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  • QuakeCon 2014 sale begins with Dishonored for 6.79

  • Doomspoon 18/07/2014

    @bad09 I had over 17.50 of GMG credit through Playfire so bagged Wolfenstein for free. Which was nice. Reply +2
  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • Doomspoon 08/07/2014

    For those 10 questions about gaming, if you substitute 'gaming' for 'watching football' that would define most of the male Sun readers I ever worked with. Seemingly there's no harm in that though. Reply +15
  • The JAMMA bliss of Salamander

  • Doomspoon 08/06/2014

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  • If Grand Theft Auto 5 were a Commodore 64 game

  • Doomspoon 27/05/2014

    I thought all C64 sprites were based on arrangements of pixels one high by two wide. Wasn't that the case? Reply 0
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War dated for June

  • Doomspoon 07/05/2014

    It doesn't bode well that they can't even get the Union flag right in the video. You'd think with the Commonwealth nations playing a major role in WW I that they'd try and get that bit right at least. Reply 0
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 multiplayer falls foul of GameSpy server shutdown

  • Doomspoon 07/05/2014

    As in the GamesRanger article, "As Yet it Moves" should read "And Yet It Moves". Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 06/05/2014

    @Stricker Why's it Valve/Steam's role to do so? Is it Sony or Microsoft's job to do so when EA kill the online component of their games as per various sports titles over the years?

    People were spending less than 3 on a nine year old game that will have its online component killed at the end of the month. Surely if people were that eager to play it online they'd have purchased it at an earlier date? They've still got the rest of the month to play it in. Beyond that as already mentioned in these replies there's going to be unofficial online support via GameRanger.

    I can understand people being angry about the other issue regarding the lack of keys, that's completely justified.
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  • Doomspoon 06/05/2014

    @bad09 Regarding the GameSpy side of things yes. It's right there in the system requirements.

    Maybe it's just me but if I ever look at old games on offer on Steam I make a point of checking requirements.

    Seeing "Multiplayer: GameSpy account required" in there and knowing that GameSpy servers shutting down has been in the gaming news for a while recently then yes, I'd regard that as ignorance on the part of the buyer if they're now unpleasantly surprised to learn that GameSpy support won't be available.

    The game has an offline single player component that as far as I'm aware is unaffected by this. Yes online has been a big part of this game but it's not as if they've sold an online only game as per an MMORPG. Regardless of how unappealing single player against bots might seem to those preferring to play against human opponents that mode is still part of the game.
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  • Doomspoon 06/05/2014

    Why so many comments regarding the Steam Star Wars sale inferring it was a con?

    There's been news articles all over stating that GameSpy functionality in games will no longer be supported.

    What with 4th May "May the Fourth Be With You" being Star Wars day and there being related sales on Xbox Live and other media, selling Star Wars branded titles at a discount is par for the course. If people are too ignorant to have read up on the GameSpy issue that's their own problem considering single player/offline components in said games will still work.
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  • GameRanger battles to keep multiplayer alive after GameSpy server shutdown

  • Doomspoon 07/05/2014

    "from indie titles such as As Yet it Moves" should read "And Yet It Moves" http://www.andyetitmoves.net/

    Fair play on the effort Scott's putting in.
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  • War of the Vikings review

  • Doomspoon 18/04/2014

    I was quite critical of Wars of the Roses due to aspects of historical accuracy. I understand that reality and entertainment have to meet a comfortable spot midway for a game to be fun. Despite criticisms I had fun with it playing with a fellow EGer.

    I feel that in terms of the combat style, weapons, armour and shields, vikings lend themselves better to the game than the WotR period.

    I could be tempted by this for the odd scrap. I couldn't fault Wars of the Roses for it's fun factor, I had some genuine laugh out loud moments playing it.
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  • Roflpillar is a two-player caterpillar sim

  • Doomspoon 29/03/2014

    "by holding a cable to their naval and wiggling around"

    Navel.
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  • Play BBC's 30th anniversary Hitchhiker's Guide adventure game

  • Doomspoon 10/03/2014

    @MrFlump I still can't get used to The World At One being 45 minutes long and the absence of a good 30 minute show in the slot between that and the news. Reply +2
  • Doomspoon 10/03/2014

    @bushwod I'd just like to point out that sometimes jokes don't work as well when you have to explain them and leave it at that. Reply +13
  • Doomspoon 10/03/2014

    I still have The Lost Treasures of Infocom with this in. I would never have been able to finish this without the included hint book. There's some rather obscure and obtuse puzzles in it. The humour in it is great though. Reply +4
  • March's free Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles announced

  • Doomspoon 03/03/2014

    I'm happy Civ Rev is up there as I played it a little on DS and enjoyed it and I'm interested in playing IV and V on PC but a bit clueless so this might be an easy way in. Reply +1
  • Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • Doomspoon 19/02/2014

    I was a Kickstarter backer and was quite miffed that it released on Steam for cheaper. Reading the above is a second kick in the nuts. Reply +4
  • Gabe Newell addresses concern over Valve Anti-Cheat system

  • Doomspoon 18/02/2014

    @patch Further to my previous comment about wrapping his PC in tinfoil I'd like to add that he shouldn't neglect wrapping his router in it too. Reply +3
  • Doomspoon 18/02/2014

    @abigsmurf Have you considered wrapping your PC in tinfoil? The hat isn't adequate protection. Reply +6
  • Care for a next-gen medieval RPG with no fantasy?

  • Doomspoon 23/12/2013

    @frunk Hey yeah, I learned a little from this exchange too ;)

    I guess we won't really see eye to eye on what we'd like most from a mediaeval themed RPG.

    I find the idea of steering more towards the realism side of things very appealing.

    I think the little I've played of the Witcher does a good job of a balanced approach to things. I'm not far in but magic is playing a secondary role. I do really like that armour in this and the second game do look a lot like their real life counterparts with slight embellishments. The stuff in Dark Souls, Oblivion, Skyrim etc looks lovely for high fantasy kit but I'd like to see more realistic harness in games, merely for my own personal tastes, a purely historically themed game being the ideal vehicle.

    I've played some amount of paper and pen RPGs going back to the 80s and early 90s. Favourites included Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Call of Cthulhu, my brother was keen on us playing Palladium and Pendragon, neither of which I did but he was angling for a more historically themed game.

    I used to participate in a fair amount of 15th Century living history so got quite excited about the prospect of historically themed RPGing sans fantasy elements.

    I certainly think that East Europeans would be able to do the history side of things far more justice than US based developers.
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  • Doomspoon 23/12/2013

    @ImpericalLegion Fair dos. Yes, there were a lot of advances made in the latter part of the 17th century and I got my facts wrong there too.

    There's still the issue that the poor were left to fend for themselves with little understanding of even basic medicine because of the Puritan church control over medical colleges.

    Certainly a lot of medical understanding prior to that was nonsense and I concede that great steps were made by "religious loons".

    My intended inference was that the "throwing baby out with the bathwater" attitude of discrediting traditional medicines due to religious debate was detrimental to society as a whole. Would Europe and America have grasped the concept of inoculation and through this vaccination at an earlier date as per India and China if these barriers weren't in place?
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  • Doomspoon 20/12/2013

    @frunk Also the life being short thing is a misconception. Over the centuries average life expectancy figures have been offset by the proportion of infant mortality and death during childbirth. Both of which have been reduced in the latter half of the last century in first world nations.

    Typically if people made it into adulthood they'd live a reasonably long and healthy life.

    During peacetime life wasn't especially brutal except for criminals. Again, you may want to check your facts.
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  • Doomspoon 20/12/2013

    @frunk Not necessarily. http://historum.com/european-history/48362-battle-towton-1461-british-soldiers-face-reconstruction.html May want to check your facts a bit there.

    Although penicillin wasn't recognised, using the likes of mouldy bread and honey to treat wounds was known to fight infection. A pity they weren't on to antibiotics for the plague.

    It's actually around the 17th century that a lot of understanding of medicine was abandoned thanks to religious loons buggering everything up.
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  • Doomspoon 19/12/2013

    Despite being somewhat clunky and having dodgy voice acting a few of the East European fantasy RPGs I've tried actually get a pretty good mediaeval style and setting. The first two Witcher games and Two Worlds 2 in places show that the armour is based on real gear. Dropping the fantasy element entirely actually appeals to me. Reply +6
  • 2013 Steam Holiday Sale offers wicked bargains

  • Doomspoon 20/12/2013

    "That's cheaper than a pint in a Brighton pub."

    You're going to the wrong pubs. Go to the Evening Star if you like proper beer.
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  • In praise of early adopters

  • Doomspoon 07/12/2013

    "Donuts". Ugh. Reply +3
  • Editor's blog: Important note for Eurogamer account holders

  • Doomspoon 28/11/2013

    I got the email too. I was checking my junk folder and noticed I had an email from Apple in there regarding my billing address, That came in some 2-3 hours before the EG one. A couple of years ago I borrowed my girlfriend's old ipod touch and registered an account for free stuff and high scores but as far as I recall I never made any purchases so unsure if there were any card details stored on there.

    Do Apple lock accounts if they've been dormant for a long time does anyone know?
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  • Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! review

  • Doomspoon 15/11/2013

    I watched an episode of Adventure Time once.

    It was shit.

    I don't get what the fuss is about?
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  • How to Play Video Games: A Women's Guide

  • Doomspoon 11/10/2013

    @Avaloner Er, what?

    I won't dispute the male dominance point. That's self evident.

    For as long as I can remember gaming there's been females heavily involved in the industry. A minority maybe but "only in recent years"? No.

    I forget the lady's name but I'm certain Zzap did an article in the late 80s or early 90s about a senior staff member at U.S. Gold. Danielle something maybe? Memory may be failing me but it was around the Turbo Outrun era and I somehow have a memory tying it with that company.

    There was also Kati Hamza, a Zzap staffer who used to play split screen Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge against herself using a joystick in each hand.

    Amiga Power had Linda Barker as a reviewer. Many others also in magazines I didn't read or working in game studios. Certainly it isn't a recent thing that "females started catching up"
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  • Games should honour the "rules of conflict" says Red Cross

  • Doomspoon 03/10/2013

    Damned tablet!

    Following on from last post. A couple of 8 year olds, possibly younger, boy and girl discussing playing a game together in the local park, not even a video game, he says "I totally raped you at that". That's fucked up beyond hope.
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  • Doomspoon 03/10/2013

    I can separate games from reality and with this in mind I would still like to see these issues handled in a more mature manner. Not necessarily because I feel it will affect those who play but for the sake of my own enjoyment or for the challenge offered. Some games take a better approach to harming innocents but others not so much. A 'legitimate' tactic to force a win on SOCOM on the PS2 was to rescue a couple of hostages and then kill the others, likewise in Counterstrike. This should be automatic failure for CT teams, however in oft cases the maps favour the terrorists. Perhaps map advantages should be offset by weighting of player counts per team?

    My biggest issue with online gaming is not so much what happens in game but the behaviour of those playing. I don't think playing CoD will turn little Johnny into a gun wielding psycho but I do think that he's more likely to turn into an obnoxious little turd that feels he can be as abusive as he likes without any repercussions. That goes back to bad parenting though.

    I truthfully was sickened and disturbed to hear a couple of at most 8 year olds
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  • Cartoony, self-referential Zelda-esque adventure Ittle Dew is out now on PC

  • Doomspoon 06/07/2013

    Liking the look of this. Reply 0
  • Gaijin Games releases free browser-based endless runner Commander Video

  • Doomspoon 04/07/2013

    Qu'est que c'est Reply 0
  • Xbox One reputation system will punish griefers, reward good gamers

  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    @Simonoly Heh but you could see how long you can keep a single game alive for, 10 seconds of play then a black screen with the "A player has left, waiting for new player to connect". Set up some record attempt maybe?

    Regarding the people that are genuinely deserving of bad feedback, one of my friends suggested they could be given a penis icon next to their gamertag, so if you do end up adding them to your friendslist without knowing their background it'd serve as a warning. Likewise they could be given some recon armour like skin in all games with a giant golden cock sticking out of their in game avatar's head so you know up front who the team killer/glitcher/gobshite is in game and steer clear. Because let's face it, how often have you joined someone on your friendslist's party and at least one player present fits that bill?
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  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    @Uchikoma Well, I'm not sure when I last got negative feedback but it happened some months ago on BF3. I only know this because I looked at my 360voice page. I don't check that habitually, it was a bit of fun when I first got my 360 but it is handy that it does tell me when bad feedback happens. Over the last couple of months I've not played in multiplayer games too frequently so not sure how many new players I'd have encountered since the last negative feedback. I do know that several years ago I posted in the 360 forum here about negative rep and it was somewhere around the 25% mark there, then in a later post I stated it was around 32%.

    To my mind I've surely had more new players in games than the figures suggest. Without having a log of every single interaction at hand I can't prove either way. Either I'm getting a steady stream of negative votes per session to maintain a status quo upon encountering new players or the system doesn't update too quickly. I mean that 1% shift from my remembered 32% doesn't seem right. When I was getting bad feedback it must have been from everyone in a game as when I was checking it I could see a percentage change quite rapidly, ie a shift from 28% to 30% over two games. Again factor in that according to web records I've played BF3 on 307 different days, MW 2 on 244, Black Ops on 162, Halo 3 on 160 etc.

    My days of caring about receiving bad rep on Live in its present form are long behind me, I know it's mostly just sore losers doling it out for the majority. It does slightly concern me that the present system is open to abuse and would need to work better if they plan to implement what the article says.
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  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    @phil_75 Hush now, the grown ups are talking. Reply -3
  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    @phil_75 You profile pic says "BE ORIGINAL"

    Thought of trying that one yourself?
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  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    I remember one obnoxious tool giving me hassle in Black Ops, complaining he kept dying and I was hiding. Can't remember the exact wording but he had issue with keep running towards/through/around/past the same bush and I kept killing him from it, never once did it occur to him to shoot at that bush first or even lob a grenade that way.

    I got fed up with his messages and reported him, added him to my avoided players. I've run into him a fair few times on other CoD and Battlefield games since then so it could be that this new system might be just as ineffective as the previous one in the long run anyway.
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  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    Also, oddly, allegedly 31% of players have avoided me. I've had a gold account for 10 years, didn't get a 360 until Halo 3. I used to play whatever iteration of CoD was current game of choice for an hour or two almost every night, then BF3 or whichever version of Halo. That really isn't 31% of the people I've played with. I'm guessing just 31% that actually left feedback, I'm assuming that the positive comes from friends upping me on their friendslist. Even then I don't think that even accounts for half of them.

    Yeah, they need to think a bit more on this one.
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  • Doomspoon 03/07/2013

    Will be interesting to see how this gets abused. I'm signed off long term with PTSD and anxiety disorders, as such I'm not great with social interaction, I'm not obnoxious to others.

    I used to play a lot of MW2 and Black Ops, often getting a hell of a lot more kills than deaths yet I stayed in party chat or if not didn't have the headset plugged in. Then I played a lot of BF3 and it was a similar story.

    I have 31% avoided me, of those:

    6% Language (Really? In party chat or not having my mic plugged in?)
    12% Aggressive (You know, for shooting the other guys more than they shoot me)
    62% Unsporting (You know, for shooting the other guys more than they shoot me)
    12% Quit Early (From Halo 3 when Pipex kept disconnecting me, understandable if not entirely my fault)

    Not many people bother to leave positive feedback outside of friendslists unless someone is exceptionally deserving it seems, I know I don't bother but certainly I give bad feedback to people that glitch/exploit or are obnoxious.

    How are Microsoft going to filter out the bad feedback down to sore losers? How is positive feedback going to be accrued without much input from other players?
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  • Kiefer Sutherland is the new voice of Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5

  • Doomspoon 06/06/2013

    Metal Gear Solid is a bit crap really isn't it? Do people genuinely care about this stuff? Don't get me wrong, in its day the original MGS was a breath of fresh air. The actual writing, voice acting and character definition was self absorbed cheesy nonsense but the gameplay was interesting.

    I felt ashamed to play MGS 1 & 2 within sight and earshot of anyone else, playing the game made me feel somewhat unclean. So many years have passed since playing them but my skin still crawls when I think of the dire narrative and twee character names.
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  • Battlefield: Bad Company series not in "active development"

  • Doomspoon 03/06/2013

    @TheEarlOfZinger

    "@arcam

    I'm not getting defensive. You're choosing to read it that way because I disagree.

    If you call something 'battlefield-lite' then that would indicate that it's inferior to the other, so you can probably forgive me for assuming that's what you meant."

    You're choosing to read that a "lite" suffix is an indication of something being inferior. Maybe that's the issue here? To me "lite" means a streamlined version, not necessarily better or worse. Super Mario Land on the Gameboy was Super Mario Bros Lite in my mind, what with having to allow for the hardware limitations and all. I preferred Super Mario Land to SMB as it happens.

    Personally speaking I was no fan of Battlefield Vietnam or BF 2 on PC and I got Bad Company 2 on PC and 360 because of the hype. I wasn't taken with the multiplayer which I played more on the 360, too much cheating and too many lone wolf dead weight players. I found BF3 far more accessible and played more of it, personal preferences and all. The single player was poor on both games.

    The Bad Company brand was obviously a "consolified" version of Battlefield which is no bad thing. There were some great maps in BC2 and Rush was a good idea. My preference lies with Battlefield 3 though.
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  • Doomspoon 03/06/2013

    @Brownie-uk7 "Give me big guns, jar-head buddies who's name I instantly forget and dialog written by me @age 10 and three quarters."

    As for memorable names, er, "Body, Doyle, Tiger, The Jewellery Man. The whole lot of them." No wait, that's the A Team isn't it?

    You did read that they're not actively developing Bad Company anymore right?

    Story telling in Battlefield single player campaigns is terrible, Bad Company or not.
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  • Hello Games working on a next-gen game that isn't Joe Danger 3

  • Doomspoon 24/05/2013

    Nice to see them coming to Steam, they're good fun. I'll probably end up buying them again. Reply +8
  • Pinball FX2 is coming to Steam next week

  • Doomspoon 04/05/2013

    I love this so much on 360 but find it causes me hand cramps and tendon problems after not too prolonged play. If this has the same keyboard controls as Pinball Dreams/Fantasies on Amiga I'm sold on it. Using the shift or control keys rather than pad triggers would definitely be more comfortable. Reply 0
  • Portal meets Cthulhu in sci-fi puzzler Magrunner: Dark Pulse

  • Doomspoon 04/05/2013

    @ghostgate2001 Excellent! Reply 0
  • Doomspoon 03/05/2013

    The cake is not dead which can eternal lie. Reply +6
  • World of Tanks dev Wargaming sponsors new RAF education centre

  • Doomspoon 03/05/2013

    @Eldritch yeah, much better to glorify murder and other crimes in the likes of GTA 5 right? You being "so sold on it" and all.

    Donations to museums can only be a good thing.
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines class action lawsuit targets Sega and Gearbox

  • Doomspoon 02/05/2013

    @schnide My initial thoughts were the same. Litigation culture is a sad state of affairs. I then thought that they could have been more honest in their representation of the game as per the Bioshock Infinite comparisons. In truth does anyone expect the finished product to be *exactly* as early video footage suggests? Halo evolved a lot since inception, would people react in the same manner now? (I had the misfortune of encountering an Apple zealot with an axe to grind over "Microsoft fucking over Mac users" with Halo, his blanket refusal to mention the franchise by name and his denial of the existence of Halo Wars and his somewhat confusing failure to comprehend that the concept of it on Mac was an RTS. This was a man in his 50s ffs!).

    I'd be pleased if more pre-release footage was more accurate in representing the final product due to this even if it means there's less footage around in the long run. I'd also like to see an end to review embargo silliness, if you're prepared to bank on such a volume of pre-orders then deliver a game that warrants the blind investment or fuck off with the idea and stick to your embargoes.

    I didn't pre-order this and I'm grateful, I've been let down by recent pre-orders but not to the degree I would if I'd done so with this. I'd already decided, excluding Kickstarter (that's a different case, a real kick in the nuts to back something and then have it launch for less than early doors deals with day one discounts on Steam. I'm now reluctant to commit highly to Kickstarter even though there's stuff I really want to see released) I won't ever pre-order a game again.
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  • Batman voice actor won't return for Arkham Origins

  • Doomspoon 29/04/2013

    Shame on Conroy and Hamill not being in it.

    I'd be pleased if they could confirm that arsehole Nolan North with his bloody awful voice for the Penguin won't be back.
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