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While I'm ranting about video games at the moment and all...

I bought Batman - The Telltale Series a couple days ago, because it was on a 75% off sale for $6.25.

Apparently, right around that same time, they released a huge patch that seems to have just completely broken the game. Just look at the Steam forums for the game right now.

I played the game for 46 minutes, according to Steam, and then just gave up and uninstalled it. I may go back to it later, some day, if they fix this shit, but for now, I am very disappointed in Telltale.


And this isn't the first Telltale game that I've quit before finishing it lately, either. A while back, I broke down and got Minecraft Story Mode, because it and the Adventure Pass bullshit were available together for dirt cheap. I played through the first five episodes (i.e. the main storyline) fine, but when I started the "extra" episodes, I ran into a problem where the info boxes were showing up as completely empty. I went so far as to send a tech support ticket to Telltale about it, and the response I got (almost a full two months later) was banal, form letter, useless bullshit like... well... hell, I'll just copy/paste the email reply I got from them here:

Uselessness behind cut )

So, yeah, I used to be a huge fan of Telltale. Not so much, anymore.

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Interesting. Less because of the games, but because GameMaker itself is in the bundle, as well as source code for most of the games (or only the source code, in some cases).

I'm considering biting on this just to get GameMaker, if nothing else. Well, I have about two weeks to decide, at any rate.
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Before I even watch this video, I am going to go ahead and answer the question. Yes, absolutely, monetization is affecting game design. It has been doing so for years now. I and [personal profile] owsf2000 and many others have been ranting about this asinine horseshit for years. It fucking sucks fucking ass fucking hole. It always has fucking sucked fucking ass fucking hole. It will never not fucking suck fucking ass fucking hole.

Now, to actually watch the video.

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I absolutely agree with this video. My only minor issue with the video is that it seems like Ryan and Mike are hugely behind the curve if they're seemingly only just now starting to notice this issue and to have a problem with it, due to "oh noes not muh zeldas" or whatever. Ignoring that quibble, yeah, like I said, 100% agreement with them. The whole goddamn thing goddamn sucks goddamn ass goddamn hole.
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(EDIT) And once again, the refund went through within a couple of hours. Good. (/EDIT)

For the second time now, I have requested a refund for a game on Steam. This time it was for a game (if you can even call it a "game") that only cost a dollar, but I still decided I would rather have my dollar back than to keep this thing.

So, because I pretty much loathe Steam reviews and find them nigh useless (and you can just look at the reviews for the game I linked to above, for examples of why I feel this way), I'll just post a mini-review here, instead.

"Your Friend Hana" is apparently a chatbot. I deduced this from the description and screenshots. It's why I bought it for a mere dollar. However, what the description and screenshots don't tell you is that Hana is apparently a very stupid chatbot. You can find smarter, more sophisticated chatbots for free via a simple <insert search engine of choice here> search. See, my problem was that I was typing complete sentences, and she just kept responding with "What did you say?" I found out later, via the forums, after I had already uninstalled it and requested the refund, that she apparently only responds to single key words. Except that even when I'd tried a single word "Hello," she still replied with "What did you say?" Oh well. I don't think I'm missing anything at all of value here, except for that dollar that I hope Steam gives back to me within a reasonable amount of time.
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I was at my sister's house on Sunday with my mom, and while they were off doing other things, I was idly flipping through channels on her TV. I landed on a channel and said, "Hey, that's Wil Wheaton! What's this about?"

It turns out that it was an episode of Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana. (Obligatory TVTropes link.) In fact, I will show you the exact point at which I flipped into the show. It was during Chapter 5, just as they landed at the Skyside Stronghold. I knew immediately that it was a show about a tabletop RPG, but I thought at first that it was mostly in a science fiction setting, what with a ship landing and robots and blasters and cyborgs and all that. Well, it's kind of like that, but also about half-and-half with fantasy as well. Since then, I've gone back and watched the entire series. It's pretty great.

Here, have a redundant embed, too, just for the hell of it.

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Also, I am now subscribed to Geek & Sundry in general, and plan to go and watch some of the channel's other stuff. I'd heard of it before, vaguely, but had never really looked into it until now. Basically, this and Counter Monkey are the only real exposure that I've had to tabletop gaming. CRPGs like Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment are great, but I guess it's just not the same thing. Maybe someday I'll have a chance to try the real thing (despite being mostly an asocial [not to be confused with "antisocial"] homebody).
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Huh, what a coincidence. You know, what with how I've been playing a lot of this game lately and all (Steam version).

Finally defeated the dragon last night, actually, and started the "post-game" stuff. I think I'll start a New Game+ when I finish that and wait until then to do the DLC/Expansion stuff. It'll be the first game in a very long time that I've looked forward to playing a second time so soon after a first playthrough.
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If you ever wanted to play Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, or The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but didn't want to get them on Steam, they are now available on GOG.com (along with the other, previously-released-on-GOG Fallout/Elder Scrolls games, which are currently on sale there).
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As cool as the rest of the video may have been, the first five minutes or so demonstrate why I will most likely never be buying this game, unless I see it on a 90% Steam sale or maybe as part of a Humble Bundle or something.
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That's pretty interesting. I'd heard of the Broadcast Satellite stuff before, but had never actually seen any of the games from it until now.
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Just want to pause for a moment before I go to bed to say that Dragon's Dogma is a pretty damn good video game. Yeah, I know, I'm behind the times on this by around five years or so, but whatever. Better late than never.

(Yes, I know it's a Capcom game, but still. If you've got Capcom on your shitlist these days, as I do, for the most part, I'd still recommend potentially making an exception for this. For what it's worth, I didn't pay attention to the fact that this was a Capcom game until after I bought it on a dirt cheap sale on Steam.)
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Here is the article to which they are referring: "Video Games Are Better Without Stories"

Ah, yes... that old "video games don't need/shouldn't try to have stories" chestnut, yet again. So banal. Without going into much of a long-winded, tiresome rant again, I'll just say that I agree with Pat and Ian here, and mostly disagree with the article in question.

If you took a game like, for example, Planescape: Torment and removed the story, what you'd have is something vastly inferior. So yeah, to say that video games (as though all video games are some sort of homogeneous, monolithic entity) are better without stories is a rather asinine declaration, in my opinion.

"All literature is just fanfiction of The Epic of Gilgamesh." I don't know who originally said that, and I'm not sure I agree with the statement, but still, that's what I kept thinking of every time the guy in the article kept going on about how video games just restructured stuff from older games (i.e. Gone Home coming from BioShock, etc.) and such.

Also, the guy talking about "teen fare," as if literature intended to be enjoyed by a younger audience is somehow innately inferior, is a rather noxious premise as well.
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TL;DR version: Atlus is threatening to file content claims on anyone who LPs Persona 5 beyond a certain point, ostensibly because they don't want the game to be spoiled, and I think that's bullshit for a multitude of reasons, even if I had zero interest in watching any such LPs myself.
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Youtube embed behind cut )

I appreciate Pat's attempt to be as diplomatic as possible, but I fully agree with Ian on this issue, as is usually the case.

For the record, and for what it's worth, watching the above video is the first time I've ever heard of the game in question or that JonTron had anything to do with it. My interest remains near to zero, either way (and I similarly have never played nor had much interest in playing Banjo-Kazooie games either), but I have to say that if the company making the game is willing to piss off a bunch of Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types and Trumpster fires by removing JonTron from the game, then more power to them.

Also, I think it's another relevant opportunity to post this again:

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I would have been pretty ecstatic for this... if I hadn't already bitten on a Steam sale for this game a few months ago (which, apparently, I never even bothered to post about here on LJ). *weary sigh*

Oh well, maybe the redesigned and (hopefully) improved combat will get me back into it. I only made it up to the third area (Blue Mountains) before losing interest in it, before. The setting, the storylines, the general atmosphere of the game were great. It was the tedious gameplay that was not so great.
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If a) I was getting a Nintendo Switch anytime soon, which I'm not, and b) was still into buying used games, which I'm not, this here would be something that would definitely put me off of ever buying used Switch games. o_O

Also, if it takes that long for the taste to actually kick in, a little kid would have already potentially swallowed it by that point.
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"So what you're getting, if you didn't know by now, you're getting an open beta that you paid $300 for with the Nintendo Switch."
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The Adventures of Willy Beamish is available on GOG.com now.

As I recall, I only played this game once, over a weekend or so, via a rental for the Sega CD owned by my best friend in high school. That said, what admittedly little that I remember of it, I liked it, so maybe I'll give this a shot soon.
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*weary goddamn motherfucking sigh*

Welp, Nintendo finally did it (with one of their flagship console titles, anyway, as this certainly isn't the first time Nintendo has messed around with that sort of thing). It was, of course, only a matter of time. Welcome to the modern video game industry, Nintendo.

(It's actually vaguely refreshing to have something concerning the video game industry to be annoyed with again, rather than having all of my wrath directed solely at SCROTUS Trump all the time.)


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