Weekly Wringer 102: The Extinction of AAA Titles

In this episode, the Commodore learns he needs to use better wording when asking questions, while he discusses the extinction (or lack thereof) of AAA Titles in the videogame industry. What do recent events tell us about the future of AAA titles? And if you like zombies, then next week’s question is for you. It’s the Weekly Wringer!

 

14 Comments

  • Markies
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM | Permalink

    I don’t have much on either topic, so this is going to be a short and sweet comment.

    I watched one episode of The Walking Dead and I thought it was absolutely awful. I haven’t played any Resident Evil games for more than 15 minutes. I did play Resident Evil 4 for a while and I want to pick that up eventually. I haven’t watched any of the Resident Evil movies either.

    For me, I’d probably prefer the Resident Evil zombie universe though. I like that it has a little cheese factor in the games and that is needed for zombies. The Walking Dead is too serious and too depressing sometimes that it makes it difficult to watch. I’d much prefer a little laugh that Resident Evil can give me.

  • KuraraII KuraraII
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    If I took into account the quality of TWD and RE, TWD would lose, badly. It is, in my opinion, one of the worst shows I have ever seen after season 1. The only thing redeeming about TWD is Telltale’s game.

    When I look at their universes, specifically at the sorts of zombies and the infection itself, I much prefer TWD over RE. I don’t like all those fancy fast zombies, flying zombies, giant zombies, etc.

    I prefer the shambling mindless hordes a la Romero.

  • Vulcan Assassin Vulcan Assassin
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM | Permalink

    I thought long and hard on this one. In the end I’, gonna have to break out of the mold on this one, and say: Neither.

    I’ve seen 3 seasons of The Walking Dead. The only reason I got that far was because I had the flu and just let Netflix run in bed all weekend. I try to like it, but I just don’t. It’s just bad. I could go in to reasons why but that’s not the question here.

    As for Resident Evil, there are some pretty good zombie action games there. Can’t give my opinion of the film, haven’t seen it. Resident Evil can’t be my choice either, because it seems more fantasy and less realistic to me. But honestly it probably boils down to the fact that I suck at RE games, so my painful memories in gaming are tied to it; all those brutal deaths in RE4 are still there.

    I’m going to go with the best zombie experience I have had recently, ZombiU. (yes, I am gonna be that guy). I thought it was better for many reasons. It doesn’t try too hard to explain itself or it’s origins. It isn’t kind to you (ever), and makes every last bullet count – if you are even lucky enough to have a bullet, and if you had the bullet you’d still be too scared to use it because of the noise. Your only goal is to survive any way you can (knowing you won’t). The best part about it, is you know no matter how hard you try, yourself and your generations on Earth are already screwed. You have to choices: Sit around and wait to die, or go out the door and die fighting. It’s a hopeless and scary universe – just as a zombie universe should be.

    And seriously.. all meme’s aside: Who is mowing the lawns in TWD’s universe?

  • punch_a_bunch_a_buttons punch_a_bunch_a_buttons
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

    That question is easy. I prefer the world of Walking Dead. Because it’s the world of the classic zombies. Slow and kind of stupid and it is so easy to be a hero in this world if you think before acting. On the apocalyptic world weather we are talking about the game or the movie, it doesn’t matter, there are more then zombies. There are all kind of creatures that don’t even end as they start. They mutate and become an even more of a dangerous, messy, ugly looking nightmare of something. I would probably die of a heart attack wondering when will a leach cut my head off or be gobbled up on a boat thinking I’m safe on water. You would need an arsenal and a base and a lonely, selfish life so you don’t care about others to just survive in the world of Resident Evil. Let’s face it, Leon and the others survive of sheer impossibility. They survive so that the storyline has reoccurring characters and not because they can survive… Imagine coming face to face even with Wesker. You need to be a super hero to have a chance.

    The world of Walking Dead on the other hand is extremely easy to survive on. The characters have difficulties making it because you need challenges to make an interesting storyline and of course the creators of Walking Dead stretch it so we get a lot of episodes… They always cry for a place to live, or that they don’t have food or they don’t have enough ammunition for the army of the dead… C’mon. In Texas alone there are probably 10 billion bullets. Blowing a slow moving zombie’s brain, how hard can it be? Here is an easy trick. If you want to clean about 1000 zombies from the streets of a city, take a radio place it in the middle of a road with a timer bomb. You would probably go from level 1 to level 28 if this was a video game. They can easily clean this mess in a few weeks or maybe months. Then they will have places to live and food in their tummies and they would be no reason to quarrel amongst themselves. Done deal.

    So basically anyone with a brain and some balls can be a hero in Walking Dead. And as they YOU ARE DEAD in the world of Resident Evil before you can make it.

    • punch_a_bunch_a_buttons punch_a_bunch_a_buttons
      Posted March 3, 2014 at 4:42 PM | Permalink

      Did i answered the right question, I’m not sure. I hope i did coz that was a long answer…

  • Red Mage Red Mage
    Posted March 3, 2014 at 11:40 PM | Permalink

    It’s not really fair to compare the two series. The Walking Dead is a more serious dramatic take on the zombie apocalypse while Resident Evil tries to emulate the cheesy B horror movie style of storytelling. Asking which is better is like asking if the drama movie genre is better than an action film. It really boils down to personal taste.

    I personally don’t care much for The Walking Dead. The Telltale games are pretty decent but I don’t follow the tv show at all. I can’t comment too much on the show because I’ve watched less than a handful of episodes but what I did see didn’t appeal to my tastes.

    I’m a fan of the Resident Evil series but I think Capcom has run the franchise in the ground after Resident Evil 0. I love Resident Evil 4 but its the game I feel the franchise started to lose its identity. The mystery and intrigue of the original game was great but the storylines got sillier as the series went on (I’m looking at you RE0. Leech zombies *facepalm*). It’s almost comical the amount of virus and other pathogens Capcom has written into the Resident Evil universe to make each games new gimmicky zombie type (T-virus, G-Virus, C-Virus etc.) I guess the new enemies got to come from somewhere…

    Honestly, I’m not interested in either series at the moment. It absolutely crushes me to push the Resident Evil series aside as the gamecube remake of the original Resident Evil is one of my favorite games of all time. I just wish Capcom could get their act together and bring the series back to its horror roots. The latest games the main characters are so armed to the teeth with weapons and ammo, the fear factor is almost completely eliminated. I don’t want the classic tank control gameplay back. I want Capcom to bring back the survival aspect while reinventing the series again with modern game mechanics.

  • cgoldsmith
    Posted March 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM | Permalink

    Unfortunately, walking dead puts too much drama in zombies for me to find it really entertaining. Half of the episodes don’t touch on zombies at all but rather the human condition (under extreme stress). Being old school on this topic I prefer the Romero zombie flick where the infected are mindless enemies and the survivors are essentially action hero’s. In that regard I think RE is the better series hands down. It just has more entertainment values and cherishes the standards set down by the previous generations of film / lit / art.

    But if the question is what universe do I like better its TWD. Zombie infection would be an apocalyptic event and I think TWD captures the post apocalypse feel very well… drama and all.

  • lucktacular lucktacular
    Posted March 5, 2014 at 3:51 AM | Permalink

    I, like many other people here, prefer the standard run-of-the-mill zombie horde of TWD. I don’t think the crazy fast, flying, tentacle sprouting zombies from RE make any sense if they’re supposed to be regular people infected with a virus.

    As far as the setting, TWD wins here as well. Any kind of survival movie/show always makes me think to myself, “How would I survive if I were thrown into this situation?” I can more easily imagine how I would handle myself wandering through zombie-infested cities, suburbs, and forests than a secret, underground Umbrella Corp facility.

  • I Feel Asleep I Feel Asleep
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

    I prefer The Walking Dead myself. I like the way that the zombies are more of a secondary threat. The main threat is almost always other survivors . Anyone can agree that you should kill a zombie when it shows up, but how to handle things like gathering supplies, finding shelter, and what rules to live by are much harder questions to answer. For me at least I enjoy these moral or ethical questions more than the more jump scare, action packed vibe that Resident Evil has. The Walking Dead is more based in reality, as much as anything based on the zombie apocalypse can be.

  • mrandycretin mrandycretin
    Posted March 6, 2014 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

    I was afraid your question was going to ask, “What is your favorite zombie universe?” Because i was only prepared to give an answer of my LEAST favorite. Luckily you gave us a choice between two; one of which, being that Leastiest Least Favorite. Or…Mostiest? Mostiest Least?

    I hate Walking Dead.

    Within a week before and after the premiere/end of a season, my facebook newsfeed is to be avoided. More so than during a presidential election or very important sporting event.

    The appeal of this show makes no sense to me. I stand by it just being a default “it’s got zombies, so i love it” setting everyone’s brains have had for the last 10 years.

    And I’m not biased against zombies. I use to love zombies. If there’s any reason I don’t know, it’s that The Walking Dead made me realize that zombies, like anything else, can be BORING.

    That show’s so boring I’ve heard it can make women miscarry.

    I was so excited when that show came out. “An hour-long, weekly drama…with zombies??” I said to myself. “Based off a well-received series of graphic novels? And the zombies look GOOD?! I’m in.”

    My girlfriend and I waited for an entire season to end before we started watching. “This will not be another Breaking Bad!” we said. We said to each other, “We will not be left hanging for a week!” So we proceeded to binge-watch the whole first season.

    One episode in. “Iiiit..’ll get better. YEAH! It’ll get better! Everyone said it’s SO GOOD.”

    You see where this is going. Each subsequent episode ended in further disappointment. We had no emotional attachment to any of the characters. It was just an impossible show for me to care about. I tried a few of the first episodes of the 2nd season, and a few random ones I’ve caught on T.V. here and there since.

    At least Resident Evil on the ps1 has a nostalgic place in my heart, and the movies are only an hour and a half long.

  • Young-blood Young-blood
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:59 AM | Permalink

    I’m going to have to add a qualifier to this question.

    If we’re talking about Resident Evil when it was purely zombies, then I would pick Resident Evil. The outbreaks in that world are contained to a degree (Granted, Umbrella has a lot of facilities worldwide, but not every single one has an incident that results in their new virus getting released on the populace), whereas, from what I understand, The Walking Dead’s outbreak is worldwide.

    HOWEVER, if we are talking the entire Resident Evil game Universe (4 onwards), then I would choose TWD, but it’s close. If I have to choose between a world where there are guaranteed slow zombies, or a world where, at any second, someone could decide to release parasitic/viral bio weapon #1313 on the unsuspecting public, I’ll go for the walking zombies.

    I’ll admit to not liking The Walking Dead as well, though.

  • Swizlet
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

    Neither.

  • Mog Mog
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

    Resident Evil. The WORLD of Walking Dead isn’t original or even slightly interesting. The characters and their interactions make that show. The RE world is what makes those games. The characters are either flat, cliché, laughably poorly written/voice acted or all of the above and the games are still good despite because of the atmosphere and the interesting world. WD could be set anywhere, in any world and it would be pretty much the same if not better.

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