Escapist News Wrap: Half Life 3 and Borderlands 2's "Girlfriend Mode"

Half Life 3 and Borderlands 2's "Girlfriend Mode"

This week, we learn that Gamestop is a horrible place to work, BioWare gives a launch date for its newest DLC (and defends it), Half-Life 3 does not get announced at Gamescom, and Marvel gets the rights back to Daredevil.

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Just the mere mention of Daikatana 2 gave me a headache. Wouldn't surprise me if Half Life 3 gets a 2020 release at the earliest, let's just survive until then?

Wow,I think it's the first time that I see how Greg Tito really looks like.And with that I would say is that you're not how I imagined you would look,nonetheless it is an irrelevant thing to point out and would like to get back to the topic at hand.

Looking forward to play the Leviathan DLC.

Half Life 3 is slowly becoming the new Duke Nukem Forever,let's hope that won't be the case.

The Grim Ace:
Just the mere mention of Daikatana 2 gave me a headache. Wouldn't surprise me if Half Life 3 gets a 2020 release at the earliest, let's just survive until then?

I think I can survive 2012 for that... Oh no, wait... What if Valve die?..

Also,

DarkhoIlow:
Half Life 3 is slowly becoming the new Duke Nukem Forever,let's hope that won't be the case.

I fear this. I think originality is becoming harder and harder to make thick like before.
Though, the third of most games has always been slightly lesser good than the original first or second... I also don't see how Valve are going to pull that one out, but this is Valve... Apparently they do nothing wrong. (I wouldn't know, apparently I'm still a 'newbie' to the site).

Also, I like this 'Girlfriend mode'... It means that my girlfriend will now either want to play games or actually get sick of them, instead of watching me play; then judging me when I play Catherine on what choices and answers I make.

I should probably mention, I don't play Catherine a lot, it's just a new game that I play for every reason to why it exists. For the lols, fun, puzzles and opinion I get from my girlfriend after being mean to Katherine! :D

I think Valve is too genre savvy to make a third Half-Life game.

Also, yaaaay, we get swarms of robots instead of zombies for a change!

I'm totally psyched for Leviathan myself. It'll give me an excuse to actually play the single player again instead of just multiplayer.

On a slightly unrelated note, I'm bummed about the lack of a podcast today. I was hoping to hear more banter about Mike's little quirk. The "tattoo of Mike Kayatta's face on your face" line still just cracks me up to even think of.

Rassmusseum:
On a slightly unrelated note, I'm bummed about the lack of a podcast today. I was hoping to hear more banter about Mike's little quirk. The "tattoo of Mike Kayatta's face on your face" line still just cracks me up to even think of.

they are probably taking time off from podcast to work on one of Mikes million dollar ideas (human centar erotica maybe), or while recording Steve did kill Mike which forced them to not be able to release the podcast as it could be used to prove Steve's guilt.

OT: I think that they just should have called "girlfriend mode" something different. I mean even if the robot is supposed to be you "girlfriend" it still does not sound that good in any press material especially with female representation in games coming under so much scrutiny recently (to cut some of you off I am not talking about she who must not be named)

gardian06:

OT: I think that they just should have called "girlfriend mode" something different. I mean even if the robot is supposed to be you "girlfriend" it still does not sound that good in any press material especially with female representation in games coming under so much scrutiny recently (to cut some of you off I am not talking about she who must not be named)

They did, it's called "Best Friends Forever," that's what it was originally, and that's what it still is. The only place "Girlfriend Mode" actually got used was in a single, poorly thought out statement from John Hemingway.

OT: Greg, your eyes... they stare into my soul...

I can't recall hearing people complaining about paying for ME3 DLC, as such.

I have, however, heard remarks about having to pay extra for content that has significant relevance to the main story arc and theme and might seem more at place as regular content, IF that should be the case.

I work at a gamestop and honestly it isn't bad at all. In fact I rather like my job. It's made me take a new perspective on gaming and appreciate certain games whilst being astonished at what other games are made. I understand where the polling is coming from; we are very intensive on reserve numbers (mine were 53% today!!!) and Powerup cards, but it doesn't make it unfun to work there. Just one Game Advisor's opinion.

Dick move for wording your title like that. Real dick move.

Draxz:
I also don't see how Valve are going to pull that one out, but this is Valve... Apparently they do nothing wrong.

Well, Valve has done wrong before, it's just their wrong is most other studio's smashing success. So, Half Life 3 probably won't fall anywhere near as hard as a certain bubblegum chewing nineties anachronism.

The Grim Ace:

Draxz:
I also don't see how Valve are going to pull that one out, but this is Valve... Apparently they do nothing wrong.

Well, Valve has done wrong before, it's just their wrong is most other studio's smashing success. So, Half Life 3 probably won't fall anywhere near as hard as a certain bubblegum chewing nineties anachronism.

I see...

Though, I don't understand two things about The Escapist...
Why is Valve so 'Good' and why are so many people in love with Nathan Fillion?

enprim22:
I should probably mention, I don't play Catherine a lot, it's just a new game that I play for every reason to why it exists. For the lols, fun, puzzles and opinion I get from my girlfriend after being mean to Katherine! :Dimage

You didn't quote me properly and your permalink doesn't show... Or work.

I really fucking hate the escapist for make sensationalist lies it's headlines. Even in the original statements it was clarified that this wasn't sexist. Stop making shit up, Escapist. Well . . I go to Forbes for my gaming news now anyway, as it's far better this is probably the only way they can get their news out there.

Mechromancer also has a hardcore skilltree. So yea, I'd say that her design has little to do with the 'girlfriend mode' tree.

Elmoth:
I really fucking hate the escapist for make sensationalist lies it's headlines. Even in the original statements it was clarified that this wasn't sexist. Stop making shit up, Escapist. Well . . I go to Forbes for my gaming news now anyway, as it's far better this is probably the only way they can get their news out there.

granted that some of their headlines have been labeled confusingly (and in rare cases pure assertion), but it is far from that easy to come up with an original headline for everything that crosses the authors, or editors desk.

The depiction of J. Johna Jameson sitting at his desk smoking a cigar, and anytime a reporter says 3 words about a story he throws out a title is more of a lie then any amount of erroneous titles, and possible incorrect statement that I have seen hear. I for one have been more wanting to call them on their grammar (and in rare cases using the wrong synonym) as a news organization then complain about the $.10 they get every time I hit refresh, or get mislead by a title, or the $1 they get every time I press play on a video to be shown an add. besides hasn't Forbes been shown to have a grand bias against the casual gaming subset, and in some cases over state AAA titles to extremes?

Draxz:
I see...

Though, I don't understand two things about The Escapist...
Why is Valve so 'Good' and why are so many people in love with Nathan Fillion?

Well, it's like this for Valve: sure, DRM is awful, but when it conveniently manages saves, and licenses, and purchases while also offering steep discounts every so often and not being super obtrusive, it's a success. Also making the Half Life series and everything connected to it definitely doesn't hurt.

As for Mr. Fillion, consult Firefly for all of your answers.

Justin1221:
I think Valve is too genre savvy to make a third Half-Life game.

Also, yaaaay, we get swarms of robots instead of zombies for a change!

What a nonsense statement.

I wish people wouldn't be so stupid about this whole "girlfriend mode" non-story. He was using a community created word. It wasn't his word. If you actually read the quote he says "so called girlfriend mode".

But the crappy games media outlets need stories so they seize upon any little thing said by a developer or publisher and make a story out of it.

This is the very definition of a manufactered story. There was no outcry over his use of the term anywhere except in the online gaming "press", if I may be so generous.

Mygaffer:
This is the very definition of a manufactered story. There was no outcry over his use of the term anywhere except in the online gaming "press", if I may be so generous.

not a manufactured story, but what is referred to in the news world as "leading the story", or possibly "digging for context" basically reporting a story in such a way that sheds unique light on the topic, or spotting something that after an amount of time in the wild will cause a response. can it be the actual result of the reaction; yes, but in the same way of walking down the street, and hearing someone say "Look at that person is dangling a baby out a window", or if I was a political representative, and in passing state (the following statement is for example only and does not reflect the views of the poster): "all people who belong to a minority are easier to manipulate then non-minorities" a news group would probably jump in what's commonly referred to as a "media frenzy" (depending on prominence), and start throwing around words like racist, and sexist even if I prefist the statement with something like "it's not like people actually thing that...", or "I have hears some people say...".

what this amounts to is that news is not just "hey this thing happened, and these are the results", or "we waited to see all the possible results of this before bringing you this story" if you want to have news based on days, or weeks of research then you might as well only read newspapers, and printed magazines (even though these have other controversies about their content). yes sometimes news organizations sometimes fish for stories, but this is not a case of the escapist fishing; if you look at the actual article the escapist didn't run this first eurogamer did, or at least eurogamer is given credit for the story.

the outrage might not have been there before the reporting began, or it just might not have been widely enough seen to cause the outrage that it eventually did (that's what news really, and fundamentally does is bring things to peoples attention that they might not normally have exposer to). and your whole statement that it was community created term http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-08-13-borderlands-2-gearbox-reveals-the-mechromancers-girlfriend-mode paragraphs 11, and 12. where the dev said he nicknamed it that himself.

laststandman:
I work at a gamestop and honestly it isn't bad at all. In fact I rather like my job. It's made me take a new perspective on gaming and appreciate certain games whilst being astonished at what other games are made. I understand where the polling is coming from; we are very intensive on reserve numbers (mine were 53% today!!!) and Powerup cards, but it doesn't make it unfun to work there. Just one Game Advisor's opinion.

It really depends on what store you work at. I used to work for them and it was horrible. The store manager was an asshole and total speed freak btw constantly told us that the only thing that mattered was your pre-order percentages, powerup sales, and used titles. If any of us actually tried to chat for a minute with a customer even when the store was slow we would get written up. I transferred to two other stores and minus the manager being all hopped up on goof balls it was the same story. it wasn't until I transferred to the 4th store and got a really cool manager that I actually liked working for GameStop. Then we got a new district manager and he came in and fired 3/4 of the managers in his district and then took months to hire replacement managers while flat out refusing to promote any of the assistant managers. So the assistant managers (myself included) had to take on the manager's position at A.M. pay with no overtime. He would regularly come by the stores and rip into us about the tiniest little things. Even if the store was immaculate he would berate us about how bad they always looked. After 5 months of that shit I had had enough and quit.

Fuck GameStop.

I think I've seen every one of these videos released, granted that's not many, but I'd like to say that I enjoy them quite a bit. I do have to wonder what is behind the camera in this videos though, because it seems that Mr. Tito looks kinda scared. Kudos to the Escapist staff on making another good web-series.

As for the "girlfriend mode"-story, I haven't followed it and know very little about it. Can anyone summarize the issue for me? I'm not ready to pass judgement without more information. It seems a bit condescending to me, but that is hardly anything new in the world we live in. So, is it just that it's condescending, or is it more things I don't know about in with this particular story?

I-Protest-I:
Dick move for wording your title like that. Real dick move.

SECONDED

Featuring HL3 in the title of a NEWS show when the actual item is
"HL3 - NO NEWS"

We all understand you gotta generate page views but seriously, like this?

Nietz:
...snip... As for the "girlfriend mode"-story, I haven't followed it and know very little about it. Can anyone summarize the issue for me? I'm not ready to pass judgement without more information. It seems a bit condescending to me, but that is hardly anything new in the world we live in. So, is it just that it's condescending, or is it more things I don't know about in with this particular story?

basically during a walking tour wit eurogamer one of the games devs said that because the sidekick character was the cutest they ever made, and female that she was like the main character's girlfriend. so the tree focused around buffing her to be potentially better then the player was nicknamed the "girlfriend skill tree". where the name of the tree on release would be "best friends forever". so the issue comes around when this is conjoined with a statement that even less skilled players could play the game, and beat it with this tree. essentially add 2+2, and add in 2 shakes of irrational connections and get out: 'gamers now your girlfriend's can play the game too'. which prompted that same dev to go onto twitter, and state that 'any gendered player could play the mode not just females'

gardian06:
[quote="Nietz" post="6.385425.15341667"-snip-[/quote]

basically during a walking tour wit eurogamer one of the games devs said that because the sidekick character was the cutest they ever made, and female that she was like the main character's girlfriend. so the tree focused around buffing her to be potentially better then the player was nicknamed the "girlfriend skill tree". where the name of the tree on release would be "best friends forever". so the issue comes around when this is conjoined with a statement that even less skilled players could play the game, and beat it with this tree. essentially add 2+2, and add in 2 shakes of irrational connections and get out: 'gamers now your girlfriend's can play the game too'. which prompted that same dev to go onto twitter, and state that 'any gendered player could play the mode not just females'

Oh wow... That seems kinda insane, but not all that surprising. Considering developers sometimes being... 'eccentric' and games-press sometimes acting like tabloids. Thanks for clearing it up in a nice way though. :)

 

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