Kyir

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  1. Aside from any discussion about what meaningful means, I absolutely would love to see more stuff than the standard sort of puzzles and combat. I think Undertale did a pretty good job in terms of melding the way those two things interact with characters and broader themes, but I'm not sure how much that could be replicated with stories about other topics. Complex themes seem like they're going to necessitate complex gameplay when intermeshed in the way you're describing.
  2. Terminal7 83: End the Run

    Nearly six(?) months after the end of this podcast, I finally played some games of Netrunner. It was fun! Thanks again for all the listening.
  3. I apologize for the short response to a lengthy post, but I can't help but feel like being meaningful is a metric that's impossible to define in this context, and as such isn't particularly useful as a means of evaluating the progression of games as a medium (or any individual game). Just like how people are going to find vastly different things fun, I imagine people are going to find vastly different things meaningful. Given that, I feel a bit doubtful that a closer merging of narrative and gameplay would have significant effects overall. I could just as well say that people probably aren't going to play enough to receive any directed messaging if the gameplay isn't enjoyable, so that should be the foremost concern. That said, I haven't seen Chris' talk either, and I feel like I may be missing something fundamental in the argument here? Sorry if that's the case! Separately, I think the ability of people to draw personal meaning from media that isn't about specific topics or themes is being somewhat underrated here.
  4. Nick beat Gwyn again! There are too many good clips, so I'd recommend just going through them all here: https://www.twitch.tv/idlethumbs/clips?filter=clips&range=7d
  5. The Battlerite Royale variant is free now that it's out of early access! It's really good, and I find the experience of a top-down royale much more pleasant. There's still other kinds of stress, but it feels much less like a constant battle just to see everything around me. I highly recommend it.
  6. I've been enjoying it too, though I'm not good at it by any means. The stark verticality of some areas is a nice change to much flatter royale maps, and I much prefer the ziplines and faster movement to things like cars. I have found it to be significantly less enjoyable playing with random people, but that's part of every game. Being able to play solo at all would be nice.
  7. Nick is back to DS1 in true form! That is, the return of R1 to talk. (He did also do a bunch of parrying out of nowhere too.)
  8. Jesus: The Game

    I'm excited for the fast-paced smiting action promised in promotional videos.
  9. Bloozzard

    Yeah, later versions of Diablo 3 being considered a failure does not making me particularly hopeful about the foundations of future Diablo games. It's admittedly my only played game in the franchise, but I've gotten a few hundreds hours of enjoyment out of it at least. That's not to say it's a perfect game by any means, but I'd be hard pressed to identify anything besides writing that it absolutely tanks. Then again, maybe the fact that it failed to constantly extract money from the players is what they're talking about.
  10. Idle Thumbs Streams

    Additional Nick Moments(TM): The Pizza Backstory Nick hates many things
  11. Bloozzard

    A lot of vanilla's charm for me was how much was unknown about everything (mostly due to a lack of tools and dataminers.) There's a certain sensation with making discoveries (small and large) that you just don't really get with modern WoW, both because of Blizzard's decisions and the prevalence of outside tools. It's also something you can't exactly recreate now.
  12. Idle Thumbs Streams

    Nick had an interesting experience with having pizza delivered on his stream last night (feat. Janel) https://clips.twitch.tv/DependableAverageOryxBatChest (also apparently featuring a bunch of my typos in chat)
  13. Bloozzard

    I both did not know people said that and am in no way surprised people said that.
  14. Bloozzard

    We were denied the true glory of orcs versus humans, but in space!