Total Control Ep 68: Put a Diaper on it and Call it a Day

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

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Welcome to episode 68 of Total Control, oprainfall’s official podcast. Recorded on April 2, join Azario Lopez, Steve Baltimore, Vanille O’Neal, and Leif Conti-Groome as they discuss the happenings at GDC 2016 and the Final Fantasy XV event. Also discussed, Zero Escape 3, Nights of Azure, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, Trillion, and Atelier Rorona Plus.

The intro to Total Control was made by Anime Chris.

Joe’s Game of the Week:


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  • William Haderlie

    You cannot treat the responses that the internet makes to a request for questions like the internet respondents are a monolithic entity. They are not going to look at the previous person’s question and say, “Gee, someone already asked that question, maybe I should ask a different one.” If anything, they will want to reinforce the most important question to them. “Look, someone else asked it, so I am voting with my voice and show them that more than one person cares about this.” Mostly they are going to ask the most important or pressing question to them. And especially when they feel like they are under attack (in this case by SJW’s) by people outside of their social structure, they are going to be even more defensive.

    So, yes, I do feel a little bad for those developers that have to respond to that. But as someone who is adamantly opposed to censorship, that is about the only way to validly push back against it. If you just stop buying those games, you may send them the message, but you may also destroy that company. That being said, voting with your dollars is more effective. So I do use that personally at times as well.

    • Mr0303

      Voting with your wallet usually is the best thing to do, but it has to be combined with the backlash against censorship so that the company knows why they lost sales.

      The issue with niche games is that the dedicated fanbase wants to experience the game in its purest possible form.This is why the backlash to Criminal Girls’ censored punishment scenes and the European release of Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus, where the dialogue in the dressing room was removed, was so severe.

      Giving that we have had a rating system for years and that the average gamer is an adult, I’d much rather companies allow games to have a higher age gate than pander to sensibilities. This way you will not alienate your fanbase and you don’t have to put the extra work of altering the game.

    • Wolfe

      Well spoken.

  • Mr0303

    Steve’s mentions of Trillion have me kind of worried. I’m one person down and he’s currently at 780 billion HP. I know he has different forms that are likely to wreck me, but so far the issue for me is that the battles have a time limit. I initially thought that I would be able to switch between the girls after I escaped the first battle, but it seems that whoever you pick first is doomed. On my next playthrough I’m sacrificing the annoying characters.

  • Wolfe

    I’m going to make this short and to the point. I’m old. I remember the days of Dragon Ball Z’s ‘Next Dimension’ crap. Or the SNES losing sales because of the Mortal Kombat ‘sweat’. I’m not going back there. If you want to, you’ll do so without me.

    This is not a friendship between companies and consumers. They are asking us to pay upwards of 60+ dollars that most of us don’t readily have to throw around. If we’re getting what we consider a watered down product, we have a right to know, and a right to question it. And as it seems to continue being more and more of an issue with companies trying to appease non-gamers, you can expect it to become a more prominent issue.

  • tBanzai

    Steve… I love ya, but give the others a chance at the mic..

    • Steve Baltimore

      Yea I was chatty this time.

  • Panpopo

    This was a very interesting podcast. It certainly is discouraging and exhausting that questions to developers from fans are focusing around the negative, but that’s the sacrifice of more access to the development cycle and instant communication and information. Due to the sheer volume of games out there, people are asking these questions to know if they should spend their money and time on their product. We are consumers, their end user, and that is it.

    Nintendo drives this fact home hard. They have not changed their practices at all over the decades, and they never will. They control the narrative; they only communicate about their decisions when they want to, because they simply don’t have to.

    Also, I may be in the minority, but I LIKED FF13-2. It definitely felt more fun to play compared to FF13.