In retrospect, a bit of this comes off as gossipy. Sorry about that. Be sure to read the announcement and remember anything that’s not said in that announcement is conjecture on our part.
This discussion leads to the first mailbag of the week:
With the recent re-opening of the Mass Effect Wounds at Twenty Sided and three recent tweets by Shamus, it seems appropriate to ask this question:
Why is it that after all this time and an Extended Cut DLC that â€˜explained everything', the very mention of Mass Effect 3, a game that was released in March 2012, STILL has the ability to drive people nuts? Plenty of other games suffer from bad writing in one form or another â€" why is it that this one rubs people so raw to this day? Is there another game you can think of that even comes close?
I answered this in part on the show, but I’m going to answer it more fully in tomorrow’s column.
Like I said the other day:
38:30 Sims 4 is missing a lot of features.
It didn’t sound like a big deal to me at first, but it all sounds kind of shocking when you actually read the list. It’s even more worrisome when you remember what happened to SimCity. Is EA going to ruin two major Maxis titles with their meddling? I’m perversely anxious to find out.
Spoiler Warning has Reginald Cuftbert as a recurring character in every new game. Do any members of the cast have their own special character that makes a return in the various games that you play?
Here is the Errant Signal episode we were talking about in this segment:
Spec Ops: The Line
A videogame that judges its audience, criticizes its genre, and hates its premise. How did this thing get made?
The Opportunity Crunch
No, brutal, soul-sucking, marriage-destroying crunch mode in game development isn't a privilege or an opportunity. It's idiocy.
The Best of 2011
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2011.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
Internet News is All Wrong
Why is internet news so bad, why do people prefer celebrity fluff, and how could it be made better?