Podquisition Episode 97: Tiger Dong

Would you eat an animal penis? That is the hot topic of the day, as the gang attempts to navigate the tricky world of knob munching.

Elsewhere, we talk about why Dead Rising 4 will be good despite the hate, we chat about Nintendo’s continued NX coyness, and there’s some discussion of some other stuff, probably!

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GMBigKev
Guest

I wish I could remember which game it was, but I seriously had a choice come up in a video game I was playing recently that wasn’t a binary “good v. evil” type question, but a serious narrative one. I had to sit back in my chair and actually think about the consequences of the actions. It was a serious narrative choice and I had no idea which I would pick. Those are the kinds of choices I like in games, ones where it’s not a morally black or morally white choice (i.e., KotOR) but rather a choice that makes… Read more »

Rachel McVeigh
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Rachel McVeigh

I think I remember the dev of the Last Guardian saying you had to build a relationship with your bird dog so it would always do want you wanted, but you need to give a player some feedback when they press the button. The bird dog can’t just ignore you, it could run off or reluctantly do what you say, but just ignoring you don’t work in the game cos it makes the player thing the button isn’t working. My favourite ‘morality system’ in games are those in ‘Papers Please’ and ‘Dragon Age 2’. Papers Please made me feel so… Read more »

Riley Holt
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Riley Holt

Extra Credits mentioned a really good “binary choice” option in a game with the silly morality system: Mass Effect 2. Most things were obvious, but the bit with Legion and the “heretic” geth was pretty crazy. If you think about it, you’re either destroying a whole group of sentient beings for their belief (religious genocide), or brainwashing them. At first, the latter seems like the “good” option, but looking at it again, would you rather die for your belief, or have your memories rewritten, and never know you had choice to begin with? And ME2 was smart enough to not… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

MY FAVOURITE PIECE OF JIM CREATIVITY:
“The Jimquisition: Batman is everything wrong with Square Enix”
Fucking hilarious but also I think is a fair point.

Chris
Guest
Chris

Damn. Just for fun I googled the title for podquisition 23rd and disappointed to find it was just called “Konami & Cornetto”. I was hoping with it was like… glue jizz or something.

Brandon Mack
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Brandon Mack

For me Pillars of Eternity and Arcanum both on PC have great systems when it comes at morality and reputation. It makes them interesting and appealing.

George
Guest
George

I must say that even though I find Norman Reeds very unattractive…he does have a nice ass as seen in Boondocks Saints II. He looked very good nude, but not attractive at all.

David Sayers
Guest
David Sayers

A lot of video-game writing teams could use a mandatory brain-storm, just to list all the ways their story could have dramatic stakes WITHOUT anyone dying or suffering irreversible maiming.

I mean they’re still allowed to kill characters. They should just… take a moment to consider what else they could do.

Tyler Krause
Guest
Tyler Krause

Did anyone else check their phone at the 42:30 minute mark when one of the three’s facebook messenger went off?

diamond
Guest
diamond

Catalyst was an awesome game.

diamond
Guest
diamond

Alien Isolation let me down the most, Colonial Marines I actually enjoyed more because I did not have high expectations for it, so it surprised me that ti wasn’t as bad as people said it was. Isolation though had so many poor design decisions that just made me scratch my head, it wasn’t scary at all, it got repetitive quickly, the game’s pacing was wack as it dragged on far too long for it’s own good(game should’ve ended when you finally got Ellen Ripley’s final log instead of dragging on for another 3 hours where you backtrack through the same… Read more »

zeeby
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zeeby

I just LOVE hearing people’s bs excuses for jankyness in games. Cracks me right up. I loved Far Cry Primal but the stealth AI was wonky (like in most far cry) games. I heard people banging on about how the enemies had ‘enhanced’ senses because they didn’t have the distractions of the modern world.. so it was ‘realistic’ and ‘on purpose’. What a fucking stretch. I didn’t realise that xray vision was a lost part of our biological ancestry. Wonder how far people would like them to take this realism? Maybe a 15 minute unskippable cut-scene of your character having… Read more »

diamond
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diamond

Alpha Protocol did a good job of having an interesting choice system, there were no good or evil choices really, there just different ways of being an asshole.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Nothing like what you described in your Dead Rising 2 experience EVER happened to me the twenty or so times I’ve played that game. Sounds like you got a helluva voodoo curse on you XD And people shitting on latter Dead Rising games for being “more convenient” brings to light a problem I have with certain gamers in general. The type who feel like they can’t get a single decimal point of enjoyment out of a game unless it’s borderline impossible. They can’t play a game unless literally everything in its design is keeping you from beating it. Like the… Read more »

saintalex
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saintalex

From early in the development Ueda has said the creature in The Last Guardian doesn’t always respond until you come to know it better. As for it seeming like a late PS2 era game, all to the good in my view. I’d say the best five late era PS2 games are as good as anything released this year. I’m willing to bet the game will generate a genuine emotional response, which is more than the bloated empty shit that is pumped out by the industry these days with depressing regularity. To paraphrase a Ueda quote if one can’t create something… Read more »

Terriosaurus Hex
Guest
Terriosaurus Hex

Hey, has any coincidental reader of this comment tried the recent Virginia game thing that popped on the PSN store? (Not sure what other platforms it is on yet) They have a demo to try and bill the game as a Twin Peaks/Deadly premonition style small town weird investigation type…experience. It appears to be getting good ratings and from what I tried so far, it has an interesting use of minimalism to portray a story. Though the frame rate should really be better, but first impressions are alright so far. If anybody has gone through more of it, I would… Read more »

Dany Rivest Gaudreault
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Dany Rivest Gaudreault

Hey Jim how is the ask FM replacement going? Also mgs survive GOTY I’m calling it

ATBro
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ATBro

This podcast is getting way too fucking circle jerk-y to be enjoyable any more. One of them read that The Last Guardian was previewed to be middling and suddenly they all know that the game is going to shit, they know everything about how the game development went and that it was based mistakes made early, and that the bird-dog thing is definitely going to die at the end. This is the Games Media Group Think in full effect. Some one say something and no one has the imagination to think that anything else or the balls to say anything… Read more »

GloatingSwine
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GloatingSwine

Pillars of Eternity has a great reputation system. There are a lot of different behaviours that the game tracks and that all have different responses from different people, (and priest and paladins have to behave in line with their god or order and get mechanical benefit for doing it).

You can also combine the traditionally “good” and “bad” behaviours (which not all of them are, there are axes like “stoic vs passionate”. You can be Cruel and Honest, for instance.

There are also local/faction reputations that affect how different settlements think about you.

Remus
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Remus

I am currently watching someone replay warcraft 3. And that game would be interesting to telltale morale choice. What if Arthas hadn’t culled Stratholme and hadn’t picked up frostmourne. Because while those choices seemed harsh it was difficult to see a different solution to the immediate problem. *warcraft 3 spoiler… I guess* No Lich king but maby Mal Ganis picks up enough momentum and the world is still fucked. I guess what I’m getting at, although the WC3 is pretty cheesy and cliche, it’s characters at least go through interesting arcs. And any bad decisions that are getting made are… Read more »

Neferatem Neferata
Guest
Neferatem Neferata

march 4 for the NX release? That’s my birthday! Is Nintendo gonna give me one for my birthday?

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

I might like Dead Rising 4 despite the lack of the timer, but I stand by the fact that the timer made the game more interesting.

Anton
Guest
Anton

DR1 is a wonderful game, y’all need to git gud XD.

Seriously though, the unique atmosphere and sense of pacing that game has makes all its (admittedly numerous) flaws forgivable to me. It’s a janky old artifact of a game I genuinely love.

DR3 is a nice game, but it’s just so…Ubisoft. A big bland environment with none of the charm of the original.

SirRichard
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SirRichard

I’m not into Dead Rising at all (I played the first one years ago and that was about it), but the way Jim goes on at the start of this one really rubs me the wrong way; it’s pretty fucked up to state that people can only like a game you don’t like because “you’ve made yourself enjoy it”. Come on, man, this isn’t NeoGAF.

TheGreenBosswald is a puddle
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TheGreenBosswald is a puddle

Fun Fact: For some reason, when I’m on my University’s network, I can’t access the Jimquisition because they classify it “offensive and tasteless”.