thinking back, killer7 was really the first game that made me understand combining game mechanics and narrative in a meaningful synergy, instead of the latter being subservient to the former as is all too common in traditional western game design
spoilers to follow, obv
the game being on rails just felt awkward at first. having to get used to it throughout the game makes it all the more powerful when you realize its intent - to convey that neither you nor garcian had any true agency in the narrative, moving like a pawn.
your paths, obstacles, and outcomes were all predestined, a part of some struggle beyond time that you cannot hope to understand.
i find it really interesting how twitter humor emulates real life inside jokes very accurately, because due to them more or less being unsearchable bc of lack of key words, names, or searchable terms, you really do miss them if you're not there for them
some of the favorite shitty videos i've seen on this site are ones that i'll never see again because they're lost in the sea now. if i need a specific image that everyone knows, the best strategy for finding it is asking publicly and hoping someone saved it.
though it's a pain in the ass to work with, i think that temporary aspect is what has solidified this site as the internet's de facto comedy stage - unlike jokes everywhere else, which can be scooped up and regurgitated by companies, celebs, brands, etc. ad nauseum.
Nikki Delamotte, a prominent cleveland cultural reporter, advocate for local arts, and longtime mutual, was shot and killed today. i never met her in person but i'm feeling the loss really hard because of how vibrantly she championed and believed in this city. i'm heartbroken.
i've never had someone i looked up to and admired in the cleveland arts circle die before. we were just talking about where to actually find good mexican food in this city last week. fuck.
i was kinda hoping she would walk in the door of the cheesecake factory on friday and i could tell her how much her work mattered to me in person.
gun violence. gun death. it's another one. it's a fucking cancer consuming this country. enough. enough.
it didn't used to be like that... there was an incredible restaurant called La Tortilla Feliz that closed back in the late aughts/early 2010s, and at least one of the Mi Pueblo locations had a bodega. Cleveland just missed major Mexican migration waves for the past 50 yrs
Raw Thrills has gained a reputation for making wretched arcade games with massive cabinets, covered in LEDs and other obnoxious things to draw people, vegas style
but their garbage PALES in comparison to this beauty - Ice Man, allegedly by "Coastal Amusements" (tiny thread)
On the surface, the game is kinda a neat idea - a combination of two arcade standards, the water cannon game and the light gun shooter.
Now take that concept, and tell one of those auto-generated Youtube children's channels to build it. You'll get something like Ice Man.
I say "allegedly" developed by Coastal Amusements because the game appears to be Chinese in origin, with art directly stolen from Plants vs Zombies. Coastal Amusements had the forethought to remove the offending art from the cabinet, but the game assets are still preeeetty sus
i know my game takes on this site often probably fly a little bit too close to the sun, and i worry that may make people nervous, for understandable reasons. so, i wanna go on the record re: a major misconception.
people who think devs "don't care" are full of shit, full stop
publishers, developers, companies all are complicated entities. and every one of them, even the ones that do the most blatantly anti-consumer stuff, are full of people who care. they just aren't the ones who get to make the decisions.
they usually don't throw their hat in the ring on controversial industry topics bc they don't have the liberty to. or, their outlook comes from a different place, bc they're the kind of folks who can stay optimistic even working in places like that
reminder that the senate's two-senator-per-state rule AND the electoral college were deliberate gimmes made out by the founding fathers to less populous rural states because they threw a fit at the idea of, yknow, actual democratic representation
shit was crooked from the getgo
also, a lot of people frame the 3/5ths compromise as "ohh they were so cruel that they only ever saw a slave as 3/5ths of a person"
lmao they were ready to not count slaves for population AT ALL. and then... again... rural slave-heavy states threw a fit. bam. another gimme.
people treat those as some kind of sacrosanct element of the american democratic algorithm, with fearful consequences if tampered with, when in reality they were deliberately designed to skew the algorithm in the interests of white slaveowners.
my old samsung galaxy s6, every time i try to do anything at all:
"c...camera? you wanted the camera?"
there is a dedicated "go to camera from the lock screen" thing except it does not indicate whether or not you are going to the camera when it asks for your password so whenever i put in my password it is a 50/50 chance that i'm either opening my phone or the camera by mistake
there is no way to remove this from the lock screen either
i love undertale and loved deltarune but you could not get me to give a damn about w.d. gaster
this may be just leftover jadedness from how fandom-repelled i've been historically (i'm working on it) but once i end up seeing tons of "fan theory" videos and wild speculative posts abt a character who's barely in a game, it goes from an exciting thing to "ah yes. that one."
DELTARUNE SPOILERS OBV, TURN BACK FOOL
ironically i really like how sans' trans-dimensional nonsense is handled in undertale and deltarune, despite the fact that he's been perpetuated ad nauseum by the fandom far more. it's been really subtle and in-character for him.
fortnite is the video game equivalent of algorithmically generated kids youtube videos
which is a shame... with the map design trying its damn best to have at least a semblance of environmental storytelling, I know at least SOMEONE really cares about giving it an identity. but then the powers that be spin the wheel and go "yes. The Simpsons will be in our game now"
"we will now have buffalo wild wings in each major spot of the map. all healing pickups have been replaced by buffalo wild wings"