The Jimquisition: Top Ten Shittiest Games Of 2016

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2016 provided no shortage of absolute monstrosities to include in our annual list of the worst games ever.

After much deliberation and tossing of wine glasses, The Jimquisition has narrowed the unworthy contenders down to ten absolute triumphs of shittiness.

For your miserable delight, we now present the Top Ten Shittiest Games of 2016!

Tank Soul
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Tank Soul

Im very disappointed you didn’t have Uncharted 4 on this list.
Unless you’ve forgotten you gave it an 8.5, the lowest possible score on GameSpot.

BAH!
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BAH!

The more you look at it, the more you have to wonder how Homefront: The Revolution got as far as it did. It was no indie game, its budget clearly allowed for a great deal of advertisement. Maybe that’s where all the money went? By the time they realized what happened, it was already too late, and they figured they might as well release it?

I’ll never understand stuff like that.

diamond
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diamond

It was like Arkham Knight all over again-console versions were mostly fine, PC version was awful.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Yea, a game that runs well defiantly plays into how much you will enjoy it. A ton of my enjoyment of Overwatch came from “HOLY CRAP! This runs so smoothly!” It’s amazing how little we take that into consideration.

But just because a game runs well on one system doesn’t excuse it from running like shit on another.

diamond
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Likewise i’ve sometimes been more critical of games that received critical acclaim due to encountering a lot of glitches that it seems a lot of critics did not. Alien Isolation was a prime example, that is by far the glichiest game i’ve ever played(and i’m someone who was lucky enough to never encounter a single glitch in Sonic 06), it didn’t start out bad, but the graphical and technical glitches really started to pile up by the end to the point where any suspense the game might’ve had was totally destroyed(if it wasn’t already by the repetitive as fuck hide-and-seek… Read more »
Will113
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Will113

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1127ba99a8b44e5cea3780e11bbeb42ee242bd6ebe96ac914dfba6f2e38220a3.jpg
I would like to Present Jim Sterling “The Award for Unrivaled Excellence and Truth and Journalism Award and Being The Number One Kiss Boy”. In light of his achievements and suffering through all the godawful Steam games, their could be no more deserving candidate.

M.
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Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette

Instead of Party Hard, that image deserves a “Steam Seal of Quality” seal.

The Outsider
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Stormbringer
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This is exactly how ALL games with “physics” systems look to me.

EDITED/PS: I like the look of this game, in theory. The image with the helicopter flying into the sunset, I thought was pretty good as games go.

Fyou
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Fyou

Your shtick is tired. Even pong had physics.

Stormbringer
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Pong would just compute the reflection of a vector. Physics in games means nondeterministic elements. It means introduction of chaos into the presentation. Which is not what an artist does. It generally makes things look stupid and broken and jarring.

MM
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MM
Agreed (for the most part : ) again) but, about the chaos thing, it could be done.. btw, I think there is an artist that do throws paint “randomly”, with the proper “guidance” tho, which I’d reckon is crucial not to fall into the trap you describe, getting ‘jarring’.. or was that a monkey who did that? : ) As an example, I’d suggest procedurally generated content. Take Diablo 1 dungeons, they were always “different” but soon you’d see patterns (“proper guidance”?) yet, they managed to keep the balance between order and chaos well enough not to get either too… Read more »
Stormbringer
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Chaos is essential to the creative process; but in real-time 3-D you cannot control what the end-user experiences if you let that chaos emerge unconfined in the work itself. The end result is not a work of art: It’s a reflecting pool.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

That’s exactly what I was thinking when that part came up on the video. “Man, those Tanks are tweaking *hard* on some good shit!”

supercrotchinator
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supercrotchinator

Tweaking…or *twerking*?
Seriously, those tanks are shakin’ dat ass so hard.

Gurphardt
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A bold choice with #1 there, Jim, and I have to say I can’t disagree. Makes me sad to see a cornerstone of my youth soiled so thoroughly out of sheer naked greed.

diamond
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diamond

I disagree with it myself.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Activision’s handling of their much beloved CoD4 such deservedly earns their spot as #1 on the shit list.They whored it out in ways never seen before.

No other company this year has come close to showing that caliber of greed and lack of consideration toward a fanbase.

diamond
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diamond

*cough* Nintendo *cough*

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

If you’re trying to pose a contrary opinion, some context would be appreciated.

Nintendo is shit when it comes to anti-consumer practices, but Activision is king shit, in my book, because it’s done two things this year that no one else had the gall to do yet.

diamond
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diamond

Watch Haedox’s video on Youtube called “Nintendo: The Arrogance and Disrespect of an Anti-Consumer Company”

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Not familiar with that guy, and this isn’t important enough of a point for me to want to go on my own to provide your evidence on the contrary opinion.

We’ll just agree to disagree. Activision only allowed MWR to be sold with IW and implemented RNG based microtransactions a month after launch. No one has done anything like that before, ergo, they personally take the cake as king shit.

diamond
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diamond

Well my opinion is pretty much the same as his, hence why I brought up his video.

I just don’t care about what Activision does because MWR was never something I cared.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

OK….

Not caring about something doesn’t make it any less sleazy. You still haven’t said what Nintendo game did a more egregious action than MWR.

I don’t know of one game from Nintendo that tops MWR in terms of greed and sleaze. That also doesn’t mean that Nintendo isn’t as bad or worse than Activision.

This is a discussion on individual games. So please name your game.

diamond
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diamond

That Nintendo Badge game Jim reviewed was pretty fucking greedy.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Great, it was greedy, as were plenty of AAA games this year. I still can’t think of one that broke new greedy ground to the extent that MWR did.

diamond
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diamond

I’m more of a logical person, for me a shittiest games list would be based more on a game’s actual problems in terms of story and gameplay, if it was my list, I would never put a game on there like MWR whose only problem was the microtransactions and how it was sold.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
To each their own, but I wouldn’t call either way more logical than the other. Perhaps your way is just more literal. Game breaking bugs are awful and all, but it’s standout and uniquely awful experiences that I would consider when thinking of shit lists. Bugs and horrid designs aren’t the only way a product can be an affront to the player. Many people held CoD4 up as one of the best fps experiences of the time, even those who typically don’t like shooters or online gaming. So the way MWR was sold and patched was an especially large gut… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

I love that game, but if I really want to play it again, i’ll just get it on PC and it will be guaranteed to look better then the remastered version.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

And Jim’s choice is also logical this deserves scrutiny because of shitty business practices.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

That badge game was F2P. Most microtransaction based F2P games are sleazy practically by design, and I have seen worse (I also I have seen better F2P from Nintendo). I have yet to see a fee-to-pay game from Nintendo too.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor
It doesn’t change the fact that it’s still a shitty thing to do. I have never cared for CoD but even I was like, “Why would you do that? It’s a great way to get people to not buy your product unless they’re an impatient prick.” And the fact that their playerbase dropped substantially within the first week is indicative of that. Nintendo, while they have done some dumb decisions, are not that stupid. And no, releasing a spin-off Federation Force is not even close to being as stupid as holding a game remaster to ransom by making people buy… Read more »
diamond
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I’m also less upset because i’m 95% sure Activision will eventually start selling MWR by itself(once the sales for IW slow down to a trickle)

Plenty of people wanted IW, it’s actually MWR that people don’t want, as evidenced by the fact that it has a much lower playerbase on Steam then IW does.

Nintendo are very stupid and nothing can convince me they are not, Activision at the very least are not stupid enough to bite the hand that feeds them by trying to copyright strike videos for no good reasons.

NoOne ButMyself
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NoOne ButMyself

uh, so basically because Nintendo is excessive in it’s copywriter protection they are worse than other companies in terms of how they treat the consumer?

It is bad. For example, Pokemon Uranium likely would have been fine if they pretty much didn’t use the word Pokemon in the game.

Nintendo is overzealous at copywrite protection, but the total impact to consumers is much less and sets a far less bad approach compared to Ubisoft and most other large game publishers/studios.

Nintendo’s actions suck for hardcore fans. Ubisoft’s actions suck for pretty much everyone involved in gaming.

Glabatron
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Glabatron

but pokemon uranium WAS copyright infringement, egregiously so. Their practices are still a bit mad but that’s not a good example to use.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Not necessarily, no. It could have easily fallen under the protection of fair use.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

There was another one recently that got hit with the same issues. At this point you have to question the actions of anyone creating such games/mods not the game itself but if you know Nintendo will issue a cease and desist why are you overtly advertising this game?

BAH!
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BAH!

Are you thinking of AM2R? Because that would also definitely be copyright and trademark infringement.

However!

One would think that, at the very least, the excitement and positivity surrounding such a project is indicative of how much fans want another *proper* Metroid game. Hell, I think the majority of us would take a Nintendo-made Metroid II remake, at this point.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

No some other Pokemon mod there was an article about it recently on Kotaku. I can’t remember the name

BAH!
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BAH!

Let’s not also forget that their system for digital content is part of that over-zealousness. If you lose your NNID, you lose everything. If you lose the hardware associated with your NNID, good luck with that.

It needs a serious update just to get it up to industry standards.

Uzuki
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I’ve read a lot how people constantly have trouble with recovering their NNID, but I and other people I know never had an issue recovering it. I’ve been through several 3DS’s and outside of having to wait until morning to call the support number it’s never been an inconvenience of having to jump through hoops to get something done. I tell them that I want that my DS was stolen/destroyed, they ask me for my email and account password, three minutes later they tell me to put my NNID name and password into a new system and I’m good to… Read more »
BAH!
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I don’t think I’ve ever come across a single story like yours. You are the first. And to be clear, I believe you; but I’ve only ever heard of how difficult Nintendo is to deal with in those situations. For example, I’ve heard stories of lost 3DS’s where support wouldn’t do anything without a police report. My own sister lost *all* her digital content because her son screwed around with the password in the Wii U. Supports was unable to unlock it, or transfer the licence to a new NNID. Hell, you can’t even have your NNID on more than… Read more »
Uzuki
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Wow really? I thought it was one of those situations where people were only talking about the negative stories and so that just became the deafacto view on the whole account system. Lol I’ve never been the outlier in one of these situations. Maybe I’ve just been super lucky and got the decent receptionists. But yeah my experiences still doesn’t excuse Nintendo’s crappy account system. They’ve been making progress with their modernizing of their infrastructure, but we won’t know until the Switch hits it’s midlife stride. They can’t afford to keep ignoring what their competitors are doing and stay within… Read more »
diamond
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I don’t think it’s less at all, the fact that Nintendo is so aggressive at stamping out videos makes people less likely to promote them and in turn hurts sales of their games.

Ubisoft’s actually been doing really good lately, the fact that they’ve decided not to do any more excessive DLC is a good thing.

NoOne ButMyself
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NoOne ButMyself

call me back when ubisoft follows through 🙂

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

He’s been trying to push Metriod Prime: Federation Force as one of the worst games that came out this year. All because Yahtzee hated the game.

While I see where he’s coming from, FF doesn’t belong on this list. There are bigger fish to fry and making a spin-off nobody wanted doesn’t hold a candle to what else popped up this year.

Also, while they aren’t the purest company, Nintendo is not the worst. They still actually make great games worth playing.

Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

In all honesty, I forgot all about Metroid Prime: Federation Force. Just goes to show you its lasting power. And to be honest, they didn’t need to spend a dime on advertising due to all the negative publicity.

So I agree with you. Federation Force, as lackluster a game it was, didn’t even make an impression as the worst game of the year. It was just a game: basic, by the books, generic, and gone in an instant. I’m not even mad anymore. I moved on to bigger and better things.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

I mean the best way I’ve heard all the attention the game would be similar to Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts. Not a terrible game but it has the name of a beloved franchise.

Aside from one vocal commenter in this thread, nobody cares about FF one way or the other.

VinLAURiA
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VinLAURiA

Yahtzee hates anything from post-Wii Nintendo. What’s new?

He’s one of those sadsacks who thinks gaming belongs to HIS generation/demographic and needs to be defended from the “hordes” of non-gamer outsiders. That was solidified years ago in the opening of his E3 2010 video. Of course modern Nintendo is on his bad list.

George
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George

I’ve never liked COD. FPSs are just not my thing but it’s always discouraging when such a blatant lack of artistic integrity and disrespect is shown towards a creation.

Benj
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Benj

There’s something very odd about the English language that someone will say “we don’t support LGBT, fuck you” and still put the word “please” in there with it.

Mike Wallace
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A friend and I got into a heated discussion about VR and 3D. I called it an inconvenient gimmick designed to trick people out of their money and he called me opinionated and “wouldn’t let magic into my life.” Ultimately his logic that some people are allowed to enjoy things won, but I still feel a bitter taste in my mouth because it seems he’s preaching from a position of privilege; he can enjoy this kind of thing ’cause he’s got money to burn. Whereas I only recently got a secondhand HD monitor for my PC and and marveling at… Read more »
Jack Trevor
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I see the potential of VR just not as a gaming platform. all of the great uses of VR I can name have nothing to do with gaming. I’ve heard more people talk about how watching Netflix in VR actually helped them cope with their flight anxiety. And a ton of tech nerds are hyped for the chance to experience a live concert or a live sports game in VR “seats”. So VR is not a repeat of 3D (that would be 4K), but it’s not going in the direction people think it’s going. Plus there really no reason to… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Watching something in VR would only increase my anxiety.

Baron T
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Baron T

I think that’s more along the lines of, I’m so engrossed in my viewing experience I forgot I was on a plane

diamond
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diamond

I don’t see that happening with me, whenever I did 3-D at a theater, I was always aware of my surroundings, there’s no way i’ll forget i’m on a plane just cause of 3-D.

Baron T
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Baron T

I thought we were talking VR. You know, skigoggles, headphones. I’m not saying it will definitely, but there’s a chance. At least no periferal vision.

With just plain 3D that sure isn’t happening.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t see it happening with VR for me either.

Baron T
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Baron T

That’s fair. Me neither to be perfectly honest. I’m very sceptical about VR as a gaming experience as it stands now. I see too much playing it safe and not enough groundbreaking and risk taking for VR experiences as opposed to barely functional ports of old ideas.

And motion sickness.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

You clearly haven’t tried VR then. You don’t see ANY of your surroundings. ALL of your peripheral vision is seamlessly filled with content, and said content moves with your head, just like it does in real life. The experience/immersion is on a whole different level – comparison with 3D films doesn’t even scrape the surface of what VR is like.

diamond
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diamond

The fact that I wear glasses makes VR less likely to work for me, and besides VR is just something I have ZERO interest in period, couldn’t care less about it if I tried. I probably won’t buy any VR system for as long as I live, it just seems like a waste of money as far i’m concerned.

I’ll stick with seeing films without all that VR bullshit thank you very much.

09philj
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09philj

I wear glasses. VR works fine. The goggles are built to fit over specs, and you can adjust the focus if needed.

diamond
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diamond

I’m still gonna pass.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

I’ve only tried it once at an event and the event was just a tech demo, but I could see that there was something going for it.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

In that situation though you just have a pair of glasses on over your eyes. The cinema and the screen are both part of your field of view. With a VR headset generally only what is being shown through the headset if part of the FOV. You can’t see the rest of your surroundings.

George
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George

To me it’s actually sad that VR is not being pushed more in Medical Science, engineering, robotics. That’s where it’s potential is.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

I heard rumor, no confirmation as I haven’t looked into it fully yet, that VR is finding some success in hospitals. Particularly for therapy and for those with physical-disabilities.

George
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George

I heard of those too. It’s also been used for decades to treat some psychiatric disorders as well.

I also see potential for it’s applications in improving surgery as well.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Yea and that is what REALLY makes me excited.

While I agree on Jim on the game front, mostly, VR ain’t a throwaway gimmick. That would be 4K.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

You didn’t even mention porn. If anything sells VR to the masses, it’ll be porn.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Wouldn’t disagree but let’s face it, porn is still considered a vice by the public at large.

I’m more interested/excited for it’s applications for physically disabled people.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

The same public at large that downloads said porn everyday? So much so that it accounts for 30% of TOTAL internet traffic?

Weasel Biggs
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Weasel Biggs

The exact same.

People *consume* porn in private and drop their monocles at its mention in public.

If your use of porn is healthy, you won’t need to cover it behind moral outrage or facile looks of embarrassment. Heck, I still wonder why people are surprised when the latest Family Values posterboy gets caught in a seedy motel.

Northern_Light_27
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Northern_Light_27

I don’t think anyone’s surprised anymore, just irritated at the chutzpah of their hypocrisy.

Fyou
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Fyou

Higher resolution is the same thing as 3D? Say what? I don’t imagine you’ll still believe that when prices come down.

Captiosus
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I see the potential of VR just not as a gaming platform. all of the great uses of VR I can name have nothing to do with gaming. I dub this “The Kinect Defense”. Kinect was going to be a gaming industry game changer, a refinement of everything the Wii had done. Until it really only hit a niche audience, at which point the goalposts were shifted. When engineering students started using it as a low-cost sensor for robotics, everyone pointed to Kinect as great for applications outside of gaming. The comparison to 3D is off base, the real comparison… Read more »
Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

I can name all of the uses of VR on one hand, which is actually busy right now.

Unnoticing Senpai
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“designed to trick people out of their money” This is the problem I have with your argument. I mean, people are buying exactly what they expect to get. It may not be worth it, short or long run, but it’s certainly not some sort of sinister business plot. I can’t afford VR, either. Space-wise or even financially. But I did get the opportunity to try it at my place of volunteer work and loved every second of it. Also remember that just because VR is expensive now, if it’s a success it’s entirely possible that it will be made more… Read more »
Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

When I see theaters putting something like Rogue One into three 3D Theaters and only one 2D, I don’t see popularity of a concept, I see a theater squeezing a few extra bucks out of an audience by manufacturing deficit.

When Microsoft tries to make Kinetic “integral” to the XBox One I see enforcement of an unwanted service to justify charging more for a console.

It doesn’t matter to me if you don’t see a “sinister” business plot or not, but this is a plot, and one that doesn’t have the consumer’s best interests or desires in mind.

diamond
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diamond

That was the problem I had with the 2012 Judge Dredd film, barely any theaters had it in 2-D, so I was forced to pay extra to see it in 3-D(and the 3-D really wasn’t that great)

I actually did like Kinect though.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

Well sure, stuff like forced Kinect is stuff to be concerned for, but every opportunity for the consumer made is an opportunity for someone to take advantage of said consumer. Just because it has the ability to go wrong doesn’t mean we should prevent the benefits it offers from happening as well. We should be targeting the part that actually is problematic.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

I just don’t see it ever being convenient. Even if it evolves to full Holodeck capabilities; outside of large buildings where companies charge for holosuites, this technology does not properly take the considerations for living space and cost into consideration. I remember how the Wii led to dozens of damaged TV’s because people accidentally flung their controllers into them; that kind of problem doesn’t exist for just a good old fashioned controller and a nice TV screen, tools that are fairly ubiquitous and universal.

BAH!
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BAH!

To be fair, the wiimotes came with lanyards. If you broke your TV while playing the Wii, that was on you.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

My point stands. The Wii did a poor job considering the living spaces of people and did nothing an ordinary controller couldn’t have done.

BAH!
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BAH!

For the most part, yeah. But Wii Sports Bowling would have been a lot less interesting.

MoreJunk
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MoreJunk

“wouldn’t let magic into my life”. Get new friends.

Nathan Aldana
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Nathan Aldana

Anyone who goes with their argument being “But think of how wondrous it would be!” is the exact sort of idiot hucksters and conmen of all stripes love meeting

09philj
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09philj

If I had the money, I would definitely get myself a PC good enough to run VR and a headset. VR is a worthwhile enhancement for quite a few games, particularly things like Elite Dangerous.

3D movies, however, serve no purpose and should be consigned to history. The film formats that are worth the extra money are the big screens, like the old school Cinerama and CinemaScope, and the more modern IMAX.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Games are luxury items. Of course you won’t let magic into your life if you can’t afford it. Does their magic depend on the price? No, their price usually lowers with time after release. So most times than not, those magical experiences end up later on sale or in bargain bins. Time will tell if the “magic” holds up, or if it was all just an illusion.

Christoph Brinkmann
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Christoph Brinkmann

Yet another (much needed) reminder that Star Fox Zero is shit and VR is half baked at best. Kudos Jim.

Appretaur
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Appretaur
Okay, so NOW Jim’s saying “fuck Activision for holding this remaster to ransom” and that “it was sad as fuck” to see such a great, classic game as COD4: Modern Warfare in such a sorry hostage situation. As he should, but in contrast, in his Modern Warfare Rebastard episode he reservedly explained in detail why he merely felt passively resigned, apathetic, and disappointed-as-opposed-to-mad about it at the time, and why he did not feel like bringing the thunder down onto it per fan request even though it was technically the first time that specific situation had happened in AAA games.… Read more »
Benj
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Benj

He didn’t have a reserved perspective on it I don’t think. He just didn’t have the energy or personal emotional connection to it at the time because it was such an extremely predictable move on Activition’s part.

If you watch the podquisition you’ll know that “they’re saving the remaster of COD: Modern Warfare for when they need to boost flagging sales of the new COD games” has been floating around for a pretty long time in Jim’s mind.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

It’s the “they added micro transactions in after the fact” that pushed because you know how Jim gets around them.

And in this case, I agree with him considering this is a remaster and one people have been wanting for a while (I assume anyway, considering the noise around its announcement). Doesn’t help counter the whole “nobody wants to play CoD” mentality.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Kinda glad NMS didn’t make the list not because I like the game but it would have been there purely out of spite.

I’m no apologist for the game, but there are games that are way worst in terms of jank, in terms of business practices, and in terms of being notable. And when I think about it, the least remarkable thing about NMS is the product itself.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Great video. After you explained why MN9 was in the list, I kinda expected NMS to appear too. Lots of people felt as wronged from NMS as MN9 wronged its kickstart supporters. Are you planning a mediocre games list for this year?

Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

I completely forgot about that anime fan line until this video, which made me realize: didn’t Comcept, during their Red Ash Kickstarter, try to push a Red Ash anime to tie in with the game? Do these guys even pay attention?

Appretaur
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Appretaur
So, turns out 7 out of my 10 predictions for Jim’s shittiest games (which I posted in the comments in Podquisition 110) appeared on the list in mostly different positions, with two of them even occupying the exact same numbers. It’s not like I’m psychic, though, as all I really did was search every article that had “Review” in the title and compile whichever had 1s and 2s out of 10, so logically most would have had to be included. Here’s the list again for reminder’s sake: 10. No Man’s Sky 9. Umbrella Corps 8. Star Fox Zero 7. Battlezone… Read more »
Ushio
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Ushio

What the fuck is zenith? has Jim even done a review or video of that game?

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Yeah, you can get to the review article quickly through the search bar because it’s the only result for “zenith.”

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

That ignores his Youtube channel though. The majority of his coverage of really shit games is on there generally.

Charlie Koszulinski
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Charlie Koszulinski

What I’m interested in is a list of games this year the Jim liked, but was forced to exclude from the list due to microtransactions. All that comes to mind right now is Titanfall 2, although I swear there’s at least a few more.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Those were Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Overwatch, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

Does anyone else remember that one game that its creator advertised as “the hardest game ever,” claiming no one would ever reach the second level because of its difficulty… when in reality that was because he didn’t actually program any other levels? Was that this year, or am I remembering things wrong?

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

I think that was last year.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Journey of the Light.

And that was 2015. I remember they brought it up on one of their podcast episodes last year.

diamond
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diamond
I personally thought Homefront Revolution was a good game, though I played it on console and not on PC like Jim did(I also did not feel sick while playing it) and as such did not encounter all the problems he did, so I get why he didn’t care for it(I have a feeling if the game didn’t launch on PC with so many problems that it would’ve ended up on Jim’s Mediocre games list) Had Jim played Metroid Prime Federation Force, I think that definitely would’ve ended up on the list instead, that game is even worse then Star Fox… Read more »
Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor
You must be the only one, because I’ve looked around and nobody even remembers Homefront: The Revolution. I recommend checking out Austin Walker’s article on it, as he touches on some really good points. Plus there are just better open-worlds to explore in other games or re-explore when you consider Skyrim. And what is maybe the saddest part of it nobody remembers that game until Jim brought it up. Heck, I forgot it existed until you brought it up last week. As for Metriod Prime: Federation Force, I don’t think it’s a bad game much less bad enough to make… Read more »
diamond
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diamond
No i’m far from the only one, plenty of people do remember that game(the fact that this game ended up on the list indicates Jim did remember it, otherwise it would be on his mediocre list) I always thought Skyrim(and all the Elder Scrolls games) was immensely overrated, I share Total Biscuit’s criticisms of that game(it’s very boring, monotonous and has the depth of a paddling pool), give me Homefront Revolution over that massively overrated game any day of the week. At least it’s open-world was something different that I hadn’t seen done before(also I thought the Norks slang was… Read more »
Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor
I’d keep in mind with these list is they aren’t definitive as in “first, second, third” but rather “Here are 10 items I present to you for your consideration.” Jim did that in his last video. And, like Homefront, Federation Force came out and was forgotten about in about a week. I saw the ZP video on that game and, while it’s the most angry that I’ve heard him be, he was an outliner as everyone else I’ve heard was more “meh” on it and moved on to other things. And no, FF is not as damaging as you claim… Read more »
diamond
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diamond
He wasn’t really an outlier, if you look on Metacritic the game does not have a high metascore at all(64, making it one of the lowest-rated Nintendo published titles on that site, hell it’s Metascore is only ten points higher then Homefront’s) plenty of critics criticized that game to hell and back. FF makes Other M look like a fucking masterpiece(hell I actually liked that game in spite of it’s problems and I certainly don’t want to forget that it exists), and at least some people liked the gameplay even if they did not care for the story, so no,… Read more »
Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Federation Force is still a better game than most of the crap in this video. As I stated earlier, it’s a blip on the radar compared to stuff that came out this year.

At worst, it’s just a mediocre game in a series Nintendo doesn’t want to make anymore. In short, a game not worth mentioning period much less your five-page essay.

diamond
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diamond

Not really IMO, funny how people like you whined about me not explaining enough in my posts, now you’re bitching about me explaining too much? Jeez make up your mind already.

IMO The game is worth mentioning as evidence of Nintendo’s continued fuckery of it’s lesser known franchises.

You really need to stop treating your own opinion as gospel.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer
The malaise and contempt of the industry is also one of the factors as to why games make this list. Yeah, Arkham Knight ran better on consoles but Warner Bros clearly didn’t give a fuck in regards to the PC Port and clearly released a broken game. Homefront is another game in the same situation. It may run better on consoles but should it have been ensured that it ran optimally on PC as well. If the studio didn’t care to ensure those issues didn’t occur then don’t release it at all. Which is also why COD4 is at the… Read more »
Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Before people flood this page with angry rants about Star Fox Zero, can we just say that the video is an opinion piece as all of Jim’s videos are opinion pieces and leave it at that? OPINIONS.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

But everyone knows opinions are facts and the fact is his opinions as facts are wrong because it’s a fact his facts that are opinions are objectively wrong as opinions rather than facts!

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Is that a fact?

Benj
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Benj

IMHO yes

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Well it is a good game, it’s just hamstrung by a gimmick that someone at the top thought would take off.

If they just said you need motion controls, it would be a better experience.

George
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George

It’s a shame too because it’s art direction looks amazing.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Too bad it doesn’t have an actual narrative to go with it.

George
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George

So much wasted potential.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

I look forward all year to this, not just for the opportunity to slag off a bunch of shit games though. It’s Masters of the Ceremony Skeletor that does it for me.

It may sound like a joke, but I get downright giddy at Skeletor counting down the accursed.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

No Mans Sky didn’t make the cut? Legit surprised by that.
Then again, it and MN9 are basically interchangeable with how they mishandled everything, so it may have been redundant to put them both on the list.

George
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George

I think No Man’s Sky is going to be on the “Mediocre Games of the Year” list.

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

It was certainly disappointing, compared to what was promised (the lack of expected multiplayer is a definite mark against it), but it was still basically a functional product. MN9 wasn’t, and that makes it far more fitting to wind up on this list.

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Appretaur
Personally, the reason I was so convinced NMS would make the #10 spot was because Jim outwardly took offense at the idea that people were indirectly compelling him to go to bat for it when they were calling it “as bad as Colonial Marines” even after the recent patch revelation. He had told the world in a tweet, “I really, really dislike that game”, and forcibly discarded the opportunity to make another Jimquisition on it despite how incredibly relevant it was in gaming news. I had interpreted that as legitimate hatred for the game, though now I feel a bit… Read more »
Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Between a game where the developer doesn’t know when to stop talking and game where everything under the sun was so obviously mismanaged, it was no contest.

Mighty No 9 should have been what The Force Awakens turned out to be: A remix of what we loved in the first place with modern advancements applied to make it run well and look better.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Did the NMS devs not know what they’re talking about, or openly lie about features to build hype? ’cause those are two very different things.

diamond
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diamond

I believe they did lie.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

I would call it “Sean Murray didn’t know when to keep his mouth shut during interviews and nobody went out of their way to correct him. And they created a bomb that blew up in their face.”

Versus, “Just make us a Mega Man game that we want because Capcom isn’t. YOU JUST HAD ONE JOB. HOW DID YOU FUCK THAT UP?!”

That’s the big difference to take away from it.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Go watch Jim’s video.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

They did both. The fuel for the hype train, and the news and forums were the stokers.

LatePocketwatch
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LatePocketwatch

If it’s a straight contest between I’d call MN9 the worse offender. To the best of my knowledge Hello Games was a small team aiming high with a simple but deep concept and planning to execute it via pushing procedural generation to new heights. They preemptively promised stuff, which was bad, but otherwise fairly admirable if only as technical ambition.
MN9 in comparison was a retread helmed by an industry veteran. Backers of the Kickstarter, of which I am not, set their lowest bar at merely level packs in Megaman titles. It seems MN9 faltered at even that.

bimmyz
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bimmyz

that ending tho, havent heard that song in ages

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

This year felt so monumentally made of fuck that I’m shocked by some of the things that didn’t make the cut.

George
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George
Ahhhhh, That was beautiful. I was waiting for this episode. It did not disappoint. I’m basking in a bit of afterglow from that….mmm… But on a serious note: Thank you Jim and staff for all of your hard work. Your content has really helped uplift my spirits during what was a very difficult year personally for me. This may sound corny, but your shows made physio less painful and made me smile when other things were getting me down. So thanks again and Merry Christmas to Jim, Jim’s family, and all of the other staff and co-creators that work on… Read more »
goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo

Keiji Inafune, sigh, from hero to zero in 3 years span

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

So the anti-Hercules.

Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette
Inafune’s final period at Capcom predicted that people expected too much from Mighty No 9. People were happy with Mega Man 9, but the retro nostalgia was already wearing thin by Mega Man 10, causing even MM9 supporters to start feeling iffy. Mega Man Legends 3’s fumbling with crowd involvement made it look like it didn’t really have much of a creative direction. But the biggest warning sign was that Mega Man Universe looked like garbage. Both graphically and gameplay-wise it looked anywhere from soulless to misguided to terrible. Even if Capcom had given the project a shoestring budget and… Read more »
goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo
yeah, but remember how everybody was hyped about inafune “breaking the chains” of capcom and doing a new mega man-esque game, because we all thought capcom was this tyrant of a company(like konami with kojima was) that didnt care about megaman, and we were happy to fund the game, and then, it all fell apart during its development, but the truth is that Megaman was never the biggest or one of the best capcom selling IP, hell its not even in top 20 best selling capcom games, i would not be surprised if capcom actually does a new megaman game… Read more »
Billy Bissette
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Billy Bissette
Capcom does have a history of not being a particularly nice place. Capcom treated Shinji Mikami only slightly better than Konami treated Kojima. Capcom allegedly shuffled Mikami into the same kind of “We aren’t firing you, but we want you to quit” position that Konami used with Kojima (which is an actual Japanese business approach to getting rid of employees.) Mikami’s attitude towards Sony had soured and he didn’t want his games on the PS2, which ran counter to what Capcom management wanted. Capcom was only waiting for RE4 to be finished. There were stories years ago that Capcom’s various… Read more »
SilentPony
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SilentPony

Are we still not mentioning the whole MN9 GamerGate censorship thing? ‘Cause that really soured a lot of people on the game.

Jim Sterling
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I tend to ignore anything involving those snowflakes these days.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

That’s fair enough. But it was still part of their very poorly handled PR.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t feel one bit sorry for them.

M.
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M.

Disagree, it’s probably the one and only thing MN9 did right.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

I’m sorry, what was that?

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Oh remember, the whole banning pro-GGs from the MNo9 forums, when posting on the forums was a backers’s perk and then refusing to refund people.
caused quiet the uproar if I remember correctly.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Hm, I don’t remember hearing about that.

Dumb fucks get what they deserve though.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

If I don’t bad remember, banning pro-GGs was the trend back then. That’s probably why I don’t remember about that. I have vague recalls of female leaded MN9 backlash or something like that; but I don’t remember if GG was even around at that time.

SwimmingInOlives
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SwimmingInOlives

I think the reason the GG-ers went nuts was because they hired a community manager who was a woman and was a feminist and thusly went insane saying they were going to get banned and that everyone who backed the kickstarter should essentially get HR manager level control of new hires.

Or was there some other motivation I’m not aware of for the bans?

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

Whenever a Gator complains about censorship, an angel gets its rocks off.

LatePocketwatch
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LatePocketwatch

It seems that all its other problems were a lot more prevalent or lasting in the minds of readers.

aimei66
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aimei66

Anyone else think Final Fantasy when they hear that piano version of Born Depressed?

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Jim and Everyone)

George
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George

I was actually more struck by the cup and the pose he did at the beginning. It really harkened back to a lot of older episodes. And the FF9 music in background brought back a lot of memories.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

No, but I can see that.

Nathan Aldana
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Nathan Aldana

the real mystery of mno9 us how it was so shit after it ate so much money that coiuld have gone to the insanely superior, competently made, and fun shantae

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

Having worked with accounting people and being a bit of a Math whizz, I find people underestimate how high stacks can stack up and how quickly money disappears.

I’m willing to bet that nobody did the math to estimate when their funds would run out and most of that money didn’t go toward that game.

Nathan Aldana
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Nathan Aldana

Oh, even from my own exderience with student loan money in college I can agree with that. 1500 dollars left over sounds like a lot when you are unemployed and living in a dorm. For a short while anyhow.

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

Honestly, if I could point the finger at anything other than gross incompetence, it’d be all the console ports. A lot of time and effort (and therefore pay) went into that. It was massively silly to ever promise so many ports. They should have stuck to one or two platforms, and potentially ported it post-release if there was enough demand.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Watching this on my new iPad mini! Pretty neat piece of technology this.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

isin’t a mini ipad just a phone?

Benj
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Benj

An Ipad is four iphones taped together but an ipad mini is only two iphones taped together.

Get with the times Grandad!

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