Take That Video Games Discussion

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09:54:37 AM Nov 27th 2010
I don't think the Blur ad was entirely directed at Mario Kart. Modnation Racers also seems to be a potential target. There's also Zero Gear which could also be poked at.
10:30:45 PM Oct 26th 2010
I question the Left 4 Dead series 'take thats' on Dead Rising. I heard that Valve like Dead Rising. Are you sure it's not a shout out? Because it doesn't sound mean-spirited enough to be a take that.
09:02:45 AM Oct 27th 2010
A Take That! doesn't need to be mean spirited. It can be entirely jovial; the difference between it and a Shout-Out is a Shout-Out is just a reference, while a Take That! has the added connotation of either "but they're bad/not as good" or "we're better."

Think of it like good natured ribbing.
06:28:30 AM Jul 25th 2010
Civilisation: "To top that, one of the corporations you can start is Creative Constructions: The Ending sentence: "Perhaps if a construction executive had been present during the designing of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, it would already be complete and accepting donations for renovations."" First: in which part can you start corporations? Second: Explaining why this last sentence is a take that would be nice, to me it's just nonsensical babble...
06:26:03 AM Jul 25th 2010
edited by beagels
Stalker: "It's not much of a take that when, in his log, he's disappointed he couldn't FIGHT BEARS in the zone - his very first log just complains about the lack of killing anything." What is it if not a take that? Complaining about not beeing able to kill something seems like a exemplary take that, seeing as in Half Life killing is much more central than in Stalker...
05:26:55 PM Aug 12th 2010
it's a Take That! but not at valve, but rather at themselves for cutting the bears out
01:15:57 PM Apr 21st 2010
edited by BattleMage
Ok, let's take an in-depth look at M'iaq the lair's statements. Keep in mind you said that that most of them insult the audience:

1. "M'aiq knows much, tells some. M'aiq knows many things others do not."

His greeting. No insulting the audience.

2."M'aiq longs for a Colovian Fur Helm. Practical, yet stylish. M'aiq is very sad he does not have one."

He wore this helm in Morrowind, but not in Oblivion. Does not insult the audience.

3. "M'aiq wishes he had a stick made out of fishies to give to you. Sadly, he does not."

Meme on the official forums. Quite funny., and no insulting the audience.

4. "M'aiq believes the children are our future. But he doesn't want them ruining all of our fun."

As in Morrowind, there are no children to be seen. No insulting here.

5."M'aiq thinks his people are beautiful. The Argonian people are beautiful as well. They look better than ever before."

Some people believe that the NP Cs looked better in Morrowind, and that the beasts were ugly. No insulting the audience.

6."Some people wish to throw their weapons. That seems foolish to M'aiq. If you hold your weapon, you only need one."

Borderline insult.

7."Some people want special bows that take too long to load and need special arrows called bolts. M'aiq thinks they are idiots."

Wow, first definitive insult!

8. "Feet are for walking. Hands are for hitting. Or shaking. Or waving. Sometimes for clapping."

Unfortunately, you cannot kick. No insulting.

9. "M'aiq prefers to adventure alone. Others just get in the way. And they talk, talk, talk."

Some people wanted a multi-player mode or the ability to create a party like in D&D or Final Fantasy. This has always been a single-player game, and more party members would simply jump in front of you when trying to attack an enemy like most allies tend to do. No insulting the audience.

10. "People always enjoy a good fable. M'aiq has yet to find one, though. Perhaps one day."

Take that at competing franchise. No insulting the audience.

11. "So much easier to get around these days. Not like the old days. Too much walking. Of course, nothing stops M'aiq from walking when he wants."

He talks about fast travel. It's a good addition for those of us who don't like having Fake Longevity by making the game force us to backtrack. And, it's optional. No insulting.

12. "Why would one want to swing a staff? A mace hurts more. Or a sword. Can't shoot a fireball from a sword, though."

You cant use a staff as a melee weapon anymore, tough I'm not sure why you'd want to. No insulting.

13. "I do not wish to fight on horseback. It is a good way to ruin a perfectly good horse... which is, to say, a perfectly good dinner."

No horseback combat. A shame, but he doesn't insult anyone.

14. "Levitation is for fools. Why would we want to levitate? Once you are up high, there is nowhere to go but down." He does insult the audience, but this removal is quite justifiable. First of all, the worlds inside Oblivion gates would be broken by Levitation, since they rely on gates and spiraling buildings. And some dungeons have a one-way exit at the end that would be exploitable by levitation. Second of all, since cities are in separate cells, it wouldn’t be good to be able to fly into nothingness. He could have gotten his point across less insultingly, so I’ll give you that.

15. "M'aiq is glad he has a compass. Makes it easy to find things. Much better than wandering around like a fool."

Borderline insult. He’s referring to the quest arrow. Since most of the NP Cs have dynamic schedules, hunting down the correct NPC would be a chore without this.

16. "It is good the people wear clothing. M'aiq wears clothing. Who would want to see M'aiq naked? Sick, sick people. Very sad."

No nudity in the game. I wouldn’t call this one insulting since you ARE sick if you want to see that.

17. "I don't know why one would want to destroy a building. It takes time to make it. Much time."

You can’t destroy buildings. No insulting.

18. "I have seen dragons. Perhaps you will see a dragon. I won't say where I saw one. Perhaps I did not."

No dragons or insulting.

Werewolves? Where? Wolves? Men that are wolves? Many wolves. Everywhere. Many men. That is enough for M'aiq.

No werewolves or insulting.

Depending on what you consider to be an insult, 2-4 out of 18 insult the players. That isn’t “most” of his statements.

06:22:37 AM Mar 19th 2010
edited by suszterpatt
Removed this: "Deus Ex's title is a Take that aimed at the video game industry's reputation for poor script writing and frequent invocation of Deus ex Machina." The game's title is a wordplay on the literal meaning of "deus ex machina" ("god from the machine"), and refers to some of the issues around which the game's plot revolves (e.g. using nanotechnology to create superhuman soldiers, or AI/datamining algorithms to monitor and govern people).
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