What Are You Playing This Weekend?

TJ Miller

TJ Miller, actor and comedian

The comic talks PapiJump and turning stand-up into a video game.

By Cory Casciato • October 5, 2012

In What Are You Playing This Weekend? we discuss gaming and such with prominent figures in the pop-culture arena. We always start with the same question.

TJ Miller is a comedian and actor from Denver who cut his chops in Chicago. His first film role was in Cloverfield, where he also had the unusual task of being the found footage film’s cameraman. Since then, he’s stayed busy in film and television, and even dabbled in voiceover work for games. He’s currently working on The Goodwin Games, a Fox sitcom, and is the co-creator and host of the stand-up and sketch showcase Mash-Up, premiering October 9 on Comedy Central.

The Gameological Society: What are you playing this weekend?

TJ Miller: Basically, I’m on a pretty rigorous schedule. I do PapiJump for about two or three hours. Are you familiar with PapiJump? It’s a free app on the iPhone, and about as easy as they come. It gets me in the right mood. I love playing characters that are smiling balls. I do that for about two or three hours to prepare myself for Tomb Runner. Are you familiar with Tomb Runner?

Gameological: I’m not.

Miller: Ah! You haven’t lived. That’s all right. Tomb Runner is the most addictive game that I’ve played in years. I used to be a huge gamer. I’m an expert at Sonic The Hedgehog and Counter-Strike—the first computer game that I made a lot of money betting on in college, betting that I could beat people. Tomb Runner’s as addictive as any of those games, and it’s really, really fun. You’re running away from spirits and zombies from the tombs that you were trying to do your Indiana Jones thing in. It’s really addictive. I’ll be playing a little bit of Tomb Runner, and once I do that, I come down by playing Modern Warfare 3, which is the latest Call Of Duty. I just have no idea what’s going on there. I go on there mostly to be yelled at by pre-teen boys.

Gameological: That’s a nice feature.

Miller: It’s one of the best features, because it really puts me in my place. It’s like when a 14-year-old kid from Iowa is like, “You suck, man! You’ve got your head where your butt should be,” that really helps me. It keeps me humble. It’s important then to come down off of that verbal lashing from pre-teens and grade schoolers with a little more PapiJump—and I’m going to say to everyone out there, if you haven’t played PapiJump, then I don’t think you’re enjoying life as much as you should be. You can play it in on your iPhone, your iPad, and some people play it in real life. You’ve got to get a rubber ball, you gotta put a face on it, and you’ve got to find literally thousands of little shelves that you have to bounce up onto. It’s easier to play on the iPhone than to replicate in real life. [Laughs.]

Gameological: Do you get material for your stand-up from games? That story about being berated by some 14-year-old jackass in Iowa seems like it would work well.

Miller: Oh yeah. I love Chris Hardwick and Kumail Nanjiani, who are into the gaming world, but most of my jokes are about PapiJump, about how hard it is to jump in PapiJump, about how “Papi” is sort of slang in the Spanish language for “sexy daddy.” I sometimes do a bit on how I always find it strange when people are complaining about their career, or their life, and they’re playing online poker. Because they’re wasting hours, and in the time they played online poker, or some of these video games, especially gambling games—I saw this guy playing video poker on his iPad for the entire flight. It was eight hours. I was like, “You could be conversational in Italian right now!” I hope this guy is not going home and saying, “Ah! I don’t get it. I’m not where I want to be in my life. I don’t know how to get there. Also I lost $3,000 on video poker on my phone.”

Gameological: They’ve made games out of things that 10 years ago, we’d never be able to imagine it as a game, like Guitar Hero or PapiJump. Is there going to be Stand-Up Comedy: The Game, where you play as a stand-up comedian?

Miller: How crazy is that? I called it in the beginning. I said, “Look, PapiJump one day will be a game.” It’s a very popular sport in New Guinea. I could see in the future there could be a stand-up game. where you don’t go out with the right amount of delivery power and material power, you end up bombing, and that’s the equivalent of dying. You have to do 10 sets in a night. To me, stand-up comedy is like Grand Theft Auto, except instead of beating up prostitutes with baseball bats, you’re asking them to work for free.

Gameological: If you fail a level, you become a miserable alcoholic, which could be a mini-game.

Miller: Exactly. And the worst you could do is can get through a heroin addiction, but you’ve gotta have four Letterman spots to be able to do that.

Gameological: Sounds like this could be huge, maybe you should pitch this game?

Miller: [Laughs.] Let’s get in there. Activision is making money right now! I also think the potential for the absolute worst game of all time would be a Guitar Hero version of stand-up, where you have to deliver the lines exactly like George Carlin, and have to stay in time. If you can do that. you can score points. Can you imagine something more boring? That’s the reason music always has the edge on stand-up: It doesn’t make for a good Guitar Hero game.

Gameological: Are there other gaming related topics you want to touch on here?

Miller: I loved doing the Legend Of Karl thing [for the Call of Duty Elite subscription service]. I love how the gamers will come up and get into it. I’m a fan of being intense about anything. I’m intense about nonsense, so it’s very rare that I’m able to judge other people for being seriously into something, except for the Tea Party—I’m not really into that. I find that gamers are really intense. They love that world, just like comic book fans, and movie fans, like cinephiles and all that. I like the thought of somebody who will spend nine hours pretending to be something else, because that’s what I do too, nine hours every single day.

And now, we put the question to you. Tell us what you’ve been playing lately, and which games—video or otherwise—are on your playlist for the weekend.

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  • NarcolepticPanda

    I shall be beginning my first playthrough of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, grinding in Patapon 3 to get my eyeball dudes better fiery weapons, and probably spending way too much time playing Jetpack Joyride.

    • George_Liquor

      Papi Jump is a cool groove compared to that hep cat Doodle Jump. Trust me, dad, dad, daddy-o.

      • ChumJoely

        I just saw a gameplay video of the Enemy level and it really doesn’t look all that exciting… I guess maybe it’s a lot more fun when you’re actually playing?  Not too pretty graphically either…

        • George_Liquor

           It has its charm.

    • The_Forgotten_Quill

      TYPHOON!

      In all seriousness, I hope you enjoy it. I just finished my second playthrough and am moving on, but it’s a truly amazing game.

      • NarcolepticPanda

        TYPHOON!

        Thanks, I’m really excited to start it tonight. At least, if I can resist the siren call of Freaks and Geeks instant streaming on Netflix…

  • HobbesMkii

    I made the most comfortable GameStop digital purchase ever last week: I got Sleeping Dogs half off and rather than install it through GameStop’s digital delivery platform, instead they just gave me a Steam key and instructed me on how to install a game on Steam. I love it when companies just give up. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Sleeping Dogs, expecting it to just be a poorly done Chinese Grand Theft Auto. Luckily, it’s quite a bit more engaging and improves a lot on the formula built by GTA. Apparently they’re doing an Anno 2070 50% off sale this weekend, too, so I’m hoping it’ll be just as painless.

    Besides that, I’ll be playing a lot of World of Tanks, which is my one Achilles heel when it comes to avoiding freemium games.

    • Effigy_Power

      And I’ll be tankin’ there right alongside you…
      As long as you’re tanking in the nosebleeds of Tier 3.

    • http://arnereport.net/ Arne Kaufmann @ arnereport.net

      I did not hear much good about World of Tanks. What is your opinion on it?

      • Effigy_Power

        The community is just as rude and obnoxious as in most online games. The game itself is quick (waiting times are usually less than a minute) and matches rarely last more than 10 minutes.
        If I had any quip with it, it’d be Premium shells, which are quite a bit better than free ammo, but well… it’s not exactly game-breaking and it’s a great way to blame your own mistakes on others.
        “No I didn’t just drive right into the fire of 3 tanks… they have premium shells!”
        Otherwise the game is far too casual and arcadey to really have any specific flaws.

      • HobbesMkii

        @Effigy_Power:disqus has it right in that the community is by-and-large unlikable, although not as bad as a shooter on Xbox Live.

        I actually really enjoy it. I even pay for some of it, and I don’t feel like my money’s being wasted, as I feel like other freemiums are wont to do, giving me more fun without giving me an edge (excluding, as Eff says, premium shells–but those are rare). I think the game’s far more intelligently designed than people initially realize, and they tend to blame their failures on poor game design. For instance, the biggest complaint I hear about is getting destroyed by “invisible” tanks, but the truth is that the game has a complex cover, spotting, and radio reporting system that it’s just hard for new players to understand initially. The newer (North American) servers also suffer from fewer people playing them than the European servers, which means there are more matches with a wide tier spread (tier 5s in a battle with tier 8s means bad things for the tier 5s) simply to fill them.

        Overall, I find it diverting and quick to play, and as I play more and more of it, I find it far less frustrating than I did coming in. Of course, I’m also near the top of the tiers for most tanks, so that might have something to do with it.

    • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

      I pray you have no Ubi/DRM issues with ANNO 2070, it was nearly 2 weeks before I could play it after purchase.  

      Great game though, less of the obnoxious hurdles of Dawn of Discovery, lots of ways to play, and looks great.  An incredible chill-out experience, though it’s also an example of a game where you can play against no NPCs, no human players, on the lowest difficulty, and still hit the limit of what your brain can process from moment to moment.

      • Effigy_Power

        The DRM is really flukey, but I’ve never had a single issue with it. It seems to just not like certain hardware combinations and Windows versions.
        That said, I can’t wait to buy Deep Ocean and expand on that whole awesome concept.

        • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

          I might buy into that, after totally avoiding the DLC for Anno 2070 (which seems really lame, stuff that could be unlocked in the game anyways?), but is it going to be semi-standalone like the Venice expansion was for Anno 1404, or be a mode built into the game?  

          For some reason the former really turns me off, like they couldn’t be bothered to plan ahead and integrate it, so they just bundled up a new game.

        • Effigy_Power

          Hmm, I don’t quite know…

  • caspiancomic

    This weekend is going to be pretty full for our hero, but for the millionth weekend running I intend to get in some Half-Life 2. I honestly don’t know why it’s taking me so long. I’ve also been meaning to pick up a couple of PSN titles, including Sonic Adventure 2 and Jet Set Radio (both of which I own already in their original Dreamcast incarnations, but I like throwing Sega a bit of cash when I can manage it), as well as- all together now- Tokyo Jungle.

    I’ll also be spending the weekend slaving over my Game Theory article, which is taking forever and a day. I think I bit off way more than I could chew without realizing it, so not only is the article delayed until at least next week, but I’m also going to break it down into several smaller articles instead of one industrial sized one. So, essentially, what I intended to be a quickie palette cleanser between month-long rumination marathons has instead ballooned into a month-long behemoth itself. That’s actually pretty typical behaviour for me.

    • Cloks

      Where are you at in HL2?

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

       At this point, you might as well pick-up some programming and add “Make a working prototype of the game” to your to-do list. Let’s extend this into a year-long commitment, at least!

  • Vervack

    Not gonna be playing anything this weekend. It’s Thanksgiving up here in Canada, so I’m gonna see the folks.

    But next week, after about 3 PM on Tuesday…oh, my friends, next week will be the week of Dishonored. Very excited about that one.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      I’m mighty interested to see how Dishonored turns out.  At another time It might feel noxious how blatantly the game is wearing it’s influences on it’s brass-buttoned sleeve, if it weren’t for the fact I’m happy to see those influences in more games.
         As one of Dishonored’s aesthetic influences, I’m currently playing Fable 3 again, after a year-long hiatus where I lost all my progress to a pc crash.
         I understand why the series is scoffed at, but I’ve really enjoyed the last two.

      • Fluka

        Aah, both Dishonored and XCOM Enemy Unknown out on Tuesday in the US next week.  Surely at least one of them is going to be good, right?  Please?  Too many games coming out!  (Good thing it usually takes me at least 6 months to get something new…)

        • The_Forgotten_Quill

          > it usually takes me at least 6 months to get something new…

          Ditto this. I waited until two weeks ago to buy Mass Effect 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.

          I love that lower price tag, but the wait can be agonizing.

        • Spacemonkey Mafia

          I seem to recall this iteration of XCOM was initially met with much internet consternation as it fundamentally deviates genre from the previous titles.  Is that still the case?  In the periphery of my attention, it seems to be getting positive coverage.
             And I’m in the same boat as you, the H.M.S. Delayed Purchase and likely won’t pick up Dishonored regardless of reviews for a while.  Maybe as a Bioshock Infinite fix if I’m getting antsy.

        • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

          @Spacemonkey_Mafia:disqus: There are two upcoming XCOM games. One of them is the strategy game that’s releasing next week. The other is a shooter that is currently in development (and has apparently run into some trouble in the process; it may only be released as a cheap downloadable title). It’s the latter XCOM game on which the Internet commentariat unleashed its hatred.

        • Fluka

          @Merve2:disqus I think there’s been some anxiety over the strategy one too, because A) The demo was kind of meh and B) Geeks get upset when people mess with anything from their youth.  The advance word is that the game is pretty great, though.

          Also, it is really really confusing that there are two XCOM games in development.

        • Electric Dragon

          I’ve mentioned before on here that every time I’ve read something about XCOM (the strategy remake rather than the shooter) my expectations and desire for it have increased.

          Until I learnt that it’s Windows Vista upwards – so I’ve spent my lunch time costing out a reasonable set of upgrades.

          1) Start off with Windows 7 OEM – £70.
          2) More disk space will be needed, so might as well go for an SSD. A 256G SSD retails around £150.
          3) In that case I may as well upgrade the graphics card as well. Budget £100 for that.
          4) If I want to get the best out of that card, I’ll need to upgrade my monitor. 24in 1920×1080 – around £120-150

          Suddenly it’s up to nearly £500 and I haven’t even included the price of the game. This may be the most expensive game I’ve bought since I got an entirely new system to play Half-Life 2.

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

    Hey, it’s Shershow! This is one of the funniest interviews you guys have done for the site. Well done.

    If I have time for gaming this weekend, it’ll be my usual Jade Empire / Sleeping Dogs combo. I’m loving both games, but I’ve made little progress in both recently. I blame real life. If I do get in some Sleeping Dogs, I’ll devote some time to beating some other players’ stats. Apparently @HobbesMkii:disqus is better at keeping the cops on his tail than I am. I CAN’T HAVE THIS. Also, I will reclaim that Clean Drive stat one day, @HttpLovecraft:twitter. MARK MY WORDS.

    • HobbesMkii

      I also became the best renegade cop when I killed 11 of my fellow officers in cold blood before I was arrested and fined 25,000 HKD.

      • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

        At approximately $290 US per officer, you’d be foolish not to go on a cop-killing rampage!

        • HobbesMkii

           It’s certainly a steal…of their lives.

    • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

      I wish there’d be a pop-up notification from Steam along the lines of ‘Merve3 has beaten your Clean Drive Record in Sleeping Dogs’ where the only button closes any games in progress/browser windows and launches Sleeping Dogs straight into gameplay.

      Sleeping Dogs really impressed me overall, while there were a lot of areas lacking a bit of polish, the whole package was really great.  The fighting was a pleasure, the car combat was a joy, and the story was short, sweet, and mostly well-acted. I would be really interested in a sequel by the same team.

      In fact it got me so excited about GTA-style play I bought Saints Row the Third on sale a few weeks ago, and I wish I could graft the two together…  Story and melee at Sleeping Dog’s level with the polish/things-to-do/insanity of SR3?  Yes please.  Can GTAV give us this?

  • Colonel

    Well after almost-finishing Xenoblade Chronicles (I got far enough that I felt like I got the general feel of the game) and now I’m on a JRPG-kick.  I’m thinking I might fire up The Last Remnant after an abortive attempt at it.  I hope installing it removes some of the slowdown since that kind of irked me.

    • http://twitter.com/tapirman Kyle O’Reilly

      Last Remnant seems like such a strange game. I’ve read about the combat system and watched videos and am still not even close to getting it. I would suggest Lost Odyssey if you’re on 360 over that though.

      • dreadguacamole

        Last Remnant is weird, but satisfyingly deep if you can work out its arcane strategy. The problem with it is that I usually get bored of JRPGs and take a break from them; and whenever I go back to my fairly advanced Last Remnant game, it’s WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS ALL ABOUT? I usually end up replaying some of the early bits in the game to understand its combat again. Not that it’s hard to understand, really, but it’s obtuse as hell.

  • vinnybushes

    Apparently I’m smarter than I was 5 years ago because I’m blazing through Professor Layton and the Curious Village even though all I remembered about it was being constantly stuck and giving up when it first came out (Yes I was an adult then too).
     Other than that I’m trying to get every electoon while soloing Rayman Origins, after previously getting a third of the way through on co-op. Its definitely harder by myself!
    I’m trying to stay away from really story heavy games before AC: III, because I don’t want to be burnt out on them just before it comes out.

    • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp David Dalrymple

      Oh man, I burn through Professor Layton games with an alarming zeal. The first one, in particular, I played in two marathon sessions. Most of the puzzles were classics that I was familiar with.

  • Citric

    I plan on playing Tokyo Jungle, but I can’t get it to download for some stupid reason.

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    • Effigy_Power

      You’ve become bitter, and let’s face it, crazy with time.

  • dreadguacamole

     I’ll probably dedicate some time to Borderlands 2, which I got obscenely cheap this week. It’s already getting to the point where it feels more of a chore to play than something I actually enjoy, so I don’t know if I’ll stick with it. I blame enemy respawn; if I clear an area, I expect it to stay clear, especially in a game with so much backtracking, and a reviving mechanic that is downright infuriating in a single player game (playing it wrong, I know…)
     It’s much better than the first game, though – I’ve gotten much farther than I did before. At this rate, I may be able to play Borderlands 6 all the way through!

     I’ll probably spend some time with Tokyo Jungle as well; as I mentioned somewhere else, I find it a bit too grindy, but addictive as hell. Maybe some Torchlight 2 – It’s a game I love while I’m playing it, but I’m wary of starting up. I think I should at least finish it once so I can put it on the back burner.
     Finally I’ve found myself orbiting Dwarf Fortress forums lately, but now is not the time for my yearly months-long DF binge… Dishonored and XCom come out next week!

    • WorldCivilizations

      Good to see some one bring up DF. I, too, have a major game of it every year or two. It’s really annoying, though, the first few hours of a game – BUILD 100 BEDS, 100 DRESSERS, 100 DOORS, MINE 100 IDENTICAL APARTMENTS. After that, when I build a ridiculous spike-filled, pump-flooded trap entrance, it gets fun. I also enjoy building massive great halls 10 z-levels deep, with ornately engraved columns going all the way up.

      Anyway, I’d play some Borderlands 2 if I had time to play video games this weekend. 

  • Enkidum

    I’ve said this on like the last three articles, but I’m playing the shit out of Rayman Jungle Run. Up to 35 perfect levels now, I feel like a king!

    Might get back into CK II for a while, too, just for the hell of it.

    • coolidge

      is that game rly as fun as it looks? months ago i played the demo for Origins and was blown way, and while the full game is still cool and fun i can’t get as into it.

      lately i’ve been totally obsessed with Jetpack Joyride now that it has finally come to droid and i’ve been thinking about getting Jungle Run. worth it?

      • Enkidum

        I haven’t played Origins, but this is a much smaller game. Graphics are astoundingly clean and just really impressive on a tablet (dunno if it would look so good on a phone, if that’s what you’re using). Sound is really well done, level design is nice – like the review here said, it’s basically a Sonic game done really well for 2012. 

        You can finish it with a few days commuting, and even if you’re anal retentive like me and want to get all levels perfect, it probably won’t last more than a couple of weeks or so, so keep that in mind if you’re obsessed with replay value. Then again, it’s not exactly super expensive or anything.

  • Swadian Knight

    I just got Alice: Madness Returns, so I plan on playing that. No idea what to expect from it, but it’s really quite pretty. 

    • The_Forgotten_Quill

      If you played American McGee’s Alice, you can expect a similar game plan with tons more puzzles, collectables and challenges. 

      Overall, I enjoyed it. Though I felt the story got a little muddled at times, I thought it was a great sequel that stayed true to the dark and twisted kind of awesome I’ve always loved about Alice in Wonderland.

      Also, if you’re interested, the DLC “Weapons of Madness and Dresses” Pack is really affordable and fun to play with.

      • Swadian Knight

        If it wasn’t for your comment, I wouldn’t have found out that the PC version of the game already comes bundled with that DLC and requires nothing but a small tweak to an .ini file to access. 

        So thank you!

    • Asinus

      I just got Alice myself– picked up an nVidia GT 640 for hybrid physx (AMD 7870 main card with an nvida as a coprossor; works great in Borderlands 2 and Arkham City) and then saw that Alice was 9.99 on steam. I’m liking it a lot more than American Mcgee’s Alice primarily because of how they’re doing the narrative. Not only is it skipable this time, the chesire cat doesn’t spend what seems like an eternity cool-talking his way through every goddamned thing. On top of that, it’s just been really pretty (and the little Physx touches are nice– I just wish a game would do something useful with it. I really liked the white cat at the beginning. I was just curious about it and, well, tend to chase small animals in games to see how they behave anyway, so I just started following it without a prompt. I don’t know if it eventually prompts you, but I really, really loved that it didn’t.  That earned it a lot of points in my book.

      ETA: I am replying so long after the fact because I was searching for a review here and can’t find one.

      • Swadian Knight

        It is a pretty great game, due in no small part to how good it always looks – all of the levels are unique and intricate, and the game’s engine brings it all to life wonderfully. And how great are the London interludes between levels? Sometimes I kept playing just to reach another one.

        I agree with you on the story too – MR takes a more organic approach to it. It’s actually got a pretty strong story this time around, and the game strongly hints at some of the reveals through gameplay way before they happen. It feels good to not be target of exposition, for once.

        The only complaint I really have is that some of the earlier levels feel a little repetitive and stretched out, but persistance is rewarded: the latter half of the game is a succession of unforgettable levels – you’ll see once once you reach Cardbridge.

        • Asinus

          Haha I see that my praise for the story is that it’s “skipable,” that came across as very back-handed and I didn’t mean it that way. There are just times when the gameplay itself really hooks you and cutscenes act as almost a rude interruption. I’ve watched a lot of them, but sometimes they are just excuses to get you to marvel at the surroundings, so I skip them once i get the gist. 

          Okay, your last paragraph has really given me even more reason to stick with it. But not that I’ve had much cause to rage-quit, and the only time I did was because the combat was getting frustrating– the slow-down before a big hit actually seems worse than keeping it at full speed all the time (and that was only once, and very late at night, the only other time I’ve quit at a non-save spot was because the room with the 3 (or four?) teapots bugged and never recognized that I’d killed them all, therefore the doors didn’t open– this is why we need dev consoles, damn it). 

          One thing that i would love in my PC gaming heart is a way to lock the “camera” behind Alice so that forward was always forward and back made the character actually walk backwards. I don’t like how you move her independently of the POV. I know it’s not a FPS, but ack, it’s just not working for me. Maybe I should try it with a controller instead. 

  • Raging Bear

    I guess I should at least try a chapter or two of the other campaigns in Resident Evil 6 before I write the whole thing off completely. I can’t remember the last time I’ve spent hours on a game without enjoying a single damn minute (but surely the next bit will be the one that doesn’t suck!).

    Otherwise, it will probably be a mix of Borderlands 2, LittleBigPlanet Vita, Torchlight II, and the nostalgia-riffic Gex 3.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      How are you enjoying Little Big Planet?  The scuttlebutt around the internet is the Vita might actually be an ideal platform for the series.

      • Raging Bear

        As a rather pleasant surprise, I liked the story levels a lot more than in LBP 2 (though, as usual, there aren’t nearly enough of them). They focused on platforming and using the established powerups and new mechanics to enhance that gameplay more than 2, which felt like a showcase for all the non-platforming stuff the editor could do that I didn’t find to be nearly as fun. And, as with other Vita stuff I’ve played, I’m pleased that the touch/tilt/etc. controls are used sparingly and cleverly enough to benefit the experience without just being an intrusive gimmick.

        I haven’t played a heck of a lot of community levels so far, but the ones I have were fairly decent. I’m not so sure about the app-esque minigame side of things, but still, there’s definitely potential.

      • Raging Bear

        (I could swear I replied to this earlier today…this may turn out to be a repeat).

        I liked the story levels much more than in LBP 2, since they seemed better about using the fancy mechanics to enhance the platforming experience very nicely (although, of course, there were still not nearly enough levels). LBP 2 seemed to me more like a showcase for all the non-platforming things you could do with the editor, which ended up not being much fun to play. And as with the other (very, very few) native Vita games I’ve played, it seems pretty good about using touch/motion/etc. controls sparingly and tastefully so it’s not the intrusive gimmick it could be.

        I haven’t tried many community levels yet, but one or two decent ones so far. I’m not totally sold on the app-esque minigames, but still, there’s a good deal of potential.

  • stakkalee

    After 2 weekends of little-to-no gaming my buddy and I finally have complementary schedules so we’re planning a marathon 12 hour session of the Civ4/Fall From Heaven LAN-game-that-will-not-end.  We’re planning on wiping out the 2 remaining elven civilizations before finishing off the ice mages and getting into to a full-out global throw down, my archmages against his paladin-crusader civilization.  I’m gonna kick his ass.

    • dreadguacamole

       Fall from Heaven is amazing! Have you had a look at Elemental: Fallen Enchantress? I’ve stopped looking at the betas a few versions back to avoid spoiling the final game, but it’s shaping up really well.

  • PPPfive

    This was really funny. Also I’m gonna play Ace of Spades

  • doyourealize

    I’ve been getting into a funk lately where I just can’t enjoy a game for longer than 20 minutes, including Dark Souls and Torchlight 2 (although if anyone’s up for a MP session of either, let me know here or on Steam – Tuesdays at 9, I’m in bed). I did just pick up the sexist Tokyo Jungle, so that might keep me occupied, but I’ll probably be spending a good amount of time reinvigorating my chess tactics. Finally know someone who’s better than me, so I gotta step up my game!

  • rvb1023

    Finally started Mass Effect 3 to see what all the hubbub is about.  Picked up a new PC just in time for Dishonored and Bioshock Infinite next year.

  • Effigy_Power

    How do you not know Tomb Runner? It is frustratingly awesome. :P
    Is it because it’s big on Android? I am detecting a sort of reluctance to accept Android as a thing here on GS… Apple-slaves!

    Puttering around in World of Tanks, hiding behind bushes and shooting at things from a distance. Not very Tank Girl style, I know, but then I am not insane.
    Gonna catch some of the Post Season on MLB.tv, which isn’t easy because the damn TV-channels are holding a dogmatic grip onto it and what you get online resembles some dude in the stands filming the game with a handheld. Not that not having cable matters in this case, most games run on TBS and therefore aren’t available in Canada anyways. Fuck you, TV stations. You are sucking the lifeblood out of innovation and should die.

    Very excited about Clockwork Empires, for which there sadly is no release date yet, but I am soaking up the info, it seems great.

    Also I might actually get to roleplay pen&paper style. Most of my friends up here aren’t too deep into fantasy, but I am fairly confident I can get them to play something modern and shooty, which is why I picked up the revised guide of the system All Flesh must be eaten. Yeah, it’s zombies, but for the privilege of rolling dice and kicking ass, I am willing to make that sacrifice.

    Plus some more stuff for my blawg, I guess.

    Which btw is at http://effigypower.tumblr.com/ and has one whopping follower (thanks, Matt).

    • ChumJoely

      This is weird, I am searching for “Tomb Runner” online and I see Tomb Run, Temple Run, and Temple Runner… but the only one I see for “Tomb Runner” is about Tomb Raider fans who specialize in speedrunning through the maps.  Help?

      • Effigy_Power

        I just realized I also mean Temple Run.
        I retract my previous statement and plead temporary insanity.

        • http://twitter.com/tomjonjon Tom (Crass Version)

          Temple Run is pretty big on iOS, but its been out for a bit. I would assume it been replaced in discussions by other infinite runner games. Like the Rayman game a few people have mentioned.

    • http://twitter.com/HttpLovecraft Http Lovecraft

      Trade you a tumblr-follow!
      http://starttocrate.tumrbl.com

      • Effigy_Power

         Link don’t work.

    • dreadguacamole

      All flesh must be eaten can be a lot of fun, especially with a really sadistic GM. If they’re not into tabletop RPGs in general, have you tried Fiasco? It straddles the line between party game and RPG, and the few times I’ve tried it it’s always been a blast.

      • Effigy_Power

        Never tried it, I’ll look into that.
        The potential players are just RPG-virgins and of course have a head full of the shit fed by “Big Bang Theory” and other media.

    • NarcolepticPanda

      Hah, Canada. I’ll be comfortably watching the division series on TBS down here in Minny-soh-ta. I’ve toyed around with the possibility of getting MLB TV to watch on PS3; is the feed normally terrible, or just in the playoffs? At least the baseball playoffs are more accessible than the basketball playoffs, which are on TNT for, like, the three months between playoffs starting and the finals.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000590707081 Chris Ingersoll

    Saturday will probably spent finishing off Pokémon Conquest so I can dedicate all day Sunday* to Pokémon Black 2/White 2 with a clear conscience.

    *And every day after that until at least the 23rd and Virtue’s Last Reward (and the new Layton the following Sunday).

  • GaryX

    I’m going to not play anything, really, (probably) as I continue to search for a TV. It’s painful. I was looking at the LG7600 (47 inch, wish i could get smaller), but it’s price on Amazon shot up from 700 to 1200. Yikes!

    • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp David Dalrymple

      I’d agree that the Gamecube’s Paper Mario was the series highlight.

  • DiscardedPostit

    Borderlands 2 will make up all of the actual gaming I will accomplish this weekend however when I am not doing that I will probably be living out my favorite live action Drunk Kunk adventure and/or watching football at some point

  • boardgameguy

    on the tabletop front, i have three recent acquisitions that i’m pretty excited to play this weekend. a friend lent me THE CASTLES OF BURGUNDY which is a very fun game that mixes dice rolling with a worker placement mechanic.  i was gifted the black box edition of GLORY TO ROME, a deck building game that EMINENT DOMAIN used as an inspiration for some its mechanics.  the one i am most excited about, however, is vlaada chvatil’s MAGE KNIGHT.  played it once and loved it.  i hope to run through the training scenario 1p because i know that this game is not of interest to my spouse at all. 

  • ChumJoely

    Well, this weekend I am going to the US for the long Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, so no games unless cousin Nathan brings his PS3.

    But yesterday I was working from home so I finally finished Rayman Origins, which was supposed to be for last weekend.  I just blasted through lots of levels with pretty pathetic scores (on one I got less than 175 out of 350+), but hey, I finished… and I can go back to fill some medallions and collect PS3 trophies later.
    For anyone else who’s finished this game, did you find the ending somewhat anti-climactic?  After beating the 4 world bosses, which are pretty challenging, the last map ends where you’re just shooting at the pirate ship without too much challenge, and then the ship just suddenly bonks into the big nuclear reactor or whatever and BOOM! Evil is banished from the world.  Game over! OK…

    • WorldCivilizations

      Wait until you beat the Land of the Livid Dead. You will cry tears of victory

      • duwease

         Agreed, it’s almost too bad that the boss of that is hidden away behind such a crazy tough level at the end, because that is far and away the best boss fight of the game (and possibly the year)

      • PaganPoet

        Too true. I can’t tell you how happy I was when I finally did beat that level. It’s all about rhythm!

      • ChumJoely

        Ah, cool, thanks.  For a second there I forgot about that because it’s not part of the main progression.  It’s true, I haven’t got all 10 teeth yet (in fact, my aforementioned crappy scores on the last several maps means that I haven’t even quite unlocked the 10th “Treasure Run” or whatever it’s called).

        That’s great, now I have a whole new goal for this game!  It’s probably the first game in a while where reaching the end has been sort of bittersweet for me (a bit like Monkey Island and such), because now I don’t get to live in that world anymore… I mean, I guess I still have a fair amount of replay ahead of me as far as filling all the medallions and getting all the speed/score challenges, but I’m extra-happy that you’ve reminded me that there’s a whole part that I haven’t even seen yet, and that it’s a highlight of the game.  Cool.

  • http://twitter.com/tapirman Kyle O’Reilly

    Flipping Mass Effect 3. Everybody and their mom pooped their pants across the internet about the ending way back when it was released. Now that I’m playing it I have to say, even if the ending blows (which from the minor spoilers I’ve read ((thanks for no spoiler warnings dick Forbes article)) it will) this game is still really satisfying.

    The actual gunplay is even more refined than it was in ME2 and there are a lot of nice easter eggs for fans of the series.  I don’t have mutliplayer because I bought it used, but I doubt I’m missing much there.

    • Fluka

      Are you planning on finishing it with the Extended Cut ending DLC?  It fleshes out the end a lot more, if you don’t like the idea of an ambiguous ending where the drastically different outcomes are only implied.

      My complete lack of hand-eye coordination has kept me from playing the ME3 MP (I have tried, and I have horribly failed).  However, I am beginning to regret my aversion, as the most recent free MP update apparently lets you unlock a playable Volus Adept.

      • http://twitter.com/tapirman Kyle O’Reilly

        The Extended Cut is free so I did download it, but I’ve heard that people still had issues with the ending even with that.

    • Aurora Boreanaz

      I’m with you.  After finishing it I read up a bit about the endings and kind of understood SOME of the anger about them, but I still loved the game itself.

      Multiplayer does help you get your “Galactic Readiness” meter up high, but if you do as much of the exploring and side missions as possible you can still get readiness up to acceptable levels.

      • http://twitter.com/MasterPrudent Glen H

        The extended cut is also helpful here as it drastically reduces the Galactic Readiness/War Assets required for all the endings.

    • Electric Dragon

      I’ll probably be finishing ME3 over the weekend as I’m [SPOILER] about to start the the Cerberus HQ mission. Most unexpected bit so far: Miranda’s father turns out to be Jim Robinson! (You might remember Alan Dale from such shows as LOST, 24 or Ugly Betty, but he will always be Jim Robinson to me.)

      I’ve always been in two minds about the main storyline of the ME games itself, but the bit where the series excels is in the world building and background details. The alien races manage to avoid (for the most part) just being treated as planets of hats, although BioWare’s inability to bother creating both genders of some species grates occasionally (seriously, are there no female turians?). I would be prepared to put up with the occasional invasion if I could sit at that café on the Citadel Presidium all day. And the banter between characters is great – particularly James (the bit where he and Garrus try to one-up each others stories is brilliant).

      • Fluka

        Yeah, we were just discussing this yesterday.  The silliest part being that there is absolutely no reason besides laziness for not making female turians.  Maybe the Omega DLC will finally have them?

        ME2 is still my favorite in the series mostly because 95% of the game was hanging out with my squadmates instead of saving the universe.  

        • Effigy_Power

          I also prefer ME2 a lot to ME3… I liked the extensive squad compared to the painfully reduced one in 3, I liked Jack (non-penile-healed) and I just generally liked everything about it.

          PS: I think the “Great game, but stupid ending, but still great game” opinion is the most adequate and I think it’s, at least at the GS, the prevalent one.

        • PaganPoet

          ME2 is probably the best game overall, but I like being able to have man-sex with Kaidan, tbh.

          I played through ME3, but never actually BOUGHT it, so I’ll be taking advantage of that upcoming ME Trilogy. Plus, I don’t have a 360, so I never played the first either.

        • blue vodka lemonade

           I just finished ME2 a couple days ago. Everyone got liquified!

          I much, much preferred 1 to 2, though mostly for non-specific reasons like not liking the overall “mood” or “feel” of the game. What really bugs me, though, is that there wasn’t any indication after the crew got crew-napped that I should be hurrying; instead, I scoured every single planet for materials and sidequests.

          When I played ME, I missed a lot of content because I rushed through the endgame as soon as it triggered, and regretted that. So in ME2 I made sure to get all the content, and ended up getting a shitty ending for my trouble. And then to just pour salt on the wound, surprise! I could have just waited until after the endgame to go back and do all the sidequests.

          Somehow my last save is 10 hours back from the ending, so while I do plan on re-playing that part to get a less-shit ending, it’s going to be a while.

  • lokimotive

    The pull quote on the main page from this article reminds me of one of my favorite quote ever. It regards Julio Cortázar and is by Pablo Neruda:

    “Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed. Not to read him is a grave invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who had never tasted peaches. He would be quietly getting sadder, noticeably paler, and probably little by little, he would lose his hair.”

    Anyway, I’m attempting to gradually go through the games I haven’t finished in my Steam library. Unfortunately, this means that the first game to go is AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.

    • http://www.avclub.com/users/merve,96925/ Merve

      *smacks forehead*

      I just now realized that there’s a pattern of a’s and A’s in that title. Every time I tried to search for it, I’d just type about 20 a’s and hope for the best.

      • lokimotive

        Holy crap! I just realized that, too. I just copied the title from the Wikipedia article. I’m pretty sure Dejobaan’s new policy towards creating titles is, what will appear first alphabetically? Hence 1… 2… 3… KICK IT!

        Their next game will just be thirty U+0000 Null characters followed by an exclamation point.

  • Fluka

    “I go on there mostly to be yelled at by pre-teen boys.”  Teehee!

    Mostly work here, so I’ve only made minimal progress in Skyrim.  Thieves be thieving and all that.  Thanks to the magic of mods, I’ve got a mage/rogue/warrior follower posse, who periodically accidentally hit me with lightening and arrows but also keep the wolves and spiders off.  *System warning: surge in fangirl levels detected.* I also started the Dark Brotherhood, and was nicely surprised to run into Dragon Age’s Zevran as a roguish khajit.  Almost as good as the Imperial forces, which lead by Colonel Tigh and a bunch of soldiers voiced by DA2′s Fenris.  Why would I ever join those awful racist Stormcloaks?  *Warning expired.*  I just wish that the end product of all the guild quests wasn’t always “YOU!  Our newest recruit!  YOU should lead us!”  Damn it Skyrim, I don’t always need to be the chosen one.  I am not even touching the main quest.

    Otherwise, I have completely lost my husband to FTL, which I have now banned myself from playing.  I get home and find him already busy at his desk, cursing loudly and guiding his tiny Zoltan crew through pirates and asteroids (he has unlocked a large number of the ships).  Worse, he gave the game to one of his coworkers.  The virus is spreading!!

    • The_Forgotten_Quill

      ::sniffs::

      No Deus Ex: HR Missing Link DLC?

      ::big, wet Space Hamster eyes::

      ::sniffs::

      • Fluka

        Aaaaaaaah! *GUILT*

        I have a nasty work meeting coming up, after which I will need something fun to pick up my spirits.  I think Missing Link will be that thing.  *Eyes the air vent in her office longingly and sighs, while eating an energy bar.*

  • http://twitter.com/Evad_Dalrymp David Dalrymple

    “Innocent Life” was just re-released via PSN, so I might play that this weekend. I never did finish it. It’s an enjoyable little puzzle/adventure twist on the Harvest Moon template. Plus, it is super easy to exploit.  

  • Maudib

    I’ll be dicking around with layouts in Gotham City Imposters.  I do poor at ego shooters, but even losing or getting killed repeatedly is so much fun in that game.  The only success I’ve had is throwing down tracking sensors and sponging exp off the competence of my teammates, but I believe there’s a weapon out there for me. Probably that goddamn healing microphone knowing my luck.

  • PaganPoet

    If I end up playing any video games this weekend, then I will deem the time a failure, because I unfortunately have too many real-world issues to deal with. I’ll be playing Finale 2006 to finish up the scores for two pieces of music that I have been putting off for far too long. I’ll also be playing Apartment Cleaning 2: The Vacuuming. We’ve had our first snow in Denver this morning, and knowing me, I’ll be far too cozy in the warmth during those cold months to do any significant amount of cleaning, so the time to gut my apartment and clean it thoroughly is now. I also need to be sure to put some time into Grocery Quest VIII: The Journey of the Cursed King Soopers. I can’t be bothered to do that during the week.

  • The_Forgotten_Quill

    Nothing of special here because I’m behind…per the usual.

    I just finished my “Pacifist” and “Foxiest” playthrough of Deus Ex: HR and am now into Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (yep, I’m behind).

    Anyway, I’m officially loving the way the game it literally Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Part II. I picked up everything like I’d never left it.

    A hidden tomb here…I’m on it.

    Assassins to train…Let’s do this.

    Templars to kill…My pleasure.

    A city to rebuild…Let’s get to it.

    I can see where people were complaining that it was more of the same, but this is what I loved most about Brotherhood: a map so full of challenge and side quest icons the main story quest is all but lost.

    I see it every once in awhile, that little flickering exclamation point–like it’s trying to relay it’s importance through morse code, but hell, it’s well within parkouring distance of a viewpoint and right around the corner is a recruitable citizen and then some douche just stole my money, and then some guy asks me to race…

    Who can resist?

    • Enkidum

      At some point after I finish applying for jobs I’ll start up Assassin’s Creed – just the first one, since I have it and have never played it. Looks fun enough to be worthwhile, and I like what I hear about most of the rest of the series.

      • PaganPoet

        The first AC is a good game, but with some glaring flaws. I think it’s worth a playthrough, certainly, but just be aware that all of its sequels are miles better.

  • Patrick Batman

    A couple of things came up last weekend, so I didn’t get to finish NIER last weekend.  I’ll try to remedy that, in between sessions of Kirby’s Dream Collection with Mrs. Batman. 

  • djsubversive

    Being less-sick than I was for most of the week, I might actually get some gaming time in this weekend. Maybe. I might have a relapse and spend the next two days in and out of hilariously awesome fever dreams, which are better than most games in the imagination department, but they come with some pretty strict restrictions – have to be currently suffering from sickness, sleeping, and/or incoherent to the rest of the world.

    Torchlight 2, Jade Empire, Mask of the Betrayer, and 7.62mm are the games on my “currently playing” list, so gaming will probably involve one or more of those.

    I’m enjoying TL2 – it’s about what I expected: a sequel to Torchlight. JE is great, as merve is finding out. :D Mask of the Betrayer is Obsidian, so it’s pretty great (the spirit-hunger meter is annoying, but only in certain situations – most of the time, it’s a non-issue). And 7.62 fulfills my “brutal unforgiving masochistic game” quota for the moment (I actually like it, when I’m not reloading over and over and over because I made one small mistake in my tactics, or because I’m horrendously out-manned and out-gunned so everyone ends up bleeding out on the ground).

  • http://twitter.com/sarCCastro SarChris Castro

    If I remember to charge my DS, I’ll probably finish Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Aside from that, probably more Rock Band: Blitz and I may finally DL Episode 3 of The Walking Dead.

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  • bradwestness

    There’s a pretty awesome sketch where Paul F Tompkins is doing motion-capture for a stand-up comedy video game: http://vimeo.com/39299343