Hosts: Paul, Shamus.
Episode edited by Issac.
00:00 Paul’s Fabulous Recording Coffin
07:12 Playing Nier: Automata
I talked about the game on the Shamecast last week. Every time I try to describe this game, the plot, the premise, or the characters, someone will jump in with a “Well, ACTUALLY Shamus, you haven’t seen the real ending, see it’s not really about…”
Yeah yeah yeah. I get it. But look, I can’t discuss the parts of the game I haven’t seen. I was more than fair to Nier. I put up with the crashes to get to the first ending or whatever. I got partway through another playthrough. It’s not my fault this game is unstable. Our options are to talk about the parts of the game I’ve seen or to not talk about the game at all. The hurdle of “You can’t talk about a game until you get all the endings” creates an awful selection bias where the only people supposedly “qualified” to discuss the game are people that loved it and were able to run it properly.
21:12 Survival games and the conceit of self-sufficiency
The old post I was referring to was Game Developers at the Beach, which has always been one of my favorites but never seems to get a lot of love in terms of being cited / referenced / linked / discussed. (Maybe it needs a rewrite.) Some people try to see the allegorical rivalry between Will Wright and Cliff Bleszinski as a conflict between a protagonist and a villain, or between a boring nerd and someone who knows how to have fun, but really it’s not supposed to be an attack on either personality. These conflicting goals simply exist, and always will exist, and I think we’ll understand our games better when we have a more complete picture of why those “other people” play them.
If you like the idea of Paul and I playing Left 4 Dead together, then you can watch it happen this coming Wednesday.
39:00 Work-life balance, burnout, taking a break
Here is the Andrew Huang: Why I’m taking a break from YouTube.
Project Button Masher
I teach myself music composition by imitating the style of various videogame soundtracks. How did it turn out? Listen for yourself.
Final Fantasy X
A game about the ghost of an underwater football player who travels through time to save the world from a tick that controls kaiju satan. Really.
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?
Do It Again, Stupid
One of the highest-rated games of all time has some of the least interesting gameplay.