0verhyped

Less than amusing ramblings from a jaded former gamer.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation The Runners Up Edition

You can stick this right next to that little league trophy everyone got.

See, you’re not a loser, you just suck at winning.

A.K.A. EVERYTHING ELSE I FORGOT TO MENTION

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured blah blah blah bullshit bullshit bullshit you get the damn point. I’m sick of that paragraph. I’ve been copying and pasting it all god damn month. Thankfully today is the last day in January and I can finally move on. But seeing as it still is January I feel bizarrely obligated to make one last post in this series. So today is for all the mild disappointments and modest surprises and a bunch of other crap I couldn’t cram into the last thirty days.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: The Beatles Rock Band

Rock and roll all night! ...what? I'm not obliged to make Beatles references. =P

(Insert obligatory Beatles reference here!)

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. My final surprise for this series is The Beatles: Rock Band, the rock band game born out of a cooperative effort between Harmonix and the Beatles’ music studio, Apple Corps.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Fallout New Vegas

So much fun you'll want to can-can your ass off!

Hey have you ever heard of Fallout: New Vegas? Because I think I’ve mentioned it a hundred times by now!

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian’s surprisingly entertaining follow-up to the drearily dull Fallout 3.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: The Walking Dead

Out there be monsters...

Come for the zombies, stay for the drama.

Seeing as we’re in a new year and possibly a new gaming generation, I figured now is a good time to look back on what games from the last few years really defied my expectations. Either because they went above and beyond what I was expecting of them or because they were horrible letdowns that made me feel stupid for buying them. Today’s surprise is The Walking Dead, a little gem by Telltale games that actually managed to get some mainstream acclaim by crafting an engrossing story for players to experience and having the courage to not constantly interrupt that story with traditional gaming staples.

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Øverhyped New Vegas Giveaway

I usually write something funny here, but I’ve been on break so long I kinda forgot how to do that…

CONTEST ENDED DEC. 16TH 2012. THIS POST LEFT FOR POSTERITY. RESULTS HERE.

A.K.A. ANOTHER CONTEST PROBABLY ONLY ONE PERSON WILL ENTER

Well it’s been three months since I posted anything here at 0verhyped, so I guess I should probably get off my lazy ass and write something. By which I mean stay on my lazy ass but actually open my word processor for a few minutes in-between looking for porn and re-watching the trailer for Bateman Begins.

So things have died down at where I work (thankfully I’m in one of the industries where Christmas isn’t a busy time), my country’s noisy as hell election is over and Thanksgiving is behind us. Since I don’t really celebrate Christmas, I’ve got plenty of free time to kill during the next few months, so why not waste some of it writing on my silly blog? (Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.)

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Was Metroid: Other M Sexist? (Part 4: Disasterpiece Theater)

Just hold that pose until Metroid Fusion rolls around. It’s more important you look like you did in another game that almost no one played than provide a proper final battle.

A.K.A. THE STUFF EVERYONE ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT

Here it is, the fourth and final part of my Other M analysis, something I’m pretty sure no one was waiting for, negating the need for me to rush it out just before midnight, a task made more difficult because I went to see Rifftrax Live tonight (Manos: The Hands of Fate). But I have a system, I’m not sure what it is, but I have it, and I’m not about to change it now, whatever it is.

So I’ve talked about Team Ninja’s portrayal of Samus, the thoughtless writing process, and Samus as a character. Basically the shit no one cares about in Other M, except maybe the authorization thing. People wanted to talk about that scene where Samus freaks out when she sees Ridley, or how she mentions “the baby” a dozen times before the opening credits, or the claim she was reduced to being a wimp who had to be constantly saved by men, or whatever.

Seeing as this is my last post talking about this subject, I guess now is the time to talk about it. In my first post I asserted that all though I think Other M sexist, it’s not intentional. I don’t think Yoshio Sakamoto or even Team Ninja went into this wanting to put Samus in her place. In fact the problem is I think Sakamoto was actually trying to make Other M a feminist piece, and failed miserably.

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Was Metroid: Other M Sexist? (Part 3: The Character of Samus)

 

This is not what I mean when I say character dissection, but it’s a cool picture, so why not?

A.K.A. DISSECTING SAMUS ARAN (FIGURATIVELY, NOT LITERALLY)

Day three of my analysis of Other M. Today I’m talking about Samus’s character, before and after Other M was released. Since Other M was likely meant to be a character study of Samus, this tends to be the single biggest point of contention in the game and where most of the arguments of sexist or not sexist come from, as well other arguments about the nature of Samus’s character in general.

This was probably the most advertised aspect of Other M too, that it would explore Samus’s character in depth for the first time. I guess it was inevitable some people wouldn’t be satisfied because they probably already had some preconceived notions of who Samus was.

But that said it’s still mind boggling what a complete mess this story wound up being. Probably the biggest problem was that even after playing Other M, I still have no idea what I’m suppose to think of Samus, and trying to figure that out is like trying to piece a puzzle back together after all the pieces have become wet and misshapen. So I’d better get started.

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Was Metroid: Other M Sexist? (Part 2: The End Result of Sloppy Writing)

You’re probably going to see a lot of comics like this in this post.

 

A.K.A. UNDERSTANDING THE WRITING PROCESS BEHIND OTHER M

So yesterday I talked about the ramifications of hiring Team Ninja to make a Metroid game, and why that was a terrible idea, and how it’s baffling that no one really thought it was a terrible idea.

But the biggest issue with Other M was definitely the story, that’s what got people up in arms. So today I’m just going to pick apart some of the more poorly written aspects of Other M in an attempt to understand the thought process behind some of these decisions.

Not really diving into the actual “sexist” aspects just yet because I’m trying to establish those were more the result of poor writing than out right misogyny, and I figure a good way to do that is talk about a few scenes in the game that I don’t think are necessarily sexist but still make absolutely no fucking sense whatsoever.

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Was Metroid: Other M Sexist?

Take a guess to what you think my answer will be.

A.K.A. METROID: OTHER M WAS SEXIST, BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS PEOPLE SAID IT WAS

So it’s time for yet another long winded analysis on a video game. Because, that’s what I do apparently. Today I wanted to talk about Metroid: Other M, an incredibly polarizing game that had people’s emotions running high when it came out. The most hotly debated topic being whenever it was sexist or not.

Well I’m here today to weigh in on the discussion, and only a mere two years after the game was released. Boy am I timely! Now before I say if I think Other M was sexist or not, I wanted to say… Wait, what did I write at the top of the page?

*looks up*

FUCK! Why did I write that? And why don’t I just delete it? Great, now I’ve already spoiled the post. Oh well. Yeah I think Metroid: Other M was sexist, BUT, I don’t think it’s some kind of he-man woman hating diatribe, like some people accuse. The sexism in Other M is more a byproduct of its bigger problems, namely bad writing and poor decisions. Fair warning, massive SPOILERS for the whole Metroid series may follow.

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N0t Hyped: To the Moon (PC)

Disclaimer: This game is in no way related to The Honeymooners or using colorful metaphors for the notion of beating your wife.

A.K.A. A GAME THAT MOVED ME TO TEARS

All though I have a preference for simple arcade style games, I don’t dislike stories in video games. I just feel unless the gameplay and story actually compliment each other, one will end up detracting from the other. That, and I am notoriously difficult to please when it comes to video games, for some reason.

But I don’t mind a good story in video game form. In fact, I actually prefer it when a “game” just skips the game part and focuses on the story when that’s the main draw. I guess cutting the “game” part out of a “video game” is a hard thing to do. It’s right there in the name, and I don’t think we’ll be getting a new term for the medium anytime soon.

Still, there’s no reason you can’t tell a good story in video game form, and I feel that’s exactly what Freebird Games has done with their title, To the Moon. It’s a very touching story about a man’s life told with a clever framing device. I found it to be a very emotional and engrossing journey. It’s not really a “game” though, but it’s definitely something special.

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