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  • Dear Charlie: A letter to my son about video games

  • BigDannyH 06/02/2016

    Awesome Reply +4
  • Keith Stuart on: horror, madness and control

  • BigDannyH 30/01/2016

    While I'd never really thought of my Darkest Dungeon posse as family, I can see what he means. I do find myself desperate to look after them, making sure they're well equipped for the trouble ahead.

    I've lost a few characters now, mostly to stress! I think I'm just far more used to handling a life bar, didn't take enough to people with the ability to reduce stress. Also, it spirals out of control with them getting paranoid and refusing help.

    An excellent game!
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  • In Play: Why getting stuck in The Witness is good for you

  • BigDannyH 30/01/2016

    Great article Oli!

    I play a lot of video games and, while I love a well made tutorial, I am enjoying some of the games I've played recently where you're dropped in and left to figure it out for yourself.

    Bloodborne felt impossibly difficult at first, that initial bonfire took forever! However I really did feel the slow but steady progression where I was building up my skill level. Very enjoyable, the way learning an instrument or how to ski is hard but the feeling of progression is so moreish it's all you want to do.

    The Witness is different. More like learning a language where it's more about picking up and implementing rules. The excellent part is the super smart way it teaches you the rules. Hard to explain but expertly done.

    I'm not too far in yet but so far I've much less of an issue with the puzzles themselves and more with having a feel of where to go to find puzzles that fit my current knowledge. I feel lost in the game but not in a good way.
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  • Song of the Deep is Insomniac's new aquatic Metroidvania

  • BigDannyH 28/01/2016

    Love a decent metroidvania, will keep an eye out for this. Reply +3
  • Games with Gold adds Hand of Fate and Styx in February

  • BigDannyH 27/01/2016

    I got Styx on PS+, gave it a whirl and thought it was utter gash. Surprised to see it show up on Gold too.

    Gears 2 is a good addition though.
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  • DC Universe Online coming to Xbox One

  • BigDannyH 12/01/2016

    Ahh, I was wondering why you get games that are cross play between PS4 & PC (i.e. Rocket League) when it seems far more logical to have MS platforms speaking to each other.

    MS have some weird practices. They often seem to make things difficult for developers and the consumer and basically leave the door open for Sony to sweep in and reap the benefits.
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  • Ellie Gibson on: Manual Stimulation

  • BigDannyH 09/01/2016

    Great article Ellie, I really enjoyed it, but all I can remember is the shoulder penis. Reply +5
  • Star Wars open-world RPG Kickstarter bites the dust

  • BigDannyH 08/01/2016

    Well, to be fair, I've bet we've all thought we'd like to play a certain type of game, yet this guy is the only one who tried to make it happen. We all just go on comments sections and moan that developers aren't doing it right. Who's the real idiot?

    It's still him isn't it.
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  • PlayStation 4 hack confirmed: watch the Linux demo

  • BigDannyH 04/01/2016

    I'm not sure I understand why they're doing what they're doing, but these "hackers" are clearly quite handy at manipulating their computer equipment. And I guess it's their computer equipment, so fair play to them.

    I guess most people hear "hacker" and think of DDOS attacks or pirating of games, which hurts the legitimate users more than anyone else.

    This has the feel of something being shared amongst the niche community of hackers at the moment, hopefully it doesn't result in too many (or ideally any) patches or online outages. I can't imagine your average PS4 user would know how or would want to try and do this.
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  • Eurogamer's top 50 games of 2015

  • BigDannyH 01/01/2016

    Interesting list.

    I agree with No.1, it's the game that had its hooks in me most this year.

    Not played Metal Gear or Splatoon but Rocket League is a very fun game (and surprisingly captures some of the positional and timing aspects of football better than games like FIFA).

    The Witcher was great in many ways but some of the systems I found too complicated, namely the inventory and crafting. There was so much stuff to pick up I never really knew if I was finding good or important items.

    The rest of the list is all over the place, as I'd expect based on a small group of voters who probably play a wider range of games than most people (definitely more than me). Still, Tomb Raider & Ori are surprising omissions. They're the games I've played most recently and I thoroughly enjoyed both of them. Both look beautiful, play well and I completed them, something I couldn't say for The Witcher.
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  • Nuclear Throne review

  • BigDannyH 09/12/2015

    Really great game.

    I already own it on PC but bought it as soon as I heard it was on the Vita. Been dominating my commute this week.

    I do find it extremely difficult though. More so than Spelunky which I was eventually able to complete (normal ending, not hell run). I get the impression that it's easier on mouse & keyboard as makes the aiming more precise (very fiddly on sticks) but I'm useless at WASD so that's only a theory.
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  • Why Blizzard gives new Hearthstone players bad cards

  • BigDannyH 08/12/2015

    i used to think it was unfair, but the key is that it's a one-on-one game, so you're doing well if you win more than 50% of your games. If you sit down to play 4 games, you're probably going to lose 2 of them.

    If you then consider that a lot of people you play have superior knowledge of the cards and how to play them, you're far less likely to win each game, even if you have identical decks.

    I don't enjoy losing, but I have learned to accept that it's going to happen a lot when I play HS. That's the nature of 1-on-1 games.
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  • BigDannyH 08/12/2015

    I don't think it's pay to win, knowledge of the game is far more important.

    In Trump's free to play series he often waltz's to rank 5 in no time, which is pretty high for most people who play less regularly. The slog from there to legend is super tough, and he funds it through regularly smashing arena runs.

    Personally I think getting to Legend rank (which I guess is a "win") requires a mixture of game knowledge and spare time to play the game.
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  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros Review

  • BigDannyH 02/12/2015

    Listen chuffster, you can't handle the truth.

    Only real games, for real men, deserve a score.
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  • BigDannyH 02/12/2015

    People really seem averse to reading?

    I think the new(ish) review system is great. The badge (or lack of badge) tells you half the story, click on the article to get a short summary and, if you still want further clarification, spend 5 mins reading the review.

    What is it that people feel they are missing by there being no number attached?
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  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is 60 FPS on PS4 but 30 on Xbox One

  • BigDannyH 01/12/2015

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  • BigDannyH 01/12/2015

    Ahh, been a while since the fanboys have had one of these articles to squabble over. Reply +12
  • Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival review

  • BigDannyH 25/11/2015

    I get what you're saying, but there's a difference between recommending your readers avoid a game and tearing into it and anyone associated with it.
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  • BigDannyH 25/11/2015

    While I've not been in Nintendo's core market for a while, I still used to assume the game's they made would be of a certain (high) standard.

    That reputation is one they should be doing there best to retain. Even if their next console can match the power of the PS4/XB1, we know they'll be behind for a while for things like online functionality, so they better make sure their 1st party stuff remains top quality.
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  • Discovering Hearthstone's League of Explorers

  • BigDannyH 19/11/2015

    I really enjoy Hearthstone. Played it loads and have gotten great value out of the relatively small amount of money I've spent on it.

    I also think it gets a bit too much of a hard time from commenters on the internet.

    I think people expect too much. It was a side project they made for fun and you can play the game and have a chance to experience all the cards for free (in Arena).

    It may not be as deep and sophisticated as other card games and the randomness does play a big part but that doesn't mean it's not fun.
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  • Tech Analysis: Rise of the Tomb Raider

  • BigDannyH 15/11/2015

    Lovely looking game. Haven't noticed any technical issues so I guess the art direction must be masking it. Reply +1
  • Microsoft's cheeky video explains Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • BigDannyH 13/11/2015

    This has got to be one of the longest diss-to-comeback periods in history. Reply 0
  • Black Ops 3 bucks Call of Duty's recent sales decline with $550m launch

  • BigDannyH 11/11/2015

    I just fed the troll, didn't I. Reply 0
  • BigDannyH 11/11/2015

    Funny thing is, I am annoyingly well qualified for this kind of debate. But there's no need to be, as it is such a commonly used abbreviation that there is no debate to be had.

    (For the record - maths degree, qualified actuary, over 10 years experience working in the financial industry and not once has anyone tried claiming you need to use a capital m for million).
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  • BigDannyH 11/11/2015

    "It is commonly abbreviated as m or M"

    Not only is this obvious to everyone but it is in your own bloody link for the definition of a million.

    You may be attempting to come across as smart, but you just seem pedantic.
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  • BigDannyH 11/11/2015


    Why does 550m = 550,000?
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 review

  • BigDannyH 10/11/2015

    I think that's the point; if there's no recommended badge, the reviewer wouldn't recommend it to someone.

    If someone wants a better idea of why the reviewer wouldn't recommend it, they can read the review.

    Personally, I really like the system. Makes way more sense than putting a number at the end.
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  • Street Fighter 5 sparks "censorship" debate

  • BigDannyH 10/11/2015

    Please just make them wear more clothes.

    I'm not saying they need to be in big woolly jumpers and jogging bottoms but R. Mika's current get up is ridiculous and embarrassing.

    And if they're trying to make the characters "sexy", and I'd argue they really aren't sexy at the moment, then someone needs to tell them less is more.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider review

  • BigDannyH 09/11/2015

    Definitely interesting to see a more negative opinion. With everywhere else I've looked giving it such high praise this is giving me food for thought.

    I think on balance I'm going to go for it as I really enjoyed the last one. But I won't get my hopes up too much.
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  • Assassin's Creed Syndicate sales "clearly" impacted by Unity

  • BigDannyH 05/11/2015

    While I've no doubt the bugs and performance issues played a part, I hope they're not using those to justify continuing to release an AC every year.

    I know I haven't bought either Unity or Syndicate because they don't look to have brought anything new to the table. I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling that way.

    I'm not really sure what would bring me back in? I guess if a couple of years went by and then a re-booted AC which looked quite a bit different came out I'd be tempted. When you watch clips of gameplay of Syndicate you can tell straight away it's an AC game, which at this point doesn't sell it to me.

    I just want something that feels new.
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  • Hearthstone adds co-op battle option

  • BigDannyH 04/11/2015

    Interesting, didn't even think about the need to change the starter deck.

    I think there are some obvious nerfs needed at this point. For example Dr Boom needs to be changed (as he's effectively a 9-9 with an additional 2-8 random damage for 7 mana), makes all other 7-cost cards seem poor.

    I understand they need to be careful, especially given their monetary model, but people should eventually get over their whinging and realise that mixing up the meta game will benefit everyone in the long term. Just changing the mana cost of a dozen over-used cards would inject some life into the game.
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  • Blizzard will no longer report World of Warcraft subscriber numbers

  • BigDannyH 04/11/2015

    It's pretty impressive they still have so many subscribers, but I'm sure they understand that they're not going to attract too many new players to such an old game, even with a movie.

    I think they're probably quite surprised at how long the end game is lasting.

    I feel like it's a one off freak phenomenon but, if it was, wouldn't it have died by now? where will the 5m users go if they stop playing WoW?
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  • Ten days of Subterfuge

  • BigDannyH 21/10/2015

    Good article and a nice follow up to Mr Lees' podcast last week.

    I've only just started to listen to this week's pod and it started with a similar theme to your write up ... don't play with friends.

    Interested to find out who won (and who quit).
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  • Report sheds light on Destiny's troubled development

  • BigDannyH 20/10/2015

    I wouldn't *have* - first problem fixed.
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  • Skullgirls dev explains why Indivisible costs $3.5m to make

  • BigDannyH 20/10/2015

    I'd not heard of this until today, which is probably part of the problem.

    It looks quite good, I feel his frustration and I'm considering making a pledge, but why didn't they use Kickstarter? I have an app and an account set up for that, using indiegogo feels like an extra barrier to a large number of gamers.
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  • Korean StarCraft rocked by another match-fixing scandal

  • BigDannyH 19/10/2015

    I was going to say the same thing, doing something like this for a few thousand quid? Seems like a small price for your dignity and integrity.

    Plus they've ruined any potential career they may have had in the game.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront beta extended until Tuesday

  • BigDannyH 12/10/2015

    I'm not sure I'd say I was bored, but I didn't feel like I knew what I was supposed to be doing or that I was having much of an impact on the match.

    Also, dying to super-powered AT-ATs from way across the map kills the fun a bit.
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  • BigDannyH 12/10/2015

    Beta-wise, seemed fine when I played it. Ran well and looked great.

    Game-wise, I was left very underwhelmed. The first mode (with the drop pods) was ok but didn't really feel like it had a lot of legs. So we jumped into the bigger map which initially looked like it would be loads of fun (AT-ATs, ships flying overhead and spotting Vadar looming in the distance) but I couldn't really understand what the objectives were. Just felt like running about in complete chaos until the Imperials inevitably won.
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  • BBC Three to livestream League of Legends World Championships

  • BigDannyH 08/10/2015

    We'd better brace ourselves for all the patronising mainstream media articles about "weirdos" watching other people play a game (next to the headlines about footballers).

    Personally I like watching the Evo finals and the Champions League. Room for all as far as I'm concerned.
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  • Destiny will soon get microtransactions

  • BigDannyH 06/10/2015

    I feel like Bungie just find the concept or currency confusing.

    There are about 15 different in game currencies.
    The exchange rate for the original DLC from US to UK was non existent.
    They didn't offer the new expansion on its own or even reduced for people who'd already bought the game and the DLC.

    I'm not too bothered about asking people to pay for extra content, but Destiny's pricing model is all over the place.
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  • PS1 at 20: Tekken and a devastating counter in a Dulwich living room

  • BigDannyH 01/10/2015

    This is very similar to how I got into fighting games.

    Me and a mate started playing SF4 and we were both absolutely crap. Didn't matter though because, as long as you're equally matched, you can have fun and learn what to do.

    I figured out how to cancel low MK into fireball and instantly started winning until he picked it up. He then figured out how to do the raging demon and, for a good 10-15 games, it was Akuma vs. Akuma and whoever pulled out the demon first would win, as we had no clue how to stop it. Eventually one of us jumped it and we could move on, but for s good while that one move seemed unstoppable.

    I now love fighting games and, while I'm no expert, I can at least put up a fight online. But I can also see why they're difficult to get into. If you start by playing someone who is competent at fighting games you'll lose almost every time, and it's difficult to continue as you can't even imagine being able to beat them. But if you find someone on your level you'll progress together.

    I think that's why most of the guys I know who are great at Street Fighter have a couple of brothers and cousins around their age who all played together.
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  • Xbox One gets 12-person party chat

  • BigDannyH 30/09/2015

    I'm one of the silly people who bought an XB1 while the Kinect was still bundled in. About the only thing I'd be interested in using it for would be to Skype with mates I'm playing online with, unfortunately it's not the best for that.

    Unless I'm missing something, there's no picture in picture mode or an option to make the snap section a little smaller. Means using Skype makes the game screen quite significantly smaller. Also, if I'm going to use the full snap bar, why not allow more than one person's image on there? If two people join Skype it doesn't work.

    I know they seem to have killed Kinect but picture in picture and being able to change the size of the picture are such standard functions of Skype it surprises me they're not available on the XB1.

    Anyone know how this sort of thing works on the PS4?
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  • Destiny: The Taken King review

  • BigDannyH 24/09/2015

    I've jumped back in and really enjoying it.

    Having characters with a bit of character helps a lot. I love that the other characters recognise that the Crota quest woman (Erin?) is a bit full on and poke fun at her for it. For some reason, maybe just that slightest interaction between them, it made her more endearing too (rather than just a mentalist screaming in your ear).
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  • League of Legends team owner embroiled in drug price hike controversy

  • BigDannyH 22/09/2015

    I read about this elsewhere, had no idea he was linked to LoL.

    I really don't see how rising the price will benefit the patients. Insurance companies will insist an alternative is used, which I assume will with cost more than the original price and / or be inferior.

    I'd be interested to know how regularly users need to take the drug and what the current side effects are. The fact the doctors are reacting the way they are suggests something dodgy is going on.
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  • Video: See Street Fighter 5's all-new character Rashid in action

  • BigDannyH 17/09/2015

    I love a character with a roll, I'm defo gonna try him out.

    In fact, most of the characters look interesting to play. Not too keen on R. Mika, partly as she looks a little more complicated to play but mainly because her outfit is embarrassing.
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  • Destiny's most powerful gun may return, but not before Year Three

  • BigDannyH 15/09/2015

    @tomphillipsEG @Netz_Ausg
    Thanks for confirming. Not sure what it was about the article that made it sound like they were being removed from the game (which didn't sound likely).
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  • BigDannyH 15/09/2015

    Do you know if the old exotics will be selectable in Crucible? If so, have they just been nerfed a bit or are they now so bad as to not be worth picking?
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  • Fallout 4's big Season Pass promise

  • BigDannyH 09/09/2015

    Got to play Evolve while it was free to try over the weekend. I really wanted to like it as it sounded like such an interesting idea but was massively disappointing.

    I think the 4v1 element was too hard to balance. We played a bit of 4 player versus a bot monster and got destroyed.

    The pacing was rough too. A lot of chasing shadows before a manic fight that was tough to understand how you were influencing it.

    The thing is, the DLC was all included in the free trial. Seemed to be a ton of it! Lots of interesting looking characters with cool weapons. It seems like they put the effort in to all the additional stuff but the underlying game just didn't support it.
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  • Looks like XCOM is coming to Vita

  • BigDannyH 03/09/2015

    PS+ has been very generous to the Vita recently, good stuff.

    Has anyone tried PS Now on the Vita? It's an interesting idea, even if I can't really think when I'd use it. In theory I f I was somewhere on holiday and the internet was good it'd be perfect, but I'd rather not be playing games while on holiday.
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  • Let's talk about Street Fighter 5

  • BigDannyH 28/08/2015

    Damn, I didn't realise wanting to play as Charlie made me a hipster.

    To be honest, I was getting my arse handed to me, so maybe best I stay away. Although if I can figure out a consistent anti-air I'll be right back in there.
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