dium

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  1. GOTFHOTY 2018

    I know Hollow Knight has been out on PC since early last year, but the Switch version is easily my GOTFHOTY, easily.
  2. LucasArts adventure games on GOG and Steam

    Man, if only we lived in a world where the SE version of Monkey Island didn't bother with the modern graphics mode and instead let you swap between the CGA, EGA, and VGA versions of the game.
  3. South Park

    I reject the premise that the way to fight bigotry is by warmly engaging strangers expressing bigoted ideas (politely ignoring them is even worse). It's not that I think those people are innately evil, or doomed to their beliefs forever or whatever, but I just don't think it's pragmatic. The purpose of calling out hate and bigotry isn't to change bigoted minds, it's to establish social norms: if something is unacceptable it needs to be treated as unacceptable. If someone in a socially vulnerable position is being harmed by someone's words or (especially) actions, the response needs to be to shut it down hard. I don't think (publicly) coddling people who express toxic beliefs is likely to change their mind—it might, but I don't think it's likely—but it WILL work towards softening the greater social attitude towards those toxic beliefs, ultimately making life harder for people who are already vulnerable. That's not to say I think saving a bigoted soul, so to speak, is a bad thing to want to do. If you know someone and they have or are forming beliefs you think are evil, it's admirable to try to reverse that. But that's not the responsibility of society as a whole: society needs to react in disgust to things that are disgusting.
  4. Jeff Goldblum

    He does seem to be entering an every-role-is-inherently-a-'cameo' phase.
  5. Gonna do some salesmanship for Golf Story, which I think is a kinda-average game that I happened to really love. Golf Story pefectly fits a niche for the Switch that, now that I've finished the game, I'm clamoring to fill again: a light-hearted and low-stakes (yet engaging) game that's perfectly playable and enjoyable in time increments as small as 30 seconds. I suppose any turn-based (or not-real-time) RPG would fit that bill, mostly, except turn-based RPG combat systems are a hard sell for me and I'm easily bored by the ultra-high-stakes fantasy/sci-fi plots in those games. The writing in Golf Story is often entertaining, but the actual golf story is mercifully simplistic. Anyway, the Switch (and handhelds in general) are where these sorts of games thrive. The ability to play a single hole of golf or chat up a few NPCs while, for example, I'm waiting for bread to toast, is invaluable. I'm very excited for the Switch port of West of Loathing as I suspect it will be the ideal replacement game to fill this niche. Addendum: If you ever played and enjoyed the Camelot Mario sports games for Game Boy, just get Golf Story already. IDK if those Camelot games hold up, but Golf Story is like your rose-tinted memory of them.
  6. 868-HACK is a better game if you pretend, as I do, that those hidden mechanics don't exist. Admittedly, this only really works if you aren't competing with anyone other than yourself for a high score.
  7. Your 2018 Gaming Purchases!

    I had taken somewhat of a break from video games for the first two months of this year. Then my dog died and I impulse bought a Switch as a diversion. Feb 08: Civ 6 Rise & Fall (¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I was never not gonna buy this, but I haven't really played it. Like I said, at the time I wasn't gaming much.) Feb 28: Mario Odyssey (I'm at ~450 moons and still having a good time, but I'm likely to consider this "done" at ~600 moons) Feb 28: Overcooked (Barely touched. Bought it to co-op with my girlfriend, but it's more stressful of an experience than either of us is generally in the mood for) Mar 02: Golf Story (Completed! I liked it!) Mar 10: Into The Breach (I haven't played this as much as I'd like, and it's entirely because it's PC-only. As soon as I can load this up on my macOS work laptop I'm likely to play the shit out of it) Mar 28: Thimbleweed Park (My first double-dip for a Switch version of a game I already own; probably not the last. I played this on PC when it came out and got reasonably far, but never went back when I got stuck... they've since added the hint hotline so I don't think I'll have a problem this time around.)
  8. The Asian Film Thread

    I think I've already stated that I do the exact same thing. But also, I don't know what my "actual" favorite is (there are several contenders) so it might as well be true.
  9. LucasArts adventure games on GOG and Steam

    Curse of Monkey Island is, arguably, why I play PC games. That, and the first two MI games that came bundled with it. Separately: I don't think I've ever obsessed over a game before release as much as I did for Escape from Monkey Island. I was 10, and probably too young to be as disappointed as I think most people were.
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    I don't know if it's a pointless distinction (leaving aside how "hard scifi" and "soft scifi" may be incorrect terms). I know for me there's a hard distinction between scifi movies about ideas/high-concepts and scifi movies that are more about storytelling/low-concepts**. If I'm in the mood for one, I generally do not want the other (technical plausibility basically never factors into it). **does anyone actually use the term "low concept"? I suspect not.
  11. The best thing about the Smash Switch announcement is how many people I now know who are suddenly interested in owning a switch, or at least in hanging out with me to play mine. It's gonna be a game I end up owning even though my personal interest is currently only moderate, because anyone who sees I own a Switch is likely going to ask if we can play Smash and I wanna be ready with an "of course".
  12. Marvel movies

    I had no idea that character was in any other movie until just now. I also didn't know Martin Freeman's character was in any other movie until a week after I saw BP. TBH, I think my ignorance of both those points helped me enjoy the movie more.
  13. I don't know if there's a more specific reason, but I suspect since "y'all" isn't usually a part of Chris or Nick's dialectal vocabulary it could sound unnatural/grating/forced coming out of their mouths.
  14. Marvel movies

    For the record, I also liked it.