The Daily Dakmordian

Now here’s something interesting. I didn’t wanna reblog it and start an off-topic conversation, but the idea of a player’s performance changing depending on who (if anyone) is watching is definitely worth acknowledging.

I’ve spoken before that I would sometimes play games at my cousin’s house. Now, I imagine this might be true for audiences of the teens/early twenties.. but when I was with him and/or his friends it drastically changed the way we perceived games.

Atmospheric or potentially creepy stuff like Bioshock, Dead Space or even Dragon Age. Sad or disturbing moments are harder to take seriously, dramatic tension is lessened when jokes are being made. It’s one of the reasons I stopped playing certain kinds of games over there because I couldn’t enjoy them on a solitary or emotional level.

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antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

Yeah, it’s always kinda funny when I think about the difference between health care/education here as opposed to other countries. I’ve often had foreign friends ask me why we haven’t revolted yet.

antolovich:

thepandabaker:

adeyami:

Land of the free home of the rich

What really scares me is that they all have significantly cheaper health care AND education, which means Americans not only make they least, they pay the most.

…wait, what?

Yeah, it’s always kinda funny when I think about the difference between health care/education here as opposed to other countries. I’ve often had foreign friends ask me why we haven’t revolted yet.

discovergames said: I think I now understand why you’re the only person with a bigger backlog than me. A game I spend 4-5 hours with is a game you can play constantly for weeks. That’s gotta slow you down.

Oh yeah, definitely. Especially when it’s strangely addicting and replayable like Plague Inc. When I grabbed that, it kinda pushed all the other iOS games I’d been playing (except High School Story) to the back burner. Heck, I actually stopped playing console games for a while, too. Because whenever I had a free moment I’d whip out my phone and play it some more.

10,000,000 and Devil’s Attorney almost got like that at times, but nothing as like this. Now I’ve set it down for a while, I’m remembering that I was in the middle of Xbox and 3DS games. Haha.. it’s a little awkward going back now! I’m so tempted to restart Tales of Vesperia, but I know that would be a huge mistake after I’d made so much progress. Thankfully it has a “what have we done so far?” log.

aobatoppingnoiz:

Im all for girls drawing and writing self indulgent bullshit, especially considering about 97% of the media around today is just men writing and drawing self indulgent bullshit

Let me just say that if realism is a make or break factor for you in a game about shooting enough foreigners to be classified as a medium sized natural disaster, then you’re exactly the kind of gamer the rest of us disassociate ourselves from when the mainstream media find out about you.
Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Zero Punctuation)” (via samd1216)
inoshi:

tallestmidget:

jamiek:

xkcd: Free Speech

THIS^^^^^^^

Alt (Mouseover) Text: I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.”

inoshi:

tallestmidget:

jamiek:

xkcd: Free Speech

THIS^^^^^^^

Alt (Mouseover) Text: I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express.”

Whelp.. I’ve hit that unhappy point in Plague Inc where I can no longer do rely on anything like strategy. The following scenarios are 100% luck based.

Pirate Plague
Shut Down Everything
Volcanic Ash

For the record, I did get 3 Biohazards for Golden Age on normal using Virus, but that same strategy doesn’t work for brutal. It just won’t spread fast enough.

I’m still testing VA to see if I can do it with all 9 plagues, but the other two are absolutely guaranteed to fail most of the time, especially PP with it’s lack of ships. Your only hope is that “spontaneous infection”.. 3-4 times in one game. Unless there’s some trick that nobody is letting out for infecting islands.

I suppose you could do PP and SDE with Neurax or Necroa using the ability to send things to other places.. but not very likely in under a year, particularly for the slow-ass Necroa virus.

I know some people have done it, but their “tactics” haven’t worked for me. So I guess all I can do is consider them lucky. I think I may end up just putting the game down and moving on.

And frankly, that makes me kinda feel kinda sick.

There’s this really common lack of understanding about video games in television and movies. Even shows about nerds (like Big Bang Theory) end up getting this sort of thing wrong.

Like someone saying they got the “highest score” in an MMORPG.

It’s somewhat understandable that people who don’t share an actual interest aren’t going to know anything about these things, they just think of arcade games and junk.

But it’s pretty sad when video game developers make this sort of mistake. High School Story had one quest that involved a musician making up for a huge power outage that effected the whole school, including a gamer group that had been preparing for a “big raid”.

…only for them to say things like “playing on Super Hard Mode”. Because MMORPGs are so well known for their difficulty settings. …and manual saves.

benfoldsone:

okaysizedbangtheory:

you done it

congration


Oh, all right.. I’ll knock off 5%. Typo Sale.

benfoldsone:

okaysizedbangtheory:

you done it

congration

Oh, all right.. I’ll knock off 5%. Typo Sale.