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  • We asked a landscape designer to analyse The Witcher 3, Mass Effect and Dishonored

  • Doomspoon 09/06/2017

    I'm with those that want more articles like this. Earlier in the week I read an article on a non-gaming site about running the current party manifestos through Democracy 3 link here.

    I'd like to see more articles that cover real world aspects and their representation in games.
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  • Watch: 7 games to play now Dark Souls is done (for now)

  • Doomspoon 29/04/2017

    @AzureBonds76 Did you miss it as a PS+ game on PS3? Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 29/04/2017

    Damn, that's made me add a few games to my wishlist and potentially to my existing backlog. Thanks. Reply +1
  • de Blob arrives on PC, nine years after its original release

  • Doomspoon 28/04/2017

    @VirtuaIceMan Thanks for posting this. I was about to make a similar comment about having previously played De Blob on PC. Reply +1
  • Android owners catch a break in this amazing Humble Bundle

  • Doomspoon 18/04/2017

    @Murton Not forgetting the Jelly Deals round up that covers US bargains. Reply 0
  • How DICE's Star Wars Battlefront struck back

  • Doomspoon 11/04/2017

    @tennocyte Download only would stop the trading in. The last disc based PC game I bought was Diablo 3 at launch. Most of my console stuff has been download also, that said I refuse to pay dashboard prices for games, instead buy from key sellers or wait for sales. I doubt they'll ever sort the inflated prices on console though. Reply 0
  • Microsoft on why Xbox One doesn't need a No Man's Sky equivalent

  • Doomspoon 04/04/2017

    Although the article mentions the game by name, it doesn't say anything about it. I've been enjoying Aaero on Steam and am hoping the console audience enjoys it too. Reply 0
  • April PlayStation Plus games detailed

  • Doomspoon 29/03/2017

    @Rogueywon I got a PS3 in August 13 after my girlfriend got one two or three months before then. I think I did the free month of PS+ on hers and got some games in my library ahead of time.

    It was the PS+ service that had me buying a PS3 and a Vita in the first place. The lottery of older titles and platform exclusives was more cost effective than hunting down used copies on 360 or waiting for Steam sales. It also meant less game boxes cluttering up the place.

    We'd get quite excited about what games we might get and used to take our guesses at what was due to appear. Now we can rarely muster enthusiasm. We have a running joke about one of us buying something in a sale or in a Humble bundle on PC guarantees it as a PS+ game.

    edit: Don't get me wrong, there's been some good indie stuff in there that I may not have discovered of my own volition, just oft times there's little motivation to try another pixel art roguelike or whatever when Steam's already saturated with hundres of games that look very similar.
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  • Jelly Deals: Halo Wars 2 down to Ł24.99 with 3 months Xbox Live Gold free

  • Doomspoon 21/03/2017

    @Barelyhomosapien cdkeys are doing the digital version for Ł31.99, not as nice a price and no XBL code but it gives you PC and Xbox one for cheaper than dash/store price. I bought it for similar from them on the Sunday after it launched and am pleased I did. Reply 0
  • Street Fighter IV gets Xbox One backwards compatibility

  • Doomspoon 16/03/2017

    Damn, turns out I have Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition as download on 360. Ah well, I have Ultra on Steam and my MadCatz PS3 pad works with that. Reply +1
  • Two years later, Destiny player glitches all the way into Atheon's throne room in the Vault of Glass

  • Doomspoon 14/03/2017

    @Bambot Calm down dear! Christ on a bike. A simple throwaway comment about how different stuff appeals to different people.

    Seems people have interpreted my comment to suit their own meaning. I skimmed through the video as I found watching most of it dull, more so because although I've played plenty of Destiny, I've never played VoG. I was merely curious to see what was going on as it's an environment I've not visited and am unlikely to do so. The methods to the glitching didn't interest me so I skipped on through various parts. Hence my disclaimer "to each their own". But sure, you lot read it as me slagging him off if it makes you happier.

    Also my comment regarding PC games; pressing "~" will in oft cases open the console and if you look about online you can likely find commands for noclip, thus can freely explore the environment until your heart's content. Some people enjoy that sort of thing and there's no right or wrong in it.

    "Although to many there would be no point in doing this, for us, this is our way of playing the game. To see this game that we've cherished..." his words. According to the Oxford English dictionary:



    1.1 Be a good reason for.

    Maybe you struggle with some aspects of the English language?


    "slag it off is the sign of a very dissatisfied ego. What's wrong, sweety?"

    You choose to condescend with this tone, maybe consider your own actions before getting preachy.
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  • Doomspoon 14/03/2017

    @Mola_Ram I didn't put it like that but got a somewhat different response. Ah well. Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 14/03/2017

    @theholyghost well done. Have a biscuit. Reply -20
  • Doomspoon 14/03/2017

    To each their own. He justifies the need to do so on the basis of it being how he enjoys games. To me it would seem a massive waste of time spending an afternoon doing that, let alone two years. Perhaps he'd have more fun playing PC games and using the '~' key more often?

    I couldn't even be bothered to watch more than a minute of the video.
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  • Alert: Do not apply a vinyl skin or wrap to your Nintendo Switch

  • Doomspoon 04/03/2017

    This report on blue screens of death when running Zelda is a concern:

    eTeknix post
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  • Konami tries to explain the R in Super Bomberman R

  • Doomspoon 07/02/2017

    Their explanation is a load of Rs. Reply +5
  • Nintendo announces huge Zelda eShop sale

  • Doomspoon 26/01/2017

    See, despite owning a couple of the GameCube discs with the remasters and a Raspberry Pi with emulators and ROMs, as well as the original N64 cartridges I thought I'd still buy the NES games, Link's Awakening DX (I still have the standard version cartridge for the original Gameboy) and the 3DS version of Ocarina. I'm glad I opted for the most expensive game first as I've decided I'd rather carry on with the emulators on my Pi than pay them any more money. Nuts to them, I already bought some of the games several times over so I'll keep my money. I was so close to paying them again. Well done Nintendo. Reply 0
  • Xbox Games with Gold for February detailed

  • Doomspoon 24/01/2017

    I'm one of the many that's already played through the 360 offerings too. Monkey Island 2's a great game but I still prefer playing it with a mouse, Force Unleashed had its moments but was quite broken in places. I've been considering getting Project Cars on one of the consoles for a while so I'm pleased about that. Reply +1
  • Come and work at Gamer Network!

  • Doomspoon 18/01/2017

    Also, the office is quite near BrewDog if that's your kind of thing. Reply 0
  • Ubisoft picks up DJ Hero, Guitar Hero Live dev FreeStyle Games

  • Doomspoon 18/01/2017

    A couple of my friends used to work for FreeStyle. One of which went on to found Mad Fellows. They're responsible for Aaero which is due soon, it's a bit of a spiritual successor to Rez.

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  • Let's remember GamesMaster's most infamous incident, broadcast 20 years ago

  • Doomspoon 21/12/2016

    @andyhutchinson That's great :) I occasionally have a drink with him from time to time. We sometimes discuss boardgames and he's recently started playing video games again after not touching them for years. In a strange turn of events, a former games reviewer asks me about PC game choices occasionally ;)

    A while back some friends were discussing games journalism and sexism on Facebook, Mean Machines and C&VG were mentioned. I'd said I enjoyed them as a kid but found them a bit too puerile at times, my preference being for the likes of Commodore Format, Zzap (Newsfield, I know), Amiga Format and Amiga Power. It seemed that the Future computer magazines were more progressive than alternatives, even the gaming centric ones. I'd said I recalled at least one female staff writer on Amiga Power and he'd said that they were indeed quite a progressive publisher and had quite a few female editors and writers at the time. I just happened to really like Future's computer/gaming magazines at the time.
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  • Doomspoon 20/12/2016

    @andyhutchinson When you were at Future, did you know a guy that used to write for Amstrad Action, Adam Peters? Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 20/12/2016

    @andyhutchinson Just watching that episode now, first of series 4. Reply +1
  • Doomspoon 20/12/2016

    When Tekken 3 launched, the Virgin Megastore in Churchill Square, Brighton had a tournament to win a copy of the game that had just released that day in the UK. Dominik was compere to the event and it was being broadcast over the speakers in the store.

    There were quite a few of us participating, mostly just for a laugh. Most of us were crap but a couple of people knew what they were doing. I was just mashing buttons as Law, may have won a couple of bouts but never made it to the final. After the winner was decided a load of us asked for a chance to have a go against Diamond, golden opportunity and all that.

    He expressed that because he'd been playing the import version for a while he only plays as one of the characters that hadn't been unlocked on the machine we were using (no memory card inserted). One of the staff said it's be no problem for him to nip into the staff room and grab his memory card as he'd been playing it most of the night before and had unlocked everyone. Diamond quickly piped up that "no, no, no, that won't be necessary". The Virgin employee was very keen to oblige and did so. I can't recall which chaacter Diamond was using but we all proceeded to kick his arse.
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  • Win one of 10 free PC games including Doom, Dishonored 2, Civ 6 and Mafia 3

  • Doomspoon 13/12/2016

    @Brainflowers You missed the link where I get to find out in your post. Unless Adblock or Disconnect hid it? Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus December freebies includes Invisible, Inc.

  • Doomspoon 01/12/2016

    I'm happy with these. I think Invisible, Inc is on my Steam wishlist and I played a little of Stories when my girlfriend bought it at launch. VVVVVV seems well suited to Vita. I quite enjoyed the Tiny Troopers games on mobile, they're the nearest I can get to a current gen Cannon Fodder. Not so sure about Hyper Void, I like shmups and it looks like the tunnel sections of the original Amiga Super Stardust but it seems to lack something in the video I just watched. I'm not so keen on endless runners but I enjoyed Bit.Trip Runner and Canabalt. Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed 3 will be free on PC in December

  • Doomspoon 01/12/2016

    For the most part I enjoyed it on PS3. It had its problems and was bogged down with all the collectibles and side quest stuff but when it actually came to the gameplay, I enjoyed much of that. It's likely I'll add it to my Uplay library and not play it again. I've had Rogue on there since it was in a bundle of some description (Humble?) and only played about 20% in the last year or so. I also received Unity (after all the patches) on One for free due to an ebay seller cock up and haven't even installed that in the months that I've had it. Reply +1
  • Battleborn players are coming together to help save the game

  • Doomspoon 11/11/2016

    @jabberwocky Also doesn't help that Iron Banner is on in Destiny. Reply 0
  • Overwatch will be free to play during next weekend

  • Doomspoon 10/11/2016

    @MrDurandPierre as Nitrobat mentioned, you say it runs to 22nd September, that's a good run for a free trial ;) Reply 0
  • Xbox Live Games With Gold for November announced

  • Doomspoon 24/10/2016

    Damn, I own both of the 360 games already and completed the 360 version of Murdered: Soul Suspect some while back.

    Great, I own both of the 360 games already and completed the 360 version of Murdered: Soul Suspect some while back. Three games that won't sit on my hard drive making me feel guilty about not playing them.
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  • Video game voice actors strike has officially begun

  • Doomspoon 21/10/2016

    To think, I skip through most of their work and just read the subtitles.

    Also, why couldn't Nolan North have gone on strike when he was due to voice The Penguin in the Batman games and saved us all some pain?

    "Cor blimey! Tie me kangaroo down Mary Poppins. Chuck another bat on the barbie, I'm a cheeky Cockerney sport"
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  • Destiny bug denies top streamers Hard Mode raid world first

  • Doomspoon 19/10/2016

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  • Lewis Hamilton is making an appearance in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • Doomspoon 19/10/2016

    @FrostedSloth Reply +1
  • DriveClub VR review

  • Doomspoon 13/10/2016

    Do the cars go around corners now? Reply +3
  • There's a new sound for rare Xbox achievements

  • Doomspoon 04/10/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler I've slightly edited my post. I'd somehow got it into my head that PSN trophies were ranked against overall PSN population regardless of having played the game or not. Clearly this was incorrect. Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 04/10/2016

    Regarding the PlayStation vs Xbox rarity discussion, them "working the same" as people say.

    Are the PlayStation trophies based on population of PSN users that have/don't have the trophy regardless of playing the game or not whereas the Xbox ones are based on those that have/don't have the achievement but have *actually played* the game?

    edit: Or perhaps as it indicates, by the ratio of those with the achievement already as opposed to the general population of Xbox users and achievements they have on the whole across all games.

    As an example, suppose there's a game that's so dire hardly anybody buys it. Let's say in the first week only 100 people buy it worldwide on Xbox. They all get an achievement for just watching the opening sequence and pressing start. Maybe the first person to get it might have it marked as a rare achievement, perhaps the next few as well, depending on what percentage have to gain it before it's considered uncommon. After that it just becomes a normal achievement. Whereas how I'd assumed PSN worked, because such a small minority have the game in the first place, all 100 would, if they'd bought said game on PlayStation, get that same trophy marked as rare because the rest of the population don't have it. I don't know if I'm making much sense, I need coffee.
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  • Life after console generations has one big upside

  • Doomspoon 07/09/2016

    @retr0gamer I'm very frustrated with the UI issues on PS4.

    Lastnight when PSN went down I decided not to play some Destiny PVP but carry on with Fallout 4 instead. I pressed the eject button on the console, it beeped and did nothing. I then selected the on screen eject disc option, I got the eject icon in the top right but nothing happened. Decided I'd shut it down, held the PS button down and got no options on screen. Pressed circle to go back and selected the on screen power options icon, no dice. In the end I had to hold my finger over the power button on the console.

    All because the PS4 couldn't re-establish a connection with PSN. There's something seriously wrong with the machine if it won't perform basic functions under these circumstances.
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  • This is what really happens when swords hit armour

  • Doomspoon 07/09/2016

    @OliverH I'm quite aware of the differences between a falchion and longsword, cheers ;)

    Fair enough I hadn't considered much method to falchion fighting as opposed to longsword and buckler as an example.

    I did used to do a fair bit of living history some years back but gave it up.

    Me again, back towards the camera:
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @GrimRedeemer I must confess I often got frustrated with romanticism attached to swords. I always saw them as a functional sidearm but never got the love for them. Perhaps I'm talking slightly cross purposes here. My meaning, not necessarily conveyed correctly was that often falchions were of quite heavy construction, certainly lacking the finesse and balance of a bastard or longsword. They could be wielded by the untalented with some likelihood of doing some damage as they flailed wildly. Much like the P90 sub machinegun was intended for use by tank crews for similar reasons (regarding training, not clubbing people with them, obviously).

    My brother has a hard cover reprint of Talhoffer's work but I haven't looked at similar pieces, cheers.

    It' been some years since I did any living history, much of it was pre 2000. My brother was going to start a new 15th C group but marriage and a baby changed things for him. I'm in some of these pictures I'm also on the cover of this book
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @Bertie regarding the sword discussion, here's a better link to the 15thC Hans Talhoffer manual showing various forms of combat and weapon techniques.

    There's much evidence within for holding the sword by the blade and attacking with the cross or pommel. It was my understanding, and this goes against the previous reply that around the 15thC, with the evolution of armour that often a longsword was only sharp around the first 6-10 inches from the tip. I concede that I have no academic credentials in the area but given there was less need for slicing and more for stabbing into voiders that would seem logical.

    Also, in the case of the falchion, a typical foot soldier's weapon, it was designed to be as much use for clubbing someone with its short but heavy blade as it was for cutting wasn't it?
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @varkdm There's some debate over the etymology but it existed in various forms in old French and Anglo-Norman; mail, maille and male. Other variant spellings of the same word came across to middle English.

    In modern French I believe maille means loop? I think it was the Victorians that incorrectly called it "chainmail". They also started the myth about hoists for knights. They also started calling the plate harness a "suit of armour" Suits didn't exist at the time.

    Also one doesn't "fire" an arrow from a bow unless specifically it is a fire arrow. The term firs comes from giving fire to the powder in a gun.

    D&D and similar RPG systems, much as I enjoy paper and pen and electronic versions have helped contribute to this modern (mis)understanding of terms.
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    @frightlever *badum-tsh* Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    Also, sorry Bertie but this bit:

    "Oh and that groove down the middle of the sword: that's there to let the air into the wound so you can pull the sword back out."

    That's a load of cobblers, much like the two fingered "archer's salute" and the lie about having to use cranes to hoist people in full harness onto a horse.

    Here's one of many articles that can be found if you Google "sword fuller myth":
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  • Doomspoon 06/09/2016

    "Chainmail" *sigh* I'll forgive them as their English is way better than my Czech. Those in the know just refer to it as "mail".

    I do like that they're representing mediaeval combat in a more realistic way. This looks like it has potential.

    Bertie, here's a link to a 15th Century combat manual in case you were interested:
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  • Forza Horizon given Xbox backwards compatibility ahead of Games with Gold release

  • Doomspoon 01/09/2016

    I too had crap framerate and scenery popping in/vanishing so uninstalled it before even doing a proper race. Reply -2
  • Humble Bundle now offers amazing PlayStation deals via Capcom (Americas only)

  • Doomspoon 27/08/2016

    There's fair warning on the page about US accounts. Certainly on Chrome you get a pop up before you complete your order to make sure you're aware of this.

    It's no hassle to create a free US account and then register the PS4 as the account's primary machine. From there you can play the games on your normal account without the US account even being logged in.
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  • The aim of Southern Rail Tycoon is to cancel all trains

  • Doomspoon 15/07/2016

    On the bright side, the increased lack of trains for the change from Brighton to the shit place I live beyond Hove on my return journeys from Bugger's Hole have meant that I get in to the Evening Star or Prince Albert for a sneaky beer here and there. Reply +2
  • How to get Pokémon GO now, even in the UK

  • Doomspoon 07/07/2016

    @andrewbattley Yeah but the joke's on us in the UK in the long run. You guys get real life unusual looking creatures like kiwi, takahe, wetapunga, tuatara and weka. Also, much like the NPCs in a Pokemon game, most of your population is friendly and genuinely decent to each other.

    Who's the real winner here?
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  • Doomspoon 06/07/2016

    @PrimalxConvoy You're thinking of Zelda. Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 06/07/2016

    "We've been playing Pokémon GO right here in sunny Brighton, England - despite the game not officially being out here."

    Just be careful if you're hunting Clefairies at Duke's Mound, I think the police have been wise to that sort of thing way before the game was ever invented.
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