Zero Punctuation: Braid

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Had to check out this Braid-thing on youtube, and my first thought was 'awesome music!'. Some violin shit mixed with the electric guitar, hell yeah!

Then I realize that the ZP after-video is running, rocking away. Stopping ZP the fiddle continues alone, trying to bore me to sleep. Aww, that was almost awesome =(

Great video as usual.

I do not own a next-generation console, a single Halo game, and the last first person shooter I played that's more recent than Painkiller or Bloodlines is Team Fortress 2.

But you can still blame me for stuff. I play WoW.

I want and probobly will get this game but I hate the hoops you have to run through to GET MICROSOFT POINTS! why can't they just use money?

Much, much funnier than last week, for reasons I can't quite explain. Perhaps because Yahtzee felt stronger about this than he did about SC. Perhaps indeed.

And now I have the mental image of Rule 34 on the Prince and Yahtzee and IT WILL NOT GO AWAY.

We pay the having a shitty president tax. Sure the games are cheaper, but the rest of the world thinks very little of us as our economy sinks lower and lower into recession. Perhaps I shouldn't speak of politics here, but America has a handful of problems to compensate for lower taxes on video games.

Wow! That one was brilliant!

Strange, I'm playing Beyond Good and Evil as well as Gears of War right now and had pretty much the reaction he did... BGAE is just awesome while GOW is just generic poop.

"Art is only as good as the culture that surrounds it."

-Ben "Yahtzee" Crawshaw

While you are almost completely right - in that people will watch or play any old piece of crap with the depth of a puddle - you have to remember what you said. Only people like you and I want subtly, symbolism, metaphor and realistic, interesting characters. Everyone else is more than happy with what they have.

People get pissed off with me when I complain about the "arty" side of a film. Like the film "Wanted" had no characters and no plot, but did anyone care? No; it had cool gun fights - 78% on rotten tomatoes and it's the worst film I've ever seen.

My point: you're not going to change people with this and frankly even I think you're getting your knickers a bit twisted over nothing. Well maybe not nothing - art is important - but it's not going to change anyone to loving art instead of tits.

Not that Mr. Yahtzee gives a shit what I think, but that was a great episode, thank you.

Also loved the bit about how great games have been slashed away becuase of the graphics requirements that we the public "need" so badly.

Great Graphics <> Great Game

Hah I love the knock at American beaches.

Also did... did he just make a Mary Poppins reference?

Not only am I called Adrian but Yahtzee said "and here's a recurring scenario" right before the video paused to buffer for the umpteenth time so I got my head messed about with twice in one video.

I'm not going to go with the crowd and shower you with praises like "good job", "this was the best yet", "please be my friend and wank in my face" ect ect.
Frankly it wasn't your best work. however I will get my friend Adrian to watch this and laugh as he wets his pants.
By the way I'm from the UK a the closest thing we've got to a beach a large collection of gravel and stones commonly known as Brighton.

Fantastic Yahtzee. "Nice beaches tax", pure awesomeness. I think the story was the main thing that kept Braid from being excellent rather than pritty good. It felt like someone had taken a sandman comic and riped out a few yellow boxes at random and put them together to make what can barily be called a story. Oh sure, the bits we did get where nice, but together they made fuck all sense.

But whatever, its certainly worth 15

I'm a little confused.

I understand that your audience is likely familiar with current games, but this video seems to be specifically tailored to people who have already played Braid and know it very well. Which is typically not the point of a sort of op-ed review because then your audience is moot, but it seems that that was the attitude behind the video anyway - to ultimately get kudos from people you know will give them to you anyway.

So my point is - I have no idea what Braid is based on your video (which as I said I don't expect to have been your motive anyway, but what typically is when looking at a "game review"). All I know is that you have shortsightedly pigeonholed anonymous faces with tired cliches. Boo hoo, retards need to be entertained, Americans suck, etc. etc.

Now after all of that I am not trying to tell you to do or change anything, since that would be unnecessary and selfish, but I would like to suggest a self reflection. Are you running low on your stables of obvious "video game gourmet" opinions and do you want to do anything about that? Far be it from me to tell you to stop doing what will make you money, but people who often tout artistic appreciation are generally sincere, and I would hope you see the irony in using one cliche to attack another. Also, I wouldn't bother at all if I didn't already see creative talent, and I'm afraid I see you succumbing to the webcomic syndrome you yourself outlined in disgust.

All said, I feel you are getting too obvious and less creative. Even last week's review could have been entirely cut and pasted from previous episodes and appear identical. Take a breather, think about your writing and if you want to keep it really fresh, sometimes you have to buy a new bag of baby carrots rather than just reopen the ones you left in the tupperware.

did,did yahtzee make a video that was spot on and totally accurate for once?

not saying i dont love his epic trolling, but this was actually a better spot on review than the big name gameing sites have done.

Braid is artistic genious, I think its amazing the number of ways you can interpret the story and the game. To say that the story doesnt intertwine with the game is just being narrow minded. Braid is a smart person's game that doesnt hold your hand and guide you through it *cough* portal *cough*. If you're not patient and observant you won't find your way through the puzzles, like this one game I know where any retard would eventually stumble thier way through the predictable step-on-the-switch puzzles *cough* portal *cough*. At least Blow isn't going to milk out a sequal, proof- "I don't think a sequel or expansion to Braid would be nearly as good as the original, so I am not going to do it." *cough* PORTAL *cough*..... excuse my cyber cold.

I guess we pay a Harry Potter tax in the UK.
I mean what else do get before the US

SHAZAAM!!

Hm.
I feel that the comment about it being my fault wasn't nessecary. Its fair to say that the problem for all the poo on the games is down to the public buying too much of the rubbish, but most of yahtzee's viewers are gamers who play proper games and occasionally get the casual-person game.
And I myself have only played Gears of War once. Against my own will.

Now tell us your top 5 games of all time you wonderful git.
;D

Good review. The first minute or so had me worried it would be another rant on the community here, but thankfully he pulled it back out and made a very balanced and fair review.

I'm still not in love with the game though. I can't help but shake the feeling I played it as a freeware game on my PC like 10-12 years ago. The controls felt uber stiff to me as well, but that might just be because I suck at it, which is entirely possible.

Still, after Castle Crashers begins to wear on me (if it ever does), I might pick this up during the next gaming drought.

Meneguzzi:
So what type of tax do we pay at fucking UK? Too much rain? Uglier women? Oh fuck, we are just being robbed then!

1. You guys have Julia Sawalha, that's worth a few extra pounds right there.

2. You guys also get DOCTOR WHO first.

Great video as always. Seems like a pretty cool game, bummer that I won't be able to play it unless they release it on PC.

Babeman:
Braid is a smart person's game that doesnt hold your hand and guide you through it *cough* portal *cough*.

This is exactly the kind of snotty smarty pants shit yahtzee was talking about. Portal doesn't hold your hand storywise, maybe that makes me pants on my head retarded but it certainly leaves itself open. Theres a difference between leaving your story open for interiptation and just blatanly hiding it. There was sod all to go. What there was was nice but there wasn't nearly enough

I'm Adrienne... and I'm very, very afraid. I mean, how did Yahtzee *know* that I was single-handedly responsible for the downfall of the video games industry? Did he put a webcam up in my house? How did he get all the way to Canada from his perfect Australian beach?

This is going to keep me up nights.

I swear they get funnier every time. ^^

Check this out guys, it's a great inuendo of 'teabagging'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqayhT3nZiQ

I'm showing this to everyone I know called Adrian (I know one person called Adrian and he hasn't been online in 9 days).

So now I play the waiting game... which is a shite game but I believe more enjoyable than Gears of War.

jonathan blow more like jonathan suck Hahaha

Argh, I watched a gameplay video of this game and thought "Wait, so what's the point?" Guess I never got to the time-manipulating stuff.
I loved the part about blaming gamers for the games we get, because it's pretty much true. We can all stop bashing EA until we stop buying their games. Nowadays every time I see someone yell "WANT!" after watching a prerendered, non-gameplay-related trailer for something, I go to Yahoo Questions and once again ask "Are you SURE no one has invented a way to stab people in the face over the internet???"

Well this is funny.

About three days ago I saw a friend of mine playing some game called "Braid". I messaged him and was all, "What the hell is that?"

He said pretty much said this review, without all the joking asides. Didn't see that coming!

Firstly, great as always. Secondly, in the 2 door one key part, if you messed up wouldn't you just go back in time to when you had the key and do the other door? (P.S. Don't have Braid, so can be missing something. If so, explain)(P.S.S. I know about the walk one way, time goes foward, walk the other, blah de blah de blah, and that would be the only place where you would have to start over, theroraticly (Read P.S.. If you haven't read it yet, why in the world are you reading down here?).)

About the graphics, there are really three graphic types.
Realistic: Crysis (When the tech to play the recommended comes out, it'll look great)
Semi-realistic: Metal Gear Solid 4
Beautiful: Okami

DEVELOPERS! In my honest opinion, Okami had the best graphics there (MGS4 takes the gold for FPS and TPS). The don't have to be Crysis level. People, please agree with me so that they may be swayed.

"Now go back to Gears of War" damn!

Glee! A Return to form. Some excellent humour and a bit more thought.

Still got that shitty intro though.

My brother adrian now thinks you stalking him.

Brill review, with some good humour, and extra points for scaring my bro

As much as I respect Yahtzee's views I'm starting to fall deeper and deeper into the belief he never actually played FFXII, The game itself is criticized for being not 'Final Fantasy' enough even thought I personally loved it from breaking the mold, I'm talking combat, licenses, Story Progression (although the pacing went and pissed itself half way through leaving the game looking like the story died) it was all liberating from the past ten Final Fantasies and after it the only one I can play is VI, because VI is justifiable for having great characters and an even greater story, but enough about that.

The review was fine, gave me some great laughs, as an Australian I know how Yahtzee feels, I just hope he doesn't review FFXIII, not because I won't buy it if he doesn't recommend it, I just don't feel he will enjoy it, besides he's made it pretty clear he can't enjoy it from the E3 overview.

sad_nerd:
"Art is only as good as the culture that surrounds it."

-Ben "Yahtzee" Crawshaw

While you are almost completely right - in that people will watch or play any old piece of crap with the depth of a puddle - you have to remember what you said. Only people like you and I want subtly, symbolism, metaphor and realistic, interesting characters. Everyone else is more than happy with what they have.

People get pissed off with me when I complain about the "arty" side of a film. Like the film "Wanted" had no characters and no plot, but did anyone care? No; it had cool gun fights - 78% on rotten tomatoes and it's the worst film I've ever seen.

My point: you're not going to change people with this and frankly even I think you're getting your knickers a bit twisted over nothing. Well maybe not nothing - art is important - but it's not going to change anyone to loving art instead of tits.

The problem is that you're inflexibly applying the wrong cultural metric on a movie like Wanted. It has no art pretensions and no one except for a half rotten log would actually go see it with the intention to judge it from an artistic perspective.

Instead, everyone knows it's just shallow and dumb entertainment and as long it's well executed shallow and dumb entertainment AND people can judge it from the right perspective, there's no problem.

If you aspire to be anything more than an angsty faux-elitist/intellectual teenager, you need to understand that you cannot inflexibly apply a single perspective to things outside of that perspective's culture.

That was a great video.

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