"My God Muluk! What're you doin', huh!?"
I played the shit out of this game...
|Void 71 |
This and Munch's Oddysey are my favorite Oddworld game. I still can't figure out what they were thinking when they made Stranger's Wrath, though.
This game is brilliant. One of my all-time favorites.
|Caminante Nocturno |
I sucked at this game, but at least I had fun sucking at it.
I actually managed to get all the way to the end and then some weird glitch happened where the head villain guy wouldn't fall through the trap door you had to put him through and I couldn't beat the game. Still..it's a great game.
Wasn't this supposed to come out on Xbox Live or something?
The OddBox finally released on Steam, and the PS3 got Stranger's Wrath HD (XBL release pending).
They're also making a game called Abe HD, which the devs have this to say: "We havenít decided whether to make Abeís Oddysee, Abeís Exoddus, something new, or a combination of the above."
I'm just glad they're still around. I love Oddworld.
This is a little long, but a fascinating read from Oddworld Inhabitants FAQ site:
Why do Mudokons have four fingers on each hand in Abeís Oddysee but only three in Abeís Exoddus?
Well, itís a long story that needs to be told. So here it isÖ Japan has a strict discriminating policy against any simulated characters entering their country with four fingers. Historically, Japan has had a subclass of meat packing workers that were typically looked down upon in their society. In later days, the blatant displaying of a four fingered hand gesture, intentionally directed at another, came to mean that you were calling them a member of the meat packing sub class. Which, we understand, was not at all a compliment.
It appears that the four finger connection with the meat packing class was due to work related accidents, but was so frequent that it came to symbolically represent the sub class. It seems as though this is a part of the Japanese history that some groups within Japan would like to see forgotten. Therefore, it is at great risk that you publish four fingered characters in Japan, as you may very likely end up in legal battles with a vociferous pressure group. This group claims that this type of representation is equivalent to and as degrading as the yellow star forced to be worn on Jews by the Nazis during the Second World War. That is, itís offensive and degrading unless they can extort enough money out of you. Then itís all okay. Case in point: We were told that the Walt Disney Corporation is charged five million dollars a year by this group so that Mickey Mouse may live in Japan and retain his original four fingered design. Otherwise, old Mickey would need to see a surgeon and have something done about that insulting forth finger.
The moral of this story isÖ if you want to pay, then itís okay. If you donít want to pay, then itís a horrible insult to our culture. In other parts of the world we have a word for these types of two-faced tactics. We call it extortion. If it is truly offensive and degrading, then donít allow it at all. But to allow it for a priceÖ is to belittle the case altogether. It suggests that the real truth behind these groups is that they are using the darker moments in their own culturesí history as an excuse to coerce money out of content providers.
Well, being that this is Oddworld, we felt that this seemed like a perfect addition to the Abe story. We thought it was ironically perfect that he was being discriminated against for being who he was. As the message came from Japan, ďThey donít like his kind here,Ē with the sincere suggestion, ďJust chop off one of his fingers cause you donít have the money to pay upÖĒ caused us to feel that we indeed needed to allow Abe to go through the suffering that goes along with being a poor slob at the bottom of the Food chain. Yup, we chopped off his finger so that the Japanese wouldnít get offended (or paid). He didnít like it one bit, but due to the fact that their ainít much he can do about itÖ we decided that he could donate his finger rather than us donating five million dollars. Such is life in Japan when youíre a four-fingered meat packing worker.
And that is how Abe lost his finger in Japan. Heís still pretty pissed off about it, but we convinced him that with the amount of games sold in Japan, he still might be able to get his message through to their culture someday. As a true believer in his cause, he felt that the sacrifice of a finger was but a small price to pay in hoping to shed some light on discriminations and injustices the world over.
Never played any of this stuff. This video makes me wish I did. I was such an uncultured gamer. I never knew about any of the good shit until years and years later. Steel Batallion came out in 2002, and I found out about it like a month ago. It may not be the greatest game ever but it sure as hell has the greatest controller.
I would kill to have been able to use that in the MechWarrior games. Or for another MechWarrior game.
Or any game that lets me build my vehicle/weapon before a mission, why the fuck did that entire mechanic die out? It was awesome...
I had a whole lot of fun with this game but I think I got stuck after a few worlds in. Either way frustrating and fun just like games are meant to be, plus it was usually really satisfying to watch Abe die.
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