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Comment on Adventures in Storytelling: The Detail, Grail to the Thief article:
Tamiil
Jan 28, 2015

Love it. Since I play games primarily to experience interactive stories, this series of articles is just perfect for me.


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
Jackal Jackal
Jan 27, 2015

Oh absolutely. If kids are available to a reviewer, they’d be an invaluable resource for these kinds of games. But in lieu of that option, sometimes we just need to rely on our own inner child. Wink


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
Askobar
Jan 27, 2015

Childish outburst or not, oddheader does have a point. I think that when reviewing children’s games (be it for parents or for someone else) one should always try to get comments from the target audience, if possible. I’ve found it very effective. Firstly, children are usually refreshingly blunt and summarize plusses and minuses of a game, or a movie/book/comics for that matter, quite well. Also, comments might give the adult reviewer a new angle to the game.

And yes, I do realize that sometimes it’s not possible to get a child to review a game for a plethora of reasons, i.e. deadline approaching; children don’t want to try a game (“too old, won’t play”) and so on.
Overall Joe’s review was thorough and well-argued.

Cheers!


Comment on Gold Rush! Anniversary article:
Lambonius Lambonius
Jan 27, 2015

Whoa!  This actually came out?  Well, color me surprised.

Color me very unsurprised about the score though.  Yeesh.


Comment on Cthulhu's name invoked in comic Lovecraft spoof Gibbous news:
tsa tsa
Jan 27, 2015

That sounds promising, thank you! I’ll keep an eye on this game Smile


Comment on Cthulhu's name invoked in comic Lovecraft spoof Gibbous news:
Mr Underhill Mr Underhill
Jan 26, 2015

Hi tsa! Liviu here, lead writer & artist on Gibbous. Rest assured that every possible item/hotspot combination will yield different results. I am especially dedicated to this point, and this stems from what I personally love doing in adventure games - trying to explore and check out everything, if at all possible, and not enjoying being hit over the head with the same discouraging remark. Anyway, you don’t have to take my word for it - some time late this spring we’ll have a demo out!


Comment on In memory of Astrid Beulink article:
Melanie68 Melanie68
Jan 25, 2015

What a wonderful tribute to her. My condolences to her friends and family.


Comment on In memory of Astrid Beulink article:
suzannef
Jan 24, 2015

I really enjoyed her articles and am so sorry to hear that she is gone.  As a former chemo patient, I’m awed that she was able to do so much during treatment.


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
Jackal Jackal
Jan 24, 2015

Reviews like these are for parents, of course. I’d have thought that was obvious.

I guess it’s only fitting that such a childish outburst would happen on a kid game review. Ah well. Onwards and upwards.


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
oddheader
Jan 24, 2015

If this was written with the understanding that’s for it young children, then maybe at some point it should have been understood that 2-8 years old from 92 don’t read 2015 discourses on five star grading scales.

But alas perhaps I shouldn’t even bother, this comment will be edited and deleted just as my original comment was - voicing the discomfort of so has lead to my termination. Fortunately I can save these pages as is! Thank you Adventure Gamers, you guys have been amazing. Love you all!!!


Comment on Sci-fi mystery leads to Murder later this year news:
Porcupine Porcupine
Jan 24, 2015

I’m just about fed up with games that look awesomely exciting and exactly what I’d love to play, only to turn out not so much games but “story-driven” click-click-click-click-fests. Yes, the story IS the most important aspect of a game for me, but my involvement in it is EQUALLY important, and by that I don’t mean being reduced to “who you want to go talk to next”. Seriously, this is the n-th example of this sort of thing in the last few months - what the heck, are these “games” barely concealed ego-vehicles of their authors and their aspirations to be a book / screenplay writer…?!?


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
Jackal Jackal
Jan 24, 2015

I was responding to Milestone.

In answer to your point, however, the game was rated with the understanding that it’s for young children (as best any adult is able to do so). There’s a reason Humongous themselves improved the series after the first game.

But bear in mind that it’s not 1992 anymore. As you well know, we don’t evaluate games as if we’d all traveled back in a time machine.


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
oddheader
Jan 24, 2015

I agree. From my perspective though, if I were to voice an opinion on Putt-Putt at this age, I would maybe try to value a little higher the intention behind what the reviewer considers to be flaws. As a 6-8 year old playing this game, things like easily-discernible solutions, streamlined dialogue, and small environments did not take away from how well the game worked for me. The observations are still perfectly valid, but it does feel as though its reading for an adult modern adventure game audience and graded on the same scale, which maybe isn’t most appropriate for a 1992 edumentainment title - but still a valid opinion nevertheless.


Comment on Cthulhu's name invoked in comic Lovecraft spoof Gibbous news:
tsa tsa
Jan 24, 2015

That sounds interesting, especially the unique responses for every combination of inventory and other items. I hope those don’t boil down to: “You can’t combine this with that!” This game is worth keeping an eye on.


Comment on Putt-Putt Joins the Parade article:
Jackal Jackal
Jan 24, 2015

Games aimed at little kids come in all variations of quality, just like everything else.



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