Pro-Gamer Gauntlet: I.T. Noire

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I.T. Noire

MMO is missing his sandwich. Can I.T. and Minion #1 use their sleuthing skills from L.A. Noire to nail the culprit?

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Heh, IT should never be given a firearm...

I hope there are more episodes spoofing current games. It works very well.

IT is one of my favorite characters now because of the nerf gun thing. Also that chase was hilarious.

That was awesome. Keep it up guys, one of the best shows on the escapist.

This episode was one of the best yet. It's cool to see that every character is getting to do their own episodes/plots without the series being focused only on a single person.

I hate to be... picky but shouldn't puzzle be doing this ?
it's still pretty cool either way

would like to see more game oriented and or pgg team / genre related games as-long as you guys don't get in trouble for it :P

Puzzle would have solved it too quickly.

The real mystery here is why is this series not cancelled yet. Clue 1 : It is not good. Clue 2 : Game Dogs was not good either and was cancelled.

But...the details...the whole "hand hovering over items unnaturally as if they were hotspots on a screen" and "turn it to the left...no, your left"...referring to the ingame manual right in the middle of the interrogation...

doing a chase scene down a path that could have been easily jumped across

You know, when there was a general story line, this was good. With them not doing that anymore and seemly doing random stand alone stuff instead, it became, meh. If anything, the stand alone stuff should happen every once in a while. Or not have it start off as a series with a general plot to it.

Soooo...I guess they're just throwing the whole story out the window and doing random episodes each week now? Not a fan of that, and judging from the only 10 comments so far, not many people are.

We wanted to get the LA Noire thing out while the game was still relevant, episode 5 is next week and it will be continuing the storyline.

Haha, really good episode.
Poked fun at just the right places.
I'm glad to see a show with the right kind of humor, you guys remind me of Doomsday Arcade.
Just the jokes delivery.

There is no such a thing as taking a game TOO seriously.

miquelfire:
You know, when there was a general story line, this was good. With them not doing that anymore and seemly doing random stand alone stuff instead, it became, meh. If anything, the stand alone stuff should happen every once in a while. Or not have it start off as a series with a general plot to it.

They are. Once a month. So, one, two, three filler or so, and then new episode. It says it in the margins underneath the video. It probably takes a long time to make 15-20 minutes episodes.

I'm surprised this show gets hate, I've loved pretty much every ep thus far. Hell, it's a load better than Tales from the Table, and it's a great deal more interesting than Game Dogs. The comedy works pretty well, timing is decent, all in all, it's almost, almost a B-movie style Doomsday Arcade, with drastically lowered production values, and honestly, that works for me.

Thanks for the love faithful viewers. Some folk just don't understand the amount of work that goes into these episodes. On some levels, I still don't know how Paul does it.

Keep watching guys, episode 5 is right around the corner.

Paul Hearding:

MMO is missing his sandwich. Can I.T. and Minion #1 use their sleuthing skills from L.A. Noire to nail the culprit?

THANK YOU! I.T. finally looked down and saw something he hadn't seen before:

His very very very very slowly growing testicules. Great job on helping him man up.

At least until he stops playing with toys... >_<

Avaholic03:
Soooo...I guess they're just throwing the whole story out the window and doing random episodes each week now? Not a fan of that, and judging from the only 10 comments so far, not many people are.

They are once a month. 20 Minute episodes. Theese 5 minute ones as fillers that comes out every week. Be patient. Its free. You dont have the liberty to whine.

I think I prefer this to LA noire

I wouldn't want you to do this too much, since it largely relies on the audience being familiar with a specific game to understand any of the humour. I'm a PC gamer, and it's only thanks to having watched the Escapist reviews that I understood half of the jokes. One thing I love about this series is that it's so accessible to all types of gamer, since we're all familiar with the broad stereotypes and genres; this episode.. not so much.

Sorry Brownstudies but I have to say this is the first PGG I've really enjoyed, I especially like the idea of using in game features in a real world setting, like the QTE's last episode. Also IT calling the blood stained knife "circumstantial" and not quite being able to rotate his wrist.
Maybe have the Heavy Rain words floating around, or the Monkey Island point and click to use objects in the future.

miquelfire:
You know, when there was a general story line...

Avaholic03:
Soooo...I guess they're just throwing the whole story out the window and doing random episodes each week now?

For everyone who is still confused about the nature of our show:
The story is the single most important thing in our series. The way we are crafting a story is in 15-20 minute increments. The story that we want to tell can't really effectively be translated to 3-minute mini-episodes. It's got the plot-arc of a TV series. Unfortunately, we all have full-time jobs and some of the actors travel from as far away as two hours to film this stuff on the weekends. I have been working my butt off on episode 5 (32 hours of editing in the past two days) and it'll be here next week to continue the plot that was launched in episodes 1-4. We will have a full episode every month and some of the shorts that are coming up soon will be plot-pertinent.

With the amount of work that goes into one of our episodes with the huge cast and multiple locations of the episodes (plus the fact that we all work full-time jobs) makes it impossible to crank out one of our 20-minute beast episodes in any less than 3 weeks. So, we were left with either leaving you all hanging for 3-4 weeks in between major episodes or producing a more manageable short every week, so that you'd have *something* related to PgG on a very regular schedule. Heck, even TV series can't crank out an episode in one week's time and they have a whole team working on the production side of things. They film most of their episodes way ahead of time.

So, hang in there, episode 5 will be here next week. Rest assured that I am dedicated to bringing you all the best content that I possibly can in the timeliest manner possible.

Paul Hearding:

miquelfire:
You know, when there was a general story line...

Avaholic03:
Soooo...I guess they're just throwing the whole story out the window and doing random episodes each week now?

For everyone who is still confused about the nature of our show:
The story is the single most important thing in our series. The way we are crafting a story is in 15-20 minute increments. The story that we want to tell can't really effectively be translated to 3-minute mini-episodes. It's got the plot-arc of a TV series. Unfortunately, we all have full-time jobs and some of the actors travel from as far away as two hours to film this stuff on the weekends. I have been working my butt off on episode 5 (32 hours of editing in the past two days) and it'll be here next week to continue the plot that was launched in episodes 1-4. We will have a full episode every month and some of the shorts that are coming up soon will be plot-pertinent.

With the amount of work that goes into one of our episodes with the huge cast and multiple locations of the episodes (plus the fact that we all work full-time jobs) makes it impossible to crank out one of our 20-minute beast episodes in any less than 3 weeks. So, we were left with either leaving you all hanging for 3-4 weeks in between major episodes or producing a more manageable short every week, so that you'd have *something* related to PgG on a very regular schedule. Heck, even TV series can't crank out an episode in one week's time and they have a whole team working on the production side of things. They film most of their episodes way ahead of time.

So, hang in there, episode 5 will be here next week. Rest assured that I am dedicated to bringing you all the best content that I possibly can in the timeliest manner possible.

Brilliant, fucking brilliant. I love you, this plan is amazing. But then again, I actually like the show.

Nikolaz72:

Avaholic03:
Soooo...I guess they're just throwing the whole story out the window and doing random episodes each week now? Not a fan of that, and judging from the only 10 comments so far, not many people are.

They are once a month. 20 Minute episodes. Theese 5 minute ones as fillers that comes out every week. Be patient. Its free. You dont have the liberty to whine.

That's the dumbest logic I've ever heard. Of course I have liberty to whine. How else are the producers of the show going to know if their audience is unhappy about something? You'd rather everyone just shut up and the people make shows in a vaccuum?

Paul Hearding:
[snip]

Thanks a lot for the update. That actually makes a lot of sense. Is there a place where that was communicated earlier? It seems like the production details of most shows on the Escapist (like why some shows are continued and others are canceled) are a mystery. Not that you have any control over that, but it would be nice if that information was available. I didn't mean to come off as a dick about it, it just seemed like a sudden change of direction from the type of show that I got attached to in the first few episodes.

And for what it's worth, thanks for all the hard work you guys do. It is appreciated, even if you mostly hear negatives on the internet ;)

Loved it, it was hilarious!
Also, the end with that teddy bear was totally lol (if that sentence makes any sense at all).
So, yeah. Can't wait for the next one.

Avaholic03:
Is there a place where that was communicated earlier?

And for what it's worth, thanks for all the hard work you guys do. It is appreciated, even if you mostly hear negatives on the internet ;)

I have had a few people comment on the absence of a story-line for a couple of weeks. I've had to sort out the chaos in the comments a few times. We definitely don't have your typical release-schedule (with the story being told in spurts) and I understand that and why it causes confusion.

Much gratitude for your thanks. We put in an insane amount of work. I love it, don't get me wrong. But, dang, a lot goes in to producing a show of this scale. I must say that it's been a learning experience at the very least.

I hope you continue to enjoy our plot. As I said, it's the single most important part of the show.

Baraka444:
Sorry Brownstudies but I have to say this is the first PGG I've really enjoyed, I especially like the idea of using in game features in a real world setting, like the QTE's last episode. Also IT calling the blood stained knife "circumstantial" and not quite being able to rotate his wrist.
Maybe have the Heavy Rain words floating around, or the Monkey Island point and click to use objects in the future.

I wasn't saying that they shouldn't use game mechanics in a real world setting, I think it's funny too. It's just that if an episode features references largely from just one specific game, then a lot of the jokes fall flat to anyone who hasn't played that game. It was still a clever episode, I was just saying that personally I hope they won't write episodes around a single game too often.

Avaholic03:

Nikolaz72:

Avaholic03:
Soooo...I guess they're just throwing the whole story out the window and doing random episodes each week now? Not a fan of that, and judging from the only 10 comments so far, not many people are.

They are once a month. 20 Minute episodes. Theese 5 minute ones as fillers that comes out every week. Be patient. Its free. You dont have the liberty to whine.

That's the dumbest logic I've ever heard. Of course I have liberty to whine. How else are the producers of the show going to know if their audience is unhappy about something? You'd rather everyone just shut up and the people make shows in a vaccuum?

Paul Hearding:
[snip]

Thanks a lot for the update. That actually makes a lot of sense. Is there a place where that was communicated earlier? It seems like the production details of most shows on the Escapist (like why some shows are continued and others are canceled) are a mystery. Not that you have any control over that, but it would be nice if that information was available. I didn't mean to come off as a dick about it, it just seemed like a sudden change of direction from the type of show that I got attached to in the first few episodes.

And for what it's worth, thanks for all the hard work you guys do. It is appreciated, even if you mostly hear negatives on the internet ;)

I dont go on Zero Punctuation and whine about his video's being half as long as I want? There is a lot of difference between critiqe and general bitching. I believe it was stated on the first couple of video's that they would follow the pattern. Description and such, writing. Not in the video. Pretty good logic, complain when they take something away you had before. When they add something you dont like. Not. . When they add something extra on top of what you like and you dont enjoy that as much but it is extra content and there is something in the extra content that is not like the 'not' extra content so therefor you feel the need to complain.

I was really looking forward to a full episode this week. Gamers aren't going to forget about a game like LA Noire. Doomsday Arcade pulled out games that were both recent, a year or two old, or damn near ancient by our standards. I think we'll be more content if you stick to the schedule instead of shoot for the highest amount of relevance in the future.

Topical and entertaining. Nicely done guys! Just two things I'd like to point out for the sake of constructive criticism: 1. It was hard to hear IT when they were talking at the table at the very beginning 2. It felt like the actor playing Minion was dropping the Minion act entirely and picking up an entirely different role rather than Minion taking on the role of a police officer. I presume y'all were going for the latter and the Minion actor could have portrayed that by retaining the slavic accent. Nothing dealing breaking that's just my 2 cents worth.

Yep, I don't blame you guys for getting all into L.A Noir because it's literally awesome to a degree of..well, awesomeness! Plus the nerf gun scene at the end really made me laugh. Good episode overall, thus funny how every clue was taken from the office :p

hehe these are all well and good but when are we getting back to full episodes.

Fralf:
hehe these are all well and good but when are we getting back to full episodes.

On Tuesday, episode 5 will be here. So, only four days from now!

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