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  • VVVVVV dev releases free game about selling street food

  • DreadedWalrus 28/02/2015

    Hah, this is brilliant. I failed miserably my first time through. Second time through I did so much better. It's a lot more of a puzzle/strategy hybrid than I was expecting!

    My favourite text card so far was "FILTHY BURGER IS LITERALLY FILTHY"
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  • Sea of Solitude brings heart-rending loneliness to PS4, Xbox One and PC

  • DreadedWalrus 26/02/2015

    That looks stunning! I adore the aesthetic they've gone for. Reminds me of The Unfinished Swan for some reason. Reply +17
  • Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 gets Steam and GOG cross-play

  • DreadedWalrus 25/02/2015

    @Leben True. I've had years of entertainment from Literally Unbelievable!

    That said, I can't help but be relatively certain that Matulef would know.

    Edit: I just did a bit of searching, and his LinkedIn has him listed as a freelance writer for The Onion since 2011, and in November he wrote another article with a link to them, this time explicitly describing it as a satire site. We can put these silly comments to bed now.

    Wait a minute... he writes for The Onion, and links to them here? Conflict of interest! What happened to ETHICS? #gamergate
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  • DreadedWalrus 25/02/2015

    @Leben Oh, so the question is whether he linked to it knowing that The Onion is a satirical site. I imagine it's pretty clear, to be honest. :P Reply +3
  • DreadedWalrus 25/02/2015

    @Leben Well, considering the text quoted includes a relevant Onion link... Reply +2
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round review

  • DreadedWalrus 25/02/2015

    @mintgreen Well when the word is used metaphorically, to "decimate" something usually means to "cause lots of damage to" it. Which in the context it was used here doesn't seem all that objectionable to me. Reply 0
  • DreadedWalrus 25/02/2015

    @PSfourskin indeed. I see people complain about "decimate" all the time, but it's not like saying things metaphorically is uncommon in the English language.

    Now if the review had said "literally decimate" then I'd have a problem with it. ;)
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  • Hunger Games film studio Lionsgate announces Telltale Games partnership

  • DreadedWalrus 24/02/2015

    I always like it when companies accelerate their momentum in the game space as a way of diversifying their content business. Reply +26
  • Scram Kitty DX arrives on PS4 and Vita this week

  • DreadedWalrus 23/02/2015

    @IronSoldier The description of the (16th of January) video in the article offers some hints:

    - An all new PlayStation-exclusive Challenge Mode! Take on each stage independently in a race to collect scores of floating cats in the fastest time possible.
    - Global leaderboards! Aim to beat your best times, or jump online to compare with your friends.
    - Fiendishly designed Trophies (so you can prove your elite Scram Kitty skills!)
    - It's Cross-Buy! One purchase gets you both PS4 and Vita versions.
    - It's Cross-Save! if you own both a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita you can catch cats at home, synchronise your data, then keep fetching felines on the go.

    Watch the trailer in 60fps if you can!

    More details coming very soon...
    There might have been more details announced since then though, what with the game coming out this week and the "more details coming very soon" thing.
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  • Sexy housekeeper sim Sunset debuts gameplay in new trailer

  • DreadedWalrus 21/02/2015

    Because there'll be some people confused in the morning when the comments are deleted, this is what people are responding to:

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  • Mean Girls: The Game review

  • DreadedWalrus 20/02/2015

    That's three people saying they're not able to see the summary. Are they not showing for some people or something? On this review, the summary is this:

    A leftfield use of the licence, this is a crack at a 'Tiara Defence' puzzler. It's not Burn Book fodder, but it's not exactly fetch either.
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  • Diablo 3 patch 2.2 has new Legendary sets and item powers

  • DreadedWalrus 20/02/2015

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  • Fallout owner Zenimax forces Fortress Fallout name change

  • DreadedWalrus 17/02/2015

    Maron called for suggestions on a new name for Fortress Fallout, due out in the coming months.

    Fortress Zenimax.
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  • Nintendo cancels TVii service launch in Europe

  • DreadedWalrus 16/02/2015

    @Pandy I didn't until this comments section!

    I just stayed clear of the button on my pad, as I'm too fond of my regular TV remotes. :)
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  • DreadedWalrus 16/02/2015

    Does this mean that future Gamepads won't have that TV button on them in Europe, or will they continue to be shipped with a presumably otherwise useless button on them that does nothing but confuse those parents who haven't been following this whole thing? Reply -4
  • Ready at Dawn responds to concern over The Order: 1886 campaign length

  • DreadedWalrus 16/02/2015

    @norsende A lot of people (myself included) didn't even touch the multiplayer in Modern Warfare. Sure, the multiplayer is meant to be great, but Modern Warfare was praised for its single player at the time. I don't think it's as invalid a comparison as you're suggesting. Reply +7
  • DreadedWalrus 16/02/2015

    I personally think it's admirable that a dev hasn't included a bolted-on multiplayer mode, or padded out the campaign more than is necessary. If there's one thing I'm appreciating more as my Steam backlog grows seemingly without end year after year, it's those really short games that manage to be satisfying in and of themselves, and don't outstay their welcome.

    Will the game be for me? Probably not from what I've seen so far, but maybe I'll pick it up cheap one day down the line. I just think it's a shame when so many people work on an "hours per unit of currency" scale of judging a game's worth.
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  • Evolve review

  • DreadedWalrus 16/02/2015

    @lucifon it's the fact there's no summary when there's no reccommend or avoid stamp...

    Yes there is.

    An original and tactically broad multiplayer shooter, but one lacking in physical, tangible satisfaction in its combat.
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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition patch finally adds item storage

  • DreadedWalrus 16/02/2015

    BioWare is thought to be working on at major expansions to the game's single-player and multiplayer modes - but the has, so far, been keeping schtum on the details.

    "the developer has", presumably?
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  • Grow Home review

  • DreadedWalrus 11/02/2015

    @WorldScaper The climbing mechanic certainly loses the novelty factor, but there's enough subtlety and solidity to the mechanic that (for me at least) the novelty gives way to a complexity. You end up working out how the positioning of the camera effects where the hands will be placed, and start to think in terms of where you want each hand to be placed.

    Also, the good news is that while the climbing mechanic does lose its novelty, as you find the collectables (there's 100 crystals scattered around the map) BUD is upgraded to make navigation a bit quicker (without wanting to spoil exactly what the upgrades are). Oh, and as you climb higher you can unlock teleports, and you can then travel from any one of them to any of the ones you've already unlocked.

    In short, the climbing mechanic does get a bit repetitive, but in my opinion the rhythm of play adjusts over time to accommodate it.
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  • DreadedWalrus 11/02/2015

    @Mr_Brownstone So what's wrong with it?

    Does there have to be? There's quite a lot of games I'd recommend to people, but not many I'd say are essential.

    It's a bit weird, like you're assuming that every review starts out at "Essential" by default, and then that status is lost by a game having faults. From EG's description of what "Essential" means:

    Essential games are the best of the best. They're games that thrill us to the core, that get to the heart of what video gaming can and should be. We only expect to see a handful of Essential games every year.
    In my opinion, Grow Home is very, very good, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who even thinks they might be interested. But it's not "the best of the best".
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  • DreadedWalrus 11/02/2015

    @RedSparrows The draw distance is spectacular, too, so whenever you look down, you can see all the work you've done in getting this far. It's quite a special feeling. Hope you enjoy it! Reply +2
  • DreadedWalrus 11/02/2015

    @RedSparrows It's kind of a 3D platformer. There's a (quite spoilery, in terms of it showing off a lot of the mechanics and stuff that is in my opinion more fun to discover yourself) video in the article above if you want to know more, but the short version is that it's a bit like an evolution of the 3D platformer, where the initial overall objective is simply to reach the top of the map (the entire game takes place on one "level", if you will), and then it becomes a bit of a collectathon. Tying it all together, though, is a physics system, procedural animation, and a world which you pretty much create yourself, and these three things all work off each other.

    It's all quite magical, but very short. It's only £6 though, so it might be worth a go! And as mentioned above, it does not use Uplay if bought on Steam, which is always a bonus.
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  • DreadedWalrus 11/02/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk average to brilliant games = recommend

    You're missing this bit:

    In place of scores, we'll have one-line summaries for every review, and a new recommendation system whereby some, but not all games will be considered Recommended, Essential or Avoid.
    In other words, there's actually (in theory, anyway. We've not had one yet, but we're very early on in the new system) a lot of games which are neither recommended nor avoid-worthy. EG's article announcing the change went into further detail about that group of games:

    So what about games that carry no recommendation? This will cover a pretty broad spectrum of quality, but typically they'll be games with some qualities to recommend them but about which we have important reservations. This is where you'd find, for example, a sports game that provides no meaningful advance on last year's model, or an indie game with beautiful artwork but irritating design, or a well-made action-adventure with a dull storyline and samey gameplay. In these cases, the summary line should let you know whether you're interested to read more.
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  • Towerfall is adding an Anita Sarkeesian skin

  • DreadedWalrus 10/02/2015

    @Kendrene So this is what passes as news these days?

    Information on an expansion for a popular multiplayer game? Seems like news to me!
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  • DreadedWalrus 10/02/2015

    @Shiroyui Does she even like the game?

    It's one of the 17 games included in her Steam curations list, with the following comment:

    A full 50% of the playable characters are women and all are decked out in awesomely appropriate attire.
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  • DreadedWalrus 10/02/2015

    @TarickStonefire You should have seen some of the comments that were deleted before you got here. If you think "fraude" and "con artist" are bad, you should have seen the comments featuring such lovely, non-ad hominem phrases as *snip* Reply +3
  • DreadedWalrus 10/02/2015

    @jessejohannsen "Uninteresting game"?

    It got a 9/10 review here, great reviews in most other places too (87 Metacritic rating), and is very popular with players too (of the 530 user reviews on Steam, only 14 are negative). I don't know whether "Kotaku's gonna eat this crap up", but apparently everyone else did!
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  • Runescape player swatted in front of 60K Twitch viewers

  • DreadedWalrus 09/02/2015

    @jambo74 What happens if a public phone is used? (Genuine question) Reply +40
  • Sunless Sea review

  • DreadedWalrus 06/02/2015

    @spekkeh Not a laptop/notebook/ultrabook e.t.c. user, but the minimum requirements seem very light!

    OS: Windows XP or later
    Processor: 2Ghz or better
    Memory: 1 GB RAM
    Graphics: 1280x768 minimum resolution, DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
    DirectX: Version 9.0c
    Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
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  • League of Legends tournament openly discriminates against LGBT players

  • DreadedWalrus 04/02/2015

    @MrFlakeOne So lesbians aren't women? Reply +2
  • DreadedWalrus 04/02/2015

    @CalamityRaven It isn't only in this update. Their next update, when listing the tournament details, has as one of the lines "Only Female Summoners and a maximum of one (1) Gay/Transgendered woman per team are allowed to join for the entirety of the tournament day".

    I'm not sure I'm convinced by the "poor translation" argument, either, when a) English is one of the official languages of the Philippines, and b) Their entire website (along with their Facebook page and their Twitter account) is only available in English.
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  • DreadedWalrus 04/02/2015

    @CalamityRaven From the article:

    "It is our hope that with this changes, we're able to realise our goal to have an event where everybody can enjoy while at same time preserving the competitive aspect of this tournament," Garena stated.

    So they're saying that by limiting the number of gay and transgender women in each team, they're "preserving the competitive aspect of this tournament". Which, again, even if for the sake of this argument we say that men are inherently better than women at gaming, is them saying that being a lesbian makes someone better at gaming than if they were straight.

    I'm not sure how you can look at a quote where they say that changes that limit the number of gay and transwomen on a team should "preserve the competitive aspect of this tournament" and say that they're not suggesting such a thing.

    And while this tournament may only be a one day thing, their own rules state that "all their team members (the female members as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered women member)" (and I must say I love that there are female members of the team, and then there are LGBT members of the team. Because being a lesbian means you're separate from being a female) will be "sanctioned with a 1-year ban on all Garena-organized events". So it's more than just a 1 day tournament at stake here. It's an entire year's ban.
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  • DreadedWalrus 04/02/2015

    @Spuzzell Even if you want to be generous on them and say that their argument is that men are inherently better at gaming than women (which is quite silly as an argument, but let's just say we accept that argument), their stipulation is aimed at more than just transwomen. It says "each team will be allowed to have a maximum of one Gay/Transgendered woman for the entirety of the tournament day" (emphasis mine). They're saying that even a woman's sexual orientation can give her a competitive advantage. So not only are women inherently worse than men at gaming, but lesbians are inherently better at gaming than straight women. Reply +5
  • Life is Strange: Episode 1 review

  • DreadedWalrus 30/01/2015

    @dirtysteve It's actually one of a number of bizarre racist/sexist/e.t.c. images that show up on a Google Image Search for Cultural Marxism, which seems to be a popular phrase for Gamergaters to use when talking about what they're fighting against.

    As for where the image was actually found by Google Image Search, they found it on "ElderofZyklon's Blog!", which is "Exposing the Jew world order game and their vile chutzpah!"

    Anyway, here I am talking about derailing the thread by whining about Jews, and I'm in danger of indirectly doing exactly that, so I'll leave it here I think!
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  • DreadedWalrus 30/01/2015

    @man.the.king "Goy" just means "non-Jew", but it is often used by anti-Semitic memes and stuff*. And considering that his post was basically making a (completely inexplicable, unprompted) reference to the "money hungry Jews" stereotype and featuring a subtle reference (through the hands rubbing together gif) to the Happy Merchant image, it's not hard to make the connection.

    *See this bizarre anti-Semitic image aimed at Diane Abbott, for example (image is censored a bit):

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  • DreadedWalrus 30/01/2015

    @man.the.king the fact that he followed up the comment moaning about multiculturalism with an anti-Semitic one ("Yes goyim, yes! buy it! get some DLC while you are at it as well! [gif of hands being rubbed together, hinting at the "Happy Merchant" image]") swung the needle for me on giving him the benefit of the doubt.

    There's dissenting opinions and then there's derailing the discussion with whining about those pesky SJWs and the jews.
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  • Transistor free via PlayStation Plus in February

  • DreadedWalrus 29/01/2015

    Yakuza 4 on PS+ is great news for Yakuza 5. I think it's probably the best promotion they could give it. Let anyone who's remotely interested give Yakuza 4 a go for free, and if they enjoy it enough, then along comes Yakuza 5 in a little while. After how badly Yakuza 4 (and Dead Souls especially) sold at retail when first released, I will be interested to see how Yakuza 5 does now. Reply +26
  • Citizens of Earth review

  • DreadedWalrus 23/01/2015

    @cornishlee Vice President.

    Edit: Damn you JoelStinty!
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  • Video: Hatred, and why it wanted that 'Adults Only' rating

  • DreadedWalrus 22/01/2015

    @ZoidbergForPresident I'm pretty sure that Gamergate didn't sprout up in response to journalists questioning whether games need to exist. People have been talking about sequels that didn't need to happen, remakes that didn't need to happen e.t.c. for ages.

    And "start behaving more like journalists"? How isn't questioning things part of a journalist's job?
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  • DreadedWalrus 22/01/2015

    @dogmanstaruk That was before it was given an AO rating, though. Valve has previously refused to stock AO-rated titles on their store (somewhat related, a lot of these dating sims being released on Steam of late have had to remove sexual content so they can be released on Steam).

    On the one hand the game has been Greenlit, but on the other hand many games have been Greenlit without ever actually going on the store, and if they allow this AO-rated game on the store, then they kind of have to go back on their rule of not stocking AO titles.

    Edit: What Aoife said.
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  • DreadedWalrus 22/01/2015

    @FuzzyDuck Artsy, colourful and politically correct no less! Damn all these games nowadays and how colourful they are!

    Brown and grey are colours, right?
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  • Steam Broadcasting has arrived

  • DreadedWalrus 20/01/2015

    @bigfriendlygamer Steam Broadcasting has a lot more of a focus on watching your actual friends playing games, or broadcasting to just a few friends yourself, unlike Twitch which is a bit more focussed around the idea of growing a large audience. As a result it ends up being like when you were a kid and you'd go round a friend's house to watch them play the new game they'd bought, or take it in turns with a sibling playing a game.

    I can watch my friend play Binding of Isaac for a couple of hours, and he can watch me play Far Cry for a bit. I own Binding of Isaac but don't really enjoy playing it, and he owns Far Cry but it doesn't run all that well on his laptop away from home.
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  • Amplitude HD delayed until summer

  • DreadedWalrus 20/01/2015

    @spamdangled Are you sure about that? From the Kickstarter:

    You've only announced releases for PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4? Why not PC or other platforms (Xbox/Nintendo)?

    Amplitude and FreQuency were originally funded and published by Sony for the PlayStation 2. Since Sony owns these properties, sequels are exclusive to the PlayStation platforms (PS3, PS4 and potentially PS Vita), as is the case for all other Sony-owned properties that we know of.
    Edit: Found this too, from RPS asking about a possible PC version:

    “So we’d love to bring Amplitude to a platform like PC, and in fact it’s something we considered. But at the end of the day, this is Sony’s IP and taking it to non-PlayStation platforms is just not in the cards right now. Going into this, we knew how the lack of a PC/Mac/Linux version might have an impact [on our Kickstarter]; we’re not blind to that fact, as I’ve seen some suggest. But we believe in the title, and think that the PlayStation consoles are a great fit for the game.”

    “Without going into detail, it does extend beyond just them owning the name or IP. There are other moving parts that wouldn’t necessarily give us a clear path to doing a spiritual successor on other platforms without the Amplitude name.”
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  • DreadedWalrus 20/01/2015

    @SirButtButts Sony can't be forced to fund a game they don't want to. And obviously after this long, it's clear they weren't interested in funding another Amplitude.

    That said, even though they didn't want to fund another one, like you say it is still their IP, and as such it's going to have to be Sony-exclusive.

    I don't really see an issue, to be honest. Sony still owns the IP, so it's a case of either no new Amplitude (since Sony didn't want to fund another one), or a Sony-exclusive Amplitude funded by Kickstarter. The fans decided it was worth it.

    Edit: I guess this FAQ from the original Kickstarter answers the "Why didn't Sony fund it?" question:

    Why doesn't Sony just fund Amplitude?

    We can't speak for Sony, but our guess is that it's difficult for them to make a business case for funding the release of another Amplitude. The original games, while critically acclaimed and beloved by fans, weren't commercially successful.
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  • Dying Light physical release suffers delay in Europe, elsewhere

  • DreadedWalrus 19/01/2015

    I must say, that box art is gorgeous. Reply +5
  • Untangling Evolve's convoluted DLC plan

  • DreadedWalrus 15/01/2015

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  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty out on PC in Feb, Xbox One and PS3 in March

  • DreadedWalrus 15/01/2015

    Oddworld Inhabitants said the new versions take advantage of the post-launch improvements and tweaks that were made to the PS4 version, including the addition of the old school control settings.

    As someone who hasn't played the game on PS4, what is this referring to? Because according to the original review, "the classic - and rather awkward - controls have been retained".

    Was the review wrong and the classic controls weren't in the game until they were added later, or is this article wrong and they were in the game at launch? Or am I just misreading something somewhere?
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  • Mortal Kombat X Kitana and Kung Lao gameplay revealed

  • DreadedWalrus 15/01/2015

    Q: Gamesmaster, how do I be Goro?

    A: Simply preorder Mortal Kombat X through your local GAME (don't pre-order from Amazon, or Shopto, or any other place you might otherwise be tempted to) and you will be able to play as fan favourite Goro!

    Q: But what about after the game has been released? What about those who wait to buy?

    A: Well, maybe you should have pre-ordered! From GAME! Besides, if you're lucky, maybe they'll release him somewhere down the line. For an extra fee, of course!
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  • Total War: Warhammer revealed

  • DreadedWalrus 14/01/2015

    @riceNpea They kind of need a mouse, to be honest. That said, the PS3 (at the very least) supported mouse and keyboard, but I can't think of a single game off the top of my head that supported them for gameplay, even if there was a PC version of the same game. Does the PS4/Xbox One support M+KB? Reply +9