Feel sorry for Chris. We got to do the podcast this week, while he was forced away from his job and dragged to Disney World. He’s probably miserable right now, sitting in the gorgeous weather and scenery, drinking a beer, and wishing he was with his internet-friends. He can’t even produce an Errant Signal from there. Poor guy.
1:00 Shamus is annoyed with how the game Brothers ended.
SPOILERS! We go on to compare other well-known downer endings and talk about what makes an ending work and what doesn’t. We talk about The Walking Dead, Mass Effect 3, and Brothers. It was impossible to have this conversation without a few spoilers.
I still recommend Brothers, and I recommend spoiling the ending first.
7:45 Mumbles is Birthday-ing this week. She’s also playing GTA V.
22:00 Here we ramble our way into talking Borderlands 2.
26:30 Josh talks a little bit about his experience playing Good Robot.
31:30 Talking about Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
In talking about Dreamfall, I referenced my old rant on the end of the game. Check it out:
I’m sure fans of the game will be quick to point out that this is the second act in a three-act play. Great. The first installment came out in 1999. Adventure games and budgets being what they are, there is no guarantee that the next game will even be made. And even if it is, I don’t really care to wait for it. In another seven years I’ll be 42, my oldest daughter will be getting ready to turn 16, and I will only have a vague memory of what happened in this game.
Correct on all counts. I’m 42, my daughter is about to turn 16, and I barely remember the game aside from being angry at the end. Also relevant is this ancient post on why I dislike episodic games.