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  • Dead or Alive 5 tournament soft ban on "over-sexualised" costumes sparks heated debate

  • Kami 02/03/2015

    @TPoppaPuff; Frankly, I couldn't give a toss either way. A bunch of people want to have us take a game seriously but in a misplaced stunt only attract attention to the very thing they want to cover up. Streisand Effect, GO!

    Failing that, this is a fighting game and the costumes are aesthetic only; they COULD just limit the character costumes available to those defaulted by the game, right? I mean, Insert Deity Of Your Choice Here that someone use common sense about this! Could do that, no harm no foul, easily explained and if you were trying to PR stunt it, you could even call it "keeping an equal playing field". I should be doing this for a living!

    Also, you committed the cardinal comment sin. If you're so uneased by T&A in a fighting game, please refrain from abusing buts.

    No-one likes it when someone cheapens a but... ;)
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  • Kami 02/03/2015

    @monkeighy; To be absolutely fair on this, the extra costumes in SoulCalibur, Tekken and to some extent Street Fighter aren't exactly much better. SF has had a few mishaps, but Tekken and SC of late revel in the fetishistic...

    As for the maid outfit, isn't one of the new characters in Last Fight one of Helena's maids? Pretty sure that's an actual thing.

    I just know why they're doing this and it has NOTHING to do with making DoA 'more respectable'. It's the growing culture of easy-offended types who will start social media campaigns that are TOTALLY NOT HARASSMENT IT'S NEVER THAT WHEN WE DO IT OKAY overshadowing the event.

    I can't say I blame them for this. But then, I can't really say I wholly approve either.

    Oh, why'd they have to go and make things so complicated...
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  • Mortal Kombat X: Mobile announced

  • Kami 02/03/2015

    Great, because this confusion over what content we get by default and what we have to pay extra for or get in a totally separate app thing isn't at all confusing is it? I mean, we totally loved it in Watch_Dogs and Evolve, right?

    *sigh* I guess I can wait for the inevitable "Komplete" edition this time next year...
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  • Leonard Nimoy passes away at 83

  • Kami 27/02/2015

    @ZoidbergForPresident; His wife stated he died from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    I have no other words than that. I just feel sadness.
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  • Early Access games done right

  • Kami 27/02/2015

    I also liked Ziggurat; another early access game which has gotten better with community feedback and developers not out to scalp people.

    I approve of this becoming a regular thing though. It's important that if Early Access is to remain a thing, we need to cut through the BS of stuff like Slaughtering Grounds and hold up the shining examples, so that others may follow in their wake and those who don't can just die in the wilderness, alone and unloved.
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  • Future Assassin's Creed games will have "more robust modern day" than Unity

  • Kami 27/02/2015

    All I am hearing in this is, "We've got TWENTY YEARS OF DLC planned for the Assassin's Creed series!" Which makes me rather sad. Reply -2
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 might yet be great, but the episodic structure does it no favours

  • Kami 24/02/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77; I know the lore, hence the bunny ears around 'fight'. I meant the area around the mothers sarcophagus. That's a tiny, tiny little area with no room for error in a boss rush mode. Unless you want to find out what's at the bottom, of course...

    But totally with you on fighting some of those old bosses. The mutant forms of Birkin would be fun to see...
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  • Kami 24/02/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77; I'd like more variety though. One thing I learned from Evolve is there's such a thing as too one-note; having a variety of challenges and modes from across the series would make for an interesting experience, both solo and multiplayer.

    But still, that Resident Evil has the freedom and openness to get away with something of such scope is an enviable position that Capcom is frittering away trying to work out where to take the series next. Still think it's time to reboot!

    Tell you one scenario that'd be funny; Boss Rush mode. Spencer Mansion basement (the Lisa Trevor 'fight'). Not much room to move, not much room to dodge, making timing and accuracy important.

    Not something you'd want to be dumped into straight away though...
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  • Kami 24/02/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77; Well, for me Raid Mode in Revelations was 90% of the game. Mercs Mode kinda saved Resi 5 AND Resi 6.

    Mercenaries 3D on the 3DS was alright, but it was too small in focus. It was recycled content. Think about this;

    * Raid mode mission - get from the entrance of Spencer Mansion to Lisa's Cottage. The long way around.
    * Mercs mode - kill as many zombies as you can in the RCPD Main Hall (barricaded doors break over time).
    * MP Race; outside the RCPD all the way to the Tram to escape Nemesis. First one there wins. Loser gets a tentacle to the face.
    * Co-Op; The Ambush from Resi 4. Survive for 10 minutes.

    And so-on and so-on. They've got plenty of games AND spin-offs (the Survivor games, the Outbreak games etc.), and plenty of characters from across the series too.

    Capcom really has an unbelievable amount of material to work with for this kind of Raid/Mercs/Horde combi. And they could patch in new modes, new challenges and new stuff as time goes on. And hey, they could even throw in some Dino Crisis stuff in a pinch, right?

    But until the time we get this massive bit of fan-service, we'll have to make do with what comes with the games as standard...
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  • Kami 24/02/2015

    I think Capcom needs to blend Mercenaries and Raid modes into one huge fanservice game, with a big cast list and lots of iconic locales from across the series. Add in the multiplayer/co-op, support it via RE.Net with monthly challenges, charge $40 for it, cash in the freaking bank.

    It'd also give them some breathing space - and money - to work out just what to do with the next proper installment.

    Which should be a Resi 2 remake. I support a series reboot now!
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  • Nvidia facing legal action over GTX 970 specs

  • Kami 23/02/2015

    @Blacksun94; It's a bit of a fuss when you've got something which isn't as advertised.

    This is actually quite common though when it comes to PC parts; I have had numerous occasions where parts haven't been what were promised on the box, or on websites.

    I bought an SSD last year - advertised as using Synchronous NAND. What I got was their 'revised' model; which used asynchronous NAND. Massive difference - less than half the write speed. Utterly galling.

    I've also had PSU's which weren't as "silent" as they promised in the blurbs, case mods which wrote checks the product I got couldn't cash to save its life, CPU Heatsinks which couldn't chill an ice cube in the Antarctic.

    Building a PC is a bit of a faff - a faff I quite like, actually, even if I can't solo-build any more (need assistance in case of medical issues). But you should still be able to buy a product based on the actual description and get the thing that is actually described. That's kind of an important detail; being able to trust that the thing you see on a website and the thing you put into your computer are, you know, the same.

    I guess this is just for the principle of it. It's nothing especially new; but it's still a royal pain...
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  • Total War: Attila review

  • Kami 20/02/2015

    Bonus points for use of the word "abstruce". Reply 0
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches with plenty of issues

  • Kami 20/02/2015

    @the_rydster; Sony have had mixed fortunes with digital tits of late.

    "The Interview", for example...
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  • 33 new Final Fantasy 14 Gold Saucer screenshots rekindle memories of Final Fantasy 7

  • Kami 20/02/2015

    Once I finish building my new gaming rig over the weekend, I am updating FFXIV for the Gold Saucer alone. Reply +5
  • Gold Mario Amiibo to be Walmart exclusive in US

  • Kami 18/02/2015

    @visionary; Gotta Catch/Buy 'Em All! Reply +1
  • Square Enix invites devs to pitch ideas for Gex, Fear Effect and Anachronox

  • Kami 17/02/2015

    @CamberGreber; Well, that's a shame. I loved the whole thing. But yeah, Hana and Deke (He ain't comin' back!) were pretty awesome characters.

    I could go for a cyberpunk mercenary mission-based game of course, with some solid, well-built and interesting characters and some really hard decisions and choices that have to be made. My point is, that's not Fear Effect, is it? It's a great idea on its own merit; why slap on a title which doesn't reflect it? (FEAR Effect, after all, the first word is kinda important as it sets the tone!)

    I do think this is a big problem in the process of rebooting anything - ESPECIALLY when it's been a while. I mean, I remember the fuss over Nosgoth a while back. I know it's bloody HARD for companies to do because it's so easy to fall into that trap of trying to have something with provenance which yet feels fresh and new.

    But then, if it's so fresh and new that it abandons huge parts of what made the original good/unique/interesting, why not just go the whole hog, change the characters and dialogue a bit and have a whole new IP to milk? I mean, we always go on about wanting new IP. There is a balance to be struck.

    It's going to be difficult. But I'd be terribly upset if a Fear Effect reboot didn't involve us going to Hell again.

    It's such a lovely and interesting place to visit. Wouldn't want to live there, though...
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  • Kami 17/02/2015

    @CamberGreber; No.

    There have been a few attempts at those "retcon reboots" over the years and frankly, they always end badly. Syndicate. Thief. Turok. Shadowrun. Space Invaders. FUCKING SPACE INVADERS! I mean, for the love of... (insert a half-hour swear-ridden rant here.)


    My point is, there's a reason these games didn't quite work; you can't just remove components of the original games and think, "Alright, now we can sell it!". That's been happening in the horror game genre for years now, people dumbing down the horror and going more action and bro-shooter because of a mistaken delusion that horror games don't sell (a delusion Capcom and it's recent Resi Remake Remastered success is having to wrestle with, which is kind of funny if watching someone arguing with themselves is your thing).

    Fear Effect was a great story and the horror-ish was absolutely integral to it (I of course have to assume you played it). I loved going to Hell. I thought the story was kinda great. And I've always kinda remembered Deke's fate with an odd fondness.

    Take away the horror and you have a relatively generic cyberpunk game. Which you could do stuff with, but it just isn't FEAR Effect, is it?

    At that point, you might as well rebrand it and go it alone into the market and take the extra 20% that SE would otherwise be skimming off the top.
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  • Kami 17/02/2015

    @lone_wolf_uk; Yup. But I preferred Parasite Eve 2 because I played that first.

    And it was released in PAL regions.
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  • Kami 17/02/2015

    @Ionz0r; First one was hard to define. It was kind of Blade Runner meets Japanese Horror, utterly barking and brilliant.

    Fear Effect 2 was the one which had industrial-strength lesbians and not a lot else.

    Probably an early lesson for me; lesbians don't necessarily make things better...
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  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has shipped over 3m copies worldwide

  • Kami 17/02/2015

    @ChiefGB; Actually, Capcom were promising to bring Frontier G to PC, PS3 and Wii U in the US/PAL regions, but I'm not entirely sure what became of that.

    Like you, I'd much prefer it in big-screen. I loved MH3U, but I loved it on my 32" TV more than my 3DS. I had the same problem with the MH4 demo; far too much squinting, not enough screen real-estate for my liking. I mean, it IS impressive what they can do on the 3DS in MH4, but it's just not the same.

    Eventually I'm sure that kind of challenge can be overcome, but that'll be another handheld generation (or two).

    Until then, I guess I'm still waiting on Frontier G.
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  • Ironfall Invasion review

  • Kami 17/02/2015

    @Bergeton; It's still impressive a small team managed to get a game out of this standard. Sure, it's as generic as TPS come, but at least I can't help being somewhat impressed they got this out at all. So you know, credit where it's due and all that. And it kinda does what they said it would to a point.

    Must not mention Godus or Peter Molyneux or 22 Cans or I could start a riot...
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  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • Kami 15/02/2015

    I wanted to be all smug about this week; you know, because I said this was the inevitable conclusion back when Godus was on KickStarter, asking for money, but I don't think there's much space to enjoy the schadenfreude here. Head-shaking room only.

    I realised acutely what Peter was when I almost fell for Fable 3; a game which again never really got fixed. The engine chugged, it was packed with bugs and it certainly was the least open of all the Fable games. But I wanted to love it. I tried. I really did. I just couldn't because I didn't feel the heart and soul of it - Molyneux himself - cared much either.

    In some ways, I learned to disconnect that way from another fallen god - Richard Garriott. Tabula Rasa was a game I fell for hook, line and sinker. And I'm still nursing those scars years later. Not helped having to decide what I wanted to do with my collectors edition box when I moved home recently; I felt sad about it. It's utterly useless.

    But I didn't bin it. I need to remember that love - just as much as I need that box to remind me that some of us really did end up with a fat lot of nothing long before KickStarter went forth and conquered.

    And there will be other failures. KickStarter isn't an investment; there's none of the legal protections that would be afforded to real investors in a product. And it's not really a charitable donation because it's not really tax-exempt, is it?

    KickStarter is the equivalent of giving someone money because they have this really cool idea; there's no crime in that, and if they're honest and smart and talented, chances are you really will get that really cool thing they said they were going to work on.

    But sometimes, you will lose that money. The person will either never be seen from again, or their big idea will have run out of money, time or talent.

    It's up to us to judge if the person/s making any KickStarter pitch fall into the former or the latter categories. Peter Molyneux had form though, so it was always far more likely he'd run into the latter camp with his pants around his ankles.

    But I will say this; criticism is great. But the games press needs to work on their collective hive-mind here. So many corners have run with it this week there's a serious danger of it looking like bullying.

    Still, something for EG and others to work on.
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  • Sonic Boom games shifted just 490,000 copies

  • Kami 12/02/2015

    @manujim; Because Sega naively try to keep up with Nintendo, because the Mario series is always evolving and experimenting with things.

    The problem and major difference is Mario has anchors within its confines that the Sonic series just doesn't have. Nintendo learns what works and doesn't work and tends to carry on doing what works (whilst dropping the bad ideas). Sega will wholesale abandon every lesson from one Sonic game to another in the desperate rush to somehow be "different" or "innovative", taking nothing and learning nothing.

    Until Sega sits down and does a proper brainstorm list where one side of the whiteboard is headed "Stuff that works" and the other "Stuff that doesn't work", it's never really going to have any of the consistency that we have come to expect from the Mario series.

    As for all the bugs and glitches and poor workmanship, well, that's another thing Sega need to work on. I mean, they did let Aliens: Colonial Marines slip out. They really need to provide coffee to their QA department.

    Or clear up the remains and get some new people in...
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  • Kami 12/02/2015

    @grassyknoll; Hey, I used it as a ballpark figure. I know it's not likely to be perfect, hence pinch of salt.

    We'll likely know better and more secure figures when Nintendo does their annual shareholder meeting, which I believe is coming up very very soon.
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  • Kami 12/02/2015

    @cooliowithdaflow; Nope, last I heard Bayonetta 2 was well past half a million sales.

    Pinch of salt time, but VGChartz claims Bayonetta 2 has overall sales of 630,000 (not inclusive of digital sales obviously).
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  • Kami 12/02/2015

    @keithandrew; Sure, it's all Nintendo's fault.

    Not the fact the game was a high-profile technical disaster with a raft of problems as long as you could hope for, and was reviewed by many to be close to as bad as Sonic '06.

    I'd like to hope people just avoided it because it was shit and Sonic deserves better...
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  • 3D Classics Streets of Rage 2 headed to 3DS eShop

  • Kami 12/02/2015

    @Lolatron; I liked it, but I know it's considered by many fans to be a bit of a black sheep.

    Of course why Sega didn't follow the line of Sonic CD and sort out a full release of the Streets of Rage Fan Remake is the real question... I'd like to have played THAT in 3D...
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  • Kami 12/02/2015

    My favourite Streets of Rage, without question. Glad to see it coming to 3DS.

    Wonder if we'll see SOR3? Or have fans retconned that out of existence?
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  • World of Warcraft goat raises $1.9m for Red Cross Ebola fund

  • Kami 12/02/2015

    To add to the OCD bent of the comments thread here, at a full $10, that's 190,000 sales of the pet. Which, when you consider the massive subscriber base of WoW, isn't really all that much.

    Also, since they claim that December 31st was the cut-off point, will a portion of each sale still go to the Red Cross? Or is it now pure profit for them?

    Details. I like them!
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  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • Kami 12/02/2015

    @lancashirered; They always have.

    But people'll forget about this bullshit episode the same way we forgot that CSI: Miami gamer episode, or that Harry's law blogger episode which caused a little ruckus.

    It's hard to write a deep and balanced story when you need to self-contain it into an hour-long episode, after all, so a little sensationalism and use of stereotype is to be expected from the medium.
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  • The God who Peter Molyneux forgot

  • Kami 11/02/2015

    I said it back when Molyneux was on KickStarter and I'm still saying it now; when a platform is based on trust, you abuse it at your peril. One more sad and predictable morality lesson; people who are full of shit tend not to do what they promise.

    Still, great bit of work WYP and EG. Journalism by games journalists! You know, I'm really hoping this sort of thing starts to catch on...
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  • Asteroids is getting rebooted as an open-world survival MMO

  • Kami 11/02/2015

    @IronSoldier; I apologise for my error. Reply 0
  • Kami 11/02/2015

    It's getting "technical and infrastructure support" from Arktos Entertainment Group, the publisher behind The WarZ
    Oh Atari, just when I thought you'd finally used up all the dregs at the bottom of the barrel, you find new ways to amuse and terrify! *flaps hand* You coquettish teases, you!
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  • Ubisoft's unreleased, finished Wii U game revealed

  • Kami 10/02/2015

    Isn't the whole point in withholding a game in order to leverage a company like Nintendo to do better about holding back something of quantifiable value?

    Clearly all that huff and puff was a big fat bluff.

    Besides, if you're going to play a socially awkward party game, you're spoiled for choice. It's not about being snooty about the genre - it's being aware that it's one arena where you have plenty of choice already. Even on the Wii U, because no-one I know would turn their noses up at a Mario Kart 8 weekender (although blue shell users would be socially outcast for a while).

    What we know so far makes me think "Know Your Friends" wouldn't make much of a dent on this genre, Wii U exclusive or ported to other machines. I mean, I love watching streams of things like Fibbage because they're funny. Smart, clever and witty products which amuse and delight as well as entertain.

    You just know when something is either trying too hard, or not trying hard enough. This looks like both at the same time; and the only socially awkward part would be suggesting to visitors and friends that you play it.
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  • Live from 4pm: Q&A with Eurogamer's editor

  • Kami 10/02/2015

    I loathe to bring it up amid the sea of questions about scores but; what are the chances of Reader Reviews making a return in the future Oli? Likely, not likely or never again? Reply 0
  • Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

  • Kami 10/02/2015

    Poor Bayonetta 2 not getting any nods at all. Despite, you know, being amazing and all and proper pretty (and I'm still playing it, damn you Pure Platinums!).

    Yet AC: Unity gets nominated for Artistic Achievement.

    I wonder if I can be bothered to muster up a sarcastic "LOL!" to this realisation?
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  • BioWare cancels its four-on-one online RPG Shadow Realms

  • Kami 09/02/2015

    That's a pity, because Shadow Realms looked like a bit of alright actually. And I did so hope that under EA, BioWare wouldn't become a simple IP Slave. Alas, EA just doesn't get it.

    I am assuming this was an on-high decision by EA because it's the kind of stunt they'd pull.
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  • Runescape player swatted in front of 60K Twitch viewers

  • Kami 09/02/2015

    Christ, remember when a prank used to be little more than a whoopie cushion on your R.E. teacher's chair?

    Alas, clearly we have some pretty major sociopaths in society who get their jollies from this kind of sick stunt. It's kind of worse because when streaming like this, the perpetrator can sit back and actually watch (and enjoy because they are sick cunts) their scheme unfold.

    It's just depressing to think some people get their rocks off on this crap. Jeez, whatever happened to enjoying regular Internet porn?
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  • A live-action Zelda series is in development for Netflix - report

  • Kami 07/02/2015

    I think this could really work; it's a fantasy show with a faint Doctor Who undercurrent (souls reborn through time, each series could be self-contained with different eras and characters and such). Execs like shows which can be modular AND extendible. It begs the question what took them so long to give it a go.

    As for dream casting? Me and my siblings all named the same actor for Tingle - Bill Murray. He may be knocking on a bit now (even perhaps a bit too old for Tingle) but there's something infinitely amusing about the idea of Bill Murray prancing around in a skin-tight green fairy costume.

    I'm still struggling for the rest though. I can't quite work out a good Link beyond Michael Cera. But I think he's probably a bit too scrawny for it...
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider details emerge

  • Kami 04/02/2015

    I hope the tombs are worth raiding.

    And that they've got their anger at Lara worked out of their system. I'm all for the visceral death scenes in games (and I always have been, The Immortal waaay back in the day was awesome for that!), but in the last game even I thought to myself, "Oh come on, this is a bit much isn't it?"
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  • Evolve has a free-to-play match-3 mobile game

  • Kami 30/01/2015

    At this rate, Evolve is going to go extinct because people will just stop caring.

    It's sad too because I actually like the core principle of Evolve as a game. It's the excess layers of shite on top which will end up suffocating it...
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  • Sid Meier's Starships announced for PC, Mac, iPad

  • Kami 19/01/2015

    @Skirlasvoud wrote:
    Don't get me wrong: I think highly of Firaxis and the complete Civ5 edition and X-COM have done a lot to keep me on their side, but Beyond Earth was a somewhat of a bland experience
    I think they really need to evolve (ow, irony hurts!) from the concept. When you're dealing with space and aliens and the near-limitless possibilities and variables, there is no room for bland - it's fucking SPACE! It's time to deploy... IMAGINATION!.

    The real kicker for me is that Beyond Earth was effectively base-unit old Civ 5 with some alien textures. Which I'm sure could have been patched into Civ 5. But then, can't sell that for full whack can you?

    I can't help but be suspicious for this following a similar route. I hope it doesn't, but you know... fool me once and all that crap.
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  • Kami 19/01/2015

    I'm looking at it and all I'm thinking is, "Please don't be Beyond Earth."

    So... you know, please don't do that Firaxis.
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  • Sony offering refunds on H1Z1's alpha following complaints about "P2W" micro-transactions

  • Kami 17/01/2015

    4) you are not guaranteed to get a single thing out of the airdrop you called in. You could die trying and you're out the money
    That's the dumbest thing I've read this year.

    And I've been reading Twitter!
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  • Dying Light dev reveals 3D-printable zombie bikini figurine

  • Kami 15/01/2015

    @Frosty840; It's worse than that, the RE2 Female Zombie isn't THAT far removed from this model!

    So, MSPaint'd this little thing up. Let's go Compare The Zombies! (If that's an actual thing I think I give up on life, the universe and everything!)

    Seventeen years since RE2. It has been that long...
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  • Kami 15/01/2015

    @greenthumb; People who want to be offended will find reasons to be offended. It's no different to wanting to see Jesus in a piece of toast; some people have a desperate need to be "right", rather than just be content that they've made an independent choice based on the information they have at hand and how they feel about it.

    Personally (aiming out there), if you're one of this new breed of "Offendocrat", I think you desperately need a sense of humour transplant because you clearly weren't born with one. I laugh because this is stupid. It's ridiculous and silly and stupid and clearly little more than bait, which some people are eager to fall for hook, line and sinker.

    I almost feel sorry for the offendocrats because Christ on a seventies Moped, they're so predictable. Isn't that kind of sad? To be so utterly predictable that anyone with half a braincell to share between them can manipulate you into giving them entirely free press and social media coverage? You save these people hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars a year. You don't cost them anything. You're helping this stuff, if not encouraging more of it because clearly it's cheap and it works!

    Anyway, that's an aside. Like you greenthumb, I think it's trashy and it wouldn't fit alongside my huge Pokémon plushie collection or my WoW plushies or my 90's figures from games like Tekken, but to each their own.

    That being said, I am bloody sure as hell Resident Evil 2 had zombie women in very skimpy clothing like this. There's nothing new under the sun...
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  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the series at its approachable best

  • Kami 15/01/2015

    @dfernand; You can find randoms or go with friends.

    I'm always up for something in MH3U by the way. I'll have a room up in Free D / Lobby 8.

    Enter room "EG Hunts". Password will be "egx". I'll be around for about an hour or so if anyone wants to come along.

    (edit; gone now. Drop me a message for online hunts in future. I'm going to go make some G-Rank armour!)
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  • Kami 15/01/2015

    I wish there was a Wii U version coming too.

    I recently (FINALLY!) hit G-Rank in MH3U and my brain is exploding with all the options now available to me. It's glorious. And the Jhen Mohran fight is my new most favourite thing ever right now.

    But I think I just prefer my Monster Hunting on a bigger screen is all. I think that will be the real difference between the Japanese and Western markets for this series; and it's one Capcom and indeed, Nintendo will have to come to terms with in the future.
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  • Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty out on PC in Feb, Xbox One and PS3 in March

  • Kami 15/01/2015

    I think in regards to the Wii U version there was originally a desire to make sure it fit on ALL Wii U consoles, including the basic bundle, and it was posing a challenge. Last I heard from public feedback, they were dropping that focus and doing a straight-up port job.

    Still a bang-up job of a remake though.
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  • In Theory: Nintendo's next-gen hardware - and the strategy behind it

  • Kami 10/01/2015

    Just feel like picking up on a couple of points raised;

    Thetick wrote:
    you can say a lot about ps4 and xbox, but they have a decent library after only one year. A lot was rushed, but i would take a rushed game, which is playable and getting improved over no games in the early life of a console, like the first wii u year, though obviously only from 3rd party
    This is silly. And that's biting my tongue and not using swears. The PS4 and XBO library has some gems but no more than the Wii U at the end of its first year. And yes, let's not forget that many releases have been... well, let's be charitable and say, "unfinished". And what does that tell the third parties? "Wow, we made millions despite the fact we didn't actually finish this game properly!"

    Hey, you'll get what you pay for. I'd also buy shares in a lube company. Might be a sound investment.

    Pirederas wrote:
    Apart from hardware specs, Nintendo needs to do one thing imho: let go of Mario et al. I don't mean to destroy the beloved N franchises or making them disappear, but rather not counting just on them all the time. There has to be something new in the Nintendo catalogue.
    I don't get this either. So, old game series need to be replaced by new IP?

    Metal Gear started in 1987, as did Street Fighter. Grand Theft Auto was 1997. Resident Evil was 1995/1996 (region specific). Mortal Kombat was 1992. Castlevania was 1986. Sonic was 1990. Tomb Raider was 1996. Heck, the first Call of Duty was back in 2003, so even that's 12 years old now as a franchise! And I hate to be the one to point out the somewhat obvious, but most of these companies rely on these names almost exclusively to generate sales, revenue and consumer goodwill.

    There is no mutual exclusivity here. Nintendo can do new IP and needs to. But not at the expense of already established money-makers. It's a lesson most third parties are all too aware of. So think about that when you play MGS5. Because what else has Konami got for us? Silent Hills? 1999, by the way. Just an FYI.

    picka_vi_materina wrote:
    They don't care if the gameplay moves like dead fish, only if it has the latest bells and whistles in graphics. I miss the days when games were played not watched.
    Which days were those? I remember watching games people were playing in the arcades, slurping on a Lilt, back in the early 90's. And I wasn't alone. Even when a student and we had marathon sessions of "Winner Stays On" - be it Super Street Fighter 2 or Mario Kart 64 - it was a big social affair, and with up to twenty boys and girls (gasp!) all fighting for control of those controllers, primarily because the sofa was comfy and you weren't standing or leaning on something then, there were plenty of spectators. And we all had a good time!

    Lots of people have always enjoyed watching video games being played. I remember the running commentary when Resident Evil was on, from what I politely termed 'Back-Seat Gamers' (Turn left! Grab that herb! I hear a zombie! AIEE A HUGE SPIDER HOW ICKY!). What we are seeing with YouTube and Twitch is nothing any more different to how it's always been; the technology has changed, and how we do it has changed, but what we're doing is as it has always been. Enjoying the spectacle, admiring the view and probably wishing we were playing it.

    If it doesn't look fun, you don't stay and watch. I'd say Nintendo's major issue right now is that dual-screen streaming requires specialised software, custom-built display frames for the stream itself and in some instances, quite invasive physical modding that can void warranties. I'd say that was quite an important thing to be thinking about for the future. Other consoles and machines need no specialised anything for streamers, which makes it cheaper. Which means they'll likely get more stream-time.

    But hey, that just makes sense. And people do mod their 3DS' for Pokémon Nuzlocke and Wonderlocke challenges. But again... warranties... voided... *doom clouds*

    Anyway. I'll leave it there.

    Have fun!
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