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Tycho / 3 weeks ago

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So much of the current dialogue on Multiplayer is focused on social engineering slash incentivization structures, epitomized in the Riot Games milieu, where you sprinkle little bits of foil all throughout your UI and then empower Courts Of The People to adjudicate trials.  By comparison, Nintendo has already reached the endgame content.  They have defeated Onyxia, where Onyxia is not just a great wyrm but the representation of our will to harm one another.  They have decided it’s simply not worth it to allow people to talk to each other in most of their games.  If you are looking to create an environment free of conflict, removing the humans from it is a great way to start.

If they aren’t on the couch with me there’s really nothing I want to hear from the winner of a Mario Kart match; there’s nothing I want to hear from the loser, either.  If I’m being honest, I would rather just play Mario Kart.  What I think about other people, and what they think about me, isn’t really germane to magnet wheels.  As always, you are welcome to embroider whatever mad rivalries you want to in the confines of your hermetic box dimension, far away from where your spores (or whatever) can find their way out.

By tomorrow, The Wolf Among Us will be completely out for all platforms - today, only the virtuous may enter the sacred shrine.  But you wouldn’t really be able to play all the episodes today anyway, so if you’re a newcomer you can safely immerse yourself in the manner of your human “boxed sets.”

They killed this thing in the best possible way.  It’s the best voice work they’ve ever had, in a setting we haven’t had, with art we never woulda got.  The “sets” - and they feel like sets - are, when delivered at our highest resomolutions, three dimensional comics that we can walk around in.

And if you wondered for even a second if they’d render the entirety of the Noir fractal, play to the end and have such doubts obliterated.  From the word go, they pushed this thing past spec - past the expectations I had for them coming off Walking Dead Season One, which should have been impossible to beat, and which the Season Two is itself struggling to match.  Not here, though.  Wind this thing up and watch it go.  This is the kind of shit that turns people into gamers.

(CW)TB out.


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