Enjoy this super-rare Josh-free Diecast. Get well soon, Josh.
2:00 While Josh is away, we all dump on Bloodborne.
We’ve sort of done this debate on punishment vs. challenge already, but you can’t very well talk about this game without touching on the subject.
We veer off and talk about (strangely enough) Dungeons and Dragons for a couple of minutes here. So that justifies the name of this blog for another year.
One thing that really bugs me about the whole game is the response that is both reflexively defensive and also casually dismissive and brimming with contempt for newcomers. The whole “git gud” thing is just insufferable.
Allan: I hate this cake.
Bob: Well get good at enjoying it! The cake doesn’t suck, YOU SUCK!
There are no words or arguments that will cause me to enjoy learning a difficult task with a 15 minute retry costIt’s not really fifteen minutes! It’s only thirteen! And twelve if you find a shortcut! And seven when you’ve memorized the foes and know which ones you can run past! And there’s a speedruner who can do it in five! So you’re wrong and therefore should like the game and stop talking shit about it!.
17:00 Shamus and Chris have been playing Ollie Ollie 2.
Like Bloodborne, this game has the progression of: This is impossible » actually, it’s just hard » actually it’s not that big a deal » actually it’s completely trivial, but this NEXT thing is impossible.
22:00 Axiom Verge
Here is what Maddy Myers said about the various Metroid clones. Reminds me a lot of my frustraion with BioShock, how it copies the darkness, video cameras, audio logs, weapon progression, and hacking of System Shock, but retains none of the themes, tone, pacing, genre, or setting. Every attempt to remind me that it’s a System Shock homage just reminds me how much it really isn’t.
28:00 Patreon and the Street Buskers of the Internet.
So now that we’re done talking about how we’re afraid of pissing off our supporters, let’s talk about something that will probably piss off our supporters…
Shamus will usually state, right before criticizing it, that he has nothing against fanservice in general. What I’m curious about is, what fanservice in games has the Diecast cast actually enjoyed? Is there any? The sexy kind, not the “This is a popular character making a cameo appearance” kind.
 It’s not really fifteen minutes! It’s only thirteen! And twelve if you find a shortcut! And seven when you’ve memorized the foes and know which ones you can run past! And there’s a speedruner who can do it in five! So you’re wrong and therefore should like the game and stop talking shit about it!