The Stanley Parable: Schr?dinger's Game

The Patch Game Club : The Stanley Parable: Schr?dinger's Game

Join Gus Sorola, Meg Turney and Ryan Haywood as they discuss the first-person adventure game The Stanley Parable on this week's Patch Game Club! This episode originally aired on November 12, 2015.

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  • mitzt FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Boop!

    1 year ago

    If they only played the game for 25 minutes to an hour then it's no wonder they didn't enjoy it. I wonder if they approached the game as something to "beat" pretty quickly so that they can discuss it instead of spending time trying to explore as many paths as you can find. The path that Meg mentioned about answering the phone has at least 4 other paths/choices that you can take but it doesn't sound like she revisited that area after the first time, which is a shame because some of them force you to find new ways to defy the narrator. I'll bet that none of them even found the broom closet ending.

  • BYRDMAN25

    1 year ago

    I actually got to the ending where you're in the museum, which is, as far as I know, the most 'beat the game' ending.

  • JoshuaVP FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Another great episode, I would love to see 'Jazzpunk' come out of the cylinder of selection. I enjoyed it very much so.

  • hawkclaw4

    1 year ago

    Honestly, found it hilarious that this went on sale so soon after you reviewed!

  • KidGonzo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold the worstâ„¢

    1 year ago

    The game went on sale two days after this aired. I bought it for $3.74 this morning.

    I've played it for 116 minutes off and on today according to Steam and I feel like I absorbed way more of it than they did.

  • Shenna FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold @sena_bun

    1 year ago

    I adore you guys and all, but i can't agree with your opinjions on the game. If this is what you have to say about the Stanley Parable I'm afraid what you'll say about Undertale after you don't get it.

  • scubadan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I was distracted by Gus's sweet shoes. God damn Gus where did you get such nice shoes?

  • HarrisonFoun FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Wow, first time I've so strongly disagreed with them on a game but I guess it's not for everyone. It seems like they didn't get the "right" combination of endings to get to some crazy stuff but that's on the game, not how they chose to play.

    Still recommending The Beginner's Guide.

    Beautiful story in that.

  • Dum8kid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I enjoyed my time playing it, I feel someone like seananners who did a play through of it made it very fun to watch, but in the end, no it's not a very long game.

  • CekseksAlani FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I agree with their opinion, "surprisingly", because I just read the comment after posting this.

    I don't like that game either, it's kinda a fake non-linear game like Ryan said, it doesn't have something like different outcomes mixing up with your previous choices, just choices to choices. And I think they had the same idea as me, we play games for fun, we got the enjoyment from a game when you were rewarded by doing something successfully. That game doesn't reward you anything, it just keeps ending then restarting until you realize that you were stuck in a scripted world. I'd thought the narrator was cool because he reacts to your actions like a real person, but he's not after all.

    • RVBCheckmate

      1 year ago

      It's fine if all you want for games if just fun. Nothing wrong with that, and we all should be playing games for fun and compelling (more on that later) reasons.

      However, it seems that you missed the point of the game. The game is purposefully non-linear, but also linear. It's supposed to take a jab at the idea that modern game design is done in such way that all games nowadays involve just you sitting on a computer/console hitting buttons without question about what you're doing when prompted -- just like the character of Stanley. It does in fact have branching paths and different endings. You can play the "true" ending, where you defeat the system and you discover that you're being held against your will, and you escape the facility. But was that you actually escaping, or did you just do what the narrator told you to do in a linear-story manner?

      There's an entire section where if you protest against the narrator's commands enough, he will say "You want freedom and non-linear levels without games telling you what to do all the time? Fine!" and then he literally leaves you in the entire office without narration or prompts or linear storytelling or anything. You have total freedom, but you the player then realize that it's not fun. You're just aimlessly pressing the W key and walking, and you realize, "you know, there's a reason games have to tell you what to do, otherwise you have no goals and you're just wasting your time".

      The game is an experience. The reward is playing the game and receiving different outcomes, all interesting and funny (the narrator did a stellar job). It pokes fun of the different game genres that exist (the game, ironically enough, is also a parody of walking simulator games like Dear Esther and Gone Home, pointing out the flaws in those kinds of games as well, while still having them in The Stanley Parable anyway).

      But like I said, it's not for everyone. I think everyone should understand and appreciate the game for what it is, and maybe even take a few lessons and morals learned from this game, but it doesn't mean you need to like it, or even enjoy playing it. For me, games in order to be considered games and not electronic art institutions (like Dear Esther) have to be compelling. Why do I say "compelling" instead of "fun"? Well, because a person can still have fun with games like TSP. I had loads of fun from the narrator, the branching paths, and concept as a whole. But it was also compelling to me, because I wanted to know what happened next; I wanted to get everything from this game and understand what it was trying to say. That separates it from games like Dear Esther where, though you may have fun if you enjoy the sight seeing and the landscape, there is no compelling reason to even continue with the game.

      And that's what makes TSP so special. It realizes the faults of walking sims and other modern games and says, "You know what? Let's mess around and throw different ideas that most gamers have never really though about". These showcases make me appreciate video games even more now as a result.

      I think people should give it another shot. If you don't like the narrator or the walking, that's fine. But I would love it if people at least "got" the game. It's a game that deserves more credit that it gets.

    • CekseksAlani FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      We'll never gonna "get" the game then. different generations.

  • gweran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I have to agree that I'm surprised they didn't like the game, especially Ryan. I feel like they missed the point of the repetition of the game, starting over a lot. Especially if you only got two endings I feel like you saw so little of the game.

  • Aaron_Rogers

    1 year ago

    I thought they would have liked this game a lot more. Was going to recommend "The Beginners Guide" but seeing as how they didn't like Stanley Parable, I doubt they would like that one either.

    I love these types of games that focus on heavy narrative and unique interactions but they always seem so divisive among audiences.

  • Deafdragon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I really wished they would have discussed the different endings they got. We really only heard from Meg about her 2 endings. I'm not going to say that "they didn't get it," but I do disagree with their interpretation of it. I don't think the game is about player choice as much as the illusion of choice in a video game, similar to the omg moment in the original Bioshock.

  • Divaldi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Who compared this game to Gone Home...? Sure they're both what people call "Walking Simulators", but I think you guys really missed the point of this game...

  • Kamurai

    1 year ago

    Sorry you guys didn't get it. I think you had played a bit more, then you would have gotten it. If you think of it as an "open world game" instead of a directed narrative, then you'd see that Stanley Parable and Gone Home have little in common other than the "walking simulator" mechanic.

  • L3Rock FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    You should play more then just two endings, there are 19 endings and you guys almost played nothing of it. Please play just a bit more of it and i think then you can enjoy it.

  • Charlie2094 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Honestly super surprised you didn't like it, got to say it's one of my favorites. The multiple pathways, the one where you play Minecraft/Portal is my favourite, the narrator and his reactions to what you choose to do and how the map adapts to how many times you play (the adventure line, rooms "deteriote") or how the the narrator 'resets' the game but it still sort of continues, so full of choices. Does honestly sound like you really didn't get any of the interesting endings, also really like the one where you unplug the phone. Definitely got more playtime out of it than Gone Home but they're so completely different, almost not worth the comparison.

  • ktgcake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    What happened to the mics? Took me awhile to notice.

    • Fileci FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 3D Artist

      1 year ago

      I absolutely noticed and it was making me a little crazy, audio quality really suffered.

  • OnlyAverage FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Easily one of my favorite games. My only real disappointment is that from the launch trailer, which was the first time I had ever heard of it, made it seem like it was going to be some crazy thriller. Still a great game, though.

  • mrdudemanpants FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    You guys just didn't get any of the REALLY interesting endings, like the confusion ending

  • Akamaru01 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Games Master

    1 year ago

    I greatly enjoyed The Stanley Parable. Seeing all the different endings and especially the hilarious as fuck narrator. That said yeah $5 I got it during the Steam Summer Sale so I recommend a similar sale.

    I want to also recommend Undertale and Titan Souls for Game Club.

    And when they play Undertale THEY NEED TO READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE GAME SO THEY KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE TO KILL ANYTHING THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT POINT

  • dowamil FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    They are talking about Jersey Mike's and I work there.

  • snakerjaker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I fix shit

    1 year ago

    I still want them to play VVVVVV. it's such an awesome platformer

  • YumiFerrari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Who?

    1 year ago

    You should try "Fran Bow". It changed my life...not in good way...very disturbing...Teehee :)

  • ss4jorge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    the reason you guys didn't like it was because you didn't get the broom closet ending. That was the best one!

  • vercomaris FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    This is one of my favorite games, im not sure why they didnt find it enjoyable. I love the narrator and all of the different paths you can play. I routinely make my friends do a couple playthroughs when we're bored haha

  • cthulhu85 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    You guys should play "White Night". Loved the Noir-mystery mixed with the horror. Fantastic game.

  • Strizzi Cat Lady

    1 year ago

    All I can think of is that this was recorded before the RT ExtraLife stream

  • INoScopedJFK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Sorry gone home sucks compared to Stanley Parable.

    • RVBCheckmate

      1 year ago

      Very true. Boring story, horrible music, horrible characters and stupidest reveal for game I've encountered.

  • VictorKruger FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Headhunter

    1 year ago

    I get the feeling that none of them got the follow the line event. That one was the one I spent the most time trying to figure out.

    I think the thing that they didn't pick up on was that each run through affected the next run through in the session. There are terminals that give clues to other terminals that enable you to unlock new events.

    I'm also really surprised that neither Gus nor Ryan tried to enable the developer's console and try to turn on cheats.

    Also please double check the mic setup, it seems like the new way you have the mics established makes Gus sound like he's underwater.

  • rockwillor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Easily worth $15.00 one of my favourite games, its a brand new experience to gaming and I feel you guys just dont get what it is, sorry but you guys are way off on this one and I have to disagree with what you were saying, the game was unlike anything I had ever played before and the narrator's witty humour was a delight throughout and it often touched on some very real points and it was a game with an appearance of being linear but in reality was almost unlimited in the amount of things I could discover and do in the offices, I still dont believe I have found all the endings, all the experiences that could be offered to me.

  • LiamMcHugh FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That Q Kid

    1 year ago

    I'm shocked they didn't really like this game. Stanley Parable may be one of my favourite games ever, I got all the endings except for 1 (Which involves playing for 5+ hours straight and I don't have the patients for that) The narrator is hilarious and voiced so well!

  • Impatient FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Man... I couldn't have disagreed more with you guys. I loved every second of the game.The narration was entertaining. The different paths were fun and varied (from the basement death to the narrator's existential crisis to Minecraft). I thought it was a fantastic $15 spent and I've definitely dipped into it again every now and then.

    One of my favorites.

  • FPChris FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Not worth 15$?

    Journalists favorite overrated game to ass-kiss Gone Home is 20$

    Never hear a single complaint from you guys about AAA games costing 69.99$

    • sjack

      1 year ago

      The Know and Roosterteeth in general have always been ass kissing corporate apologist who mindless consume any and alll AAA garbage spewed out by the industry these days. Don't be surprised that they have absolutely awful opinions about everything.

  • TheEpicWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Best thing In It Is when you just sit In the maintenance closet!