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  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • Ghibli 10/01/2017

    @C-Gar while I understand your PoV. I think you misunderstand the situation a little.

    While Wes was (as I said under his article) depressingly cynical about the ps4 going forward. I don't think that would have changed at all, had he written about anything else. Be that MS, Nintendo or VR.

    The issue with that ps4 article imo wasn't that it was deliberately biased per se. It was that in the face of all of that great stuff incoming, Wes, part of the /enthusiast/ press, can't muster any enthusiasm.

    I just don't think Wes seems that excited about gaming (Street fighter aside) anymore, regardless of platform. And if I'm honest, I think that's just a sign of a larger problem with a jaded gaming press.

    I still think we need Wes'cynicism. His journalistic skills have really come on leaps and bounds, over the last couple of years and that's something sorely needed in gaming.
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  • Sony's 2017: steady as she goes as PS4 goes big on games

  • Ghibli 05/01/2017

    @captain-T-dawg honestly, while I admire Wes' journalistic chops (his investigative stuff is sometimes brilliant), I find his stuff depressingly cynical almost all of the rest of the time.

    I'm sure he's genuine but it absolutely doesn't mesh with my take on this year, or even last year. To the point where you start to wonder if games is really Wes' true calling. =|

    Sorry Wes. Probably seems a bit harsh.
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  • 2016: The year that time remembered

  • Ghibli 22/12/2016

    Loved that, Nathan. You've chimed with one of my favourite subjects here.

    Many years ago I wrote a dissertation about photography, the philosophy of time and bladerunner. The crux of which was that in the film, images were used to prove an existence, a time, that never really happened ( stretch that out to 20000 words and you're there ;) ).

    This year's games have had me thinking about that dissertation a lot. Especially FFXV and Prompto, who's snaps, end up being something considerably more than holiday snaps as the game closes. Similarly with Firewatch actually. Proof of existence, of time passing. It's interesting, and more importantly, fun to see developers play with these ideas. If it makes people think about esoteric things like this then all the better.

    I'm a DM away if you ever feel like talking about time. It's my favourite concept, and the reason that I'm a 'tog. :)
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  • Thumper now has Oculus Rift and Vive support

  • Ghibli 21/12/2016

    I'd say it was visceral, ratherthan violent. But I get where the violent descriptor comes from.

    Personally speaking, I describe it as Klingon Industrial Techno Rhythm Action. ;)
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  • Crytek breaks silence, closes multiple studios

  • Ghibli 20/12/2016

    So often seems to be right before Christmas with this sort of thing. Having gone through redundancy 4 times myself, my heart goes out to you if you work for these mismanaging asshats. Reply +15
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon devs want you to catch 100m Pokémon in two weeks

  • Ghibli 13/12/2016

    @Stratix well, you called it. ;) Reply +9
  • Royal blood

  • Ghibli 10/12/2016

    I visited Hiroshima as a child in the 80s. It left an indelible mark on me and I'll never forget it. The exhibition in the peace park and learning about the bomb shadows were an awful lesson that humanity can be, and at a push, often is deeply inhuman.

    I'm going to need to reread it, but I very much enjoyed it.
    Reply +5
  • Star Wars Battlefront's Rogue One DLC gives us some pointers towards next year's sequel

  • Ghibli 08/12/2016

    Hopefully Battlefront's sequel will do the right thing and avoid a season pass, though EA might not be inclined to pass up the quick and easy cashflow.
    I'm more and more convinced that this is why they made the baffling decision to launch Titanfall 2 when they did. I think the higher ups at EA want this business model to fail. The question was neatly sidestepped in the article above which indicates EA's thoughts on the model as far as I can see.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch shown live for first time

  • Ghibli 08/12/2016

    @Bratterz I would learn (plastic buttoned) guitar, just to jam with him. Reply +3
  • WipEout looks great for its PS4 debut

  • Ghibli 06/12/2016

    @markmitt you were my nemesis I suspect ;) Reply 0
  • Ghibli 05/12/2016

    Cannot wait. Have been a wipeout fan since ps1 launch day. I lived in the top ten leaderboards of HD for months, until the glitchers arrived :( I'm in my forties now though, reflexes have noticeably taken a nose dive, so I don't have any illusions about where I'll place these days. ;)

    My only disappointment was there was no wipeout vr announcement. I'm still hopeful it'll come though. Trackmania has proved it's doable imo.

    Also, Toshinden! I didn't have to do chores in my digs for weeks due to that game. We used it to decide the chore rota, and I had a big win streak. Eventually the "game decides" technique was banned ;)
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  • Final Fantasy 15 worldwide launch makes it series' fastest-selling game

  • Ghibli 01/12/2016

    The "how many sales do they need" question is interesting, but moot I think. They had to provide a stable base for the next generation of final fantasy games to springboard off, so imo, we'll only know if it was financially worthwhile in likely a decade's time.

    None of it matters to me, mind. It's simply a fantastic game, and I really wasn't expecting it to be. I do wish they'd not done the boy band thing though, but I think that's a comparatively small error in the grand scheme.
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  • Board games understand the pleasures of taking things out of the box

  • Ghibli 29/11/2016

    I didn't come here for board game stuff. Blah blah etc etc.

    (Not really)

    Best packaging I've come across so far is for a lovely little card cased adventure game that I kick-started called Side Quests - Pocket Adventures. It came in its own little pack-of-cards sized leather adventurer's backpack, which was a lovely touch.

    (Not my photo)
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  • Black Friday deals for Saturday 26th November

  • Ghibli 26/11/2016

    @Sober-Si on the plus side, the g29 is a great wheel imo. I got mine for a chunk more money than that, a few months ago and still don't regret it.

    You'll enjoy it I'm sure ;)
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  • Black Friday deals for Thursday 24th November

  • Ghibli 24/11/2016

    ... Sometimes you want a hot pink monstrosity to grace your hands as you play...
    Nobody? Not one taker?

    Alright then.

    /Frankie Howerd voice/

    Oooooooh. Suit yourself missus.

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  • How I learned to stop worrying and love Dishonored 2

  • Ghibli 23/11/2016

    @AmorousBadger yeah I wondered that myself ;)

    Thing is I do admire them. And there was a weird sense of having to finish what I started. Not to mention a slightly addled memory, making me wonder if I'd really given it the time it deserved. Being well aware that your mood can affect your perception of things.

    Have you never persevered with a book, for example, wondering if it'll get better? Maybe I'm slightly masochistic ;)

    What generally happened was that years after the previous unsuccessful attempt, there'd be sale on or a new edition (orange box: bought it for other games, decided to persevere with HL 2 anyway) or something. I finally finished Dishonoured this year after it was in a steam sale for a pittance.

    But yeah, I know I should have given up if I was sensible. Trouble is I'm frequently not sensible.
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  • Ghibli 23/11/2016

    @AgentDaleCooper I did eventually finish it on the 3rd attempt, but it was the gaming equivalent of choking it down. I think I know why though, the world designer is the same guy who designed the half-life 2 world.

    HL2 is another game that took me three attempts to finish. I think it's simply that I don't like being in his vision of the world, as skillful as he is.

    Before I get negged into oblivion, I do acknowledge that they're immensely polished games, they're hugely innovative and i do like the gameplay (I especially like stealth games). I know they deserve their place on a pedestal. This is why I persevered with them.

    It's just that there's something about both worlds that I can't handle. I don't want to inhabit them, as powerful as Corvo is, and as bearded as Gordon Freeman was (and I loved HL1).

    So yeah, you're not alone.
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  • My daughter's favourite video game is a book

  • Ghibli 22/11/2016

    @PixelJumper seriously? The content is essentially previewed in the title and subheading. You could have scrolled on to something else.

    It's insanely arrogant to assume that you speak for the rest of us. You certainly don't speak for me, and I'm a dad too, although how that justifies your artless rudeness, I don't know.
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  • Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel cancelled

  • Ghibli 19/11/2016

    That's a proper nut kick for the artists. I'd be more than a little pissed off.

    I can only assume they're working on a single player/story driven game in the overwatch universe and didn't want the comic to restrict what they could do. Massive assumption obviously, but I think that's what's on the cards.
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  • Watch Dogs 2 review

  • Ghibli 15/11/2016


    I think that's the thing that gets me most about Ubi games. With the exception of ac4 and maybe FC3 Blood Dragon, I have never liked a single character in their games. Especially in AC and Watchdogs. Makes it very hard to want to progress the story.
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  • Ghibli 15/11/2016

    What's all this gobshite about DC leaderboards working fine on launch? I loved DC from day one but the leaderboards were a massive problem for weeks. Absolutely not in the same league here. Reply 0
  • Can The Last Guardian live up to expectations?

  • Ghibli 10/11/2016

    @bennyw01 they mentioned me?!


    The Catweagle thing. ;)

    On topic. I loved ICO. Remember and regret the horror of trading in my copy with the art cards to the Edinburgh Princes Street GAME. The manager scrawled all over the beautiful box with pen, in that way they used to at GAME.

    That's when I stopped using them.

    I can't wait to dive in. I admire Ueda San hugely. It takes guts to stick with a creative project until it's done. Especially one like this. To stick to your guns, get your head down and finish it after what must have been some horrendous wilderness years takes a strength of mind that I think most people don't even realise they /haven't/ got.

    I care as much about some muddy textures here as I do about grainy film in Robert Capa's D-day pictures. That is: not one jot.

    Can't wait.
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  • Stop everything and play PinOut

  • Ghibli 07/11/2016

    I had no idea Umberto Eco had died at the beginning of the year. What a truly shitty year this year's been. I loved Foucault's Pendulum, I'm going to have to read it again before the year is done. I loved his essays too.

    Just tried Pinout. Don't normally do mobile gaming, but the visuals and the music are perfect and I got pretty addicted pretty quickly. They now have some of my worthless pennies.
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  • Watch: Let's play Owlboy

  • Ghibli 03/11/2016

    @OfficerDibble that's...

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  • THQ Nordic buys Delta Force, F-22 series and is open to revival ideas

  • Ghibli 31/10/2016

    @MrTomFTW I was about to say. People think they're oh so fancy with their voxel games today, but I were playing them when I were a lad, before t'internet.


    Oh, and Comanche! Please bring Comanche back in to my life.
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  • People are hurting their thumbs playing Thumper

  • Ghibli 28/10/2016

    I humblebragged about thumper thumb last night too!

    It's an insane game. Level 5-1 nearly became a permanent roadblock for me last night. Managed to get past that bastard laser sentry thing eventually. Thankfully the beginning bit seems to want to nail you more than any other part of that level :)
    Reply +1
  • 20 years on, the Tomb Raider story told by the people who were there

  • Ghibli 27/10/2016

    @felderpony you're telling me. I used to walk past your offices on the way to the photography degree studios in Britannia Mill exactly when you were making TR.

    I seem to remember a gradual upgrading of the cars outside in the Core car park ;)

    Game blew me away at the time. Especially the cistern level. Gave me a little rush of pride to be living there at the time too. Weird as that sounds.
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  • Thumper review

  • Ghibli 21/10/2016

    I initially didn't see the the appeal of thumper, but after getting that first VR hit from it I was pretty much blown away. I'm surprised by just how much I like it. Level 3 is bastard hard though. ;) Reply +5
  • Make Sail looks like a physics-based Wind Waker

  • Ghibli 30/09/2016

    @PixelJumper Oh, absolutely I'm pretty sure my post hints at that.

    But stating that everyone else has the same opinion is probably going to be wrong. Probably. ;)
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  • Ghibli 29/09/2016

    Because everyone thinks their opinion is the only opinion.

    I loved the sailing in wind waker. This could well be my first Fig contribution.
    Reply +10
  • Blizzard reveals fix for Overwatch thumbstick acceleration control

  • Ghibli 26/09/2016

    @7M7 in all honesty, the closest I've ever come was the move control system on the very last socom game. The wand itself is a very close analog (ha) to the mouse in certain genres.

    For all the flak it took, for FPS games that control system could be amazing, if a little sore on the arms initially. ;)
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  • Ghibli 26/09/2016

    It always amazes me just how far gamers can divide into tiny little tribes.

    "Ha! Look at those controller using plebs, with their inferior control systems! Oh those poor, misinformed, utterly unskilled nooblings. I am clearly intellectually superior and it goes without saying, far more skilled with my only half analogue system that just allows me to click any point on the screen at will!

    Look at me! I'm CLICKING AGAIN!"

    Christ, just enjoy whatever it is you use, people. Divide any more and you'll be amoebas.
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  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • Ghibli 24/09/2016

    Putintroll? On EG? You're wasting your time dude. Reply 0
  • Redout is the next-gen WipEout you've been waiting for

  • Ghibli 11/09/2016

    @Musouka that's for the info. Good to know my right thumb might have to do some work ;) Reply 0
  • Ghibli 08/09/2016

    I'll be having this!

    Shame there's not a combat mode though. I miss the quake.
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  • The Tomorrow Children: A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

  • Ghibli 09/09/2016

    Really well put Christian. You've eloquently explained a game I was struggling to explain to my friends. I really should expect no less from you.I'm utterly sucked in and love the aesthetic and atmosphere of the whole thing, although I do wonder if all of this is more strongly evoked in those of us who grew up during the Cold War.

    To be fair, you can slowly accumulate the freeman dollars ( MT money) just by picking it up off the floor as you play. I easily accumulate 40 or 50 in a session which is enough for a black market tool etc.

    I'm not sure I buy into the joylessness of it. I actually enjoy the busywork in a weird way. The mining, I find really satisfying, I've also taken down more than a couple of Izvergs, and driven out to find loads of of matryoshka dolls in their feet, or a hoard of black market tools etc.

    And leaving the town to it's fate when a metal godzilla is attacking?! To get a poptart! You're the monster Christian. You're the real monster ;) I've delayed our family dinner in order to fight one off! ;)

    Our town was succesfully restored last night (Wanmorgorod) and by the end it rivalled the Blackpool illuminations for the verve in which we as a community had lit the place with those little light plants that dot the mining structures. Wordlessly, we all got the idea, and we turned that town into a brilliant place, filled with beautiful pools of light.

    I don't resent the founder's pack purchase at all. I kind of look at it as me turning the game into a not F2P game ( literally, yes, but also functionally), as having bought an extra pocket or two and a hooky driving licence, I don't really see the need to fork out any more money at all anyway.
    Reply +10
  • Assetto Corsa console review

  • Ghibli 31/08/2016

    It's the AI that are killing it for me right now. Even with a pad, the handling is brilliant, but even just choosing single races, the AI either sail of into the distance or punt you off the track.

    I love the thing, but I didn't buy it just to hotlap. It's a bit costly just for that*. This handling model slotted into pCars would rock.

    *Especially as it that handling model pushed me over the edge into buying a G29 the next day. Thankfully that was with pCars and Dirt Rally in mind as well.
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  • Here are Overwatch characters reimagined as dogs

  • Ghibli 26/08/2016

    Very cute.

    But nothing, NOTHING, can beat Winnie the Pooh characters as giant robots.

    Winnie the Robot

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  • Battlefield 1's Ł40 Premium Pass features French army, Russian Empire

  • Ghibli 24/08/2016

    @Arrit exactly. I have a number of friends ( more historically minded than I am ) who were already exasperated at the way they've arranged the nations involved.

    I suspect this won't go down very well...
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  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's annoying microtransactions in the spotlight

  • Ghibli 24/08/2016

    This is almost as awful as some of the acting. MacCree is horrendous imo and surprisingly is played by Peter Serafinowicz.

    It's a good game IMO, I'm enjoying it. But stuff like this really does sour the experience a bit.
    Reply -1
  • When it comes to Spain, I kind of wish Civ 6 had chosen a different Philip

  • Ghibli 24/08/2016


    "It was making him look like Snoopy on a serious downer, to be specific."

    Is Droopy not a thing anymore? ;)
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  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare developers on the battle with the backlash

  • Ghibli 24/08/2016

    @CJWhlr I even have the box set, which took so so long to get made ;)

    I feel the same way. The last CoD that I enjoyed was 4. This has my interest piqued.
    Reply +1
  • Watchdog investigates Future merger with Imagine

  • Ghibli 22/08/2016

    Cheers for looking into this Wesley. It'd be a crying shame if either GamesTm or Edge went.

    /clinging on to the old ways in the face of their inevitable demise... ;)
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  • Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

  • Ghibli 19/08/2016

    Although I like NMS, Sony's customer service has been horrendous this gen. I've had to deal with them a couple of times recently, and it's been the worst of any company I've dealt with in several years. They need pulled up on it much more.

    A far cry from the excellent service i had from them in the ps3 era.
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  • Capybara's long-awaited Below delayed indefinitely

  • Ghibli 19/08/2016

    It's the right choice. It's a brave choice.

    But... :(
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  • No Man's Sky modders start by shutting up your exosuit

  • Ghibli 17/08/2016

    @blerk2000 the internet's little attack-gerbils never are, I suspect. ;) Reply -2
  • Ghibli 17/08/2016

    @almondo nice to meet you. Bye. Reply -1
  • Ghibli 17/08/2016

    What's really awful, IMO, regardless of whether you like the game or not, is the decidedly nasty attempt to character assassinate another developer. It's almost as if that sad little rush they got from the PM affair has got them looking for any excuse to fuck someone up. Reply +4
  • ReCore's new trailer does a good job of showcasing Metroid Prime dev's next game

  • Ghibli 17/08/2016

    @spamdangled that's the thing though. She has a jet pack as far as I can tell. It bursts into action when she jumps. It's a small detail that maybe needs emphasising more visually, but I don't really see much they could do otherwise. It fits the notion that she has a jet pack fairly well. Reply +8
  • Ghibli 17/08/2016

    It's not awful. It's just not studio Ghibli good. ;) Reply +3