What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Ron Funches

Ron Funches, comedian

The stand-up explains why the new Pokémon reminds him of XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

By Matt Kodner • October 18, 2013

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.

Ron Funches is a stand-up comedian based in L.A. After a long stint in Portland, he’s been rapidly working his way through the world of television, starting with an appearance on Conan, and more recently as a writer on Comedy Central’s Kroll Show. He’ll be a series regular on Bill Lawrence’s upcoming show The Undateables. Ron spoke with The Gameological Society about giving his pokémon silly nicknames and the awesome wrestling moves in Saints Row IV.

The Gameological Society: What are you playing this weekend?

Ron Funches: This weekend I’m playing Pokémon X, always some Animal Crossing, and probably a little bit of Saints Row IV.

Gameological: That’s a pretty wide array between Pokémon and Saints Row.

Funches: Yeah [Laughs.] I try to be well-rounded.

Gameological: Which one of the three are you playing more of?

Funches: I’m playing more Animal Crossing because they make you feel bad if you don’t play it. Your flowers die, and your townspeople are always saying they haven’t seen you in a while. I’ll be at home and feel like if I don’t play the game, I know the anteater’s going to say something about it.

Gameological: I had to put it down after I was spending so much time getting bells.

Funches: I went the other way. I committed, and I’m building all types of public work projects. I’m doing everything right now.

Gameological: So Pokémon just came out. You’re liking it so far?

Funches: I like it a lot! If we’re being serious, I like how streamlined it is. And how when you plant berries you can just water each part without having to redo the text each time. It’s really good game design. It’s very impressive.

Gameological: I love how it looks.

Funches: It’s beautiful right? It’s got bits of France, and I’m just petting my Snorlax, around his crotch mostly. He loves it! [Laughs.] It’s cute.

Gameological: Do you have a personalized team with Snorlax?

Funches: [Laughs.] The main thing I’m doing right now is giving everyone nicknames from comedians that I like. I have a Tig Notaro. There’s the three monkeys who are fire, water, and grass, so I named them Tony, Toni, and Toné, because I like that R&B group.

Gameological: Do you get attached to your guys?

Funches: I get very attached to them. I felt bad when I leave them at the babysitter. Like, “I gotta go pick them up.” That game has been like XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I got really attached to the soldiers to the point where I was starting the game over and over and over.

Gameological: Have you heard of the Nuzlocke challenge? If your pokémon faints, you have to treat it like it died, and you can never use it again.

Funches: That sounds like too much. I understand that, and it sounds interesting, but it’s too much for me. Often I lose. I don’t want to feel bad about my pokémon actually dying.

Gameological: On a recent Improv4Humans, you were talking about wrestling and its fake but fun violence. Do you get that same kind of feeling out of video games?

Funches: Definitely. It’s a nice escape, being able to run around. That’s my favorite part of Saints Row, running up and power-bombing pedestrians. I would never do that in real life. I would hurt my back. That’s my favorite part of Saints Row, really—how good the wrestling is.

Gameological: Are you excited for the new wrestling game, WWE 2K14?

Funches: Yeah. I played the classic ones on Nintendo 64 and remade a bunch of characters in the Smackdown one. My ex-wife used to have a big feud with Kane. The new one doesn’t look too great graphically, so I’m not into it, but I’m very excited that it’s a 2K game. I think that’s going to make it really awesome. I love wrestling in general.

Gameological: On Twitter, you said you got your hands on an Xbox One early.

Funches: Oh, no, I was just trying to make people feel jealous. We had the case, a prototype for the show I’m shooting that won’t be out until early next year, The Undateables. So I just took the controller, put it by my DS, and I pretend.

Gameological: Tricky.

Funches: I know. I wish I had one. I’m excited for the new systems. I can’t wait!

Gameological: You’re going to get one when they come out?

Funches: I have the PlayStation 4 pre-ordered. I wasn’t into the Xbox One because of what everybody hated about it. But the more I play with that controller, I’m in love with it. It feels so good in your hands. I don’t have a Wii U now, but when the new Mario game comes out and Smash Bros., I’ll probably get that too.

Gameological: On your website I see you have a portrait with the Wiimotes behind your head. Do you have a special affinity for Nintendo?

Funches: Of course! That’s what I grew up with. I love Nintendo. I think it’s different between them and Sony and Microsoft. I play a Nintendo game for 10 seconds, and I get smiles from how cute it is. That doesn’t happen with Gears Of War. It’s a weird feeling when you pay your mortgage off in New Leaf, and the guy celebrates. I just giggle. And I’m not giggling at Gears Of War at all.

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.

(Front-page photo of Funches: Tyler Ross.)

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277 Responses to “Ron Funches, comedian”

  1. Cloks says:

    If you’ll allow me to be indulgent…

    This weekend, I will be playing the fiddle while The Gameological Society burns.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this site special, starting with John Teti and all the writers. You crafted articles that we’re not likely to see on other sites and all with the voice of someone who wasn’t just a bystander paid to write about games, but a fan like the people who come here to read your words. Some of my favorite articles were the longer ones, the ones about the Apple Pippin and fake PS2 games available in the far east but also the ones that revisited a subject in a unique light, such as Megaman 2 day and the “To The Bitter End” series. It’s because of this site that I’ve played Klonoa and Megaman 2 and I own games such as Enslaved (which I’ll play soon, I promise!)

    You managed to create content that opened a conversation with the commentators and it seldom seemed like you were talking down to us, rather that we were your equals, which is a hard feat for any website to pull. I’ll miss watching the Digest here or finding out just how to operate a Piss-3 or appraise my video-game collectibles.

    I’d also like to thank all the Johnny Boys in the comments. GS created not just a place to engage in honest and open discussion about games, but one that led to me making many friends who I’ll hopefully stay in touch with long after the doors are shuttered on the site. The comments were consistently excellent, and Comment Cat made me feel like what I said mattered.

    I’m going to miss this site and I wish all involved the best of luck in future endeavors. I made a little something to commemorate this; it’s not great but I’d like to share it anyway.

    Game over.

    Have a good one GS. I’ll see you at the start screen.

    • Cloks says:

      Also, I plan on playing some Uncharted.

      I didn’t get the job I posted about last week, but I’m not too torn up about it. The future is looking bright for ole Cloksy!

    • aklab says:

      Hear, hear! I’ll drink to that. Gameological is/has been the first website I visit every day. It is/was really something special and I feel privileged to have been here from day 1 to day last.

    • Fluka says:

      Wait, so this is when we sip the kool-aid, right? Did I do it too early?

    • ProfFarnsworth says:

      this sites humor, wit, and charm is something that I have truly appreciated and love. I hope that this does not change. I also hope that the commenters keep making this site so AMAZING and wonderful. I love being able to discuss something I have a passion for and it not devolving into something terrible.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

      You said it, man. Cheers.

    • NakedSnake says:

      Yea, I feel like people looking at GLOG from the outside see it mainly as the website where games are taken really seriously. I mean, it is that, and that’s great, but people don’t appreciate just how fun this site is. There’s a real playfulness that runs through a lot of the articles and features that you can’t find anywhere else. All the zany features will stick in my memory as clearly as all the insightful analysis. I guess what I’m saying is that people tend to think of this site as one for “adults who play games”, but it’s also a site for “adults who play games” Everyone’s a kid at heart. (Don’t mean to exclude non-adults here, but c’mon). I know that the articles will live on, but for there to be a separate site that was really about that sort of spirit of playful inquiry was a special thing.

      And as for the commenters here: yall are great. I have plenty of sites I visit on a regular basis, but I rarely read the comments and I have never ever considered commenting myself before. But there were so many great conversations going on here at GLOG that I tentatively registered a disqus account and, much to my surprise, found myself enjoying conversations here on a regular basis. I will try to make the transition to the AV Club, but seeing as how it’s never really grabbed me in the past, I’ll just have to see whether it sticks. If not, well shit: it’s been a lot of fun.

      • SamPlays says:

        It’ll be interesting to have this site merged (back) into the AV Club because the dynamic between this community and that over at AVC is markedly different (BUT NOT IN A HIERARCHICAL WAY ROSWULF). By and large, there is a fun, genial spirit that permeates Gameological comments. (I like coming here even though I generally have no idea what most of you are talking about. I like games but I clearly lack the depth and breadth of experience by comparison to many of you. That, or I’m less skilled at using Google to appear smart.) Likewise, AVC comments are always fun but there is an edgier, lovably irascible quality that distinguishes it from other websites. By and large, they are a highly intelligent, witty group that fully embraces the absurdity of the Internet while also frequently engaging in some of the best discussions available online. They are also a much larger group so there’s much more diversity to be found. That said, I kind of fear for the safety of those who feel a little too comfortable within the Gameological womb – the AV Club can sometimes seem like the world’s hardest game *satisfies game-related tie-in*

        • Kyle O'Reilly says:

          I was really worried you weren’t gonna talk about games for a bit but then you tied it in…. *woo*

          But no, you’re right, moving from Gameological to AV Club is going to be like moving from your small rurual high school where everyone knows your name to a Class A State College with 4,000 students and 800 comments per article.

    • Nudeviking says:

      I feel like I missed something earlier this month when I was away on business and had super sketchy internet access.

        • Nudeviking says:

          That’s slightly worse news than I pictured. I thought it was something like Teti got fired for reviewing Playstation 5 (which hasn’t even come out yet) Leonard Pierce style and because of that Comment Cat was also gone and without then the rest of Gameological was just going to get shut down.

          • NakedSnake says:

            That seems like The Darkest Timeline. In this timeline, we’ll still get comment cat through av club and Teti will hopefully make AV Club a little more like GLOG.

          • Merve says:

            In the Darkest Timeline, Bobby Kotick and John Riccitiello become the editors of the AV Club.

    • SirExal says:

      Game over, YEAH!

      Or, if you’re in a more musical and more cynical mood: Gameological is dead, dead, dead!

    • Girard says:

      I feel like Teti’s journey westward to Chicago is scored with this melancholic tune from LotR.

      Also, though it’s geographically impossible, I’m now envisioning Teti setting sail to Chicago on one of those elven boats. We can choose to be Frodo and accompany him to A.V.alinor, or Samwise and make our tearful goodbyes (though I think, ultimately, Samwise made his own way to Valinor on a little boat of his own contruction…).

      • DrFlimFlam says:

        That song makes me want to cry. Prooooobably going to make them play it at my funeral.

        • Girard says:

          That song makes me more misty than any song by an 80s synthpop queen about goldanged elves boarding a magic elf boat has any right to.

          • DrFlimFlam says:

            I don’t even believe in an afterlife, but Tolkien’s afterlife… I really want to believe in that one.

          • Girard says:

            There’s something interesting about mythic geographies where the next life or the land of the dead is actually a geographic location, or is kind of muddled with one. Gilgamesh kind of has that, too – the ‘land of the dead’ was basically the deserts in the west where people invariably seemed to die IRL, and where even the sun went to die each day across the western mountains.

          • DrFlimFlam says:

            So heaven and/or hell is…. Wyoming?

      • snazzlenuts says:

        This thread is why I love this site/community.

    • Newton Gimmick says:

      Dammit, I refuse to let the Gameological spirit die! Teti will bring the Digest and the Strackenmeier, and it’s up to all of us to keep the comments scintillating.

      This isn’t “Game Over” Cloks, this is just “The End”. I, for one, intend to import my character into the sequel.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      It’s not Game Over. It’s just that the princess is in another castle now.

    • duwease says:

      You have to get to Game Over before you can start New Game+..

    • boardgameguy says:

      I’ll probably stick around at the new site, especially as they seem to be making a commitment to some additional board gaming coverage.

      I’ve been wondering why they are folding it back into AV CLUB. At first I thought it was because GLOG was doing so well that they felt like it was siphoning away readers. But then I wondered if it was just too much content to produce for a sister site and wanted to reduce workloads and hopefully crossover their unique audiences.

      In spite of all this rambling, thanks Teti, et. al. for what has been a great time (and for re-igniting a latent enjoyment of video games).

    • HobbesMkii says:

      Next Monday they’re eliminating the bus stop that’s just outside of my house.

      So that’s two things I enjoyed having that won’t be there next week.

    • Derek Kupper says:

      I found this site last week, and went “OH! This is my kind of place!” Added it to my daily read folder. And then found out it was the (sort of) last week of existence. I was not pleased.

      Also, playing the end of Wolf Among Us, too much League, some TF2 for a throwback night, and Saint’s Row.

    • caspiancomic says:

      I know this is a big dramatic moment, and I know it’s tempting to interpret this as and ending, but that’s definitely not how I see it. The way I figure it, The A.V. Club is great, The Gameological Society is even better, and now with the help of our boy John Teti, The A.V. Club & Gameological is going to be the best.

      • Aurora Boreanaz says:

        “Aww, you got your gaming site in my pop culture site…now they’re BOTH ruined!” is not likely to be a reaction to the re-merger.

    • His_Space_Holiness says:

      All us O.G.s (Original Gameologicians) can still have our own little nerd enclave within the much larger nerd enclave that is the A.V. Club! Never underestimate the Internet’s ability to continually divide and classify ourselves!

      Also, I get to be chaplain.

  2. caspiancomic says:

    Pokemon Thread Y’all!

    Alright my beauties, some of us have had Pokemon X/Y for about a week now. How we all doing? I’m five badges deep, chillin’ outside the sixth gym and getting pretty hyped. There’s a lot I love about this game, although some of my pettier gripes about the series managed not to get improved (the interface can be a mess- if you want to use a potion on one of your mons you can go about doing that three distinct ways.) Still, I think the franchise has taken some admirable steps forward with this one. The EXP Share alone is dramatically improving my experience (cough) with the game. So, how about some friend code trading?

    caspiancomic’s friend code: 1392-4819-4024

    I’m currently seeking a Haunter and I’m prepared to trade a Machoke to get one. I’d rather make the trade with a Gameladian than some internet weirdo. Hit me up on the 3DS folks! We can go on Pokemon adventures together!

  3. ocelotfox says:

    I’ve been playing Pokemon Y all week, finally beating the Elite Four and Champion today, so I’ll be carrying on through the weekend. While I’ve loved most of the changes and streamlined features (i.e. the new EXP Share is the best thing ever, finally removing the annoying bench leveling system), I officially hate the Horde Battles, which are seemingly just an annoying way to make it more difficult to catch the first form of most Pokemon. I also noticed that my final team was probably the least type-balanced I’ve ever sported – Aegislash, Greninja, Blaziken (Mega), Charizard (Mega Y), Lucario (Mega), and Garchomp – yet it was hardly a challenge at that point in the game.

    So, fellows, what team have you been sporting, and any thoughts on the fact that Kalos/France is the best region design yet?!

    • ZTO says:

      I have a problem where I really like flying types so I wound up with a Talonflame, Charizard (Mega Y), and Chesnaught for the E4. Two fire flying wasn’t really doing me any favors, but I managed it anyway.
      As stated above, I’m working on breeding a Talonflame for the moment and then I think a well bred Kangaskhan (Mega) would be awesome. Having 2 attacks souns fun.

      • ocelotfox says:

        I’m really interested in trying out each Mega, and seeing if some of them make up for the general ineffectiveness of those Pokemon in competitive battles. Mega Gardevoir and Mega Absol are first on the list.

        • ZTO says:

          Not to bore you with extensive Pokemon theory-crafting but, in general, megas seem to get about 100 stat points added over all. Stat points are based on some kind of normalized calculation I don’t fully understand (you can look up their stats on something like Serebii), but fully evolved non-legendary pokemon tend to have between 500 and 600 stat points over hp/atk/def/spatk/spd/speed, so a boost of 100 overall is quite a lot. Also, the abilities for some (looking at you, Mawile) should pull them out of lowest tiers and maybe make them sort of competitive.
          I’m also curious to try Mega Aggron. 230 base defense actually makes him as physically defensive than Shuckle, which is scary.

  4. Citric says:

    I mentioned the adventures of Bum Pirate, Pokemon enthusiast below, but I’m also playing Luigi’s Mansion and Super Mario 3D land, because I’m all about the 3DS right now. I also stole the Last of Us from my nephew, and might give it a shot, or AssCreed 2, if I decide to not be obsessed with the 3DS for a few moments of game time.

  5. Fluka says:

    Once again traveling for work, but when I get home, it’ll be more Dragon Age: Origins. Dragon Age from here unto eternity. Partially because the game is so damn long. But also because it’s unnervingly addicting. I guess that’s why I never played the DLC back in the day: this stuff is damn dangerous. And so it is that I’ll finish my time on independent Gameological the same way I started it: rambling about BioWare games.

    I’m still half-drunk from being out with coworkers, so please permit me to collapse on your couch, start sobbing embarrassingly, and shout (too loud) that “This is the best site ever, you guys!” before rolling onto the floor and passing out.

    Seriously, thanks for all the wonderful writing, and for making this great community. This place strikes the perfect balance between fostering a serious conversation about games as art, and also just being plain fun. I’ll happily follow you onward to new AV Club adventures!

    • ProfFarnsworth says:

      I am also playing more Dragon Age. I decided to short cut my character to DAII (since I prefer the gameplay of II) and I am enjoying it much more. I am still on the fence about the mages and the templars. I think they both are pretty much jerks so far. I am also probably going to end up grading a test for my class this weekend so…probably a LONG time playing to keep my mind going.

      • Fluka says:

        There’s no good way to choose between the mages and templars. Go with whoever is interfering the least with Hawke and Varric’s drinking time.

    • dmikester says:

      All right, you’ve officially convinced me. Your recommendations have been so spot-on and on my wavelength in the past that I’m going to give Dragon Age a second chance. I really got bored to tears by it when I first tried to get through it, but I’ll try again. Maybe part of the problem was that I was playing it with the DLC, and there’s so much of it when you first start playing that I got overwhelmed by it and sort of distracted from the rest of the game. One thing is that I just couldn’t get into the gameplay, which felt needlessly cumbersome, but I did enjoy the story quite a bit. Fingers crossed I make it through on the second try!

      • NakedSnake says:

        Just remember that you don’t actually need to listen to what everyone in that game is trying to tell you all the time. That helps.

      • CrabNaga says:

        I think what really killed Dragon Age for me is that you’re given a choice of where to go, pressured through dialogue into going to one specific place first, and that place is 10x tougher than the other choices.

        • Enkidum says:

          I found my general style of RPG play helped a lot for DAO – basically always do all the small quests first, never advance the plot until the last possible minute. That way you’re levelled up like crazy, which, given that the combat in DAO can occasionally be pretty hard, is a good idea.

      • Fluka says:

        Daww it’s good to hear that my incoherent effusive ramblings have benefited someone! To be honest, I actually bounced off DA:O the first time I tried, too. I didn’t fall in love with it until I returned a month later, leveled up a bit, assembled more of my party, and finally got into the meat of the main faction quests. The combat can be a bit fiddly; don’t be afraid to drop it down to Easy if it’s dragging. And (like the first Mass Effect) only take on sidequests as desired. Hope it goes well!

        (Also, super-subjective personal opinion: the Mage class isn’t the most interesting origin story, but the combat powers are by far the most varied and interesting of the three classes. Why hit someone with a sword when you can summon a blizzard or crush them in a prison of pure magic?)

      • Sarapen says:

        My brother and I kept quoting Braveheart and Thirteenth Warrior while we were playing. Sometimes we’d pull out Last of the Mohicans if something was especially epic. It adds another dimension to the gaming.

      • His_Space_Holiness says:

        Dammit, I’m going to do this too. My last attempt fell apart spectacularly at the very end, but I’ll give it another shot. Damn you, peer pressure! Also, damn you, peers!

      • ProfFarnsworth says:

        While I do also heartily agree about the mages. I also recommend that you really try to have fun. The game is WAY more fun if you don’t worry about your own party killing you more often the the bad guys.

  6. aklab says:

    More AssCreed II most likely. I just got to my Uncle Mario’s villa. I almost couldn’t take it when he said, in the ridiculously accented voice-over, “don’t you recognize your uncle? It’s a-me, a-Mario!” Still love running over rooftops, though, and assassinatin’ dudes, which is after all my creed.

    • Captain Internet says:

      Please don’t call it AssCreed. You’re only saving seven characters and it sounds like you’d rather spend your time cleaning the refrigerator.

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      Don’t listen to Captain Internet. Keep on calling it AssCreed! It all make sense later when Scott Stipe shows up buck naked with Desmond.

  7. Spacemonkey Mafia says:

    I got laid off today, so I’ll be playing Super Get Your Web Portfolio Live and Resume Manager 2013.
    It was not unexpected, but not pleasant all the same.
    But since you can only stew in anxiety about an unknowable future so much of the time, I’ll also play some Amalur and I just picked up Okami HD on sale.
    Also, some analog pumpkin pickin’.

    • ProfFarnsworth says:

      I am very sorry to hear that. I hope you find better prospects in the future. Also, Okami is a wonderful game. I found that gaming is a great way to escape hard things at times.

      Good Luck!

    • NakedSnake says:

      That’s rough, dude. Good luck with whatever comes next.

    • aklab says:

      Is this how downvoting works? Am I supposed to downvote your post to show that I don’t like the fact that you were laid off? So confusing…
      Sorry to hear it, though.

      • flowsthead says:

        I upvote negative posts as a sign of support, like saying “I like you, person who is in a bad place.” I don’t share that though, so perhaps a lot of people think I hate them or something.

        • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

          I upvoted this because i like the idea of you inadvertantly making everyone dislike you by incorrectly giving sympathy upvotes.

    • Citric says:

      Well I’d hire you. Unfortunately I can’t actually pay you in money, or give you anything to do. So you might want to keep looking.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        I’ve been employed by you on a volunteer basis doing nothing for a year now. I can’t believe you forgot hiring me.

    • Enkidum says:

      That does suck. Best of luck with getting a new one.

      So you haven’t gotten sick of Amalur yet, neither have I but I’m not sure I’ll make it through. I’m a helpless completist in games like this – I do every quest, every task that I can get. But they’re all fetch quests and assassination missions, like… all of them, really. I’m still fairly close to the beginning of the main story and already this is becoming an issue. Unless the story suddenly gets enthralling (unlikely) I might just let the thing fizzle out. But I’ll definitely be playing it this weekend, maybe even tonight.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        I haven’t really had much of a chance to play it since we last talked about it. I knew my company’s been in dire shape for a while, so I’ve been spending all my time getting my website together when not prepping a four-year-old’s birthday party.
        But really, what better time than now to get into a 100+ hour monotone rpg? It’ll be spring before I know it.

      • Merve says:

        It can be a fun game if you manage to let go of your completist instinct. Just do the sidequests that seem interesting, and ignore the ones that are like “fetch 23 magical mushrooms from the forest.” If you do even a few sidequests, you’ll be over-levelled for the main story quests anyway.

        • CrabNaga says:

          Note to self: Stay far away from Kingdoms of Amalur: Bankruptcy Edition. I don’t think it’s possible for me to get over my completionist streak.

        • indy2003 says:

          It is kind of amazing how quickly that game goes from reasonably challenging to ridiculously easy – I’m only at level 14 and suddenly I find myself quickly slaughtering nearly everything I encounter.

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    • PaganPoet says:

      Oh, I wish I could play Okami again with unspoiled eyes. Enjoy, SpaceMonks!

      Sucks about employment troubles. I hope you get back on your feet soon.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        I actually have it on the Wii, but didn’t get far as the controls were terrible.
        Which just boggles my mind that the paintbrush game couldn’t be made to work with a Wiimote.

    • Fluka says:

      Well that’s a damn shame. Many many sympathies! I hope the unknowable future holds something new and rewarding. In the meantime, enjoy that sweet Okami and fine autumnal air.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

      Thanks all. On the one hand, I am sincerely excited to pursue projects I’m passionate about and really commit to illustration in a way I was only tangentially capable at my job. On the other hand, illustration? Are you fucking kidding me? In this day and age? With a mortgage?
      So we’ll see. If the rest of the world loves bird-faced ninjas half as much as me, I think everything’s going to be just fine.

      • Fluka says:

        If there’s any justice in this world you’ll be successful. Your illustrations are fucking amazing!

      • duwease says:

        Perhaps you can find something that plays to your strengths as talented commenter? I hear political campaigns are hiring a lot of those nowadays..

        • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

          Maybe I can be the ghost writer for Ted Cruz’s Twitter account?

          Federal Government? More like Federal Dumber-nment!
          #keepinitreal #donttreadonme

      • Kyle O'Reilly says:

        Do you have a Tumblr or anything where those of us who want to keep up with your illlustration work can follow you?

        • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

          Thanks for asking. I’ll have my site live by the middle of next week, along with a blog. I’ll link to it in Gameological’s new digs once it’s up. I’ll try and find an unobtrusive corner to post it.

    • caspiancomic says:

      That’s some shit news there bud. Welcome to 2013’s great herd of unemployed. I’m sure you’ll scoop up something great in no time though. And when you do, uh, can you hook a brother up?

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        If not, you wanna hang out together all day in filthy bathrobes that won’t stay shut so our junk kind of hangs out? I’ll take the Megabus up there.

        • caspiancomic says:

          I’ll be here with bells on.

          Actually hang on, those aren’t bells.

        • Girard says:

          If you want to wear that attire while on the bus, I think you’ll have to go Greyhound. Unpleasant travel experiences alongside crazy and terrifying people seem to be more in their wheelhouse. You can fall asleep halfway through your trip and slump over onto the shoulder of the stranger you’re sitting next to – hopefully some poor college kid just trying to get home for Thanksgiving for the first time.

    • Merve says:

      Aw, I’m sorry to hear about the layoff. Good luck with the job hunt, and have fun with Amalamadingdong.

    • dmikester says:

      Man, that’s a shame. Best of luck. I’ve been unemployed for a long time, and believe me, as someone who has marketable skills and had never had the experience of going to a job interview and not getting hired before this year, I can speak first hand to how absurd and broken the job market is right now. You’re extremely talented, and based on your comments, a super intelligent and kind person, so I know you’ll make something work out. It might take a very long time, but it’ll happen. Enjoy Okami, one of my favorite games, and hopefully try to find something fun and meaningful to do that you couldn’t find the time to do while you were employed.

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        Thanks very much for the kind words. I’m sorry we’re both in the same situation. I wouldn’t call it solace, necessarily, but at least our situation isn’t unique to the two of us.
        Also, while I don’t know if it entirely makes nu-Disqus worthwhile, the hover function has allowed me to finally read the placard your avatar is carrying.

        • dmikester says:

          Heh with the avatar. This was a picture Todd VanDerWerff posted from last years Comic-Con, and I fell madly in love with it (definitely the best costume there, no doubt). I chose it for my avatar without thinking about the sign being illegible. Maybe I’ll change it soon.

          Yeah, I’m very lucky with my situation that I can survive financially during unemployment, and I’ve been keeping myself busy. I’m speaking at a professional conference next month (and likely publishing a paper from the speech), I’ve been volunteering with a great start-up non-profit, and recently been raising a puppy. Keeping myself occupied is the most important trick that’s kept me at least somewhat sane during the many go on interviews and apparently get to the final round but just miss the cut deal. I did however just get an amazing offer yesterday (which makes this discussion rather timely) to do paying work that will likely lead to a full-time position. So it does finally work out, but I can certainly tell you from experience, it’s ALL about networking these days unless you have an extremely specific and in-demand skill set; submitting resumes and going on interviews is a total shot in the dark now. Again, all the best, and I hope you can enjoy the time off as much as possible.

    • Girard says:

      Good luck! I suspect an individual with your obvious talents and charisma will land on his feet, but it still sucks that you have to deal with that.

    • Jackbert says:

      Sorry to hear that. Enjoy Okami.

    • stakkalee says:

      That’s a fucking bummer, dude, sorry to hear it. Good luck with the hunt – may your Wacom be forever charged.

    • Chum Joely says:

      Ouch. Good luck, man– from what I’ve seen of your work on and via Gameological, I bet that web portfolio is indeed pretty super. If the layoff was semi-expected, then do you already have some leads lined up?

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        As ridiculous as it sounds, not really. For as long as I’ve been at this company, I haven’t made any professional connections in the Twin Cities. I was the only designer at my job, so I’d just sit quietly at my desk all day, working in a vacuum.
        It’s going to be a loooooooooot of cold calls. The online equivalent of sliding my screenplay under bathroom stalls.

        • Chum Joely says:

          Get on LinkedIn, if you aren’t already. Not sure about design as opposed to my more techy field, but I swear, that site causes job leads to materialize out of thin air. It’s not necessarily going to have that effect all by itself in the short time frame you’re probably most focused on, but once I had my profile up there, I (with a solid but not particularly exceptional resume and skills profile) found myself getting 4-5 recruiter contacts a year, one of which eventually turned into the excellent new job I started back in August.

          • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

            I am on LinkdIn and my dad endorsed me, which I think is all the professional bona fides a recruiter could want.

          • Citric says:

            I have LinkedIn but I haven’t been able to turn it into to anything. I’d really like a better paying job involving turning words into sentences.

        • NakedSnake says:

          Echoing @ChumJoely:disqus’s point, even if you don’t get job offers out of it (I don’t), LinkedIn is extremely useful in job hunting. You have probably built up a professional network without really thinking about it, you just don’t know about it. When I was looking for a new job a couple years ago, I found it extremely useful for figuring out “who do I know who works at X firm”. Usually it was someone who I used to work with but had moved on to other stuff (that I didn’t know/care about at the time). It was also really useful to look at the kinds of work the people I used to work with had gone on to do in their careers. Good ideas out of that. Basically, it gave me a good list of target institutions (which is ultimately more productive, I think, than sending your resume to all and sundry).

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      Sorry about the layoff. Hope you find new work soon.

    • boardgameguy says:

      sorry to hear it. hope you are able to find something you like even more, and soon.

    • Aurora Boreanaz says:

      Boo for lost employment, hooray for future potential!

      If it helps, I quit my job in 2009 to do pastel portraits, and did fairly well for the first few months, and I’m lazy as hell. So if you have any personal motivation, it’s quite possible to get work. Good luck to you!

    • a_scintillating_comment says:

      Sorry to hear it, I hope you find something better.

    • beema says:

      Sorry to hear. I’ve been unemployed since May! Been trying to find a job forever. Screw you, world!

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        Since May? Jeebus. Here’s to better luck for the both of us. But if there’s dibs, you get to go first.

    • His_Space_Holiness says:

      Sad news indeed. I realize you’re going to be getting unhelpful advice from all and sundry, much like pregnancies or graduation, but allow me to add some from my limited experience: Unemployment presents an opportunity to pursue whatever mad creative project you’ve been putting off for years. It really helps to give a feeling of accomplishment at day’s end if you haven’t found a job but made some solid progress in a big undertaking. I spent a good year or so without a steady job recently, and I wound up writing a goddamned novel. So if you’ve got a masterpiece waiting in the wings, get to it!

      Also, good luck finding a new job. We’re all pulling for you!

      • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

        That’s no small accomplishment. Have you, or do you want to do anything with the novel you wrote?
        But yeah, there’s a great number of projects I’d like to work on. Hopefully some that could lead to work.

        …And I have been thinking about overturning the Galactic Papacy…

        • His_Space_Holiness says:

          You bite your tongue, son, lest I find myself in an Inquisitive mood…

          As for the novel, yeah, I’ve sent queries out to agents. One of ’em asked for a full manuscript, which was exciting, so I may or may not hear back from that one in future. I’d love for it to eventually be published, but I’m not hanging all my hopes on it. Thanks for asking!

  8. GhaleonQ says:

    Woah, Ron Funches REALLY plays games. Awesome. That said, “Yeah. I played the classic ones on Nintendo 64 and remade a bunch of characters in the Smackdown one. My ex-wife used to have a big feud with Kane. The new one doesn’t look too great graphically, so I’m not into it, but I’m very excited that it’s a 2K game. I think that’s going to make it really awesome. I love wrestling in general.” Oh, Ron, the marketing got you. Nope. They’re still Yuke’sing around.

    I will finish Battle Princess Of Arcadias by Nippon Ichi. http://kotaku.com/tag/arcadias-no-ikusahime http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/10/03/import-showcase-battle-princess-of-arcadias/57356 http://vgmdb.net/album/40023 Disappointingly, the music is pretty good, the art is fantastic, the battle system has so much to offer, and…the game is for beginners.

    You know how Tales Of games are largely limited in their battle strategies and movesets but extremely complex in their tactics? I thought this would have everything. Instead, it reverses the Tales Of formula. You have so much from which to choose and such satisfaction in carrying out your actions, but it largely doesn’t matter and you can bulldoze through the game.

    Nippon Ichi was on a hot streak of 4 great-to-excellent games in 2013, but this breaks it. I recommend the others without reservation.

    • Enkidum says:

      Yeah, this might be the gamiest interviewee we’ve had in a long time… maybe since that woman whose name I forget who hosts a nerd talk thing and was awesome. Uh… yeah, good times, good times.

      I may need a little more sleep.

      • Matt Kodner says:

        I will say that listening to him speak will give you a much better idea of how silly everything coming out of his mouth was.

        I heartily recommend some of his stand-up!

        Him on a little naked dancing baby:

        • CrabNaga says:

          I loved the line “That’s my favorite part of Saints Row, running up and power-bombing pedestrians. I would never do that in real life. I would hurt my back.” I just imagine it being delivered completely deadpan.

        • Uncle Roundy says:

          This is my new favorite guy ever. Thank you for that link.

          When he said “the classic [wrestling games] on Nintendo 64” my immediate reaction was, “This is a man who knows whereof he speaks.”

      • Sarapen says:

        Yeah, a lot of the earlier ones are kind of half-assed with the gaming.

        “What are you playing lately?” asks GS.

        Answers the guest, “When I’m on the can sometimes I pull out the book of Sudoku puzzles that fell behind the toilet, I’ve been working on this one puzzle for like the last 6 months. And when I was sixteen a Magic the Gathering card accidentally fell into my school bag once, I think I wrote the phone number for a pizza place on it.”

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      Ron Funches don’t fuck around when it comes to video games. He came to town to do a show and I got to hang out backstage with him. He was just doing streetpass with all his fans cuz he’s a super nice dude.

  9. beema says:

    RIP Gameological Society

    Would you like to play again? You have selected “no”


  10. beema says:

    Since I have no money to buy new games that I actually want to play, I’ve been working my way through DLC for Borderlands and Skyrim, and attempting to slog my way through games languishing on my Steam library that I impulse bought. God, why did I buy these games?

    • NakedSnake says:

      Have you ever had one of those delightful moments when you find out that you own a game you’ve been thinking about buying for a while? Steam sales are heady times…

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      I should be happier that Dawnguard is so meaty, but at 71 hours, I want to hurry up and finish Skyrim already. And I still have Dragonborn. And the entire main plot. And maybe the college. You get to join a frat, right?

  11. fieldafar says:

    Taking turns between Grand Theft Auto V, The Wolf Among Us Ep1 and Pokemon X. Enjoying all three so far, so I’m glad I have my video gaming plans made until the next-gen consoles get released.

  12. alrighthearthis says:

    I’m going to try to balance my time between The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD and Pokemon X&Y this weekend. I liked all of the changes in Pokemon Y so much I went ahead and bought X to start a parallel playthrough.

  13. flowsthead says:

    FInal Fantasy VII. This will be my third attempt to play this. My first was on the original PC version, and that had a lot of bugs and didn’t go well. The second was on the PSP, but I either got distracted or bored and dropped that. PSPs are big anyways, so I wasn’t carrying it around everywhere like I should have. Now I got it for Steam, so it’s a PC version that isn’t buggy because it has the latest patches which I never downloaded or new existed with the other PC version. They even updated the music so that it’s the same as the PS version (although I don’t know the music well enough to notice a difference). Also, I found out you can artificially make your characters HP/MP max and gil half max. So I did that because I’m a cheater. But I only did that to Cloud because I’m a moderate cheater.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      I knew the music enough to wonder if I had had somehow gotten it all wrong. I am glad they updated it. I play 45 minutes here and there, a good time certainly, but it’s been eye-opening to play it again. It’s one thing to say, “I love this game, I’ve played it so much over the years”. It’s another to actually play it and realize that you have some great memories, but it may no longer be what drives you. I’m sure I’ll pick it at it here and there, moving forward over time, and eventually conquer it.

  14. Chewbacca Abercrombie says:

    So last week instead of playing any of the games I was planning to, I played some State of Decay, most of Quake 4 and something else which I can’t remember right now. This weekend I might play those, I might play Red Dead or Red Undead. I’ll probably play more Quake because I haven’t been paying any attention to dialog or story which makes it perfect for playing while I half pay attention to a movie. It being October I’m watching a lot of horror movies.

    I would also like to say how awesome this site is and that I sure hope all the great commenters continue to share their thoughts and opinions after Gameological is devoured by AV Club. Seriously, I like AV Club, but the comments are nowhere near as great and interesting as they are on this site. It’s the only site I can thing of that I visit equally for articles and comments, because comments on most sites are just awful and make me want to cry while punching racist baby seals. It’s ok. They’re racist. I forget what I was rambling about. So goodnight Gameological and may the road ahead be lit with dreams, and tomorrows, which are lit with dreams, also.

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      Funch yeah, State of Decay. Usually resource gathering in games feels like a chore but it was always so tense in SoD that I honestly enjoyed rifling through dressers in abandoned houses more than most of the other features in the game!

      • a_scintillating_comment says:

        I gotta try that game soon

      • djsubversive says:

        Tip: never speed-search. The mini-horde that spawns when you make too much noise is more of a pain to deal with than just waiting for the search bar to fill up.

        I’m enjoying State of Decay a lot, even when I lose two survivors to the same Feral (at least, I’m assuming it was the same Feral). RIP, Ed and Random Whiny Dude.

  15. dmikester says:

    Yeah, playing nothing except Being With Family and Playing With My Puppy, which are the best games ever. I also just found out that I’ll almost certainly be moving to LA for work, which ends a long chapter of my life and begins a new and exciting one.

    With that spirit of change and good things ending and hopefully even better things beginning, I too want to say thank you to The Gameological Society for the unbelievable ride. The quality of the articles, the beautiful design and terrific editing job by Teti, and the incredible warmth and intelligence of the commenters here, made this pretty much my favorite place on the Internet, and the only place I’ve regularly commented at. I’ll definitely stick around for the AV Club switch, but it won’t ever be the same, and for that, it’s certainly worth acknowledging the brilliant run the site had. See you all on the other side!

  16. The_Helmaroc_King says:

    For some reason, I had a couple of weeks where I didn’t play any video games, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. For starters, I want to finish the last bit of Closure this weekend. I like it; the puzzles rarely rely on reflexes, so it’s never been frustrating, and the difficulty curve seems just right to me.

    Despite my “time off”, I’ve still played plenty of board games. Powergrid, with three to five players; really glad that my friend has all of the extra maps, as it really helps change things up. Also played with the latest expansion for Dominion, “Guilds”. Our games were a little unusual because some cards encourage an excessive amount of buying, but I like the expansion overall. Somehow, we had one game that ended with everyone’s scores in the single digits, but that was only our second game.

    Next week, I guess I’ll have to catch you all on The A.V. Club, eh? Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!

    • boardgameguy says:

      Do you have a favorite Power Grid map? I always enjoyed how the strange shape of Italy lends itself to strange decision making.

      I bought a used copy of Goblins, Inc. this week. It’s a game about goblins making giant war robots and then bashing on each other. The game features a building mechanic similar to Galaxy Trucker, except that you are forced to do it with a teammate who may or may not have other secret goals in mind. And you both control parts of it during the fight. Seems like some enjoyably chaotic fun.

      Otherwise, maybe some additional FTL or newgame+ of Mark of the Ninja.

      • The_Helmaroc_King says:

        I’m not entirely sure which map I like best since we haven’t played too many games on each. The two that stand out the most in my mind are Korea and China; Korea for the divided North/South markets, and China for the almost-predetermined order of plants, and the fact that there aren’t enough plants for every player. The other maps don’t change the game as drastically, in my experience.

        • boardgameguy says:

          I haven’t tried either of those, but now I’m very interested to. Thanks for the recommendation.

  17. feisto says:

    Several months ago, I made the mistake of buying the Artorias of the Abyss DLC for Dark Souls and then deciding to access the new areas after beating the game once, only to then realize I wouldn’t be able to get to those areas until I beat Ornstein & Smaug AGAIN. Well, last weekend, I finally did it, and now I have new Souls content to keep me happy/miserable while waiting for Dark Souls II! I have to hand it to From for sticking to the Souls ethos and creating paid-for DLC that you might never actually find unless you actively look for it (I said eff it and looked it up in a walkthrough; you win again, From).

    • CrabNaga says:

      Another Souls quirk about the DLC is that you get a hint on where to go and what to do from an item description.

      Enjoy it, man! Oolacile is a very cool place!

      • Carlton_Hungus says:

        Fighting Artorias is fun too, but man that Lord of the Abyss or whatever the final boss is is brutal. I could take down Ornstein and Smough pretty easily and he just crushed me repeatedly.

      • feisto says:

        Thanks! I love those quirks about the game, but I’d been waiting so long to access the new areas that I just couldn’t find the patience to discover it on my own.

        I’m liking Oolacile, especially the fact that the bosses so far (I was THIS close to beating that damn power-upping knight! grrr) require a lot more of a tactical approach than the bosses in the second half of the main game.

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      The abyss bro, is more fluster than actual buster and if you’ve looked at the walkthrough you know there’s a certain ally you can summon to be with you in that fight. The real kvetch inducer on the DLC is that goddam dragon!

    • ZTO says:

      Make sure you get a pitchfork. It’s almost as much fun as the dance trident.

  18. Merve says:

    Hey, it’s Ron Funches! He’s the dude who ruined Winston’s date on New Girl by singing “Father Figure” with his shirt off, right?

    This weekend, I’m travelling, so I won’t be playing any video games. There may be some card games or board games, though, or possibly even Truth Or Dare, because I’m basically a twelve-year-old.

  19. evanwaters says:

    I just recently discovered Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden, so I’m working on that. It’s a pure JRPG and a little tricky starting out but I’ll hopefully get the hang of it. Fun story, nice graphics and music.

    Leveled up a bunch of WoW alts that I hadn’t played in a bit. They really like sending you to Shadowfang Keep, don’t they? It’s a nice instance but it’s weird that several class quests converge there.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      B:SUaJ:G is so awesome. I think the savepoints were my favorite things. And that game over screen! I’m so ready for the sequel.

  20. Newton Gimmick says:

    I’ll be playing Apollo Justice, Zelda: Oracle of Ages, and Mass Effect 2 on the video game front.

    In non-video games, I’ll be checking out an interactive art exhibit called Operation: Citadel on Saturday night.

    • CrabNaga says:

      Are you playing both Oracles? If so, is Ages the first or second one? I always love finding out what order people play the Oracles in (for the record, I always play Ages first).

      • Newton Gimmick says:

        I’m starting with Ages, then I’ll play Seasons. (Assuming I make it that far. These games are HARD.)

        • CrabNaga says:

          What’s cool about Ages/Seasons is that each of them has their own theme/gimmick. Ages has a ton of challenging puzzles, and Seasons has a ton of challenging fights. There was originally going to be a third Oracle game that was going to be more or less a remake of the original Zelda, too, but that got canned, sadly.

          Capcom should be allowed to make a 3D Zelda game.

      • Girard says:

        Whichever order you play them in, is the order they go in. It’s kind of amazing how they pulled that off.

        Edit: I misread that you were asking which order the games went in, and not just which order Newt was playing them in. My brains, they’re not so good.

  21. Matt Kodner says:

    Beyond Pokémon Y, this saturday I’ll be galavanting around Chicago’s annual pinball expo, up in Wheeling. For $25 you get all you can play pinball for an entire day, which is great. I haven’t been to this one in four or five years, but hopefully it’ll be as dark, grungy, and seedy as the last ones!


  22. stepped_pyramids says:

    “I would never do that in real life. I would hurt my back.”

    This guy is super charming.

  23. CNightwing says:

    I am playing Recover! From! Dental Surgery!

    To help with that I have a Spanish triumvirate going:
    CK2 as Castille, which is more or less easy mode since I assembled an elective Hispania before my first character died aged 83.
    EU4 as Castille, which is also a little bit easy mode since I have Aragon and Provence under a PU already. I tried to lock out Portugal from colonizing but you have to be insanely fast to prevent that – still, I have around 20 colonies to their 2.
    Civ5 as Spain, where I have no overall strategy. I find myself more disappointed with Civ5 every time I come back to it – the harder the difficulty the more you have to specialise for your victory type early, and the whole thing loses any feeling of organic development. I think the series needs to realign itself as a simulation rather than a boardgame, since Civ5 has felt like a step backwards in sophistication, even with all the many expansions.

    Oh and I finally started playing Bioshock Infinite. Loving the weirdness of the story, most of the combat (though come on, whose idea was the endless supply of undead?) and everything is very pretty. At one point I got a serious Dark Corners of the Earth vibe and thought DAMN if only 2K could have made that game, or a sequel, or JUST GIVE ME MORE CTHULHU DAMMIT!

  24. Girard says:

    I tuned 30 yesterday, so obviously now I’m a big grown up, and need to put aside games, and will spend this weekend doing taxes and voting and getting a mortgage and having sex and doing all of the things ‘real adults’ do all the time.

    Actually, I got Luigi’s Mansion, the DS Chibi Robo, and Pandora’s Tower for my birthday, so I’ll probably be playing some of those.

    I also started my secondary student teaching placement this week, at an ‘alternative education center,’ which basically means a school for kids who have been expelled from other schools or who have prison records and stuff. So I’ll be playing a fair bit of “trying to plan meaningful art lessons for vaguely intimidating teenagers who don’t give a single fuck about school, especially art class” and “really missing the little guys from my elementary student teaching placement.”

    • Newton Gimmick says:

      Welcome to your thirties! They’re not as bad as people say.

      • Captain Internet says:

        Yes they are. Facebook becomes a constant stream of baby photos and suddenly dinner parties are supposed to be fun.

        • Newton Gimmick says:

          The trick is to become “Fun Uncle”. Wind the kids up, and take off. You won’t get invited back.

          • Carlton_Hungus says:

            Don’t cross the line into “too fun uncle” though, then you’ll have to register on a site that’s way less fun than GLOG.

        • Enkidum says:

          I kind of like dinner parties. They’re more or less like “parties” except the wine is better and there’s a bunch of food. Either way, everyone’s listening to my stories and trying not to stare at me with no pants on.

        • Girard says:

          Dinner parties are certainly much more fun than the straight-up not-dinner parties people in their 20s are expected to enjoy, despite their being loud and awkward and horrible.

      • Girard says:

        I bought a pack of Depends, yesterday, just in case they’re worse than everyone intimates…

        • djsubversive says:

          I’m in my mid-thirties now, and it feels like my bladder is aging twice as fast as the rest of me. Depends would be a good precaution for when I go a-drinkin’ for my birthday later this month.

          Or, you know, just being lazy some morning.

          Getting old is annoying (not that “mid-thirties” is old, just older).

    • Jackbert says:

      Happy birthday! Try not to get shivved!

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      Real adults don’t have that much sex.

      But Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon is awesome.

      I bet you get lots of Gangsta’s Paradise jokes.

    • Spacemonkey Mafia says:

      Happy birthday! So far, I’m honestly enjoying my thirties far more than my twenties, but I was shit at being young, attractive and carefree.

      And seriously, voting sex is the best sex.

    • Aurora Boreanaz says:

      Hooray and Happy Birthday! So far my 30s have been pretty great, especially in the “I’m a grownup now” department. Since I turned 30, I got married, got a nice apartment, got a job I like, got two small dogs, had a daughter, and supported my wife during her online grad school.

      You might be surprised about the alternative education kids. My step-mother works at one of those, and a lot of them enjoy artistic stuff because it’s more fun than the boring shit they quit doing at regular schools. Good luck!

    • His_Space_Holiness says:

      Space blessings upon the anniversary of your expulsion from the womb! And now, the traditional Dance of Placentas.

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      Dude, you’re so OLD.

  25. Labrat85 says:

    Funny how differently we approach games, i know i almost never give custom names to anything if a default name is presented, i will still get attached to my X-COM soldiers but more as precious resources that i would hate to lose.

    • CrabNaga says:

      I name them after my friends and then mock them when their respective character dies (usually because of something I did). I’m sure they appreciate it.

      • Derek Kupper says:

        I did this my first play through. I made them look as much like them as I could too. It took a little bit of the sting out of their deaths when I could screenshot their death and post it on Facebook gleefully.

  26. Labrat85 says:

    Playing some Might and magic Duel of champions, a surprisingly solid CCG based on might and magic, it is pretty fun. I am crawling up to an ELO rating where i start encountering gimmick decks that are not at all fun to play against though.

    Academy has an obnoxious one where a creature makes spells cheaper for each enchant on it, and a hero power draws cards for each spell cast, so at a certain point he can practically draw his entire deck.

    • duwease says:

      That seemed like a fun game, although I hit a wall because for some reason they made it required to download a torrent file every time you want to play, and many networks I want to play on restrict torrent files. Odd design choice.

      • Labrat85 says:

        Huh never noticed it requiring anything like that, of course if i have no restrictions i might never have cause to see it.

  27. DrFlimFlam says:

    Ron Funches is awesome and I’d never heard of him before now. Animal Crossing, Pokemon X, and Saint’s Row 4 is a pretty sweet setup.

    I’ll be playing more Dawnguard in Skyrim. About to have my soul trapped for a little while, but I’m told it’s temporary.

    FlimFlam, Jr. is now officially tired of the games we have on 3DS, so I’m going to go all in on turnips next week for one last score. My time with the game is on a definite wane, and I know soon I’ll stop visiting every day, but I like that the town will always be on my 3DS, waiting for me to show my face. And with the “Keep Pawnee Beautiful” ordinance, I know the place won’t go to hell if I disappear for a few days.

    • Kyle O'Reilly says:

      Dawnguard is the Vampire one right? I wasn’t too big a fan of that one. I always get distracted on quests where there are two obvious splits because I’m always wondering “What would I be doing right now if I had decided to go with the vampire hunters instead?”

      And yeah Ron Funches is the man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p497Eytlxjg

      • DrFlimFlam says:

        I’m still a werewolf and while my Khaajit has moral quandaries, such as heading The Dark Brotherhood, vampire seems a step too far.

      • Labrat85 says:

        Morrowwind is hell on that kind of OCD, i think i neared the end 3 times or so and each time started over, because “Hey, this full set of glass armor would go great with starting a rogue character, i could join the thieves guild this time (house)”. Have still not finished that game.

    • Sarapen says:

      Those were African PS2 bootlegs, I think they were from Syria or something.

  28. stakkalee says:

    I’m recuperating from surgery this weekend (nothing major) so my gaming will be limited – probably just some GTA V and if I feel like spoiling myself I’ll buy Saint’s Row IV. Other than that, I had a mild hankering to replay the old SSI gold-box AD&D games again, so I’ll probably also finish up Curse of the Azure Bonds as well. Man, that does not sound like taking it easy, that sounds like a regular weekend.

  29. duwease says:

    Still working on GTAV. Given my limited gaming time, games like this with a billion things to do take up 2-3 months of game time, so I’m basically set til Christmas with GTA Online and all.

    I think Saint’s Row IV still gets the nod as far as gameplay, humor, and music, but I still dig the exploration in GTAV as well as the little mini-stories you can tell. Yesterday, after browsing cults on the internet looking for answers, Michael spent a couple of game-hours scaling a big mountain so he could do yoga at sunset overlooking the sea. Franklin is taking his new job seriously and training at the range and flight school to be the best he can be. When Trevor’s not handling business out in the country.. well, he scales a billboard and chucks a grenade onto the interstate to see if anyone will catch him doing it.

  30. mizerock says:

    Grand Theft Auto 5. I played the past two nights until 1am, with some folks I “met” on the Rock Band message boards. That’s the first time I’ve done that … ever! Seriously. I don’t have any IRL friends that game much at all (they are old and married and have children), and my few attempts at playing with randoms have not turned out well. Partially because I’m such a terrible player, but also because random people on the internet tend to be young and foul-mouthed.

    This crew has tolerated me well, I make the missions extra-challenging for them, what with my dying often and / or cowering in cover while they go in guns a-blazing. I’m extra-motivated now to find a multiplayer game that I’m actually good at, I like to be helpful. Hey, how about Rock Band, I got pretty at that after many years of practice.

    The only other time I’ve played multiplayer online with people I “know” was about 3-4 years ago when LittleBigPlanet came out, before the babies started popping out. Clearly I’m more into cooperative games than competitive ones, can you all recommend other titles that feature cooperative online play? Ideally recent (or even upcoming) ones.

    • Carlton_Hungus says:

      Do you know how to mute people? Because man playing with randoms is terrible. I usually just turn on my earpiece and keep it far away from myself to avoid the dribble.

      • mizerock says:

        I figured that we had no choice in the matter, but I found this information:
        1) You can access the player list by going start -> online -> players. Selecting an individual player will result in a few options, one of which is mute player.
        2) You can filter all chat to either be friends only, crew only, friends+crew only, or no-one. Do so by going into the select (back for XBOX) menu and scrolling down to the “Chat” section and selecting your preference.

  31. indy2003 says:

    I know I haven’t been the most frequent commenter here, but I just want to say that I’m really going to miss the current incarnation of this place. The comments section has always been a great pleasure to browse through, and everyone I’ve encountered has been so friendly, thoughtful and good-natured.

    This weekend, I’m going to continue playing Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning. There are a lot of weaknesses: the world seems kind of bland, the dialogue is incredibly wooden (seriously, the dialogue options generally lead to characters flatly reciting their own personal Wiki page) and the quests aren’t particularly imaginative… but there’s also something both addictive and relaxing about the game. Playing as a Finesse-based character has been quite enjoyable (daggers, bows, sneaking, back-stabbing, etc.) and the combat system is considerably more fluid and involving than the average RPG of this size – the action feels more like God of War or the Arkham games than Fallout or Elder Scrolls. Anyway, I thought it was a bit dull at first, but then discovered that I had played it for 11 hours over the course of three days, so… yeah.

    Also, I did indeed pick up a 3DS XL last weekend and kicked things off with Super Mario 3D Land. The use of 3D is quite impressive, but I can’t imagine playing every title with the 3D slider turned up – I can only take an hour or so before I feel a need to rest my eyes. Anyway, for a while the game itself was fun, pleasant and… a little typical. For the first 8 worlds, it often felt like a 3D version of one of the recent New Super Mario Bros. titles – enjoyable enough, but not particularly distinctive (save for the 3D elements, of course). However, the special worlds are a whole different story – it’s kind of crazy how much more fun and challenging things get after you finish the first half of the game.

    Haven’t spent much time with Final Fantasy VII this week, but I’ll be spending nine hours in the car on Saturday and only driving for half of that time, so I’m planning to get back to it then.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      yeah, 3D Land blew me away when it said, “Congratulations! Didn’t we have fun?”, and then started laughing, and laughing, and laughing, and then the DS started dripping blood, and everything became crazy and difficult and new.

    • NakedSnake says:

      Yea, I’m just playing through the Special world now. I love how it takes the same basic model as the normal world levels (or sometimes takes the whole level wholesale) and adds one or two gimmicks that suddenly make it super challenging. But there’s a good balance between the challenge and the fun. Rarely would I pursue coins as collectible the way I do in this game. But again, collecting them is a fun added challenge.

      The 3D is great, it works really well for the most part. I’m impressed that it feels like a natural part of the game presentation, rather than a gimmick. That said, even in this exemplar of 3D the problems are obvious. Basically, it’s hard to maintain the 3D illusion by keeping the 3DS the right distance from my eyes. Most of the levels are a lot easier if I turn the 3D off. Also, is this game giving me headaches?

  32. Ryan Smith says:

    Hey guys, just wanted to say that you guys proved me wrong. At E3 2012, when I met Teti for the first time, I said I was extremely skeptical of comment sections (I’m a curmudgeonly newspaper man at heart.) But this community actually added something to experience of the website and I’m now glad comments exist. (Granted, I’m still not sold about most other video game websites). GOOD JOB 2 U!

    • NakedSnake says:

      I still think we’d all be better off if comment sections disappeared altogether. They mostly serve to remind/reveal to us that everybody secretly sucks. But thank god for places like this that somehow don’t/didn’t do that. This community is probably closer to what the fathers of the internet had in mind when they envisioned a global exchange of ideas (except we’re talking about video games).

    • a_scintillating_comment says:

      Hear ye, hear ye

    • Fyodor Douchetoevsky says:

      Something something Johnny Boy

  33. snazzlenuts says:

    I’m going to be playing the shit out of some Skyrim this weekend. In other words, I will be spending approximately 8 hours this weekend smithing.

  34. Jackbert says:

    Guys! It’s parent’s weekend, where your parents come and everyone leaves campus and you have no class on Monday and you don’t get homework! Except my parents aren’t coming so I’m not leaving campus! So I might actually get in some video games. There’s tons of shit on Steam I haven’t touched, so I’ll try to get something in. And I’ll try to get someplace where I can buy Pokemon X.

    I can’t honestly say I’m not disappointed Gameological is folding back into the AV Club, but if the community stays strong, I’ll try to stick around.

  35. I once named a Pokemon Janet.

    …because, Misdreavus if you’re nasty.

  36. Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

    Pokemon X, Diablo III (still!), and Legend of Mana for me.

    If I can just figure out where to get a Ditto, I’m going to try to do some trading. I’d like to get a Froakie and a Charmander, and I think I can trade a Chespin and a Squirtle to get them, but I gotta have that Ditto! Same for the t-rex in exchange for an Amaura. I’d also like to get a Gengar, but I’m not sure what someone would want for one (or a Haunter, whatever).

    Tips, anyone?

    • Newton Gimmick says:

      Is this your first time with Legend of Mana? It’s really fun and crazy.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

        No, it’s one of my all-time favorite games. Maybe my top favorite. Remarkable how there’s still nothing else like it. If Gameological ever wants a free retrospective, I will write the hell out of one.

    • ZTO says:

      Dittos appear to be only in an area shortly before the 8th gym (you’ll know it when you meet the 8th leader there). They come at around level 49 and I would estimate about a 10% encounter rate.

      • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

        Well, that’s not the worst encounter rate this (or similar) series have had. And Dittos aren’t as hard to catch as, say, Abras.

        • ZTO says:

          Yeah. Grab some quick balls and maybe mooch some O powers for capture rate from your friends and you shouldn’t have too much trouble with Dittos. Now gettin’ a GOOD ditto, that’s a different story.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            I’m not concerned at all with a “good” Ditto. I might do a little casual battling, but I’m not someone who wants maxed out gamebreakers for online play. He’s going to be a little sex machine pumping out eggs so that I can trade with (presumably similar-minded) people online to get more monsters that I want just because.

          • ZTO says:

            Fair enough. And playing with gamebreakers is really boring, I agree. I pretty much only min/max so I can take on things like the battle institute and do type battles with my friends (pretend your a rival gym leader and only use one type). If your just getting pokemon because it’s fun, that’s entirely valid, too.

          • Drinking_with_Skeletons says:

            That’s actually my biggest complaint; they’ve made it so much easier for a casual player to get into the EV side of things, they’ve sped up EXP gain with the EXP Share, but they haven’t really scaled the encounters. My team is way overpowered compared to most of the trainers and wild ‘mon I encounter. And I’m not the kind of guy who could plan out my stat growth and min/max, I just generally pushed my team in the directions I wanted them to go (i.e. this guy gets a high s. def, this guy gets a high attack, etc.).

          • ZTO says:

            I guess I hadn’t thought about that. The battle institute still seems like it will be a challenge, but the maison or whatever is only throwing baby pokemon at my. Can Mega Alakhazam beat a Shinx? I wonder. I can see how it is a lot easier. But it’s also a lot prettier so I’m happy.

  37. Kyle O'Reilly says:

    My laptop is in the shop and my in-laws are visiting so I won’t be doing any gaming really except the game of staring at the sunset as a lone tear rolls down my cheek, and then my father-in-law comes over and says “What’s wrong” and I turn and say “they’re closing down the society John.” and he looks at me, and somehow he knows. He’s been lurking this whole time, but no one can ever know, and we have a brief moment of shared loss, and then he walks away to fill up his wine glass and I tweet something funny I just thought of about butts and the patriarchy.

    But seriously, hopefully I’ll see some of you turbo-geeks over at the AV club. It’s been real.

  38. JohnnyLongtorso says:

    Alternately enjoying and swearing at Rogue Legacy. I’ve beat the first three bosses and I am dreading going into The Darkness. The Maya was bad enough…

  39. Mike P says:

    I finally caved and got PS+ for the first time in my life.
    Saints Row 3, and Shadow of the Colossus is what I shall be playing.
    I would like to play more Last of Us online, but I suck compared to the guys playing right now. I go like 4-2 all the time.

  40. Sarapen says:

    I suppose I should join the chorus of well wishes to GS. Like Camelot, its time was brief yet golden.

    And I actually got Valkyria Chronicle for last weekend since it was Thanksgiving up here but besides popping it in once to check that the disc was working I’ve actually been playing nothing but Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Somehow ice gotten back into it. I even went online again and lost ten times in a row before eking out a victory against another noob. But I checked my stays and my total play time is only 30 hours, no wonder I still suck. More practicing this weekend, peeps.

  41. His_Space_Holiness says:

    This week in New Vegas: Nothing, actually, because I finished the game. Lonesome Road was pretty nifty but didn’t blow my socks off or anything. I was kind of disappointed in Ulysses turning out to be more or less a Bond villain, but there was no way he could have been as meaningful as the leadup to his appearance implied. So, long story short, I took over New Vegas, killed the hell out of the Legion, and told the NCR to take a hike. I felt kind of bad, as a Californian myself, but what the hell, I’ll throw in with them next time.

    So, in a major change of pace, I’m now playing the original Jak & Daxter, or to be precise, the PS3 rerelease of same. I’m not terribly taken with it, to be honest. The controls are kind of clumsy, the writing isn’t anything to write home about, nyuk nyuk, Jak is a cipher, Daxter is unbearable, and the environments are pretty but derivative. Fun puzzles and challenges, though. I’ll stick with it and eventually see what the sequels have to offer.

    After that, I plan on replaying a few old games of mine. I’m in a Halloweeny mood, so Silent Hill 2 & 3 are on the menu, and all this talk of Dragon Age has me tempted to try DA: Origins again and see if it’s more fun this time around. I’ll still need reading material for the interminable load screens, but playing Fallout for so long has helped me built up a resistance.

    I also recently completed FINISH YOUR THESIS! Now I’ll wait a few weeks before diving into FINISH YOUR THESIS 2: THE FINAL DRAFT!

    • ocelotfox says:

      Jak 3 is really the only one of three games that holds up well now. Jak and Daxter was an above-average platformer for its time, but technically, the game suffers in HD, and Jak 2 stills has some of the most unbearably juvenile/angsty dialogue of any game of the last 15 years. The final entry in the series is really worth it though, fixed a lot of the terrible story elements and combined the combat system and platforming in an interesting way.

  42. djsubversive says:

    After testing out retexturing with the ISIS logo and renaming Camp Tempest to Fort Kickass, I decided (well, Jackbert suggested) to make a mission that’s more Archer-themed. Which basically just means that the covert Archer references that I was already using are becoming overt references. And there are more of them.
    So, instead of yet another NATO vs. sci-fi-Iran (sci-firan?) conflict, Operation: Bring Tha Noise is now ODIN vs. ISIS. They don’t really look or play any different, though (not enough tactilenecks to outfit everybody).

    This message has been brought to you by Arma 3, the letters I and S, and the number 6.

  43. Gougagna says:

    I’m not so sure that Pokemon and SRIV are that different. All the collectibles. So many collectibles. And weird sex, too. Skitty-on-Wailord, or Ditto and everybody.

  44. Smilner says:

    I finished the story on GTA5, and even though I have some odds and ends to wrap up (and real estate to buy!), I think the most I’ll pop on for is a little online play. For the most part, I’d do well to take a week or so off.

    In the meantime, a friend loaned me Uncharted 1-3, none of which I have ever played before. Going in order of course, so it’s interesting to see how graphics have come along over the life of the PS3. Drake’s hair doesn’t get wet when he jumps in the water at the beginning, which is tragic because his haircut is just the worst. Also, the rendering and lack of smoke on Sully’s cigar on the cutscenes is distracting. All in all, after GTA, it’s nice ot have a silly little Indiana Jones game to zone out to for a while.

  45. Sarapen says:

    Stupid nuDisqus, I accidentally deleted my own comment. In brief: farewell GS, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. In Shakespeare’s immortal words, I’ll see you all at the other website.

    Also despite buying Valkyria Chronicles last week I’m back getting my ass kicked in Tekken Tag 2. Ten losses in a row before I squeaked out a win online. 30 hours of play time is basically still noob hours in Tekken.

    Edit: and my comment is still there but posted as a guest. Weird.

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