Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Darik Kirschman0
Hindsight Mondays: Why haven’t I watched Game of Thrones yet?
Whew! Another week has come and gone, with nary a prank in sight! After Fraser’s silly April Fool’s Day Round-Up, I’m back to deliver you a good old-fashioned Hindsight Monday — whatever that actually means. So before you begin making plans for that totally rad barbecue at your buddy Todd’s place at the end of The Week That Is, why not take a moment to recap what’s happened in The Week That Was with me? That was a rhetorical question, by the way. You have no choice but to keep reading.
Way back on Monday, Andy brought us news that, like any good superhero, Project Awakened has come back to life — likely through some silly, convoluted plot involving the game actually being displaced in time before returning to our present. The folks at Phosphor Games are attempting a new crowdfunding campaign, complete with the ability to pay using PayPal! Hopefully this is more successful than their previous Kickstarter, as Project Awakened seems to be the game I’ve always wanted. So I’ll pray to the Old Gods and the New, as well as pledge some money … again.
Meanwhile, David mused on the topic of difficulty choices and the stigma surrounding “Easy Mode.” It’s a fantastic read and I’m willing to state publicly that I, too, play on Normal and even Easy sometimes! If a game is all about its narrative, I’ll usually lower the challenge to experience it. Time is precious and if there’s nothing extra to gain from repeatedly smashing my head against a brick wall on the highest difficulties, well, I’ll skip those frustrations, thank you very much!
I had one more bit of PAX coverage for you all, in the form of a preview for Telepath Tactics. If you enjoy Fire Emblem, I’d say it’s very much worth keeping an eye on it! At the very least, it has giant praying mantises — a fact that I cannot seem to get over. Seriously, it’s probably too cool! I also recapped my feelings and overall impressions of this year’s PAX East — I already cannot wait for the next one. Maybe y’all will join me for PAX Prime 2013?
Because Bioshock Infinite is too goddamn good to keep out of their minds, both Liam and Fraser wrote up some of their thoughts on the game. Liam takes a hard look at the title’s themes of racism, sexism, religion and other extremely sensitive topics found within Irrational’s latest masterpiece, while Fraser considers the role violence has within the story and gameplay – for those that haven’t finished the game, however, do note the spoiler warning!
LucasArts died and everybody cried, while the gaming industry first condemned a bunch of numbers, then realized they weren’t so bad (something we at AWESOMEoutof10 pointed out from the very beginning). We were also all very surprised to learn that Far Cry 3‘s Blood Dragon DLC was, in fact, a real thing set the the past-future of 2007. It’s going to be incredibly tubular, dudes!
Our fearless Robot Overlord, Andy, decided to take a critical look at the first episode of Anita Sarkeesian’s Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games series. He found it lacking — an opinion I’m inclined to agree with. That said, I do hope her second video brings a bit more to the table — the subject matter is important and a good dialogue about it could only benefit the gaming industry as a whole. Other than analyzing videos, Andy also took time to reminisce about his first co-op gaming experience, in which he shoots aliens in the face to bond with his sister. A heartwarming tale, to be sure.
So that’s it. The Week That Was. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I just purchased a copy of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for Wii U and I’d like to go murder some delicious animals. Right after I watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones, of course! What is dead may never die! We’ll be seeing you in a week, when the future has turned to the past and we stand on the edge of a new Week That Is.