Once upon a time I made a blog about video games. And this is what's left of it (mostly tweets).

1 December 2010

So you can’t just let GT5’s B-Spec mode farm itself in the background, you gotta be there to press the “Chill out!” button every 10 seconds.

2 December

Goddamn piece-of-shit “realistic” game keeps re-enabling traction control. No wonder I find my Ferrari easy to drive.

Ta-dah, all gold on beginner and amateur series in GT5, all assists off (but with overpowered cars on some of the races, obviously).

“The failure of Gran Turismo 5: the power of menus and UI”

Imagine a restaurant where you wait for your table in a dirty room. The hostess is rude to you, and the process of ordering food or even getting a reservation is confusing. You’re having a bad experience well before you’re eating, and now the chef is going to have to work much harder to satisfy a grumpy customer. Like all metaphors, this is imperfect, but the lesson remains: a great game is a great experience, and the interface is a large part of creating that experience.

I was very impressed by Forza 3’s menu system when it came out, by how streamlined it had become (when the previous game was a bit cumbersome). In fact, Forza 3 is a better game in a lot of ways, and its developers must be suicidal when they compare it to Gran Turismo 5 and realize that what is really holding them back is that there is no remotely decent wheel for the Xbox 360.

And now, instead of a good wheel, they have to support Kinect for their next version. Argh.

“Nürburgring - Wikipedia”

While it is unusual for deaths to occur during sanctioned races, there are many accidents and several deaths each year during public sessions. It is common for the track to be closed several times a day for cleanup, repair, and medical intervention. While track management does not publish any official figures, several regular visitors to the track have used police reports to estimate the number of fatalities at somewhere between 3 and 12 in a full year.

Emphasis mine. Niiice. (No wonder, when you see the track.)

4 December

And Fanatec finally has a new Xbox+PS3 wheel

But it’s 250€ and they have the worst reputation as for reliability.

7 December

Ngmoco’s new We Pirate (a.k.a. Adventure Bay) looks very pretty. Too bad I’ve decided to boycott them. Must. Resist. Just forget it exists.

11 December

Je m’étais juré de ne jamais retoucher à CDiscount, mais ils ont le Driving Force GT à 90€ et il a en fait bien des (pseudo) paddles, donc… hop.

21 December

Damn good thing I don’t have a PC, because I’d be emptying my bank account on the seasonal Steam sales.

22 December

Well, since my steering wheel isn’t here yet, I’m gonna download the Starcraft 2 demo. That’ll learn them.

Gran Turismo 5 is a completely different game with a steering wheel, and by god I suck at it.

Tiens, pour le prix de mon volant je pourrais me payer un stage de pilotage de Porsche sur circuit à une heure d’ici.

23 December

I’m seriously proud of having gotten the Human Stopwatch trophy (regularity across 3 laps) in #GT5 on my first day with the steering wheel.

27 December

Call of Duty: Black Ops — As a single-player game, rather lame. Not just short (and half of it cutscenes), but often actively annoying.

28 December

Watching a video of Uncharted 3 gameplay, I just don’t understand why they’re sticking with the bullet sponges. Does anyone ever enjoy that?

There’s nothing more satisfying than dropping an enemy with one well-placed bullet and I don’t get why they’d still deprive us of that.

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