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  • Batman: Arkham Knight walkthrough and guide

  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @Boomerang Generally speaking, the longer a game's been out the less useful it becomes. When else to publish a guide if not when most people are playing it?

    As for pointless, it's a case of horses for courses I'm afraid. Lots of people like them, some people don't. Such is life.
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  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @XbDf We are fortunate enough to be sent copies on other platforms so we can start the work, but that's the key thing: start the work.

    The review copy typically comes in further ahead of release/embargo, giving us and every other outlet time for their reviewer to play and write up ahead of publication. The other platforms - often but not always - come later, so you sometimes see other kinds of analysis after the game's come out. Again, it's not always the case, but often enough.

    As for the Face Off in this particular instance, it's coming very soon. I can't say exactly when, but soon.
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  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @XbDf We only list our reviews for the platform we played the game on for the purpose of the review. It's been that way for as long as I can remember and is effectively whatever platform the publishers choose to send out to reviewers. We could list every platform, but that feels a little shyly dishonest, and problematic when issues like this happen.

    For performance analysis and comparisons between platforms, you have the ongoing Digital Foundry work.

    As for why there's a walkthrough up now, we all work on different types of content for different parts of the site. Batman's the game of the hour, so it shouldn't really be a surprise that this is the content coming from the guides section this week.
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  • Bedders 26/06/2015

    @Snail_of_the_century Zing! Reply +2
  • Diablo 3's Skeleton King and Monk announced for Heroes of the Storm

  • Bedders 17/06/2015

    @Water1111 This is some of the more interesting news that came out of last night's E3 PC show. I would probably still cover it even if it wasn't E3-related though, because I'm playing the game quite a lot and we've found some success covering things we know about.

    I'm afraid reality is a lot duller than conspiracy theories, which is of course why they're so appealing to some.
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  • Square Enix E3 2015 conference live report

  • Bedders 16/06/2015

    Amazing, it's like a Super Furry Animals gig. Reply 0
  • Bedders 16/06/2015

    I might book him to do my funeral. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Direct E3 2015 live report

  • Bedders 16/06/2015

    Here we go again Ninetndo, making games out to be fun or something. Reply 0
  • EA E3 2015 conference live report

  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    This is a bit like Kensington council pulling the plug on Bruce Springsteen early except the punters want an out. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    It's so good, you'll only find it in one sports game. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    To be fair I'm actually quite excited about the extreme golf stuff. Reminds me of my granddad's "Impossible Golf!" Christmas calendars. Simpler and impressive pre-Photoshop times. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    I don't know how we'd keep up with coverage if it wasn't for the hockey-bomb. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    If this was any crazier, I'd have to put my trousers on my head and call it a day. Reply 0
  • Microsoft E3 2015 conference live report

  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    Upgradeable robodogs. Yes. Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    @f311 2am BST Reply 0
  • Bedders 15/06/2015

    Well Martin I'm putting my money on Illumiroom. Reply 0
  • Live Oculus Rift pre-E3 conference at 6pm UK time

  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    Mandals. Respect. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    They're....bangles? Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    I hope they close this with a word from the Hearthstone team. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    @Sammoore That's Eve for you. You can't say they're not being faithful to the source... Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    The crowd went wild for that at Fanfest, let me tell you. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    That's an Amarrian Avatar Titan-class warp-in, spaceship fans. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    If this is the same clip from Fanfest, it's immense. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    Hilmar's a bear of a man in person. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    I can definitely still see it, even when it's on the desk. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    Yep, definitely still looks like a toaster you put on your face and hope no-one walks in. Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    I'm really digging this Running Man-esque intro music. Are we in the future now? Reply 0
  • Flying mounts will be allowed in WOW's Draenor region after all

  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    @cheesyfiend Once you've done the meta-achievement on one character, all of the 90+ characters on your account will be able to mount up. Reply +2
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    @drhickman1983 I'm largely in favour of it too.

    I always stuck to a PVE realm for my many years in WOW (to my regret sometimes) and the bit of me that likes the idea of being permanently grounded is probably just attached to some vague notion of wanting things to be how they used to be.

    I can't turn down the convenience of flying mounts these days - not least because doing gathering with Druid flightform is *amazing*
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  • E3 2015 guide - all the conference times and announcements

  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    @DizzyCriminal We'll try not to! Reply 0
  • Bedders 11/06/2015

    @ronorra Ah, looks we had a misunderstanding on that one and we will be live-texting it. Popping it in now. Reply +3
  • Heroes of the Storm: free hero rotation for June 9th

  • Bedders 09/06/2015

    @Ginryu No I think that's a bit of a stretch, and "interesting" is a very open term that applies to the great, the good, the bad, the terrible and the ugly of gaming. Reply -1
  • Bedders 09/06/2015

    @thisisatempaccount Thanks for your thoughtful post. I'm by no means saying we're infallible, but I can't think of a significant review or a news topic that we've not covered recently, and done so to standards we're happy with. We can't hope to cover everything, obviously - and we've never claimed to be able to - but our remit of the period you mention hasn't changed.

    If you still feel we don't cover the industry as you think we should do or have done in the past, then that's a valid issue and you should email us at the contact address. I think this is a separate issue from what's really happening here though.

    Something that's been said before, but is never really taken on board, is that producing this type of content does not detract from the core coverage we've produced historically in any way.

    No resources have been taken away from one side of the editorial team to feed another. If this type of article didn't exist, there would not be one single extra article of a different type in its place. It is entirely additive - it may not be to your taste, but it is to the taste of many others and it is not at the expense of what you want to read.

    I suspect the real issue is that people feel, for whatever reason, philosophically opposed to having this type of content on the site. Given that this reaction comes from an equally valued but much more vocal minority, I'm afraid it's just one of those things where you read what you want to read and you watch what you want to watch, just as you would in any other area of life.

    People kicked back and predicted the end of the world when we started video. Those who like it now, watch it. Those who don't simply get on with enjoying whatever they do like, just as they did in the past. In the same way that Ian streaming The Witcher 3 doesn't stop a review of another game being written, so it is in this case.
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  • Bedders 09/06/2015

    @Binba442 @Burton2000 To the best of my knowledge, no-one on the team plays those games. We cover games that we're playing and that interest us, and then hope that's reflected in the audience. It doesn't always happen that way, but I don't see how else you could really run a site. Comments are just one indicator of an article's worth and they tend to attract extreme opinions.

    @Sharz Feedback we've had elsewhere suggests this is a useful article for those considering dipping into HotS or are new to it - I suspect that's quite a lot of people right now. What's useful for one person isn't for another - such is life. Perhaps we won't find an audience for this update, perhaps it won't appear again. What we're not going to do is stop writing about what we find interesting and trying new things because people don't want to see it in principle.

    @MrBeens News, reviews, guides, features, opinion pieces - they all go into the same column. This is a guide. Take it or leave it, it's going up.
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  • The Witcher 3 walkthrough

  • Bedders 20/05/2015

    @greyarea78 I perma-banned them the minute I saw it but I'm sorry I didn't get there earlier.

    The fact is people can troll like that in any of our articles on the game if they wish, and there's sadly no way of auto-flagging when someone's being a massive, massive.....choose your expletive of choice.

    It made me very cross that that happened though. It's one thing to give the usual, here-be-spoilers talk for articles called walkthroughs, it's another to slap idiotic spoilers where people don't expect to see them - ie the comments.

    Please message any mod you see online if anything like this ever happens again.
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  • Bedders 20/05/2015

    @darrendawson Sorry for the delay in replying, it's been very busy around the launch.

    What you say really isn't how people use these things. They get stuck, they can't progress, and rather than abandoning an amazing game, they get a quick leg-up that would otherwise result in them walking away.

    How and where that point happens is very different for different people, and why the content is chopped up and flagged as it is. It lets you get in, find exactly what you want, then go back to enjoying the game.

    I don't think it's fair to deride people who want to see that other 199 hours of lovely content but can't get passed a particular hump. Perhaps they're simply not as good at games as you and I are. Perhaps life circumstances mean they don't have the time to bang their head against a clumsy bit of design for an entire evening, because they only get an hour to game every day - kids, work, whatever.

    The compromise here is a bit of help that allows them to see the rest of the game. Nothing I see in the usage of these guides suggests a denigration of the experience anything like what you're suggesting. I'm happy we give people this - entirely optional - help.
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  • Bedders 19/05/2015

    @MilkYMoO You joke, I probably would have if there was time for it. Reply 0
  • Blizzard announces Timewalking feature for World of Warcraft

  • Bedders 16/04/2015

    @Softie2k Shattered Halls and Black Morass are probably the big ones for me. I missed out on a lot of WOTLK though due to travelling, so there's some value in going through those at an appropriate level.

    I just hope they loosen up the feature a little down the road, and make it part of the general dungeon feature set rather than special events. Or at least allow pre-mades to do it whenever they want.

    I don't have time to raid these days but I would set up or join a full-time Timewalking/general 5-man dungeon guild in a flash.
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  • The best Xbox One games

  • Bedders 05/04/2015

    @adammiles Thanks for the spot Adam, I've swapped it out. Blame the pre-Easter rush. Reply +2
  • Blizzard happy with Hearthstone's explosive Dr. Boom

  • Bedders 13/03/2015

    @GuiltySpark Oops that's one of my bug-bears, I'm going to punch myself in the face. Reply +6
  • Editor's blog: We've revised our editorial policy

  • Bedders 09/03/2015

    @Eoin Thanks! I've forwarded that on. Reply +3
  • Bedders 09/03/2015

    @Eoin Just trying to troubleshoot this with our technical team. Do you mind me asking which country you're in? Reply +1
  • Hearthstone pre-release patch hints at Molten Core expansion

  • Bedders 27/02/2015

    @Xboxfanuk It's one of my favourite all-time Hearthstone vids and I've got a few :-) Reply +1
  • Bedders 27/02/2015

    @BOFH_UK Thanks for that, slip of the finger I think. Have changed. Reply -1
  • Introducing MetaBomb - our experimental new games portal

  • Bedders 19/02/2015

    @King_of_Hyrule Thanks for the well-wishes! For now, we're just feeling things out and seeing what kind of interest there is in this sort of thing.

    Internally, I have what might pretty accurately be described as stretchgoals for MetaBomb. As we hit certain milestones, we can justify exploring new tools and investing development time on new areas of the site.

    I believe there's an audience for a site like this that can do good editorial alongside great tools and a strong community, but we'll have to see what that community actually wants. I'm reading and responding to every comment, and I can't stress how much I want to read that feedback and know what's working and what isn't.

    Whatever happens with MetaBomb, we're going to learn a lot that I think will benefit everything we do at Gamer Network. For now I'm just having fun writing about an obsession - I'm happy to see where that takes us and enjoy the ride!
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  • Bedders 19/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Oh, and the project doesn't take any time away from the regular work I or anyone else does at EG. I work on the site in my spare time as I enjoy it and I have big ambitions for the site and its potential. Reply 0
  • Bedders 19/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk The names came first, and the considerations came afterwards. Our first choices in fact were metagamer, metagame, metavault, etc etc, all of which were taken to some degree or another. I would have taken Metagamer in a heartbeat.

    When you're left with acceptable names, you then look at considerations like the one you've mentioned - and believe me, you can find a very good reason to reject every name under the sun.

    We'd become attached to the name though and decided it was unique enough to stand on its own two feet. I actually think it's the cadence and ring of familiarity with the phrase "letter-bomb" that made it sticky in our brains. It also thematically describes the site well, as a way of disrupting the metagame (a claim for which we can be fairly accused of having lofty ambitions beyond its current state!)

    It is not correct to say that we are somehow trying to ride off someone else's brand name.
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  • Bedders 19/02/2015

    @HotCoffee Yeah we're taking a second pass at the logo. I was just talking to the tech team about it this morning and the general consensus is that it's "a bit comic-sans." Expect a proper logo in the near-ish future. Reply +1
  • Bedders 19/02/2015

    @A-bob-omb The original conversation about this was about eSports, then we realised we were penning ourselves in a bit.

    The interesting thing we wanted to be able to discuss was the changing metagame in these titles, and we felt we were limiting ourselves by saying everything had to fall under the umbrella of eSports.

    By their nature, a lot of these games *will* be eSports but this gives us a broader framework to experiment in.
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  • Bedders 18/02/2015

    @Dysonism Ba-da-tish :-) Reply 0