nano_moose: Road to El Dorado. Miguel makes an exaggerated authorative face while Tulio looks confused in the background. ([ED] and you don't want that!)
Okay, look, when a thing is not actually Resident Evil, and the only thing I want is that it not turn into Resident Evil, and then it turns into Resident Evil, I think I am justified in complaining!

Especially since there's so much Resident Evil on the marketplace as it is.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. ([ZP] guitar smash)
So...I'm upset about a fictional character's death - really, genuinely upset, the way I was over certain character deaths in ME3 - but not because I don't think that character deserved to die or found the scene particularly sad. That character was an asshole, and plot developments had heightened the assholery to levels where death was probably the most merciful thing.

I'm upset because that character's few redeeming features weren't so much as touched upon.

I'm upset because the one redeeming feature that character did have was written out in such a way that one wonders why they bothered with it in the first place.

I'm upset because what characterisation and redeeming features they did have (pretty meagre) were about-faced in side-material and not in the plot itself.

I'm upset because that character's death was treated without a hint of poignancy.

I'm upset because I feel a little ashamed of being upset about this, because neither I nor anyone else have claimed it was a great story. And it's not. It still isn't.

But I feel much more gutted by this development than, say the ending of Mass Effect 3, and that had a fanbase up in arms enough to see BioWare hastily promise to expand upon it in a move I feel vaguely annoyed about, since I don't much like it when fans think they know better. But while ME3 did wring my emotions out of me, I was satisfied enough with what it gave me, as a piece of entertainment (albeit with a few lingering questions). Here, I'm angry and disappointed, regretting all the time I invested. And nobody's going to be joining me in protest. That's perfectly logical and fine. I shouldn't care this much.

So what does one do when angrily disappointed with a guilty pleasure?

...Hmmm. Probably write fixfic?

If anyone can guess what I'm talking about, um, sorry for the spoilers, if you care. But I kinda doubt it.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. ([ZP] guitar smash)
Something I have decided after flicking through complaints about BioWare and their plot methods:

If you break a story down into its most basic clichés shorn of all context, that doesn't mean the story is actually basic or clichéd. It means you have a rough understanding of the way media is constructed. Good for you. Round of applause. Have a chocolate.

It doesn't form a basis for criticism, and attempting to act like it does makes you look like an asshole.

Signed, Someone Who Directly Compared Mass Effect 3 and Baldur's Gate And Was Blown Away By The Improvement Upon All Aspects Of The Latter In The Former, Thank You Very Much.

(P.S. Also, if you're complaining about how the choices in any of the newer BioWare games are forced, morally restricting and limited, while praising the game based on a system which put a helpful little label on every character to tell you whether they were nice or an asshole, you probably need to re-examine your argument.)
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (nerdrage!!!!)
Flames. Flames! On the side! Of my face! Third point down for rage.

Oh god, I really don't want to feel guilty when I buy a PS3 for The Last Guardian once it comes out. Or stick to playing Mass Effect over and over because I can at least choose a badass lady as my protagonist. There's only so much Bioware I can take before I overdose and start dumping exposition on people. Rarghblarghrarghlargh.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (nerdrage!!!!)
I want to hate Dead Space so much. So much. You can't even understand how much. Almost as much as I wanted to love Mirror's Edge.

But I can't. I just can't.

Oh god.

Oh god.

Forgive me.

It does fail pretty spectacularly at being even the least bit frightening, though.
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (nerdrage!!!!)
After three weeks without internet in my apartment, I have learned an important lesson.

It is - and you must listen closely - it is that you must, whenever possible, read the instructions.

I could have really used that twenty-five dollars.

Sigh.

In any case, you may have noticed the tag, which refers to the fact that I finally picked up Mirror's Edge and - well, it wasn't everything I was hoping it would be. No spoilers after the cut, but there is a great deal of pretentious niche-gamer rage.

Goddamnit, DICE, you make all these promises, you get my hopes up, I invest my unwavering faith in your commitment to making a new and exciting IP, and you pull this shit. )

I'm going to go play Sands of Time again to mitigate the rage.

Goddamnit.

...At least Fallout 3 is awesome. Pretty much exactly what I'd hope a 3D Falloutverse would look like and full of care, detail and love. I might talk about that later; it'll be nice to not be complaining about something.

*Oh god. After this, the new Prince of Persia game had better cure fucking cancer or I just can't take it any more.

That's it.

Aug. 29th, 2008 11:22 am
nano_moose: Final Fantasy X. Yuna standing on sunset-limned water with her arms at her sides before she begins the Sending Dance. (Default)
To: Denizens of the Intarwebs
Re: The Companion Cube Chamber of Portal

Please stop telling me you cried when you burned the cube. )

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