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

1 May 2014

I can’t wait to find out how Act 2 resolves Broken Age’s plot twists — it could go very wrong or very right.

As for Act 1, Shay’s part is pretty frustrating. I hope it’s meta commentary that the girl character has all the agency, and the boy none.

2 May

Great start with Dark Souls — I’ve killed the first quest giver (it’s all you taught me!), and it looks like I have to restart the game.

And I’m fine with the principle; what bothers me is, I would have no idea why I’m stuck if I hadn’t read a walkthrough.

5 May

I’m reduced to two isolated cities in 1980 A.D. yet I can’t help but want to see it all through. Damn game. #civilization

8 May

Elder Scrolls Online for console delayed six months means shift to free-to-play will happen that much later. It’s fine, I’m not in a hurry.

10 May

12 May

There. Tried Dark Souls. Don’t have the patience to try and get used to the obnoxious UI and controls. Uninstalled.

13 May

Ordered a PS4 on Sunday, Microsoft lowers the Xbox’s price today. No regrets, I still don’t want one.

14 May

I really need to uninstall Steam so I stop buying cheap indie games that end up being unplayable because they never went through any QA.

The Witness screenshot gallery

Gorgeous. The puzzles will frustrate me and I’ll never finish it, but I can’t wait.

16 May

Of all the many mistakes Microsoft made in launching the Xbox One, not having a Halo game for the first two years will have to be the worst.

17 May

I received my PS4 yesterday so I just turned on my PS3 to give The Last of Us a second chance. I know.

At least I’m hating the game a little less on easy, with zombies dropping molotovs when they die.

Everyone who loves The Last of Us is just wrong. Stealth is frustrating, combat is frustrating, and good acting doesn’t make a good game.

18 May

I’ll grant you that one thing The Last of Us does really well is the environments are depressingly realistic.

Where The Walking Dead relies entirely on its characters, Last of Us really makes you feel like those buildings were all lived in, until.

There’s just no excuse for a mostly single-player game choosing not to pause the action while you select a weapon.

To be fair, The Last of Us is spectacularly front-loaded on annoyances and there may be sequences I kind of enjoyed in the second half.

Shocked by people defending how TLoU’s end forces you to act against your will. Does gaming have to renounce interactivity to become art?

An essential component of gaming is to pretend you care about player agency: nudging them vs. dragging them by the hair through your story.

19 May

So far (at level 4.2) Thomas Was Alone feels less like a puzzle-platformer and more like a list of chores I have to work through — charming as it is. Puzzle games are supposed to make you feel clever for solving them.

20 May

Playing Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry is making me lose confidence in AC: Unity and Watch Dogs. Old open world formula is showing its seams.

I haven’t played Transistor but I’ve got the biggest crush on his voice. I’m listening to gameplay videos, swooning hard and trying to figure out why — can’t place it. Does he sound like someone? Is it a regional accent? What the hell is it? (Related: this podcasts’s host.)

23 May

RT @ironicaccount: This amuses me, but it’s also interesting how perceptions of what people want in the mobile space have shifted [pic.twitter.com]

26 May

21-inch Garrus statue

Dayum. And I’m not even as madly in love with Garrus as most of the internet is.

28 May

So the driving is awful and the overall tone is… ugh. Way to make a first impression, Watch Dogs.

You’ve got to wonder how much better Watch Dogs might be if Aiden Pearce simply didn’t know how to drive. Not just because the driving is bad (which it is), but nothing makes an open world feel more limited and artificial than running red lights through the entire city in the very first mission. Of course, it’s pretty much impossible to imagine selling a present-day sandbox game that doesn’t allow players to drive.

29 May

Ma partition Windows ne boote plus. J’ai passé l’âge d’essayer de réparer ça, tant pis pour l’épisode 4 de Wolf Among Us.

30 May

It’s a shame, really. If it weren’t for the terrible lead voice actor and the unpleasant driving, Watch Dogs could be quite good. But there’s a lot of driving, and a lot of talking — boy does he like to hear the sound of his own inner voice.

The more troubling aspect, though, and the reason I’m not optimistic about the franchise’s future, is that both the acting and the driving are clearly matters of artistic direction, not technical incompetence.

Would it be sacrilege to say I enjoy Watch Dogs’ gunplay better than GTA IV or V’s?

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