Dénouement 2020: The Disappointments

By Shamus Posted Tuesday Jan 19, 2021

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In a normal year, I’ll play a few dozen games. The top few will make the “best of” list and the bottom few will make the “disappointment” list and everything in the middle will be forgotten. But this year is weird. If you stick the two lists together, you’ll have basically everything I played.

But before we talk about that, let’s talk about what I didn’t play.

The No-Show List

(I only bring this stuff up because I know someone will ask “But what about Game X?”.)

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Diecast #330: Big Tech Rants, Mailbag

By Shamus Posted Monday Jan 18, 2021

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At the top of the show we joked that this is the “second or third” time Paul has been on the show. I just looked it up, and we’ve done 130+ episodes together. Time flies.

Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.

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Time Keeps on Slippin’

By Shamus Posted Friday Jan 15, 2021

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The year is 1982 and I’m stuck in the middle of a long, long school day. I’m 11 years old. I’m in a Special Ed classroom, waiting to go back to my regular classroom. I have ten minutes to go.

I start staring at the large clock over the door, pretending I can make it move faster. I focus on it, staring at the center of the clock until the edges of my vision go blurry. Move. Move faster! Get me out of here!

It’s a pointless gesture, of course. Aside from the fact that I can’t control time, it’s not like there’s anything better waiting for me in the other classroom. I’m going to watch the clock here, then watch the clock there, then watch the clock in the lunchroom, then back in this room again, and so on. The end of the day is too far off to get excited about, so I just have to look forward to the next interval of structured tedium. 

I keep staring. Move. Move faster!

Suddenly the minute hand begins visibly moving. I blink, thinking that all of my staring has created a weird optical illusion. Clocks can play funny tricks on your eyes – particularly when you’re staring at them – and I figure I’ve stumbled into some sort of perceptual weirdness. I rub my eyes, look back, and the minute hand is still gliding along like a second hand. It passes the top of the hour. According to the clock, it’s past time to leave. I look around nervously. Nobody else is leaving. The rest of the world seems to be moving normally. 

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Jedi Fallen Order Part 20: Careful With That Thing

By Shamus Posted Thursday Jan 14, 2021

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This is the player’s third matchup against Second Sister, but Cal’s fourth. The first one was cutscene-only, so the player didn’t participate. Then a few minutes after that, we got our tutorial duel where Cal escaped with the help of Cere. Then at the end of Zeffo part 2 we got a rematch that was cut short by a forcefield. And now here we are near the end of the game. Both sides have been indirectly fighting for the holocron, but now the two sides are going to fight over it directly.

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Dénouement 2020: Expectations vs. Reality

By Shamus Posted Tuesday Jan 12, 2021

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My normal response to anxiety is to immerse myself into a video game. And if there isn’t anything available, I can fall back to watching movies. But that didn’t work this year, because the entertainment industry basically stopped releasing new stuff. So while “Hardly any big-budget games and movies came out this year” isn’t a 2020 story per se and is certainly the most petty of first-world problems, it’s still something I found really personally annoying.

A year ago I ended 2019 by looking forward to some 2020 games and talking about what I hoped / wanted / expected. Let’s look back at what I had to say and compare my expectations with reality…

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Diecast #329: Survivor Mailbag

By Shamus Posted Monday Jan 11, 2021

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The good news is that I’ve survived another week. The bad news is that the weeks aren’t really improving in terms of quality. Oh well. At least it gives us something to complain about.

Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.

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Jedi Fallen Order Part 19: Pay For Your Lack of Vision

By Shamus Posted Thursday Jan 7, 2021

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We arrive back on Bogano, which is where our MacGuffin is waiting for us. Essentially Master Cordova hid this supremely important and sensitive bit of intelligence on this secret planet that only Jedi know about, and then he created a planet-hopping scavenger hunt that would require us to brave treacherous territory and attract Imperial attention to get the Astrum to open the vault. Anyone could have showed up and grabbed the Astrum at any time. The Empire could have taken it just because they hoard relics. Malicos could have taken it just because it was a cool Jedi thing sitting in the creepy tomb where he ruled over the hapless locals. The locals could have taken it because it’s theirs and maybe they’re attached to it. 

This is like putting all your valuables in a bank vault, but then storing the key for the vault in the middle of a warzone, inside of a despotic nation, in territory controlled by a ruthless drug cartel. Those layers of danger aren’t protecting your key, they’re endangering it further

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