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  • Surreal puzzler Back to Bed is free through Thursday on Steam

  • AnsemsApprentice 20/09/2017

    This will make for a nice companion piece to that other surreal puzzler The Bridge, so to speak. Looking forward to it. Reply 0
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 is shaping up to be every bit as good as its predecessor

  • AnsemsApprentice 15/09/2017

    The first was loved and praised by most, but I found it too slow, and my eyes were assaulted by the cartoony colour-scheme. This has a much more subtle colour palette and seems snappier overall; I'm very, very excited to play it. Reply +2
  • Bungie removes "hate symbol" from Destiny 2

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/09/2017

    Bungie didn't 'admit' the logo was in the game, because it isn't. They agreed it shared a similar design to the now-relevant 'hate symbol' and are removing it.

    The fact it's considered a symbol of hate now is true regardless of its origins, unfortunately, much like the swastika was and still is a sign of spiritual principles in East/Southeast Asia -- a sign of good -- before it was bastardized. Not because they're the same. Guilt by association is a weird thing.
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  • The video game pacifists

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/09/2017

    That's my preference, too, and I get that choice from a lot of games, but I don't have such a serious outlook about it. I agree it should be an option in more types of games -- it's fun being a ghost monk! -- but there is nothing moral or immoral about 'not killing/killing' (not reducing/reducing a collection of polygons' hit points to zero 'til their animations stop) in a video game. Not that he said it was, he's clearly a gamer, but my point is that I kind of doubt that in the very near future there will be many 'non-gamers' to gasp anymore.

    It's like playing battleships and saying, "No, I don't want to kill those soldiers." This isn't a movement like being straight-edge, is it? I have no idea. When we get to the point that games can look and feel just like reality, it will matter a lot more, and I'll be on board, but in 2017 it comes across as self-awareness to the extreme. I just want to have fun.

    I actually agree with a lot of it, however the way it's framed here is a smidge over-the-top for my outlook. When I play Assassin's Creed, I'm not shocked at the fact I'm required to kill people. I didn't know people existed that bought an assassin game and were disappointed they needed to murder fools.
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  • PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/09/2017

    Since yesterday I've been thinking about all those times he punched and berated his cardboard cut-out of Ainsley Harriott (is it relevant here?); then the "kill all the jews", nonsense; and now calling some random person that. It's created a damning image.

    Some people don't even realize they have racist tendencies. Having grown up with and around racists, yet not having white friends, I am myself plagued with thoughts of horrible slurs from time to time; echoes of my family. My dad would make racist comments about my best friends to their faces sometimes; my sister believes all the myths about black people (scared of dogs, can't swim), thinks they look the same. My mum is a holocaust denier and hates 'fake' jews.

    I don't know what kind of upbringing Felix has had, or what info he's been fed or reading. Racism doesn't spring up from nowhere. I am not on the defense here, I'm actually wondering where this behaviour of his is stemming from. Kid needs to wake up quick.

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  • Share your favourite moments from Obsidian games and win consoles!

  • AnsemsApprentice 11/09/2017

    Stick of Truth: Jimmy's bard song, stuttering and spluttering about the awful legend of a slutty maiden from Stoneberry Hollow (who is also your mum). Could not stop laughing.

    Alpha Protocol: When you wake up in restraints and you can let the unbelievably brazen SIE take advantage of you. I literally picked the option that said, "Might as well." I've never felt so James Bond in a game before or since. What a beautifully stupid choice.

    Pillars of Eternity: As soon as I fired up the game and heard the music on the title screen last week, before I even pressed a key, I was so inspired by what my ears were experiencing that I immediately composed this track, which I even named Pillars of Eternity at first. It made all the brilliant moments from Planescape: Torment -- the best video game story of all time -- rush through my mind again, and it was a lovely experience.
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  • Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

  • AnsemsApprentice 11/09/2017

    @nethstar I think a lot of black folk actually think it's more pathetic than deeply offensive or worth gasping about, and that could easily be viewed as inner strength or a very reasonable individual who thinks a word echoing the past isn't the same as the past itself, merely a flippancy toward it.

    I wouldn't call a black person weak if they didn't get up in arms over every use of the word, it's said thousands of times a day I bet, but I genuinely think it would help the cause, in this day and age, if more people like you (black but not prone to knee-jerk outrage) got involved in the cause, if you're not already. Malcolm X was so racist and aggressive in his youth, and then he turned a corner and became even more of a cultural icon. Constant anger will never get you to a place you need to be, and I think you and people who feel similarly could change the way racism is viewed, even if it's just among people you know. I'm not giving you a pep talk, I'm just saying it's always refreshing to hear a more neutral view amid the mad screaming matches.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 11/09/2017

    Throwing out negative epithets with no thought erodes the very foundations of equality. As does blurting things like, "equality," and "freedom of speech," in response to/defense of ignorance. You have the right to say what you want, but not without consequences. Simple as. Reply +20
  • AnsemsApprentice 11/09/2017

    @Nibbles Racism is often a cause for murder, and rape, even. All oppression is bad to all reasonable people, last time I checked. This isn't sticks and stones kid stuff, this is a word meaning black that was itself raped to dehumanize a group of people -- another kind of rape. Reducing a person to a colour, or a number on their arm.

    Saying one pain is worse than another, or more in need of stopping, is the beginning of this mindset. Lack of empathy in one way or another is part of all hatred.

    We all tend towards xenophobic, possibly -- probably as a now-unnecessary territorial defense mechanism -- but not racist. It's not necessarily a positive difference, but there is a difference.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 11/09/2017

    A targeted racial slur is targeted whether a black person is present/the target or not. Paying a couple clueless guys to hold up an antisemitic sign is at least open to interpretation as a joke.

    Calling a person 'a' nigger immediately changes the context from humorous, self-aware, ironic, or parodical to something much more vicious in concept. Me and my black friends would often imitate characters like Jules or Jimmy from Pulp Fiction and say nigger in its intended context (i.e. a brutal hitman/non-PC criminal with a filthy mouth), and it was fine. It's called parody. Throwing out slurs is simply racist and ignorant.

    People can slip up and say something they didn't formulate well, sure, it happens, but when you're watched by millions, you need to keep that stuff in check. It's goddamn vital, yet he's dropped the ball multiple times. For Christ's sake.
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  • Darkwood developer releases its own game on Pirate Bay

  • AnsemsApprentice 25/08/2017

    Bought it day one. I had been following it for years, and I support and commend their actions in the face of iffy dealings. I have bought from key sites multiple times for older games, but no more. Reply +7
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Skyrim on Switch

  • AnsemsApprentice 24/08/2017

    @Solegor I saw that piece, great stuff. But I wasn't wondering if Pixar-level graphics were possible in games, but if current Pixar-level movies would be possible on future computer hardware we'd all have in our homes as opposed to render farms.

    Regarding 8k @ 144hz, I watch LinusTechTips a lot and it's clearly coming fairly soon, but I was talking about tablets when I said at this scale. I was thinking would something like a Switch exist in 30-50 years that could pump out that res at that framerate with high quality assets and the whole shebang. Simply pondering how Moore's law will be pushed fascinates me, but I'm not the best at predicting.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 23/08/2017

    @BabyBabyBabyOh I assumed exponential in that context meant getting better and smaller infinitely for some reason. I stand corrected, thank you.

    Edited my initial comment to be more accurate I hope.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 23/08/2017

    To see a huge open world game that struggled on the 360 -- which itself was better than most PC hardware in its infancy -- running better on a tablet released just over five years after Skyrim, is a massive sign of how far gaming has come.

    Moore's law is not set in stone, but it frightens me that phones could run GTA V by 2020, or Crysis 3 maxed out by 2030. I wonder where the actual maximum power at this scale will be in 30-50 years. 8K gaming at 144hz in your hands?! Where will affordable, mid-range PCs be at then? Will we all have the ability to make Pixar-level movies at home if we wanted? Iunno what I'm talking about, but it's fun.
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  • Sundered review

  • AnsemsApprentice 10/08/2017

    @Yogafire I could have finished it in under thirty hours if I'd found certain required items in the best order, but playing at my normal pace, checking every nook and cranny, getting over 60% of the achievements, it took me over 50 hours to reach 85% game completion. I unlocked the path to the final boss around the 45 hour mark, however, so could've ended it there if I wanted. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 10/08/2017

    Damn, I just finished Hollow Knight and need to cool off from the genre for a bit, but this looks delicious. Reply +2
  • City of Brass looks like Prince of Persia meets BioShock

  • AnsemsApprentice 07/07/2017

    A little ways off -- I assume polishing is commencing now, and by release I'm sure it'll be a fun romp. I hope for the best with every game, so we'll see. I like the look. Reply +5
  • Rust dev reveals Steam refund figures - but they aren't as bad as you might think

  • AnsemsApprentice 29/06/2017

    Maybe it's because rust is a sign of the elements, decay, and the harshness of those truths. Not sure how deep it goes.

    His attitude is good about the refunds. I'd be curious how many refunded NMS. More or less than we think? Closer to a million or shyer?

    If we had more than 2 hours over 14 days to decide whether to refund or not, I wonder how many would have gone through with it (regarding Rust). If you didn't have that pressure of, "I'm going to lose my cash to this game I'm not enjoying yet." Performance issues aside, that is.
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  • Detroit: Become Human tweet swiftly removed after poking fun at Xbox

  • AnsemsApprentice 22/06/2017

    Despite Detroit's ideas being about 35 years out of date already, Mr. Cage is a very charming and sincere trope vampire whom I like a lot, but that tweet (which is actually quite funny albeit on the nose) is attached to the wrooooong gaaaame. A lot of Xbox guys probably really want to play Spider-Man if anything! Reply +35
  • Call of Cthulhu looks suitably creepy in its E3 trailer

  • AnsemsApprentice 17/06/2017

    Better; much, much better. That last trailer was bad; this one was effective and more polished and had superior voice acting by quite a bit. Now I'm getting excited. Great stuff. Reply +3
  • Level-5 is trying to make a Layton game work on Nintendo Switch

  • AnsemsApprentice 15/06/2017

    @Dark_Witcher I meant the Layton fanbase who are so used to playing it this way wouldn't bother, I should've clarified, but your point is a valid one I hadn't thought about. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 15/06/2017

    Yep, joycon pointer. No one would see it as the main way to play anyway, and go undocked. I play it undocked 99% of the time; that screen is really good.

    Once they 'solve' this, price the game intelligently, and see it sell a tonne, all those other beloved games will follow suit *giggles*.

    From another perspective, they could make, say, a new Trauma Centre game that is joycon-only. This isn't 'limiting' the ways of play, it's vastly expanding the game library. That is well worth the slight inconvenience or hoop-jumps.
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  • Victor Vran's tribute to Motörhead is wonderfully judged

  • AnsemsApprentice 05/06/2017

    Just finished Vran the other day; the music, vibe, and gameplay are all finely polished and lovely to behold.

    It outstays its welcome a little. The first hour plays exactly like the whole game does, without any gameplay twists to speak of, I mean, outside of decent weapon variety. There's hidden treasure and challenges, but you will be slashing and shooting the same kinds of enemies for 15 hours.

    The story is thin, but it's Geralt's voice actor, so there is some cool stuff in there. There are a bunch of modern references that will make your eyes roll (full-on meme shit), but it has its charms otherwise. It is an unshakably solid seven of a game.
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake development moved in-house at Square Enix

  • AnsemsApprentice 30/05/2017

    I read a story the other day, think it was quoting a Square-Enix statement saying the remake and KH3 would be released in the next three years. Better than I thought if they're on schedule . . . but this is Nomura and co we're talking about. Reply 0
  • Netflix's animated Castlevania series has a debut trailer

  • AnsemsApprentice 25/05/2017

    Some of that seemed really well done to me. Other than the main guy sounding like text-to-speech software at the end (eep).

    I'm interested. Really enjoyed Vampire Hunter D and Hellsing, and it looks along the same lines (quality-wise).
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  • Gothic metroidvania Blasphemous features some truly inspired pixel art

  • AnsemsApprentice 24/05/2017

    Love Dark Souls; love Nioh; like Salt & Sanctuary; The Surge is decent, etc.

    This looks great -- I'm excited to play this and Eitr -- but the Souls-esque vibe, whether it's in gameplay or art direction, is becoming a bit derivative lately. Castlevania and other games started that beautiful fad ages ago, but there are dozens of this particular style already coming or released, so I'll be glad to see if Blasphemous' systems share little in common with those

    Nothing wrong with a resurgence of a genre, though, so let's hope it's more than the sum of its own parts, not more than the sum of other games' parts. The animations on the blood spurts and whatnot are very satisfying.
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  • Nioh's big update brings more depth to an already brilliant game

  • AnsemsApprentice 12/05/2017

    Just finishing off Horizon and I will nab this. I'm excited I'll be playing the best version of it off the bat after these little updates. I got a PS4 Pro really cheaply, too, so I'm really happy I can have the 60fps/1080 option for a game like this. I'm glad I waited to play it now; finally gonna be playing a Team Ninja game again! It's been too long. Reply +2
  • Square Enix trying to find a buyer for IO, future of Hitman in doubt

  • AnsemsApprentice 11/05/2017

    I wonder if Sony will buy them and make them part of SIE. Reply +1
  • Arkane's living prisons

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/04/2017

    Just bought Arx Fatalis thanks to this mention. Looks great.

    Prey seems like the claustrophobic game I've been waiting for since SOMA. Can't wait.
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  • Rain World review

  • AnsemsApprentice 29/03/2017

    @Diji1 Yes exactly.

    Oh, wait, I see, haha. I meant to say games "I'll" love.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 29/03/2017

    I'm usually right about games I'll love, so I will still happily play this when I have some spare money in my whim wallet. The look and sound design oozes style. Reply +5
  • Destiny 2 teaser shows the Tower going up in flames

  • AnsemsApprentice 29/03/2017

    If this is more than just a tokenistic gesture from Bungie, and they're showing us they're aware of the original game's issues by sacrificing the tower in some kind of dark cleansing ritual, then I am actually really excited for what they have to show.

    They fixed some of the big problems with that Taken King content; the shooting was always fantastic; and the story elements still have the potential to be great, so I hope their internal disappointment with how much flak the game got is fueling their determination, and that every step of the development of Destiny 2 has held the original (in its original state) under a bright light of scrutiny.

    Good luck Bungie. Remember, you're Bungie. Now make naysayers like me look stupid, please. I'm begging you. I want to be punished with no safe-word.
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  • Machinists carve Triforce into a Switch, sell it for nearly double the price

  • AnsemsApprentice 15/03/2017

    It isn't the destruction itself that people are objecting to, but the unbelievably boring, ugly, and average way in which it was destroyed. Who cares about the money? That's up to those involved. Some people actually give a damn about the effort that goes into making a cohesive piece of hardware, and would like the owners of high-performance tools to actually put some thought into carving it rather than some wonky triangles that probably took a couple of minutes of 'what ifs'. How the hell is that fascinating? What a low bar to aim for. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 15/03/2017

    @slammers But if it looked somewhat presentable it would negate the destructive element entirely. The tri-force shape wasn't even centered. I'm all for cutting expensive stuff up if it turns into something else cool and worth looking at, but this is like a kid with a pair of scissors cutting off their sister's Barbie heads to me. I don't like seeing gear maimed and sold with so little effort; it seems so ugly from all angles. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 15/03/2017

    It's hideous; what a waste of time and money. Three triangles sawed out of a handheld. Not creative in the slightest. There are stunning console customizations out there that are less destructive and well worth a higher price.

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  • Nintendo Switch has its first portable-only game you can't play on TV

  • AnsemsApprentice 27/02/2017

    @RawShark Exactly my thoughts, I'm with you. When I said 'at some point', I meant either with some clever fellas making it possible in the future via a patch, an accessory Nintendo releases later down the line that allows it, or a hardware revision in a couple years (or sooner). I'm confident there's a way. The second-screen content never seemed the type that would strain even a weaker (relatively speaking) processor like the Switch's -- it was often map stuff, or a modest menu screen -- so processing-wise, I see no trouble, but actually implementing it could be well beyond what I imagine. Computers are weird after all. Reply +1
  • AnsemsApprentice 27/02/2017

    @samharper True, if you used the kickstand, or if that theoretical game had a TV mode. I struggle with my arms, so both options would be awesome for people like me. Touchscreen is preferable, as the IR stuff can be finicky, but both work. Either way, more games!

    A lot of people were unsure how much the touch-screen would be utilized, if at all, but we forget that it's up to developers to think about that, not Nintendo. In one move, this game has shown that the theoretical library of games on the Switch has the potential to be much larger than we thought.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 27/02/2017

    Oh, that's awesome news. So a Layton game on Switch is totally viable, among other games that genuinely benefit from touch controls. Maybe a decent Mario Maker port or sequel isn't out of the question either, then. I bet they can turn your Switch and TV into a big DS at some point, that would be cool.

    But yes, I can't spin this into a big negative. It just means more games.
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  • Rogue Legacy dev announces co-op brawler-RPG Full Metal Furies

  • AnsemsApprentice 22/02/2017

    Cat with goggles confirmed. Instabuy! Reply +3
  • Disney ditches Pewdiepie after anti-semitic stunt

  • AnsemsApprentice 14/02/2017

    Political correctness is a scourge when it crops up in places it's not needed, like comedy and the arts, but I find it equally as annoying as lazy jokes under the umbrella of 'freedom!' It's not there to be taken for granted or used as an excuse, just as much as it's not there to condemn the foolish or irresponsible. Balancing the two will be an ongoing struggle forever, but you have to try and look at it from all angles and strive to be more stoic in your understanding. Reply +8
  • AnsemsApprentice 14/02/2017

    There is good satire, and there is lazy satire. I think this was the latter, even if its intentions were to show how ridiculous some things are, which is a totally valid vehicle for humour but requires more delicate handling than Mr. Pie anticipated here.

    It's obviously not genuine or hateful, but needed a lighter touch, and more of a 'wink wink nudge nudge' than a nine-foot neon sign on a huge video platform. Offended people shouldn't be coddled, but lazy jokes shouldn't be rewarded, either. It's a real balance, believe it or not, and I'm a South Park fan. I literally am playing Stick of Truth right now, and Cartman's fantasy clan is called the KKK (which I find hilarious), but it's contained within a ridiculous frame that exposes that character's hilarious intolerance. If racist kids can be funny, anything can, but again, you have to go so far with it that it's more dumb than anything, or phrase it cleverly. To avoid being labeled by idiots, anyway.
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  • AnsemsApprentice 14/02/2017

    I'm a forgiving person. I can overlook someone's stupidity when they apologize and try to explain themselves. I don't particularly feel the need to hate on them and add to the issue, which is lack of empathy from other people's perspectives -- something he failed to do and should regret, especially in lieu of recent events that are currently mirroring the past. I won't make the same mistake.

    I always think to myself, what if it was my brother who said this dumb shit? Would I infer he was a cunt and talk about him like he was nothing? Probably not. I would ream him, ask him what the fuck he was thinking, listen to his explanation, ultimately believe in his benign intentions, and forgive the twat, making him promise to think his jokes fucking through next time, and to understand that some people see harrowing messages without the sense of humour people who've never suffered may see. Just because you can laugh at it, doesn't mean you always should. I've made Hitler jokes, but never as on-the-nose as 'death to all jews' with zero comedic effort. Some people don't realize that you can make racist remarks without racist intentions, just through lack of foresight. There's a time and a place; a rhyme and a reason to good humour. Hopefully he's learned that now. You can make jokes about anything you like, but put some goddamn effort into it, and try to package it like a wordsmith. That is half of humour, after all. The inference of offensiveness has wider appeal than lazily repeating hateful speech on the shaky foundation of, "Ah, my audience gets it; they know I'm not racist, silly!"

    That's not good enough. I let things go though, and I will give him a chance to redeem his bad judgement. I don't think he's racist, and I don't think this is nearly as shocking as it's being made out to be. I remember being upset when Frankie Boyle ridiculed Katie Price's disable child though, so we obviously all have our niggles about some jokes.
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  • Classic FM to launch a new video game music show

  • AnsemsApprentice 25/01/2017

    @jamese.marshall No way! I must have missed it then ffs. I'm trying to find an archive of it somewhere. Reply 0
  • AnsemsApprentice 25/01/2017

    The Shadow of the Colossus soundtrack would blow a lot of fans of classical music's minds, I think. That's the only thing missing from the awesome video game specials Classic FM have done -- even more obscure pieces -- and this new show will surely balance that finally.

    Looks like I'm going to start listening to the radio for the first time in my life.
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  • Watch: Everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch in one video

  • AnsemsApprentice 21/01/2017

    I've heard so many people say they pre-ordered, then canceled later based on more info that's come out. It's so unlike me, but I was out from the beginning, and now I'm getting it day one -- it just seems to fill lots of gaps for me, the more I think about it.

    1. The fact I never invested in virtual console stuff when I bought a Wii means the Switch is very, very likely to become my choice of device for playing NES and SNES games. I don't think emulation is prettied-up piracy like Nintendo, but I find the process empty and depressing somehow, and the 3DS' meh buttons/d-pad stopped me getting them there, so this will allow me to just buy and enjoy and finish those classics, instead of being overwhelmed with the ease of access on PC, where it's more buffet-style and I don't finish anything.

    2. I always wanted a WiiU for Splatoon and Windwaker Remastered and Mario Kart 8, and bunches of other games, but never took the dive (and regretted it). If (as I suspect they are) other WiiU classics get the 1080p Switch treatment, it's a no-brainer for me to invest in that. They will cost more, but I can live with that. £39.99 ain't so bad (which is absolutely where those price points will eventually get).

    3. Breath of the Wild -- for me and others in the same niche position -- is a 'buy a new console and the slightly better version' Vs. 'buy an old console and the slightly inferior version.' That decision is less troublesome than the ones existing WiiU owners have to make, where the value of that proposition (buying new hardware) is very low. I want to play that beautiful game in March, riding the new-machine buzz. That is an exciting prospect. I don't get to feel like a kid often, but Nintendo has a way.

    4. Octopus Traveler or whatever it's called's art style...

    About value: I can't afford to outright purchase consoles, but there are reputable sites which let me get things I want with very little impact on my money situation, so getting a Switch and Zelda is going to be a case of paying £28 a month for a year, not blowing £329 in one click. That is a significant factor in my decision.

    Just thought I'd give a different comment about an initial decision being upturned to contrast a lot of the (rightly in their cases) canceled pre-order feedback.

    I'm not giving Ninty a pass, their communication of the product and pricing is insane, but I can't ignore how much the console makes sense to own for my particular needs/wants.
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  • The new Call of Cthulhu looks promising

  • AnsemsApprentice 19/01/2017

    @kangarootoo I would say old-fashioned and unusual, definitely, but still good. The Dunwich Horror has some fantastically creepy and effective dialogue that still holds up; more-so than some of his more famous stuff. That's my favourite in Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos, as it's full of hearty character, and lacks the coldness his dialogue is known for, though a lot of that comes from the diary-style narrative vehicle he often used. Reply +2
  • AnsemsApprentice 19/01/2017

    I loved the lighting and camera angles, definitely some impressive sense of style there, but it should be of a much higher quality in the voice performances if it wants any chance of being taken seriously as an adaptation of one of the most beloved writers in the genre's most famous work. It's really important in my opinion, if you give a damn.

    I'm not doubting the team's appreciation of it, or their dedication to making a good game, but that dialogue is edging on laughable. Maybe I'm some snobby fan taking it too seriously; I just hoped this game would nail the things Bethesda got wrong with their attempt (hilarious VA and lots of bugs)!

    It may not be final, so I'll hope for that, and not base everything on this brief trailer. Mashed-together voiceovers in this harshly cut trailer style aren't exactly the most accurate representations of the game experience. I really enjoyed Styx, and found the goblin charming and decently acted in a Garret from Thief kind of way.

    Still hopeful.
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  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • AnsemsApprentice 13/01/2017

    So if the hardware speculation is accurate, I'd be spending £280 on Tegra-based hardware with limited storage space, mediocre-sounding battery life undocked (pretty much making the Switch's only unique feature sound frustratingly underdeveloped), and expensive peripherals that seem likely to become worse for wear fairly soon if you use them in the way Nintendo's own media shows. If this was any other company, the negative Nancys (rightly so) would decimate it from our perspective. To Nintendo, I have to believe this price-point makes sense to them financially, and politely bow out until it's cheaper.

    BUT . . . the games could be stellar. In spite of Nintendo repeating some of the same mistakes they made with the WiiU -- a fact that reinforces how out of touch this beloved company is -- their games' frequent brilliance could save this from absolute disaster. If they can bump it down to £249 before March, this could still have a chance. Most of us have fond memories and feelings towards the Ninty guys, but they baffle as much as they heartwarm.

    The reason it costs this, I think, is to cover their R&D costs for researching all this tech, all the prototypes, and finally melding all that knowledge and investment into a well-designed package. That is tough to do, it really is, especially with the five or six different types of tech going on, and Nintendo make good hardware most of the time, but it doesn't stop it from stinging, more so when you contrast all that R&D with the early problems we've already heard about before it's even on shelves.
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  • Cancelled Halo Mega Bloks game revealed

  • AnsemsApprentice 09/01/2017

    One good thing about Mega Bloks is the variety of their sets, from TMNT to Assassin's Creed and lots of other properties LEGO have sadly not touched yet (or just not revisited with their far superior modern design ethic), but their quality control is arguably bad. The characters look fine most of the time, but the sections you build rarely look anywhere near as good as the pic on the box; it's a bit of a raffle there, and they look messy a lot of the time, or unfinished in some way. The plastic is also iffy. Some look great and you might luck out. The bigger ones tend to fare so much better than the small ones, and the recent bigger kits have often been impressive. Check out the Covenant Spirit Dropship. That is their best ever.

    I would snap up every single HALO vehicle -- and the ring itself especially -- if LEGO decided to release some sets. That would be amazing. A game would be fun too.
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  • VR may not have made much money, but it's already revitalising games

  • AnsemsApprentice 29/12/2016

    If I wasn't a wheelchair user I think I'd be crazy into this tech; I struggle with holding my arms up for longer than a second. It's been fascinating watching Giant Bomb's deep VR coverage for the past year, and it will be standardized eventually, no question. If it gets to the point where every game can be enjoyed with just a headset and they can be played with a controller instead of needing ambulation, I'll buy the gear in a flash. Budget Cuts looks great! Reply +1