silver Harloe says: April 22, 2014 at 6:40 amOpinions are weird. You can have them about things you know nothing objective about. Because we are adapted as pattern matching machines – we can find a picture of a bunny in the clouds, or find a reason to dislike something from previews and reviews alone. It’s easy to dismiss opinions based “only” on previews and reviews and walkthroughs and lets-play videos, but nevertheless, those people have those opinions. Sure, their opinions might change if they also played the game themselves, but changing your opinion does not mean you had no opinion before.If you believe in free speech, then people should be allowed to express their opinions, even if those opinions are “only” based on research and not actually purchasing a game.Let us consider the literal truth of your statement, “straight refusal to buy a game and judge it at the same time is mental” – image you have been told by the news that the Ford Pinto has a tendency to explode when impacted from behind. If you believe the research, you refuse to buy a Pinto, and you deem it a dangerous, unworthy car. But now you are mental! Because you have a formed a judgement about something you didn’t buy.The human brain is adapted to make snap judgements. It is always judging things. Because the person who weighs their options when faced with a possible tiger is often tiger food, but the person who eagerly jumps to the assumption of tiger may waste their time running away from nothing occasionally, but also eludes tigers more often. Everyone has a judgement about everything they’ve even heard vaguely of. If we haven’t heard enough, we often accept that our judgement is provisional, and allow new facts to alter our judgement later, but we still have the early judgement. It’s not mental – it’s a sign of a healthy functioning human brain.In any case, buying a game (or not buying it) is just about the only meaningful feedback we can give to the publisher. The developers may read reviews, but the publisher often cares only about money. If they make money, they assume the product was ‘good’. If they don’t, they assume it was ‘bad’. The publishers also fund game development, so they will naturally look to their past experience, find the products that did well, and try to contract developers to do more of that. So if you see a bunch of previews for a game and think it looks like crap, you read a bunch of reviews telling you its crap, you watch a lets-play of the game and it looks like a crappy experience, and you read a detailed analysis of the game mechanics and they sound like crap… but you don’t get to express your judgement that the game is crap? You have to buy it first? You have to tell the publisher that the game is GOOD in order to tell your friends your think it is NOT GOOD? I’m now confused. Reply to this»
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This week, the League celebrates Captain America: The Winter Soldier being number one at the box office, and number one in our hearts, with two classic Oddio Comic re-posts!
In the first Oddio, Nick Fury and his witty remarks take on Hydra, who unfortunately strip him and tie him down for some… torture. yeah, that’s it. In the second classic Oddio, the Red Skull forces Captain America to do his bidding for 24 hours. What evil will the Skull make Cap do? One can never know, but it does get Cap cheesed off!
The Gents talk Captain America: The Winter Soldier (at the swanky theater), the Mystery Science Theater falling-out, and, well, more Captain America, because it was that damn good.
Episode 19 – Changing with Ales Kot & Morgan Jeske!
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a bit late this time around, but it’s not entirely hopeless as Taylor and I take a deeper look at Dennis Hopeless’ two contributions to Marvel Now! Avengers Arena #1 and Cable & X-Force #1.
Taylor also chats with Ales Kot (Wild Children) and Morgan Jeske (Disappearing Town) about working together on their new mini-series Change from Image Comics. Plus we continue to enjoy our BrewDog Craft Beers with the rather potent Dogma.
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It’s one of the saddest and most poignant episodes so far as Taylor & I say farewell to Joe Keatinge, Ross Campbell & Owen Gieni’s Glory with issue 34 from Image Comics. But it’s not all sadness and misery, as there’s also a new beginning for Mike Mignola, Scott Allie & Sebastian Fiumara‘s Abe Sapien with an ongoing issue 1 from Dark Horse Comics.
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