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"objectively" and "quality is objective" oh no 2021 gonna be that kinda year



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:

"objectively" and "quality is objective" oh no 2021 gonna be that kinda year

From an objective standpoint, you can say 2021 is subjectively objective in the subjective focus of objective completion and therefore is subjectively more efficient than 2020 was with its objective overall, from a subjective point of view...objectively.

Last edited by Shiken - on 06 March 2021

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I bought my Switch in december 2019 and I like it a lot, the games library is amazing (with TLoZ: BotW and Maro Odyssey being among my favorite games overall), and I love how sleek, small and non-noisy it is. I don't use the portable mode that much but I really like the concept. Also, fortunately I have not had joycon drifting problems so far.



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Shiken said:
IcaroRibeiro said:

Your whole essay about CC plot and pacing is highly debatable. I don't find the passing bad, I only find the story confusing (and it's very confusing, I've only fully understand it many years later after reading internet articles) and I agree it's objectively unclear and can end being full of plot wholes for an average gamer 

But still, we can't just ignore all the subjective elements that compose a piece of media like games, because the subjective side is exactly where are the most important key elements of any game. If we start studying about game design, you will see there are very few guidelines of how to make a good game design

Instead that are exemples of why people think games X or Y have a good design and then essays explaining why the author think the game design is good or why such game design worked with a specific demographic of players. This is the subjective nature of video games in making, because the answer will fall into the personal preferences of people who enjoyed the said "well defined" games 

My biggest problem with the pacing of CC is the part where the story basically stops completely for a glorified fetch quest (getting the Dragon's blessings), that does nothing to advance the plot at all.  And mind you this is right after the Dead Sea, which was fantastic, so the wind is almost completely taken out of its sails halfway through the game.

This would have been better handled if they used that chunk of gameplay to flesh out the info dumps we recieved at the end of the game.  The reason Chrono Cross is so confusing is because the big reveal just throws too much info at the player at once, and then follows up with immediate plot twists that contradict what was just revealed before the player can even process what was given to them prior.

There was also good potential right after Terra Tower is raised, as this is where the endgame side quests come into play.  There were a few that were well done, such as the Orphanage of Flame or the whole Karsh and Dario sequence, but most of them were rather small.

Then the whole solution on how to even get to Terra Tower was just kind of random too.  Like it literally felt like a random thing that had no real plot relevance at all (Starky).

And don't even get me started on how little the Chrono Cross itself was explained.  Had I not looked it up, I would have never known how to properly use it to get the true ending.  The little hints were awesome, the problem is that there was nothing given to the player to suggest that there was even anything to look for in the first place.

Sorry for all that, I really hate tearing into one of my favorite games of all time, but I felt the need to clarify what I meant about the pacing.  It started off well up till after the Dead Sea, then comes to a complete stop, then bombards the player with too much stuff to process.  It is bad pacing at its finest.  It is almost like they got to the end of the game and realized, "shit we forgot to put all this important stuff...lets just shove it all onto disk 2 and call it a day!"

[Note: I'm answering to both of you at the same time.]

I've already talked too much about objectivity on these forums, but I can't avoid jumping into this topic again in this particular context. =P

I'll try to keep it brief this time (note from the future: I didn't make it): if just one person in the whole world can refute something with arguments, then that something is not objective. If someone enters this debate right now and that person tells that the pace of Chrono Cross is good because reasons, then that's not an objective matter. In fact, you only have to read the bold part of your comment to see a little contradiction in this regard: a specific segment of the game felt like random to you. Something feeling like whatever is the opposite of objectivity.

Now, is there something fully subjective in game development? Hell, no. Not even in disciplines like soundtrack, art direction, game design, script-writing, characterization, etc. All those disciplines are far from subjective, and there are in fact guidelines on how to do them right. In the case of game design, for instance, you can't just put items on the scene randomly, that's a bad game design: every element has to be there for a reason, even if that reason is simply to give all the parts of a scene the same weight, so that the combination of all of them looks more balanced.

Or another example: imagine that there is a level with a hidden entrance to an underground place, some sort of a pit that is not visible until the player does something on it. Well, a good design for that specific level would be placing a lot of its elements in a way that their main lines are somehow pointing towards the place where the pit is hidden, so that the player instinctively feels that that place is the key to get out of the stage. In addition, the hidden pit should be placed in a spot which, by its mere location, attracts the eye of the player. Well, nothing of this is subjective at all; I mean, it's not like: "Hey, I'm going to place this here because I think the scene looks cooler than if I place it there". No, that's not how it works by any means: game design has rules and guidelines, as well as good and bad practices, just like any of the other fields in game development and in any other artistic media.

Now, is all that objective? No, not at all either: there's not a unique way to design a game world, write a script, set the ambientation of a movie, etc. There are always many good and bad ways to do anything, and there will generally be people who like the result and people who dislike it. Of course, we can have certain intuition on the quality of a product as a whole or any of its parts, but there will never be an exact and undeniable value that serves to objectively measure that.

To illustrate this, I'll use something that I should've posted in these forums a couple of weeks ago (and which, by the way, I'd still like to go back to and finally post): it was an analysis of the villain in the movie Se7en. And the reason why I mention it here is that, as I said, there are good and bad practices in every field of the artistic creation, and that includes characterization. Well, this villain is basically a compilation of bad practices: when you see him in scene for the first time, you have to wonder how that can be a main villain in any movie, with such a dull and forgettable appearance and name (John Doe). In any other film, that would've been a terrible job of characterization. But... it works very well instead, and I'm regretting not having that post fully finished now, so that I could paste a link to the reasons why. Shame on me here.

Anyway, the villain is not the only element in that movie that is supposed to break rules and guidelines; there's a certain part of the story-writing that also goes totally against good practices, and also works very well in spite of that. I mean, Se7en could almost be a masterclass on how to make a good product using bad practices, lol. And why am I bringing this here? Because doing something that is theorically bad and yet making it work wonderfully on the practice speaks a lot of how little objectivity there's here. Now, in order to achieve something like that, you need to know very well what you're doing. I mean, that's not something subjective that you take out of your ass and do just because you think it's cool: there's theory and argumentation behind any decision and everything is done for a reason.

So, to sum it up, you can't objectively measure the quality of a game; there's just not such a thing. But... believing that some of its parts are completely subjective is also far from true. To sum it up even more, I disagree with both of you. =P But I also partially agree with both.

And, since this ended up being longer than I expected (as usual), I'll just leave it here.

[Edit]

I feel bad about the derailing thing, so...

I don't have a Switch, because I still haven't bought any of the consoles that are in production these days, so I won't rate it. But... I'm up to date with the announcements for all of them, and Switch looks like a device that I'll have lots of fun with when I can finally get one, so I'd probably give it a high score.

Last edited by Verter - on 07 March 2021

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Please, feel free to correct my English.

The thread seems to be derailing so this will be my last post on the subject, but I don't believe in any kind of objective definition of quality in video games.

Everything about how we perceive and interact with a game is down to chemical reactions in the brain that will differ wildly based on everything from an individual's unique brain chemistry to their past experiences. The very criteria we use to judge a game's quality varies according to individual philosophy. There isn't a game in existence where every single person's opinion of it is uniform.

When I say something is quality, I'm talking about my own opinion. Not sales. Not metacritic. An opinion, as expressed here as a person's subjective assessment, cannot be wrong, any more than someone's favourite colour can be "right" or "wrong".

But this is threatening to send the whole thread into an endless circular argument, so as I say I won't be further elaborating or responding in regards to this subject.

To bring things back to topic, if we don't only count exclusives and just count all high quality games, only SNES and Wii have more than Switch-to-date for me. It's already amassed a better library than the N64, Gamecube, Wii U, etc.

Switch lacking "features" doesn't really bother me; I only use consoles to play games, nothing else. Switch's OS is fast and snappy, suspending your game is an awesome convenience, that's all I ask for.

I personally haven't had an durability issues with it either.

Just give me a handful more games on par with the likes of Mario Odyssey or The Witcher 3 and it could do what I never thought any console could do and dethrone the SNES to become my all time top system.

Last edited by curl-6 - on 06 March 2021

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The Switch still seems fairly new despite reaching the four year mark. I didn't feel that way about other recent Nintendo systems, like Wii & 3DS at their 4 year marks (and of course the Wii U as well).

I'd probably give the Switch a 10/10 and maybe it's my favorite game system of all time. It does have my favorite 3D Mario, 3D Zelda, Smash, MK & Animal Crossing games. One big thing that kind of sucks (for me) is that I don't like the main series Pokemon games on Switch compared to prior entries. Might even skip DP remakes (ironically, Pearl was the first Pokemon game I preordered). Still though, the system seems to be doing great on almost every other front and still looks to have big games left to be released. I do also wish that their digital library of older games was better and extended past NES & SNES.



Imagine the Series S was Nintendo's next console. For $299. We'd all be happy. If Wii U games had been ported to be 4k/60hz on Nintendo's Series S, I'd have been happy, instead of just Wii U to Switch games barely improved, I would have been excited. Hopefully Nintendo still has a future product for me. Someone that has been waiting since the Wii U died to get excited again.



Alistair said:

Imagine the Series S was Nintendo's next console. For $299. We'd all be happy. If Wii U games had been ported to be 4k/60hz on Nintendo's Series S, I'd have been happy, instead of just Wii U to Switch games barely improved, I would have been excited. Hopefully Nintendo still has a future product for me. Someone that has been waiting since the Wii U died to get excited again.

While I can definitely understand the appeal that a dedicated Nintendo console on par with Xbox/PS has for a lot of us, I don't think it would make much sense for Nintendo; the whole point of the Switch has to unify their production pipeline and console/handheld divisions into a singular piece of hardware. To now make a separate console on par with Series S would require a ton of R&D, and undo that unification, meaning less games and the same droughts that crippled Wii U.



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curl-6 said:
Alistair said:

Imagine the Series S was Nintendo's next console. For $299. We'd all be happy. If Wii U games had been ported to be 4k/60hz on Nintendo's Series S, I'd have been happy, instead of just Wii U to Switch games barely improved, I would have been excited. Hopefully Nintendo still has a future product for me. Someone that has been waiting since the Wii U died to get excited again.

While I can definitely understand the appeal that a dedicated Nintendo console on par with Xbox/PS has for a lot of us, I don't think it would make much sense for Nintendo; the whole point of the Switch has to unify their production pipeline and console/handheld divisions into a singular piece of hardware. To now make a separate console on par with Series S would require a ton of R&D, and undo that unification, meaning less games and the same droughts that crippled Wii U.

I think it became unified because portable hardware became faster relative to home hardware. Even if they had a Series S device, you can still consciously choose to unify your software platform, since it takes 18 times more GPU performance to get from 720p/30 to 4k/60, there is still much to offer people in terms of upgraded Switch visuals while still having a base Switch game.

What you said earlier about your "experience matters" is so true. For example I paid a fortune for Virtual console titles on Wii U. Still use it all the time. Not only did my purchases not carry forward, I can't even buy most of them for Switch. Zelda: Minish Cap!!!

Meanwhile my Xbox / 360 / One / and Series X purchases are all shared...

Last edited by Alistair - on 11 March 2021

Alistair said:
curl-6 said:

While I can definitely understand the appeal that a dedicated Nintendo console on par with Xbox/PS has for a lot of us, I don't think it would make much sense for Nintendo; the whole point of the Switch has to unify their production pipeline and console/handheld divisions into a singular piece of hardware. To now make a separate console on par with Series S would require a ton of R&D, and undo that unification, meaning less games and the same droughts that crippled Wii U.

I think it became unified because portable hardware became faster relative to home hardware. Even if they had a Series S device, you can still consciously choose to unify your software platform, since it takes 18 times more GPU performance to get from 720p/30 to 4k/60, there is still much to offer people in terms of upgraded Switch visuals while still having a base Switch game.

What you said earlier about your "experience matters" is so true. For example I paid a fortune for Virtual console titles on Wii U. Still use it all the time. Not only did my purchases not carry forward, I can't even buy most of them for Switch. Zelda: Minish Cap!!!

Meanwhile my Xbox / 360 / One / and Series X purchases are all shared...

Yeah the way Nintendo handles retro game right now is atrocious.

As to a Series S like dedicated console that would play Switch games at 4K, would that sell enough to justify its costs? I don't think it would as the hybrid concept is such a key part of their current hardware's appeal.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.