All posts for the month November, 2018

Rulah: Bria! Fall back!
Rulah: Goblin gods, huh?
Gahncai: They look like most primitive gods; food fucking, and fighting.
Bria: Ugh! 
Goblin: Skree! 
Bria: Primitive gods? In the Free Kingdom of Bria’s Hold, we have a proper religion which encourages utter services to the undead aristocracy.
Rulah: And your role is…?
Bria: Pontiff Immortus.


I usually bring up when TNG goes for some of the harder-edged stuff folks accuse it of never going for, but while this one has some real elbows out, it feels softer-edged than other instances and I don’t know why.

We need to stop catsuits and start bras. When Carrie Fisher died, lots of newspapers reported that she wanted her death reported as “drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra” because of a ridiculous conversation she had with George Lucas about there being no bras in Star Wars.

Wookiepedia says differently, of course:

Are we off in seeing the potential for class playing into the “chess vs poker” debate? Could 3D chess be a set of tools like a deck of cards and not one game, like conventional chess?

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I don’t mean to seem ungrateful because no sooner do we start getting Troi doing her job than Wesley’s throughline starts unraveling. Really? “See past the numbers”?

Are the crew justified in assuming that everyone from Tau Alpha C is a Traveler? It always seemed like a really big jump. I get that it’s far away, but it seems like they’re adding dragons to a place on the map because they haven’t been there yet.

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Rulah: I’ve got Ularon! Gahncai, we’re coming in! How’s the room?
Gahncai: Temple. Masterwork statues. Otherwise secure.
Rulah: Except for the door.
Gahncai: You told me to bust the door down.
Rulah: I had the idea that it’d be busted in such a way that it wouldn’t stop us, but it would stop a horde of goblins.
Gahncai: Well, it’s busted so the winners can eat the losers and then pick their teeth.
Bria: I’m not eating goblins!

The Game Awards for this year are out. The Game Awards are an interesting thing. I don’t pay attention the Emmys or the Golden Globes, so its weird to have an awards show I’m invested in.

The categories break down about the way you’d expect. There’s obviously Game of the Year, which doesn’t sound too special when you remember there are two hundred gaming websites willing to call anything “Game of the Year.”

Then there are the types of categories that fit under ‘story’ and ‘production.’ The first one covers best direction, best narrative, and best performance while the second one includes things like art direction, score, and audio design.

Best Direction is an interesting one because it’s more than just the direction of the visuals and performances; it includes the game’s overall vision. On a scale of Minecraft clone to Hotline Miami, how original are the game’s mechanics, tone, and themes?

With the exceptions of A Way Out and Detroit: Become Human, nominees for Direction are all sequels, so maybe “original” isn’t the right word. Execution is a factor. After years of lackluster Spider-Man games, Marvel’s Spider-Man is included because while we’ve known how to make a good Spider-Man game since 2004, we just waited 14 years to do it.

Then the awards are broken down by genre or platform. VR/AR and mobile games each get their own categories. There’s too many genres for me to list all of them, but the categories are comprehensive.

I’m not listing nominees or my faves because you can get that shit anywhere. That said, I’m hoping Battletech takes Best Strategy Game because it was far more solid than I expected and I trash talked it a lot.

There are also publisher categories which reward indie studios, indie debuts, and games produced by high school or college developers. That’s a relief because the board of The Game Awards is a list of top-tier video game companies. Ubisoft, Microsoft, and Steam are a representation of the types of companies whose members sent on TGA’s board. Steam and AMD seem like a minority share of the board and the only ones who’d lobby to support independent games and I’m glad they’re doing it.

There’s also community awards and ongoing game awards, which are there solely to reward YouTubers and No Man’s Sky. It’s reasonable to recognize YouTubers like Ninja, but I feel like there should be a distinction between something like No Man’s Sky—which did not release the game they said they would and finally released that game years later—and whatever Overwatch and Destiny 2 are doing to earn the title of ‘ongoing’ games.

Do lootboxes count as “ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time”? Wait. Is this whole award ironic?

The last broad category is esports, which I know nothing about. I might look up some of the best esports moments of the year because I’m sure they’re exciting, but it’s a whole other world that I don’t know anything about. If you do, let me know.

The game awards will be December 6th and you can vote by registering on their website or by Twitter, Facebook, Discord, or even some of those fancy in-home voice assistants.

The Game Awards

We don’t mention it in the episode, but I think the internal contradiction of xenophobia and taking alien babies is an internal contradiction that makes the Telarians a little more real. What it is that separates that from inconsistent characterization of an alien culture is something I can’t define.

This is definitely one of the weakest episodes of season four, but that conversation between Picard and Troi is a shining beacon of humor and characterization.

My one gripe is making Picard such a singular figure in Starfleet. Do you prefer Picard be a guy who’s ordinary but has worked hard to become a captain or do you want Picard to be someone who has dedicated himself singularly to becoming a Starfleet captain, to the exclusion of even having a normal childhood?

I guess I also skipped over saying explicitly that Jono was imagined by Tommy Westphall and that there’s a lot to unpack there. The Tommy Westphall Universe Hypothesis is detailed more under Tommy Westphall’s Wikipedia page.

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