Podquisition Episode 102: Pounded In The Butt

On a poundin’ episode of Podquisition, your WILD CARD Jim Sterling is revealed to be appearing in an actual Chuck Tingle game.

Also, some AAA publishers don’t like him very much.

Elsewhere, we talk about Owlboy, Battlefield 1, and naturally dissect the Nintendo Switch. WILD CARD!

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Loon of Nature
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Loon of Nature

Someone at Nintendo was on the knife’s edge of calling it WiiGO (or, We On The GO)

Bum
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Bum

Pounded in the butt by recursive storytelling.

David Sayers
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David Sayers
Throughout my teenage years I always looked younger than my age, and I always found being asked for ID humiliating, so I get the frustration in the stories of Laura and Jim. However, having recently started working at a prominent UK electronics retailer, you guys do realise sales assistants can go to prison for ‘using common sense’ if we turn out to be wrong right? Giving the benefit of the doubt seems like it should be the easiest thing in the world when you’re not the one legally liable for it, so therefore if there is doubt, then there can… Read more »
Benj
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Benj

I know that employers say this to try and scare people into always IDing but I highly doubt that anyone has ever been given anything other than a fine for a genuine mistake in a single.

You can use “she looked older than 16” as a defence in an underage sex case so it’d be ridiculous if you couldn’t use it for underage sales as well.

Plus the “think 25” isn’t legally binding at all… especially for something that has a a 12 certificate.

BAH!
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BAH!

It’s less about the consequences for the individual (which may include termination for ignoring policy), and more about what can happen to the company, which is most likely *very heavy* fines.

That said, I’m fairly certain there is no legal obligation in the US to ID for video games. It’s wholly a self-imposed rule.

Benj
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Benj
I did actually google it before writing my comment because I thought that age restrictions on games and movies might not be legally binding but apparently they are for 12, 16 and 18. I don’t really have a problem with this in theory (which tends to be treated as blasphemy in some gamer circles) but it does mean that the ratings have to be done really well and the enforcement needs to proportionate. Fines for people who knowingly and consistenly ignore these rules isn’t inappropriate but teenagers are often quite difficult to age because they mature at such different rates… Read more »
BAH!
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BAH!

But, again, even a single mistake is not going to be ignored by whatever relevant enforcement agency or body. The retailer may go easy on the offending employee, but the business itself is still going to get hit with a fine. Which is why you ID every time: no exceptions means no mistakes. No mistakes means no fines.

But I see where I got mixed up with the legality thing. It was self-imposed before, until it was made legally mandatory. But the irony was that nothing changed, essentially.

ATBro
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ATBro

I was pounded in the butt by “Podquisition Episode 102: Pounded In the Butt”.

Forrest Kayssen
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Forrest Kayssen

I Was Pounded In The Butt By ATBro’s Comment About How They Were Pounded In The Butt By Podquisition Episode 102: Pounded In The Butt

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans
I’m glad when people disagree over a game. A game that can arouse passions to that degree is a treasure. In fact, I’ll take that further: I think a game where everyone generally has the same impression of it is doing something wrong. Like “How can you give it this score when a completely different person gave it a different score?” That complaint is nothing less than stealth advocacy for boring games. Games that put “playing it safe” above all other concerns. Games that have no substance over which to even have any kind of contention. And I’m not saying… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

That’s true, I like the feeling of finding a critically derided game enjoyable(I.E. Heavy Armor, Homefront Revolution) or finding a critically acclaimed game overrated(I.E. Bioshock Infinite)

Trouble Man
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Trouble Man

How did you even PLAY Heavy Armor

diamond
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diamond

Wasn’t that hard actually(my living room isn’t even that big and I still rarely had issues), you just need to be very precise with your movements. It’s certainly not “broken” like Jim said it was.

Skyhook Rider
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Skyhook Rider

Was it before or after numerous patches?

diamond
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diamond

Before.

diamond
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diamond

Not that hard, I didn’t even have to move much around in my living room, once I moved the coffee table back it worked just fine.

Xyra
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Xyra
The BF1 stuff is hilariously sad. I brought up that EA launched Titanfall 2 awkwardly close to BF1 and that it probably would eat into the playerbase numbers for TF2, to get a barrage of ultra defensive posts in reply that BF1 was trash garbage and their personal numerical review as if those numbers mean anything to me. I get that TF2 has mech stuff and sci fi acrobatics but BF1 is a mega hit for EA so far. It seems naive to think it has zero impact on the smaller scale game with less marketing. I hope the best… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Both games seem to be aiming for different audiences.

Xyra
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Xyra

BF1 is decidedly more casual and the WW1 setting is going to appeal to different people vs sci fi but I also think a lot of people have their shooter of choice picked out by their friends, even when they would personally prefer a different game.

Technically Overwatch and Battleborn are for different audiences and are in slightly different genres, but Battleborn is a ghost town. You can chalk it up to worse aesthetics and less endearing mechanics but Overwatch almost certainly was a factor as to how easily forgotten Battleborn was at launch.

diamond
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diamond

From what I hear Battleborn is only really a ghost town on PC but is doing fine on consoles(that was the case with the original Titanfall as well)

Xyra
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Xyra

I don’t really know how the console numbers are, but the last numbers I heard were in the low hundreds. Gearbox has pretty much moved on and has little to say about the poor numbers. I do hope Titanfall at least pulls a Destiny and finds a second wind from good press once the rush of games blows over, though. It clearly has tried to improve on the original. I just think EA is intentionally neglecting the title despite developer effort and quality.

diamond
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diamond

There’s still DLC coming out for Battleborn, so it’s not dead yet.

Thing is PC has a lot more games on it fighting for people’s attention, even succesful games can be dead on PC in terms of playerbase, Battlefront for example was dead on PC within days despite it being very popular on console.

Kamakazie
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Kamakazie

Jim, are you secretly Chuck Tingle?

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

Jim should try out Discord. It’s probably the best available free chat device right now.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

I’m really looking forward to playing Civ 6… Once there’s a sale and I can afford it. Meanwhile I started playing 5 again. Pretty good once you have all the expansions (Which I got in a bundle sale). Fuck Atilla, that crazy W I L D C A R D.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow
Ugh, this goddamn Battlefield 1 thing. And just when I was starting to think we’d gotten past the whole “this guy said this game was bad therefore it’s bad” thing. I also think people just want to automatically hate it because it’s an EA game, which is something I’m seeing with Watch Dogs 2. After all the game play I’ve been seeing it looks so much better than WD1 and it actually looks like a game I’ll be happy to own and play multiple times. But no, everybody just wants to hate it already saying “Oh, Ubisoft burned one too… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

I thought the first Watch Dogs was really good, easily one of my top games of 2014, I already knew the trailer for that game was too good to be true, so I didn’t feel misled.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Yeah I’m sorry. I have to keep reminding myself that game has fans. And while I don’t understand why, I do realize some of those fans don’t like the new direction of WD2. My gripe is not with those people. It’s against the people who just want to hate it because Ubisoft made it.

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42
I liked it too. It wasn’t great, but it was ok. My hope was that it was like how AC 1 was a good idea poorly fleshed out and number 2 refined it. WD2’s trailers kind of have me hoping that isn’t a futile dream. Oh and while I do think Ubisoft deserve some of the flack they get, they also do some under the radar stuff like Valiant Hearts. As cookie cutter as the Ubisoft open world style has become, I really hope Vivendi don’t take them over. People bitch about Ubisoft now, but at least we get gems… Read more »
diamond
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diamond
Jim actually really liked the first Watch Dogs game as well. I’m looking forward to WD2 myself, it’s easily my most anticipated game of the year, it’s nice to see black protagonists finally becoming more commonplace again, it’s weird how a decade ago there were actually more games with colored protagonists then there were in the last generation, you had them in games like 25 to Life, both of the True Crime games, Crime Life: Gang Wars(really overlooked and underappreciated game, no idea why game critics hated it so much at the time), San Andreas, 50 Cent Bulletproof, etc (hell… Read more »
Nitrium
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Nitrium

I also enjoyed it well enough, but it isn’t exactly a modern classic (like GTA V, for example). But it’s better than Mafia III imo.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

GTA V was the very reason I couldn’t enjoy it. GTA showed the entire world how this shit was done a year before WD came out. It still is with all these mediocre sand box games coming out and never hitting that sweet spot that Rockstar has long made its bitch. Also you can’t shoot out of cars WHO THE FUCK THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO PUT IN A SANDBOX GAME IN 20-FUCKING-14?! AND THE ENEMIES CAN SHOOT YOU FROM THEIR CARS ARE YOU GODDAMN SHITTING ME?!

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
Yeah, the Ubi hate gets a bit tiresome for me too. This Watchdogs sequel does very much look like it has taken on board the criticisms from the first installment, which always felt like a proof-of-concept for a few interesting ideas. Ubisoft is a tricky one as they seem to be always pulling a tug of war between creative vision and corporate control in the most contrasted (not a word, but it is now, damnit!) of ways. You can see with each game what side has ended up with the most rope for that release. But just dismissing all the… Read more »
Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow
You know what that is absolutely true! Everyone eats up the newest Squeenix game without even thinking about the fact that they spawned All The Bravest into this world. Nobody brings THAT up in videos for Final Fantasy 15! Nobody brings up Final Hallway 13 as proof that 15 will be shit. Nobody brought up Arkham Origins when Arkham Knight was coming (tho to be fair that was a different developer so that one can easily be dismissed). But nobody will shut the hell up about WD1 being a major disappointment in videos for 2. As I’ve said many times… Read more »
Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
Yes, well it’s never that healthy to commit one’self to the status of a fanboy/girl for any company that deals in production for any art. That could be said for many areas in life. Ubi has many talented studios that can create great experiences, yet that particular problem of the ever-judging provider of money that so easily dictates many decisions in their sterile, anti-consumer philosophy does infect some otherwise good work. But they do learn from most of their mistakes; look at how quieter with WD2, how they are attempting to be more open with it. The break for assassins… Read more »
Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

No, I don’t get that anti capitalist vibe at all. You’re speaking the same kinda sense Jim does every single week. Sense I really wish other people had. I would love it if Ubi started to clean up their act and made games with passion rather than as projects for hire. Hell, they finally dropped the radio towers. That definitely says something. I mean again it’s not exactly a complete turnaround and I’ll never tell anyone to preorder WD2. But it’s a fucking step forward at least.

Mark Davenport
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I suppose as a Kinect user I have never really thought much about a share button.
At this point I am so used to calling out “Xbox take a screenshot” or “Xbox record that!”.

Still would be handy if it’s a time I cannot really call out.

GhostUrsa
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GhostUrsa

I was going to say something similar. It may not be an easy to use button, or go to Youtube first but this feature has been available way before even Cortana’s implementation. I know some gamers that play Destiny that have used it for years and share the vids with others.

Maybe it’s not as nice for reviewers compared to sharing with friends? (Bad quality, or too difficult to get the video from?) Maybe Jim can give some info as to why the feature isn’t used later on.

Mark Davenport
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I am going to assume Jim does know it exists (although for as much as he slags off the Xbox’s OS I am not sure how deeply he has dived into it), but isn’t exactly a quick process to get video from recordings. You typically have to go into Upload Studio, then upload the footage to OneDrive, then go a computer and download it from there if you wish to edit it. I know you can upload straight to YouTube from Xbox, however those are just the raw footage or the clips you make within Upload Studio which I don’t… Read more »
Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Man, I forgot Shadow Warrior 2 was coming out, had so much fun with the first one. How’s the swordplay in this one, Gavin (or anyone else who’s tried it)?

My favorite thing in the first was just speccing talents and chi into a melee build and completely ignoring guns whenever possible. Sure I had to drop the difficulty sometimes, but it was a silly good time.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai
It came out a while ago, actually. The combat, overall, is freaking amazing. But that said it has a lot if cheap stuff going for the game itself. The RPG mechanics don’t gel well, the maps are randomized (although actually better an more detailed than on SW1) and the story is lousily presented with literally no ending. Not even a cliffhanger, just a “…. What?” moment. Still, it was a ton of fun to play through more than once. Also: sword only play isn’t really allowed this time around, at least to my knowledge. There is a massive emphasis on… Read more »
Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Sounds like it’ll be a fun time for a lazy afternoon once sale prices hit.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

I just wish the story v was presented better. Shadow Warrior 1 blew me away with a story that was actually good when expecting nothing but a long dick joke.

Celine
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Celine
I am a bit perplexed with this trend of congratulating Laura for being the first to report on new tech launches and releases before the publishers do it. I do understand Laura herself being happy after she had been proven to be correct after accusations of lying about PS4 etc. However, I don’t see why being the first to report the technical specs of new console version or whatnot is hailed as a triumph of investigative journalism. I remember Jim talking years ago (maybe in his Escapist video) that games journalists should not pull their punches on publishers in fear… Read more »
Remus
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Remus

exactly, she does so many things so much better. I posted something among the same line somewhere below. And to be blunt, why would shitting on nintendo’s name reveal surprise by spoiling it have been so great outside of website traffic?

Jim Sterling
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“primacy itself is not a virtue.”

It isn’t.

Being able to spill the beans on a company’s plans before that company has an official announcement? That is.

Anton
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Anton
Not sure if I agree 100%. I mean, sure, it’s cool from our perspective to get that “hot scoop” before it’s supposed to launch officially. It has a certain “stick it to the man” appeal in a time when pretty much everyone is unhappy with the big hardware companies and AAA publishers. But look at it in a smaller context. There’s nothing particularly anti-consumerist in a hardware company having a scheduled PR roll-out. It’s pretty standard for hardware (or prototypes) to exist in some form before the marketing department is done preparing their launch. So by leaking the news early,… Read more »
George
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George
I support Jim and Laura’s take on this. I believe that any and all information on the activities of a company are fair game. We as consumers should expect all information immediately and I believe we have a right to know it as well. The reason for that is that companies are not private individuals and as such I truly believe that they have no right to any privacy or discretion regarding any of their corporate policies or products. …that said I will admit that the lines may blur for smaller companies (ex like a 12 person dev team) and… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Hey Jim you got any plans to review Metroid Prime Federation Force?

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Anybody working in the media should not bow to the whims of the companies they report on, they are not marketing puppets; why there are people who continue to believe otherwise is beyond me. It is about informing the public without the restraints of corporate leashes. Christ, we’re trying to move AWAY from all that shit in political news as well as gaming, not apologize and go running back!

Horrigan
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Horrigan
just wanted to that the walking dead thing was, thnk god, faithful to the comic version, where Glen is killed in episode 100 – to suggest that is because they wanted to outdo the “red wedding” is just wrong frankly it would have been insulting to the readers and fans of the comic book if they had saved Glen – the comic book is a lot more brutal and vicious at times, ten the TV show and I really doubt there is any connection to Game of Thrones also the fake out with killing Abraham first, and then Glenn was… Read more »
Gareth
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Gareth
Except the producers of the ABC show have stated they wanted to deviate from the source material from the beginning so things aren’t predictable for people already familiar with it and they have done so with treading familiar ground but also not doing so in exactly the same way. Glen’s death is an iconic moment from the comic but at the same time the show could have easily gone in a different direction like they have at various other moments. If they’d wanted to subvert it and still do something similar then they could have gone with Daryl instead. Assuming… Read more »
Horrigan
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Horrigan
I guess they could have, but as I said I for one have been really looking forward to the moment in a masochistic sort of way and would have been very disappointed if they had changed that bit (just as I was somewhat let down when they didnt have carl shoot sane in the woods) .. those really heartbreaking moments are sort of what made the comic book stand out to me, so I m glad they didnt choose to deviate it was a bit of a make or break moment for me, and thankfully they decided to stick with… Read more »
Toby Gleeson-Stack
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Toby Gleeson-Stack

That Irish presenters thing is true.
All the greats leave. Terry Wogan, Graham Norton, Zig and Zag….

SilentPony
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SilentPony
Okay so Laura, I finally found your little audio drama. Took me a bit. Not under Laura K Buzz, or Laura Buzz or Laura or just One Small Town but under Laura Kate’s One Small Town and even then it was the third file I found. #1 was “ThisMorning: Residents of Fort Pierce wondering: How did one small Florida town produce two violent extremists?” Listened to it. And…its okay. The writing is cute. Sorta’ Nightvaleish but from a first person almost journal/diary like perspective. And the idea if clever. Fucking clever clever clever. People can fly if only they risk… Read more »
Chris
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Chris

I really like the Xbox One, Jim, Laura, and Gavin. Not my favorite, but a very good console and not a bit toss, in my humble opinion.

diamond
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diamond

Same here, i’m getting a little tired of them bashing on it all the time, I think the PS4 is a bit toss myself even though I like some of it’s games.

diamond
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diamond

Really surprised there was no discussion at all of the voice actors strike.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Wait a second. JIM! Mr Wild Card. You’re Well Aced! From Candice DeBeBe’s incredibly trick lifestyle!

You’re the Candice DeBeBe of video game journalism!

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

There is one thing that may hurt that Chuck Tingle game:

Zoe Quinn is working on the game.

Nothing against her personally but to say she’s not exactly a popular figure. I may be laying it a little thick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we starting hearing more online abuse stories.

diamond
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diamond

I think most sane people are over that by now.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Hell, I bet most people even in gaming would be like “Zoe who?”

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

You’d be surprised. “Social Justice Morons” as I like to call them are known for holding a grudge.

Ana Decker
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Ana Decker

I doubt there is overlap whatsoever between the sort of people obsessing over that garbage and the target audience for a Chick Tingle game. It’s going to be “pretentious SJW propaganda something something not a game” anyway.

Aristatide
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Aristatide

Zoe Quinn has been associated with Chuck Tingle for months. She was going to accept the Hugo for him if he won. You think for one single second that wasn’t intentional on Chuck Tingle’s part?

diamond
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diamond

I wasn’t even aware of that, who fucking cares if it’s intentional though? why does it fucking matter?

Aristatide
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Aristatide

Because if it’s intentional, Mr “Man With Wieners for Hair” Tingle has somewhat less fucks about those people boycotting this work than your average Star Wars “Look at all the fucks I’m not giving” meme.

Gareth
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Gareth

Why does it matter if Jim, Laura and Gavin criticise the Xbox One on a podcast?

Nathan Aldana
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Nathan Aldana

zoe quinn’s a perfectly popular figure with most of the same people who like Tingle. She’s only toxic to the sort of jackholes who attempted to use Tingle to troll the Hugo awards and accidentally made him a beloved internet icon.

Jim Sterling
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“Nothing against her personally but to say she’s not exactly a popular figure.”

Not actually true. She’s generally “unpopular” among a group that is, itself, loathed by the rest of the world. Considering that same group also hates the shit outta me, I really don’t consider her involvement to be a detriment.

Plus, as others have said, she’s well associated with Chuck Tingle (also generally unpopular in the same dipshit social circles).

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

That’s nice to hear, thanks for the update.

I don’t exactly follow her since “Depression Quest” didn’t exactly impress me and word of mouth pretty much confirmed what I assumed. I only brought it up because I would hate to see a rather self-aware and amusing project get shot down and get a lot of bad publicity thanks to “Social Justice Morons”.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Joke’s on everybody because Angry Joe also likes Battlefield 1. Saw his video on it and his opinion pretty mirrors TotalBiscuit’s and Jim’s opinion.

diamond
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diamond

Joe loved the multiplayer, but he wasn’t all that impressed by the campaign(he said it was way too short and felt lazy)

Locuas
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Angry Joe is also very open on his opinion of “short = bad”, which Jim doesn’t particularly agrees with. If a game’s single player campaign is short, chances are he will want over it. (I remember him finding dragon age awakening being too short [compared to Origins] a big downside. I personally thought for an expansion it was fine). While angry Joe is very openl in position to the shady business practices in aaa games, he also falls prey to some of the game design trends Jim finds do not enhance the gaming experience (most noteworthy being huge open world.… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Not really, Angry Joe criticized Mafia 3’s open-world aspects just like Jim did.

I’m totally fine with a big map size as long as the game is fun, I disagree with Jim on Far Cry 4 when he said it wasn’t memorable, I personally felt like that game had several memorable and stand-out moments, whereas Primal just felt like a shitty half-assed, and boring re-hash(BTW I agree 100% with Total Biscuit on that game, all the main missions felt like side missions)

Locuas
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Because Mafia 3’s map was a big amount of nothing.

diamond
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diamond

I disagree, I thought it was a pretty fun game.

Locuas
Guest

Doesn’t change the fact Mafia 3’s map was devoid of depth

diamond
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diamond

Felt like it had enough depth to me.

Locuas
Guest

Glad you enjoy a map where the only thing to do is to collect a bunch of things for a bunch of things that allows you to bunch a bunch of things

diamond
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diamond

Beats the hell out of Far Cry Primal’s map, which is nothing but a lame half-assed recycling of Far Cry 4’s map, only a lot more boring.

Locuas
Guest

You get to tame beasts. argument invalidated

diamond
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diamond

Beasts which all pretty much play the same way, argument re-validated.

Locuas
Guest

Nah, still invalidated

diamond
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diamond

wrong fool

Locuas
Guest

at least oyu know you are.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

“mirrors TotalBiscuit’s and Jim’s opinion.”

Two men who had practically opposing opinions. How does it mirror both? Is it Schrödinger’s opinion? Is Battlefield both good and not good until it is played?

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Honestly that’s pretty much my take on every game that has Internet controversy attached to it (not that it makes me eager to play it; it pretty much causes the opposite).

Michael Campbell
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Michael Campbell

Hah, this feels like it’s the one time I didn’t ask about what they thought of Civ 6 (because now I’m too busy playing Civ 6), and lo, they discussed Civ 6 😛

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42
In regards to the female protagonist thing. One thing I notice is that a lot of the people who rage most about the inclusion of female characters will defend an all male cast with “That’s the story the developers wanted to tell”. As soon as there is a hint that one of the protagonists may not have a penis though, suddenly it’s PC/SJW pandering. What happened to “That’s the story the developers wanted to tell”?. Anyway, I could actually see a good female protagonist in a Red Dead Style game, maybe someone in the style of Calamity Jane as portrayed… Read more »
RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

Sometimes it depends on how the character is portrayed, there are games where certain female characters feel forced, don’t get me wrong I love female characters and there are many badass ones out there but for example at the end of Uncharted 4 why did the female villain survive? There was no reason at all for her to be the only villain to survive, it just felt way too forced for me.

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

I haven’t actually played that one (No PS4 as yet, though that will change next year now Read Dead 2 has been announced). That said, I don’t think villains inexplicably surviving is limited to female characters though. It’s actually one of those cliches that pervades all forms of entertainment from novels to movies to animation and games.

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

I agree but it does feel out place in an Uncharted game and it stood out like a thore thumb, and since I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the case since it’s a Neil Druckman game. Then again i might be just biased since I don’t like Druckman all that much.

diamond
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diamond

What’s wrong with Druckman?

Ana Decker
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Ana Decker

Thing is, it’s kinda telling about the state of video games that a female character feels forced while nobody questions the presence of straight white dude, no matter how bland or badly written he is. Nobody plays the “He shouldn’t be included because he’s a white male character, but a well written character” card or complains about tokenism or how this is all just a slippery slope and next we’ll have to pander to Americans, too!

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

Not quite true since I question as to why Ghost Recon Wildlands doesn’t have a female protagonist since in cinema there always tends to be at least one in that kind of genre.

diamond
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diamond

Didn’t feel “forced” to me at all.

George
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George

I think that this whole gender issue thing is a symptom of a larger artistic problem.

And has more to do with how generic AAA gaming has become. These days the AAA games are so over budget that unless they try to have mass appeal i.e. be as generic and bland as possible, they won’t have any hope of turning a profit.

I don’t know for sure but video games seemed to have more diversity in the late 90’s and early 2000’s than they do now, before AAA was really a thing.

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

I do see that, but I’m more talking about the reactions of elements of the fandom here. You know the sort I mean, the really vocal types who tend to make the rest of us look bad for being gamers. The thing is, I like to think of those people as the minority and that the rest of us are less rabid and more open to any protagonist so long as the game underlying it is good. That said, the AAA industry seems to focus test to the vocal minority I’m talking about.

George
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George
Oh I know the sort. But to me both sides are just angry internet people. I’ve actually stopped considering myself a gamer because of all the BS. The vocal internet people are the loudest so I think it fools companies into trying to pander to either camp rather than having the artistic integrity to make a game that they want to make so the masses will come automatically. They have “inclusivity” which in my view never really gets beyond condescending tokenism…”oh just put a minority in the game that will shut them up for a while” or it’s generic racist… Read more »
Doodpants
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Doodpants

When Laura said that the first question was from James Stinton, all I could picture was Jim Sterling submitting the question, while wearing fake glasses and a moustache. “Hello, my name is James, uh, Stinton…”

gasmaskangel
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gasmaskangel

Was he doing an incredibly accurate Bono impression?

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Another possible twist on the Red Dead 2 trailer is that, maybe those aren’t the seven you are hunting, but the seven who are hunting you. Being on the run could be a neat twist.

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