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

1 March 2016

2 March

@PCGamesN:

Spintires is regularly crashing due to code timebombs, possibly placed there by dev [pcgamesn.com] [pic.twitter.com]

@stroughtonsmith:

Warehouse-scale VR! [youtube.com] /via @saniul

Hey, game: you know exactly when was the last time I played you. So just pop up a diagram of the damn control scheme when it’s been a while.

@NeoGAFNewThread:

Far Cry Primal uses the same map as Far Cry 4. [neogaf.com] [pic.twitter.com]

3 March

Cars just look a little too much like hovercrafts in Dirt Rally — again, only in external videos… so maybe it’s just an issue with replays?

5 March

Fuck Forza Motorsport, once and for all. I just tried the trick of lowering all gear ratios in order to fool the gamepad-steering algorithm into making my car turn into corners, but of course the car’s too slow now.

I suppose if you want to be competitive in Forza you “just” have to fine-tune the balance, and find the highest gear ratios that will let you handle a hairpin turn without losing too much performance in the straights, but WHY IS THIS A THING I SHOULD HAVE TO DO.

Or, hey, I could buy a $400 wheel and get rid of the problem entirely. But, you know what, Microsoft, you haven’t earned it. And since I can’t buy a steering wheel that would work with both the Xbox One and PS4 (at a reasonable price) I’ll definitely get the one I can use with VR driving games.

And it’s all the more infuriating as I don’t have this issue with Forza Horizon, whose developers must have agreed with me and removed the offending code. So all it would take in Motorsport is a setting to enable Horizon’s steering controls, but Turn 10 has ignored the complaints for years so, you know, like I said — fuck Forza Motorsport.

Using Project Spark with a gamepad is such a pain in the ass I’m surprised they released it at all.

Can’t say the gameplay is grabbing me, but the presentation of Hand of Fate is lovely. I’m always a sucker for old-fashioned cards.

7 March

@nchan:

VR throwing knife practice all day long [pic.twitter.com]

8 March

Hearing about Pillars of Eternity’s “Story Time” difficulty I figured that might get me back into it, but then…

I wouldn’t count on Valve to design a great UI but, come on, you can do better than just projecting Big Picture in the middle of the space.

@willsmith:

This video is incredible. They’re building 4D geometry and using it to generate 3D play fields. [youtu.be]

Mass Effect 3: “Humans First”
The ending was so bad I’d forgotten the rest of the game already rubbed me the wrong way.

9 March

@roryhaspowers:

When I’m waiting at an extraction point in The Division, trying to look as intimidating as everyone else.. [pic.twitter.com]

I mean I’ve played it for two minutes and I don’t think I like it, but even the quasi-Newtonian flight model is pretty close to what I wanted.

And the flight model was the main reason I wanted to make a game like this, because I dislike Elite’s so much.

10 March

@ultrabrilliant:

A game where you play as a cat living in Kowloon Walled City. Yes, please. [hk-devblog.com] [pic.twitter.com]

12 March

The Futurama game has funny / badass quotes for all characters but Leela goes “That’s so sweeeet” on big combos ಠ_ಠ

14 March

Oxenfree’s dialogue is fantastic but I’ve had to restart chapters twice in an hour because Jonas got stuck, so… make it a visual novel, ok?

I can understand bugs, but refusing to load the next scene because an NPC hasn’t caught up with me is a choice, and it breaks the game.

15 March

Until Dawn tricked me with a metronome into answering the ‘worst fears’ questions honestly and I’m gonna be sorry when it plays out.

At 960x1080 pixels per eye I can’t imagine that you’ll want to use the virtual theater mode all that much?

@DanStapleton:

I can understand Sony not including the price of 2 Moves with the PSVR, but if you really need the camera too, that should be factored in.

16 March

“The perverse ideology of The Division”

A weird contrast with the whole “NYC felled by its consumerism” premise.

17 March

@MikeMcWhertor:

Rez Infinite’s new Area X being designed with VR in mind. “Particles moving with the music.” [pic.twitter.com]

18 March

Modular phones won’t happen because the smaller the better, but it’s time for consoles to have an interchangeable CPU/GPU module.

19 March

I wish Apple would release a VR headset so I could make stuff for it without having to learn a whole new platform from scratch.

But then they’d half-ass it, and wouldn’t allow games to require controllers, because they intrinsically don’t and can’t understand gaming.

22 March

You’d think Sony would have kept Evolution on life support until it had released the VR edition of Driveclub?

The deer is immortal and regularly teleports (for variety’s sake, I assume) so I’m thinking of:

24 March

Not sure what it is about the visual design, but watching Dark Souls 3 on Twitch makes me want to play it much more than any previous D.S.

26 March

I hate just about every aspect of the game design in Crimes and Punishments but I really want to see the other investigations.

@SadlyItsBradley:

Check out the updated @SteamVR tutorial! It’s absolutely perfect and feels like a whole experience of its own. [youtu.be]

I may not be patient enough to play a game like Bloodborne.

Who thought it was a good idea for Bloodborne to let you respawn with zero blood vials? Gotta love a game that gets harder as you fail.

27 March

Checking out Mad Max: I can’t stand the laggy, floaty camera of recent third-person games with their cinematic ambitions. Hello, migraine.

Similarly I haven’t gone back to Rise of the Tomb Raider for weeks because I don’t look forward to the headache.

28 March

@Ekanaut:

Farlands was described as Viva Pinata meets Pokemon Snap in VR. Oh snap! I’m in. [youtube.com]

29 March

I’ve decided to wait until I’ve finished my app before getting a PC and VR headset but arghhh so much buzz around the Rift’s release.

30 March

The Mass Effect: Andromeda leak sounds to me like we’re disturbing the fragile equilibrium between two local races, rather than “invading.”

31 March

The Twitch app for PS4 won’t launch if you’ve disabled HDCP to use an external video capture box. Well done, team!

That external capture box is necessary in order to stream from PS4 without the stream metadata being completely wrong. Yes, that’s a $200 bout of OCD.

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