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I played this game years ago, when it first came out, but it was almost as great watching James and Mike play it as it was playing it myself. (Yeah, I know, I'm a little behind on this, as I'd kind of fell out of watching Cinemassacre videos for a little while, for some reason, but now I'm watching them again and glad to be doing so, because this was great.)

Spoiler warning, obviously, if you haven't played it yourself, yet.

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Last night, I stayed up until around 5:30am in order to finally finish watching Part 3 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. I mainly started watching it after I watched the overflowing-with-spoilers Best Friends Let's Play of the Eyes of Heaven video game, which was admittedly a little bit ass-backwards. But, really, it's difficult to be truly spoiled on something as ridiculous as JJBA. It's one of those kind of "you have to actually see it yourself to really believe how ludicrous it can get" things, even if you do hear blatant spoilers about it.

That said, I'm not going to get into spoilers here. Instead, I'll just leave you with some awesome music from the anime.

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Grim Dawn

Dec. 8th, 2016 11:53 pm
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I started playing Grim Dawn recently, after buying it as part of a Humble Bundle. It's pretty good. If you've played any recent isometric ARPG, you should know what to expect. I'm playing as an Occultist+Shaman=Conjurer and am putting all of my points into the summoned creatures, which has been pretty cool so far.

I'll definitely say this much for Grim Dawn: it is objectively better than both Path of Exile and Diablo III, if only because it does not require always online bullshit.
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Here, have something that is, for a change, not angry ranting about asinine political horseshit:

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And here are parts 2 and 3:

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Man, I miss the days when it was merely the video game industry that was doing stupid shit that pissed me off so fucking much. Nowadays, that sort of bullshit is hardly even a blip on my radar anymore, it seems.
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Huh. Got an email about that just a bit ago. A teaser thing for The Silver Lining ("Coming in 2017!") apparently. So, finally, after fivesix years, they're going to release the final episode of that, eh? I'd given up on ever playing it, given that I don't play episodic games until all episodes are released, and I'm not sure what took so long, but... meh, maybe I'll actually, finally get to play it after all, one of these days. How about that. *shrug*

(EDIT) I dunno, maybe I'll have something more positive to say about it, if and when it ever does get completely released and I finally do play it. It's just that I have other, terrible things on my mind at the moment to be overly hyped about this. (/EDIT)

Fran Bow

Nov. 2nd, 2016 08:02 pm
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I just finished Fran Bow a few minutes ago. I got it on Steam, but it's also available on GOG.com.

If you happen to be looking for a point-and-click adventure game full of psychological horror and more than a bit of mind screw, similar to games like Sanitarium or I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream, then you can't go wrong with this one, though I think Fran Bow has a certain charm to it that even those games lack. It ends on a wee bit of a cliffhanger/sequel hook, but not egregiously so.

I wouldn't necessarily claim that Fran Bow reaches the lofty heights of, say, The Longest Journey or Gabriel Knight on my list of all-time favorite point-and-clicks, but it's pretty high, all the same. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for news of a sequel.
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The typo in the title is intentional and the reason for it is explained in the video. ¬_¬ (EDIT) Oh, he "fixed" it to the proper spelling. Huh. It would have been funnier if he'd left it as "Berenstein." Oh well, at least it's still misspelled in the video thumbnail. (/EDIT)
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Here, have another post that consists entirely of embeds of tweets. This time it's not Donald Trump related, so there is that, at least.

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Before I even watch this, I am going to say that the answer should be a resounding, "Fuck no, bugs shouldn't be ignored when reviewing modern game releases, especially if it's game-breaking bullshit. If game companies don't want bad reviews for their games, then game companies shouldn't release broken roach motels. Period."

Now, to actually watch the video...



Again, as usual, I mostly find myself agreeing with them. You can't ignore that shit. Also, I don't mind the idea that was brought up of a follow-up review, as long as said follow-up doesn't completely supersede the original review. It's fair to say that a game is better now, but it's also fair to leave the original review intact, just to call out and shine a spotlight on the ever shitty practices of the modern video game industry. Even if a game on release comes with a day 1 patch to fix most of the issues that may have been in the review copies that were sent out to reviewers, it was still the case that the game companies thought it was a good idea to send out broken copies to reviewers, so the reviewers should report as such.

That said, the idea put forward by Ian that some games will "pass you by" if you don't get them at or near launch because of online crap or whatever... that's utter bullshit, in my opinion. If a game is so time-sensitive as to be mostly irrelevant just a few months or a year later, then... well... bugs or not, that game really wasn't worthwhile to begin with, and it's no loss whatsoever to me if I "missed out" or whatever. Simple as that.

Fortunately for me, I don't have to worry about any of this shit anymore. Even the "might miss out on online games" issue doesn't bother me, because, aside from very rare, occasional, nigh nonexistent outliers, I have no interest in playing online games at all.

(EDIT) Oh, and what about the issue of games that get demonstrably worse after patches? I think maybe those should also receive update reviews, especially if the "worse" part was actually new, unwanted, disliked features and not merely bugs. (/EDIT)

(EDIT 2) And here is a comment under that video:

"As someone in the industry, we basically say this, if you want to review a game before release, you cannot complain about bugs, especially since you wanted a prerelease copy, and in most cases that means an unfinished product, But you can disclose them in your review. One of the reasons alot of publishers dont want reviews up before a games release is because they expect a reviewer to quickly go over the 0day release, to see if any of the complaints they had are gone or even in some cases, if new problems arise. Alot of gamers like to say games are getting more broken on release. In reality games are becoming more and more complex, and in recent years alot of publishers are demanding that developers dont share any new libraries of tech releases, meaning alot of the same mechanics have to be reprogrammed again and again."

In other words, the same old "Baaaawwww, modern games are different now, more complex now, so don't be so hard on us poor, widdle developers, it's the reviewers fault or it's the publishers fault, not our fault at all ever, waaaaaaah!" bullshit that you typically see these days. In many cases, yeah, sure, it's executive meddling that fucks over a game, through no (or little) fault of the developers... but in just as many cases, it's simply that the developers themselves were indeed shit and that's why the game is shit. (/EDIT 2)
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This is one of my favorite point-and-click games, and certainly one of my favorite Star Trek games. The only Star Trek games I'd rate a bit higher are Star Trek: Judgment Rites, which is the sequel to the PC 25th Anniversary game shown here, and Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity, which they also briefly mention in the above video. Why there aren't more (and more modern) Star Trek games like these now, today, instead of the putrid turds we've gotten lately, I don't know.

You can find both of these Original Series games on Steam and on GOG. Sadly and frustratingly, A Final Unity isn't available on those platforms (yet, anyway).

And, yes, the PC version of 25th Anniversary is indeed many orders of magnitude better than the NES version, which is, itself, much better than the Game Boy version (even if that was the first Star Trek game I ever owned and played and for which I still have fairly fond memories, even though, in retrospect, it objectively sucked complete asshole).

Happy 50th anniversary, Star Trek. Here's to another successful 50 years (and hopefully much better video games in that time).
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Humble Sierra Bundle.

Just plugging this, because it's cool.
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James and Mike play what is probably my favorite of all the Zelda games, and not just because it was the first one that I ever owned, played, and completed myself. This is not a full Let's Play in the traditional sense, but it's still a cool video, I think.


And here is part two:

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How about that. Here is their twitter (for now), on which they discuss it as well (though they mostly just link back to the now dead main site). And yes, the site itself is indeed down now. Apparently, it has been down since April, though I only just found out. Shows how often I checked the site lately, I guess. >_>

This concerns me mainly in that pretty much every link I ever made to that site in my LJ (quite a few) is now a dead link. The old links (or, at least, the few I checked) do still show up on archive.org though, so on the rare off-chance that someone ever looks back at my old posts, for whatever reason, and sees one with a gamepolitics.com link in them and wants to see one of those sites, there is that option, I guess. *shrug*

For what it's worth, the former GamePolitics writers are still active on this site, apparently. But then, my own interest in such things, generally speaking, has been pretty low lately.

(I'm sure the shutting down of GamePolitics makes Jack Thompson happy, if nobody else. ¬_¬)
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(And, of course, obviously, the comments under this video are chock full of grody creepers and Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types. Just a fair warning.)

At that point, if you're going to be doing this, I'd say just go play a straight-up damn hentai game and be done with it, already. Sheesh. Or maybe it's that Team Ninja itself should just go ahead and turn the DOA Xtreme series into a straight-up hentai eroge and be done with that, already. You can tell that they really, really want to.

On the whole, I once again mostly agree with Ian here. As for the characters being "uncomfortable" with the "advances" of the player, yeah, it's creepy as shit. Still, "realistically" speaking, if Kasumi truly didn't want you touching her tits or whatever, she, being a ninja, would kick your fucking ass. To me, it seems mostly like she's acting out of character to just stand there and let some schlub in a VR mask fondle her like that while doing nothing else beside repeatedly saying "ya da" and "da me" (both of which basically mean "no" or "I don't want this.") There's also a bit of cultural divide here between Japan and "the West" as well, at least as far as I can understand it, but that's a different kettle o' fish altogether and beyond the scope of this post.

Of course, the crux of the matter here is that Kasumi isn't a real person. Kasumi is a collection of polygons that has been programmed by Team Ninja to react this way. I'm not sure if that makes it better or worse, honestly. No, the entire point of this, no more and no less, is to allow the player to get their rocks off. And again, at that point, I'd say just go play a flat-out hentai game and stop pretending.

And yeah, as Pat says, VR Grand Theft Auto (or something like it) is coming, too. VR Mortal Kombat. VR Manhunt. VR Thrill Kill. VR Super Columbine Massacre RPG. And so on. It has always fascinated me that, outside of a few stick-up-the-ass "moral guardian" types, most people (in the USA, anyway) are pretty okay with excessively violent, gory death in video games, but when it comes to risqué stuff like this, that is where the line gets crossed? As for me, I consider the above to be a "sexual assault simulator" in the same way that those other games are "murder simulators," and I've ranted about all of that shit multiple times in the past. They are what they are, for good or bad. Personally, I'd much rather have sexual deviants getting their jollies wearing a VR headset and poking Kasumi's ass in some dank basement somewhere than to have them out and about doing this shit to actual, real-life people. And if an otherwise normal, well-adjusted person wants to also get their jollies off poking Kasumi's ass with their virtual fingers, then more power to them, I guess? It'd be either that or ripping the characters from Mortal Kombat in half, whenever the VR version of that comes out. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. It's not my cup of tea.
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This is the game I'm talking about. It's free to play (with a microtransaction store that I had absolutely zero intention of ever using), so if you want to give it a shot, you'll lose nothing except time (82 minutes in my case). Like I said above, the game was shaping up to be an amazing experience... but then I got randomly disconnected from the server for no apparent reason and was booted out to the main menu, and when I logged back in I was in the town hub. This utterly annihilated any and all interest I have in ever trying this game again.

Seriously, FUCK this online-only horseshit to hell and back and then to hell again, where it should forever remain, since that's where it came from to start with. This is why I never bought and will never buy Diablo III. But I thought I'd at least give Path of Exile a chance, given that it was free and I'd heard good things about it. If it had an offline option, I actually might be willing to pay money for it, given that what I did play of it was pretty great. But if I can only play online, with the ever looming threat of being randomly disconnected and booted out of the game for no good reason, then Path of Exile can fuck off and die for all I care.
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Ah good, so they've finally gotten around to releasing the full, non-chopped up version of the game in a single package, have they? Well, maybe now I can finally start thinking about buying this someday, once it hits a sale for $20 or so.

Maybe now I even have an incentive to give The Witcher 1 (which I never finished) and The Witcher 2 (which I never even started because I never finished The Witcher 1) another shot as well.
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You know... I might would actually consider getting back into buying some more JRPGs on Steam and such, if only the trailers for said games were actual trailers that showed off things like... I dunno... gameplay and such, rather than pretty much all of them lately merely being anime/J-pop music videos that don't really tell you much of anything about the games themselves (aside perhaps from the fact that they probably have pretty anime cutscenes). >_>


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