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…well, in English, a strand is also a geographic term for any flat area of land bordering a body of water. A beach is a type of strand, I suppose. That makes the word stranding make sense, too.

The connection to German must be due to a similar etymology.

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Also truly one of the funniest parts about Death Stranding is the name. It’s so clever and sounds awesome, yet it’s basically a highly elevated pun with all but the most abstract connections to the narrative at the same time

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Yes, but what a pun.

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Gosh, what a weird and delightful game, the more time passes the more I realize how much I loved it.

Still haven’t played the Director’s Cut yet, even. I ought to do that somewhat soon in preparation for the sequel. Not too close to its launch so I don’t end up feeling fatigued by the gameplay (which honestly I doubt will happen but you never know) but close enough to the release so I can feel refreshed on the world for the sequel.

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I could buy this. I’d posit that a floating message on an invisible bridge is an instance of a strand-type mechanic, though I’d agree it isn’t a strand-type game writ large. Similar to RPG mechanics popping up in other genres, I think strand mechanics being borrowed piecewise elsewhere probably will have legs over the next few years.

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That’s a good catch, I don’t think I would have thought of that. Hard to say if this was intended, or, at least, even if it wasn’t intended it perhaps was too much trouble to discourage it.

That would be cool, I think. In the back of my mind I’ve always felt that some of the particulars of how multiplayer functions in Souls et. al, especially the ways in which it is arbitrarily limited, were more about technical limitations that were taken advantage of in a beautiful way. Or, just someone being fussy about how players should interact online, working for it being a very unique experience. I would be surprised to learn Kojima wasn’t heavily influenced by From in the making of Death Stranding.

…Still, it becomes a little disappointing year in and out to see the same limitations and gameplay situations over and over in roughly the same forms. Kinda like with Capcom and Monster Hunter sticking to some of the more persnickety aspects of online play that were perhaps more a requirement of the handheld format than really all that conducive to the experience, all the way up to Monster Hunter World, despite that game being on a home console.

It would be interesting to see From specifically try out some more strand type style mechanics, more tangible ways the asynchronous multiplayer can allow you to interact with other players beyond just leaving messages or doing live multiplayer.

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For what it is worth, just the existence of these bloodstains and messages let me know that I could jump over there, and that there was a small tunnel not visible from this angle that I could go through to find Some Stuff.

I didn’t even have to read the messages.

That’s some Strand-ish Action right there.

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The pedant/purist in me wants to say that these features are more incidentally strand-ish

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Jaffe called it “Listener Mail Bag” in the latest episode, probably because of this post.

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What is the Canadian bacon of video games?

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The movie or back bacon??

One time before I’d moved there and I was still vegetarian, I was staying with a friend in Toronto in the east end, and I went to a cafe and ordered a sandwich that had “peameal” on it not knowing what that indicated. I thought it’d be something like grits. So I ordered it and got handed this thing with great big slabs of back bacon on it encrusted in… peameal (might actually be cornmeal if what wiki says is true). After a minute of hemming and hawing I did in fact take it back to the counter to explain my confusion, and the barista fixed me a new one. She was visibly annoyed and I don’t remember how my replacement order tasted (actually no, I still remember it tasting unsubstantial and like it was missing something). Anyway that’s my back bacon story.

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who or what is the frank lloyd wright of videogames?

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Frank Lloyd Cifaldi

EDIT: But seriously, probably Will (Lloyd) Wright?

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Probably those people who make new games for old systems. They’re finding the harmony in the existing natural structures and building something modern around it, that will realistically only be experienced by a few people but admired from the outside by many.

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What is the “is a hotdog a sandwich” of videogames?

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It’s determining which games are puzzles, which are platformers, and which are puzzle-platformers.

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As a tedious meme conversation, unfortunately, it might be the “what is the X of videogames” question

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That was a joke, the “is a hot dog a sandwich” conversation is infinitely more tedious than any “what is the X of Y” conversation, because the question of whether or not a hot dog is a sandwich has an irrefutable, objectively correct answer (a hot dog is not a sandwich because the category of sandwich is not simply about the presence of certain superficial characteristics), and one’s coworkers just don’t actually want to think deeply about anything

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An ice cream sandwich is not a sandwich, it’s a preparation of ice cream which has been consciously styled as to be reminiscent of a sandwich. In essence the word “sandwich” in the name ice cream sandwich, rather than including it within the category of sandwich as the coworkers of the world would have it, actually defines it as being something categorically not a sandwich.

Burgers are perhaps one of the only true ambiguous cases because they once were considered to be sandwiches and are virtually identical to sandwiches in form and content, but, I would probably actually just lean on the idea that since we no longer call them “hamburger sandwiches” they have become their own offshoot subcategory of food preparation. A “burger” is some kind of formed patty of some kind of protein between two halves of a bun + toppings and condiments, and, for whatever reason, the forming of the protein into a patty of some kind makes it not a sandwich, because taxonomy is often logically inconsistent, whatever.

Maybe the only truly ambiguous food item is the McRib.

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