Jedi Fallen Order Part 12: Heart of Dark Side

By Shamus Posted Thursday Nov 5, 2020

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After a lot of distractions, mishaps, and Gorgara’s multi-stage boss fight / chase scene / action sequence / second boss fight, Cal finally crawls back out of the hole and approaches the temple of Dathomir for the third time. Spoiler: He’s still not going to get in.

This time he reaches the front door and finds it can’t be opened.

As the player turns around, they see a meditation circle on the floor. Instead of simply saving the game, interacting with this particular circle will actually launch a flashback. Every single time I go through the game, I automatically click on the circle and get sucked into the next huge block of cutscenes. When it happens, I make a mental note to NOT use the circle in the next game, and instead see how the game responds if you try to leave the temple without meditating.

This was my third trip through the game, and I still forgot. My save reflex is too strong.

Anyway, before we join Cal in his flashback, we need to back up a bit and talk about Jaro Tapal.

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Diecast #321: Happy Halloween

By Shamus Posted Monday Nov 2, 2020

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Okay, this isn’t Halloween. But we recorded the show on Halloween so… whatever? Anyway, I hope your treat/ trick ratio was favorable.



Hosts: Paul, Shamus. Episode edited by Issac.
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Jedi Fallen Order Part 11: Duel of the Flakes

By Shamus Posted Thursday Oct 29, 2020

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So we’re at the top of the World Tree™ on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. We just collected the next plot coupon of Master Cordova’s Galactic Tomb Tour. It’s time to leave, but first we have to fight the Ninth Sister. She was in the group of inquisitors at the start of the game, and is sort of the Nelson Muntz of the Sith. Her smack talk is clumsy and dumb, but Cal is still no match for her. He loses the verbal sparring, but then wins the ensuing glowstick fightI mean, assuming YOU win.

She’s a simple, straightforward character and works well as a mid-game boss when we need to duel someone quasi-important who isn’t the main antagonist.

Way back in 2006 – back when this site was in its infancy – I wrote an article talking about how to portray sword fights in the context of a video game. The article is a bit short and undercooked by today’s standards, but I’d like to come back to that idea and talk about it some more.

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Executive Pay is Not the Problem

By Shamus Posted Tuesday Oct 27, 2020

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I’m sure you know the drill by now: A big publisher does something destructive that we don’t like. Maybe they lay off some people. Maybe they force their teams to crunch to hit a deadline. Maybe they close an entire studio.

In response, we get a bunch of people saying, “No! Don’t do this Destructive Thing. The loss should come out of the CEO’s salary. The CEO is paid millions of dollars. Just take a few million bucks from them instead of punishing the peasants! The CEO won’t even miss it!”

All three of these destructive things are bad, but to limit the scope of this video let’s just focus on the problem of crunch. That is, the practice of having your development staff work painfully long hours in an effort to meet the desired ship date for a game.


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The most recent version of this problem was when we found out that the team at CD Projekt RED was working crunch hours to meet the ship date on Cyberpunk 2077. A lot of fans and critics were outraged by this. People were saying, “CD Projekt RED promised not to do any crunch, and here they are breaking their promise! Why can’t the company just let the game ship late and take the losses out of the CEO’s ridiculous salary?”

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Diecast #320: VR, Amnesia Rebirth, Mailbag

By Shamus Posted Monday Oct 26, 2020

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Like I said at the end of the show: Pretty soon I’m going to have Ross on the show and we’re going to talk about Watch Dogs: Legion. The game launches on the 29th of this month, and Ross worked on it. I don’t know if I’m going to have him on the show next week, or the week after. I’m eager to talk about the game, but I also want to make sure I have enough time with the game that I can ask him meaningful questions.

We’ll see how it goes.



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Jedi Fallen Order Part 10: The Sideshow

By Shamus Posted Thursday Oct 22, 2020

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At some point in this game, you’ll eventually encounter some bounty hunters. There are a few different bounty hunters and numerous different places they can spawn, but sooner or later you’ll tangle with these idiots. When that happens, you’ll get hit with a writer-mandated stunlock and end up getting captured.

You are captured by a hitscan, un-blockable, un-dodge-able stunlock that lands the instant your foe has line-of-sight. Okay, that's how cinematics work in linear stories I guess. Although the game designer can sod off with this bullshit 'nice moves' taunt.
You are captured by a hitscan, un-blockable, un-dodge-able stunlock that lands the instant your foe has line-of-sight. Okay, that's how cinematics work in linear stories I guess. Although the game designer can sod off with this bullshit 'nice moves' taunt.

And so we come to a great big pointless sidequest with…

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This Week I Played… (October 2020)

By Shamus Posted Tuesday Oct 20, 2020

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It’s funny that this series wound up being called “This week”, since they’re not even monthly. I could go back and change the branding, but… nah. “This Fiscal Quarter I Played…” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

So here’s what I’ve been playing since the last one of these…

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