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  • Halo 3: ODST campaign coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection as DLC

  • Farzlepot 23/12/2014

    @true_gamer

    "You want to give me something free? To try and make up for your earlier mistake? Like, as a peace-offering?"

    "Yes. I'm sorry, and I hope it goes some way to making things right between us."

    "HOW DARE YOU, KNAVE! I SHALL NEVER FORGIVE OR FORGET, THOUGH I SHALL TAKE YOUR OFFERING GLADLY! A POX UPON YOU!"

    That's how normal people react in their day-to-day lives, yes? I punch people in the face whenever they try to apologise to me. It's just how things are done.
    Reply +1
  • That Dragon, Cancer succeeds its Kickstarter goal

  • Farzlepot 10/12/2014

    @FMV-GAMER I said something about having had 'good innings' to my mum when she was diagnosed (pretty sure it was attached to an age joke) and she beat it just to stick it to me. That's just how we roll though. Reply +3
  • Minecraft gets Xbox-exclusive Star Wars DLC

  • Farzlepot 27/11/2014

    @RicardoG

    Slippery slope, eh?

    I have a bad feeling about this.
    Reply +1
  • GAME selling Xbox One and four games for £299

  • Farzlepot 27/11/2014

    @gr8effect

    You're right that it's "not quite a racer or on a current gen console", because it actually is a racer and on a current gen console.
    Reply -1
  • Brianna Wu's next game aims to "replace Twine"

  • Farzlepot 26/11/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk

    I've already told you, but I'll attempt to explain.

    A mental disorder is exactly that; a disorder, a psychological 'malfunction'. Part or all of the mind is not functioning according to specifications (this is an oversimplification, but it's the best I can do under the circumstances), with negative consequences. In many cases, talking therapy and/or pharmacological treatment can 'correct' the problem, or at least make it more manageable in long-term conditions.

    People presenting with gender dysphoria alone do not have psychological problems (though this is rare, and patients usually present with related psychological problems such as depression, for obvious and previously-highlighted reasons). Their brains are functioning perfectly normally (other conditions aside), to use lay terms.

    The treatment for gender dysphoria (in developed countries anyway), while always accompanied with psychological help around coping with their condition and the resultant changes if surgery is opted for, is medical in nature, because you can't 'fix it' psychologically - there is nothing to 'fix'. No more so than a psychiatrist could make you identify with a different gender, nor give you drugs to accomplish the same.

    While still poorly understood, a whole host of biological reasons are cited that may cause gender dysphoria - as I suggested, you should do some reading.

    And while this may all seem like 'splitting hairs' to you, for centuries people have believed it to be 'all in the mind', and lives have been utterly and brutally destroyed by attempting to 'correct' the perceived problem psychologically. The outcomes of these attempts, as with any other attempt to 'fix' a 'problem' which does not exist (I'm looking at those 'gay camps' they have in the USA as an example), have invariably been negative.

    I can't really think of any other way to explain this. I will admit that some of the terminology I've used to try and explain this may offend some, and I apologise for that in advance.

    EDIT: Your "not mental in a crazy way" comment, posted while I wrote this reply, suggests that this is a fruitless endeavour, unfortunately, and that taking you at your word when you proclaimed to be "not quite a lay person" earlier on was an error on my part.
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  • Farzlepot 26/11/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk

    You can keep repeating this outdated misinformation, but it won't become true. Please read some of the latest research on the matter if you are genuinely interested; it is freely available online, and if you choose to condemn them as 'disordered' after that, there isn't much more I can do.

    All I can say is that as somebody who deals with pre- and post-treatment people affected by gender dysphoria on a regular basis, they deserve neither to be casually dismissed as 'mentally disordered' nor to be treated with the vitriolic abuse others have been levelling against them here and elsewhere. It wasn't right to make gay people believe that they were somehow 'sick', and it's not right to do the same thing now to transgendered people. And this is by no means unique to or particularly common in the gaming community, despite what some may like to loudly argue. If anything, the gaming community is (usually) more tolerant than most when it comes this kind of thing, in my experience.

    to;dr, whatever you'd like to believe on this matter or any other, people just need to shut the hell up and be nicer to each other.
    Reply +2
  • Farzlepot 26/11/2014

    @Lemming81

    The Americans can call it what they like, of course. The NHS ( http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Gender-dysphoria/Pages/Introduction.aspx ), and most reputable doctors, say otherwise.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 26/11/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk

    What it would seem like to a layperson and what it actually is so far as medical science is concerned are completely different things, though, and that difference is far from 'splitting hairs'. While gender dysphoria is often presented to clinicians along with a slew of mental health problems - chief among them depression, which is rarely aided by such comments and intolerance as displayed in this thread - it is not, by itself, a mental health issue.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 26/11/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk

    Gender dysphoria is a recognised medical condition (and not a mental health disorder). The recommended treatment for many cases (not all) is gender reassignment, depending on the patient. That's about as complicated as it gets.

    What relevance this subject has to the game announced in the article continues to baffle me, however. I doubt the game would have received half of this attention (if any at all) if the developer had not been transgender, which is quite sad IMO.
    Reply +2
  • Don't call it a comeback: Xbox One's first year

  • Farzlepot 22/11/2014

    This is the first time in a long time that I've been thinking about building a PC again. I let my last PC (top-end back in 2004 - AMD FX55, GeForce 6800 Ultra, the works - and now less powerful than my mobile phone) fade into being nothing more than a retro machine, as virtually all new games as of around 2006 - 2008 were console ports anyway.

    Now, of course, PC has entered something of a second golden age (ah, to be 2004 again), while consoles are floundering in an unexciting period of rehashes, with no innovation in sight. I'm sticking with last gen, as there are plenty of amazing releases I still haven't played, and now they're at bargain basement prices. In the meantime, I'll put some cash aside and start figuring out just what the hell has happened to PC components since I last looked in 2004.

    I mean, you put your graphics cards in PCI slots again now? When the hell did that happen?!
    Reply +15
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue review

  • Farzlepot 20/11/2014

    @Retro-Fit

    You like what you like. We have no particular reason to try to sway you from disliking a thing, unless any of us are shareholders in Ubisoft. Ignore the franchise and move on with your life, would be my advice.
    Reply +2
  • Farzlepot 20/11/2014

    @Zomeguy

    Of the two I've played (ACII and Black Flag), Black Flag is by far the more enjoyable. To me, anyway.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 20/11/2014

    @Useful_Idiot

    I've only played ACII and ACIV, so can't comment on the quality of the others, but I have found both of those to be excellent quality. You'll probably find that there are a couple of teams working on a staggered schedule, giving each of them about two years to put a game together - which is a decent amount of time for a large team, provided they don't need to cobble together a new/heavily updated game engine as well as content (which probably explains the mess that Unity is in).

    I'm not saying that this annual release notion is anything other than a cash-in, or that I agree with it, but I have to reiterate that nobody is forcing you to buy them. Vote with your wallet etc.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 20/11/2014

    I don't get why people keep saying that the series should take a break. Just don't play the damn things! I am currently playing through ACIV for the first time, and it's the first AC game I've played since ACII. I think it's a fantastic game, and as it's the first I've played in years it feels nice and fresh too.

    Literally nobody is forcing you to play these as soon as they come out. They don't go off if you don't buy them on release - indeed, they get cheaper. I paid just under £10 for a new copy of ACIV and it's been more than worth it so far.

    I may pick Rogue up in a year or two, as more of the same is exactly what I was hoping it would be. Seriously, how many pirate simulators do we get for 'more of the same' to be a bad thing in this instance?

    As an aside, I find it delicious that the 'quick last-gen cash-in' has proved to be better than the main, next -gen release. The Black Flag underpinnings may have something to do with that. Ubisoft should spin it off away from the AC franchise and make a dedicated piracy series if you ask me. I never understood why pirate games have been so few and far between, and I'm sure there's a market for them. Black Flag was the game I've been waiting for since I was a wee lad.
    Reply +17
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

  • Farzlepot 17/11/2014

    @Unstable_ISOtope

    I second this question!
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  • Surgeon Simulator dev reveals first slice of I Am Bread gameplay

  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    I get the distinct impression that this entire article has been bread entirely to generate puns. Reply +5
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    @mattshark

    I'd just like to highlight that an IP address is not a good means of accusing somebody of something, as I once learned to my detriment courtesy of my sister (thanks again for my Year of Hell BTW, sis!).
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  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    @TekMerc

    If I knew that, I'd be a much richer man than I am now.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    @kangarootoo

    Perhaps you're right; the scare may discourage them from further misbehaving. And hopefully that's how this will be used, as a scare tactic.

    And I'm not trying to diminish the effect such behaviour has on the victims at all, but rather suggest that draconian, seemingly vindictive sentencing isn't a solution to the problem.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    @tobystrauss

    Sociopathy is a recognised disorder, though. Rather than locking sociopaths up with veteran sociopaths, it seems like they should be treated medically instead, assuming they are actual sociopaths.

    Chances are that the majority of 'trolls' are just misguided / poorly raised nerds with an anonymity shield. Either way, locking them away with violent criminals seems like the wrong way to handle this, and, as my first post implies, sets a dangerous, Orwellian precedent.
    Reply +1
  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    @kangarootoo

    While we should definitely have laws in place for dealing with threats and harassment no matter the medium used, and we already do for that matter (people have been charged for this kind of thing countless times before), *nothing* is being done to tackle the cause. All this more punitive sentencing will accomplish is putting spiteful little sods (largely people who wouldn't actually carry out violent acts in reality, for the most part) in touch with actual, hardened criminals. I don't see how this is going to improve their behaviour even slightly. If anything, in concert with damaging their future career opportunities, it'll make them worse.
    Reply +2
  • Farzlepot 20/10/2014

    Educate, don't legislate.

    Tackle the cause, not the symptoms.

    Etc.

    While I find trolling abhorrent, making it MORE illegal than it was before won't solve anything. Our government seems to be under the impression that 1984 was a guidebook to good governance rather than a cautionary tale.
    Reply +43
  • Elder Scrolls Online dev confirms lay-offs

  • Farzlepot 04/09/2014

    Elder Scrolls is, and always will be, meant to be played alone. To do otherwise is to dilute what makes them great. Reply +3
  • State of Decay dev announces F2P mobile RPG Moonrise

  • Farzlepot 04/08/2014

    Well, shit. Reply +1
  • Thailand military junta bans Tropico 5

  • Farzlepot 04/08/2014

    @hoshinoneo I applaud your bravery for speaking out sir/ma'am, and your English is better than my Thai, so don't worry about it. Reply +10
  • New Doctor Who character sure looks like Garrus from Mass Effect

  • Farzlepot 14/07/2014

    Mass Effect has been getting lots of fans in the TV/movie industry of late. I reckon it had some inspiration on the set designs of the Oblivion movie, and I heard the 'Normandy Reborn' track being played on CBS Action for a Star Trek advert a while back. Now there's this! Reply 0
  • Kids react to Game Boy

  • Farzlepot 08/07/2014

    I showed my old Game Boy to my nephew a while ago. He was keen to tell me that it was garbage.

    He won't give me my N64 back though.
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  • Oculus suspends Rift sales in China after "extreme" reselling

  • Farzlepot 07/07/2014

    I bought an Oculus Raft for a good price the other day.

    I drowned super hard.
    Reply 0
  • Oculus buys company that designed the Xbox 360 controller

  • Farzlepot 25/06/2014

    Not sure if I need a VR headset or a dedicated controller to see what my mates had for lunch. Reply +5
  • Video: Games that should have been at E3 (but weren't)

  • Farzlepot 21/06/2014

    I must have got a bugged copy of KotOR; I was Bastila all along. Reply -5
  • PS4 propels PlayStation top of global console sales

  • Farzlepot 09/06/2014

    @EricJohn004

    It's always a good idea to have a Nintendo console as a secondary machine. It may gather dust for a while, but every so often you'll be treated to some of the most delectable gaming in existence.

    I waited to get a Wii T (T is before U? I dunno) until it was about £100, though. It doesn't sting so much.
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  • Get 66% off FIFA World Cup at GAME if you're called Geoff Hurst

  • Farzlepot 03/06/2014

    My name is Paul Gascoigne; will I have to pay 90% extra? Reply 0
  • Obama praises Witcher 2, but it doesn't sound like he played it

  • Farzlepot 03/06/2014

    @SlurmsMckenzie

    But CHANGE! All the CHANGE!
    Reply 0
  • The Elder Scrolls Online's Craglorn update due this week

  • Farzlepot 21/05/2014

    The update no-one wanted for the game no-one asked for. Reply +2
  • Microsoft will refund your Xbox Live Gold subscription, post-paywall removal

  • Farzlepot 14/05/2014

    Six to eight weeks?! In this digital age six to eight days would be pushing it!

    What the hell are they doing over there? Working with abacuses?
    Reply -3
  • Microsoft won't reward early Xbox One adopters following Kinect-less console

  • Farzlepot 14/05/2014

    In 2004, I bought a new car. A few months later, Ford began selling a revised version that had slightly bigger alloys for the same price.

    I expected nothing from Ford - I knew what I was buying, and I got exactly what they were offering at the time. The same applies here.

    I don't know where people have got this idea from that gamers are 'entitled'.
    Reply -1
  • Star Wars 1313 concept art shows what could have been

  • Farzlepot 03/05/2014

    Star Wars is and always has been a 'Tolkien in space' adventure, people. The instant Lucas tried to take it away from those roots, with Trade Federations and interplanetary trade disputes, it was critically panned.

    I liked Star Wars as much as the next person, but it's not rich, it's not deep, and it never has been.

    For crying out loud, the first movie involved holy crusaders rescuing a princess from the dark knight. Disneys' are the best hands it could have fallen into.

    Before you bring out the expanded universe nonsense - those are authors who need to come up with something less clichéd, rather than writing fan-fiction.
    Reply +3
  • Zuckerberg tried Morpheus before buying Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • Farzlepot 24/04/2014

    Of course the Occulus guys have big smiles on their faces. They conned everyone into funding the setup of their business, and then almost immediately sold out for billions of dollars. They've pulled off the freaking heist of the century! Reply +13
  • Don't be surprised that just 2.2% of F2P players spend money

  • Farzlepot 23/04/2014

    @its-Blab

    Sounds more like shareware to me.
    Reply 0
  • Farzlepot 22/04/2014

    If I'm paying for the privilege of NOT having to wait a day to continue playing, then these are 'free to wait' games, surely? Reply +3
  • Return to Skyrim

  • Farzlepot 18/04/2014

    When Morrowind came out it was hip to say "Daggerfall is miles better!"

    When Oblivion came out, Morrowind suddenly became the best thing since sliced bread. There were even arguments about whether or not Oblivion was even an RPG.

    Now that Skyrim is out, Oblivion is by far the deeper RPG and better world.

    I can't wait for TES VI to come out so that I can finally love Skyrim!



    I never really left Skyrim. I still pop back every now and then. It's not a game, it's a life.
    Reply +7
  • Half-Life speed run world record set at 20:41

  • Farzlepot 14/04/2014

    @the_bengine

    I knew I needed to go back to the gym.

    Oh wait, you meant the mod thing.
    Reply 0
  • Farzlepot 14/04/2014

    If I make a mod that shrinks all of the maps to a thousandth of their size so that I can stride across them in seconds, would that constitute a speed run too? Reply +59
  • UK chart: Titanfall back top thanks to Xbox 360 version

  • Farzlepot 14/04/2014

    After all this time I'm still having a hard time getting used to a chart with no mention of The Sims in it. Reply +10
  • See how Road Redemption is shaping up in new video

  • Farzlepot 11/04/2014

    @gamingfriendly

    I immediately thought 'PC version of Red Dead Redemption'.

    Thought I was crazy.
    Reply +4
  • Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn set for consoles if it raises $450K

  • Farzlepot 11/04/2014

    @null

    No. It'll be 420p and there'll be artefacts all over the shop.

    And it'll be aimed the wrong way so you miss out on the fun.
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  • Farzlepot 11/04/2014

    I now want to kill myself.

    To accomplish this, I'm going to crowdfund enough money to buy a rope and some scaffolding, in exchange for access to a live stream video of the event. I have more than enough money to accomplish this anyway, but why waste my own money on something that might not work when I can milk it from other people?

    If there's any hope left for humanity, I should still raise more money than Shaq Fu.
    Reply +1
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition to have Kinect voice commands

  • Farzlepot 11/04/2014

    @bionutz

    Do we really need two generations' worth of disappointing endings?
    Reply +3
  • EA's MOBA Dawngate is in open beta

  • Farzlepot 09/04/2014

    I keep reading 'MOBA' as 'MOAB' and growing concerned that publishers like EA are getting into thermobaric weapons. Reply +6
  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 review

  • Farzlepot 08/04/2014

    @Liuwil

    That's never been true.

    For example - when TES: Oblivion launched and was touted as the bleeding edge of console graphics, my then-three-year-old, underpowered PC made a mockery of the 360 by having significantly superior draw distances and textures, and shorter loading screens. Read the comparisons of the time - Bethesda were criticised for leading on consoles.

    The generation before that was worse still.

    If anything, the boundaries are drawing closer together rather than further apart.
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