GWJ Conference Call Episode 547

Mass Effect: Andromeda, Nier: Automata Demo, Korix, The Deeper Relationships to Games, Your Emails and More!

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This week Sean, Julian and Shawn talk about when a game goes from temporary entertainment to ongoing relationship.

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Electric Joy - Cryonaut - http://www.cryonautmusic.com/ - 23:47

The Voyager [Transcendence Part 2] - Cryonaut - http://www.cryonautmusic.com/ - 36:24

Comments

Dedicated contingent, huh? Great to hear some NieR talk on the podcast.

Hum, not seeing the thread of the week. *digs* Recommend Me A Game Catch All (Hobear) There we go.

Really enjoyed the discussion on the deeper relationship with games. It's something I've given a LOT of thought, particularly since I was rig deprived during the better part of last autumn. Some games just resonate, for lack of a better term. You become attach, they stir something within you. They're like treasured books you don't necessarily reread every year, but their corners are still soft and slightly worn, the pages yellowed just a bit. The 1996 adventure game Zork: Nemesis is such a game for me. The Mass Effect games, for sure, Journey as well. The Elder Scrolls games, particularly Oblivion and Morrowind. Sometimes, it's because they were tied to a particular time in our lives, sometimes it's the stories and characters. We all have a bunch of games that do that for us.

As for games that we keep coming back to, like EU4 for Sean or LoL for Julian, well that's a whole different story, but not completely unrelated. While it's true that a lot of these games will be strategy games (not for me though, not my cup of tea), or multiplayer games (hello, Guild Wars 2), there is one game I'm currently maintaining a long-terme relationship with, and that's Crypt of the NecroDancer. I've been banging my head against this particular wall for months and months now, both on my iPhone, iPad and my PC. I've beat the game with two characters (Cadence and Melody), trying to beat it with a third (Aria), and I do the daily challenge almost every day. Did I mention it's a rhythm game? Yeah, I was surprised too!

00:02:22 Mass Effect: Andromeda
00:10:08 Horizon Zero Dawn
00:15:14 Nier: Automata
00:18:59 Tearaway
00:20:51 Korix
00:22:20 Europa Universalis IV
00:23:47 Deeper Relationships with Games
00:36:24 Your Emails

As I grew up I never really had any interest in drinking alcohol. People seemed to be having fun with it yet, on the rare occasions when I was cajoled into sampling it, I was left underwhelmed. Eventually I reached a stage in life where I realised that it was probably a good thing to have avoided developing a taste for it. I feel much the same way about Twitter.

I tend not to think of myself as a manager but I recognise some of the nuances of people management in my role as an art tutor. When you have a class full of people painting each one is unique. They all have different skill levels and they all respond differently to criticism. Some are highly sensitive, others you can tease outrageously. One will get offended if you say anything too negative, another will get a little offended if you try to say their painting is going well when you both know it isn't. I really enjoy the process of evaluation and calibration to the individual as I tour a room. It's satisfying to get it right and to feel like you are helping everyone. It's mortifying to get it badly wrong but, fortunately, that doesn't happen too often.

Oh hey! I left my Vita on the plane going to Japan! It was literally the first time I used it as a portable; I had previously only played it at home.

I think Julian bounced off at almost the exact same time I almost bounced off of Andromeda and I think that because it takes so long to get out of what's essentially an extended tutorial it can make people quit out of frustration. Once I got over that initial five hour hump it was smoother sailing for me.

Higgledy wrote:

As I grew up I never really had any interest in drinking alcohol. People seemed to be having fun with it yet, on the rare occasions when I was cajoled into sampling it, I was left underwhelmed. Eventually I reached a stage in life where I realised that it was probably a good thing to have avoided developing a taste for it. I feel much the same way about Twitter.

Likewise on both counts. I only use my twitter account to promote articles here, hock my podcast and post really terrible jokes. Actually using it to engage with anything beyond that is asking for trouble.

Rather like alcohol, now I come to think about it.

I really enjoyed the discussion on forming deeper relationships with games. As I considered my games that fit the bill at various stages in my life (Wizardry, Age of Empire II, the Civilization Series, currently Overwatch), it made me think as much of the break-up as the relationship itself.

I so badly want to love Civilization the way I used to. I think many of the changes in Civ 6 were great, I really like the graphically look, and the music remains that cultural melting pot of styles that is as interesting and comfortable as ever. But wanting isn't enough. Something happened in the time between setting aside Civ 5 and Civ 6's release. It started to feel more and more like a chore and less like a challenge. I tried to reignite the spark by go to all the places that gave me happiness in the past, like the Civ Fanatics Forums to play the Game of the Month scenarios. I was going through the motions. I fired it up again a few days ago when the new patch came out and I lasted under 30 minutes.

It's not you, Civ 6, it's me.

It was a hollow feeling when I realized that this is no longer my jam. It was a security blanket that was always there when I needed it, and it was a wonderful escape. No longer, and I miss that.

Overwatch, you're my Boo now.

I enjoyed this week's discussion as well, especially with Stellaris releasing 1.5 and Utopia. Once again I'm starting a bajillion games and spending hours creating species. Just like I was when I had merely sunk a full day of my life into the game!

A key part of any partnership is listening to the needs of your partner. Stellaris keeps doing that.

"...knitting is a simple endeavour..."

Get 'em, Katy!

And I love Twitter. Have never been a drinker. That may change eventually.

Always nice to hear about someone enjoying Steven Universe. I'm more invested in that show than my 6-year-olds.

Yeah, Karla and I are into season four and almost all caught up. Little sad about that.

Thanks for the pointer to Tearaway Unfolded... I wasn't aware it was free on PSPlus this month. I've never been able to figure this out: is there a page on the Sony site that lists all the free-this-month games? They seem to make it difficult to find whatever is free at any given moment.

Mark The Sardine wrote:

I've never been able to figure this out: is there a page on the Sony site that lists all the free-this-month games?

Indeed there is.

https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-...

Ahh thanks, Dyni!