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Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Max Wilco posted:

He's also a bad writer. Someone posted this article he wrote on The First Tree about a month ago in response to his announcement. The way it reads, you could post it somewhere without citing the source, and I doubt anyone would think it's from an gaming outlet.

As for an example of him being an rear end, a few months ago, he lambasted Dark Souls for "ruining" action games of the late 2000s, then when people tried to challenge him on it, he just blew them off.

I think my favorite thing about John Walker is how he is extremely opposed to the very concept of boss fights in video games and thinks many gamers also hate boss fights so why do video games have boss fights???

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I’ve long hated boss fights, as chronicled perennially on these pages, because they’re difficulty spikes as game design. They’re something that should be rooted out by beta testing somehow being given feature status. And yes, for some reason people love them so, but just as many – if not more – can’t stand them. (Dark Souls wouldn’t be a bloody genre if people didn’t love a boss fight, but while it falls just short of selling seven billion copies, it’s inarguable that there are people who do not enjoy boss fights. And when your game is made of boss fights tied together with string, then yes, it’s plainly idiotic for a hater to buy it.)

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Srice
Sep 11, 2011



baronvonsabre posted:

It’s really not a controversial thing to think that boss fights suck. It’s a pretty common complaint about games in general that they will deny you content if you’re not good enough to get past a sudden difficulty spike, coupled with the fact that generally the only response from people who can get past it is ‘lol git gud’.

I think it would be a controversial take among most game-likers to say that there has never been a good boss fight in a videogame, there never will be, and that they're a design flaw that should never exist.

C'mon you can surely think of at least one time you enjoyed a boss fight, no?

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Grapplejack posted:

The other issue with John is that if he were here reading this he would be calling you all idiots for not getting his brilliant point immediately.

Something that popped up when I was looking for that quote was seeing him calling people snowflakes for disagreeing with him...makes me think that maybe he's the fragile gamer here.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Pants Donkey posted:

Is this a case of “had a kickstarter for X/Y/Z platforms and now they’re going Epic” or is it just “we needed the money and have to die on the hill of defending Epic”?

It's a combination of the two.

I sure don't get why they decided to defend their decision in an overly cutesy, very passive aggressive way when they just could've said "hey indie development is risky so we made a choice that will keep the lights on".

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



StealthArcher posted:

Only thing I can guess is as I said earlier, they were desperately hoping they could ride an outrage marketing boost. Tie everything to cultural stuff, call every single detractor of every kind a 4chins troll whiny Gamer™ and just hope the maelstrom gets eyes on you. Thing is that works for a megacorp who already has reach, it really doesn't for out of nowhere bits like this.

I really hope that's true because I'd rather that attitude is the result of a cynical marketing stunt instead of what they actually believe. Though heck I guess both things can be true.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Parakeet vs. Phone posted:

The Blank Check podcast's coverage of Billy Lynn's Halftime Talk apparently goes deep into it since they managed to see it on one of the only large, HD, high-framerate screens. I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, but I think I'm going to listen to it as a companion piece to Dan's video soon. They talk about how it was almost too much detail to make for a watchable movie anymore.

Podcast itself is supposed to be good, they go through different director's filmography at the point when they were given a blank check to go off the rails.

Blank Check rules. I never thought it possible that anyone could convince me that I should check out the live action Dumbo someday, but their coverage of all of Burton's movies managed to convince me it might not be a bad idea.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



I Before E posted:

The real way to answer this is to ask Scorsese if the Godzilla movies are cinema. If he says yes, there must be a distinction to be drawn that doesn't unilaterally exclude genre films as a bloc. If he says no, his opinion is forfeit because he doesn't respect Godzilla.

He broke down what he means by cinema pretty clearly in that interview, and it certainly wasn't "no genre films ever".

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



watho posted:

Internet Personality + Review Thread: Child porn is bad and I don’t like it but…

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Raenir Salazar posted:

Okay but this isn't reasonable or normal though. Like, sure, disagree as to what degree of meaning it has, but clearly it is in fact meaningful, or at least is meaningful to a lot of people, especially women. I keep remember that scene near the end where the guy is like "Fight me man to man!" and she blasts him because gently caress that poo poo and that is meaningful social commentary.

Dang, finally Marvel has produced something on par with the corniest line in Return of the King.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



watho posted:

It’s all about Indonesia right now

e: this is not a joke btw some of my favorite movies this decade has come out of Indonesia

Spill the deets. Gimmie the good Indonesian movies!

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Parakeet vs. Phone posted:

Still kind of blows my mind that Nick Robinson just walked right back in too.

I'm not surprised since he gave a half-assed apology then kept a real low profile for awhile before resurfacing. It's a method that keeps working, unfortunately.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Fil5000 posted:

Yeah, I think the only time it didn't work was for Devin Faraci, who apologised, vanished for about a year, resurfaced writing for Alamo Drafthouse, then disappeared again. I guess he's kind of back now but not really in any of the circles he was in before.

Edit: Oh, his about page on his blog doesn't acknowledge he DID anything, just that he was "accused". Blurgh.

He got to keep his Alamo Drafthouse job when the accusations came out, they just moved him to a position that wasn't public-facing.

He's definitely trying to make a comeback since he now has a patreon-only podcast and he's not making bank yet but any amount of people giving him money is depressing.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Synder breaks brains because if someone were to say "(Literally any other director)'s latest movie was hacked to pieces, I wish we could get the director's cut to see what their vision of the film was." it'd be the most uncontroversial statement imaginable because of course everyone would agree even if they don't care about whatever the movie is.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Farg posted:

even if you're a wage-slave that still doesn't excuse stanning snake-oil poo poo. no job description has 'defend the honor of cbd curing autism for 10 minutes'. even if it did still gently caress you. in my opinion defending that isn't much different from 'listen a lot of cops are just doing what they have to do to make the ends meet how dare you give them rude looks'

Yea if the person was just someone working there for the sake of getting a paycheck instead of being a believer they'd probably just...give out the contact information of the owner when asked about it instead of arguing. It's not that complicated.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



McCloud posted:

I keep hearing about this JoJo anime, is it something worth watching for someone that hates anime and those stupid little grunts and noises everyone always makes in these things

If that's a dealbreaker then you would find it absolutely unbearable.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Calico Heart posted:

Hi there, everyone. "Infranaut" here - I have a pretty small leftist media channel, and my most recent video (which was shared here a week ago) just got algorithm'd hard. Sub count has more than doubled the last few days and the vid is currently sitting at 90k (or thereabouts).

Response has been overwhelmingly positive, but... Well, the video is about the history of the Western and Blazing Saddles especially - in particular the tired and annoying idea that "You couldn't make Blazing Saddles today!"

I rebuke the notion pretty hard in the video. As with all things even vaguely, tangentially about race/racism, chuds and bigots have crawled out from the gutter to have their say in the comments section. My channel is still absolutely tiny and I'm not used to all the lovely takes and outright nazi code in my comments. I've got to admit; it is successfully, seriously, bumming me out. Like I said, the response is 95% positive, but the negative stuff is a real downer and making me question what the point of this experiment even was.

You should take pride in what you did, and aggressively nuke any negative comments that are coming from a place of bigotry/nazism/etc.

I watch a lot of videos that Tim Rogers puts out for Kotaku (and since he works for Kotaku within minutes of one of his videos being uploaded you get gamergate types getting mad about it in the comments) and he clears out so much of the poo poo that it's basically the only comment section on youtube I genuinely consistently have a good time reading.

(Tho if it's too much work to clean it up that's completely understandable, it's a lot to ask of one person and sounds draining!)

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Leal posted:

Is youtube cooking as obnoxious as cooking blogs where I have to go through 5 paragraphs of this stranger's life story before finally being told to dip chicken in egg, dip chicken in bread crumbs and then dip chicken in hot oil?

Thankfully there's a lot of videos that just get to the point right away.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Eugene V. Dubstep posted:

The point that keeps getting trotted out is that the player characters in Modern Warfare games frequently die, and therefore the games could not be pro-war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2Ym1rmWr3s

lmao

heroic deaths have been a prominent feature of pro-war art since the Iliad

e: in the Iliad, the Greeks had notably bad leaders and were fighting for a cause that many of them, at the end of 9 years, thought was pointless. If you want to make the case that Achilles's death sent an anti-war message to ancient Greeks be my guest

Yea absolutely.

I feel like the better question to be asking is not whether or not the player character dies, but whether or not the player character's death accomplishes something meaningful. I have only played a few Call of Duty games but the ones I have played that ended that way have definitely been framed as "You died but in the process you saved a countless amount of lives so it was the heroic thing to do" and never "You died and nothing you did mattered one bit".

Srice
Sep 11, 2011




I guess if there's one upside to the current hellworld it's that I'll have enough time to beat the game before his vid is out. It's gonna be great.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Dapper_Swindler posted:

yeah. reading the spoiler thread, it seems to be going full weird time travel terminator type poo poo. which makes me kinda interested.

Yea same. And I'm definitely very looking forward to Tim's take on it all. It's gonna be a great time and I think it's gonna be argued about on the internet nonstop until the next part comes out.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Captain Invictus posted:

I don't see why they need to change it at all though. FF7 fans were going to buy this no matter what, and FF7 newbies would get to experience the ridiculously, ludicrously wide amount of content that FF7 has that most people forgot about, but done all pretty and voiced and stuff. They REALLY don't need to pull any shenanigans with the plot, and it also sucks that people are just going around posting untagged spoilers for everything before the game is even out.

My general feeling about remakes is that I prefer to see them try something wild and different while trying to keep the emotional core intact. I love FF7 but a completely accurate update with modern graphics would be too safe to have any appeal to me.

Plus, something that's different enough means that there's more of a reason for newcomers to check out the original if they dig the remake.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



What some people wanted was a Sonic game that's only 2D levels with controls & level design that's not rear end and Mania was finally able to deliver on that front. It didn't have to be sprite-based, if they made something that was comparable to having just Generations-quality 2D levels I'm sure it would have had a warm reception.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



I can understand the complaint about an easy mode being too easy when they want something lower than the regular difficulty but also something that demands just a lil more involvement than "able to win fights by mashing the attack button while blindfolded".

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



A Gnarlacious Bro posted:

Not sure if it really applies to this thread but he is a kotaku media talking head. Looks like kotaku has finally driven out their star reporter https://kotaku.com/press-sneak-out-1842900864

Man the guy that runs the company that owns Kotaku has done a fantastic job at getting some of the most talented writers in the industry to quit the site in disgust.

At least Jason has a hell of a well-deserved reputation. Any gaming news site that is not immediately getting in touch with him is a drat fool.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Antifa Turkeesian posted:

The first Star Wars is campy fun and the second one is very pretty, but honestly the universe where Star Wars was the only one is a far better place to live.

Something I think about a lot wrt Star Wars is Coppola saying that Star Wars being so successful was the worst thing to happen to George Lucas (as an artist, of course).

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



achillesforever6 posted:

It blows my mind that Lucas made SW after getting passed over to do Apocalypse Now; and kind of buckwild of him to see in interviews talk about how he based the Rebellion on the Viet Cong

Yea and he internally referred to the emperor as Nixon too. I've always found that aspect of him interesting since he doesn't seem to be particularly outspoken about politics but that sure is a statement!

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Hel posted:

How to recommend media(books, film, TV series):
Do you have any genre or theme you really like? Then you might like these.


How to recommend nerd media(anime,games, superhero stuff, podcasts):
gently caress your interests, here's my big rear end list of favourites they only have an average runtime of 60 hours, so you just have to watch them immediately so I can nerd out about them to you when next we meet.

wrt anime I've noticed this being a problem so often that I almost always stick to recommending short series or movies unless I know that they specifically want something long they can sink their teeth into, just because I know how easy it is for folks to recommend a laundry list of stuff and overwhelm the person asking for recs.

With movies in particular it's a good time since there is a short list of movies commonly recommended (which admittedly they're on that list for a reason) so it's pretty easy to go outside of those boundaries. Not to mention how much more manageable a list of movies is over a list of tv shows.

A Sometimes Food posted:

I really dislike the Wha Happuns on recent stuff. Like I know they're probably good for hits but doing them before all thd info is out let alone while legal poo poo is initiating tends to lead to very boring episodes.

In a recent ep of the podcast Blank Check they brought up how glad they were that they didn't do an episode on Cats when it was still fresh in everyone's minds because behind the scenes stories just keep coming out. Those kind of trainwrecks are def way more interesting to hear about once the dust is all settled and you can form a complete narrative around the mess.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



As a longtime anime-liker it was really interesting to see Parasite win Best Picture and suddenly an entirely different subset of people starting talking about dubs vs subs in a way that they never had to do before. It was basically a lot like early 2000s anime arguments on the matter, haha. What a time capsule.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Dapper_Swindler posted:

i have always found elves and mages/magic boring. i am just weird i guess.

A lot of elves are wealthy, holier than thou racists. And a lot of dwarves are working class. I know who I'm siding with.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



I think there's a way to thread the needle on those spoilers to make it work well, but it'd be tricky and I do not have faith that the studio that went through a lot of brain drain due to various types of employee abuse will be able to pull it off.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



macabresca posted:

Hey guys, I'm doing a presentation about game development and conditions of work in the industry for the course and I'm looking for some sources. Do you know of any good articles/videos/etc. about the subject? Ftr I've read Blood, Sweat and Pixels but it came out in 2017 and I wanted to find some newer stories.

And if there's any better thread to ask for that then let me know 'cause I'm still getting lost on SA

Hitting up stuff that Jason Schreier wrote in the past few years since writing that book would be a good start. Just skimming through the stuff from his final days at Kotaku shows a fair amount of relevant articles.

https://kinja.com/jschreier

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Max Wilco posted:

I think this is where the core of the issue lies, because I remember seeing people who said they really liked Dunkey's game critics video, but that he more-or-less turned around and tripped over his own words by continuously dunking on JRPGs when it's clear he doesn't like them.

If I'm remembering that video correctly I believe he also brings up that if a reviewer who normally dislikes a genre likes something from that genre then that might be worth paying attention to?

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Max Wilco posted:

Yeah. As someone mentioned earlier, he liked Persona 5 despite not liking JRPGs. That prompts the question of what Persona 5 does differently for Dunkey to like it versus other JRPGs, which I think is maybe something he doesn't focus on.

It's like, I have mixed feeling towards ARPGs like Diablo because I think the randomized loot systems can be a pain in the rear end. However I really like Nioh, which also had randomized loot. What I think makes the difference is that Nioh is a lot more involved compared to something like Diablo when it comes to combat, and the loot drop system is such that there doesn't feel like there's a lot of inventory management (i.e. you've got like 400 item slots, so you don't have to stop and muck around with dropping or selling items just because you found a new sword that you need to go identify).

Still, I've bought a few ARPGs that are more like Diablo, because my thinking is 'maybe the problem is just the execution; I'll like this game because it does this thing differently'. That could be Dunkey's issue, where he keeps trying JRPGs because he keeps thinking it'll be different in some way that makes it a game he'll like, but he keeps bouncing off them.

Yea agreed on that. I feel it's a pretty common thing for a lot of people. I'm frequently in the same boat since there are some genres and creators that rarely if ever mesh with me but I keep trying just because so many people I respect like 'em and I want to try to get what they're able to get out of it. I keep failing while hoping that maybe next time will work!

Yvonmukluk posted:

I think it's rather unfair to write off JMS as a writer completely the stuff we've seen on AT4W is absolutely bad, yes, but he also did a lot of great stuff (which Linkara pointed out at the start of the review).

I haven't seen the video but I hope he brought up the way JMS wrote Aunt May because that was easily one of the highlights of his run.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



I don't think that his original plan for Sins Past would have been a good story but it's wild as hell that thanks to editorial it became creepier than it had any right to be (for anyone who doesn't know, JMS wanted the kids to be Peter's, not Norman's, but was rejected because it would make Peter "too old").

I think a lot of my fondness for the JMS run, uneven as it might have been, is because it's easy to write off its worst qualities as the result of editorial having a great deal of involvement because it's really clear when that happened.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Mokinokaro posted:

donoteat's bonus stuff outside of Groverhaus (which is unlisted and only shared on SA) is still patreon exclusive.

And, outside of critics, Welcome to Night Vale has done patreon exclusive episodes since they started using it. A lot of podcasts do it.

Heck I'd go as far as to say it's quite rare for podcasts that have patreons to not be doing exclusive content. I can think of a few exceptions but the norm is definitely having episodes that are behind a paywall.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



Dapper_Swindler posted:

most of the spoilers are without context and i never liked joel because he was gas lighting broken sociopath who should have died with his first daughter and him getting the andrew ryan style head bashing makes me laugh. plus i like switcharoos like that in stories. it sucks that it got leaked it seems to me the stuff that got liked was specifically picked to piss people off(both chuds and die hard fans). honestly the spoilers mad me more interested because it does seem to be trying to do the cyclical nature of revenge and violence, idk if it will do it amazingly but gently caress it.

Yea I was initially thinking about how I don't really want to see a sequel to TLOU, but after seeing those spoilers I'm really curious to see if they can make it work.

It can be real easy to assume the worst of an upcoming thing when all you have is a list of plot points.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



FreezingInferno posted:

One wonders, given that his objections were something along the lines of "the original cast aren't going to be in it so I don't care to see it", if he'll also pass on that other upcoming Ghostbuster movie.

They're not the main characters in it but much of the original cast are gonna be appearing in that new one & reprising their roles tho.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



The 2000s were a pretty solid time for movies. Perhaps not as good as the 2010s but heck I don't think it'd be too contentious to say that the 2010s were the best decade for film since the 70s so I won't hold that against the 2000s.

Captain Invictus posted:

the oughts had tons of amazing anime, too. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Samurai Champloo, Eureka Seven, Monster, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Aria, Welcome to the NHK, Mushishi, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and 2nd Gig, FLCL, Diebuster, Turn A Gundam, Lovely Complex, Code Geass, Fullmetal Panic, Big O, Black Lagoon, Baccano, Paranoia Agent, Haibane Renmei, Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei, Kino's Journey, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Mononoke, Azumanga Daioh, Planetes, Honey and Clover, Princess Tutu, Rahxephon, there's a lot more I'm forgetting or missed I'm sure.

The 2000s was a FANTASTIC decade for anime.

Yea there were the growing pains in the early part of the decade during the transition to digital but there was a lot of ambition going on too and heck I'm fine with that tradeoff.

Srice
Sep 11, 2011



scary ghost dog posted:

also im going to start a youtube channel specifically so i can compare the two anime “keep your hands off eizouken” and “carole and tuesday.” i watched them back to back and they have almost the same plot, setting, characters and themes, except eizouken is so much better that it makes carole & tuesday look like sword art online. someone please reassure me that this is unbroken ground

Not a take I've really heard at all even tho it makes perfect sense and frankly that idea sounds like some good poo poo.

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Srice
Sep 11, 2011



DEEP STATE PLOT posted:

monopoly is not that bad if you just make sure that you swat down the idiot, extremely common house rule of 'landing on free parking gets you any money from the middle'. all the complaints of it taking too long to play are entirely due to that rule.

it's still not great but i feel like the most common complaints are because people come up with bad house rules that make it suck a lot more.

Yea. The other common bad house rule in my experience is not doing an auction when someone doesn't buy a property, which is insane to me because that makes the game drag on far longer and also auctions can be fun.

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