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#1 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -
Later guys. I'm not great at epic goodbyes, but I'll just say it's been a pleasure working with you all these last few years. Take care, and don't do anything I wouldn't do.
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#2 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -
Because I don't review online games until I play them against people.
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#3 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -

And he'll probably get unbanned again. :roll:MAILER_DAEMON

Let's put it this way. The LAST thing I have time to deal with right now is unbanning Ryan's GS account. If he's going to get unbanned, it's not going to be via me.

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#4 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -

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.

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#5 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -
I should be online during the break, as I have little intention of going anywhere. If admin stuff is needed, hit me up. Just be aware that my abilities might be somewhat limited due to vista not liking VPN and my girlfriend bogarting the laptop.
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#6 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -

hWhats the ETA on rock band unreal tournyKingFrizzy

Rock Band later today. UT3 tomorrow.

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#7 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -
Everything's live! Run! Flee!
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#8 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -

[QUOTE="AlexN"]Uncharted and Mass Effect will both happen sometime today. Can't give you a specific ETA.UpInFlames

Do we have any reason to be worried?

You should always be worried in this job.

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#9 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -

Uncharted and Mass Effect will both happen sometime today. Can't give you a specific ETA.

Rock Band is tomorrow.

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#10 Posted by AlexN (9000 posts) -
I dunno. That thing is from May. Does it even really matter anymore?