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  • Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

  • Les 20/09/2017

    @jammers101

    It is the knock on effects and precedent for everyone else that would be my problem.
    That risk is pretty insignificant. As long as people who stream video content behave like decent human beings the relationship with the rights owners is a mutually beneficial one: the streamers get ad money and the rights owners get 'free' publicity and potentially more sales.

    PewDiePie was involved in yet another racist controversy and one guy/company took action. And what do you get? White supremacists get up in arms under the cover of concerns for "free speech" and the alleged incorrect application of a law. I mean, seriously?!
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  • Les 19/09/2017

    @Bombado

    but government, even though it's usually very supportive of Church, currently stands aside with official position of 'we don't censor this stuff' with only several deputies saying 'Matilda' is against Russian people, against everything the nation stands for, and it should be stopped.
    The public/private division is a bit more muddied in Russia than it is in much of the West. And even a "we don't censor this stuff" statement can still carry the connotation of "... but we'd be very happy if you, cinemas, took the hit for us".
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  • Les 19/09/2017

    @-Unknown-

    I find it interesting that both parties want their voices heard and using systems which were never intended to be used the way they're using them (e.g. DMCA to avoid association with another person and Steam Reviews to voice political opinions).
    There is no doubt that both parties want to have their voices heard but Campo Santo did not use DMCA in a way that it was not supposed to be used. They don't want PewDiePie to use their game in his videos and as rights holders they are entitled to that position.
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  • Les 19/09/2017

    @renegrage

    but how about when he makes fun of people with big noses, is it still going to be okay for devs to issue DMCA strikes against him over that?
    Rights holders don't need to explain why they decide to enforce their rights. The law doesn't care. In this case the rights holder did to send out a signal but how that is received is a matter of PR, not of the law.

    And on similar lines, I think it's entirely possible to use words like that without actually being a racist
    Context is important but it's hard to imagine a scenario where it's not racist when used in a derogatory way by a non-black person. It doesn't really matter whether the person uttering it thinks of themselves as a racist. The group of people with racist ideas is much larger than the group of people who'd describe themselves as racists.
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  • Les 19/09/2017

    @Vovagrec

    You can't allow someone to use your content and then file a DMCA against them.
    What happened here is not taking back something that was granted. It is enforcing a right that was not enforced before. Basically the rights holders of games don't enforce their rights against streamers who create 'content' around their property that goes well beyond fair use because most of the time the use benefits both parties.
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  • Les 19/09/2017

    @Bombado

    Silencing him with DMCA is censorship in both cases
    No it's not. It's one private party exercising its rights against another private party.
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  • Monster Hunter World gets global release date

  • Les 19/09/2017

    Really looking forward to this game. Between Destiny 2 and this I won't need (nor have time) to play anything else come January. Reply 0
  • Jelly Deals: LG 55-inch 4K OLED TV at its cheapest price yet

  • Les 19/09/2017

    I prefer to buy my TVs when the previous version breaks down. No matter when you buy them, next year's version will have a cool feature or improvement you wish you had. My current LCD screen is about 7 years old now and still quite serviceable. I'm also a little hesitant to splash on an expensive TV given that there are 3 young children running around in the house. I never understood why people put electronics in cabinets until the first one... Reply 0
  • Final Fantasy 9 gets PlayStation 4 re-release

  • Les 19/09/2017

    Never finished this one. It was fun but apparently not fun enough to keep playing. Reply 0
  • PlayStation TGS 2017 conference live report

  • Les 18/09/2017

    I'm more of an udon person Reply 0
  • Celebrating Devrim Kay, Destiny's first gay character

  • Les 16/09/2017

    I must admit I hadn't even noticed yet so well done Bungie. Too often the sole characteristic gay characters have in fiction is their sexuality. Reply +1
  • Destiny 2 review

  • Les 15/09/2017

    But where is the new class of Guardian? Where is the new alien race?
    Destiny 2 is a streamlined version of Destiny, with more content from the start. If you hated Destiny, you'll hate this. If you loved it though, it's great.

    As for new classes of Guardians: I don't think it matters much. Unless they completely redesign the game with different campaigns for different classes, builds need to have roughly the same capabilities in order to progress in single player.

    As for aliens: in reality we haven't even encountered 1 alien species thus far. The universe is a lonely place. There are 5 different 'races' in Destiny, with many of the races having different 'sub-races' within them. I don't need more different looking enemies. The current set is fine. I'd like more diversity in how they act and Destiny 2 brought that a little bit.
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  • iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

  • Les 14/09/2017

    @Number1Laing

    It's different, that's for sure, but Apple has never been afraid of doing their own thing.
    True. But as far as I'm concerned the quality of their design choices is slowly but steadily declining. Coming up with a compromised, new physical design and a dumb name to apparently commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone feels very un-Apple-like.

    And having a cut-out in a screen that will obscure part of the content of photos and videos is inexcusable as far as I'm concerned.
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  • Les 14/09/2017

    I really, really hate the notch. I'm disappointed that Apple succumbed to the pressure of releasing a new form factor before they could do it living up to their past standards of perfection.

    I'm curious to see how FaceID will perform in real life. No doubt it will have some drawbacks but so did TouchID. Because of Apple's moronic alignment of the standby button it's hard to use that if you want to wake the screen in cases where just moving it doesn't do the trick. Using the home button in such cases leads to the unwanted result of unlocking the phone.
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  • Destiny 2: Bungie's technology evolves - but is it enough?

  • Les 13/09/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar

    I responded to your "there is no excuse" comment. That's why I bolded it in the quote. That is complete and utter rubbish. Of course Bungie as the developer made the decision for with what frame rate to go. I wasn't challenging that.

    A console has limited processing power so developers have to prioritize how to best put it to use. Bungie did not set 60 fps as their top priority. If they had, other aspects of the current package would have had to take a hit. So I'll spell it out for you: The fact that there are games like Titanfall 2 that run at 60 fps doesn't lead to the logical conclusion that D2 ceteris paribus could have run at 60 fps.
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  • Les 11/09/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar

    Bungie have decided that 30 frames a second is acceptable. The game or game engine didn't decide. 30fps is second-rate gaming! Or a game from a second-rate studio (regardless of its size or game budget). And for as long as there are several examples of 60fps games, there's no excuse.
    What a bunch of rubbish. Developing on platforms with fixed processing power always requires trade-offs to be made. Bungie may not have made the right decision for your tastes and that's fine, don't get the game. Others will prefer more enemies, more and better effects, better AI, and larger environments coupled with a rock solid frame rate.
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  • Les 11/09/2017

    Really awesome game. How I wished there would be a Switch version and cross-platform play on the PS side... Reply -1
  • Destiny 2 physical sales down by half from Destiny 1

  • Les 11/09/2017

    @richtayls

    Thanks! So PS4 sales are pretty much in line with the platform's relative installed base. Occam's razor strikes again ;)
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  • Les 11/09/2017

    @Fourfoldroot

    What is the PS4/Xbone ratio in the UK? Isn't it, with the US, one of the better areas for MS?

    Globally PS4 is outselling Xbone roughly 2:1 (66/34). If the UK is a stronger region the split could easily be 60/40 or better, pretty close to the sales split for Destiny 2.

    Which is a really awesome game by the way. Highly recommended.
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  • Destiny 2 director defends its shaders as one-time use items

  • Les 09/09/2017

    @SheepDip82

    That's not much for WoW which has monthly recurring revenue. But it will weigh more heavily on the margin of a game like Destiny that depends more on traditional software sales.
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  • Les 08/09/2017

    @Skyclad

    The Witcher 3 prives it's possible.
    Not really. It doesn't have the online component that Destiny 2 has for example that's rather costly to maintain.

    But what you see in general is that video game publishers try to become less reliant on the upfront purchase price of games and try to tap into more constant sources of income so that a big budget miss doesn't break the company. Activision Blizzard does so through in-game transactions, CD Projekt has GOG. And despite the complaining on sites like this, Activision Blizzard's strategy seems to work quite well with gamers in general.

    I think that single-use shaders is pushing the envelope a bit too much, even though I don't care much about what my guardian looks like. Whatever makes me stick out least in the Crucible is what I tend to go with...
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  • Destiny 2 has a microtransaction problem

  • Les 08/09/2017

    @mamalkosari

    I'm enjoying The New Order. Picked it up in a sale a while ago and am about 25%-30% in. It's very campy but in a good way. Mechanically it's a bit floaty but perhaps that's on purpose to make it feel more like the original games. I did really have to get used again to the old school armor system though... ;)
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  • Les 07/09/2017

    @ajackson5888

    The game is incredible, I've never felt compelled to pay real money for microtransactions and I'm getting by just fine with the Bright engrams you get from each level-up.

    I see a lot of people put off by what is a very small gripe in an otherwise extremely polished and densely filled game.
    I agree with you that the game is incredible and the shady shader business doesn't impact my personal enjoyment of the game too much. But I still think it's bad form and I think it can help if players voice their discomfort with it. Who knows, Bungie may listen.

    Would I recommend anyone not get this game because of it? Of course not, it's too damn great, equipment looks fine without shaders, and avoiding the microtransactions is super easy.
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  • Les 07/09/2017

    @mamalkosari

    Given the game isn't out yet, who knows what Bethesda has up its sleeve for W2? Remember horse armor? ;)
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  • Les 07/09/2017

    @jamesroman

    As for shaders, come on. They're 100% cosmetic. People used to loathe getting shaders as rewards in Destiny 1. Why is it suddenly a big deal?
    I don't think people are upset with paying for shaders per se. It's the fact that the shaders are single-use. In a game that's all about disposable loot that just doesn't look good.
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  • Les 07/09/2017

    @massimilianomyers

    if there had been more "game", no one would have given a damn about these bullshit.
    Must say I don't follow that logic. I love the game thus far, I don't care too much about shaders myself but I still think single uses shaders are a really bad idea.

    I understand that the economics of game development are not great. But there are better, more user-friendly ways of generating additional revenue from the player base such as the Overwatch model.

    As for those complaining about gambling: This is not gambling by the legal definition as there is no relationship between outcome and who ends up getting the money. You pay the publisher, you get something in return. The 'something' is random but that doesn't make it gambling.
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  • Les 07/09/2017

    I love what I've played of the game thus far but single use shaders and gameplay-affecting mods for money are really bad form. Shame on Bungie and Activision. Reply +2
  • Destiny 2 is a lot less annoying, but a lot more of the same

  • Les 08/09/2017

    @Riggers

    Still shocked that there are no new races (either player or enemy) or classes.
    In the context of the Destiny universe new player races wouldn't really have made sense. Where would the traveler all of a sudden have recruited a new species of guardian from?

    As for enemies, I'd rather see the current ones gain new abilities, equipment, etc. than introduce yet another race that looks different but by and large plays the same as the enemies we're already facing.
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  • Les 08/09/2017

    It's definitely more of the same. And that's a great thing as far as I'm concerned. Destiny was an awesome shooter with a poor story. But I play shooters for the shooting, not for the story. And nothing does shooting better than Destiny. Except for Destiny 2.

    I've only been able to play it for ~5 hours thus far and I've hardly done the story missions. Just running around shooting things in the public sectors is so much fun.

    People complain about the fact that there is a Destiny 2 ("what about the 10 year lifespan?") and complain about it not being totally different from the first game... I'm just looking forward to doing some more shooting this weekend.
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  • Okami HD spotted for PC, PS4, Xbox One

  • Les 08/09/2017

    Awesome game. Let's hope they do the right thing and make it cross-buy for those people who already got the PS3 PSN version. Reply +1
  • Lost connection to the Destiny 2 servers? You're not alone

  • Les 07/09/2017

    Didn't have any issues with my PS4 Pro last night. I got through the first proper mission in the EDZ and then spent about 90 minutes there running around and shooting things, stumbling into a lost sector and collecting tons of hand cannons... They are my favorite weapon but I wouldn't mind trying some of the other types as well. Reply 0
  • What's going on with our Destiny 2 review?

  • Les 06/09/2017

    @the_ewan

    Not everyone has to do the same thing.
    I was specifically responding to this comment:

    If we all get used to the idea of letting games mature for a few months post-release then it changes that incentive.
    If it's just some people who wait, as it is now (and generally I am one of those people), incentives for publishers are not going to change and we will keep the regular occurrence of 'broken' day one releases.

    Providing reviewers access with game code like in the 'old' days can mitigate the negative effects of the more egregious broken releases by at least giving the public a heads-up before launch day. But I agree that the shelf life of reviews has decreased with developers being able to significantly change games post-release and the impossibility of fully experiencing games with a social element in a constrained review window. But I'd rather have a provisional review that clearly states its limitations than nothing at all.

    But apparently many gamers just don't care enough and don't punish publishers for these tactics. I accept that but that doesn't mean I like it.
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  • Les 06/09/2017

    @the_ewan

    If we all get used to the idea of letting games mature for a few months post-release then it changes that incentive.
    But how would that work? If no one buys a game at release date there will be very little input for the developers to 'mature' the game. And how exactly would it be decided when the game has 'matured' and the public can start buying it?
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  • Les 05/09/2017

    @Laythe_AD

    No doubt PUBG's margins are much more attractive than those of Destiny. But purely from a release standpoint, I would be surprised if D2 didn't easily beat it.

    Longer term though, PUBG stands a good chance of beating D2's number of players. Especially once it starts to arrive on more platforms.
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  • Les 05/09/2017

    @smelly

    and truth be told, I'm bored shooting things in games nowadays..

    But all this hype really makes me want to play..
    If you do try it, prepare on getting hooked. I would call myself an (J)RPG player first and foremost and Destiny is a great combination of RPG concepts ('random battles', leveling, classes/character builds, loot; you even technically play a character with memory loss trying to save the universe) with awesome shooting mechanics. It's a grind but when it's just so damn satisfying to shoot the same things over and over again, it's a good grind. More fun generally than battling the 200th random pikachu or flan for example.
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  • Les 05/09/2017

    Plus, the 'day one' culture has lead to a lot of gamers paying a lot of money for broken games.
    Yes, but delaying reviews only exacerbates this problem. They lead to less informed buyers and reduced pressure on developers/publishers to ship something of quality.

    Reviews are not some holy grail. But in the aggregate they are a data point helping consumers get to an informed purchasing decision. In the past that data was generally available by the time a game went for sale, now it often isn't. The proper fix is not make people wait till the reviews arrive post release. It's making sure that reviewers can do their job to the best of their ability ahead of release like they used to.
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  • Les 05/09/2017

    @the_ewan

    Legally publishers are under no obligation to provide review copies obviously. But they've done so for a long time and now more and more they stop doing so. Which I think makes things worse, not better.
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  • Les 05/09/2017

    even Activision thinks we should calm it a bit so didn't invite us to its review even
    Interesting. And sad. Really don't like where this industry is heading with regards to review access and timing.
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  • Destiny 2's pre-order loot takes a while to unlock

  • Les 06/09/2017

    Makes sense. Much more sense than having to acquire sparrows now through random loot drops. Reply 0
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has sold 10 million copies

  • Les 06/09/2017

    @Yautja_Warrior

    Very impressive indeed, especially given the lack of (traditional) marketing. What we'll have to wait and see is if it will continue to sell well once the next big social hit arrives. Players are a fickle bunch.
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  • Les 05/09/2017

    Based on what I've read about this game it seems to be a triumph of fun over high production values. Which is a good thing in this age of ever-increasing shiny pixel counts as far as I'm concerned. Reply 0
  • Destiny 2 servers now live

  • Les 05/09/2017

    Given how much I enjoyed Destiny, there was never really any doubt that I'd get the second game too. In a way the game has ruined other console shooters for me as none come close to its feel (e.g., Wolfenstein The New Order, Overwatch, even Titanfall 2). But I'm really annoyed at the apparent embargo on reviews.

    I know that Destiny 2 will be a difficult game to review, given its online elements that won't really come to their own until a large player-base joins. And I also know that a year from now Destiny 2 will have undergone numerous tweaks and improvements. Because this being Bungie they will no doubt have over-corrected on some of the flaws/weak spots of Destiny and will have to tone down on that in the months to come. But still, embargoing reviews makes you look like you've got something to hide.
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  • Destiny 2's raid goes live a week after the game comes out

  • Les 01/09/2017

    Really looking forward to this game. Destiny was the best game I've played in ages and this looks to primarily enhance on the experience. I have some doubts about the dumbing down of some parts (e.g., no strength, discipline, intelligence; fewer options to customize your sub-class) which is why I haven't decided yet on pre-ordering or not. I'll continue to closely monitor the D2 articles over the coming days. Reply -1
  • Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival kicks off on Steam next week

  • Les 01/09/2017

    I was more of a Sensible Soccer guy back in the day but I did spend many a rainy afternoon playing the various versions of Kick Off with my mates on the Amiga.

    I'm hoping to recapture some of that magic once my kids start to become good at video games.
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  • Last Day of June review

  • Les 01/09/2017

    Sounds quite interesting and love the art style. Reply 0
  • Everybody's Golf review

  • Les 31/08/2017

    @gaselite

    Thanks! It really does sound good so I'll probably pick it up for the weekend. And given that there's less of a time pressure (compared to Overcooked) they may enjoy this a bit more. Though I assume it doesn't have a spaghetti and meatballs monster... ;)
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  • Les 31/08/2017

    @BellyFullOfHell

    Thanks! I think I'll get this for the holiday weekend. There's rain forecasted for Sunday ;)
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  • Les 30/08/2017

    I haven't played a proper golf game since Nick Faldo's Championship Golf on the Amiga. For console generations now I've been reading about this series but never pulled the trigger.

    Is it fun for kids and less dedicated gamers? I could use a family game on the PS4. Right now Overcooked is the only game I own that fits that bill.
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  • Blizzard lays down the law on Overwatch toxic behaviour

  • Les 30/08/2017

    @Ep1cN3ss1e Yes, it varies from game to game. But even in the better behaved communities (my experiences with Destiny have been good) there are people trolling, which they are less likely to do in an offline setting. Reply 0
  • Les 30/08/2017

    @mrcheesyelf

    Even that may not be enough. Right now there's a man-child that 'leads' the USA and uses his verified Twitter account to bully and troll as he pleases... ;)
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