Omar: I'll do what I can to help y'all. But, the game's out there, and it's play or get played. That simple.
Dennis 'Cutty' Wise: The game done changed...
Slim Charles: Game's the same, just got more fierce.
I got into the Pit People closed beta and Cornie (using my account) and I are both loving it. As of last night, he still held Castle Crashers in higher esteem, but it was close. The NDA is pretty relaxed and I am allowed to go public with impressions and even screenshots and streaming. I had so little time to game this weekend, that I didn’t do any of that, but I did get a chance to try it and provide some feedback in their forums. In brief, it is a pre-order for me. In greater length, I love the game: the humor (writing and anachronistic technology etc., wackiness etc.), the narrator’s voice acting, the music, the art, menus, the role-playing presentation and implementation, the turn-based combat with optional difficulty levels, the ways in which it is similar to Castle Crashers, and the ways in which it is different from Castle Crashers. It is very entertaining. I like the music for Pit People even more than I did for Castle Crashers because it is more varied. The game actually feels very much like all that I loved about CC, but slightly twisted and new. It is very fresh.
If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, Bill Harris at Dubious Quality has a ton of other good stuff to read/watch/listen to in this week’s Friday Links!
I am making a dedicated post for The Rumble Pack. Please keep comments here On Topic, and all other discussions in the Weekly OT #14. On reddit, I found an interesting cautionary thread on the possibility of scam trading. Be aware and vigilant.
So, what are you impressions? I don’t even know if I will get to play it at all this weekend because of family visiting.
You never know where your inspiration is going to come from. The story of how Superbowl champion Trevor Pryce created Kulipari and brought it to our living rooms is a fun one. Herandar, how does this one compare to Danger Mouse?
Via Penny Arcade, I came across an excellent series of articles on the development of unique, core gameplay mechanics: Gamasutra Deep Dives. Two articles of particular interest are the one on rocket jumping in Rocket League, and the one on the “truly co-operative play” mechanic for the couch party game, Overcooked (the PA comic is hilarious!). There is also the series from old, Post Mortem, in which the developers discuss the things that went well and went poorly in the creating of their game. That all may sound pretty dry, but I find game design intensely interesting.
Narcos Season 2 is now live (plotline errors list by Escobar’s son), waiting in my queue to be watched.
Over on his personal blog, Frenik has posted some excellent articles on why he is embracing PC gaming: It’s the end of console gaming as I know it…, Transitioning from Console to PC: Xbox Wireless Adapter, and Transitioning from Console to PC: The Price. That article on price is one of the most honest articles on the topic of the cost of gaming on consoles and PC. Good stuff, Frenik!
And finally, Rare released their second Tales From the Tavern Podcast (haven’t listened to it yet – too much BF1 for all these other great things to be consumed).
Narcos Season 2 releases on Tuesday (Sept. 2). Gonna be hard not to binge watch that one…on a weeknight…before a heavy day of work.
Other notable mentions include: Manchester By The Sea (Nov 16), which looks to be this decade’s Ordinary People, and Lion, which had me thinking it was this year’s Slum Dog Millionaire (watching the trailer leads me to be believe that it won’t be nearly as brutal).
And Rocket League continues to impress. Here is my Noobs Gone Wild Blind Helicopter Goal for which I can take no credit yet hold immense pride.
I was so impatient to see Heaven Is For Real that I bought the book. Then I didn’t need to see the movie. Same may happen with this one.
Cornie composed a new song, “Priceless“, in memory of biking out to see the fireworks two summers in a row with his brother, Tim. The first year they forgot the chopsticks with which to eat their Cup Noodles. They ate ’em anyway (don’t ask how). The next year, they remembered the boiling water and the chopsticks. This year, with no Tim around, he remembered everything and wrote the song.
And my favorite story of the week is the man laughed at for using Aqua Dam: his insight, his victory, and his testimony. Love it!
On that thread, I came across The Prepper’s Blueprint (for survival) and the author’s website, which led me to the Dohm-DS, “the Official Sound Conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation”. Apparently, they are safe to use. And for those who use laptops or tablets before going to sleep, get rid of the harmful blue light with the free mini-app f.lux. I am using it right now as I type this. My screen is a bit yellow-orange, but if it means I will sleep better, hey!
Here is the story of the real Daredevil. Seriously. A blind dude using echolocation to “navigate” and see the world around him. That trumps Professor X and The Wolverine combined!
For interesting and relevant podcasts, this week I enjoyed, among others, Longform’s interview of Seymour Hersh, author of The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, and a whole lot of articles for the New Yorker.
Finally, I want to share a personal story and from that perspective, discuss the Forward to an article published this week in the New York Times. Many years back, a person who worked at the Law Society of Alberta which is in charge of the admission and discipline of all lawyers practicing in Alberta, discussed the pitfalls of working in that profession. He told me to listen for the phrases lawyers use. Specifically, lawyers who lie a lot often use the phrases like, “To be (completely) honest with you.” Not only does common sense tell you to ask the question, “So, what, are you dishonest all the times you don’t qualify your speech like that?”, but the fact was, in his experience, the more a lawyer used that phrase, the more shady they found the lawyers to be, and ironically, in the specific instances of usage of that phrase, what followed directly after was usually bogus either through direct falsehood or lie of omission. From an internal affairs perspective, it was a huge red flag. I will never forget that conversation.