Stephen Totilo
stephentotilo
Editor-in-Chief. Playing: Destiny 2 (need to get back to Ashen, Spider-Man, RDR2, Iconoclasts, Arkham Origins, Sushi Striker, Samus Returns, AC Odyssey, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint)
1/8/20
2:57 PM
70

The whole premise of the game is “hot people shoot each other sorta” combined with a weirdly out of touch street fighter attempt to be global that was never not going to be problematic, so it’s a tough position to find a character who was absolutely 100% designed as japanese “tiny evangelion pilotfirst and then Read more

1/8/20
2:55 PM
64

Debates about video game cosmetics is at least as old as hats (TF2) or other costumes (for me, first exemplified in the Soul Calibur games).
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1/8/20
2:52 PM
306

You can’t believe it because you’re privileged enough not to have to deal with the actual issues that the people who are made to wear these sorts of uniforms in real life have to deal with, and you’re also not empathetic enough to understand the perspective of another fellow human being, and how such a thing might Read more

1/8/20
2:47 PM
71

Yeah probably not the best idea to put the only Asian woman in a school girl outfit. This is more lazy than anything else.

1/3/20
4:48 PM
27

God, this piece is so good and there’s almost too many quotes i want to pull out, but especially want to love on highlighting the panic over Hepler and Bioware, and their current Anthem situation. Read more

12/19/19
12:28 PM
4

Lonely Mountains Downhill was my pleasant surprise of 2019. Such a great game.

12/19/19
12:09 PM
12

When Mr X follows you into the entrance hall for the first time. Objectively it was a great way to change the game and alter the playing field. Read more

12/19/19
12:08 PM
28

Biggest surprise for me:  Probably Tetris 99.  I could never really get into it myself, but something people assumed to be a joke when it came out turned out to actually be quite good.

12/19/19
11:55 AM
14

For me personally, it was the announcement of Kerbal Space Program 2, which precisely ZERO players were expecting.

12/19/19
11:55 AM
23

Wasn’t Banjo Kazooie for Smash this year? I’d say that’s a good contender for this list.

12/12/19
7:41 PM
12

i am embarrassed of how i reacted to the ending of Mass Effect 3, involved in the entitled mob vitriol and rabble rousing on social media. why’d i let myself get so upset? why did i dwell on it? It was sobering when a game I worked on later in the decade became subject to a mob backlash of it’s own, a notable speed Read more

12/12/19
4:32 PM
8

Good article using various games to highlight how they were around industry movements. It would be interesting to see something like this in a much longer form narrative. Read more

12/11/19
4:30 PM
4

It’s a really good game, and i find the grind much more smooth than Destiny 2

12/11/19
3:50 PM
5

People in Reddit complain constantly.. but I appreciate the efforts of the devs. They already have our money, they have no real incentive to keep spending time on the game.

11/18/19
1:54 PM
3

Eh.

The light (or power or whatever) level going up every season makes it hard to catch up if you don’t play it like a second job. Read more

11/18/19
1:00 PM
6

That’s how I play most games these days. It’s almost like the first 6 months of any AAA title are going to be an open, paid-for beta as various issues are ironed out. Longer, in some cases. I didn’t pick up the first Destiny until after Taken King, and from what I gather from the OG players, that first year was a Read more

11/1/19
6:07 PM
29

My God, I had no idea this was an option. My right thumb and index finger were doing yoga tricks trying to navigate these absurd controls.