-Gespenst- (User)

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Sometimes it's just creative and imaginative laziness. Other times, leaving space for the player's own meaning-creation can be really tastefully done. Shadow of the Colossus does this well for instance.

But yeah, very few games have much in the way of messages, and if they do, they're usually without sophistication or subtlety, and are really ham-fisted.

I think we're living in a time that does such a good job of disguising itself as the pinna... #1
549d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Well, yeah. Sucker Punch are owned by Sony after all. Not like they had the choice to try and make it for any other platform.

Pretty sure PCs from a couple years back could have made this game had Sucker Punch not been in bed with Sony. #42
551d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
It's not about protecting intellectual rights, it's about protecting profits.

Secondly, more and more I'm seeing this gradually warming towards drm. What was "f**k drm" yesterday has become "most users share a (at times a bit exaggerated) dislike for any use of DRM." STOP caving to it people. It's not the future, it's corporate exploitation. Apologists go home, you're going to get us all killed.

In any case, vigila... #14
552d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Well the guitar version of the theme has to do with it being a Warriors game. The Dynasty Warriors series is pretty much just pure butt rock, and it's great. I do understand the concern though.

The whole characters thing is what bothers me. What characters will they include? I can't imagine it'll be as big a roster as a typical warriors game, since there's not really as many major characters in the Zelda series. Ganon and Zelda probably have a shoe in, but oth... #1
553d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Ah the ruthlessness of capitalism.

EA really care about the medium don't they? No wait, they care about money and NOTHING else.

Though to be honest, I can see most game corporations doing this if they got to the position EA is at. This is what money does. #29
556d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Okay, you can believe all that. I've had this argument too many times to care anymore. I'll leave the task to someone else. #7.2.1
556d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
I'm not condemning other cultures any more than I'd condemn elements of western culture. Most cultures have negative elements to them.

Secondly, all those historical examples you gave don't prove a thing. All they suggest is that those people weren't as socially conscious. Of course, history has happened, so they can't do any differently than they did, but it's quite easy to identify those things which they did wrong. In a lot of cases, their culture f... #6.1.3
556d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Look, you don't understand the sense in which I mean sexism. Before you engage in an argument, you'd do well to be actuall read in what you're arguing against.

Just for future reference:

1. attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles. (THIS DEFINITION MOSTLY)

2. discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex, as in restricted job opportunities; especially, such discrimination directed against wom... #7.1.2
556d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
"Morally acceptable acts of the past are deplorable now, and things they never would have done a hundred years ago are now socially acceptable happenings."

"But to assume that there is a universal standard of morals that transcends cultural, societal, and even historical boundaries is utterly ridiculous."

So em, what about raping and murdering a child on a whim? Are you saying that'll become acceptable someday? Are you saying "it... #6.1
557d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
There are some differences between cultures that we ought to be respectful of, but there are others that cultural relativism can't really justify - especially between a single species.

Stuff like this is JUST sexist - and there's no justification for that. And if this kind of thing is okay by a culturally relativist argument, what becomes of our OWN anti-sexism? What moral force can it hold if we're allowing for it's opposite - praising it even. Anti-sexism ne... #7
557d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Doesn't care about the game; cares about the money. #55
557d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
This game is being hyped up (through the media, marketing and consequently most consumers) so much as something revolutionary and new, but I'm pretty confident that once all that hype dissolves post-launch, a more objective analysis will reveal a game that doesn't do a whole lot that can really be called "new." This is one of the problems I have with the gaming industry, and most cultural industries in general: The advertising and marketing makes so many games seem so much m... #17
557d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Spira Unplugged, Challenge, and Servants of the Mountain (3 of the five tracks the writer complains about) are all Hamauzu compositions, so it's not like he "butchered" many songs that weren't his own.

I'm a big fan of both Hamauzu and Nakano, and I'm sure there's some good stuff on there. Plus, isn't there an option to have the non-remastered soundtrack instead?

That said, the harmonic simplification of Spira Unplugged is a... #3
558d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Forced memes are even less funny than actual memes. #15
559d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Both great series', but if I had to choose, it's Final Fantasy over Zelda every time.

Better characters, better worlds, better stories, more depth, better music, more longevity.

Still both great though. #9
559d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
It doesn't matter that it wasn't supposed to be a technical showcase for the Ps4, the fact that it was among the first few available Ps4 games was enough - people wanted a taste of next gen asap.

"Finding all the crystals and gadgets?" Hmmm, sounds like repetitive uninteresting gameplay to me. I'm more talking about the linear, bland level design and the boring combat. Yahtzee kind of sums up quite well why it sucks.

People need to forge... #28.1.1
560d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
But there's loads of good games...? #5
560d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
There's a difference between intelligently tackling dark stuff and ham-fistedly, immaturely tackling that same stuff though. Games in general haven't matured to the point that they can explore things with depth, sophistication, and subtlety. If "dark," "mature" games take a lot of flak, it's because of how much they fail at actually being "mature." A lot of games put up this veneer of "adults only," but the content is ultimately juvenile and... #2.1.1
560d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
Knack is just Crash Bandicoot with the soul ripped out. Half-assed story, lame super broad dreamworks-esque / disney-pixar presentation, terrible art direction for the environments, repetitive uninteresting gameplay. I mean even the guys at Sony didn't think it would be great.

People bought the game because it was one of only a couple of launch titles on the PS4. All the hysterical advertising for next-gen made everyone desperate to experience it (even though it's not... #28
560d ago by -Gespenst- | View comment
"Criticism has the opportunity to be presented in a structured manner as a way to inform an artist of questionable material in which it's up to him/her/them to grow from and become a more enriched artist(s)."

I agree with this, but I feel it's a little bit too individualistic. The individual can't be the measure of all things here. Criticism also has the function of better integrating the individual artist in his community - of making him understand the... #17.3.2
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