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Gwathdring responded to AnAuldWolf comment in
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Bethesda know exactly what Fallout 4 is, and it's not an RPGBethesda know exactly what Fallout 4 is, and it's not an RPG
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The thing is? It's a whole lot of nothing. It's little gimmicks, past time, and busywork. Fallout 4 feels quite literally like preschool, in that it sits you down with a bunch of distractions and hopes that they'll keep your attention until your parents pick you up. And that you won't be one of those smart kids who'll realise how hollow the whole experience is and left cold by it, feeling bored and entirely out of place.

I don't like this push towards open world sandboxes because they actually are preschool sandboxes, in the most honest sense. In a level or in a piece of content that's designed to be consumed by an intelligent gamer, you're going to encounter things which will challenge you, contest you, and invite you to think. Portal 2 is a fine example of this, as is every game that's used the source engine, going back to Bloodlines.

Fallout: New Vegas was criticised because it didn't have enough toys in its sandbox. I was okay with that. The sandbox in NV was designed to simply be a hub world that served to be a point of connection between the interiors, which served as -- you guessed it -- levels.

There's a reason we used to prefer levels. They were finally crafted, artisanal things which encouraged people to explore and find multiple routes through them. They were filled with cleverly hidden secrets and had lots of rewards for exploring, it was like wandering through a beautiful painting. It was all made by hand, and so thoughtful.

Which is a very different experience to sandboxes. Which amount to... Tree. Another tree. Another tree. A hill. OH A TOY. A tree. A tree. This is laid bare, in my opinion, by games like Goat Simulator and Bear Simulator, which are less elegant and less storied versions of what Fallout 4 is, but honestly not a whole lot different. It just shows how shallow and pointless those sandbox experiences are.

With something that's more like a level, you're experiencing a story, you're living it. You're progressing through a thing and you're learning, you're seeing, and you're experiencing. You're interacting, you're thinking, and you're observing.

In a sandbox, you're just hyperactively dashing between toys and gimmicks. And it has no focus, no direction, no ambitions, and no romance. It is what it is. It's a toybox. It's a toybox with a whole lot of sand.

And the toys aren't exactly all that fun. It's a rubber ball, a bucket, and... Well, I grew out of that stuff when I was much younger. I prefer more complex toys. There's not even a rubix cube in there or anything.

That's why New Vegas was such a great success. They understood this, so they forsook the whole open world, they just let it twist in the wind and it was a very secondary part of the whole experience.

I've never been inspired by sandboxes. And Bethesda sandboxes even less so. Just imagine how much more they could concentrate on telling a story and offering proper gameplay with multiple paths that's satisfying, real, and not just a set of shallow mechanics that all do the same thing if they dumped the sandbox. I mean, their mechanics are all so pointless. Combat? Move, PRES BUTAN. Sneak? Move, PRES BUTAN. And so on, ad nauseum. It's all so simplified because they have to fit in so many gimmicks and toys that nothing ever means anything.

DX:HR, Dishonored, and such were such seminal and memorable recent games because they ditched the sandbox in favour of levels.

What Fallout 4 is is just a sandpit with some gimmicky, shallow toys for preschoolers. And it makes me feel smarter than I should for just not having any investment in it. It's just a po-faced, passionless affair that I don't feel anyone at Bethesda really cared about making. There's no romance to it, no ambitions, no aspirations, no cleverness. It's just a sandpit. With toys.

That's all it is. So, you're right, it's not an RPG. That still doesn't mean it actually knows what it wants to be. It's just trying to be a sandpit of everything to appease everyone. And in the end it only satisfies the really shallow people.
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I'm definitely getting tired of big empty sandboxes. :\


Tangent, but I was actually pretty disappointed by Dishonored. I had some lovely thematic detailing and it had some really interesting levels ... but the core of the game never quite clicked for me, the moral choices were obnoxious and the plotting didn't work for me at all. I liked the pacing of combat and I liked the inventiveness of some of the abilities, and I loved the atmosphere of the thing. But a lot of it felt pretty mediocre to me. Absurd ending aside, I feel like DX:HR did a better job doing Dishonored's stealth-em-up shtick. It still had issues, but I had more of a connection to the involved characters and (ending aside) the plotting felt better. It shared Dishonored's issue wherein combat is slightly more interesting, slightly less tedious, and significantly more difficult and less mechanically rewarding than sneaking around.

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Allegedly called "it" by her supervisor, a transgender ex-Valve employee is suing for $3 millionAllegedly called "it" by her supervisor, a transgender ex-Valve employee is suing for $3 million
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I don't know the relationship with her supervisor, so I can't comment on the liklihood of bigotry, though the state of many a state legislature at present would leave me unsurprised if that was part of the issue.

But my money is on her complaining about misuse of volunteer workers getting her enough side eye to be booted. A lot of companies rely heavily on unpaid and underpaid interns and volunteers in ways both legal and not, most of them reasonably viewed as exploitative.
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Here are the prices for Overwatch's microtransaction loot boxesHere are the prices for Overwatch's microtransaction loot boxes
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I'd be fine if you could actually buy cosmetic items.


Right now you can't. You can gamble your money and probably get stuff you don't want. That's bad no matter what the game's payment model. It's especially bad in a full price title.

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Not quite true. There's an in-game currency that you get which can be used to buy things you want.

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Here are the prices for Overwatch's microtransaction loot boxesHere are the prices for Overwatch's microtransaction loot boxes
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What BS is that , if you charge for the game as an AAA title there should be no micro-transactions this isnt a free to play game.
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I don't mind micro-transactions for micro-content. What I mind is gambling and grind. Even if there was no way to buy it I wouldn't like the current unlock system very much. Add money into the picture and it gets a bit gross. At least let me buy currency I can spend on anything (not a fan of in-game currency, but it's still better)! Preferably, I could specifically buy cosmetic items I specifically like if we're going to have a micro-transaction economy.


But this loot box purchasing thing is a bit crap. I didn't pay full price to gamble and I didn't pay full price to grind arbitrary content gates that are designed to encourage me to gamble. I paid full price to *play.*

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“To us, having a transgender character wasn’t that big a deal,” says Baldur's Gate developer“To us, having a transgender character wasn’t that big a deal,” says Baldur's Gate developer
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Changing one's appearance does not magically switch one's feeling of self. I can turn you into a Newt, but that doesn't make you feel more comfortable as a Newt than as a person.


All that spell means is that there are magical alternatives to surgery for anyone who feels they should change their physical appearance, but we didn't need you linking us to a wiki page to know that. It's DnD. There's magic. I think everyone vaguely familiar with the setting had that one figured out already.


I'm also not sure why you're implying that anyone was ascribing bravery to the character in question. If anything, the creators are going on about how in the Fogotten Realms, it isn't as big a deal as it is here.


The conclusion I'm left with is that you're looking for a reason to attack the character, so you invented a between-the-lines narrative about supporting the character's bravery in the face of hardship and then decided that just because magic *exists*, it would be impossible for such a character to make sense the narrative you made up. Therefore, you finish, the world must be made aware that the idea of this character being brave is daft!

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Sounds about right.


The illogical leaps, stretches, and bizarre internal narratives and external monologues I've seen people go through to justify prejudice never ceases to amaze me.


I mean, my current status of 'almost entirely disenfranchised with my own species, so I know how Freud must have felt' is almost exclusively down to this sort of thing.


The average person will do almost anything, within their power, to ensure the status quo of the world they know and that their position and status within it isn't ever somehow lowered. This is the driving motivation behind what seems to be the majority of human thinking. If things stay the same, the perks and benefits of things staying the same will, thus, also stay the same. As an example: If taxes are raised due to ethical concerns about the living conditions of disabled people, the average person on the street will go to lengths worthy of an epic bard to conjure up some sort of new reality where disabled people don't really, actually exist.


I know, I've been there. I'm disabled. It sucks.


And that's the average person for you. One of the FEW perks of being who I am is that I'm neurodiverse, and thus I don't fall into the sort of pit traps where I believe that robbing another person of something will actually benefit me in any reasonable way. I've demonstrated this thinking in the past, that I think that everyone is entitled to happiness and the basics of living, and I'll continue to do so.


Every person is, in my opinion, entitled to food, shelter, happiness, freedom from prejudice, and intellectual stimulation of the form they desire. We don't live in that world, of course, but I really, really want to.


But I'm about as rare as a unicorn. Your self awareness seems to put you in that camp, too. For which I am both proud of you and sorry for what you've probably endured to earn it.

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Gwathdring commented on
2 Years ago
Star Wars: The Old Republic just fixed MMO levellingStar Wars: The Old Republic just fixed MMO levelling
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This is an excellent treatment for the disease of classic XP-based leveling and its specific symptoms in the context of level-limited content zones in MMOs. But what we really need is a cure.
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Gwathdring commented on
2 Years ago
Humble releases Humble Monthly - it's kinda Netflix for gamesHumble releases Humble Monthly - it's kinda Netflix for games
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I don't understand how anyone can act like it is remotely acceptable to charge someone 12 dollars a month for unspecified merchandise in this context. It's one thing if you have a consistent brand and are delivering episodic content. It's another thing entirely when you're the digital equivalent of a department store.

This isn't just something I'm not interested in--I think this is extremely sketchy and unethical business practice. This goes along with "Selling (especially multiple) indirect fake currency you have to use to buy our stuff" as something that, in very specific cases, might be ok but is almost always pretty darn sketchy.
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Star Wars Battlefront does have dedicated servers, but no server browser, or any Battlefield featuresStar Wars Battlefront does have dedicated servers, but no server browser, or any Battlefield features
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High pings all the way!

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And all for the low low price of $100! No thanks lots of cheaper and better games around / coming soon

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Gonzo ® responded to Gwathdring's comment in
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How the deck is stacked against women in e-sportsHow the deck is stacked against women in e-sports
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I think you have to pay very little attention to think that harassment in online games is equitable. Sure, everyone gets harassed. But that's hardly an excuse--that's pretty shit to begin with and we need to do something about it.


But I think it's pretty clear from my time as a gamer that, whether or not it happens to everyone on SOME level, that harassment is not equitable.


Or have you already forgotten "fake geek girls"?

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Sorry if I totally misread your comment (it's 1 AM) but I never implied that harassment in gaming is justifiable, I was just joking. But I don't think most harassment in gaming is targeted towards women.

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Belimawr responded to Gwathdring's comment in
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Guild Wars 2 players furious about Heart of Thorns expansion pricingGuild Wars 2 players furious about Heart of Thorns expansion pricing
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So Arenanet is offering refunds to people who specifically bought the base game in anticipation of the expansion, leaving only people who bought the base game in order to play the base game.


I'm lost. I mean ... what did gamers think they were paying for? Permanent VIP treatment by the company? Should games never be sold at a discount because it's "unfair" to early adopters? Someone else getting a discount isn't the same as you getting ripped off, surely!


So what if its a better bargain for new players? That means more buy-in which means better, longer support for the product which helps continuing players quite substantially. Surely that is a good thing?

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the problem here isn't people wanting permanent VIP, it's the fact that they are bundling the game with the expansion, giving no real upgrade path to existing players.

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no other firm has done this, meaning the original games price is included in the expansion, so there is no option to just buy the expansion as what it is.

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