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  • Target pulls Grand Theft Auto 5 from sale in Australia

  • Avaloner 07/12/2014

    @George-Roper

    http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/12/why-kmart-target-and-big-w-are-getting-out-of-video-games/
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  • Avaloner 06/12/2014

    @George-Roper
    Link?
    Oh. So you can claim that they did it because they agreed with what was proposed in the petition and I cannot claim that they did it for the bottom line without providing evidence? We are both making assumptions of course - however since Target is a commercial entity answering to its shareholders I would say that my assumption is much more likely than your assumption. I explained why I came to that assumption in some detail so if you want to argue against my assumption do not ask me to provide proof, especially since you provided none for yours. If anything attack the reasoning behind my assumption.

    Again, link up some examples of this 18 rated media that allows a gamer to do the things they can do in GTA5.
    This much I can do - 'R 18+ material is restricted to adults. Such material may contain classifiable elements such as sex scenes and drug use that are high in impact. Some material classified R18+ may be offensive to sections of the adult community. A person may be asked for proof of their age before purchasing, hiring or viewing R18+ films and computer games at a retail store or cinema.'

    Your claim that interactive media is worse than non interactive media is not supported by any research on the subject.

    And no - your point is not very clear to be honest. I would not be asking you if it was. Saying 'My point is very clear and has been all along' to avoid having to clarify your point is a bit cheeky.
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  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @Great-Googly-Moogly I question the validity of everything. I think its healthy to have an inquisitive mind. Is it wrong? Are there things which are too sacred to question? Reply +1
  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    And can Nicole, Claire and Kat claim a win here? On a personal level yes. They set out to make Target stop selling the game and they managed to do that. Will it stop the game from getting to the hands of people who are interested in playing it? No. Will all this media attention get more people interested in playing it? I think so. And all this coincides with the re-release of the game on current gen! Perfect timing. Reply +2
  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @George-Roper And your point is that video games which target a male demographic are, all of a sudden, a bad thing?

    Target accepted the petition because it suits their bottom line. They feel that, in the long term, this decision is going to have a positive impact on their finances. And I have no doubt they are right. All this free 'positive press' versus the loss of some videogames from a supermarket? Advertisements cost millions which is less than they do on the sale of GTAV.

    Does the fact that Target chose to give weight to the petition have any bearing whatsoever on the validity of the arguments brought up in the petition? (especially considering that they still sell R18 rated media) Since when are we looking at mega corporations to inform our morality?

    Moreover I do not have to justify the inclusion of any mechanic in any game. I remember going with a hooker in GTA3 cause it was interesting (and I wanted to see how it worked) but I never did it since and for all I care they can remove it. I am just not expecting them to remove anything that I may find offensive.
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  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @Mola_Ram Not sure why you addressed me but I agree with all your points. Reply 0
  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @George-Roper The sex workers who brought up the petition? You mean Nicole, Claire and Kat? Cause that is the only piece of information you have about the persons who started the petition. I can start a petition tomorrow and claim I'm E.T.'s second cousin.

    As for the rest of your arguments I will not even bother.
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  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @shotbyascot How did I not respect your opinion or anyone else's? Also - getting enough negs hides the comment (-10 by default if I am not mistaken). Would appreciate if you did not patronize me by telling me to 'grow up'. We are just discussing things as far as I know Reply 0
  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @shotbyascot

    What a ridiculous and irrelevant thing to say.

    Its relevant to the context in which the discussion was taking place (someone blaming Australians for 'banning' the game).

    Why do you need the ability to use and kill prostitutes in a game, sandbox or not?
    Would it be less of a game if that wasn't possible?
    Of course not. But that is not the point. I find it strange that you seem to be ok with GTA if you were unable to kill prostitutes. The game in which you can kill many civilians and police in their line of duty. If you are offended by such things by all means - don't play it. But don't stop others from playing it when there isn't a shred of proof that indicates that these games make violent crimes of women more likely to occur.

    Oh and thanks for the negs. I will not neg you though. Not in the habit of trying to silence opinions I don't agree with.
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  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @Mola_Ram Moreover most of the people who signed the petition probably aren't Australians to begin with Reply -1
  • Avaloner 05/12/2014

    @George-Roper
    But we live in a society where women are in the far majority of being victims of violence, including sexual. Surely you know that?
    More men die of homicide in the US. So men are more likely to die of said violence than women.

    Your argument is the same as saying white people are also victims of racially based abuse, and indeed some are, but the overwhelming majority are not white.
    A victim is a victim no matter what race or gender. Categorizing the importance of victims based on race or gender is quite despicable

    GTA propogates this image of women only being useful as prostitutes. That they can be 'used' and then killed as seen fit, by a male in-game character.
    By your same reasoning previously the vast majority of prostitutes are female so this is reflected in the game. If you seriously think that healthy individuals get information about life from videogames then you must go and meet more people. 'Women are only good for prostitution and to be beaten! I learned that from GTA!' I doubt you really believe this and I'm sure you're just saying that to rationalize your point.
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  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U review

  • Avaloner 28/11/2014

    This is the first SSB I played and it's lots of fun. If Towerfall Ascention got a 9/10 I do not see why this should not get at least an equal score Reply +3
  • Eurogamer vs Tom Bramwell

  • Avaloner 28/11/2014

    @RedrumMurder while I would prefer not getting banned it would be no big loss for the reasons detailed below. Also banning me for sharing my opinion in a responsible way would just go to show what kind of people are welcome in this community. Won't comment more on this. Don't want to hijack this goodbye article. Reply +5
  • Avaloner 28/11/2014

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do.

    I am of two minds about your leaving. On the one hand I fell in love with the site while it was under your direction. On the other hand I also started losing interest while the site was under your direction. I used to be a big fan and now I'm just a regular.

    My problem is that the site has often been used to disseminate a pro-feminist agenda. It culminated with the Gamergate incident - and this site predictably came out against the movement perpetuating the same misinformation other sites have been.

    I come here to read about the games and I could not help but notice that games were, sometimes, taking the back seat. I can no longer claim that EG is the go to site if I want to keep up with the latest news in gaming. Conversely its a great place for gamers who want to fight the good fight for feminism.

    Anyways, I have ranted enough. I do not want to come off as being angry cause I'm not. Just a bit disappointed that when I sat down to say some final words as you left EG it is these feelings that unequivocally came on top.

    Again - I hope you find a position that makes you as happy or more happy than your time with EG and I thank you for the positive effects your hard work had on the industry as a whole

    10/10
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  • Brianna Wu's next game aims to "replace Twine"

  • Avaloner 26/11/2014

    @Bruh I'm sorry. Sharing irrelevant private information on the developer is very inappropriate even if it is readily available on the net. Reply +4
  • Avaloner 26/11/2014

    Would have been very helpful if the article explained what Twine actually is (or linked to the site).

    On another note - those women are overly sexualized with their Barbie shape and short skirts. If only more women made games this kind of crap... oh wait...
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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