on Oct 31, 2016
Anyway. Happy Halloween, NERDS.
0:01:00 Introducing Mr Btongue.
Yay! It’s been too long since the last time we had a guest. Do check out Bob’s YouTube channel. Just pick something. You pretty much can’t go wrong. Although if pressed, I suppose the Elder Scrolls video is a good place to start. No wait. Choice and Consequence would be a better place to start. Or maybe the one where he gave a shout-out to me? I don’t know. Good luck.
0:20:01 The creative direction of BioWare
We couldn’t very well NOT talk about this. So we talked about it. Or we tried to. We may have gotten distracted. Here is the video where Bob talks about Andromeda. And here is the one about how the company culture MUST change under EA.
0:27:30 If not BioWare, then who?
This one is also for you folks in the comments. Where can we go for a classic-BioWare style fix these days? (Ignoring the fact that we all probably have different ideas on what “Classic BioWare” means.)
0:42:05 Skyrim Remastered
Okay, they took the original HD Pack textures and just literally scaled them up. So a 1024×1024 texture becomes 2048×2048. But that’s like enlarging a photograph. Making something bigger doesn’t ADD detail. Modern graphics cards already smooth rough pixel edges, so NOTHING is gained by doing this. They literally made the textures take up 4x as much memory for NO visual improvement.
They did add “god rays”, which is the effect where sun shafts will shine through tree branches, which is kind of cool if you happen to be in just the right spot and looking in the right direction at the right time of day in the right weather to see it.
They added new “water shaders” so now the rivers look like flowing streams of baby oil instead of water. But then to keep the download size down, they super-compressed the audio, which means the audio is lower quality than in the original.
What you end up with is a game that has worse audio, looks basically exactly the same, and costs $40. Oh, Bethesda.
0:55:41 Civilization 6
And here is the “Suddenly, a wild apocalypse appears!” ending that Chris was talking about:
1:09:34 Battlefield 1
1:12:52 Titanfall 2
This is actually sounding like something I want. We’ll see if I manage to find time for it before the end of the year.