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  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Fido128 18/10/2014

    This is going to get negged to hell, but ehhhhhh whatever.

    If you are one of those people who constantly criticise ANY view that confronts gaming's inherent misogyny, if you are fine with gaming being 20-30 years behind in its gender politics, if you moan when people raise the subject of games constantly objectifying women, if you tell people complaining about the patriarchal representations in gaming they should 'lol. get over it'...

    If this is you, fuck you. YOU are part of the problem outlined in this story. You may not have made these threats, but you ARE a part of a dominant, scumbag gaming culture that sees women as secondary citizens, as mere masturbatory adornments.

    You are, in short, a fucking embarrassment. And you should probably try and work out why you hate women.
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  • The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

  • Fido128 29/08/2014

    I 'encountered' Ellie twice in the last few years, on two different continents.

    First time was in LA, at E3 2007, a.k.a. the shit one where we were all driven on shuttle buses between venues 70 miles apart. I spotted a deeply unimpressed Ellie playing Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (that mediocre Wii lightgun game) and for about four seconds thought I might approach her and gush about my admiration of Eurogamer. Didn't bother as I figured it would look excessively lame and goddamnit I was going to look like A Proper Journalist. Second time was at a pub after the 2009 Eurogamer convention where I met her while drunk, rather fancied her, did actually do the aforementioned gushing, then made her do a laugh which was possibly just her taking pity. She was with Oli, and both were very lovely to the stupid drunk Mancunian ogre.

    Anyway, so long, Ellie. You're a smart, funny writer whose work always brightened my day. I'm sure your future ventures will be a success.
    Reply +7
  • NES Remix review

  • Fido128 17/01/2014

    Great review Simon, but a small quibble...

    'More than any other video game publisher, Nintendo understands the power and value of its own heritage. Amongst its rivals, rumours of careless curation abound: Sega has reportedly lost the source code to its much-lauded Sega Saturn RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga, while OutRun Online Arcade has slipped from Xbox Live's servers, never to return.'

    Heavens forbid I unearth all those circa-1991 playground squabbles, but let's not overlook the incredible care Sega has put into its excellent 3D Classics on the 3DS eShop. It's a level of love and dedication that shows up Nintendo's rather mercenary dumping of ROMs.

    Mind you, this rejigged classic formula is much appreciated, and bravo to Ninty for doing something different with its back catalogue.
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  • New Yoshi's Island announced for 3DS

  • Fido128 17/04/2013

    God, I love Iwata. The man is adorable and awesome.

    And damn, 3DS.
    Reply +1
  • Eurogamer meets Luigi

  • Fido128 09/04/2013

    I met Mr Martinet at a games show in Auckland last September and he was a gent. After signing the back of my 3DS, he got on with signing a photo of himself with Mario and Luigi. Unhappy with the job he did in writing my name, he signed a second photo so it was neat enough, all while pulling off his finest Mario voice. Lovely man, and his performance in LM2 is brilliant. Reply 0
  • Luigi's Mansion 2 review

  • Fido128 27/03/2013

    Wahey, fantastic news. This, Etrian Odyssey IV (which I'm 10 hours into) and Animal Crossing are going to devour my 2013. Reply 0
  • Games of 2012: Halo 4

  • Fido128 30/12/2012

    Is that subheading a Radiohead reference by any chance? Reply 0
  • Night and the City

  • Fido128 30/10/2012

    This is a really, really great article, and not for a moment boring or self-indulgent as you said, Christian. Thanks for a terrific, thoughtful read. Reply 0
  • Nintendo 3DS XL First Impressions

  • Fido128 03/07/2012

    Styli, Christian. Well, that's what I've always called 'em. Styli. As it appears in this: http://www.joystiq.com/2007/12/12/cheap-stylus-gifts-that-arent-really-styli/ Reply 0
  • Portal in 2D: Gateways by The Adventures of Shuggy dev out now on PC

  • Fido128 28/06/2012

    I remember piling hours into this 2D Portal on the DS:

    http://www.joystiq.com/2008/05/30/stillaliveds-portable-2d-portal-for-ds/
    Reply +1
  • Beyond trailer stars Ellen Page, from Heavy Rain dev

  • Fido128 05/06/2012

    Very polished, but the writing still isn't quite there, is it?

    I've heard many of these lines dozens of times before in middling TV cop dramas and films: "You gotta give me something ... anything." "If you don't help me, I can't help you." The exposition/over-explaining is a tad clunky as well. "I found you in the middle of the road ..." It's like games can't shake this habit of imitating movies.

    Mr Cage, if you have these high ambitions, look to books for your dialogue.
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  • Mass Effect 3 Review

  • Fido128 06/03/2012

    "In an industry increasingly obsessed with long-term franchises, annual updates and spin-offs, this is that rarest of things: a final chapter. The end times have come."

    No they haven't. There'll be many more Mass Effect games. They sell. There will be more.
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  • It's time to kick back against gaming bigots

  • Fido128 03/03/2012

    @RIPCGAMES

    Obvious troll is obvious.
    Reply +15
  • Nintendo 3DS sets new Japan sales record

  • Fido128 21/02/2012

    "3DS and PS Vita will, quite simply, never scale the heights of the previous generation of handhelds. [...] One thing is certain — dedicated handheld gaming devices are now in rapid decline, and barring an extraordinary technological advance, they’re not going to come back." -- Rob Fahey, 1st August 2011 Reply +1
  • FortressCraft creator rejects Minecraft clone claims

  • Fido128 17/02/2012

    He made a chart. Shit is getting real. Reply +21
  • Another developer accuses Zynga of game cloning

  • Fido128 31/01/2012

    This is probably going to be an unpopular view, but feck it. Bring on the negs, etc.

    This is bingo, so while I can't possibly defend Zynga on previous games that it blatantly ripped off, well, how is a bingo game going to look? Answer: pretty much the same as any other bingo game. Again, it's bingo. It's a bit like complaining that one chess game looks like another. These games have looked a certain way for decades. In the case of chess, centuries.

    Obviously, Zynga has absolutely nicked ideas in the past, and I wish it nothing but a swift death for that. But in this case, I think the criticism is a bit OTT (albeit in line with everybody's love of slagging off Zynga).

    So yeah, I just defended Zynga. I'm off to scrub my entire epidermis off with bleach and steel brushes.
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  • New Trials Evolution video shows multiplayer and track editor

  • Fido128 20/01/2012

    "It's a great 'get the mates over and have a few pints' kind of game."

    What if I hate people?
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Are Games Racist, Sexist - Or Just Bad?

  • Fido128 18/09/2011

    Must say Oli, Lara's a strange example of a "fleshed-out human being." Okay, she has a loosely written backstory and can dual wield pistols, but she's still legging about in hot pants with space hoppers for boobs. (okay, I'm aware her more recent games have veered more towards a 'realistic' figure, but the fact this is even needs to be highlighted to us in previews, interviews etc. tells us what the point of her is). Surely Alyx Vance sets a better precedent?



    That said, I agree games need to take greater responsibility - "the burden of proof lies not with the accusers, but the accused" summed it up very nicely for me.



    I still think Graham Linehan nailed the issue better than anyone in his interview on Gameswipe - game writers aren't reading enough books. Instead, they're turning to movies for inspiration, and so much Hollywood guff is swamped with poorly drawn gender and race stereotypes.
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  • Saturday Soapbox: Nintendo's creative decline

  • Fido128 30/07/2011

    I think Tom has hit the nail on the head. In software terms, Nintendo's output for the past two years has been atrociously unimaginative. Nintendo's 3DS publishing schedule for 2011 is particularly lazy:



    RELEASED

    Nintendogs + Cats

    Pilotwings Resort

    Steel Diver

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D



    FORTHCOMING

    Pokémon Rumble Blast

    Kid Icarus: Uprising

    Star Fox 64 3D

    Mario Kart

    Super Mario

    Paper Mario

    Animal Crossing

    Luigi's Mansion 2

    Super Smash Bros. 4 (working title)

    LEGO City Stories



    Fourteen games, and only one new franchise (Steel Diver). At a stretch, I'll give them Kid Icarus, as Uprising looks like it will be completely unrecognisable from its predecessors.



    I'm not arguing about the quality of the games here. I'll probably be charmed to death by Luigi's Mansion 2, and get hooked on catching fish again in Animal Crossing. Also, you'd have to be an idiot to dispute the quality of Ocarina of Time. But creatively, this is utterly stagnant. There is sod all fresh here. Compared to some of the games appearing on rival download services over the past couple of years, it's plain embarrassing.



    There was an age when Nintendo would lead the way in software innovation. What Nintendo now specialises in is polishing. Polishing its crown jewel characters, tweaking them to the nth degree and not daring to stray from the franchises that have brought in sales previously. This complete lack of experimentation in games development would be forgivable in a mid-sized studio with a small bottom line. But from a company already sitting on a fat war chest of funds built up from the Wii and DS, it is cowardly and idle.
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  • Codies: UK games industry in dire straits

  • Fido128 21/07/2011

    "Once again Britain takes an industry it's the best at ..."



    Japan would like a word.
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  • Duke Nukem Forever

  • Fido128 12/06/2011

    @RoOhDaMite



    "It really doesn't surprise me the humour didn't get through to you. Dan seems to be the kind of person who gets offended by watching a rap-video."



    YEAH, GOD, this is really multi-faceted, nuanced humour, probably went straight over Dan's head. Oooor it's just a craply written, dated gag that isn't remotely funny except to hur-hur-hurring halfwits who thought Epic Movie was a good time.



    We all get the joke. It's just not very funny and very, very obvious.
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  • Fido128 12/06/2011

    I think we can say we all saw this coming, right? The tragedy is preorders suggest this could well come close to the sales of something like Portal 2. Shudder. Reply -8
  • GeoHotz settles with Sony

  • Fido128 11/04/2011

    Wonder what sort of excess cash he has floating around from all those donations to his legal fund. Reply +1
  • Consenting Adults Play We Dare

  • Fido128 06/04/2011

    Oli shaking down his hair. Nice touch. :D Reply +1
  • David Cage: Game auteurs are vital

  • Fido128 20/03/2011

    Most of gaming's auteurs are on the indie scene now, surely: Jonathan Blow, Jason Rohrer, Daisuke Amaya, etc. These guys and others like them worked alone on their games, their personal vision undiluted by the usual trappings of working in a 20-strong development team. Reply 0
  • Pilotwings Resort

  • Fido128 03/03/2011

    Brilliant news. Pilotwings 64 is still in my top 15 or 20 games of all time, so the appeal of the 3DS at launch was always going to depend on this for me.



    Thanks for the early and excellent review EG and Christian (it actually read like a 9 to me, but hey, it matters not!) - this and Nintendogs should do nicely.
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  • First LA Noire gameplay trailer

  • Fido128 09/02/2011

    Wonder if that's a Charles Bukowski reference at 1:21 ...

    Because if so, that's awesome.
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  • Kim Jong-Il cut from Homefront Japan

  • Fido128 05/02/2011

    http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com Reply +1
  • Eurogamer Asks: How do you become a games journalist?

  • Fido128 05/01/2011

    Great video, guys. I was fortunate enough to be a full-time games blogger for around 18 months, until I was laid off last year.

    I miss it terribly, though Oli's point about reader feedback certainly struck a chord with me. The blog I wrote for would average around 30 comments a post, and there'd always be somebody happy to stick the boot in for little reason. Reviews really brought these brave internet warriors out in force, with some surprisingly personal insults thrown my way.

    However, that was the only negative aspect. Even the money (around £16k before my tax was paid) didn't bother me, because I loved getting paid to write about games on a full-time basis. The chance to be creative and work with other creative people while engaging with a pastime you adore is awesome.
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  • The secrets of Trials HD

  • Fido128 30/10/2010

    I've found three squirrels, all accidentally, but I believe there are many more. They look sort of ceramic, and often emerge from behind scenery once you reach a certain section of track. I'm sure YouTube will have some sort of coverage of these. Reply 0
  • The Boys' Treehouse

  • Fido128 11/09/2010

    Interesting article, but I do think you've ignored one key sociological reason for the lack of women: women, or rather girls, simply aren't studying the required subjects at school. My brother is an IT teacher in a school/college for children aged 11 to 18. Every year, he tells me his A-level IT classes are the same: 16 boys and 2 girls, or 18 boys and 3 girls. He's even taken all-male classes.



    This isn't the case in IT only. Other subjects essential to a games development career are mainly male domains: classes dominated by boys learning physics and maths. In other words, there are deep-lying ideological reasons why women aren't flocking to a career in development - primarily the notion that maths, physics, and IT are essentially 'male' subjects, while girls are more likely to turn to English and the humanities once they reach 16.



    I do agree that the games industry is dated in its approach to working hours, and embarrassingly misogynistic in its treatment of female developers such as Raymond et al, but I don't think it can shoulder the whole blame.
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  • BBC's The Big Questions addresses MW2

  • Fido128 18/11/2009

    I really hope Brooker tackles this crap in his next Screen Burn column. Reply +1
  • Conchords Rock Band DLC confirmed

  • Fido128 25/09/2009

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  • Katamari Forever

  • Fido128 18/09/2009

    Pseud's Corner beckons you, Mr. Parkin. Reply 0
  • PES 2010 demo now on Live, PSN

  • Fido128 18/09/2009

    First impressions based on my three games of five minutes each:



    THE GOOD:



    - Occasionally in PES 2009, a player would simply waltz off in a direction of his choosing, rather than obey your input with the left stick. This no longer seems to happen.

    - Though I'll have to play more to check this fully, it also seems the AI no longer performs tackles of its own accord. The number of penalties I conceded in last year's version because of tackles I had no say over was ridiculous. It always felt totally unfair.

    - 'Keepers are less easy to dribble around in one-on-one situations. I tried a few times with Master of One-on-Ones(TM) Fernando Torres, yet the 'keeper was always pretty sharp.

    - For once, the menus are quite nice.



    THE CACK:

    - Free-kicks in the middle third are still utter rubbish and difficult to make much from. They need to address this; I'd use the two arrow system seen in the N64 ISS games.

    - They've STILL not reassigned tricks to the right stick. Like last year, the right stick is used to pass the ball. NOBODY uses an analogue stick to perform passes when the buttons do a far more reliable job.

    - I couldn't see Auto-Sort in the team selection menu, but may have missed it. I liked that option, because I'm lazy.

    - Refs are still way too strict.
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  • The EGTV Show - Beatles: RB at the Cavern Club

  • Fido128 09/09/2009

    Do your tie up, Minkley.



    Nice singing. (Y)
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  • System Failure: Why PS3 and 360 drop dead for the same reasons

  • Fido128 31/08/2009

    HILARIOUS story: I've just lost two Xbox 360s in the last hour and a half to RROD (having a bought a spare for emergencies). Wish I was kidding. :/ The second was a console "refurbished" by Microsoft, who apparently didn't test it much.



    I love my 360, and use it almost daily, so I guess my constant use took its toll. And now I wait for the arrival of two UPS boxes. Just praying I get them back in time for the new L4D content, though I'm not hopeful. :o|
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  • Pilotwings for VC this Friday!

  • Fido128 18/08/2009

    Oh crap, I almost lost it, before realising that this was the SNES version. It's still good, but it ain't the N64 game. That's one of my personal top 10. Reply 0
  • L4D community rallies against sequel

  • Fido128 08/06/2009

    Still doesn't disguise the fact that it's not packing much content at all. Regardless of how much fun you personally find it.



    With respect, that's naff logic. Like complaining that Tetris has no content because there's only that one table to play on.
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  • Fido128 08/06/2009

    Well, I'm glad to see most other people view this as a load of old cockbluster.



    Valve are making a sequel to a much-loved game that has more content than the original, and they've been uncharacteristically quick about it. To be frank: where's the damn problem? Also, comparisons between EA and Valve seem pretty harsh considering EA's historical dedication to flogging dead horses.



    L4D has received well over 100 hours of play from me, and I already know the sequel will be the same. For 40 quid, that's a bargain.
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  • Future WiiWare Games: Top Ten

  • Fido128 13/04/2009

    Nice write-up, Jon. I'm ridiculously excited about Cave Story.



    Did you get to see Super Meat Boy or Explodemon?
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  • DSi Shop stock to expand weekly

  • Fido128 31/03/2009

    Please chaps, let's wrap up this "filthy R4" business, eh? I accept I'm probably in a minority, but my R4 is used solely for homebrew, and I know I'm not alone in that respect. With the exception of maybe Professor Layton, Still Alive was the best DS game I played last year.



    That aside, I'm waiting for the first Advance Wars. The original was still about 30 quid when I last checked eBay.
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  • Eurogamer meets Holly Valance

  • Fido128 13/01/2009

    "But it's just fucking embarrassing that EG think this is worthy of an article. The more shit interviews they put up, the more they're driving me away from the website."



    So go. Noone cares. Like Eurogamer is short of readers.



    Great interview, Ellie. Man, remember when she taught "Tad" about snogging?
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  • World of Goo

  • Fido128 06/01/2009

    For what it's worth, I don't think there's anything wrong with analysing games in the way John (briefly) did in his review. The fact that some people shun an intelligent conversation about themes in games (and World of Goo UNDOUBTEDLY has "themes") just shows up the general immaturity that pervades our hobby.



    No, I don't think about these things much while I'm building myself a big old tower 'o goo, but there's no reason to be afraid of looking a little deeper.
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  • Fido128 05/01/2009

    "so to state the obvious....

    will this also come to live arcade and psn?"



    Very, very unlikely. From this Wii Fanboy interview with 2D Boy's Ron Carmel:



    "XBLA and PSN will probably not happen, we just don't think the controls would feel right. Mouse is great and so is the Wii remote. The DS would be a good platform for the game from a controls standpoint but the processor is not nearly strong enough for the physics simulation. We might be able to do a simplified version of the game, but we have no plans for that right now."
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  • WiiWare sprouts four more games

  • Fido128 05/12/2008

    @Huggy



    2D Boy said December, so we can safely assume World of Goo will be out on December 18, the only "WiiWare Friday" left in 2008.
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  • Virtual Console Essentials

  • Fido128 11/11/2008

    No Impossible Mission? Shame on you, Dan Whitehead! But no, nice list, and IM aside, I can't see any glaring omissions. I'd have 1080 Snowboarding there, but then that's just me, probably. Reply 0
  • Eternity's Child dev quits games industry

  • Fido128 12/08/2008

    Inquisitor, and others: Luc is French, and is hence writing in his second language. Attacking his English seems a little harsh.



    (He's still behaving disgracefully, though)
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  • Fido128 12/08/2008

    He's actually French. Just an FYI, EG. :) Reply 0
  • MotionPlus tech not exclusive to Nintendo

  • Fido128 08/08/2008

    "Sounds golden, Virginia"



    Hehehe
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