Just for the trophy

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Jun 202013

I hate Firefly pendants. I don’t really hate anything intrinsic to the pendants, of course. They’re much too boring for that. In the context of The Last of Us, however, they represent a depressing victory of metagame social bullshit over the interests of simulation and world-building. They’re a bunch of crap tossed into a game in order to justify a trophy, adding no kind of value whatever to an experience they functionally degrade. Naughty Dog’s previous games had collectibles too, of course. The Uncharted series is loaded with little archaeological goodies, glints on the ground that Drake can pick up [Read more…]