GWJ Conference Call Episode 223

Conference Call


Ghost Trick, 1960: The Making of the President, Sly Cooper HD Remake, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake, Just Dance, Favorite (and Hated) Game Mechanics, Your Emails and more!

This week Cory, Lara and Allen talk about some of their favorite (and most hated) game mechanics.

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Ghost Trick
1960: The Making of The President
Sly Cooper
Prince of Persia HD

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Show credits

Music credits: 

Intro/Outtro Music - Ian Dorsch, Willowtree Audioworks

When I Grow Up (Just Dance 2 Trailer) - Pussycat Dolls - http://www.pcdmusic.com/ - 25:15

Tell Me a Story (Compendium Mix) - http://sgxmusic.com/ - 57:0

Comments

LarryC wrote:
burntham77 wrote:
Hi Lara!

Lara is right about the dance and music games. No sitting aloud. In fact, if I am hosting a Rock Band party, anyone who just sits on the couch and never actually tries the game needs to get the hell out of my house. Just go, because you are sucking the fun out of the room, and drinking my beer.

"Non-optional"… wait, I think there is a word for that.

I don't care what mechanic a game uses, just stick to it. Starting a game off as a really neat hack and slash, only to later add in RTS elements, jumping puzzles, shooting elements… no, that is not that game I signed up for.

When Lara brought up levels 6-1 and 6-2 from the original Ninja Gaiden, I found myself feeling hateful towards birds.

Hearing all the nerdy moments that Lara and George share is just the cutest thing.

Hehe. I know it's never going to happen, but it would've been interesting if DS2 released as an action-horror game, but then halfway through, Isaac gains a fluffy powderpuff suit and the levels transform the game into a cutesy platformer. :)

Could be a good way to play around with the "Isaac is losing it" angle if they only did it for a couple of minutes. Come to think of it, there's a sequence near the end of Bioshock 2 where the visuals change dramatically, but while the gameplay changed for that section it didn't actually become a platformer.

LarryC wrote:
burntham77 wrote:
Hi Lara!

Lara is right about the dance and music games. No sitting aloud. In fact, if I am hosting a Rock Band party, anyone who just sits on the couch and never actually tries the game needs to get the hell out of my house. Just go, because you are sucking the fun out of the room, and drinking my beer.

"Non-optional"… wait, I think there is a word for that.

I don't care what mechanic a game uses, just stick to it. Starting a game off as a really neat hack and slash, only to later add in RTS elements, jumping puzzles, shooting elements… no, that is not that game I signed up for.

When Lara brought up levels 6-1 and 6-2 from the original Ninja Gaiden, I found myself feeling hateful towards birds.

Hearing all the nerdy moments that Lara and George share is just the cutest thing.

Hehe. I know it's never going to happen, but it would've been interesting if DS2 released as an action-horror game, but then halfway through, Isaac gains a fluffy powderpuff suit and the levels transform the game into a cutesy platformer. :)

Could be a good way to play around with the "Isaac is losing it" angle if they only did it for a couple of minutes. Come to think of it, there's a sequence near the end of Bioshock 2 where the visuals change dramatically, but while the gameplay changed for that section it didn't actually become a platformer. (Tried to keep that spoiler-free, but if anyone thinks it should be tagged let me know).

(a little late, but...) for Clark, who was asking about PC controls/gamepad solutions:

I believe you can use both the wii nunchuck and ps3 nav controller with your PC. I use the nav controller (it's awesome!) with a couple of fps and other PC games.

Being more of a console gamer myself, I can understand what it must be like for someone that may be just getting into PC gaming as well. Plus, wanting the analog control for certain functions, and swapping controls around every now and then does helps ease away wrist pain, if you have that.

Check out motioninjoy if you plan on using the move: http://www.motioninjoy.com/
(Also works with bluetooth.)

Mouse/keyboard + nav control! best of both worlds.

I would pay good money to hear Lara say "OMG GIMME SOME OF THAT GOSSIP GIRL" again.