E3 2008: Escape TV: Fable 2, Wii Music

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Escape TV: Fable 2, Wii Music

In the third episode of our E3 2008 video coverage, Russ and Julianne (try to) play Fable 2 and play (bad) music with Wii Music.

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I want that cyborg arm. Seriously.

It was heavier than it looks. I'd want a cyborg shoulder to go with it.

What was it from? Fallout promo?

Melaisis:
What was it from? Fallout promo?

Bionic commando.

The sound prevented me from understanding anything of the Fable 2 stuff, Susan didn't like it, what do you guys think?

Melaisis:
What was it from? Fallout promo?

I think it was from a CAPCOM game. I don't remember what game exactly, but I recall seeing the arm in their room frequently throughout the conference.

Fable felt like more Fable, but a little simplified. I played a caster, and instead of scrolling through spells to find the one I want, or hotkeying favorites, I had to hold the x button till the magic meter thing filled up to reach the level of the spell I wanted to cast. Which was ... easy, but a little lame. It's rather simplified gameplay to begin with (which is not inherently bad, btw), but they seemed to have simplified it even more.

I did get sad when my doggie got hurt and was limping around the screen, but there was nothing I could do for him. It was very pitiful.

The breadcrumb thing didn't feel too intrusive. If you sometimes don't pay very close attention, um, kind of like me, it's not always super apparent. I did ask if there was a way to turn it off, and honestly, I don't think he answered. Did he, Russ?

If you liked the first Fable, you'll likely enjoy this one. It feels the same, a little button mashy, but certainly very pretty, and has a quirky sense of style/humor/pace. If you didn't, especially because of the simplicity, you'll dislike this one.

brice85:

Melaisis:
What was it from? Fallout promo?

I think it was from a CAPCOM game. I don't remember what game exactly, but I recall seeing the arm in their room frequently throughout the conference.

Indeed, Bionic Commando. I am miffed. I was all over the Capcom booth, and I didn't get to play with the neato bionic arm. Harrumph.

I don't think he heard the question, and I'm not sure either if there is a way to turn it off. I'd hope so, but you never know. The bread crumb trail and the dog are part of Molyneaux's Grand Plan to do away with mini-maps.

He told me at GDC a year or two ago that he thinks it's criminal the developers spend years making pretty games only to have players spend most of their time staring at the tiny mini-maps. So the bread crumb trail is supposed to point you toward your quest locations, and the dog alerts you to the presence of enemies and other interesting things by barking or pointing or whatever.

I like the idea in theory, but since we're all so used to the mini-maps at this point, it will probably not be a flawless transition. Still, I'm hopeful.

As for the game, I liked it. I wasn't blown away, and I think the levels they choose to demo at the show were really poorly chosen and didn't ease players into the game as well as I think might be necessary. But for all of that it looks like more Fable, which, to me, is a good thing.

Susan Arendt:

brice85:

Melaisis:
What was it from? Fallout promo?

I think it was from a CAPCOM game. I don't remember what game exactly, but I recall seeing the arm in their room frequently throughout the conference.

Indeed, Bionic Commando. I am miffed. I was all over the Capcom booth, and I didn't get to play with the neato bionic arm. Harrumph.

Aw man...I knew I recognised it.

The arm wasn't at the booth. They were walking it around and we happened to catch them outside the Into the Pixel gallery. They were letting people take turns wearing it. The inside was warm and slightly damp. I overcame my Howard Hughes-like germaphobia to bring you that entertaining video. It's a hard, hard life I lead.

Russ Pitts:
The arm wasn't at the booth. They were walking it around and we happened to catch them outside the Into the Pixel gallery. They were letting people take turns wearing it. The inside was warm and slightly damp. I overcame my Howard Hughes-like germaphobia to bring you that entertaining video. It's a hard, hard life I lead.

Yeah, they offered it to me. I saw how fitted it was inside, and how many people had been wearing it. Thanks for taking that hit for the team, Russ.

I still shiver and cry when I think about it, but the footage was worth it. I do these things because I am a river to my people. Don't ever forget that.

Note for next time: Someone remember to pack the hand sanitizer.

Dude. Ask next time. I'm a germaphobe, too. I had some in my bag.

Hah, you city-dwellers are always sissies. "Eww, I'm not sticking my hand in there, other people was wearing that! Gaah!" Boo, you might catch the gay, beware! Heh, I'm just kidding, but seriously, when someone offers me to become part-cyborg, even for a minute, I'm sure as hell not gonna turn them down just because other people used it before me. I might just have fun like them. I'm doing my current girlfriend fairly often, though she came "pre-done", if you know what I mean ;) And I'm not shoving her under a carbon-acid shower before every "woo-hoo" time. Germaphobia? Ah, please...

I'm doing my current girlfriend fairly often, though she came "pre-done", if you know what I mean ;)

Wow man. Let's see how frequently you'll be "doing" her after she reads that. FFS. Grow some manners ;)

Anyway, photographic evidence suggests I was able to suck it up and deal. Doesn't mean I'm not still having nightmares about it. I mean come on ... moist and warm ... ick. Maybe next time I'll just pretend it's Playbahnosh's current GF.

Russ Pitts:
It was heavier than it looks. I'd want a cyborg shoulder to go with it.

Why stop there? I want an entire suit!

Fable looks fairly desent from what I've seen so far. There are a lot of complants about the combat, but I think it's a bit hard to tell unless I've played it. Still, it at least have to be better then Fable 1's system.

Russ Pitts:
I mean come on ... moist and warm ... ick. Maybe next time I'll just pretend it's Playbahnosh's current GF.

Oh burn. Score 1 to Pitts.

Russ Pitts:
Wow man. Let's see how frequently you'll be "doing" her after she reads that. FFS. Grow some manners ;)

She read that, and had a good laugh. For the record, she doesn't understand what you people are so worked about either. Germs? It's not black death season, for God's sake. You can always wash your hands you know. ;)

Russ Pitts:
Anyway, photographic evidence suggests I was able to suck it up and deal. Doesn't mean I'm not still having nightmares about it. I mean come on ... moist and warm ... ick.

Yeah, that's what I mean. Nightmares about germs? Dude, grow some balls. You do that, and I go grow some manners, deal? ;)

Russ Pitts:
Maybe next time I'll just pretend it's Playbahnosh's current GF.

You are not touching my gf with that hand! It was in that cyborg-germ-fortress! EEEK! ;)

You don't have to be a germaphobe to get icked out around E3. Every year, without fail, someone gets very, very ill. Sometimes it actually happens at the show, but most years it percolates until everyone is home. You think you've managed to dodge the bullet and then BAM -- you're down for the count for a good two or three days.

Also, the people at E3 seem to be unusually sweaty. I'm just sayin'.

Susan Arendt:
Also, the people at E3 seem to be unusually sweaty. I'm just sayin'.

Can't be any sweatier than GenCon, I hope...

-- Steve

Susan Arendt:
You don't have to be a germaphobe to get icked out around E3. Every year, without fail, someone gets very, very ill. Sometimes it actually happens at the show, but most years it percolates until everyone is home. You think you've managed to dodge the bullet and then BAM -- you're down for the count for a good two or three days.

Also, the people at E3 seem to be unusually sweaty. I'm just sayin'.

Yet through the magic of "Hollywood" you all manage to come through it looking pristine.

Susan Arendt:
You don't have to be a germaphobe to get icked out around E3.
...
Also, the people at E3 seem to be unusually sweaty. I'm just sayin'.

I got icked out about E3, but not because of the germs, more like the "main course". All the E3 this year seems to be about just showing us stuff, glamorous game videos, developer presentations...etc, but nothing concrete. It's more about expectations, hopes and tons of promises. I've seen this movie before...

Also, being icked by sweaty people and murky stuff is one thing, but I don't think it has anything to do with germs. That's why I don't understand that whole germaphobe thing. That's too alien for me, to be afraid that I can contract some horrible diseases by just touching something somebody else used before me... even toilet seats, and THAT is hardcore ;) Your lives must be a living nightmare. I don't envy you, seriously :/

Playbahnosh:
Also, being icked by sweaty people and murky stuff is one thing, but I don't think it has anything to do with germs. That's why I don't understand that whole germaphobe thing. That's too alien for me, to be afraid that I can contract some horrible diseases by just touching something somebody else used before me... even toilet seats, and THAT is hardcore ;) Your lives must be a living nightmare. I don't envy you, seriously :/

I'm one of those Susan referred to about getting sick every time I go on a trip, so that's why I'm germaphobic. Last GDC, I was on antibiotics for a month following, trying to get rid of various respiratory infections. This time, well, projectile was part of it. Eep.

But you know what? I will power through for you guys. <3 Just don't make fun of my hand sanitizer. ;)

Andraste:
Just don't make fun of my hand sanitizer. ;)

That's what doctors warned us about for years. The overkill use of disinfectants, sterilizers, anti-bacterial soaps/detergents and most importantly the overuse of anti-biotics are the main cause we have even worse immune system than in the middle-ages. Breeding super-bacteria that is resistant to all known anti-biotics. It's not the government doing that, it's we who breed those horrible things. Yeah, if you thought you are germaphobe now, try again ten years later...

The other thing is the psychosomatic side of the coin. If you are paranoid about germs, about getting infected, and you await it every time you go to some media-fest, well, you will get sick. You can show symptoms of illnesses you don't even have, if you can make yourself believe you have it (or will have it). That's something your subconscious does, or something like that, I don't really know the mechanics of it.

So, don't be afraid to get dirty. It's your body's way of training you immune system.

Susan Arendt:
You don't have to be a germaphobe to get icked out around E3. Every year, without fail, someone gets very, very ill. Sometimes it actually happens at the show, but most years it percolates until everyone is home. You think you've managed to dodge the bullet and then BAM -- you're down for the count for a good two or three days.

Also, the people at E3 seem to be unusually sweaty. I'm just sayin'.

This reminds me of The Great GDC Flu of 2008. KO'd over two dozen people in three of my company's four offices. Going to a nerd conference without hand sanitizer and a big ol' dose of vitamin C is like asking to get punched in the face by sickness.

Susan Arendt:
You don't have to be a germaphobe to get icked out around E3. Every year, without fail, someone gets very, very ill. Sometimes it actually happens at the show, but most years it percolates until everyone is home. You think you've managed to dodge the bullet and then BAM -- you're down for the count for a good two or three days.

Every convention I've ever been to has had some form of "Convention Flu", I think it's just one of the attractions, along with "Who can crash the system projecting onto the Plasma Screen?", "Who can spot the bit-part Sci-Fi Actor hamming for all he's worth?", "Who can guess which A list Celeb will actually turn up?" and of course the mystery meat game at the canteen.

PEWPEWGreenLaser:

Susan Arendt:
You don't have to be a germaphobe to get icked out around E3. Every year, without fail, someone gets very, very ill. Sometimes it actually happens at the show, but most years it percolates until everyone is home. You think you've managed to dodge the bullet and then BAM -- you're down for the count for a good two or three days.

Also, the people at E3 seem to be unusually sweaty. I'm just sayin'.

This reminds me of The Great GDC Flu of 2008. KO'd over two dozen people in three of my company's four offices. Going to a nerd conference without hand sanitizer and a big ol' dose of vitamin C is like asking to get punched in the face by sickness.

I myself fell victim to that particular epidemic. Awful, it was, positively awful.

At least you lot get to go to E3. Surely it must be worth the germs.

Playbahnosh:
Yeah, that's what I mean. Nightmares about germs? Dude, grow some balls. You do that, and I go grow some manners, deal? ;)

You're a charmer.

Anyway, current topic germ thread aside, I want to know if you guys hit up any of the other big stands. I wanna see some Dawn of War 2 after watching that trailer. Also a litte Res Evil 5 could go down well. Just wondering, how many more videos do you have to go?

There will be at least three more of these videos, perhaps more. Stay tuned!

Playbahnosh:
So, don't be afraid to get dirty. It's your body's way of training you immune system.

I am actually quite well-versed in germs and treatment. I worked in the Infectious Dieseases division at UNC-Chapel Hill doing research for two years before joining Themis and starting up The Escapist. ;)

Unfortunately, the combination of air travel (drying out air passages makes them more susceptible) and shaking all kinds of hands who've shaken all kinds of other hands, plus not getting enough sleep or good food is bad news. Rubbing a little handsanitizer on before wolfing down a granola bar between interviews is a good idea.

Re: the GDC flu 2008 ... I admit it! That was likely totally my fault. I came down with the Flu on the way beack from DICE, was laid up with it all the following week, then had to go out to GDC. I was Outbreak Monkey for that. o.o

On topic: Yes! There's more. Interestingly, a lot of people weren't interested in having video of their product, cuz this is the point in the dev cycle where they are putting on final polish, and they don't want people to think they are finished. But we do have a few more things on the way. :D

Fire Daemon:
At least you lot get to go to E3. Surely it must be worth the germs.

Absolutely. Best job in the world.

Absolutely. Best job in the world.

Seconded. I'd have given up air travel and hand shaking long ago if it weren't for all of this.

You lucky bastard, Fable is looking great and I have been waiting since i finished Fable1

I so want to play Fable 2.
When is it coming out?

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