So, I had the idea for this feature because I realized that what I’ve been doing more and more lately is sampling games and putting the ones that don’t catch my attention after an evening or two of good solid playtime back into the pile. As such, I figured that since I’m pretty much doing it anyway, I could impart this information to other people who are similarly busy. These will be brief one-shot articles that I really won’t even consider reviews. They’re really more like.. information about what grabs my attention, be it a merit or a flaw of a game, with additional information such as the game’s learning curve or whatnot that will help others to know what exactly they are getting into when deciding whether to pick up a particular game. So, again, in the interest of keeping it brief, without further ado…
[Edit for addional point I forgot to make about optional characters, and general derp-ness]
Yes, I know, that probably sounds like the title of a Cracked article, and I apologize.
Having gotten that out of the way, I think now would be a good time to point out my policy on spoilers. It’s much the same for games as it is for movies: If it’s a popular game, and it has been out for at least 10 years, then chances are, due to TEH INTARWEBZ, everyone has probably heard any large-scale spoilers anyway, so I don’t feel so bad about including them. Anything more recent than that, I’ll /allude/ to spoilerific events in a way that anyone who has played the game will know exactly what I am talking about, and anyone who has not will know that, for example, there is a plot twist somewhere in the game, but not what exactly it is.
[[Edited for additional points I derped out on, and assorted spelling errors because apparantly I fail at keyboard.]]
So, I was having a conversation with my wife the other day in which I was explaining what I shall henceforth refer to as the Tim Schaffer Phenomenon, and about what Kickstarter is and what it means for funding products in general. I realized about halfway through that this whole topic sort of wound into the general animosity toward publishers these days. I’m going to use ‘publisher’ interchangibly with ‘movie studio’ and ‘record label’, because I’m going to touch on aspects of books, movies, music, and video games, such as I have been doing quite a bit lately. Of course, I quickly realized that if I was going to write about this, I needed to say something other than what everyone else I know, and a whole bunch of people that I don’t know, have already said: “Publishers are evil and deserve to fade into obscurity and vanish”. If I wrote a thousand words on that, I know I would get a whole lot of ‘like’s, and very little constructive discussion because I would be presenting exactly one side of the argument: the popular side. It would also partially be a rehash of every single comment anyone has made regarding The Ending (you know which one) and I’ve told everyone I’m saying no more about that, and I fucking mean it.
First of all, let me get this out of the way.This might contain some SPOILERS. And SPOILERS, and by the way SPOILERS so don’t blame me if you read this and there are SPOILERS because I explicitly warned you about all the SPOILERS that are SPOILERS in this SPOILERS post.