Talk Amongst Yourselves

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It's Good Friday! Even if you're an agnostic, this first Friday of April's still extra special because it's the first day of PAX East. Huzzah! Not going to the amazing games festival happening in Boston? Well, you can still have a grand ol' time at Kotaku's official forum, known affectionately as Talk Amongst Yourselves. This is the place where we gather on a daily basis to discuss all things video game and existential. Want to talk about new games, old games, game where you solve mysteries? Knock yourselves out!


Ever wonder what classic Atari 2600 game Pitfall would look like in the semi-real-world? Here's an inspired yet chilling look by the one, the only The_Real_Pan1da7 . Kicking Guy makes an excellent Pitfall Harry, doesn't he? Maybe they're related.

You can do funny things with pictures, right? Want everyone on this fine web forum to see? Here's what you do. Post your masterpieces in the #TAYpics thread. Don't forget to keep your image in a 16x9 ratio if you want a slice of Talk Amongst Yourselves glory. Grab the base image here. The best ones will be featured in future installments of Talk Amongst Yourselves. Create something wonderful, won't you?

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So, I've come to a realization this morning: BioWare is the Joss Whedon of video game studios.

They both have their main strengths in dialogue and characters, but suffer considerably at building strong narratives around those characters. They both establish very interesting premises early on, but over time, through over-explanation or a desire to "shock" their audiences, slowly erode people's confidence in their storytelling. They also both have trouble finishing what they start in a manner that makes sense or satisfies their fans. AND, they both love to kill off fan favorite characters just to get a reaction out of their audiences.

The main difference between the two is that BioWare's female characters are all blatant fetish fuel, whereas Whedon at least tries to hide it. Most of the time.

Anyone else feel the same way?

(A note: I do not hate Joss Whedon. I adore Firefly, but most of his other stuff has fallen flat for me over time due to the elements I listed above. Please don't murder me, Whedonites.)