In celebration of the minuscule ME 2 trailer below (and the hilarious responses on Kotaku’s boards), I bring you a new section to the blog. Over on the right (always the right!) there is now the “recent articles” widget. You can read the more recent of my writings there, and they will change as I write new stuff for new places. As of tonight, over there is what is “hot” right now… Don’t burn yourself on it. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the writing interview for DHSGiT is with Keith Nemitz, and you should go read it, now. He’s cool, it’s cool, good writing should be recognized. Serously, go check it out, and by “it” I mean the game. Free demo!. As opposed to a demo that costs money? Whatever, go insult some gym teachers or snag some boyfriends.
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Posted by deckard47 on February 21, 2009
Posted by deckard47 on January 19, 2009
Two things. First, I’m loving Valkyria Chornicles. The gameplay, upgrading and leveling are so very perfect for a person like me, and I can make myself care about the story every five minutes or so. BUT. Whoever decided that “Darcsen” would stand in for Jews in this version of Europe made a bad call. I’m not sure what’s so fucked up about it, but it comes off as trivializing and insulting. I’ve no idea how you tackle such a topic in your alternate universe games, but this is not it. Still, great, entertaining gameplay, something I’ll stick with until I’m fully leveled at least.
Secondly, the Brainy Gamer has an interesting post up about heroes and their darkening/virilifying in the sequels to games. Of course, I care the most about the changing of Nathan Drake, from the first game’s happy-go-lucky Indiana Jones/Malcolm Reynolds guy into something more along the lines of (boo) the Dark Prince! I hope that Naughty Dog knows what they’re doing here. It’s quite possible that they’re just going with a darker tone for the game, and maybe a darker personality for the character. I mean, look at Empire, that was all about dark times, but Han Solo was still Han Fucking Solo.. He didn’t become “Dark Han” or some shit, just because things were “dark” around him. It’s quite possible to show Nathan as a jerk and an imperfect guy (like our guy Solo), and still make him a fundamentally good person. I hope that’s what they’re doing.
It’s interesting how the two (story and character) have to be the same, for games. Movies have been able to make that distinction for a long time. It’s why the second movie in a trilogy can be the darkest: the next one will make things happy again (see Star Wars, LotR)! Why the main character has to undergo a transformation as well is beyond me. There’s a difference between responding to bad things (look, Han, Aragorn, Gandalf, Leia and Luke are all sad now!), and becoming darker. The first is realistic, the second is a cheap, lazy plot device that makes what should be an internal struggle a physical transformation. It assumes that we silly readers, watchers or gamers can’t fathom that people and characters can change their personalities or actions based on outside stimuli. Give us some credit. But, again I have to say that I trust Naughty Dog, they made me so happy with the first game. Do right by our Drake, guys, he deserves it.
Posted by deckard47 on January 25, 2008
So I had a bunch of things I wanted to point out to you, but I thought one post made more sense, so here we go.
First, Burnout Paradise just came out for PS3 and 360, and by all accounts (plus my own awesome demo experience) it is a wonderful blend of Burnout and Midtown Madness. Buy it, because racing games that don’t involve fifty hours of car tuning and “seksy” street racing girls are harder and harder to find!
Second, individual Rock Band accessories and pricing have been revealed. Now I just have to wait a few months, and I’ll be able to get the band back together! The band that never was… Really, this just means I will browbeat one more friend of mine into playing the game. Fantastic.
Next, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky will be available exclusively (digitally, that is) on Steam, whenever it comes out. I love Steam, and I wish I could love S.T.A.L.K.E.R, but my computer is weak and frail. Maybe those rumors about a 360 version will come through? Please? Then I could buy the game, be scared, and be angry with myself for buying it.
Finally, I’ve put up a new blog in the blogroll, Dubious Quality. He’s a smart guy, and quite amusing, and his coverage of the recent FOX debacle is extremely entertaining.
Aside from that, I got nothing. Oh, and there is this crazy rumor (via GayGamer) that Team Ico is hiring so that they can make the next Ico game. That would be truly excellent news. I really want to buy Burnout Paradise, and drive around listening to the sweet, dulcet tones of Avril Lavigne, but next week is going to murder me if I don’t start working now. Blast.