26 comments on “TSM Episode 356: The 2015 Awards Show”

  1. LOL, I remember when we took that picture! BEST. DAY. EVARRR! :D

  2. Can you explain to me why Undertale is bad? Is it just the pacific mode thing? I don’t know anything about it other than it seems to get the hipster stamp of approval?

  3. We talked about it extensively in this very podcast. It is a profoundly sanctimonious game which is very much up its own arse. It, itself, thinks it is much better than it is, and it is vaunted by people who want to justify their playing of it without any respect to the actual quality of the game itself. These people are usually keen to demonstrate that they have some kind of SJW, hipster, or art-gamer credibility because they ‘liked Undertale’, which is a bit like claiming that one is an art critic because one ‘likes finger-painting’.

    Mechanically and aesthetically, it is little better than many of the games that Bup plays on Greenlight (and worse than some of them). However, because it has the combined SJW and Hipster seal of approval, it is being treated like a new Earthbound.

    I watched Blitzmage play a couple of hours of it on his stream, and I am not exaggerating when I say that it is one of the worst things I have ever watched. It’s the kind of thing I would expect Bup to play as a joke. I even looked up two different YouTube videos of people playing the beginning of the game after Blitzmage claimed that the end was different in style and substance (it was not).

    I encourage you to avoid it. If you have the money and time to waste, you are of course welcome to play it yourself and see what we are talking about. But honestly, you can log on to tumblr and tell everyone that you finger your own asshole, and you will achieve roughly the same effect, without costing you anything.

  4. @SN: I remember as well. Was it absolutely necessary to wake me up in the middle of the night and show me visions of my own demise? Could it not have waited until morning? Where is the decorum?

  5. Haven’t listened yet, but my podcast RSS reader pulled last week’s title for this episode, which may be something you want to look into.

  6. @A Mad Rice Lid: Thank you for the heads-up. I’ve fixed the error.

  7. My favorite game of the year is The Witcher 3. Excellent writing, great characters, challenging gameplay, a well made soundtrack (the theme of the Skellige Island!), and absolutely gorgeous graphics made this an easy choice. Bloodborne is great as well and Phantom Pain ranks highly too.

  8. I think that Bup’s grueling schedule of reviewing the worst of Greenlight has broken his perception of good and bad!

  9. Thanks for the podcasts throughout the year. I’m looking forward to the next year of excellent content.

    That said, the worst part of Undertale are the fans.

  10. @LC11: That said, the worst part of Undertale are the fans.

    You’ve got that right!

  11. The Hills Are Alive, With the Sound of Info Blast

    This week’s panel
    Silicon Noob
    Lusipurr
    Also featuring:
    Bup

    Personal Best of 2015
    Axium Verge

    MGS5?

    NEWS Worst of 2015 (Bile, Vinegar, and Piss)
    Worst Company
    Konami/Double Fine
    I think Konami should have still won. They produced games in 2015.

    Worst Hardware
    Retro VGS
    I didn’t follow this story at all, but the first impression of the console is entirely underwhelming.

    Worst Game
    Undertale
    I know nothing about this game, and now desire to keep it that way.

    Low Points
    FF15 Demo
    Did anyone expect to like this? After all of the news about how this game was going to be, how could you?

    FF7 HD
    Did anyone expect to like this? I know tons of people were excited about the remake, but it should have been obvious that SE would do something like this.

    Bup Talk
    Absent Again

    Imitanis Literature Corner
    The Once and Future King by T.H. White
    Ch 14?
    I haven’t gone back yet. I will soonish.

    Imitanis Gaming Entertainment? Moment
    BACK TO D&D!

    LAST TIME ON DiceAdmiral’s D&D Adventures
    The Cast

    THIS TIME:
    The crew spent a pretty long time sitting around on the ground floor of the upper tower licking their wounds and staring at walls. Tim the NPC spent this time looking at his locket with a picture of his wife and daughter. The players asked him about it, but were bored by his answer that he was worried about returning to the village in time to meet them as they return from their trip abroad. The party eventually proceeded to the second level of the tower and found some sort of bizarre ritual going on. An old hag was pouring magical energies into a spell-orb of unknown power and effect. She was guarded by two Iron Guardians (animated metal guard dogs). There was also a small group of humans playing cards nearby. Without any notice whatsoever, the party attempted to slay the card players. The party controller decided to use one of his powers to push the hag away from the orb and to push one of the animate dogs into the orb stand. The hag was knocked across the room and dazed, her orb crashing to the floor, it’s energies uncontrolled. As the party mopped up the rest of the enemies, the orb exploded, releasing a dragon into the room.

    I have decided not to use traditional dragons in this campaign, so this is a storm dragon. It has Lightning, Cold, and Thunder powers and the color and demeanor of a thunder-head. After nearly killing the part in its opening breath weapon salvo, it proceeded to miss almost every single attack (stupid +6 to hit). Dragons are not simple beasts, so, preferring defenestration to demise, sprinted for the hole in the tower wall, provoking several opportunity attacks on the way. The last attack did manage to kill the dragon, right on the icy edge. As it died, its momentum carried it over the edge and plummeting into the chasm below. This is where we stopped for the session.

    Remember now, that there is a blizzard at work outside, so with the snow and wind the players may, but are unlikely to, hear the thuds and bangs as the remnants of the bridge that they crossed are destroyed by the massive weight of a dragon falling on them. There are a number of neat magical texts and tomes on this floor if the PCs decide to stop and check it out, but for every 10 minutes that they wait, I roll a d4 and that many villagers are killed on the tower peak to fuel the terrible magic being perpetrated there. So far, it’s looking rather grim.

    DiceAdmiral Travel Moment
    I recently traveled through an extraordinary amount of traffic to see The Sound of Music on stage. The trip should have been about 3 hours but ended up being about 9. We had to exchange our tickets for a different day and then the box office put us in the nosebleed seats for the pre-intermission section, before being scowled/strong worded into fixing their F&*kup. The show was great, but the experience was soured a bit by an excruciating driving experience and terrible theater manglement.

    Final Notes
    Lusipurr Media Enthusiasts might be a bit too strong a term to describe how your visitors feel about the site from my perspective.

    What’s a weskit?

    Final Quotes
    “Who knows?” The Shadow knows!

    Donators
    Cumulative total record holder: Imitanis
    Single Donation record holder: Imitanis

    Donators eligible for end of year drawing: UNKNOWN

    [It takes a long time to check all of these links–it has to be done manually because many of these links don’t get picked up in the previewer correctly–so you might want to scale it back to what is necessary so that I can moderate it more quickly. -Lusi]

  12. @DiceAdmiral: That trip sounded like the perfect time to put on a few podcasts from the L.com back catalogue. I assume you drove and therefore could not entertain everybody else in the car by playing Theatrhythm (or any equivalent for devices you own) at full volume for the duration.

    *This message brought to you by Imitanis at the request of Lusipurr*

  13. @DiceAdmiral:

    Tim the NPC spent this time looking at his locket with a picture of his wife and daughter. The players asked him about it, but were bored by his answer that he was worried about returning to the village in time to meet them as they return from their trip abroad.
    The party were BORED by his honest answer? Tim should knock the party on their asses.

    Without any notice whatsoever, the party attempted to slay the card players.
    Are the party puritans?

    There are a number of neat magical texts and tomes on this floor if the PCs decide to stop and check it out, but for every 10 minutes that they wait, I roll a d4 and that many villagers are killed on the tower peak to fuel the terrible magic being perpetrated there.
    Expect them to arrive next week. Everyone will be dead.

    The show was great, but the experience was soured a bit by an excruciating driving experience and terrible theater manglement.
    There is no excuse for bad customer service. Mistakes happen, and the correct response is to CORRECT THE MISTAKE. When the mistake goes uncorrected, frustration is justified.

    Lusipurr Media Enthusiasts might be a bit too strong a term to describe how your visitors feel about the site from my perspective.
    Nonsense!

    What’s a weskit?
    Try this: http://www.oed.com

  14. @Imitanis:
    I don’t subject my loved ones to TSM. It takes a trained ear to appreciate it. Also, I was the driver and traffic would occasionally move by a few feet, so I couldn’t use any sort of handheld device. I also don’t own theatrythm.

    @Lusi:
    “The party were BORED by his honest answer? Tim should knock the party on their asses.”
    Yeah, I think they were hoping that he had some sort of magic do-hickey and were disappointed by the world building. At this point Tim would be entirely incapable of defeating any member of the party except maybe the cleric, but he’d be hard pressed to do more damage than she could heal. He’s just a regular town guard type guy with a halberd. I didn’t want a helper NPC to overshadow the players, so he has no special powers (yet). Unless you just mean that he should knock them over? If that’s the case then that’s the one cool thing that he can do with his halberd.

    “Expect them to arrive next week. Everyone will be dead.”
    Not too far from the truth. The players did abort an earlier attempt to storm the towers, so it has been over a day since everyone was taken. It did take a substantial amount of prep time to get the spell going though, so it won’t be a complete massacre.

    “There is no excuse for bad customer service. Mistakes happen, and the correct response is to CORRECT THE MISTAKE. When the mistake goes uncorrected, frustration is justified.”
    I think they could have fixed it before the show, but the lobby lights were already flashing when we arrived, so we might have missed part of the show if we’d decided to argue with the box office. There was also still a line of people getting tickets at the time, so it would have been slow.

    “Try this: http://www.oed.com
    A weskit is a dictionary?

    I also forgot to point out that you now have a years worth of episodes if someone were to consume an episode daily.*

    *Do not consume Starlight Megaphone(R) daily. Exceeds recommended weekly allowance.

  15. I didn’t follow this story at all, but the first impression of the console is entirely underwhelming.

    It was the most poorly administered crowd funding initiative in the history of online panhandling. It was a complete shitshow full of bile and recriminations made by the Retro VGS team against their potential customers, because their customers were demanding more information and accountability from the team. I wrote extensively on this back in September, but it’s hardly worth reading about now simply because gamers were too smart to fall for this nonsense, and sent them packing. I expect the same thing to occur when these clowns launch their Coleco Chameleon campaign.

  16. Just like to add: Souls/Bloodborne -is- the spiritual successor to the days of Symphony of the Night and I’m glad gamers picked up on that finally. More importantly, I’m glad we still have a gaming world where that kind of title can not only succeed but thrive.

    And I’m with Julian on One Punch Man. Saitama cannot be replicated. And that show is the single best offering anime has had in at least a decade. If it doesn’t get a second season then Japan has lost its collective mind. We need more shows with that kind of smart writing and exceptional art.

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