This week I talked with SoldierHawk about her YouTube Channel, Mass Effect, and the sorry state of sci-fi in videogames.
Hosts: Shamus with guest Brittany. Episode edited by Issac.
00:04 A bit about SoldierHawk and her YouTube channel.
A lot of videos show her playing through well-known games blind. (Blind in the sense that she doesn’t know the story. Not like, blindfolded or whatever.) Have a look at her archives and see if there’s anything you’d like to see through the eyes of a newcomer.
18:08 The Timeless disappointment of Mass Effect.
@shamusyoung So have you ever found anything–game, book, movie, anything–that gives you that same feeling as ME1? I crave more and don't know where to go.
— SoldierHawk (@Soldierhawke) February 13, 2018
Screw Kai Leng.
30:06 What would it take for a new game to fill that same Mass Effect niche?
The tragic thing is that years later Mass Effect remains the best Trek-style AAA game out there, because nobody else seems interested in making them.
38:00 What are some other works that began strong and ended in disappointment?
Like I said in the show, we were trying to think of works that had a fantastic opening but led to terrible sequels. For the purposes of this discussion, we’re talking about works where the first installment begins a story and leaves us with a solid hook, promising more in the future. So I don’t think something like Highlander counts. Lots of long-running franchises degrade in quality over time, but we’re specifically looking for works that begin a story and fail to end it properly. Obviously there’s a lot of wiggle-room here, so see what you can come up with.
The product of fandom run unchecked, this novel began as a short story and grew into something of a cult hit.
Quakecon Keynote 2013 Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
Bethesda felt the need to jam a morality system into Fallout 3, and they blew it. Good and evil make no sense and the moral compass points sideways.
Skyrim Thieves Guild
The Thieves Guild quest in Skyrim is a vortex of disjointed plot-holes, contrivances, and nonsense.
The Opportunity Crunch
No, brutal, soul-sucking, marriage-destroying crunch mode in game development isn't a privilege or an opportunity. It's idiocy.