Podquisition Episode 158: STERstruck

As Sterdust prepares to dazzle Jackson on January 6, we deal with the post-release lull and talk bollocks.

EA can’t stop being rubbish, Skyrim is on Switch, and other things!

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19 Comments on "Podquisition Episode 158: STERstruck"

Hugrid
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I recently got Horizon Zero Dawn on a boring regular PS4, and I’ve got a fairly small screen to play it on, not even HD or anything because I’ve never seen anything that justified it. But Horizon Zero Dawn is the first time I’ve seen a game that made me feel: My screen is too small and low resolution. I still feel Nier Automata is the superior game, but being fun to play and scratching an itch the fallout games haven’t been able to hit since Fallout 2 AND being visually impressive through color and design still earns it fairly… Read more »
diabolik
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Kirk Hammer
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Half the reason I went from a 20inch TV to a 43inch one was just because I couldn’t read the text in games from the sofa anymore. It feels like a silly reason on its own, but it does mean you can make out the details in a game like HZD so much better (although it does feel unreasonably huge when you’re playing something simpler like Crash Bandicoot).

Chris
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This was a big problem at the start of last generation too. When I first got a 360 a year and a half or so after it launched I tried plugging it in to my regular old standard definition TV, some games were just straight up unplayable due to the text size. I finally broke and made myself get a 42 inch lcd when my roommate and I were trying to play the first Dead Rising and you couldn’t read any of the tutorials or messages. It’s sadly something you see starting to happen whenever there’s a big least forward… Read more »
Pilkington
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Pilkington

0:19 – Nobody has ever called you that, Jim. ;D

AntarcticOasis
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It’s interesting while Jim and Laura, in particular, are singing the praises of the Switch, I’m regretting my purchase more than ever. My Wii U has some of the best games I’ve ever played and, admittedly, I should wait to see what the situation is like for the Switch in 4 years from now. I gotta say though, as someone who just plain isn’t interested in Zelda (Jim’s review further solidified this for me) and who has MK8 on Wii U, I’m so underwhelmed. Didn’t care much for Odyssey (only played It twice and didn’t touch it again since) and… Read more »
drownedsummer
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As much the dripfeed release has meant a stronger if smaller line-up the reverse of this is also problematic as if you don’t care for those releases you then just have a console which has very few games.

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Kirk Hammer
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My rule of thumb is there has to be at least 5 exclusive games on a new console that I want before I buy it, although backwards compatibility can make up for a lot of that. That’s why I can count the number of WiiU games I play on my fingers but they’re all games I’ve played a lot of.

Hold tight, though – the money’s spent, and given its sales the Switch isn’t going to die before a lot more games come out for it. See what next year brings you.

Iskander
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I think the excellent use of HDR in Horizon helps it more than the semi-4k resolution.

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Benj
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Yeah, but what about her e-mails!

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Chris
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The difference between being able to be upset about bad, anti-consumer practices and insulting and harassing people online because they own a different toy than you is so large that that’s a fundamentally unfair comparison. The people spending their time yelling at Xbox or PS4 owners for not owning the other system have decided to wrap their entire sense of self worth up in consumer products. These are the “hardcore” “gamers” who make the rest of us ashamed to admit to the hobby to non-gamer friends. And almost one to one they are the same people demanding that Jim not… Read more »
Anton
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I think that it’s perfectly logical that gaming should have one of the worst audiences. The hobby naturally attracts children, highly immature people, and individuals with antisocial/personality disorders. Not to mention people like the “incel” crowd, that believe gaming belongs to nerds who couldn’t manage a social life in middle school. Then there’s the regular trolls who like gaming because it allows them the same safe anonymous space to attack others, like any other internet interaction. IMO, we’re doomed to be classified as assholes, almost for good reason.

Chris
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It’s not just gaming to be fair. It’s all of the “nerdy” subcultures. Comics, sci-fi and fantasy, role playing games, somehow there are people so invested in even niche things like tabletop war gaming and magic the gathering to feel like they need to act as gatekeepers to keep things pure. It’s any subculture that has defined itself entirely by buying and consuming a product and on being an oppressed underclass. “Nerds” still want to think of themselves as always on the defensive and always under siege by the “popular kids”, you even see this language used explicitly by sexists… Read more »
drownedsummer
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There is also A Bird Story which somewhat acts as a prologue to Finding Paradise.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

That would never catch on Gav. Just think of the potential costs that would be involved to create such a things. To recoup such a cost the developer might need to put items in the game which are locked behind additional purchases.

InfamousDS
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Jim forgot that you can change your underwear as legitimate armor, power-ups, alt weapons, and clothing in SchoolGirl/ZombieHunter. #FakeNews