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Lewis Lewis Denby is a freelance videogames journalist and critic. As well as HonestGamers, he has written for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, The Escapist, Gamasutra and BeefJack.

Posted: March 06, 2009 (07:25 AM)
Yesterday, I read something thoroughly depressing.

It was a thread on some arbitrary forum, pertaining to the broken but hauntingly beautiful Dear Esther, which I begrudgingly 7/10'd a while back despite it being one of the most captivating and lovely things in the world.

The thread initially wavered unpredictably between "this is really beautiful" and "it's a bit boring." Both are completely valid responses, and showcase the diversity of people who are at least willing to give it a go.

Then, things started to get silly.

"The walking speed is too slow," someone remarked. Yes, perhaps it is - it's something I noted in my review. But what resulted was an amount of people giving tips about how to speed the game up, in the most horrible ways possible. These ranged from advising bunny-hopping around the island - the biggest immersion breaker in the world, particularly given that it's possible, that way, to completely miss segments of the wonderful voice work, or make them mould together into an incomprehensible mess - to tweaking the code, or even NOCLIPPING around the place.

And then the huge idiocy broke out.

"Wtf? Don't you even get a gun?"

And then I closed the window before I strangled the monitor.

honestgamerUser: honestgamer
Posted: March 06, 2009 (12:27 PM)
I'm sure that your monitor appreciated your restraint and said to itself "Just for that, I'll not burn out for an extra week to repay him for his kindness."

zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
Posted: March 06, 2009 (04:18 PM)
It's one of the reasons I like Honest Gamers so much. The people here really ARE interested in examining a game from a professional viewpoint. You just don't see the usual WTF tripe around here, unless it's truly warranted.

Like WTF? Syberia on the DS?

Posted: March 07, 2009 (04:43 AM)
Sometimes I bunny-hop in FPS games. This is usually a sign that I'm not feeling particularly immersed. So I usually do it when I have to backtrack or something.

zippdementiaUser: zippdementia
Posted: March 08, 2009 (03:06 AM)
Bunny hopping is a respectable act of anarchy.

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