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  • Performance Analysis: Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Avaloner 21/11/2014

    Would have preferred a rock solid 30fps over eye candy any day Reply +1
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions has pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels

  • Avaloner 20/11/2014

    A lesson in how not to go about things. So - before the game is even released - they are telling us we will be missing out for picking the game on only one platform and we will be missing out stuff unless we pay extra after release. Thanks but no thanks. Reply +4
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review

  • Avaloner 10/11/2014

    @Arsecake_Baker At least EG had the balls to play the game in the wild instead of basing the review on the Activision press event. Also the lag is mentioned in a caption Reply 0
  • Blizzard reveals Overwatch, a team-based competitive first-person shooter

  • Avaloner 07/11/2014

    @HunterSeeker whenever did Blizzard come up with a game that was not derivative? Only Lost Vikings and Diablo come to mind Reply +8
  • Bungie gifts brain surgery patient a one-of-a-kind rifle

  • Avaloner 07/11/2014

    Great story and wish a Eric a speedy and complete recovery.

    For my part I eventually discovered that playing Destiny was actually gradually killing my brain out of boredom.
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  • EA cancels MOBA Dawngate

  • Avaloner 05/11/2014

    @cattypat Agreed. EA did very little to promote the game and even less to incentivize players to switch to it Reply 0
  • Avaloner 05/11/2014

    What a pity. It was quite a good game. Got hooked for a while. Reply 0
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition's EA Access trial detailed

  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @bosseye why would they lock content behind paywalls? The content EA had on Access currently is available elsewhere (also for a fee) Reply +1
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    Funny how the people bashing EA for renting games never had any problems with PS+ Reply +1
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @George-Roper yeah true... Because with the advent of movie streaming services studios stopped releasing blu ray and DVD. Ditto with streaming music - we don't get to buy albums anymore. If these paywall services take off we will have to sub to each and every publisher. Oh come on! Reply +3
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @George-Roper You have every right to think the service is awful just as much as I have every right to want to pay for such a service because I see value in it.

    Also - how many AAA titles have released demos on Steam in the past 6 months? The fact that there are 632 demos on a service which has going on for almost two gaming generations is misleading. Times are changing. Also I did mention that demos for AAA games are a dying breed not all demos so you have to argue with that claim.
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  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @riz23 From a collector's point of view you are right. From a gamer's point of view? I will have played all those games! Reply 0
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou You just don't get it do you? Traditional demos have been shown not to work. On the contrary they have been shown to reduce sales. By giving out a trial before release, letting players keep their progress and offering a discount on the digital version EA are hoping that subbers will feel they already made an investment in the game so they will be more likely to buy the game on release. This is far removed from offering a demo which may or may not reflect the quality of the final product but which has been shown to make people less likely to buy the final product.

    But no. You still want a demo. Because free demos have been a staple of the industry for so long. Except that they haven't. As someone pointed out god knows how many magazines charged you for the benefit of playing a demo found on the cover cd.
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  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou So... you are criticizing the service purely because it gives subbers something extra and you would be fine with it if there were no trials. EA take note. Your consumers want less for their money. Reply +1
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @Spartacool I think its a situation created by Sony. They refused the service (because they want to protect their own similar service) and so now its sour grapes. I have a PS4 and don't own a Xbone. I do not like the current state of affairs and, to me, this service is a feather in MS's cap which I will consider when deciding whether to buy an MS console or not. Reply +7
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou You have to view EA Access as a VIP club of sorts. People sub for the games on offer but then you get a VIP status with the ability to start playing games before everyone else and discounts on digital versions. Again - you do not have to sub. Want to buy DA:Inquisition the old fashioned way? Go ahead and do so.

    Also - demos are promotional material but you make them out to be some sort of right. The industry changes constantly and demos have lost their place.
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  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou Last gen was a different story demo wise. This gen demos seem to be the exception not the norm Reply +1
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou Fine then they should stop offering trials with the service. Fine by me. Not really interested in those. Just don't expect them (or anyone) to keep releasing demos the way they used to last gen though. Reply +6
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou Not sure about the lots part. I rarely played one which did. Then again demos for AAA titles are a dying breed. Like I said, indications point towards a loss in sales whenever a demo is released. Its just an extra cost for the publishes/developer and its developing time taken away from the final game. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou Its a trial not a demo. The key difference is that you get to keep your progress if you decide to buy the full game. Reply +10
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou I would not mind it if all publishers offered such a service. It all depends on cost and what they are willing to offer. If none offer something I would want to pay for then I will continue consuming my games in exactly the same way I do today. Also remember that EA Access can be bought on a month by month basis so there is nothing stopping me from paying EA Access one month and Ubisoft Access the next one. I cannot fathom how many people here see more choice of services as something scary. If the choice limits what you currently have then its a valid concern (say EA claim that Dragon Age Inquisition will only be available to those with EA Access). However that kind of thing makes little sense to the publisher and is unlikely to happen. Reply +9
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @UncleLou Your argument would make sense if you were just paying for the 'demo'. Since you also get the games and the discounts then its hard to see your point. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @Kyizen I'm so glad you did not want the service on PS4. Then again you could have not subbed to it like many on XboxOne did instead of cheer Sony for limiting the choice of others who are interested in the service like me. Reply +8
  • Avaloner 04/11/2014

    @SpaceMonkey77 Do you blame developers if indications are that releasing a demo (which actually costs money to make) harms sales of the game? Reply +2
  • WildStar review

  • Avaloner 28/10/2014

    A subscription is deemed worth paying depending on how much time you are willing to spend on the game, not how much content it offers. While the two are somewhat linked the sheer amount of content offered by other games for free cannot be ignored. With all these great experiences competing for our MMO time with little to no monetary commitment, indulging in a sub based MMO seems like overkill. Reply +1
  • The problem with video game guns

  • Avaloner 26/10/2014

    @spamdangled I think everyone was quite sure that he was not going to leave the industry. The question is - is it going to be in the field of journalism? Reply 0
  • Avaloner 25/10/2014

    Does this hint at the notion that Tom is going to stay in video game journalism? Reply -4
  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • Avaloner 21/10/2014

    @Fatum Ah ok got you ;) Reply 0
  • Avaloner 21/10/2014

    @Fatum Still not sure how you are so easily linking the death threats to the #Gamergate movement. If you have any information which the rest of us don't you should quickly forward it to the authorities. Reply +1
  • Avaloner 21/10/2014

    Its about time that people started understanding that saying things in public. whether it be in the streets or on the internet, has its due consequence. Reply +31
  • Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft after a decade

  • Avaloner 20/10/2014

    Wish her all the luck. Hope she gets to work on something special and not sink into obscurity. Reply 0
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • Avaloner 20/10/2014

    Undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Reply -1
  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • Avaloner 19/10/2014

    One question: How does the improved 3D effect fare in low light conditions? Reply +27
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    @Fakenameagain Its ok :) None taken *hugs and virtual kisses* Reply +1
  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    @vast Sadly I feel it is not these individuals who are claiming it for themselves. It is the press (mostly gaming press) who is associating the term 'gamer' with these animals. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    @Fakenameagain as opposed to rumors and speculations? Yes I do as a matter of fact. And 'you guys'? Am I the trinity now? Reply +1
  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    @Fakenameagain The virus has gone all electronic now? Reply +3
  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    For anyone wanting to read the whole article it is here

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/technology/gamergate-women-video-game-threats-anita-sarkeesian.html?_r=0

    Read it yourself. Just don't expect anything new (or remotely close to actual investigative journalism for that matter).

    The part I found most interesting is this

    The term #GamerGate was popularized on the social media service over the past two months after an actor, Adam Baldwin, used it to describe what he and others viewed as corruption among journalists who cover the game industry. People using the term have been criticizing popular game sites for running articles and opinion columns sympathetic to feminist critics of the industry, denouncing them as “social justice warriors.”

    In a phone interview, Mr. Baldwin, who said he was not an avid gamer himself but has done voice work for the popular Halo games and others, said he did not condone the harassment of Ms. Sarkeesian and others.

    “GamerGate distances itself by saying, ‘This is not what we’re about,’ ” said Mr. Baldwin. “We’re about ethics in journalism.”
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  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    Oli this article saddens me to no end. You used very flawed logic to blame Gamergate for this. Let us assume that this threat was made (it very likely was). Let us assume that the person who made this threat is a Gamergate supporter (he might have been). How does that, in any way shape or form make Gamergate redundant?

    Also:

    'the GamerGate campaign, which, through its continuing inability to articulate a reasoned position or engage in constructive dialogue, has now forfeited its right to be considered a true campaign, a true movement.'

    This criticism can be just as easily leveled at the feminist movement where you find that feminists disagree on what it is to be a feminist, disagree on what the aims of feminism should be and also disagree on the correct way to go about it.

    There are feminists who say that feminism is about equal rights while others claim that it is about women taking over while still others will say that it is about empowering women to be who they want to be. Some feminists believe that wearing make up is something the patriarchy demands and is therefore bad. Others will tell you that wearing make up is empowering. Same goes for female nudity. There are feminists who make very valid points and engage in a good conversation about the subject. Others are extremists who preach misandry at every turn. Some feminists will claim that misogyny includes things like female genital mutilation or stoning of women for having an affairs while others will say that even a blonde joke is misandry. There are those who say that a woman in the sex trade industry is using her resources to make a living in a way she wants while others still claim that a man who watches porn is tantamount to rape.

    Compare a very old movement like feminism, which had ample time to organize itself, with a movement like gamer gate which is just a few weeks old, and you will realize how petty that statement is. (and I am not implying that gamer gate is even remotely as valid a cause as feminism)

    Also - should we stop referring to Anita Sarkeesian as a 'feminist critic' and start referring to her as 'professional victim'? She only seems to appear in the media because of the threats she receives. Even when introduced (or she introduces herself) the threats she received are always mentioned which is kind of pathetic at this point.

    Any kinds of threats to any person for whatever reason are to be unreservedly condemned. But let us not use them to forward someone's agenda.
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  • Avaloner 18/10/2014

    These threats are shameful to the people who make them, not to gamers. Simple as that. Reply +8
  • PlayStation 4 system update adds USB background music

  • Avaloner 17/10/2014

    At this point Sony's decision to only include two USB ports on the system is looking utterly ridiculous. Reply +3
  • DriveClub dev "had confidence" servers would work

  • Avaloner 13/10/2014

    I hope Evolution does not get dissolved because of this mess. They are a good studio. Reply +9
  • DriveClub review

  • Avaloner 07/10/2014

    Things I like -
    The handling - accessible yet nuanced
    The Fame system (reminiscent of the Kudos system in PGR)
    The speed with which you can retry a race (almost instantaneous loading)
    The track layout is superb
    Face off challenges are simple yet have a big impact

    Things I dislike -
    Very limited customization options
    No replays -why on earth!??!
    Racing music is awful

    Overall I am quite loving it and I feel that that the reviewer came into this after extended hours of playing Horizon 2 and could not get that game out of his mind. Then again everyone is entitled to an opinion. I am not a motorhead by any stretch of the imagination and I rarely play driving games for long (except for PGR4 which I adored) but this is lots of fun to me. I find myself trying to better my times and beat my friends - something I never did in a driving game before. Hopefully the PS+ version will allow people to decide for themselves.
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  • Touch the future: meet the games embracing the material world

  • Avaloner 04/10/2014

    This article gave me pangs of nostalgia for what is still one of the greatest split screen experience



    Touchdown!
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  • The patch helps, but Destiny still has a loot problem

  • Avaloner 02/10/2014

    I sold my copy. Don't regret it in the least. I might buy it second hand once everyone gets bored of it and starts selling theirs, just to see what they fixed. Reply +3
  • Blizzard cancels Titan MMO after seven years of development

  • Avaloner 24/09/2014

    @Eldritch I am one of the three million who bought SCII but I found multiplayer too daunting - its like a science. I just enjoyed single player and consequently steered away from HotS Reply +4
  • Sony insists Vita is here to stay

  • Avaloner 12/09/2014

    @sid-6581 I played P4 on the Vita more than all games on my 3DS combined. In fact, despite all the talk of lack of games, I find it real hard to keep up with the games I have for the Vita. Reply +4
  • Avaloner 12/09/2014

    Its still a pity. Sony really needs to understand that games released on a handheld need to be tailored for that 'on the go' experience and not just try and emulate the couch experience. The Vita is really an excellent piece of hardware. Reply +51
  • Destiny public events to occur more frequently

  • Avaloner 12/09/2014

    Enjoying the game... all things considered I feel I already got my money's worth of fun with the last four days featuring long enjoyable Destiny sessions. They need to keep adding content if they want to keep me playing in the long run and I am not sure PvP matched will cut it. Reply +4
  • Editor's blog: I'm leaving Eurogamer later this year

  • Avaloner 10/09/2014

    EG has been my go to site for the past 10+ years, and frankly, I still feel its the best article based gaming website. While I often criticized many aspects of this website I only did so because I care, and hopefully my criticism was always constructive. I hate goodbyes and, even though I do not know you, it makes me sad to see you go. I wish Oli and Wesley the best of luck in this new venture.

    As to you Tom - Game developer?

    PS: On the plus side - no more people mistaking MrTomFTW for Tom Bramwell
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