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A.K. Barratt, Orlando, FL

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  • Avatar for swamped swamped 30 days ago

    Shenmue deserves all the credit it's finally gotten around to getting, thanks in no small part to these dedicated fans. It got so much criticism at the time for including elements that are now considered standard to open world games (AKA "Fully Reactive Eyes Entertainment"). We've gone from "how stupid that you can pet the cat" to "why CAN'T I pet and feed this dog??" It's not without its flaws, but it was a huge stepping stone on the way to the current generation. It totally changed the way I think about immersion and narrative in games.

    Posted in The Fans Who Never Let Shenmue Die

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 2 months ago

    So grindy. Ended up only putting about 3 days into it. I don't mind it being a game that I can play on autopilot, but I don't see how even buying content would significantly improve the gameplay issues. That's a problem.

    Posted in Pokemon Quest Needs to Improve Like Pokemon Go if it Wants to Survive

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 2 months ago
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    Every major player in this industry is guilty of anti-consumer practices but Sony is by far the worst. You notice when big companies start to have a near monopoly in an area customer support structures disappear completely (see also Amazon, Google, Facebook). If you'd told me a year ago I'd be considering jumping ship to Xbox One, I would have laughed in your face. But then I got locked out of my Sony account for weeks because a chat support agent falsely accused me of harassment and there was no path whatsoever for recourse. At least I can get a call back from Microsoft, even if it's only because they're desperate to catch up. So I'm not surprised to see customers aren't being considered in this either. Not caring won't lose them any money, so they don't invest in it.

    Posted in If Fortnite and Minecraft Can't Make Sony Support Cross-Play, Nothing Will

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 4 months ago

    Great timing, I was just thinking about revisiting this one on PC.

    Posted in Fallout 3 Mod Restores Tons of Cut Content to the Game

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 5 months ago

    Please tell me they're redubbing it.

    Posted in Shenmue 1 and 2 HD Remaster is Coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 5 months ago

    Happy to see so much love for the original Silent Hill movie. For the pure thrill of seeing something you love come to life on screen, particularly with the OST, I don't think it's been topped. The story does go off the rails but it's otherwise surprisingly faithful to the source material. Apparently the director was a huge fan of the game, which is a rarity on these projects, and his passion shows. I particularly love all the practical effects and costumes. These days I feel the approach would have been to use heavier CGI. At that point, you might as well boot up the game.Edited April 2018 by Unknown

    Posted in What's the Best Video Game Movie?

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 5 months ago
  • Avatar for swamped swamped 6 months ago

    I'm always on the opposite Final Fantasy track as everyone else. I'm glad the series continues to be so popular because I seem to love the games everyone else hates and vice versa. FFXV was a recent favorite and I've poured hundreds of hours into the Tactics Advanced series while I've never been able to finish the PSX original.

    Posted in What Game Do You Like From a Series, but Not as Part of Its Franchise?

  • Avatar for swamped swamped 7 months ago

    I actually really respect Blumhouse as a production company, so I'm happy this project landed at their feet. They're pretty much the only production company going against the Hollywood bloat model, and they have millions to show for it. Horror is a genre I think really thrives under a low budget because it forces creativity.

    Although you're right that they're not all gems. The goal is profit, not necessarily a good film. So the question of quality is still up in the air. But M. Night Shyamalan actually started making good movies again under Blumhouse, so my hopes are high.

    Heard a really great interview with Jason Blum on the radio a while back. I think his production rules are fascinating.

    Posted in Five Nights at Freddy's Movie Being Handled by Blumhouse, Chris Columbus