I know I’ve been kind to dear old Mass Effect this second time around, but this thing with the Mako magically appearing in the garage is bonkers. I can’t believe nobody took the time to justify or lampshade this. In fact, it kind of reminds me of Ye Olde Plot Door Rant, where there’s a pointlessly obstructionist NPC who controls access to a painfully contrived locked door. You have to do this long, roundabout quest to get the door open, and when it’s over you discover that the door lock only ever applied to you.
This could have been done better.
Also, when the VI pops up and says, “It looks like you’re trying to restore the facility”, it really makes me think of Clippy The Office Assistant. I never noticed it before, but now I can’t escape the notion that this must have been intentional.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
Batman: Arkham City
A look back at one of my favorite games. The gameplay was stellar, but the underlying story was clumsy and oddly constructed.
This Scene Breaks a Character
Small changes to the animations can have a huge impact on how the audience interprets a scene.
So what happens when a SOFTWARE engineer tries to review hardware? This. This happens.
Game at the Bottom
Why spend millions on visuals that are just a distraction from the REAL game of hotbar-watching?