Podquisition Episode 156: Darth Vendor

It’s difficult to talk about anything other than the sheer mess that has been Star Wars Battlefront II.

We discuss 2017’s most controversial game while refreshing its subreddit waiting for EA DICE’s ill-fated AMA to start.

Also, Hand of Fate 2, DOOM for Switch, and some other stuff!

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Daniel
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Daniel

Shareholders and CEOs aren’t invisible phantoms. It’s just that not many try that hard to unmask them. If you want a brief summary of who owns EA (or any company for that matter) all you have to do is go to the nasdaq website.

Djurkwahd
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Djurkwahd

For LA Noire, I never had an issue with the Truth, Doubt, Lie system. I don’t know if I read the manual, or paid attention in the tutorial or what… I mean I don’t remember exactly where I learned this but…. It works like this, Pick Truth if you think the person is telling the truth. Pick Doubt if you think they are lying but can’t prove it. Pick Lie if you have evidence that contradicts something they said. And since you can back out of a Lie, pick that first and see what evidence you can present, if none… Read more »

Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer

Listening to the three of them prowling and salivating as they wait for the Battlefront AMA to begin, I imagined them as some Mad Max style gang of raiders chasing EA down: Jim at the back in his Immortan Joe getup, Gav as the guy at the front with the flamethrower guitar and Laura on the roof spraying silver Hammerite onto her teeth bellowing “WITNESS ME!”

…look, I get very bored on the bus, daydreaming’s how I keep myself occupied.

Dragmire
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Dragmire

I wanted Switch Doom to have gyroscopic controls for assisted aiming. It helped so much for aiming in Zelda that I would take a graphical downgrade in Doom for that feature.

Gary Hall
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As someone who loves the Star wars franchise, this practice I can say has made sure I do not touch with the biggest barge pole. What frustrates me the people who make the game are getting the shaft from this. They are getting the blowback and they don’t deserve it. Now they deserve some blowback for the bugs in the game. What bothers me is that star wars is beloved with force awakens which I think rescued the franchise from the oblivion it was in the games should be good keep that quality rolling. Personally ea need to understand if… Read more »

Hugrid
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Hugrid

WHAT THE FUCK AM I LISTENING TO??

JAM MERLIN, STAHP.

(was literally listening to it in the background while doing something else, lost track of what was being said, focused back in in time to grasp that Jim was talking about being whipped by a… simulation of a car wash?, however he’s now talking about how it’s bad that people got death threats and I want to make clear I’m not objecting to that)

MuddyScarecrow
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I remember a lot of people having trouble with “doubt” when LA Noire first came out and the reason for that is I think everyone misunderstood its use. People seemed to think that it was an all purpose safety button for if you thought someone was lying but didn’t want to commit to the choice of accusing them of lying. That’s not what it was at all. And funny enough “Lie” was more of a safety button because it allowed you to back out if you didn’t have evidence. No, what doubt is if you know somebody is lying but… Read more »

Chris
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It can’t be stated enough. Do not buy Battlefront 2. Even ‘just for the campaign.’ Anyone giving EA for this shit is a part of the problem.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Is Jim high? Gimme some plz!

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Does the EA AMA top the one Randy Pitchford did? As that worked out so well.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

My favorite exchange (which you wouldn’t have seen in recording since the AMA was not started yet) happened during this little exchange (paraphrased):

User: GI gave you a 6.5 because of the lootboxes, how does that make you feel?
DICE: It’s a real shame. Our artists worked real hard, and our game is super good. We have no idea why the lootboxes are such a big deal, and I bet our score would be higher if they had focused more on that.

My only thought was “realistic gun sounds”. They were made by a professional studio, after all!