"Hey, mind if I play a game in the living room?" I asked my wife.
"Sure, what is it?"
"It’s called Brothers. You know that guy on the Internet? The one with the million subscribers?"
"The Swedish guy who I couldn’t watch for more than thirty seconds?"
"Lord no, I mean an entertaining one….
Interesting thing that happened recently: I actually attempted to show a friend of mine the first video of that selfsame incredible Metal Gear Rising LP, but I had to convince him. He gave in and watched it begrudgingly and I could tell he did enjoy it a little, but he was still laboring under the opinion that he gave me when I first broached the idea: “I fucking hate Let’s Plays. I hate having people talk over the cutscenes.”
That’s kind of what the “culture” of Youtube LPs is, isn’t it? It’s just a bunch of morons talking over cutscenes. And that’s the main reason why the average person would think it’s dumb. Who can blame ‘em?
So. Dunno if you guys’ve heard this yet but, we’re gonna let you guys in on a little secret.
Did you guys KNOW….that Nintendo has been secretly working on the next two games in the Super Smash Brothers series??
AND THAT IT’LL BE ON WII U AND 3DS????
You’re damn right you already knew…
Why the hell not, couldn’t hurt
You know you have a problem when you’ve bought so many “witty” t-shirts off the internet (from shirt.woot, specifically)
that whenever someone says “hey, nice shirt,” it takes you five seconds to realize what shirt they’re talking about because you just threw one on that morning and have no idea what kind of joke you were going before because you have SO MANY that you’ve given up trying to keep track long ago.
i don’t know why i bothered typing that long post about sakurai’s design philosophy out when no one is going to read it and is just going to keep screaming about how the next smash won’t have a story mode because sakurai hates youtube
my priorities are dumb and i feel dumb
Beat is actually referring to This article, we believe. (Not 100% sure, as his link was a dud.)
Supposedly Sakurai has decided that cutscenes will simply not be a part of the game this time around, because he feels that when players upload the cutscenes online it ruins the first time…
The thing is that I think a lot of people are misinterpreting what Sakurai’s point is. Whether you feel they’re a reward or not, the cutscenes in Subspace Emissary WERE intended as a reward…though not in and of themselves, but in order to see all these famous Nintendo characters interacting with each other - and let’s be honest, that’s the big draw of Smash Bros. People want those moments when Marth and Meta Knight clash swords before teaming up against a common foe, or Fox and Sheik about to duke it out before Peach stops them cold with some tea.
In today’s internet culture, though, all those cutscenes are uploaded to the internet before most people have a chance to see those cutscenes for themselves, neutering the point of Subspace Emissary. And that’s on top of Subspace Emissary mode in general not being well-received.
Sakurai’s point is not that “people are uploading my cutscenes so I’m taking my ball and going home because I’m an ARTIST,” he’s responding to people’s needs and today’s internet culture. Instead of creating cutscenes to fulfill the purpose of an ill-received Adventure mode, he’s focusing on shorter character trailers like the Mega Man and Wii Fit Trainer reveals, which work better in today’s world and still allows us to geek out at the characters interacting with each other, without having to spend a good portion of his budget on a half-assed Adventure mode and - as the OP says - being able to focus on making the rest of the game even better.
Of course, I could be wrong. I’m not Sakurai, after all. But give the man a little more credit, people. He’s worked and is working on some of the most anticipated games in HISTORY. I doubt he’s not overthinking every single step of the development process.
Holy shit, I am really enjoying Dust: An Elysian Tail. Like, way more than a ton of the games I’ve been playing recently.
I’m just an hour in and I can already tell every single little detail was crafted with care. Also the combat is really frickin’ awesome.
According to Steam I bought Darksiders II on October 5 last year.
I just beat it twenty minutes ago.
It was generally a good game, but the second half was such a drag for some reason. At some point, I found myself not really giving a crap about anything that was happening.
I don’t really know why, my closest guess is that it was hard to relate to the characters, and as a result, hard to relate to Death’s struggle. Which I guess is kind of expected when you are literally playing as Death, but…I dunno, Death is kinda cold and growly and gravelly and that was pretty much it.
Regardless I can definitely call it a good game. Shame that that sequel hook will never be answered though, what with THQ dying horribly. With a bit of polish Darksiders 3: The 4 Horsemen could’ve been seriously awesome.
Also if it ever comes back from the dead I definitely want them to call it Darksiders 3: The 4 Horsemen for maximum numbered sequel confusion