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Latest addition: September 14, episode 122.

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Latest addition: September 12, episodes 119 and 120.

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Latest addition: August 22, episode 110.

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...and has been for a few days now, at the very least.

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I am amused by this video but simultaneously horrified that anyone takes this man (and by that I mean Alex Jones, of course, not John Oliver) even remotely seriously.

Just so that it is crystal clear, I'd like to point out again that Alex Jones and his InfoWars media product is something which is considered by the current President of the United States of America to be a paragon of journalism (along with Faux Noise, Bratbarf Noise, and the goddamn National fucking Enquirer of all things).

Also, this, again. Alex Jones is either a "performance artist," or Alex Jones is a bona fide kook. Either way, he is full of this.
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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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Latest addition: July 25, episode 100.

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(I was hoping that by the time Olbermann had made it to his 100th episode, he would have already been able to make a "We've Won. The Long Nightmare Is Finally Over" sort of episode. Alas, no.)

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Latest addition: June 27, episode 90.

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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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Latest addition: May 31, episode 80.

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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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The Moscow Project

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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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Latest addition: May 5, episodes 69 and 70.

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Latest addition: April 18, episode 60.

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Angry Joe, ranting about more bullshit copyright claims on his videos, shows once again how absolutely fucking broken current copyright laws are and also demonstrates why I personally have less than zero interest in ever trying to use Youtube for anything at all.
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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 honestly don't blame the advertisers. There are some incredibly shitty dudes out there (for example) putting out some incredibly shitty videos on Youtube, and if I had something to advertise, I certainly wouldn't want it being associated with that kind of horseshit, either. Google isn't stupid. Lazy, maybe, but not stupid. I think they'll (eventually) work it all out, whether it's through allowing more control over targeting of advertising or by removing the offensive content or whatever.

(Of course, the entire topic is completely academic as far as I am concerned, because I use uBlock Origin and NoScript and FB Purity and such to block all ads, everywhere, for a multitude of reasons I've stated in the past that I won't be going into at this time [and if you don't like that, tough fucking shit].)

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