camp like settings, and publicly executing someone in front of the flock. I think Red Dead's trailer did it, I think Division 2's did, at least one other game did.

    I think maybe the real issue here is why every video game is turning into The Purge. It makes games that have made a unique signature on the post-apoc theme like TLoU fail to stand out among the crowd.Edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Dear Naughty Dog: Please Stop Torturing People in Your Trailers for The Last of Us 2

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 9 days ago

    I'm a sucker for surreal sci-fi drama, so I'll give my Best Of Show vote to Control.

    Things I also liked: Skull & Bones, Just Cause, Metal Wolf Chaos (hurrah), DOA6, Valkyria 4

    Things I enjoy but am skeptical of: Tomb Raider, Life is Strange 2.0, Last Of Us, Spider-Man, Kingdom Hearts

    Things I'm not sure I'll enjoy but I'm glad they exist: AC Odyssey, Rage 2, Ghosts of Tsushima, Battlefield, Gears 5

    Things I feel were overrated: Resident Evil 2, Death Stranding, Anthem, Smash Bros (more of a general "Nintendo's bullpen is still warming up" problem than anything wrong with this particular Smash)

    Things that didn't really do it for me but are too incomplete to rate: BG&E2, Cyberpunk2077

    And finally, for the games announced but completely not shown...
    Take My Money Now Award: Doom II Alternative Title

    Oh God Please No "Award": BattletoadsEdited 2 times. Last edited 2 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Help Us Choose the Best Game of E3 2018

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 17 days ago

    @Kat.Bailey Yeah, I wasn't suggesting you review 7000 games, but that such an ocean of games will undoubtedly turn up some diamonds in the rough, and hopefully people who like to articulate why they like good games and find some will help reveal them to people.

    I don't mind Steam hosting a lot of games because, as difficult as it could be to sift through, the reality is people want to make and sell games and SOMEONE should help them sell their games, right? It's sort of the AOL one-size-fits-all approach, but Iow quality games are going to exist regardless.

    Posted in Steam's Half-Assed Approach to Content Moderation Will Continue Antagonizing Indie Developers

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 17 days ago

    You folks are missing your moment in all this.

    I still listen to podcasts from USG and other sites, and on the shows where people read viewer emails, people ask what the purpose of these sites and the few remaining print magazines that largely spawned them are supposed to be in a the industry as it exists now. Usually an editor sighs, undoubtedly remembering painful memories of layoff rounds and folded establishments. Sometimes they suggest that the concerned listener please not pre-order video games, since if you've already paid for a video game you're telling publishers that professional video game critique is a pointless occupation.

    There isn't, in theory, a problem with a huge flood of games so long as sites like this one exist with people who can articulate which are good and bad and why. Games that are too small to notice may lure in some suckers, but at the end of the day it's about educated consumers, and educated consumers exist because of people like you, the "paid to write about video games from an experienced perspective" person.

    Posted in Steam's Half-Assed Approach to Content Moderation Will Continue Antagonizing Indie Developers

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene 20 days ago

    I'll admit that later generations probably got better before they started diving downward with mega evolutions and whatnot. However I also understand why it has a First Among Equals status, because if you're going to try to sell a game to someone like me you have to since I played that first game and no others, so I don't really recognize many later Pokemon except Lucario and Greninja.

    Any other long-running franchise, including the likes of Transformers and Power Rangers, has to give their Gen1 a higher status than the rest just due to the marketability of reaching out to older people who remember but haven't kept up with the changes. Even Disney still only builds 200ft castles at theme parks for princesses from the 1950s.

    Posted in The Kanto Pokedex is Overrated

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    I think this metric is pretty useful for indie games, though, where prices vary and aren't always indicative of a game's type or budget. All the concern seems to be about impacts at the $60 'soft cap'.

    Heck, an indie game might actually be able to charge a little bit more if they can show people got something out of their investment.Edited 5 weeks ago by Unknown

    Posted in Don't Be Fooled, A Game's Cost Per Hour Value is Anti-Consumerist

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    My guess: Valve enabled the ability to buy games through Big Picture Mode (it's not like the client itself does anything to prevent you from accessing specific Big Picture functions) and that triggered the in-app-purchase clause.

    Valve could probably make it work, but would need some kind of baby web server or something running on the host machine that would report to the app what apps are installed and only VNC in once the app is running.

    Posted in Apple Just Removed Valve's Steam Link App From the iOS App Store

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    My understanding is Hunniepop's uncensored mode is unlocked by putting a blank file with a certain name in the data directory. This means the actual verboten artworks are delivered by Steam. That's similar to Hot Coffee and quite different than a user hacking a nude skin into DOA5 or Tomb Raider.

    Posted in Mature Visual Novels are at Risk of Being Taken Down from Steam [Update]

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    Well, this is an industry where getting an AO rating effectively kills your game. I'm sure there's sites that collect such novelties, but it's necessarily Valve's duty to right that ship.

    It really sucks though that they told some of these devs that they'd be approved and then turned away from that. That doesn't look like a good business move no matter how you view it.

    Posted in Mature Visual Novels are at Risk of Being Taken Down from Steam [Update]

  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene UnskippableCutscene A month ago

    The Taken esssentially ARE the Hive, though. They're just the upper-crust elites. I could only get so far into the Books of Sorrow before I tired of reading about characters I'd never see, but I think the Taken are a side effect of the Hive's "sword logic", a by-product of the worms that through killing tributes grants dimensional tearing.

    Posted in In Destiny 2: Warmind, the Big Bugs of the Hive Finally Get Back in the Spotlight