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  • See inside BioWare Edmonton with Google Maps

  • Bertie 12/11/2014

    @magicfinbow It's kinda hard judging personality from afar while not surrounded by the people who make it what it is. EA took some of the independent spunk out of the studio, sure, but there are still hordes passionate people working there. Would BioWare really have been better off without EA? I dunno... sometimes scapegoats are too convenient Reply +16
  • Don't rule WildStar out yet

  • Bertie 12/11/2014

    @mega-gazz I think therein lies the real problem. When I played Ultima Online a million years ago I was taken aback simply because I was playing an RPG online with other people - with other heroes like my own. Then DAOC got me with its big PVP, then WOW got me with its perfectionism. The novelty seems to have worn off, or is being re-imagined for new audiences - Destiny on console for example Reply +9
  • Video: Has Dragon Age Inquisition's combat found the right balance?

  • Bertie 07/11/2014

    @tennocyte In what ways did the site squirm and backtrack? I'm curious. I like DA2, like you, but I also think it was underwhelming - underwhelming by BioWare's high standards (that DAI will hopefully surpass). I see what you mean about the score related to the comment, though. Reply 0
  • Huge WildStar content/fix patch release date

  • Bertie 06/11/2014

    Whoops sorry! Reply +2
  • Video: Let's Play Kingdom Come: Deliverance

  • Bertie 24/10/2014

    @DocRevelator I'm sorry if it comes across that way but we're not trying to be snide at all. Reply +5
  • ESRB: In Dragon Age: Inquisition "fellatio is implied"

  • Bertie 24/10/2014

    @slk486 I... how did you avoid them?! Reply +14
  • Bertie 24/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW Well I hope it's all one dramatic extended shot Reply +20
  • Bertie 24/10/2014

    @the_dudefather Bravo! Reply +14
  • Lords of the Fallen concerns addressed in video

  • Bertie 22/10/2014

    @UncleLou Yeah I should have pointed that out actually.

    Deck 13 in Frankfurt is doing the bulk of the work with a small team/management in Warsaw at CI Games.
    Reply +1
  • Bertie 22/10/2014

    @CrashOkami I really like that Warhammer look! Reply 0
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • Bertie 20/10/2014

    I didn't include Edwina Currie's comments to the BBC but here they are.

    "Most people know the difference between saying something nice and saying something nasty, saying something to support, which is wonderful when you get that on Twitter, and saying something to wound which is very cruel and very offensive.

    "Most people know the difference - I don't think education is the issue. I think making sure society takes a dim view of the latter is exactly the right thing to do."

    How insightful.
    Reply +34
  • Bertie 20/10/2014

    "No-one would permit such venom in person..."

    Oh?

    Reply +24
  • Bertie 20/10/2014

    "We must send out a clear message - if you troll you risk being behind bars for two years."

    Reply +73
  • Bertie 20/10/2014

    @TenderChicken GUILTY! Reply +7
  • Camelot Unchained pre-alpha goes well, has pictures

  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    I asked Mark Jacobs about joining the alpha to record a video from it, and he said the game isn't ready for that sort of attention yet. It could be later this year though.

    Impressed so far by the priorities of development. I played a lot of DAOC, so the idea of having a server that capably handles the big battles it promises is exciting.
    Reply +4
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @Thrice87 I take your point completely here. I'm not sure how to do it, but I believe more transparency will help restore whatever trust there once was Reply +3
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @jabberwoky "Those in the media have full access to games sites and can write what they want knowing it will be widely seen."

    I take issue with this because while it's true that I can write an article that appears on the site, there's an awful lot more that goes into that happening than one person having a lightbulb and an article appearing - particularly one as sensitive as this. Having the power to publish an article to a wide audience comes with the appropriate responsibility of doing so, and all the consideration and discussion that happens behind the scenes before something is published, because we know we'll be held accountable when it's seen.

    Some of the more anonymous finger-pointing seen in the wider internet isn't culpable in the same way.
    Reply +17
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    I feel I should point out that we have spent an awfully long time internally, and with other journalists, discussing our ethics and how we work. We've been doing that since it blew up with all the Doritos stuff a while back. We updated our policies in response and, daily, we stick to them and check ourselves against them.

    That's an ongoing thing and I don't believe some of the vocal gaming audience will entirely trust journalists again until they see more transparency and understand we're honest people without the kind of agendas we've been accused of having.

    There's a notion that we're trying to ruin gaming in some way too. Remember that gaming, and the fun we have doing it, is something that's as important to us as it is to you. I don't see how games - nor this industry - will suffer because of discussions about their content. And I absolutely believe those discussions should happen.

    There's a perception that we're clubbing together in some way to damn you, the people who play games, as being beneath us in some way. I don't see it that way. I see myself as one of you, as a gamer, so to criticise you and what you do as a hobby would be to criticise myself and a hobby and profession that I love.

    I'm - we're - not trying to sweep issues under a rug but it would be nice to discuss them on an ongoing basis in a different, more constructive way.
    Reply +25
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @Yossarian We don't think GAF is beneath us! Reply +2
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @zzkj I take your point actually, so I've edited paragraph in question and I'll tweak my post about it above, too.

    Actually, I'm taking the line out entirely.
    Reply +4
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @frazzl For what it's worth I agree about censorship. There may be a case for it being removed from Steam or wherever in the future, but at the moment - although distasteful - I don't see it. Reply +2
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Again, I haven't said it IS worse. I've come down neither in favour nor against. I think we need to know more. I don't like the brutality - I'm a sensitive soul - but I agree there are comparisons with other violent games and it would be hypocritical to completely rule those out. Reply +1
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @CalamityRaven What do that group stand for now? Who are they today? Many groups have their roots in something admirable but have had their names and beliefs piggybacked for other reasons in the intervening years.

    I ask out of genuine curiosity as you seem to know about them. I'm happy to alter my text above given the right evidence.
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  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @frazzl Nope, I haven't - there's still lots that needs to be known. But the evidence is that the developer deliberately stirred controversy to promote this trailer. We didn't post the trailer blindly, we went to the developer for comment, so we could include their voice. Nowhere have I condemned this game, either. Reply +1
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @CalamityRaven "ties to extreme right-wing groups", not "extreme right-wing ties".

    Edit: The quote is from my comment above rather than the update in the story - sorry for the confusion. By extreme right wing ties I mean ties to extreme right-wing groups, rather than extreme ties - which suggests extreme involvement.

    The point the Tumblr is making doesn't so much matter as the evidence he's uncovered. I'm not calling them Neo Nazis, just pointing out what's there.
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  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @zzkj What has gone too far? Pointing out the extreme right-wing ties of a developer making a controversial game called Hatred? Again, I'm not saying this game will incite that kind of extremist hatred, which is why the update itself isn't front-and-centre in the news story, but put at the bottom as a foot note. Reply +4
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    There are suggestions that some of the development team may have links to far-right Polish groups, but there's nothing concrete nor is there any evidence that this will affect the game in any way. I had included a post in the article originally that highlighted the evidence but on second thoughts I'd like to remove it. Nothing has been proven. Reply +8
  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @Phoenix_Chipset
    "You too Nin.."
    Hahaha
    Reply 0
  • Apple unveils iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac Retina 5K, new Mac Mini

  • Bertie 17/10/2014

    @Subi Hah! Oops! Reply 0
  • Shadow of Mordor patch adds versatile Photo Mode

  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @Eoin It IS odd, yeah, for a Photo Mode - bloody odd! Reply +5
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @DacoitOne Nice. I bet it does. I bet this silly old ring I found on it. Reply +7
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @lancashirered It's probably important to point out right now that we don't believe gamers are horrid people. I don't really like the label 'gamers' - there are just people who play games, some a lot, some not so often. Gamers conjures an old stereotypical image.

    I don't think people who support Gamergate are horrid, nor that Gamergate doesn't have some worthwhile criticisms. There are some people saying and doing horrid things in the name of Gamergate, or in a way that brings bad association to Gamergate, and it's obscuring the point.

    I believe in encouraging progression in games, in games growing up a bit (but also being wickedly stupid because that's fun). I believe games influence a lot of people. But I'm not a fan of preaching because it creates a negative knee-jerk reaction whereby I automatically deflect the point at hand without giving it due consideration.

    I don't have the answer and I don't really know where to begin with Gamergate. I think transparency in the things I do, the pieces I write, and the way I conduct myself professionally will help. I want to entertain and interest the people who read my pieces, and in some cases make them think about something they otherwise wouldn't. Maybe I could affect a change in an important area one day, maybe not.

    I like Anita Sarkeesian's videos because she argues her points well, and they challenge me to think in a different way. As with all things, though, the most meaningful changes come when we make them ourselves. If I perceive someone else as making that decision for me I'll naturally kick back (or I'll go along with it so I can blame them later).

    I want to see all sides so I can get to some kind of truth about how people feel, where that comes from and what I can do in my work to make them feel better about, well, my work.

    In other words, keep the discussion going. It's been good to read. You lot are a clever bunch and I'm slightly scared about that.
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  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @Caribou If that's all you wrote, I don't see a need to delete it. I'd like to the evidence you make those accusations based on, though. Reply +1
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @brendude13 Reading through the thread, it seems Tom has allowed a fair discussion and kept abuse out of it. I see plenty of posts criticising Anita Sarkeesian's work. Did you have one deleted? If not, why don't you write one? Reply +2
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @extravagantnonsense Oh whoops! Do ignore if so! Reply 0
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @Kzin Isn't equal responsibility exactly what feminists want? Reply +1
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @RandolphScott This is something we feel is important and newsworthy, and representation in games is something we care about.

    I really don't like the phrase, but if you're disgusted by it, don't read it, much like you don't have to watch and listen to Anita Sarkeesian. I would suggest you do, of course, but if it's impeding too much on something you feel it shouldn't, then switch off, tune out.
    Reply +1
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @lancashirered I just want to back Tom and the work he does here. I/we are not unfairly policing comments and we're trying to give air to both sides of the coin. I believe strongly in that. Abuse won't be tolerated, discussion will. Reply +1
  • Video: The journey of a cosplayer, part three

  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @makeamazing It sounds like you do get it, at least on some level. Reply 0
  • Bertie 16/10/2014

    @Arsecake_Baker I'll note it down! Reply 0
  • Bertie 15/10/2014

    The night elf couple from WOW made an impression on me. I wish the picture where they're stood facing the audience, arms around each other, was in better focus. Reply 0
  • Bertie 15/10/2014

    @jabberwocky Heh. It's just the preview thumbnail. Reply +1
  • What the hell is Gamechurch?

  • Bertie 13/10/2014

    @Shary_Phil Heh. It bothers me every time I look at it! Reply 0
  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    @el_pollo_diablo Bravo! Reply +1
  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    @a8a Heh, no. It's St Peter's Reply 0
  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    @riz23 He's a constant thorn in my side! Reply +8
  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    Since I wrote this article, a few days ago, a Gamechurch conference was announced on the Gamechurch City Facebook page. It's going to happen after E3 in Ventura, California. No more solid information given. Reply 0
  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    @FallingStickman Shrug. I'm not trying to hide that I'm an atheist, nor where I come from, but I hope I presented something a bit more than condescension Reply +43
  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    @brokenkey Sounds like a bit of a leap. I'm not saying it isn't fishy, and offering people free play time for reciting passages of the Bible certainly does take advantage of eager gamers, but "indoctrination" may be a bit strong Reply +9
  • Blizzard buffing Diablo 3 ROS console players today

  • Bertie 10/10/2014

    @SaulMarau They are? Mega-pump! Reply 0