Gaming Confessions & Blasphemy

kuddles wrote:

I hate collecting and managing loot.

Agreed, it's that kind of thing which is part of why I did my point about not reimplementing old 'classics'. Far too many developers seem to just sleepwalk into designs, apparently because it's the way it's done, or something. More often than not I think the collection of RPG systems make for a weird world if you try to think about them logically.

I've played every Grand Theft Auto game at one time or another but have never made it more than maybe a third of the way through the story before getting bored and getting rid of the game.

I bought them all too at some point, except for GTA4. I finally learned my lesson and rented that one.

And actually until Red Dead Redemption I had never finished any game rockstar had ever developed.

I scour the streets of Miami, killing criminals who slipped through the cracks in the law. Then I take their bodies to my boat and...

Oh, gaming confessions?

Sorry.

World of Warcraft ruined Blizzard as a game developer.

Quintin_Stone wrote:

I scour the streets of Miami, killing criminals who slipped through the cracks in the law. Then I take their bodies to my boat and...[/b]

Tell Yvonne I said, "HELLOOOOOOOOO, NURSE!"

Tannhauser wrote:

Obsidian is the best Western developer currently in the business. Rough diamonds will always be worth more than polished turds, regardless of what sells better. They are also one of the few developers that is pushing the envelope on gaming being something more than disposable escapist entertainment. KoTAR II was a savage deconstruction of the Star Wars universe, Alpha Protocol is at the highest level of reactive storytelling, Mask of the Betrayer is up there with Planescape: Torment in quality of video-game writing. I was only too happy to put my money where my mouth is with their kickstarter, we'll all see if it puts the publisher issue to rest.

Bethesda hasn't developed a good game since Morrowind. After Morrowind Bethesda jettisoned the complicated elements that made their games interesting to cater towards the broadest possible audience. Everything after Morrowind has been wide, but extremely shallow. Oblivion was an extreme low point, at least they've crawled back to 'decent' with Skyrim.

ARE YOU ME?!

Is this real life?

AutoLog is one of the worst items to come out of social games. I'd almost rather have multiplayer achievements and Day 1 DLC.

Actually that is another.

I don't get the angst over Day 1 DLC. Don't want it? Don't buy it.
Just like changing the channel on a tv show you don't like. If you're offended by it, change the channel.

Grenn wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

I scour the streets of Miami, killing criminals who slipped through the cracks in the law. Then I take their bodies to my boat and...

Tell Yvonne I said, "HELLOOOOOOOOO, NURSE!"

She looks good in plastic, doesn't she?

Nevin73 wrote:

Actually that is another.

I don't get the angst over Day 1 DLC. Don't want it? Don't buy it.
Just like changing the channel on a tv show you don't like. If you're offended by it, change the channel.

I'll echo this and extend it to DLC in general.

EverythingsTentative wrote:

PC gaming is too expensive no matter what Steam may say.
I bought a $1300 dollar gaming laptop two years ago. The graphics card died. It's not removable from the motherboard, $900 to fix. 1300+900=2200, or 7 PS3s.

What you mean is that laptop gaming is too expensive. A desktop costs more than a console, but will last for a long time, and usually can have its video card replaced, giving it a new lease on life, when it's starting to show its age. And if something breaks, you usually have a warranty -- if not, you can replace just that one piece, not the whole thing.

And it doesn't take very many $5 games on Steam sales to make up the price difference.

Hmm, this is gradually evolving into the "I hate this thing about games that is pretty widely hated" thread.

My confession? I didn't give a sh*t about Aeris.

NSMike wrote:

Hmm, this is gradually evolving into the "I hate this thing about games that is pretty widely hated" thread.

I think it will ebb back and forth just fine. I'm really enjoying reading other's love/hatred items.

Nevin73 wrote:

Actually that is another.

I don't get the angst over Day 1 DLC. Don't want it? Don't buy it.
Just like changing the channel on a tv show you don't like. If you're offended by it, change the channel.

Ditto. Also, I think the XBox dashboard is fine. Yes, there are ads on a service I pay for. Ever used this thing called "cable television"? There are ads everywhere. As for the dashboard, I'd like to have back a picture of my little avatar, because I'm actually kind of fond of that incredibly stupid thing and, well . . .

I confess I spent $3 on a virtual cat for my XBox Live avatar, even though I said I'd never spend money on something like that. Seriously, the little Siamese looks just like my cat, who is one of the singly greatest things ever existing in the course of the development of the entire universe. I may or may have on multiple times had that cat sitting on my lap when my avatar was on-screen, and baby talked my cat along the lines of "Ooooh, see there, there you are! Yes, you're such a good kitty!"

The latest Xbox Dashboard is always worse than the dashboard it replaced

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Demyx wrote:

I'm the person who plays those hidden object and time management games Ever wonder who buys from Big Fish and Playfirst? It's me. I love them.

I really like hidden object games unless they're timed. Those just stress me out.

Same here, those games are fun. I got my mother addicted to them too.

Datyedyeguy wrote:

2. Final Fantasy 4 and 6 are more complete games than their descendants - I never really understood the appeal of 7 and 8 was a decent movie to play through. FF 4 and 6 had much more interesting characters and gameplay that makes them fun to replay years after the fact. Plus that whole Aeris thing. Now Palom & Porom, those were characters that I cared about.

Kefka was by far my favorite video game villain. He was so animated and alive and actually managed to destroy and take over the world. Everything he did made you hate him from the way he dressed in a pseudo-clown suit to his laugh to poisoning a whole kingdom's water supply. And I love his character for that. No other villain sticks out in my mind as much as he does.

Feegle wrote:

I loved everything about Infamous and Infamous 2 and I don't understand why people don't like them.

This first did not click for me. I really liked the demo of 2, but haven't had the time or money to get it.

I can't play FPS with a controller.
Try as I might I just end up flailing around, shooting the sky, then the ground, then the sky, to say nothing of my character in the game.

I can't remember the last time I used my 360 to play a game.
The only two things I use it for are Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.

I will not (with few exceptions) ever buy another game that is not on deep discount.
This basically means I only buy games during the twice a year Steam sales. A corollary to this is...

$60 is way to much for a video game.
Even $50 is too much, no matter what amount of work went into it. My cap is $30 and if the game never goes down to that level then I guess I won't play it.

I won't play a game that is too hard to figure out.
If I need to read an online manual, watch YouTube videos or take a freaking course to learn how to play a game it gets uninstalled. My time is too short at this point in my life to waste it figuring out how to play a game that will be collecting dust in a few weeks after I've finished it.

I really really want to play EVE Online.
Again, the time thing. It looks so cool and I love reading about it so much but every time I try to get into it I hit a huge brick wall.

Mimble wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
Demyx wrote:

I'm the person who plays those hidden object and time management games Ever wonder who buys from Big Fish and Playfirst? It's me. I love them.

I really like hidden object games unless they're timed. Those just stress me out.

Same here, those games are fun. I got my mother addicted to them too. :D

All moms love hidden object games.

So apparently there are a number of hidden objects games people here, but no one's fessed up to time management games yet.

Cooking Dash is awesome, I'm telling you.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Also, I think the XBox dashboard is fine. Yes, there are ads on a service I pay for. Ever used this thing called "cable television"? There are ads everywhere.

Yep. And it's a horrible experience for it which is why I haven't had cable since 2008 and don't miss it. If literally every other platform can operate an online service with no ads while also not charging for it, Microsoft has no excuse for littering a paid service with ads, especially when those ads make it a slow grind to find what you actually want. They make money from the 360 even without Live subscription revenue on top of that. They don't need the ads. If the 720 has a similar looking dashboard, I'll be seriously considering skipping that console entirely. My girlfriend prefers to use the PS3 to watch media because she says it takes her 3 times as long to find what she wants on the 360 because the dashboard is slow and confusing. She's not the only one who thinks that either. In a world of UIs that are (often for the worse) becoming more simplistic and streamlined, overcomplicating it in the interests of serving advertisers when you are already making money from the service is not how you retain customers.

Every video game is terrible. Video games are for emotionally vacant, ADD-suffering morons who can't find anything better to do with their time than stare at a screen with their slacked jaws at primordial violence because anything more challenging to their brains is frightening to them. What a bunch of losers.

kuddles wrote:

Every video game is terrible. Video games are for emotionally vacant, ADD-suffering morons who can't find anything better to do with their time than stare at a screen with their slacked jaws at primordial violence because anything more challenging to their brains is frightening to them. What a bunch of losers.

Probably true but I'm comfortable with that.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
kuddles wrote:

Every video game is terrible. Video games are for emotionally vacant, ADD-suffering morons who can't find anything better to do with their time than stare at a screen with their slacked jaws at primordial violence because anything more challenging to their brains is frightening to them. What a bunch of losers.

Probably true but I'm comfortable with that. :)

Uh-greed!

Parallax Abstraction wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Also, I think the XBox dashboard is fine. Yes, there are ads on a service I pay for. Ever used this thing called "cable television"? There are ads everywhere.

Yep. And it's a horrible experience for it which is why I haven't had cable since 2008 and don't miss it. If literally every other platform can operate an online service with no ads while also not charging for it, Microsoft has no excuse for littering a paid service with ads, especially when those ads make it a slow grind to find what you actually want. They make money from the 360 even without Live subscription revenue on top of that. They don't need the ads. If the 720 has a similar looking dashboard, I'll be seriously considering skipping that console entirely. My girlfriend prefers to use the PS3 to watch media because she says it takes her 3 times as long to find what she wants on the 360 because the dashboard is slow and confusing. She's not the only one who thinks that either. In a world of UIs that are (often for the worse) becoming more simplistic and streamlined, overcomplicating it in the interests of serving advertisers when you are already making money from the service is not how you retain customers.

I don't buy the "this other thing is horrible too, so it's okay" excuse either. Sod letting them off. Things can be better, stop settling for mediocre.

padriec wrote:

I will not (with few exceptions) ever buy another game that is not on deep discount.
This basically means I only buy games during the twice a year Steam sales. A corollary to this is...

$60 is way to much for a video game.
Even $50 is too much, no matter what amount of work went into it. My cap is $30 and if the game never goes down to that level then I guess I won't play it.

Games need more flexibility in how they're charged for, gamers need to be more flexible about how they pay for games, and developers/publishers need to be more flexible about how the make their games. Deal with it, or die. Stop with the absurd idea (that only really works well in the minority of cases) that you spend a massive amount of money over 2-3 years, and then have to make it back within days to weeks or the whole project is a failure.

padriec wrote:

I won't play a game that is too hard to figure out.
If I need to read an online manual, watch YouTube videos or take a freaking course to learn how to play a game it gets uninstalled. My time is too short at this point in my life to waste it figuring out how to play a game that will be collecting dust in a few weeks after I've finished it.

One of the things Valve have recognised is that games are about education, you need to teach your players. You don't see people in any other industry expect people to be acquainted with the skills and knowledge with no training, so they either train them up or have qualifications needed for entry, which, oh no, messes with your much loved mass market accessibility. Take the time to do it right, or don't do it at all.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Also, I think the XBox dashboard is fine. Yes, there are ads on a service I pay for. Ever used this thing called "cable television"? There are ads everywhere.

It's funny how one person's perspective of what is a blasphemous statement is completely the opposite of another person's perspective. No argument or anything here, just an observation of the thread in general. Just goes to show how we filter everything through our own experiences. From my perspective, I can't understand how anyone bothers to put up with it yet millions seems to do so, so I feel like stating how much I despise it is blasphemous. From your perspective, it's something millions of people dislike but still tolerate, so stating you feel that it's perfectly fine is the blasphemous statement.

I hate bunny-hopping in multiplayer games with a fiery passion
It doesn't require any skill or tactics, you're just mashing a button and hoping that lag and/or faulty hit-detection works out in your favour. I don't care if people think that "everyone else does it" or "it's part of the game", any time I see a bunch of soldiers/wizards/space marines bouncing around like over-caffeinated kangaroos it fills me with rage. I applaud any game that tries to reduce this crap through things like aim penalties and stamina bars.

muttonchop wrote:

any time I see a bunch of soldiers/wizards/space marines bouncing around like over-caffeinated kangaroos it fills me with rage.

Mind you if I saw this in real life I'd probably crap myself laughing.

padriec wrote:

$60 is way to much for a video game.
Even $50 is too much, no matter what amount of work went into it. My cap is $30 and if the game never goes down to that level then I guess I won't play it.

I guess it depends on the game and how much value you get from it.

Personally, I'm floored regularly by the grandness of a game's production and how little it costs to get lost in it. Now granted, I'm a fan of sandbox games in general, but when someone hands me something like RDR, Skyrim, etc. and says hundreds of people slaved over it for 4+ years with a budget in the tens of millions, and my buy-in is only $60, then that sounds like a bargain.

It reminds of that old George Carlin bit about giving someone a letter and a quarter (postage stamp) and asking them to hoof it 3,000 miles from NY to LA to deliver your letter.

Of course that doesn't account for a game you pay full price for only to have it not click with you and sit on your shelf after a couple/few hours of play.

kuddles wrote:

Every video game is terrible. Video games are for emotionally vacant, ADD-suffering morons who can't find anything better to do with their time than stare at a screen with their slacked jaws at primordial violence because anything more challenging to their brains is frightening to them. What a bunch of losers.

You just hit on everything I love about vidja gamez. Bam!

muttonchop wrote:

I hate bunny-hopping in multiplayer games with a fiery passion
It doesn't require any skill or tactics, you're just mashing a button and hoping that lag and/or faulty hit-detection works out in your favour. I don't care if people think that "everyone else does it" or "it's part of the game", any time I see a bunch of soldiers/wizards/space marines bouncing around like over-caffeinated kangaroos it fills me with rage. I applaud any game that tries to reduce this crap through things like aim penalties and stamina bars.

For anything that's trying to be even remotely realistic, sure, but when you look at something like Quake3, where it's not just mashing the space bar but part of a varied skillset that makes up movement and map knowledge, it really is a good high level skill. That said, it's the kind of thing from a different era, or you might even say sub-genre of shooters which doesn't get made any more.