Pre-Rec: Crypt of the Necrodancer

January 7, 2015792 Comments

Rich Evans is a dancing machine… he travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Jack, with Dancing!


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  • William Remmers

    We won!

  • eddyk

    “video is private”
    You hack fucks.

  • Cacktowl
  • sciencemile

    I think they were trying to do a simultaneous upload both here and to youtube, but wanted to wait for it to show up on youtube until later to encourage people to watch it here first.

    <_< unfortunately the private video function apparently doesn't work that way.

  • After the new years feast comes the dessert. Yum yum!

  • Cacktowl

    Hm, how will Crocodile brain and Lion brain display all their pixel art with only 2 shots throughout episodes?

    Change of presentation?

  • Where’s Paul Verhoeven?

    A camera, B camera. Sitting and talking.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    I really love how these Pre-Rec vids look so polished now.

  • Where’s Paul Verhoeven?

    I realized I am not looking forward to a single AAA title that is coming out any time soon, yet I’ve been playing Nuclear Throne, and Shadowrun, on steam. I’ve grown old.

  • Noah R.

    I’m still waiting for the Pre-Rec covering ME3. I just want to see Rich in all his raging glory!

  • Noah R.

    Yeah, I’ve stopped playing as many AAA games as well.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    I know this example is a “new idea” but do you guys ever get tired of roguelike dungeon crawlers?

  • Notm Sam

    Rich and Jack are having fun playing a video game? What is this sorcery.

  • Noah R.

    Prior to turning the cameras on they each consumed an endurance potion, increasing their health and stamina by +2.

  • DanceK

    But that’s great! I have always wanted to see an RLM private video!

  • Wizard Phoenix
  • Wizard Phoenix

    The desert? Like Ishtar?

  • Sully

    People sitting on couches talking. Shot reverse shot.
    You hack motherfuckin’ frauds.

  • eddyk

    More clips of the game with its original audio would have been nice. How are we supposed to understand the concept of ‘moving in time with the beat’ if we can’t hear the beat.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    These men are pawns.

  • Palpatine

    There should be an Ishtar video game.

  • Cream-A-Thon

    Jazz hands. So. Many. Jazz hands.

  • Sully

    Vultures, blind camels, guys in helicopters shooting at you, and musical numbers?! I think that idea’s wonderful.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    We should make a club, like the AAA apathy club.

    A jazzier name can be thought up later. We’ll even bring donuts!

  • dollar store cashier wife

    this is more like 2nd grade stinky burger.

  • Noah R.

    Occasionally somebody stands up, takes a few steps…… Oh wait…

  • Noah R.

    How about we call ourselves the “hipsters”…

  • Palpatine

    I’d buy that for 20,000 dirham!

  • Wizard Phoenix

    Who ever made it would be the messenger of god!

  • dollar store cashier wife

    It’s a shame the two most interesting AAA games this year are both exclusives to a single console(Bloodborne and Quantum Break)

  • James McKenzie

    IS the Itemographer compatible with my Michael Meyers InsaneOmeter?

  • Palpatine

    The scene where Beatty and Hoffman sing “Little Darlin'” should be done in a Dance Dance Revolution style.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    Nono. That club already exists. They’re the ones who play AAA games ironically. Their club is called “Mock AAA One.”

    In Great Britain, they’re just dickheads.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVmmYMwFj1I

  • Palpatine

    They should rename that to the Plinkett Insane-O-Meter, since Plinkett makes Myers look like a upstanding citizen in comparison.

  • Noah R.

    Lol!

  • Thanatos2k

    So….wait until it’s out of early access and 50% off. Steam Summer Sale 2015 material.

  • Palpatine
  • Sully

    For fucksake, Palpy. You’re really making me want to play this game. Oh well, this’ll have to do for now…

    http://like.allmyfaves.com/like/site/name/nothingsgonnastopmenow.com/

  • Noah R.

    I’m surprised I haven’t seen that before.

  • Thanatos2k

    Bloodborne?
    Xenoblade Chronicles?
    Witcher 3?

  • Thanatos2k

    WHOAH. Something freaky just happened. YOUR GIF DISPLAYED.

  • Like Icare

    They went straight to a sequel.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_Ishtar

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    It’s wonderfully absurd and catchy at the same time.

  • NotRickBerman

    45st

  • craptonium

    They are called AAA, because they have nothing going for them except graphics and cinematics, in my dictionary.
    It’s parallel to Hollywood now. They want to feed you simple and digestible shit that leaves the most room for focusing on the graphical/CGI aspect. Meaning we are still stuck on the same limited input on console controllers that hasn’t changed for 3 continuous gens, which means the same copy pasted gameplay that still can’t fit a 21 year old game like TIE Fighter or modern attempts at innovative and deep gameplay like with Mount&Blade. This in turn means they can focus on impressing you with graphics and cinematics, and only that, without focusing on the substance that is gameplay. The great thing about using the console industry to force this anti-gameplay pro-graphics fad [the brainwash apparent over all the propaganda and lies during the PS4/XboxOne unveiling when they hyped graphics and hardware power without any mention of what makes games be games: gameplay],
    is that it trickles into PC which must share the same games and force itself to dumb the standards down to console controller standards.
    Throw the substance, the innovation, the gameplay, out the window and make everyone have a hardon for cinematic experience and graphics, while justifying it by appealing to the “couch simplicity”, and “simplicity” overall as the mentality of the vast console base, which then trickles to justify that the past 3 gen’s controllers have an “ok” input standard.
    It kind of all fits now that i think about it. The console manufacturers have devised a perfect lower standard infinite circle system where they justify the lower standards in genius ways and create a circle of confusion that manages create conflict whenever the standards are being questioned. They then pour all their minds into upping the standards of one thing: graphics, because people are easy to control with it, it gives that “omph” factor instantly, and all people can appreciate it, even idiots.
    Hollywood and gaming sure have merged well. That’s my 2 cents at least.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    I sometimes feel that the criticisms they hurl at AAA titles can easily be thrown at the indies they’ve played. That’s a really damning statement, but when I see a game title with pixel-art characters, I know it’s Jack’s pick, and I feel they’re going to generally approve it, despite flaws inherent in the game.

    It’s the other side of the coin for “It’s a AAA, I gave it a legitimate attempt, but still hate it.”

  • Wizard Phoenix

    And then a first person shooter segment. “He’s aiming at us!”

  • Noah R.

    What is it with Ricks?

  • Inkall

    Personally I always like to buy my indie games direct from the devs if at all possible, failing that a site that gives drm free and a steam code.

    It being steam only does give me that “just wait for a sale” mentality.

    Either way though it’s very rare that I will touch and early access game, I’ve learned my lesson with those, with the exception of Kerbal Space Program which will probably be in “beta” forever having stuff added to it, they usually aren’t worth jumping in early.

  • Noah R.

    Pretty much sums it up.

  • I Shot J.R

    *Not Ricks.

  • I Shot J.R

    I think they’re wonderful.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    It’s pretty ironic that for all the praises indies get as the beacon of innovation and creativity the market itself is just as saturated and cliched as AAA is.

  • NotRickBerman

    Ricks not Ricks will be the name of my next punk rock band.

  • Sully

    56nd

  • Taylor Evans

    Seems like a cool feature with phones would to also somehow link the beats to the music on your phone. Just if any of the makers of this watched this video then read the comments.

  • Sully

    That’s too much content for one comment. Is there a console version? Perhaps something in 8-bit?

  • Sully

    The Rich giveth and the Rich taketh away.

  • Kaitscralt

    Crypt of the 4234

  • Unlawfulsoul

    You guys should check out This War of Mine. I really really like it, and I think it’s your guys’ speed. It’s a shame that the truly big money goes to rehashed game concepts, but I find it pretty encouraging in the industry overall that small developers are getting enough money to do cool games like this one. Ending on a question though: why have RTS’ (or really strategy as a whole) largely died out with the exception of a very small number of games that don’t end up being all that popular? It seems like a huge gap in the industry right now. Really enjoying the show. Keep it up.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    Because MOBA’s kinda devoured the RTS market.

  • Sully

    *3234

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    yay content!

  • fred

    Mike and Jay are the true hacks.

  • fred

    I love their videos and they do make great points, but at the same time I have to agree with Mike in that many of their favorite games look like “blueprints to a house”, which mainly applies to the indie titles that they automatically revere over AAA.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.
  • Palpatine

    I agree. Mostly because I care for video games as much as Mike does.

  • fred

    One thing the whole RLM gang has in common is their uncanny tolerance for boring shit. In order for a film to bore them, it needs to be pretty f(holiday special)cking boring. This applies to Jack and Rich, as they can and will sit for hours playing some mind numbing shit.

  • fred
  • shogunmaster

    A PreRec vid? Oh this year is year is already off to a bad start..

  • Palpatine

    Yet again I agree with you. After seeing the things show to us in the stream (i.e. Instant Adoring Boyfriend, Blood Shack, etc.), you really got to hand to the gang for being so tolerant of having to sit through that un-watchable shit.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    i love their gaming choices. i have no interest in the whole online gaming thing. i want a campaign mode damn it!

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    RichJack did you ever play Mechwarrior 2. (BEST GAME EVER!)

  • WWWurF

    I wish they talked about some bigger games that they think will be good that are coming out. You guys should really look into No Man’s Sky. It’s even procedurally generated!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLtmEjqzg7M

  • Torgo’s Giant Knees

    It still needs couches and blue-screened windows in the background with shit flying around before it can be classified as rhyming poetry.

  • Now I Have A Machine Gun

    What, their bias for things they like over the things that other people like?

  • Sully

    Ew. What elementary school did you go to?

  • Robby

    Both of them are excited for No Man’s Sky, if their E3 coverage is any indication.

  • Thomas Goresen

    When Rich stood up, I was waiting for him to go to a window, stare out for a bit, and sit back down.

  • James McKenzie

    Rich came up with the Insane-O-meter on the Halloween commentary. But we all know it was already patented by Van Helsing when he first tracked Plinkett in the late 1800’s.

    What? This is a totally legit thing.

  • Wizard Phoenix

    Only because you are played by Mike

  • Wizard Phoenix

    Where is the 2014 Recap and Inherent Vice review?!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    And the 9000CoMmEnTaPoCaLyPsE has been averted! ISHTAR be praised!!!!

  • tOmy`

    Well, I did a nice thing this Christmas. I got myself a new gaming laptop and I was finally able to get my hands on Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I was kinda looking forward to it, was wondering, if it’s really THAT good and why.

    Long story short: I finished it once. Then I had to play it on hard again. Then I had to play new game + with commentary track. And I am looking forward to finishing it again, because then I will be able to play it again.

    FUCKING HELP ME.

  • Palpatine

    After Space Cop.

  • Harry Charles

    I love your videos, as someone who needs closed captions, I would enjoy it a lot more if you touched them up. Thanks for all the free laughs!

  • tOmy`

    I think (out of those mentioned in the video) Metal Gear Solid and Saints Row pretty much surpass the whole idea of “AAA” games being generic, average schlock.

    I know, I know, it is like the 86th sequel of these games but come the fuck on, in the era of CoD mainstream and still boringness, I think these are exactly the two titles to watch for as they break the “line” (for better or worse).

  • Th-Th-Timmey

    Indie scene is bigger than before, more accessible, games are more innovative, crowd-funding is available for game devs with good ideas, there are multiple ways of finding new and exciting games as well as checking them out before buying (letsplays, youtube channels, more gaming portals than ever). That alone suggests that not everyone is going for AAA titles. Play what you want, stop bitching about things that will not change. Someone will enjoy Bay’s movies, someone enjoys latest CoD. Who are we to tell them they are wrong and should watch/play something else, who cares anyway? Theres a lot of choice out there, so choose. I stopped playing single player games because I personally enjoy PvP competition and thrill of out-playing and out-smarting a human opponent than fighting an AI or a script, so I chose to play competitive multiplayer games, thats my niche. Find yours and enjoy it.

    PS: By the way, AAA doesn’t always mean dumb. I quite enjoyed Crysis 3, its was a challenging (on high difficulty setting), beautiful and immersive experience. Witcher 2 was also an amazing game, with a great story and characters. Recent Dragon Age looks great. I don’t see how any of those games are dumb, unless you are strictly walking about CoD and BF.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Oh Jack… what a face! (0:15)
    Didn’t your mother ever tell you it might get stuck that way?? …In the form of a gif?

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    It’s LAra Croft, not Laura Croft, you hacks.
    Also, isn’t Evolve the one that lets at least one person play as the monster in multiplayer? I’m not sure if it’s completely untrodden ground, but that sounded kind of interesting at least.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    For me, it’s just that AAAs have come to service a more narrow selection of genres than in the past. I think that’s contributed to some of the resentment against them. Meanwhile, people who still get someone out of those genres get annoyed by all the griping against AAA-ness, and it’s created this kind of factional split I guess? :

  • Doofmaz

    The funkiest shopkeepers are still the ones in Secret of Mana for SNES.

  • Robby

    You’re a terrible influence, stop it!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I think it’s probably wise not to come into No Man’s Sky with too many expectations though. I worry that hype will be disastrous for that title.
    That being said, I’m sure they’ll check it out when it actually arrives.

  • Thanatos2k

    You can send money in an envelope directly to the developers if you feel guilty about buying things on sale.

    Thing is, I have a backlog of 20+ games to play. There’s no reason to buy at full price now.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Hey Debbie!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Just because you’re too wizened and decrepit, and thus lack the fine motor skills and reaction times to play them! You old hag!

  • Palpatine

    How high do I rank on the Insane-O-Meter?

  • Rick_Berman

    Fuck you not Rick Berman.

  • James McKenzie

    Charming, with a flair for the melodramatic. Bonus points for killing the ‘younglings’ aka the worstest name ever and it has ground my gears for years.

  • James McKenzie

    It wasn’t the best game ever, but when I was like 14, it was freaking amazing.

  • Palpatine

    So who ranks higher than me?

  • Rene Belloq 12 inch Figure

    I wish this show was killed instead of those cartoonists.

  • Annabelle

    I like Steam because I always feel like even if the developers aren’t getting all the money, at least I’m still possibly funding the next great Valve single-player game, even if it has been almost 4 years since the last one.

  • Big Mclargehuge

    BEHOLD! White people dancing…
    http://youtu.be/mxPgplMujzQ

  • Big Mclargehuge
  • Charlie_Bailey

    Pixels-to-models really started killing RTS maybe? as resolutions and displays got better, models and textures get more detailed but harder to differentiate from the kinds of top-down control that were commonplace, look how messy controlling RA 3 is compared to RA 2

  • James McKenzie

    Well, Harry Plinkett, oh, and any Justin Bieber fans. That dude from Ancient Aliens, Gary Busey, he’s batshit insane if anyone is.

  • Last Action Mero

    The Order is a third (not first) person shooter. That’s pretty obvious just from the one second clip that you showed. Very lazy, gentlemen.

  • DrunkThot .

    This one is even better, about 4 min in
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnrbdNjf-aw

  • Sully

    Then they should play Faith Fighter

    http://www.molleindustria.org/en/faith-fighter/

  • Sully

    You swine! There is only one Rich, and Ishtar is his prophet.

  • Sully

    I’m just pissed that Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies are only getting updates for their mobile (Tablet/Smartphone) versions. Fuck. That. Shit.

  • omitted

    But we only learned it from the Gospel of Jay.

  • instant relief

    These comments are over 9.

  • instant relief

    Only 2 hours? I am disappoint.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    You gotta admit, it’s pretty great in the right company, though.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    The funny thing is, I think used to be the other way around: GIF only appears after refreshing.

  • James McKenzie

    Rich Evans has a ring of charisma, increasing his by a base stat of 9, and he also has an R5 astromech unit, but, uh, it’s not a stat you want to know about.

  • James McKenzie

    Amazing it is, what a child’s mind can… Blah blah blah

  • Jake Wilson

    You know guys, there are games that are neither AAA nor indie. You always seem to be begging for new ideas but Japanese games constantly create new and unique gameplay mechanics. Even within the JRPG genre there will always be at least one new mechanic with every new JRPG. If you guys really think there’s nothing new about you should try playing more Japanese games. Some of the more unique ones?: Resonance of Fate, Yakuza, Folklore, Valkyria Chronicles, Star Ocean and Ni No Kuni. I do sometimes complain about this new indie craze but only because I feel Japanese games are so criminally under-rated and even unheard of among your average gamer who just plays Call of Duty and Assassins Creed every year!

  • Sully

    Are you calling Jack a tall child?

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    I don’t care what kinds of games Jack likes.
    He has a lovely-love-is-loving-lovely singing voice.

    I want moar of that.

    #Out

  • Sully

    I’d tell you to get in line, but can 1 person really be considered a line?

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    The beat-based movement seems like it would frustrate the hell out of me. The last thing I want is movement to feel like a chore. Unless I’m playing QWOP, that is.

    The singing shopkeeper was the highlight of the video for me. What a brilliant game mechanic.

  • James McKenzie

    With respect to your viewpoint, I feel that not only do they service a smaller genre, but they screw around with what we like when they make sequels, as well as making nasty expansions. Take for example, Red Alert. It started out golden, and by RA3 it was a steaming turd, the simplicity and balance was gone, they changed shit. People don’t like stuff that’s different. I don’t want polar bears with lasers on their heads.

    Another problem is companies like Blizzard,,they update their games, such as Diablo or Warcraft (wow that is, which I don’t play) and when they do so, they make all previous equipment, classes, and abilities redundant. It doesn’t make the game feel fresh, it makes it feel like you have been dumped on. Companies that make AAA games needs to listen to their consumers, and make real changes that don’t destroy the things we love, when they make sequels, rather then just hiring big name actors to do their audio, and talking about how amazing their cut scenes are. Maybe then, we might care.

  • James McKenzie

    im waiting for RLM to go full Lucas, with the Amazing Bulk featuring in shot-reverse shot

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    And besides, when have I ever listened to you?

  • Sully

    I’m your greatest influence. Admit it.

  • Sully

    I had to rematch the vid. I thought you were talking about the weird shit he does with his hands at the beginning of the segment. (0:04)
    Though either make for appropriate gif material.

  • sepiajack

    ZUMA!!!!

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    “The Itemographer” reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRmRMnVULs8

  • Robotpals

    Hey, Crocodile Brain and Lion Brain are not not about things they don’t like!

  • Rich

    Hilarious editing, Jack, kudos. Was the end shot kind of a stare out to the creators to port it to a mobile device? hahaha What?

  • BlowingBubbles

    This post is racist. Also, whether JRPGs always introduce new mechanics or not is debatable. What is NOT debatable however, is that to enjoy those mechanics, you will have to sit through 800 hours of bad anime-inspired cutscenes where moody pre-teens with spikey hair prattle on in irritating high-pitched voices.

  • Uncle Dan

    I’m not sure they’re criminally underrated, considering that the Final Fantasy series is one of the best selling RPG franchises of all time.

    Rich said he likes Vanquish, which is a Japanese game. He’s not a fan of JRPGs because they typically have a very dry combat system.

    In any case, they like the games they like. You like the games you like. Isn’t it nice when people can all like what they like?

  • Uncle Dan

    They’re not so much talking about casual games as the elitist attitude of some gamers for not being as hardcore as they are.

  • Uncle Dan

    I loved it at the time. They really haven’t made a good Mechwarrior game ever since.

    Actually has anyone made a giant robot simulation game well at all since?

  • BlowingBubbles

    Enough with the filler content, where’s my half in the bagel? What is this, the opening to Kingdom Hearts 2?

  • Uncle Dan

    GoG and Humble Bundle also have sales. 😛

  • Uncle Dan

    Aren’t they all basically manchildren in the way all us older nerds are?

  • Uncle Dan

    It’s a bit of a generalisation, though. Everything about Super Time Force Ultra seems like it would be Jack’s kind of thing, but it isn’t. I tried it and I rather enjoy it.

    The basic difference is that Indie games are so much cheaper to develop so they can afford to try something different, which is what Jack and Rich seem to be after. AAA games involve so much more money that it’s more prudent to play it safe in design, which is less interesting.

  • TapewormBike

    Neeeeeeeeeeeeerds.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    My observation has more to do with Jack’s undying love for the type of games he plays, which makes his criticism of AAA titles a bit hypocritical.

    It’s not that AAA or Indies are better or worse than the other, it’s that he’s resolute to a type of game and doesn’t stray too far from it, while slamming others, whether player or company, for being stuck in their ways.

  • TapewormBike

    I like Duane Nukem better anyway. Also, I am not that much of a gamer anymore (since I was like 15), but I saw that Evolve thing and it makes me think of Giants :Citizen Kabuto, which was positively an awesome game with a playable huge ass monster.

  • TapewormBike

    Is that before or after new Plinkett(s)?

  • fred

    …after he raves about slaughtering women and children.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Heh… was that a dig at Metal Gear Kiefer at the end there?

  • TapewormBike

    On that topic, would you guys appreciate as much as me seeing Rich and the others (well, mostly Rich I guess) babbling about comics? I have no time to read those either, but it used to be my prefered way of nerding it out. I am chewing my way through the Pre Rec streams, surely there are some nuggets there, but still.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I see your theological conflict, and raise you a sectal split! Also, I now get to have many, many, many husbands.

  • Jillian

    I love the “Caution: White People” label. Nice touch, but it doesn’t detract from Rich Evans’ attractiveness in the slightest.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Hey! You get out of here with that maturing-out-of-childhood thing!

    Also, since kabuto means helmet: I can’t help picturing a combination of Citizen Kane and Space Balls (with a little baseball thrown in).

  • Uncle Dan

    Man I loved Citizen Kabuto back in the day. Three different playstyles, all rather fun.

  • TapewormBike

    That, but wackier.

  • Percy Gryce

    I haven’t slept in days, so I’m a bit grouchy. In other words, don’t ask me how much I hated this episode of Pre-Rec. I will note, though, that those backgrounds were not good. I’d prefer to look at Jack’s kitchen or the junk pile that is Rich’s office.

    In any case, after a drought of a couple of months, @percygryce2:disqus VHS Hunter is back. I turned up some good stuff yesterday. I’ll be shipping them off to RLM in the next few days. Look for those tapes on the WOTW sometime in August of 2016. Ooohhh.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I don’t feel like Japan-side is still fulfilling that ideal as much lately. I’ve seen the stuff coming out there get less and less interesting and imaginative (on average), as they try to appeal to a narrowing domestic consumer base (mostly consisting of otaku and mobile-gamers at this point).
    PS2 era and before it was pretty great though…

  • Uncle Dan

    I mentioned that the FF series was one of the best selling RPG franchises of all time, but it really seems like they have gotten less and less imaginative as their graphics department budgets have increased.

    Though out of the OPs list, I actually really want to try Valkyria Chronicles.

  • Now I Have A Machine Gun

    My first thought was Kevin Spacey in Call of Duty, but I think if we could only think of one example we couldn’t complain about it as a widespread problem.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Ugh, don’t get me started on that franchise… I used to be a huge FF fan, but they thoroughly burned their bridges with me during the PS3 generation. It will take an enormous amount of convincing to get me to buy anything from SquareEnix at this point.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    The thing is that neither of them seem to read much comics anymore, so they’d probably just end up babbling about old classics that everyone already knows about anyway. And I don’t think they know enough about comics to avoid getting called out on their ignorance all the time.

    Curious, all this reminds me of some video game show I once saw but I can’t quite put a finger on it.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    Preach it brother.RPG is one of the few genres where the story matters and I’m not ready to sit though scripts so bad Brazzers would reject them.(which is the standard quality of a JRPG script)

  • Robby

    I just imagine you backpacking through the Canadian wilderness to discover hidden troves of VHS tapes lost to time.

  • Uncle Dan

    SquareEnix is a pretty big company so they make lots of things. I enjoyed Tomb Raider and Sleeping Dogs.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Eh, there has been a growing prejudice against Japanese games as the console generations go on. But I’m not sure it’s 100% unjustified? With all the Hatsune Miku and fanserviceyness in rpgs lately, I’ve been getting a little frustrated myself. :X

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    That and Kevin Spacey like mentioned below. Then there’s Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe in Beyond: Two Souls: The interactive cinematic experience. And I guess replacing Michael Ironside as Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell with Some Boring Hot Guy kind of applies, as well. Even though I don’t know if he’s any known actor.

    As someone who admires voice actors, I think it’s a very annoying trend that’s taking the jobs of people who actually know what they’re doing. Good actor doesn’t equal good voice actor.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    The Eidos side of it is somewhat distinct too.
    I’m just saying the company name “SquareEnix” makes blood vessels pop in my head nowadays. Any game that wants to court me will have to get past that bias (and vomiting of blood).

  • Uncle Dan

    There are so many great games out there, I see no reason to be too loyal to a company unless they’ve really earned it. My original love for Bioware has really waned in the last years though that’s not entirely their fault. Aside from story problems in ME3, you could also really feel the weight of corporate decisions from EA.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I’d rather see Rich in his underwear, slumped in a char with a beer loosely hanging out of one hand, muttering about comic storylines from 10-30 years ago.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Someone slap an Utada Hikaru song over this episode!

  • Uncle Dan

    @omitted:disqus is going to imagine Jay in that picture instead, isn’t he…

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Ah, you’ve met Omitted. :3

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Don’t make me slap you with a fish!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I kind of want to hear how much Percy hated this episode of PreRec… *twiddles forefingers*

  • TapewormBike

    That was basically what I had in my head. Besides the voices.

  • TapewormBike

    I would gladly die in the monty pythoniest way .

  • TapewormBike

    Tell us more about your adventures oh grumpy one!

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    He and his moose companion, together forever, trekking for the media that time has long forgot.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    Hope everything’s okay.

    If you’re going to post pictures of kidney stones, for whatever reason, please include a side-by-side pic of Jessica Alba and Harry Dean Stanton.

    For the sexiness.

  • Now I Get It

    Into it. No cuckold. Murder-suicide by jealousy only. Reply me with details of pecking order and bed rotor.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I will award chore points, which confer temporary rank and privileges. Hope you like washing dishes and plunging toilets, NIGI~

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Canadian wilderness? He’s Percy Gryce, not Captain America!

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Toon soon?

    [That was a typo but it was too topical to correct.]

  • TapewormBike

    Oh man, I frogot about Percy’s problems. Hang in there buddy, hopefully us making fun you will help.

  • Sully

    How much did you hate this episode of Pre-Rec?

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Capitaine Montreal? Huh-huh-huh!
    “VHS-eh, je te plumerai!”

    (I don’t know where this is going…)

  • Sully

    Flesh wounds it is.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    Even when you fail you succeed. I applaud you, Taco.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    You are reliably merciless, foxy-loxy. <3

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Even better! Just photo-shop celebrity heads over each individual kidney stone?

  • Jake Wilson

    Really? Of the games I mentioned only Star Ocean has the elements you mentioned and I’m having trouble thinking of many other JRPGs that have a terrible story. White Knight Chronicles or Enchanted Arms maybe but I thought they were just bad games in general…

  • Sully

    “Frogot.” The story of an amphibian occupational therapist.

  • Jake Wilson

    I’ve never played any game like Valkyria Chronicles so if you can find anything like it I’d love to know! =D

  • TapewormBike

    From what I gather (God, I feel so old), inide games are usually about executing one idea really well and AAA games are about keeping up with other AAAs and thus end up as sorta bland mush. Am I right, cool people?

  • TapewormBike

    I am keeping it there for your amusement

  • Jake Wilson

    Well I hated Xiii-2 and Xiii-3 but I think the fact that Tetsuya Nomura has been involved so much in FF XV is a good thing as he directs Kingdom Hearts.

  • Punkster

    That dancing Rich was doing reminded me of myself earlier today, while I begin running water from the tap to fill the kettle, I then suddenly felt the need to take a looooong piss.
    Not in the kettle btw, we do have toilets in Scotland… We call it England. 😉
    (sorry English RLM viewers, just kidding)

  • Punkster

    pretty much sums it up
    EDIT: Except one is near Bankruptcy and the other is near Creative Bankruptcy.

  • Uncle Dan

    The indie scene also has plenty of imitators too, of course. So many side scrolling brawlers…

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    My main TBS experiences come from FF Tactics, Tactics Ogre, Onimusha Tactics, etc.. I know the visual presentation of Valkyria is pretty different from these (kind of reminded me of Operation Darkness I guess?), but wasn’t sure how much the mechanics actually deviated.
    I’ll ask my friend who’s played a bunch of them.

  • Punkster

    Do you have kidney troubles? That’s a coincidence, as on New Years Day, I was rushed into he hospital with a stone in my kidney.
    It’s not the first me it has happened but it is the first time in many many years and it happened twice over a three day period.
    So if that is something you suffer from, I can sympathise with that.
    I keep getting told, “It’s the closest a man will ever get to labour pains.” By Doctors and friends alike, as if that is some compensation while screaming the roof of the building.
    Also if that is true… I’m amazed the human race still exists.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    AAA titles suffer from the same problems as big-budget movies. Fussy exec, focus-grouped blandery, trying to milk IPs for all their worth and recoup their bloated investments.
    Also, Too many cooks, too many cooks. …So much, so much lo-o-ove!

  • In The Court Of The Evans King

    Yes, of course, but the film “Blue Ruin” came to my mind right now.

    Despite having its own autencity, the movie itself is not original at all. It’s a classic revenge story. However, when you learn the filmmaking process you feel impressed. A low-budget and very engaging film is magnified by your thoughts on the ‘making of’, or, if you didn’t like it, for the hard work put in to it, the filmmakers earn your respect.

    I believe that’s exactly what happens with this… aggrandizement of indie titles no matter how much repetitive they are.

  • Palpatine
  • omitted

    May I have multiple Jays? Past a.k.a. Amish Jay, current Jay, future Jay, future future Jay…

  • “or How Mario Bros. is more Immersive than Call of Duty”

    Episode hasn’t even been made, and I already like it.

  • Palpatine

    Don’t forget about Clean-Shaven Jay from around 2012.

  • Piehawker

    Was Crypt OF THE Necrodancer written by Len Kabininski??

  • Percy Gryce

    What does the fox say?

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Sure. All we need is a vat, a molted beard, and a complete lack of medical ethics!

  • Percy Gryce

    I do suffer from stones. And you’re not the first to ask me if that’s my problem. Fortunately, that’s not it. Just too much work. Of course, the stress will probably lead to stones, so I’ve got that to look forward to.

    Stay strong, Punkster. Drink more water. And while those doctors and friends are standing around comforting you with their words of mercy, tell them to give you some morphine. The kind where you control the pump. And then push that button–like you’re in labor: push, push, push . . . .

  • Percy Gryce

    Frogot = frog legs + escargot

  • Percy Gryce

    That actually happened (kinda): the last time I was in Maine, I found the remains of a mom&pop video store in a Goodwill Hunting. I fed some of the tapes to my moose, but the rest I sent to Jay. (None has shown up on BOTW yet. Of course, if they turned that into a weekly series, we see a lot more weird vids . . . .)

  • Percy Gryce

    It’s flowing . . . .

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Joanne Frogot? I love her in Downtown Abby! (When she isn’t getting sodomized to Kiri Te Kanawa.)

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    /slow clap

  • Uncle Dan

    Does he also steal cars from his friends?

  • Percy Gryce

    I don’t want to jinx my finds, but I was starting to think that good bad VHSes had disappeared. Like the truth, they’re still out there.

  • TapewormBike

    Is not the Curse of the Wooooolf!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I believe you’re thinking of “Jig of the MummyBiter”. :<

  • TapewormBike

    You just made me feel nostalgic twice, you wonderful Gryce you.

  • Dan

    Yeah, looking forward to that one. This could be a interesting path to take for a game show, to philosophize about gaming instead of review and recommending games.

  • TapewormBike

    So you like to play with Wii I presume….

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Alright, I crammed as much dumbness as possible in before noon. I’m out!
    /keyboard drop

  • Guest
  • Sully

    I can assure you it’s probably irrelevant.

  • TapewormBike

    And double dumbass on you!

  • Sully

    It’s Wii U now, Tape. Get with it, flibbertigibbet.

  • Sully
  • TapewormBike

    Which of ’em plays the best Tic Tac Toe?

  • piropodm

    Looking for the next episode.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    It’s not here. Try under the bed.

  • Sully

    That’s a good way to break your keyboard… and our hearts.

  • piropodm

    Oh, shit. It is not under the bed…
    Oh, maybe it is in your assssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Sully

    As long as it’s the beer that’s the only thing loosely hanging out, then that’s okay.

  • Now I Get It

    *…

    You’ve been Butterick’s-ized.

  • TapewormBike

    I am in your ass. Still nothing

  • TheZaius

    Play Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, you hack pawns!
    That’s what we call ’em these days, right?

  • TapewormBike

    I always knew I wanted to see Rich in every movie role possible, but I never thought of him as the potential prothagonist of Flashdance before.

  • Hahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah hahahahaahhahahahahahahahahahahahaaha
    =)
    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

  • Ogrot

    You read the youtube comments didn’t you…

  • Ogrot
  • TapewormBike

    I have now. Can I get a blanket?

  • BlowingBubbles

    I thought Valkyria Chronicles fit the bill perfectly. It was a very juvenile presentation and hit all the notes I mentioned, IMO. Their spikey hair was even a major plot point. Leave it to Japan to try and downplay World War 2. I haven’t played the other games you mentioned, so I can’t comment on them.

    But besides that, I don’t think it would take but 10 minutes to compile a long list of games that fall into this pattern.

    And on a side note, why are there seemingly only 6 voice actors in all of Anime/JRPG and why do they all have the worst voices ever (Except that guy who plays Edward in Full Metal)?

  • James McKenzie

    Yes, that’s the ticket. But more so, if you get a great actor in to voice dialogue for your shitty game, it doesn’t really matter if your game is still a shitty game, they aren’t likely to elevate it.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    No. Boo! Direct me to the end credits of FEEDING FRENZY now or do penance.

    Your choice, but I should tell you, penance involves, um, the ISHTAR trailer.

  • Thanatos2k

    Wait a minute, that ain’t Rick Berman….

  • Thanatos2k

    MOBAs are RTS for the ADD generation who can only focus on one unit because micro is hard.

    …..I was good at Dota though.

  • Thanatos2k

    That’s because RA3 sucks ass because it was made by EA, not Westwood.

    Graphical design is an important part of game design, and some games are better than others at it.

  • ninja egyptologist

    How much to I have to donate to the patreon to see Rich twerk?

  • Thanatos2k

    Yeah….I tried playing it again like 10 years later, it was intolerable.

  • Thanatos2k

    Zone of the Enders.

  • TapewormBike

    20 000 dirh…eh

  • Thanatos2k

    Gamers don’t hate casual games implicitly, they hate the monetization methods present in nearly every casual game.

  • Thanatos2k

    It’s either action adventure, shooter, or MMO.

  • Thanatos2k

    Natural Selection did that over a decade ago.

  • Thanatos2k

    And the cat shopkeeper.

  • Thanatos2k

    Complains about sweeping generalizations.
    Makes sweeping generalizations.

  • Thanatos2k

    There’s 12 voice actors in ALL of English video gaming, they’re not limited to just localizations.
    (*coughJenniferHaleNolanNorthcough*)

  • James McKenzie

    I like those games where you customised every facet of your force and completed the campaign, with different chassis, weapons, etc, but games don’t do that anymore, it’s just RTS with whatever pre-programmed units are available, and the world is so shiny and over-populated that the game just wants to crash, even on a high-end PC, games like SupCom. SupCom was better then most tho, because at least it gave you a SHITLOAD of different units to pick from. I liked that game, then SupCom2 was like “Successful formula, liked by the fans? Nah, lets just get a sequel out there asap, ditch 75% of the units.”

  • Thanatos2k

    That’s not really the SquareEnix part, that’s the Eidos part.

  • Thanatos2k

    When you don’t focus so much on graphics, you can focus more on the gameplay.

  • Thanatos2k

    More because side scrollers are much easier to make than other things.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    Hmm… It’s gotta be in Urehatt then. But where’s Urehatt?

  • dollar store cashier wife

    Now back to 9/11.

  • instant relief

    I have have a very tiny penis.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    “have have”
    Two haves make a hole, so this translates to:
    “I hole a very tiny penis.”
    Is hole a verb in this sentence? I’m so confused.
    HELP.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    You say ‘ass’ like a snake. Indiana Jones hates you.

  • NotRickBerman

    Wait, you ruined this franchise too?

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Yeah, sure, a wet blanket.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    “cool people”

    You’re in the RLM webzone comments section. This is like trying to hail a cab on the Moon.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    dont dont about penis you don’t like

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I agree, except Blue Ruin isn’t so much a classic revenge story as it is a subversion of those stories and many of the tropes that go along with it. We see a reclusive, feeble, ill-equipped man trying to carry out this revenge and failing in many aspects. In the end I feel it shows the folly in the character’s actions and that the revenge did more harm than good. Hell, he even puts his estranged sister and her family in danger.

  • NotRickBerman

    When you Hole a very tiny penis, it means your penis shrunk and shriveled up at the thought of Courtney Love.

    Or Courtney Cox. Either or.

  • Sully

    *Courtney Cocks

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I think it was Percy who talked to me last year about my ellipses. I then went from “Hello…” to “Hello …”.

    Not even sure if that’s an improvement or not. Should I be doing this: “Hello . . .”, or “Hello⋮”, or “Hello ⋯”, or “Hello ⋰”, or “Hello ⋱”, or …

  • Raúl

    Rich Evans, please come to my house and bed wy wife so I can raise your offspring.

  • Evil Octopus

    so.,.. :.’.. .. …. Dragon Age??????
    ?

  • Sully

    Have / Halve
    Hole / Whole
    What’s not to get?

  • Palpatine

    $3,234,423.

  • mgproductions

    Evolve is actually looking really good, rich evans doesnt know what he’s talking abut.

  • Ogrot

    Don’t don’t about very tiny penis.

  • Palpatine

    Look crocodile penis! Like lion penis.

  • Like Icare

    That’s about 5,444.843 dollars.
    http://aed.fx-exchange.com/usd/20000-exchange-rates.html

    It’s really a shame that neither Patreon nor Ebay offer payment in Dirham. There’s always snail-mail I guess…

  • Sully

    Translation:
    In my opinion, Evolve is actually looking really good. Rich Evans doesn’t agree with me.

  • Ogrot

    Sully don’t you understand that the world needs to objectively evaluate things in ways that agree with my subjective tastes in things?

  • Now I Get It

    Yeah, it was Percy. I almost dug out the comment link.

    My ellipsis use has gone way up since then, and I’ve always used Butterick’s, with one exception (I think). Kind of like after you posted how to create bold, italics, etc. They might even have been in the same thread, as I recall posting two almost identical replies within minutes, re: “My life begins today.”

    Rule of thumb: when some thing seems irrelevant or too obvious or too arcane to mention, mention it anyway. I can’t get enough o’ that shit.

    Thank you both.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Holing a tiny penis can be every bit the accomplishment that holing a large penis might be, because, as your woman will tell you: It is not the size; it is the fit.

    Courtney Cox, however, insists on the big, big caulk.

  • mgproductions

    He refereed to it as a ‘bland looking first person shooter’ as if it was just another generic triple A title, Rich Evan disagrees with me but from hearing his reaction to Evolve it appears he has little idea of what the game actually is. I was fortunate enough to play the alpha at Supernova and it’s got a lot of depth, which is to be expected by the guys who created Left 4 Dead, another fantastic game that’s mechanics still stands up to this day. He refers to ‘first person shooter’ as if it’s a negative thing which I find really nonsensical. I don’t need to clarify it’s my opinion that Evolve is looking really good, that’s implied and there’s a lot of information available currently from other game critics to support this. It’s not that Rich Evans doesn’t agree with me, it’s that it appears he has a very superficial shallow view of the game, to just pass it off as a ‘bland looking first person shooter’.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Vertical and angled ellipses?

    That’s just crazy!

  • Noah R.

    Shouldn’t those of us wearing hats remove them? How long does your holiday last, because I feel like I should have removed mine days ago…

  • Sully

    “It’s not that Rich Evans doesn’t agree with me, it’s that it appears he has a very superficial shallow view of the game…”

    Translation:
    Rich Evans has an opinion, and I don’t agree with it.

  • Sully

    The 12 Days of Richmas have come and gone, my furry friend.

  • Sully

    Yes.

  • Robby

    You should have. This is just embarrassing…

  • Sully

    You’re a disembodied blue skull. The fact that you have a dick at all is nothing less than a frackin’ miracle.

  • Noah R.

    In my heart they carry on <3 Richmas year round!

  • Noah R.

    I’m not the only one *whimper*…..

  • Noah R.

    Too much.

  • Sully

    I believe there’s Big Bird song that goes something like that.

  • Noah R.

    Taco, my mommy says I’m a special snowflake though.

  • Noah R.

    He already did, you’ll find out soon enough!

  • mgproductions

    lol you still are failing to understand that it is less of an opinion and more of a presumption on his part to say that the game is a generic, bland first person shooter. I could say ‘Rich Evans has an opinion, and I don’t agree with it.’ but the thing about that is that I’m actually giving legitimate explanations and citing my experience with the game, where he just made some snarky remark that demonstrated he had little idea what the game was actually about. The troll is strong in you Sully.

  • Percy Gryce

    I know. I’m too lazy to do it here.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    I remember a neighbor who would keep up her Christmas stuff year round, lights and all, because he didn’t see the point in taking it all down and back up again. So you could be THAT neighbor if you wanted.

  • Noah R.

    Perhaps I’ll just put I picture of Rich on my head and leave that up all year round, sounds more festive anyway!

  • naah

    “Press F to Pay Respects”

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I’m holding out for a while… Too busy lolling about on all the household furniture to switch image files.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    That is truly living the dream.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    I’ll feed her frenzy.

    Wow, this comment is so dense …

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    AND!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Sure, but I feel he adds a certain out-of-shape Han Solo bravado to not knowing what he’s talking about.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Testing… one, two… sibilance, sibilance.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Did Sully just say something nice-ish to me? I might have to have a seizure.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I am at least 50% dumb. I was referring to that.
    (But on that note… time to check out the YouTube comments!)

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    /tumbleweed

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    While I find this mental image repellent… suddenly I’m also craving bockwurst.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    What’s your record? Mine’s 1.7 meters. 😐 Achievement!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Alright, “friend” claims that Valkyria Chronicles does have some unique mechanics (keeping cover while moving, turn allocation dynamics, etc.).
    I’ll have to play that and Operation Darkness fairly close to each other, so I can see how much they actually have in common. They’re both 3D anime TBS with an early-20th-century military vibe.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Don’t forget Troy-Sexy-Boy Baker-Bo-Baby-Maker; currently playing the lead in every AAA title (and some unimay stuff).
    At this moment he’s busy consuming Nolan North like a snake, in order to take over the role of Uncharted protagonist…

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    Rich Evans doesn’t seem to care much for FPS games, just like I don’t care much for, say, RPG or RTS games. Thus he passes them off as bland or boring with a quick glance like I do with RPGs and RTS’. Maybe some day some game is going to change his mind but clearly Evolve isn’t enought to do the trick.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    “He was just a simply cyborg, who came to Detroit to break into show business. …So how did he wind up… on everyone’s hit-list…?”

    OH LIL’ DARLING–♫ ♪

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Poor Dinklage. :X I wonder how he felt about that gig?

  • Ritchie Martin

    G-guys… Stay with the movies. Leave the vidja games to Mattmewmatosis and The Gaming Brit

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Onimusha showed that a name-actor/game-character deep integration could be viable, years ago. Shame Beyond: Two Souls was so rough. I guess the industry is going to keep playing around with this idea though (judging by Advanced Warfare)… Eh! Bothers me less than casting Jack Bauer as Big Boss, somehow.

  • TapewormBike

    And why should that be the case? Both are works of art/commercial products that invite subjective experiences. Let’s not demand the reviews and analysis be blander than the releases.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Looks like someone needs a visit from the Care Boars.

  • TapewormBike

    My gf is that person, which is why I waited until she had an exam yesterday and threw the tree out the window after taking the decorations down. Get your hats off people!

  • Ritchie Martin

    Hey, I agree, I don’t want reviews and analysis to be blander than the releases and so that’s why I’m glad we have GOOD reviewers like Matthewmatosis and the Gaming Brit.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Has anyone here seen “The Adventures of Buckarro Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” before? I had bad movie night with my friends and we just finished it.
    We had a hard time getting through it

  • TapewormBike

    It’s number 984 on my to watch list, what was bad about it?

  • TapewormBike

    OK, but what makes them bad reviewers besides you not agreeing with them? I honestly don’t care about video games at all and watch these just to see the guys, but I still think they just have their own format for presenting their own opinions, which seems just fine to me.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    It’s been awhile. I may try again today, just for you. 😉 One thing’s for sure, though: we’re never gonna beat Jessi, nobody can.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Very slow. It has some interesting concepts and wonderful schlock, but it moves at a snails pace. Jumps around a bit too much as well. A lot of it seems too much like “weirdness for the sake of weirdness.”
    I just couldn’t get into it, although I can see the appeal.

  • pdshiff .

    Good lord, Buckaroo Banzai doesn’t move at a snail’s pace unless you’re a Michael Bay fan. BB, in fact, moves so quickly that it takes more than one viewing to understand the plot, which actually makes total sense.

    Boy, go buy your Hobbit & Transformers DVDs and stop commenting on classics.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    To each his/her own.
    Opinions are like assholes.
    Don’t be an opinion.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Meow meow meow meow.
    Can we get a Cat Sitter video in here, STAT??

  • TapewormBike

    Can I borrow the Transformers though?

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Can do! I’ve got 3 copies of each.

  • TapewormBike

    That one is the more pointless. Cats just want to eat and hurt things for fun.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Perhaps Plinkett is a cat?

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I’m going to NOT look them up! Just to be contrarian.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Watch out for Domo’s husband!

  • TapewormBike

    One of them sounds Irish and I love Ireland, but also boring and I hate boredom.

  • TapewormBike

    Domo’s beloved is probably crying in the corner watching her type comments between short bouts of sleep.

  • James McKenzie

    Well, think about it like a movie. If you put Sir Patrick Stewart in it, will it be good?

    Star Trek Nemesis says no….

  • TapewormBike

    Oh I realized I actually played a game recently when I was left alone in my place for couple of days without work. It was mastur….Plague Inc. Anybody played that? About wiping out humankind off the Earth? I liked that one.

  • TapewormBike

    With crickets on it

  • Thanatos2k

    Just like Rome Total War 2 did.

  • Thanatos2k

    Why haven’t you mailed it in to them yet?

  • Thanatos2k

    Is it a shooter on consoles? Then yeah, he’s right.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    Shit…. So a major bugbear I’ve had with RLM.com is the lack of love it’s given to the Plinket: The Animated Series section. Some links don’t work and 3 have yet to be added to the list. After bitching and moaning talking about it on the disqus threads for some time now I’ve finally sent off a proper email about it….. except I’ve just now checked and discovered instead of titling the email “Broken Links” I accidentally typed an extra a and the title reads “Broken Linksa”…. they’re gonna think I’m doing a Jar-Jar thing and ignore the message, aren’t they? 🙁

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts
  • TapewormBike

    It’s supposed to be good as far as I always heard. Wacky, but fun.

  • TapewormBike

    Oh, I wonder why nobody is reporting broken Animated Plinkett videos…

  • tOmy`

    After watching the stream-shit-a-ton, I actually made a run through the game again and at the moment Adam mentions “these terrorists were just pawns” or something along this line, I lost it badly.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    Do you hate ALL audio remixes or just the Mr. Plinkett ones? EDIT: I am interpreting your reply as sarcasm due to the hate they get from many RLM fans.

  • TapewormBike

    I find them just fine, I was just joking.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    Broken hearts are for opinions.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Grabowskis season 3 has been broken for ages too.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    I suppose the fact that these are presented as reviews is the problem.Video game reviews are a dime and a a dozen on the nerd central HQ that is the internet.And there are plently of people out there who have real technical knowledge on game design and various other elements alongside the simple fact that they do their research for a video.Most of the time watching Prerec I get ignorance and bias presented as arguments…and that just won’t do considering just how much more other reviewers can offer.

  • NotRickBerman

    That’s what she said.

  • NotRickBerman

    Warning: White People!

  • NotRickBerman

    That’s what she said?

  • NotRickBerman

    Warning: White People

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    Oh…

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    Nobody fucking cares about Grabowskis! Actually that kind of sucks. Quit fucking around you hacks.

  • TapewormBike

    Well, that is an actual explanation. I guess I will choose to live in ignorance and enjoy Rich Evans dancing.

  • In The Court Of The Evans King

    Let me just put the SPOILER ALERT for Blue Ruin:

    I see, but that’s what I tried to tell with “authenticity”. The film still has those elements of “you killed my parents”, “you put yourself and your family in danger for personal reasons” and “in the end, revenge doesn’t work quite well”.

    It’s more like an original view in this beaten territory. That’s my opinion, of course, and you shouldn’t give a shit. I’m just glad to see more people who liked this film.

    Maybe “classic” was a word out of place, I don’t know.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    white people dancing is almost as good as ishtar

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Yeah. It’s one of those popular cult films that I never understood all the love for. Like, oh, you know, almost every popular 80s film.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    You’re familiar with the internet, right?
    Right?

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Both.

  • Pa Kent Says Maybe

    Every line.

  • NotRickBerman

    Warning: White People

  • TapewormBike

    In ter what?!

  • James McKenzie

    Yes, that’s the spirit. Age of Empires III, have a bullshit low troop count, resources that evaporate, limited defensive structures and tiny maps. What? Problem?

  • Sully

    Translation:
    I presume that Rich Evans’ opinion on Evolve is merely a presumption, as I, mgproductions, have no definitive evidence as to how much (or little) Rich Evans knows about said game, even though he was able to recall the game’s genre after merely hearing the title, meaning that he had heard of the game beforehand and obviously remembered that he wasn’t impressed by what he knows and/or has seen during the experience that created that specific memory.

    Don’t be jealous.

  • Sully

    …an HJ.

  • Sully

    Well now you know, and you know what knowing is?

    http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/users/uploads/20773/banner_46.jpg

  • Sully

    One seizure, on da house.

  • Now I Get It

    I got the brilliance of your funky, elliptical manipulations, by the way. It’s just that your first paragraph spoke to me, so, I answered it straight, instead of taking it as your set-up for the next paragraph’s punch-line then answering that.

    Sorry if I broke your rhythm, but that’s about the NIGIest thing I do.

  • Kaitscralt

    My dream for 2015 is that Pre Rec grows into something I am not disappointed to have as my entitled free content for the week.

  • Wizard Phoenix

    What if Pre Rec evolves into something we enjoy as much as Half in The Bag?

  • Kaitscralt

    That’s the dream, Phoenix, that’s the dream.

  • Aleksanderh

    the editing was obnoxious. if you did not switch the camera angle so much.

  • TapewormBike

    I mean, if they start talking about movies…

  • Now I Get It

    I know the feeling. My doctor thinks there’s molasses in my blood. Now there’s a guy too lazy to be correct. As if one could ever put too much brown sugar on one’s Red River cereal.

    I prescribe naps, twice daily, once mid-morning, once behind the wheel whenever you run errands. Then a big bowl of cake icing at bedtime, extra butter and corn starch for lightness, with your favourite food colouring to brighten your dreams.

    Always dream in colour, Chauncey, always.

  • BlowingBubbles

    What if a Michael Bay movie wasn’t JUST about explosions, robots, and tits?

  • TapewormBike

    Than it would be The Rock and actually fun.

  • My ex wife

    Do you know what you are?

    You’re an opinion.

  • TapewormBike

    Both of you are totally opinionated.

  • BlowingBubbles

    I pretty much agree 112% with this sentiment. I would take a bullet for Rich or Jack, but I won’t take their opinions as fact or even as “entitled free entertainment”.

    The big difference for me is this: When Mike and Jay talk about movies, it’s more than just opinion. They’ve made movies, they know what goes in to making them, and they can shed some light on the subject for me, the casual film viewer.

    Rich and Jack don’t have this same level of credibility because, as far as I know, they’ve never spent 12 hours a day for 2 years making a game, just to have it bomb when you release it.

    Also, I miss GameStation 2.0.

  • TapewormBike

    I get that, but still, like, games and movies are designed to be played and for people to have idiosyncratic experiences with them. We all have our biases and the guys are entertaining when presenting theirs at least. Even if they sound like they know it all and everybody else is wrong (although not really), I mean, I would.

  • TapewormBike

    Oh look, Jay has an alternate account.

  • My ex wife

    Biggus Dickkus, he ranks as high as any in Rome!

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    The master has returned.

  • Sully
  • Joe Syxpac

    Yeah, I got that one. It’s a more in depth version of Pandemic II.

    I love the one with the brain worms, that one is the most fun.

  • TapewormBike

    Brain worms make everything bafshbbsdds

  • Joe Syxpac

    Yeah, you guys all need to be wearing your FYIJ hats.

  • TapewormBike

    A bird? A plane? No, a guy who makes great gifs!

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    What about the fork in the brain DLC?

  • This episode just called to me… there are so many gifportunities in it, like this one 😀
    http://i.minus.com/ignco1Xtcekk7.gif

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    It’s almost as if Jack is asking for it, even though Jay finds the gif overload obnoxious.

    I wouldn’t mind you being around more often outside of gifportunities too, though.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    It’s tempting, but I figured they may already have a copy.

  • Sully
  • ModernDayMinstrel

    I may have watched a certain VHS about it.

  • BlazingOwnager

    You’re missing the point he’s making.

    The game uses some unique concepts to try to be something more than just an FPS, and to really do something that’s a little different in the process.

    It’d be criminal to compare Left 4 Dead to Call of Duty, even though both are technically FPS; L4D doesn’t play like a traditional FPS, in particular in PvP, what so ever.

    So yeah. I think it was a bit dismissive of the game, which isn’t even really a “blockbuster” game that’s going for a new angle, which is what they wanted out of this episode.

    Actually most of their list is pretty interesting. If they had read that list in 2013 at this time it’d been FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS and they’d all played very much alike.

    Also SR4: Gat out of Hell looks hilarious. Saint’s Row at this point is mostly a comedy game and given how rare something good comes along in that genre (Portal and Blood Dragon are literally the best examples I can think of) I can cut it some slack.

  • Joe Syxpac

    Brain worm isn’t all bad.

    At least you get to travel.

  • I know, I know… I’ve been realworld busy for a while now.. I mean, I started this whole gif making stuff when I was unemployed and basically homeless, so I had a lot more free time. These days I have to covertly install my gif making software on my work computer and see if I can get away with it in the window between it being a slow enough day and our server being not stupid enough to process my captures.

    Either way, I’m never truly gone… I’ll always be right here [points to your heart, but misses and hits your nipple instead, holding it there for 47 very awkward seconds]

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    What do you think this is? Rudy?

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Shut up. Goonies is awesome.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Not obscure enough.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    Well, good if things are better for you now, even if it means worse for your real job as a gifmaker.

    Imma just say this gif always holds a special place on my nipple: http://a.disquscdn.com/get?url=http%3A%2F%2Fi.minus.com%2FijZGM9psE0ZFF.gif&key=rEWYU_lWsq30i-pjp_0JNw&w=600&h=225

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Sure, this is true. But I don’t mind Jack and Rich playing in the sandbox a bit.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    But at least MadPat got to ride around in a sweet DUNE BUGGY! Pyu pyu! Bang bang!

    Per Dinklage: I guess I’d just feel worse for him if he was actually trying, but I’d like him less if he started phoning in roles. It’s a no-win situation, really.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Daaaaaaaamn, son! You so urban!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    And a wooden hook hanging off it.

  • TapewormBike

    Now that’s funny.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    Rap jokes. I love ’em!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Rich Evans will be the new seed of all future humanity! Like Hera Agathon on Battlestar Galac– …Oh wait. That was total bullshit.

  • Fuck Off Ghost

    Needs subplots besides just talking about the game, i.e, the VCR repair stuff

  • Sully

    Belee dat.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    You know what? I also have an opinion.

  • Robby

    those Do sentences sense? make

  • Robby

    when ar you stupid asshole going to stop playing baby games and start playing actually good games like call of duty advances warfare i realy like that game its a realy good game and i hate waching this ritarded show all they do is talk abowt boring games no one cares abowt.

  • Sully

    My brain made a shit after reading your comment.
    That shit was more perspicuous.

  • Sully

    F’real. Play Conkers: Bad Fur Day, ya fuckin’ hypstanites.

  • TapewormBike

    Where mah Tetris at?

  • Percy Gryce

    Well, I do believe in miracles, so it’s possible.

  • Wrongwithyourface was making some great stuff, I was passing the torch 😛

    …. I mean – THAT JERK STOLE MY THUNDER!!

  • Robby

    Forrealz doe for all of the video game NERDS here, what was everyone’s personal favorite game of 2014? Mine was easily Danganronpa 2 on my Vita (I know, Vita!).

  • dollar store cashier wife

    What if joaquin phoenix becomes a successful rap artist?

  • Robby

    That is my favorite gif of Faddlebebby’s.

  • Percy Gryce

    Great premise, great cast, so-so execution. I think Big Trouble in Little China is what Buckaroo Banzai wanted to be–which is no accident since W.D. Richter, the director of BB, revised the script for BTILC, but John Carpenter directed.

  • Palpatine

    i kno wright? fuk them fat dumb skiny fucks!

  • Percy Gryce

    A friggin’ classic. Maybe the RLM WOS #1 gif?

  • Percy Gryce

    I don’t know. For every Buckaroo Banzai and Weird Science, there’s a Road Warrior and Big Trouble in Little China.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    Dark Souls II

  • My gifs are like my childrens, I love them all equally… though if I had to pick a favorite, it might be http://i.minus.com/ibsbNiOr1Az6Rf.gif

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    WrongWithYourFace may have gone through a name change in the meantime… Speaking of which, should I change back to it? I’m not sure.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    That first sentence sums it up perfectly, and I didn’t realize all that with the director, makes a lot of sense looking back.

    How was it like seeing it in theaters?

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    I know you weren’t asking me, but I like your old name better. Your old name went with your avatar, whereas this one doesn’t, and a lot of folks aren’t going to get your clever reference in a reference bit.

  • Palpatine

    Pong on the Magnavox Odyssey.

  • Grand Wwyf Tar King

    Actually I was making it a general question. Thank you for your feedback. You do have a point.

  • Robby

    I also prefer your other username. I don’t think I even realized you were the same person. Everyone here who isn’t me is generally irrelevant to me though.

  • Sully

    GTA5. While it’s not my favorite game, it’s the only one I’ve played, so…

    [Quick Edit:] I’m aware it came out in 2013, but seeing as I didn’t purchase it until 2014, I’m counting it. Fuck your timetable.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Dragon Age: Inquisition or GTA V
    I haven’t had much time for games though unfortunately.

  • ModernDayMinstrel

    Just say you played the PS4 release and you are good!

  • Ogrot

    Dark Souls II and Binding of Isaac Rebirth. For some reason Binding of Isaac haunts my imagination in a good way.

    I actually looked at releases for this year and boy there was a lot of mediocrity.

    That said Dark Souls > Dark Souls II.

  • I barely even know where I am most of the time. For my first 3 months here I thought this was a gay chat forum with a focus on coping with alcoholism.

  • TapewormBike

    I was busy having sex and stuff

  • TapewormBike

    It’s not? I was crusin for drunk twinks the whole time!

  • impossibilitron

    Rich, if you like Faster Than Light you should play Space Rangers HD

  • WrongWithYourFace

    Ha! I cheated the system and gave you two upvotes without even logging out!

  • Hank_Henshaw

    Did you use the pine resin?

    Jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimmy jams, jimm….

  • My ex wife

    Guys, I love you but you got donate button, ads, patreon and you want more? http://i.imgur.com/xoa4FH5.jpg

  • TapewormBike

    I don’t like when things change and progress, but I am halfway to being used to this username for you now. Just don’t change the awesomeness level.

  • WrongWithYourFace

    Good thing it was only halfway because I just changed it back.

  • My ex wife

    Bro, Klondike solitaire!

  • Percy Gryce

    Captures the RLM spirit pretty well: adventurous, creative, self-deprecating.

  • omitted

    Clearly

  • TapewormBike

    Who are you? Why are you talking to me?(

  • My ex wife

    Don’t tell Percy but I like Weird Science too.

  • omitted

    So say we all!

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  • omitted

    Fortunately Jay is the only intoxicant I need.

  • My ex wife
  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    I wonder if RLM mailed out those Star Wars: Holiday Special da-ve-das to people or not.

    This was a random thought, and in no way pertains to this video.

    Carry on.

  • TapewormBike

    Yeah, so videogames, hahaha, love those, yeah. What kinda classic movies you guys hate or have you never seen?

  • WrongWithYourFace

    Yes. That’s why they’re advertising themselves on their own site now to cover the shipping costs. They nearly bankrupted themselves just to poke at Jorgie. And now you can help them back on their feet with a modest donation! Available now!

  • TapewormBike

    They probably need to build the CGI rooms for Space Cop. Tree houses are expensive man!

  • TapewormBike

    He could be the most succesful raperrist of all time!

  • My ex wife

    I am about to join the esteemed ranks of VHS senders for what will probably be my one and only time. It was rather weird to hold a tape again, so familiar yet such a distant memory.

  • Palpatine

    By “classic” do you mean like movies from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, or any movie that, even though it’s not that old, is now seen as a classic?

  • TapewormBike

    I was only just thinking (due to the holiday BotW) that I have never seen the original Dawn of the Dead and that makes me a horrible human being. So, that kinda classic. Or, you know, Metropolis or whatever. I have seen that one.

  • My ex wife

    I would not be surprised at all if it contained bull penis and testicals. In this context does that make it ironic?

  • TapewormBike

    You are basically Robin Hood, if Robin Hood was like you.

  • Hank_Henshaw

    I’ve never seen London After Midnight. Don’t know if that answers your question.

  • TapewormBike

    I get it. Very clever.

  • Uncle Dan

    I sank quite a lot of time into Wasteland 2.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    I’m quite excited to play DS1 once From Software finally gets rid of GFWL and region locking for the PC version.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    still the greatest PreRec stream to date

  • dollar store cashier wife

    Hate is too strong of a word.Let’s just say I don’t get what makes Platoon a classic.

  • WrongWithYourFace

    There are some gaping holes in my to-see list. Like Little Big China, off the top of my head. And Disco Godfather. That classic. Both are within my reach, though. And I’ve never seen Metropolis or Boyhood either.

    Out of classic action movies I really think that Predator is way over-rated. Oh, and I only saw Die Hard for the first time this Richmas. I guess it was okay.

  • Uncle Dan

    He actually likes some FPS games.

    I think it’s more that for the purposes of the show, they’re not as interesting to talk about. Crypt of the NecroDancer is really really different, which is interesting to them and they can talk about it.

    That’s the main point, really. Everyone seems to be getting hung up on the details…

  • Ogrot

    Yeah I’d love for them to revisit that title for the stream with the stipulation that the chat only gives real advice.

    Although it was cute to watch them play it like a fast paced button masher and get owned by hollows again, and again, and again, and again.

  • Uncle Dan

    I’d actually like them to do more of this. Everyone makes reviews online, people more knowledgable and thorough than Jack and Rich, especially. But I’d like Jack and RIch to discuss topics like this, not only because it’s interesting, but not as many people are making videos about it.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    That’s an unrealistic expectation of a twitch chat.

    “Put points into resistance!”

  • Ogrot

    I know I suppose they should just mod a dark souls vet to help them parse the good info from the bad. It is such a masterpiece of a game that unfortunately hides itself by really terribly explaining how to play it and what shit does.

  • The part where Platoon and his buddies use a rifle as a bong is good. (We smoked spice out of M240 bravos in Iraq). Hooah!

  • Uncle Dan

    I watched “300 Spartans” a while back, which apparently left such a strong impression on Frank Miller that he wrote “300” as a result.

    And it’s such a typical 60s war movie, that I don’t get it. It has the same charm that all of them do: real locations and lots of extras in costume pretending to be at war, but that’s about it. How did that become “300”?

  • Palpatine

    Frank Miller probably thought: “Hmm, that movie was good, but you know what it needs? It needs that the Spartans to be muscular and half naked, and it needs the Persian Emperor to be seven feet tall, half naked and have a bunch of body piercings. Yeah that’ll work and it won’t piss a bunch of historians off.”

  • Robby

    How old is that?

  • Robby

    I saw your original post you fraud!

  • Robby

    In which game? GTA 5 or Dragon Age: Inquisition or what?

  • Palpatine

    From like 2008 or something.

  • Robby

    An easy mistake to make when Omitted has way with all of us.

  • Robby

    I only meant what game you played in 2014, not that came out in 2014. Still, I’m going to keep my eye on you. TOE THE LINE.

  • Robby

    I saw your original post before the edit. How do you even the original comment with hands as old and shriveled as yours???

  • Robby

    Back when you were in your early 170’s.

  • Palpatine

    I originally said Atari 2600, but then I realized that wasn’t old enough, so I changed it.

  • Palpatine

    I was actually 110 in 2008.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Joysticks… Cloak & Dagger… The Dungeonmaster… Hollywood Zap…
    /Diet Coke dribbles down chin

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    MR, GRYYY~YYYCE!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    That’s how it works! You just keep kicking that dead pony until it neighs.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Iraqis… Dune… Desert planet… (bong sounds?)

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Don’t lie. Nobody actually has sex.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    This just reminds me how I hardly even played anything in 2014. Now I feel sad.

    I guess Jazzpunk is my favorite game of the year that I have yeeet to play?

  • dollar store cashier wife

    In Hatoful Boyfriend obv.

  • Wizard Phoenix

    That was years ago. You see my hair didn’t have grey in it

  • Like Icare

    Are you 5-6 years old?
    That’s how old Frank Miller was when he saw that movie.

    In comparison, that’s about how old I was when I first saw “Superman II” – after which I would not shut up about it for months.
    It’s pretty safe to say that THAT single movie shaped my morality more than any preaching or corporal punishment did.

    Now, the real question is – were Frank Miller’s parents dense or retarded or something to name him Frank, only five years after, “High Noon”?
    Or did they just hate him?

  • Like Icare

    It’s not the tree-houses but the railings that will kill ya.

    Unless ice-dams get you first.

  • NotRickBerman

    Be cool about fire safety.

  • Palpatine

    And always oxygenate your wombspace.

  • In The Court Of The Evans King

    Shovel Knight on PC. I also replayed Thief Gold a lot last year, does it count?

  • My ex wife

    That will be the thumpers.

  • Sully

    Not yet, and I stress yet. But it’s on my list.

  • Sully

    Not seen DotD?

    GET OUTTA HERE! YOU GET OUTTA HERE, YOU FUCKIN’ BISH, AND YOU DON’T COME BACK TILL YOU’VE FILLED YER CROCODILE BRAIN WITH VISIONS OF BLUE ZOMBIES!!

  • Sully

    Cloak & Dagger was one of my favorite movies growing up. That old couple used to freak the shit outta me.

  • My ex wife

    Not a single movie but I think John Wayne is an over rated cowboy, I guess I’m not the right age to like his stye of western, I always liked Eastwood more.

    I hate Mary Poppins too, almost entirly because of Dick Van Dyke. Julie Andrews is totally hot tho.

  • Like Icare

    It’s based on Vietnam experiences of the writer-director who, like him or hate him, knows how to tell a story.
    So, it won 4 Oscars.
    It also has an excellent cast.
    And since it is a Stone movie, it can pass both as a gritty realistic war drama AND as an action movie.

    In comparison, “Apocalypse Now” or “Deer Hunter” NEVER veer off the preachy drama path. Up to, and beyond the point of parodying themselves.
    “War CAN be hell, you know? It’s not all fun and games. You might end up in a bamboo cage and you may even be forced to -gasp- KILL someone.”

  • Palpatine

    Was Iraq just like Ishtar?

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    (Those are ones I haven’t seen, not ones I hate.)
    At some point I will finish my exploration of 80’s video-game movies. …But first I have to fuck ‘The Wizard’ pain away. :/

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Ice-dams are a natural contraceptive in colder climates.

  • Sully

    Oh… well in that case… SPOILER WARNING!!

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    You’ve just got me picturing that old couple from Mulholland Drive. Brrrrrr~

  • Sully

    You’re welcome.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    Her body is a-poppin’ in that Victorian dress~

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I’m trying to remember the morality lessons of Superman II…

  • Uncle Dan

    5-6 years old… I think I watched NInja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze multiple times at the time…

    Which might explain a lot. “Go ninja go!” has been the beat to which my life has played.

  • Uncle Dan

    Mulholland is so far the only David Lynch movie I’ve seen (aside from Dune) and it kind of pushed me away from him. I don’t mind having seen it, it’s stuck with me over the years, but I’m not interested in similar kinds of movies. Too weird for me.

  • Hank_Henshaw

    There’s been quite a few. I laughed a lot with the Octodad one too, for example.

  • Uncle Dan

    Tried Jazzpunk. My impression was that the concept was cooler than the execution… but that’s just me.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    We’ll see. I’ve tried not to spoil too much of it in advance, but what I saw of the Quick Look really appealed to me.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I find Twin Peaks more to my tastes than a lot of his straight, unrestrained movie outtings. I enjoy a modified Lynchian quality, I guess.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    The Pigeon Protection League does not approve this message.

  • Wizard Phoenix

    Kill me all or you want but I do not like Rear Window. I know people call it a masterpiece of flawlessness but good lord is it boring. I don’t like the choice of music, I hate being in that god damn apartment. The best part is Raymond Burr being fat as I was like in 2009 and Grace Kelly being hot.

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    If it’s all fair game, I did gain kind of a soft spot for Super Motherload a few months back. (That originally came out in 2013 as well.)

    The bounties of Playstation Plus! (Ishtar be praised.)

  • Wizard Phoenix

    You should see Boyhood because it is the most beautiful thing to grace cinema screens since Grace Kelly. All gimmicks that work are works of art like the masterpiece of cinema known as Avatar and let’s not forget the other gimmick that totally worked in it’s favor Signs.

  • fred

    For starters, Jack dislikes 2001 a Space Odyssey and Breaking Bad.

  • fred

    It’s not a bad movie, just incredibly overrated and deemed a classic for no good reason…like Forrest Gump.

  • Big Mclargehuge

    But I hate them.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Rich looks like he’s been on a diet and had a haircut and a facelift. He almost looks handsome. It’s creepy. I want the old Rich back dammit

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    thats fair enough.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Casablanca. its boring and i care for none of the characters.
    never seen Avatar or Titanic.
    Though every time they play Titanic on TV i put on Karl Orff or Vagner. something doom&boom classical music and turn down the sound and watch some human tragedy without the BULSHIT PLOT to ruin it!

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    its been a long day. i have been pissed on and shat on and spat on. and i ran out of cigarettes! its my holiday to Germany all over again.

  • TapewormBike

    I can get 2001, although I personally like it, but Breaking Bad…get with it, Jack, I know you will read this.

  • TapewormBike

    Damn, you caught me.

  • Wizard Phoenix

    Also I thought her believing Jimmy Smits was unrealistic and dumb for her character. He could be making this shit up. Just because he’s your boyfriend doesn’t mean you should trust him.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    you have to judge old movies in their context. Die Hard is the perfect example. in its day it was a clever funny and inventive action movie.
    to someone only seeing it recently after 5 sequels and every action movie made in the 90’s being “Die Hard onin a ‘THING'” it seems like a tired retread with shit VFX. but trust me in the day it was the shit.
    (Apparently later in the 90’s someone tried to sell an action script for “Like a Die Hard but in an office building!!!”)

  • TapewormBike

    Blue Velvet is my personal fav of mine, manages to creep the shit out of me anytime I watch it. If you like restrained Lynch, you might like The Straight story, that movie is just, nice. I used to love Eraserhead when I was in highschool, but then, I liked Linkin Park back then as well.

  • TapewormBike

    Quick, think of the dead lady from The Shining!

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    most people are murdered by someone they know. usually family or a… Lovedone! shit i’m starting to re evaluate this movie. is he Schizophrenic and delusional?
    shit now i want to remake it like that. and at the end he stands up and takes of the cast and beats her to death with it.

  • TapewormBike

    Wait until you get your superpowers back, then fuck shit up.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Never seen Casablanca or any of the Godfathers. But I have seen Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls over 100 times, Star Trek VI over 80 times and The Fugitive with Harrison Ford over 50 times.
    I’m awesome.

  • TapewormBike

    I have also never seen Casablanca, but I have actually managed to completely wear out a VHS of Robot Jox as a kid.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    I watch a lot of movies with gaping holes. I have them delivered to my house in a brown paper bag.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Godfathers. i forgot about them… boring bucket of shit movies.
    but Ace Ventura they only ever made one of them and that ain’t it!.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    trust me it was a better use of your time. but “the Maltese Falcon.” is a must

  • TapewormBike

    I totally forgot about that movie. I am a big fan of Big Sleep though.

  • TapewormBike

    More pawns, less hoopa hoopa hoopa I imagine.

  • TapewormBike

    Rich is the original Benjamin Button, soon he will be on BotW in his Dick the Birthday Boy form..

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    I baked hash brownies on the exhaust of my M1 Abrams tank in Afghanistan. That was one of the key advantages we had over the Taliban who were forced to smoke their opium through obsolete Russian Tokarev SVT-40 rifles. Of course the Iraqis went through an ill fated phase of smoking methamphetamine out of the glass detonators from anti-personnel mines, leading to several explosions before the process was discontinued.
    But nothing beats the rush of herion administered by way of
    Emberá Chocó Indian blow dart.
    Ah, recreational drug paraphenalia made from weapons, is there anything better?

  • it takes a real man to wear tights

  • Palpatine

    I haven’t seen “Casablanca” either, but I have seen “Foodfight!”, which is a kind of remake of “Casablanca”.

  • TapewormBike

    Ah yes. My favourite descent into madness movie.

  • TapewormBike

    I like Godfathers fine, but the best part about Coppola’s movies are his commentaries, seriously. Apocalypse Now and The Conversation, those are absolutely fantastic though.

  • Palpatine

    It’s essentially “The Room” of animated movies. A must watch for people who love bad movies.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    How dare you, When Nature Calls is the best AV. Everyone knows this. Shakaka!!

  • Uncle Dan

    VI might be my favourite of the classic Trek movies. It’s the only one that I can show non-Trek fans because it’s the only one that doesn’t assume you watched the show or the previous movies.

  • TapewormBike

    I love it. But, I am Czech and we have our own animated movies, so, we can trumph that. Check this trailer out (from 2007, repeat, 2007):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVgzAvuCPwg It’s called “A Goat story”. Has sequel too.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Grace Kelly is fucking beautiful. At least she was, not sure how she looks now though. Probably like a bag of compost.
    Never did like those pointy 50’s bras though.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    I think all movies should be filmed with several bizarre or unexpected alternate endings that are then locked in a vault for at least 10 years.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Apocalypse Now is Definitely in my top ten. but i understand people not liking it. it is the total experience of the war in Vietnam. it gives me flashbacks!
    And the best ‘Commentary’ on Apocalypse Now is “the Hearts of Darkness.” Doco.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    The best cowboy is that guy from the Village People. I’ll bet Eastwood and Wayne would be way more scared of his gun than he is of theirs.

  • TapewormBike

    It is, but also the actual commentary is fun.

  • Palpatine

    I read up on it, and it’s apparently both the first Czech and first Eastern European computer animated movie. I gotta say, it looks pretty impressive.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Plus there’s floating Klingons with purple blood. I love that movie more than I can describe. I always hated Next Gen Star Trek. Picard was a boring fruitcake.
    Now if they had just let Patrick Stewart be himself, we could have had a captain who smoked weed and plowed young chicks in his jaccuzi.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Re-h-h-h-eally? Jim Carrey’s best work was all on ‘In Living Colour’

    http://youtu.be/0A7tLVIsuNw

  • TapewormBike

    I find it really weird how a country sandwiched between Germany and Austria is always thought to be in Eastern Europe. And trust me, after the first 50 zoophilia jokes, it gets little tiring.

  • Palpatine

    No offense, but isn’t your president a drunk or something?

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    watersports, brown showers, spitting and cigarettes stubbed out on you? Some filthy prostitute is eating steak and lobster tonight on your dollar.

  • TapewormBike

    And a fucker, yes. I live near the residence of the former one too, I walk my dog around there.
    Edit: But only when I am pretty sure she’s gonna poop.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    no i got paid. shearing sheep.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    That was good, but I always preferred this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0XNa32Zu2s

  • Palpatine

    Well he sure is a hilarious man.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlc8tANqezg

    Drunk politicians are the best. Believe me, I know.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    i forgot about that! GOLD!

  • Uncle Dan

    Add a Cold War metaphor and the characters working towards peace, and you’ve got an awesome movie. Also, William Shatner fighting is way more entertaining than new Spock punching.

    Also isn’t that partially what happened wtih Nemesis? Hence Star Trek dune buggies?

  • TapewormBike

    I would never thought I will see that face on here, Btw next to him is a former Prime Minister, that got the boot, because he employed his mistress, who apparently ran pretty much all of the things and had secret service spying on his wife. This country, woo.

  • TapewormBike

    That an euphemism or…

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    i think that is genius.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Where you live dude? I’m living in Aussie, originally from New Zealand. Very familiar with shearing sheep.
    Also familiar with paying German women to defecate on me, but we’ll leave that aside for a moment.

  • TapewormBike

    On the topic of videogames, except not, I was thinking about getting into some board games. Anybody know anything good for two people (one of whom hates most games and is a woman)?

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    …Which in turn reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcK0MYgnHjo

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Naked Twister?

  • Palpatine

    Eh, still not as corrupt as I was.

  • TapewormBike

    I prefer Bottomless Chess

  • Tape! You’re still awake! Let’s hang out buddy, I’m drunk 😀

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    How about Strip Monopoly? Every time it gets boring someone takes an item of clothing off. You’ll both be stark naked in 3 minutes.

  • TapewormBike

    I am not only awake my friend, I am literally earning money right now, 12 hour day shift at the reception.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    drinking explains so much! No shields for Tie fighters, the wild inaccuracy of E-11 blasters and the Death Star!?!! why did you change a small exhaust port to one big enough to fly the Millennium Falcon through!?!?!?! where you and qui-gon GIN! drinking buddies!???

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Tapeworm, is this / the woman who is gonna be playing the board game with you? Sounds like now is the perfect time to play.

  • TapewormBike

    No, but I am….flexible.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    east coast of victoria. it was late in the season but we had to rebuild the sheds first.

  • Reception? What kinda reception is going on at 2:30am EST? a VAMPYRR reception? Is there green vampyyer mist there?

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Fuck shearing in this heat mate. I hope they provided beer?
    On my grandparent’s farm when I was growing up, the shearers all got 3 huge meals a day plus all the beer they could drink. That’s before people were pricks.

  • TapewormBike

    Actually, a hotel reception is, when I am on at night, but ones in Prague have 8:38AM right now. Seems like a slow day though, hopefully.

  • I am a strong independent black woman who don’t need no man

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Not everyone lives in the US. Perhaps Tapeworm is a disgusting foreigner?

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Me too. Let’s fuck

  • TapewormBike

    Very much so.
    Edit: You Kiwi fuck;)

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    cold water, soft drink or tea and coffee. and more food than could be eaten.(no beer) and its been pissing down all day and 22.C i’m about to put the heater on!

  • Well damn, hope it goes ok…. hey! I’m awake, and drunk, and I don’t have to work tomorrow. I’ll make a gif of anything you want right now, you name it 😀

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    nope. i live on a farm.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Put an armadillo into a blender. Apply the paste to your lips. Kiss an asian man. Post a gif.

  • TapewormBike

    I am glad you are having fun Faddle:) Did you catch any part of the New Years stream btw?

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    Wow, I’m in Brisbane, it’s like the surface of the sun here.

  • TapewormBike

    We can dream, Palpy, we can dream.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Trivial Pursuit. but if you get a question right you have to drink a shot of Booze!
    I call it Brain Killer!. (its my attempt to fuck up darwinism.)

  • TapewormBike

    My gf is like the biggest lightweight in drinking, .so..that is actually a pretty good suggestion.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    dont worry within 2 weeks most of australia will be on fire. and then it will literally be like the surface of the sun…. FUCK YOU JANUARY!!!!!

  • TapewormBike

    In Australia, January fucks you.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    tru dat.

  • I stuck around for a bit of the first film but had to go because too many friends wanted to spend the day drinking and eating pork and sauerkraut (a new years tradition in my land)

  • TapewormBike

    Wonderful work. I thought Disciple was just describing his day originally.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    Last summer we had a week of FUCKING EVIL weather. me and my Partner took our daughter to the local public pool(outdoor) we are lying in the shade and i stupidly said (because i’m stupid.)
    “i am so glad we got through this week with no major fires”….
    15 minutes later the pool was evacuated and i had to drive home through fires.
    FUCK JANUARY!!!!

  • TapewormBike

    That is a very Czech meal as well. Are you Deutsche by any chance?

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    You sound like you’re compensating for something.

  • TapewormBike

    When just saying out loud the word “fire” is dangerous, you know you must be in Australia.

  • Kinda.. Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • TapewormBike

    Close enough. And good, because I have just exhausted my highschool german (besides arschloch and scheisse)

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    it doesn’t help that the trees are full of a flammable oil. Fuck you Explodium!

  • And I have almost exhausted the Kentucky apple pie moonshine that I’m’ve been drinking… I think it might be time to pass out

  • TapewormBike

    It might, hopefully you will go only a little blind.

  • Well before I do, go check out the gif I made for Sully a few scrolls down in our earlier gif-off, I was thiking about it all day and finally came up with something

  • TapewormBike

    Ah yes, gif magic, the best kind of magic.

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.
  • RoCr

    I keep getting told, “It’s the closest a man will ever get to labour pains.” By Doctors and friends alike, as if that is some compensation while screaming the roof of the building.Also if that is true… I’m amazed the human race still exists.

    I have it on good authority from several women who have been through both that kidney stones are worse than labor. So….be somewhat less amazed?

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.

    ask him how much 6 sux?

  • the corpse of Andrew Thompson.
  • No. Ishtar was worse. So much worse…..

  • Yes. Mandatory drug paraphenalia made from weapons.

  • Sully

    Mouse Trap. But with real trained mice… and real traps.
    It really ups the stakes when you’re emotionally invested in your game piece.

  • TapewormBike

    Well, I don’t have mice, but I do have a dog…

  • WrongWithYourFace

    Ticket To Ride (Europe edition) is the one I most frequently play. It’s great but it’s not exactly something you can just jump into. The rules might take some time getting used to. It’s also up to five players but I find two works just fine.

  • James Earl Jones

    Carcassonne is a good, light game for 2 (or more) players. A great “gateway” game I would say.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    I was always a fan of playing solitaire ’til dawn (with a deck of 51).

  • Sully

    You’ll need a bigger game board… but it’s doable.

  • Domo_Konnichiwa

    I’ve always liked getting 2 different starter decks of various trading card games and just play those decks against each other. Sometimes it’s Pokemon. Sometimes it’s My Little Pony, but they are fun to learn and play since they all have similar rules and setups.

  • TapewormBike

    I have seen people liking Netrunner, which seems like that, but with more cyberpunk and less ponies. And I like those two to be 50/50.

  • In The Court Of The Evans King

    Leave woman. Play Catan.

  • TapewormBike

    Well, it’s worth a shot.

  • In The Court Of The Evans King

    Do you consider Jenga a board game? Jenga is a chick magnet.

    http://aboutjenga.com/wp-content/uploads/e-Jenga-FallingS.1221.jpg

  • TapewormBike

    I do consider it a board game and I was thinking about buying it. I think the happiest about that would be my dog who likes to steal things with some serious choking hazard, so that we exchange stuff from her mouth for treats, Indy with the statue style.

  • BlowingBubbles

    I played this game in the past, it’s more for like 3 or 4 people, but can still be fun with 2. It’s called “Zombies!” http://www.amazon.com/Twilight-Creations-2010TLC-Zombies-Edition/dp/B000HX1NBA

    It’s also sorta video-game like, so maybe it could help bridge the gap for your lady friend into the wonderful world of pornography video games.

  • TapewormBike

    Oh look! As…some guy.

  • the_antithesis

    In my day, the games weren’t casual or hardcore. You were.

    If you popped a quarter into Galaga and died within three minutes and went, “That was fun,” you were a casual player. If you played for thirty minutes on the same quarter, you were a hardcore player.

    That the hardcore/casual indication has moved from the people to the game is a sad commentary on our society. You kids don’t have an identity in yourself. You have to get it from the things in your life.

    Bad news, though. Most of you who play so-called “hardcore” games like Call of Duty are playing them casually. You’re still just casual game players. The game you play to try to look cool does not change what you are.

    Sleep tight.

  • Sully

    Jenga’s a game that’s literally made of boards.

  • TapewormBike

    Kids today, always downloading Taurents from Gamergate and stuff.

  • Palpatine

    The companies should bombard the games with solar radiation, which will create some sort of magnetron, and if they try to copy it, a beam will shoot into their eye’s like “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

  • TapewormBike

    Dave Wilson?

  • Palpatine

    Yeah, I’m the brother of Don Wilson, who runs Iowa’s largest wildlife preserve, and I hacked into Palpatine’s account and made that comment.

  • TapewormBike

    Yes. I am actually Palpatine, I have force-hacked Tapewormbike and made him post an inaccurate RLM reference. What a day.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    I’m not here to defend CoD, but what about the kids/adults who play CoD but are actually GOOD at it?

  • Palpatine

    Okay, I killed Dave Wilson with my lightning powers and got my account back.

  • TapewormBike

    Guys, I blacked out for a minute. Did I write something stupid? That would mean I am OK.

  • Palpatine

    Were you partying with President Milos Zeman or something?

  • the_antithesis

    I did say “most.”

    The point is something has gone wrong culturally when the casual/hardcore distinction has moved away from the players and to the games themselves so a person could identify as a hardcore player by putting forth *no effort* except by choosing to buy the “correct” games.

    Hardcore has become incredibly lazy these days.

  • Jigsaw

    So, you reduce major releases to their main genre, while you only stress the gimmick with your precious indie games. Guess what… your dungeon crawler and platform games (those are their main genre) are so ground-breakingly new game ideas that I stopped playing them 25 years ago, because I got tired of them.

  • fred

    He said he saw the first couple episodes and it was no good, then he discouraged Rich from watching it .

  • Ogrot

    And they should make more video games for dogs!

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    I’m not trying to be contentious, really, but is this in response to something from the video? They talk about why they liked Indie games but I don’t recall the debate shifting to hardcore vs softcore games. (EDIT: I’m asking what your convo is in response to, not telling to to keep things on topic, for the record).

  • I too am from the 2600/arcade days. I totally agree with what you said about hardcore gamers in the quarter popping days. Those guys that dominated the machine until a crowd gathered. I did what I still do in Casinos now. Blow my wad in 5 minutes then pick everybody’s pockets.

  • harumph

    There’s whole section where Rich talks about the definition of casual games vs. hardcore.

  • Now I Get It

    No. Ignore the menstruater [Domo].

    Draw a pie chart on cardboard, fill each slice with a baseball term – single, double, strikeout, etc – then spin the arrow in the middle and prodigiously record the results.

    It’s a game for one, but your girlfriend will stare for hours at your progress. And because you’ll have amused her, you’ll part as friends. …Or you could play Othello. Just make sure she’s in love, ’cause chicks don’t take kindly to being shut out ‘less they’re in love.

  • Palpatine

    Just don’t pick the pocket of my robe while I’m in the Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. If you do, let’s just say you’ll have a “shocking” experience. Get it? I said GET IT?!

  • Take it easy, Palpy. I roll with the dark side, bro.

  • Palpatine

    Good. Become my apprentice, learn to use the dark side of the Force.

  • Yes, my Master.

  • Palpatine

    Just don’t throw me down a mineshaft, okay?

  • Now I Get It

    “That the hardcore/casual indication has moved…”

    Right. Like when someone says, “She’s hot,” instead of what he really means, which is, “I’m hot for her.”

  • Now I Get It

    My dog was no thief but he did represent an insertion hazard. Or he would have, if he knew how to hold still.

    Actually, I’ve never owned a dog. (Cf. above.)

  • No sweat. Do I get a sex-droid?

  • Palpatine

    I think Rich Evans already used it.

  • Boy did he ever.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    When I go I’m a killer at the craps chance cube table.

  • Now I Get It

    Yes! Data Lounge. That’s where I know you from. I knew I was following you for a reason, a fallen down, drunken reason.

  • Sully

    The stakes a definitely higher when there’s a quarter on the line.
    Console and PC games have cheapened the experience.

  • Unlawfulsoul

    I do I do! I’m a huge board game fan. If you’re looking for something a little lighter that 2 people can enjoy playing, Mr. Jack is really good. One player is an investigator and the other is Jack the ripper. Has some interesting mechanics and will draw in almost anyone. Pandemic or Forbidden Island also are good starter games for people who aren’t into games on the outset. They’re both cooperative but played on high enough difficulty can be pretty hard to overcome. Good luck!

  • Big Mclargehuge

    Damn it, just like your mother you can always read me. Come over here and give your old man a hug. We’ll forget the animation and watch Rich Evans fuck a droid instead. Like old times.

  • TapewormBike

    Oh hey, Pandemic, I heard about that one and liked the idea. I think I know what present for her birthday is she gonna just pretend to like now.

  • TapewormBike

    The sexual tension is palpyable

  • TapewormBike

    Othello sounds nice, I am all up for Shakespearian foreplay.

  • TapewormBike

    Serious question time: Why do people seem to get way more butthurt about games than movies? Might just be my nongamer perception.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    In general or in this particular comment section?

    Generally my guess would be a bigger investment of time/money into games then movies.

    In this particular comment section cuz Rich and Jack makes ze bad reviews.

  • Like Icare

    Well… there are many.
    Like, all evil needs is for good people to do nothing.
    Standing up to evil and power is duty AND privilege of the strong and mighty. So is protection of those weaker than yourself.
    And more along those lines, just like any Superman or most “hero” movies in general.

    But most of that flies over the head of your average 5-year-old.
    On that level it has a much simpler message.
    “Good guys are AWESOME! Bad guys are bad.”

    And Christopher Reeve sells that awesome throughout the movie.

    Even now, compared to other modern incarnations, his is the stupidest, campiest suit – but it works. He made it work.

    You look at him in that movie and there is no doubt, no question, no tricky morality gamble, no hedging of bets, no alternative choice – that’s who you should want to be like.

    To a five-year-old… well… Reeve doing his thing, Williams doing his…
    All that awesome and the adrenalin will burn an S-shaped mark across your brain.

    Mind you… on top of that, English is not my first language and I haven’t started picking it up until years later.
    Nor could I read subtitles as I didn’t yet know how to read.
    The whole thing made its effect on me almost entirely through the pantomime, body language and symbols.

    On a side-note, our next door neighbor whose mother was babysitting me an my sister, took me to see a Charlie Chaplin special not long after that.
    I literally peed my pants laughing.

    You see things differently and you react differently at such a young age.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    You mean Jimmy Stewart? Jimmy Smits is a different kettle of fish my friend

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    As a gamer that comment makes me feel extremely butthurt. Oh…wait, I was sitting on my controller.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    I’m good at COD (on PC of course). I had over 3000 hours on MW2, 3 & Black Ops. I co-owned the two top Australiasian Black ops servers.
    Then Black Ops 2 came out and ripped everyone off. Then ghosts came out and ripped everyone off. I don’t play COD anymore. Each game should be judged on individual merits, not whether it’s a triple A game or part of a franchise. There are indie games that suck, there are blockbuster games that suck. If it’s made to make money, it will be bad, end of story.
    The next big game I’m looking forward to is Star Wars Battlefront 3.

  • DiscipleOf TheWatch

    I had an atari in 1986. Still better than an x-box.

  • Like Icare

    Take a professional football player and tell him that his favorite movie is stupid.
    Now tell him that football is a stupid game.
    Analise and compare his reactions.

    Criticism of a game one plays is criticism not only of their current choices and affections – but of all their actions while playing the game, which are ultimately defined by their personality.
    It’s not just a stupid movie – it’s a game for stupid people.

  • Kelsie

    I reeeally didn’t like Vertigo. It wasn’t worth sitting through 2 hours of boredom (people driving slowly around will forever make me think of Manos) for an interesting last five minutes. Sorry Mr. Hitchcock, but I can’t like them all. I also didn’t care for Rosemary’s Baby at all, although it managed to keep my interest at least. I think my main problem with it was I never questioned Rosemary’s sanity and was on her side the whole time, so the ending was completely expected. Also whether she chose to consume or not consume mysterious items or wore or didn’t wear the necklace had zero payoff and that bugged me.

    I have never seen Rear Window, the Godfather, or Die Hard, although they’re on my list to watch.

  • Palpatine

    I can’t answer that because I don’t play vidya games.

  • Ogrot

    You do realize you are only reinforcing his choking hazard seeking habits.

  • Ogrot

    Ignore all of them. Get a handgun with a revolving chamber. Any will do. I personally prefer the .44 Magnum, but since you are playing with a girl you may want to go with a .357 instead. Put one bullet in the chamber and then spin the revolver, pick it up, point it at your own head, and pull the trigger. Then hand it to her for her to do likewise. Repeat until there is a winner.

  • Now I Get It

    It is. Part chess, part checkers. We played it a lot, at one time, although we never did graduate to Go. And when you look up from the board, there are her eyes…at least till you put out the light – though, again, we never did play to the death.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    There was? Fuck me man.

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    … What?

  • Everest College

    wow

  • Big Mclargehuge

    Stop questioning. Feel the love.

  • bluehawk222

    Gaming is at this tricky crossroads. See, it was great that consoles advanced and provided more capabilities for developers, but the downside with that is it dramatically increased the costs to make the games. So the companies go with the sure fire hits and name recognition. And these titles got the recognition because they started out on older consoles at lower budgets. Look at Naughty Dog. They did Crash Bandicoot on a shoe string like budget and they were still a small company just emerging. Now they are making cinematic games like the Last of Us that require a lot more people and a lot more capital, but they were able to do it because at least they were Naughty Dog. The indie companies or smaller companies can’t afford to even begin to make a Last of Us on these modern consoles. They are only able to do what they can which is why games like Crypt of the Necrodancer get made like they do and it’s a good thing. It is a shame there is rarely new high end modern games where you don’t know what to expect but it’s just because no company wants to invest so much money on an unknown title or it’s too difficult for a new company to even try.

  • Why I remember the Great Video Game Crash of ’83. Yup. Twernt a game to be found after the ET. We had these plastic boxes with red lights and said it was football. Simpler times….

  • Jennifer Elise Bunnell

    I think all of that has less to do with the plot or specific morality quandaries of Supey II, but I will vote you up for writing such a lengthy response.

  • Galactic Shawn

    In my day, hardcore gaming was beating the s**t out of a pinball machine without getting a “Tilt”

  • Risk Legacy. The rules of the game, the pieces and the board physically change with every single game you play. It’s the best and most revolutionary thing out there. Accept no substitutes.

  • Constantine1985

    Hacks! Talking about ‘casul’ games, I’d love to watch you guys playing the souls series (demons souls, dark souls or dark souls 2). Dont need a review, just watching you guys playing it would be nice. Cheers

  • amanda_87

    Sometimes I forget what gigantic over-invested babies gamers are, and then comments sections like this remind me.

  • In The Court Of The Evans King

    Do you have any thoughts on Witcher? Since you’re a Dark Souls fan, I believe you’re the right person to ask.

  • dollar store cashier wife

    The combat was so clunky I stopped playing both games after an hour.I should really try giving them another chance since I absolutely love the books the games are based on.

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    The game looks fun enough, but sheesh, 12 minutes to hear about it?

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    Have you played Wizard of Oz yet?

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    That sounds like some kind of LOSER n00b question!

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    Or a criticism of their lifestyle where gaming is their favorite past time.

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    Yeah, I only bought one new game in the past couple of years at full price (GTA V for 60 dollars), most of the games I buy are pretty cheap or through a Playstation Plus subscription, but the amount of money most games cost is ridiculous when taking into account the quality of the games, which can be pretty terrible. At least with my PS Plus subscription, I only had to pay a fraction of 50 dollars to find out that Crysis 3, Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3 (what’s with the 3s?) are all kind of boring.

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    There’s a two-player version of Carcassonne that isn’t too bad, though you can also play the full version (but that’s more fun with more people).

  • Like Icare

    Not quandaries.
    5-year-olds don’t grasp things like “morality quandaries”.
    They grasp “awesome” and “hero” and “bad men” though.
    And it shapes them.

    That’s my point. Regarding both me AND Frank Miller.

    Me and Howard Hughes… that’s another song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TdPRjcG8As

  • Alex Lee

    They did that in the Dark Sauls stream.

  • Alex Lee

    So, every time someone can’t pay the rent, he or she has to sexually embarrass his or herself to the landlord.

    Isn’t that called real life?

  • Bacchus

    That sounds about right to me. Thanks for restoring my faith in gamers as human beings capable of rational thought.

  • Constantine1985

    Really? Sweet. I must check that out. Thanks.

  • Bacchus

    Good question, I’ll attempt a serious reply. Sorry if this gets boring. I’ve been thinking about this already for a while. As far as I can tell some of the reasons might be:

    – Financial investment transferring to emotional investment.

    Current Gen consoles and high end PC’s require a substantial spend. Therefore people are unwilling (or unable) to accept that there may be flaws in their system of choice. Hence the rise of aggressively defensive company fanboys. This is also true of the individual games themselves. With AAA releases often costing upwards or £60, it’s often hard for people to admit they’ve purchased a stinker, or even just to admit that it has flaws, especially if they’ve put tens of hours of playtime into it. The culture pushes people towards absolute viewponts.

    – Accepting games as art requires promoting a higher standard of games criticism.

    There isn’t a long history of informed criticism in the medium, certainly not in the mainstream gaming press. Reviews from sites like IGN often read like glorified press releases. As the audience isn’t used to any better, it leaves little room for debate, or civil disagreement. You can see this when a reviewer scores a game 6/10 when the majority of ratings might be 8/10. This person’s review is then dismissed out of hand as ‘wrong’ and they are told they are ‘unqualified’ rather than being used as a lead-in to honest debate. The fanboy culture described above exacerbates this attitude.

    – Go forth and Multiplay

    The competitive nature of many games spills over into the way the audience speaks to each other. Rather than entering a dialogue constructively and being willing to change their pov, people seem entrenched in their views and obsessed with ‘destroying’ or ‘pwning’ the other half of the conversation. As movie audiences don’t have this competitive element in their medium these problems are less pronounced (IMO).

    – Degrees of Difficulty

    The casual/hardcore debate. It’s become so muddied as to be of little use. it was a silly distinction to begin with and it only serves to fracture the community and promote an elitist snobset of twats. Nothing wrong with having critical faculties and decrying AAA shovelware schlock and indie dreck alike, but people seem to want to ‘own’ the word gamer in a way that movie audiences don’t want to own filmgoer.

    Basically the feeling is you can’t be a gamer simply by dint of playing games. You have to play the ‘right’ ones and subscribe to it as a lifestyle choice. Which is horseshit.

    Right, I’m off for a lie down.

  • TapewormBike

    Very nice, you should not waste that just on replying to me.

  • Bacchus

    Thanks! It’s always a pleasure to respond to an honest inquiry. : ) Sadly I think the audience who need to hear this the most is also the audience prone to ignoring it and/or dumping a bucket of verbal excrement over me in the process. But I’ll give it a try.

  • Illusive Man

    I agree. I’ve heard it called “saturation” by Mike and I think it applies here too. I remember having my old PC in the 90’s and having tons of cool games. None where perfect, but most where cool, and they had character. They had distinct qualities. I was usually a cheap ass and went for used games and consoles and things, so I never felt preassured by my wallet to promote a game. If anything, I’d be extra pissed off if I payed $60 rather than 5-10 for a shitty game.

    Now, there’s less different consoles, but more saturation of shitty games. Title recognition is the name of the game, just like movies. It’s a business, and their marketing teams tell them which names are the most popular, and that’s what they make, just like all the superhero movies and pre-sequ-remake-boots of everything. Original ideas are too risky, so they need an investor willing to gamble.

    Also, I think every game should have a basic difficulty setting, even if it just controls simple things like how much health you have or whatever. Some people crave challenge, and some like to play more for spectacle value. I enjoy the real “game” quality, the solving of problems and conquering of things. I thing some people see them more as interactive movies, and would as such prefer a lower difficulty so they don’t have to watch each part 10 times before moving on. Sometimes I’ll be playing a game on hard and someone’s like “Youve done this 20 times, aren’t you bored?”

    Me – “I’d be bored if I beat the whole game in a single run.”

    That’s the difficulty thing, so game producers.. PUT DIFFICULTY SETTINGS IN YOUR GAMES!!

    Thank you

  • Illusive Man

    Rich, I saw in a previously recorded pre-rec (sorry, I had to) that you like technical space shooters and TBS type games. If you liked that old Xwing game with the million flight controls, try the Descent games (Freespace 2 in particular) it’ll blow your mind if you haven’t seen it. For TBS, like that weird viking game you guys where playing, the Heroes of Might and Magic series takes the win there. Try 3 or 5, if you haven’t.

  • Illusive Man

    I think the most common critisism I get when I diss a game is “could you make a better one?” or “It looks pretty good to me.”

    I think coming from the age of NES and Genesis gives me a better perspective, I’d be lost too if I started with a PS3

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    Video Game history trivia time! According to the developers at Lucas Arts, THIS little-known game is what inspired the gameplay to their runaway cult hit Sombies Ate My Neighbours!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgxHxTiuE2A

  • *I* Iron my Jean Skirts

    I have to say Sombies because my “See” key doesn’t work. Or “Sed” key if you’re not American.

  • Bacchus

    You’re most welcome. You come at it from an interesting angle yourself, with plenty of ideas for me to consider. Which is nice 🙂

    I tended to shop for (console) bargains during the 90’s too. I also regularly swapped games with friends. It wasn’t so much ‘look what I own’ as ‘Here is a cool title. You can play it too after I’m done’
    It’s interesting how much more precious we have become with our games, especially after the prices started soaring (and also the rise of the special edition). I still hunt for bargains today, mostly on Steam and the (even better) GoG They help one sift through the crap.

    You touch on that other form of emotional investment I never understood -Title Recognition. People who buy a shit game and then defend it because they are a ‘fan’ of the series. Surely if they were truly fans they would want the series to improve or at least maintain a high standard of quality, and would vote with their wallet.

    There does seem to be an overlap with filmgoers on that point. Brand recognition is king and original ideas starve. Occasionally you get the odd decent AAA title, but it’s rare to them see a series sustain its quality and remain fresh.

    That’s why i love indie games. They’re far likelier to contain an original idea, or a style I haven’t seen before. Not saying there aren’t any shit indie games (there definitely are) but i’m more tolerant of their flaws because I feel like the potential rewards are greater. Just like indie movies.

    What narks me right off is people who maintain that narrative driven, cut-scene heavy games are somehow superior to the pure gameplay likes of Tetris. They’re not, they’re simply another option. They’re only one part of gaming’s future, not all of it. The two can co-exist.

    I love challenge too, getting into that gameplay ‘flow’ state.

    I was delighted to hear Mike talk about FTL in a previous episode (been hammering that today) and how the fact that it’s never a guaranteed win makes it more replayable, which Is true. Although that game has an ‘easy’ mode it can still be quite challenging under certain conditions.

    So it might be a bit tricky to ensure everyone has the perfect difficulty setting, but I agree – difficulty settings are definitely something developers should bear in mind and apply where possible!

  • Mark Bisone

    But they move like Kings, and attack like Bishops.

  • Thanatos2k

    The thing is, new consoles do not inherently increase the costs to make games. This pathetic insistance on always having cutting edge graphics and team sizes of 1000 people for AAA games increased the costs to make games. Neither are necessary.

  • Thanatos2k

    It’s just that you don’t encounter the people who get butthurt about movies. You have built a bubble around yourself where such people simply do not wander into.

    I have met someone in real life that refused to believe Transformers 2 was a garbage movie, and they got extremely mad when informed that it was. These are the kind of people who watch American Idol.

    These people are also the kind that get obliterated when they try to take their opinions online though.

    Gamers are far more technically capable, and thus pros at arguing online.

  • Thanatos2k

    See I disagree. I think the difficulty can be as much a core component of the experience of the game as anything else. See: Souls series.

    People who want the gameplay trivialized because they just want to see the story annoy me to no end because I cannot understand how they want to throw away half a game. If you just want to see a story, watch a movie or read a book.

  • Thanatos2k

    They would know COD is an inferior experience. They would be playing a real FPS on PC.

  • Thanatos2k

    Lost Cities.

  • Illusive Man

    Sounds like we do agree with one another, I prefer the higher challenge as well, I’m just saying there are many people who prefer the spectacle more than the “game”, and naturally, they don’t wanna redo anything. I’m definately the one who prefers the game

  • Illusive Man

    I like those heavy RPGish story type games, but.. only if the gameplay is fun, that’s the main part. I think one the best qualities a game can have is to suck you in where you’re forgetting about everything else, but.. that’s not the same if it’s just from cutscenes and dialogue. Those things should add to a game, unless it’s like, a detective game or something.

  • pete smith

    yea chek out angly vf nerds comments. Gamers = 13 autistic white kids

  • Thanatos2k

    And those people should be ignored. Every game should not be for everyone, same with movies, books, and everything worthwhile.

  • Percy Gryce

    And look like Queens?

  • Galactic Shawn

    Is that the game where you get high watching The Wizard of Oz and try to spot the dead stage hand that hung himself in the background? That is pretty hardcore.

  • Archfiend_Baramos

    lol we did that in…history class once?! Thank God for the American educational system.

    But no, I meant the pinball machine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-N7QpFKuc

  • bb-15

    Oh I see, so Rich and Jack only play innovate games? LOL, after watching Pre Rec reviews of multiple side scrollers and also Mario Kart!
    – Bottom line; a dungeon crawler is a standard game genre. And rhythm happens in such games in a random, natural way because timing is important in those types of games.
    For a classic good one see Diablo 1 / 2.
    – And for a new Big Title game, which is not a FPS, why not mention Dragon Age Inquisition?
    * Because this Pre-Rec series is almost exclusively about retro / arcade style games.
    And that’s fine for Rich and Jack but not every gamer wants to play 8 bit graphics, 2 D, Nintendo or Arcade style games.

  • bluehawk222

    They do though. The consoles are more powerful and capable. Do you expect devs to dish out PS1/PS2 era graphics? No. I like how games can have more cutting edge graphics and the like now. The new Metal Gear game looks fantastic and the Fox Engine is amazing. It makes for a more captivating game experience. EA and other major companies need to be willing to shell out more money though for new ideas and giving new developers chances. Because right now their a bigger distance between indie and major developers and the indie ones are fine just making rudimentary games. And for the most part those ones do sell pretty well. Minecraft, Angry Birds, etc.

  • Thanatos2k

    Graphics do not inherently make for a more captivating game experience. Indie games with mediocre graphics have shown us that.

  • pp

    Somebody please tell me what that outro music is please please please

  • Uncle Dan

    By the way, I saw this again and it reminded me of this conversation. So if you haven’t seen it before and you’re interested it’s a three parter:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_rvM6hubs8

  • Imesseduptheemail

    My problem is that it looks like the rhythm aspect is the only unique thing about it. The enemies, weapons, or mechanics otherwise seem mostly generic. It’d be interesting enough to play for an afternoon or for free, but I wouldn’t pay for it. Takes a lot more than one unique thing to catch my interest and empty my wallet.

    Also it’s sort of weird to hear a deep-ish, grown woman’s voice from a tiny chibi sprite.

  • EXbob

    First early access game I played, fucking love it.

  • Illusive Man

    It still sounds like we’re in agreement, this is interesting. Media shouldn’t me made for everyone, but.. you shouldn’t necissarily ignore a demographic either. I’d say, make games for gamers, but.. leave some slack for those casual gamers to cetch up. Maybe have certain games that appeal more to that crowd, and maybe, just maybe, a few will descide they want more challange / a real game. That might bridge the gap for people who are still on the fence. I don’t wanna cater to morons either, but there money might still pay for the development of other, better games from the same investors.

  • Illusive Man

    I saw a similar discussion earlier. I’m pretty sure video games are at the bottom of the entertainment ladder here in north america. It’d go 1-movies, 2-music, 3-tv shows, and 4, video games, at the bottom. That’s why they get paid the least and are most prone to follow market trends, though the other industries do this too (I know we all know how hollywood has gotten so lazy, we don’t need to go there here). I think this is also why so many of our childhood treasures came from japan. Over there, producing video games is higher up the ladder. It’s more on par with movies and tv and music, probly even higher. Our hollywood producer is their video game producer, so we generally saw better products from their more dedicated teams who had more resources. Here, it’s all about the market trends. Don’t make me do the Madden list, it is what it is. There’s still gems out there, just harder to find.

  • Illusive Man

    Games stopped being hard when they got rid of lives and game overs. Every new game has a time machine called save/load/checkpoints. Just try again and again and again till you get it right. And yes, many new games do what I call “sonicing”, when sonic does cooler stuff than you make him do, and it looks cool, but.. youre not really doing it, he is. All this cool shit happening, like a michael bay movie, and it’s like, “damn, this game is hardcore”, but.. you’re just following context sensetive commands, conquering one challenge after another with a checkpoint between each one. I miss pushing through games where the cost of failure has a price. I thinks that’s one reason Diablo 2 stuck on for so long, it has a good death system that discourages dieing. You’d think that’d be normal, right? Not anymore.

  • Illusive Man

    I started with NES, but even as a kid, I hated arcades for them being rip offs. They went from a quarter to 50cents when I was a kid, then a dollar by the time I hit young teens. Too much, I stuck with consoles till my original Xbox gave out, and I’ve been PC ever since. You can get almost any old game on emulators and that, and plug in USB controllers to play them. Close enough, until I can afford to hunt down arcade machines for my living room.

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    You broke my rhythm?

    So you’re that homeless guy that was shouting out on the street at midnight that forced my gf and I to stop our … activities … and go to the window!

  • Mitchell Taco Nash

    Quite honestly it was my favourite film of 2014. That may change if I happen to see some more 2014 films, however, but currently it’s king [or queen …].

  • andy

    nice camera shadow behind jack, professional film makers!

  • Now I Get It

    The highly calculated melody to your throbbing baseline, yes, or, as you call it, “shouting.”

    BTW, if you guys ever release a sex tape, I call dibs on the dvd commentary.

  • I just wanted to say thanks, from a fellow Old (39). Since I’ve started following you guys I’ve been introduced to, and purchased, several indie games that have given me far more enjoyment than GTAV, FC4, Alien, etc, for far less cost (in time as well as money). I feel like I’ve been running on momentum as far as these AAA games go, especially with this current generation, expecting to be blown away and they’re all just so… Meh.

    I’m going to think long and hard about buying another big budget release. I can honestly say it may never happen.

    You’ve given me a reason to love and appreciate games in a way that I havent since the mid 80s, when I was an Amiga/C64 freak. The games you like remind me a lot of the care, craft and sensibility that was common at the time, something that I thought was long gone and a lot of the time didnt even realize I was missing when slogging through these (for the most part) soul-less, carbon-copied AAA titles.

    Please continue doing what you do.

  • Joe

    Good review guys, as is usual I think MGSV stands out more than “bland AAA sequel” I feel like the MGS series has innovated in both storytelling and gameplay many times over the years, but I understand and appreciate the point of view of those who don’t feel the same way.

    I think my favorite part of Previously Recorded (when it is not humorously and justifiably ripping apart a bad game) is seeing people talk joyfully about gaming. Games should create joy and happiness but as you get older it can be tricky to not become cynical and dispassionate about most everything including games. So I do like to see nice people being upbeat on the internet. That alone is refreshing, plus you guys are funny so that helps too.

    Keep up the good work.

    PS: I feel like Jack’s “Don’t be a Dick” rainbow was made almost exclusively just so it could be turned into a gif and used in the comments and forum.

  • Joe

    I will second that Freespace 2 is a truly great game. Descent I/II are very solid too, but they might feel more dated. Freespace 2 is a hidden-ish gem of a classic.

  • Joe

    Not sure what you mean by “entertainment ladder”. I’d say TV is at something of a golden age creatively. How mainstream and un-innovative something is going to be is very commonly tied with the budget though, and I don’t think it matters which of the 4 things we are talking about there.

  • Joe

    Yeah, I can see this. There are franchises like Uncharted which have a lot of good things going for them (the “set design” of background in those games is always remarkable) but when play UC3 there were a lot of “interactive cutscenes” where how fast the ground was crumbling beneath you was a function of how fast you were running, so that you “just barely made it” was an illusion to prevent the possibility that you don’t make it, get frustrated, and turn the game off. And I was playing at the highest difficulty.

    But all hope is not lost, modern things like Dark Souls return to “death being a big deal” and franchises like fallout have done a good job of giving the player actual choices.

    The biggest joke for me though isn’t the “constant checkpoints and no real penalty for death” but something I’ve just recently encountered: In GTAV, if you die enough on a checkpoint (as I often do when dicking around) they will actually give you the option of skipping that part of the game. I think some modern mario games have “we’ll do the level for your option, or give you a god tier item because you’ve died a lot”. This philosophy of “we can never ever have a player encounter something too hard for them to beat in 10-15 minutes, or else the player will get frustrated and give up” is ridiculous. Fortunately things like Mario don’t have “coddle mode” for their superstar hyper challenging levels which are generally pretty challenging, but I just started playing GTAV recently and the idea of “skipping” gameplay just blew my mind. It’s not finding a shortcut, or inputing a cheat even, it is literally “is this part of the game too hard? Just skip it”

    This has probably been a thing in games like Call of Duty for a few years now but I wouldn’t know because I don’t play CoD, (I used play CoD 1 and 2 back when they were actual good games)

  • Illusive Man

    The first time I saw this was in FreeSpace 2, if you lose 5 times in a row they offer to skip the level for you, BUT…. you also can’t go back, campaign is linear, so if you skip something, you miss your chance to get whatever medals and kills/stats you would garner from beating the level. If you’re medal case is half full by the end of the campaign, you know it’s cause you either suck, or.. really suck. It was weird to see, and the game was awesome, but.. I didn’t like that feature, and it really should only exist in some form of cheat.

  • Illusive Man

    Obviously you need a good script to make it actually interesting, but.. without the money to pay for those high profile TV slots, or a slot in the box office next to other blockbusters, you need the big time chashola.

    I agree that TV has improved, but.. not so much plot-wise. It’s just less restricted, so we get a lot more action / soft core porn mixed into our programming, as opposed to 10-15 years ago where it might have only been on a few channels. They know most people who actually watch “TV” rather than just streaming for free, are older women who need their soft core porn on a regular basis, and I don’t blame them.

    Hollywood is stuck in a spiral of non-original ideas. All they make now is prequels, sequels, remakes, re-boots, and superhero movies (not counting ones that fall into the other categories). A few more original ideas get through on rare occasion, but since the budget quota is so high, you end up with movies that have about 20-30 minutes of plot, stretched into a feature length movie. Some of the newer more original horror or sci fi ish movies that aren’t Marvel almost feel more like overextended episodes of The Outer Limits, but.. not as creative, and lame when you see these aging relics of actors keep dragging things on. Not that they’re bad, but.. I can tell there’s few replacements lined up when they all retire.

    And of coarse, the music industry has been hollow and soulless since before I was born. It’s a lot easier to find good, newer original music now ’cause of the internet, but.. as far as what pop’s up on “recommended downloads” or the iTunes store or whatever, you gotta pay for that slot too, so the common, less informed downloader will fall into the same trap as the TV surfer or theatre goer.

    Video games are the last bastion of entertainment here, and it’s already been perverted by this marketing effect. It’s not too late, boycot shitty games. Just download them for free, and only pay for good ones. Don’t let those marketing exec’s count how many times you take a shit, fuck their numbers up so they can’t use them properly, and they’ll have to take a guess, which.. might, just might, work in our favor.

  • Joe

    That’s funny, because I was just praising that game in another comment here.

    To be fair to Freespace 2, levels can take an hour, and also I think there was some branching to the story too, and finally the medals. Still not a feature I endorse though, even for pretty challenging games like Freespace 2.

  • Illusive Man

    I know, I saw it. I love the game too, it’s a real gem, and you’re right, there is some splitting, more so that if you do good enough, you’re offered “bonus levels” that you’ll miss if you fuck up/ skip, and they’re awesom. SOC special operations command assignments, deep cover operative intel gathering shit, and you can only do it if you beat the levels honestly. A worthy reward, and dope missions.

  • Jason Robins

    This reminds me of the recent Persona Q. There are certain larger (and incredibly powerful) enemies that only move when you do, and so progressing further into the dungeon requires you to outmaneuver them without getting trapped or blocking the way to the next room.

  • Lat

    When are you going on tour, Rich?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntu-JYijTl8

  • yodgonbooze

    but you rock on Star Wars Connect, some of the best dance moves i ever seen, you just say that cause i beat the game, what can i say i know how to get down

  • yodgonbooze

    we could change that

  • Peon

    Review “Don’t Starve” at some point, you won’t regret it.

  • Kyle

    0:09 Creepiestly recorded

  • Kyle

    Rich immediately follows up with “These might be fine games, I don’t wanna put these games down.”

  • Henrik Darkhorse

    Saits Row IV is borderline ridiculous superhero simulator and love letter to the medium of video games.

    I’ve beaten entire game and every expansion, and the number of times I’ve driven a car can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

  • Paul Acevedo

    It’s a really deep game. The music is excellent, the mechanics and unlocking addictive, and it’s good and tough. Even when you ignore the rhythm, Necrodancer is still a great rogue-lite.

    The voice thing is a nitpick. They don’t talk outside of the intro, tutorial, and a few samples for getting hit, etc. 😛

  • Paul Acevedo

    Necrodancer is a rogue-lite, but it looks and plays differently enough from every other game in the genre to qualify as fresh. Diablo 1-3? There are differences, but they’re all in the same series and won’t surprise anybody. Dragon Age Inquisition, while a huge and excellent game, plays a lot like an MMO and doesn’t do anything daring.

    Some people just love their fancy graphics, but valuing gameplay and originality is better IMO.

  • Noah R.

    I agree.

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