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Tycho / on Fri, May 2 2014 at 10:24 am

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There is a specific sort of editorial pose you can absolutely build a career around, the “hyperbolically negative caricature,” and I know because I did that myself.  I am by no means the only one to have done so.  Eventually I came to find it a little pat, no doubt in concert with the hormonal changes that accompany the condition known as Early Onset Coot Disease.

Eventually I realized that time was finite, and more than that, it was mostly gone.  And playing games I hated, or was likely to hate, wasn’t a good investment of any resource.  And, outside or the rare, bold weirdo who willingly puts their head in our jaws, we’re paying money for this shit.  I like to range afield, but there’s certain types of games I have enough experience with that I don’t scan them with The Apparatus.  The Movie Tie-In is something that I typically feel comfortable avoiding, and everyone is served.  I spend my time on edge cases and hexagonal fetishes,

When I came in and saw that Gabriel was downloading Amazing Spider-Man 2 on the Xbox One, I was surprised for two reasons.  One, I’d heard it wasn’t coming out for that.  And two, I hadn’t played a game in that “genre” for awhile.  In the same way that I’ve argued that Free To Play is useful as a genre designation, and strongly predictive, the big budget movie tie-in is predictive also.

I found playing it mostly confusing.  And sad.  Ah yes, now I remember what sort of thing time pressures coupled with a sure-thing brand coupled with a multiplatform launch conspire amongst themselves to create.  You can kill yourself making a rough, raw game.  I have made enough games to know that work and quality aren’t necessarily cofactors.  It’s more complicated than that.

I would much rather show you a succession of worthies for your time and money, I reserve the tooth kicking for people at another echelon typically.  But sometimes it happens anyway.

(CW)TB out.


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