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  • PlayStation 4 themes coming in next system update

  • Ajent 01/09/2014

    @mooseti I not quite sure what you mean by 'PS4 Avatars', but your avatar from PS3 should have carried across unless you set it to link to your Facebook photo. If you have the mobile companion app for PS4 then you can actually set ANY photo as your avatar (albeit, it only shows on PS4 and not PS3/Vita). I currently have an image from Batman Arkham Knight as my avatar.

    Also, I add a further request for folders. Although themes may be nice, despite never using them on PS3.
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  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • Ajent 29/08/2014

    @bobomb OK. Now you're being a douche. And (ironically) adding your own context to my answers.

    You asked for games starring females comic leads. That's what I gave you.

    There's nothing about the female brain that means they don't want to play AAA games. Stop being sexist and dividing causal gamers as male and female. I was referring to the fact that the majority of the 48% of female gamers are causal gamers and that CASUAL GAMERS (not female gamers) probably don't want to play 'full' games. I am not going to explain this again to you.

    Your cover examples are meaningless and also contradictory. You seem to have changed your tune and are now stating that female gamers can like everything that male gamers do. Which I agree with (obviously, it was originally my point). But you are now stating that some of the most popular comic characters shouldn't be used because they are male? Why? Are you insinuating that females prefer Wonder Woman over Batman simply because she is a woman?

    Honestly, I find your post constantly contradictory and you focus changes from post to post. And then you go on to call my lifestyle 'bleak' and reference an article about why gaming isn't the most important thing in life. Which I agree with. I just don't play football or go to the pub. And by posting that article you seem ignorant to the billion other facets of human existence. Just because I don't drink or play football doesn't mean my life is bleak you asshat. Stop being a presumptuous, condescending douche. I'm not replying to you any more because I don't need to be insulted.

    (Also: you completely derailed the debate).
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  • Ajent 29/08/2014

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  • Ajent 29/08/2014

    @bobomb OK.Something weird has happened. I think you have COMPELETELY misunderstood what I am trying to say.

    You don't even seem to be reading my comments properly. Talking about subsets of species not able to play games. I simply stated that they DON'T WANT TO. Do you not think its a little irrational to think otherwise?

    As for games with comic lead females in them. The Batman Arkham series stars both Oracle and Harley Quinn who have both been leads in their own comic series. DCUO features and stars almost every DC female lead in existence. Injustice stars Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman etc. There are games, you obviously just don't know of them.

    And then it gets weird. You seem to have taken from my comments, hat I'm saying women can't enjoy games when the majority of my comment was SPECIFICALLY stating that the appeal is universal regardless of gender. I honestly don't know how you got to that conclusion.

    And then you state 'bleak' in reference to the fact that I don't go to the pub or play many sports. Which I assume is meant to insult? Which when taken with the fact your stance seems to have flip-flopped and your train of though in your comments seems varying, I can now only assume you're trolling (in which case, bravo. That's some pretty dedicated trolling).
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  • Ajent 29/08/2014

    @bobomb You haven't given ANY good reasons why women don't play AAA games, only reasons why YOU THINK they don't. And those are reasons I personally disagree with.

    With regards to the violence issue. You state that you don't know any women who like that sort of content, I state I do. You state my example isn't relevant, which surely also negates your example (when really all it means is that we know different kinds of people). You then go on to state that the women who don't play AAA have different like and desires, which IS MY WHOLE POINT. They don't want to spend 3 hours gaming. They don't want to learn the more complex gaming mechanics. They just want something they can play for five minutes whilst waiting for the bus/ for an appointment/ between TV shows/ etc. If these sort of gamers have never and are never going to play the games we're discussing then what views do they have to cast on this debate? That's my point that you seem to have now agreed with? Unless you think a game completely devoid of violence and any themes of sexuality would appeal to these female and get them playing, but then as I've stated I believe that would a slightly naive view (because games like that do exist and none of the casual gamers I know want to play them).

    In relation to comics; if you want to be so specific about the historically male centric consumption of comic books then I would suggest this point is also moot. Since we're talking about modern games. And modern gaming perceptions. And a lot of those games mentioned have been out in the last ten years. When I would say there has been a definite visible increase (at Comic-Con's for example) of female readers. As for the games being exclusively marketed at men? Based on what? Your (again) presumption to know what women like? Did a publishing rep announce that they specifically want men to buy the game? Again, I find it a little sexist that you make these assumptions. Why do you believe that females cannot be attracted to violent games. What kind of game would be 'female-focused'. It's almost as though you don't get the irony of your comments.

    And then (again) you talk about how you seem to think I suggested that Batman, DCUO, TLOU, etc, should be someone's FIRST gaming experience. I NEVER SAID THAT. Where are you getting this idea from? We talking about people who already play some form of game, therefore they have already had their first gaming experience. If was to give examples of how it may evolve then I would assume a casual would maybe buy a Wii U next (if they did their research first to find the sort of games they may like - I believe Ninty games have a similar aesthetics that a lot of casual games try to emulate). A casual gamer could play a Mario game. Simple to learn, hard to master. But in that they would learn the complexities. Then they may want to buy something like TLOU as their gaming palate matures. I shouldn't have to be explaining this to you, but it seems necessary for you to understand your own illusion of something I didn't actually say.

    And then you go on about Playboy again. Like I've said, it's a weird and misplaced example. I don't get where you're going with it. Is it that women don't/won't buy it? Because they do. Are you simply saying that you don't buy a console for one game? Because if so, that seems obvious and isn't really the debate. You then go back to your whole 'violence is for men' thing, which I've already said is a little presumptuous and sexist to exclude females from enjoying a bit of violence.

    And then you close your comment in a seemingly defiant and ignorant stance proclaiming that you've given good examples of why this 48% of gamers mostly play casual games. When in reality you haven't. You've given points that I have openly disagreed with. As for my explanation as to why they don't play AAA games (again, because you seem to suffer short term memory loss)? They simply aren't interested. They prefer doing other things. Just like male non-core gamers. A male casual gamer plays a five minute game on his mobile whilst waiting for his mates at the pub or whilst waiting for his mates to change before playing a game of football or on their lunch break. The pub, football and work are the other things they'd rather/need to be doing other than playing a 3hr gaming sesh. I don't go to the pub and I don't play many sports. I play Batman. On my Playstation. Because those are my interests.

    It may be beneficial to look at the 48% not just as females (because again, it could be deemed sexist to judge them purely on gender) but as a collective of casual gamers and then ask why don't they play AAA games. I don't think changing anything about content is going to get a majority of that 48% to slowly adapt to console gaming. Again, I think it would be a rather naive expectation.

    Also, for clarity, I've expressed to other users on her that I don't believe that this sexism/ misogyny is anywhere near as bad as MS Sarkeesian makes out (not helped by her poor, poor examples) because I don't believe this was the intentions of the publisher/dev. I do believ that these are her perceptions and that there are those who share them, but there are games suitable for such people who are offended by such perceptions (TLOU being a GREAT example).
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  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @CynicalMe3 That's a pretty rationale way to look at it, and I kind of agree. I certainly agree with the whole 'a bigot is a bigot' philosophy. I also agree with the idea that there are a group of easily influenced persons.

    I do believe that this is an important issue, but only for some people. Personally, it isn't to me. I don't think the developers are being purposefully misogynistic, I actually think they're probably trying to be the opposite and it is individual perception that has got in the way here and contorted what the developers original set out to show (ie. this is a bad time, these are bad guys, and look, this is the sort of bad stuff they used to do to women).

    But if it is important to a large enough group of people then it is always worth discussing.
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  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @bobomb Giving up on me? I acknowledge your bullet points and challenged them. Ignoring my response and feigning defeat belittles any argument you've previously or are going to put forward.

    I specifically commented on your points on violence and about a persons first gaming experience. You're other two points barely explain why female gamers seemingly prefer mobile/casual games. One of the points I didn't pass comment on was about comic focused games. I didn't comment because that's ONE game. Also, it seems the only response would be to highlight how your claim that comics are "historically totally male-focused" is ironically a little sexist as you are using it to define a reason why females won't buy a game! Go to a Comic-Con and tell me how many females you see. Loads. So I call bull on that ridiculous reasoning. The other point I failed to comment on was your weird analogy to Playboy. I didn't comment because it didn't make sense.

    But the points you raised that were worth challenging, I did so. So feel free to 'give up', but then what was the point in debating the issue in the first place ?
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  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @bobomb so you KNOW why the 48% of female gamers don't play narrative-led games? How?

    I think you need to read back through the debate between myself and MrTomFTW. We have already covered this.

    But, to reiterate, I highly doubt the MAJORITY of that 48% even know what we are talking about. I highly doubt the majority who play mobile/F2P games have any interest in AAA games, regardless of content. The rise of PEOPLE playing casual mobile games is due to the quick 5 minute bursts of entertainment they offer, with no need to learn complex control or story mechanics. I doubt it's because they choose to play these massively simplified forms of gaming because they know they will not be offended by any content.

    We are both assuming a fair amount (I guess), but I believe my view is the more realistic rather than assuming every person who plays ANY game is well informed about ALL games.
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  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @CynicalMe3 Exactly. In fact, it would be interesting to hear what your GF makes of this topic. Most of the female gamers I know never really picked up on what Ms Sarkeesian is getting at, although retrospectively they kind of see her point. They don't believe the games she uses as examples are sexist/misogynistic as they understand the context in which the examples are used. In fact, one of my friends suggested the examples (Assassins Creed and Far Cry) at least show examples of how abusive these relations can be and that to ignore the fact that women were/are abused in such situations could potential be worse. My friend understood that no more time/development was given to the character, because the game isn't about that/them. They are there to provide a background sense of abuse and criminality, and provide further motivation to the protagonist/ player to continue 'getting' the bad guys. Reply +3
  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @bobomb I don't get what your point is in relation to my comment. I never suggested complex games should be a persons first experience with a game. (?).

    I was stating that the games I mention can (and are - regardless of your individual view) enjoyed by women. MrTomFTW (to whom I was replying) seemed to suggest that games need to be made a certain way in order to appeal to females. This may be correct if you are trying to appeal to a certain demographic of female gamer, but largely I disagree. Most of the female gamers I know already consume media with themes of violence. Comics, fantasy novels, movies and TV shows.

    But you miss the main pint of what I was saying. This 48% of gamers mainly play mobile games/ F2P crud, with out any story elements, thereby lacking any place in an argument such as this.

    Again, we are discussing background characters who serve little purpose towards forwarding a plot/ story.
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  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @MrTomFTW we'll have to agree to disagree. I believe that a majority of the games I play can be equally appealing to females as they are to males. Last of Us, Tomb Raider, DCUO, Batman etc. are all games that a female can enjoy. Sure, Saints Row may be filled with sexist jokes, but then I didn't like that game either (not because of the jokes, I just didn't like the game). My wife even thought Bioshock and Assassins Creed were midly interesting BECAUSE of their stories.

    To suggest that such games are not appealing to women is to presume that you know what women like, which would require a little bit of stereotyping.

    There are plenty of casual games that cater to casual gamers and I think that's where the link needs to be made. A majority of that 48% have things they'd rather be doing and game causally whilst waiting. They are being catered for. Your point is redundant unless you are suggesting females need 'female games'?

    As stated by others, the examples used by MS Sarkeesian are poor and out of context since I know plenty of female games who loved games like Hitman and Bioshock (especially). Female gamers do have stuff to play. If they want to weigh in with their thoughts then that would be beneficial, but again the female gamers I know do not share Ms Sarkeesians views with the games she raised.
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  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @MrTomFTW I feel like I should give up on you, but I will persevere. People who don't buy video games more than likely don't buy them because they have no interest in them (I doubt they are even aware of the issues discussed here).

    The difference between being a consumer and being someone who actually knows the subject matter (a gamer) is highly relevant for the points raised in my previous response. If someone is going to offer valid debate points for MS Sarkeesian then obviously that person should know what they are talking about ?

    As for mobile and F2P games/ gamers- I'M not discounting them, the argument is. What mobile/F2P games (again, using Candy Crush, Clash if Clans and Angry Birds as examples of the most popular) contain elements discussed in this debate? We are talking about female characters used as background titilation that offer no forwarding purpose to the story. Most mobile and F2P games lack a story full stop, never mind having story driving mechanics. So again, it isn't ME discounting mobile/F2P gamers, I'm am simply stating that I believe a large portion of that 48% you referred to simply don't have the knowledge relevant to this debate. If they haven't played the games we are discussing and don't even know what those games are then how do they contribute in any way to either side of the debate?

    Seriously. FOCUS.
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  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    @MrTomFTW Your missing the point. And using specific words in my comment out of context. A bit like how Ms Sarkeesian tries to make her points. Which WAS the point I was making. I guess I'll have to be a bit more obvious since you like being so pedantic.

    You said "They just tend to avoid AAA games. I wonder why?". I understood this comment to mean that you suggest a 48% population of gamers don't buy AAA games in support of your views aligned with Ms Sarkeesian. It seems fairly clear that is what you meant, although if you want to clarify go ahead, but then don't be so pedantic about others comments.

    With regards to 'identifying as a gamer' (which wasn't the POINT, but an example within my explanation), it is important to establish a persons reference and experience. I know absolutely naff all about football. I would not be able to offer any kind of valid debate about 'last weeks football game'.

    I disagree with what you say about how it is only about who plays games and F2P games count.

    I don't think they do. Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds offer very little point of context in a debate such as this. So how do gamers who only have experience with such games offer any valid insight to games like Red Dead, Bioshock and Assassins Creed when they don't even know what those 'names' mean, let alone having actually played them?

    So no, F2P games and gamers don't count in a debate such as this. Either this is an important debate that needs to be discuss seriously, or it isn't. If you want to discuss it seriously then focus on the relevant aspects.
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  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    @Retroid My point was that MrTomFTW comment and link lacked context. I thought that was obvious? Reply 0
  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    @MrTomFTW ... jeez. Even the article you link to (rise of female gamers) attributes that fact to mobile games. My wife plays hundreds of mobile games, but in absolutely no way what so ever does she identify herself as a 'gamer'. She has a vague passing interest in mobile games because they can entertain her in the waits between other more meaningful (to her) things.

    You shouldn't really use contextually vague statistics to strengthen you support of the lady in the article.

    She does a very poor job of getting her point across and uses poor examples. You're only doing the same here and it lessens any supportive argument you may want to put across.
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  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    @bobomb raising awareness doesn't necessarily change anything when people disagree with your view. It only raises awareness of a difference of opinion.

    Suggesting solutions would be more productive.
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  • Destiny now available to pre-purchase on Xbox One

  • Ajent 28/08/2014

    @VideoGameAddict25 I bought the 85 deluxe version on PSN. Although I've funded my wallet by topping up via mobile with sims bought on eBay that cost 99p but come with 5 credit. A bit of a faff, but it works out at 36 for the deluxe digital version doing it this way. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus gets Velocity 2X, Sportsfriends and TxK in September

  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    @Kichijoten That's my point. You get six frames a month, plus discount benefits and the occasional extra freebie. SIX games. And they're general all good games.

    I said what makes you SO special. As in, what makes you think you get to demand more on what is already a very generous offering.
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  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    @Kichijoten entitled much? When did you become SO important? Reply -1
  • Mario Kart 8 getting Zelda and Animal Crossing DLC

  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    This sounds awesome. Unfortunately I got rid of my Wii U to fund my PS4 purchase (there hadn't been anything on Wii U in about 6+ months at that point and I was very disappointed ted). I'm now wishing I still had it!

    I generally like DLC (but as others have said, I only getting it on games where it is obviously good value where I already enjoy the core game). But, I do find it hilarious that EVERY other article mentioning DLC gets the game slammed, regardless of perceived value. And yet when Ninty do it (and arguably - despite other comments- no differently) there is barely a negative thing said. Ninty do command a strange sort of loyalty.

    EDIT: hmmm, negged. Plenty as well. Do people actually disagree with what I'm saying? And if so what part? This being good DLC, me liking DLC for good games or the fact that I pointed out a lack of consistency in the vocal minority opinion?
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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition reveals four-player co-op mode

  • Ajent 27/08/2014

    "This co-op mode will launch with 12 characters - three of each class (warrior, rogue and mage)"

    Three characters from three classes equals nine characters, no? Or am I missing something?
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  • Microsoft testing 24-hour free game unlocks for Xbox One

  • Ajent 22/08/2014

    @MattEvansC3 I don't get what you're saying. 5 hours is longer than an hour? By which pint you'd have bought the game? I don't know, maybe I'm having a stupid day... Reply 0
  • Ajent 21/08/2014

    @Sunsprie What really bothers me? I'm confused. Did my comment seem 'bothered'. It wasn't meant to. But I still don't know what you seem to think I am bothered about... Reply 0
  • Ajent 21/08/2014

    @Bilstar I don't know if you're joshing me or not. Just in case, I'll explain what I meant. Too many 'free' games is bad. You've already said you'd be too busy playing free games... My point was that this sort of behaviour (only playing free games) may lead to no one buying them. And then, guess what happens if the publisher/ dev don't make money? Bad times.

    EDIT: Who negged this? I'm basically saying that we don't want devs to go out of business. Look at THQ etc. If you disagree, then you're a tool for coming to a gaming website!
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  • Ajent 21/08/2014

    @dragulagb agreed. A whole day is a little too much and opens up the possibility of the game not selling.

    On PS+ free game trials only last for an hour. Easily enough time to play the game and gauge whether or not you like it. It saves your progress as well just in case you buy the full game.
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Season Pass detailed

  • Ajent 19/08/2014

    @Sapporodan So... Someone disagree's with your view and you think the appropriate response is to insult them?

    Brilliant debating skills. Well done.

    Also. You're wrong. Whenever has a GOTY edition been free? You still pay for it. It's just that the cost depreciates over time. Just like everything else.
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  • Ajent 18/08/2014

    @Sapporodan Really? You think your opinion is the majority opinion? I think you'd be quite surprised to find out just how insignificant the negative opinion regarding season passes actually is. So long as the core game sells well (and is received well) then season passes generally sell well (indicating a majority of people actually like them). Reply -5
  • Ajent 18/08/2014

    Awesome. Love extra content for the games I enjoy. Can't wait.

    😜 Bring it, haters.
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  • EA's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • Ajent 13/08/2014

    A bit lame in my opinion Reply 0
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • Ajent 12/08/2014

    @BreakAtmo Agreed. In the announcement he said, quote, "Exlauively in 2015".

    So 2016 on PS4 and PC.
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  • Destiny's beta characters are being wiped

  • Ajent 11/08/2014

    @A_Virtual_Duck Your math is a bit off. Bungie have stated that there are 32 story missions. We played 6 in the beta. Rounding up, that's 17% of the story missions only. Then you have the Explore mode with random beacon quests and bounties, Strikes, Nightfall missions and the dailies.

    I would imagine that once you're at level cap it will be the Nightfall raid missions and the dailies that form a substantial amount of the game. Something that NONE of us have played.
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  • BioShock 1 announced for iPhone and iPad

  • Ajent 04/08/2014

    Hmmm... The idea seems tantalising (playing Bioshock on the go, especially on my phone/iPad which I generally have with me all the time).

    However, I cannot see how this type of 'full' game can ever be properly done on a touch screen device. Sure, if you have a controller then it works and everything is good. But when the current crop of iOS controllers cost a fraction less than a 2DS, I know what purchase I'd be recommending.
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  • Destiny's six-player raids can only be played with friends

  • Ajent 04/08/2014

    @dogmanstaruk

    This.

    I'm glad Bungie have stuck to their guns. People complaining just don't seem to be grasping the concept of the game.
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  • Ajent 31/07/2014

    @George-Roper The only thing I find disappointing is that you seem to be the only person on here who 'gets it'.

    Destiny does have clans that you can join and play with up to the point where you're character is Raid level.

    There's a massive community aspect to Destiny that builds relationships up to the end game content.

    People keep saying that they want the choice to take on a raid boss single handedly. But what about the other elements of the raid that require teamwork. From the video there seems to be a lot of traversal. What if you need to get through a door that has two switches that need to be pressed at the same time in order for it to open? How do you solo that?

    What people seem to be forgetting is that this is one aspect of Destiny with a very specific design feature.

    I only have three people on my friends list that I can play Destiny with, but I know I will make friends in Destiny and join a clan. I anticipate absolutely no problems joining or filling a team of 6.
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  • Unsubscribe?

  • Ajent 02/08/2014

    @Some_Goats well I suppose you could say that in my opinion the article sounds like someone complaining about something that they are otherwise trying to say is good value. I think the article comes across as a little confusing (if it is to be taken as 'informing EG members') and unnecessary.

    To be clear, I'm not decided personally whether EA Access is good value for me. I already own BF4 and I don't play sports games. Early access to DA: Inquisition is enticing, but that's it. And I'm not convinced that's enough to make me subscribe yet. If I did sub, it'd probably just be for a month to test the waters.
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  • Ajent 02/08/2014

    I don't know.

    If you think it's good value why the deep concentration on finding something to complain about? If it's good value, does it really matter that you don't love EA?

    I don't love EA but I also don't see the relevance of that. Just like I don't love Tesco, but I still get my milk from there without giving it a second thought.

    If people are concerned about what this good value proposition may turn into then don't buy into it. Or if you do and further down the line find yourself not liking it, just cancel your sub. At 3.99/19.99 it's affordable enough to just give it a try and see for yourself.

    Why complain. Just do what you want...
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  • Destiny has a soft level cap of 20, but you can go beyond it

  • Ajent 01/08/2014

    @wobbly_Bob I respectfully disagree. Stating that you can play the story by yourself does not mean that you can play the co-op multiplayer elements by yourself (again, by virtue of the fact that they are co-op and multiplayer this should be obvious).

    They have always showed off the game in a online multiplayer co-op way.

    My point is; people expecting a pure single player experience or that the entire game will be playable as a single player, those people are clearly missing the point of the game.

    As for calling Destiny a cynical money grab grindy shit fest, ? I take it you haven't played it then? I honestly don't get how anyone who has played could say it was shit. It might not be your cup of tea, but it's certainly not shit. 'cynical money grab' ? Based on what ? What are they 'cash grabbing'? This isn't an established IP or a game based on a popular previously existing IP. Bungie are a well respected developer, but if Destiny is successful based on the reputation of Bungie that isn't a cash grab, that's Just Bungie being good at what they do. Grind fest? How can you possibly say how 'grindy' the game is when it isn't even out, let alone the fact that you haven't even experienced the end game. The content released so far is anything but 'grindy'. I say that in the laborious annoying sense of the term 'grind', since raids and end game content is actually always about grinding out quests to farm epic loot. But if hunting for loot isn't your thing then you're already looking in the wrong place.
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  • Ajent 01/08/2014

    @penhalion I think the thing that people need to remember is that the raid elements are very similar to games like WoW. When WoW started raids were private, it's only as the game evolved and Blizzard could be confident that players were familiar with necessary roles for creating an effective party (ie. The players had learnt the etiquette) that they introduced the role request system (similar to how match making wouldn't work in Destiny).

    People need to remember that through the course of the game you will meet people whilst exploring, playing public events and during strikes. There is the Tower social hub and clans. Clans seems to be the big one. If you're interested in raiding, then you're likely to join a clan. You'll no doubt end up with various clan members on your friends list thereby completing negating anyone's concerns about not having people to pay with. This is the way games like this have always worked.

    This is and always has been pitched as a co-op heavy multiplayer game. People complaining that they want to play on their own are obviously missing the point of the game (ie. It's meant to be played with other people).
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  • Over 4.6m people played the Destiny beta

  • Ajent 30/07/2014

    Great Alpha and Beta. Sunk a ton of time into both. Pre-ordered and can't wait.

    For those saying that it doesn't do anything new... I don't know what else you're expecting? I can't think of any other game that plays like a shinier more story driven version Borderlands, with more options for customisation and upgrading (both character and gear) that mixes persistent online drop in/out co-op with randoms and friends with dynamic 'public events', with MMO inspired social hubs for quest acquisition and item management/shopping with MMO like Strikes and (although not in the Beta) Raids for end game content.

    What other game mixes all these elements thereby making Destiny 'not new'?

    Personally. I loved it (obviously). Even The Crucible plays a little like Halo competitive matches (again, something I've missed since not having an Xbox for a number of years).
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  • Digital Foundry vs The Last of Us Remastered

  • Ajent 28/07/2014

    @ElCobrito Not necessarily. Unless you're saying that Last of Us is not one of those masterpieces. You have to bare in mind that out of all the masterpieces in that time that he has likely played, The Last of Us might simply be his favourite. Doesn't make him right or wrong, but as someone who has been gaming for around 25yrs, I'd have to agree with him. Reply +19
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's Red Hood Story DLC is a GameStop exclusive

  • Ajent 25/07/2014

    @Pasco Validity of statement/ debate. Semantics. Statements form the basis of debates.

    Games Industry. Games business. That's what these publishers are. For them the primary concern IS making money. Taking issue with that is pointless. It's their business.

    "I already stated what the issue is and that is that these "bonuses" have no advantages whatsoever for the player." - This is what I was addressing. You say there is no benefit of bonuses to the player. I argued there is a benefit. You're now saying that you don't like jumping through hoops to get the DLC? If that's the case then we come back to the matter of 'wanting something for nothing'. Paying for DLC is not jumping through hoops in my eyes. It is simply paying for something you want to buy. Something superfluous that only enriches the experience and is not necessary.
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  • Ajent 25/07/2014

    @Pasco hmmm... Rocksteady didn't publish AO. WB Montreal did. But the context of your statement seems to insinuate that you're suggesting the publisher 'leaves' bugs in games? I doubt the publisher has that much of an extensive hand in the programming that they could be held responsible for bugs. The publisher just sell the game. And costs have risen there as well. You say you're not ignoring the rise in costs to both developer and publisher, yet you don't actually offer a constructive argument as to why it is bad other that saying it is bad and they just want money (which seems pretty obvious, what with them being a publisher that is actually there primary role... to make money). The 'behind the scenes' stuff does indeed effect the validity of the debate. It is the reason the debate exists in the first place.

    I also MASSIVELY disagree with your statement that these bonuses offer no benefit to the consumer. I found the ACIV DLC (pre-order and season pass) to be completely superfluous yet enjoyable. Being a touch more specific, I found the B:AC DLC to be completely awesome. I loved going around as Robin and using his gadgets and more acrobatic approach. I enjoyed playing the challenge rooms as the Animated version of Batman. The benefit is that good games are extended by such content. I really fail to see how people could argue that there is NO benefit.

    As an individual you may not enjoy the DLC. That's it. And whilst my opinions are obviously unpopular here, in the real world I am very much in the majority. So I can't be THAT wrong.
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  • Ajent 25/07/2014

    @kevboard Woah. Your post comes across as a little bit crazy and as such you lose a little credibility. Rather than profanity and aggressive tones, try explaining exactly why DLC is bad?

    I politely disagree with your view. I like DLC. I'm happy that the core game I buy is a whole and complete experience in itself. I enjoy buying additional DLC to expand the game. It makes the games I like last longer.

    I understand the necessity of DLC and pre-order incentives (the costs of game development and marketing have significantly increased over the years).

    There probably are games that utilise offensive DLC methods, but I have never bought them in the first place since the games are usually rubbish to start with. The DLC for ACIV was great. The DLC for Arkham City was great (I loved being able to play as Robin).

    I am definitely not stopping any pre-orders of games that I know I am interested in and that I know have been extensively previewed and covered in hands on articles etc. (case in point, B:AK has had insanely positive feedback from those who played it at E3. Coupled with the fact that I am a massive Batman fan and the previous two games were awesome, I feel fairly confident that this is a game I will want to play as soon as it is released - thereby negating a massive chunk of the 'opinion' pieces you linked to ).
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  • Ajent 24/07/2014

    I've only just replied to the guy below you and you've perfectly encapsulated what I wanted to say. Rocksteady are worth our consideration and any content is likely to be worth while.

    Thanks.
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  • Ajent 24/07/2014

    @Pasco not spelling out, no. That would take a reaaaallllly long time 😜

    I do however disagree with you. You seem to want something for nothing. You're failing to recognise the massive rise in development costs from the days of 'unlock codes' to modern day. Companies need to pay the bills!

    Plus, Rocksteady are a decent developer and I have not been let down by them yet with the Arkham franchise. Any additional content is likely to be worthwhile, supplementary and available as paid DLC at a later date anyway. So what's the issue?

    If it really is only cost, then I feel you have already lost the debate.
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  • Ajent 24/07/2014

    Also, an INCREDIBLY unpopular opinion, but I actually like DLC and can't wait for Arkham Knight. In fact it is the one game I can guarantee that I am getting day one (but then I suppose my last post, showing that I am an Bat-Freak, would have made that obvious)

    Edit: yep. Negged as expected. No one willing to say why they disagree though? Just moaning then ?
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  • Ajent 24/07/2014

    I'm going to be the comic geek here.

    This Red Hood is and always has been Jason Todd, the ex-robin thought to have been killed by Joker who blames Batman for letting all the villains literally get away with murder (ie. preferring to lock then up, as opposed to killing them- as Red Hood shows he is willing to).

    The Red Hood who has had various interpretations/ reinventions is the alias used by Joker before falling into the vat if chemicals. However, it is never (mostly) a complete reinvention/reinterpretation since there is usually something that the Joker says (or some other incident) in such a story that acts as a sort of deus ex machina, explaining that what ever origin of the Red Hood is being told is potentially just another version of the Jokers fractured memory or another level to the Jokers mysterious true identity (ala the recent Zero Year story)
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  • Ajent 24/07/2014

    Nah... Don't like. I've always thought that the more simple bat suits look the best (the bat suit is probably my least favourite part of the upcoming Arkham Knight game... which otherwise looks completely awesome). Reply +4
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  • Ajent 19/07/2014

    @Darren I would agree with most of you comment except that it is obvious you don't actually read comics, otherwise you'd know there already is a Spider-Woman and She-Hulk ! Reply +8
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    Love the Christopher Lambert to Highlander reference. Classic. Reply +4