The other problem in civ V is that the AI is a total wuss. I heard rumors, so I tried it on Prince (note it took me forever to beat that equivalent level in other civ games). I wasn't impressed by its scout army defending its cities; I think I lol'd so hard when the city state ally was kicking its ass with 3 units before I could. And there's no point in diplomacy-- they're all jerks.
Me: Hey stop settling near me
Ramsees: lol wut gtfo.
He built a city so close, I could bombard his defenders with my own city. I wonder if you can just build offensive cities against a neighbor and wipe them out with "defenses"
The city state idea and hex style map are good ideas. But the other stuff, I dunno. And why do my borders grow so slowly? I've been waiting several hundred years to get that fish next door for a few centuries, actually found it faster to just bunch cities together rather than put culture/buy tiles.
lol, I hope nobody gets mad at me for the Endless Eight comment. (But I still believe in it!)
I think another problem is that it leads to circular reasoning. The closest one we've had lately is Kirino being a tsundere, and therefore tsundere actions justify her character because she's a tsundere. Which implies that conforming to an archetype (our pavolian trigger) magically makes everything right no matter how badly it interferes with the narrative.
Just because something is cliche, doesn't mean it's right. (Or conversely, cliches aren't inherently wrong either)
On a lighter note: http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=99207
Umineko Fighter! I always joked about this, but as a wise article told me once: never make a joke in the anime world without considering the consequences. It sure looks like fun though.
Your reply to my blog was great, lol. You hit the nail squarely on the head.
I especially liked this bit here:
Spoiler for Spoiler from my blog:
I'm getting the strong feeling that telling that the ability to tell a good story is being undervalued. For every Aoi Bungaku we get, we get twenty soulless halfass baked stories meant to just sell like cheap fast food.
I've felt exactly the same way for awhile now, and it's just so sad.
You're right that shows like Angel Beats! and Ore no Imouto are "setting low standards and meeting them" with their stories, but even that is better than no standards in storytelling at all, so they get treated as great narratives. When you feed people nothing but cheap fast food, even an average T-bone steak starts to taste like filet mignon.