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Jonathan Stark @zippdementia04:53 PM
@honestgamer @yamishuryou @espiga @overdrive It's the old argument that DQ fans stand by: they don't WANT the game system to change. And I respect that. But if you were never a fan of the system in the first place, it makes it hard to break into the games
Jonathan Stark @zippdementia04:53 PM
@honestgamer @yamishuryou @espiga @overdrive It's the old argument that DQ fans stand by: they don't WANT the game system to change. And I respect that. But if you were never a fan of the system in the first place, it makes it hard to break into the games
Jonathan Stark @zippdementia04:52 PM
@yamishuryou @joseph_valencia for me to do that, I'd have to go back to the Atari days. Which really does feel like it came from another universe.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementia04:50 PM
@EmP Oh is that out now? I remember giving some money to it last year. Damn, I've been too busy to check in with my kickstarters... I think Wasteland 2 is out now, as well.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 18, 2014
@joseph_valencia JEEEEEZ, twenty years ago for the PS1?? That blows my mind.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 18, 2014
@overdrive @espiga Dragon's Quest is a little too grindy for me. I never beat I, and I got decently far through VIII, but I just can't get around the bog standard battle system that you have to go through over and over and over.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 17, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @Suskie ... although I did buy Dead Diner last night based on the review here and am really enjoying it :) Doesn't really count, tho. Casual game.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 17, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @Suskie what's the latest misstep? I've been out of it for about a year now. The last new title I played was Last of Us.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 16, 2014
@True @JoeTheDestroyer I don't want to get invested in a story-spanning series where only half the games are good.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 15, 2014
@Genj @Suskie I recently read an interesting review of Alpha Protocol which exclaimed that the execution of the underlying idea of the game was more important than its lack of polish, that the demand for "polish" is something that's holding back games.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 15, 2014
@EmP @Suskie @honestgamer I've read this is quite the different experience from A:CM. It's got me interested in picking up a PS4. Well, and the fact my PS3 is broken and I never even got to play Dishonored.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 15, 2014
@zippdementia @Suskie ... or controls? I supposed controls could be unpolished too. That's one of the worst.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 15, 2014
@Suskie Does the unpolish come in the form of graphics, AI, or bugs?
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 11, 2014
@EmP Okay okay! I'll think of something...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 10, 2014
@pickhut I saw that, too! Letterman has always been shockingly on top of current trends. You know, for a man who is older than the hills.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 10, 2014
@zippdementia @EmP ... who lives an hour and a half away *facepalm* But she owns a bakery, so I always get cake when I show up :)
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 10, 2014
@EmP I would like to write a review again! Geeeez, though, I haven't played many games lately. I'm slowly working through Tex Murphy and Baldur's Gate, but fifth edition DnD has got me into GMing again. And now I have a serious girlfriend...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaOct 09, 2014
Anyone planning on reviewing Alien: Isolation?
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaSep 27, 2014
@Ben I've really enjoyed my Wii U. My old roommates used it a lot just for Hulu and Amazon, but in terms of games I've played the heck out of just Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Land, not to mention the Wii back catalog. I am going to pick up Hyrule Warriors.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 29, 2014
@overdrive I do love the concept of all of the Persona games, and I even love the insanity of taking a player literally through a year's worth of calendar days. But the high points of the story come too infrequently to keep me engaged.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 29, 2014
@overdrive @wolfqueen001 I'll do a double admit: I bought the second game off of WQ's review (which was a joy to read). I also did not finish the game. I think the main thing was that I missed having a full party. I really enjoy the party interactions.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 27, 2014
@overdrive **nods emphatically** I was playing a wizard character, and trying to figure out how to spend your spell points is frustrating, because you don't know how good something is until you try it. Also, there's limited exp, so every decision matters.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 26, 2014
@overdrive There's also a less forgiving leveling system. Baldur's Gate I may SEEM obtuse at first, but really you don't have too many options at level up. Eschalon makes you do your skill stats every level and you can easily work yourself into a corner.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 26, 2014
@overdrive @overdrive Eschalon book is a little bit like a less good Baldur's Gate. But it's interesting that it's a single person party.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 21, 2014
Anyone want to review Amazing Princess Sara on steam or Xbox 360? I've been offered a review code, but I don't have the time. If you want it, email me: thestarkeditor AT gmail DOTCOM
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 21, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @jerec @joseph_valencia @honestgamer I enjoy let's plays that are thoughtful and add little commentary about the design and history of a game/series. You know, like ACTUAL COMMENTARY. Very few of these around, unfortunately.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 16, 2014
Debating whether to get back into gaming with the PS4. In the meantime, enjoying retroing my way through Tex Murphy: under a killing moon. Fuck yes.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 16, 2014
@espiga @Suskie Yeah, there's some good stuff lining up for Survival Horror. I'm also interested in Alien: Isolation. Maybe together, it's enough to push me into a PS4 sale. Even if I have to *sigh* use a credit card.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 13, 2014
@Germ @Suskie @honestgamer Yeah, Xbox exclusives are about as long lasting as breath mints.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 13, 2014
@pickhut @honestgamer @EmP Wow, that looks like a fantastic match
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 12, 2014
@zippdementia Also been revisiting a lot of older games via "Watch out for Fireballs," which is a pretty great retro podcast. Covers a lot of games other retro-casts don't, like Planescape, Longest Journey, Shadowrun. Lot of niche games.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 12, 2014
@zippdementia ... my CR level, if I just take enough potions and cast enough buff spells. Then again, I know WAY more about D&D these days then I did when I first played Baldur's Gate, and I think that's pretty critical.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 12, 2014
Gaming progress! Back to Baldur's Gate, been making some serious progress. It's funny how difficult I found this game as a kid, while now I find it pretty easy. Oh sure, I have the occasional reload, but I can tackle things way beyond...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 07, 2014
@zippdementia Finished. Lord, but that ending will tear at your heart.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 06, 2014
To the Moon. Almost finished. Will finish tonight. Then probably I'll review it.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 04, 2014
@Suskie @Ben But I do get credit if it's before I read it. Or even notice it's posted.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 03, 2014
@zippdementia @Ben @Suskie My prediction: accurate!
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 03, 2014
@zippdementia @Ben @Suskie ... talk about how that game ultimately fits the mood of the story, its inadequacies fitting the characters' inadequacies; or you'll talk about how distracting that game system is from the whole experience.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaAug 03, 2014
@Ben @Suskie My guess, from knowledge of your game tastes, is that you were surprised by how much you became attached to the character but you wish a different game was under it all. You'll either...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 31, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer ... get a little further into my own story before to find its voice before I get deeply involved in what I hear is a very emotional experience.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 31, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer I'll probably end up reviewing it. I love story games! But I haven't actually played yet, I've been writing another novel, this time for intended publication, and I'm nervous that my writing will be affected by the story. I want to...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 31, 2014
Going to finally play To the Moon tonight! It came out on Mac pretty recently. The Mac is finally being recognized as a system for games. Mostly because there's a ton of Macs out there, now. Supply follows Demand!
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 30, 2014
@overdrive @honestgamer @JoeTheDestroyer Robotrek was a game that was pretty much doomed to obscurity by poor translations.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 30, 2014
@JoeTheDestroyer @wolfqueen001 @Germ @EmP That was essentially what Hideo Kojima said about Raiden, too. He also specifically said that he intended MGS2 to be a slap in the face of everyone who kept asking him to make that game.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 30, 2014
@Suskie @Ben I could see someone coming at it from the angle of it not having the most original or exciting gameplay, but I would have trouble with criticism of the story, voice acting, or script. I felt like it assumed I actually have intelligence. Nice.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 28, 2014
@Germ @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP The simple fact that, with every new MGS game, I ask the question "Is this as good as MGS?" is a sign that it's still a good game.
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP ... unless you counted the hackneyed attempts to give the girls of MGS4 some sympathy (hampered by extreme camel toe shots). The only other time you see it to good effect is with The Boss (where it's fone brilliantly).
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP ...mantis fight. It was completely unexpected that, after defeating him, you would get this long soliloquy about his life and what made him do the things he'd done. That never came back into any of the other MGS games..
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP The main thing that makes MGS1 and 3 worth it are the characters. Especially in MGS1, there was a tremendous effort made to give history and weight to the villains. I think everyone remembers the end of the psycho...
Jonathan Stark @zippdementiaJul 27, 2014
@zippdementia @JoeTheDestroyer @EmP The level of pretension would not go apeshit until MGS2. I also think MGS3 is probably the best game overall in the series, and it did improve upon MGS' narrative.


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