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Heads up: No Spoiler Warning this week. But! Josh and Chris are working on something fun that might hold us over.
0:00:40: Looking ahead to the end of 2016.
Looking back, it feels sort of like the Black Friday problem I’ve talked about in the past. You want to release your games close to Christmas so that it’s there for gift-buyers. But then someone else does the same thing and you end up sharing the sales instead of dominating them. So you move the release date up a little bit to hit the shelves before them. But they get the same idea, and pretty soon everyone is fighting for October sales.
0:05:55: Battlefield VS. Titanfall
0:11:19: Gears of War 4
During the show I said I didn’t care about Gears of War. I’ve actually been curious about the series for a long time and now that it’s coming to PC I might actually check it out. Although, not at launch-day prices.
0:14:42: Civilization 6
I’m really looking forward to picking this up so I can be bad at it and play it wrong.
0:18:43: Dishonored 2
0:21:18: WATCH_DOGS 2
0:23:54: Final Fantasy 15
0:27:05: Star Trek Bridge Crew
I keep getting this confused with Star Trek Bridge Commander, which is a totally different game.
0:30:30: Pokemon Go
Here is the SuperBunnyHop video we mentioned, which talks about how Pokemon Go wasn’t something Nintendo planned.
0:46:50: Quadralateral Cowboy
0:56:20: Human Revolution
I am NOT looking forward to this game. I found the whole AUGS LIVES MATTER controversy to be really off-puttingAND ALSO GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT. It should be “AUG LIVES MATTER”.. Not because the topic is too taboo (or whatever) to appear in a videogame, but because it was so clumsy, on-the-nose, and heavy-handed about it. Sure, you COULD use this topic as a great starting point for a story, but I have zero faith that it will be handled with the thoughtful nuance it deserves. I fully expect to be:
- Launched out of the game by on-the-nose, immersion-breaking references to Current Events.
- Irritated if the game casts my viewpoint as the Bad Guys.
- Embarrassed if they cast my side as the Good Guys.
- Frustrated if they use a topic as decoration but refuse to actually define it or integrate it with the world. (Like synths in Fallout 4.)
So I’m actually pretty ambivalent about this game so far. This is on top of the other problems we discussed in this episode, that this series has lost its way.
I SHOULDN’T NEED TO SAY THIS BUT I WILL: This is not the place to talk about Black Lives Matter. We can talk about hijacking existing controversy as a marketing ploy, or using current events as setting flavor, but let’s leave the particulars of BLM out of it. If you see someone go too far, please for my sake let it slide and let me handle it. I’ll do my best to keep this stress-free for all of us.
 AND ALSO GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT. It should be “AUG LIVES MATTER”.
Could Have Been Great
Here are four games that could have been much better with just a little more work.
A programming project where I set out to make a gigantic and complex world from simple data.
The Game That Ruined Me
Be careful what you learn with your muscle-memory, because it will be very hard to un-learn it.
A Star is Born
Remember the superhero MMO from 2009? Neither does anyone else. It was dumb. So dumb I was compelled to write this.
Internet News is All Wrong
Why is internet news so bad, why do people prefer celebrity fluff, and how could it be made better?