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  1. Avatar dhex says:

    the intro is great. so is that speech about burning down his forest. i don’t know if it was a brilliant dissection of objectivism, but it was extremely unique both in setting and in terms of watching a truly impressive stab at utopia explode in absolutely horrible ways. (actual gameplay not so much, which is what makes 2 completely forgettable)

    side note: i love system shock 2 as much as is possible and all but i think it’s time we called “no more” on the whole audiodiary thing. actual diaries seem plausible – people engaging in conspiracies and madness while podcasting to themselves and just leaving them around just seems totally ridiculous now. in fairness to ss2 it was a bit more plausible and integrated in a future setting rather than the alt-history vacuum tube past.Report

    • Avatar Adam says:

      The nice thing about audiodiaries is that they allow the narrative/world-building to go forward while not interfering with the gameplay like having to stop and read a page would. Despite the implausibility of every half-baked madman recording his thoughts, I’m generally fine with that tradeoff.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird says:

      Imagine having a monologue that you JUST HAD TO GIVE… now imagine not having the internet.

      You’re fumbling for a tape recorder even now, I can see it.Report

      • Avatar dhex says:

        i have a whole routine about how cell phones robbed people of their inner monologues because no one ever had to be alone again, but giving it over the internet seems kinda self-defeatin’.

        anyway, being all pc master race and whatnot i have no problems with reading. 🙂

        if anything, i think it’s more jarring that someone would play something out loud (also those things are like 4 feet long, wth?) while giant monsters made out of robot parts with a human heart and curly’s head run around looking for them.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        Reminds me of this, obvs.Report

      • Avatar Barry says:

        Mimeograph machines!

        Remember the ink splatters, the blotches on the paper, the joy when it actually worked for a few minutes, and you could make dozens of copies in five minutes?Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    I remember when video games were just video games. I’d probably play more if that were the case.

    This development is probably a good thing, for this and other reasons…

    Also, does “Bioshock 2” have the commercial where the girl jumps into the muscular gray guy’s arms and then disintegrates? Regardless, that is at least the second gaming commercial to make me really interested in playing a game I have no interest in playing.Report

    • Avatar dhex says:

      i don’t believe so, if youtube is to be considered a reasonable source.

      i will say that games never were just games. consider pac man. maze game, sure. but also the tale of one man’s ill fated attempt to escape the ghosts of his past through compulsive overeating.Report

      • Avatar Glyph says:

        When I was in college, the joke about Pac-Man was that if endlessly playing arcade games in childhood had really warped our worldview and behavior, we’d be running around in darkened rooms with flashing lights, listening to repetitive electronic music and gobbling energy pills.


        I never really got into The Go! Team, but I really liked this video.

        Surprising amount of pathos, with her huddled there, terrified – they always get you in the end, don’t they?Report

  3. Avatar North says:

    Yeah I loved Bioshock. Bioshock two was awesome too though a bit more wonkey.Report

  4. Avatar NewDealer says:

    I’m just surprised it wasn’t scurvy and a lack of Vitamin D to bring down Rapture.Report