on Apr 1, 2011
It’s Spoiler Warning as you’ve never seen it before: In glorious 1D!
Truly, one is the loneliest dimension.
This was unplanned. We’d already recorded our April Fool’s Day show. It was in the bag. Then I started telling the crew about Trainz 2010: Engineer’s Edition. Everyone insisted that we record another show for April Fool’s, featuring this game.
I want to be clear that while this game is hilariously bad, it’s not as bad as it looks…
Point: The game is not as slow as you see here. Normally, it runs at a nice 50 frames a second on my machine.
Counterpoint: Okay, that’s the same framerate that I get from Crysis 2, which looks about six graphics generations better.
Point: But still, the game is smoother than you see here. The extreme low framerate was an artifact of recording.
Counterpoint: Other games don’t have this problem.
Point: I made no effort to educate myself on the game. I just jumped in and started pushing buttons. The results would be not all that different if you tried the same thing with a flight simulator.
Counterpoint: Flight simulators involve travel in more than one dimension.
Point: It’s probably not fair to pick on games like this one which have niche appeal.
Counterpoint: It’s not fair to allege that this game has “appeal”, niche or not.
Point: Okay, you got me there.