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  1. I looked up this game, and I was shocked to see it came out in 1997. Every problem Ross had with this game, Command & Conquer had already "solved" back in '95. Heck, Dune II already solved a lot of the UI issues. This game seems like the only good thing it has going for it is the art and graphics, which are legit neat. The XCOM-style strategic aspect sounded interesting at first, but the UI weirdness seemed to sabotage it (plus, is it really necessary to research a thing in every city? Or to have to research basic things like infantry or power plants in the first place?). Speaking of C&C, the CGI cutscenes reminded me a tiny bit of Eric Gooch's CGI work for the Westwood-era games, but upon reflection, they are more like the typical 3D you'd see in 90's FMVs.
  2. The problem is that all AAA companies have moved towards the GaaS model as an outgrowth of the "always-online" DRM model. When every game is designed in a manner not too dissimilar to how MMOs were, there is nothing stopping the publisher from holding all the cards when it comes to you accessing the game. I know Ross made some good criticisms of the "boomer mindset," but I think the issue is that people aren't being boomer-y enough. We're heading for a digital dark age, popular culture is just kinda getting worse all around, and while enterprising pirates will likely keep us from completely losing a not-insignificant portion of our cultural history, it really does feel like there is little worth paying attention to past some point in the past 30-ish years. It's not enough to try and buy physical or pirate, one should just reject virtually everything that's new from the big corporations. Reward creators who aren't just completely recycling something old or who see you as more than just a wallet. Champion new ideas and original works. The problem there is that, for one, that kind of attitude is off-putting, and two, "new ideas and original works" for the past decade have been...mixed, IMO.
  3. I thought that title screen was familiar. I suppose we have a new category of bad RPG now: Peashooter Minigun Games. On the topic of sexy armor, I personally don't mind, but then, I'd be the person to handwave it with "she can dodge lots of things" or "she has super regeneration" or "she has a personal force-field."
  4. I am curious to see how Freeman gets through Ravenholm, I was under the impression that ammo was scarcer in the chapter to encourage using the Gravity Gun.
  5. This definitely seems like a better idea of how to approach your production pipeline. Thank you for the update, it means a lot.
  6. Yeah, the YT comments mention that the game's story apparently does get a bit deeper and actually kinda tackles the implications of its premise, but it really does feel like they don't have the courage to go all-in on it. I was surprised you left off with the story, but I guess it had to do with the progression being slowed down by the leveling. Also, Ross, I'm pleasantly surprised that you know about Brad Neely. "Baby Cakes Sees A Play" is one of my favorite videos ever.
  7. I fairly liked it, but I can see how Ross's version of Freeman will come into tension with Valve's more rail-roaded approach to storytelling and immersion in HL2. It's not easy to stick the landing, and it seems Ross might not have stuck it here. I'm hoping/anticipating that Freeman will come around a little near the end of HL2, that we may see real changes to Freeman's characterization. Maybe he'll not reflexively draw a gun on the Vorts, at least.
  8. I might need to re-watch this on my PC, but I could swear several of the dudes had the same voice as the PC. I almost swore that Thumbnail Jacket Man was the same dude as the Vampire Prince from the intro.
  9. That figures, most of the CD space must have went towards the compressed video. I kinda miss this 90's FMV cheese. I remember reading a comment, probably on Ross's Phantasmagoria 2 video, that said that the acting in these games often had to be exaggerated because of the low res and high compression subtracting details.
  10. Jesus, well excuse me for being a dude who just doesn't want to pay Microsoft for fucking Solitaire.
  11. Okay, yes, Android is not at all what Stallman envisioned, but from the Eric S. Raymond perspective, I think it's an example of Linux's slow, steady progress in winning the computer wars. Linux wins not by crushing the competition via strict adherence to the command line, it wins by being the freer and friendlier option, to the point that even rivals like Microsoft will have to buy in: http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=8764
  12. I wouldn't agree with that, necessarily. I think the last decade has proved that Linux can be user-friendly and painless, you just need big initiatives and some corporate backing to push it forward (Android and Proton).
  13. I think if I had to give awards for this game, it'd probably be like this (also taking some inspiration from the YT comments): -Soft Utopia: Caldoria seems like a perfect society, but mimics our current one quite a lot, which takes away those important Utopia Points. -No True Timeline: Choosing between Turbo and Pegasus Prime is not the easiest choice, as Turbo's age and remaining technical flaws makes it the technically inferior version, but Pegasus Prime's additions and changes causes the game to lose that same mysterious early-90's vibe the original had, in addition to the added challenge in some spots. -Future's Past: While the lack of visits to pre-21st-century times are regrettable, the degree to which Journeyman commits to its sci-fi worldbuilding is impressive.
  14. As some people have noted in the comments, iTunes and Apple Music already use DRM such that, even if content you buy is downloaded to your system, you still need their software to actually open it. So, while I don't know the specifics of movies from iTunes (I haven't touched anything Apple since getting a smartphone in 2012), there's a chance that such movies are still encrypted and that Apple has a #2 situation set up anyways. Thus, there's an opening for the lawsuit.
  15. I am reasonably sure that that is from Army of Darkness. Also, I think both Ross and Mandalore's approach to holiday videos are valid. You can either try something *very unique*, or try to end the year on a good note. I liked this episode, for what it's worth, and I'm fine with this being a more cozy, shorter episode.
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