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Cblogs of 03/28/13 + Shadeisms


I think there are two games this week that got, and deserved, all of our attention.
First of all, there was the announcement of DuckTales Remastered.

Now I haven’t played the original for the NES, because when it came out my parents had not yet decided to bring the horror that is this amalgamation of brightness and shadow into our formerly fair and just world. I did watch the show as a kid, though. With that in mind, I do have to say that trailer is fucking brilliant. You know, with the sing-along and all? It completely banks on nostalgia, and it is glorious. The only little gripe I have is with that quote from Cliffy B in the opening. I know it’s technically true, he did start his career with platformers, but it feels out of place to choose the big man behind Gears of War to endorse DuckTales. Maybe that’s just me. Either way it’s a platformer and it looks awesome and I want it.

But the real reason I’m mentioning DuckTales? Well, you know how Tony posted that Finnish DuckTales theme song? Yeah, two can play that game. After all, you know that I both love arbitrarily sharing Dutch shit and am entirely shameless. Frankly, you should’ve seen this coming. Be wary though; I’m pretty sure that my version doesn’t have taco Nazis.

SO BOOYAH, SUCKAS. Here's what I had to deal with growing up:

I gotta admit, that dub is actually pretty good. The lyrics are pretty close in tone to the English one, at least. I also remember the show itself being very good about it, because it was still made in that time when only children’s cartoons got dubbed and when there were more than 10 voice actors in the entire damn country. I wish I was exaggerating. The Ducks still have very recognizable voices to this day. (They’d better, because Donald Duck is massive in northern and western Europe. Seriously, you don’t even know how huge he is.) But then all the shows kids watch nowadays are all done by the same people, and there are only like 10 voice actors at best: every character sounds the same now. Dubbed children’s shows is a major pet peeve of mine from the get-go. I learned all of my English from TV and now we’re denying our children that same, in my opinion incredibly valuable, learning experience just for the sake of ratings. I learned the difference between “mouse” and “mice” from Tom & Jerry for god’s sake. At age 6. So when I see them air even a dubbed Power Rangers show nowadays it hurts me to my core. Fucking hate it.

Okay, rant over.
There’s more important stuff to talk about anyway. Namely:

You saw this coming. The second game of the week has got to be Bioshock Infinite. That game has been doing nothing if not sweeping the boards.
But I’ve got a big confession to make though: I’ve never actually played a Bioshock game. Neither the first nor the second.

Yeah. I know.
I think I need your help.

For me, Bioshock is a weird case. I’ve mentioned many times before that I normally don’t like First Person Shooters. There are some exceptions to the rule, but they are few and far between. Mostly the ones I like are the ones that are incredibly mindless, like Painkiller and Bulletstorm, or take a special approach with regards to exploration and progression in such a way that you barely realize you’re playing a shooter in the first place, like Metroid Prime and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath (the latter less so). Any “regular” FPS I tend to find boring. All too often I feel like I’m just walking in a straight line until some enemies pop up, point my sight at them for a bit, only to walk on afterwards. Don’t even get me started on cover systems. I get to sit behind a waist-high wall until the red stuff dissolves from my screen? Pass, thanks. I like games where you can be full in the fray, where dodging, quick thinking or strategy is required for survival rather than beating the enemies through the awesome power of having a Wolverine healing factor.

Not to mention the fact that you can barely even see the waist-high wall, because for some reason FPS developers seem to think that things were better when we still only had black and white TVs.

The stories in many FPSes are often uninspired at best, and more in general the whole military and gun thing is completely lost on me. For reference, I took this next quote from the Steam page for Call of Duty: Black Ops:
“An epic campaign (…) where you will play as an elite Black Ops soldier in deniable operations where if you are caught, captured or killed, your country will disavow all knowledge of your existence.”
That right there just manages to hit all my yawn-buttons at once. I don’t know what all of you think about it, but to me this sounds utterly uncompelling. This shit seriously gets me less interested in a game than “Uh-oh, Bowser kidnapped Peach again!” I took this one at random, but I’m sure you could work through a list of FPS titles and come up with dozens of equally uninteresting scenarios.

There are just a whole slew of little things that bug me about the FPS genre. Can’t help it, just the way it is. Even Half-Life 2 didn’t do a whole lot for me. I fully admit that it’s not always a rational dislike (especially considering my recently documented love for bows), but it’s a dislike nonetheless.

That said, if there is any FPS I could see myself giving an honest shot, it’s probably Bioshock. It does seem to take a bit of a different approach from other games. I know about “would you kindly?” and things like that, and it seems that there is inspired stuff in here. I’ve heard that the stories are genuinely good, and from what I know there’s even some sort of “magic” system in these games, alleviating my problems with the gun thing a bit. It’s those kinds of things that make me think that maybe it’s time to reevaluate my “meh, shooter”-policy, even if just for these games. From what I know about Infinite the whole plot with Elizabeth does sound like a thing I would enjoy. Besides that, Elizabeth looks incredibly well designed art-wise and I’m always a huge sucker for that. If I were to play Infinite, it’d be primarily for her.

I don’t know what it is. There’s just something about her.

Everything that’s been said about Infinite the past week makes me curious about the Bioshock series, and whether or not I should jump into them after all. Like I said, I know some things about the stories, but I’m sure there’s still stuff in here that could surprise me. Bioshock Infinite, and particularly Elizabeth, looks very intriguing to me, but I know the first two also have things going for them. I’m just completely unsure about whether or not that’s going to be good enough to make me sit through a game so squarely rooted in a genre I so often find boring or unfulfilling, not to mention the simple fact that guns do very little for me and I can think of much more compelling stuff than emptying a clip of ammo into some madman’s skull.

So to round this off I’ve got a question for all of you that the above has been leading up to.
Knowing what my feelings are towards the genre, should I give the Bioshock games an honest try? Is Infinite good even for someone like me? Is it worth working up to that through 1 and 2?

I’d seriously love to know.

* - Edco recounts his attendance of the Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert, and it sounds amazing. Get jealous!

A - Us Internet commenters scare Manchild sometimes. It's hard to blame him.

A - Who would've thought that South Park's underpants gnomes could set an example for the video game industry?

A - Bioshock Infinite causes ClashOfPenguin to rethink how we talk about video games. Pretty interesting stuff.

E - Here are some photos from PAX East. That one girl managed to cellshade her Siren cosplay. Wow, that's dedication.

F - PC FNF and the chance to win Darksiders and some dumb "Red Fraction" game or whatever nobody cares about. Darksiders, man. Darksiders.

D - More Dtoid at PAX East. With karaoke!

T - Listen to Grethiwha and just try Monster Hunter. Just try it already!

C - Again, if you're so excited for MGS5 why don't you write more than two paragraphs about it?

C - I should fail this, but that picture of the Skullgirls dev is way too glorious to put in Failtoid.

V - A whirlwind of Batman and booze.

Bit of a slow day today, huh?

- ShadeOfLight
May you always find water and shade

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