Podquisition Episode 141: Drawing Geralt’s Bath Sausage

Builders get their knobs out, everybody knows this. It’s part of the construction gig.

Elsewhere, The Witcher 3 has a coloring book, GameStop hates its employees, and Warframe gets some discussion.

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Riley
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Riley

Jonathan is everybody’s Japanese Boy

Aotrs Commander
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Aotrs Commander

I am quite content to listen to you guys ramble. I listen to this, Fistshark and Spin-Off Doctors principally while I’m working (like other people might listen to the radio); as much to hear you folk ramble and be entertained as to get any actual gaming news. (Especially as, generally, the three of you tend to play different sorts of games to be (mine beng principally very long 4X/grand strats and such, with some RPGs thrown in; but I somehow doubt you fine folk have the time to spend a couple of hundred hours playing Crusader Kings 2 or something!))

Rafael Piñero
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Rafael Piñero

I played the ME:A trial and it was meh…as for Casey Hudson, why bring him back after he screwed ME:3?

Chris
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This is a valid question. Mass Effect Andromeda wasn’t where the writing went bad. It had a lot of problems with technical issues from the sounds of things and maybe wasn’t the most creative story, but the writing on these games was tanked completely about halfway through Mass Effect 3, and any attempt to go back in the direction of that team isn’t a sign for hope.

machine_dirty
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Casey is the main reason for ME3’s bad ending, even the writers for that game hated the ending, Casey and Mac Walters came up with the ending all by themselves with no input from anyone else, which explains why it feels so completely disconnected to the rest of the game.

MrJemandem
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MrJemandem
Well Joe did not deliver for a long time that was just the final nail in the coffin. If he had communicate earlyer and more clearly what he wants to do it would have been such a problem for his audience. I dont know how much Money Joe makes but i think he with all the payd content he is probably around 20k avr per month on the back of his comunity. Even so Joe is a person he also is a brand that dosent deliver.. For my self i have no hard feelings about it.. I watch some Movie… Read more »
machine_dirty
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You’re the type of ungrateful fanboy I cannot stand.

MrJemandem
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MrJemandem

How did you come to the conclusion I’m a fanboy? I enjoy good content, that’s a reason I’m listing to the podcast and watch jim show.

Chris
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“Fanboy” is one of his go too arguments, when he thinks he’s being called out too much on ‘cocksucker’ or ‘[♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫]’ It means you’re irrational in your like or dislike of something, which he states completely unironically while in the next post showing those exact same traits to games or movies he likes.

machine_dirty
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I’m referring to the people that think Joe is their slave and that he should not be allowed to take breaks or do any non-gaming related content.

Not sure why you’ve gone completely off-topic when i’ve mentioned nothing of the sort on this page.

Dave
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Dave

When Laura talked about scrubbing those recordings back and forth in Tacoma I thought for a moment you’d scrub each person’s recording individually and had to make them line up. That sounds like it could make for an interesting game mechanic…

Dan Lewis
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Dan Lewis
As someone who works at a major electronics retailer who is open on Thanksgiving and has worked retail for 5 years now, in a few different jobs, I can tell you that the days themselves are horrible, but when you work those jobs, you just ignore holidays as a concept in your personal life. I think that for the rest of my life, no matter what job I have, holidays aren’t really going to have meaning to me. That said, I’m also single, 300 miles away from any family, and my roommates also work retail, so occasions where you’re supposed… Read more »
machine_dirty
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I never really got into Thanksgiving much(not really a fan of traditional Thanksgiving food) so that’s one holiday where I honestly wouldn’t mind working.

Riley Holt
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The mod Gav was thinking of at the end is called “Frostfall,” one of the best mods I’ve ever played for any game. Be sure to grab “Camping” and “cloak” mods to keep yourself from freezing. It’s great stuff.

YoDude
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YoDude

I know this is the internet and I shouldn’t be surprised. But why the fuck are people dicks to people who make shit they like?

Don’t get it. Be it YouTube or music or any art really.

The creator/creator is creating. They don’t serve you. They don’t make shit for you exclusively.

If you don’t like it then move on. Find a new YouTube personality/band/director to worship.

Idiots.

George
Member

It confuses me as well. Like really if you don’t like something..don’t watch it. The creator will be well aware of time vs ad-revenue or time vs patreon support or time vs sponsor ship.

It sends a much stronger message.

Randy Markin
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Randy Markin

I don’t blame Joe for taking time off. Right now there aren’t any games worth talking about, and his reviews usually take a bit more time than anybody else’s.

Plus, the dudes not in the best health. So him taking two or so months off in order to regroup and gain some perspective. Is a very good thing, plus a lot of the older Youtubers are starting to slowly die out or just get burn out already.

Darkseid 200
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Darkseid 200

He hasn’t looked well for a long time. I think people are giving him grief without having the full picture. His health and personal life are nobody’s business. I don’t understand why all these people who claim to be fans don’t give him the benefit of the doubt. It baffles me when the good work a creator does gets instantly dismissed and gains them zero good will. It’s been obvious to anyone with eyes how much he’s struggled to keep the schedule his fans have demanded of him. But he did try. Apparently that means nothing to some people.

Chris
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To “gamers” it never does. We are talking about a “community” that regularly acts as though it’s okay to send death threats to people for reporting on a game being delayed. Not even threatening the people trying to make the game for them and needing some more time, to the person who found out about this and reported on it. Effort means nothing to the entitled, whiny little babies that make up so much of the “gamer” community, Common fucking decency either. The internet has created a generation of spoiled 20 and 30 something year old babies who think if… Read more »
Alexey
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Its important to stress the difference between a threat made in person, and one made online. By neglecting that, you make it seem as if online harassment (exclusively online) is that serious of an issue. I can see why its tempting to consider it such, because “fighting online harassment” involves ****posting and nothing more, while actually helping people in need requires effort and dedication (like spending the time you spend on writing an sjw post to work a bit more and donate those money to africa or something).

machine_dirty
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Oh look someone who unironically uses stupid fucking terms like SJW, yeah i’m sure you have plenty of worth to say(that was sarcasm in case you couldn’t tell)

Chris
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Diamond, please, your childish lashing out doesn’t help, and if anything makes trolls like that feel more justified in what they’re doing. Honestly you make yourself and the people you claim to agree with and be defending look worse by your presence, so please just stop.

machine_dirty
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Not doing any childish lashing at all, i’m calling out trolls, nothing wrong with that, you don’t get to tell what I can and cannot do on here.

Sounds like you’re the only one making yourself look worse on here(and I think you’re the one being childish by blaming TB for GG for no good reason).

Why don’t you stop instead?

Chris
Member

Ah yes, the ultimate sign of maturity, “I know you but what am I?” I don’t know why I would think you’re hurting your case here with that razor sharp wit.

And I’m not telling you you have to stop, I’m simply pointing out that the way you’re lashing out without making any kind of argument isn’t constructive and asking you to let it go.

machine_dirty
Member

Ah yes sarcasm, the ultimate sign of maturity, not.

I don’t see how criticizing trolls is lashing out, I don’t need to let anything go, the other guy.

While we’re on the topic of letting go, how about you let go of your silly little grudge against TotalBiscuit?

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Because you never learn.

machine_dirty
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I’ve learned plenty, does not sound like you’ve learned anything.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

One of us has pretty much stopped talking to the other, and cut down considerably on what they say on the site in general.
The other pretends they didn’t have all their posts nuked and is continuing the same behavior which led to that nuking.

You can be the judge about which one of us has learned their lesson, and which has not.

machine_dirty
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There have been no nuked posts, not sure what on earth you are talking about.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

The June 26th Jimquisition.

Justin made a post telling us not to witch hunt you any more because we were making the comments toxic by suspecting everybody with an unusual opinion, deleted all of our posts calling you out and arguing with you in that comments section, and completely deleted at least one of your accounts as well as many of your posts.

Its been less than 2 months. Pretending you forgot doesn’t change the fact it happened.

machine_dirty
Member

I honestly do not remember any such thing happening, then again I don’t regularly visit every single page on this website every single day so I guess I missed those events.

Chris
Member

Interesting, because you just used that exact incident to claim that my posts had been nuked in another thread. But then, “machine_dirty” wasn’t involved in that comment thread at all, it was under a different name. So which is it, do you remember that or don’t you?

machine_dirty
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Simple explanation-I researched it after making that post, surely you’re not so thick-headed you can’t possibly comprehend that right? Who am I kidding of course you are.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
I have no trouble at all believing you have so many alts and identities that when one/several disappears you just don’t know it. That speaks to a huge problem, one you are choosing to ignore in favor of being a jerk to anyone who bothers to respond to you or says something you don’t like. There is a reason I don’t talk to you any more, and it has nothing to do with me not wanting to yell at you to just shut up. Justin asked everyone to stop, so I did. At least have the courtesy to respect the… Read more »
machine_dirty
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I’ve ignored no such thing, quit your lying. You and Chris are the ones being jerks here, not me.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
I can go quote Jim both times he asked you not to dominate comment chains. I can quote Justin asking us to stop accusing people of having alts, and that the person responsible had their account banned. It won’t do any good though. You’ll insist some made up nonsense and accuse us, the people trying to make this site more accepting for everyone and not just those who agree with you, of being the problem. You are a troll. I’m not being hyperbolic or abusing the term like almost everyone else. I’m not just saying it because I’m fed up… Read more »
Chris
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And that insistence, that stuff done online doesn’t count it isn’t real, is why the internet has become such a toxic, disgusting place for women and people of color and lgbtq people, especially in nerd circles.

But then, since that’s the explicit goal of people like you, you already know that’s the result.

Alexey
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you can always go out and help those communities you’re so worried about, instead of ****posting

Chris
Member

Why do you assume I don’t do both? You realize posting on here takes a few seconds, and I mostly do it from work or while doing other things.

But then again, you don’t actually care. Racist, sexist trolls rarely ever care about the bullshit ‘just asking questions’ act they are so proud of.

I’d imagine since the only other posts I have seen you make on here are so generic as to possibly be automated that you know a thing or two about shitposting professionally there though.

Alexey
Member

I’m a programmer, so i’m used to typing and thinking at rapid pace, but, if composing and typing those posts you make really take just a few seconds, i’m deeply impressed by you.

You’re a smart and kind person , Chris, i can only imagine how much help you do where is actually matters – IRL.

George
Member

The irony of this… You have a habit of accusing everyone of saying and typing things that can in no logical or rational way be discerned from their posts. You are toxic Chris. You create toxicity with this incessant need to be offended by everyone who may even slightly disagree with your world view. You are no different than any other troll.

Chris
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Really? In what way did I do that this time? Or are you just still mad because I called you out for your obvious classism and your condescending and insulting attitudes towards systemic poverty? Because I honestly had planned not to bring that up any more, but you’re clearly still hung up on it.

machine_dirty
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Very true, he’s the type of person that goes out of his way to get offended by everyone and everything, honestly with people like him I can almost understand the position of the anti-SJW crowd(not saying I necessarily agree with them or anything though). I knew someone like Chris on a movie forum I used to frequent(which unfortunately went defunct after the servers took a shit) there was one guy on there who did pretty much nothing but go after me for daring to have unusual opinions on certain films, 95% of his posts were all about attacking me and… Read more »
Alexey
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As much of a waste of time sjw-ish ****posting is, the “anti-sjw” stuff is even worse, as many times it actually does cross the line, becoming offensive and toxic.

You don’t want to be a part of that crowd.

Chris
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Now see, that I will agree with you on, and those are the types I was referring to when you decided to declare that I apparently am incapable of writing a post on a website and then also doing anything else with my life.

Arseniy Khvorov
Member

Certainly sounded like the some input sensitivity setting somewhere was the problem with Discord.

Just move to Jim’s house, everyone, and record from the same room.

Sperium3000
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I actually really appreciate the talk you guys had about the whole creative process and getting burnt out and how you deal with that. I myself have plans to start a youtube channel, as well as plans to get into streaming for the Brazillian audience, so that stuff you guys said is great advice I’ll take to heart. So… Thanks, guys.

machine_dirty
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Really sad that some of Angry Joe’s so-called fans are acting like whiny and entitled crybabies just because Joe wants to take a break from game reviews and do other content. I’ve heard all sorts of bullshit about how Joe “lied” or “broke promises” and that’s not true at all, he outright said that his schedule was “not set in stone” and he said he would try it for six months, he did that and it didn’t work for him, that should’ve been the end of it, but no people had to act like spoiled brats and downvote Joe’s other… Read more »
Chris
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It’s almost like gamers and people on youtube are among the most whiny, entitled, fragile little broflakes out there, and when you combine both audiences with a guy whose entire shtick is shouting angrily at a camera about video games you probably have a pretty toxic fanbase. Not Joe’s fault, never cared for him myself but he’s not terrible or anything. But yeah, anyone doing that kind of content on youtube ought to just write off having any kind of positive audience interaction in this age of alt-right man children trying desperately to outdo each other on who is the… Read more »
machine_dirty
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To be fair not all of Joe’s reviews have him shouting, most of the time he’s pretty calm, people just assume that he’s angry all of the time cause of his username, which really isn’t the case. I don’t think the style of Joe’s reviews had much to do with it, pretty much anyone with the amount of subscribers Joe has will inevitably get a toxic fanbase no matter how positive they are, that’s just reality. TotalBiscuit actually turned off his comments in 2013, well before GG happened and that was in response to the whole forced Google Plus/Youtube integration… Read more »
Chris
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He wasn’t “neutral.” He spoke out about it being about corruption and took that side, dismissing criticisms about the misogyny and abuse that was part and parcel of the movement from day one. He may have regretted it later and come back around to the right side of things, but it’s completely dishonest to say that in the beginning he wasn’t one of the people pushing a narrative and attacking particular voices in the industry. He accused people who claimed to have been harassed of lying to manipulate the media into being on their side. It takes literally seconds of… Read more »
machine_dirty
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He didn’t really dismiss those claims, he just said not to assume that everyone that uses the hashtag is a misogynist, racist, homophobe, etc(and to be fair there were a number of minorities and women using the hashtag). He was attacking those who were trying to demonize all gamers as awful people(I.E. the journalists who wrote all those “gamers are dead” articles). I don’t recall him ever accusing anyone who claimed to have been harassed of lying to manipulate the press or anything like that. I think that’s a bit narrow-minded of you but whatever, I think you’ve fallen into… Read more »
Chris
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No one said you can’t, I said I choose not to, that’s different.

Since you only take information from YouTube, watch Dan Olson’s take in gamergate and why people like total biscuit who allowed the harassment to happen and provided cover for it while benefiting from it are every bit as responsible for the results.

machine_dirty
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Who said I only take information from Youtube? That’s not true, I also read plenty of articles. Dan Olsen is full of shit i’m sorry to say(I lost all respect for him after he attacked James Rolfe just cause he didn’t want to see or review the new Ghostbusters, I liked the remake just fine and I do think people overreacted to the casting, that said James had every right not to see it and people like Dan who harassed him over it were just being assholes and not helping anyone) his video is full of lies, TB did not… Read more »
Chris
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He did provide cover. He literally have interviews and made public statements where he defended gg boards and communities and said people claiming to be harassed were lying to the media for attention. He would claim harassment was bad in one sentence, then say it also wasn’t a big deal and people should suck it up and deal with it the next. I’m not saying he wasn’t harassed later when he came to his senses. But that doesn’t diminish the real harm he did by being a big, prominent face for the movement at a time when they needed one… Read more »
machine_dirty
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He did nothing of the sort and did no real “harm” to people, enough with the lies. You’re exactly the kind of person TB warned people about-the kind that engages in tribalism with a bunch of bullshit talk about “sides”, well let me tell you something, if your so-called “side” involves acting like a self-righteous holier then thou douchebag towards anyone whose views do not 100% align with yours, I want absolutely no part of that side now or ever. Also I clearly do watch plenty of Youtubers who question and criticize things I like, otherwise I wouldn’t watch Jim… Read more »
mjc0961
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mjc0961
Not only that, but if I remember right he did 11 reviews in the first half of the year, which is still really good. Especially putting up with several re-edits, renders, and uploads of the Breath of the Wild review because Nintendo’s a bunch of [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫]. And then yeah, like Galactix100 said, now everyone’s crying because he wants to take a break when there’s no games to review anyway. Sonic Mania and Agents of Mayhem both come out on August 15th, so assuming he was to do a review on one of those, it would probably release near the… Read more »
Galactix100
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Galactix100

I don’t get why they’re upset. It’s July/August are always barren. Besides he’s been doing stuff other than game reviews for ages now, you’d think they’d be used to it.

machine_dirty
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That’s something Joe pointed out in a recent video, yet some assholes still don’t get it.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I doubt they actually watched the thing, just commented and fucked off.

Chicken008
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Game Scoop! is definitely not serious.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Potential Fuckonami news. The next edition of PES will feature Neymar on the cover in the colours of the team he will be shortly leaving.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

That’s not really on Konami though. If they release the game a month from now with Neymar still in a Barca kit then there’s a story.

Iskander
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Iskander

I’m ok with you guys not always talking about video games all the time, it is called Podquisition and not Videogamequistion after all. What I am not ok with is the lack of talk about pods. 141 episodes in and you have yet to have any meaningful discussion about pea pods, pod people, pod racing, or Podrick from Game of Thrones.

Chris
Member

I think this is a real failing of the show that I expect to be corrected soon. At least half an hour discussion of pods or pod people next week please.

Brett Dunbar
Member

The song Jim referred to is probably the 1981 UK number 1 Japanese Boy by Scottish singer Aneka (Mary Sandeman). It features as one of the songs on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the Flash FM channel.

GloatingSwine
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GloatingSwine

Bioware do have original Mass Effect lead writer Drew Karpyshyn back. He’s doing their notDestiny.

John Doe
Member

One of the interesting things about PUBG: while Ubisoft might add voice actors pretending to be players on voice chat sounding cool and tactical in it’s trailers and what it actually sounds like is fake, tryhard and pathetic… people actually do it for real in team games of PUBG and it’s natural. Streamers I watch might joke and chat around in the begging, but once there is 30 people left on the map, stuff gets tense and efficient communication becomes important.

George
Member

I will miss your written reviews JIm, but the period of lamentation will end eventually. Change is important to writing.
I hope that this direction is successful!

Also, I hope that there is still some written content, from time to time, “Metabombed” is a fun series.

Jasper Theo
Member

I like the Bullshit Round-Up. Even if it’s just a long write about Shadow of War getting microtransactions.

George
Member

Sorry, I meant to say,

“Also, I hope that there is still some written content, from time to time. ‘Metabombed’ is a fun series.”

Fucken proof reading! Your absolutely 100% right to get rid of written reviews. lol
<3

Nitrium
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“* You’re * absolutely 100%…” And yes, you’re welcome ;-).

George
Member

Yeah I noticed that one too. lol

Anton
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Anton

Visceral being shuttered might be a blessing in disguise. If that staff gets together again and thinks up another horror IP, I would imagine they could crowdfund it very easily.

mjc0961
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mjc0961
Another horror IP? This implies existing horror IPs. What might they be called? Battlefield Overpowered Police Officers was a pretty terrifyingly awful game, but I don’t think that counts. They didn’t think that up anyway. Other than that, no game from Visceral has been anything remotely close to horror. Especially not that really awful franchise they introduced last generation where the goofy enemy designs make you bust out laughing, and you have the best gun in the game right from the very start so you never once feel threatened by anything. And you spend the entire game staring at the… Read more »
Anton
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Anton

Jesus, someone didn’t get their juice box this morning.

machine_dirty
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I don’t know about that, there’s been one too many Kickstarter failures from high-profile developers for me to have much hope for another one, so I pray that Visceral does not have to go down that route.

YoDude
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YoDude

Bro. But Obsidion/Red Hook tho.

Anton
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Anton

The alternative is, they get to keep making uninspired microtransaction fronts for EA.

machine_dirty
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I’m just hoping someone like Devolver Digital picks them up and actually treats them right.

I for one really enjoyed Dead Space 3, uninspired is definitely not what I would call that game at all, it’s a testament to how great of a studio Visceral is that I was able to get past the microtransactions and still enjoy the game.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

That would imply them making it out of EA intact as they did start out as EA Redwood.

Uninspired isn’t particularly an unfair assessment of Dead Space 3 as it isn’t just the microtransactions. There is also the heavy focus on being more action based, cover based mechanics and the crafting system. It wasn’t terrible but certainly not as good as the first two games.

machine_dirty
Member

I thought the crafting system wasn’t a bad idea, it would’ve been fine if it wasn’t for the microtransactions and I was totally fine with the game having cover-based mechanics, that’s not inherently a bad thing.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

It is potentially a bad thing when the previous two games didn’t feature such gameplay and in the third suddenly this is a required mechanic. Which is the main problem with Dead Space 3 really the decision to copy mechanics from other games.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

It also isn’t just mechanics the reveal regarding Convergence & Brother Moons are a little too similar to the antagonists of another EA science fiction series.

machine_dirty
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Didn’t feel that similar to Mass Effect to me.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

So the Brother Moons didn’t come across as biological reapers?

machine_dirty
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Not really, they had a different feel to them.

Anton
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Anton

Exactly.

It should be noted that Dead Space 2 was a lot more action-heavy than 1, but it managed to retain the series identity. 3 threw that identity out the window to try and emulate other games.

machine_dirty
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Personally i’m with Jim on Dead Space 3, I think it still very much maintained the series identity in spite of its changes.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I respect Jim’s opinion but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with it and you certainly didn’t regarding his opinion on open world games.

machine_dirty
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Never said you did have to agree with.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Nor did I imply that.

Concubinary Code
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Speaking of that fatigue I’ve felt that way about gears 4 when it came out. I played 3 multiplayer pretty religiously but 4 flat out unimpressed me. People got so much shit for stuff like the retro Lancer and the sawed off but so many of the new weapons are way more ridiculously strong not that you’d see it because gnasher is still king. I played one match before deciding I was over it. Ugh

machine_dirty
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That’s why I never touch multiplayer in those kinds of games, I only play single-player and then i’m done with the game.

Anton
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Anton

The horde mode was a bust too, mostly due to the new robot enemies being absolute garbage. Half the reason the original series was so good, was that the Locust were brilliantly designed enemies. If Marcus & company were half as great as the Locust, the gears games would have been legendary.

mjc0961
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mjc0961

Actually it’s really sad, because the 5 novels about Marcus and friends were really great. More of that stuff needed to be in the games so they didn’t all just seem like such boring meatheads.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

The books are great and the characters are more interesting having read them. That said I think the books were just expanding on the ground work laid out by the games rather than doing all of the work.

Concubinary Code
Member

The first two chapters of the campaign were the worst in the series. Those robots were so boring to fight. And then they brought in the nu locust which had no difference between themselves. It’s visually dull and detracts the game as a whole I feel.

Galactix100
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Galactix100
I still think Gears 2 had the best horde mode. I think, for me at least, it was the creativity from the players that made it great. Using boom shields as makeshift barricades that the locust could just kick over or vault so they were only semi-effective at best, turning grenades into mines to help hold choke points, you only had your starting weapons and when they ran dry your only option was grab whatever weapons enemies had dropped. It all added to that Gears theme of desperate last stands. When 3 and 4 added in actual barricades, turrets etc.… Read more »
Concubinary Code
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Here here. I don’t mind the whole currency thing 3 did and I especially liked the boss waves but 2 probably had the best horde. 4 didn’t seem to really build on 3s ideas past being able to put bases anywhere

Galactix100
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Galactix100

That kinda sums up Gears 4 though. Pretty good but it doesn’t really build on the previous entries,

Anton
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Anton

Absolutely agree, I probably have hundreds of hours sunk into Gears 2 horde myself. There was a great meta of stealing boomshields and mulchers to survive the later rounds. Everything you used was claimed on the battlefield. And you’re absolutely right, the points/currency-based structure of 3 and 4 horde mode detracted more than it added.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

I still remember the panic of forgetting to replace a boomshield and starting the next round with a massive hole in the defence. And then, from somewhere out of sight, you hear it. You hear “BOOM”. After which you get mullered by what seems like 80 wretches 20 seconds into the wave.

Anton
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Anton

We would intentionally put a hole in the line of boomshields. That way, instead of kicking them down, the enemy would just try to stream through the opening…. an opening that had two or three mulchers looking at it XD

Galactix100
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Galactix100
Ah, never tried that because leaving a gap could drag people to it leaving other areas unguarded, that and I saw numerous examples of the AI preferring to vault cover rather than just run through the gap. In most of my matches it was two in the middle, one on each side and the last guy would go where they were needed. Or if it was ‘river’ or the city map with the huge crater in the middle in which case it was two on each side and one guy switching between rounds who had a sniper rifle in case… Read more »
machine_dirty
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I thought the robot enemies were cool when fighting them in the campaign, but having never played horde mode I cannot comment on what they are like there.

Anton
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Anton

I found them pretty sub-par in campaign as well. From an AI standpoint, they’re pretty lazily designed – they don’t use cover, they don’t flank, and there is never any variation in their behavior. They just walk, very slowly, in a straight line towards the player.

The flying robots are somewhat of an exception; I liked fighting them in campaign, but in horde mode their health gets jacked up too much in the later rounds and they turn into a chore.

machine_dirty
Member
I get why Gamestop and other stores are going to be open on Thanksgiving even if I don’t agree with it-the stores that closed on Thanksgiving got their asses kicked by those that stayed open, so from a business standpoint I get why stores would want to take advantage of people who want to shop on that day. If you really want to stop stores from being open on Thanksgiving, you have to train U.S. society as a whole to stop shopping on that day, which is much easier said then done. Glad you’re enjoying doing video reviews, I really… Read more »
drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Cisco Jabber is a possible alternative for audio calls.

ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
Guest
ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

I reckon and quite accurately so even if I say so myself that the problem is hardware based, and Jim would probably find discord works better if he removed some extraneous gear, like how on a lot of jimpressions his joypads often interfere and cause cameras to spin around and stuff.

If Jim were to give Ian his VR, maybe Discord would respect his generosity and kindness and sync him better with Gav & Laura.

Sarklor
Member

I picked up ME: Andromeda recently in a sale, and I’m genuinely enjoying it, warts and all. It feels like two different games mashed together some times, one genuinely breathtaking and the other a rough, buggy Mass Effect “homage”, and maybe it’s AAA industry cynicism but my first thought was lack of resources or interference from higher ups. Maybe there wasn’t *enough* oversight, but either way Bioware Montreal clearly had some genuine talent and it’s sad to see them absorbed and forgotten about. I think if they got a crack at a sequel it would be really something special.

Anton
Member
Anton

There might be a decent game buried inside ME Andromeda, but it’s buried in a pile of busywork, resource hunting, fetch quests, and some of the most boring open-world navigation out there.

machine_dirty
Member

I personally found the navigation quite interesting, i’m the type of guy who does not mind a ton of busywork in open-world games(Ghost Recon Wildlands is a strong contender for my top 10 this year).

Anton
Member
Anton

Yeah, I might not mind either, if I had more free time for games. The older I get, the less patience I have with unnecessary time-wasting padding in games.

machine_dirty
Member

Yeah I can understand that if you have a family of your own. Speaking as someone who is fairly young and does not have a family of his own(nor has any real plans on having one anytime soon) to take care of, I live for those kinds of games, i’m the guy who feels like doing all the side-quests and getting all the collectibles, cause that’s just something I find enjoyable.

drownedsummer
Guest
drownedsummer

The issue was with Andromeda is that many of the sidequests just weren’t particularly interesting and with some not really much of a result or being far less complex than ones from previous Bioware games.

machine_dirty
Member

They admittedly weren’t as good as the ones in previous ME games, but I still got some enjoyment out of them.

drownedsummer
Guest
drownedsummer

Not even just previous Mass Effect games compare the sidequest involving Jolee’s friend on Manaan to the quest involving the Turian convicted of murder. The lack of complexity and simple binary (and frankly fucking stupid) end states of that quest was a massive disappointment.

machine_dirty
Member

I didn’t think they were stupid.

drownedsummer
Guest
drownedsummer

Really? The quest reveals that he fully intended to commit the crime but because he was killed by someone else’s bullet we can’t convict him of anything and either we have to let him or go free send him into exile.

YoDude
Guest
YoDude

I don’t get the controversy. He intended to kill him. But didn’t.

Dude didn’t get killed by him. He’s aquitted.

He broke rank and tried to kill his leader because the victim was leading their group on a suicidal charge.

Binary was an okay if blah answer.

machine_dirty
Member

Same here.

machine_dirty
Member

Same here, i’m sad that EA is punishing the devs for their own fuckups.

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