TotalBiscuit is Speaking at Escapist Expo 2013!

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I like TB personally and would love to see him jim and yahtzee talk together. (If they got him in on the "Hour of love" panel I might actually choke and die on my own laughter... Actually are they doing that again? That was the little bit of the escapist expo I watched on here more than once...) but yeah his hyper fanboys.. and anti? fans.. scare the hell out of me. I've never seen one personality generate so much negative love and pure hatred at the same time... makes me really interesting in that cult panel as well.

VasileD:

Racecarlock:
Presumably he'll spend ten minutes commenting on the graphics options of the table and then blandly explain the room with barely any jokes.

Well he is more of a PC-game critic, not all around gaming comedian, so it sorta falls under his general responsibilities to review graphics options and the "jokes" part is just something he occasionally does, not really his thing. Not every English-speaking game reviewer with an accent has to do the same thing as Yahtzee you know.

I know. I just wish I could find a yahtzee style let's play channel that does playthroughs of games more recent than the early 90's. Old adventure games are nice, but I'm looking for critiques of modern games as they're being played with lots of funny jokes.

Thank goodness I found nerdcubed.

Really not a fan of the guy. Comes off as very... what's the word... whiny. I can stomach Yahtzee, as I feel like he makes good points even if I don't agree, and he's pretty funny, but I just can't say the same for TB.

But hey, to each their own! I seem to be in the minority here, so enjoy. Seems like it was a good decision to book him.

RaikuFA:
Congrats to the TB fans that are happy to see him. I don'y like him(his attacks on used games and consoles. I believe his videos on lesser known games can hurt a games sales if its just a genre he doesn't like. Plus his fans act like his word is absolute law to the point where if they go "Totalbiscuit says..." Your argument is dead to me.)

I would love to see any evidence of a game, even terrible ones, seeing dips in sales after TB does a video on them. The only genres TB doesn't like are puzzle games and platformers. Even then he tries to balance his opinion and give the viewer enough information to judge for themselves.

Also, he doesn't "attack used games and consoles". He has a stance on used games, one that makes perfect sense with his PC background. He's never once falsely criticized a console, and has occasionally streamed console games as well as talk about them on his podcast. Most of the time he simply states facts and then gives his opinion, he doesn't unfairly judge consoles.

Cant say id care anymore (if i was actually coming to the expo).

I did used to enjoy his videos until the time he paid a lot of money for new equipment and tickets to a convention, had very few views and then moaned in several videos about how noone watched. Him of course forgetting most people watch him to see about games that are either out or coming very soon, not pipedream games and systems that are atleast a year away from completion.
So he complained that he spent alot of money on things his fanbase had shown very little interest in and wondered why they then didnt watch those videos.

But of course opinions are opinions so hope he makes the expo more awesome, even if he is just an arguement sounding board for some of the other panels.

Forobryt:
Cant say id care anymore (if i was actually coming to the expo).

I did used to enjoy his videos until the time he paid a lot of money for new equipment and tickets to a convention, had very few views and then moaned in several videos about how noone watched. Him of course forgetting most people watch him to see about games that are either out or coming very soon, not pipedream games and systems that are atleast a year away from completion.
So he complained that he spent alot of money on things his fanbase had shown very little interest in and wondered why they then didnt watch those videos.

But of course opinions are opinions so hope he makes the expo more awesome, even if he is just an arguement sounding board for some of the other panels.

Yeah those vids he did afterwards was pretty fail and the moaning almost made me cancel the subscription but he turned around and asked like a mature person what they´d like to see instead from the next expo he went to and got a lot of good answers and meaningful communication. And who would have thunk it, it worked.

Also if console gamers think he should stop being "elitist" which most likely boils down him explaining once every vid or so that he doesnt care for the console platform and wont do stuff for it in most cases. Then perhaps people should stop spamming him with requests for him to do console stuff.

Though I do agree that he could stop advertising his dual Titans a bit. Yeah we get that you have a monster rig. :)

I'm a big fan of TB, I have to say. As much as I like Yahtzee, I feel his reviews sacrifice a bit of informative content for the sake of comedy - which is fine, but people like TB balance it out.

Although, to be honest, I've never got that "Cynical" Brit thing. He's not that cynical at all, when you compare him to pretty much every other internet micro-celebrity. Most of his videos are generally positive, as far as I've seen (especially recently). I mean, he nearly always finds a flaw or two to bang on about, but that hardly makes him "cynical" - just thorough.

Anyway, it'd be interesting to watch him, Yahtzee and Jim on the same panel. Something to look forward to.

Yahtzee...and TB...and Jim in one room?

I...someone needs to film this for me. If the black hole doesn't suck in everyone in the room.

daibakuha:

RaikuFA:
Congrats to the TB fans that are happy to see him. I don'y like him(his attacks on used games and consoles. I believe his videos on lesser known games can hurt a games sales if its just a genre he doesn't like. Plus his fans act like his word is absolute law to the point where if they go "Totalbiscuit says..." Your argument is dead to me.)

I would love to see any evidence of a game, even terrible ones, seeing dips in sales after TB does a video on them. The only genres TB doesn't like are puzzle games and platformers. Even then he tries to balance his opinion and give the viewer enough information to judge for themselves.

Also, he doesn't "attack used games and consoles". He has a stance on used games, one that makes perfect sense with his PC background. He's never once falsely criticized a console, and has occasionally streamed console games as well as talk about them on his podcast. Most of the time he simply states facts and then gives his opinion, he doesn't unfairly judge consoles.

I'm currently working on a game that's a metroidvania platformer and I know he'll automatically bitch about it because it doesn't have Crysis like specs. Or because it's too much like a console game. And if I say anything that disagrees with him he'll get his legions of fans to attack me as if I just ran over his mom.

And didn't he compare used games to piracy? And call people out for daring to preorder games? I also believe he said he could care less about the people that watch his stuff pretty much saying they're disposal.

If all he did was the snarky cynical routine then he'd be boring as ****. He's plenty of fun when he does stuff with his friends, whether podcasting, LPs or sundries. TB, Jesse Cox and Dodger complement each other very well.

RaikuFA:

I'm currently working on a game that's a metroidvania platformer and I know he'll automatically bitch about it because it doesn't have Crysis like specs. Or because it's too much like a console game.

No, he has stated multiple times that a game doesn't have to be pretty to be good, and "being too much like a console game" is a ridiculous argument that I've never seen anyone make.

ever.

at all.

at all times.

the only difference game-wise would be the use of a controller.

RaikuFA:
And if I say anything that disagrees with him he'll get his legions of fans to attack me as if I just ran over his mom.

ehh, well, yeah, welcome to Youtube, I suppose, online celebreties are never known for their well-behaved fanbases or critics.

As has been stated before, his channel deals with PC games, for a PC gamer point of view, and customisation is a huge part of that.
Having multiple graphics, sound and gameplay options, maybe even mod-support, are the mayor strengths of PC-gaming, if a console game is ported over to PC, and it's poorly optimised in terms of performance or input then it doesn't matter how good of a console game it was, it makes for a crappy PC game.

GladiatorUA:
I don't think he called out anyone. But he stated multiple times that preordering a cat in a bag is not very smart.
No, he didn't say that people watching his stuff are disposable. Do post that screenshot. It should be fun.

I preorder games all the time. Mainly games from other regions that already have been played by other gamers.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/9.404997-TotalBiscuits-very-strange-behavior-in-this-Vlog-video?page=6#16840763

Apparently it was said in a vid where he asked why his revenue went down.

Combustion Kevin:

RaikuFA:

I'm currently working on a game that's a metroidvania platformer and I know he'll automatically bitch about it because it doesn't have Crysis like specs. Or because it's too much like a console game.

No, he has stated multiple times that a game doesn't have to be pretty to be good, and "being too much like a console game" is a ridiculous argument that I've never seen anyone make.

I have seen worse. Mainly from G4.

All these YouTube people have to follow their online persona to keep their subscriptions going. TB is "cynical Brit", Jesse Cox is "wacky guy" and Angry Joe... Oh dear, oh dear...

This is pretty good news. Always nice to be able to get some more content for a small expo like that. If only it was within the realm of possibility for me to attend.

Dead Century:
Eh. Colour me unimpressed. Never did like TotalBiscuit or his attitude. Too much snark. Also, his PC elitism is fairly off-putting.

Like how in his list of best ten games of last year, the first and second place went to console games?

RaikuFA:

I'm currently working on a game that's a metroidvania platformer and I know he'll automatically bitch about it because it doesn't have Crysis like specs. Or because it's too much like a console game. And if I say anything that disagrees with him he'll get his legions of fans to attack me as if I just ran over his mom.

I can perfectly understand why people don't like him, but this is pretty unfair.


The above video is TB's review on the recent indie title Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. It's a puzzle-platformer (kinda) that was designed for consoles (or console controllers, at least). In the video, TB points out it's lack of original aesthetic and graphics.

He then goes on to say that it's the best game of all time, in his opinion, and urges everyone to buy it. Another game he did recently was State of Decay - he moaned at length about the graphics and optimization problems (to the point where it was getting tiresome, as tends to happen in a lot of his stuff, admittedly), but still gave a very positive impression of the game by the end of the video, noting it had unique and fun gameplay.
TB isn't unfair, he has his preferences but he's pretty good at distinguishing his own biases from genuine design flaws.

And yeah, I suppose you're right when you say you'd be attacked by fanboys if you made fuss with him, but that's hardy his fault. He's actively denounced that kind of stuff again and again.

And this comes back to why I don't get his Cynical Brit persona. He can be very inflammatory, knee-jerky, and downright unpleseant, but most his commentary is actually pretty damn positive.

EDIT: Fixed youtube video.

Simple Bluff:

RaikuFA:

I'm currently working on a game that's a metroidvania platformer and I know he'll automatically bitch about it because it doesn't have Crysis like specs. Or because it's too much like a console game. And if I say anything that disagrees with him he'll get his legions of fans to attack me as if I just ran over his mom.

I can perfectly understand why people don't like him, but this is pretty unfair.


The above video is TB's review on the recent indie title Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. It's a puzzle-platformer (kinda) that was designed for consoles (or console controllers, at least). In the video, TB points out it's lack of original aesthetic and graphics.

He then goes on to say that it's the best game of all time, in his opinion, and urges everyone to buy it. Another game he did recently was State of Decay - he moaned at length about the graphics and optimization problems (to the point where it was getting tiresome, as tends to happen in a lot of his stuff, admittedly), but still gave a very positive impression of the game by the end of the video, noting it had unique and fun gameplay.
TB isn't unfair, he has his preferences but he's pretty good at distinguishing his own biases from genuine design flaws.

And yeah, I suppose you're right when you say you'd be attacked by fanboys if you made fuss with him, but that's hardy his fault. He's actively denounced that kind of stuff again and again.

And this comes back to why I don't get his Cynical Brit persona. He can be very inflammatory, knee-jerky, and downright unpleseant, but most his commentary is actually pretty damn positive.

EDIT: Fixed youtube video.

OK, seems fair. I still get annoyed at people thinking his word is law though.

Susan Arendt:

Fappy:
TotalBiscuit is coming? Damn, sucks Susan isn't around anymore. I'd love to see them get into a huge debate at the Expo. They don't seem to get a long XD

My entire exchange with the man was, I believe, all of two comments in a forum thread. Hardly a rivalry of epic proportions.

well you can always turn it in a manner of AVGN and TGWG fight which spanned multiple videos and even turned into a (acted) real life fight!

Brotha Desmond:

Also, I wouldn't call him all that smart. All he does is spout spec numbers and frame rates the entire video whenever he is talking about a specific game, and the rest of the time he talks like an entitled PC gamer. He may raise a good point every know and again, but he usually just complains how a game is not optimized for a pc port, or how every game in the history of ever isn't open world. Usually, whenever someone calls a commentator smart that is because they share a similar opinion to that commentator, and likes hearing their own opinion coming from someone else.

Well you havent seen many of his veodeos then. ALso its pretty much fair criticism to say a game is poorly optimized when it actually is poorly optimized. anyone that played GTA4 on PC will know how bad PC ports can be. and there are worse, like Bully or Lost Planet. heck, they would show you a controller as a tutorial and would tell you to "press left sohulder button" in the game. they didnt even bother translating that!

Racecarlock:
Thank goodness I found nerdcubed.

And thank God for JIM that you showed me nerdcubed!

RaikuFA:
OK, seems fair. I still get annoyed at people thinking his word is law though.

No critics word is law, ever. but its interesting to see different opinions. Heck, i disagree with a lot that Yathzee says but i still love his videos.

RaikuFA:

I'm currently working on a game that's a metroidvania platformer and I know he'll automatically bitch about it because it doesn't have Crysis like specs. Or because it's too much like a console game. And if I say anything that disagrees with him he'll get his legions of fans to attack me as if I just ran over his mom.

And didn't he compare used games to piracy? And call people out for daring to preorder games? I also believe he said he could care less about the people that watch his stuff pretty much saying they're disposal.

He gives indie games slack when it comes to graphics options. Especially since most of them aren't really graphically intense anyway. He gives the graphically intense and Triple A titles a lot shit for it though. Other than that he really only cares if your games runs at 60 fps, and at the proper resolution.

He has some strong opinions on used games, and I think the comparison to piracy is actually a pretty logical, but this really has nothing to do with the discussion at hand. As for pre-orders? He discourages them because often times they popular games that people pre-order end up sucking and then all people do is bitch about while the publisher laughs all the way to the bank.

Also, him saying his audience is disposable is an outright falsehood, he's call the occasional individual disposable, but never the entire audience.

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