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RE: Your Best Gaming Experience
There are some very obvious answers to this (great) question: Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Dragon's Dogma, Kentucky Route Zero, Nights into Dreams, House of the Dead, Level 5 in Rez, Street Fighter 4, the original Smash Brothers, various arcade experiences (a topic unto itself?).
Despite that list I'd like to give a somewhat left field response.
Blades of Exile is a little known shareware title from Spiderweb Software:
A school friend discovered it and spoke well of it, sharing it with a few of us. We messed around with the game and generally had a good time. Unlike the previous titles Blades included a fairly robust editing system, for creating unique scenarios.
I was, for lack of a better word, room mates with one particular friend at the time (the British private education system is a strange beast). One day he gave me a custom made scenario of his own creation. I thanked him and agreed to play through it.
Most of the edit was pretty standard, well made but not noteworthy for any reason. Then, near the end of the adventure, I came across a small house in the game. It was empty, but highly detailed, including books and notes of various length.
To my complete surprise those books and notes contained very personal letters directed at me. Things he wanted to tell me and say to me that he didn't feel able or ready to say to my face. Many of them were complaints, difficult feelings, frustrations in our friendship. It turned out he was gay - boarding school then was not an environment you wanted to come out in - and I learnt that fact through playing this custom version of a tiny little shareware game.
We more or less resolved most of the issues, but I'll almost certainly never have the experience of learning so much about a person close to me via a computer game again. It will always stay with me, that letter written in a level editor.
RE: Games That Don't Exist (but Really Should)
Rockstar Cyber Punk GTA, with giant scoops of Blade Runner.
Instead of unlocking new areas in a horizontal fashion as is currently standard, you unlock new areas vertically. You start on the ground on foot, in the slums. Look up and you see flying cars, monorails, and at night an orbital space station. As you progress you literally move up in the world. Flying cars, cross city anti-grav monorail and then finally orbital access and limited space flight.
Would make for an unforgettable final shot of the characters (not even Ian Hinck but one playable woman this time please Rockstar) looking down on planet earth.
p.s. if they wanted to work with Kojima and have a dash of Snatchers I certainly wouldn't mind.
RE: What is your GOTY so far?
everyone in the industry is only hoping to get some of their magic.
Everyone in Hollywood wants to make Marvel movies, equally depressing.
You clearly don't like Overwatch and do like Uncharted 4. Cool. When you say "I mean, is there even any competition?" - deliberate hyperbole aside - there are very clearly a lot of different games that people are excited for. Overwatch is one of them.
I'm setting up RA (reputationolics anonymous). We meet once a week to talk about the terrible threads we make to try and get those dirty little numbers up. It's a no judgement zone and we always welcome new members. Upvote spamming alt accounts however are barred at the door.
RE: Frame Trap - Official Discussion Thread
As much as I agree, this is a case of tackling the fish hook rather than the fisherman.
Talk to someone face to face and have someone try that. How do they look? Abrasive, aggressive, unreasonable etc. Unless they're surrounded by cronies it's hard (thankfully) to shout someone down without looking like an arsehole.
In comparison it's easy on the internet. Especially on social media. You control who you reply to. Don't like an opinion? Block. Want to fuck with someone? Retweet and set the dogs on 'em. Internet interaction does not resemble anything that has come before it. I hate this idea of "the internet shut me down". For all the faults, anonymous, wild west internet had a higher chance of filtering decent content. Social media is a blight, anyone trying to mine real actual opinion or truth from it is a fool.
There is no everyone on the internet, but in terms of processing it, everything becomes monolithic. This forum hosts a wealth of differing opinion, nevertheless it would be facile to pick a few quotes and paint any give topic in a certain colour.
tl;dr everyone should read Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle.
RE: Tabletop Escapades - Official Discussion Thread [Spoilers]
Cat Racing, Peter O'toole, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell.
Enter The Negative Zone.
As we all know EZA is a hive of hype, hell yes and ohmygodicantwait, and is much the better for it.
So I propose the Negative Zone.
Without compromising the general spirit of the community we all value, here's a place to mouth off, spit fire and vent.
What's bugging you? What's the truth that dare not speak its name? What's the bee in your bonnet? What's the bad bad news?
Has to be said but this isn't a place to rage at each other or be offensive, it's just a spit bucket to keep the forums clean and help you get that shout off your chest. It's not a thread to start arguments and be a pain.
That said, fire away and have fun.
RE: Manga, power up one panel at a time.
What's that? You haven't taken a moment to dip your toes into the gentlest end of the world going?
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō
An optimistic, charmingly naive robot runs an end of the road coffee shop sat in a slowly decaying future Japan. It's a beautiful thing.
RE: What is your GOTY so far?
@flower_arrangement A full priced multiplayer-only game without completed multiplayer features at launch and has terrible micro-transactions?
I fear for the future of the industry if people tells publishers that they like this stuff. I also find Uncharted 4 multiplayer to be way better.
I was mainly pulling your leg and I don't particularly feel like arguing over this as the topic is a question of personal taste, but man, games trying to be not very good movies is much worse for the future of the industry to my mind.
RE: What is your GOTY so far?
@Nillend Oh yeah, which is why I was happy to talk about why Overwatch is objectively not GOTY.
It's like how Jim Sterling automatically disqualified Overwatch from being GOTY nominee even though he loves it.
I don't want a future of video games where everything is full priced game with bare bones content and also contains microtransaction, no matter how fun it is. We're allowing publishers to continually hold value as a hostage when we vote with our wallets towards these games, and giving them an award for doing so is just making it worse.
I want to give your a fair reply on this.
This is a decent argument. It's actually really fucking important, I more or less agree with you on it (I'm fine with cosmetic micro transactions). What it's not is an argument that stops Overwatch being personal GOTY for other people.
You've shifted this over to "objectively not GOTY" for "reasons". I think the reasons are interesting, but it's still a shift and the first time you've made that completely clear.
If you want to argue "objective" GOTY I'm out. Maybe we'll pick up when the end of the year swings by.
RE: Games you play when catching up on shows and podcasts
5 unsuccessful rounds of Spelunky, scream internally, be a woeful rocket league goalie (nice shot! @&£* sorry!), miss easy putts from a metre away in PGA golf, commiserate by buying a new dress in GTA online then walk out to a bullet in the head from a 12 year old yacht-owning French sniper. Put controller down and cry self to sleep.
RE: Tabletop Allies Interest Thread
Sounds like there is interest but as Nilend pointed out that easily fizzles. What we need to get things go are DM volunteers, not loads, just one or two.
We'll list games going and get sign ups etc here then and have chat about stuff in the thread.
I'm really inexperienced but since I started the thread and am super interested in DMing I feel I should kick things off. Give me a couple of days and I'll post one or maybe two game openings using roll20. If anyone wants to DM this is the thread for it!
The games I'd like to try are a standard D'n'D campaign and an experimental go at Don't Rest Your Head.
The key to it will be finding a reliable way of getting together at a regular time. Any help most welcome, and sorry for being away from the thread, had a mental long weekend.