Podquisition 210: Take Me Home, Canvas Bag

We had to talk about the Fallout 76 canvas bag scandal. Also, more Pokemon, more mockery of Bethesda, and some sad dissection of Darksiders III.

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TheChairman
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@35:00 I remember this kind of thing pissing me right off with Jade Empire back on the Xbox. It had this sort of ‘rock-paper-scissors’ thing going on with its system of light attack, heavy attack, shield: Heavy attacks could be interrupted with light attacks, light attacks could be blocked by shield, shield could be broken by heavy attacks. …So how did late-game enemies operate? You’d go for a light attack, and after maybe one or two successful blows, they’d bring up a shield. You’d initiate a heavy attack, and they’d immediately dismiss the shield and interrupt you with a light… Read more »

Aotrs Commander
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I was a little dubious about the new She-Ra series, but only because of what they DID to ReBoot. My doubts were proven to be EXTREMELY unfounded, as I found it fracking brilliant within, what? Thirty seconds of the first episode?

(I also always preferred She-Ra to He-Man even as a child…)

Oh, Terrahawks has already had a revival in audio form from Big Finish (three series, in fact) and it was also excellent, as it could afford to be more mature, both in terms of exploring the themes and the comedy being sharper. ‘S great.

drownedsummer
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Well I suspect Telltale won’t be going in any further direction now. I do wonder how much of what was stripped out of Minecraft’s Netflix port is due to the circumstances of the port. The skeleton staff that were retained to port MCS to Netflix and whether corners were cut to get the port out.

Thistle
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Thistle

Well, I wouldn’t call Detective Pikachu’s Pokemon “realistic”. More like the Pixar-cartoon version of a Roger Rabbit world. They don’t look like “real” animals/creatures, they just look like the exact same stylized version from the cartoons/game, only textured with CGI fur. I think that’s why so many people had such a jarring reaction to them at first. If you come into the trailers expecting realism, it comes off as the exact same sort of weirdness as the Robert Rodriguez Alita anime eyes. Once you realize that it’s more like a Roger Rabbit style thing and not an attempt at “realistic”… Read more »

GloatingSwine
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GloatingSwine

I think Fallout 76’s bag really shows the value proposition of special editions. Like even if it had a canvas bag as advertised that’d be what, £20, then £5 for some bits of printed paper/cardboard, and £40 for a plastic helmet maybe. That means they’re rinsing at least a 33% markup even when you include the price of the game. (People who wanted Fallout/Skyrim multiplayer just wanted to be able to play Fallout 3/Skyrim with a couple of mates, and all Bethesda needed to do was release Skyrim again with a 4 player co-op mode and they could have sold… Read more »

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

Ugh, my first post blocked…. again.

It is amazing how quickly Bethesda burned up their fanbases goodwill. While FO 76 wasn’t met with much excitement after E3, the fanbases was eagerly speculating on the next games, Starfield and TES VI. Now, there is a palatable sense of anger and anxiety among fans. They’re not just mad about FO 76, they’re afraid for the next games.

I don’t think people will be satisfied with “Skyrim in SPAAACE!” anymore. Bethesda really needs to make a leap to win people back. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like they intend to .

Oliver Mendes
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They’ve done some of those interactive shows before on Netflix. Buddy Thunderstuck, for example, had an episode that was a like a choose your own adventure thing.