GameSpot GamePlay Episode 48: Final Freedom Force Fighters

We lost someone dear. And so we tell our favorite Ryan Davis stories, admiring the man's work and describing his finest profanities.

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We remember one of GameSpot's best, with audio tributes and personal recollections. Developer David Gallant is also on hand to offer some important levity, covering such disparate subjects as Pepsi, helplessness, DOTA 2, games full of dicks, and ignorant children.

Most importantly, we learn that some things are bigger than others. And thank God for that. This week's crew: Tom Mc Shea, Carolyn Petit, Peter Brown, and of course, host Kevin VanOrd.

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yotaruvegeta

So much to talk about, but I've forgotten some of it. You guys were only involved in Ryan Davis part 1, and not the sequel, but I think you guys did a very commendable job in sharing what made Ryan so awesome. You also have video (audio) of baby Ryan doing his Gamespot reviews (miles away from how we saw him on Giant Bomb); so while you didn't know him as well as others did, you brought some cool stuff to the table.


OK, some notes.


1. Freedom Fighters was AWESOME and it needs a sequel/reboot/spiritual sequel/whatever

2. TETRIS is a fucking emotional roller coaster. It's just pixelated blocks. In the present, I'm playing entanglement. A lot prettier than Tetris, but it's not some visual phenomenon. It's my 2013 Tertris. Graphics are great, graphics are amazing, but you don't really need them to have a great gaming experience, or to tell a better story.

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stonefang

Meh! smegma... he lives... he lives

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Blu3V3nom07

CHINA DON'T CARE.

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loveycheese

Art isn't better art because it's more complex. Final Fantasy Tactics may be the best game ever. To this day it's still beautiful. All this talk about The Last Of Us being about it's looks is stupid. The game is not impressive visually because of it's engine. Like FFT, it's graphics works because of the passion poured into them. Combined with the story and gameplay you get immersed into it's world. For me, The Last Of Us is an incredible game in every respect. Others want a different kind of game. That's fine. But please, realize it's not about graphic engines. It's the love the game is made with that shines or doesn't shine through. Even if a game doesn't look nice, if it's made with heart, you will grow fond of it's appearance.

And by the way, film is the same. There are great movies with big budgets and great movies with small budgets. Doesn't matter how fancy the sets are or how evolved the CGI. It's the emotion it invokes. Bugs me when someone blows off a movie because of it's effects or animation. Heck, some movies aren't even about that. They'll only have a minute of CGI where it was simpler or more convenient. Then people rate it down several points on account of the CGI. Blarg. Guess my point is... don't focus on costs. Experience art with your soul.

While I am not very familiar with Ryan Davis, he seemed like a great person from the things I've heard lately. Sweet dreams Ryan.

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Gama_Forever

Hi! I just wanted to say that I really love your podcast. I enjoy how you articulate your opinions and the jokes. I find myself quite entertained during my lunch breaks on Saturday at work, listening to your podcast. I also wanted to mention that Carolyn is my favorite at the table. At first, I didn't know what to really think of her. As I've listened to her, I just really respect her views and her place at GameSpot. Furthermore, she pushes games to strive for more than just the objectification of women and violence. As I grow into an older man (21), some of these recurring themes throughout all of gaming are becoming more mundane and repetitive. So hearing Carolyn push video games into becoming a higher form of art, it's inspiring to hear that from someone in the gaming community. More than anything, she's just respectful and eloquent in terms of her language use. Perhaps I've rambled, but I love the podcast and hope to see it continued.

Also, I just wanted to mention that I've been on this site since at least 2003 and I signed up for an account in 2004. Ryan Davis played an important role in the ascension of GameSpot as a news source in that time period. He will be sorely missed. Thanks for your time ladies and gents.

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TheProRookie

BTW, Smash Bros. was by far my favorite stream at EVO today... but it very well might be my favorite game of all time so I'm biased :P

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TheProRookie

Instead of playing The Last of Us, I'm playing Final Fantasy 7 and Fire Emblem 7... umad Tom?

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TomMcShea

@TheProRookie Not at all. Why would I?

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chechak7

Kevin's view. is always great he is really critic

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max-hit

I always find my view of gaming very close to Kevin's view. But I Think Crysis 3 was one of the bad games I played this year and it would be a horribly regrettable purchase for anyone else. Because regardless of the gameplay being good or bad the campaign spans only 5 hour on the hardest difficulty level, and the online play is hardly noticeable.

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Toysoldier34

I bought Katamari Damacy today after remembering how good it is.

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AtheistPreacher

Another good episode, but this was one of the particularly good ones. Lots of interesting topics and good back-and-forth.

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pal_080

Oh yea Freedom Fighters was awesome! My favorite multiplayer game of that era, the only flaw was a lack of maps.

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MuggyTadpole

So refreshing to read a comments section on GS and not curl up into a tense ball of incredulous rage, sadness and disbelief.

And no this is not sarcasm, not after reading the comments on Carolyn's TLOU article and the new Xboc chief news piece.

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deadpeasant

Kevin and Tom, That has to be the best back and forth argument ever in gaming journalism! So entertaining!

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TomMcShea

@deadpeasant Thanks! We should do a livestream of Crysis 3 on the lowest possible settings :)

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deadpeasant

@TomMcShea @deadpeasant LOL! That would be a fascinating experiment!

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push88

@TomMcShea Lol. To prove your point? ; D

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TomMcShea

@push88 Of course not!

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push88

I hope this isn't in poor taste. I was just wondering if anyone knew how this lovely man past away? He seemed awfully young.

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darkassassin911

@push88 I have the same question.

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g7o7

"No David, don't interrupt, this is great" Thanks Peter, had the same reaction listening to that surreal argument xD

I'm happy with the unedited episodes though, there should be an outtakes one for the others!

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Lord_Python1049

Just saying, but Carolyn better be the one who reviews GTA5... she seems to be the only one who "gets" it. ;p

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Toysoldier34

@Lord_Python1049 I wish that Gamespot allowed second opinions on games. Where they have the main review like normal, but also any staff member that has played the game can chime in with a smaller review section. Seeing how multiple interests like a game could be helpful.

I know the staff is busy and they don't have time to have multiple people playing a game it could just be done on the side when a staff member plays the game on their own.

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Necrotron

I always loved when review magazines had second opinions.

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Toysoldier34

@Necrotron GameInformer was the magazine I recall doing it and I always liked them. Especially when a game I was looking forward to didn't get an amazing review but the second opinion gave it a better score from a person that liked games more along the style that I do.

Though I know the Gamespot staff well now and can gauge their opinions to mine and can get a better idea about a game now than I could before when I read GameInformer.

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push88

@Lord_Python1049 Carolyn is a good pick. I think they are all pretty thorough however.

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ExtremePhobia

@Lord_Python1049 I think any of them would be good for reviewing GTA5. Each will have their own section of the game that they'd probably like more than the others but I don't they'll find any major fault. I feel like that might be a KVO pulls rank kind of game though =). If anything would tempt me, GTAV certainly would!

I think it would be interesting to have one of the UK people to do it. Mark Walton would probably be my pick for GTAV. He's a good critique but he also seems appropriately excited for it.

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clockworkengine

@ExtremePhobia @Lord_Python1049 They could do like PSM used to do and let everyone review it. Having one main review along with several smaller second-opinion reviews is a good format.

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ExtremePhobia

A good episode today. Just the lack of the intro and outro set a tone. Ryan Davis was properly celebrated and then nobody won the podcast. I'll be happy to get back to normal next week though.

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DarkFrankhs

BEAR CRUSH. Busted Kevin. lol.

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June-GS

Wait, what?! Ryan Davis is... ? Jeez, I'd been away again, and didn't even know...

Sigh, rest in peace, good sir.

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DarkFrankhs

I feel like I'm a bit of weirdo for this but.... I can't stand GTA. I'm so bored of the routine-ness of it all.

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max-hit

@DarkFrankhs In the first 4hrs of a GTA game you barely get to become familiar with the basic elements of the game. A little patience could have change you're opinion. GTA 4 is a great game I'd say give it another shot.

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DarkFrankhs

@max-hit @DarkFrankhs What are the additional gameplay elements that come into the game after the first 4 hours?

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DarkFrankhs

@max-hit @DarkFrankhs Oooh mysterious

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max-hit

@DarkFrankhs @max-hit That's what you'll find out with playing the game more than 4 hours.

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TomMcShea

@DarkFrankhs Nothing wrong with that. The only universal game is Tetris. If you don't like that, than something is wrong with you.

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Bahamut50

@TomMcShea @DarkFrankhs *cough*... something... is wrong with me xD xD xD

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SebCrakpot1234

@DarkFrankhs When is the last time you played? and how long?

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DarkFrankhs

@SebCrakpot1234 @DarkFrankhs GT4. I played it for 4 hours or so and just gave up - I wasn't interested. That would have been in the month or so when it came out.

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DarkFrankhs

@SebCrakpot1234 @DarkFrankhs I just don't like the premise of GTA so much. The gangsters, the guns and cars... It was exciting when I was 14 - I just no longer find the tasks interesting - or the story.

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SebCrakpot1234

@DarkFrankhs @SebCrakpot1234 I find it hard to understand you can be bored of routine-ness if you played so little and haven't played a gta game for years.

All fps and rpg have a ''routine'' too, I don't know what kind of games you play... Personnally I haven't played for a long time so it will feell good to play plus it seems like there's more things to do now.

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g1rldraco7

55:26 I know exactly what you mean Kevin, I currently have a HUGE crush on a GameSpot editor and you don't know who he is. Rest in Piece Ryan Davis, best moment was watching him call Tom McShea and Peter Brown idiots, such a great man. See you next week and this week is so sad.

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Necrotron

I enjoy immensely whenever Ryse comes up in discussion simply for the reaction it gets.