0verhyped

Less than amusing ramblings from a jaded former gamer.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Big Disappointment: Portal

Meh...

This image really does capture my excitement for this series…

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 disappointment is Portal, an apparent slice of gaming perfection that I found annoying and somewhat dull.

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My Biggest Surprises and Disappointments of the Last Gaming Generation Pleasant Surprise: Boom Blox

"Go head. Make my day."

Forearms at the ready!

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 Boom Blox, the simple yet surprisingly entertaining puzzle game that has Steven Spielberg’s name on the case.

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My Problem With Portals

What key makes me fist your mechanical ass long enough that you understand I never want to see a loathsome sack of shit such as yourself ever again!

A.K.A. WHY ARE CREATIVE IDEAS CONSTANTLY SMOTHERED WITH MEDIOCRITY?

Back to my normal swearing bitter ass self this week, complete with me angrily pissing on other things people like because I’m old and joyless so I feel compelled to constantly explain why I’m so miserable with everything in the world.

Speaking of which, I didn’t like Portal, and I don’t like Portal 2, which I recently discovered. And the disappointing thing is I really wanted to like these games. The portal concept present in both games is ingenious, and opens itself up to a lot of brilliant possibilities.

But neither game really explores those possibilities all that much. Instead it merely flirts with them just long enough to acknowledge there are possibilities, then fills the gaps between these mere mentions of better things with the same mediocre paste used to pad out every modern game. The same paste I’ve been sick of swallowing for years.

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N0t Hyped: World of Goo (PC, Mac, iOS, Wii)

Come on, just a little more and we’ll hit the ionosphere!

A.K.A SUFFER FOR YOUR ART LONG ENOUGH AND IT JUST MAY PAY OFF

Since I plan on talking about Braid all next week I guess I’ll just declare May indie month here at 0verhyped. Why the hell not? Nobody is reading this anyways. I could declare it aglet appreciation month and just repeatedly write about the North America Free Trade agreement, who the fuck would be here to notice the difference?

Anyways, World of Goo is a personal favorite game of mine. I just recently beat it again and it still managed to surprise me, partially because I was playing a new version and they added a few small things. But that aside, it is impressive how much is crammed into every little level of World of Goo.

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N0t Hyped: Chronotron (Flash)

Warning me about Paradoxes then asking me to create one? Yes.

A.K.A. SOLVING SIMPLE PROBLEMS WITH TIME TRAVEL AND CLONING

I had planned on discussing Braid today. I talked about an indie game and time this week, why not finish with talking about an Indie game that involves time travel? But then I realized I really had too much to say to squeeze into one last post before the weekend. Then I thought I’d talk about World of Goo, another favorite indie puzzle game of mine. But I realized I’m in the middle of replaying it and didn’t want to write about it until I finish it again. So then I decided, how bout Chronotron? My third choice for indie puzzle game to talk about today, and hey, it involves time travel…

Look, it’s been a long week, work has been very tiring, I’m fairly depressed, and just desperately want to relax this weekend. So yeah, today I’m going to talk about a freebie flash game that I think deserves a little more credit. And I’m not going to talk a lot either, so this will probably be a short post. Not that anyone reads these anyways. But in the off chance someone is reading this, you can just click the picture up there to play Chronotron. All of it, you can play the whole game at Kongregate. If you want to hear my personal thoughts on it first, read on.

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