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  • Blizzard has nerfed Hearthstone's "sorry" emote

  • Avaloner 26/04/2016

    I would like to say I'm sorry about this change but Blizzard won't let me. Wow. Reply 0
  • YouPorn-sponsored esports team banned from ESL

  • Avaloner 25/04/2016

    What's a YouPorn? Reply 0
  • I don't accept the premise of the question

  • Avaloner 25/04/2016

    I definitely play the game following the rules set out by the developer. When I go to the movies I do not spend my time actively trying to find plot holes or mistakes. I go there to be immersed in a story as the director intended. In fact I quite dislike it if the story just yanks me out of immersion due to poor writing. It is the same with my games. I want to be immersed in another world with clearly defined rules and I only want to discover things which the developer wanted me to discover even if that takes a bit of inventiveness from my end. Reply +2
  • Gearbox confirms that Borderlands 3 will be its next game

  • Avaloner 23/04/2016

    @regret 'wildly' successful? I did not mind the writing in Borderlands 2 but definitely not memorable. Reply -2
  • Avaloner 23/04/2016

    @Dorlingus frankly whoever bought Aliens Colonial Marines in this infomational age only has himself to blame. Don't pre order. Reply +11
  • Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide

  • Avaloner 20/04/2016

    His reply was fueled by total ignorance on what clinical depression is. Yes, we are all 'depressed' sometimes and yes, we all feel like giving up. However a clinical depression is much more than that and too many people fail to understand this basic fact. However I do get the feeling that DM Brandon was going through a rough time himself and this was just the straw that broke the camel's back. Reply +6
  • Here's the most streamed Spotify music on PlayStation

  • Avaloner 15/04/2016

    @Father_Gascoyne you can control Spotify on PS4 using your phone. Works a charm. Reply +6
  • Avaloner 15/04/2016

    The music kids listen to these days Reply +47
  • The end of Nintendo's weird GamePad era

  • Avaloner 14/04/2016

    @WelkinGunther Well by proper online I meant having games tied to an account rather than the hardware, having facilities to create a party and chat, not forcing you to buy the same retro games over and over... Reply +1
  • Avaloner 13/04/2016

    I quite like the Wii U although I feel there are areas where Nintendo should have provided the consumer with more value. A bigger HDD, more capable hardware and proper online services come to mind. It still is the go to console for enjoying games with people who don't like to game. In that regard Nintendoland is a gem. Reply +5
  • Enter the Gungeon sells 200k copies in a week

  • Avaloner 13/04/2016

    Have yet to move past Area 2 Reply +2
  • Dark Souls' official Twitter account inserts Ben Affleck into From's latest

  • Avaloner 08/04/2016

    Watched it twice to make sure I was not going bonkers seeing all the bad press it was getting. I enjoyed it even more second time round. Not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but you have to be cold blooded not to appreciate the sheet spectacle of it. Ultimatelu enjoyed it more than any Avengers movie. Reply 0
  • Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

  • Avaloner 08/04/2016

    @frazzl I have no idea who NullDev is. If you still cannot comprehend that GG is made up of many free thinking individuals and not some hivemind there is nothing much to say.

    Edit: Having said that I feel it is important to reiterate that I do not consider myself part of GG
    Reply -1
  • Avaloner 08/04/2016

    @Fox-2076 I feel you are missing the point. Twilight was not based on Bram Stoker's Dracula but rather inspired by it. Likewise for Tolkien. The Witcher, on the other hand, was directly based on the books and used characters from those books.

    There are many types of fiction but most fantasy is usually based on or inspired by historical facts. Of course an author can decide to do whatever s/he wants with the fiction as long as it feels cohesive to the world. Having laser guns suddenly show up in Baldur's Gate for instance would not feel right even though it is a fantasy world.
    Reply -1
  • Avaloner 08/04/2016

    @frazzl I will debate and discuss issues all you want but internet memes are not my thing. Reply -2
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @melnificent You don't see an issue but the developer does and they are going to fix it.

    All this situation is ridiculous to be honest and can be summed thus:

    Internet: This character is pure tokenism
    Developer: OMG! GG are onto us for having a trans character in the game
    Media: 'GG harasses developer for having trans character in the game'
    Developer: We admit that we could have represented that character better
    Media: 'Trans character not only stays but will be developed further'
    Internet: Thank you
    Reply +1
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @KanePaws While there is definitely merit in what you are saying in that the creator of a fantasy can literally mold the world to their will, it must be stressed that some fantasies are based on mythology which is itself rooted in hisotry. Furthermore some games, such as The Witcher, are themselves based on someone elses' work so they have to abide by the rules set out by that person. Reply +1
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @wibbl unfortunately harassment has been happening since forever in any industry. The media is focusing on it more since it actually generates duscussion and therefore increased clicks (and revenue) giving the impression that it is a new phenomenon . Obviously with the advent of social media the magnitude has increased and many companies would do well to create a dividing barrier between employees and customers in the form of a faceless pr account. Reply -1
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @MrTomFTW hah... Quick on the downvote eh? Reply -2
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    Thanks Jeffrey for this misinformation. The problem was not that the inclusion of the character was too pc but rather that some dialogue, part of which is the shoehorning of a gender dysphoric character, felt forced, out of place and there just to serve the writer's agenda and not the story. The writer's agenda was declared by the writer herself so its not like people were making assumptions. Furthermore the developers decided to taint the original games as anti women which many fans did not appreciate.

    Basically they are admitting they handled this badly and will try to rectify things, which is good for them. Of course, just to make my position clear, I wholly agree that personal attacks on the development team are to be condemned. Criticise the product all you want but always respect the creator.
    Reply +3
  • Enter the Gungeon review

  • Avaloner 08/04/2016

    @LittleBigDave Of course I realized you were joking. Unlike some people right here who need to really lighten up :P

    On another related note I think that EG staffers do their best to review AAA games and are more selective with indies. I think they usually review indies which look promising, are high profile or many people are looking forward to. That is why most indies reviewed here get good reviews... the bad indies are just ignored.
    Reply +1
  • Avaloner 08/04/2016

    @LittleBigDave I feel this one really deserves it. Enjoying it so far. Reply +1
  • Overwatch beta adds new season-spanning Competitive Play mode

  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @matthewhaycock Fair enough. However I have noticed a trend I am not particularly keen on here at EG... that is staffers reporting disproportionately on games which they are currently playing. While I appreciate that this is unavoidable to a degree it pains me that it happens at the expense of other titles which get little to no coverage as a result. Also makes the site feel much more like a well written gaming blog than anything else.

    I am keeping an eye out on both but will more likely dip into Battleborn when it comes out. Cannot afford to play them both... not at launch anyways.
    Reply +1
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    Would be nice if some of the staffers started playing Battleborn so we can get frequent news on that game too. Reply +1
  • Yoshinori Ono discusses Street Fighter 5's launch problems

  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @bad09 Well the core gameplay was not rushed apparently. I still have to play it so I am just relying on online reports. Like I said... I do believe it was a failing in how they handled it rather than trying to make a quick buck by releasing asap. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    @bad09 They did gear it towards satisfying the esports crowd however I feel that they did not go about it in the correct manner. First off they failed to communicate this correctly to the majority of consumers - the ones who just go to the shop and buy a game without first reading every online tidbit regarding the product.

    Secondly they should have released a cheaper, limited run, e-sports version with the option to upgrade to a full version once available. In this way it would have satisfied those who wanted to play the game before EVO without trying to pass for the full version of the game. It would have also given them the benefit of launching the game twice and making it easier for reviewers to recommend.
    Reply +3
  • Avaloner 07/04/2016

    Does Capcom really not have any analytics as to what people tend to play in their game? Moreover, did they really feel they could get away with not having an arcade mode, which has been a staple of any fighting game since before SFII? Reply +32
  • Coleco Chameleon boss: "I am officially tabling the console venture for good"

  • Avaloner 05/04/2016

    'I won't name that person here because this is only Kennedy's version of events'

    Wait what? If it has already been established that Kennedy is making the allegations why not name the person, maybe after contacting them and taking their take on how it all went down?
    Reply +12
  • Nintendo fires marketer after sustained online hate campaign

  • Avaloner 01/04/2016

    @Fox-2076 my point was that internet harassment is not gender exclusive . It is something that happens on social media to anyone. Is there a disparity between the sexes? Could be. There is no doubt in my mind that indivoduals with different sexual orientations are more prone to being harassed so it could be the same for women. Or maybe men tend to speak about it less because appearing to be affected by it is seen as a sign of weakness. Reply +1
  • Avaloner 01/04/2016

    @frazzl I saw the pictures and what I saw is not softcore porn but rather sexy modelling. The pictures and tweets are circulating twitter if you really want to see them. Of course she has every right to do whatever she wants with her body. I support that fully. But don't blame others if it comes to bite you in the ass. Reply -4
  • Avaloner 01/04/2016

    @frazzl I've seen many dipshits on the gamergate side. I have seen many dipshits on the anti gamergate side. Dogpiling and doxxing is something both sides regularly engage in. Likewise with harassment. As a matter of fact, even outside this conflict, I have seen the same abhorrent behaviour. Bottomline - being a dick is endemic to social media culture and not exclusive to one side or the other.

    I sympathise with gamergate for two reasons - I followed the whole thing closely and saw first hand how the media demonized GG, absolved anti GG and helped some individuals become rich at the expense of GG.
    Also I have challenged the arguments of individuals from both sides of the fence and I can attest that the kind of toxicity I got from the anti GG side blew my mind. While GG was usually very willing to engage in discussion and glad someone is hearing their point of view, anti GG usually accused me of harassment simply because I respectfully disagreed on a public forum. The usual reaction was insulting then blocking me thinking they are on a moral high ground which justifies this kind of behaviour.

    Of course people reading articles like this one without knowing much about the complex background of GG one would assume they are the bad guys. And here lies the crux of the problem - gaming journalists are finding it so hard to remain objective when they should be. If you cannot be objective when reporting on facts hiw can you be even slightly objective when reviewing a game?
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  • Avaloner 01/04/2016

    @Fox-2076 I did not get the Trump analogy, possibly because I am not American and have little interest in their politics. Let me offer another analogy:

    Tim is a problem student at school and no one likes him. One day, out of spite, he rats on Jim who has cheated in order to pass his exam. Should Tim's character and/or motivation have any bearing on the disciplinary actions taken towards Jim? I think not.

    Also - many men get harassed. Adam Orth, Phil Phish, Totalbiscuit, Jack Thompson, John Smedley, David Vonderhaar... All got harassed for what they did or said.
    Reply +6
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @Fox-2076 How does that change anything? Obviously they had ulterior motives for doing that but how does that make the accusation any less serious? Reply -1
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @yllin also... It seems her secondary job was modelling in sexy attire. I guess Nintendo went the Blizzard way with their stance on over sexualization. You can change a fictional character's pose. You can only fire an actual human being. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @OnlyJoeKing Sex with an under-age person is not paedophilia. Sex with a prepubescent child is. However, since children reach puberty and mental maturity at different ages, the state has to draw a line regarding what is legal and what is not.

    As to how it relates to this case I do not think it was very wise of her to publicly discuss this sensitive topic considering her job. Acting as a face for a company does not affect your freedom of speech in theory but in actuality it does since the repercussions can more readily affect your lively hood.
    Reply +2
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @riceNpea Want good journalism? Go read Gameranx's article on this story. I came here knowing nothing about this and after I read this article here it felt like I needed to know more. Reading that one article on gameranx I felt that I knew much more about the story and could make up my own mind in an informed manner. The journalist did a good job of being impartial and at no time did I feel he was for or against any party unlike EG's stance here.

    As for the moderators here.... they are not paid so they are allowed to do a lousy job apparently
    Reply +9
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @LittleBigDave well said Reply +3
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @bratsampson have no idea hiw what you said was related to what I said. Also, just because you were brought up in a cave does not mean all of us were. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    @zegerman1942 funny thing is most of the time he lets spam slip Reply +14
  • Avaloner 31/03/2016

    Happens when you use your position in a company to push your 'progressive' agenda. Agree with her points of view or don't... This drama was not doing Nintendo any favors. Reply -16
  • Blizzard to remove Overwatch pose accused of reducing Tracer to “another bland female sex symbol”

  • Avaloner 29/03/2016

    It is important to note here that Kaplan's second extended reply was basically: we changed it because we did not like it in the first place and already meant to. He initially tried to pander to the pc crowd and it backfired badly. That is definitely not censorship, just bad pr. Reply -1
  • Avaloner 29/03/2016

    I do not care much about what Blizzard does with Overwatch. It is still not on my ‘to buy’ list (unlike Battleborn) and I feel that the only thing that Blizzard is obliged to do is turn a profit. Therefore Blizzard should make a game which sells copies - whatever that means. I decided to write this just because quite a few people are commenting on the original post and how it is well written and makes sense. That is where I disagree and here is why:

    First off - Fipps makes a reference to ‘strong female characters’ in the title which already creates issues for me. What exactly is a strong female character? A muslim woman who wants to wear a burka in the west because of her faith might be seen as strong or weak depending on who you ask. So what does Fipps means by strong female character? Some believe that a strong female character is a woman with predominantly male traits - less emotional, physically strong, lots of muscles and a leader. Said pose takes nothing away from that idea - it just adds sexy to the mix. Others say that a strong female character embodies independence - a woman who can do whatever she wants to do. Again - that pose took nothing away from that. Tracer wants to be sexy no matter what you have to say about the matter. She felt like she wants to wear tight fitting pants to flaunt her curves and does that because that is what an independent woman would do because she could not care less. Is a sexy woman not a strong woman according to Fipps?

    Fipps also makes some assumptions regarding Tracer’s character. You may or may not agree with his deductions seeing as Blizzard did not really give her much backstory at this point but everyone is free to come to his own conclusion. A conclusion I would have come to seeing Tracer in that pose is that she’s definitely comfortable in her own skin. Apparently Fipps sees this as Tracer trying to be a sex symbol. He has trouble understanding that individuals who are sexy love showing off their sexiness and do not necessarily do so to please others but rather because they feel good and empowered by it. The majority of women will tell you this - They do not wear make up for you, they do it because they look better with makeup and this, in turn, makes them feel good. Likewise most women dress the way they do because of how it makes them feel.

    To me this post reads more like: I do not like something in your game so I want you to change it. Do not get me wrong, as a consumer Fipps has every right to make that demand, even though some don’t agree with him. However anyone believing that this request is morally sound should really think hard about what is going on here. It is not a question of morality but rather a question of preference. It is as relevant as having someone ask that there not to be blood in the game or to change the word ‘kills’ to ‘incapacitations’ or to make the guns shoot flowers or to remove smoking from the game or to change the characters into kid squids shooting paint at each other.

    My advice to Fipps is: Rather than asking for change in a PG12 game to pander to the perceived needs of your young daughter why not get her to play age appropriate games such as Splatoon or PvZ: Garden Warfare 2?
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  • Avaloner 29/03/2016

    Hear hear ladies. If you flaunt your sexy bits you're weak. Dress modest and be strong. Reply -5
  • That Dragon, Cancer "has not yet seen a single dollar from sales"

  • Avaloner 26/03/2016

    A good game will make you want to go out and buy it after watching someone play it. Maybe this is not such a game. Or maybe the price is too prohibitive Reply +5
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered review

  • Avaloner 21/03/2016

    So you are reccomending buying this badly made remaster over a cheaply available original? Reply -4
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 review

  • Avaloner 16/03/2016

    Game has been patched and classes are much more balanced now. Posting here because EG seems to be willing to wait for a game like The Division to settle before reviewing but won't mention the release of a balance patch for Garden Warfare 2. Reading the review it seems that balance issues were the main reason this game did not get at least a recommended. Reply +1
  • WildStar studio Carbine sheds nearly half of its workforce - report

  • Avaloner 12/03/2016

    MMOs are still a blast to play with friends. A huge time sink though. Reply 0
  • You can block people's progress in The Division by standing in a doorway

  • Avaloner 08/03/2016

    Dear EG editor,

    This is why I am finding it hard to take this site seriously anymore: your reviewer did not even award the excellent Garden Warfare 2 a recommendation mostly due to imbalances. Popcap just released a fix and more content. Meanwhile EG keeps churning news item after news item on The Division. I appreciate that many of you are playing Ubisoft's excellent game. I am too. However I think you owe it to your readers to update them on a game you recently reviewed. Not even suggesting an updated review. Just let people know that the reason why Garden Warfare 2 got criticised has now been fixed. Since the game was released we got radio silence here. No news that Popcap acknowledged the imbalance or, later on, that they shared their balancing plans. I had to go to other news sites to keep myself updated.

    Please be better because I still care for this site
    Reply +7
  • PES and Football Manager delete disgraced Adam Johnson

  • Avaloner 05/03/2016

    @MattEvansC3 when I was 18 I had a sexual relationship with a 40 yr old woman. Was she a pedo according to your definition? Reply +2
  • Avaloner 05/03/2016

    Ok let me elaborate because people erroneously keep throwing the term 'paedophile' around. A paedophile is, by definition, sexually attracted to prepubescent children. At 15 most girls already look more like adults than children. So unless this girl started her puberty late then it is unlikely that he was attracted to her child like ile features. He broke the law by having sexual activity with a girl before the age of consent but this does not automatically make him a paedophile. Reply +13