ARPS unofficial motto - And then we leave. No heroic stands.
Still not enough games to be a "scene" or "style" that can be "lambasted".
Ves: "Don't think I have that frock anymore." (or something along those lines, the accent is key here)
Triss: "They're good people ... one of them even proposed to me."
No, they're not amazing lines that I'm going to write down in my Grand Collection of Awesome Quotes, they are memorable because they recall characters and situations that are memorable: Ves as 'one of the boys' and the unselfish camaraderie shared by Geralt and Triss respectively.
Of course these examples are from Witcher 1, but then that is the superior game.
If the mere subject matter was what made something mature (or otherwise worthwhile) then we would have to concede that the film about Edgar Allen Poe currently doing the rounds has something going for it, which of course it doesn't.
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"The game lets you speed time via meditation, but you can only come out of meditation during dawn, noon, dusk, and midnight. Thus I meditated until dusk and headed for my evening appointment. When I arrived, the guard said I was too early. I meditated till midnight and tried again. The guard now said I was too late. It's a small design detail, no doubt, but it's a telling one, and I should not have been obligated to stand there like a moron waiting for fake time to pass."
What a fucking idiot. You can meditate by the hour, not just those 4 times. Goddamn moron can't figure the game out, so he'll just complain about how bad it is.
"game sales for consoles destroys pc games completely why do u think they are so cheap on steam lol."
-Random console gamer
Reviewers should be obliged to go back to their reviews and add "Turns out I was a moron" in large red letters after every mistake they make in their reviews. It would make reviews more colourful, at least.
Irrelevant on further examination of the rest of the thread.
The dude played 6 hours, barely enough to even get through the first act. Reads like a twat. His half assed assessment is unimportant. Absence of a comments option says it all.
Tom Bissell is basically just the gaming equivalent of the hipsters who write for Vice.
"Lets play GTA 4. On drugs!1!"
"It isn't as sophisticated as [insert 18th century belgian bohemian poet] therefore it's shit"
The fact he complains about Polish inspired names in one paragraph and then complains about the lack of Polishness in the next doesn't help.
Your opinion =/ reality
Because you think a game isn't very good does not mean it isn't very good.
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I've found his book, Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, a really interesting read. The man is clearly passionate about video games even if you don't agree with his opinions or share his taste. Reading the book changed the way I experience video game, actually, made me aware of how I experience and enjoy video games.
He can be a little pretentious and I agree the GTA IV on a coke binge chapter was silly, to say the least. But we need more video games writers like Bisell that chalange us with their critism or go a little bit deeper than numeric scores for graphics, gameplay or story.
Lester Bangs and Simon Reynolds are my favourite rock critics, and I don't always agree with them (it's more 50/50) but I will read them if they make intersting points.
this guy should correct this mistake about meditation. if he does not then he is just a fucking loser.
The way I read Tom Bissell, he generally suffers from the inability to find anything other than terrible or wonderful. At first, I thought this was just because he only reviews games (or whatever) he finds at those extremes, but even within his reviews, aspects of the game are always terrible or wonderful.
Since he only has those two containers for everything, he really has to stretch sometimes with his justifications.