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  • BioShock creator Ken Levine reveals new studio Ghost Story

  • Bauul 24/02/2017

    @martinsmith They made Freedom Force? I *loved* those games! I had no idea! My sadness at the loss of Irrational has just multiplied. :'( Reply +1
  • The unspoken rules of For Honor

  • Bauul 24/02/2017

    @markodisrm Dark Souls is a good example, but unlike For Honor duel situations are almost always player initiated anyway (excluding the built in duel modes that don't really get used that much).

    I've you've gone to the effort of warping to the Pontiff's boss room (or the Old Iron Keep bridge, or the Undead Burg plaza), laid down your invader summon sign and get summoned as a hostile, you're already in the mindset to play within dueling rules. And as you basically get no scoring or real reward for winning, there's less incentive to play dishonorably.

    In For Honor, duelling isn't a side thing that people choose to do out of their own volition, it's literally the point of the game, so it's unsurprising fewer people feel motivated to eschew a better chance at winning in favor of playing honorably.
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  • Cards Against Humanity gets official Mass Effect expansion

  • Bauul 23/02/2017

    @MrTummyGiggles We play it every now and again after a night out. Still really enjoy it. It's not something you can play more than once every few months though. Good fun for what it is though. Reply +4
  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • Bauul 20/02/2017

    I haven't touched many open-world games in quite a while thanks to the tedium that set in with the umpteenth Assassin's Creed release, and have been recently feeling the itch to get back into one.

    So for me this has come at a perfect time. Hopefully the weariness Martin experienced won't apply so much as I'm not so burned out on the genre. It does sound like there's a fun game under the genericness.
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  • Portal writer Erik Wolpaw has left Valve

  • Bauul 17/02/2017

    I can see the Valve building from my office, I'll see if I can spot a guy leaving with a giant box of food! Reply +19
  • You can now buy Rage digitally on Xbox for the first time

  • Bauul 16/02/2017

    I too enjoyed Rage, but to call the ending and ending does disservice to others endings.

    Rage didn't have an ending, it just... stopped. :)
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  • Disney ditches Pewdiepie after anti-semitic stunt

  • Bauul 14/02/2017

    @kangarootoo I think we're going to have to agree to disagree. In my hypothetical work-situation, I cannot believe any sensible-minded boss would take that stance. Perhaps a slight "think more carefully next time", but that's about it.

    If I right now dared you to email your local police department saying "Cops can suck my dick!", which you do and you get a visit from them, by your logic they would take "But Bauul told me to!" as legitimate defense. More than that, they'd come visit me too, as by your logic I'm the one to blame.

    Obviously they wouldn't - "because he dared me to" is not defense, nor does it implicate the person who did the daring. They shouldn't be at fault because the person is an idiot.

    Also to your other post: the "service" these two guys provided was specifically writing messages on a piece of paper that they then danced around to while holding up. So in this the "message" was entirely required, as that's what the service was. In hindsight if PewDiePie had picked something like "We suck dicks" that would have carried the same joke without the uproar.

    It was one of a bunch of Fiver services PewDiePie contacted to see what outrageous things they'd do. Most just said "no", but these two guys actually did it.
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  • Bauul 14/02/2017

    @kangarootoo I don't think your analysis applies in this situation. He picked that phrase specifically because it was extremely offensive.

    Imagine the following situation:

    You're at a work party, and there's a colleague being loud and obnoxious. He announces to the room that he's man enough to do anything anyone dares him to.

    Because it's funny to egg him on, as a joke you dare him to email the whole company saying "I hate black people". The next day, much to your surprise, he does just that. Unsurprisingly he is fired.

    Two weeks later, your boss comes to you, and says that he's heard you're also a racist and hate black people, and therefore you're also fired.

    You try to protest, and just say it was a joke, but he says "you have helped normalize racism", and that you have to go.

    Basically, that's what has happened here. PewDiePie was trying to see how far the two Fiver guys would go. To do so, he picked a pretty cliched "awful thing to say". If he hadn't picked something so terrible, the joke wouldn't have made sense. It'd be like you telling the office guy to email the company saying "I dislike peanuts" or something equally inoffensive. It has to be terrible to make the joke work.
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  • Bauul 14/02/2017

    @ItsAlcidesAgain That was the point of the joke. He was trying to prove the two "we'll write anything on a sign" guys on Fiver weren't really willing to write anything by trying to get them to write the most offensive thing he could think of.

    If he'd picked something that wasn't as offensive, it wouldn't have made the skit funny.
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  • Bauul 14/02/2017

    @ihnm_aims The video makes the context more clear. It's basically this situation:

    Man A: For $5, I'll do anything you want!
    Man B: Anything? Yeah right!
    Man A: Yes, anything!
    Man B: I don't believe you.
    Man A: I'll prove it.
    Man B: Fine, I challenge you to... write "death to all Jews" on a sign and sign and dance while holding it. Hah, see, you won't do it!
    Man A: *actually does it*
    Man B: Oh shit!

    Which is not quite the same reasoning as one might infer from the article.
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  • For Honor is the best fighting game I've played in ages

  • Bauul 14/02/2017

    This article kind of lost me when it said the author thought it was like Dark Souls, and then was surprised he couldn't button bash. Clearly someone has never played multiplayer Dark Souls!

    As someone who was absolutely terrible at DS PVP though, I suspect this would just be a lesson in fustration for me.
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  • How Resident Evil 7 is censored in Japan

  • Bauul 13/02/2017

    @Majorjaws69 The RE series have always been called Biohazard in Japan.

    They used the other region's name as a subtitle for this game though, so in Japan it's "Biohazard 7: Resident Evil" and in the US it's "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard".

    Given the subject of the game, the Japanese title is probably more accurate of the two!
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  • Humble Freedom Bundle offers its most generous collection yet

  • Bauul 13/02/2017

    Great selection of games!

    Took an absolute age adding them to my Steam account though, one by one! Is there a way of bulk-adding?
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  • PS4 Pro boost mode: a game-changer for unpatched titles?

  • Bauul 11/02/2017

    Great job DF! Mainly for using Thunder Force IV music in the opening sequence! Reply +1
  • Bauul 08/02/2017

    If it locks out the performance and gets the loading times reasonable for Bloodborne I'll be buying one next time I see it in stock.
    What's unreasonable about the load times in Bloodborne these days? Typical respawn time are 5-10 seconds, and first time area loads are infrequently more than 20 seconds.

    We're a long way from the 60-second respawns of the launch version.
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  • The Secret of Monkey Island's swordfighting

  • Bauul 09/02/2017

    @Bambot I literally never understood the "I am rubber, you are glue" line. I thought it was about glue melting rubber or something.

    I just looked it up. Turns out the full line is "I am rubber, you are glue, what bounces of me sticks to you", essentially saying "No, your insults applies to you, not me".

    I almost feel this is more revelatory than the video!
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  • Netflix Castlevania series launching this year

  • Bauul 09/02/2017

    While I'm not familiar with much of his work, Dredd was absolutely phenomenal, so that alone gives me hope! Reply +3
  • E3 2017 will open its doors to public for first time

  • Bauul 08/02/2017

    @PixelJumper Thank you! E3 was originally a public event, I specifically remember the disappointment when it was announced it would become press only.

    This certainly isn't the first time it's opening its doors, more returning to what it did originally.
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  • Steam users warned after profile exploit discovered

  • Bauul 07/02/2017

    @Baddamobs I would imagine it's because Valve haven't gotten to work yet. It's not even 9am yet here in Bellevue. I suspect they'll jump on this and do something official as soon as they're awake enough. Reply 0
  • PS4 Pro 'boost mode' runs unpatched PS4 games more smoothly

  • Bauul 03/02/2017

    Am I the only person who completed Bloodborne three times and never noticed the frame pacing issues? I'm not denying they're there, but the moment any gameplay happens I just cease noticing them.

    I mean I won't say no to making it smoother, but if you didn't know better based on these comments you'd think it was unplayable or something.
    Reply +23
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 on PS4 headlines PlayStation Plus February lineup

  • Bauul 02/02/2017

    Slightly dumb question, but how does the Cross-Buy thing work? I'm interested by Starwahl, but does it run on PS4, or is it PS3 only? And do I have to buy it through a PS3 or can I basically just pick it up on the PS4 as if it were a PS4 game? Reply 0
  • The many faces of DOOM's afterlife

  • Bauul 01/02/2017

    Great article EG! If anyone's a regular reader you'll be aware I'm slightly a fan of Doom, so it's always exciting to read good journalistic articles about it.

    @Duffking Plenty make use of new monsters. ZDoom (and later forks) support a scripting language called Decorate that allows all manner of custom monsters. There's even a website ( that acts as a sort of unofficial repository for them.

    Generally people often like to the stick to the classic Doom 2 beastery, as they're such a perfectly balanced selection of monsters. Adding in custom monsters (that may or may not be any good) well takes time. I'm planning to use custom monsters in my next map, and I know at some point I'm just going to have to build a "zoo" type map, stick them all in and spend a good few hours playing against them to get a feel for how to make them enjoyable opponents in my level.
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  • Who's who in Mass Effect Andromeda

  • Bauul 31/01/2017

    @Mr.Spo While ME2 is a fantastic game, I found the number of squadmates almost too high. Given you can only take 2 with you at a time, inevitably I found a good half of the team just got ignored, which is a shame because they were awesome.

    I'm definitely intrigued by this smaller approach. If Bioware have time to write 100,000 lines of dialogue (for example), with six squadmates each gets 66% more dialogue than if they had 10. I'd rather fewer, deeper characters than more, lesser ones.
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  • Fallout 4 gets PS4 Pro support and PC high resolution texture pack next week

  • Bauul 30/01/2017

    @Mik3yB Yes, there will be a difference at 1080p, although it will be limited to only textures relatively near to you (presuming Bethesda hasn't overly stretched the textures too much in the original game).

    I don't think any computer can handle textures so high in resolution you couldn't spot any difference at all. I'm building a level in Doom at the moment with 4K textures, and even on my laptop's 720p resolution I can still see the pixels if I look closely at a wall.
    Reply +2
  • Can Horizon: Zero Dawn really be a AAA game without cynicism?

  • Bauul 30/01/2017

    For reasons I can't quite explain, this has really appealed to me from the moment it was announced. Perhaps I just really like robot dinosaurs?

    So I'm quietly hopeful it'll be good. Obviously no pre-order though: it's become so prevalent it's encouraging all sorts of bad industry practices.
    Reply +22
  • Face-Off: Resident Evil 7

  • Bauul 27/01/2017

    I spotted the table scene likeness to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre some time ago.
    You mean you didn't realize the whole game was clearly heavily inspired by the Texas Chainsaw Massacre from the very first trailer footage? That's not really something to boast about... :)
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  • The voice behind The Witcher

  • Bauul 27/01/2017

    @Bertie Great article Bertie!

    Just one small nitpick as a Seattle resident: It's Pike Place Market, not Pike's Place Market (no " 's "). Pike Place is the name of the road, like Baker Street or Downing Street.

    Getting that wrong ranked highly on a local newspaper's recent poll of "annoying things that non-Seattle residents get wrong about Seattle". :-)
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  • Shadows of the Damned and Alice: Madness Returns are now backwards compatible on Xbox One

  • Bauul 26/01/2017

    Madness Returns was a great game! Just as creepy as the first one, but with far better gameplay, and with a really cool story to boot. I thoroughly enjoyed playing through it.

    I just read that old Eurogamer review. "Exploring Wonderland is, in practice, about as full of wonder as watching paint dry". Really EG?
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  • Prey secures May release date

  • Bauul 25/01/2017

    @captainT There was at one point.
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  • Bauul 25/01/2017

    I'm torn on the name thing. I played the original Prey and really enjoyed it, but the sequel didn't have much to do with it either (it was the same universe, that was about it). So it's not like it was ever really a franchise, and the vast majority of people probably never played it.

    So I'm thinking it's wrong to think of this as a reboot or related in any way, it's simply a game that shares the same name as a different game.

    There are plenty of films where this happens (e.g. there are two Twilights, two Gladiators, two Heats, two Bad Boys, two Takens etc. etc.) and it's not like it's an issue there.
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  • Classic FM to launch a new video game music show

  • Bauul 25/01/2017

    @kevboard I can't tell if that's a very clever dig at Jessica Curry's complaint with the Official Charts Company about the EGTTR soundtrack being classic music and not a soundtrack, or you don't know who Jessica Curry is. It's one or the other! Reply +1
  • Bauul 25/01/2017

    Great news! Video game music often rides high in Classic FM's "favorite pieces of the year" annual countdown, and I often seen complaints in the comments from old-fashioned classical fans that "if video game music was valid, why doesn't Classic FM play more of it outside the countdown?".

    So this is a wonderful justification of the immensely talented work that classic video game composers produce.
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  • Dark Souls 3's final DLC, The Ringed City, is coming in March

  • Bauul 23/01/2017

    The previous DLC was a little short on content (especially compared to something like Artorias of the Abyss) but it was still a fantastic little experience.

    Hopefully this is a little longer, but either way it'll more than likely be excellent. It's going to be a bit bitter sweet knowing this is the last bit of new Dark Souls content for the foreseeable future. Still, very excited to see what Miyazaki gets up to next!
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  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard review

  • Bauul 23/01/2017

    @pazongo The problem with review scores is people obsess over them. Just look at the way so many people are complaining the game got a 3-equivalent and not a 4-equivalent in these comments.

    Really people should simply read the review and make up their own mind. I know humans like to quantify things whenever we can, but you can't quantify something like a game. It's just too subjective. Something as precise as a % isn't even accurate for a single person, as our tastes and moods change over time.
    Reply +12
  • Google Pixel review

  • Bauul 21/01/2017

    @Akuma Really? I own a Nexus 5X and really like it. Far nicer than my old HTC One M8 or my wife's Samsung GS5.

    What do you dislike about it? It's a nice size, easy to hold, camera is fine, battery life seems fine and charging is nice and fast thanks to USB-C. I also don't think I could go back to a phone that didn't have the rear mounted fingerprint scanner (I'm just so used to unlocking the phone that way).
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  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 have been added to EA Access

  • Bauul 20/01/2017

    @45709 As far as the game knows it's still running on a 360. This isn't a new version of the game or anything, it's literally the 360 code, just packaged up to run on the X1. So any saved information will carry over just as if you'd bought a new 360. Reply +1
  • Path of Exile makes its console debut on Xbox One later in 2017

  • Bauul 19/01/2017

    @Das_Plok If it's anything like D3 on consoles it'll play very nicely with a controller.

    Very nice addition to the Xbox lineup!
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  • Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us?

  • Bauul 19/01/2017

    @neuroniky According to the article, Nintendo would not have got exactly the same result if they'd dumped their own cartridge, as apparently every cartridge produces a minutely different ROM.

    I'd be very interested to know why each cartridge produces a different ROM though. Digital data is supposed to be identical across copies, so what exactly is it that causes a slightly different code to be recorded?

    Aside from the crux of the story, this little fact fascinates me!
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  • Nioh's third and final free pre-release trial is this weekend

  • Bauul 18/01/2017

    @Fourfoldroot Yep. Nier is the Platinum title, right? My brain keeps splurging them into one title. Reply +2
  • Scalebound cancellation won't end Xbox projects with other studios, but games may be shown later

  • Bauul 12/01/2017

    @NullDev I'm interested to know where you got "You could say that they kept something like 25% of the game from a design standpoint and at least 50% from a technical standpoint." from.

    The only thing we know for a fact they kept was the idea of the glory kill, but based on the footage they provided for the NoClip documentary technically it was totally different.

    We know they re-did the levels, the AI, the enemy design, the story, the mechanics and even the entire renderer (thanks to bringing Tiago Sousa in from Crytek).

    To all intents and purposes they restarted the game. Obviously the experience gained from Doom 4 would have gone into Doom, but they even changed lead game director. It was definitely a restart.
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  • Bauul 12/01/2017

    @Cahmbos The cloud is still very much there. Azure (Microsoft's cloud computing service) is their fastest growing area, and generates more revenue for Microsoft than Xbox does.

    I think what happened is at the launch of the X1, Don Mattrick likely secured a deal with Azure where Xbox developers could use the cloud computing at a fraction of the cost it usually does. He therefore trumpeted that Xbox games would all be using the cloud (because, like the chump he is, he didn't actually know much about game design).

    Developers though rapidly discovered they had no need of a server farm in the sky, beyond simply using it to run dedicated servers. So none of them bothered.

    The possibility of cloud computing is still there, it's just no-one has found a good use for it.
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  • Bauul 12/01/2017

    Did the accountants come to the conclusion that the cost of finishing development, distributing physical copies and marketing the game would have been greater than the total amount of revenue generated by actually selling the game?
    Evidently, yes. But it's not just about sales. The game looked pretty mediocre even in carefully created press footage, so it could well have been pretty awful in reality. Sometimes games just fundamentally don't work, and no amount of extra time will save it. And the last thing MS want is to release a terrible game that everyone hates and they look bad for.

    A recent good example of this is the aborted "Doom 4". From what ID Software have said, that was pretty close to being done too. But it was just a bad game. They had no choice but to cancel it and start something new from scratch (the Doom game we got).

    Plenty of bad games get cancelled that we hear nothing about. Microsoft's mistake was to give Scalebound a big public platform before they actually knew it was any good.
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  • GTA 5's endless tapestry

  • Bauul 09/01/2017

    @Fourfoldroot For an alternative take... Don't get it. The last GTA I enjoyed was Vice City, and I picked up GTA 5 a few months ago because I too thought "all this praise, I should get it!"

    And... I was so bored. It is literally exactly the same as Vice City, with less interesting characters. It's still the same driving experience and the same kind of missions. I played it for about three or four hours when I first got it, and haven't turned it on since.

    If you're desperate for more GTA, then get it. If you feel like you had your fill with the older games, don't. It's just more GTA in a different city.
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  • New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

  • Bauul 08/01/2017

    Very well put. While reaction and feedback is healthy and important, we somehow seem to plunge into over-reaction time and time again, over the smallest things.

    You only have to look back at some of the things that people were upset over and see how insignificant they seem in hindsight now to know the response wasn't justified.
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  • Microsoft's 2017: momentum at last, and a golden opportunity

  • Bauul 06/01/2017

    If Scorpio hits a good price point and genuinely has the right specs (1080p @ 60fps please, I like many don't feel the need for a 4K TV), it feels like the right time to add an X1 alongside my PS4.

    I was a 360 guy last generation, so with Backwards Compatibility I'm kind of hoping it'll essentially serve as a proper replacement to that console.
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  • Mass Effect 2 free to download on PC right now

  • Bauul 06/01/2017

    @warriorbat Relax, it's literally just the premise of the game - it's the intro sequence.

    It'd be like saying "The Empire Strikes Back is the one where the Rebels are on the ice planet Hoth".
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda release date finally confirmed for March

  • Bauul 05/01/2017

    @Calib4n It's funny, there was such hatred around the ME3 ending that by the time I came to play it, I presumed the ending would be something like "it was all a dream" or Shepherd just suddenly dies from a heart attack halfway through a mission and we never find out what happens.

    I was completely ready not to have any kind of real ending whatsoever, so when the real ending did arrive (as somewhat simplistic as it was) I was absolutely over the moon.
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  • HDMI 2.1 spec adds 8K/10K video, dynamic HDR and variable refresh

  • Bauul 05/01/2017

    In a few years when this becomes standard, it'll be funny to imagine a world where games can target any FPS they like without penalty. Given so many 30fps games actually seem to run more like 40fps with drops to 30fps occasionally, this could be a real genuine boost to gaming performance. Reply +9
  • Eurogamer's top 50 games of 2016

  • Bauul 02/01/2017

    You lot are too cynical about Pokemon Go.

    I will never forget the sight of crowds of joyous, happy people all standing on street corners on a Friday night playing a video game. It was like a temporary view into a weird alternative reality where booze had been replaced with gaming.
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  • Overwatch has become my favourite tawdry soap opera

  • Bauul 26/12/2016

    @iztokmravlja You say thay, but I remember the amount of fan lore and background written about Quake 3, a game whose characters are literally no more than skins. People will always fill in the blanks in any fiction they enjoy, however thin that fiction is.

    The clever thing Blizzard did with Overwatch is to make absolutely none of that important to just playing the game. By keeping the entirety of the "plot" (for what it is) out of the game itself, it keeps everyone happy, whether they're interested in the backstory or not.
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