• drownedsummer

    I would like to add a big note of thanks for Laura who has managed to edit this as normal while in the midst of moving house.

  • George

    I enjoyed this episode a lot. Great idea Gavin.

  • Samuari Steve

    Ive not listened to it yet, but I’d like to know where Jim got my holiday photos that he’s using for the episode picture?

    • drownedsummer

      Have you checked to make sure there wasn’t a mix up and you’ve got a load of pictures of a man fucking some Pogs?

  • Jamesworkshop
    • SilentPony

      Couldn’t she be bi? Aren’t we all just assuming sexuality based on a single kiss? And isn’t that like a hate crime or something?

      • Mitchell

        Miss the part of the podcast where they discuss the clarification of Tracer as gay, not bi?

        • SilentPony

          The only person who can define Tracer is Tracer. She has agency you know. Until she confirms it, its all speculation.

          • Benj

            Damn, you really want to keep that fantasy threesome option open don’t you?

          • SilentPony

            Oh no, I don’t give a shit about Tracer or Overwatch. I just think its funny some video game character get ‘agency’ and control over their own sexuality and are free to determine who they are, while others are rigidly written and can only be one way, and its offensive to even consider an alternative.

          • Benj

            You do realise that Tracer doesn’t actually exist right?

            Her creator/ writer saying “she’s a lesbian and not bisexual” is functionally identical to Tracer saying it herself since everything she says is decided by the writers anyway.

          • drownedsummer

            Well actually the lead writer of Overwatch can also provide the confirmation and has done so on twitter. A link to that tweet won’t be approved as I’ve already tried that once.

      • YoDude

        She’s not even that attractive guys. Her hair is stupid.

        Her girlfriend though. Redheads. Mm.

      • drownedsummer

        And lead writer of Overwatch confirming it.

  • BAH!

    That first five minutes is why I listen to Podquisition. Not the only reason, obviously, but the main one. You guys are on point this episode despite (or perhaps because of) the lack of video game news.

  • Polishfury5000

    It’s funny that we’re getting a few Dark Souls inspired games the same year we finally get a new Berserk game, which is a series that Dark Souls took a fair bit of inspiration from.

    Berserk is my most anticipated this year, and I’ll be interested to see what the gang thinks of it. Granted, it’s Dynasty Warriors style gameplay (and that’s usually just Jim’s jam), it’ll still be cool to hear what they all think of the series that Dark Souls 1&3 pads themselves with references to.

    • Benj

      “Just Jim’s Jam” needs to be the title for an ad hoc series of retro-reviews of Jim’s favourite older games. I’d totally watch/read that.

  • Terriosaurus Hex

    It may not be best to get hopes up for the crash bandicoot remaster as it’s not naughty dog or Sony doing this one, instead it’s published by Activision and developed by Vicarious visions, whom, when not porting everything including movie cash-ins to Nintendo DS, they been chained to the Skylanders property for the last few years. As good as crash was (at the time), I think it needs more than a cynical spit ‘n shine to hold up, and companies less linked cynical cash grabs in control of the IP.

    Anyhow, I don’t mind that non-vid-game talk, it’s the personalities that stop me from completely losing my mind working from home. Talking of which, no mention of the new Planet of the Apes trailer? This title and palm-nail image deceives us!!

    • DreamingTheseDays

      I’m with you on Crash Bandicoot although I believe Vicarious Visions will do a fine job for the remaster. I think what I was disappointed in was that the ‘huge’ comeback is a remaster of the first three games and a level/appearance in Skylanders. I was really hoping for a brand new Crash as I don’t think the linear 3D platformer will go down well with critics and most younger and non-nostalgic older gamers in 2017 because we’re in 2017 and not 1996! I genuinely hope that it does well enough to push Activisionless (just a little bit of satire for good measure) to make a brand new and good game for him. Hell, I’d settle for a 2D Crash platformer on iOS and Android if it would reach more people and sell better. Then again, there’d be microtransactions for sure and I couldn’t stand for that. Here’s to Crash’s successful return though.

      • Terriosaurus Hex

        2d crash does make sense, though I am unsure how it will stand up to modern platformers…Stuff like Mario and ratchet haven’t hung around not bothering to improve with the times, whereas the platforming of old crash is a bit light and breezy on mechanics, movement and general skill-based challenge. I hope Vicarious do find a way to add a bit more life to the games for modern audiences. 🙂

  • drownedsummer

    I disagree Gavin. The last good game was Repton released in 1985.

  • kieron George

    Ni no Kuni isn’t turn-based!

    You’re doing Gavin a disservice, turning him away from it.

    It’s real-time with cooldown.

    • BAH!

      So “active turn-based”, like FFVI?

      • InfamousDS

        More like FF10 on Wait Mode, where enemies keep going and you can stop them from going but everybody stops while you make decisions.

      • CaitSeith

        Not really. Think more like Xenogear Chronicles battle inside a closed arena. You control only one character with freedom of movement while the others act on their own; but you have to select to auto-attack, block, or use a special ability. You can also change the character you control at mid-battle and choosing a target pauses the battle.

        Also you can choose to between making the character itself to fight, or to use one of their familiars (the “Pokemon”-like thingy).

        • drownedsummer

          The main focus is on the familiars. Well until right near the end when you get an exceptionally powerful spell.

        • BAH!

          You mean “Xenoblade Chronicles”? Because I’ve dumped dozens of hours into that game, and I still haven’t figured out how to switch characters mid-battle.

          • CaitSeith

            Typo. I forgot to put an “except” in that part.

  • Andrew Barloq

    Jim, your Eve of Destruction: Redux video was so funny that I was very tempted to buy it after watching it. More than we can say for most Steam shovelware I suppose.

    • drownedsummer

      I was tempted by Raven’s Cry for the same reasons and Two Worlds is a glorious mess. However it is far too expensive for what it is.

      • Nitrium

        I actually DID buy Raven’s Cry. Never got round to playing it though.

      • Andrew Barloq

        The one Jimpression that actually sold me on a game was Paint the Town Red, the voxel barfight game Jim did a couple years ago. It’s great for a laugh and to blow off some steam on occasion.

        • drownedsummer

          I bought Dex & Paper Sorcerer after watching Jim play them.

  • Neto

    Can’t say I’m looking forward to any games this year so far. Not because I don’t think any of them look good, but because I’m a poor bastard who can’t afford consoles or a good gaming PC. Well, maybe there will be a good indie or two, at least. Who knows.

  • kimiyoribaka

    I recently got a chance to go back and play the original crash bandicoot. I didn’t mind the running towards the camera bits, since those levels were kept fairly simple (they complicated them in the second game though). The parts I was most annoyed with were the ones where the trail leads directly away from the camera so that crash’s back blocks most of the view. There’s also several places where the only way I could find to move forward without getting hurt was to wait multiple minutes for the enemy patrols to line up well with the timed obstacles. I’m not exaggerating either. I checked my clock for one of them. Oh, and that first boss fight is horribly counter-intuitive. The game sets a precedent for spinning into enemies that are too big to jump on, then presents a boss that can’t be spun, and expects the player to figure out to jump on him when he bends over.

    • Batmatt

      Warped is the best of the Crash Bandicoot trilogy. Try to play it, it’s worth it. The first one is kind of a case of “it was good at the time” and while the second is largely better, the third one is clearly the best of them all and a legitimately good game that still holds on.

  • GloatingSwine

    Lords of the Fallen 2 is being made just by Ci Games. Deck 13 are making The Surge which is the future/robot souls one.

    Will either of them reach the lofty heights of adequacy that LotF did? We wait with bated breath to find out.

  • CaitSeith

    Laura, your definition of turn based combat is way too broad.

  • Landy Alexander

    Sorry Jim but Bloodstained is now q1 2018. I was looking forward to it but a significant delay doesn’t bode well.

    • diamond

      Yeah it could end up being another Mighty No 9.

      • drownedsummer

        Unsung Story seems like the next possible Might No 9. As it has gone from being a single player game intended as a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy Tactics to being a PVP game and has recently obtained funding external to Kickstarter with many backers wanting refunds.

        If Blood Stained is just taking more to time to ensure it is good then the delay isn’t necessarily bad.

        • RifleAvenger Sashiro

          From what I heard of the Japanese version of Persona 5 the game turned out alright, and if delays equaled a drop in quality that game should have been hot shit.

          A Mighty #9 scenario usually comes with other nastiness going on to back up the suspicions, like the stuff you mentioned about Unsung Story (or the number of changes M#9 underwent from its initial announcement).

      • Maddy

        Not really, though? The pushed back date was put there because they said they wouldn’t have been able to deliver on all stretch goals so fast, and they’re still posting development diaries and whatnot regularly.
        And the demo was good.

    • Polishfury5000

      When was the original release date? I thought it was Q4 2017,and if it was, moving it out of the usually overbloated holiday season isn’t a bad idea for a more niche title like this. 2016 seemed especially bloated, and I know Jim has said that he wished titanfall and watch dogs had waited for a post holiday launch for better exposure.

      So maybe’s there something to waiting for the quiet winter months to launch a new IP. Just speculation, could be garbage, but it’s demo’s have been on point so far. Gotta be worth some doubt benefit.

  • Jabberlove

    I was about to complain that none of you mentioned anything from The Beginner’s Guide in your amazing moments of 2016 but I guess that actually came out in October 2015. Huh, that doesn’t seem possible. My sense of the passage of time has really become screwed up this year… or last year I guess…or maybe it was the year before that… OH GOD! SO MUCH TIME, SO MANY GAMES, SO MANY MOMENTS… LOST… LIKE TEARS…IN RAIN…

  • Baron T

    I know it was early in the morning, but you made a grave error when talking about the Russian hacks. Whenever you talk hacking, you should really get your facts straight and consult an authority.

    Which would be Hackerman.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9bc3b4991f4123d97ce4e130dea0614d72f29f8441cd6a1e80c67e1526f6094d.jpg

  • SilentPony

    Not that I mind, but if you have nothing to talk about, why did you bother with this week’s cast? Couldn’t you have taken the week off, done some more videos or something? Or try a three-way game instead of just raw audio?
    I’d rather watch Jim, Laura and Gav play 20mins of Killing Floor 2 then listen to them talk about how they have nothing to talk about for an hour.

    • George

      I liked the episode because Gavin’s idea was pretty cool.

      But there is merit in what you’re saying.

    • diamond

      But they didn’t talk about nothing, they did actually have interesting stuff to talk about.

      • SilentPony

        Meh? It just felt like noise, filler. Just “Hey we’ll stumble onto a topic and get to that 60min mark. Just keep talking, and someone who do something.”
        And if they’re gonna phone it in, no pun intended, then just change it up! Why waste the chance to try something new just because you feel obligated to do a 60min podcast?

        • diamond

          Didn’t feel that way to me at all, you want a PQ episode with nothing but filler? Try and make it through episode 39 without falling asleep.

          Didn’t feel like they were “phoning it in” to me at all.

          • drownedsummer

            It depends how you view the podcast but 39 features Max Scoville who I can happily listen to.

          • diamond

            Max was fine, I just felt like it was a missed opportunity since he never talked about anything game related.

          • drownedsummer

            Did he need to?

          • diamond

            Would’ve helped liven up the episode.

          • drownedsummer

            Liven up an already entertaining episode?

          • diamond

            I found it very boring and repetitive.

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            Did you hear that from Yahtzee or did you manage to think it up all on your own?

          • diamond

            Did you make that comment on your own or did somebody type it for you? Dumb motherfucker.

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            I like how you just repeated the gist of my comment despite that making no sense in this context, but then added profanity to it to prove how cool you are! Brilliant!

        • drownedsummer

          Generally though it is just the three of them discussing things for an hour or so with that occasionally being about games.

    • At this point we publish things specifically to irritate you, SilentPony.

      • SilentPony

        But you’ve talked about all three of you playing games together before. So why not embrace the new year with a new format? Like a once a month game playing podcast, similar to the little contest you had with Yahtzee. Compete in, I dunno, Left 4 Dead 2 and see who can kill the most zombies by smashing them with the gnome or do a GTA heist, but you can only communicate in movie lines.

        • drownedsummer

          Yeah but they’ve not talked about it in the context of doing so as an alternative to the weekly podcast or stated last week it will be quiet let’s do something different.

        • BAH!

          Jim can’t even be bothered to switch the chat program they use. Do you really think they’re going to put in that much effort to shake things up a bit?

    • Is someone forcing you to listen to these or something?

      • SilentPony

        No, but I am a backer and I think Jim is at his best when he’s talking about video games, especially if he’s also playing them.
        Is it really so wrong and offensive to everyone to suggest new ideas? To be like “Hey, you seem to be struggling a little, why not try X or Y to freshen things up?”
        And is everyone going to ignore my opening “Not that I mind”?!

        • Well you seem to have some sort qualm quite frequently, so maybe it’s cognitive bias on our part but that’s just how you come across. Personally I really enjoy it when Jim and Laura and Gav goof off, and have for pretty much the entire run of the podcast.

          And just a heads up, if follow up “not that I mind” with “why did you bother,” it comes across as really backhanded and spiteful.

          • SilentPony

            Its not backhanded nor spiteful! It barely even registers as a complaint. Asking “if your heart wasn’t in this, why bother doing it or why not change the format a little to spice things up?” is a perfectly legitimate thought, and should not be considered insulting, especially given the actually hurtful shit people throw at Jim regularly.
            If I were Jim, or any other creator, I’d take a jackass like me complaining about something being boring or too much Dark Souls over death threats, name calling or God knows what else people say over at Reddit.
            Its my personality to complain. Complaining means its valid and worthy of consideration to me. Its when I don’t complain(or compliment) you know I don’t give a shit at all.

          • I don’t think anyone else sees it that way.

          • Terriosaurus Hex

            To be fair, you never seem happy with anything. Maybe there is no intended malice, I wouldn’t have assumed any myself, but it doesn’t give a great impression when there is only regular criticism and no hint of appreciation. There are many pathways to finding happiness/contentment, but you seem to be having trouble finding any at all. Might be worth looking into what is causing that, because I have doubts it is the exterior world not being entertaining enough. I mean that as a friendly gesture based on personal experience, not an attempt to belittle or dismiss.

        • drownedsummer

          But they aren’t struggling and there’s also plenty of content out there that Jim has done where he’s shown he can be very entertaining without discussing games.Neither were they making a token effort either.

  • diamond

    Yeah I couldn’t give less of a fuck about VR if I tried, just seems like a huge waste of money to me.

    Watch Dogs 2 had some great moments, my favorite bit was when you got to control the Spider Tank.

    Games i’m looking forward to this year:

    Hitman(physical release is coming soon)

    Gravity Rush 2

    Resident Evil 7

    Mass Effect Andromeda

    Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3

    Spider-Man

    Halo Wars 2

    Sonic Mania

    Dreamfall: Chapters

    Days Gone

    Last of Us 2

    Yakuza 0

    Ghost Recon Wildlands

    Crackdown 3

    Agents of Mayhem

    Shenmue 3

    Detroit: Become Human

    Earth Defence Force 5

    Metal Gear Survive

    Prey

    Project Sonic 2017

    Shadow Warrior 2

    Space Hulk Deathwing

    State of Decay 2

    Star Wars Battlefront sequel

    Uncharted: the Lost Legacy

    • Evan Thompson

      Shadow Warrior 2 is out….. (?) im only looking forward to mass effect and resident evil. RE’s demo was so good im excited

      • diamond

        I know Shadow Warrior 2 is out, but it’s only out on PC at the moment, it does not come out on consoles until later this year(same with Space Hulk Death Wing), and since my graphics card is nowhere near powerful enough to handle that game, i’m going to have to wait until then.

        • Evan Thompson

          Oh, i only play on pc so i stopped paying attention to console releases 😛

          • diamond

            I’m surprised to see PC-only gamers that are fans of Jim, since he’s not PC-focused like TotalBiscuit is.

  • Daniel F.

    A Sting titan? I’m imagining Sting’s scene in Dune when he was in a speedo and stepping out of a steam shower.

  • Daniel F.

    I disagree a bit with Jim on Twilight Princess. I played the non-motion version first and I found the wii version annoying. But I see your point and I think Mario Galaxy did it far better (for the main gameplay, I know people hated the mini-games) since the motion control is for the spin attack and collecting the money bits which is quick and simple

  • Graham

    Reasonably new to the podcast but I felt the first ten or fifteen were pretty rough this episode, possibly due to lack of stuff going on at the moment. Definitely picked up from then though.

    Contrary to Jim, I’m actually very excited about the VR stuff, hopefully we get some fleshed out experiences and superhot comes to PSVR.

    And in disagreement with Gavin, I fucking hated clockwork mansion, clever as it was. Doing a stealth, non lethal run with bad guys who look both ways and can’t be shut off in the traditional manner is annoying as shit.

    • diamond

      The main problem with VR is that it’s so expensive that only the upper-middle-class can really afford it(at least that’s the case with the Rift and the Vive).

      • Nitrium

        I borrowed an Oculus Rift DK2 and was pretty impressed with the potential gaming experience it offered. However, when the consumer version shipped I thought it was far too expensive for mainstream appeal (and too pricey for me). Might get one in a few years when the prices have come down (which they probably will, if smartphones and LCD TV’s etc are anything to go by).

      • CaitSeith

        I got the feeling that will be fixed in a couple of years; unless a VR-only genre becomes popular enough to keep VRs away from the bargain bin.

  • Sperium3000

    When Jim started talking about Twilight Princess and motion controls I was praying to Budha we didn’t have to go the Skyward Sword road once again, but of course, it’s always the cool thing to do to bash Skyward Sword. Can’t wait for Breath of The Wild to come out and *it* becomes the new reviled game while people go “You know, Skyward Sword wasn’t really that bad”.

    • Uzuki

      Same. I’m the first in line to point out the flaws of SS, it’s personally one of my favs in the Zelda series, but the good it does waaaay out way the negatives. Plus I kinda tune out the “The motion controls are shait” complaints because it seems like everyone has had different experiences with the controls.

  • CaitSeith

    Cue for flood of comments correcting Laura about Ni No Kuni.

    By the way, have you noticed that Tales of Symphonia, Ni No Kuni, Xenogear Chronicles and Final Fantasy XV have free-roaming in their combat encounters and party members acting on their own; and yet the 4 games manage to feel different? It’s like they are experimenting different ways to break from the traditional ATB without sacrificing its sense of strategy.

  • Terriosaurus Hex

    So is talk of Bloodborne still fair game then? It wasn’t 2016!!! And I need somebody to make me feel like I’m still in with the modern cool gamers!
    *Looks mournfully at unfinished Bloodborne save file*

    Oh well, looks like it’s just me and you and a bottle of rum tonight again.

    *Sobs quietly*

    • drownedsummer

      Have you considered using martial arts?

      • Terriosaurus Hex

        I have now 😉

    • Allan Weallans

      I think what Gav was talking about was probably the ITV documentary Exposure using footage from Arma II and claiming it was an IRA film from the 80s.

      • Terriosaurus Hex

        Oh yeah, I forgot about that incident! These television peoples and their unlearned ways…

  • Allan Weallans

    I’m with Laura on Mass Effect 1 to 3, but I can’t say I’m that excited for Andromeda. I don’t know why. I was one of those idiots who liked 3’s ending, but the… finality of it was like, “ok, that’s done, I don’t need any more”. I was satisfied, in every sense of the word.

    • Evan Thompson

      I liked all the original mass effects too. Even the ending of 3

      • diamond

        original ending or extended ending?

        • Evan Thompson

          Both, i dont remember the original ending but when i played it again last year the extended ending was pretty good.

          • diamond

            It’s good that you don’t remember the original ending, if you did I doubt you would like it(especially after seeing the superior extended ending)

  • Nitrium

    No love, or even acknowledgement, from any of you for the 2017 Star Citizen release? Sure it may well not release this year but it’s supposed to. It seems to be a project all three of you have willfully(?) ignored (no Jimquisition on it either AFAIK) over the years, despite being the most successful crowd funded campaign of ALL time in ANY media (let alone games).

    • drownedsummer

      i suspect it is something which wouldn’t appeal to Jim as a game.

      • Nitrium

        The Podquisition isn’t a Jim only broadcast. So does it not appeal to ANY of them?

        • drownedsummer

          I can’t say for Laura and Gavin which was why I only mentioned Jim.

          But they didn’t mention Numenera either which is also meant to be launching in 2017.

          • Nitrium

            Oh that’s right. I backed that on Kickstarter way back when, but haven’t heard much from inXile lately.

          • drownedsummer

            It doesn’t really matter if it dwarfs it though there are plenty of games which are coming up in 2017 which have not been mentioned.

          • diamond

            Jim knows about SC, he said the reason he never did a JQ about the behind-the-scenes of that game is because it’s a genre he’s totally unfamiliar with. Really i’m surprised that anyone is surprised that Jim never brought it up.

        • diamond

          I don’t think so, SC is aimed at a pretty hardcore demographic that I doubt Jim, Laura or Gavin fall into, I personally couldn’t care less about that game(and i’m a bit annoyed at Chris Roberts anti-console attitude, makes him come off as an arrogant dick)

          • Nitrium

            There truly is no way to get something like Star Citizen run on the console with their obvious hardware limitations. You need to start watching some Star Citizen youtube vids on the sort of thing they’re trying to achieve with the game; if you know anything about hardware it will become painfully obvious why there won’t be a console version.
            Also do you feel the same way about Red Dead Redemption, Bloodborne, The Last of Us, Uncharted, Last Guardian, Horizon Zero Dawn etc not being released for PC??? Isn’t that just as dickish?

          • diamond

            Yeah no shit, i’m well aware of that, dosen’t mean it’s necessary for Roberts to insult people who have the audacity to *gasp* actually like playing games on consoles, the horror!

            I was never expecting a console version, i’m not sure where on earth you got the idea that I was, I was merely saying Roberts was being a jerk by attacking consoles owners for no real reason.

            Not sure how those games you mentioned relate to what I said in any way, as none of the developers of those games were insulting PC owners for no good reason, so that’s totally different.

          • Nitrium

            When you said “anti-console” I assumed you meant that you were annoyed he has no plans to bring SC to consoles. Clearly that isn’t what you meant (but in my defence you didn’t exactly make that clear), so my bad.

    • Michael Campbell

      I’m an SC backer and I didn’t realise it was supposed to go into full launch this year…

      Then again, I haven’t been keeping up to date with all the emails and shit.

    • CaitSeith

      Crowdfunded? At this point it’s more like Early Access. But for what I have seen, SC has been newsworthy only to their fans and haters (and everyone in the Podcast are neither). It hasn’t had that artificial push that NMS had in its hype either.

    • David Sayers

      You just mentioned crowdfunding, delayed release and No Man’s Sky in one comment and you’re wondering why other people aren’t excited? If you were holding any more red flags you’d be a matador.

    • diamond

      None of the three are fans of the space sim genre, so it’s no surprise at all they haven’t talked about it.

      • Nitrium

        Gavin in a Podquisition specifically did mention that he wished there was a decent No Man Sky like game. So you’re wrong.

        • diamond

          Gavin isn’t really into hardcore sims though, so i’m not “dead wrong”.

          • Nitrium

            I’m not convinced that SC will be a “hardcore sim”. What makes you think that? Remember it has a full blown CoD style FPS module in it – which is about as far removed from “hardcore sim” as you can get!

          • diamond

            Weird you say that since Elite Dangerous actually DID come out on Xbox One(and is coming to PS4 later on)

    • Gavin Dunne

      It’s almost as if No Man’s Sky was theoretically created for and marketed to a much wider demographic than hardcore space sim fans….
      Really though we deliberately just ignore this game specifically to annoy you personally.

      • Nitrium

        That’s exactly what thought. Thanks for clearing it up! ;-).

  • CaitSeith

    Yeah, CNN using a Fallout hacking minigame screenshot for their news about Obama ordering punishment for the Russian hacking is something enjoyable to make fun of. But I don’t understand those who genuinely got upset towards CNN.

  • Rachel McVeigh

    My major issue with VR is that there currently seems to be no consistency with which games make players feel ill and which games don’t.

    One reviewer says one game is great & another reviewer says that same game gave them motion sickness. In reviews for normal games I can find a few people whose tastes vaguely match mine and can be reasonably certain that I’ll like a game if one or more of them like it. In reviews for VR games, my tastes could match up 100% with a reviewer but because our eyes aren’t the same, I could feel sick playing a game they loved or vise versa.

    As cool as some VR games look, I just can’t justify forking out the money for the headset & equipment to play games that might give me motion sickness.

    • The Outsider

      I’m not sure that will ever be overcome unless some kind of pill is developed to take while using VR, which could go down a very dubious Brave New World path. I personally feel the best way to use VR is to create experiences rather than games as we know them. To allow someone to explore Newton’s studio, or watch Beethoven conduct a symphony is a better fit for the technology than traditional games, which have been evolving along with the tech we already use to control them.

      • Rachel McVeigh

        I’d be much more onboard with VR if there were more experiences. I’d love to be able to explore a museum, or watch a concert. And I think that would fix the sickness issues because, there would be no visual animations or busyness.

        • The Outsider

          Yes it could even work in real time for live events. I’m not seeing much being developed in this regard which is disheartening. Have you aware of anything similar being developed? I suppose with the industry as corporate as it is it’s not easily able to make dynamic changes from what it’s already churning out. From what I’ve read developing VR is prohibitive for small companies due to the cost.

          • Nick Walker

            I don’t know much about the tech of VR, but it *is* being done live right now. At least one of the US Presidential debates was simulcast “in VR” from basically the front row.

            But like I said, that could have been crap and still made people sick (I don’t know). The fact that it was for something literally millions of people watched kinda tells me it’s a cost thing right now. Maybe pro sports could use it (front row seats at the game!), but thing is, I don’t know how much the Venn Diagram of “VR Users” and “People Who Participate in Mainstream Events” overlap. Just to steal Jim’s example, Ben Kuchera might be kinda excited about the debates, but I can’t see him caring about sports. A person only has so much time in the day, and for me at least, other “nerd” things (comics, film, literature) are way more interesting and useful than Bread and Circus.

            Maybe concerts. It’d be kinda cool to get front row at a New Year’s show and not have to find your way home. But hey, whenever I’ve made a New Year’s, getting home is half the battle. “That was the last train!” “Can we walk?” “It just started snowing.” (Actual situation in Chicago one year, good times).

            But then again… Part of those (what I labelled) ‘mainstream events’ *is* being part of the actual crowd. We could probably VR the Church experience, but that kinda misses the point, eh?

          • The Outsider

            I quite agree real experiences can’t be completely replicated, however being somewhere in person isn’t available to everyone. For example a disabled person being able to visit inaccessible places would be worthwhile. I think as Rachel and I discussed the best use would be experiences from the past, or places uninhabitable by people. For example the Mars Rover footage could be used to map a part of the planets surface to explore.

  • AnGer

    This might be the year I’ll finally buy a new (home) console. Don’t know which one yet, all four of them (yes, FOUR, because I skipped the Wii U and unless the Bayonettas, Xenoblade X and TMS#FE are coming to Switch, I have no intention of not counting it) have at least one title I really want to play and the two non-Nintendo home systems finally have some stuff appealing to my sensibilities, like NieR Automata, Ni No Kuni II, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, Scalebound (which is a strong pull-factor on the XBox ONE for me, even if the rest looks kinda bleak to me), Horizon Zero Dawn and some other, smaller stuff from that there Japan country (including a Musou-style game with FATE characters).

    2017 has a lot of interesting stuff coming across all platforms though (yes, even the Vita and 3DS are getting games, not many, but some of them I’m highly interested in), so it won’t be a dry spell.

  • florian

    In the discussion on mario run sales one can see the insidious influence of whaling and content delivery platforms.

    Imo $20 million (counting the apple-cut here) is quite respectable, especially given that it is such a small game and its sales are being hampered by the silly drm and high entry price.

    If Nintendo manage to tweak things a bit and manage, say, 4 or five of these kinds of releases per year they get a nice extra revenue stream going.