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i like the tales, i like the setting, the music, the dialogue, …

but there is one thing that bugs me out: the violence of the game.

i mean, most of us here are adults, so we can cope with the really cruel parts. guybrush’s decomposting body is used as dart-board-holder, he is beaten up really, really badly by lechuck (not like in somi, flying in the air there is rather funny; here you can almost feel his pain), noogie is killed off cold-blooded by his friends, whom guybrush talked niceley to hours before they do it, …

on the other hand, there is “pirate face-off” and not a single drip of blood in the game, both of which are “features” for people not older than 8. what wants this game to be?

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  • I was surprised to see hands cut off and people dying on-scene in TMI, but after the initial shock wore down I still liked the game(s) as much as I did before. But if there had been blood in any of these scenes, it would really have ruined it for me.

  • I dont think the game needs blood. Its good to keep the audience large. I would like to see the backgrounds and the whole area a lot more detailed though and a lot more items to examine or even pick up, even if they turn out to be useless in the end. Also the overall impression could be more rugged, as the game sometimes looks somewhat childish.

    I think chapter 4 had the best looks. MI 2 and CMI have great backgrounds and they do not look like small childrens games (unlike ch. 1). The plot and the dialogues were great. Maybe the game should look like its aimed for people older than 7 and be a little harder by increasing the number of details and items. I dont think young kids would lose interest if the game looked a little bit more matured and was tougher. At least I personally was fascinated by MI 1, 2, 3 playing them at around 10 years of age because they dont look childish and they were really hard at times.

  • Considering that the game is a comedy, and that its setting is essentially theme-park pirates, violence would be extremely out of place. It's got nothing to do with courting an audience.

    I feel the difficulty is in the right place. Gamers are being reintroduced to the adventure game, and for most other genres they're used to an experience which tailors its difficulty to their skill level. Adventure games can't exactly do that, because you can either work out a puzzle or you can't, so it's usually better design to pitch it easy and hope that people enjoy the story and the jokes if they didn't enjoy the puzzles.

    Still, Telltale seem to be getting better - the approach of being able to ask other characters for hints is a good one, and gives them room to be a bit more devious without being too hard.

  • On the topic of blood/gore and sex effecting rating, I've always found it rather funny that not showing blood gives a lower rating as it should be the other way around. If you're really worried about the message you send children which is the better message: "if you shoot someone they'll fall down and nothing more happens, they may even re-appear a few seconds later" (read halo 3) or "if you shoot someone there will be a lot of blood and they'll scream in pain and agony" (read any game rated 18+)?

    Same with sex/nudity really.

    Just my 2 cents.

  • @JohanShogun said: Same with sex/nudity really.

    What? Sex/nudity leads to blood, gore and people screaming in agony? What kind of depraved practices are you into?!

  • When I was 3 years old I was watching Rambo First Blood and Predator so, yeah....

  • @Gryffalio said: What? Sex/nudity leads to blood, gore and people screaming in agony? What kind of depraved practices are you into?!

    Are you sure you really want to know? ;)

  • The problem with including blood in any scene is that it sets a standard for the rest of the game... and in that case Guybrush getting his hand cut off should have resulted in fountains of blood or it would have seemed out of place. Telltale did the right thing I think. In regards to the kissing...no thank you. Pirates can do whatever they like in the privacy of their own homes but I don't wanna see it.

  • @doodo! said: When I was 3 years old I was watching Rambo First Blood and Predator so, yeah....

    And you turned out just great :D :thumbsup:

    @doodo! said: Are you sure you really want to know? ;)

    Aww, now you're making me desperate to know! :

  • @guitarsareboring said: Guybrush getting his hand cut off should have resulted in fountains of blood or it would have seemed out of place.


    in fact his hand was already kinda undead, maybe his body already shut of the blood flow into it.

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