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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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'
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @DeLoftie So you are arguing that, in pre planning, someone said - 'it would be cool if we had strippers who you can kill' as opposed to someone saying 'it would be cool if the player could visit a strip club'. Reply +7
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @nathanswinfield While I understand your point its not that difficult to think that someone did carry out those threats. The internet makes it all too easy to pull off this shit undetected. Reply +3
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @bad09 Games can be for everyone and I think the games on smartphones are really nailing it when it comes to appealing to women. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @DeLoftie and almost twice that number are discussing a 'turd in a box'? Reply +5
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @MrTomFTW Its easy to think that a game that can capture both male and female audiences is going to sell more. However Call of Duty and GTA games have sold bucket loads... so I am not entirely sure that gender representation is the biggest factor when looking at games sales. Reply +10
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @Widge Some children are talking in a classroom, some are not. Teacher says "children! Please be quiet! This is the worst classroom I had the displeasure to teach" - that would be a better representation Reply +8
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @DeLoftie Google 'Turd in a box'

    1,110,000 results... your point?
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  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @bad09 Actually our brains function differently while we are playing videogames

    Check out this research

    Also its well documented that male and female psychology is also extremely different. Its not too far fetched to think that we appreciate different aspects of a videogame and give a different importance to certain aspects of it.

    We so need more studies that look into this stuff
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  • Avaloner 02/09/2014



    'If you find yourself drawn to a game its because you see a little bit of yourself in it' - This is what she says at one point. I cannot relate to that comment at all. I don't play games because they reflect who I am. I just play games for entertainment (although when given the choice I roleplay my own character in games cause I find it easier to do).

    And it got me thinking.

    Could it be that the psychology behind why most women play games is different to the psychology behind why most men play games? And could it be that this contributes to the schism that exists when it comes to what men and women expect to see in the gaming industry?

    Just food for thought. I know nothing and didn't read up on this subject.
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  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @jonc24 Well said... especially the second paragraph Reply +3
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @Exceptional_leg Clearly you have not been reading enough then. You can start with the links Tom provided in the article. Or something like the link below which has recieved a lot of attention. Yes, they are all in the context of social issues, however they specifically attribute these issues to being a gamer. Moreover they keep stereotyping gamers as straight white mysogynerd basement dwelling males.

    http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/224400/Gamers_dont_have_to_be_your_audience_Gamers_are_over.php
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  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @rubthisway I already shared my thoughts earlier. Feel free to brave the EG commenting system Reply +4
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @rubthisway You know I will. I've dug my heels over here too! Reply +2
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @DaveDavis Hah! The results are hilarious!

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  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @Exceptional_leg A growing number of people are attacking gamers and gamer culture due to these incidents. If you consider yourself to be a gamer then these attacks concern you, even if you always behaved. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @bad09 You mean LORD Gaben... Reply +2
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @BDL1980 I would agree that he is biased. He needs to be. I cannot agree that he is ignorant though. His posts are often well written and insightful Reply +1
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @BDL1980 MrToMFTW is not Tom Bramwell Reply +10
  • Avaloner 02/09/2014

    @bad09 Sonic Racing is an excellent game. Your missus has great taste. I can't wait for a current gen sequel Reply +5
  • 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.
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  • 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