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  • The best Vita games

  • Avaloner 24/05/2015

    @Kiliko They play the same but with better graphics. If you enjoyed the original you will love this. Reply +1
  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • Avaloner 20/04/2015

    If this was an article discussing the politics around MK it would make good reading. As a review it is severely lacking in focus. I have been visiting the site less and less in the past weeks. Not out of spite, but simply because it often fails to feel like a gaming site. I respect the fact that its the direction you chose to take. It's just not what I look for in my entertainment. When I want to read/debate this stuff there are much better sites to visit.

    Reply +9
  • The best PC games

  • Avaloner 19/04/2015

    Really? Fez is one of the best games on PC? Reply +13
  • Infinite Crisis and the fight to stay relevant

  • Avaloner 13/04/2015

    I'm a fan of Infinite Crisis which has improved considerably since beta and is perfect for anyone who is going into the genre for the first time. Reply +1
  • Jon Blyth on: Bloodborne

  • Avaloner 12/04/2015

    @Guy.J. I enjoy both farming and F2P if done well. I was not aware of a collective hive mind that required us to all have the same preferences. Reply 0
  • Postal rejected from Google Play due to "gratuitous violence"

  • Avaloner 09/04/2015

    I cannot wrap my head around the fact that there are individuals who seem to celebrate censorship. Seems to me that the people who do are not interested in this product. 'I never intended buying it so who cares about those who did?' I really hope that karma comes to bite you in the ass when censorship stops you from accessing a product you are actually interested in. Reply -2
  • Avaloner 09/04/2015

    @MrTomFTW Moderators berating individuals for no apparent reason? You have beef with this guy? Reply +3
  • Square Enix tones down Mobius Final Fantasy's "too sexy" leading man

  • Avaloner 07/04/2015

    I think that developers should stick to their guns and ignore unwarranted internet criticism. Reply +22
  • Anita Sarkeesian debuts her Positive Female Characters series

  • Avaloner 01/04/2015

    @williamarthurfenton simply because the writer of the last of us is a man so probably he could identify better with a father figure than a mother figure Reply 0
  • Avaloner 01/04/2015

    @Mr-V I hope, for his sake, that he's just trolling. Reply +9
  • Avaloner 01/04/2015

    @jimmyhill11 Are you joking? Youtube is full of videos addressing the points she makes. But obviously they never get any feedback from her. Only the hostility gets feedback from her because it suits her narrative. That is why people who are dicks on the internet can neither be called anti GG or GG since they help the cause of no one. They are just trolls who hide behind one side or the other to do what they like doing. Reply -8
  • Avaloner 01/04/2015

    Interesting. Would have been nice if she had finished her previous series. The one which was kickstarted through the roof. But with all those death threats it must be hard keeping promises. Reply -6
  • The best PS4 games

  • Avaloner 22/03/2015

    As an updated list of what is worth your time on the PS4 this moment I feel that Driveclub should have easily made it in. Fez and PT - not so much

    EDIT - and the ones @IronGiant mentioned
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  • Borderlands 2 writer regrets nearly silent protagonists

  • Avaloner 17/03/2015

    When will the industry at large get the idea that the player identifies with the character they are playing at such a base level out of their heads? I may feel for what the character is going through and I may have sentiments regarding what I am required to do in the game. What I won't do is feel like the character in the game is me. The only instance where this is partially true is when roleplaying in some MMO and, even then, its more likely that the player will put on a different persona than play him/herself in the game. Reply 0
  • Uncharted 4 delayed to spring 2016

  • Avaloner 11/03/2015

    Drake your time Reply +17
  • Ninja Theory cut one of Devil May Cry's most sexually suggestive lines for Definitive Edition

  • Avaloner 10/03/2015

    'The game pulls no punches in its depictions of sexual content - including a rather uncomfortable sex scene, again with Mundus and Lilith, albeit one that does not include nudity.'

    You really got uncomfortable with that scene or are you just saying? Cause I just watched it expecting god knows what I can frankly say not even my mother would flinch at that! Go watch 'Requiem for a Dream' or any number of movies if you want some uncomfortable sex scenes. We want gaming to grow up but at the same time expect it to treat us like children.

    I respect NT's decision to cut any scene for artistic reasons - however they should definitely have made the scene available to appease those who love the original and made any changes they thought improved the flow through a 'director's cut' option. As is this can never be called the 'Definitive Edition' since it has missing content, despite what NT thinks of it.

    Edit - having now watched the changes first hand I call bullshit. The old scene was only marginally better but I can see no reason to remove it but to appease anyone who would cry misogyny at a woman wanting to be her lover's 'bitch'.
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  • The day I killed my hero

  • Avaloner 09/03/2015

    Brilliant! Reply 0
  • Rock Band 4 announced for PS4 and Xbox One

  • Avaloner 05/03/2015

    What are the chances of the guitar hero instruments working for this?! Reply 0
  • Homeworld Remastered review

  • Avaloner 04/03/2015

    @Malek86 I still have those magazines! Reply +2
  • OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood review

  • Avaloner 03/03/2015

    @ShiftBreaker already bought then Reply +1
  • Eurogamer readership survey 2015

  • Avaloner 02/03/2015

    13. On which social media channels do you (or you are happy to) follow gaming brands (Please tick all that apply)

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  • Cara Ellison on: The Sims 4

  • Avaloner 02/03/2015

    @Farzlepot you can. They added pools after release Reply +1
  • Avaloner 28/02/2015

    @Madder-Max What is your point? Reply +2
  • Avaloner 28/02/2015

    Good read. I am very tempted to dive into The Sims 4 after being reminded how crazy it can get but my backlog says no.

    On a side note: Well done EG. These kind of articles are what is needed to appeal to a wider audience. This is the right way to go about it.
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  • Introducing Killer Queen: The world's first 10-player arcade strategy game

  • Avaloner 23/02/2015

    For that money have 8 PS4's with 8 monitors running Awesomenauts. Would definitely be more fun. Reply 0
  • DriveClub free update adds Japan track

  • Avaloner 16/02/2015

    @Malek86 you can make a custom paint job which is just one color. It's a poor workaround but a workaround nonetheless. Reply +1
  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • Avaloner 15/02/2015

    @VodkaDrunkenski thanks! Nintendo owe you a New 3DS XL sale ;) Reply 0
  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • Avaloner 12/02/2015

    To anyone discussing gaming culture - this is not gaming culture. This is internet culture. It's important that everyone makes that distinction. Reply +5
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate review

  • Avaloner 11/02/2015

    Played the first monster hunter. Loved the premise, hated the execution. This is another game that isn't for me. I don't like frustration in my games, and it's especially unforgivable in the 4 th game of a series. Reply -2
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    Was losing interest in this site but this is amazing stuff. May I suggest altering the layout too? I find it silly that trivial news and reviews to anticipated games share the same screen space. Reply -24
  • Towerfall is adding an Anita Sarkeesian skin

  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    @frazzl How are the quotes you posted related to gamergate? Or does insulting Anita automatically qualify you as a gamergater? Reply +3
  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    This is so ironic. In one of her videos we see Anita complaining about female identifiers in games such as lip stick, bows and earrings and here we have a character who is identified as Anita because of the earrings. Well played. Reply +3
  • Runescape player swatted in front of 60K Twitch viewers

  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    @TelexStar I work in a psychiatric ward where patients are often admitted against their will. The worst case was when I exposed someone who was malingering. He threatened to kill me, the police were involved and they did not help at all. He kept sending messages that I'm going to pay long after discharge. Eventually I saw him in the street once and went to speak to him. Maybe because it was a busy street or just that he was only trying to intimidate me but we had a civil but short conversation and that was it. Reply +1
  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    @Unholy_Witchcraft I would miss PvZ Garden Warfare then :( Reply 0
  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    @geoffreydavey we need to start educating children about the internet in schools asap and it needs to be from a very young age. Truth is the parents of many individuals for whom the internet is a way of life have little to no knowledge of it therefore they could offer no education. Considering how powerful the internet is this is a dangerous situation. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 10/02/2015

    @TelexStar I have received a few death threats only one which I considered semi believable. That is beyond the point though. Note that we were discussing believable death threats not serious death threats. All death threats are serious but very few are believable. I'm sure you can make that distinction.

    Also - trying to paint me as a sexist to discredit my argument is lame. There are differences between men and women and acknowledging those differences is not sexism. The fact that you believe that, just because I am not in favor of Anita Sarkeesian I'm sexist, is ridiculous to say the least.
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  • Avaloner 09/02/2015

    @TelexStar you added the 'believable' qualifier there and I agree with you - anyone would be afraid of believable death threats. How many of the death threats Anita gets are believable? When she claims she gets death threats every day and shows screenshots demonstrating some of the death threats she got during one of her talks check to see how many qualify as believable. And presumably she would pick the worst ones to illustrate how bad it is. Mind you - someone simply saying 'If I see you I'll kill you' on Twitter is a despicable human being. However that is not a 'believable' death threat. Reply -3
  • Avaloner 09/02/2015

    Imagine if Anita was swatted during a live stream. It would be all over the news for weeks. There are caustic elements lurking within online communities and they target anyone, not just women. Men are usually not so intimidated by death threats so they get swatted. Reply -60
  • League of Legends tournament openly discriminates against LGBT players

  • Avaloner 04/02/2015

    Maybe to avoid having an all male team, all claiming to be gay, in a female only tourney?

    Scratch that - by gay it seems they mean lesbian in the second sentence.
    Reply +1
  • Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid Prime Trilogy headed to Wii U eShop

  • Avaloner 14/01/2015

    Are the digital games still tied to the console though? if so I have an aversion on building a digital collection on a nintendo system Reply +4
  • How Duke Nukem 3D managed to be ahead of its time while trapped in the past

  • Avaloner 12/01/2015

    Duke 3d was a game aimed at young men. Obviously you are not a young man anymore. Reply +1
  • Games of 2014: The Sailor's Dream

  • Avaloner 30/12/2014

    @MrDurandPierre Thanks for the clarification. I understand the need to cover different exceptional games in the past year for this feature. It would be a bit daft (and ultimately boring) if each writer wrote a piece on the same three titles. However I do feel that the way these pieces were framed is more than a bit misleading - especially the link on Facebook which announces each piece as John Doe's Game of the Year.

    Having said that I feel like you should have gone with Towerfall Ascension. Its not like that game got nearly enough cred as it deserved.
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  • Avaloner 28/12/2014

    I cannot really argue about someone's favorite game this year. It is a very subjective choice dependent on many factors. However it speaks volumes that a video game journalist decides to name an unconventional iOS game as his favorite of 2014. This is the year which gave us games like Shadow of Mordor, Mario Kart 8, Bravely Default, Divinity Original Sin, Dragon Age Inquisition and Far Cry 4. Reply -6
  • Games of 2014: Spintires

  • Avaloner 27/12/2014

    @GameCriticDOTcoDOTuk Well said. I cannot understand why Skylanders Trap Team did not even get a review (excellent game) and we get daily Destiny news. Reply +1
  • Games of 2014: Destiny

  • Avaloner 26/12/2014

    For much of the time I spent playing Destiny I was wishing I was playing Borderlands 3 or even the Pre Sequel in HD. A huge let down. Reply +6
  • Final Fantasy 15 reveals first female version of mechanic Cid

  • Avaloner 24/12/2014

    Feminism is a huge movement and only a fraction of it has a problem with videogames. Not all feminists are made equal. Likewise GG is an unorganized movement which has just started. It is totally disorganized. Claiming that GG did this or GG did that makes little sense. Anyone can do anything and claim to be a GG supporter.
    In my view individuals from both sides of the argument played dirty in this issue. Some GGers have behaved like petulant children at every turn. Some feminists have actively fanned the fires in order to be able to cry foul. I find myself agreeing more with GG in arguments (which is not to be confused with me supporting the movement - supporting a movement with such nebulous cause is a bit silly). I have had feminist supporters be extremely vicious at me under the guise of anonymity.
    There is no right or wrong here. However the way the press reacted in this instance makes me feel like the permise that journalists are driving a hidden personal agenda has a lot of merit.
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  • Avaloner 24/12/2014

    @bobomb I reiterate. The problem is not that there is criticism of the videogame industry. Criticism is necessary. The problem is the fact that prominent people - mostly coming from the gaming press nonetheless - turned against the people who supply their livelihood. It was never critique - it was straight out insults directed at the straight white gamer who cannot handle women in his club. This showed a distinct lack of understanding of the community. Gamers do not have a problem with women who game.

    I am 36. When I was an adolescent and into gaming NONE of my female friends played video games and very few of my male friends did. Today's landscape where almost everyone games and there is a rapidly growing number of females playing AAA games is a dream come true. I feel genuinely jealous of today's adolescents who can relatively easily find a partner who is somewhat into games.

    What is not on is this group of feminists who presume to be speaking for all women saying that the industry needs to change. You do not join a culture and demand that it changes for you. These things happen organically and gradually. I am all out for having more videogames which cater to the female demographic - but criticizing games which are clearly meant to be consumed by a male demographic? It like lamenting a romantic comedy for not having enough explosions.

    Music, Movies and Books do not have these problems primarily because everyone accepts that there are different genres which appeal to different genders. Gaming is still behind in this regard - however the change will happen only if female centric games sell well. Look at Mirror's Edge and Beyond Good and Evil - both games that champion the idea of a really strong female protagonist. Both very good games in their own right. Both games which did not sell as well as they should have.
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  • Avaloner 24/12/2014

    @Great-Googly-Moogly my issues with Anita are not related to her 'work'. She has ever right to share her point of view. My issue with her is the way she sold her work painted as something meant to make gaming better when it is only serving her political agenda. Having said that I have even greater issue with the section of the media who seem to have collectively turned against the gaming community and elevated people like Anita to much more than they deserve to be. Reply +5
  • Avaloner 24/12/2014

    @bobomb all other media had feminist critique for decades. It's just that other media is confident enough to treat such criticism for what it is instead of having high profile members of the community embracing such trash. Music film and books do what they do and don't fall prey to bullying tactics. That is how videogames need to grow as a medium. Reply +5
  • Avaloner 24/12/2014

    if only someone would critique these aspects in order to improve characterisation across the medium...
    I am not sure if you were trying to be ironic here as a means to vindicate what Anita Sarkeesian has been doing with her Youtube 'mini series'. If that is the case I will oblige a reply.

    Criticizing lack of depth in video games characters is a means to opening a conversation on how video games can improve as a medium and thus making them more mature. (and possibly more enjoyable to the gamer).

    Criticizing the lack of depth in FEMALE video game characters is a means of pushing forward your feminist agenda and trying to coat it in a form of critique meant to make video games more inclusive. (without a shred of evidence that such character depth will entice more females to play typical AAA games).

    I can take criticism from someone who genuinely cares for the medium. The same can not be said of criticism from someone who cares more about their movement.
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