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GOGathon is kind of stymied by not having time spare to play games, let alone be snarky about them on the internet. And my reading these days mostly a) takes the form of trying to wade rapidly through enormous piles of books, and b) is in Japanese. And I moved hundreds of miles away so podcasts aren't very practical now, or at least lack atmosphere.
I mean, I still read everything, but I've kind of regressed into a lurker.
In my excitement I unwisely tried to use an emoji...
The gameplay was a lot of fun but did get repetitive. You'll find yourself returning to the same outposts again and again to do the same kind of missions as last time and there simply isn't enough activity between enemy outposts to make the open world particularly worthwhile. There isn't even a decent fast travel system to take the sting of the lifeless world away.
But petting my adorable doggy and using party balloons to airlift everything I see back to my military base while listening to 80s pop music never gets old.
I don't know what to make of it. Given how expensive new games are getting, are publishers assuming that people will only be buying 2-3 new titles a year, and therefore they should make their games worth the investment? Is gaming really a young man's (or young woman's) racket, and it's implicitly assumed you'll be dropping out in your 30's or 40's?
And on the subject of recent open-world games with lots of content...any of y'all taken a stab at MGSV? The reaction I've been looking at has been pretty interesting: while it's an excellent action-stealth game...it doesn't seem to be a very good Metal Gear game.
...Except that I remember that the console Fallout game I loved and hold up as a shining example of great CRPG plotting (Fallout: New Vegas) was made by Obsidian, and the one I could never bring myself to play for more than about six hours (Fallout 3) was made by Bethesda Softworks...and this new one is by Bethesda Softworks.
Hmmm...giddiness mildly tempered...
At one point when showcasing the game, a Rabbi saw the board, paused, and said that he understood what the game was about.
"I don't want to play it," he said. "You just did," Brathwaite replied.
It's like that Super Mario Maker level was specifically designed to parody this game.
He ought to have spent a little more time around them than just that one time saving the world, iow, and at least initiate some helpful dialog for the viewer on how he doesn't know them well enough to risk calling them even if they did suffer through a mandatory webinar series with chat sidebar together last Friday.
I think that fic explains where Hawkeye was perfectly. Ha!
there's still the question of why she didn't ring up her best friend Hawkeye to help them fight the bad guys. I prefer to believe he was in deep cover while all this was going down and couldn't be reached.
I actually found this brilliant, hilarious fic along those lines (gen, short).
(Totally one of those people who goes around asking "so, what were all the other established characters in that universe doing while this was going on?" Actually, come to think, that could be a great concept for a series of one-shot comics - just explaining where all the other superheroes were during, say, Iron Man III, for instance. But yeah, you also got that in the comics, wondering why the various heroes and villains don't trip over each other much more often.)
Sunnyskywalker: "I'm pretty sure Steve knows other superheroes. Does he not trust them?"
That initially bugged me in Winter Soldier, too, but then I thought about it a bit more and I said, "hang on a minute, why would he be inclined to trust them?" After all, Fury told him not to trust anybody, and unlike in the comics, he hasn't known Bruce and Tony and the others since forever - in the movie timeline, he's met them all once for a couple of days at this point, and yeah, they saved the world together, but that doesn't mean they're always going to be on the same side. He doesn't really know what type of people they are, and their interactions in The Avengers gave him reason to have doubts about pretty much all of them. It looks like the only one he's worked with closely since the Battle of New York is Tasha, and by the time
Of course, once he's decided to throw in with Tasha, there's still the question of why she didn't ring up her best friend Hawkeye to help them fight the bad guys. I prefer to believe he was in deep cover while all this was going down and couldn't be reached.