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The ’Gestys 2012: Game Of The Year

The votes are in. We think. Well, we’re sure the votes are around here somewhere.

By John Teti • December 19, 2012

If you missed the first two days of The ’Gesty Awards, here are Day One and Day Two.

The ’Gestys conclude with an award for the most delightful sneaking of the year and the big one: Game Of The Year. It seems that every time you give away a big award like this, people complain about voting irregularities, but our official show accountant insists everything was on the up-and-up. This whole ’Gestys thing has become too political, anyway.

On behalf of the whole Gameological crew, I want to thank you for watching The Digest and all of our videos this year. I have big plans to make the show better next year, such as tidying up the Digest bookshelves, and that’s pretty much it. So here’s to the possibilities of 2013!

(The Gameological year isn’t quite over yet, though. We’ve got a big surprise planned for tomorrow…)

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  • Fluka

    Aw man.  I have been up all night struggling with my job’s godawful code framework, doing crap science, and writing a terrible powerpoint presentation.  This video was just the right combination of Rambling and Cat that I needed right now.

    In gratitude for a great video and a *fantastic* first Gameological year, here is my namesake all dressed up for the occasion as well.

    • Raging Bear

      I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

      KITTY!!

      • Citric

        Story time!

        There was a murder in my neighborhood, and the very serious police officers were going door to door to see if anyone had seen anything. My kitty came to the door, and the two officers then got all cutesy going “Looks like we have a visitor!” and trying to pet the cat.

        • Fluka

          TWIST ENDING: the cat was the murderer.

        • PaganPoet

          And how do I know this? BECAUSE I WAS THAT MURDEROUS KITTY!

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      Why, that cat has the poise and demure charms of a young Grace Kelly.
         I’ve no doubt that playful accent piece will help draw in the eye of the Prince of Monaco.

      • Fluka

        I’d be lying of the name of the jpeg on my computer wasn’t “prettyprincesscat.jpg.”

        Outfits not shown: Sash consisting of bag handle + ripped paper bag; amazon shipping box.

  • PaganPoet

    I, for one, welcome our new feline overlords. Kitty-samatachi, I am apt at catching fresh fish, have a healthy stock of catnip, and am well-versed in the belly and behind-the-ear scratching arts. I humbly submit myself to your service, and can offer a list of human offenders who love/own Napoleon complex defiant lap dogs.

    • caspiancomic

       I, similarly, am sitting on an embarrassment of canned tuna, and am in possession of dozens of those scratching post things with like the dealy-bopper on top that cats like to paw at. Also all my electronic appliances are always left on, and are warm and flat, and usually left near a window in such a way that the sun hits them perfectly all day. I also have some lasagna, I don’t know if cats are actually into that or if that’s some kind of cat racial stereotype.

      (PS, @PaganPoet:disqus : It is accomplished.)

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

        I have years of cat-pampering experience, and am well-versed in the best areas for scritchy-scratching tummy-wummies. My last cat lived until drinking age, which should be a testament to the attention and care I feel our feline overlords deserve.

        Also, I have a bone-deep hatred of dogs and would not cause any ‘trouble’ were some sort of broad anti-dog measures (or “solutions to the dog problem”) proposed or adopted by the Soupy administration.

        • stakkalee

          I’ll give you my leash and my tugging rope when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

          Besides, without dogs who would GET THE STICK!  GET THE STICK BOY!  GO GET THE STICK RIGHT THERE WHO’S A GOOD BOY!

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

          Obviously you’ve been brainwashed by the insidious canine cabal into thinking someone needs to get the stick. Free your mind!

        • HobbesMkii

          @paraclete_pizza:disqus Wake up, dogple!

        • stakkalee

          No, you don’t understand.  The stick is RIGHT THERE.  It is literally RIGHT OVER THERE RIGHT NOW, and I think it may have landed in a little poop.  Do you understand?  Do you understand?  THERE IS A POOP-STICK RIGHT OVER THERE RIGHT NOW AND SOME OTHER DOG IS GOING TO GET IT OH MY GOD.

          Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a squeaky toy I need to disembowel.  The squeaker mocks me with its laughter.

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

          NO HALF MEASURES, @HobbesMkii:disqus ! Lukewarm types like you will be first against the wall when the Meowvolution comes!

      • PaganPoet

        Yes! A discussion shall be had on this week’s What Are You Playing This Weekend! A discussion, indeed, but tonight we feast and make merry!

    • Moonside_Malcontent

       Only base reactionaries and dog-running running-dogs would oppose the foundation of the new, revolutionary regime of Comrade Soupy and his cadre of loyal subordinates.

    • His_Space_Holiness

      I on the other hand, am allergic to cats, and will be organizing a dedicated underground resistance movement forthwith. Our loud vacuum cleaners and spritz bottles will lead us to victory!

  • caspiancomic

    Oooh, a surprise for tomorrow!? I hope with all my strength it is cat related. Is this going to be the last week of content before powering down for the holidays? Are we going to get WAYPTW and Keyboard Geniuses on Friday, or should PP, Jackie, and I go crazy insane somewhere in tomorrow’s thread?

    Follow-up question, do I spend too much time and energy worrying about the content schedule of my favourite video game website and gossiping with my internet friends about esoteric Japanese dungeon crawlers when I ought to be spending the week leading up to Christmas spreading joy to all mankind and appreciating my family and whatever?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

       What good are spreading joy to all mankind and appreciating your family if they’re all going to perish during The Fall!? So you better hit that esoteric Japanese dungeon crawler, it’s what Santa/Jesus/Kwanzaabot would want you to do.

    • PaganPoet

      I will buuuuuuuuurn my breeeeeeeead!

      • Sleverin

         I’d prefer to BURN MAAAADRID!

  • Matthew Smith

    Really – not even a Nod to Mark of the Ninja for stealth…
    This was still pretty good other than that glaringly obvious flaw

    • Maudib

       I am going to tell myself that they assumed someone else was going to nominate it, so they all defaulted to their second choice.

  • Destroy Him My Robots

    Anthony John Agnello’s goodbye waving stance is impeccable. I hereby bestow upon thee the brotastic title of “Stancemeister”. Have you considered a career in South Korean promotional photography?

    Having said that, I now want something called “Studfiend & Stancemeister”, but I’m not sure if it should be
    a) a buddy cop movie
    b) a comedy about two best friends’ misadventures on campus
    c) a law firm.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      The best thing is all three choices can easily incorporate a chimpanzee sidekick.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

      Why not incorporate all three into one film? Two cops, who happen to be best friends, have to investigate a corrupt law firm only to discover that the incriminating evidence is stored in a local sorority… for… reasons.

      • HobbesMkii

        It’s easier than all that:

        “By day they’re just two regular NYPD cops. By night, they’re practicing lawyers. But they’ve got a secret: they’re still in college! Tune in every Wednesday at 9:00pm (8 Central) for the zany adventures of Studfiend and Stancemeister! *chimp sounds* Oh, right, and their best friend Bobo!” 

        That last is for @Spacemonkey_Mafia:disqus 

        • Sleverin

           This right here gentlemen…could be one of the most brilliant pitches ever heard in history.  Could we possibly make them morning shock jocks possibly?  I think the idea of them being on a pound of blow every morning using cheesy soundboard effects and horrid Lewinski jokes they still think is relevant might even add to the hilarity.  And to show that we, as producers, are totally on the pulse of the American popular social conscious.

          BAM!  NAILED IT!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

           Brilliant! I say we Kickstarter it.

        • Spacemonkey Mafia

            Should it get made, I will buy any product advertised during this show.

        • Effigy_Power

          …picked up by NBC, starring Vince Vaughn and Dane Cook.
          The end.

        • Electric Dragon

          More of a USA Network vibe, I think. Would fit neatly with Suits and That Other One That’s Not Suits But Sounds Very Similar.

        • Bakken Hood

          @Effigy_Power:disqus Which one plays the chimp?

    • Captain Internet

      d) optional extras in a teledildonics suite

  • The_Misanthrope

    Wait a minute…correct if I’m wrong–I haven’t played it–but isn’t there a cat in Gravity Rush? C’mon, Soupy, you’re setting back the cause of catkind!

    • Chip Dipson

       Not just a cat, but a fairly sassy interdimensional cat. Soupy would be embarrassed if cats were capable of shame.

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

        But that cat was depicted under the human gaze that so many videogames are affected by. It’s nice that there was finally a game that pandered to the oft-unpandered-to cat demographic.

  • Effigy_Power

    As someone born in Brooklyn and currently wearing a “Baroness” (The band, not the action figure) shirt and a Fedora, I am quite angry that the title of “Hipster Douche” apparently falls to the guy who already has “Stud Fiend”.
    Stop hoarding titles, Teti. Leave some for the rest of us!

    PS: How many games are there for the iPad that essentially serve the purpose to destroy the iPad either through letting animals drag their claws over it (my cat always goes for claws on laser pointers) or by having several people smash their hands on it to press a color?

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

      I don’t think the fedora marks you as a ‘hipster’ so much as ‘alpha-dork.’ Which, depending on your personal preference, could be a title you wear with pride or resent to your dying day…

      • Sleverin

        Fedoras are fuckin sweet, no doubt about it, it’s all about what you wear it with.  Trenchcoat and shorts?  Comic book nerd.  Flannel over shirt and wife beater with beat up denim jeans?  Confused grunge kid who might also like comic books.  A beard/goatee where you think that looking like an 1830′s bartender is pretty sweet?  Hipster. 

        Hold on while I get my baseball bat to adorn thy crown with and to remove the fedora.

        • Effigy_Power

          What about a Fedora in combination with Band-shirt, a small, black leather vest, skinny jeans and Converse All-Stars? Also I am wearing my rimless glasses.
          I think that says artsy, beautiful, yet strong and determined success hipster who is also pretty and good at stuff.
          -clenches fist-
          I think we all agree…

      • http://twitter.com/djbeema Reuben

        Forget the hipster part. They just make you look like a douche.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      Yeah, but you moved to Canada.  You may still have dual citizenship, but you’ve completely renounced any street cred.
         Who are the Canadian hipsters?  David Foley and A.C. Newman from the New Pornographers.  A couple of meek, baby-faced white guys.
         Sorry, Eff.  Losing the Hipster Douche mantle is price of national health care.    

      • Chum Joely

        You obviously haven’t been to Montreal any time recently. We’ve got loads of ‘em.  In two languages!

        • Effigy_Power

          I would go so far as to say that bi-lingual hipsters may be even hippier than Brooklyn style hipsters, mostly because they will always speak to you in the language you speak less well, only to be even more exclusive.

        • Moonside_Malcontent

           Comment dit-on “you’ve probably never heard of them” en français?

        • Chum Joely

          @Effigy_Power:disqus You are incredibly insightful, how did you guess that?

        • Effigy_Power

          Guess?
          Been there, seen that.

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

          @ChumJoely:disqus: For real, man. The Plateau and Mile End are full of ‘em.

        • Chum Joely

          @Merve2:disqus  Exactly, and that’s where I work (lived there for a while too, but you know… before it was cool), so I’m exposed to that excitement all day long.

          My personal experience with this is: I speak French pretty well, most of the time (e.g. as long as I’ve had my coffee), but with a faint-but-identifiable American/anglophone accent, so people are constantly switching to English to “help me out”.  Especially those of the hipster persuasion.

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

          @ChumJoely:disqus: That always irked me. It’s especially bad when they themselves struggle with English. In the back of my head, I’m thinking, “Man, this conversation would have been easier if we’d stuck with French.”

      • Effigy_Power

        What about Dallas Green? Pretty sure he’s quite awfully hipsterish.
        Also, being born in Hipster Central gives me enough cred to last even after relocation.

    • Chum Joely

      I saw something amazing at the toy store the other day… a Fisher-Price iPad holder, basically to make it look like a nursery toy with shiny stuff around the edges etc., but also to protect it when your toddler throws it on the floor.

      I have two young kids and I don’t think kids should have iPads. They should draw and read in real life. (Some TV and/or videogames, OK; but not the concentrated electronic crack that is an iPad.)

      • Spacemonkey Mafia

        My kid watches videos and plays games on the iPad and it doesn’t take up any more of her play time than other, more tactile pursuits.  I guess I don’t really see the ethical gradation between TV-based media and tablet based media.
           For the first time the other day I had her sit on my lap and draw in MS Paint with the Wacom tablet and that was really satisfying.  She still prefers crayons and markers for all the obvious reasons, but it was satisfying to see her excited by being able to use almost every imaginable color.

        • Chum Joely

          First of all, I shuold really limit my comment to  my own kids. But for us… maybe my distinction with TV has to do with the size of the “bubble” that you go into when interacting with one or the other?  With TV, the media takes up the whole living room and potentially incorporates other people, whereas my kids on an iPad would just be in a little 2-foot bubble, totally absorbed by the screen in their lap. Somehow this doesn’t fit with my idea of how little kids should entertain themselves (I don’t even like how much time I spend on iPhone games and apps now that I have one of those lovely/insidious devices).

          Also the whole issue of real physical interactions with books, crayons etc. Not everything in life should be presented through a screen.

          But you’re sitting down with your daughter with the iPad, so that’s not exactly the scenario I’m thinking of. Point taken.

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

          Obviously you are both horrible parents. MY* children only play with, uh, moss. And morning dew. Purely natural playthings that ensure a healthy, well-adjusted relationship to the world and nature.

          BRB, my baby is covered in fire ants.

          *entirely hypothtical

      • Effigy_Power

        I am all for children getting into electronics as soon as possible, since familiarity with technology is going to be a pretty big factor for the rest of their lives.
        However, maybe that shouldn’t include handing a toddler a very complex and fragile glass-screen tablet and letting them go to town on it.

        PS: I buy my nieces and nephews Fisher Price stuff for Xmas, so I assume that the iPad holder probably rivals the iPad in price.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanSmithWriter Ryan Smith

        Agreed. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was recently at an exhibition for the world’s best table tennis players–watching Olympic gold medalists from China hit ping pong balls 80 MPH at each other and there was an 8-year old kid sitting on the front row that never looked up from the iPad in his lap. How much cooler does reality have to be to engage in it?

        I’m honestly glad I’m not growing up as a kid in this era of technology. I probably would have spent way less time outside.

        • Chum Joely

          Yeah, this is the kind of thing I’m most concerned about. Obviously though, @Effigy_Power:disqus , you’re right that some exposure to tech is critical for their future prospects. It’s hard to find the balance.

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

          @ChumJoely:disqus : I find a useful way to think of it (admittedly as an educator and not a parent) is as a particular kind of “literacy.” It helps me to acknowledge the pros and cons of digital media for kids without becoming either an uncritical pusher of digital gadgets or a pearl-clutching luddite.
          Technological literacy, like textual literacy is a critical skill for kids to have as they grow up and respond to and participate in contemporary culture. I would even go so far as to say productive literacy is critical – just as writing is as important a skill as reading for cultural participation, some awareness of programming or how programmed systems work “under the hood” is as important as knowing how to use those programs.

          But, just as acknowledging that reading is good for kids doesn’t mean that all books are magically beneficial or that being shut up in a room reading all day is good for kids, acknowledging that digital literacy is important  doesn’t mean one becomes uncritical about their kid’s relationship to digital media.

        • Chum Joely

          @paraclete_pizza:disqus Yeah, that description makes sense to me. Right on about the programming side too.
          And I especially trust you because you only let your* children play with organic fire ants, or whatever it was you were saying further up the thread.*purely hypothetical

  • Chip Dipson

    Journey was my favorite of the games mentioned here, but for just plain fun, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was the Soupy’s pajamas. So there you go, two reasons to own a Vita.

  • http://twitter.com/RyanSmithWriter Ryan Smith

    I think these videos were an elaborate excuse for John Teti to influence people to dress more like him (bow ties, suits from the 1940′s). 

    I’m going to make a counter video where I talk about the worst games of the year dressed in sweatpants and an old ragged “The Onion” T-shirt.

    • Citric

      I can say with pride that I don’t own sweatpants.

      • HobbesMkii

        My sweatpants have a pair of holes in them in what can only be described as the “taint” area. I have no idea how they got there. Moths, maybe.

        • Spacemonkey Mafia

          Olympic-level frottage.

        • Effigy_Power

          Those crotch-moths really are a pest.
          They turned all my girlfriend’s panties into crotchless ones…
          -hides scissors-

        • PaganPoet

          @Spacemonkey_Mafia:disqus That…that’s an Olympic event now?!

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

          That’s a high friction area for pants, even if you’re not a colossal pervert like Eff or Spacemonkey.

          I had a hippie friend in art school who refused to wear underpants, and one day his raggedy ol’ bell-bottoms suffered a total crotch breakdown. He had to shuffle his way back to his apartment sandwiched between two stretched canvases so he could change/patch up his pants.

        • HobbesMkii

          @paraclete_pizza:disqus They’re relatively small holes, though, only about the size of the head of a thumbtack (this comparative size brought to you by nearby Office Supplies). And they’re exactly parallel to each other across the seam. And I don’t wear them very often. Like at all. Plus, I never go commando.

          Also, my testicles aren’t that small, so I’ll go ahead and preemptively rule out ball-friction as possibility.

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

        I’m wearing sweatpants right now.

        Grad school is awesome.

      • His_Space_Holiness

        I can say with pride that I own sweatpants and use them only for their intended purpose: exercise in chilly weather.

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

          I bought track pants specifically for that purpose. I’m just that averse to exercising indoors at a gym.

        • Effigy_Power

          That’s the good thing about being a woman. Instead of sweatpants, I can buy Yoga pants and be commended for it.

      • Fyodor Douchetoevsky

        Or as Jake T. Dog calls them, give-up-on-life pants.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia

      That could very easily be a one-man show simply titled,
      “The Internet”.

      • HobbesMkii

        Are people ready for a play involving fifteen minutes straight of a man just jackin’ it onstage?

        • Spacemonkey Mafia

          Fifteen minutes?  I’m duly impressed by the focus and stamina of whichever onanism vikings you’re using as a metric.
             Fifteen minutes.  That’s the Extended cut Return of the King of masturbation.

        • HobbesMkii

          @Spacemonkey_Mafia:disqus Obviously, it wouldn’t make sense in reality, but in the world of avant-garde theatre, you should expect a fair bit of artistic exaggeration.

        • Effigy_Power

          I am sure the “penis” would be made from something really weird, like half a pound of frozen caviar or something… otherwise it’s nowhere near avant garde enough.

        • PaganPoet

          I saw a show like that once…in a gay bathhouse, but w/e

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

          So… are we dealing with a great Gameological comment thread, or the Gameological Comment Thread of the Year here, folks?

        • HobbesMkii

          @Effigy_Power:disqus What if, rather than caviar dick, he was lifted by a wire above the stage completely nude for the extended masturbation scene?

        • Chum Joely

          Can’t we have it be DOUBLE PLUS ARTISTIC by going for both?

          Also he is masturbating over an American flag.

        • Effigy_Power

          @HobbesMkii:disqus: I am hearing Wagner just thinking about it.

        • PaganPoet

          Should we get Lady Gaga involved somehow? She, like, invented art or something, right?

        • Moonside_Malcontent

          Inevitably the production will end in a fiasco of injuries and mechanical failures.  Frozen caviar will wilt, U2 will underperform, and Julie Taymor will blame everyone but herself for failing to stay true to the vision.

      • http://twitter.com/RyanSmithWriter Ryan Smith

        So maybe then I should involve Chat Roulette somehow in my Video Game Awards video.

    • http://gameological.com/author/johnteti/ John Teti

      I actually don’t like bow ties. But they’re easier to coordinate.

      • HobbesMkii

        Everything I believe in is a lie!

      • Effigy_Power

        Well, without pork-pie hats you are only half dressed.

      • stakkalee

        I feel like we need to hipster-douche this joint up some more.  I’m sending you guys a crate of bolo ties.  With ironic clasps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.tuttle.79 Andy Tuttle

    That cat had a bowtie on! I love it.

    • PaganPoet

      It IS adorable, but I can almost guarantee that kitty is planning fiery, painful death to all who had anything to do with that bowtie.

      • His_Space_Holiness

        How is that different from the rest of the year?

  • Jackbert322

    Well, no one else did this the last two days, so I win the hipster contest. Too bad I actually put effort into posting on topic the only week there is NO COMMENT CAT.

    Most Delightful Sneaking in a Game I Played This Year

    Nominees: Deus Ex: Human Revolution and…Persona 3 Portable?

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Pacifist and Foxiest, yo. I could be invisible. I could tase people. I could punch people really hard. Basically, Adam Jensen was a sneaky pete and I loved it.

    Persona 3 Portable: Surprised? Me too. But sneaking around corners trying to stab red eyed blobs before they see you is really fun. And maybe it was a placebo, but I felt like the advantage you get helped quite a lot in battle. So yeah, learning how to move the camera SO I COULD STOP GETTING AMBUSHED in December was nice.

    And the winner is…Deus Ex: Human Revolution! Duh. I mean, c’mon. Sure, sliding around corners and stabbing monster is fun. But, invisibility, tasers, punching, no contest.

    AND THE MOMENT NONE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR…

    Game That I Played This Year…Of The Year

    Nominees: Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Persona 3 Portable, plus Honorary Mentions to Infamous 2, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Patapon 3,
    Rayman Jungle Run, and Super Hexagon

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Persona 3 Portable: If you’ve read probably any of my posts on WAYPTW here, you know I absolutely love these two games, more than any other’s I’ve played. Even a summary would take ages. I LOVE THESE GAMES.

    And the winner is…I can’t decide. I honestly cannot pick one over the other. But…see, I’ve played each once. And Deus Ex: Human Revolution, I’m working on a quick runthrough for XP books and the platinum, but after that, I won’t need anymore Jensen for a while. But Persona 3 Portable, well, there’s so much to max in this game, so much I didn’t do, as well as playthroughs as a completely different character. I’m ready for that, I’m excited for that. Again, there is just so many things for me to do, and double with that with the second character. And for that reason, I give the Game That I Played This Year…Of The Year, as well as Favorite Game Ever, to Persona 3 Portable.

    *Poet and Caspian give standing ovation, Fluka storms out*

    • Fluka

      Well, you still get a like for using the expression “sneaky pete.”  Now go play Mass Effect 1-3 and write us a full report, young man!

      • PaganPoet

        I’m actually starting the trilogy this weekend, having only played ME2 previously!

        • Fluka

          Woohoo!  

      • Jackbert322

        “Sneaky pete” is regularly used by me in casual conversation. And the Mass Effect Trilogy is on my  Christmas wishlist! Hopefully the sex is “implicit” (smooth vocab by me, eh?) enough for my mother to be okay with it.

        • Fluka

          Nothing sexier than what you’d see on primetime television.  You’re more likely to just get embarrassed yourself, by seeing your poor character engage in awkward plasticine BioWare sex.  Save yourself for the superior Tali or Garrus in ME2 if you want to do the romance thing without the risk of unexpected parental exposure to alien sideboob or biotic bum.

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

          Just like real life, you don’t have to do any of the sex stuff if you don’t want to.

        • Effigy_Power

          …although if you don’t, we will point and laugh at you.

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

          @Effigy_Power:disqus: It’s video game sex. I’m pretty sure we point and laugh if you do.

        • Fluka

          @Merve2:disqus Yeah, this is pretty much a lose-lose situation in terms of being laughed at.

        • Jackbert322

          @Merve2:disqus : Yeah, but the option is there, which makes it rated Mature.

          @Effigy_Power:disqus: Can I play as a renegade and chose to randomly punch people in the face upon their sexual advances? I mean, that was my go-to move whenever someone flirted with Adam Jensen.

          @Fluka:disqus : Again, there’s a big M stamp, that’s the problem. Also, ew.

    • PaganPoet

      Yay for P3P love!

      I’m experiencing the same for P4G, which I just finished. The good? I completed the bonus dungeon, got the True ending, Leveled up all my teammates’ Personas to their third tier, and filled out 95% of my Persona compendium before I ran out of money.

      The bad? I maxed out all the social links EXCEPT ONE! FUCK! I also didn’t finish all the Quests either.

      But I gotta give it a break for a bit. My gaming has been quite RPG-heavy lately, I need to give a few action/adventure games a go before I come back to it.

      • Jackbert322

        Well, apparently you’re starting the ME Trilogy, and I might be too. So, don’t worry, we’ll still have drama to discuss! Just in outer space rather than urban Japan.

      • Sleverin

         Crap…there’s a “true” ending now?  If I had known that I would have properly completed more sidequests and Social Links beforehand, I can only hope this is for P4G and not for the standard….because honestly, as much as I love Persona games, I am NOT starting over.

        • PaganPoet

          Yeah, but you can get it even if you don’t have any maxed out Social Links. Keep a save near the end of the game and look it up once you’re done. There’s another dungeon and final boss, basically, that’s only available on the last day of the game.

        • Sleverin

           Okay good…my friend keeps warning me from looking ahead when it comes to Persona 4 because anything would spoil the plot contents, and while I am a “The journey is more important” kinda guy, this IS a murder mystery and that would be like skipping to the end of Sherlock Holmes right to the point of “Elementary my dear Watson”. 

  • http://gameological.com/author/derricksanskrit/ Derrick Sanskrit

    I threatened gifs yesterday, so here we are.

    Drew reappears after his exploits through time/space:
    http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/5299/wheresdrew1.gif

    Soupy loves a good iPad:
    http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/9633/soupyipad1.gif

    Say goodnight, Anthony:
    http://imageshack.us/a/img14/9615/anthonywave.gif

    • PaganPoet

      The third one is…unsettling.

      • Sleverin

         Very much so…it’s almost a disembodied hand but it’s attached to people so its just…ehhhh.

    • HobbesMkii

      Drew seems pretty nonchalant for someone who just materializes out of thin air.

    • Effigy_Power

      Drew has poor clipping.
      I think he might be badly programmed. All effort probably went into the ‘stache.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=579674289 Morgan Filbert

      I just entered a hysterical giggling fit from that first gif. And now I can’t get the theme from Doctor Who out of my head…

    • uselessyss

      When Drew suddenly reappeared out of thin air, I was pretty impressed.

      I didn’t know the ‘Gestys had that kind of budget.

      And I applaud the wardrobe department for their “coordinated-but-not-really” approach. Very avant-garde.

  • Effigy_Power

    That image of those four dashing pals… I think I might have to draw something tonight.

  • doyourealize

    Finally got to watch all these in a glorious Digest-a-thon! I nominate Heisler for best host because he mentioned Dark Souls at some point during a meeting, which is something I like to do.

    Also, confused as to how Teti calls himself a “hipster douche who only likes indie games” but calls out Hitman: Absolution as best sneaky sneak game when indie game Mark of the Ninja allows you to, in between lighting strikes, string up a dude on a lamp post so he’s just hanging there to scare the bejeezus out of another dude when the lightning comes back. Apologies if that’s too obvious, or if it was in the column of staff favorites last week so it was skipped.

    Happy New Year, y’all! And all those other days, too.

  • keithmoonshead

    This seems like the best topic to say this in:

    Seriously, thank you, Gameological, for being the best gaming site on the internet, and for filling a gaming-journalism void in my life that I didn’t even know existed.

  • Sleverin

    This video brings up a good point about The Last Story.  I’ve been really, really considering getting it, especially since it has been getting so many solid reviews.  Anyone on here played it?

    • http://twitter.com/djbeema Reuben

      I usually trust what this guy has to say: http://www.destructoid.com/review-the-last-story-233007.phtml