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Podcast 562 - Dying Light, 2018 Top 5, and Hygenic Poop Knives

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Things get a little weird and a little heated this week. We look back at 2015's Dying Light now that Brad and Krispy have sunk some time into it but we don't all see eye-to-eye. Perhaps more importantly, in the second segment, the group reflects on the year by ranking their Top 5 favorite games of 2018 thus far!



This Week's Discussion Topics:

Feedback from our Last Episode
Dying Light
Top 5 Games of 2018 Thus Far
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  • Mr.GreenToS 1 week, 3 days ago

    Loved the episode guys but just wanted to clear up a quick topic that seemed to have gotten some heated debate without much clarity during it.

    I decided to go through all the mixed reviews of Dying Light on Metacritic so that we can clear up some confusion on the low scores and found out that while some found the story bits boring at times, their main issues seemed to be around calling the combat a clone of Dead Island and they didn’t like the matchmaking at the time. One reviewer even wished the game had added double jumps and wall runs, while another called the co op aspects as lazy and felt it made the game too easy. The list goes on but overall, there was always one tiny aspect that pushed each reviewer to the edge of giving it a 7/10 despite in the reviews calling it a good game.

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  • NexasX 1 week, 2 days ago

    Hey guys, regarding Nolan's comment that not enough games are set in Singapore (or Southeast Asia in general), while it's true that that's a region that could definitely use more exposure in the name of more interesting gaming locales, there's a few noteworthy games that's been set there: Far Cry 3 and Just Cause 2 come to mind.

    PS: I grew up in Malaysia (right next to Singapore) and the terrible forced accents in Just Cause 2 were both hilarious and extremely cringe-worthy.

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  • Revixe 1 week, 2 days ago

    Despite the Dying Light topic not being anywhere near what Nick had hoped for, I thought it was fantastic. Definitely one of the best conversations in a long time. As for the game itself, I kind of fall in the category Krispy talked about. I tried the game both on PS4 and PC (both solo and co-op), but never really felt the urge to finish it/play beyond the first zone. Definitely not a bad game or anything, I guess it just never clicked for me (which is strange because I loved Dead Island when it originally came out).

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  • Hayst 1 week, 2 days ago

    I actually thought the Dying Light discussion was great and very intriguing, even if it did get a little heated. Each of the points I heard from y'all seemed well thought out and was helpful to me in understanding the game's apparent strengths and flaws from multiple perspectives.

    Also, the discussion kept my attention long enough so that I didn't want to go get food until it was done!

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  • Sir Thomas Thipple 1 week, 1 day ago

    Some constructive criticism on the Dying Light convo (never played Dying Light, only commenting on the convo itself). Couple of pitfalls you guys fell into which had you guys talking in circles a bit.
    A lot of it stems from the sense that Krispy's criticisms of the game seemed like they were being taken as personal offenses to the people who were defending the game. I see this happen a lot; people greatly admire/enjoy a piece of media and any criticism towards that media is viewed as some kind of attack on the identity of those who enjoy it. Your enjoyment of a piece of media and you as a person don't need to be conflated; it's a piece of entertainment, it's not an extension of who you are as a person. This led to several of you trying to rebut something Krispy would say, but you would just say something that wasn't even related to Krispy's criticism. You'd just say something with no substance that didn't drive the conversation forward at all.

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    • Sir Thomas Thipple 1 week, 1 day ago

      There were also several times where someone said something along the lines of "It's not the best x in the world, but it wasn't terrible". I've heard all of you use this as a counter to criticism at one point or another and it's honestly a nothing comment that doesn't really add to the conversation or give the listeners any extra insight to your thoughts on why something isn't as bad as others are saying it is. Yeah, we get it, the game's story isn't Ulysses or Gravity's Rainbow. That's a given. Tell us WHY you like it or why it's not as bad as the other person says. Clarify your argument, don't just give these vague wishy-washy comments.

      I love when you guys have conflicting views on games. It's when having 4 different people on the show works at its best. It gives the listener a breadth of different experiences, opinions, interpretations, etc. I want more of these types of conversations to happen, but you have to drive the conversation forward. Be clear with your thoughts and feelings. Don't add fluff, don't get caught up in emotions, and don't recycle points that have already been clarified.

      Enjoyed the episode and look forward to many more down the road!

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  • ResidentDarrell 1 week ago

    Hey guys first time writing in. Nick asked for feedback on how we listen to the show so I wanted to say I listen every week on iTunes while at work between my pc and my iPhone. I really enjoy this show for multiple reasons one being you guys always make me laugh. The poop knife convo has been great.

    As for video games Dying Light is one of the best games to be released this gen. I am looking forward to the 2nd.

    I am really enjoying the Resident Evil series playthrough Nick is doing and wanted to say that even though it isn't a RE game, Dying Light makes me feel like I'm Chris Redfield in 1st person since Roger Craig Smith does the VO and the melee combat against the Zombies is so fantastic.

    Keep up the good work.

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  • echeesekid 1 week ago

    When dying light first launched the frame rate was pretty terrible for me as well as occasional crashing. I decided to just wait until all the post launch content + patches were out and I'm happy to say my frame rate has tripled since day 1. The optimization issues (on pc) plus the things krispy mentioned are probably why it got lower scores. I still remember it being kind of a popular game outside of game sites though, I knew lots of console players that had a blast with it while I abstained for better optimization on pc.

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