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Important thing to remember if frustrated by Agro’s controls:

This is not Zelda. You’re not controlling Agro directly like you more or less do with Epona or the Loftwing. You are still controlling Wander who is riding Agro.

Just give the horse enough rein to do his own thing, he has a mind of his own and knows his own limits. You don’t need to oversteer on narrow ledges - Agro’s got it figured out and will turn as needed. If you need to maintain top speed, tell Agro that - keep tapping the horse button while turning and he’ll stay at full gallop.

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tisinfamous:

Someone needs to tell me why a Shadow of the Colossus movie should be an actual thing. - SM
Movies: SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Film Adaptation Tags In New Director

What. The. The film is still a thing. I’m.
…You know, if they release it as a promo to announce The Last Guardian finally coming out, it could be the crappiest game movie to ever be crap and I’d be all right with that, but otherwise… what. Also: why.
I could see SotC as a miniseries, maybe, but you’d have to like go into the backstory with flashbacks or something and have an episode per Colossus. And then it would still break a lot of things because half the reason the game is so beautiful is how vague the plot is. Players get out of it what they bring to it.
The other half is the fact that it’s a videogame so it’s not just Wander out killing the Colossi, you are, and you, the player, have to decide for yourself if it’s worth it or not. All that delicious moral ambiguity. I just can’t see that surviving Hollywood - Domin will be unambiguously evil, and/or Wander will be unambiguously good (and probably an action hero which he really isn’t, that’s part of the appeal, Wander’s clumsy and awkward and clearly not in the ideal shape for this kind of thing), etc.

tisinfamous:

Someone needs to tell me why a Shadow of the Colossus movie should be an actual thing. - SM

MoviesSHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS Film Adaptation Tags In New Director

What. The. The film is still a thing. I’m.

…You know, if they release it as a promo to announce The Last Guardian finally coming out, it could be the crappiest game movie to ever be crap and I’d be all right with that, but otherwise… what. Also: why.

I could see SotC as a miniseries, maybe, but you’d have to like go into the backstory with flashbacks or something and have an episode per Colossus. And then it would still break a lot of things because half the reason the game is so beautiful is how vague the plot is. Players get out of it what they bring to it.

The other half is the fact that it’s a videogame so it’s not just Wander out killing the Colossi, you are, and you, the player, have to decide for yourself if it’s worth it or not. All that delicious moral ambiguity. I just can’t see that surviving Hollywood - Domin will be unambiguously evil, and/or Wander will be unambiguously good (and probably an action hero which he really isn’t, that’s part of the appeal, Wander’s clumsy and awkward and clearly not in the ideal shape for this kind of thing), etc.

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sparkylurkdragon:

I remember one time I got into a YouTube argument with a person over Wander being evil or not.

No, let me back up. I once got into a YouTube argument with a person on whether or not Shadow of the Colossus allows for multiple interpretations, or whether art in general does.

Which, um. Honestly I think the answer to that is pretty obvious. Countless words have been written around tiny minute differences of opinion on what a work of art is trying to say, what the creator actually said, and what it said to an individual even if the creator didn’t actually mean to say that.

That’s part of why SotC is such a highly-praised game - the story and everyone’s relative morality is ultimately left up to each player to decide. And I wouldn’t have it any other way: yeah, I’m sympathetic to Wander and ultimately on his and Dormin’s side in all this, but other folks aren’t and that’s totally cool. Literally everybody in that game is dodgy (aside from Agro, yes even Mono if you get into the theorizing about ICO), but just which dodgy people you decide to support - even none of them! - falls to you.

There’s such a lot of power there. With Shadow of the Colossus, what you come away with depends a lot on what you bring to it.

The denouement of this is that this person was so incised that someone interpreted a videogame differently from him, a videogame that the creator is on record wanting players to form their own opinions about to the point he refuses to explain what’s going on for fear of crushing players’ creativity, that he left a nasty comment on my YouTube page.

I guess stuff about gamers being shitheads about the medium being criticised, combined with a general Team ICO kick I’m on right now, made me remember it.

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I remember one time I got into a YouTube argument with a person over Wander being evil or not.

No, let me back up. I once got into a YouTube argument with a person on whether or not Shadow of the Colossus allows for multiple interpretations, or whether art in general does.

Which, um. Honestly I think the answer to that is pretty obvious. Countless words have been written around tiny minute differences of opinion on what a work of art is trying to say, what the creator actually said, and what it said to an individual even if the creator didn’t actually mean to say that.

That’s part of why SotC is such a highly-praised game - the story and everyone’s relative morality is ultimately left up to each player to decide. And I wouldn’t have it any other way: yeah, I’m sympathetic to Wander and ultimately on his and Dormin’s side in all this, but other folks aren’t and that’s totally cool. Literally everybody in that game is dodgy (aside from Agro, yes even Mono if you get into the theorizing about ICO), but just which dodgy people you decide to support - even none of them! - falls to you.

There’s such a lot of power there. With Shadow of the Colossus, what you come away with depends a lot on what you bring to it.

The denouement of this is that this person was so incised that someone interpreted a videogame differently from him, a videogame that the creator is on record wanting players to form their own opinions about to the point he refuses to explain what’s going on for fear of crushing players’ creativity, that he left a nasty comment on my YouTube page.

I guess stuff about gamers being shitheads about the medium being criticised, combined with a general Team ICO kick I’m on right now, made me remember it.

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The thing about the Team ICO games is that they crossover well into literally anything with even a touch of fantasy to them.

Well, Dormin’s land is at the intersection of (presumably magic) points…

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