Vidjagame Apocalypse 182 – Cel-Shaded to Stand the Test of Time


With the legendary Okami turning 10 in North America this week, Michael Grimm joins us for a look at five cel-shaded games that – partly because of their graphics, and partly because of their forward-thinking design – still hold up alongside modern games. We then speak with special guest Arthur Parsons of TT Games about the second year of LEGO Dimensions, touch lightly on the Digital Homicide debacle, and look at the classic games you’d like to see turned into crazy neon caricatures of themselves.

Question of the Week

What’s you favorite food item from video games?



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22 thoughts on “Vidjagame Apocalypse 182 – Cel-Shaded to Stand the Test of Time

  1. Sorry Chris,

    I understand your enthusiasm for games like Lego Dimensions, but to me it and games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity are fucking *evil*.

    To me, those figures in those games (and amiibos count as well), are DLC. DLC you can only access by paying for an overpriced figure. And those games train kids to accept that DLC is an acceptable part of the industry, when all it does is cut out content from games when it should be included and gouge consumers.

    These games are no better than pay to win cell phone games. Pure evil. I don’t think you’re evil for covering them, but I’m disappointed to see people hype these games when they are nothing more than merchandise cash cows for junk that people don’t need.

      1. I disagree completely. It’s teaching kids how to purchase and access content. And these games are teaching them it’s okay to purchase it bit by bit and be gouged by companies who have no qualms about exploiting kids and their parent’s pocket books.

        1. All of gaming is a product for you to buy. All of it is only as worthwhile as the money you’re willing to put down. If people like buying collectible figures they can. If people don’t like them and don’t buy them the market will weed them out. Me and my kids buy Amiibos. Not for their amazing game enhancing characteristics, but because we like having and displaying the figures. Gaming is a product, not a lifestyle. Toys to life don’t exploit anyone anymore than any other product. But you’ve already made your decision that the evil empire is forcing people to buy things that they absolutely do not need to buy under any circumstance. Your way of playing and the things you enjoy are the only thing that matters in the gaming world though. We’re all just sheep and you should feel sorry for us with your self-righteous bullshit.

          1. I can kind of see where he’s coming from though yes, gaming is indeed a product, one of luxery specifically.

            But I do feel like toys-to-life games are teaching children intentionally or not, to never expect a finished product and that in order to see more, they need to spend more. The problem is that kids are malleable and easy to influence, it’s part of why my generation demonized toys/toyetic products, because they were made to sell kids shit.

            Just because it’s a game doesn’t mean it’s any different- toys-to-life games like Lego Dimensions and Skylanders are the new GI Joe, the new Transformers, the new Ninja Turtles, the new Pokemon.

            But since I got vasectomy and I don’t plan to adopt children or date someone with kids, and I give zero shits about Lego’s or toys in general, none of the above matters to me. Just figured I would clarify what was his point.

  2. QOTW: As a child I was taught through video games that food from the ground was OK to eat. My favorite food item is the fully cooked turkey from the Streets of Rage series. The only reason this is my favorite is that it comes out of garbage cans

  3. QOTW: I have to go with Fallouts Nuka Cola. I don’t know what’s in it that lets it last through 200 years of nuclear apocalypse, but scientists made it, so it must be good.

    Packed with real sugar, lightly carbonated and irradiated for your enjoyment.

  4. Woo the hipster of LaserTime Michael Grimm! Pumped to listen.

    Also notable, I now have an itchy sunburn again that I based my name on when I made this account 4 years ago.

  5. Asiatic Bear Intestines aka “Black Bear Horumon” from Yakuza 2. Yeah I know I’m repeating myself. One of the missions was to find this elusive dish and I quite like the sound of it, even if the chef keeps putting in Shogi pieces.

  6. Is this going to turn into the month of Okami? Next week top 5 games inspired by legend of zelda, then top 5 games where you play as a wolf, top 5 games where you use art to fight, top 5 games where the sequel has chibi versions of the main character, top 5 games who’s characters appear in mvc 3. I’m just messing with you guys I like Okami too but haven’t finished it I need to go back.

  7. Hmm… I remember reading that people HATE cel-shading graphics and would prefer 3D/realistic graphics, and looked it up again. Personally, I think it just depends on the developer, but I am usually not impressed with Western Developers who attempt cel-shading, especially when it’s more like a skin rather than an actual sculpture material.

  8. I always love when Mr. Grimm makes an appearance to talking about ye olde vidja.
    Cell shading is a great visual style for games, especially those based around comic books. Ultimate Spider-Man certainly holds up a lot better graphically than any other pre-HD 3D Spidey game.

  9. No shit I introduced a special lady friend of mine to JSRF just the other week. It is my comfort food that I play when I’m having a bad day.

  10. In the Monkey Island games, the most popular drink in the region is Grog.
    The ingredients include Kerosene, Propylene Glycol, Artificial Sweeteners, Sulfuric Acid, Rum, Acetone, Battery Acid, red dye#2, Scumm, Axle grease and/or pepperoni. It is surprisingly similar to Kracken Spiced Rum. You use grog to solve a variety of puzzles throughout the series. For example, in the first game, you have to use grog to melt the lock off a nearby door. The challenge is that in order to transport said grog, you have to carry it in a mug, which quickly dissolves as you carry it.

  11. The Tales series had an ‘ultimate’ dish as part of the cooking system called ‘Mabo Curry’, which basically was combining spicy Mabo Tofu with Japanese curry rice. At the time I was really into making my own Japanese curry and really wanted to try combining the two dishes, thinking they were compatible. Thankfully it tasted great and didn’t give me food poisoning, and now it’s part of my cooking repertoire.

  12. Calling out Grimm on Auto Modellista! Nah, just kidding. It’s a love it or hate it game (I personally do love it, but it’s definitely not for everyone) and I wrote about it recently, because nobody else is ever going to.

  13. QotW: A mother fucking rare candy from pokemon, like a steroid it makes you level up but stunts your potential growth. Or OR OR whatever the hell a Rage candy bar is or maybe a Lava cookie because that doesnt sound yummy. In the first games they say somewhere that farfetch’d were almost driven to extinction because they are delicious, yeah that I wanna eat an actual pokemon.

  14. The biggest takeaway from this episode is that Michael Grimm really needs to start a political podcast, ideally with co-host Bob Mackey and a bottle of whisky.

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