Bit of a "that's nice, dear", really.
It's the same sort of pervasive cultural money spunk that has largely gestated in retro, if anything I'm surprised it took this long to find an avenue into indie. Though there's plenty of previous wrt inaccessible artefacts being fetishized. Rohrer's tosh, games only available to a select few, limited time etc...
It's a world apart from DIY controllers and that, obviously. Intent and access, approach all count and I don't want to lump all that together.
But! Really. It was only a matter of time before someone fused that with an exclusive folly, available for more of your cashmoneys than a 3DS will set you back. Just happened to be Panic.
Does slay me that Edge did a cover feature and write up for it, mind. That's so unintentionally perfect.
Oh, and the whole "we wanted to see if we could do it thing", like they've probably thrown more money at making this yellow toy than I'll see in my life so yeah, you probably could. *Shrugs*
It all boils down to "we made a yellow thing with a crank on it" and *looks up from knitting* *goes back to knitting".
I'm still trying to parse the seriousness the announcement of an executive toy was met with.
Judging by The Discourse, the press treatment (special shout out to Edge for going all in, in the most Edge style possible) and all that - you would think someone had announced a PlayStation 19. Not a toy for well off people.
It is, as they say, twisting my melon.
I know games and disproportionate responses are inseparable at the best of times but seriously, what the fuck
Are the parts ethically sourced was legit a take I read yesterday and I can't even.
I get the feeling some people should step into a menkind store because they'll be shocked at what's in there.
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Just. Can't. Off to play a crap videogame.
Still continuing "Rob is very confused and pissed off about videogames volume 9879878", Kotaku piece on the yellow thing. Why aren't games weirder? Positing this pretty ordinary device as weird (but it's got a crank on it - Ed) is awkward enough but complaining that you have to turn to Indies to find the strange and experimental seems a bit like having to go to water for a swim.
I don't go to Michael Bay for a quirky story about a child who runs a video shop with his pet duck that eats pies shaped like moomins or something, I dunno. It's late, I can't do quirky at 2am. Work with me here.
Yes, it would be nice if our ultra hypercapitalist factory sized productions took some of the slack off of us but hahahaha haha hahaha ahhhh yeah.
I'm not entirely sure I understand the point the piece is trying to make. It certainly doesn't make the case for diversity appealing as it does for big budget games to pick up the slack, positioning Indies as being burdened.
But then, I don't understand much around the yellow thing. So.
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