Main Menu

The divide between old-school and new-school adventure games...

Started by Numbers, October 07, 2017, 03:16:20 PM

Previous topic - Next topic

Numbers addition to the divide between those who love adventure games and those who just don't care.

In my latest YouTube perusing, I came across this Hsu and Chan video discussing the adventure gaming genre.

If you're unfamiliar with Hsu and Chan, it was a comic strip that debuted in 2000 in the now-defunct Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine, where each strip tackled whatever was trending in the gaming industry at the time, before it moved on to legitimate comic books with full stories that didn't have much to do with games, Internet comics with even longer stories on the Spookingtons home page, and now finally resides on YouTube in animated shorts, all of which are filled with hilariously snarky commentary. It's one of my favorite comics runs of all time, even with how atypical its presentation is (I dare you to come up with another comic strip that is a gaming magazine cartoon, a full-blown comic book, a set of Internet short stories, and a series of YouTube videos all at the same time, and all written, drawn, animated and voiced by the same guy).

In this video, Hsu and Chan sit down and watch clips from Thimbleweed Park, with varying opinions. Hsu, the nasally-voiced one on the left, doesn't like adventure games for (mostly) valid reasons, while Chan, the baritone-voiced one on the right, loves them, also for (mostly) valid reasons. Chan goes into detail on why some people prefer older adventure games over newer ones, and also discusses the clashes in tone that the genre got hit hard with--specifically, the type of humor that the games' creators have--while Hsu checks out midway through after experiencing PTSD over never being able to figure out what purpose the chainsaw from Maniac Mansion serves (spoilers for those who haven't played the game yet, it's a red herring). Every side is presented fairly, I think.

And before you get angry at Hsu for attacking adventure games, just remember that he is not necessarily a mouthpiece for the author any more than Chan is, and again, both characters' dialogue is written and voiced by the same person.

Why am I sharing this video with you? Because it's funny, dammit.
I have no mouth, and I must scream.


MOD EDIT: He was a subtle spambot, but still a spambot. And now he's banned.