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  • 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 -2
  • 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.
    Reply +13
  • 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!
    Reply +3
  • 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
    Reply 0
  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • Avaloner 06/09/2014

    @MrTomFTW

    Well, I guess I'll have to ask then - now #GamerGate and #NotYourShield have been proven to be manufactured as part of 4chan's campaign against Zoe and Anita - what next?
    What next? Well, Destiny, of course.
    Reply +3
  • Avaloner 06/09/2014

    @Widge Very interesting read. Thanks for sharing Reply 0
  • Avaloner 06/09/2014

    In view of the facts behind this #Gamergate debacle and the 'Gamers are Dead' trend does anyone else find this BBC article headline ironic to the extreme?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29028236
    Reply 0
  • Avaloner 05/09/2014

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/bitwise/2014/09/gamergate_explodes_gaming_journalists_declare_the_gamers_are_over_but_they.html not the most comprehensive of articles but it takes the #gamergate issue from another perspective. Interesting read. Also eloquently makes some points which I tried to make earlier about the state of gaming journalism Reply +4
  • Avaloner 04/09/2014

    @TarickStonefire What a silly notion to even suggest that. Let us say that there is value in your proposition. All the mature individuals who are already discussing this in a civil fashion will stop discussing it. However all those going RARRRRRRGH! now will continue going RARRRRRRGH! because they do not listen to reason. If they did they would not be going RARRRRRRGH! in the first place.

    So by just saying - everyone take a breather you accomplish absolutely nothing.

    Having said that, if you truly believe what you are saying - that we should stop discussing it - I guess you can start leading by example.

    Btw: mine was an actual legit question. Glad you explained (with an excellent video clip no less).
    Reply +1
  • Avaloner 04/09/2014

    @TarickStonefire
    Everyone needs to give it a rest and come back for an actual mature discussion about perceptions of corruption in a couple of months, when there will be no need and, as now frankly, zero excuse whatsoever to start targeting people on social media.
    By everyone you mean anyone who does not agree with your point of view? We have been having actual mature discussion here for quite a while now. Glad you could join. Just - avoid the generalizations. There have been a few already and they don't help.
    Reply +1
  • Avaloner 04/09/2014

    @Pasco_ Who are the #gamergate assholes? Reply +2
  • Avaloner 04/09/2014

    @svenjl Careful. I hear falling off a high horse can be pretty painful Reply +3
  • Avaloner 04/09/2014

    @GreyBeard and considering that the director of TLOU claimed he consulted Anita in order to represent women better in that game it gives you a good indication of Anita's brand of feminism. Then again she made it clear in her videos that the best possible solution to sexism in games is to afford women special treatment to make up for all the damage that has been done. To be clear.. I never had a problem either with the fact that most human enemies in games are male. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014

    @dirtysteve *claps* Reply +1
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014



    Logical fallacies are the shit right now
    Reply +3
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014

    There is no doubt that everyone in the industry should make a concrete effort to make a positive change towards a more mature community. Everyone stands to benefit from it. However this message should come across in the way websites and social media sites are moderated and curated. It SHOULD NOT be part of the content. People come to sites like Eurogamer to read about games and events occurring in the industry, NOT to be lectured. It is telling that, on this very site, there is no article related to the factuality surrounding Gamergate (which is a fascinating turn of events any way you see it). There is no journalistic style article detailing what Gamergate is, how it evolved, who the key players are. There is no exploration into the finer details pertaining to both sides of the argument. There is nothing detailing all the facts so that readers can be informed and make up their own mind. There is just this here blog post which comes off as saying 'you have been bad, all these developers agree, and so do we'. If this blog post was part of a larger coverage of what is occurring it would have been more acceptable. However, time and time again we are getting opinion articles such as http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-08-27-leading-creators-back-latest-tropes-vs-women-video thinly veiled as news. Meanwhile, the community, for better or for worse, rose up crying foul over the perceived nepotism in the gaming industry and EG rolls out an opinion piece saying how this game, made by someone who is in the center of the issue, is essential playing. Its like we are buying the newspaper to read on the conflicts in Syria and it only gets mentioned in the editorial. Reply +6
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014

    @Cryotek Further to what you point out when Jack Thompson said that video game violence can make us violent industry ridiculed him. When Anita Sarkeesian claimed video game sexualization can make us sexists the same people started applauding her. Reply +8
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014

    @greenthumb you find idiots on both sides of the fence. That is why generalizing is so insulting. Reply +5
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014

    @TarickStonefire you can set the feed so you see the newest posts first. Works a charm. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 03/09/2014

    @BabyBabyBabyOh In 1994 I had plenty of 20 year old gaming friends. I was 14 myself, hardly a child. The average age of gamers at the time was around 14. Gamers at the time were hardly considered at all. If they appeared in mainstream media they were heavily stereotyped and often ridiculed.

    I already pointed out some recent articles which demonize gamers. Also I point you to the hash tag #DescribeAGamerIn4Words on twitter.
    Reply +3
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @dirtysteve Well now that Ellie left they are all men. Reply +3
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @nathanswinfield Yes definitely. However since we know it happens stating that it is wrong is appropriate whether the targets included Anita or not. Reply +3
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @DeLoftie You are watching too much Sarkeesian. Its evident from the way you coin your own terms to describe stuff.

    Anyways, It's all about giving the player freedom of choice within the confines of the environment. I do not have any idea what IO's intention was for choosing that setting and having strippers there. I doubt that it was 'because the player will really enjoy killing the strippers'
    Reply +8
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @BabyBabyBabyOh Since before the internet gaming culture always had a negative image. The internet happened and internet culture created the 'misogynist disproportionately raging trolls'. Now we are in a situation where many are blaming the sins of internet culture on the gaming culture. Reply +5
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @nathanswinfield Not sure what you are referring to... a quote would have made things simpler. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @DeLoftie

    Billy - You don't have an issue with that?
    Larry - We are making a game about a hit man. Who gets paid to kill people. Lots of people. In gruesome ways. Remember when you were considering Priesthood? I think you made the wrong career choice.

    Billy - *starts sobbing uncontrollably*

    Its not the same thing. In one instance they are putting the stripper there so she can be killed. In the other instance they are putting the stripper there because of the setting.
    Reply +7
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @SpaceMidget75 I am presuming research into the behavioral psychology associated with gaming would make the life of games developers, publishers and marketers so much easier. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @bad09 Well its the types of games but that is part of it I guess.

    The form factor plays a large part. Its accessible and required no prior investment. They did not go out to buy a smartphone to play games. They bought a smartphone which also happens to have these interesting games on it.

    Also I am guessing that most women prefer watching TV and movies to playing games. So if they have a TV in front of them the broadcasts and movies will win every single time.

    This is just assumptions from my part. I do not claim this to be fact.
    Reply +3
  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • Avaloner 06/09/2014

    @TurkishBreakfast Thanks for the video. It was indeed very interesting and informative.

    I don't want to be misinterpreted. I did question Anita's motives however that is the extent of my criticism I have for her as a person. The rest of my criticism is focused on her work (and Jonathan McIntosh who everyone seems to be forgetting).

    I do not really see how a list of sources, references and citations could not be included in the about section of the video or quickly in the credits. I have checked and no such thing exists as far as I could tell. Of course anyone is encouraged to prove me wrong since this is something I cannot know for certain.

    The effects of media on society is well studied however results have been quite inconclusive. The effects of videogames on society, on the other hand, have not been properly explored up till now. Videogames are a very different medium to movies, books and music so, even if relatively conclusive research was gathered regarding other mediums it would be unwise to just apply it to this industry. Furthermore, by just accepting that, yes videogames affect us in this way, aren't we just giving weight to what people like Jack Thompson have been claiming for so long? (specifically that violent videogames make you violent).

    Of course it is always good to criticize and see what could have been done better. Its a learning process. However I feel many things pointed out are not really a problem, and if they are they are not a problem for the reasons Anita is claiming.

    To give a few examples -

    I do not believe hyper sexuality in games is an issue. It targets a specific market and anyone feels its not his/her thing then steer away from it.

    I do not feel that some tropes are bad because they create stereotypes which we assume to be true but they are kind of lazy and boring at this point.

    I do not think that the Ms Male trope demeans women and makes them two dimensional. It just a simple use of gender markers we are used to and hinge on the fact that we love familiarity.
    Reply 0
  • Why we need more developers like Zoe Quinn

  • Avaloner 05/09/2014

    @SPG900NY To be honest I do not want to discuss Quinn's guilt or innocence. While we can safely say that the way the press handled the story is what escalated things to this point I do not feel her actual actions merit much discussion in the grand scheme of things.

    However it is interesting to observe her twitter. For someone who emerged as the ultimate victim on the social media site she seems to revel in it with posts referencing #gamergate and little gems like this posted just 6h ago:

    'reinstalling the chrome extension I made forever ago that changes "gamer" to "you little shits" http://www.beesgo.biz/chrome.html '
    She does not seem to be trying to douse this flame wars. On the contrary she is pouring fuel onto the flames. Which gives me the impression that all the accusations of 'she stands to benefit from the backlash' have a bit of truth to them.

    Edit - Have I been duped? Is this her actual twitter account?!?!
    Edit 2 - Seems like it is -_-
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  • Here's how Destiny controls on Vita using Remote Play

  • Avaloner 05/09/2014

    That's very clever. Playing Destiny in bed, on my Vita, sounds like something I might want to do occasionally. Reply +1