I love at around the 7:30 mark, Simon says, “This better be the right way.” What makes this amusing is that by putting in this line of dialog, the writers are implicitly telling the players that YES, THIS IS THE RIGHT WAY. Without that audio cue, the player might worry they were just jumping around on a bunch of crap intended to be background scenery. But by putting in a line of voice acting – even though the line itself questions the direction you’re heading – the writers are making it clear that you’re supposed to be here and that this was a path they anticipated or even intended.
And if you’re curious why I keep hammering on Josh to stop bunny hopping and mouse-whipping even though “Josh Trolling” is a running gag, here’s why:
This is what the game looks like, more or less, under normal circumstances:
That’s what Josh sees, anyway. And the show you’re watching is recorded from this. But while we’re recording the show, the rest of the cast has to watch via a live stream. Streaming video already suffers under dark conditions. On top of that, it’s really harmed by fast-moving scenes, as I’ve explained in the past. So when Josh moves the view around, that frame above will get turned into this:
Josh doesn’t see this, because he’s still seeing the game in all of its 1440p glory on his jumbotron monitor, while we’re left looking at this soup of grey pixels and basically blind to the game we’re trying to discuss. On top of that, an abruptly shifting view is mildly uncomfortable when you’re controlling it, very uncomfortable when someone else is controlling it, and headache-inducing when your eyes are already straining to see stuff in the dark at 140p.
Josh keeps forgetting and reverting back to “bunny-hop and spin” movement style. Which suggests that this is actually how he normally plays games. I wonder how common that is? We know a lot about different driving styles because we can see other people driving. But PC-based FPS games are usually played alone, and I wonder about all of the strange quirks and habits we never get to see.
If Star Wars Was Made in 2006?
Imagine if the original Star Wars hadn't appeared in the 1970's, but instead was pitched to studios in 2006. How would that turn out?
The Best of 2012
My picks for what was important, awesome, or worth talking about in 2012.
Quakecon 2011 Keynote Annotated
An interesting but technically dense talk about gaming technology. I translate it for the non-coders.
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.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?