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8:11 AM on 06.03.2013  

"Remember Me" makes me sad....



The new game "Remember Me" I've mentioned before in one of my more ranty posts in regards to the fact that the developers had to struggle to get a game out there with a female protagonist.†

Because of that and the fact that for me personally the game ticks so many boxes (sci fi, cool premise,nice looking) I was hoping it would do well...unfortunately things aren't looking too great†

Looking at Metacritic just now (at the time of writing) its score sits on 75 which actually could be considered almost respectable. I know in videogame land anything below an 8 is considered trash and since scores are so generously given out when they are low you know something has to be up, but even the mixed reviews state its not a "bad" game by any means. I admit its still very early days†

Weather or not you consider a 75 respectable (or even consider metacritic a valid way of judging these things....I can't say I blame you if you didn't) the fact is for a game like this it's not enough, this is a game that couldn't really afford to be mediocre.†

It was always a "fly under the radar" kind of game which didn't seem to have a heavy amount of promotion, or for some reason (despite the name) didn't stick in peoples heads, I'm obviously no expert on this kind of thing but I figured at best it could have been a sleeper hit (like sleeping dogs.......PUN!), if it was good then hopefully sales might have been enough for it to "not be a failure" of coarse in this AAA space that seems pretty hard these days if your franchise doesn't remind you of a fish†

It makes me sad because not only is it (in concept) my Ideal kind of game, but because it makes me wonder about the case of female protagonists. I'm not complaining, don't get me wrong, sometimes games turn out mediocre (like FUSE) and that's just a fact of life, but unfortunately the connection between not selling well and having a female protagonist is probably going to be made.Tomb Raider is still an exception to the "rule". Of coarse at this point the game isn't even released and for all I know it could sell well (I doubt it :() if it doesn't then I honestly don't think its because the main character is a women.I think its because not enough people know about it, its a new IP and its not really good enough to overcome those hurdles, if a female protagonist DOES factor into how much a game will sell (because its not unreasonable to think it may have some effect) then I think its a small issue compared to the ones I just listed.

I haven't even played the game yet, and as I said it may be too early too call. I'm still tempted to get it since its clearly not "awful" and I'm still intrigued by the setting. In the end though I think like Wet, Velvet assassin, and (arguably) Mirrors edge "Remember me" will end up forgotten (.....PUN!)†

and that makes me sad.   read


9:26 AM on 05.22.2013  

Always online is bad.....mmmmkay?

Now that the new "Xbox One" (*sigh*....really?) †has been launched the hive mind that is the internet has given its verdict. Things aren't looking great for the Xbox......"one" (REALLY?!)

This doesn't seem to surprise many people, a name like "Xbox one" (REALLY MICROSOFT!?) †was probably the first warning sign (I mean for crying out loud out of all the things you could have named it?!) and while rumours such as "always online" and such aren't 100% confirmed its close enough that they may as well be, as I said things aren't looking good.

In my opinion I think the amount of eye rolling and face palming here is actually kind of justified, not just gamers being gamers. However regardless of this looking like Microsoft's death wish we should keep in mind †that "we" (people complaining on the internet) may not represent those who will buy it (whoever that's supposed to be) what I mean is I wouldn't be surprised if it still sold.
Anyway, that's not my main focus here, my point here is that Always online is bad (and the Xbox *stupid fucking name* one has something close to that so that's also bad and why I'm talking about it plus it's a hot topic now and you get the Idea) so this is what I'd say to people who say

Well my internet is fine! what's the issue?

First of all congratulations' you have fast and unlimited internet (or at least a very generous cap) that's great! fantastic even. Unfortunately, however YOU are not everyone, sure many people have internet but not everyone has internet that can support an "always online" environment. it's not enough just to HAVE it, as I just said it needs to either be unlimited or have a VERY generous cap. If you have a download limit less than 20GB a month then you'll probably struggle. It also has to be a decent speed of course. Upgrading is not an option for everyone depending on where you live (I once read some time ago that even certain places in the US couldn't get anything except some shitty 200mb a day service) †also if you live in a place like Australia well....yeah, we don't have the best internet around.

You might not see internet as a big deal beside the cost of entry and cost of gaming in general, but really why SHOULD the barrier be that high? why SHOULD gaming be restricted to those only with the fastest of ISP's? because gaming, while expensive is doable even if you not THAT rich. adding the road block of always online is a whole other issue. It then depends on where you live, your circumstance and an extra monthly fee. It's just more bullshit between you and your game.

But your online anyway? what's the difference?

I don't expect to be able to watch YouTube videos without being online, I don't expect to post on †message boards, read articles or stalk people on facebook while offline. Those are activities which cannot exist without the internet, they are one in the same. Gaming, however is different, unless I am playing something where online is an actual feature (multiplayer, co-op, whatever) then I do not NEED to be online, it's not a requirement for the experience. Because of that you have to ask yourself WHY....WHY are they putting always online in the game? does it actually benefit YOU the player? or is it just another way of dressing up DRM? don't call it DRM, just claim your game is an MMO...all games are MMO's now! you will play our MMO'S and you will love them!
Ask yourself did SimCity NEED to be an MMO? and I don't mean did it need its online features, those could have very easily been added as a standard OPTIONAL thing. Did SimCity being an "MMO" improve the game? did it benefit you? What about Diablo 3? because let's be honest it seems Blizzard, the kings of the MMO decided it may as well be one. Did always online and the auction house greatly improve your experience? would the game have been worse if it had let you play single player like the sad pathetic loner you (probably) are? Does anybody actually want these things, and I mean want not "put up with" there is a difference.

what about games like Journey and Dark souls?

hey what about games like journey and dark souls? they were good games and had online as a core part of the experience. Kind of like how Mass Effect was a good game and it had romance options, does every game need romance options now?

even if all of this still doesn't phase you there is still one serious issue...
it's not just about you now, it's about them as well. You can keep your end of the internet deal but what about them? things don't always work when you want them too and not being able to play because of "server" reasons could be a common issue. As if some of use don't have the time for gaming as it is this just makes things even more inconvenient.

Which brings me to my next point: Control. So in a perfect world your internet is fast and unlimited †and the servers are never down...that is until they decide to pull support, because servers are expensive. There goes your game, onto the next. Turning games from products into services is a publishers dream, the control they have over everything...that's why there's a push for games to be more online focused (not to mention all that sweet money you can make from micro transactions) you could argue this has been happening, along with steam both EA and Ubisoft wanting to have their very own "PC gaming things". I'm not the biggest fan of Valve or Steam but at least Steam (and its counterparts since Ubisoft dropped that crap) allows you to play offline should you need it (in fact as much as people praise steam it's the worst if you operate on an internet cap...out of nowhere it can spring an update on you and you are unable to play until the game its updated) Valve have even promised they will allow games to be offline should they ever go under (not likely at this point but it's a nice sentiment none the less) the thing is not all companies are Valve...some are EA. If your perfectly fine with EA controlling your experience then....well ok, just something to think about anyway.

Personally even if these issues don't affect me it still sucks on principle, Internet is not electricity, arbitrary bullshit force fed to us by companies does not have to be the "future" of gaming, The future of gaming should enhance and take games to the next level. Not hold it back and punish US the Gamers for having the nerve to want to play games. There is a reason people were so pissed off with that guy that worked for Microsoft, that smarmy arrogant "I don't get why you aren't as privileged as me stop complaining" attitude †is enough to make you rage even if your internet IS perfectly fine.
Well screw that I will play games when I damn well want and not when you tell me I can, and I don't think that's unreasonable.   read


7:45 AM on 04.29.2013  

Top 10 "best" boxart from this generation



Before everyone was praising Bioshock Infinite for the amazing game it is there was some controversy over the Boxart. It's not awful...I don't think a lot of boxart these days can be called objectively awful (this, however is http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dd/Mega_Man_1_box_artwork.jpg)

the main reason was that it was embodied every clichť of modern boxart that we've come to hate, a stern faced solder or man with a gun lumbers his way towards the camera, sometimes looking at it.. sometime looking away, this was likely the doing of everyone's favourite Trend setter game Call of Duty.

The thing with the Bioshock Infinite cover is not just the fact that's its clichť, but that fact that it DOES NOT fit the game at all...it's so utterly ridiculous that I thought it was a parody when I first saw it, hell in another universe it probably is a parody (just look at those sparks for crying out loud and they even apear to be implementing the infamous Teal and Orange color scheme). To put it another way put him in a Mario outfit and pretend Nintendo put this out as the cover for the next Mario game....and expected you to take it seriously, that's how it seemed to me anyway.

But I'm not here to talk about bad boxart of this generation (though I will just say mass effect 3 and Batman GOTY edition...ok done) I was to talk about the "good" box art, and I say "good" because boxart is rarely the kind of thing you might want on your wall...but I think there are some good box art (arts?) of this generation that at least did their job.... adequately (and as a general rule I'm only going to do the "standard" versions)

10. Infamous 2

see this is all about what cole is NOT doing...he is NOT walking towards the camera, he NOT hanging his head low in a kind of "grrrr ima gonna get you!" way. He's just trying to figure out which color he likes better, its simple but it doesn't misrepresent the game which is about: very obvious and clear cut moral choices. I also like what they have done with the red and blue...one have is red, the other is blue... genius!

9.Assasins creed


Do you remember when the Assasins creed games were about being an Assasin? rather than a one man army...stealth, "hide in plain sight" taking out your target with precision and slow careful consideration? well I do.To be fair Assasins creed 1 was released at a time where the trends werent fully set, but still.

its not that I don't like Connor about to perform Facial surgery with a tomahawk or Ezio just being the impossibly cool dude he is. Its just this one really captures what assasins creed was all about...the shiney white and blue aesthetic, blending into the crowd...his hidden blade at the ready, about to deal some justice to someone and slip away...he's not trying to hard like Ezio...this guy IS the master assassin.

8.Far Cry 3



for reasons beyond me they decided to change the American boxart to thishttp://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/91XFcq1phCL._AA1500_.jpg I don;t know what the fuck is off about his face but it kind of scares me....anyway the version I got (well actually it was reversed but close enough) is what I'm going with here

Vaas doesn't need to walk towards the camera looking determined to show he is a badass. Vass clearly does not give a fuck, he looks just as menacing sitting on the beach as he probably does doing anything else.Also at a glance you might miss the poor guy he has buried up to his face...oh and those people hanging in the background.The contrast between the bright tropical island and Vaas doing what he loves to do when he goes to the beach (torture and murder!) sets the scene for what we can expect in the game, and shows us who the real star of Far cry 3 is.

7.Aliens Colonial Marines


yes the game was crap, and yes crop out the guy in the middle and youve got the next call of duty cover: Teal edition...yes there is alot of Teal here but seriously it just looks really nice, the Alien head and the solders...its an aliens game with solders in it...and is that a women? I think theres a women on the box!

6. Dead space


this is another one from a time where you could put out a horror game (well pretend it was horror) without the addition of online features and "more shooting".As much as I like Dead space 2's cover and even though its not the prettyest of the three, its the most original. A severed hand floating in space is certainly eye catching (even if it did take me a while to realise the hand was severed and not sticking out of a spaceship) in case your wondering, yes Dead Space 3's boxart is a bit.....plain

5. Borderlands 2


I find it interesting they decided to feature a psycho on the front of the borderlands games.Mabye the character designs for our main characters were a bit to stylisted to pull of the "walk towards the camera" thing. Ether way both this and the first borderlands cover is eye catching, and perhaps a hint at the kind of insanity (colorful insanity!) we can expect to see in the game, because many a psychos head will be shot...no doubt.

4. Bioshock


whoa...what is this? what is that thing? what is Bioshock!? I must find out!

3.Dragon age origins


very similar to the Aliens colonial Marines box..Its just aesthetically pleasing to me..the red and the white, a whole blood motif going on...plus theres a dragon (and the game is better)

2.XCOM enemy unknown


now this I would almost put on my wall,I'm not really sure what to say...I like that it shows a full squad, I like the shadow thing going on and I think I can see two..yes TWO! women on the cover

1. Sleeping dogs


Given what kind of game Sleeping dogs is, it would have been so easy to throw together some cliche cover...or something dull. But look at that! unlike many of the other entries here its actually unique! I'm guessing its inspired by some kind of traditional artstyle, but it definetly shows that the game is not set in American but Hong Kong, there's a real kung fu movie vibe going on and I'm diffidently sold!   read


5:41 AM on 04.28.2013  

Thankyou internet...sexism in gaming is over [part 2!]

if you had no Idea what the hell I was talking about in Part 1 then this is Part 2...the non sarcastic version


Point 1. men in game are treated just as unfairly as women
not really...

Objectification is what happens when we see women in outfits that are not only "sexy" "skimpy" and revealing, but when they defy all logic and common sense that it makes you want to punch something.

What it's pretty much saying is her body is her defining feature...she is reduced to an object for your viewing pleasure.Oh sure they may be great characters in spite of that, but its still there....she's not allowed to wear normal shoes they have to be heels, she can;t cover herself properly she has to show as much skin as possible

Now if you think about characters like the guys from Gears of war or Kratos...even though they are hyper masculine kill machines they are not objects...their pose in promotional material is not to invite you to stare in lust at their rippling muscles but instead see them for their power and capability, same goes for less over the top characters like Nathan Drake, its all about what a cool dude he is, not any appeal he might have to the ladies.

And thats the thing, men in games and such are judged on their ability to get shit done...women are judged on their looks first and foremost (as is sadly the case in real life)

"But ALL characters in games and other stuff are attractive!, whats wrong with that?"

nothing, but there is a different between being attractive and being attractive to the point of absurdity

for example lets look at two Anime statues (I know its silly to pick on Anime...different culture and all but just for the sake of an example)


Here we have a cowgirl, aside from the fact she doesn't apear to be wearing any underware she also isn't wearing a bra, her breast are practically hanging out....so riding horses is out of the question. Aside from the cloths her pose looks a bit uncomfortable, she appears to be quickly whipping around to shoot at someone while on one leg...I'm not 100% sure of the practicality of this pose....but I have a sneaking suspicion its supposed to showcase her asscrack and not her marksmanship

now lets look at another statue...its one of Jaina Solo from the star wars expanded universe (which I own myself despite being neither an Anime or starwars fan)



while she has been stripped down to her tank top to show off her womanly figure... there's nothing about her clothing or pose that say "look at my tits!/ass" she really does look like she just came back from a flight...she's still attractive, but doesn't look like something you should hide from your parents.

Yes both men and women are shown to be attractive in media, its why Lara croft never bothers to pick up a Jacket in Tomb Raider, its why Maya from Borderlands has a boob window, or why Ashley from mass effect 3 thinks its a good idea to fight without tying up her hair, but with anything its about is balance...I can accept many things to a certain extent but its only when a characters appearance or presentation (back the poses) "goes full retard" that I shake my head in dismay

and High Heels....seriously fuck High Heels

Point 2. majority of us are nerds! don't take away our fap material!
this might contradict what I said before but things like that cowgirl statue above..lolipop chainsaw and DOA have a right to exist...they have their audience and they can have it....I may not personally like those things but whatever, they are actually fairly niche anyway

but I don't see whats so awful about a push for better female representation or at least making people aware of the whole objectification thing, I'm all for people making the kind of games/other stuff they want to make, in fact I'd say that's the most important thing.. and no one is going to ban the makers of DOA or whatever from making those games

and besides..we have the internet...if your only source of gratification is from games/entertainment then your doing it wrong

Point 3. Go find something else to play!
[rant/]I once came across some asshat on the internet (as we all do) who in a very smug/condescending/feigned concerned way suggested that one poster who was showing dissapointment at lack of females in games that the issue was with her and why would we play games if we hated them so much? he also loved to throw round the "artistic integrity" argument[rant]

I have no problem with majority of games....well aside from the fact they suffer from many issues (boring homogenization/bad writing) these issues are bigger than the gender one....but my point is we wouldn't be complaiming if we weren't seriously starved for female protagonists...just saying

Point 4. Go find something else to complain about
one thing I want to stress is that entertainment is not harmless, the fact is it effects and influences us more than we would like to think. In the grand scheme of things complaining about it as I am now may not amount to anything, but having less stereotypical bullshit in out entertainment I think IS an important thing

Part 5. be the change you want to see in the world!
this one isn't so bad...its positive in its own right

but more often then not its just used as a "shut up and go away" I may achieve more buy making a game then I do complaining about it on the internet,but even if I did make a game it would be like a drop in the ocean in terms of influence... that's not to say it would be worthless...but the thing is if someone complains about lack of good PC RTS games or Tactical shooters that person isn't met with many reply s of "go make your own game" are they?   read


11:28 PM on 04.26.2013  

Thankyou, Internet...sexism in gaming is over

As much as I like Video games (and I like them alot) I sometimes felt there was a bit of an.... in-balance when it came to women, and that the attitudes of those who played games was....less than progressive. It was an issue that sometimes did leave me feeling a little sad and wanting more as I played whatever game I was into at the time.

But not anymore

see after reading up on some incredibly well thought out and enlightened opinions from across the inter-webs, I have come to realization the problem is ME, not games, not gamers, but me.

Because there is no problem, there is no imbalance in genders, I'm making it all up in my head..WE are making it all up in our heads, and this is why.

Point 1. men in game are treated just as unfairly as women

you might be familiar with Gears of war, the Alien killing shooter where we play as roided up hunks of nothing but testosterone, muscle and rage. That right there, an over the top version of masculinity in clearly demeaning to men, its a travesty! or Kratos or Comander shepard or any other very masculine Game character.....see? we are all completely equal in the ridiculous portrayal of our genders.Any complaint you ladies might have is completely negated by this fact

Point 2. majority of us are nerds! don't take away our fap material!
because that would be really mean :(


Point 3. Go find something else to play!
if you don't like majority of games or if you feel there aren't enough female characters/protagonists then go play games that DO cater to your tastes..HOLY SHIT! I just solved all your imaginary made up problems! so go! go play all those games!

Point 4. Go find something else to complain about
The fashion industry! the film industry! the music industry! they are bigger problems...go complain about them...or something...I don't know..I just want to fap to the big breasted witch lady in peace...stop making me think about things it hurts my brain

Part 5. be the change you want to see in the world!
fine! you don;t like the industry? well go into games make your own! get your degree in games design..struggle for that job....get that job in the studio..work on that watered down homogenized AAA game.....get fired afterwards...go into making indie games....after all that hard work blood sweat and tears make that game and send it out into the world, congratulations! you just single handedly ended society's gender imbalance in entertainment....you can thank me later

and then maybe we can talk about something important, like that new XCOM shooter that's just going to come along and fuck everything up, seriously there aren't enough strategy games in the the mainstream space..and that totally sucks amiright guys? isn't it the fucking worst? whats that you say? go make games if it bothers me that much? what the hell kind of answer is that!?

don;t be silly! its totally different when I complain about things like that....it is seriously


so yeah, in conclusion there are in fact NO issues whats so ever and I hope now we can all just enjoy our games in peace away from those people who like to get offended over nothing!



yay!   read


11:14 AM on 03.31.2013  

Bioshock infinite succeeded where Mass Effect 3 failed

If you haven't played Bioshock infinite then go do so, now.....done? Ok

(Bioshock infinite spoilers incoming)

so if you've played and finished bioshock infinite your probably feeling a strong sense of "what the fuck?"

but it's a GOOD "what the fuck?".unlike Mass Effect 3, that was a very BAD "what the fuck?".Why am I talking about ME3's ending now? that was over a year ago! you might ask, I'm talking about ME3's ending because bioshock infinates ending is "similar", sure they are both very different games with very different story's (bioshock being the better thought out and "deeper" of the two) but they are both "big" games that try and tackle "big" things.A comparison I feel is nessicary becauase bioshock info ate is how you do a mind fuck ending...mass effect 3 is not

that and I'm bored...

SO how does bioshock infinate end? I'm not going to go into detail or try to decipher it myself,the rest of the Internet can do that. It involves alternate realities,Elizabeth and her different versions basically drown booker (who as it turns out is an alternate version of comstock) which eliminates everything that happened through out all the realities because brooker sold his daughter (Anna alternate reality Elizabeth) to alternate reality comstock...but this is happen through out all realities and uhh

sorry but I can't explain it well.As mind screwy as it is it makes a kind of sense, the game is all about alternate realities,the infinite universe theory (holy shit! Bioshock infinate! I get it now!) the ending basically involves Elizabeth using her powers to prevent a certain outcome (comstock becoming comstock....or brooker/comstock from ever existing... wait no...hmmm) well that's beside the point we don't know exactly what has or will happen (does this mean Elizabeth now doesn't exist?) but we know that alot of bad stuff has been averted, it's not overly happy but not really sad, even though it doesn't explain much there is a sense of closure.granted it might not make sense if you think about it too much (I'm still undecided there as I haven't thought about it enough) but its s good ending that's memorable and makes you think.it seems the kind of ending mass effect 3wanted to be but wasn't

you probably already know what made the ME3 ending so bad, aside from not only falling apart upon further thought, the realisations that would come after make it even worse (so without mass relays everyone's stuck on that planet!?) that and it's not an ending, in any sense of the word

but then it is kind of unfair to compare them, in ME3's case it's generally known that what we got (the original ending) was a rush job, the ending as was originally intended was scraped for whatever reason.in bioshock infinate on the other hand didn't seem to have such an issue aside from the usual changes that happens with such projects, and was arguably In more capable hands

mind screw endings can work, they can be both memorable and make you think.you don't need to have everything neatly explained for you to have a great ending, but you DO need closure, and closure means different things for different story's. and ending where Shepard presses a button and killed the reapers resulting in a no fuss "win" would have been kind if cheap, but also much more satisfying and more In line with the series beforehand, which was always a straight forward sci fi action type game.likewise an ending for bioshock infinate where brooker and Elizabeth kill come stock without all the infinate universe stuff would have been no d but not nearly so memorable.   read


9:16 PM on 03.25.2013  

We don't want to take away your games...



It's a sad state we find ourselves in, when Developers have to struggle against publishers JUST to have a female protagonist in their game.


What the hell happened?


I know games have always been more or less male focused, but it feels like something did change in this generation when the COD's came in and brought with them the "age of the sausage fest" .Testosterone fuled shooting galleries. The "white male protagonist" became the standard and anything that deviated from that was not acceptable...to publishers at least, because that's what they think everyone wants, and that is what gets made.


Can you name a game this generation that had a female protagonist AND hit that sweet spot of financial and critical success? because I can only think of one. Tomb Raider, and lets be honest that game only got made because of its title...."Tomb Raider". Without that name and brand recognition it would have had no chance.


Sure Mirrors Edge has some really cool stuff going for it, but that games was flawed, other games like Beyonetta or Heavenly sword might be considered good but they weren't huge successes, for things to really change it has to do both, that's how trends are set, and the current trends are in desperate need of change. Because I don't know how many Nathan Drake lookalikes I can handle before I burn my computer, swear off games and find a new hobby...like knitting


But I'm getting off topic here, what I was referring too at the start was the upcoming game "Remember Me" which *gasp* stars a non-white female character, a complete oddity in this day and age, apparently the developers were outright told that "no...you can't have a female protagonist. it will upset the dudebros"


am I the only one that finds that seriously sad and pathetic?



why is this? who do we blame? the Publishers or the Audience? aside from it being a chicken/egg scenario I personally think its a symptom of the same problem, a serious lack of risk taking. Its the reason Mass Effect became less RPG focused and gained multiplayer, its the reason Dead Space 3 got the treatment it did.....everyone's riding the COD train, or to be fair everyone's going for what's perceived as "popular" hell I just remembered now the new Tomb Raider has multiplayer...I never played it but its there. Why do you think they put multiplayer to a game like tomb raider? I think you already know the answer.


Aside from all this, what really gets me are the excuses people make for this kind of thing. "Gamers" start getting uncomfortable, they try and push the Idea that this ISN'T a problem, acting like there is some scary force with an "agenda" that will come in and force developers to make female characters to fill some kind of quota...yeah


are you fucking kidding me?


aside from the possibility of that happening (which is about as likely as someone reading this and giving me a million dollars to write another one) the fact that your basing this on the Idea of "artistic integrity" (that the developers should be free to create what they wish to create) is good and all...but absolutely ridiculous


the AAA industry HAS no artistic integrity, not when the makers of Bioshock infinite had to put Elizabeth on the back of the box and "whats his name" striking some badass pose on the front .Not when we still can't have women running around having "Agency" and shit, that just confuses some poor guy and puts him at risk of catching "teh gay"



"I" and many others are not condemning all gamers or the developers as evil, and we don't want to have females in every game just for the sake of it (maybe I would if I had the power but then...I'm still waiting for my million dollars) I simply believe creators should be able to (within reason) create the kinds of games and characters they want, and that the is something SERIOUSLY wrong with the industry when you are outright told you can't have a female protagonist



and for the other argument "maybe they are just giving players what they want" again, chicken and egg. Good games with female protagonists don't get made, so they don't get bought. You can't tell me playing as a female makes gamers brains explode when Tomb Raider did so well, also perhaps "pandering to what's perceived as popular" ISN'T the best strategy for making games? are you honestly OK with games becoming a bland mix of stupid? are you OK with the industry itself treating you like some socially stunted man-child that gets seizures in the presence of a women? doesn't the general public and sensationalist media already do that?



fuck that, we deserve variety, we deserve better



YOU deserve better[img]   read


8:08 PM on 10.01.2012  

Why can't we have both?


Originally I wanted nothing to do with Borderlands 2, after my experience with Borderlands 1. I talked about that breifly a few posts ago, Borderlands 1 was not a bad game (or bad expereince) it was a game that I should have liked due to many reasons (the wacky colurful world mostly) but unfortunatly it turned out to be rather tedious under all that cel shading and humour, I admit I didn't get all that far, mabye it would have gotten better...I don't know.

So I decided that Borderlands 2 was probably not my thing, much like Skyrim was not after I played oblivion.

But thankfully I was wrong....sooooo wrong. I'm not sure what it was, mabye a few reveiws and such but for whatever reason I gave into hype and tried out Borderlands 2. And yes, this game is AWSOME, it has everything I liked about B1 and takes out everything I "didn't" like, such as the way "MMO" style charachter interaction...and grind quests.

Now NPC's actually speak to me and not through imaginairy task lists, now the story is actualy "good" or at least engaging....I've been surprised (and shocked) at least a couple of times, and now (another pleasant surprise) the events feel more personal..I've learned of my chosen charachters backstory which is great (Maya the Siren).

My only nitpick is the game does burn you out a bit witht the constant never ending waves of enemies you have to kill inbetween whatever it is your doing...but thats to be expected with a game of this nature.

Essentially borderlands 2 is a game that is as fun to play on your own as it is with others, which makes me wonder....is it too much to ask to have that in all games? why does it have to be one or the other?

take B1...most people would say its really fun if played with freinds...which is kind of true, but then [b/]anything[/b] is more fun with freinds, hanging out in some parkinglot at night drinking is more fun with freinds.....watching terrible movies is more fun with freinds....

taking freinds out of the equasion, if your left with somthing thats kind of "eh" then did that somthing deserve a free pass in the first place? its the kind of thing where people say Mods make Oblivion good.....I mean if you need mods to make Oblivion playable then it doesnt seem like such a great game to me, much like if you need other people to make Borderlands 1 playable...it seems like somthing failed....somwhere

well..thats just me anyhow   read


8:59 PM on 08.12.2012  

The Problem with Darksiders

I have a confession...I never actually finished Darksiders. I got to the part with the "portals" and the angel telling me to do something with "beams" repeatedly (the beams, the beams, the beams, the beams, the beams, the beams SHUT UP!) but perhaps I just couldn't work out what I was meant to be doing or I got distracted by something else , but at some point I removed it from my steam list and havenít looked back.

but the thing is I actually liked Darksiders, I think it was an absolutely gorgeous game in terms of visuals, and lots "hackey-slashey" fun to be had, who cares if it was a GOW clone that "borrowed" from alot of games.... not me!

so whatís the problem exactly? is it the story?...well that might be part of it but I'm not entirly sure..from the get go I really had no clue what was going on or why I was doing anything...but from what I can remember basiclaly the apocolypse happens and war jumps in but he made a faux pas because apparently it wasn't supposed to happen and the angels are being dubious and wars in huge trouble with the boss or something so he has to wear this embarrassingly oversized gauntlet and get followed around by Mark Hamil doing his Joker voice and he runs around talks to some other godly beings an breaks shit up and kills stuff and um...yeah

I think that didn't help the main problem

our "hero"



aside from his adorable little pigtails hanging out of his hood its clear the impression wer'e supposed to get here is of the "brooding badass" variety....as far as character design....well I'll give them points for the fact he isn't a Nathan Drake

but its his personality that counts!....

if he had one

all he ever seems to do his trudge about being all scowly...like a teeger who's mum took his xbox away. again the question of "why" is always there....why is war such a miserable bastard? is it because he got into trouble? .I mean christ...the guy is WAR why isn't he a little more enthusiastic about the fact he is a god like being with the ability to fight like a boss?

actually mabye thats part of the problem...the Idea is to be powerful....but by virtue of him being WAR THE HORASEMAN OF THE APOCOLYPSE he's already overpowered...even when he was "de-powered" he was over powered..to he point of me not caring

see the thing is its kind of hard to really get behind the hijinx of other worldly god-like beings....its just kind of beyond me, why should I care? all the humans are already undead




and its just thease assholes left to fight it out "just because".....why do we even need the apocalypse? in Darksiders it certainly didn't seem to have anything to do with us Meat-bags as in "judgment" and then when I think about it "souls" are currency for new weapons and powerups...so does that mean the 2500 souls I used to buy something used to be 2500 people? 2500 individuals screaming out in dispiar?....I just gave those souls to a deamon!..what the fuck is a daemon going to do with those souls! my god! WAR is an asshole!

and we were doing fine with our Iphones and computers and Xbox's untill a bunch of angels and daemons showed up to wreck our shit and revert everything to the middle aegis ..Canít they find another planet to play war games on?

much like the whole "heaven vs hell apocalypse" story....I just don't get it, perhaps because its overall scope is just too "big" for me to get

and what exactly do super -god-like beings do? the apocalypse happens once...do they fight wars? negotiate politics? do the horsemen of the apocalypse have any hobbies or interests in the meantime? can such beings mate and have children?

ok, perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself here...there seems to be some kind of "other realm" thing at play so obviously they have their own little world

but as I was saying, maybe I'm supposed to care when war gets "depowered" and gets in trouble with the boss and all the stuff but its hard when I honestly don't care....and maybe if he could emote beyond scowling it would be easier but sadly no

even if I were to compare him to his (most likley) closest counterpart Kratos from god of war



Kratos is an in-human dick, thereís no denying that. However at least in God Of War 1 this was kind of the Idea, its a Greek tragedy which involves a man losing his humanity. With war its like theyíve made a Kratos but without anything remotely interesting

its not that I need humans in these things to empathize...just a human element. Like Hellboy, he is in no way human, but he was raised by humans, he acts human and when supernatural forces come along and start getting on his case about "destiny" and "destruction" and "the apocalypse" he says "fuck that", snaps his horns off and does what he wants

its just a shame because the world of Darksiders is so gorgeous and fun, yet I have to explore it with WAR, like going to a carnival with some miserable sad-sack who doesn't want to be there and you have to bug to go on the rides with you...

it makes me think...like what if instead of playing WAR you instead play as one of a rag-tag group of survivors who "somehow" went into stasis for the 100 or so years the game skips over..and wake up to find that world they are in makes Mad Max look like a family picnic....somewhat annoyed that the angels/daemons having wrecked shit up you gain powers (do a deal with some deamons..it canít be the hard) and go fighting in an effort to tell both heavan and hell to "get the fuck off our planet" and freeing trapped souls of people ....

ok..mabye I'm thinking too hard...maybe I'm missing the point, and I guess its just supposed to be a big hackey-slashey game thatís not meant to make you think

and hell..I didn't finish it, maybe thereís alot I'm missing here, like maybe the plot had a point and WAR learned the meaning of friendship or got together with Urial the Angel

I'm just thinking if thatís what WAR is like then I can only Imagine what a joy Death is going to be like....



sunshine and rainbows I'm sure...   read


10:52 PM on 08.06.2012  

Morality..the right and wrong way


well Red looks more badass..But the blue matches my eyes....



Chances are youíve probably played a game where you are presented with "moral choices". Choices you have to make based on what (the game) decided its right and wrong. Often such scenarios fall flat when put under scrutiny. I think some games handle the use of "choices" and "morality" better than others


First off, I'm going to talk about the absolute worst offender, Fallout 3. To me this game is an example of how not to do morality and choices.

Fallout 3 is set in post-apocalyptic America. More specifically DC. The funny thing is the post apocalyptic genre is one that challenges our concept of morality...like...a lot. When society crumbles so does "right and wrong", to what lengths will we go to for survival? At what point do you lose your humanity? Is a world without humanity worth living in? (And all that other deep stuff)

Fallout 3 takes such a setting and paints it black and white....like Disney black and white....do you want to be Scar or Simba? The light side or the dark side? Run a home for orphaned puppies or bathe in the blood and tears of children? Take your pick!

Ok, I may be exaggerating....

within the story of Fallout 3 you are more or less shoe horned into the same role, you are the kid from Vault101 and your out looking for your dad (assuming you see it through and don't just say "fuck it" ignore the quests and play the rest of the game as a slaver....in a way that could be equally valid)

One of the main problems with moral choices is that "it makes no sense to be evil" unless you're being evil for the sake of being evil.

Like I said, in FO3 the main story will generally follow the same route, you will look for your father, and you will work with the "Brotherhood" no matter how much of an evil prick you are

So why are you an evil prick in FO3? Stealing and killing certain people is one thing. But a lot of the time the "evil" decisions don't really seem to come from any kind of struggle or need to survive. Or any real "reason" other than some petty gain and "the lulz"

Ok, so maybe Kid Vault101 is an asshole...a lot of people are assholes. It does seem a little odd considering your upbringing...so he/she was just born an asshole..or has some serious daddy issues which translate into killing and stealing...I guess thereís nothing wrong with allowing for the fact that the player is going to do bad things (since not everyone is a straight as an arrow moral crusader like me)

The main problem is (as I said) when the choices are so bland and predictable, itís been said before the most evil people don't believe they are evil...they are just utterly convinced that their way is "right"

Back to FO3. Bethesda made the world very black and white, like "The Brotherhood of Steel", some fans say they "ruined the brotherhood of steel", they did and they didn't

They didn't "change" the Brotherhood of steel, what they did was wrote in a scenario where the BOS were "lawful good" instead of "lawful neutral". They wrote that there was a rift in the faction over "mission priorities" and that the "BOS" were now fighting super mutants (more or less helping people) rather than looking for technology The "outcasts" are what the "actual" brotherhood of steel are like

So while what they did may be on "bad fan-fic" levels, its still perfectly valid lore wise. Just wanted to make the distinction

Anyway, as I said no matter what you do in FO3 the main story is going to follow along the same path, youíre going to fight against the enclave with the Brotherhood. You can't join the Enclave. You can fetch quest for the outcasts but you can't join them or re-unite them with the BOS or help them "take back leadership and therefore see the consequences of the BOS pulling out of the region.

perhaps the game would have benefited in getting rid of the annoying Karma meter altogether, in a post apocalyptic situation having an annoying little sound cue constantly berating you for every little thing like stealing stimpaks from slavers when your injured doesnít really fit with the setting...morality can shift and change depending on the situation


The morality fairy


As in so what if I killed Moriaty?... had it coming because he was a prick!


Pictured: a Prick man with a Prick beard


another thing about FO3 is that you donít have to think at all, thatís the major problem, choices are boring when you don't have to put any thought into them, granted its not all bad since the game still is allowing for the fact your an asshole-uh....I mean for the fact you will play as an asshole

But if the game acts like its choices have actual weight beyond "hmmm..I'm felling a little evil today.." Then you'd want that to show

So. Mass Effect

Mass Effect takes a different approach to the "morality thing", again your role in the story is essentially the same , your Commander Shepard fighting the reapers (the difference between this and FO3 is FO3 presents itself as the kind of game that should give you more flexibility)

Itís essentially what attitude you take, are you a ruthless renegade? Who will go to any length to get the job done? Or an upstanding Paragon? Who will fight for fairness and justice while keeping ones hands clean? Thatís the concept..

But the problem is it falls completely flat.....the thing is Renegade Shepard is not only a major prick. But a majorly incompetent Prick


Major Prick reporting for duty!


lets just ignore for a second that in ME3 our choices feel kind of meaningless....I have not yet played the extended cut so please no spoilers for that..REGARDLES of how awful/good it is

Can you name one relatively important choice where being a "renegade" worked out for the better? The Idea behind renegade seems to be that he/she will get the job done "at any cost" and that in some cases this is a necessary thing....

But the fact is it isn't. There is no Paragon option that turns out worse than the Renegade alternative, (the only one I can think of was the "re-write" incident with the geth)

at least in ME1 such choices were not so clearly "marked" so it seems reasonable not to release the rachni queen or even save the council (on my first playthroguh I didnít because everything was at stake)

But in ME2 its either Paragon or Renegade, the choices are color coded for your convenience and no thought what so ever is required. Itís essentially a "good/evil" karma system repackaged as something else, I know that handing the collector base over to Cerberus is a bad long term move. Not because I had to think (though I did...because fuck Cerberus) but because itís in blue, and blue is better, regardless of what I actually think

Now regardless you could say that the renegade/paragon is merely a role playing thing. a form of "flavor text" which is true, and no doubt being a renegade makes sense sometimes and is probably fun (I wouldnít know, I hate renegade shep) but the fact is it presents itself as something "different"...a choice system that requires thought when it really doesn't

The only choice I was ever truly stumped at was the very last one....and we all know how that went...


It still haunts me......



And this seems to come from the same thing. when you think about it may actually be better to do away with marking choices as "good" or "bad" and just presenting them "as is"

because things like "good and evil" or "paragon and renegade" in a way train you to play a certain way...and at the end when they throw an actual "real" hard choice in your face (like Infamous 2 or ME3) it throws you out

maybe its good because its like "ohh! deconstruction!" and all that....or maybe its bad because (as I said) it takes away any thought and if you do make a choice that goes against your usual pattern then you feel like your doing something wrong..

Dragon Age: Origins had a similar approach to Mass Effect, again you are the Grey Warden, you are there to fight the dark spawn threat, you can be a hero or an absolute prick about it

the difference is there is no set "measure" of your morality aside from what your companions think of you, each has their own moral alignment and will approve or disapprove depending on your actions. or leave if they hate you that much (and whatever you do Morrgain will disapprove)

and I think this is a great approach...I'm free to make whatever decisions I deem necessary, and only answer to my companions and not some invisible Karma Fairy who gets annoyed when I steal from someone who was trying to kill me

and even for a "straight edge" moral crusader like myself it still presents me with interesting situations

like when I think I called upon the aid of a blood mage to help save a possed Mage child....only to have Alistair (the one you could call "good") chew me out on the evils of blood magic, to which I defended my position and shut him down, he wasnít happy with me,

I feel like the game gave me some genuinely grey situations and not just the illusion of them


but then again I think Infamous (that has Binary good or evil choices) works more or less because it isnt an RPG, nor does it claim to give you "tough choices" its a sandbox game that allows for the fact that gamers + sandbox =lots of dead civilians, but also allows for that fact that some of us arenít interested in mindless chaos


its like being able to play god of war or Prototype without being a massive dickbag, something I really like. and I guess (judging from the cover) they are trying to paint Cole as somewhat neutral and possibly "inclined" both ways, both work more or less within the story. Of coarse thats just my interpretation.

aside from Dragon age: Origins a game a I feel does moral choices well is Fallout: New Vegas

it still uses the basic "universally right and wrong" Karma system which as blogger myherozero pointed out creates some inconsistencies

however the reason I think F:NV does moral choices well is because much like Dragon age your relationship with the different factions matters, you can be on pretty bad terms with the Karma fairy but best buddies with the NCR

alot of the plot revolves around deciding which faction holds the best hope for the future of New Vegas, and at first glance "NCR vs Legion" seems pretty black and white...unless you seriously think the Legion are the best option. in which case I'd point out Caesar is a lying hypocritical little prick


who has a very punchable face


but aside from the legion the real decisions lie with Mr house and the NCR, that was where I had to make tough choices

because you could go through executing every whim of the NCR because you believe yourself to be paragon...only to stop and realise how many people youíve actually screwed over in the process....is it right to kill the great Khans or Mr House because the NCR demands it? what about following Mr House? or going solo? which is the right decision? or maybe you don't care. maybe its all about the power

I remember when I killed Mr House he asked "why?" and whatever answer I gave felt very hollow and unjustified.....because mabye it wasnt right, but the fact was I had to do this bad thing in order to achieve what I thought was right, and there was no "good karma" feeling to back it up

There was something very satisfying about playing the NCR and then at the last minute showing them the door (in a more or less polite way) not because I was evil or didnít believe in the NCRÖbut because I just didnít they were right for New Vegas right now...a hell of a lot more interesting than being a wasteland Jesus

or if you want to be "evil" you could play a character who was a legion fan boy or NCR fascist...again unlike FO3 you have actual motivations to you being a bastard

anther issue with Moral Choices is being "locked out" I can't think of many straight examples except some Pirates of the Caribbean RPG I played a long time ago on PC...

but essentially being "locked out" shouldn't feel frustrating, like a characher comes to you with a morally dubious task but you decline. and then you never find out what happiness next. Its like you've got the Karma fairy on one shoulder berating you for even thinking of accepting. and Danny the devil on the other telling you how uncool you are

Hence why I like the Dragon Age aporach..you never feel like your closing doors, but theres still other things to try for another playthrough

F:NV does have a form of "locking you out" as in if you piss off a faction you can't get by without getting shot (or wearing a disguise) but then it still integrates your alignment with the story, I can team up with whomever I please and I suppose it makes sense for the NCR to outlaw me if I'm buddies with Caesar

so essentially I think the main problem with moral choices is they are too ridged, its ok to have a sense of "right and wrong" since we all like good guys and bad guys but putting a numerical value on something as "subjective" as morality usually waters down our "choices" and makes them boring.   read


7:46 PM on 08.05.2012  

Get your multiplayer out of my game!

Letís talk about borderlands




On the surface it seems to be everything I'd want in a game, a crazy colorful yet gritty sci fi world, unique visual style, quirky characters, lots of guns and shooty action...[i]and/[i] the ability to play as a woman. Whatís not to love?

And yes...it certainly has its apeal, but theres one problem...

Itís dull as fuck.

after a while the novelty of Pandora wears off...after Iíve switched my gun around for the 100th time and killed a boss (who has respawned) itís getting old....some old quests..Same old monsters and psychos to kill. NPC's don't talk to me thereís just a big menu that pops up in my face with some text (not bad by any means...but certainly not all that engaging)

If youíre familiar with Borderlands then you already know what I did wrong, I was on my own...solo...a lone wolf....

I was playing it as a single player game

In reality itís more like an MMO, respawning bosses and enemies, a "grind" feel to it, and characters that give you a quest with some text and send you on your way. I have a kind of loathing for the MMO genre (but I'll get to that later)

Now I'm sure borderlands is an absolute blast to play with others and I'm sure thatís certainly what was in mind when they made it. Is it really fair of me to criticize Borderlands for this? Is it fair of me to expect a decent single player? I mentioned the voice acting thing, maybe that amount of dialogue just wasnít in the budget, I don't know.

But how hard would it have been to make things a little more single player friendly? itís not like they were far off....the opening is great, the world of Pandora interesting, there's certainly something going on story wise (even if they do say it was an anti-climax...I never got that far) one thing I remember was collecting audio logs of some scientist lady who was going insane over her obsession with "the vault", and later told me to go "apply blunt trauma to my head with a rock until I forget"..That was great

Perhaps it would have been more immersive if charactersí spoke to me in person rather than (literally) through a wall of text. Perhaps it would have felt less monotonous had Boss's actually stayed dead after I killed them, and maybe a little less lonely if I didn't get dropped off by the bus and never see my buddies again (because their spots were meant to me taken by others players)

But then maybe such changed are kind of "breaking" it ...perhaps this is all nitpicking...and perhaps I'm just a bad "Gamer" for not being satisfyed with shooty action alone

I don't think Borderlands is a bad game for what it is, and after reading up on Borderlands 2 Iím even temped to give it another chance. But I mention borderlands because while itís a good game...its "a game that you can play on your own but is really meant to be played with others'

And this is my main point...in this day and age its hard not to feel like the "single player experience" we know and love is under threat


LEAVE ME ALLOOOOOONE!!

Some time ago if someone mentioned Multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 to me I would have scoffed at the Idea "multiplayer? In ME3?! Such a notion is preposterous good sir! Now off with you! I have no time for such folly!"

Fast forward a year or two and oh look....ME3 multiplayer. What about dead space? That game that thought it was scary? And was trying so hard people were like "ohh! dead space you scared me so much!" but it was an act because no one wanted to hurt Dead Spaces feelings....well Dead Space 2 comes along and it has competitive multiplayer....at least Dead space 1 was making an effort, and now thereís Co-op in Dead space 3 because no doubt someone over at EA decided it was a must...along with "cover" based shooting..Probably the same with ME3

Or even non-EA games...Assassins Creed, Uncharted games you wouldnít think need multiplayer...but its there

Multiplayer has now become "standard" like a tutorial or having the system requirements on the back of the box (you know...box's...PC games still exist in those)

I'm not anti multiplayer...though my relationship with online gaming is love/hate (much like Anime).As much as I was (and still kind of am) against multiplayer in ME3 I still played it...quite a bit actually. I find multiplayer is really fun for a while but gets old quickly, I also have an internet cap I have to think about, which I admit has seriously limited my dive into multiplayer. Thatís just me of course.

And the examples of Assassins creed and Uncharted may be somewhat unfair since in those cases single player takes centre stage first and foremost.

Itís no big revelation that tacked on multiplayer sucks...just being there for the sake of being there, Why should I be bothered? I'm bothered because the very presence of multiplayer potentially takes away what they could have put into single player. Sure that sounds kind of paranoid, and you could argue thatís not the case in ME3 or even Dead space 2...aprently being as short as DS2 is acceptable for that genre of game.ME3's..."problems" may be due to other factors (rhymes with "bee" and "way"...together...in that order)

I have a kind of logic in regards to this thing. If a game (like Deus Ex:HR or Infamous 2) comes out without any multiplayer then that game is essentially saying "this single player is what you are paying for, therefore in theory it should be up to standard and worth your money"

Now I know in the real world is not exactly like that, BUT at least I know what I am getting for my money. The thing is multiplayer as a feature is completely useless to me, so I have to be sure I'm not getting a game and it turns out its only 6 hours long, Or even if you like multiplayer, the fact is if or when it eventually dies (this of course varies a lot)...what are you left with? Either way youíre left with half a game


Homefront

But then maybe complaining that games like Battlefield and COD are not worth it in terms of single player is like going into a strip club and complaining that the women are being objectified...no oneís cares, thatís what everyone is there for.

So what about stuff like co-op? Thatís the best solution right? No, wrong, thatís even worse, as far as I'm concerned itís a bigger problem than tacked on multiplayer. Not saying Co-op is bad, it can be great...and games like Saints row have impletmented it without affecting the single player

however going back to my Borderlands example, I fear that we may get more games that "can pass themselves off as single player" but in reality are meant to be played with someone else...like Diablo 3..well ok Diablo 3 wasn't even trying... Because "online is popular therefore we must have online"

for someone like me a game like that is already dead on arrival....

Next point, going back to my mention of COD and Battlefield and "getting value for money" leads into the issue of the current pricing system and all kinds of complicated stuff as to whether or not games are worth their $60 (well in my case $80-$100) release price

And itís no secret that there are "issues" in the industry with money...to put it lighly, even somone like me can see that (though I do not claim to know what I'm talking about in regards to that)

So with the $60 pricing model (and games as a single standalone product) in question they are looking at different ways to get our money...somtimes for better...and somtimes for worse. Stuff like Microtransations, subscriptions and ďFree to Play"

All of which lend themselves better to multiplayer

I get the impression in these tough times publishers see a heavily online focused game as a cash cow, and itís not hard what with WOW being....WOW. Everyone wants a slice of the sweet sweet MMO pie.
Is that the reason they made The Old Republic an MMO instead of making KOTOR 3? Ok maybe itís a bit cynical to think so, since they were at least trying to give us some kind of story (but then I wouldn't put it past EA to really really want a WOW killer)

[This is going to get ranty]

the thing is...I hate MMO's, so much it irritates me when people used to point to WOW's success (or the MMO being a mainly PC thing) as evidence of PC gaming "not" dying (if that was the case it would already be dead to me)

A while ago I tried "The Secret world" because it seemed interesting and I figured I might try the online/MMO thing...a certain itch I felt like scratching

And after playing a bit and making two charactersí (one for Dragon and one for Templar...because screw the illuminati) I thought it was really cool, I liked the world, the mystery and story, the setting...there was only one problem

It was an MMO

With the same MMO bullshit

Running around...questing, grinding with people running around dressed as wankers

It could have been a really cool single player RPG but instead it had to be an MMO...and ok, I admit its clear I'm just not an MMO person, I'm not saying MMO's are inherintly bad, obviously lots of people enjoy them


like these guys

MMO's just arenít for me, and I guess the reason I even bring them up is maybe I feel like they keep getting made because (as I said) everyone wants a cash cow...

The point to my rant is I feel like the single player RPG will turn into the "MMO". Does a Mass Effect MMO seem out of the question? (or a movie staring Sam Worthington directed by Micheal bay)

(I apologise to any MMO players)

.Then theres the "F2P" issue, even hardcore multiplayer (and MMO) types roll their eyes at the Idea, since F2P kind of has a stigma of "low" quality..But is also considered "pay to win". Games like Team fortress 2 and The Old republic have gone free to ploy (in TOR's case it seems rather embarrassing given how many times they said they wouldn't) and of coarse everyoneís expecting The Secret world to eventually go F2P...It does make you wonder when the people behind Crysis are talking about focusing on F2P

Not to mention subscription ďservices" in regards to "the big two" online first person shooters, COD and battlefield

It seems according to them online is where the money is

My final point is, when you add online to a game you have to make allowances for that...thatís why MMO's and games like borderlands have all that crap, respawning enemies/bosses, "post it note" quest givers with the usual fetch quests...they have to allow for the fact that there are other players..[i/]and thatís fine[i]

BUT you can't give the player the option to play on their own and call it a day (or still make them be online 24/7), that does not make for a good single player experience.

and at this point I admit I have not mentioned games like Journey or Dark Souls, where the online aspect is implemented in a creative way that enhances the experience...while I still don't like the Idea of having to be online when I'm essentially playing by myself I can't deny that maybe these games are a sign I don't have to fear the "scary" future of games and online..But that said forever journey thereís a game with tacked on multiplayer.


While I canít get angry at trends or blame everyone for following trends I do wish the industry would stop acting as if Multiplayer is somehow essential...or interchangable with (or better than) single player..They are completely different experiences. I wish they had more faith in the fact that some of us prefer single player and really don't need an arbitrary multiplayer mode to buy a game.

Sometimes I just want to play alone   read


7:42 PM on 08.01.2012  

My top 10 favorite protagonists

when I think about it top tens lists are kind of lazy...especially for something as obvious as "favorite protagonists" they are easy to write and easy to digest, and not exactly exciting unless its something a little more interesting, or your somehow interested in the tastes of the person writing thing

and I don't think anyone is dying to know what protagonists like......

but right now due to lack of available energy drink and sleep my brain isnít functioning at 100% so I'm going to be lazy

10.Issac Clarke-DeadSpace


in the first game he's a mute with a bucket on his head

in the second game he's a guy with the bucket on his head

but I kind of like his bucket head you know? Maybe itís only because of all the crap he goes through, but you can't help but feel sorry for the poor bucket headed engineer. I'll be honest it was kind of a nice little surprise finally seeing his face at the end of Dead Space 1 (even though its entirely possible at the start...just not obvious) it was the kind of face your dad might have


not when he's staring at you like that though........


9.Chell- Portal



"what? she doesnít count! sheís a non-character" correct, a silent avatar for the player. We don't know her......she never says a word

but what about Gordon Freeman? people like him and he's as silent as ever. I think the difference there is Gordon has people all around him telling him he's awesome, believing in him (also the fact he wears glasses and is a physicist. in videogame land anything remotely different increases the "interesting factor by 50%)

Chell only has an AI trying to kill her while taunting her for being adopted and having no friends......except for an inanimate cube


why does everybody hate me?

but the fact is portal just wouldn't be the same if it were a robot or some gruff solder....maybe I'm being biased because she's female and I'm so often starved of non optional female protagonists....hell in any media....for some reason I just like her

and although we don't ever hear here speak or see her emotions, going by actions alone we know thatís she's smart....she doesn't take crap from GlaDOS (hence the no speaking) and we do know for sure that she's tenacious.....really really tenacious

8. Ezio- Assasins creed series



At first I wasn't too keen on Ezio...."whos this asshole? where is Altiair?" this was some kid in a white hood, not the Assassin I had become attached to in AC1, where was the castle? the order? where did it all go? (had I paid attention to the time skips and the codex it all would have made more sense)

At first he was just the kind of character I really don't like, womanizing, smart alec..an Italian renaissance Nathan Drake...but then I soon leanred the point of AC2 was him becoming an assassin, taking over the order...when he grew the beard. I got it (again actually paying attention would have made it easier)

he kind of grew on me, especially by AC: Revelations where we play as an older Ezio...
I mean I'm not sure I needed 3 games with the guy but by the end I kinda liked him. like an old familiar face

now I just hope Connor isn't a complete dick in AC:3

7.John Martson- Red Dead Redemption



Say what you want about Red Dead, it's certainly a very well written and even brutal game (emotionally brutal that is...I abused the "auto-aim" like a 5 cent whore)

John Marsten is an ex outlaw out a quest to track down his old outlaw buddies in hopes of redemption in the eyes of "the man"...for the sake of his wife and child..and the fact that "the man" is kinda making him do it

some might say the events behind the game are somewhat unbelievable (how hard is it to disappear off the grid in the early 1900's?) ..and Johns kind of an idiot blindly going along with whatever he's told

John Marsten is rough around the edges. But not unlikeable at all..in fact he seems to have a heart under all that,,,,"bounty hunter"-ness...and he's sympathetic . Here's a man who is desperately trying to "believe" that "the system works" and it will grant him Redemption if he does thing right thing, that its possible to be a good person if you try hard enough.

Its tragic really...


6.Adam Jensen- Deus Ex: Human Revolution


Because he's cool

Also because he can talk or sneak his way out of "most" situations (with the exception of the stupid boss ones)....he doesnít need to kill. Heís too cool for that

5.Cole Mcgrath- infamous 1 and 2



Cole. what is it I like about Cole? he wears a really cool jacket.....he's into free running and urban exploration...and he has a kind of "rough around the edges but has a heart of gold" appeal

He does get a little "smoothed out" in his Infamous 2 makeover, but thankfully itís still the Cole we know and love

a guy who's far from perfect, who gets alot of crap dumped on him..but keeps doing the right thing because deep down he's a good person (or because you know the game is about moral choices and they have to allow for both but whatever)

4.The Boss-Saints row series

Yes, I know thats actually Shaundi but I don't have a pic on hand....and for the sake of a visual representation its close enough


How do you make an insane GTA style sandbox game even better? you replace Nico Belic with a custom Psychopath of your own!

you could argue The Boss doesn't count since he/she is customizable...however since whatever you come up with is a fully voiced character and theres no real "role playing" involved I'd say she (in my case) definitely counts

morally questionable and an appetite for destruction "The Boss" is all about the pursuit of happiness....and that happiness usually means violence..power..and more violence .of coarse doing awful things in a game is usually big turn off ..but in this case its hard not to root for The Boss....and its not like your opponents are saints (harr harr)

I will admit that I havent finished saints row 3 and am a little disapointed it seems gutted for DLC...and also that its silly (yeah I just criticized saints row for being silly)... SR2 was silly but it had an interesting story and a shocking moment or two

the least you can say is that as much of a monster the Boss is she still cares about her "homies" and will crush anyone that threatens them

also for the ladies....if you want to be fat..then you can be fat, how many games do they let you be fat?

3.Altiair -Assasins Creed



Altair gets the label of "bland" now and again, but I believe it is seriously undeserved

The thing with Altair is..in alot of other games featuring your usual everyman I think "yeah he's ok..but it would have been better if it were a women/robot/alien/anything at all"

but in Altiars case...I would not change him at all, he fits, he works, he's awesome. What some see as blandness I see as cool professionalism, even when he is being arrogant, I like him because he seems to have a brain...he questions the creed and the authority of his superiors, and he learns not to be a dick

which I can't say for other's......

I just feel a bit sad we only saw his story finish in a spin off game, text in AC2 and flashbacks in AC:Revelations

2.Yoshi


Yeah, he's looking a little out of place on this list which I was keeping mainly this gen (which was actually pretty hard)..but I feel he needs a mention

the thing is Yoshi is better than Mario...he's cooler, he's more likeable...he has better abilites..and according to the mushroom kingdom history (if there is one) there would be no Mario without yoshi If Yoshi hadn't taken it upon himself to drag little baby Mario across the land in "Yoshis Island"...while tackling bosses, koopas, shyguys, ice, snow, water, lava and all of the crazy shit that is the mushroom kingdom...... then Mario would probably be dead and Luigi one of Bowsers minions

so what happens to Yoshi?.....he gets to be Mario's bitch



yeah...Fuck Mario


and the winner is....

1.Comander Shepard- Mass Effect


Commander Shepard is almost anything I could want in a videogame protagonist he/she is customizable in gender and appearance so he/she feels kind of personal...they are "your" shepardÖgranted I could never get her looking decent...but I actually like the "default" they came up with for ME3 and I used that...I think it suits her perfectly (my shepard anyhow)

Shepard kind of dances between being blank slate RPG charachter and a "pre defined" charachter...I guess that is open for interpretation, Some people aren't a fan this aproach to role playing (and Mass Effects status as an RPG is shakey at best) personally though I love to see my protagonist speak, it makes her really feel like part of the world (and Mass Effect is a very awsome world)

Shepard is probably one of the best female protagonists there is....like Samum Aran but better.....sure..she's optional, but I think she's enough of an entity herself to count. She's the hero ...she kicks ass...plain and simple.....and I've never been as attached to a player character as I was to shepard.. especially in Mass Effect 3 where alot of things go wrong.....(both in game and out)

so in conclusion

you can fight like a Krogan
run like a leopard
but you'll never be better than comander Shepard
-Miracleofsound   read







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