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

1 February

Played Doki Doki Literature Club yesterday and I’m still conflicted. First act hints at a great exploration of mental health, and of tropey fetishism for neurotic women — then it jumps with both feet into exploitative Fatal Attraction territory.

But it remains pretty clever and interesting throughout, and it’s never fair to blame a game for not being what I wish it were. Plus, the meta twist might make the mental health stuff more palatable to players, allowing it to reach more people? So, on balance… I just don’t know.

I’d never really seen ‘kite’ used as a verb outside of gaming, and never made the connection until today as to why kiting a mob is called kiting 🤯

2 February

@TheRujiK:

Procedurally animated salamanders with leg-count and fatness adjustable on the fly! #gamemaker @indiedev #procgen

TIL that Far Cry 5’s protagonist is customizable, which I should have guessed of course since that’s the only way they could make that game while trying not to “be political” 🙄

And sure I can understand Ubisoft not wanting to scare off the millions of people who were quite happy with 15 years of white saviors, but then nobody forced them to make their new game about killing white rednecks.

3 February

Nice little mechanic in Six Match after you’ve run out of hints: Oh, you think you’re out of moves? Go ahead and kill yourself to cash in the remaining tiles. If you’re sure. [Evil laughter.]

Meanwhile my brain is having one hell of a time trying to internalize that game’s matching patterns.

4 February

Y’a un gamin avec une Switch dans le train et moi je n’ai pas de Switch 😡

7 February

@artbyrens:

“Exploring the limits of real time rendering”

My latest work, rendered in @UnrealEngine.

[youtu.be]

#3D #gamedev #game #gameartist #Unreal #UE4 #artbyrens

8 February

@gorosart:

#Quill released the animation feature update today! It’s hard to put in worlds how excited I am about this update. Quill created numerous memorable breakthrough moments for me as an artist since I started working in VR. Animation is the most exciting one to date.

11 February

Goddamn puns. I hate puns. Why do I put myself through this.

12 February

@GameAnim:

Haha - they actually did it! They used mocap for the monsters in World.

14 February

@AntonHand:

Weird thought: Is there any way to know if any given online game has a crypto miner embedded in it?

@michelmcbride:

This is a map from Marathon called 5-D Space. All of those overlapping corridors exist on the same plane, and there are no scripting tricks to toggle the intersections—the renderer just makes it work. This is the only thing that makes me want to write a 3D engine from scratch

I bought Shadow of the Colossus on PS3 and gave up before the first fight because I didn’t have the patience to deal with the controls. The PS4 graphics are nice enough that I pushed through two colossi but I’m not sure I’ll ever care to start the game again 😞

The funny thing is that, until the PS3 remaster came out, anytime someone said SotC’s controls were terrible I thought they were insane. The only thing I remembered was how clever it was to have a dedicated “grab” button.

15 February

I want a multiplayer version of Six Match to exist — two players or more on the same screen, having to choose between cooperating or messing with each other — but the game’s mechanics are a little too specific to be copied.

Wow, ordering Steam wishlists was already a pain in the ass, they had to go and make each entry five times as tall as it was.

16 February

I bounced off of Spintires: MudRunner at release because too many annoyances hadn’t been fixed, but got back to it last night, finished two areas and all challenges and had to force myself to stop playing today — so I guess I’m not sorry I preordered it after all.

17 February

Three days ago I followed a tip to switch my Mac and iPhone to grayscale in order to improve productivity by removing the shiny colors distracting my silly monkey brain.

It totally works! Twitter and Reddit feel less exciting — so instead I spent the day driving trucks on my PC.

21 February

@mtrc:

games media: i mean yeah he’s racist but do creative directors really influence games that much?

also games media: kojima personally kisses every pixel before adding it to death stranding. miyazaki invented the game over screen. phil fish willed fez into being by staring at a pc.

22 February

It’s pretty nice to walk around Alexandria without hearing the soldiers’ angry barks every thirty seconds.

Alexandria is so pretty in the light chosen for the interactive tours that I’m beginning to wonder if the realism of progressive day-night cycles is worth the loss in eye candy.

23 February

Looks like Aya doesn’t have Bayek’s sweet little animation putting out his hand and caressing the tall grass while walking slowly. She never knew how to stop and smell the roses, did she.

And yes I’m obsessed with that animation.

Ancient Egypt is so beautifully peaceful without enemy behaviors. Every open-world game should provide a similar mode, regardless of educational value.

I’ve refrained from posting illustrations from Assassin’s Creed Origins’ guided tours because, well, that’s not photography - but I can’t get over this one. It looks like a felt-tip illustration for a webcomic. From three thousand years ago.

I figured AC:Origins’ exploration mode would be a nice replacement for Euro Truck Simulator as a podcast-listening game, but it insists on playing voiceover reminders while I walk around.

I’m not a fan of how hyper-feminized Aya’s walk animation is, but I can’t say it’s better when the game suddenly forgets she’s not Bayek

I guess it’s time to buy Titanfall 2 and forget forever that it’s hidden away in the Origin client wait now that you mention it I’ve already done exactly that at the last sale haven’t I. (Narrator: He had.)

24 February

“That’s weird, I can’t find any google result for images failing to load in West of Loathing.”

reboots

“Oh, the drive I install all my games on has disappeared.”

To be honest, I did consider there might be a bit of a risk when I set up my PC with drives that had been running in my NAS for years.

25 February

I expect we know enough about the internet nowadays to realize that the idea of letting online players control NPCs in an authored single-player experience would not work in the real world?

Those last three hours cleaning up West of Loathing’s map to get a better ending (and it would be nice if the map did get cleaned up) have made me impatient to play Red Dead 2 in a way that I wasn’t before.

@Azadux:

hey all, this is is my latest Photogrammetry Reel!

I’m a Photogrammetry fanatic looking to apply my creative abilities with new projects and companies. DM’s are open and retweets appreciated!

email: az@azadux.com

27 February

I can’t really blame AC:Origins’ deserts for being boring because, well, they’re supposed to be deserts — but the game could manage expectations better by not having these huge fog-of-war areas on the map teasing you with the promise of untold discoveries.

And I don’t want my horse to die of exhaustion but, come on, what’s the point of a bunch of desert areas you have no reason to cross if they’re not even gonna kill your horse.

28 February

@ID_R_McGregor:

This thread is a testament to how “No, you aren’t stupid” and “Yes, Blender IS an unknowably dark thing beyond man.” [twitter.com]

@MrLeePerry:

Man, “American Gods” is apparently more of a documentary. [twitter.com]

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