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.
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