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  • When will we see a gay protagonist in a triple-A game?

  • KingFunkIII 28/02/2014

    @Guy.J. That's fair enough - I agree that we shouldn't get all 'affirmative action' about this because it can be jarring as you say. But if there are writers such as this guy who feel that they can tell a relevant story, but these do not get greenlit because of publisher fear, then the medium as a whole suffers in just the same way as it does due to other forms of artistic conservatism (e.g. sequilitis, dudebros etc.) Reply 0
  • KingFunkIII 28/02/2014

    @Guy.J. My point is that if the games industry willingly excludes homosexual protagonists this does nothing to rectify the general societal attitudes towards people born with a different sexual persuasion. There are not so many lifestyle choices or hobbies that are so ignorantly and sometimes violently denigrated that a responsible society or industry should make efforts to ensure they are not marginalised. Reply +4
  • KingFunkIII 28/02/2014

    @Guy.J. Flower-arranging is a lifestyle choice - homosexuality (despite spurious counterclaims) rarely is... Oranges and Apples. Reply +1
  • KingFunkIII 28/02/2014

    @Zyklonbzombie If it were just teenagers with ill-informed or as-yet-unformed opinions, I wouldn't be bothered so much. But if these attitudes persist into adulthood, that's where we have a problem... Reply +4
  • KingFunkIII 28/02/2014

    @Francisnf You fail to state whether you don't "like playing as a women" because you are misogynistic or not?

    Please clarify!

    P.S. Gay men overwhelmingly look more like straight men than they look like women, so your reasoning seems a bit flawed...
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  • KingFunkIII 28/02/2014

    If, as some anecdotally claim, the people who wouldn't play a game with a gay lead character have a Venn diagram overlap with people who don't want to play as a girl and the people in this overlap are males who play third-person games, they need to ask themselves some questions.

    I for one (as a happy hetero) would rather spend 12 hours staring at a female posterior than a male one if all else is equal. I'm not worried about my sexuality - most third-person games I've played do feature male protagonists and staring at their posteriors does not disgust me and (so far) hasn't 'turned me gay'.

    But does that Venn diagram overlap really exist? Do some people not play as female protagonists because it impedes their sense of masculinity? Are some people really that, well, backward?

    EDIT: francisnf's post about 6 down from here just answered my question in the affirmative. [sighs]
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  • The latest Lovecraft

  • KingFunkIII 28/01/2014

    The Rapture are here and you will be Forcibly Removed from your Home...??? Reply 0
  • Fan-made Morrowind remake is shaping up nicely

  • KingFunkIII 06/01/2014

    @Faramis Have you visited the website linked in the article?

    Morroblivion is still WIP, but the base game (i.e. without expansions) is largely playable and has been for a while. I played it for many hours and had a great time - retro gaming with rose-tinted spectacles applied for you!
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  • There's a new Blur game! And it's out today! But...

  • KingFunkIII 25/10/2013

    @Alestes Regarding Mirror's Edge - yes! I enjoyed the main game, but it wasn't until I played the time trials that I realised the old-school arcadey roots that lay beneath... Reply +4
  • KingFunkIII 25/10/2013

    @B0b How about Bloodstone, Bizarre's other title which was in development at the same time? Less than expected sales for Blur + not-so-good Bond game + struggling to change to the corporate modus operandi is actually what brought Bizarre low. If they'd stuck with PGR, they may still be with us, but Activision can't be wholly blamed for closing down a studio that probably wasn't being that profitable... Reply +1
  • Warhammer Quest expansion released

  • KingFunkIII 03/10/2013

    @Rack Agreed - I enjoyed playing the game, but it didn't take long before fatigue in the repetitive mechanic loop set in. Somehow they need to implement something that will keep you coming back (and not just new content)... Reply 0
  • Games should honour the "rules of conflict" says Red Cross

  • KingFunkIII 02/10/2013

    @LittleRiver You'll see from other comments that I'm not necessarily for the whole argument, but I would contest that interactive media is the same as non-interactive media. Often in games you yourself have to execute such actions and this can certainly have stronger emotional impact, both positively (in terms of considering the nature of such decisions and actions) and negatively (potentially convincing fertile minds that torture etc is anything except brutal and horrific).

    The final section of Penumbra: Overture (although not remotely a war game) is a perfect example for me of the positive side of interactive misdeeds. I won't spoil, but needless to say I shall never forget a certain moment which I, as the player, was required to author - the decision and the consequence were horrendous even without explicit graphical representation.

    Ultimately, we can't bemoan devs for trying to create 'enjoyable films' and then claim we want the exact same standards as films to be applied - it just doesn't marry up.
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  • KingFunkIII 02/10/2013

    @GranpireVikingMan I'm not going to dismiss your argument, because there is certainly some validity, especially in concerns around the general populace accepting war-crimes. However, I would also make the two following points:

    1. By strict definition, the war in Iraq would qualify Bush, Blair et al as war criminals. However, many people do not see the war as criminal because they roughly agree with the overall cause. This raises greater concerns about impartiality in the general media than it does about whether video games convinced people it was a good idea.

    2. I strongly suspect that President Assad is not an avid gamer. Based on that assumption, addressing video game Geneva Convention breaches would not have stopped the chemical weapons attacks. I also strongly suspect most UN representatives are not avid gamers so based on that assumption, addressing video game Geneva Convention breaches would not have stirred the UN from total inertia any earlier.

    I do agree that it's possible video games (and other media) can make us complacent about such things but I'm not truly convinced the social awareness, willingness to protest and indeed the power to change things really exists within the public at large. I think the erosion has already occurred...

    EDIT: for typo
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  • KingFunkIII 02/10/2013

    Targeting civilians, torturing prisoners of war and stealing dog tags are all illegal actions that have been used by governments world-wide
    War is becoming so horrific that it's time governments started obeying the Geneva Convention
    I fixed them for you. Of course, the point I'm trying to make is that the world has bigger fish to fry than this readily-debatable issue. Sorry Red Cross!
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  • Sony confirms Beyond censored in Europe

  • KingFunkIII 01/10/2013

    @Mun But, but... where's my moral outrage?! Reply +1
  • KingFunkIII 01/10/2013

    @LR100 Um, I think you'll find that practically every creative work, regardless of the medium has bits 'missing', as per this definition. In reality, they're not missing - they will never make it into the actual released product as intended by the developers and you're not entitled to them. Your choice to pay for a product 'as is', or not.

    It's just like the extraneous bits of books removed by editors. Or the out-takes and scenes wot got cut that you rarely got to see before someone invented DVD extras...
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  • Next-gen Thief has better textures, detail, loading times

  • KingFunkIII 01/10/2013

    @Com_Raven Could be a question of 'Do I hold out to buy the next-gen version until I've saved up enough cash for a next-gen console?' We'll not all be Day 1 adopters! Reply 0
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth dated for December

  • KingFunkIII 25/09/2013

    Yay finally another Obsidian game! Hope they were given the opportunity to polish it up so it shines like Mr Hanky... Reply +5
  • How Thief 4 is using DualShock 4's new toys

  • KingFunkIII 24/09/2013

    Well I hope that fannying around with these sort of extras means they've nailed the core experience. And by that I mean genuinely good stealth action, not the lip-service to the old games I'm afraid of... Reply +4
  • 61% of UK believes games can cause violence, aggression

  • KingFunkIII 24/09/2013

    And let's not forgot, ladies and genitalmen that correlation and causality are not the same!

    Take the (fictional example):

    53% of 16-25 year old men in a given neighbourhood have committed some form of violent crime.
    75% of those 16-25 year old men own at least 1 COD game
    Ergo 39.75% of 16-25 year old men in the neighbourhood have been turned to violence by COD.

    And this, my friends, is how statistics can be used to prove BS.

    (Probably could have provided a better example but I'm at work and you get the point...)
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  • KingFunkIII 24/09/2013

    "But as that older demographic gradually gets murdered by hooded youths strung out on GTA, those numbers will change."

    I fixed it!
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  • KingFunkIII 24/09/2013

    @FarFromSane If it's in the genes, then perhaps then eugenics could be the way forward...? Reply -1
  • Ultima Forever review

  • KingFunkIII 05/09/2013

    @jimdove76 Only this is iOS, which last time I checked, is not a console operating system. Cease and desist with your silly elitism or it's off to the Dungeon Despise with you! Reply +2
  • KingFunkIII 05/09/2013

    @barkertron Name! Job! Bye! Reply +3
  • KingFunkIII 05/09/2013

    @magicfinbow Woah there - EA may be a lot of things, but accusing it of murder, incest and paedophilia is just plain bizarre. Reply +2
  • KingFunkIII 05/09/2013

    @barkertron http://u6project.com/

    Check it out - requires Dungeon Siege 1 to run, but truly an outstanding work of fan dedication. I only arrived in Britannia for U7, but I enjoyed U6Project immensely. Project Lazarus (the same thing for U5) is also excellent.
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  • KingFunkIII 05/09/2013

    "If love is surface-deep reference, a painted mask to hide behind, then that is true"

    To quote James A. Baldwin:

    "Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within."

    Ergo, the virtues have indeed been perverted. Has Lord British been replaced with George Osbourne - who is corrupting Britain with his own particular brand of Compassion???

    I guess now we'll have to wait and see how Shroud of the Avatar turns out - or boot up Exult again... or play U6Project or Lazarus. Or even Ultima IX. Shee-it...
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  • Rayman Legends owners discover Vita version is missing 28 levels

  • KingFunkIII 05/09/2013

    @-cerberus- Er, bit late to the party? Reply +2
  • KingFunkIII 04/09/2013

    Did they make that claim before the 'original' release date slipped (i.e. the whole Wii U exclusivity debacle)?

    Cos if they did, maybe this is the full set of levels that existed before Ubisoft Montpelier had another 6 months to polish and add more content. If so, then maybe it's not intentional false advertising, but merely an omission caused by the aforementioned situation...
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  • Whore of the Orient branded a "disgrace to Chinese culture"

  • KingFunkIII 02/09/2013

    @faselei Whether I, or you, agree with this guy's opinion, your argument has nothing to do with his beef. Reply +2
  • KingFunkIII 02/09/2013

    @Whizzo "Someone really doesn't know the etymology of the word "Orient"."

    You could argue the same about the 'N' word...

    In a roundabout way, both terms are calling a spade a spade (no racial pun intended), but that doesn't necessarily mean they aren't now offensive...
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  • Sony exec Shuhei Yoshida falls asleep during Gamescom PlayStation panel

  • KingFunkIII 23/08/2013

    @scott1 Yeah I think you're right, but since I was making a comparison of laws, I elected to use that comparison to meta-fulfil the law. Or something.

    Your personal beliefs and war crimes are not known to me, so it would seem presumptuous of me to compare you to a Nazi!

    EDIT: Just realised that both my replies were to the same person. In the context, I think it's obvious which response matches which...
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  • KingFunkIII 23/08/2013

    @scott1 I know! But really, invention and originality were not my aim. I'm pretty sure that if you applied the rule to EG messageboards, you'd find it to be pretty much ubiquitously true.

    As such, this was an observation on EG comments rather than expressing an opinion. Feel free to guess what my opinion actually is...
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  • KingFunkIII 23/08/2013

    @scott1 I've just invented a new law - it's a bit like that internet/Nazi one (which I've pretty much just fulfilled): Any discussion that features the name George Osbourne will inevitably feature the word c*nt.

    I call it c*nt's law.
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  • KingFunkIII 23/08/2013

    @Soton4084 Have Sony replaced Xbox execs with aloof, emotionless robots as a cunning ploy to win the console war? I think we should be told! Reply +5
  • Borderlands 2 confirmed for PlayStation Vita

  • KingFunkIII 20/08/2013

    Sheeeeeeeee-*t... Did not see Borderlands 2 coming! Strikes me as a perfect marriage - blasting the crap out of critters 15 mins at a time! Now someone just please port a genuinely good open-world western fantasy RPG and I'll be a happy man indeed... Reply +1
  • Gravity Crash Ultra announced for PlayStation Vita

  • KingFunkIII 20/08/2013

    @Dysonism ditto :-( Reply 0
  • Warhammer Quest review

  • KingFunkIII 19/07/2013

    @Duchessprozac Thanks! Just what I wanted to hear...

    Now I just need to steal the wife's iPad!
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  • KingFunkIII 19/07/2013

    Can anyone confirm if the dungeons are procedurally generated? i.e. like the random card selection mechanic in the boardgame? Reply 0
  • Deus Ex: The Fall disables guns on jailbroken devices

  • KingFunkIII 12/07/2013

    Hmmm... this is an interesting one. Obviously not great PR but I don't think the devs have done anything 'wrong' as such. Presumably the App Store works on the principle that only official versions of iOS are supported, for obvious reasons. As such, if you're buying something off the App Store, it can be safely assumed that this also applies to the software. As such I don't believe they needed to advertise this fact as it is presumably a condition of buying anything on the App Store - it's just that most App devs don't bother to do this and many of the Apps work regardless.

    Essentially it amounts to buying a game for an unsupported device which means the risk is the buyer's, in much the same way as you might buy a PC game that your old rig is incapable of playing.

    In fact, Apple could even go as far as to stipulate such functionality in all App Store submissions, which would presumably kill off many jailbreakers. They would be perfectly within their rights to do so. I wonder if they now have that idea?
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  • Mashing to mastery: is it worth participating in Xbox One exclusive Ryse?

  • KingFunkIII 09/07/2013

    So what about people with poor reaction speeds? There must be a demographic physically incapable of 'legendary timing'...

    I wonder if the game would work if you turned it on it's head - you're actually trying to save all those poor barbarians and every successful QTE prevents a horific execution. Maybe we could base it around the Roman persecution of Christians. 'Chryst'
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  • Stealth Inc: A Clone in the Dark out this month for PS3, Vita

  • KingFunkIII 09/07/2013

    @Skirlasvoud Not sure about 'Stealth B*stard' but 'Tactical Espionage Ars*hole' was presumably a reference to MGS... Reply +6
  • GAME pulls mention of SNES emulator from its Ouya advertising

  • KingFunkIII 04/07/2013

    @Showmeyomoves Are you Gordon Freeman??? Reply +4
  • Here's an exclusive interview with the developer of Montague's Mount

  • KingFunkIII 03/07/2013

    @Marrrfooo Down with this sort of thing! Reply 0
  • Battle of the sales! Now it's Sony's "apocalyptic" PS3 game sale

  • KingFunkIII 03/07/2013

    Vita sale...? Anyone...? Reply 0
  • Journey has finally become profitable, Chen says

  • KingFunkIII 02/07/2013

    @Stevonymo I'm presuming they iterated pretty heavily on the design front - I haven't played it, but even from what I've read it's clear there's no real precedent for a lot of what these guys do. When you're writing the rules as well as making the game, it takes time to get it right, which apparently they did Reply +1
  • KingFunkIII 02/07/2013

    Vita port please...? Anyone...? Reply +7
  • Microsoft suggests Windows 8 apps may come to Xbox One

  • KingFunkIII 01/07/2013

    @Eurogameruser I suspect his beef is that some of the Xbone's grunt will be dedicated to those other flanges, instead of pumping pure game juice through the pipeline... Reply +5
  • KingFunkIII 01/07/2013

    "Microsoft's Developer and Platform Evangelism group" - I had to Goggle this just to check it wasn't an EG joke. Quite aside from the pomposity of the name, surely I can't be the only one in whose mind American evangelism conjures up images of 'spiritual healers' and speaking-in-tongues kinda crap...? Reply +11
  • Beautiful PC indie game Proteus confirmed for PS3 and Vita

  • KingFunkIII 01/07/2013

    Yay! Never got round to this on PC, but Vita version might be good relaxation for my b*stardly weekly commute... Reply +13