Chris Rock had a quote a while ago, and it's about movies, not games, but I think it applies. It went something along the lines of (and I'm paraphrasing) "When you're doing dramatic work, critics and fans will give you points for effort. With comedy, there's no A for effort. It's funny, or it isn't."
Any comedy writer will tell you that writing a successfully comedic story is an intensely difficult, and often frustrating experience. That's coming from someone who does comedy professionally. Game developers, by and large, aren't comedians. Hence why comedy in gaming is rarely attempted, and so often falls flat when it does. Often when games are funny, it's because outside writers are brought in, ala The Simpsons game and the like. Because let's face it: just because a dev team might have a few funny guys on it, that doesn't mean they can write jokes or have any sense of comedic timing. In fact, most times they flat-out don't.
Obviously there are those rare gems that remind you comedy in gaming is not only possible, but potentially plentiful. Tim Schaefer is an obvious pick, but there are others. The guys behind Portal, for example, and the current Sam & Max team seems exceedingly talented as well.
Again, comedy is just a challenging undertaking, possibly more so than standard dramatic fare, and it seems like most game developers aren't necessarily up for the task at this point. Here's to hoping that changes eventually.
If only that was a noteworthy accomplishment, rather than something that was bound to happen eventually :P
I assumed IGN would give it a great score, they'd been praising it more than any game outside of Zack and Wiki. I think GS will give it a 7-7.5.
I'll look into picking this up, the review never really was a factor to me.
Though I'm wondering what's taking so long with the Radiant Dawn review.
They didn't send us Radiant Dawn until this past Monday, and as you'd imagine, it's a pretty long game. We'll have a review up relatively soon.
The praise this game is getting is amazing. Everyone keeps saying the same thing over and over again: this game will put a smile on your face, its good for gamers of all ages and skills, and its the best game on Wii to date. Welcome back Mario, come back home from the Sunshine and embrace the Galaxy.-OmegaKnight-
Seriously, I just have a hard time envisioning anyone playing this game and not cracking a smile every now and again. It's just the right combination of charm and quality game design that you'd want out of a Mario game.
[QUOTE="AlexN"]If it's just a matter of you not liking the tracklist, I can hardly fault you for that. I do like the tracklist, but I can see why someone wouldn't. However, I take a great deal of exception to the elitist attitude of any game being "for little girls" because another game happens to be harder. It's just a crappy attitude, if you ask me. Dislike a game on its own merits, not because you don't think it's "hardcore" enough or whatever.GodModeEnabledNah im actually not like that at all, I just made my original comment because I love guitar hero and detest most radio friendly songs and the setlist in rock band. My apologies for the confusion. I may come off as a bit of an elitist gamer beause I am to some degree, I love stuff that challenges me and dislike most easier games because they bore me thats why after following a game like say "phantom hourglass" for example I decided to pass on it for its lack of difficulty. I dont actually see the games as lesser titles or whatever im just as ass who shouldnt drink and post so much. Does the Guitar Hero xplorer controller (360) work with rock band by chance? If I dont have to pay $150 for the game I might snag it anyways.
Yes it does.