20 Mar

(Friday) Mar 23 – Viewer Mail

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(Thursday) Mar 22 – Baldur’s Gate Enhanced on iPad and Epic Mickey 2

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(Wednesday) Mar 21 – BioWare Responds to Controversy & Modern Warfare 3 Cracks Down on Exploiters

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(Tuesday) Mar 20 – Proposed Bill Against Violent Games and Capcom Hunts Hackers

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(Monday) Mar 19 – Smithsonian Video Game Exhibit and EA Shuts Down Servers

7 thoughts on “Elder Speak (Week of March 19 – 23)”

  1. @monday video
    A few games I like a lot that could’ve/should’ve made the list:
    * Another World (oldest game I could think of that wasn’t already on the list)
    * Planescape: Torment
    * STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
    * Silent Hill 2, 3 or 4
    * Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
    * The Witcher 1&2
    * Demon’s Souls
    * Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines

    The selection criteria is a terribly iffy, though, so I used my own reasoning, which was: good games with strong art direction that take, through game design and narrative, serious approaches to more or less (this is gaming we’re talking about, after all) mature themes. No coincidence most of these games are my favorites of all time. Seems a little pointless to bother so much if you’re gonna share gallery space with Halo and Gears of War, though.

    I really hope there’s a good third Kane & Lynch to add to the above, because that series is begging to be taken seriously and it just needs to figure out what the hell it wants to be (and maybe be given a proper budget).

    And Randy, no wonder you got your ass kicked, where’s your shield? I’ll let you in on a little secret. If you ran out of arrows, just murder any random archer and loot his body. If you’re lucky, your medic will revive him and you won’t suffer any penitence for your psychotic arrow-acquiring method.

    1. By the way, I know you agree with me, Randy, but The Saboteur is an awesome game and more people should play it. A game with so few americans doesn’t come often 😀

      1. Ha! I never thought of it as a game devoid of Americans, but you’re totally right. Simply mentioning the game makes me want to play it again… Maybe I’ll use it to break my Warband addiction.

        By the way, you should see my sweet archery skills in this one. I have a few really nice head shots while on horseback.

  2. @tuesday
    Hmm, don’t really care much about that law thingie because it’s never gonna happen. There’s not a single serious paper that establishes a connection between violent behaviour and violent games, specially in comparison to other media. These people are rats wasting the american people’s taxmoney and everybody else’s time, debating over nothing.

  3. I would like to get to the bottom of Randy’s weird hate for ME3 finale discussion. It’s the end of a very emotional adventure that started all the way back on ’07, it’s natural for people to react strongly to whatever ending they made.

    Feels weird to be annoyed (and I’ve seen many game journalists react the same way) at simply what’s one of gaming’s most important events in recent history. I think that Jim Sterling hit the nail in the head, this is a symptom of gaming becoming as culturally significant as television. Not all culture is good culture, tho (I’d argue Mass Effect is NOT)…

    1. I kinda wondered why people were ok with God of War 3’s ending but up in arms here. The reason… the ending to Mass Effect 3 feels cheap and kinda unearned. That being said, I am getting tired of the whole thing. Just let it die already. It is a great game with a bad ending… sounds like most videogames to me.

    2. It’s not that I don’t see the importance of the event. I do. And you know what? You’re right. I should probably keep my annoyances about whether or not I’m tired of a news story to myself.

      But the reason why I was annoyed with it last week was because it felt like BioWare was artificially dragging it out. I’m glad they made their official press statement about the matter. At this point, I hope we don’t hear much more from them until they come forward with more concrete news and not just some tidbit of information to rouse the rabble.

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