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  • PES and Football Manager delete disgraced Adam Johnson

  • Fido128 05/03/2016

    @spamdangled

    I don't think anyone's actually excusing Johnson, whose behaviour was obviously abhorrent and will be deservedly punished.

    I think it's more that people are nitpicking over the application of the term 'paedophilia' - by definition, an attraction to prepubescent children.
    Reply +3
  • Eurogamer's Games of 2015 no. 2: Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • Fido128 31/12/2015

    @Rogueywon
    This must surely mean Bloodborne takes the top spot?
    Mario Maker may have an outside chance...
    Reply -2
  • Fido128 31/12/2015

    @Master09
    [Spoiler removed by mod] was a disappointing villian after all the hype, and he died with a whimper.
    Great, cheers. Hadn't got there yet. Nice one.
    Reply +26
  • Nintendo in 2015: A difficult year shows signs of promise for what's ahead

  • Fido128 29/12/2015

    @number1024

    But I don't think a lack of horsepower is what did for Wii U in the end. What ultimately tripped it up was branding that confused customers, a controller that Nintendo rarely got the best from (unlike the Wii Remote), and the loss of big third-party names.

    And be honest, can you really play games like Smash, Mario Kart 8, Mario 3D World, Bayonetta 2, Xenoblade, Wind Waker HD, Splatoon, and Pikmin 3 and consider them graphical duds? Some of the art design in those games is insanely good.

    I can't pretend to know the best new direction for Nintendo, but it's not about just adding more computing grunt IMO.
    Reply +1
  • Games of 2015 no 5: The Witcher 3

  • Fido128 28/12/2015

    I'm throwing my tuppence in for the top four:

    Splatoon
    Bloodborne
    Mario Maker
    Metal Gear Solid V

    Not my personal top four (though they're all great) - just a guess based on EG coverage.
    Reply +10
  • Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water review

  • Fido128 27/10/2015

    @josepm.pons

    Indeed. Which suggests the formula the game is built on is dated.
    Reply +2
  • When being a fan turns into a career

  • Fido128 06/09/2015

    Fangamer's great and everything I've bought there has been lovely quality, particularly the T-shirts. I love the little free pins, badges and stickers they throw into their packages.

    Nice article, Jeffrey. :)
    Reply +4
  • Nintendo fans pay their respects to Satoru Iwata

  • Fido128 13/07/2015

    We lost a giant today. Reply 0
  • Never Alone Wii U release date set for Europe

  • Fido128 27/06/2015

    Pretty visuals but terribly unoriginal mechanics. The attempt to look at the Ińupiaq culture was noble and briefly interesting in parts, but I found the mini-documentaries that fill the game too short; they seemed way too brief to cover this other society in any meaningful way. Reply +4
  • Batman: Arkham Knight review

  • Fido128 25/06/2015

    @MadMinstrel Did you buy the PC version?

    If so, there's an editor's note regarding the 'compromised' PC version at the end of this review and it's your reading that is unprofessional.
    Reply 0
  • Splatoon review

  • Fido128 05/06/2015

    @BigPrimeNumbers Pretty sure I saw those in the options? Am I imagining that? Reply 0
  • Fido128 04/06/2015

    It's a complete riot, totally moreish.

    Talk about the Wii U shaping up: New Super Mario Bros., Pikmin 3, Wonderful 101, ZombiU, Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros, Splatoon, Wind Waker, Rayman Legends and some of the hands-down best DLC ever.

    If you don't own a Wii U, you probably don't deserve games. Or hands.
    Reply +11
  • Rez soundtrack's missing tune finally released

  • Fido128 04/05/2015

    @Bagpuss Ditto. This has been around for years. I used to listen to it on my damn Blackbery, in about 2006. Reply 0
  • P.T. is being pulled from PSN on Wednesday

  • Fido128 26/04/2015

    @SeeNoWeevil Thanks! :) Reply 0
  • Fido128 26/04/2015

    Quick question, if anyone can help:

    I bought a PS4 three days ago and immediately downloaded P.T. I've agreed with my girlfriend I won't play it without her, when I see her next on 4th May. It's not going to be deleted from my account before then, is it?

    Excuse my greenness, not familiar yet with how PSN works. Thanks!
    Reply +1
  • 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.
    Reply -7
  • 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.
    Reply +20
  • 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.
    Reply +12
  • 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.
    Reply +7
  • 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.
    Reply +1
  • 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?
    Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply -1
  • 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.
    Reply +12
  • 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.
    Reply +5
  • 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.
    Reply 0
  • 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. Reply 0
  • 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 ÂŁ16k 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. Reply 0
  • 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.
    Reply +15
  • 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

    000000100000110000011100001111 Reply +3
  • 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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